Posts tagged ‘greek yogurt’

PROOF that I’ve been cookin’ up a storm!

egg white, veggie sausage and Muenster breakfast sammie. HEAVEN!

I wasn’t lying, friends…I’m just lazy. Some photos of the past month and a half or so…enjoy!

a recent bowl of greek yogurt, fruit and flax on a sunny day

a curious onlooker

close-up, mmm

steaks from a recent date night with Amy :)

the finished product, with garlic Naan and a rocket + olive oil + mozz salad

packing...there were SO MANY more boxes than this

French press...

...caramel macchiato!

my audience

parsnip and rutabega fries, a la PBFingers!

fish and chips, PLW-ified!

closeup

avocado + goat cheese, magic combination

garlicky Brussels sprouts, emphasis on the garlic :D

 

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June 1, 2011 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

Hiatus

Friends, I have a confession to make…

I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. That I’ve gone MIA from time to time. There’s a reason for this.

It has been..gasp…an entire month since I’ve worked out.

Gulp.

I could explain to you how life has been hectic and stressful (it has), with starting a new job and moving to a new apartment. I could explain how I simply feel burnt out, and couldn’t get myself excited or motivated with the usual tactics. I could even tell you about the knee pain that has been plaguing me, with the only solution being a seemingly expensive trip to the physical therapist that I simply cannot afford at the moment.

Unfortunately, these are just excuses. I haven’t exercised (vigorously) because…well, because I haven’t. I’ve chosen not to. There have certainly been days (say, the two weeks I was very sick with a nasty cold/sinus infection) where working out wouldn’t have been an option, or at least a good one, but there have been other days where I simply said, Eh, I don’t feel like it today. I’d rather watch TV and lay around the apartment.

I need to cut this shit out.

I’m running my first 5k in a few weeks, and thankfully I had been training enough beforehand where I feel I’ll still have plenty of time to do just fine, but this is the point where I need to shake some sense into my lazy ass and get it back in gear. I know a huge part of this has been feeling sorry for myself, not being able to fit in all the fun social activities brimming from every corner of Chicago in the summertime AND get my workouts in. Oh, well if I work out after work, I can’t do spontaneous things after work, like beers on the patio or concerts in the park. Well, Laura, figure it out.

I can’t lie to you — I’m freaked out. I’m worried that I’m going to continue to lose my diligence and totally suck at (or even completely bail out of) this 5k, especially after telling almost everyone I know about it. I’m worried I’m going to lose a grip on the progress I’ve made from making healthier portion and food choices, resulting in a ~10ish lb. weight loss. I’m worried I’m going to slip on a bathing suit and feel terrible about myself (again). I’m worried the lumpiness I see creeping up on my thighs is going to get worse.

I don’t like how I feel when I’m not working out, but sometimes — well, I’m a lazy piece of shit. It’s go-time, and I need to keep my eye on the prize and come up with a solution that will work with a) my tendency toward skipping workouts in order to lay on the couch or grab dinner/drinks with friends, b) my busy schedule, and c) my utter hatred of mornings/total inability to wake up early.

I have no idea how to do this. If you’ve been reading for awhile but never commented, now is the time…any and all tips, suggestions, stories or motivators are welcomed….Oh hell…PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO DO THIS, GUYS! I NEED HELP!!

Hmph. Well, that’s that :D

In other news, I’m still totally addicted to Greek yogurt. Seriously, this stuff is my crack — I go through a giant tub per week. It’s so delicious! And ya know what else is in abundance in Casa de Laura?

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STRAWBERRIES. Oh. Mah. Gawd. I can’t get enough.

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I had some with oatmeal the other day, but it couldn’t hold up against the creamy Fage 0% I usually roll with…There is almost always a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon, Milk + Honey Cafe Mix Granola and walnuts involved as well.

I’ve also been rolling on the salad wagon lately. Below is my unbelievably tasty mustard maple chicken atop some butter lettuce, cukes, goat cheese and Sabra roasted red pep hummus. Despite the fact that I was pretty hungry a few hours later (no carbs, maybe?), this salad was GOOD.

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Today I mixed it up a bit with butter and torn-up red leaf lettuce, cukes, some pinto beans, goat cheese, baby carrots and some organic chicken breast that I slow cooked last night with thyme, TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute, garlic powder and veggie broth. The chicken was insanely flavorful, and all the flavors mixed together perfectly. As a bonus, the added beans really gave this bad boy some sticking power, but because I am a fatty and seriously can’t understand how anyone can eat JUST a salad for lunch (wtf??), I swiped a can of Campbell’s chicken noodle from a friend, watered down half the can with some hot water from the Keurig, and had at it (only 70 calories! nice!). It was a perfect lunch for a wet, dreary day. I love gloomy weather from time to time, but Chicago has been testing my patience recently…

Anyway, I’m off to finish up the work day. I did some seriously ill-advised shopping last week and came home with far too many adorable dresses, so I’ll be sure to share those coming up here. Thanks for reading my nutty rant, and please do provide feedback if you have any, I’d love to hear from you!

