Lame Title for a Lame Post

Oh man peeps, first test as a grad student tomorrow! Wish me luck!

So another quick update!

Tuesday meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Toaster waffles and syrup 180
  fiber one bar 90
Lunch half mango 54
  Leftover veggie medley 100
  raw vegies and ranch 80
Dinner 1/2 Chipotle Vegetarian burrito bowl, chips, and guac 500
Snack almonds 180
Dessert Banana ice cream 140
Total   1324

I went over a bit on calories but I did run 3.5 miles last night!

No food photos this time but I do have an exciting meal to share with you tomorrow!

Sorry this post is super lame.  I’ll make it up to you, I promise! Goodnight ya’ll!!

My Dog Ate My Posts

Do you believe me? Ahhh I’m getting so behind! I can’t believe it’s been TWO DAYS since I’ve posted.  Life is getting busy! I don’t like it.  Summer is officially over. =(

I’ll go by day, giving you the play-by-play as usual.

Wednesday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond Milk 30
Snack Plum 32
Almonds 150
Lunch Einsteins Veggie Bagel Sandwich 270
Dinner Spinach and Fruit Salad 150
Dinner Coconut Salmon with stir fry 384
Dessert Banana Nutella Ice  cream 140
Total 1256

So this is when we had Daniel’s cousin Sabra and her hubby, Ramon, over.  It was so much fun hosting them!  We made a delicious dinner consisting of coconut salmon and stir fry.  We used almonds, Panko, and shredded coconut for the crust and it was sooo good!  Then we did our typical stir fry with veggies, soy, teriyaki, ground red pepper, garlic powder, and honey.  We added less spices this time but it was still very flavorful. Oh and this is not pictured, but you know that Raspberry Chipotle Sauce we use for the Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip? We decided that would compliment the salmon really well so we made that our dipping sauce.  It was amazing together!

Coconut Salmon and Stir Fry

Since Daniel and I were trying not to eat any sweets this week (huge fail, by the way), I decided to just make some of that Banana Nutella Ice Cream.  I received some good reviews!  I made a bunch of it and still have some left over so I’ll definitely be snacking on that sometime soon.

Thursday’s meals (Caution: A Bachelorette Party was involved):

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond Milk 30
Lunch Left over stir fry 130
Half a mango 54
Snack Half a Luna Bar 90
Dinner Zucchini Pizza 150
Dessert Chocolate Fondu (strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, rice crispies) 450
Drinks Beer, Bahama Mama, mixed drinks 400
Snack Slice of pizza 210
Total 1614

So Thursday started off pretty healthy.  But you know how I am when there’s sweets around me. My friend, Jen, is getting married today! So Thursday was her Bachelorette party.  There was chocolate fondu and I could not resist.  I’m not sure whose idea it was to have rice crispies to dip in the chocolate, but they are a genius! It was probably my favorite.

Here’s the group:

bachelorette party

Me, Jenna, Jen, Jenny

Yes, I was the only “R” name there, haha!  There was more girls but they came later.  We started out at a hotel for the fondu, drinks, games, and gifts.  Then we headed to the bars!  The party was in Lawrence, KS and I had never been to the bars there but they were pretty fun! We went to the Sandbar (90s music and surfboards, reminded of the Shark Bar in Power & Light in KC).  They had awesome drinks! I ordered the Bahama Mama.

Bahama Mama

It came with the beads and these stunna shades, haha! And yes, that is a penis straw.  Why leave them behind when you can bring them out to the bars?!

Bachelorette

And here’s the Bride to Be with her drink! She got a rubber ducky with hers!

It was such a fun night! I can’t wait for later today to see her get married!

Friday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cheerios 100
Skim Milk 60
Eggs 40
Bacon strip 40
Lunch Veggie sandwich (spinach, cucumber, green pepper, raspberry chipotle sauce) 150
Snack Half a Luna Bar 90
Dinner Delicious Chinese Food 400
Snack Crackers, meat, cheese, fruit, veggies 150
Dessert Banana Crème Pie Shake 465
Drinks Beer, peach sangria 200
Total 1695

Yesterday, Daniel’s friend Bin invited us over for some home cooked Chinese food at his house.  His room mate cooked it and did an amazing job!  I can’t even tell you what it all was, but it was good!

chinese food

chinese food

Then I went to a friends’ house for a little get-together.  I had more snacks and some peach sangria.  Oh man, that sangria was so good! I plan to make some for myself sometime if I can remember the recipe!

