Posts tagged ‘meatless monday’

March 21, 2011

Challenges, “Cheese” and Chucky <3

Happy Monday! I know those two words don’t go together.. But I’m trying to be positive people – Plus, Monday is now O.V.E.R. 🙂

I’ve been a baddd blogger – Only posted two times in the past 14 days :/ It’s been rough getting back into my routine since I got back from vacation. But I think today is just what I needed and I am starting to feel back to normal!

Yesterday I ran a 5k for Colon Cancer in Memory of my Uncle Chuck in Washington DC with my entire family. He lost his battle almost 3 years ago and we’ve made an effort to support this cause as much as possible since then. This is probably the only time you wont hear me complain about waking up at 6am on a Sunday Morning to run in 35 degree weather.

I finished the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes! Last year it took me 34 minutes so that is a PR 🙂 I also stopped to talk to someone so I’m thinking I added an extra minute onto my time. I placed 197th out of 3000 so I’m happy with it. The person who crossed the finish line first finished in 14:43 – insane!

Team Schwink ❤ Miss you Uncle Chuck

Friday night was spent with some of my favorite girls – We headed out to Blue Agave for dinner and visited a few bars after. I thought the food was a little overrated but the sangria was delicious! I rarely go out anymore but when i saw that the temperature hit 78 degrees I was ready for a fun night out. Mission accomplished 🙂

I’m finally unpacked, eating healthy and back to the gym will return to the gym tomorrow!

I haven’t shown a full days eats in FOREVER so here it goes..

Breakfast: Blue Green Machine

I am officially addicted to adding spinach to my smoothies now! I know I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon with this but I’m glad I finally did – If you have slacked even longer than I have, don’t wait any longer..

Blue Green Machine

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 heaping spoonful of  brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp nunaturals stevia baking blend with fiber

Directions

  • Blend everything together and enjoy in your favorite glass with a straw

I love that you can only taste fruit in this smoothie because let’s be honest…slurping up a leaf doesn’t sound extremely appetizing! This is definitely a breakfast that will wake you up. You can never go wrong with extra energy on a Monday morning 🙂

Lunch: Dippy Egg, Muenster Cheese and Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin

Julie turned me on to Cinnamon raisin bagel thins.. But I decided I didn’t like them with just cream cheese so when I mentioned that to her she told me I  had to have one with melted cheese… Obviously if cheese is involved I’m in! Julie’s a genius… These are perfect and only about 200 calories

Is it just me or does breakfast food taste 100x better than usual when you have it for lunch or dinner??

I was excited to see that my blog had over 6,000 hits on Saturday – That’s another PR! I think I owe it all to Angela for posting my S’mores Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream Recipe. Angela always has amazing looking recipes and pictures that make my mouth water. The most recent one I bookmarked was her butternut squash mac n cheeze. I made this tonight and it is to.die.for.

Did I mention it was healthy?

Butternut Squash Mac N Cheeze – 2 ways – Oh she Glows

I promise to be back on my healthy eating, fitness and blogging routine tomorrow. Have a good night 🙂

QUESTIONS: How many push ups can you do in a row? 11! What is your favorite comfort food? ice cream, pizza, and mac & cheese – all things that include dairy which I’m allergic to…awesome.

February 21, 2011

It’s Empty…

I’m pretty sure today was the longest day of my life! I am feeling overly tired and need to get a good night’s rest so my cold doesn’t sneak back up on me!

Tonight I realized I have one of these…

An empty Peanut Butter jar… I’ve seen lots of OIAJ and OOIAJ posts by you girls and I need to know your BEST recipe so I can go ahead and make some tonight. I’ve been dying to try it and even though I go through peanut butter jars like it’s water this is the first time I remembered to save the jar before licking it clean. So please let me know your favorite way to enjoy so I can join the craze!

Last night I had a pizza party – for 1 – with 2 pizzas. Sounds about right, right? I made buffalo chicken on whole wheat with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses and a Margherita on whole wheat dough. (all pics from iPhone – sorry!)

