Donuts and Beer…

I’m writing my first blog post on the road! We’re driving back from KC as we speak — err type. Since I’m not on my computer using my spreadsheets to compute my meals and calories I’m just gonna use a list.

Cereal
Almond milk
Spinach & fruit salad
4 tacos
1/2 funfetti donut
4 Stella Artois
Total
1227

The spinach and fruit salad was our usual bed of spinach topped with fruit, feta, sunflower seeds, and raspberry vinaigrette. It’s always delicious!

Then we went to Porter’s Bar for those 50 cent tacos. Of course. We went with my friend Sushu. Afterwards we walked by Varsity Donuts and I couldn’t resist their enticing aromas. I picked a funfetti donut with sprinkles. I shared it with Sushu and Daniel so I didn’t feel as guilty eating it. It was tasty but to be honest I liked the frosting better than the actual donut.

After hanging with Sushu we left for Topeka to stay the night at Daniel’s sister Kelly’s house. I don’t know whose idea it was but Daniel and I stayed up late with her husband Nelson drinking some Stella, watching Shark Week, and playing darts. It was fun but left me pretty tired for our big day at the amusement parks. I’m exhausted and we’re still an hour away! I’m going straight to bed after a thorough shower. What did you do for fun this Friday?

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Blue Moose

Is there such a thing as a blue moose? So says the Blue Moose Bar & Grill I went to last night. We were celebrating Daniel’s mother’s birthday. I’ve never heard of it before but there are a few of them located in Kansas. Pretty much everything on the menu sounded good to me! I ended up splitting an order of the Mahi Fish Tacos and the Greek Pizza with Daniel. I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture of the tacos! They were beautiful and delicious but you’ll just have to trust me on that one. I did manage to snap a photo of the sides it came with: black beans and chipotle rice.

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The fish tacos were in the “lighter menu” that included dishes under 600 calories. I can’t say the same for the pizza but it was worth every bite. It was topped with creamy artichoke sauce, fresh baby spinach, kalamata olives, red onions, artichokes, mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, provolone, and feta cheese. I love making pizzas at home and I think this one could be doable. The hardest thing would be finding creamy artichoke sauce but I bet there’s recipe out there for it!

After Blue Moose we went to Sheridan’s for some frozen custard. Daniel and I split the Brett’s Caramel Pecan concrete. Satisfying!

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Good thing we share it because it was a lot!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Lunch Fresh Spinach salad 150
Snack Planter’s Trail mix 150
Dinner Mahi Fish Taco with rice and black beans 295
Half Greek pizza 12” 444
Frozen custard 300
Drink Pucker & Sprite 100
 Total 1609

Yikes. The pizza and frozen custard were probably not the best choices. I also didn’t work out yesterday. I was still staining those chairs! Sanding is taking forever because I keep seeing lighter spots where the stain isn’t absorbing so I sand it down more. The evil Poly Shade blend is so hard to sand off! I did accomplish something though. We finished reupholstering the stools!

bar stool befores

Bar Stools Before

Bar Stools after

Bar Stools after

I was totally down with the light beige color but one of the stools had little black spots all over that would not come off (we bought the stools second hand for $30 together!). We tried using a stain remover but ended up making it worse (the stain remover left an outline where it was applied). We decided it’d be better to just change the fabric. While we were at it we also bought new foam padding for them. Now our tushies have another cushy place to sit!

Even though I didn’t workout yesterday I’m giving you the next installment of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Health My Lifestyle's Five Day Workout Plan Day 3

To make it more challenging use the 30 lb bar resting on your shoulders for squats, 30 lb bar for deadlifts, 20 lb bar for high pulls, and 10 lb for lunges.

These exercises target a lot of the lower body. Definitely do a good stretch afterwards!

Swai Hello There

Yesterday I was finally able to get back on track.  And lots of cooking was involved! And by that I mean Daniel did lots of cooking! As it should be.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 220
3 sushi rolls 132
Lunch Whole Grain Elbows & Vodka Sauce 280
Dinner Breaded lemon pepper swai 276
Spinach salad 120
Rice & veggies 140
Total 1338

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For my protein I either use greek yogurt or I add Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Shake Mix. It’s a mouthful. I have the french vanilla flavor I believe. For 2 scoops it has 9g of protein. Not bad!

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I don’t know how it happened, but we have a lot of pasta.  Daniel decided we needed vodka sauce to go with it. We used the Superior Selections brand of Vodka sauce since it had less calories per serving. I wasn’t really sure what vodka sauce tasted like but it’s delicious! There is vodka listed in the ingredients but you can’t taste it (at least I couldn’t). It’s basically a creamier version of regular pasta sauce. If you haven’t tried it, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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It was so good I had to go back for a second bowl. Daniel added orange peppers, spinach, cucumber, and basil to it to round it out and make it more filling.

For dinner we started off with a nice fresh salad.  On top of a bed of spinach we added cucumber slices, strawberries, granola, feta, and drizzled a little light raspberry vinaigrette. It’s actually a recreation of the amazing salad I had with my friends the other day at a local bistro. So simple and tasty!

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For the main course we had bought a big pack of swai fillets that we needed to use up before we move at the end of the month. That’s right, I’m moving! But just down the street. My room mate recently moved to Las Vegas (jealous) so Daniel and I found a one bedroom. The building is only a year old and reasonably priced. And you can’t beat a close location to campus. So our meals are basically going to be random stuff in our fridge/pantry so we have less stuff when we move.

So for the swai, Daniel found this recipe to try. We altered it a bit to better suit our tastes. We also only used 2 swai fillets because, well, there’s only two of us. So we cut everything in half.

Here’s what we added:

  • .5 Tbsp butter
  • 2 swai fillets
  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • .5 cup Panko bread crumbs (makes it crispier)
  • Lemon pepper
  • Lemon juice

We followed the directions except we mixed in the lemon pepper with Panko bread crumbs. We probably added a tablespoon. I like a lot of lemon pepper. When the fish were done baking we drizzled the lemon juice on top.

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For the side dish, Daniel heated up some leftover brown rice we had previously cooked and added orange pepper and cucumber with a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and teriyaki sauce. Saweet!

This was all relatively simple assuming you already have these things on hand. I love making dishes from what we have. I don’t feel like I’m super skilled in the culinary arts (baking is more my thing, you know, with that whole Bakery Science degree) but I enjoy seeing (and tasting) what concoctions Daniel comes up with in the kitchen. It’s giving me more confidence to put different things together to make something delicious.

For my workout yesterday I ran 2.5 miles! Up hills! And it was HOT! That has to 300 calories burned. I was so hot and tired by the end that I thought I was going to pass out. I chugged so much water when I got home. I also made sure to stretch thoroughly afterwards. Today, I avoided the heat with a nice but challenging strengthening work out. I’ll give you the deets tomorrow!