Hey mock-a-rita

Ole! Ole!

Ole! Ole!

My great grandparents (all four) are from mexico and my grandparents (all four) are from Texas. Being Cinco de Mayo and all naturally we had a mexican meal for dinner. Mexican food to me is my go to comfort food. If I’m ever feeling down or ill, some good ole spicy mexican food makes it all the better. 

The hubs was kind enough to make chicken tacos per my request while, the little apron and I were at a girl scout meeting. Mexican food can be very high in calories and fat but just a couple of substitutions can make it healthier.

A few things that work for me

Chicken, shrimp or fish instead of beef

Smaller tortillas, preferably wheat and low-carb if available

Small sprinkle of cheese low-fat cheese or better yet nutritional yeast

Lots of lettuce and veg for added bulk and fiber

Only 1 serving of tortilla chips (about a cup)

My plate. One chicken taco seasoned with cumin, s+p, and salsa

On the side: extra lettuce, organic tortilla chips, spoonful of salsa and about 2 tbsp of guacamole. Didja know avocados are a good fat?

Beverage of choice: Mock-a-rita! [{otherwise known as vitamin water zero in a fancy margarita glass}] Yes this is a dry house until after the race 🙂

Dessert: Two girl scout cookies while at the meeting.

How did you spend your 5th of May?

Thunder, lightning and wacked out taste buds

The rain hit hard this morning around 11:15, just about the time I was on my home from the gym!

Thunder, lightning…not my thing.

 To be on the safe side I pulled over at a Starbucks and ran inside to wait out the storm.

Would you believe the electricity at Sbux went out right before I walked in? The power came back on very soon after but the cash registers weren’t working so I got a free coffee. [Score]

After about fifteen minutes and two firetrucks I hopped back into the car and drove home safely.

 I only had a few minutes to get ready before I had to meet LA for lunch.

Lunch:

Lunch was packed the night before: mixed vegetables, bland chicken and white rice all seasoned with low-sodium soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. (not shown)

After lunch LA gave a power point presentation to the class using the promethean board.  No, it’s not a white board, but it’s very similar. Kinda like a white board but on steroids. The presentation was about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table. Didja know KA and QG had 25 children!? Excuse my French but wtf! Do you remember what your  fourth grade class was like? Mine definitely didn’t have promethean boards, more like chalk boards 🙂

When I got home from lunch I was still hungry… not enough nutrients.  My stomach and brain asked for pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie yogurt…that is

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  •  dash of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • the other half of this mornings banana
  • tsp better’n peanut butter
  • sprinkle granola
  • drizzle of honey

The honey was a gift from Mr. Harmless, one of Mr. Apron’s clients. Harmless honey (his real name) is made right here in Indy and it is oh so good.

A cup of warm yerba mate tea.

This afternoon I got some house work done, sorted mail, and organized the spice cabinet.

Every good cook needs a convenient supply of herbs and spices. They’re a great way to add flavor and zest to any dish minus the fat and calories.

The hubs made dinner:

Bean burritos cuban style

He tried a can of Trader Joe’s cuban black beans, they were very salty yet bland all at the same time. How does that even happen? We agreed not to buy those again, from now on its pinto beans all the way baby.

In my two low-carb tortillas (11 carbs and 60 calories each), I added a couple spoonfuls of beans, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

 Topped with a sprinkle of cheese and Franks red hot. On the side: whole wheat scoops with guacamole and salsa for dipping.

A glass of Shock Top was offered but after a sip I declined.  My taste buds must be out of wack!

 I traded the beer in for a glass of  vino rojo, and the beer was not wasted.

Lot’s of work to be done tomorrow: 5 mile run, girl scout phone calls, and some nursing continuing education.

Nite 🙂

Ten miles down

 

Today’s 10 mile run was actually quite fun.  It only took about a mile before I realized all the kinks and sluggishness had vanished.

The weather was perfect, sunny yet cool.

The Monon wasn’t too busy either it was filled with just the right amount of runners, walkers, and bikers.

I covered 10 miles in about 1 hour and 39 minutes, that’s about a 9.9 minute pace.

A little bit slow, but then again today was only practice, sometimes slower is better.

After my run I elevated my legs and let the blood run back to my core.

 

 

Post fuel: Otherwise known as the rest of my breakfast was a protein shake in a reusable Kombucha bottle.

Love using my empty kombucha bottles for water and such, oh so GREEN.

