April 28, 2009

Going back to school after a day of hooky went pretty smoothly.¬† I even managed to wake up on time this morning without too much pain ūüôā¬† I’ve been reading rave blog reviews of Balance Bars Cookie Dough so I tried one out for my train breakfast this morning.


My thoughts?¬† Holy frick this is the best thing ever!¬† I know I’ve raved about the Balance Honey Yogurt Peanut flavor before but this kicked that one’s butt!¬† This is still not something I would eat super regularly (4grams saturated fat) but if I’m ever craving cookie dough I know where to go.

I don’t have a photo, but for honesty’s sake I have to mention that when I went to the vending machine to buy a diet coke on my prep I totally got suckered in by a bag of Core Crazy Skittles.¬† Thoughts?¬† I drink too much diet coke AND eat too much candy!

For lunch I packed a bit more healthily – a medium apple,


1serving of Doctor Krackers Cherry Seminola,


and a Stonyfield Farms Pom Berry fatfree yogurt.


It’s a good thing lunch was good, because my mixed class was ca-razy this afternoon.¬† We had researchers from Stanford sitting in the back and while they were in the room I counted 20+ n-words, more than 40+ curse words, and at least 8incidences of violence.¬† Mind you, 90% of this was one student!¬† There was no security on the floor, and security wouldn’t come, so disrupt he did.

The nice thing about deciding to take a year off is that now I can be totally zen through these situations.¬† That is not to say, however, that I don’t have soul-crushing guilt about the fact that kids who come to my class to learn are often impacted by the kids I can’t control!!!

I stayed a little bit after school to set up for tomorrow and call some parents (a student read a sex novel through 90minutes of poetry work and screamed at me when I asked her to put it away) and then I headed home.  A and I ran some quick errands in the gorgeous weather, but first I snacked on a serving of the Quakes Rice Snacks my aunt left at my house this weekend.



I like that a reasonable serving size was only 70calories, and the flavor was nice and cheesy, but I’ll take Popchips over these any day!

I also ate a small serving of baby carrots.


And it’s possible I felt the need to mash these Rochers into my Jelly Belly Butter Popcorn Pudding for a third snack.


I also did mass amounts of random noshing every time I entered the kitchen.  Amid all the eating I did manage to grade a test and get my materials together for tomorrow.

My food choices went even further downhill for dinner – grilled cheese sandwich with oven baked yam fries.


I used a medium yam for the oven fries and for my grilled cheese I did 2slices of ww bread, sharp cheddar, a little bit of fatfree mayo, and a big dollop of pickle relish.¬† I usually cook my grilleds in a dab of SmartBalance but apparently we are all out, so I used 1t evoo. (Actually, I prefer to make them in a toaster oven, but that appliance obviously isn’t going to reside in my studio-size kitchen.)


After dinner I took a walk with A to pick up the aformentioned missing SmartBalance.¬† It wasn’t the healthiest day.¬† In fact, the healthiest thing I’m going to do is head to bed now, good night!


What extras do you put on your grilled cheese sandwiches?

Have kids (or eat off the kids’ menu)?¬† Read this.

Has everyone seen the Flogg that Tina is giving away?  I need this!

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

April 19, 2009

…these are few of my favorite things!¬† None of them have been tied with string, but I have received quite a few exciting packages lately.¬† Oikos coupons, Dr. Kracker samples (the review is long coming, I want to try all of the flavors first), pasta samples from FoodBuzz, POM samples, and the wheatberries I won in Sarah’s contest.¬† I can not even tell you how grateful I am to be able to try all of these things!

For accountabilities sake, I should mention that I ate 8 (1.5servings) of A’s mini pb eggs last night.


I started this morning with my Oikos.  Stoneyfield Farms sent me tons of coupons along with information about their products.



Did you know that Oikos is the only organic Greek yogurt on the market in the US?  According to the literature,

Organic refers to they way agricultural products – food and fiber – are grown and processed.¬† It is an ecological system that at its core relies on¬†healthy rich soil to produce strong plants that resist pests and diseases.¬† Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals in favor of more “earth-friendly” practices that work in harmony with nature.¬† In the case of livestock, antibiotics are prohibited, opting instead for preventative measures for keeping animals healthy and productive.¬† Organic production also prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).

