Fish and a Movie

June 15, 2009

It is obviously quite late so I will try to make this a quickie (hehe).  A and I had a good walk finish our errands.  I even took a shot of my tootsies because the fabulousness of the Chanel nail polish my mommy gave me needs to be shown.

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When we got home we got down to dinner making.  My father and I have been talking about cooking fish (my parents’ new routine is fish every Sunday) and he generously offered to have A and me use his credit card to buy some.

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Mahi Mahi is my favorite fish other than salmon.  We were hungry so we did things quickly.  First we did a three minute marinade,

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2T mayo, juice from 1lime, and a big sprinkle of paprika.  Then A cooked it on the stove top for about 8 minutes, delish.

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We also had oven roasted asparagus,

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and sweet potato with Smart Balance Light.

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All together.

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It was a really nice meal – thanks dad!  I had a small glass of A’s beer too.

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Our big after dinner plan was gelato that my girlfriends left but we had the fun discovery that our freezer had completely defrosted – woo who!  So we went to the movies instead 🙂  We saw The Hangover which 100% rocked my socks.  While we watched I had a regular sized Jr Mints (as in not movie biggie sized) that I bought at Staples today,

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and 2 handfuls of caramel corn.

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I like having small hands, my palm can’t physically hold more than a .5C serving.

And now it is totes time for bed – peace!

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Back to Basics

May 26, 2009

After all of the indulging over the week (and the last week/month/year!) I was more than ready to get back to the basics today.  I’m often torn – I know I’m probably leaving nyc in July and I want to experience as much as possible, but at the same time this is my life and I’m getting tired of feeling out of shape and out of sorts.  Two of my best friends are coming to visit in 10days and I know we’ll be doing lots of eating and drinking so this is a good time to get myself resettled.

A and I could not get out of bed this “Monday” morning – we stayed in bed past 7!  I woke up at 6 and then proceeded to have a terrible nightmare while I snoozed.  My dream was so upsetting I actually felt out of it my whole way to school.  My Boomi Bar did snap me out of it a little though 🙂

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I tried the Macademia Paradise today, even though this is my least favorite flavor of the three I tried so far it is still good!

For lunch I prepped a museli last night,

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Nonfat plain Oikos Greek yogurt, 1/4C oatmeal, 1small banana, and some Nuts Online dried blackberries.  My parents bought me these berries as a gift so I’ve been trying to enjoy them but I’ve decided that they are inedible; they were so sour I had to eat around the parts of the mix that they touched.  It was still delish though.

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I also packed a blood orange but I was so busy helping kids that I never got a chance to eat it, it is on my desk for tomorrow.

I stayed after school for about an hour helping kids and when I got downstairs I got the fun news that final grades are now due on Thursday.  Yes, that is Thursday as in all of my final grades are due 2 days from now.  Yes, that is Thursday as in we will be having a month of school in which the students will not be graded.  Fun stuff.

I was super hungry when I got home so I made the mother of all “snacks,” this thing had courses!  1st course – the last scrapings of the Smuckers Natural Honey Peanut Butter jar, about 1.5T total.

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2nd course – sliced pear with walnuts and blue cheese crumbles.

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This was very tasty – the only improvement could have been a little drizzle of fresh honey but unfortunately I’ve been out of that for months.

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3rd/dessert course – strawberry chocolates and my vitamens.  The candies kind of look like carrots, which makes me smile.  But the picture will not load, which makes me not smile.

I did some stuff for school applications (I am hitting all sorts of walls!) and then A and I headed to the gym.  I went to a 60minute Pilates Mat Class that kicked my patootie.  No matter how busy life is the last 5weeks of school I am making a commitment to fitness, I never want to be this out of shape again.

We took a long walk home to pick up Emily crack, a.k.a. diet soda, and then got started on dinner.  I based my meal around this More Than Tofu Spicy Thai Tofu.

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I baked my tofu for 30minutes at 475*.  A chopped yam joined tofu in the sauna, along with some purple asparagus.  Meanwhile, we heated some frozen collard greens in a pan uptop.  I seasoned my greens with maple syrup and red pepper flakes, then topped them with yam and tofu.

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My bowl had half the tofu package and half of the medium yam – so tasty! 

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I ate the roasted purple asparagus as my side.

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And a tall glass of skim milk.

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All together.

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It was a pretty great dinner if I do say so myself!

I can’t really start grades until tomorrow because kids still are handing things in and I know tomorrow night is going to suck so tonight I’m going to shower and watch Adult Swim!  I hope everyone else had a pleasant start back to the work week.

How do you balance fun foods with real life?


When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

May 18, 2009

First things first – if you had the same kind of crappy eating day as me and are actually feeling crappy about it please stop over to this fabulous post a la Caitlin.

