Thursday Food Parade

Hey, everybody! It’s been a beautiful day in the neighborhood here in the DC area. The sun was out, the temperature got up around 60, and I took the opportunity to take a little run outside. The weather was too nice to resist! With the sun streaming through the windows for the first time in days, I started my day with an old favorite. It was like putting on a comfy pair of shoes.

Comfy Shoe BreakfastI had a bowl of oat bran with some Jay Robb’s vanilla whey powder mixed in. I topped it with honey, vanilla almonds, and berries, and then I had a little spoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams PB on the side. This really is one of my favorites. Oat bran, I still love you!Β 

I worked from home today, and had a pretty productive morning. The time sort of flew until lunch. I knew exactly what I wanted, and it was just as good as I expected it to be:

The Lunch SpecialI mixed the rest of the chicken breast I grilled last night with a bit of onion and some Country Bob’s Sauce, piled it on top of a piece of frozen naan from TJ’s, topped it with some of my favorite smoked mozzarella, and popped it under the broiler. BBQ chicken pizza!! I had it with the rest of the Campbell’s Select Harvest Light Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup that I opened last night. I haven’t been cooking much this week, but rather trying to use some of the convenience foods from the pantry and freezer. I promise I’ll be coming up with some new recipes next week! I’m not going to be around to make my usual “big batch” food this weekend, so next week’s eats could get interesting!

After I had my pizza and soup, I decided to nibble on a bit of my Green and Black’s milk chocolate toffee bar. I also had a grapefruit. It was nice to read about the ways that y’all eat your grapefruit. I should buy a grapefruit spoon and give it a spin! Today, I stuck with my usual very messy method of peeling the membrane off of each section and eating the good stuff from inside. Sadly, I bit the inside of my lip pretty hard before I ate the grapefruit. In case you are wondering, yes, it did hurt! Ha!

GrapefruityAfter the grapefruit, I had the very last Edy’s Coconut Cream bar from the freezer. That’s another item that is now extinct in my freezer jungle! Yay!

Pop goes the sicleI decided to put the boring looking popsicle in front of my painting just to make the photo a bit more interesting! These coconut popsicles are really good if you happen to love coconut the way I do!!

Later in the afternoon, I wanted some peanut butter. The question is always: What should I put the peanut butter on? It could be a spoon, my finger, some bread, a graham cracker, a vanilla wafer, an apple…. or…. a Weetabix. Have you tried Weetabix? They are really crunchy and wheaty and they’re kind of cute too! I couldn’t resist picking up a box when I spotted them at Trader Joe’s!

Weetabix!I put some Mighty Maple PB on my Weetabix and topped it with a chopped up berry. I’ve never had a Weetabix as a peanut butter holder before, but I will be having it again. YUM!!!

I was having a snacky sort of day, and I had an apple with a piece of Trader Joe’s Apricot Raisin Amaretto cheese after I had my little Weetabix. I love apples and nut butter, but I do love apples and cheese together too. I was really craving fruit today for some reason. I still feel so happy (and a little surprised) when I find myself craving healthy foods rather than the junk I used to want to eat all of the time. Fruit is so good! I was glad that I had plenty of the fresh stuff on hand to feed my fruit monster.

Apples and CheeseBefore I went to run, I was hankering for something sweet so I had a cup of hot cocoa and a Chex turtle bar. There’s no fruit here, but there is chocolate, caramel and pretzel goodness!

Sugary SnackinessI figure I should drink my cocoa before it gets hot and I’m not in the mood for it at all! I think I’m kind of hooked on these turtle bars. The ingredient list is a mile long, and I wouldn’t eat one if I wanted something to fill me up, but they are tasty as a sugary treat or a dessert. That’s a category of bar that I enjoy!

After my little snack, I went for a 30 minute run followed by 30 more minutes in the gym, and I burned 650 calories, according to my heart rate monitor. After overdoing it with the running on cherry blossom weekend, I’ve tried not to go too crazy. Today’s balance seemed about right.Β I felt really good after my workout, and I was definitely ready for dinner! I wanted some protein, and this dinner didn’t disappoint.

Din DinI had some of my soy bean succotash along with an egg beater, turkey pepperoni and smoked mozzarella omelette topped with some chipotle Tabasco. Mmm… protein… and Tabasco! πŸ™‚ After that, I had a couple of desserts.

Banana ButterflyFirst, I had a banana butterfly topped with some PB2 and cinnamon and accompanied by a glass of unsweetened vanilla almond breeze. I love the banana, milk and peanut butter combo. I don’t think you can go wrong with that one! What a fruity day!

MyΒ last treat of the evening were these two little dark salt caramels that were in the Easter basket I received from my friend on Sunday.

