One helluva post!

20 06 2008

Time to play catch-up for the 2 days! Ugh been so busy with studying, work, running errands that need to be done before I leave, plus I’m starting to pack up some things in my room to leave in Houston. I’ve already filled two huge suitcases but I’m probably going to have to empty out some stuff because they already feel too heavy =/ Transporting my entire closet down there is going to be a challenge I tell ya!

Anyways, on to the food.. 2 nights ago I was feeling the late-night munchies so I made a Strawnana smoothie with a handful of chocolate graham bears. Finished half of the smoothie and gave the rest of it to my garborator, that is my bf 🙂

Woke up to my morning bowl of joy 🙂 Nature’s Path Optimum Power Cereal with strawberries, bananas, & raisins.

Went to the gym with the bf for a good upper body workout. My new obsession lately has been reverse crunches. (Don’t ask me how to do them because I am the worst at explaining exercises!) I googled them up and I always end up feeling the soreness in my abs afterwards, love it 🙂

Yesterday’s lunch was leftover Green Bean Stir-fry and quick Scrambled Egg Whites with mushrooms, onions and topped with tomato sauce. Kinda bland but ehh I needed some protein!

I really wanted some Maple-walnut frozen yogurt for dessert but I resisted for a healthier option.. fruit & yogurt “parfait”. Nf plain yogurt on the bottom, layered with Nature’s Path Optimum Power Cereal, strawberries, walnuts, and a couple chocolate graham bears.

Later on I went out for dinner with a couple girlfriends and we went to the same Japanese restaurant that I’ve already been to twice just in the past week and a half! Choices were either sushi or Greek and I knew that I’d probably end up getting greasy calamari.. so sushi it was! And yes, I got the Veggie Combo Boat.. again. I could live on that damn boat!!

Afterwards we chilled out and just watched half of the first season of Sex and the City on dvd so we could get one of my friends (who has never watched an episode!!) into it. Shockingly.. she didn’t even enjoy it!! She said she “couldn’t get into it”. WHAT IN THE WORLD??!!

Now for today’s eats!

I think this picture can describe itself by now 😉 haha

The bf’s mom bought another caseload of mangoes so guess what I had as my mid-morning snack! This batch is sooo perfectly ripe.. I had another one later on in the afternoon 🙂

We finally have tortillas again! So I made this Mushroom Mozza Quesadilla for lunch.. sauteed some mushrooms & green onions for a couple minutes, heated and spread some tomato sauce & nf plain yogurt on a tortilla, grated some mozzarella cheese inside and folded everything together. Mushrooms + mozza = best quesadilla combo ever!!

Had this with some steamed broccoli & soy-ginger dressing on the side.

Dinner was exactly what I was craving for.. MEAT!! Having meat isn’t really a big deal to me (I’d actually pick tofu over meat if I had the choice) but I had this random craving for it today. So here’s my Beef Tenderloin & Veggie Stir-fry with zucchini, red & yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, onions all on top of wild brown rice.

Ate this while reading the bf’s new Men’s Health Magazine that came in the mail today. I love reading this even though it is directed towards men. I would get a subscription to the women’s version.. but I am just too cheap to buy magazines 😛

To satisfy my sweet tooth.. had another fruit & yogurt parfait sans chocolate graham bears since the bag is finito 😦 Time to head back to Shoppers.. I love their new “Organics” house brand!

Night munchies kicked in a little bit later though.. What I intended to have was some maple-walnut fro yo but the bf finished the rest of it last night!! ERRR so I settled for a spoonful of pb instead 🙂

Back to non-stop studying 😦 But TGIF tomorrow! The bf and I are having a dinner + movie date night and I think we’re watching the new Steve Carrell movie, “Get Smart”. Should be good! Night everyone!

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Clear nose, happy me :)

18 06 2008

Woke up all stuffy again this morning so the first thing I did was head to Wal-Mart and pick up some allergy medication. I just got some generic brand for $2.. but OMG that stuff works like a charm. I swear I felt so much better within an hour. Maybe it’s just all in my head, but who cares! I can finally breeattheee!! 😀

Guess what’s back for breakfast :)! Oh how I’ve missed my Strawnana cereal.. Eating oatmeal the other day just wasn’t the same anymore, shocker huh? So this was my first time trying out the Nature’ Path Optimum Power that we got yesterday, pretty good if I say so myself. It’s pretty much a blend of bran flakes and Fiber One so maybe that’s why I like it so much 😛

It was only mid-morning and I was already getting droopy-eyed while studying! So I had a homemade mini cinnamon raisin bagel with some PB thinking I just needed some fuel to keep me going. Yet somehow.. I still ended up falling asleep on my books for 2 hours! Whoopsies =/

Lunch was a bowl of leftover Mung Bean Soup. Doesn’t look too appetizing.. but I swear that it’s just one of those foods that don’t look good but taste awesome!!

