Catching Up

Good morning! I’m almost caught up…almost! Maybe once I get there, I will be able to keep it up. We shall see.

Yesterday morning, I decided to start my day off with another morning workout. I had a lovely 45 minute elliptical session while reading The Tipping Point. It is definitely interesting, and Gladwell makes some good observations, but 40 pages in I’m already a bit – I don’t know what the right word is, skeptical, perhaps? – regarding some of the generalizations and assumptions. Maybe I’ll do a review when I’m finished reading it.

Breakfast

I made a quick smoothie and grabbed a (steamed) hardboiled egg before running out the door. I used frozen strawberries, banana chunks, vanilla yogurt, ground flax, water, and a few ice cubes.

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I’m not sure if it is just me, but my Magic Bullet eats through silicone gaskets like it is going out of style. It seems like every few times I use it, I end up with chunks of gasket in my smoothie. Thankfully, I was able to pick most of them out. I guess I shouldn’t complain though, I got it out of the hubs grandparents’ attic – they had two of them just sitting up there, brand-new.

Lunch

I had a great salad for lunch. I topped romaine and baby spinach with olives, garden tomatoes, cheddar cheese, a hardboiled egg,, sunflower seeds and red pepper vinaigrette.  P9280036 

A few hours later I had some watermelon for a snack. This was an impulse buy, but a good one! The “personal” watermelons were sitting right next to the door at the grocery store. Somehow, I’ve managed to make it last a few days.

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I was out of gum and kind of fought the snacky urge all afternoon. I remember reading someplace that if you are hungry, you are hungry for anything (I think the example was green beans). But, since the only thing I wanted was chocolate, I figured it was a false alarm.

Dinner

Sometimes, the best meals are the ones that you just throw together. I had a container full of tomatoes that I roasted over the weekend and I really wanted to use them up. While some whole wheat pasta cooked, I heated some garlic and olive oil, then added the roasted tomatoes and 2 chopped precooked chicken sausages. When the pasta was done, I added it to the same pan and seasoned everything with pepper, basil, crushed red pepper, and a little parmesan cheese. I threw a big handful of baby spinach in mine for some extra veggies.

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While everything heated through, I made us Caesar salads. I love how easy my microplane makes grating parmesan and it comes out nice and fine.

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Later on, I had a serving of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia fro-yo for dessert. I think Ben & Jerry’s makes the best ice cream/fro-yo but Breyer’s is a close second. Their Vanilla Bean is my favorite vanilla, I love those little vanilla bean specks.

What’s your favorite brand of ice cream or fro-yo? Which do you like better, frozen yogurt or ice cream? (I like both equally!)

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