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Calamari on the Hudson

Good morning blog world! It is almost Friday, and I am happy about that. This week has been so busy for me I’ve hardly had any time to think let alone blog, but I’ve finally got all of my photos organized so I’m going to give it a try!

Breakfast this week has been simple but yummy. I had some tasty strawberry banana oats one morning.

In the bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp of oat bran
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter

I could throw DCDPB on anything and it would taste amazing.

This was a huge bowl of oats, and it kept me full until about…9:30AM that day. Oh well. I think I just ate it too early.

I’m pretty sure my dinner on Tuesday was a bowl of Kashi H2H cereal with almond milk and maple pb because I needed something quick and light before taking Body Pump! So good!

The rest of the week is kind of a blur! However, this morning I had one of these:

A Chocolate Cherry Bomb! In the smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond breeze
  • 1 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder
  • handful of frozen organic cherries

It tasted pretty good since I’m accustomed to the rice protein. It was actually filling.

Now to the good stuff! Last night I went on an impromptu boat ride on the Hudson with my good friend Brendan, his parents, and my sister!  His parents have a boat that the keep at a local yacht club and they invited us out for a ride and dinner! So exciting! 🙂

After work I headed to Brendan’s where we met up with his parents and drove to the yacht club. It’s so cute inside! It looks like a great place for parties.

Brendan thought ahead and knew my sister and I would be hungry after work, so he made some Sangria and brought some cheese and crackers. What is better than wine and cheese on a boat? Nothing, I don’t think. He said he used peach Chardonnay and threw in some fruit to make the Sangria. Yum.

Thankfully the cheese and crackers held me over until dinner. 🙂 We took the boat down the Hudson River south to Coxsackie and enjoyed the ride.

For dinner we pulled the boat up and docked at Yanni’s Too located at Coeyman’s Landing.

Yanni’s is a great local riverside restaurant that is only about 25 minutes south of Albany (and only about 15 minutes from me.) I love it there. They are famous for their fried Calamari. So obviously, we had to order some for an appetizer. We got the Calamari Four Way Sampler, which included the Original: lightly fried and tossed in a lemon garlic wine sauce; Rhode Island style with banana peppers; Calamari Red with a light marinara sauce; or Chipotle style with a smokey jalapeno sauce. I’d have to say my favorite was either the Rhode Island or the Chipotle style calamari. The banana peppers on the Rhode Island calamari were slightly tangy with a bite, almost kind of lemony, and the Chipotle style wasn’t too spicy, just had a bit of a smoky flavor. So good. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

So, after filling up on fried squid, I ordered my main meal: the Portabella Sandwich: Marinated and grilled portabella mushroom cap with balsamic glazed red onions, goat cheese and roasted red pepper aioli.

One word: incredible. I’ve had this sandwich before so I knew I would love it. But, since I wasn’t too hungry any more after eating the Calamari for an appetizer, when my sandwich came I only ate the mushroom, onions and goat cheese. I took the bun off to try to save myself some calories. (Probably around 300? The bun was huge and probably grilled in butter.) And it would have been difficult to eat anyway since the mushroom usually make the bun sopping wet with juices and then it just becomes a huge mess. 🙂 I loved the creamy goat cheese though, so tasty. I ate probably half of the chips too.

After dinner we headed back to the boat for the ride back to the yacht club. It was getting pretty late and I was exhausted! But riding on a boat in the dark was kind of creepy but fun. We were kind of reminded of the Jaws ride at Universal Studios! Ahhh! 🙂

Anyway, I had a great time with Brendan and his lovely parents. (His parents are like our second family since we have been friends with Brendan for over ten years!) They were so awesome to take my sister and I out on their boat for dinner! 🙂 Can’t wait to do it again!

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Sweet Glasses and Rajma Masala

I hope everyone is having a great Monday!! I woke up this morning super early. I think it was because I went to bed at 8:30PM last night (I was exhausted, since I ran a little race yesterday morning called the Boilermaker). I was also feeling a bit sore in my right leg/outside hip area. Nothing a day of rest won’t cure. 😉  Anyway, for breakfast I had a chocolate cherry bomb in my sweet new pint glass! 🙂

We got these awesome glasses in our goody bags yesterday after the race. And I swear, the shake tasted way better in this glass than usual! In my cherry bomb: 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze, 1 handful of frozen organic cherries, 1/2 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder and 1/2 tsp of maca powder.

