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Shiratake, Inception and Hummus To-Go

Oh finally it is the weekend. Thank goodness. I was starting to feel like the workday would never end. 😦 I’m so glad to be home! I have an exciting weekend coming up!

But lets rewind a bit to Thursday. Last night I came home from work to make a quick and easy dinner. I had previously picked up some Tofu Shiratake Noodles to try! Hungry Girl raves about these because they are so low calorie and apparently a great substitute for pasta, so I wanted to see what the big fuss was about.

I was shocked to find the whole bag of noodles was only 40 calories. That made me a happy girl! I decided to just warm them up in the microwave after draining and rinsing them and using the noodles like I would spaghetti. I just threw the last of the roasted red pepper bruschetta and some Parmesan cheese onto them.

The noodles themselves didn’t have much flavor, and were kind of chewy since they’re tofu, but they didn’t taste too bad! I ate the whole bowl because I was starving and I love the bruschetta. 😉  I would buy these noodles again since they are so guilt-free!

After dinner, I had to get ready because Chris and I had some extremely late night plans that evening…we were going to the midnight showing of Inception at the Spectrum Theater!

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I have been waiting months for this movie to come out! It was pretty interesting because I wasn’t really sure what is about, all I knew is that the preview looked awesome and I love all of the actors in it. It was SO worth seeing at midnight because it was incredible! I’m not going to talk much about it because I don’t want to give away the plot, but it will definitely make you think and stare in awe at the special effects! I love movies like that. 🙂

Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep last night until 3:00AM and had to get up at 7:00AM for work…which had me running on four hours of sleep all day. That that equals an unhappy person at work. 😦

Lunch today was sort of unplanned, so I got something quick at my Department’s cafeteria. The one healthy choice in the whole entire lunchroom. Sabra Hummus and pretzels! Have you ever seen a package like this?

The only downside: I ran out of pretzels! I had to go get some more from my co-worker so I could eat the rest of the yummy hummus. 🙂

But I’m so glad to be home now…I just ran three miles on the treadmill in 31 minutes and 40 seconds and it felt really good, despite not getting much sleep last night. I’m about to go finish up my laundry, which I’ve been neglecting for days, and then start baking some superfood cookies for tomorrow’s Blogger Brunch Meet-Up! 😀

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Carbo-loading!

In 24 hours I will be in a car headed to Utica, New York to run in my first ever long distance race, the Boilermaker 15K!! I’m super excited, since the race is the biggest 15K, with 13,000 people running! 9.3 miles will also be the most I’ve ever ran at one time.

I wanted to get my carbs in tonight, so I made some Ronzoni SmartTaste pasta for dinner!

I topped my spaghetti with some roasted red pepper bruschetta, olive oil, oregano, and Parmesan cheese. I also had a slice of my new favorite bread…Country Kitchen Double Fiber Whole Wheat!

Tomorrow I’m going to make sure I eat very clean, maybe make some whole wheat pancakes for breakfast, maybe a sandwich for lunch and a light dinner, and drink lots of water…just to make sure my tummy is happy on Sunday. 🙂

After dinner tonight I decided to take a short bike ride, just to get in some more exercise, since I haven’t been working out much this week. I went for a six mile ride in 38 minutes and 30 seconds. It was such a warm and gorgeous night!!!

Okay, I’m off to relax. Hope everyone is having a nice Friday evening! 🙂

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Long runs, beaches, and chocolate zucchini cupcakes

Things I like to do on my day off: lay on the beach, go for an 8 mile run, and bake chocolate zucchini cupcakes. Not in that order. 😀

This morning I woke up and knew I had to do my long run today, because there was no way I was running that much on the Fourth of July. I have too many plans and a four mile race that morning!

I fueled with some peanut butter toast and honey, with some chia seeds sprinkled on top, and a cup of green tea. And I was ready to go.

Miles 1 – 4 on treadmill in 44:45. Felt great.
Mile 5 – 10:14
Mile 6 – 9:58
Mile 7 – 10:16
Mile 8 – 10:13
Total Distance: 8 miles
Total time: 1 hour and 26 minutes
Calories Burned: 901

After my run, I came back and rehydrated with some coconut water! This brand was so good, I will most likely be buying it again.