Yeah, mung bean soup really isn’t all that photogenic..

And I have no idea why, but it seems like all meds that I take (Advil, Tylenol etc..) leave me feeling incredibly drowsy. They’re even meant for the daytime but my body has a weird reaction to everything so who knows =/? 

But I really needed something to help keep me energetic for work, so I had a couple of scoops of the Maple Walnut Frozen Yogurt. Topped off with a couple more walnuts and I was feeling pretty peppy after that 🙂

I also had a really small plum at work but it was pretty sour and not all that exciting 😦

The bf’s mom made some random Green Bean Stir Fry with fish balls & tiny chicken patties for dinner. I do this too when I’m too lazy to cook, I just throw whatever is in the fridge together with some soy sauce and voila.. a meal. Never disappoints!

But I’ve never been too fond of fish balls, so I just threw one of them in my bowl to give it one more shot. And yep, now I know why.. they taste like fake, processed “fish” rolled up in a ball. Blegh not my cup of tea!  

Oh and it looks like Photobucket is having some issues so that’s why all of my other posts are picture-less. Boooo 😦

Well I’m off to study once again. Let’s see what all of this cramming in one week will result in the day of the exam eek!

Happy HUMPDAY tomorrow!! 😀 😀





Stuffy Mcstufferson

17 06 2008

I am SUCH a ball of congestion right now. My allergies are going crazy so I’m constantly sneezing every two seconds. And when I’m not sneezing, I’m trying to make myself sneeze which results in weird looks from people =/

So I really wanted something cold for breakfast and couldn’t stand the thought of hot oatmeal on a day like today. But Kashi alone doesn’t fill me up, so I decided to make my oatmeal cold by sticking it in the fridge while I packed the bf’s and mine’s lunches.

Loved the creamy-ness of the oatmeal combined with the crunch of Kashi!

I really wanted to go for a run in the morning while it was still kind of breezy, but wanted a change of scenery. Don’t you just hate seeing the same thing all of the time while going for runs? That’s why I loathe treadmills with a passion! It gets so repetitive/boring after five minutes for me. Anyways, I decided to drive down and park my car at the beach so I could run along the shore. Well, turns out the only free parking I could get was a loooong way from the beach but I did not want to PAY to run. It is an extremely steep road heading DOWN the beach.. So I can say I got an awesome lower body workout on the way back up! 😉

Came home for leftover bbq for lunch! Grilled chicken breast, honey-glazed carrots, yellow pepper, and zucchini. Still as good as it was yesterday 🙂  

With a bowl of mung bean soup on the side (which I ate hot even though I was already sweating from the heat!)

It’s the bf’s and I’s 22 month anniversary today. (Yeah, we still do the anniversary thing monthly) I think it’s cute :)! So we went to go celebrate by eating at the same Japanese place we did the other day because it really was that good!

Miso soup and ebi sunomono to start. The ebi was actually in vinegar this time so it was all good 🙂  

Then I obviously had to get the Vegetable Combo Boat again! Green salad with miso mayo dressing, Veggie Tempura (onion, yam, sweet potato), Tofu Teriyaki on top of stirfry veggies, edamame, and a veggie roll. This is seriously my dream combo.. it has all of my favorites on here!

Afterwards, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some yogurt for smoothies and new cereal (yay!). Then I was a sucker for the bf’s persuasion to get another bucket of Chapman’s Maple-Walnut Frozen Yogurt. Ahh this stuff is beyond addicting!!

So here’s my tiny ice cream dish with about half a cup of the “fro yo” and a couple more walnut pieces I stuck on top for an extra crunch!  

 

Goodnight everyone! I’m off to study some more until I fall asleep on top of my book as I sign that I’m done for the night..





And the countdown begins..

16 06 2008

T minus 7 days until Houston! Ahh I’m so ready for that burning-feel-like-you’re-gonna-melt weather! PLUS there’s an outdoor pool just for the residents of my mom’s complex, so guess where I’m going to be 🙂

Sorry for another delayed post, I’ve been so busy with trying to study for the THEA exam and all of these errands that I’m trying to get done before I leave.

