Sunday, January 17, 2010

Oompa Oompa Stick it in your Jumper

Knowing FH was cooking dinner for last night I made sure to plan ahead and got a workout in and stuck to healthy eats for breaky and lunch.

Started out with another breakfast cookie.  This one was definitely the best yet.  Friday night I mixed up the following…

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • flax meal
  • 1 tbsp whey protein isolate
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze
  • AND a scoop of smashed TJ’s peanut butter pretzels!

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Let sit in the fridge over night and topped with Liberte Coconut yogurt and sliced bananas in the morning.  Deeeeeeeeeeeeeelish.


Then I hit the gym for my first attempt at tackling the strength training routine that Gina put together for Caitlin.  I’ll get into this more in the coming week…I was so happy to see her post this because I really need to focus more on my toning and strength.  Her timing couldn’t be better.

When I got home, I went straight to the blender for a green smoothie.  I wanted something refreshing and protein filled, and well I love me a green smoothie.

In the KA

  • ice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • flax meal
  • 1 tbsp whey protein isolate
  • 2 big handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze


Admittedly this was a pretty plain smoothie.  It was bright green and hit the spot, but it was lacking flavor.  Definitely time restock my Amazing Meal.


Alongside my smoothie I tried a second Vitalicious snack.  The Apple-Berry-Cinnamon Vitatop


Heated slightly in the microwave.  Tasted yummy but it was a bit dry.  I think it would be better with coffee or maybe with peanut butter or jam.


Then much cleaning, vaccuuming, Windexing, etc ensued.  A late afternoon Kashi bar was consumed to hold over til our later dinner.


In the interest of keeping this post from getting out of control, I’ll jump straight to dinner.  FH cooked! 

Stuffed shells featuring a ricotta-spinach filling, homemade marinara sauce and Alfredo…

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Hot Italian sausages, browned and soaked in the marinara…

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I took care of a little appy plate for our guests…

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And of course, you know I concocted a bigass salad!! 

In the super big silver bowl:

  • Sassy mixed greens
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • yellow pepper
  • tomatoes
  • julienned beets


Served with a homemade dressing of red wine vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon, Italian Seasoning, s&p, and EVOO.


With warmed ciabatta baguette

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With wine (and scotch for the boys)…


**For anyone that is keeping track (ha!):  I ate 2 shells, 1/2 a sausage, 2 servings of salad, 1 piece of bread, and 2 glasses of wine.**

Folllowed by Beatles Rock Band…(and apparently a self portrait because being the girl with the camera means no one ever takes my picture!)

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Have you ever actually paid close attention to the lyrics of Beatles songs?  I thought I had, but Beatles Rock Band tells me that I clearly had no real clue.  I think maybe the Fab Four spent a bit too much time dragging on the hooka pipe back in the day.

Twas another late night, but so much fun.  :)  Thanks to our friends Paul, Julian, Mark and Frank for supporting the band!

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Anonymous said...

Love the title!

Jenny said...

Yum, looks like a great night was had by all!! Happy week!

Jessica said...

YUMMMMMMMMMM You guys make the most delicious food!! I have a huge container of Amazing Meal here that I can't eat- I wish my tummy liked it!! booo

RunDiRun said...

Have you tried the Compliments brand of peanut butter pretzels? I squeeled when I saw them (they might be old news, but they're new to me) and they're delicious...but I've never had the Trader Joe's kind, which everyone loves so much, so I'm not sure how they compare. Should I hunt down a TJ's when I head to the states next month?

Nicole said...

You seem to have lucked out to find a FH who loves to cook and looks really good at it!!!

Jaime (Embracing Balance) said...

Oh Nicole, it may look that way but really he's not a big fan of cooking and only knows how to make four things...lasagna, stuffed shells, steaks, and breakfast...none of which are healthy or cost-effective! LOL. But it is a nice change of pace. :)

Jaime (Embracing Balance) said...

And Di, NO! I haven't seen the Compliments ones...I will definitely look for them. The TJ's ones are yummy, although I doubt I would go far out of my way to get them again. If there was a TJ's in my path though, then I would. :)

Anonymous said...

The dinner looks delicious! What do you use to julienne the beets? I love beets.

Jaime (Embracing Balance) said...

Julie, just a sharp knife and a keen eye. :)

Kristen's Raw said...

I LOVE green smoothies. Yum! I keep mine vegan though. ;)

Kim said...

FUN! I have a spinach stuffed shells recipe that I make, but my husband doesn't dig it, so I just get to drool over your pics...

Love me some Beatles Rockband!