The top of the cap says “Happiness in a bottle”, and that is true!

I also had a chocolate strawberry protein smoothie in a mug. I finally figured out the key to making rice protein taste good: use half a scoop! It tasted SO much better!

In my smoothie: A handful of frozen strawberries, 1/2 scoop of chocolate rice protein, 1/2 cup of almond breeze.

The rest of my lunch was a vanilla honey Chobani with some raw oats thrown in. Yum!

Then my sister and I headed to Thompson’s Lake Beach to enjoy the sun!

The beach isn’t much, but it was nice to lay in the sun, relax, and try to get rid of my runner’s tan!

We stayed for a couple of hours, and then headed home to make some dinner. I was feeling creative in the kitchen today, so I decided to make some chocolate zucchini cupcakes!! 😀

While they were still in the oven, I had tons of leftover shredded zucchini, so I made zucchini and potato pancakes! I got this recipe a while ago from Cooking Light, I think..so I just modified it a bit to fit the ingredients I had lying around.

Shredded zucchini, shredded potato, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and 1 egg mixed together and formed into patties, grilled on one side for a few minutes, and then baked in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

The mixture made about four good sized patties. I had two for dinner!

Dessert was a chocolate cupcake still warm from the oven! They were so chocolatey and delicious…you can’t even really taste the zucchini!

So far my day off has been pretty good! 🙂 Tonight I’m off to hang out with my cousin and listen to some good music in downtown Albany! Have a good weekend!

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Killer Crane

I swear, I could eat the whole batch of superfood cookies that I made yesterday, they are so chewy and delicious! Ahem…anyway. I hope everyone is doing well on this Tuesday evening.

Last night after participating in a tweet up for foodbuzz, I was motivated to make a breakfast cookie to have for breakfast this morning. I also wanted to try my new protein powder. Here’s the cookie!

I threw in…

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened almond breeze
  • 1 tbsp of  almond butter
  • 1 tsp of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1 sprinkle of dark  chocolate chips

It was bit too wet, probably because I usually use 1/2 cup of oats instead of 3/4 cup.

Along with my cookie, I had a chocolate protein smoothie!

It looks a bit like mud, huh? I put about a cup of almond milk into the blender, along with a handful of frozen mangoes and pineapples, 1/2 tsp of maca powder and 1 scoop of the protein powder. Apparently, 1 scoop is WAY too much, because it tasted SO gritty! I couldn’t even taste the fruit!!! It didn’t taste horrible, but I guess I just have to get used to the texture. I’m going to experiment with this powder to get it to taste just right. At least it was FILLING!

My morning snack today wasn’t too interesting…some strawberry Chobani with some chia seeds sprinkled on top. They had no flavor, but tasted like I put some poppy seeds into my yogurt.

Before I actually ate lunch I went for an easy four mile run on my lunch break. I did four miles in about 38 minutes. It was hot and I was pretty tired by the end.

Stats!

  • Total distance: 4.0
  • Total time: 38:03
  • Mile 1: 9:53
  • Mile 2: 9:08
  • Mile 3: 9:18
  • Mile 4: 9:42
  • Average Pace: 9:35/mi
  • Calories Burned: 482

After my run I came back to a HUGE salad with lots of veggies!! It was quite refreshing.

I also had two of my superfood cookies!

These are not going to last very long…

So after work my friend Lyndsay and I headed to the Honest Weight Food Co-Op for some shopping!

I picked up a couple of random things…

  • Coconut water
  • Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with Cherry
  • Amy’s organic tomato bisque
  • Honest Tea “Just Green Tea”
  • So Delicious Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream
  • Boca Vegan Burgers
  • Organic Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • Avocado

I got the avocado because I had tons of left over cilantro and wanted to make some more guiltless guac..however..I didn’t have the white beans, so I substituted red beans and it came out looking like a mixture of green and red guacamole. Ha!

I also made a quick refried bean, mushroom and cheese quesadilla for dinner. Along with the mutlicolored guac and some peach mango salsa!

