Sparkling Water=Soda?

Good morning ya’ll!

Let’s get down to the dirty stuff first-

Workout:  Today’s workout was a repeat of Monday.  A brisk 5 minute warm-up, with 2 reps of the following:  Jog 90 sec, walk 90 sec, Jog 3 min, walk 3 min.  Breathing was hard, as I’m still battling residual drainage from that stinkin’ cold from last week.  Yuck.  I also found myself checking the timer on my C25K app towards the end of the run, happy when the moment finally came that I could walk the last 3 minutes.  I was definitely feeling drained in that last minute of running, and REALLY had to push myself up that darn final hill.  As flat as Houston is, my street just happens to run uphill on a fault line- go figure.  But, oh the satisfaction feels good to see that little check mark on my phone app when all is said and done…  ahhhh.

Breakfast:  I was craving eggs this morning, so I threw a whole grain english muffin in the toaster and fried an egg-over easy- in the ole’ iron skillet.  I sprinkled a little 2% shredded cheese on one half of the muffin, black currant jam on the other, and slapped the egg in the middle.  Sprinkled a little salt on top and mmmm.  Sweet and salty.

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Yesterday:  Yesterday afternoon was spent having lunch with my friend Mimi and her 5(yes, 5) kids.  We arrived at Olive Garden around 1:30, and didn’t leave until close to 3:30.  The kids were having so much fun(and being ridiculously loud) and I had a nice time catching up and chatting the afternoon away.  Gotta love that all you can eat soup, salad, and breadsticks!  I limited myself to 2 breadsticks- but it was NOT easy.  🙂

I also wanted to share last night’s dinner with you guys.  Nothing too special, but oh so tasty and pretty healthy.  Homemade whole wheat taco bowls filled with taco salad:

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When I say ‘homemade taco bowl’, I simply took the whole wheat tortillas I bought, sprayed an upside down muffin tin, and placed them in the grooves of the muffin tin.  You can see what I mean here.  My bowls didn’t keep their shape because I didn’t have any dry beans to weigh them down with, but they were so crispy on the edges and warm and chewy in the middle- yum-my!.  I filled them with refried beans, seasoned extra lean ground beef, low fat shredded cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, and topped with mashed avacado.  Easy and filling.

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Alright, I have a question for you guys- Do you guys drink soda?   Or even diet soda?  I was not raised on soda as a kid.  My parents generally gave us tea or milk for lunch and dinner.  I had the occasional soda on weekends when we went out to eat or on movie nights when we lounged on the living room floor with a bowl of popcorn and a bag of M&Ms.  While my dad was a big Diet Coke drinker, I never could truly latch onto the aspartame aftertaste.  However, I do enjoy a tall glass of icy soda every now and then, especially when we go out to eat(It’s loaded with sugar, I know, but it’s so good).  Well, I’ve been trying to cut out the soda(I ordered unsweetened tea yesterday), but I do miss those fizzy bubbles!  I tried a Zevia (black cherry)soda a couple of weeks ago- it was OK, but it took me by surprise upon first sip- it’s not very sweet, and has a strange aftertaste.  If you’ve never tried plain sparkling water, you’re in for a shock.  It’s got a bitter bite to it.   It takes a lot of sugar to make a soda taste sweet.  Zevia soda uses stevia to sweeten it, which is a slightly different taste than regular white sugar.  After drinking 2 Zevias, I decided I liked it.  Not as much as say, a cold glass of A&W, but it was do-able.  On Monday, I bit the bullet and bought a whole case of La Croix Orange soda.

IMG_1194I hated buying a whole case, but that’s all they sell it as, and I really wanted to try it out.  Well, basically La Croix is flavored water.  It’s not actually soda, and has no sweetener in it at all.  That’s why I was drawn to it- no weird aftertaste.  Upon first sip, my face puckered at the bite of the sparkling water.  It is strange.  But once you take it for what it is- bubbly, orange water, it’s not bad.  I popped some in the refrigerator, and enjoyed an ice cold can last night at dinner- and guess what?  I liked it!  Dennis on the other hand, not too thrilled.  He prefers his sparkling water with a lime and vodka, so this wasn’t his cup of tea- or soda, haha.

