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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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Drowning in Pasta Salad

I think I made enough Pasta Salad tonight to feed an army, but I’ll get back to that later.

This morning I had a yummy breakfast, some Special K protein with Kashi H2H! I’ve never tried Kashi cereal before but I picked it up yesterday the store because I’m trying to steer away from heavily processed foods. I’m pretty sure Special K has a long list of ingredients but I love it because it is low calorie and high in protein and fiber, and that’s why I eat it. But anyway, I really liked the Kashi cereal! I think its going to be one of my staple cereals now. It has 130 calories for 3/4 a cup, which is pretty much the same as Special K strawberry, but it has protein and fiber in it. I like that!

I had a quick and boring lunch today so I’ll skip over that. But I did go to the gym this afternoon for a speed workout. I did five miles in 49:24. I pretty much made it up as I went along, doing a 1 mile warm up, a couple of repeats of 800 @ 8:54 with 400 jogs in between, and a 1 mile cool down. I feel like it was a pretty effective work out! I was definitely sweating! I wolfed down a banana in the car on the way home because I was starving…

Dinner was good. I wanted to try my new veggie dogs!

I would suggest these to anyone who is looking to loose weight and looking for healthy substitutes of things they like! They’re only 45 calories a link! They are a pretty good substitute for hot dogs, if you don’t ‘t mind the flavor of fake hot dogs, that is. 😉  But its no juicy Nathan’s hot dog. (I used to love those back in the day.) I actually didn’t taste much of the veggie dog itself because I slathered a bunch of mustard and relish on it! Too much, I think. I used the top half of a whole wheat sandwich thin as a bun, and that worked out perfect! I would love to try these on the grill because the thing I miss about real hot dogs are the grill marks!  I also had a side of my quinoa salad (its finally gone!), and a tiny slice of home made pizza my mom made.

yes, I bit out of the pizza before I took this!

Dessert was a small bowl of soy ice cream, one too many almonds and a few pieces of dark chocolate.

Now, onto the pasta salad. Chris and I are having dinner tomorrow night, and he said he was craving some tasty pasta salad, so I did some searching to find a nice and easy recipe. Little did I realize that the one I found could serve a party of 20. Ha! It has everything we were looking for in a healthy pasta salad!

the best part...tons of veggies!

However, I didn’t include photos of the cheese! I threw in some cubed cheddar cheese as well…because what’s a pasta salad without cubed cheese?

Here’s whats in it:

  • 1 bag of all natural whole wheat veggie flavored rotini
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 chopped zucchini
  • 2 chopped peppers; one red and one green
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • sliced olives
  • 1 can organic chickpeas
  • cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz of all natural Italian dressing

The initial recipe I used can be found here. Apparently I didn’t read the “serves 16” on the bottom! Tomorrow night we’ll see if my pasta salad passes the test. 😉 I think it will!

Oh yeah, I’m running the Freihofer’s on Saturday morning! I’m going to the fitness expo tomorrow at lunch to get my race packet. I’m super excited!!! I hope it doesn’t rain in the morning, because that would be a bummer. My next post will probably be after the race at some point.


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