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! 

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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!





All drugged up!

9 06 2008

No, not in that way! 😉

Luckily my stuffiness went away as the day went by.. thank God! I was hoping it wouldn’t get worse that I’d have to take days off work because with all of these vacations coming up.. I’ll be needing the $$$!

Cereal mix once again.. Nature’s Path Raisin Bran, Fiber First, and Kashi GoLean Crunch topped off with more raisins. Filled the bowl with mostly Kashi today because I was in a really sweet/crunchy/carb-y mood this morning!

Found the last Tazo Green tea bag hiding away in the cupboard. I LOVE this flavor. I forgot what it’s called but it has a minty twist to it, so refreshing!

For lunch I still had the urge for something sweet/crunchy/carb-y so I made half of a Grilled PB&B Sandwich. Mashed up half a banana, spread some natural crunchy pb on a slice of multigrain bread, and grilled it on a nonstick pan, pressing the sandwich with the back of a spatula. The pb slightly melted and the mashed, warm banana just made it nice and gooey. Totally hit the spot!

Had a side of steamed Bok Choy & Broccoli but turned out I wasn’t feeling up for the veggies, so just took a couple of bites of it and enjoyed my two Banana-Apple & Raisin Cookies instead 😀

Australian peckham pear to go along with my lunch..

Four Banana-Apple & Raisin Oatmeal Cookies fueled my sweaty workout. Did a lot of lower body exercises, which burned like hell.. but that burn just feels oh so good 🙂 Workout ideas came from Women’s Health (I always find a ton of awesome ones from here) as well as Kelly’s blog.

The weather cleared up for the rest of the day (it’s been grey all week long!) so we took advantage and grilled up our dinner. Tossed some red peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, and sweet potatoes (microwaved them to speed up the grilling process) in a little olive oil, black pepper, and seasoning salt. Poked them through skewers (makes it easier to flip) and voila!

I always like to keep my plates proportioned into 1/2 veggies, 1/4 carbs & 1/4 meat, nice and balanced! The star of the meal was obviously the grilled veggies (but the bf begs to differ) along with a small piece of the beef tenderloin and wild brown rice (this rice has random dense crunches to it–love those parts!)

I am feeling extra drowsy right now.. I let the bf know and he tells me, “Oh yeah I think I gave you the Tylenol nighttime pill..”  AWESOME, no wonder why I feel so knocked out! Guess I’m off to a good night’s sleep!





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!





Computers don’t like me

7 06 2008

Yep another late post since we got home at 6 in the morning from last night’s shenanigans..

Yesterday’s breakfast was what I like to call my new oatmeal.. a mixed bowl of Nature’s Path Raisin Bran, Fiber First, Kashi Go Lean Crunch topped with raisins but sans bananas!

Had one of the last Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bars left.. I swear a whole box doesn’t even last us a week!

Lunch was the last whole wheat bagel from the batch I made a couple days ago. It got a little dense.. but still good! Stuffed this tiny one with almond butter & bananas.

And here are my last food pictures since my computer was not on my side this morning! I accidentally deleted some pictures that I haven’t uploaded yet,  so I go back to the Recycling Bin thinking I can still retrieve them since I didn’t empty the bin yet, but to my HORROR.. they were all gone!

Since when does the Recycling Bin empty all by itself?! It needs permission to do that!! I swear this laptop as a mind of its own.. I’m probably getting a Macbook soon when the new school semester starts, so hopefully my tech stress will go away forever 😦

Anyways, I found some spring roll wrappers so I made 3 different healthy versions: Sweet Potato, Grilled Carrot & Apple Spring Rolls. I say they’re healthy because I baked them in the oven and it’s traditionally deep fried in a huge batch of oil.. boo to grease!

I never really measure anything, so the measurements aren’t anywhere close to being exact.. but here’s a rough outline of what I did:

Sweet Potato Filling:

  1. Peel and boil 3 medium sweet potatoes (amount depending on how much filling you want to make) until tender. 
  2. Mash with fork and add 1/4 cup chopped green onions, 4tbsp chile powder, salt & pepper, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 tbsp nf plain yogurt.
  3. Bake finished spring rolls (seam side down) in a 420 degree oven for 8 mins per side or until golden brown.

Obviously for the Apple & Grilled Carrot fillings, I thinly sliced them. You can also sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples before rolling them.

There are so many ways to roll these babies up, here’s one:

Wet all edges of the wrapper with water. Place filling on the bottom corner and fold over.

Fold in the left & right sides, leaving a “point” at the top.

Roll up to the top and press edges together to ensure its sealed & VOILA!

Now this is when I would’ve put pictures of the finished spring rolls.. but apparantly my computer likes to makes its own decisions without my approval, so I’ll leave you to imagine them looking all pretty.

This ended up making about 50 spring rolls and I ate a couple of them dipped in salsa and nf plain yogurt! Sooo good. I’m really disappointed that I don’t have a picture to show you how DEEEELICIOUS they looked! I’m really not lying 😉  

I also went to the mall again yesterday (I have no idea why I keep setting myself up for disaster!) and picked up 2 jean shorts and a pair of grey heels from Old Navy.

CUTE! Them actually being comfortable is an added bonus!

The second dangerous place for me.. Shoppers. Everytime I go in there, a sale always gets to me leaving me to justify my purchases with.. “because they were on sale”. Boots No7 Primer (I get oily in the T-zone area so this stuff saves me from lookin like a little greaseball), Revlon Nail Polishes in Berries In the Snow & Perfect Pink.

We had Homemade Hot Pot again at one of my girlfriend’s houses last night while watching Knocked Up (my fifth time.. but I still laugh uncontrollably as if it were my first!) No picture 😦 but my plate was constantly filled with Chicken & Veggie Dumplings, baby corn, mushrooms, and broccoli!

Afterwards I met the bf up at a bonfire he was at with friends, and let’s just say that it’s 12 in the afternoon right now and he’s still passed out sleeping.

Make your weekends worth it, everybody!