I packed this little snack with me knowing lunch wouldn’t be for at least a couple of hours.

1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, and half a banana.

During training I usually end up eating about four times a day anyway. Smaller meals with more nutritional value. Having a protein shake within 30 minutes of a long run curbs my appetite, and I feel like the nutrients absorb better.

After a quick shower and a few errands I finally had lunch.

Sandwich: PB+strawberry jam on rye bread with sliced strawberries.

Salad: lettuce, spinach, onion, asparagus, sprinkle of walnuts, sprinkle of gorgonzola cheese, more strawberries , black pepper and a drizzle of honey.

 You already know I can’t live with tortilla chips. I dug into the almost empty bag of FSTG blue corn tortilla chips and added them for a little extra crunch.

Dessert:

¼ pumpkin, ¼ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, and 1 tbs of bare naked fit almond granola.

Not much else happened today except dinner.

Over the weekend I worked at the hospital and I’m not sure why but it seemed colder than usual in there.  

I had a hard time keeping warm, and decided right then and there I’d be making a spicy soup for Monday nights dinner. 

Not sure what to call it yet.

It’s a mix between a sweet and spicy soup with added chicken, glass noodles, mung beans and shiitake mushrooms.

Seasoned with ginger, s+p, jalapenos, chili powder and lime juice.

It did it’s job! Warmed me up and helped with Mr. Aprons cold, even the little apron liked it.

 Time to rest and get some beauty sleep.

Nite 🙂

Blog love

On my home from work tonight I immediately noticed something wrong with my car. I pulled over at the nearest gas station, stepped out of the car  and examined the driver’s side tire. What did I find you ask?

A flat tire!

I called the hubs and interrupted his dinner at the China Buffet where he immediately put down his fork to come to my rescue. Well maybe not immediately, I think he made one more trip to the buffet first 🙂

Anywho,

He replaced the old tire with a spare in a quickness and I was back on the road in no time flat [flat…get it {hee-hee}]. Do you know how to change a tire? Apparently I don’t, and to be honest I really have no desire to learn, is that such a bad thing?

By the time I made it home it was nearing 9:00PM and still hadn’t had dinner. Of course I could have skipped dinner altogether but where’s the fun in that. If I don’t eat a little somethin somethin before bed, I can’t sleep.

I made a one egg burrito with 1/2 cup veggie soup mixed in all tucked into a low-carb tortilla. A side of or regular tortilla chips for comfort rounded out the meal. [Love me some tortilla chips]

And shhh don’t tell I also had a graham cracker with 4 banana slices and 1 tbsp Nutella for dessert.

I watched a little bit of The Jersey Shore (another shhh don’t tell) and decided I should better utilize my time. I turned off the tube and walked into my make shift yoga studio {my most favorite room in the house } and did 60 minutes of Power Baptiste yoga with Dave.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow and vacay, but before we can leave I have to:

  • run
  • pack
  • shower
  • eat ?
  • buy a new tire

Wish me luck!

In the mean time here are a few blogs I’m loving now.

Janet planet living

Kiss my broccoli

The novice chef blog

(never home) maker

I would also like to give a big “Thank You” to everyone who reads my little blog

If you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions feel free to shoot me a line.

Namaste,

Maria

Mojo, Wine, and Cookies

Tuesday’s workout was so much fun. I did 60 minutes of Athletic Conditioning and then 45 minutes of hill repeats on the treadmill.

Before I get to Tuesday’s meals here’s a quick blurb about Athletic Conditioning:

After graduating nursing school in 2005 and gaining a TON of weight I knew something had to be done. The first thing on my, “to buy” list after getting a job was a gym membership. I had always been a runner but didn’t have (or make?) the time while in school to run or workout. I eased my way back into the gym by doing 30 minutes session on the elliptical, 30 minutes of weight machines and about 10 minutes of abs at the end. Once I felt strong enough and confident enough I took my first group fitness class, Turbo Kick.  It wasn’t until about a year later in 2006 that I started taking Athletic Conditioning. Before that I would walk by the class peek through the window hear loud music and watch the class do amazing things. I quickly decided I wasn’t ready for that haaaarrrrd level of physical activity, and would go on my merry way. To be honest I was a little scared! Can you imagine a beautiful blonde, super fit, and pregnant at that shouting out drills? When I finally stepped into class, I immediately fell in love with the structure and comradery the class brought. I may not be a professional athlete but for 60 minutes once a week I can pretend. J Every week is different, every week is challenging and that’s the whole point!  So many times we get used to repetition we forget to push ourselves.   Compared to yoga [my other love] athletic conditioning is a very much in your face approach. You do what’s asked of you and try your best because someone makes you accountable. Athletic conditioning and yoga are different in the best possible ways.

