Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Is there anything better than a three-day weekend? My husband teases me since I am one of the greediest wives in the world – since I extremely dislike sharing my husband with others. Hence, an extended weekend with my husband and furry babies is just one of those blessings from God that is priceless!
Exercise: Friday night as I had planned a cold walk to the gym with the hubster, I got a surprise from my husband stating that he was taking me to the store to pick up a present. The present was the new Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board kit that I have been waiting patiently to receive. Yay! (Jumping up and down) For those of you that are unaware, the Wii Fit Plus is the second addition to the Wii Fit. The back of the pkg suggests it has more than 60 games that are for active-minded players. It is not a “sit down with a bag of chips” type of game. So, as expected, you can tell what we did the whole weekend. Let’s just say we didn’t get out in the freezing temperatures outside to run but rather only left to go to the coffee house and also church.
Food: Personally I love to cook, therefore I take every week as a new adventure to try various ethnicities of food. Last week we went ahead and had an entire menu list full of You Are What You Eat Cookbook recipes. It was our first attempt at the cookbook recipes since we bought the book over Christmas holiday; we found that the recipes were more bland than we generally prefer… So, this week we are going all out with flavor and delighting in Asian cuisine. MMMMmmmm
Saturday: DH woke up with a slight stomach ache, no wonder due to the frozen menu we had the night before – really bad choice once you start to eat healthy again. So, I made Irish Oatmeal. Mine I put a little pour of organic unsweetened soymilk and some brown sugar. Husband had a sliced banana, sliced dates and the cow-friendly milk I used.
Lunch: Salad with Whole Foods Natural Organic Hummus – four kinds. Sliced cucumber and a few glasses of water… Also, I believe I had a Japanese rice cake that is sweet on one side and salty on the other.
Dinner: Khao Soi (a Thai Pasta) which is similar to pasta with coconut curry sauce. It was slightly too creamy for me but I loved the curry flavor it in. DH loved it! He has been impatiently waiting for curry again. The noodles were pre-packaged from our local Asian store – more of a udon style noodle instead of ramen (egg filled) that the recipe called for in it.
Sunday: Today we had some homemade bread toasted. The bread has sprouted sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. Additionally, it is made from Whole Grain Flour instead of white.
Lunch: I had a trivial time after church because my husband wanted to go out to eat but I thankfully convinced him into having a healthy meal at home instead. His stomach was rather bad this last week, so I wanted to make sure that he had the right nutrition to build his immunity back up before work on Tuesday. General leftovers…
Dinner: Vegan Bibimbap was on the menu. It is a mockup of the traditional bibimbap that I used to make before going vegan. This time we made it veganized. It turned out a little different but it was a good healthy alternative to the original. It does not have meat, or sesame oil, or a generous portion of sesame seeds. First Photo: DH bowl with extra spicy tofu (nasty smell so we threw out) and second photo: mine with extra Korean Red Pepper Paste.
It was wonderful to have this weekend together with the husband and furry babies. We had tasty meals and healthy portions. We stayed indoors away from the cold weather and got exercise through the wii fit plus.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Breakfast: This morning I wanted something a little sweet but then healthy. I chose to make traditional rolled oats with water and added some blueberry preserves. There is nothing like a colorful bowl of oatmeal to warm you up in the morning. Unfortunately, oatmeal does not fill me up for a long duration so I was hungry in about two hours. But, at least it was warming and colorful to cheer me up first thing in the morning. Start the day off right and it will all go right!
Mid-morning snack: Clementine was my snack of choice since we did not really have anything else in the household. Sorry, no real photo...
Lunch: Since dinner was a flop last night (it happens), I chose to make something out of the leftovers that were in the fridge. This is one of the benefits of working from home, you get to make your own meals fresh and hot! I chose to make a Korean Bean Paste Soup with Cabbage and Daikon. Unfortunately, I used way too much paste and it was a terrible taste. I ended up taking a few bites and threw out the rest. I did pick through to get all the delicious daikon out. Mmm Then I had a side of Korean Spicy Tofu. I make this every once and a while. I love it because it takes like two minutes and it has fresh, uncooked garlic! I had three pieces of Australian candy that was sitting around called Fantales. Yum!