I tried a nonfat plain one this morning with a small banana and some Stonewall Kitchen Carmel Apple Butter.


My thoughts.  I love the fact that Oikos is organic, because that fits into my goal to eat more (all) organic dairy products.  The plain nonfat Oikos cups have 80calories and 15grams of protein.  The flavor was the same as every other nonfat plain Greek yogurt, with the tanginess we have all come to love.  My only complaint was that the consistency was slightly less thick than that of Fage (my favorite Greek).  Overall, the organic products outweighs the slight difference in consistency for me РI will be purchasing Oikos whenever my store has it.  I also have some nonfat flavored ones I am excited to try.

After breakfast I put my nose to the grindstone.  Thank God this is an easy week (the kids have a field trip and I have some pds), I managed to complete all of my school to dos.


In between planning and grading A and I walked to Staples to get my copies done.  We are seriously enjoying this gorgeous weather!


When I got home from my walk I snacked on a Dark Chocolate Cherry Chewy Kashi bar.


And later on I used a teensy sweet potato to make myself some oven baked fries (preheat oven to 450*, wash and slice ‘tater, spray a foiled baking sheet with cooking spray, sprinkle slices with salt, cook 20minutes).


Served with ketchup.¬† Yumtastic!¬† I always love to roast veggies but sweet potatoes in “fry” form are to die for!¬† If you don’t make them, start!


I managed to finish all of my school work by 4:30, in time to make it to a 5o’clock yoga class!¬† I took Virgin Yoga at Crunch, a 60minute beginners class.¬† I am 100% to get back into the gym swing!

When we got home from the gym, A and I split a pear and I ate a few Cheddar Pumpkin Seed Doctor Krackers.


I did some organizing, lunch packing, showering, etc before it was time to make dinner.¬† I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have to cook my first few days back at school so I made something with lots of leftovers, stir fried rice.


I didn’t follow a recipe, just kind of thought about a few recipes I had in my head.¬† The proportions really don’t matter at all.¬† Basically here are the “directions”

Very Veggie Stir Fried Rice, 5 servings

  • 4C cooked brown rice (prepared a day in advance)
  • large onion, chopped
  • carrots, chopped
  • defrosted frozen broccoli rabe
  • red pepper, chopped
  • fresh basil
  • evoo
  • 3eggs
  • fish sauce
  • 2limes, quartered
  • egg tomatoes, chopped
  • bunch of scallions, chopped
  • **A cooks chicken and adds it to his at the end
  1. (A day before you plan on making the dish) prepare 4C cooked brown rice.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat a little evoo.  Cook the first set of veggies until soft.  I wait to add the basil until the last few minutes of cooking.
  3. Remove veggies from the pan, replace with rice.  Heat the rice for a minute or so, stirring to distribute heat evenly.  Add a little bit more evoo at this point.
  4. Mound the rice so that there is a hole in the middle.  Crack the eggs into the hole.  When the eggs are mostly firm, scramble and stir them into the rice.  The timing of when you stir in the eggs will determine how dry your final dish is, so follow your own tastes.
  5. Add the cooked veggies back into the pan and stir.  Squeeze in the juice of 1lime, along with 4-6 shakes of fish sauce.
  6. Add the second set of veggies, stir once, and remove from the pan.
  7. Additional lime juice can be squeezed on at the table.


Yum!  I love stir fried rice.


I ate my portion along with a juice cocktail; 1part POM and 2parts club soda.



When I received my package from POM the other day I was pretty psyched; A goes through these things like nobody’s business!¬† A drinks them straight, but I like them best mixed with club soda or incorporated into a recipe.