For train breakfast this morning I had an Odwalla Chewy Nut Bar (am I the only one who giggled there?  anyone?)

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I am a fan of this, I like any nut-heavy (more giggles) bar.

School was interesting.  For some reason the copy room didn’t make my copies (that I put in 8am Friday!) for first period and I had to totally change up my lesson.  Next my boy’s class was completely and typically out of control.  Atypically, I made the principal come in and confiscate everyone’s cell phones and ps2s – there are now a lot of angry 8th graders.

The collection/complaining lasted through my lunch so I ended up not eating this random assortment until the end of the day.

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I tried a So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt in Pina Colada.

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I love this quote.

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For fruit I had an Odwalla (I’m not sure why I had so much Odwalla today) Orange Honey Passion Juice.

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And dessert was a pb candy cane from my Blue Apron spree.

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Yum!

I stayed late after school to redo my bulletin boards and meet with some students.  What is going to be sucky when I quit my job is that my hyper-critical administration actually likes me.  Apparently my old administrator was having a convo with the guidance counselor about how sad she was I was off the floor because I was available to the kids instead of bolting after school (I moved floors this year from 7th-8th grade) and then he came upstairs and saw me meeting with kids.  Actually, I wish they liked me less, then maybe they’d believe me that I have zero control and actually Help me!

By the time I finally got home it was after 6:30 – boo!  A was a sweetheart and met me at my train and I went to Barnes and Nobel and spent way too much $.

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The third book was free!  On the walk home I ate these bbq Popchips.

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Once home I had some school work to do and I decided it was absolutely necessary that I read my new issue of Health with Mariska Hargitay and Sarah Chalke!  I also snacked on A’s leftover pizza crusts.

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I dipped them in Diet Dr Pepper Cherry – I always dip my pizza crusts in soda, I also dip pretzels.  What do you dip?

Later in the evening I ate this SWITP sample – a Belly Bar.

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It was meh.

And much much later, too late, I decided to make dinner.  My favorite cooking method is oven roasted so that was the focus – sprayed foiled pan, chop food, baking spray and salt, 30minutes at 475* – perfection.

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I did 1yam baked fries, cauliflower, and the leftover half block of tofu.

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The tofu I sprinkled with this.

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And I made DIP out of a lot of ketchup and a little maple syrup and Tabaso Chipotle.

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And now it is fully time for bed.  Sleep tight!

Random BAM pics:

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EatingJunk

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 🙂  I’ve been reading rave blog reviews of Balance Bars Cookie Dough so I tried one out for my train breakfast this morning.

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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,

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1serving of Doctor Krackers Cherry Seminola,

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and a Stonyfield Farms Pom Berry fatfree yogurt.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.)

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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!


For Me?

April 27, 2009

In spite of the greatness that is a day off from my school, this morning got off to a rocky start.  I’ve been feeling sort of sad over the past week and when I overslept this morning I was feeling pretty down.  Example?  I ate half of this for breakfast:

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But then, while I was wallowing, I got called downstairs to get this:

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Which was filled with this:

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I was feeling pretty lucky so I decided to end my pity party and get to work.  But first, I had to sample the new products!  Ferrero was kind enough to send me samples of each of their candy products, I felt it was my duty to eat one (or two, or actually three) of each flavor so I could review.

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Ferrero Rocher is the original flavor.

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Rocher chocolates are a tempting combination of creamy chocolate surrounding a whole hazelnut, within a delicate, crisp wafer…all enveloped in milk chocolate and finely chopped hazelnuts.  I am a big hazelnut fan, so I always enjoy these.  This is a flavor I am familiar with, because it is husband’s favorite candy – because of this every member of his family sent him a box for every holiday in college and Rochers basically took over our dorm rooms for several years!

Ferrero Garden is the non-chocolate offering.

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It is composed of a sweet almond; rich coconut cream; delicate, crisp wafer; and shredded coconut.  I thought this was pretty unbelievable.  I am a major coconut fan and this is hands down the best use of coconut in a candy bar I’ve ever experienced.

Ferrero Rondnoir is the dark chocolate offering.

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Ferrero Rondnoir dark chocolates are a unique offering of a dark chocolate cream surrounding a “black pearl” of fine dark chocolate within a delicate, crisp wafer…topped with crunchy dark chocolate morsels.  I am a dark over milk chocolate fan so I thought this blew the Rocher out of the water!  This is my new favorite candy.  It was the perfect combo of textures and flavors (although I strongly tasted coffee notes and was surprised not to see it listed).

Thank you so much Ferrero, this made my day!

