January 14, 2016

Holy Windy Wednesday


Yesterday my eats were mostly healthy and SO yum!  Let's begin!

Workout- 6am.  Ran 2 miles on the treadmill but it wasn't fun.  I forgot my music and I have blisters on two toes from heels. And did I mention it's crazy windy and cold today??  Meh.

Breakfast-7am. Coffee!  HOT coffee!  dash of skim and vanilla almond milk creamer. Around 9 I felt a little hungry so I had another scrumptious bowl of hot cereal- quinoa and flax with banana, honey, cinnamon, peanut butter and dried cranberries.

Lunch- 12pm. My recent obsession is broccoli slaw with chopped apple, feta, tomato, dried cranberries, almonds or cashews, bacon bits or legit cooked up bacon and crumbled but I don't have that much time. And a little black pepper in a cilantro and avocado yogurt dressing.  You must try!  But today I ran out of apples.  Big bummer.

Snack- 2ish. A chocolate chip banana peanut butter muffin that I baked over the weekend and about 2 hours later I ate more than my fair share of gluten free granola with cranberry and cashews with an orange flavor.  It's amazing and I get it at shop rite. Photo to come.  In the mean time, Google it.  The brand is Bakery on Main.

5pm. The yearly dentist visit.  I got home around 7pm due to crazy stupid traffic.  We had a smorgasbord for dinner of leftovers; turkey chili and bow ties with homemade pesto sauce!  Glorious.


 *Delicious Pesto Recipe

Dessert- 9pm.  Because most nights I have to end with something sweet.  I was truly contemplating on getting ice cream from somewhere, who knows.  I didn't plan it out completely.  It was a thought I had but then decided against it.  I googled smoothies and came across a recipe that almost literally knocked my socks off but turns out that was just my dogs butt that brushed across my feet while sitting on the couch enjoying a cup of this goodness.  It was so thick and creamy and tastes pretty dead on to a pb&j.  It's a lot healthier than ice cream, too! Try it!

Is dessert, in any sweet form, a must for you at the end of the night?

January 13, 2016

Last Wednesday

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Workout: Probably none today.  I had a decent night’s sleep but when my alarm went off at 5:30, I decided to sleep in a little more.  I worked from home today.

Breakfast: 8am .My stomach was growling and I felt decently hungry.  I made a yummy bowl of hot goodness of flax and quinoa cereal that I picked up at the grocery store and added some cinnamon, banana, a few blackberries, peanut butter and drizzle of honey and pinch of kosher salt.  It was really delicious and kept me full until close to Noon.  I also had a cup of my McDonald’s Medium Roast k-cup coffee blend with a new-to-me find of almond milk coffee creamer, flavored vanilla.  It’s delish!

…sipped on water for a while after this.

Lunch/snack: 12pm.  Again, lunch is more like pick food for me unless I’m absolutely famished. I wasn’t that hungry so I ate a few pieces of raw carrots and broccoli with an avocado and Greek yogurt dipping sauce I made which was just alright.  It could have way more spice to it and it needed cilantro which I didn’t have.

 Snack: 2pm. I’ve been trying to make healthier snacking choices so today was ( typical) with a strawberry Greek yogurt cup topped with cranberry and cashew granola and a little pumpkin butter.  Filling and hit the spot.  I’m a HUGE fan of yogurt bowls.


Dinner: 5:30pm.  Crock pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches.  My house smells incredible.  Easy and delicious  weeknight meal and great for leftovers.  Tip:  Take lunch to work with some leftover pulled pork on top of spinach leaves with cucumber, carrots and tomatoes in a light vinaigrette. Recipe Here.

Dessert:  Went to Friendly's for ice cream.  Devoured the ice cream.  Went to the movies.

Got home around 11pm- bedtime.

January 12, 2016

A Bland Tuesday

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

(happy birthday, mom)!

Workout: 6am. Ran 2 miles on the treadmill.  I’m not a big fan of the treadmill, but it’s truly winter here in New Jersey now and this morning was 10 degrees.  I don’t run in 10 degree weather.  I don’t even like to run when it’s below 40 degrees.  So treadmill it is for a little while.   I also added in a few 10 pound dumbbell arm workouts, 12 reps of bicep curls and tricep dips, twice. I was a sweaty mess and it felt good.

