“no bake” PB cookies

Weight this morning:  129.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning (400 cals burned) + Pilates and Body Pump (325 cals burned)

I finished my first loaf of Ezekiel bread, woohoo!!!  Someone suggested I try the sesame seed flavor next…so I did.

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I have to say, it was pretty darn tasty.  I enjoyed the flavor more than the regular wheat version, but I’m not saying I’d never go back to the wheat.  This is a good change-up for me!

After my workout was the usual.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent working, sipping on green tea, and snacking on these.

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And before I knew it, it was time for me to get ready for a dinner party I had this evening with my friends.  It was a celebration for one of my friends who just proposed his dissertation.  Of course, I wanted to bring something sweet for after dinner, but I wanted to try a healthier dessert.  So, Miss Chris Creations came to the rescue again!  I like that her recipes are simple (for the culinary-ignorant like myself), unique, and always delicious.  I decided to try her Peanut Butter Chip Cookies.

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I had to taste test them before bringing them to my friends, of course, and I LOVED them!  Seeing as they’re quite healthy, I thought they’d be very blah and not satisfy a sweet tooth at all, but I was wrong.  The ultimate test was having my friends try them.  They all loved them, and almost everyone went back for seconds…SCORE!  We all agreed they tasted very much like those no-bake peanut butter cookies, even though you do actually bake these.  They were very easy to make and such a hit, so I will definitely be keeping this recipe.  Double thumbs up, Miss Chris!  🙂

I had 3/4 of a caprese salad for dinner…oh and a champagne martini.  It was a celebration, after all.  Off to bed now!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 3 oz carrots + 2TBSP Yucatan guac
  • too many PB cookies! (plus spoon and bowl licking privileges)
  • 3/4 of a caprese salad
  • champagne martini

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Yucatan Guacamole

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

(Note:  I originally published this post and forgot to even talk about the Yucatan guacamole…it’s been updated now.  Sheesh, I don’t know where my mind has been lately!)

Workout:  Spinning (480 cals burned) + Body Flow (215 cals burned)

This morning was typical…

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PLUS

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Lunch was the LAST portion of my homemade sweet potato and black bean chili.

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Then I dipped into my stash of coconut date rolls from The Fresh Market before my Body Flow class in the afternoon.

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Dinner was full of veggies and fruit!

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I had a craving for avocado tonight, but none of the ones at Publix were in the perfect condition for mashing, so I invested in this:

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It was pretty darn good for a packaged guac!  Definitely hit the spot for me.

And my evening snack was a bowl of “overnight” oats.  Yum!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • bowl of homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • coconut date roll
  • 3 oz carrots + 3 TBSP guacamole
  • Green Giant Healthy Vision mix (entire package)
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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VitaPizza

Weight this morning:  129.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow (635 cals burned) and Zumba (300 cals burned)

This morning started like most weekdays…Ezekiel toast + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam.

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Followed by a post-workout protein shake.

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Lunch was leftover sweet potato and black bean chili from last week.

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And a little something sweet for dessert.

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I went to the gym this evening for a Zumba class, and guess what they were giving out for free at my gym…Papa John’s Pizza!!!!   Mmmmm it smelled so good and was so tempting!  I decided immediately I needed to stop at Publix on the way home to find a healthier way to satisfy my pizza craving.  I was searching through the frozen pizza section when I found this gem.

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Obviously, it didn’t compare to a nice warm, thick slice of Papa Johns, but for 190 calories, I’ll take it!

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My craving was satisfied and my calories weren’t blown for the day!

Later I snacked on some carrots and hummus, and of course I ended the evening with my cold oatmeal.

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • coconut date roll
  • bowl of homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • 3 oz carrots + 2 TBSP hummus
  • Vitalicious pizza
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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Hello sugar!

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Step (830 cals burned)

I started on the right foot today.

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I had an excellent workout and a healthy post-workout smoothie.

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But then I dove into some of my Trader Joe’s snacks…DOH!

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And I just. couldn’t. stop.  Later, when I went to New Leaf market for some non-sugary groceries today, I also ended up buying this:

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Granted…it’s gluten-free and vegan.  But it’s also the size of my HEAD and definitely full of sugar.  😦  BAD GIRL!  So much for cleaning things up today!  I then moved to another sugary snack…

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Yes, there’s “no sugar added”, and the sugar is from fruit juice, but it’s still a packaged product full of MORE sugar!

I ended the night with a bowl of my “overnight oats”.  I mean, I did OK calorie-wise today, but sheesh it was a weird food day with WAY more sugar than necessary!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • TJ’s chocolatey cats cookies + cookie butter
  • giant gluten-free, vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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Gainesville eats

Weight this morning:  130.8
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.  (rest day)

I ate way too much today!  😦

I’m writing this after I just downed this yummy piece of vegan chocolate cake:

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No, I didn’t eat ALL of it…ok, really I ate all the cake part and left some of the icing behind.  But, let me back up!

