December 21, 2007
Guess what guys? I finally got my own website…yay!!!! From now on you can find me at:
see you there!
Well, my plans changed a little bit when I arrived at my family’s house in Tampa this morning…it was 72 degrees outside and not a cloud in the sky so I decided to go for a run instead outside! It was wonderful! Before I went I ate the snack that I had brought with me in the car…a cut up kiwi and 1/4 cup of the flax granola I have been telling you guys about. It tasted really good I did a slow 40 minute run because my leg has been injured and I was testing it out today…it still hurts a little bit but not as bad as it did before. For the first time in my life I ran without my ipod (i forgot it in orlando) and it really made the run a lot more satisfying. One of the central points of yoga is the breath and I think that’s what connects yoga and running but so often we drown out listening to our breath by blasting music. Today as I ran I concentrated on my breath and just the world around me and that brought my run to a whole new level.
When I got back I made one of my favorite light meals that I enjoyed in Paris so many times: an omelet. Now, I know what you are thinking….”but aren’t eggs bad??” NO. I don’t think so at all and when I eat eggs I always eat 2 whole eggs, yolk and all. People differ in their beliefs about this but from what I have read and researched, the yolk of the egg contains minerals and vitamins that our body needs. Here is some info from the Harvard Medicine Nutrition Source that I frequently go to for nutrition advice:
“Long vilified by well-meaning doctors and scientists for their high cholesterol content, eggs are now making a bit of a comeback. Recent research by Harvard investigators has shown that moderate egg consumption–up to one a day–does not increase heart disease risk in healthy individuals.(5) While it’s true that egg yolks have a lot of cholesterol–and, therefore may slightly affect blood cholesterol levels–eggs also contain nutrients that may help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate.
So, when eaten in moderation, eggs can be part of a healthy diet. People with diabetes, though, should probably limit themselves to no more than two or three eggs a week, as the Nurses’ Health Study found that for such individuals, an egg a day might increase the risk for heart disease. Similarly, people who have difficulty controlling their blood cholesterol may also want to be cautious about eating egg yolks and choose foods made with egg whites instead.” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats.html
So, of course don’t go and eat 5 eggs a day, but I think that 2-4 eggs a week is totally fine and can benefit your body! When you just eat the egg white you are missing out on a valuable source of vitamins from the yolk! Anyways, I cooked my omelet in 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil for some good monounsaturated fats and sprinkled it with sea salt and pepper. I used to always had to have gooey cheese in my omelet, but then when I moved to France I started eating omelets the way the French do: with nothing in them except for the eggs themselves. I learned how to make a classical French omelet and now it is one of my favorite lunch or dinners. An omelet with a salad and a glass of red wine is a simple dinner I prepared many many times in my little Paris apartment last summer.
With my omelet I also had a cut up pear, 4 ounces of plain nonfat yogurt with a teaspoon of jam, a slice of sprouted grain toast and a small spinach salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar. This lunch was light (only about 414 calories) but that is just fine with me because this afternoon I plan to bake christmas cookies (gingerbread, my favorite!!!) and of course there will be licking of spoons, bowls, everything….haha And then tonight I’m going out to dinner again! I will def. be having a snack later because dinner is not until around 8 probably.
I bought a new cookbook!!! Nigella Lawson’s “How To Eat”. I have been staring at it for awhile now and finally splurged and got it…..I’m so excited to read it cover to cover–I love her ideas and recipes and am so excited to try some out!
Happy Friday everyone! It feels so great to actually have some time in the morning whereas being so rushed to get to school every morning by 7:15! I can actually sit and enjoy my breakfast without shoveling it in while watching the clock!! This morning I had my favorite again–-steel cut oats with banana and peanut butter. And a cup of coffee. I’m eating a pretty late lunch today (around 2) because I am going to a 12:00 bikram yoga class. I know that I will be having a snack in a few hours to keep me fueled up! Lunch will be whatever I can scavenge at my parent’s house and then dinner tonight is a suprise!! Even I don’t know!
About 370 calories…and I will be eating a snack later this morning!
I wanted to blog for a second on post-christmas eating guilt (or anytime for that matter!). Guys, I think one of the most important things we all have to learn is whatever happened last night or last week is in the past! Today is a brand new day and you can choose to do with it whatever you like. I don’t want to hear any of you ever beating yourself up for something that happened in the past because there is just no point—you can’t change it! The only thing you can do now is just go forward, exercise and eat right. And feel great!! I have been in many situations where I have either drank too much or eaten to much the night before and then (seriously) laid in bed all night long just beating myself up for drinking that milkshake or eating 2 desserts. The only thing that caused was dark circles under my eyes! This is the holiday season and all of us are only human doing the best we can. We all slip up from time to time. If you feel like you ate too much or had a little too much “fun”, then I suggest hitting the gym for a nice sweaty workout the next day. Its amazing how much better that will make you feel. And don’t get down on yourself–today is a new day!!!