Along with my shake I had a slice of toast with raspberry creamed honey and almond butter.

It was pretty tasty. My eating schedule got a little screwed up today because I had to leave work before my lunch break for an appointment that lasted quite a while, so before I left I had a peach Chobani and some juicy watermelon!

After my appointment I snacked on a Clif Z Bar (sooo good! I like them better than Luna Bars now!) and an apple, and then headed to the grocery store to pick up some things for the week.

When I got home I tried something new for late lunch/early dinner. Microwavable Indian food! Someone from work gave me this to try out, since he and I had a conversation about packaged Indian food and he said it was really good. So I decided to try it tonight.

I put the Rajma Masala in a bowl and heated it up in the microwave for two minutes. I liked that it’s 100% natural with no preservatives, it was vegetarian, and only 130 calories per serving. But there are two servings in a package. I ended up eating it all because it wasn’t that much. The sodium content was a bit higher than I’d like though. Sorry, but there wasn’t any real way to make red beans curry look pretty. 😦 It tasted really good though! It was really spicy and had me wanting Naan so bad!

For dessert, I finally opened up the Chocolove Chocolate I got at the co-op a few weeks ago! I pretty much love all flavors and types of chocolate, but I think Chocolove might be my favorite, since the packages are so adorable.

I am surely in love with chocolate. Xoxoxo. 😀 Now, do I exercise tonight? Walk on the treadmill or do some yoga? Hmm.

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Monday Musings

Does anyone else hate Mondays? I’m so glad Monday is over.

So yesterday I had a nice relaxing Sunday. I recovered from the Freihofer’s/DMB Concert by running a seven mile Long Run as part of my Boilermaker training!

I woke up later than usual…at 9 AM! That’s the latest I’ve slept in a while! And it felt nice! I ate three blueberry pancakes made with Fiber One Instant Pancake mix, not caring about whether or not that would affect my run. I topped them with home-made blueberry sauce. Yum! I can’t stand eating light maple syrup on my pancakes anymore…yuck. (Although I will admit that it was good choice while losing weight.)

The weather was being funny yesterday (sun, downpour, sun), so I headed to the gym around 11:00 for some lovely treadmill running. I can’t figure out if I like running long runs on the treadmill or not. For one, it seems way easier on my body and safer than running on the road, but it’s just so damn boring! Especially when I’m staying at the same 11:00/mile pace for an hour and 15 minutes. And I tend to just stare at the screen in front of me instead of watching TV because I always feel like I will lose my balance and fall off if I look around too much. I was running for a long time. But I felt really good for the most part! Pancakes must be a superfood. 🙂

Treadmill Stats:
Total Distance: 7 miles
Average Pace: 10:54 ish?
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories Burned: 800

I was pretty famished by the time I got home (around 2:00!) so I had a really late lunch of two scrambled eggs and goat cheese on whole wheat toast with a side of Chobani pineapple! (A great source of protein…13 grams in the yogurt!)

I also made a Cherry Bomb sans Chocolate. I just threw in about a 1/2 cup of light soymilk and a bunch of frozen cherries without any chocolate whey protein this time. I think the reason why I feel sick after long runs is because I would drink either a smoothie or a shake with whey protein powder! It was hurting my stomach! I’ve been feeling much better post-run when I don’t drink it! Who knew?? Now the question is should I bother finding a non-dairy protein powder or just stick with protein rich foods to eat after I work out? I don’t know…

no I'm not a Yankees fan!

For dinner last night I had a bowl of Kashi H2H cereal and just munched on random things around the house.

