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 (www.fitsugar.com) 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 ūüôā

Dinner tonight was fantastic! ¬†Super filling and tasty ūüôā

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?





My Trader Joe’s Adventure

30 04 2010

I told you guys yesterday that I was taking a trip (although it felt more like a sabbatical) out to Trader Joe’s. ¬†Normally the trip takes about 45 minutes in each direction, however, due to some major traffic congestion (due to some poorly planned construction) it took twice as long to get there. ¬†Because of the traffic I had to skip the second part of my trip to Whole Foods in order to ensure that I had enough time to get back and unload everything before heading to Day 2 of physical therapy.

So Whole Foods will have to be a separate trip (maybe I can get my boyfriend to tag along!).

I did however, get QUITE the haul from Trader Joe’s, I love the place I really do its like shopping in the Promised Land, EVERYTHING is good.

So here’s what I got:

Some yummy Greek yogurt (vanilla and honey) and Egg White Only Egg Salad!

Some marinated artichoke hearts and yummy almond butter!!!

Some new salad dressings to try and some honey (since I'm officially trying to give up refined sugars)

A rack of lamb, I KNOW my boyfriend is going to love this!

Look at all that green! Some baby spinach, a cucumber and some avocados

Some roast beef, light swiss cheese and some panchetta

Some faux beef strips for stir frying and some soy chorizo

Some yummy red quinoa, some turkey jerky for munching and my FAVORITE apple pie Larabars!!!

Some healthy, pre-made chicken dinners for lazy nights

Some pre-mixed veggies for stir frying (really cuts down on prep time)

Some yummy protein! Curry chicken (I'm sooo making that tonight!) and some Korean BBQ style sesame beef

Look at all the yummy berries! The picture really doesn't do them justice

This was THE find of the trip, I LOVE pizza, but since I'm on a low carb diet I can't really enjoy it. But these babies have less than 8g net carbs per serving! NOMNOMNOM

Quite a trip huh?  All this food and it was CHEAPER than my average grocery trip!!!





Shopping!

29 04 2010

Tomorrow is payday and I’m heading out to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to stock up on some healthy treats. ¬†Both are about an hour away from my apartment which is too bad, but it makes it like a road-trip=FUN!

I’ll make sure to post lots of pictures of the goodies tomorrow night.

So, does anyone have any suggestions? ¬†Favorite items from either of these locations…or even a favorite healthy food in general that you recommend?