Friday, September 30, 2011

Update: It's a Mother of a Post, Y'all

Look. I said Y'ALL. DH gets annoyed with me because of my accent sometimes. It's not that I try not to be....Southern...I just try not to be Redneck. There is a difference...you guys...

Anyway, it's been pretty crazy as u...dang, one of those super depressing animal abuse commercials just came on...gets me every time. Oh, back to where I was. As you can tell I'm a bit...all over the place lately...I think I am officially burning out. And it's not really even a burning out as much as it is a crashing and burning...spiraling down and down...and down..into a deep sleeeeepppp. My brain just can't take it anymore. But, as I tell the participants in my classes, we're too close to quit! Only one more semester after this! We got this...right?

Here are some pictures of awesome yumminess that has been going on lately. There would be more, but apparently when I get stressed my nausea ups the anty by about one gazillion. Therefore, if I could live off of potatoes and bread and ice cream, I would. And you couldn't stop me!! *evil laugh*

Breakfast one day:
2 small whole wheat pancakes
2 slices turkey bacon
1 egg


Speaking of breakfast, twice in the past week DH has brought me breakfast in bed. 
Conspiracy? 
I think so. 

Also, Levi's butt makes a nice pillow:

Homemade pizza...you know what I'm talkin' bout
 Okay, don't judge the black spots. They are sun dried tomatoes, which were necessary because no meal is complete without them, obviously.
(Sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, fresh zucchini, cheeeeesssseeeee)


Makin' some noodle bowl:
(Zucchini, Sun dried tomatoes, Tofu, Frozen Peas & Carrots Veggie Mix, etc. with Pasta)
So.good.

 Hello Comfort:
 Potato Soup...Perfection.


My friend, Katrina, at Eating Right on the Reg, brought these amazeballs Pumpkin Cupcakes to class the other day. As you can tell, it almost got demolished before I could snap a picture.




Today, the DH and I went to The Grit for lunch. We used to go every Thursday back in the day...when we had this thing called...time? I believe that's what it's called?

Mmmm...hot Green Tea with Lemon. Soothes the soul.

You aren't going to believe this, but I didn't eat breakfast this morning, so I was STARVING by lunch time. So, we ordered the hummus appetizer. This thing was demolished. None left. Zip. Nada.

Then when this beautiful masterpiece came 
(House Salad with Tofu and Honey Mustard dressing), 
I couldn't eat anything else. So, this all went into a to-go box. 
(Don't worry, I ate it later today...lol)

There you have it. That's what's been going on with me and food. I am thinking about posting the recipe for the potato soup, the noodle bowl and this stir-fry I did the other night. Do guys want them? All you gotta do is ask... ;)

~Courtney










Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo

Did you know there are about a million ways to spell Fettuccine? I decided I like this one best, lol. I made this last night and it was pretty good! I'm not typically a fan of white sauces, but I wanted to try something new tonight. It was really simple and quick, which is what I like ;)





Here is what I did:
(adapted from this recipe.)

Ingredients:
-1 Tablespoon Butter (Yes! I actually used Butter! Can you believe it?!)
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
-1-1/3 cup low fat milk (All I had was Almond Milk and it worked out fine!)
-1/2 to 1 cup Cheese --> I used Parmesan, but I'm sure you could use Mozzarella or another 'Italian' Cheese
-2 Tablespoons Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-4 oz/8 cups cooked Pasta (I used Whole Wheat Linguine)
-Fresh or Dried Parsley

Directions:
-Turn stove top to medium heat and melt butter in either a sauce pan or a deep skillet.
-Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, stirring frequently
-Stir in Flour
-Add the milk in 1/3 cup increments while stirring (preferably with a whisk)
-Cook until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently
-Add the 1/2 or 1 cup Italian Cheese, the cream cheese and salt; Stir until melted
-Add the Parsley




-Pour the sauce over cooked noodles and voila!