Who or what makes you accountable?

Pre-fuel AKA breakfast:

1 cup honey nut toasty O’s, 1/2 cup wheat-fuls, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 cup 2% organic milk, 1 tbsp Nuttzo ,  and 1.5 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

Post-fuel AKA lunch:

Simple salad with 2 handfuls of chopped romaine, 1 hard-boiled egg, celery, cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp gorgonzola, and 1 tbsp of green goddess.

On the side a small orange, 1 serving of TJ’s multi-grain crackers, 1 tbsp of garlicky hummus, and a glass of sparkling water (not shown).

My lunch also consisted of a Voskos greek yogurt that I saved for a snack around 6:00.

Mr. Apron had dinner made and ready by the time little apron and I got home from choir practice.

Spicy chicken nachos with Late July Mild Green Mojo multigrain snack chips. I wish I could say I loved the chips but they were just meh, they reminded me of Doritos. Not saying anything bad about Doritos, they just had that thick powdery seasoning on top, ya know? If you want to try them for yourself  they’re on sale at whole foods (2 for $5.00).

I topped my mojo nachos with gauc, and shredded cheese. The chix and lettuce were so good I went back for seconds.

A small glass of Natale Verga Prosecco rounded out the meal. The hubs and I found it over the weekend for only $10.00 a bottle, It’s quickly becoming my new favorite sparkling wine. [great taste and bubbles]

Dessert: Oh yes I did!

Dos galletas out of a hugh jass box of cookies given to us from my mom 🙂

Happy What I ate Wednesday!

athletic conditioning is more than alright

The batteries in my 2008 piece of crap camera were dead this morning,  so I don’t have a pic of breakfast to share. In other good news I finally got a new phone, with internet access and a touch screen, yeah me.

Breakfast: ( use your imagination) 1 tbsp Nuttzo smeared on two slices of toasted rye, topped with 1/2 banana, pumpkin butter, and chia seeds. Simple, no? Filling, yes!

Today’s one and only workout was 60 minutes of athletic conditioning. Trust me, one class is all you need for the whole day. It’s kinda like gym class for grown ups on steroids. I’ve seen grown men cry, well maybe not cry but very close to it.

We did some old school stuff today.

  • shuffles
  • jumping jacks
  • burpees
  • running in intervals
  • sprints
  • punches
  • squats

It’s a great class to build upon stamina and endurance. We probably ran the equivalent of two miles so I made an executive decision to skip today’s scheduled run of 25 minutes. I may make it up later, or not, it just depends on how I feel. To be honest I’m not really worried about 25 minutes.

Anywho,

After class I had quick snack before running errands knowing I wouldn’t be eating a real lunch until after 2:00 pm.

During training my body requires more protein, having a shake within 30 minutes of a workout helps with muscle recovery and warding off 4:00PM hunger. Since it was chilly outside I warmed up the soymilk first then added one scoop of powder. I also had a blackberry surprise granola bar.

Lunch:

Left-over vegetable stoup from my mother-in-law. I think she’s trying to feed me? Seriously though it was very sweet of her to send me some food, who doesn’t like free food?  I added white rice and vegetable broth to the mix.

Fruit salad with 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Herba mate tea.

This afternoon I watched a movie to chill, and get in a few movies before the Oscars later this month. I do work, I promise!

The Kids Are Alright.  Are they really? The movie was not at all what I expected.

 Mark Ruffalo is up for best actor in a leading role, loved him in 13 going on 30. Annette Benning is up for best actress and the movie itself is up for Best Picture. Next on my list Inception, has anyone seen it? Do you plan on watching the Oscars?

Dinner was a black bean burrito using the last of my Albuquerque tortillas 😦

Tortilla chips (nom, nom), lettuce and salsa.

Speaking of work I have to be there at 0700 so it’s off to bed for me.

g-nite

celebrating the beginning of a new week

Happy Monday!

It’s the last day of the month and ironically the beginning of a new week. As we say good-bye to January 2011 let us embark on a new week full of adventures and aspirations.

In honor of a new week…celebration pancakes.

