Thanks Caitlin for all of your inspiration and support!!
And I also got to thinking today, wow it is one of my best friends birthday and I consider her to be one of the most beautiful women I know both inside and out… So Happy Birthday Erin! I <3 you!
This mornings juice was not so good.
- 2 Mangos
- No apples- even though you see one pictures, I changed my name
- 1/2 Pomegranate (did you know that these things will dye the color of your skin red)
- 1 piece Kale
- 1 Celery Stick
- Almond Butter Almond Milk
Honestly, I think it is the ice that throws this off a little. I like to use the ice because this blender is so fast and so powerful that it actually heats up the juice inside and well, that taste gross. The ice makes it cold but I don’t want to heat it up so I never end up chopping enough and then it comes out chunky.
Chunky juice is just nasty.
Keep trying right? One day I’ll find a mix I like!
So going out to eat has a lot of pros and cons and I know it is hard to find the balance between the 2. So a few people have asked me when I do go out to eat (which has been more than I would like lately) what do I get? Do I make healthy choices? Do I splurge? Do I miss out on things?
Well here is my list of the top 5 pros
- It is a fun social thing to do with friends
- I don’t have to cook
- Tim and I can eat different things without left overs taking over our fridge
- It is usually delicious
- I can eat different foods that I don’t like to/don’t know how to prepare
And here is my list of the top 5 cons
- It is expensive
- In my mind is is not healthy, so mentally I feel bad afterward
- I tend to make excuses for my eating poorly at restaurants
- I don’t have control over what I make and what I put in it
- I can’t wear my yoga pants (most of the time- I still find some places where it is borderline accepted)
So what do I get when I go out to eat? Well, here are a few examples of how I try to make healthier choices
I don’t eat the bun
We had a work dinner at The Rail the other night, one of my favorite places to go, and I love burgers so I knew I what I wanted the moment I walked in. Mr. Mariola please (who is apparently the owner of the place and yes if I owned a restaurant I would name a burger Ms. Laney or Mrs. Stiller). This burger has mozzarella cheese, pesto spread, and tomato and well it is just my kind of burger. So when I realized it is the burger I like and not the bun, I made a choice.
I took the top half of my bun off and just set it aside… it was useless to my taste buds and I dug in with a fork and knife and essentially killed Mr. Mariola. I only ate about a handful of the fries (which were freaking delic by the way) and then sat back and enjoyed a vodka tonic.
Oh, we also had appetizers.
I really wanted to fried jalapeños because I just wanted to taste them and that is exactly what I did. I took just a few off the plate and passed it around the table. The other (fried burger ravioli things) looked delic as well and I wanted a taste so I took one off of the plate didn’t eat the edges that were just empty and not flavoring at all anyway and ate the center ravioli piece.
It wasn’t the healthiest meal I’ve ever had but I was proud of the choices I made when I left.
I skip the pasta
Tim’s family belongs to a Country Club that has AMAZING pasta bar Wednesdays. So when we were invited the other night I was happy to accept the invitation.
So I got to thinking about what I like most about pasta bar and it hit me.. it’s not the pasta. Sure, the fact that it is a free meal is in my top 3 but it was the freshness of the food and how I had the control to pick out what I want. Pasta bar is essentially designed for you to go up and tell the nice Chef man (who has a very deep voice btw) what you would like in your pasta and I always choose…
- Green peppers
But there are lots of other options like sausage, onions, mixed veggies, and just goodness all around so I decided to leave out the pasta.. get all of the add ins and just eat it like stir fry. It was delicious! They also had these stuffed shells.. and since I consider myself to be a professional stuffed shell taster I got one but it didn’t compare to Tim’s mom’s shells so I just pushed it aside.
A healthier choice!
Have you ever heard of Green Beer Day? Started in 1952 and is well, it is the Thursday before Spring Break at Miami University (or historically has been, seems a little early this year) and it is a day where the bars open at 4am for green beer, jello shots, and whatever else you can add green food coloring to. The restaurants make green pancakes and green eggs and the students are decked out in green t-shirts made my fellow Miami students. These shirts are usually super creative and are very “in” to what is going on in society at the time.
It truly is an event.
If you want to read more about the history you can do that here.