We don’t drink a lot of juice because I think you are better getting the fiber from a piece of fruit instead, but POM is a “worth it” situation to me.¬† Here is some of the information the company provided me with that I found interesting –

  • ¬†
    • Pomegranates are one of mankind’s earliest cultured fruits.
    • Many scholars now suggest that it was the pomegranate, not an apple, depicted in the biblical Garden of Eden.
    • POM Juice is the only juice guaranteed to be made exclusively from “Wonderful” variety pomegranates.
    • [Their] pomegranate orchards are looked in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley.¬† [They] never use imported juice.
    • POM Wonderful is the only juice whose health benefits are backed by $25million in medical research.
    • [In a study in which participants drank 8oz daily] after only three weeks, blood flow to the heart improved approximately 17% in a a group that drank POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice, but worsened approximately 18% in the placebo group.
    • Drinking 8oz of 100% pomegranate juice per day for two weeks lowered the incidence of LDL oxidation, believed to be a key factor in arterial plaque formation.
    • Hundreds of scientific tests also show POM to be a superior source of antioxidants, with more and better antioxidants than red wine, grape juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, green tea, vitamin C and vitamin E.

POM juice is also shown to¬†improve prostate health and erectile function, but I don’t think those figures are of much use to most of my readers! (You seem to be young and female, but if any grandpas are reading please give me a shout out!)

Tomorrow is my first day back to school after Spring Break, tear!  On the agenda for tonight?  Relaxation.  I have a new episode of Scrubs to watch online and a serving of Jelly Bellys calling my name, zzzzzzZ.

Don’t forget about my first giveaway ever, ending Weds!


April 5, 2009

Not the most productive day, but it sure was fun (and I’m sick damn it!).¬† After my long post this morning I actually crawled back into bed for a bit to let my headache subside.¬† I never actually ate breakfast, just 1T unphotographed pb.

Late afternoon A convinced me that the weather was too gorgeous to be inside, so we took the 1.24mile walk to Buffalo Wild Wings at Atlantic Center.  We enjoyed the weather, our conversation, and stopping inside a few pet stores to pet the kitties!  I also stopped into a health food store and bought some fresh veggie juice.


All I can say is that I hope Green Monsters don’t taste like this!¬† I’m sure they don’t (and I myself am a huge fan of wheatgrass) because this was awful!¬† It was super bitter, “Everything that is wrong with veggies,” A said.¬† I forced down 3/4 of it in the interest of health but was more than glad to trade it in for a diet coke at the restaurant.


I knew beforehand I had to get fries (thanks a lot, Kelsey!) so I choose a healthy main dish.


Naked tenders with potato wedges.  I traded in my sauce for buffalo and blue cheese, the best combo on Earth.


So good!¬† This meal was exactly what I was craving, and the spicy sauce finally helped to clear my nose!¬† I basically licked my plate clean, along with a handful of A’s fries too!


We enjoyed the walk home too, stopping to check out some of the budding beauties.


I was in the house long enough to take some Asprin before A convinced me it was time for a movie; we just really weren’t in the mood to work today, spring break is way too close!¬† My “Fast and Furious” snacks were very orange.


2 clementines and the last of the baby carrots.  I also packed a bag of sour fruit gummies.


My snacks were great, but I enjoyed the jumbo h20 I bought the most!  In the spirit of procrastination we decided to extend our walk home (it is 10blocks each way to the theatre) and made a quick loop.

When we got home I did finally get some school work done, but I am leaving much more for tomorrow than usual.  I made a tasty tasty snack while I worked.


Nonfat plain Fage with Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter.  I can see why people like this combo!

Hopefully it’s an early morning (to finish up my work!) so I’m going to get to bed.

Were you all work, all play, or a healthy balance this weekend?

What do you do when you notice you’ve gained a few pounds?

Sidenote –¬†In case anyone is curious, my metabolism isn’t just beyond amazing, I am effected by the overabundance of snacks and the underabundance of movement over the past few weeks.¬† In the end I’ve put on about 2-3lbs (more than it sounds on my small frame).¬† I know better than to plan on eating healthy the week of a vacation (there are Tons of restaurants we are excited to get back to and we’ll probably drink every day) but I am going to try to make mini bits strength training my goal for the week.¬† I’m sad that I’m too sick to gym it before I leave but I can’t really go to the gym more than 3 times while I’m home so it’s just as well.¬† After boozing it up for a week healthy eats will be majorly appealing when I head back to the city and I’ll have a long weekend to get back into the gym groove before I head back to work.

What’s your AIM?

March 30, 2009

Especially for a Monday, it’s been a good day!¬† Per usual, I have to do a quick post before bed.

