Its Almost That Time

24 05 2010

It’s almost time for my local Farmer’s Market to start back up and I couldn’t be more excited!

Just the thought of all the local grown veggies and homemade cheeses and other goodies is making my mouth water.  I know that recent studies have shown that frozen fruits and veggies can be just as good for you as fresh, but there is just something about produce that was picked within 24 hours that just makes me go Mmmmmmm…..

Fit Sugar ( posted a great article today about how many veggies you could eat before you hit 100 calories (like you needed more reasons to eat yummy veggies?)

Check it out below ( via Fit Sugar)

Food Amount Calories
Asparagus 32 spears 106
Avocado 1/3 of the fruit 106
Beets (sliced) 1 1/2 cups 94
Bell Pepper (green) 4 medium peppers 95
Bell Pepper (red) 3 and 1/3 medium peppers 103
Broccoli (raw) 10 (5-inch long spears) 105
Brussels Sprouts 14 heads 106
Carrots (baby) 28 98
Food Amount Calories
Cauliflower (raw) 30 flowerettes 98
Celery 18 (8-inch stalks) 101
Corn (sweet white) Kernels from two ears 118
Cucumber 2 (8 1/4-inch cukes) 90
Green beans (cooked) 2 1/4 cups 98
Kale (cooked) 3 cups 109
Lettuce (Romaine) 1 head 106
Mushrooms (raw) 20 large 101
Onions (raw) 2 medium 92
Peas (cooked) 3/4 cup 94
Potato (russet) 3/4 small 100
Potato (sweet) 2 small 108
Radishes (raw) 70 large 101
Spinach (raw) 45 leaves 98
Summer Squash (raw) 3 medium 94
Tomato (grape) 48 108
Tomato (Roma) 3 medium 105
Zucchini 3 medium 94

How awesome is that!?!?! I’ve always had a thing for bell peppers, but I had no idea that I could eat 4 whole bell peppers for less than 100 calories!

For those of us watching our caloric intake this is valuable info, fill up on those veggies so you don’t end up splurging on high calorie food, and since most veggies have a high amount of water in them it can help keep you hydrated 🙂

Dinner tonight was fantastic!  Super filling and tasty 🙂

I made Chicken Pomedoro from Trader Joe’s and put it over a bed of quinoa with some Green Giant Immunity Blend mixed veggies on the side

Sorry so blurry, its my camera phone

The mixed veggies was a combination of broccoli, bell peppers and carrots-YUM!

I give this meal two thumbs way up, Trader Joe’s never ceases to amaze me.

I had physical therapy today and I was talking to my therapist about Wii Fit and she smiled and pulled out a piece of paper that was a Wii Fit workout routine (with the activities I can do that are safe for my level of recovery), how AWESOME is that?!?!  I love my physical therapist, I really do.

So last night was the series finale of Lost and I really liked it, I have to be honest at first I was a little disappointed that Jack was the one to replace Jacob (too obvious) but I’m not going to say any more than that since I don’t know how many of you have seen it.

And tonight is the season finale of Chuck so I’m going to go watch that, and my boyfriend asked me to make him a workout playlist since he’s going to start going to the gym effective tomorrow (woot!) so I better get on that.

How was your weekend?


Day 12

3 05 2010

Its hard to believe that its already been almost two weeks since I’ve started this challenge, and its amazing how much better I feel in such a short amount of time!

As I mentioned earlier, I had kind of a rough weekend, so I wanted to make up for it today by eating well and being active.

Breakfast was kind of a staple…Fiber One Honey Clusters and unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze

After breakfast I went on a 45 minute walk around my neighborhood and rocked out to the soundtrack from the Madonna episode of Glee, I probably looked silly doing my walk/dance moves but who cares!

After my walk I was famished, and it was about lunch time, so I threw this together and it was A-MAZING!!! I decided to try the pizza I found at Trader Joe’s that had less than 8g of net carbs per serving!  This one has cheese, ham and caramelized onions on a paper thin crust.  I paired it with a side salad.

Serving size was one piece, so the rest is leftovers either for my boyfriend or me later this week 🙂

After lunch I had physical therapy which I talked about earlier (my abs are STILL sore).  But even though I was sore I decided to go on…ANOTHER 45 minute walk! (I am seriously trying to atone for this weekend)

Then I did some light housework to keep me moving, but after an hour or so my abs got the best of me and I decided to sprawl out on the couch and read a book on my Kindle before making dinner.

Dinner was the highly anticipated Curry Chicken Tenders from Trader Joe’s, served on a bed of quinoa with a side salad.  And all I have to say is yumyumyumyumyumyum YUM!  I don’t think there was even a smudge of curry left on the plate by the time we were done.  My boyfriend said it was hands down the best curry he’s ever had (but don’t tell his mom), and I might have to agree.

My nice small serving of curry chicken over quinoa

A shot from above, yum!

My boyfriend's larger serving

With flash

And from the side

The chicken was pre-made, I just had to grill it, and for the quinoa I cooked it with low fat and low sodium chicken broth.  I would definitely recommend picking up this chicken at your local Trader Joe’s, this has become a new house favorite!

What are some favorite dishes in your home?

Do You Cook With Quinoa?

26 04 2010

I recently took a trip to Kansas City with my mom and while we were there I was served something I’d never seen before under my seared Ahi Tuna, the menu said it was called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) and it was DELICIOUS!!!!

Apparently it only used to be available in health food stores, but now its become more mainstream, popping up in local supermarkets (I found it in mine).  Quinoa is usually thought to be a grain, but it is actually a seed.  And what a seed it is.

It is a perfect protein, it provides the body with all nine essential amino acids!  One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8g of protein (more than twice that found in other grains!!!) as well as iron, magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, fiber, copper, phosphorus, selenium, maganese, magnesium, tryptophan and lignans.  Because of this, studies show that quinoa helps promote digestive health, may prevent certain types of cancer, is full of antioxidants that can help prevent and repair free radical damage and can help with weight loss.

As if all that good stuff wasn’t reason enough to eat quinoa, another reason is that it can eaten as a savory or a sweet item.  For savory mix in your favorite veggies and a protein, and for sweet use it as a breakfast cereal and top with bananas or your other favorite sweet toppings 🙂

So have you cooked with it yet? And if not are you interested in trying it?

I’ll post some yummy quinoa recipes in the future, you can count on it.