Holy MolyYes, that’s salt on top and not sugar. I love the salt and caramel combo, and it’s probably a good thing that there were only two of these. I would hate to have to start planning my meals around them! πŸ™‚

Gooey GoodnessEnough said! These were awesome!!!

When I first started my blog, I was only planning to do one food journal post a week. Now that I have fallen into the routine, I understand why so many people do it every day. I’m really enjoying it, and it does make you think a bit about what you are about to put in your mouth. If nothing else, it makes eating more of a conscious activity, and I think that’s worth a lot. I’m probably not going to do it every day from now on, but I think that it’s a good bet that I’ll be doing it most days– at least for awhile. I hope it’s helpful and maybe just a bit interesting. I love reading about what other people eating and getting ideas from their daily menus, and I do hope that you enjoy seeing mine!

By the way, my 100th post is coming up soon, and you should be prepared for a giveaway announcement that will involve some of the things that you’ve seen me nibbling on! I’m hoping to pick up a few things this weekend that will be part of the package too. Stay tuned! I’m also planning to post my monthly weigh-in results next Friday so there are several things on the horizon. Next week should be a good one!

Now, I’m off to pack for Williamsburg. I have an appointment to get a hair cut tomorrow afternoon on my way out of town so I need to get my ducks in a row tonight. Here’s wishing you bloggies a bunch of awesome Fridays!! Ciao for now!

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20 responses to “Thursday Food Parade

  1. Coconut and salted caramel in one day? Amazing!!

  2. PB banana butterfly looks too cute! I usually just make ‘sandwiches’ out of them. I’ve never tried eating a grapefruit like that, I will have to though, even if it is a bit messy.

  3. Wow, everything looks so good. And I really need to try that weetabix cereal. chocolate looks AMAZING!

  4. Those caramels. Oh my.
    I was thinking about making an omelet with pepperoni today. πŸ™‚
    I really want to find some naan bread. It just looks like something that I would love. Wrap some falafel and tzaziki and I am in heaven.

    Always love your food. I’m looking forward to the giveaway. πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, everything looks so good!

    I especially like the way the Weetabix looks. I’ve never tried that before…

  6. OMG, they all look so good…where should we start?

  7. Good to hear that your weather is getting better while my weather is getting worse..:) It’s a rainy day today and I have to be outdoors for most of it.. 😦 I love reading what you eat all day although most of the foods are not available here in Holland… Do you ship your giveaway to faraway places too..:) ? Haha. Have a great weekend!

  8. maggieapril

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!! I’m looking forward to reading your monthly summary.

    What brand of turkey pepporoni do you buy? (I haven’t been able to bring myself to try it yet but noticed you seem to like it.)

    I LOVE sea salt caramels!!!

    • Maggieapril- I like the Hormel turkey pepperoni that comes in a pillow pack. I’ve been eating it for so long now, that regular pepperoni seems way too greasy! It lasts for a long time in the fridge, and it’s just one of those quick little proteins that I like to have on hand. I especially like it on naan pizzas, in omelettes and in grilled cheese sandwiches!

      English Garden- Just say “no” to possum or armadillo stew. Otherwise, I hope you have some enjoyable food this weekend and that the contest goes well! πŸ™‚

  9. EnglishGarden

    Have a great time in Williamsburg. I will be looking for entertaining food here -road kill aside- as I go to judge an OM competition this weekend. Love the bright “pop” of the strawberries.

  10. great job on your run!

    Have SUCH a fun weekend!!! I can’t wait to read all about it πŸ™‚

  11. whoooo! 100th post! congrats! yea im starting to get into the habit of posting almost everyday.. and now that i think people actually READ my blog i am more motivated to write. I think its all the cool people who comment away that makes it more fun too! YOU are cool too! ; )

  12. Happy Friday to you as well. What a delicious treats you have here.
    Cheers,
    elra

  13. Next to your bowl of oat bran, is that a mug? If so, it’s cute!! That TJs cheese sounds so unbelievably good! I’ll have to keep my eye out for that stuff πŸ™‚

    Salted caramel?! Yes please!! I’m glad you’re enjoying food blogging – it is fun!

  14. Thank you for posting these daily food journal blogs – I get so many good meal ideas from them. Plus, they really are a testament to the fact that when we’re trying to lose weight, we don’t need to deprive ourselves, we just need to watch our portions, be accountable (write things down), and enjoy our food.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. I’m swooning over the salted caramels and pretty much everything else! Weetabix is awesome, glad you discovered it.

    I’m also approaching my 100th post, it’s so exciting, isn’t it?

  16. those lil dark salt caramels look heavenly!!!

  17. That BBQ chicken pizza looked right up my alley! I’ve never tried Wheatbix, but I’ve heard good things.

  18. Amy

    Oh yummmm, haven’t had Weetabix in a while…..must go search it out! I never thought of eating them dry like that, though. Did it fall apart and make a big mess?

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