This morning for train breakfast I did a Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar.


I love this flavor!  I had moved away from Clif bars for a while but they really are one of my favorites.

For lunch I packed a butter popcorn pudding, a red Bartlet pear, and a yogurt.


I actually ate the yogurt during my 9:30 prep because I found at I was meeting with the literacy coach at lunch and wouldn’t have as much time to eat.¬† It was a seasonal flavor from Stoneyfield, apple pie.


When I ate the pudding at lunch I crumbled a True Delights bar into it and it was divine.


(Especially for a Monday) my school day was pretty good.  I got through an entire lesson/activity about making predictions with all of my classes.  Plus I (decided over the weekend and) announced today that I created an AOL Instant Messenger name for my students to ask me homework questions on.  They were all pretty excited about it.

I stayed after school to call some parents and then came home to 1C Kashi Go Lean with skim milk.


Halfway through my bowl of cereal I realized that I was home early enough to make it to a 5:45 class at the gym.  I ran the .6miles to Crunch and took a 30minutes Abs and Stretch class.  A and I ran some errands on the way home and then I made the posters for the week that I neglected yesterday.  While I worked I ate some baby carrots with 2servings of hummus.


Then it was time for dinner.


We made a Rachael Ray recipe from my magazine binder.¬† I’ll post the original recipe, and my substitutions, both are good!

Spinach Ricotta Pie

  • 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and sqeezed out
  • 15oz container ricotta cheese
  • 8oz garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1C chopped marinated artichokes

Grease a 9in pie pan with evoo.  Preheat the oven to 375*.  In a large bowl, whisk together both cheeses and the eggs.  Add the spinach, artichokes, 1/2t salt and 1/4t pepper and stir to combine.  Pour into prepared pan and bake until golden, about 45minutes.

My Substitutions

  • I used 10oz of collard greens instead of spinach
  • I used fat free ricotta cheese
  • I used 7oz of Farmers Cheese instead of the garlic-herb spreadable
  • I used an extra 1/2C of artichokes
  • I had an 8inch pan so I made 1pie and 5 “muffins”


Very tasty!  For my substitutions 5 (huge) servings have 225calories each.  I ate about 1/4 of the pie tonight.


We watched “House” while we ate, so I was pretty much in heaven.¬† I also broke out these mini fruit slices for dessert.


Nothing sour about them, but still pretty tasty.  I ate two servings.


All in all, a pretty good day!¬† P.S. It’s also possible I demolished 3T of chunky pb straight from the jar before my shower.

Do you have an aim?  I remember this being so popular in high school/college, but none of my friends use it any more.

Do you make substitutions to recipes or do you follow to the letter?

CONTEST CONTEST –¬† Melissa is giving away bbq sauce.¬† Sarah is giving away Bob’s Red Mill goodies.¬† Strawberry Shorstuff is giving away some bars and cute t.

Little Bits

March 26, 2009

Hello folks!¬† Sorry for my two day hiatus, life has been a bit crazy.¬† On Tuesday I was running late and actually fell on the way into school.¬† I skinned both my knees, hurt my elbow, and we thought I broke my finger at first.¬† I’m feeling better now, but I kind of limped around in a daze all Tuesday.¬† I stayed super late after school so my students could work on projects and by the time I got home around 8 A met me at the train and I looked like I had been hit by a bus!¬† On Wednesday I spent my entire evening (and most of the night!) getting all my grades in order.

So that leads to today.  I met with my principal and got my grades for the quarter ok-ed (a meeting during which she decided my gradingsystem is amazingand actually asked me to make copies of my book so she could show others!!).  And my students have officially finished the aforementioned projects.




However, walking into my room is like walking into a glitter ocean!

For train breakfast this morning I ate a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bar,



And for lunch I packed a yogurt and a big baggie of green grapes.


The yogurt was a Rachael’s Vanilla Chai, sooooo good!¬† I am so buying the other Rachael’s flavors!


Today was nice and easy, especially because there was an assembly at the end of the day to give the kids their high school acceptance letters.  I left as soon as physically possible and came home and had a snack.