It tastes so unhealthy, but it really isn’t! The tortilla is high in fiber and low in calories (only 80 in that huge thing), the refried beans are a great source of fiber and are fat free, the cheese I used is made with 2% milk. It was a very satisfying and healthy dinner. For dessert I had some more cookies, and limited myself to only two. 🙂

I was also in the mood for more exercise tonight, so I popped in Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown, but this time I did Level 2. It was WAY much harder than Level 1! I hope I can walk tomorrow! It incorporated much more ab work! AND the dreaded CRANE POSE!!! I tried this pose last night doing some Namaste Yoga, and let me tell you…it was impossible!! I could NOT hold myself up. I think I have zero upper body strength. It looks like I have a new summer goal: complete the killer crane pose and be able to hold it for five seconds. Think I can do it?

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Bash Bish Falls

Yesterday after my 8 mile run, I came home and my sister told me she wanted to go hiking. I was totally up for it, since I love the outdoors and I need more hiking trips in my life. She did some research and wanted to check out Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. The hike to the falls is only a half mile out and back, so a one mile easy hike seemed totally doable, even after using up most of my energy during my earlier run.

It only took about an hour to get there. It is interesting because the hike starts out in Copake Falls in Taconic State Park (which is in New York State) and on the trail you cross into Mass! It’s pretty awesome.

My sister and I also discovered that this park has cabins for camping right across the creek! It was so cool, I would love to camp there sometime! Seeing the cabins made me miss camping.

Eventually we ended up at the falls! It was gorgeous!

There were actually people swimming in the water under the falls, even though there were signs posted all over the place that said swimming was prohibited. A couple of young guys even  JUMPED from the top into the water. They were CRAZY!

It was such a lovely day. It was pretty hot and humid though, so a swim would have been really nice. Too bad we didn’t bring our bathing suits!

The trail was an easy hike. There were people walking it in flip flops! I felt over-prepared with my hiking boots and camelback. 🙂 I did enjoy wearing my new boots though! They were comfy for the short hike.

We spent about an hour total walking to and from the falls. It was nice to spend some time with my sister!

As soon as we got into the car and drove out of the parking lot, it started sprinkling. We timed that hike perfect. It then started to lightning and thunder and we were driving through a downpour! We could hardly see out the window to drive down the narrow dirt roads. Thank God for GPS! We ended up pulling over near a General Store to wait out the downpour.

Imaging if were still on the trail during that? Eeek.

Eventually it cleared out and we headed home. It sure was an adventure!

I came home, exhausted, sweaty, and starving. I wanted to keep dinner simple and healthy. I toasted a sandwich thin and threw some roasted veggie bruschetta and shredded cheese on it. It was sooo delicious and satisfying. For dessert I had some of my mom’s five cup salad and some Edy’s light ice cream. Yum!

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The Six Mile Run That Wasn’t

Morning everyone. It’s finally Thursday! Hurray! I was not in the mood to blog last night so I will update you all this morning on what has been going on!

Yesterday I had oats for breakfast, but I was too lazy to take a picture of them. I think I mixed in a mashed banana and some oat bran with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. It is such a tasty combo! Yum

Anyway, at work for snack I tried yet another kind of greek yogurt. Stonyfield Organic Oikos 0% fat! Opinion: not better than Chobani. Pros: only 90 calories a cup; cons: smaller serving size. It was okay, since there was no Chobani to be found in the store.

Lunch was a standard PBJ. Or should I say ABJ…I used almond butter instead of peanut butter! So yummy. The jam I used was my Aunt’s strawberry rhubarb jam.  😀

Pretty boring, but tasty. I also had some fruit to go alone with it, as well as a Nature Valley granola bar.

So after work I had a six mile tempo run planned, according to my training schedule. I was planning on going to Chris’ to run the first three miles and then meet up with him for the last three. I ended up running 3.65 in about 35? minutes (I forgot to upload my Garmin info) and I felt really good! Instead of running two laps around the park, I ran down past my old college and around the Pine Hills neighborhood where I used to live. It was kind of an eerie feeling to be running around that neighborhood, where I lived for so long. I think of that time as my past life…where I made so many unhealthy choices about food and not exercising at all. I can’t believe I used to live like that! Needless to say it was bit weird to run by my old apartment. I actually felt really good about myself and how much I’ve changed for the better.