After boosting myself with a sugar high I got down to business – I’ve written my plans for the week and gathered all of my materials.  I had a doctor’s appointment in Manhattan at 5:20 so I worked until about 3.  Then I took a break for a snack.  I used one small sweet potato to make my favorite oven baked “fries.”

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Yum.

When I got outside I realized it was much warmer than I had anticipated so I traded in my jacket for this.

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My appointment took forever – I had to wait for more than 40minutes!  I didn’t really mind though, because it gave me an excuse to sit and finish my new book.

By the time I left I was pretty hungry.  I stopped into Duane Reade for some things so I bought a snack for the train ride home.

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100calorie bags of popchips might actually be the best thing since sliced bread (better, actually, because who really gets excited about sliced bread?).

When I got home A and I got down to business with one of my drugstore buys.

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We have a really hard time remembering to take our vitamins so a daily pill storer (am for me and pm for A) is just what we needed.  I am taking a fish oil pill every day and a vitamin every day (alternating between a b-supplement, Flinestones chewables, and Centrum Complete).  Plan on this being a part of what I consume daily, at least for the next few weeks.

While I was uptown A cooked a Target box for dinner.

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It tasted pretty good, but wasn’t very filling.  Plus, the sodium content is pretty intense, we probably won’t buy this again.  I washed my serving down with a virgin cocktail.

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This was 1part POM, 1part Stirrings mojito mix, and 1part club soda.  All together.

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After dinner A and I watched the best episode of House ever and I ate one serving of ColdStone Creations Jelly Bellys.

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It was a great evening!  I am back to school as scheduled tomorrow so I’ve got to get to bed, sleep tight!

Did you watch House today?  What did you think?

Do you take any vitamens or supplements?


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.

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

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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.

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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 – I 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.

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

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

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Yum!  I love stir fried rice.

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

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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.

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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 –

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    • 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!


Feeling Groovy

January 13, 2009

Apparently my positive attitude really worked – what a fantastic day!  I got good news, great news, and I even went to the gym!  I’ll start at the beginning…..

A actually flew to Miami for an interview yesterday morning (more on that later) so I woke up all alone today.  In spite my mateless sleeping arrangements I did manage to get up and out the door early enough to do some major cleaning around the classroom.  On the train ride I ate a package of Crispy Apples and a pistachio Lara bar.

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This was a new Lara for me and it is now one of my favorite flavors!

My actually school day was still ridiculous (true to form, my principal is barely punishing the student who threatened me last week), but I manged to keep a good mind-frame throughout the day.  For lunch I packed yogurt, a fruit and nut Kashi bar, 2 clementines, and a diet rootbeer.

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While Greek yogurt is always a fav, I do enjoy these Thick and Creamy Light yogurts.

After school I ran the tutoring program, which I am very excited to be almost done with.  Then I made the call at 5pm and confirmed that I have jury duty tomorrow!  I know that doesn’t usually excite people but for me it means a paid day away from work.  Plus I’ve never done it before so I’m curious to see what it’s all about. 

Next I got my great news.  I have made a point of not giving much info about A on the blog, but you all do know that he is currently finishing his 2nd year of TFA (Teach for America).  A does not plan on becoming a teacher, but was recruited to the program because of his college profile and wanted to take advantage of it.  The plan, however, is to go into a medical career post-tfa.  A applied to several med. schools, but over the last year his focus has shifted to podiatry.  Well, this week we found out that A was admitted to (and offered big scholarships from) both of the Podiatric Med Schools he applied to – in NYC and Miami!  We are super super excited about moving to Miami so getting the news today was excitement/relief all rolled up in one.  While nothing is a definite (especially because I’m still not sure what career path I am going to take) we are very excited to have Miami on the table.

After my giddiness subsided over the good news(es) I stayed at school to get my classroom set up for my absence tomorrow.  When I finally did get home I microwaved myself a small sweet potato.

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I topped this with SmartBalance Light.  I also ate this piece of 50% Reduced Cabot Sharp Cheddar.

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I didn’t want to eat too much because tonight I finally ventured back to the gym!  I took a yoga class and I’m still swooning over how much fun it was!  The class I took was “Hippe Yoga,” which Crunch describes as an hour long session to “Release strain in your lower back with yoga moves focusing on opening the hips to leave you feeling restored and renewed.”

After the class I took the long way home from Crunch and picked up a few things at Duane Reade and Key Foods.  When I got home I made myself a bowl of 1C Kashi Go Lean topped with 1/2C blueberries and skim milk.

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I am so pleased that today turned out the way it did!  I’ll probably be up pretty late, I’m going to wait up for A to get home, but I do plan on posting in the morning before I head off to do my civic duty.  Have you ever done jury duty?  What was your experience like?