Sleepy time

21 06 2008

Took another allergy pill and oh my lord.. I am sooo drowsy again. I really want to take a nap but I have LOTS to study (8 chapters of math!!) plus it’s only 11 o’clock =/ I’ve only been awake for three hours!

Here’s yesterday’s food haul:

Breakfast was the usual 🙂 Nature’s Path Optimum Cereal with strawberries, bananas & raisins.

The travel to Houston is going to be a looong one. Literally from the time we wake up til we hit the hay! First we have to take a bus from Vancouver > Bellingham Airport > flight from Bellingham to Seattle > transfer planes from Seattle to Houston. Plus there’s about two hours waiting at the airports for our plane changes. BAH! The airline food from when I flew during Christmas was the usual microwaved, packaged chicken burgers, cheese crackers, chips, chocolate bars.. just unhealthy food in general. So I’m going to prepared this time and pack my own food for the whole day! So first, made a batch of these baked oat bars from Kath’s site to have for snacks.  

The dried fruit I used was a trail mix from the bulk section of banana chips, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cashews. Also added in some raisins & chopped walnuts. I divided them up into smaller bars just because apparantly, I like to make everything into mini-sizes 😛

I never really had a sit-down-eat-off-a-plate lunch yesterday since my mindless snacking got me all filled up.

First had about two handfuls of banana chips while prepping everything for the oat bars..

Then a couple handfuls of trail mix.. followed by the last of the Maple Walnut Frozen Yogurt that I discovered in the back of the freezer which I already thought was supposed to be finished!! So I had the three tablespoons left straight from the container because I was too lazy to wash another bowl 🙂 AND a small oat bar fresh from the oven.

I packed some light snacks to eat later at work since I didn’t have an actual lunch, so I thought I would be starving throughout the day! Fruit & Yogurt Parfait. First with a layer of cinnamon, honey & strawberries..

Topped with banana slices..

With some Optimum Power Cereal & a couple walnuts on the side to mix into the yogurt for later.

Altogether with 2 mangoes. But the trail mix I munched on kept me full for so long I didn’t even end up eating any of this (except for one mango), oh well!

After work the bf & I went to watch Get Smart. I really liked the movie minus some corny/slow moments.. but I LOVE Steve Carrell’s non-chalant humour so he made it awesome overall 😀

Then we headed to Richmond Sushi which is this Japanese all-you-can-eat place that’s open til late night. Most people see AYCE places as a dangerous situation to put themselves in the case of over-indulging, but everything is served in appetizer portions so I just control myself by eating with my stomach and not my eyes.. so it’s not all that scary! So I had a pieces of everything basically.. california roll, bbq short ribs, veggie tempura, gyoza, spicy agedashi tofu, shrimp bomb, lemon chicken, beef teriyaki. YUM!  

Off to more studying then a gym workout later in the day. Have a good weekend everyone! 





Gray day

12 06 2008

I lied. The weather was crappy again today.. I’m starting to forget what it looks like with LIGHT outside! At least it’s supposed to be sunny with 0% chance of precipitation this weekend!! I’m addicted to weather.ca if you haven’t noticed 😛

I haven’t had a Straw-nana smoothie in a while.. so brought it in my cereal bowl 🙂 Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Fiber One, Nature’s Path FlaxPlus Multigrain with a sliced strawberry, half a banana and a couple raisins thrown in. I loved this combo! Well then, guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow..

Tried out some of the Stash Goji Berry Green Tea we picked up the other day. Really fruity with a twist to it, I’m going to try it iced tomorrow with some honey to sweeten it up a bit more!

Gym workout again today. That reminds me that I’m going to have to find a new gym when I move to Houston.. Ahh it’s going to be hard for me to part with my rec center that I’ve grown to love 😦

There wasn’t much in the fridge to make lunch, so we went to our favorite Japanese restaraunt for my all-time favorite meal 🙂

Started off with some green tea, miso soup, and a salad with miso-ginger dressing. There’s something about house salads at Japanese places.. it’s so simple but ridiculously tasty!