 Breakfast: 730am. Green smoothie!  (2nd day in a row) About 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, dash of cinnamon, about 2 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt and about 6 frozen banana slices. It hit the spot and kept me full until around 11am.  I typically don’t eat a large breakfast as I usually only have a smoothie or cup of coffee or oatmeal.  I try to cue in hard to how hungry I truly am.  It just depends on the day and what’s happening. 

Lunch: 11:30am.  Lunch isn’t really my thing.  Let me explain. It all depends on how hungry I am or what I’m doing that day.  Lunch to me can be a salad or an apple or yogurt.  I was quite hungry though and bursted at the seams when I saw I had one ripe avocado left in my fruit bowl!  I had whole wheat bread handy and some leftover scrambled eggs from Claire’s breakfast yesterday. Yes I technically stole her food but eggs are a synch to cook! (sometimes). So I warmed up the eggs with a little cheddar cheese, mashed up half the avocado with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and spread it on top of the eggs and cheese and added a sprinkle of hot sauce.  It was divine and also healthy!  I worked from home today so I had easy access to food (thankfully I went food shopping over the weekend)! My daughter picked at her peanut butter toast I made for her, but ended up only sucking the juice out of four Halos’ and a couple pieces of chex rice cereal. Coooooool.


Snack: 1pm.  I wasn’t too hungry- I try to sip water throughout the day as well so I know at certain times during the day, that’s keeping me full too.  I went with my own little trail mix of raw almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, cashews and granola.  It hit the spot.  I almost always choose a healthy snack to munch on.  Lara bars and Luna Bars are great to keep in your bag.  Along with making your own trail mix.  Target is great for this!

Dinner: 6pm. Leftover Santa Fe Chicken Bake.  This dish is always a hit with my family and it’s comforting and full of flavor. This is where I go nuts because I love the idea of dinner. And I’m hungry. And who doesn’t love rice, chicken and cheese together?

Dessert: 9pm.  I felt hungry and went with my feelings.  I enjoyed a small bowl of honey nut rice chex with skim milk.  Hit the spot.  By 10pm (which I try to be in bed every night at that time) I had brushed my teeth, drank some more water and tried to read a book but caught myself drifting off within 5 minutes.  I think I was asleep before 11pm.  Nights like those are great!  Certain nights I try to not give into temptation and have ice cream or all the chocolate.  But If I’m hungry still, I’ll opt for a bowl of cereal, or a few pretzels and peanut butter with an apple. Or yes, sometimes, I do the ice cream and all the chocolate.  It’s all up in the air!

Tell me what you typically consume in a day. 

What's your favorite meal of the day? 

September 29, 2015

California Donuts

So the hubs and I took a short and sweet vacation to California at the end of August.  My dad's side of the family lives in Southern Cali - about an hour from LA; so we visited with my aunt and two cousins and the entire trip was truly a blast!  Long story short, my husband loves drums and has played them since he was a little tyke.  He has quite a few favorite drummers and one of them was going to be in LA for one night- a one man band. Literally.

Legendary drummer, Terri Bozzio, rarely performs in the US as he lives in Japan and does tours around there.  My husband really wanted to see him so we basically made seeing this guy an excuse to take a trip to Cali and visit my family! We did A LOT in four days!  

A few random photos of what we did:

Breakfast in Hollywood: Mel's Drive In.  Ham, avocado and cheddar omelet topped with sour cream. 

Temecula County :"Wine country" Filet Mignon salad for lunch on our first day there. This was at a quaint restaurant called The Gambling Cowboy.  I can't even with this salad.  DEELICIOUS!  I devoured all of it. Gone.  Bye.

Beautiful vineyards.

Graumann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

L.A. at night

Tour bus. Beverly Hills sign .Man's head blocking it.

Awesome restaurant!  I'll have to write about this place in a separate post.

Bottemless Mimosas while waiting for the tour bus.  Realistically, we both only had time to down 1 1/2 glasses.  Still refreshing!

OK. So. These donuts.  Yes!

It's not a walk in shop. You order at the window and it seems when you're next in line, you to have to point and show the employees what you'd like to order instead of saying it out loud. It was a little strange, but they got our order correctly the first time. I'm assuming it's just the way they do it there. Hey, whatever works. On our way back to my aunt's house, we decided to try and find this place for an early afternoon snack. It was our only chance. After wasting about 20 minutes driving around the most shady of shade areas in LA, our first destination for California Donuts was not a real one. We honestly felt we were going to be wacked when we walked inside this place.