*I added steamed broccoli to ours. You could add steamed broccoli, sauteed spinach, etc. I really wanted to add sauteed mushrooms, but we didn't have any :( womp womp.

I served this with Pillsbury Simply: Rustic French Bread. Such a yummy bread. Oh, and a salad of course.






I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

~Courtney

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recipe: Chunky Guacamole

Yes, I made guacamole again this week. And yes, I had it as my dinner that night. Don't judge. Here is how I did it:

mmmm...

Ingredients:
-2 Avocados, Hass
(Make sure they are pretty much black and a bit soft to the touch! I learned the hard way!)
-1 Small Onion, Chopped
-1 to 3 Serrano Peppers (Did you know these were hot? Um, yeah, they're hot)
-2 to 3 Large Roma Tomatoes (Or really any tomato you prefer)
-1 to 2 tsp Lime Juice
-1 to 2 tsp Cilantro, Dried (You can use fresh...if you are made of $$$)
-1 tsp of Garlic, Minced

Directions:
-Slice Avocados in half, be aware of the huge 'seed' in the middle! You have to go around it. Click Here for a nice tutorial on avocado cutting and slicing.
-Chop Onions
-Chop Tomatoes
-Chop Serrano Peppers (Take the seeds out!)
-Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well
-Serve with chips or other awesome carb-y things

Get in my belly.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Recipe: Jambalaya


I told you I would post this recipe eventually. I made it again tonight and I made some tweaks which I believe made it much better! Even DH said, "This has a lot of flavor. It's good." One day I will record him saying this so that people will believe me when I say vegan food can be yummy! Now, of course, you don't have to make this vegan...you can substitute the real thing for the 'sausage.' But, I really encourage you to try something new and 'animal-friendly!'

(adapted from Peas and Thank You.)

Ingredients:
-Tofurky Italian 'Sausages'
-1 Small Onion
-1 Bell Pepper (Any color)
-1 can Diced Tomatoes
-1 Cup Broth
-~1/3 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
-1 tsp Garlic, Minced
-1 tsp Oregano, Dried
-1 tsp Parsley, Dried
-1 tsp Basil, Dried
-1 tsp Onions, Minced
-4 cups Brown Rice, Cooked

Directions:
-Slice the Tofurky sausage into coin shaped pieces (about 1/4-1/3 inch or so)
-Brown in a skillet sprayed with Pam for about 5 minutes


-Add the Onions, Bell Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are a bit more tender
-Add Basil, Oregano, Parsely, Garlic and Broth, cook for a few more minutes






-Add cooked Brown Rice and Stir well. Allow to cook long enough for the flavors to be evenly distributed



-Serve and Devour!



~Courtney


Friday, September 9, 2011

Update: TGIF

I'm free! I'm free! Until Monday that is. But, hey, gotta take what we can get! My first biochem test is finally over! It wasn't bad, but I am horrible at multiple choice. I over-think everything. I changed the answer to one question 3 times this morning. Ridiculous.

Here are the deets from yesterday:

Breakfast:



-2 Small Whole Wheat Pancakes
-1 egg
-1/8 cup Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
-5 Strawberries
-~2 Tbsp Lite Syrup

Lunch:

-Amy's Light & Lean Pasta & Veggies Bowl

Dinner:

 Stuffed Mushrooms by DH

The DH got into a cooking kick with this new cookbook he got and decided to cook these stuffed mushrooms. They were amazeballs.

He also made Chicken Pot Pie from scratch. YUM!




Snacks:
-1 serving Mission Tortilla Chips
-1 Drop it like it's Hot Cookie
-1/2 cup Almond Milk
-1 Skinny Cow Truffle Ice Cream



I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!!