I was going to try out a different roll, but the lunch special was 2 cali rolls with a soup & salad for only $5! Whatta deal. The California rolls are so well made here. The crab (even though it’s artificial) is always so fresh tasting, not too much mayo, they don’t overload the rice, and the rice is never “mushy”.. perfection!! The bf and I have been to countless Japanese places, so I can spot a nasty Cali roll from a block away 😉   

A peppermint to end my meal! Although I’m notorious for stealing a couple more mints from the bowl when the waitress turns away (yenno, just to keep in case of “emergencies”) The bf always shakes his head in embarrassment afterwards.. 😛

When we got home I finally got around to making those Cinnamon Raisin Bagels! It took a little longer this time around since I made 18 mini-bagels instead.

Here are my little babies all finished with cinnamon & ground flaxseed sprinkled on top.

They’re about the size of the palm of my hand, so it’s pretty much perfect with a smear of almond butter for a snack or pre-workout bite.

Bagels fresh out of the oven are seriously the most comforting ever! Had mine with a little almond butter as planned 🙂

And another iced coffee! Damnit I’m addicted! But caffeine doesn’t have any effect on me whatsoever. I remember in high school I’d drink mug after mug so I could stay up all night and cram.. but I’d be dead asleep five minutes later! Haha 😛

I didn’t have a huge appetite for dinner since that bagel held me over for a quite awhile. So I just shared a plate of Shrimp & Zucchini Stir-Fry with the bf, but didn’t have any of the rice.

The bf’s mom came home with a huuuuuge box of mangoes!!! 😀 I was extremely ecstatic about this.. (my tropical fruit addiction!!)

 

2 weeks til my vacay and 2 days til the weekend! We can make it!! 😀





Case of the sniffles

8 06 2008

Ugh woke up this morning with that stuffy nose, mushy-head feeling.. BLAH! I’m thinking it’s because we slept with the window wide open last night, but over time I’m starting to believe that’s just another old wive’s tale that my mom used to tell me. So who knows!

Yesterday I was at home all day long since I had to take care of the bf who was suffering from a bad hangover from the night before! Whatta party animal. So I rented the complete second season of Sex and the City on dvd and made the bf watch it with me 🙂 Surprisingly he got really into it and I had to kind of tear him away from the tv for a bit.. Now it shouldn’t be a problem taking him to go see the movie again 😉

For breakfast I had (surprise, surprise) my cereal smorgasbord of Fiber First, Nature’s Path Raisin Bran, Kashi Go Lean Crunch with bananas and raisins. I swear, once I find a breakfast that I love.. I’m hooked! But don’t worry, you won’t be seeing my repeat cereal bowl every morning pretty soon since our boxes are close to empty 😦

We had the perfect veggies in the drawer for Shrimp Stir Fry. I think I’ve finally perfected a method for stir-frying..

  1. Saute 1 tsp of minced ginger and a minced garlic clove in a med-high wok until ginger is fragrant.
  2. Add a chopped onion and a handful of chopped green onions and saute until onion is translucent.
  3. Place shrimp into the wok, sprinkle with black pepper and remove when shrimp barely cook (they should just turn pink–about 1 min per side)
  4. Add chopped mushrooms and roughly sliced baby bok choy to wok. Drizzle 1 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tbsp of water, 3 tbsp light soy sauce and 2 tbsp rice vinegar.
  5. Stir-fry until all bok choy is wilted.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped almonds, peanuts, or cashews and CHOW DOWN! 🙂

Munched on a small plate of sliced pears, pineapples and a handful of homemade granola while working our way through the SATC dvds!

Did some at-home workouts since I couldn’t head to gym.. but still workout up a nice sweat! Did the Ab Ripper from P90X, various arm exercises, and got some ideas from here for some lower body.

I was planning to make some Cinnamon-Raisin bagels but we were running low on ww flour so put together this recipe of Apple-Banana & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies!

Pretty random but all of the flavors really worked out together.