I remember thinking, "where are the happy cereal donuts?" this place looked sad, sad, sad. We got out of there quicker than you can say the word donut. We were about five minutes from the original shop. The area is still not the best but once I spotted those Panda donuts and saw the retro logo sign, I knew we were golden! The store is located in a very small shopping center with probably only five parking spaces- no joke. So we found a food store parking lot three blocks away and walked over. Thankfully the line wasn't too long, and we were able to order our donuts, pay and leave within ten minutes. I held onto those box of donuts with care on the walk back to the car. We ate all three donuts in the car, taste testing each one and I can't even tell you how incredible they were, but I'll try.

We ordered the m&m donut, lucky charm and fruity pebbles.

-sweet but surprisingly not over kill
-the dough was so fluffy and fresh- I can't even.
-each donut is unique and is completely distinguished in its own flavors. And rightfully so!
-ALL were good.  My favorite?  The fruity Pebbles donut.  The crunchy texture from the pebbles was just awesome next to the icing flavor and warm, fluffy dough.
-my husband's favorite was the m&m! 

I follow a lot of random food instagram accounts, because well, food is awesome and I just adore a good quality food photo.  For a few months, I was seeing these incredible looking donuts all over the place on Insta and couldn't help but become more curious.  These donuts were so vibrant in color and were studded with all of my favorite, and probably America's favorite cereals growing up:

Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Lucky Charms
Fruit Loops
Cap n' crunch
Fruity Pebbles...to name a few.

And here is their menu as they have so many other delectable treats as well.  Too many to name! These concoctions looked way too irresistible to not try and find this place and take a bite or ten.
As noted above: There is apparently ONE ORIGINAL California donuts and two other impostors!  

 Here is the original home of California Donuts address:
3540 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, 90020

We didn't bring Claire along on the trip as right now, I can't imagine traveling that far with an 18 month old. No. Way. I can see if you don't have family nearby to watch the baby, then you have to take them with you.  Thankfully we do and it worked out nicely with both sets of parents watching her. Also, the trip just would not have been what it was if she was with us.  Some days I can't wait until she's 4.  From what I hear, 4 is a great age, albeit, it still comes with its challenges.

The moral of this tasty story?  When in LA, make a plan to stop by California Donuts. The ORIGINAL.  You'll be so glad you did!  I wish I had taken more shots of each donut but I think we devoured all of them within five minutes.  #worthit

In the mean time, have a look at the hubs breakfast at the airport going home.  Cinnamon Bun French Toast.  omggggg.

September 28, 2015

Dinner at Ristorante Fieni's

I'd have to thank my best friend and her boyfriend for mentioning this gem to us in the first place. 

Hi Lauren and Curt!

I believe it's been a year since my husband and I have been going to this lovely Italian restaurant.  I'm honest when I say that the exterior of the restaurant could use a little face lift, but I also think that's what makes this place so special.  It's deceiving from the outside.  It's a smaller setting, but there are quite a few tables and hidden back rooms that I swear I don't even notice until we go again.  It's BYOB here, which, who doesn't love places like that?  The tables are dressed with a distinct look of older Italian; for example, white table cloths and burgundy napkins. 

There's a basked filled with fresh white bread as soon as you sit down, with butter packets and an olive oil and fresh garlic dip.  I'm not the biggest fan of butter packets at nice restaurants, but again, I think this place likes to keep things traditional and unique.  It's charming in a way. The staff is welcoming and you immediately feel like you're part of the family.  My husband is kind of obsessed with this place and whenever we do a date night, Ristorante Fieni's is usually the first place he mentions.  I think we've been there maybe a dozen times at this point.  I typically have gotten something different with each visit and my husband sticks with what he knows; but he's tried at least three different dishes there so far.  Most of their food is so delicious that it can be hard to choose what to eat.

We have tried the following dishes:

-Tortellini Bolognese
-Lobster Ravioli
-Chicken Parm
-Eggplant Parm
-Fettuchini Alfredo
-Seafood Risotto (shrimp, crab, scallops, amazing)
*Each entree comes with their soup of the day or a garden or Caesar salad. The salads are prepared wonderfully.  They'll ask if you'd care for fresh cracked black pepper.  You should always reply with a YES.

-garlic mashed potatoes
-broccoli rabe
-string beans
-potato gnocchi