Almond Joy Smoothie…Kind of

Tuesday tastes:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Snack hummus chips and hummus 35
Lunch left over bean soup 50
Snack Almond Joy Smoothie 150
Almond butter and honey tortillas 250
Dinner Noodles and Vodka sauce 280
Dessert Fiber One Lemon Bar 90
No-Bake Almond Joy cookie (1.5) 232.5
Total 1227.5

I don’t know where the time went yesterday but I feel like I got nothing done. I didn’t workout. I was going to run yesterday but never found the time. I did however buy a handheld water bottle for running! As I mentioned a couple days ago I was wanting one for runs in the heat so that I don’t dehydrate as fast. I decided to go to the local Manhattan Running Company to see their selection. They had both of the brands I was considering but for size and price I ultimately went with the Nathan brand. Not only does it fit my hand well but it has a nice pocket for phone and keys. I can’t wait to use it!

So failed at getting any food photos except for my smoothie. As you may have noticed, I’m really in cahoots with the No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies. So I was inspired to make a smoothie version of it. It didn’t quite reach the taste and texture I was going for it was still pretty tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups Almond Milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • A handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips

I would recommend chopping the chocolate chips up in a food processor first. Otherwise they sink to the bottom of your blender and don’t get incorporated very well into the smoothie. Chocolate chunks at bottom of blender = sucks.

I think I was trying to go for more of a milkshake consistency but that just didn’t happen. I don’t have ice cream. It was still tasty though. Also, I think regular vanilla yogurt might be better than greek yogurt. Maybe sometime I’ll revamp the recipe and try some other concoctions.

almond joy smoothie

If you get the hankering to try it out let me know what you think! Or what you would add to make it even better!

Reevaluation

Hello hello, all you wonderful people on this glorious Monday! I’m not sure why I’m in such a chipper mood (it was first day of classes after all). But here I am to grace you with my virtual presence. Let’s jump to it, shall we?

BAM!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Ham Sandwich 180
Green Tea Latte (small) 140
Dinner Zucchini pizza 150
Tortilla pizza 140
Tomato Basil Wontons 192
Dessert No-Bake Almond Joy Cookie 155
Total 1097

Under calories AND had a cookie. That’s what I’m talking about. Also, I ran 2 miles! I was sweating buckets yesterday and couldn’t go on after 2 miles. I think I was a wee bit dehydrated because once I got home I pretty much sprawled out on the floor and couldn’t get up for 20 minutes. I made Daniel bring me a glass of water. I’m thinking I need to invest in one of those water bottles you carry with you on your arm. Either a Nathan Handheld or an Amphipod Handheld. Anybody prefer one over the other? Or even a different brand?

So you’re probably wondering what a Zucchini Pizza is. Well, my friends. It is simply a zucchini used as the crust for pizza.

Observe:

zucchini pizza

Ingenious right?! I’ve had this a couple times now and love it. It’s easier than making real pizza and it’s healthier! I pinned it a long time ago but basically cut your zucchini into slices any way you want. I prefer the long the way. You want them about 1/4 inch thick — thick enough to hold up to all your toppings.  I cook it on the stove over medium heat on one side for 4-5 minutes and then flip it. Top it with sauce and cheese (and anything else to your liking) and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is starting to melt. Ta-daaa!!!!

Now you’re probably wondering what Tortilla Pizza is?! Well it’s just a tortilla topped with pizza sauce and cheese and lightly cooked on the stove until the cheese melts (like a quesadilla).

And of course last night we had to have some Tomato Basil Wontons. Seriously, folks, if you haven’t made them yet you should.

tomato basil wontons

I’m also addicted to those No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies from Carrots’n’Cake. I had to have them again so I made them last night. I promised Daniel I’d only eat one a day but I’ve already had one today and I’m craving ANOTHER. Someone stop me!

Almond Joy No-Bake Cookies

Alright, it’s time to reevaluate my plan. Today was the end of my goal to lose 10 lbs by the time school started. Well unfortunately I only lost 5 lbs. That’s definitely a start in the right direction though. I know I made a lot of bad decisions. I ate too many sweets, I over-ate a lot, and I didn’t workout enough. I really wanted to workout more but I just couldn’t find the motivation. Some days were better. A lot of the time I looked to Daniel to give me that push to workout, but sometimes he didn’t even want to so working out was put on the back burner. I need to learn to make time for it and not always rely on others to do it.

I’m not going to let this failure get to me though. I’m not going to let it set me back from all that I’ve accomplished in the past 8 weeks.  Not only did I lose 5 pounds, but I can run for over 4 miles without stopping. I also feel a little more flexible but I still need to work on stretching every day.

So I’m setting a new goal to work towards. By October 31st I want to lose 10 more lbs. That would be a total of 15 pounds lost. This was my ultimate goal to lose a total of 15 pounds. This will give me almost 10 weeks to do it. That’s a pound a week. Now that school has started I can utilize the Rec Center for working out and getting stronger. Hopefully I can stay on track and not stray. And hopefully I can balance school, work, the blog, and working out! Don’t worry about me if I end up going insane from all the stress. It’ll probably happen at some point this semester.

Bougie Things

Today we’re headed to Daniel’s uncle’s lake house so this is going to be a quick update. Yesterday, I didn’t workout. My left knee has a dull pain so I decided to give it a rest. Also, we were just plain being lazy. But thankfully I didn’t go over calories on my rest day.

Meal Food Calories
Brunch Breafast taco 350
Dinner Panerea Pick 2 Garden Vegeatable Soup 100
Panera Pick 2 Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich 340
Apple 80
Snack 1 No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies 155
Hummus Chips 160
Total 1185

We slept in so we had brunch. We basically made fish tacos again but without fish. Instead, I had scrambled eggs and rice in mine with mango salsa, lettuce, and cheese. Tasty!

breakfast taco

Then we had some golf lessons with my parents! That’s right, my parents are taking up the sport of golf and asked Daniel and I to join. I’ve never really played golf except for a few times and have never been very good. This is the first time I felt like I could actually do it! The instructor made it very simple and gave us great tips on how to swing. I really enjoyed it and got the ball up in the air a few times. We had another lesson this morning. Tiger better watch out, there some new golfers in town! (Trivia fact: Tiger Wood’s dad lived in Manhattan, KS! Unfortunately he passed away a few years ago but Tiger came into town briefly for the funeral).

Look at us pretending like we were made for this. Also note that we are matching by accident.  We’re so in tune, it’s like we live together or something.

Being Bougie

Being Bougie

Now, for the lake today it’s a pot luck so I made some cookies! Keyword: made. I did not bake! They were super easy No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies that I found on Carrots’n’Cake’s blog. Check it out! I added all of the ingredients (including the optional almond extract) and mixed thoroughly. Then formed the dough balls. I ended up making two separate batches because I figured 8 cookies was not enough. I’m not sure how many people will be there today, but I know I want more than one! I don’t know what I did differently but they came out slightly different colors. I’ll update you with a pic tomorrow. Regardless, they are heavenly! But dangerous. One cookie is 155 calories!

Alright off to the lake I go! Have a great saturday!