Friday, September 19, 2014


Morning, all!  Sorry for my delay, but here sums up my Wednesday:

Breakfast- Pumpkin quiona
Made with:
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin butter
  • cinnamon & nutmeg
  • dash of almond milk
  • diced pecans
  • craisins
Workout:   Power Yoga
Done in a Benadryl haze...I'm still shocked I didn't face plant any of my poses.

As suspected, Katie so generously shared her cold with me and left me dazed & drowsy for the rest of Wednesday and part of Thursday.  At least I'm already on the mend and Thursday made for a WEE bit more of an interesting food dayJ

Thursday Recap:

I totally missed this in my Trader Joe's haul since my Mom & I split a couple things and this (and one other treat I'll share sooooon!) ended up in her bag.

I'm not usually a huge fan of packets of oatmeal since I think they are WAY too small for WAY too many calories.  But this one, with its diced pecans, held me over for quite awhile.  Plus it was perfectly pumpkin & spiced deliciousness.  Can't complain about that on a cool, FALL morningJ

(image source...since I forgot to take a pic of the box...oppps!)
While the rice & sauce were spot on, I have to say the chicken was...weird.  Initially I kept thinking it was frozen, since every time I went to cut it, it felt TOUGH.  After making sure it was warmed through, it definitely was just the chicken that was tough.  It didn't TASTE bad, but was just kinda odd.

Snack- 1/4 cup banana chips & 1 cheese stick
Yes...that is ONE 160 calorie SERVING of banana chips, folks!  PROCEED WITH CAUTION around dried fruit.  I've been wishing for the sweetness & crunch, but dried fruit is hardly ever on my shopping radar and here's why.  Just BE CAREFUL with your serving size and only have these as an occasional treat.  (and after I thought about it, a 35 calorie Laughing Cow cheese would have been a MUCH smarter idea here)

Workout:  Tone it up "Frisky Fall HIIT" + 6 minute arm workout
Not sure if it was the lingering cold or not, but that new HIIT routine was TOUGGGGHHHH.  I had to take a breather in the middle of the FIFTEEN MINUTE WORKOUT.  Fifteen minutes, folks.  It's really not pushin the boundaries here and I STILL needed a breakJ  Try it out and see how quick you break a sweatJ

Comfort food is ALWAYS the answer when you feel lousy, AMIRIGHT??  I made a few swaps to this recipe, including swapping the cream for 1% milk, tarragon for thyme & cheddar cheese for the Gruyere since I had all of those things on hand.  But, ummmm, as you can tell:  I didn't skip that BROIL stepJ  

The polenta added a little something extra to your standard pot pie topping.  It almost made it very chicken & dumplings-esq.  And despite it seeming a little 'involved,' it actually came together in ALMOST 30 minutes.  Not too bad.
Alrighty, well I have a FALL-ish weekend on tap to usher in the BEST TIME OF YEAR!  Hope you guys have a great weekendJ

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