Later in the evening I felt like making some more Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Salad to use up the rest of the vegetable broth I had sitting in my fridge. It came out delightful. I’m obsessed with this quinoa salad for sure. I actually don’t have a decent photo of the salad, but here’s the complete recipe for it, adapted from this recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (I use Hannaford’s organic brand)
  • 1 cup of quinoa (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salad spice (or other spice you might want to add)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package, but use the veggie broth instead of water (it makes the quinoa way more flavorful!)
  2. Combine olive oil, salad spice, and garlic in a small bowl and mix with a spoon or whisk
  3. Drizzle olive oil mixture onto cooked quinoa and mix well
  4. Add cranberries and walnuts and mix well
  5. Refrigerate salad and enjoy

So today I had planned on taking a rest day, but one of my friends asked if I wanted to go for a run this evening, so I accepted. We ran an easy five miles at about a 10:00/mile pace. It was actually kind of hard on my legs since they were still a little stiff from yesterday, and there are a couple challenging hills, but I made it! Everything else felt great though. The weather was perfect running weather. Sunny and cool with a light breeze. 🙂 We ran five miles and then walked leisurely back to her house. It was nice.

Garmin Stats:
Total Distance: 5.01 miles
Time: 49 minutes and 45 seconds
Average Pace: 9:56/mile
Average Speed: 6.0
Calories Burned: 593

Splits:
Mile 1: 9:53
Mile 2: 10:33
Mile 3: 9:41
Mile 4: 9:37
Mile 5: 9:53

I came home and made something to eat. I sauteed green beans with the last of my tempeh.

I sauteed them in some olive oil and sprinkled some garlic powder and salad spice on it. It tasted pretty good! I think the taste of the tempeh is growing on me. I might buy it again sometime! I also had a side of leftover pasta salad. (The last of it!)

For dessert I had one of my home-made energy bars, straight from the freezer. So yummy. I love these. Seriously. I can’t wait to make them again.

So with that, I will leave you to drool over these energy bars. Have a good night!

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Instant Strawberry Pancakes, a Barbecue and some Naked Wine

Wow my arms are sore today! Yesterday morning I went to the gym to get a workout in and I did mostly upper body on the weight machines for about 10 minutes. Now I’m paying for it! My workout also included a 10 mile ride on the stationary (boring) bike and some crunches and push ups.

Anyway, yesterday was fun!!! I made breakfast super early because I woke up at an ungodly hour. I was feeling lazy and I wanted pancakes so I brought out the instant mix.

I got some ground flax at the store the other day so I added a bit of that to the mix.

The picture on the pancake box inspired me so I made strawberry pancakes! I sliced up some fresh strawberries and mixed it into the batter. Yum!

Don’t they look good? There were actually a bit dry, so I put some home made strawberry blueberry jam on top of them and that made it 100% tastier! I mean, they are no pancakes from scratch, but they were pretty good.

I didn’t want to eat too much during the day so after my workout I had some leftover chickpea salad. I also made my first chocolate cherry bomb! I have been seeing these on other girls’ blogs lately so I decided to try one myself since it sounds delicious. A refreshing drink after a workout I must say! I threw in a bunch of frozen organic cherries, 1/2 cup of light soymilk and a scoop of whey protein powder.

So this was my lunch and I didn’t eat too much because Marcie was having a barbecue! 🙂 So I got to baking! I made some chocolate chip pecan cookies. They were wonderful! I wanted to eat them all actually. They were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I think the recipe came from cooking light, but I’m not sure. It might be my new go to chocolate chip recipe.

Here are some pictures from Marcie’s successful BBQ!

I had some baked ziti, Asian coleslaw and cauliflower "potato" salad and seconds of each

my cookies

the desserts! the writing on the giant cookie says HoT RD = Hellions of Troy Roller Derby!

I also picked up a bottle of wine for the BBQ, a Riesling. No surprise there! I grabbed this.

I think the Dragonstone has some competition, because it was really good! I love wine. So that was yesterday. Marcie had an awesome BBQ and she is a lovely hostess! Her new apartment is nice too. 🙂

Today I have a long run planned, according to my training schedule. Seven miles! I ate a pretty good breakfast. Maple peanut butter and 1/2 a banana and strawberry blueberry jam on a whole wheat bagel thin.

I will report back when I’m done, if I’m still alive!

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