May 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm 4 comments

Too salty!

That’s how I would describe my lunch today. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but I definitely think I could have cut down on the sodium content somewhere. In addition to having a TJ’s chicken sausage (which, in the scheme of things, really isn’t too bad), I made my quinoa with veggie broth, which I didn’t realize has 24% of your daily sodium intake in one serving! Sheesh! On top of that, I added some sea salt at the end, not realizing how salty this already was. It was still very tasty though :)

See the roasted leek I snuck in there? The fennel didn’t make it, but the leek was mighty tasty!

big bite of goodness

Quinoa looks so neat close-up! I had a big, tasty salad on the side.

more poppyseed dressing, mmm

leeks + fennel

After work, I stopped at Macy’s to look for a few things I needed. Of course I ended up with a few things I didn’t need. I got a neato silicone spoon since my wooden one had a rather unfortunate, err, fire incident. I also picked up some great tall, thin cocktail glasses (I’m not sure what they’re called) that were on sale for 6 bucks! What a steal. I then had to stop by the makeup counter and, despite needing some new foundation, spent FAR too much money. Bad bad bad!! I really can’t resist expensive makeup….

By the time I got home, I was tired and had seriously considered picking up some Qdoba for a burrito bowl. Thankfully I stuck to my guns and made something healthier and considerably cheaper at home. I went for a quesadilla made with two whole wheat tortillas, a TJ’s goat cheese medallion, some shredded cheddar, some grated parmesan, grilled asparagus, sliced leeks and spinach. On the side, I had some FF Greek yog + Cholula hot sauce (aka spicy sour cream), vegetarian refried beans and some sparkling mineral water + pomegranate juice. It was AWESOME.

for real, how tasty does this bad boy look?

I am SO glad that I made dinner at home, it was very, very good. You can also see my new glass here :)

Have you ever had fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream? I always thought it sounded stupid (and wimpy), and I’m crazy about sour cream. But since I only like the full fat stuff, sometimes I have to make concessions…and this is a surprisingly good one! Without any sugar, most of the taste you associate with yogurt is gone, and the little splash of hot sauce makes it so you almost can’t tell the difference!

green + cheesy....mmm

Yeah, this was one tasty dinner, and I am one happy girl :) I’m also exhausted, so I’m going to turn on a movie and hopefully fall asleep. Have a lovely night!

January 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

Late night snackin’!

I was up late, as usual, and was craving something sweet — not usual! I am a big salty snack/food kinda girl and would easily choose cheese fries (or anything with cheese, really) over a candybar. Sweets have never really appealed to me, so I’ve never really understood how people can eat those gross, overly sweet candybars. Blegh!

Alas, my craving was for something sweet…but not overly sweet. Suddenly, it occurred to me…

yin and yang!

I had to fight the urge to utter a Rachel Ray “YUM-O!” while snackin’ on this bad boy. I toasted a piece of Earth Grains bread, spread some almond buttah on it, cut it in half, drizzled one half with honey and the other with some Hershey’s Dark syrup. HIT. THE. SPOT.

Dinner tonight was in a huge rush because I had to squeeze in a trip to the gym, a brisk walk home, a quickie change, food and then head out the door to a doctor’s appointment. Fortunately (this is a relative term), I had cooked up a HUGE batch of beef brisket earlier in the week for a certain someone who didn’t show up. So I have this huge tupperware in my fridge (seriously, it’s gigantic) full of delicious, delectable slow-cooked brisket. I was going to freeze it and use it for lunches/dinners sporadically throughout the month, but I realized tonight I could make a quickie dinner in 5 minutes. Comment if you want the recipe — I made it up from about 3 or 4 that I found online, and it was killer!

I nuked about 3 oz. of the good stuff, split it up between 2 whole wheat tortillas, topped them with some Fage FF plain Greek yog, butter lettuce, shredded cheddah, hot sauce and salsa. YUM. I ate one right then and there hovering over the kitchen counter and wrapped up the other to eat on the walk to the train station. I should have eaten it at home too, because I got it all over me on the walk! Oh well, it was delicious.

I needed some veggies still though, so when I got home I nuked some of Trader Joe’s frozen grilled asparagus (which is AMAZING if you haven’t tried it…omg, yum) and drizzled it with a smidge of olive oil and sea salt. It was heavenly and a perfect way to round out my (drawn out) meal.

Time for bed!

January 20, 2011 at 12:13 am Leave a comment


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