Afterwards I met up with Daniel and Bin again and he bought us some Sonic Milkshakes before going to the bars to play pool.  I had the Banana Creme Pie milkshake. Heavenly.  And heavy in calories.  Good thing I didn’t drink all of it.  It was tempting though.

Ok, so I majorly failed in having no sweets this week. I should have tried harder. I gave in so easily!  How do I resist?  And the wedding is today so I obviously have to have wedding cake! I know, awful mindset.  We’ll see if can do better next week.

Alright, I gotta get ready for this wedding today. Have a great Saturday everyone!

One-Ingredient Ice Cream

I’ve come to realize bananas are magical. They’re so versatile and the perfect filler for anything. I love them in my smoothies, mixed into my cereal, and as my ice cream. Yes, you heard me right. Ice cream. It’s a dream come true. A healthy dessert, an oxymoron, is now becoming more common. And you don’t have to sacrifice the flavor you’ve come to expect from your sweets just because it’s deemed “healthy.”

One-ingredient Ice Cream using bananas

Here’s how you accomplish this simple sweet.

Take a couple bananas and chop them up. Set them on a plate and place it in the freezer. Once they’re solid (about 2 hours) they’re ready.

banana

Blend the bananas in a food processor. They should become fluid like soft serve ice cream.

blended bananas

If you want, you can add some extra flavor. I put in 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella. Blend until addition is evenly distributed.

blended Nutella and bananas

Some recommend refreezing now so you get more of an ice cream consistency but I liked it as is. Thick and Creamy (also, I couldn’t wait that long to try it!).

banana ice cream

Delicious! It was the perfect combination of chocolate hazelnut and banana. And guilt-free!

Some serving suggestions using 2 bananas:

  • add 2-3 Tbsp of Nutella
  • add 1/4 tsp of almond extract (and maybe some shredded coconut?)
  • add some frozen strawberries or strawberry syrup for a strawberry-banana flavor
  • add 2-3 Tbsp of peanut or almond butter with 1 Tbsp honey

I definitely want to play around with more flavors and see how these would turn out.

I hope you enjoy it!

A Job Well Done

So, I was in the kitchen A LOT yesterday. First off, I made a cake. But I didn’t eat any of it! Why, you ask? Because I made it for someone else. It was a thank you to a family friend. According to them, it was delicious! I was a little unsure on how it would turn out since the recommended bake time did not seem long enough. So I can’t show you the inside of the cake but I can show you the outside!

Chocolate Chip Cake

I can attest that the batter and the frosting were delicious! It’s a Chocolate Chip Cake recipe that I found on Pinterest. It was easy to make and creative! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to put chocolate chips into the batter before. Someday I’ll make it for myself.

Lunch was actually made by Daniel. He cooked up some Swai on the stove and some noodles and veggies.

Swai and noodles

He cooked the Swai in coconut oil and then added teriyaki and soy sauce for flavor. Not bad! It was actually pretty filling so I only ate half of my Swai filet.

I didn’t get motivated to workout until later in the evening when I went for a 2 mile run. Daniel was out so I went without him. Once I got back I was starving so I made an easy egg and veggie dish. The photo turned out bad but it was just 3 scrambled eggs, sautéed spinach, green pepper, and Roma tomato, with a little mango salsa on top. I’m kind of a lot of obsessed with the mango salsa. It’s the Private Selection brand. It’s amazing. I could eat it at every meal.

When Daniel got home I guess he had been wanting me to wait for him to go running so I agreed to go out for another 2 mile run with him. It was pretty easy to run the 4 miles when I had a little break in between.  We talked about how we should start running 2 miles in the morning and 2 miles at night but I think it’d be easier to get it over with all at once. Plus, I would need two showers a day for that. I sweat a lot!

Later that night I got a hankering to make a sweet but healthy dessert. There are a lot of suggestions out there on how to make one ingredient ice cream using bananas so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll be back with another post on that later. Basically, it’s awesome and everyone should try it!

Here’s the rest of my meals:

Meal Food Calories
Lunch Swai and nooddles 250
fruit smoothie 220
Snack Fiber One Peanut Butter Brownie 90
Dinner Egg, spinach, roma tomato, green pepper, mango salsa 350
Chex Mix 170
Dessert Frozen Banana Ice Cream 55
Total 1135

For running 4 miles and staying under calories, I’d say that’s a job well done!