~Courtney

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday)

You know how some people dread Mondays? I dread Wednesdays. This was my schedule today:

I miss you Garfield


10-11am Biochem
11am-12:15pm Foodservice Procurement & Financial Management
12:15-2:15pm Study/Be distracted/Study
2:30-3:30pm Medical Nutrition Therapy
3:30-4:30pm Micronutrients
-Met with my teacher to look over my resume, etc.
-(I planned on going to the SDA meeting, but I just wasn't feeling well at all. Plus, I still had two more meetings afterward. I decided to go home and rest for an hour.)
7-8pm Fitness & Wellness Leadership Team Meeting (which was the highlight of my day!)
8-11pm Science Guyz Review Session for Biochem

Also, just to give an idea of how my day went:


Can you read that? NO, OF COURSE YOU CAN'T. Because me, and only me, would bring a RED pen to a review session that is on RED paper. Blech.


Soooo. Yes, I can't say that I like Wednesdays. Also, for those of you who aren't sure what makes college students so 'busy;' here you go. (However, college students, this is not an excuse to not shower and wear pajamas to class...there's never a reason for that. They're called pants. Wear them.)

Breakfast:
Look! I finally took a picture of a smoothie!

For some reason, this has been my least favorite smoothie combo. I don't know if it truly wasn't tasty, or if it's because I haven't felt too well today. It was very...liquidy...and I like my smoothies so thick that you need a spoon.

-1/2 Frozen Banana
-1/2 cup Frozen Mango
-1 Starbucks, Light French Vanilla Frappuccino
-1 Tbsp Skippy Natural

Lunch:
Pesky computer and biochem always in the way

I literally rummaged through the fridge and pantry and threw some stuff in a bowl:

-1 cup Romaine Lettuce
-1.5 cups Steamed Broccoli, cold
-1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
-1/8 cup Onions, raw
-A little oil and vinegar

-1 cup Red Grapes
-1 Light Sargento String Cheese

Snacks:
--1/2 ounce Peanuts, no salt
--5 Strawberries, fresh


Dinner:
-2/3 WW Hamburger Bun
-3 oz Lean Ground Turkey Patty
-1/2 slice Swiss Cheese, reduced fat
-1/2 Tbsp Ketchup
-1 serving Chips, Reduced Fat

Dessert:

So, there you have it. I'm going to go study biochem now until my eyes bleed. (Ew.)



Thoughtful: Change of Heart

Tonight I made the blog 'official' because I bought its domain: www.fitnesswithafork.com. Much shorter. Much prettier. Much easier. Sadly, when it changed the domain, all of my statistics from how many times people have visited a page got lost forever :( It really made me sad. **EDIT: They came back! YAY!

There were also a few other things that I had to re-do. One of them was to add the other 'awesome blogs' back to the list on the sidebar. In doing so, I stumbled upon a few other new blogs that I have never seen. I found this particular post really spoke to me: 

http://seekmyself.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/disorders-in-disguise/


This has led me to a decision not to post the calories in/calories out in my journal posts. Much the same as I do not post the calories for my recipes. This is because I don't want you all to become obsessed with or focused on calories. It's not fun and I would be the first to know. I want you all to focus on how food can be fun AND healthy at the same time. Mostly, I want you to focus on LIVING. Don't worry about whether you had too much today or yesterday. Don't worry about what you are going to do tomorrow. Just BE. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry. Don't eat when you are not hungry. If exercise makes you feel good and happy, then exercise. Don't view exercise as a 'punishment' for eating that brownie yesterday. Look at it as a way to make yourself stronger and happier than you were yesterday. 

 
wellness.rice.edu

For some of us, this is easy. For most, it's not. But, if we just make little changes here and there every day, we can get there. So, let's see what amazing and fresh food concoctions we can come up with! The blog link I posted had some pretty unique combos! 

What is your favorite quirky meal/snack?

~Courtney 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Update: Tuesday Schmoosday

Have you been outside today? If not, you need to get on it! It feels AMAZING! I can finally BREATHE! However, would it be possible to live in a state that actually has a transition period between seasons? Because I'm pretty sure it was 99 degrees F last week and now it's about 65...just sayin'.