Questions:

  1. Do you drink soda regularly?  
  2. If so, do you drink diet, sparkling, or any other fizzy sodas?  Have you tried Zevia or La Croix?

Alright, I’m off to shower and clean up.  My big sis is coming over for some chill time!  Yay!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Amy

 

 

 

 

Mixing Things Up

Good morning everybody!

I am feeling quite well this morning, thanks to a little sleeping in and a fun new workout.  Even better yet, I brought back an old favorite breakfast that I haven’t had in a long while…

Breakfast:  As I mentioned yesterday, I had some grocery shopping to do, and instead of the same old stuff day in day out, I was in the mood for a change.  I wanted something quick and easy for breakfast, but still pack in the protein and fiber.  So, instead of eggs or oats this morning, I give you the- Breakfast Waffle Pizza.  Ta da!

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It’s not a necessarily new recipe for me; I used to make this a lot when Colette was a newborn and I was trying to lose the baby weight.  I found the original recipe in Denise Austin’s:  Lose Those Last 10 Pounds, but I have revamped it a bit, to make it a bit tastier and without the white sugar.  Even my picky Meredith loved it!

Breakfast Waffle Pizza

  • 1 mulitgrain frozen waffle
  • 1/2 c part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp all natural grade A maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • shake of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp fiber supplement(optional)
  • assorted fruit- I used fresh raspberries and blueberries

Pop your waffle in the toaster.  Meanwhile, mix the next 5 ingredients in a small bowl.  Spread your waffle with the cheese mixture and top with fresh fruit.  Easy peasy.  Enjoy!

I am out of coffee this morning, so an emergency run to McDonalds WILL be happening!

Workout:  This morning’s workout was a quick arm workout from Jess’ Summer Shape Up series.  I did Week 1, Day 3, Sculpt Your Arms.  It involves 3 rounds of intense arm moves that you can find here.  Let me tell ya, these workouts are legit!  My arms felt like jell-o by the end.  Ouch.  And they’re sneaky… they involve ab and leg work as well, so you’re really workin’ it all.  I’m hoping to do some core moves as well today.  I just couldn’t finish once my youngest was up.  She’s a demanding little princess in the mornings.  🙂

Yesterday:  Yesterday’s school shopping was a success!  Colette and I hit up JCPenney’s, and managed to pick up only clothes that were on sale- score!  I bought 4 shirts and 1 skirt, and was pleasantly surprised when it only rang up for $46 bucks, yay!  We still have a lot more to buy(yes, we’ve only just begun) but it’s a pretty happy start.

Oh, I also wanted to tell you guys about an awesome little snack I picked up yesterday at my local grocery store.  After picking up Meredith from her playdate, we headed straight to HEB.  She was “starving” and wanted to stop at every sample counter.  We were almost done with our shopping, when Meredith began pulling my arm towards one last table.  The Green Plate Kitchen table was laid out with assorted goodies to try, and boasted vegan and all-natural yummies.  I tried the dark chocolate cherry nibbles which were terrific, but these little babies stole the show:

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They have a tangy, fruity flavor- I knew immediately there were dates in these- and they’re soft and chewy.  I loved them!  They literally only have a few ingredients:  dates, apricots, cranberries, and oats.  That’s it.  They are a little pricey at $4.99 a tiny box, so I won’t be buying these every week.  In fact, I’d love to try and recreate them at home.  I’m sensing a new project…

Alrighty, I’m off to get these girls out of the house.  We need to find something to do today, even if it more school shopping.  Wah-wah-wahhhh.  Plus, I need coffee 🙂

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Amy