My favorite was the buffalo chicken! Franks Buffalo Sauce is the bomb dot com. Yes, i just said the bomb dot com. The Margherita one was really tasty too but I don’t think I rolled the dough out enough and it was a little under-cooked in the middle. Somehow that didn’t stop me from eating half of both!

This morning I decided to have pancakes in honor of presidents day… I tested out the lo carb banana supreme mix I received over the weekend… Major fail. I don’t know if I made them wrong or if they were just weird in general. The recipe called for 3 tbsp of heavy cream and 1 egg added to the mix but said you could substitute fat-free sour cream and an egg white for a healthier version. I decided to go that route and use greek yogurt and the egg white. They were dry, thin and just plain bleh. I tried to be creative and add cocoa almonds for a crunch – I also failed with that. You win some you lose some.. I think I’ll stick to my Pumpkin Pancakes!

I was probably the only person who had to go to work today – The girls and I headed to the mall to see gnomeo and juliet…Everyone else clearly had the same idea – there were no parking spots, tickets were sold out and screaming children were outnumbering adults 4 to 1. The girls were upset so i quickly suggested we get fro-yo!

Fro – yo fixes everything. This might surprise you but I didn’t have any! I think I had enough tasti d-lite within the past 3 days to last me throughout the week.

Lunch was a whole wheat tortilla wrap spread with roasted red pepper hummus and packed with vegan peppered steak, mushrooms, avocado & sprouts. Not the best wrap I’ve ever had…Vegan peppered steak – not my thang. It had a weird texture… But it was meatless monday so I had to! Meal Fail number 2.

I skipped the gym today… It was my rest day! Instead I treated myself to a tanning session. It was a spray tan, so it was healthy 🙂

Dinner was boring so we will call it Meal Fail number 3… Spinach, apple, golden raisins and candied pecans with a blueberry pomegranate dressing. It doesn’t sound so boring when I write it out… But I had planned to make a Spinach Artichoke Pie with tofu and it was on a different level. Tomorrow is a new day with new meals and I guarantee they will be better than todays!

For my self-love appreciation day number 2 I wrote a list of 5 things i love about myself.

1. My smile – I used to have crazy summer teeth (some are here, some are there). In 6th grade a boy actually told me he wouldn’t date me because I had crooked teeth! I went home crying and my mom took me to the orthodontist and I got braces shortly after. He ended up “dating” me (really what is dating to 6th graders!?) and I ended up with pretty teeth. Thanks mom 🙂

2. My ability to cook good meals – Um with the exception of my meals today! I enjoy cooking, healthy living and enjoying each and every bite!

3. My eye for creativity – I don’t think a lot of people can look at a cardboard box and think of 50 different things they can make with it!

4. The big ole heart in my body – Even though I’m hard on the outside I am very soft and loving in the inside. I try to see the good and beauty in everyone and help others out and volunteer as much as possible!

5. My leadership skills – I have never been one to follow… If everyone jumped off a bridge – it would be because I told them to. (Which I obvi wouldn’t do!)

What do you love about YOURSELF?!

Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs

  • About us – Brooke Hogan
  • Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk
  • Nobody But Me – Blake Shelton
  • Heartbreaker – Pink
  • Gimme More – Britney Spears
  • Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
  • I Run This Town (Feat Kanye West & Rihanna) –  Jay-Z
  • Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Wu-Tang Clan f. ODB
  • Waking Up In Vegas – Katy Perry
  • Bad Romance – Lady GaGa

 

I think I can go ahead and take Brooke Hogan off my ipod…I sure hope I didn’t waste 99 cents on that!

I’m going to finish watching the Bachelor (Team Emily!!) and go to bed earlier than midnight tonight so I can hopefully feel better tomorrow! Have a great night everyone.

QUESTIONS: How do you show yourself love? Do you ever have a day where none of your meals satisfy you? Are you a bachelor fan? Who are you rooting for? Don’t forget to share with me your OIAJ or OOIAJ recipes 🙂