These pancakes have been spotted all over the blogosphere and clearly I was inspired to make some of my own.

Batter up!

Sprinkles are calorie free. Right?

A girl can dream.

My cakes topped with 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter and sprinkles. Plus a side of low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Lunch was a packed salad that consisted of lettuce, cabbage, carrots and a hard-boiled egg. raspberry yogurt, two clementines, 5 stoneground crackers, and 1 laughing cow rounded out the meal.

It took 20 minutes to remove a thick sheet of ice from my car windows before driving home from work.

RightNow

Light Snow                                                           Wintry Mix  Wintry Mix    Wintry Mix

Light Snow Tonight Tomorrow Tomorrow Night
Wintry Mix Wintry Mix / Wind Wintry Mix / Wind
26°F 22° 27° 23°
Feels Like: 17°                                                     Low High Low

Dinner was a late an I probably could have skipped it, but sometimes if I don’t eat enough before bedtime it affects my falling asleep.

 Comfort food.

 Scrambled egg with peppers, cabbage, dash of garlic, dash of cumin, S +P, and nutritional yeast. Of course I had a small side of chips and salsa, what can I say I’m addicted.  Sadie’s Salsa and Naturally Preferred Tortilla chips both seem to be lower in sodium than some other well-known commercial brands.

Dessert.

Easy mango bowl

  • 1 cup frozen mango (found at Trader Joe’s)
  •  1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp granola
  • sprinkle of coconut.

I’m not really sure I can call this dessert because in my opinion it is so dang healthy. Is it possible to call something “healthy” dessert? I think so!

Speaking of desserts my goal for January was limit them to three per week. Overall I think I did pretty well, except for last night when I raided the cookie jar.Smh oh well.

seriously though have you had a chace to think about your goals for February?

December’s goal was to drink less coffee and diet coke and instead drink more water. Done.

January’s goal was to limit deserts to three per week. Done

February’s goal is to eat out less. In progress.

Buono fortuna!

Maria

Wednesday night, party night (WIAW)

I’m having a party with Jenn at Peas and Crayons every Wednesday night!

Peas and Crayons

What I ate Wednesday is way to share with y’all everything I ate on Wednesday and hopefully get you involved too. Feel free to share something  about a favorite food you had on Wednesday or any other day during the week. I’ll either be showcasing a few of my favorite meals, or giving a full Wednesday recap. Since I’m already a day late, I’ll show you what I had yesterday

First up breakfast:

Sweet or savory? Pancakes or eggs? Coffee? definitely coffee. Breakfast could possibly be my most favorite meal of the day. I wake up for the sheer pleasure of starting the day our right with a fabulous meal.  Other times I wake up stumble to the kitchen prepare a little somethin somethin and tow it back to the room with me.

 French Toast

One slice of bread dredged in a beaten egg with a splash of soymilk. Topped with 1/2 grilled banana, 1 tbsp nuttzo, a dab of pumpkin butter and sprinkle of apricot granola. And a cup of joe of course.

 

Lunch:

75 minutes of hot vinyasa left me wanting protein and apples. Yoga was…uneventful. Maybe I should have been concentrating more instead of letting my mind wander. It’s so hard to be still sometimes. Ya know!?

Egg sandwich

A fried egg between a toasted english muffin topped with one morning star sausage link and a glob of Sadie’s salsa. On the side was a handful of Food Should Taste Good Chips in their Olive flavor, new for me. A sliced apple with Stoneyfield apple cinnamon yogurt (also new) for dipping. Both the chips and the yogurt were very good. I highly recommend them.

Dinner:

The hubs and I had another date night at the YMCA. I think he’s the one dragging me to the gym now, instead of vice versa. He ran two miles and lifted weights while I ran a slooooow five miles on the treadmill. It took way longer than I care to admit to run five miles. It’s not that I felt heavy or sluggish just a little wore out. Maybe 75 minutes of hot yoga is not such a good idea the same day as long run, you think? After our date we picked up L.a and went to a small Mexican establishment near our home for a fundraiser. The restaurant gave back 15% of our meal to L.a’s school.

Gauc, salsa, and chips shared among the table 

 Vegetable burrito with a side of refried beans

Look at all that veg! I was so hungry I started eating before taking a pic. oops. The burrito came with rice but I requested beans instead for the added protein. I was so surprised at how fresh and clean the vegetables tasted, definitely not frozen. The flavors were mild and comforting.