December 20, 2007
I’ve only been home from dinner for about an hour but for some reason I am still so hungry!! I hate that–when I come home from eating dinner and dessert and yet I am still hungry! I listened to my body though and made exactly what I was craving…a slice of sprouted grain bread with a little jam. And now that I think back I really have not had as many grains today as I usually do so that’s why I was craving that so much! At dinner they give you soybeans instead of bread and I didn’t have any grains at all with my dinner. It’s funny how your body always tells you exactly what it needs—its your job to listen to it! I have no idea how many calories I ate at dinner tonight (its almost impossible to tell when at a restaurant) but I’m guessing around 600 because the portions were very small…and so was the dessert! After my toast I feel a lot better and ready for bed! (many nutritionists say that eating some grains before bed is supposed to help you sleep)
Yum! Dinner was SO amazing!
As you all know, my friend was in town and we went out to eat at the restaurant I work at, http://www.roysrestaurant.com. I’m pretty proud of myself because I def. could have eaten a lot more and feel stuffed right now, but instead I feel full, but not overstuffed. I had one glass of red wine and sipped it slowly to make it last my whole meal. To start, they brought out some spicy edamame to the table (japanese steamed soybeans) and I’m guessing I ate about 1/4-1/2 cup of them I was pretty hungry already! Then, I ordered a cup of the Spicy Roasted Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup with Chili Oil. It was really really tasty! There was cream in it for sure but the cup only held such a small amount of soup (I’m guessing not more than 2 or 3 ounces) that it was fine..and it tasted very light so I don’t think it was heavy cream they used. Maybe light cream of half and half. For my entree I ordered the special of pesto seared red snapper…and I found out they do half orders there so I got that! I work there and didn’t even know that! The usual size of the order is 8 ounces of fish so what I got was 4 ounces. My friend ordered a half order of a special tuna wrapped in prosciutto so we shared, half and half. In all, I ate about 4 ounces of fish—2 ounces of mine and 2 ounces of hers…plus all of my veggies. For dessert we split the pineapple upside down cake which was TINY (but absolutely amazing with a toffee rum sauce and rum soaked fruit on the side)! Seriously…it could have fit in the size of my palm but came with an equally small scoop of vanilla ice cream (about 2 ounces) and we split everything. The sizing was very small (more like tapas) but perfect since the dinner and dessert was quite rich with all the sauces and everything. I didn’t want to eat a huge heavy dinner tonight anyways because I’m going out to dinner again tomorrow night with Ryan and we are celebrating Christmas…so I sort of wanted to save up for tomorrow night
Now I’m home drinking some herbal tea because honestly I don’t feel that full!
Sorry the pictures did not seem to turn out tonight!!! The restaurant was really dark and I tried to get up close to the food to show you all but it didn’t go as well as planned. I’m posting them anyways but know that these don’t show the true food!!
Spicy roasted pumpkin soup….it was a tiny portion, about 3 ounces. Perfect though for before a meal!
ugh, this picture did not turn out well! It was my half portion (4 ounces) of pesto seared snapper in a red wine reduction sauce with mushrooms and bok choy. I ate half of this and half of my friend’s meal!
Slightly blurry picture of pineapple upside down cake…I’ll try tomorrow for better photos!
A note about dessert: I love to order dessert when I’m out with a friend or Ryan. Dessert is fun to share and that way you eat less calories than ordering your own! Just don’t hog the entire thing and keep the dessert small. It’s a fun way to end a really nice meal in my opinion
I hit the gym a little earlier for a quick strength training workout with some pushups and weights and then I came home and made the same delicious snack I had yesterday! But this time my camera didn’t fail me so I was able to photograph it! I had 4-ounces cottage cheese with 1/4 cup Nature’s Own Flax Plus Granola with Pumpkin Seeds for 150 calories. It really held me over til dinner last night and I just love the combo of crunchy sweet granola with the creamy cottage cheese. Its a very good combo of carbs, protein and omega 3′s and hopefully it will last me the next 3 hours til dinner!
Tomorrow I am going home to Tampa early in the morning (no school!) so I can make a 12:00 yoga class at my old yoga studio. Then, I have plans to bake christmas cookies in the afternoon before Ryan and I go out to dinner and celebrate our little christmas! Early because I have to work christmas eve Already excited!
I made it!!!!!!!!! The practicals this morning were very difficult but it’s over and I swung by with a B in the class. Now I am officially done with Meat Fabrication forever and have a lovely little break ahead of me! I actually did really well on my chicken…I just worked very slow and carefully and managed to produce 2 (almost) perfect boneless skinless breasts and 2 boneless skinless thighs. But then the fish came. I don’t know why its so hard for me but it is and I cut my finger again today! I have never not cut my finger when filleting fish. Maybe that means I shouldn’t do it! The fillets turned out okay in the end though. Not my best and I could have done better but I got what I needed to to get a B in the class so I’m happy. I got home earlier than usual and made a nice little lunch. I don’t have these often because I don’t like to eat a lot of processed food, but for a once in awhile thing, they are fine—the morningstar farms buffalo “chik’n” wings. I ate a ton of morningstar farms products when I was a vegetarian in college and still would choose them over real chicken tenders if I had the choice. They are so tasty! I had 5 of them (one serving) with about 1/2 tbsp honey mustard, a sliced pear, 4 ounces plain yogurt with jam and 10 kashi crackers. When I finished I was still sort of hungry because the meal wasn’t as calorie dense as my usual lunches so I ate 5 more kashi crackers, a tiny piece of dark chocolate and made some Candy Cane tea! Now I’m all set!