This made about 30 mini-cookies, about half the size of the palm of your hand. Yeah I’m aware that only 28 are shown here.. but I had to taste two of them fresh right out of the oven 😉

Posted this up on the Recipes page (along with the stir-fry) so try out these healthy little suckers!

For dinner we finally left the house and met up two other friends for some late-night Japanese tapas. Everything is served in small, appetizer-sized portions which works out perfectly because you get a taste of everything without feeling stuffed to the rim. Sadly, no pictures of all of the yumminess that occured last night because I forgot the cam, but you’ll just have to go out and try it for yourselves!

See you all later!





Asian Martha Stewart

5 06 2008

That’s actually what the bf called me today since I kept showing him every hour something new I just baked! Haha I don’t know what it is, but on my day offs I feel like I have to try all of the recipes I’ve ever laid my eyes on.. But he doesn’t complain at all 😉

So kitchen addiction #1 resulted in Baked Apple-Raisin Oatmeal. Same recipe as always but added some raisins for something different.

My piece with homemade applesauce and a teaspoon of almond butter that the bf & I are completely obsessed with! He says it tastes like Nutella, but for me it tastes like pb but.. better!

Kitchen addiction #2 = Granola. I just eyeballed everything that I put in but here’s a rough recipe:

  1. Mix in a large bowl until combined: 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp brown sugar and 2 tbsp water.
  2. Add to the liquid mixture: 3 cups oats, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1 cup cereal of choice (I used half Kashi Go Lean Crunch & half Nature’s Path Flax Plus Raisin Bran)
  3. Stir until dry mixture is evenly coated.
  4. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 20 min. (or until golden-brown) in a 375 degree oven, moving granola occasionally.

It wasn’t too much on the sweet/sticky side since I didn’t want to use a lot of sugar, but definitely crunchy which equals a good granola to me! No more granola from the bulk bins at the grocery since it’s all loaded with nasty sugars anyways 😛

Kitchen addiction #3 brought about Whole Wheat Bagels (this I must say, am most proud of :D) The recipe I got from Happy Herbivore.. and they were so easy for a yeast newbie for me! I’ve never baked with yeast before so I stared at it confusingly for a couple seconds as it got all brown and foamy and thought.. “Is it supposed to look like that?!”

Sprinkled some flaxseed on top before baking. Look at them sitting all cute and looking like they were store bought 🙂 Some other bagels I’m thinking of making next time are

  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Blueberry
  • Strawberry
  • Banana (with mashed banana & banana chips)
  • Something to do with pumpkin?

Any other ideas.. holler!

Went to the gym to get some cardio & upper body workouts in. When we got home I didn’t really have a formal lunch since we were rushing out the door, so I just ended up nibbling on a whole bunch of stuff which I guess was “lunch”.. pear, small handful of granola, ripped off a tiny piece of the bf’s bagel smeared with almond butter and finally a Clif bar.

    

I didn’t eat this but here’s the bf’s AB&B bagel. He said it was so fresh-out-of-the-oven tasting and a lot better than the store bought bagels we usually get. Yay me! 🙂

By the time dinner came around I was STARVING because we hit rush hour, therefore sat in traffic for what felt like 10 days!!

But when we got home it was BBQ time! Here’s the Black Bean Burgers (from Veganomicon–hey, this is kitchen addiction #4!) getting all grilled up that I luckily prepared earlier in the day.

(And I can’t lie, I had a chunk of the leftover baked oatmeal while dinner was cooking!)

Dinner was faaaabulous! Grilled veggies are my most favorite way ever of eating them, their flavors always come out so nicely. My plate was another veggie fiesta! Black bean burger, mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, corn on the cob, and a teeeny piece of chicken breast. Went back for another corn cob since I can never get enough of those little guys!  

 

2 more days til the weekend!! And even though it’s only Thursday tomorrow, I’m going clubbing because it’s one of my best friends’ birthday. Not really up for it since I have to get up early Friday morning, so no drinks for me! 😛