Snack: Since it is just about shopping day, we have very little in the household for snack time. I do try to eat at least five meals a day, but sometimes it isn’t always well planned out as it should be for my schedule. I ended up eating half a homemade Poptart, yep, homemade. It was just okay but it did help me from starving. Mine were strawberry.
Dinner: Again we cooked from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, the recipe called Cabbage and White Bean Soup. Unfortunately, I think that the recipe should have called for a bit more broth since it was pretty much watered down broth with some thrown in cabbage. I am going to try to make this again with the right white napa cabbage (our store didn’t have it and we didn’t have the time to go to the Chinese market) so we used purple (my fav). Tonight I was smart though, I remembered to make some side dishes and also some Korean brown rice with hijiki. We had baked veggies (fennel, carrot and potato); brown rice with hijiki; more Spicy Korean Tofu; and a special dish that my husband likes with Kidney beans, vegan breakfast sausage, garlic and some spices. The latter is the best recipe since it can then be mixed with rice and made into breakfast!!! Love those type of recipes!
Snack: We had another Clementine between the two of us, some mixed trail mix, some dark chocolate (which is vegan) chips, herbal tea, and the hubster had some blue corn tortilla chips. We ate these as we were playing the wii for exercise!
All in all, I did an okay job with food. My total daily count totaled around 1,100 but I am not worried because I didn’t count in the half of homemade poptart. I was a little lazy in putting in the recipe to get the calorie count. Oh, well… So, I think that with that addition, I was well into my calorie count for the day. I’m calling it a success!
Exercise: Again, it is snowing like crazy! Our poor pooch has to have the snow plowed in the yard just to go outside! Yikes! So, when my husband got home, he didn’t want to leave again and I didn’t want to either. So, we stayed indoors and played the wii. I know this is terrible but at least we got in some exercise. Plus, as I was writing for work, I would do some light exercises to limber up and got the blood flowing. So, I’m not too depressed about exercise. We all have days that we can’t (or rather don’t want to) go to the gym.
Wii Age Today: 32. Gotta learn how to play baseball... haha
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Breakfast: I woke up this morning and was feeling a little less peachy, but I managed to get past it after about an hour. So, I chose to make my husband and nice bowl of Irish Oatmeal loaded with dried apricots, raisins, dried prunes and a mixture of nuts. For me, I made a bowl of my special “fried” rice. It is a mixture of Korean brown rice, hijiki, chopped kale and Swiss chard with a few other ingredients. It’s so delicious! 299 cals
Morning Snack: Since I loved the protein bar yesterday, I had another today. It was mocha dark chocolate. The Nu Go Protein Bar is amazing once again. It was 190 cals.
Lunch: Leftover Time – thank goodness for four servings a recipe since it means that we always have leftovers for lunch and leaves less thinking the next day. So, I had Adzuki Bean Stew from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. I have to admit that I added a little more freshly ground sea salt and black pepper. It tasted much better.
Afternoon Snack: 6 slightly salted original Pringles. We couldn’t find these in MI while we were there a few weeks ago, so I’m not sure if you can find it in your area. But, if you can, I highly suggest it!
Dinner: This meal was not a success. As I made Mediterranean Black-Eyed Pea Casserole from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, my mouth was watering with the smell. Unfortunately, again, it was bland. I’m not sure if it’s the recipes or if I have just been making too many recipes from the new cookbook. Haha It might just be the latter – who knows… I ate about ¼ cup of the “casserole” and then couldn’t eat anymore. Then, I ate some pita chips and peanut butter filled pretzels for satiety. (Still working on the chips…oops!) 371 cals
Snack: Stash Herbal Tea: Raspberry Pomegranate Green Tea. Mmmm 312 cals
Exercise: Today was our day off from the fitness center. We went ahead and played about 1.5 hours of the wii.
Calories: I made my calorie count today with 1,234 but I’m not proud that I didn’t eat a proper dinner. I am planning to make some rice tonight just in case the dinner doesn’t good taste. That way, I have something healthy to lean on. Love my rice maker!
Cute Photo of the Day: Found my two furry babies sleeping together in our entertainment room.
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