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We’ve been away from each other for awhile and I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Below are some of the more delectable dishes from the past few weeks.

BREAKFAST

I eat a lot of eggs because they’re zero points on Weight Watchers, nutritious and filling, and super versatile. Sometimes, I want something that’s not eggs for breakfast. I put together a yogurt bowl with non-fat plain greek yogurt, jazzed up with cinnamon and vanilla, 1/4 cup of granola and lots of berries.

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I often will make my own homemade waffles and pancakes so I know exactly what goes into them, but for days I need to have an efficient morning, I pull out kodiak cakes’ protein brand. (Not an ad, I just love their products). I topped this beautiful with sugar free syrup- not bad, just a little less sticky so it makes food soggier faster- fruit, and chopped walnuts.

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On mornings, such as on the weekend, when I do have time for a leisurely morning, I like to concoct more advanced dishes. This is two eggs with marinara sauce, veggies, and mozzarella baked together in a warm bowl of goodness.

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LUNCH/DINNER

Quick and simple, grilled shrimp, brown rice, spinach.

 

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I cooked some 99% ground turkey meat in teriyaki sauce and ate it throughout the week. One of my concoctions was lettuce wraps with an assortment of vegetables, served with brown rice.

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Another variety was in a bowl mixed with lots of veggies and rice, topped with a little drizzle of sweet chili sauce.

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I eat a lot of cod because it’s so easy to cook. Here, I just topped it with salt and pepper and enjoyed it over zoodles cooked in olive oil and garlic and topped with chopped tomatoes and parmesan.

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A blackened piece of swordfish paired well with frozen veggies. It was very easy to pop the vegetables into the microwave and throw some teriyaki on it for taste.

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Any go-to meals to share? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Fridays = The Best Days

Happy Friday!

I know we shouldn’t live for the weekend, but Friday has long been my favorite day and I can’t help but feel happy when it arrives.

Let’s start it off by going back to Thursday, which wasn’t bad itself.

I woke up Thursday morning and enjoyed a classic breakfast sandwich of my own making before heading to the gym.

First, I weighed myself and realized I’m down 1.6 pounds!

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My workout included 40 minutes of arm and core exercises, as well as a treadmill run. I’m running “long” distance twice a week and once a week, I’m working on speeding up my mile. I’ll run one mile, then complete sprints.

A quick snack to refuel was this peanut butter toast and berries.

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After my morning shift, I came home and threw this delicious salad together. With a kale base, I threw in bell pepper, carrots, peanuts, tofu, and chicken with balsamic vinegar. So good!

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Dinner was leftovers during my night shift. Chicken with white sauce, spinach rice, and sautéed spinach and kale.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

It’s Friday, which means that once I get out of work today, I have plans to do AB-SOL-UTE-LY NOTHING! As much as I love traveling and spending time with friends, I’m exhausted and looking forward to whipping up a home-cooked meal, vegging on the couch, and even getting in some long overdue writing time. Yay Caitlin time!

I am obsessed with swimming lately. I’ve only been back at it for the past three weeks, but it’s such a relief on my body from other exercises like running and strength training and it’s making all the difference. I started my workout this morning with a core/strength routine using the medicine ball and stability ball. I did two circuits, the first including box jumps, squats, lunges, push ups, and kneeling kickbacks with a resistance band. The second circuit was rollouts, elevated hip lifts, hundreds to v-ups, Russian twists, and sit ups. I ran through each circuit four sets of ten reps before finishing up with a few planks on the stability ball. By the end, my abs were aching and my legs had been through the ringer as well.

Hopping into the pool felt so freeing because even though it’s a great full body workout, it’s not as strenuous on the muscles. I did 28 laps (back and forth), the first 12 were at more of a moderate pace. I swam the next 4 as sprints and was so out of breath when I changed into 2 backstroke laps and 2 breaststroke laps to cool down. 4 more were sprints again, followed by 2 more backstroke and 2 breaststroke before cooling down. I felt so energized and rejuvenated after. The most exciting part is that when I first dove in, I was the only one in the pool! I’ve found the perfect time to go- now let’s hope I haven’t jinxed myself.

My breakfast this morning was this beautiful french toast meal. I use pureed pumpkin in my batter for sweetness, along with a dash of vanilla, cinnamon, some milk, and an egg. I coat them with peanut butter for the jolt of protein and because I happen to prefer peanut butter 10000000 x more than syrup.

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Since there are many wedding festivities upcoming and I have such a prominent role as the MOH, I need to start really watching my diet. I’ve been lax in the past couple of weeks due to all that traveling and eating out at restaurants, but the other problem is I sit more at work now. I’ve been making a quality effort to stand, which is much better than sitting all day and I take frequent brisk walks to get my brain and body moving. There are also those assorted bites and tastes I can easily cut out of what I eat in a day and it’s time I pay more attention to that.

In this case, one of my efforts is to eat a salad and soup every day for lunch. There are still a ton of different options and meals I can create to go along with this. I’m aiming for a ton of veggies, which I’m already excellent at incorporating, along with lean proteins, like chicken and fish. I need to get back into my beans! Soups, especially broth-based ones that are homemade or the boxed ones found at Trader Joes, are also excellent because they carry many more nutrients and are also filling. My aim is to only have grains at breakfast and dinner, which shouldn’t be too hard. I’m not cutting out anything I enjoy eating, I’m just trying to be more mindful and stopping diving into things without realizing or appreciating what I’m eating.

My lunch was this tasty leftover salad from the other night featuring baby spinach, poppyseed dressing, walnuts, and craisins with tomato, cucumber, carrots, peppers, and grilled chicken tossed in. I had a cup of the leftover miso soup with a dash of spicy chili sauce that made it that much better.

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So good! And I didn’t feel deprived in any way.

Dinner was more indulgent with macaroni and cheese and barbecue chicken, but the broccoli and asparagus were good buffers. I was careful to slow down my eating and savor each bite and when I finished, I didn’t even feel compelled for seconds. This is a big deal when I can turn down more macaroni and cheese. Progress people!

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Before I end, I have a bit of a confession to make. My guilty pleasure television show is Baby Daddy on ABC Family and I am obsessed. The show can tend to be a little cutesy at times, but in a real quality fashion. I find the writing to be excellent with clever dialogue and layered characters, which have pulled me in and make me invest in them.

I’ve been watching since the beginning and last night during the spring finale, I finally thought my favorite couple would get together. Of course there was a nasty cliffhanger that will leave me on edge until the summer (or until I forget about it by next week and it will be rejuvenated in the summer). I had my whole family watching last night with the promise that they would not talk through it- they mostly succeeded. All of them were mocking it and me at the silly title of the show, but once they started to watch it, at the very least, they didn’t hate it.

If you’re looking for a fun show to watch, I highly recommend it! Not such a guilty pleasure after all! Have any good guilty pleasures to share?