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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!

Food for Friday

It’s Friday and it’s time for the Friday Food Round-up! How are you feeling? Eat well this week? Sleep enough? Fit in some exercise? Hopefully all those answers are yes, and now we get to enjoy the weekend!

Breakfast

I made bagels from Skinnytaste that were 3 points on Weight Watchers! 3! The base is Greek yogurt and though my mom didn’t love the texture, I thought they were tasty. I dipped the first one in some peanut butter.

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Because the way I assembled them were too thin to cut, I dipped them into two over-easy eggs.

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I need simple and satisfying breakfasts at work, so I’ve been on a huge peanut butter stuffed pita kick as of late. With banana or other fruits is particularly delicious.

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Sometimes a girl just wants some eggs and toast.

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Lunch

I started off the week with a huge salad full of fresh veggies, grilled chicken, and some nuts for crunch.

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One day I stuck with leftovers for lunch, but the next day, I made this tuna salad with greek yogurt and mustard. Red bell peppers, carrots, and celery rounded out the dish.

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Since I work late Thursdays, I made a significant lunch of whole wheat pasta, grilled shrimp, and veggies.
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Dinner

The first dinner of the week was this blackened salmon dish with spinach rice, roasted bell peppers, and broccoli.

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Blackened scallops on a bed of spinach, peppers, carrots, and nuts.

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Chicken cacciatore with whole wheat pasta, bell peppers, and asparagus.

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A beautiful salad with veggies and grilled chicken.

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Have a spectacular weekend!

Daily Things

I thought I’d give a- probably mundane- rundown of my daily routine. Three days a week, I open up at the gym, so my alarm clock blares at 4:35am. When it’s being unkind, I’ll roll over and see I only have three minutes left to sleep. There is no kind when you have to wake up before 5am, although I have gotten used to it to an extent.

On these days, I get ready very quickly, really just feeding Simba and throwing my breakfast together. I typically work until 1pm and fit in my own workout. If I time my coffee and snacks appropriately, and slept well the night before, I will be motivated to complete an intense workout. If none of the aforementioned happens, then I will go through the motions. Most days, I’m awake enough to put myself through a tough workout, even though my first thought in the morning is I will definitely nap. (I never nap).

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My workouts on MWF are strength training based, sometimes total body, other days split by muscle group- functional and heavy lifting depending on my mood. This part, core included, will take 45-50 minutes. After, I fit in 15-25 minutes of cardio- cycling, arc trainer, and/or jump roping with intervals included.

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Once I leave, it’s lunch time! I try to stick to lean proteins and veggie-heavy dishes, including salads and stir fries, but other times, I’ll have leftovers. Being back on Weight Watchers means my lunches main source of carbs are veggies and fruits.

Before I shower, I spend some quality time with Simba. He’s still only one and loves being chased, so I try to do this as often as possible. The dude loves his friskies, so he can use the exercise too. Although, half the time when I run at him, he throws himself down and demands pats.

He demands pats most of the day and will follow me around, but when I settle down at my computer for writing time, he does settle down to sit in front of the window or under my desk. Right now, he’s actually yelling at me for attention.

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The rest of the night is spent meal prepping, reading, and watching TV or the Red Sox. Of course, Fridays are a little different.

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, I get to sleep in a little longer. I never thought a 6:45am wake-up time would be indulging in sleep. These mornings, I hop out of bed, chug water, and hit the pavement for a run. Sometimes I’ll run straight through for about 3 miles, other times I’ll alternate between running and walking. I get to have a nice, leisurely breakfast before heading to work.

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On Tuesdays, I’m done early, so I follow a similar routine to Mondays and Wednesdays. I work a split shift on Thursdays, so in-between, I’ll meal prep, play with Simba, and write.

For Saturday and Sunday, I choose one day to run and the other to rest, depending on my schedule.

What’s your daily routine look like?

snacks for days

Yesterday was my rest day, so I enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood, as well as some running around with Simba. He has this one mouse toy that he loves, but keeps losing so it’s a constant struggle to stay on top of it. Right now, it’s hiding in my pocket until I can supervise playtime.

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For breakfast, I enjoyed leftover pancakes, greek yogurt, and blueberries.

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I had two snacks throughout the day, the first was a homemade trail mix consisting of a tablespoon each of pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, and cashews, as well as a clementine.

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My second snack was a simple combination of baby carrots and almond butter.

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I try to make the most of my snacks with protein, fats, carbs, and veggies and fruits, which helps me get nutrients and feel fuller.

I had a gorgeous, but un-pictured BLT for lunch, subbed cheese for mayo because bleh!

Dinner was another not-photographed dish, chicken broccoli ziti with spinach.

I’m super excited to get outside and run today! In theory, (and by the time you’re reading this, I will be finished) it’s supposed to be in the upper 50s/60s today! C’mon spring, goodbye snow!

oatmeal in the morning

Happy Tuesday friends!

I’ve got another quick and easy breakfast-at-work for you. All you’ll require once at work is a microwave!

Warm oatmeal is one of my absolute favorites. For whatever reason, I just can’t get behind overnight oats and I think the point of oatmeal is for it to be served warm. Knowing this, I decided to make my early morning workdays friendlier and tastier with one of my favorite dishes.

The night before, I always prep a serving of oats with some cinnamon in one container. The next is a serving of milk with a splash of vanilla. A third container (bear with me) is full of fruits, my usual are blueberries and strawberries. And last, but never least, I’ve got my peanut butter for an extra dose of healthy and yummy.

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The next morning, I put the milk into the oats and cook for a minute, stir, cook for 30 seconds, stir, then cook for another 30 seconds. You’ll know when it’s ready, between 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave.

I stir in the peanut butter, then drop in the fruit and enjoy!

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It’s seriously good!

food

It’s been a bit since we’ve had our usual Food Friday’s post and I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t have that many for you today. By the time I realized I should be collecting them, it was already Wednesday after lunch! But we get what we get and we don’t get upset- or so I used to tell my kindergarteners!

Oatmeal! This will be featured at some point next week. It’s delicious.

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I love when you can throw the night before’s dinner into one bowl and make a meal. Burrito inspired.

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The steak dinner that was featured earlier this week. I think it deserves some more love.

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Breakfast! Eggs with cheese on an English muffin with  fruit. It’s the simple things.


Lunch included more leftovers- spinach salad with chicken.


Since I work Thursday nights and have to work early Friday, I prefer to eat dinner on the earlier side. I prepped an excellent cod fillet with spinach rice and a vegetable medley.

It’s Friday, so smile to yourself, do a little jig, and get back to work because it’s almost the weekend!

food to go

Sometimes I work in the mornings, sometimes I work at night. Depending on the time, I either need to prepare breakfast or dinner ahead of time so I stay organized and healthy! I went over a few breakfast options last week, and there are more to come, but today, I’m focusing on the dinner thing.

For protein, I threw a slab of steak onto a pan and got cooking. I’m still new to cooking steak, trying to make it pink enough but not too pink. It’s a struggle, but I think I did well this time. I seasoned the meat with a steak seasoning…and some olive oil.

While that got cooking, I started in on my vegetables. I mostly love vegetables, especially a variety of them in a dish.

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This time around, I selected zucchini, carrots, red pepper, and yellow pepper. I also threw on some asparagus and spinach once in the pan.

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To round out the meal, I cooked some rice. Along with a side of bbq sauce, I prepped everything to go and all I had to do later was heat it up!

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All of this led to a happy and healthy stomach!