Yesterday’s breakfast was boresville. We hardly had any Fiber One left, no strawberries, no bananas.. NADA! So here’s my  plain jane bowl of the last of Fiber One from the bottom of the box and Kashi Go Lean Crunch with a couple raisins. Kashi just isn’t the same all by its lonesome self! 😦

I needed to make a quickie lunch since I still had a ton of stuff to do, so I finally finished the cooked quinoa! Seems like I made that whole batch months ago! So threw in quinoa, sliced mushrooms, and some tomato sauce in a bowl, tossed it around and microwaved for a couple of minutes. Not bad for a 5 minute lunch.. But while I was munching it down, I was wishing I’d cooked it on the stove with some onions & mozzarella cheese. Yeah, so I had to imagine that’s what I was eating instead 😛

On the side was the very last mango from our massive case. Such a sad occasion 😦 I’ve been craving chocolate all day so I also had some chocolate graham bears too.

We’re always trying to get the most use out of our new BBQ, so Father’s Day dinner was all grilled up! The bf’s dad had to miss his own dinner since he was at work though!

My plate with a chicken breast, honey-glazed carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, potatoes and a yellow pepper. I think I’m close to finally perfecting grilled veggies, a major step up from the blackened ones that I started with =/

I also had a bowl of Mung Bean Soup on the side. I forgot what the Filipino name for it is, but it’s basically a broth based soup with mung beans, spinach, and onions. Such comfort food! 🙂

How cute is that?! The bf set up the chocolate graham bears all nicely on top of a scoop of Breyers FF Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream.

I hate eating things that look so cute! It makes me feel bad as I bite their little heads off.. but they taste oh so good 🙂

Just came back from a run on the beach, the greatest thing ever. So I’m going to try to fit in more studying (booo!) and packing before I head off to work.

Ta ta! 🙂





Unlimited quinoa anyone?

14 06 2008

Sorry for the once again delayed post.. Got in pretty late last night and just wanted to hit the hay asap!

The same breakfast that you’ll see until the cereal box is empty.. Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Fiber One, sliced banana, strawberries, and raisins. I am not even close to being sick of this stuff yet! 😛

Pre-gym snack was a mini cinnamon-raisin homemade bagel with some PB! Got some upper body + cardio done within an hour.

Went to the mall (yeah, I know..) again to return the sandals I bought from Old Navy the other day that turned out to be a tad too big. But JUST as I’m walking out the door, I see Costa Blanca with 50% off sale signs everywhere. So you know what that means 😀 Came out with a summer-y dress & yellow flats. I finally got around to using up the store credit I had soo.. the best part was that I spent $0 WOOHOO! 

I STILL had some leftover cooked quinoa that I prepared the other day.. seems like I have a bottomless pit of this stuff!! Surprise, surprise what was for lunch! Whipped up Orange Tofu Quinoa.. words can’t describe how perfect this dish was! I loved how the orange flavor totally popped out.

Posted this up in the Recipes section.. you won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Then I saw the last piece of Upside Down Apple Pie in the fridge.. I wasn’t dying for a piece, but I just ate it anyways just because it was there 😛 Haha, not really a good reason but I couldn’t let it go to waste 😉

Lunch kept me full for a while, so dinner was a small bowl of mainly the veggies from the Orange Tofu Quinoa and shared half a mango with the bf.

Then I get a call to go to this Italian restaraunt, Anducci’s, for my friend’s last minute birthday dinner. Even though I had JUST finished eating, I got a small appy of Wok Chili Squid. No camera, so unfortunately.. no picture! But the description was.. “Tender pieces of squid sauteed in a sizzling wok with fresh garlic, crushed chilis, lime and bruschetta salsa.” So try to picture THAT! It wasn’t greasy at all, so A+ in my book! I also had a Strawberry Daquiri that I drank a leeetle too quickly, so I left feeling a tad light-headed. Can we say.. lightweight?!

When I got home, the bf made a concoction involving some Breyers FF Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream + Organic Chocolate Graham Bears..

= this! Topped off with a couple white chocolate chunks.. HEAVEN I tell ya!  I totally didn’t need this either, but I blame my lack of control on the alcohol 😛

As for today, I had a pretty productive morning already. Picked up my paycheque, went to the bank, went for a nice hour long jog, and did laundry! WHEW. Now I’m off to study some math for the THEA and do some at-home lower body workouts.

Happy weekend :D! 

 





Movin on down..

11 06 2008

To TEXAS! Yep, everything is pretty much finalized for my move in August. Here’s a little summary of what’s happening..

I was originally going to attend school for Medical Radiology, but my mom always tried to persuade me to go into Nursing (she’s an RN herself). I was on the iffy-side about it, not knowing if it was the right field for me and whatnot. But I thought about it for a while, talked it over with friends who are already in the program and realized that it is something that I’m really interested in doing.. so I’m going for it :D!

My mom & cousins live in Houston, so I’ll be moving there mid-August to being my pre-requisite classes and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get accepted for at least the programs’ Fall 2009 intake.