For the student version of Green Beer Day, here you go. I didn’t participate until my Senior year which made me of legal age to drink and well I had enough seniority that it was OK to skip class. Honestly, I spent the day with my friends laughing and remember the good times we had at that point in our senior year. We sat outside Skippers and drank, we enjoyed jello shots at 45 East, breakfast was at Uptown Café, and we bummed around to Mac and Joe’s, Steinkeller, and even Lottie Moons.
It was a fabulous day! A tired and crazy fabulous day!
So in remembrance of Green Beer Day I present you with our “Green Beer Day Family Photo”
And one of my finest moments on GDB!
Questions for you, leave me a comment!
- What is your favorite restaurant and what do you order?
- What is your SPLURGE meal when you go out to eat?
- Did you go to Miami? YES? Tell me about your favorite Green Beer Day memory?
haha, nice title right? Well for a while now (probably last year or so) people have been telling me not to consume grapefruit because it it interacts poorly with some medicines. As some of you know, I am on a cholesterol medicine so I this warning from family and friends was something I took very seriously!
Then this morning which I got to work an article in nutritional outlook about the adverse affects grapefruit can have on some individuals bodies that are taking certain medicines. Since this is something that has been waying on my mind for a while now, I thought I would share.
From what I gather it is the statin cholesterol drugs that it interacts with poorly so I may be OK but I’m gonna be honest… I’m not going to risk it! I think I’ll stick to my other fruits and vegetables!
So a few people have been wondering what I eat for lunch (and since today is tasty Tuesday it is appropriate) and well I don’t put too many lunch pictures up here for one primary reason…
Typically it looks funny to be sitting in our cafeteria snapping pictures of my food.
Not everyone understands.
But I have managed so be sneaky enough to snag a few.
Generally speaking, I would say, lunch if where I get the bulk of my grains. Since I try to stay away from too many complex carbs in the evening and I am usually content with juicing in the morning, lunch is where I sneak those grains in because well sometimes it is just easier!
I am fortunate enough to have a cafeteria at my office… where the food is fresh and cheap! We have a few different stations which include a deli where you can get sandwiches wraps and soups, a fiesta type station with tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, a grill where you can get burgers, chicken, or even egg sandwiches, a pizza station, a “special station” which is usually a salad or pasta salad type thing, and then a “good for you station” which has like a balanced meal (you know a veggie with a piece of chicken) and it also has soup there. I frequent the deli station most often for a few different reason…
- The line just goes faster
- All of the food there I have had before or can recognize it
- I feel like I have control on everything that goes on it (although I think this is true at almost all of the stations)
- It just feels right to me
- They have tuna haha
So yes, my lunches typically look something like this…
But sometimes I splurge and they look like this…
And then if I have a lunch meeting I usually get a faster meal which is also catered in house by our cafeteria. My favorite is the taco bar where you go to make your own tacos! *this is especially my favorite when they remember to bring the guacamole*
Now what I do try to do is make healthier choices where I can. So for that taco salad bar for examples, I opted not to get a tortilla or the chips and just do a taco salad because I needed to make room for the delicious angel food cake I am just healthy like that
And sometimes we are out and about for lunch whether I am traveling for work or just wanting to get out of the office. So when we were in Chicago and needed a lunch/dinner because our flight times were a little goofy I eat at fun places like Zoup! In this case I knew there would be a “boxed” dinner on the plan from Mustard Seed Café (I was fortunate enough to be flying the corporate jet this day) but again I don’t like to cram those complex carbs in at night so I thought the Zoup! a little earlier in the day was a better way for me to go. So I chose this tomato and spinach one that was delicious!
Today for example I am having some egg salad but instead of bread I brought my Garden Select Veggie chips as mostly a transporter for the egg salad to get to my mouth. Plus, I love those chips! I also put some cucumber slices, and grapes on the side for today’s lunch and of yea… a have a pack of fruit snacks (Thank you Ocean Spray)as a sweet treat!
My commitment during the Lent season continues but I did leave the house today without writing a post-it note so it had to wait until I got home from workout class! Operation Beautiful post-it note today said…
This morning I wanted a juice that I knew I would love so I played it VERY safe! Don’t want to repeat my first juicing experience!
- Frozen strawberries
- Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt
- Vanilla Protein Powder
- Flax Seed
All items I know and love! Plus, the color was finally normal! Tomorrow I promise to be a little more adventurous!
Leave me a comment on the following questions…
- What do you like to eat for lunch?
- What is your favorite afternoon snack?
- If you could put anything on a post-it note today to make yourself feel good about who you are, what would you write?