I'm going to share some pics of stuff I have had/made in the past week or so and then I'm going to do a journal for the day. Get excited!

This was Daddy Pea's Jambalaya. I haven't posted the recipe yet, but I will later...at some point..
It was very delicioso!


 
YES. I finally made some awesome Gucamole! So good! I think I am going to make some more this week and experiment with adding mango...mmm...mango...


Oh Hai. Just Chillin.


Go. Away.


Moving on to today's journal. I taught the 6AM cycle class this morning. While I love teaching, I will just never get used to early morning classes. Of course, the fact that this is the only day I get up this early probably doesn't help. It typically goes like this: I stay up until about 2AM and finally force myself to try to sleep. After tossing and turning I eventually drift off. Only to be woken up at 5:30AM and leave by 5:50AM (I like to live on the edge...okay, it doesn't technically start until 6:10AM, but same difference). I then begin the class and about 5 minutes in I feel GOOD. Running on pure adrenaline. Then, by the time I get home, I'm ready to pass out. So, after a quick shower, I climb in the bed with the DH (who works night shift, boooo) and I sleep for 3-4 hours. Hey, whatever works. 

Today I had a tutoring appointment for biochem at 2PM. If you never have to take biochem, consider yourself lucky. Now, I am sitting here waiting on our 'breakout' session to begin. What's breakout you ask? Who knows. Just another hour of your life they want to rob from you. 

Breakfast:
-1/2 Frozen Banana
-1/3 cup Frozen Mango
-1 1/8 cup Almond Milk, Original
-1 Tbsp Skippy Natural

Lunch:
-3/4 BB Burger, no bun
-1 Tbsp Ketchup

Snacks:


-1 cup Red Grapes
-1 Sabra Snack Pack
-1 Drop it Like it's Hot Cookie

Dinner:
Despite having gone to the grocery store THREE times this week, I still couldn't figure out what I wanted. I wanted something fast, easy and meat-free. So back to the black bean burgers it was.

Kind of looks sad and lonely, eh?


-1 Black Bean Burger
-1/2 Whole Wheat Hamburger Bun
-1 Tbsp Ketchup
-1 Tbsp Raw onions
-2 Cups Steamed Broccoli
-1/4 cup Shredded Cheese
-3/4 serving Chips, original



Total for the day:
Calories: 1,383
Fat: 52 g
Protein: 46 g
Carbs: 188 g


Exercise:
Burned approximately 350 Calories doing 45 minutes of Cycle & 15 minutes of Abs.


Tomorrow is going to be a doozie. My schedule is basically non-stop from 9am until 9pm.

Until then...

~Courtney



Monday, September 5, 2011

Recipe: Drop it like it's Hot COOKIES

I bet you're wondering what the title of this post has to do with these cookies?
Observe:

'Okay, I've already posted a recipe for cookies with similar ingredients.
Why am I obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter cookies?
I don't even like chocolate and peanut butter together unless it's in a cookie.
*Starts scooping batter out to drop on sheet*
Oh, this is the 'drop' method like we talked about in class...
ohhhh Drop it like it's hot! Whatever happened to that song...'

So, there you go. Welcome to my world. And here is a commercial with the song for those who are less musically inclined:

I would totally do something like this.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
-1/2 cup Oats
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 to 1 cup Brown Sugar Splenda Mix (Or just brown sugar...we will talk about the Splenda debate soon...)
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1/4 cup Peanut Butter (I used Skippy Natural, Crunchy)
-1 tsp Vanilla
-1/2 cup Almond Milk, Original

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 370F
-Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl


-Scoop out onto greased cookie sheet (I made 20 cookies, but they turned out BIG. You could easily make 30-40 cookies with this much dough)
-Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes





Now, devour them! 

They are really fluffy, but that's what I wanted. A big, fluffy cookie with peanut butter and chocolate to make me feel better about the fact that this Biochem test is going to kick my butt this week...