So I met up with Chris to run the last three miles..and about a half mile into that, I started to feel goosebumpy. It was so weird because it was SO hot and humid out, probably about 85 degrees or more. I couldn’t explain why and neither could Chris..so we kept running and I took a couple of walking breaks. After a mile, I started feeling like it was hard to breathe, like I couldn’t get enough air in…and I started freaking out! This has never happened to me on a run before! I can’t really explain what happened! It was so weird. So we ended up cutting our run short and went for a walk around the park so I could cool down.  So I counted five miles in 53 minutes on my Garmin, which isn’t too bad considering I walked the last quarter mile. But I can’t help but feeling like I’ve let myself down, especially if I don’t complete the miles I want to that day. I have to keep telling myself that no matter what I do, it is good enough! I know that in reality it is. It’s just hard sometimes to keep telling myself that.

Anyway, I searched Runner’s World for some information on getting goosebumps while running, and I found this article, that almost explains it. I know for a fact I didn’t drink enough water yesterday, so that might have been a contributing factor. So Chris also gave me some advice and said I should drink more water as soon as I get up in the morning, because your body needs hydration ASAP after sleeping.

So after all of that, I went home and made a quesadilla for dinner. I got some vegetarian refried beans at the store other day so I could make some! I used a high fiber tortilla, filled it with refried beans, corn and cheese and grilled it on the stove. It came out really good, but a little bit messy! I also topped it with some of my favorite peach mango salsa. It was so satisfying!

So I followed Chris’ advice about the water I drank a couple of glasses this morning before eating breakfast. It not only helps keep me hydrated, but I actually feel more full after eating my breakfast! It was great. I suppose it helps to drink before I eat, rather than after.

Breakfast was another scrambled egg wrap with peach mango salsa. Here’s the photo from last time since it looked pretty much the same. Except I used goat cheese instead of shredded.

Sooo good. I love these. I will be making more of them on the mornings when I have enough time like I did this morning. 🙂

So now I’m actually still full from breakfast! Can you believe it? I think it was the water I drank. Awesome!

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Tuesday Eats

Hola! Its time for today’s food post! I’m going to try to make it short and sweet!

This morning for breakfast I decided to get a little creative! I microwaved a scrambled egg and put it in a high fiber 80 calorie tortilla with a sprinkle of shredded cheese and some peach mango salsa to make a delicious breakfast wrap. It was so good!

It was quick and easy, just how I like it!

Lunch wasn’t too interesting…I actually forgot to take pictures. Although I did have a Brown Cow yogurt for morning snack.

The more I think about it, the more I actually like Chobani the best. Brown Cow is really good, but I think Chobani is thicker and more creamy.

Anyway, lunch was a Morning Star Farms chick’n patty with reduced fat american cheese on a sandwich thin with some grapes, a nectarine, and a Nature Valley Oats & Chocolate granola bar! I think this flavor might be my new favorite. The taste reminded me of chocolate Teddy Grahams for some reason! Yummy.


After work, Chris and I went for an easy 3.25 mile run around the park. It was nice. I thought it was going to start storming, but the sprinkles died off and the sun came out for a little while! I didn’t wear my Garmin because I thought it might start to pour any minute, but my guess is that it took us around 30 minutes.

After my run I went home for dinner and made pasta! I’ve been craving pasta for a while!

This is the kind we had in the house. It was pretty good. I’m not sure if I like the taste of wheat pasta better or not!

I topped my pasta with the roasted veggie bruchetta that I got at the Local Food Festival on Sunday. This bruchetta is delicious! The ingredients: Eggplant, yellow squash, and zucchini. My favorites! 😀

I also had a small salad with hummus.

The pasta and salad were very satisfying, as I was starving when I got home! It really hit the spot.

Dessert was the best ice cream ever!

Edy’s 1/2 fat light s’mores ice cream. I love Edy’s. They have the best light ice cream. It doesn’t even taste light to me! I love the s’mores because there are little marshmallows and pieces of graham crackers in it. Sooo good. 😀

Anyway, that’s it for today’s eats. I have a six mile run planned for tomorrow evening. I just have to decide where I want to run. We’ll see!

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