The night ended with a little

Dessert:

and a small glass of vino.

If you’ve never had Toblerone run out and get some now, or ask for some for Valentines Day. In my opinion the original is the best but any variety will do.

 Nite. Tomorrow’s Friday!

In a pinch? A fresh off the treadmill glow!

This is going to be a really random post. Part this blog to express myself and talk about things I love. A few of those topics in no particular order.

  • food (well duh)
  • health
  • fitness
  • family
  • love
  • yoga
  • fashion
  • makeup

I was reading Kaths post the other day about organization and noticed that her makeup box compared to mine is tiiiiiny. Now I don’t know about you all but my makeup stash is twice that size.

Just to add to that stash I went shopping for lip gloss and ended up walking out of Sephora with this.

 Iv’e read really good things about NARS especially their best selling blush in orgasm (where do they come up with these names?).

http://www.allure.com/beauty/2010/06/2010_readers_choice_awards#slide=6

Allure describes it as a pinky peach color (pinch)? A fresh off the treadmill glow! Count me in!

After getting home and experimenting with the products, I thought to myself “Did I really need all of this”? Of course not but I did need lip gloss remember and that was whole reason I went to Sephora in the first place.

Anywho,

The blush is awesome, the lip gloss not so much. It leaves glitter stains! Ugh, what’s a girl to do!?  So I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t buy this lip gloss, stick to what you know. I think I’ll be taking everything back and punching the blush separately.

Do you have a favorite lip gloss? Have you ever tried buxom?

Now for the rest of yesterday meals:

Snack: 6:00 pm

Small sbux coffee (not my fave but it did the trick) and a small apple, while waiting for L.a’s choir practice to be done.

Dinner: 8:00 PM

The wine was only $5.99 a bottle at Whole Foods. It was very good. I had one glass while cooking and another with dinner.

 

The photographer went a little crazy.

Clearly I was enjoying myself.

Okay that’s enough!

 

Chicken quasadillas with salsa, pea avocado (I’ll explain later) and tortilla chips on the side.

His plate

Her plate 

 If you look real close you’ll notice the burnt edges. actually they all turned out that way on one whole side I just flipped them over so you couldn’t see it. Note to self: Learn how to use the broiler

They tasted really good though thanks to some awesome tortillas and hot salsa, both from AZ.

 

 

 Still no dessert waiting for Wednesday nights dinner outing.

Maria

hangry for tortilla chips

Sunday in review:

Sunday was another busy, busy work day. I was hangry all morning, not hungry, hangry!

Urban dictionary:

 hangry=when your lack of food causes you to be angry, frustrated or both.  

I’ve noticed a huge increase in my appetite this past week. Could it be from, increased running mileage, stress, climate change, or all of the above?

Anywho,

(shout out to  http://thechiclife.com/ for using the word “anywho” so much. Dianna has me stuck on it).

Normally a bowl of Wheat-fuls keeps me satisfied longer than five hours, but not today.

Breakfast: 6:00 AM

One cup of Wheat-fuls, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 medium banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter, sprinkle chia seeds. Side of coffee.

Lunch: 12:30 PM

By lunch time I was ready to chew my arm off.

Luckily the hubs and little apron swept me off the unit and took me out to lunch. McAllister’s deli has a diverse menu all three of us can enjoy. The hubs ordered a massive plate of nachos the size of a tire. Little apron ordered a spud and cup of clam chowder, and I had my favorite combo.

From the pick two menu: 1 cup veggie chili, and 1/2 sweet chipotle chicken salad drizzled with chipotle peach dressing. I also stole a hand full of tortilla chips from the hubs’s plate. mmm hit the spot.

Snack: 5:30 PM

This mojo bar was to die for the salty crunchy peanuts and pretzels was like eating a cookie. I’m inspired to recreate this in my own kitchen.

Dinner: 8:00 PM

Soup, soup, lovely soup.

Cup tomato soup, 3 meatless meatballs, spinach, red pepper flakes sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

On the side: 1 clementine, a wedge of laughing cow and some new crackers the hubs bought me. I can’t think of the name of them right now but if want to know what kind they are I can post it later.

Sipped on some Pero while watching sunday night football, and the Kads. Did anyone else think Kourtney and Kim stepped up their style? Not that they needed too, or for that matter did I think their style had room to get any better.

Anywho,

I was hoping the Pero would taste better, not sure if I like it or not.