Mary’s Gone Crackers and baby carrots with a trio of dipping sauces.¬† Roasted red pepper and basil hummus,


Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter,


and Stonewall Kitchen Hot Pepper Peach Jelly.


I might have enjoyed a handful of gummi cola bottles when I was done.


A and I hung out a bit and even went to the grocery store.¬† Sadly, I realized once I got home that we forgot half of what we needed and will have to go back tomorrow but it’s always nice to take a walk.

For dinner I started with two scrambled eggs.


I didn’t whiskthe eggs and the yolks and whites ended cooking separately which was very tasty.


And I also made a roasted sweet potato.


The bowl is ketchup and maple syrup.  I have never done roasted sweets in sticks like this before Ah-Maze-ing!  I think I will cook them longer next time so they are more fry like but the flavor was just too good.


I have to scurry off, I am definitely eating a mini bag of popcorn before bed!¬† Have a great night!¬† P.S. I promise my next post will be longer ūüôā


March 9, 2009
  1. I did not go to the gym.
  2. I hate myself a little.
  3. I’m really glad I got a chance to decompress.

I kind of just sat.  I watched some Wife Swap, read a few magazines, made dinner.  I was feeling tired and super hungry and I let it get the best of me.

As I sat around I ate a HUGE handful of (unphotographed) nuts and the rest of the baby carrots with about 2T TJ’s hummus.


I also had another serving of chocolate soymilk.


This was VitaSoy.


For dinner I said “screw this vegan crap,” and made burgers and fries!


Just joshing Рthey were oven baked fries and black bean burgers.  For the fries I thinly sliced two small potatoes, sprayed them with Smart Balance cooking spray, sprinkled with salt, and baked at 475* for 25minutes.


The burgers were 2cans of rinsed and drained¬†black beans, mashed with 1t poppy seeds, 1t oregano, and 1pinch salt.¬† I made 8 mini patties which I “cooked” with 2T evoo.¬† We have enough for leftovers tomorrow.


I scarfed the fries and ate 1.5 of my patties, with ketchup.¬† My guilt is forcing me to set the alarm early to work tomorrow so I’ve got to go, don’t let the bedbugs bite!

How do you feel when you miss a gym session?


March 1, 2009

I didn’t quite cross off my to do list – I have grading to finish in the morning and I never made it to yoga – but it’s been a busy day!

Post breakfast I worked on school work and worked and worked and worked.  I ate lunch over a couple stages Рdried mangosteen and a cherry starburst,


the last of the Kashi cheddar crackers (about a serving),


and a sliced Sonya apple.


Finally I packed up my stuff and headed out to my errands.


I spent forever making copies!¬† Plus, a teacher at school gave me her extra overhead (YAY!) so I had to get copies onto transparencies as well!¬† Using some gift certificates and coupons I saved $40 at Staples today – I spend so much money there I’m up to a Platinum rewards card!

On the way home we stopped into the pizza place for a late lunch, I got a cheesy broccoli calzone.


Which I paired with a handful of baby carrots.


Amid work, I also watched “The Great Mouse Detectives,” which put a smile on my face.¬† (fyi: we watched “Stardust” yesterday and A and I love-love-loved it!¬† Highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet).¬† During the movie I ate an oooold Dr. Pepper ice pop from the back of the freezer.


After more, more, more work it was time to start dinner.  I made salad as a first course while we cooked.


This was an iceberg blend base with dried craisins, wasabi peas, and homemade dressing.  For the dressing I shook the remains of a mustard bottle with evoo, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of sugar.


A’s was the same, but bigger, and with nuts (geez that sounds dirty!).¬† His and hers –


For dinner we made Marinara Chicken.  I cooked four breasts (always skinless and boneless btw), seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika, at 375* for 45minutes.  Later they were mixed with this stuff.


I cooked 1/2 the box of ww pasta according to the directions on the box.  In the last few minutes of cookie I stirred the chopped broccoli into the water.  After straining and putting the pasta-broc. mixture back into the pot I stirred in the tomato sauce.


Finally I topped my serving with 1/2 of a sliced chicken breast and some part skim mozzarella.




I drank a virgin mojito with my dinner.


Made out of club soda and a stirrings mix.

It’s far too late, so I’ve got to split like a banana, have a good night!

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