As for the bf, I can’t imagine living THAT far away from him for so long :(! He’s hoping to get into school there as well, but since he’s a Canadian citizen the process is a bit longer. We’re praying that he’ll be able to get in for either Winter or next Fall semester. Ahh.. we’ll see what’s going to happen! For now, I’m trying to make myself believe that distance will make the heart grow fonder. Cheesy I know, but I need something to help me keep positive!!

Anyways, enough of my life story.. FOOD TIME!

Do I even need to type this out anymore?! Nature’s Path FlaxPlus Multigrain, Fiber One, Kashi GoLean Crunch all topped off with, you guessed it.. raisins! 😛

Pre-gym snack were two Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies. We chose the most perfect time ever to work out.. you could basically count the people that were in the gym. I love my open space! Warmed up with 10 min on the bike, ab/back/arm weighted exercises, then finished off with 20 min doing tough intervals on the elliptical. Intervals are one of my favorite ways to end a workout with a sweaty.. glow 🙂

Since I pre-made a huge batch of quinoa, I quickly whipped up this Chicken & Tomato Quinoa for the bf. This was really good, I was even amazed with myself as I basically just chucked in whatever still looked edible in the fridge.. and look what turned out! I modified it and put it in the Recipes section. So tasty, healthy and made in less than 15 minutes.. what else can ya ask for!

So while the bf had my new creation for lunch, I was stuck eating the leftover Chickea Quinoa Pilaf from yesterday because someone’s gotta finish it! Also finished up a couple grilled sweet potatoes from the barbeque the other day and made some of my Perfect Stir-fry but just with some bok choy this time because I was too lazy to chop anything else up 😛

An iced coffee and a small piece of Upside Down Apple Pie for dessert was sooo perfect for the afternoon.

Then I come home to the house smelling like fresh pizza! The bf’s mom made a whole bunch, but on.. white processed cheesy pizza bread. I am not a big fan of processed cheese at all. It just tastes so.. PROCESSED (to say the least)! To compensate, I had some of the leftover pizza toppings which was made with ground chicken, zucchini, yellow peppers and fresh mozzarella cheese. Ate that along with the last of the Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf and some of the bf’s leftover Chicken & Tomato Quinoa from lunch.. with chopsticks of course

Nighttime munchies took over.. so I handled them gracefully with a glass of water, pear slices and a Banana-Apple & Raisin Cookie which later on was multiplied by 2 😉

Good news.. the weather is finally starting to clear up, perfect timing as it’s my day off tomorrow! WOOHOO! Happy Humpday everybody :D!





Where the heck is summer?!

10 06 2008

The weather is seriously RIDICULOUS right now in Vancouver.. It was pouring rain all day long with strong winds and we even got some thunder this afternoon! But then again, it’s always unpredictable here.. just a couple of weeks ago we were up to 24*C! Oh well, in just two short weeks I’m off to burning hot Houston, TX 😀

Nothing creative here for breakfast. Just the usual Fiber First, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, but I poured in some Nature’s Path Multigrain Flax Plus since we ran out of the raisin bran. There’s some change for ya!

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This crunch is the reason why I get out of bed!

Today I became quinoa de-virginatized!! We had a whole container full of it stored away in the cupboard that I totally forgot about, so here it is as Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf from Veganomicon. It was a little mushy and I was just thinking.. “Maybe quinoa is supposed to be mushy!” but then I realized I was supposed to add uncooked quinoa to the recipe. WHOOPS! But you know me, I’ll still eat anything! 😛

Then I wanted to make something dessert-y, so voila! This may not look too exciting..

But when flipped over, all the yuminess is revealed. Upside-Down Apple Pie! I didn’t use any margarine/shortening, so the crust wasn’t flakey like a real pie crust.. but still really good.

Posted this up in the Recipes section, so try it out! Make it when you need to look like you slaved all day making a pie from scratch.. but really, you cheated 😉

Had my dessert before my lunch 🙂

Had a small bowl of Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf. Then I wanted another slice of the apple pie, but had two Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies instead 🙂

Dinner featured some leftovers but was still Oh. So. Good.

Small piece of roasted chicken breast, grilled mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf and some steamed bok choy. I love having a variety of veggies on my plate.. YUM!

We went for a quick grocery stop to pick up some more ww flour (bagels tomorrow!!) and I won’t lie.. I “sampled” two yogurt covered almonds from the bulk bin section. SHH! I might be charged with theft under $1000 😉 (Yeah right, that’s what they told us when I use to work as a cashier at a grocery store –probably to keep us away from constantly munching out of the bins!)

My sweet tooth carried on until we got home, so I made an Iced Coffee (I’m not really a big coffee drinker but I was having a huge craving for a Tim Horton’s Iced Capp!) and one more Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookie.

Hope the weather is awesome where you guys are!