My lunch…note that I did add 5 more crackers! Total (with the small chocolate) it was about 535 calories
Thank you all so much for all the well wishes for my practicals! I just love hearing from you guys, it really makes my day!
As for the rest of the day…cleaning until my friend gets here! We are going out to dinner at Roy’s Restaurant, where I work, and I am so excited because the food is AMAZING! I’ve been trying to plan out what I’m going to order for days because everything is just so good. I thought you guys might like to see the menu for yourselves! Here’s link: the sushi is to die for!
I’m happy because dinner is early tonight (6:30) and I love early dinners because I just get so hungry around then….I’m sure there will be wine involved but I’m going to try to keep it in moderation
Well here I go, guys! All ready for my last day of Meat Fabrication class before I can move down the hallway to Baking I next year (!). We have to completely fabricate (break down) a chicken and a fish today and we are on a timer so it might be a little stressful….so I made a really good breakfast that should last me a couple hours! I took out the steel cut oats I had made the other day and reheated them in the microwave with 2 ounces (a splash) of skim milk and a cut up banana. Then, I spooned in 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter and drizzled on some pure maple syrup to make my absolute favorite—peanut butter oatmeal. I had an orange on the side and a cup of Tazo Awake tea with a splenda and a little milk. I’m bringing my usual snack of fiber one + almonds with me but not sure if I will need it because it should be a really early day—hopefully I will get to go home after we deep clean the kitchen after the practicals at around 11. I have a good lunch planned out here then have cleaning to do and my friend is coming over at 2:00!
Breakfast was about 411 calories
Forgot to add this this morning! This is a picture of my oats that I make every morning…straight out of the tupperware to the microwave when I make it the night before! So easy!
December 19, 2007
Sorry if this dessert is boring but I made hot cocoa again! I just love making my own on the stove…it’s so old fashioned and warm and comforting! Tonight though I made it with 1 tsp cane sugar instead of the usual splenda and it turned out 100x better. I never used to use splenda, only a pinch of the real stuff, and now I know why! The taste of the chocolate was so much more prominent without the slightly gross aftertaste of splenda. I still have splenda in my coffee but I think I’ll stick to sugar in my cocoa. And, hey, it was only 10 more calories but made a world of difference! With my cocoa I had a 100 calorie kettle corn popcorn pack.
About 193 calories for this sweet treat
Tomorrow, like I said before, is my LAST day of school before christmas break! yay! but I’m so nervous about my 2 practicals…and now I have a wrapped up finger to boot Hopefully I can pull through and swing a B in this class. It’s just so difficult for me for some reason and I have always been an A student (well in academics—this is culinary school, much different!!). But then, AFTER school my good friend is coming to visit and we are going out to dinner tomorrow night at the restaurant that I work at. I’m so excited! Lots of good food and we haven’t seen each other in about 6 months. Needless to say, tomorrow’s posts might come in a little late or at random times but I’m going to try to take a picture of what I eat so I can share it all with you guys!
I think I have found my new favorite recipe. Seriously. It was that good. No- it was great. Amazing actually and I savored every single last grain and then traced my index finger around the rim of the saucepan to get another link. Make this tomorrow. Seriously–it was SO easy. The most difficult thing would be to find the Taleggio cheese at the store. Search for it because it is amazing but if you can’t find it, try Brie.
The recipe came from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking again. It was originally named “Quinoa and Crescenza with Sauteed Mushrooms” but I made it with Taleggio cheese and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was creamy, rich and deeply satisfying. I had with a glass of red wine for a total calorie count of 539. So good! I used to make risotto a lot when I needed something warm, cheesy and comforting but now I will be making this. Maybe again next week!
Here’s the recipe, my modifications made
Quinoa and Taleggio with Sauteed Spicy Mushrooms
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp chopped onion (about 1/4 of an onion)
1/4 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup organic chicken stock
pinch of sea salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 cup water
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 ounce taleggio cheese
1. Saute the onions and garlic in 1/2 tbsp of olive oil until the onions are soft. About 3-4 minutes. Add the quinoa, stock and a pinch of salt and let the stock reduce a bit. About 2 minutes.
2. Add the water and bring the quinoa mixture to a boil then return to a simmer and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until tender.
3. While that’s going, heat the remaining 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and add the red pepper flakes and another small pinch of salt. Add the mushrooms and saute til golden.
4. When the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid, stir in the cheese. Put in a bowl and top with the mushrooms and enjoy each and every single bite. Heavenly.
A note on quinoa: always rinse your quinoa in a strainer before using it to wash away the natural bitter coating that it has.
I had a pretty good cardio session at the gym today. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the bike, then went outside and walked around the big lake at my apartment complex (it’s about half a mile around) to get outside a bit. I miss my outdoor runs three times a week Hopefully my leg will heal fast but for now elliptical/bike/walking doesn’t bother it!