This morning we went to watch my friend ride in her equestrian dressage show.  It was really fun to go out and support her!  After her performance, we had an early lunch (since we skipped breakfast) at Burrito Bros. Taco Co.  This picture is awful, but I’ll share it anyway.

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I went for the sweet potato and black bean burrito.  A weird combo, yes, but a delicious combo!  I brought back some macadamia nut Publix cookies to everyone at the show and had one myself.  🙂

We watched more horses riding around, ran some errands at Walmart, the mall, and Trader Joe’s (woohoo), and then we were ready for an early dinner.

We went to another AMAZING Gainesville restaurant (thank you Yelp and Urbanspoon for pointing us in the right direction!)  We checked out a place called The Top, which offers plenty of vegetarian options and many non-veg options as well (for the hubby).  We were starving when we got to dinner, so we began with the acclaimed creamed corn nuggets.

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And yes, the decor was eclectic.  😉  For our entrees, my husband went with a bbq burger on a pretzel bun + sweet potato fries, which he LOVED.  I opted for a spinach, goat cheese, and pecan salad topped with pecan-crusted tofu.

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It. was. amazing.  Of course, I ordered the vegan chocolate cake to go (since all the yelpers said I HAD to), and it was divine.  I drove home and then ate it before typing this to you!  That’s about it for my weekend…definitely ready for a good gym session and healthy eats tomorrow!

Food i 8 today:

  • sweet potato + black bean burrito
  • small macadamia nut Publix cookie
  • 1/2 order of corn nuggets
  • spinach, goat cheese, pecan salad with tofu
  • chocolate cake

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Food peer pressure

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Pump (680 cals burned)

I started off this glorious Saturday with a slice of Ezekiel bread, toasted, with Bonnie’s raspberry jam spread on top.

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After my workout, I had a protein smoothie with my fave protein powder!

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Then I hit the road for a weekend trip to see my friend in a dressage show (it’s a competitive equestrian sport).  I had a black bean salad from Moe’s before going to the show, but I forgot to take a picture.  I also had a coconut date roll to hold me over until dinner.

For dinner (sorry, I also couldn’t take pictures), we went out to a local restaurant that had just about anything you could imagine on the menu…except good vegetarian options!  I opted for a side salad and two veggie sides (creamed spinach and a squash mix).  I was good with that, but warm bread with olive oil came to the table first.  Everyone at the table (there were 7 of us total) immediately reached for the bread, and then turned to me and asked, “You’re not having bread??!!!”  So of course, I felt the pressure of being the “weirdo who’s trying to eat healthy and doesn’t want to eat white bread”, so I quickly said, “of course I am!” and grabbed a piece.

Then we had tableside guacamole made as an appetizer, and of course I HAD to try this specialty of the restaurant’s.  I didn’t mind this too much since quac is mostly healthy (and I LOVE it), except for the few chips I had to pair with it.

After dinner, someone brought up dessert.  All the girls at the table were in, and as they turned to me, of course I had to say, “Count me in!”  I ended up splitting a carrot cake with someone.

Now, I know I didn’t HAVE to eat the bread, guac + chips, or dessert, but I really felt like such a…pooper, downer, non-adventurer…by just sticking to my salad and veggies.  The one thing I was able to avoid was ordering an alcoholic beverage, but all in all, I do find this “food peer pressure” difficult to overcome at times.  I don’t like being looked at like I’m some sort of fitness/health freak who can’t loosen up and have a good time.  So, I’ll probably go on giving into this peer pressure.  It’s a good thing I don’t go out to eat in big groups like this too often at all!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • coconut date roll
  • dinner out –> bread + olive oil, a few chips + guac, side salad, 1/2 creamed spinach, squash veggie mix, 1/2 carrot cake

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Black bean brownies

Weight this morning:  129.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body attack (560 cals burned)

I know, I know…black beans and brownies just don’t seem to go together, right?  WRONG!  I used a little trick from one of my fave recipe sites (Green Lite Bites) to make some black bean brownies.  How complicated is it?  Well…these are all the ingredients I used:

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All you do is puree the black beans in some sort of blender (I used my Magic Bullet), mix the pureed beans with the boxed brownie mix, bake for 30 mins at 350, and voila!

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The easiest, and yet still quite delicious, brownies ever!  By omitting the oil and eggs, you only save about 20 calories per serving, but you gain all the fiber and protein in those beans!  🙂  Anyway, I thought it was an easy and fun little twist on a typical dessert.  I brought these into school for a co-worker’s bday, and everyone loved them.  WIN!

This morning I had my pre-workout toast + Sabra hummus, but forgot to take a picture!  Afterward, I had a work lunch, where I had an egg-white only veggie omelette.  Good stuff!

Afterward, when I went to campus, I just HAD to have sugar…so I indulged in one of my homemade brownies, one Hershey’s Kiss, and a lemon macaroon cookie.  I don’t know what came over me!

Anyway, when I got home I could not keep my hands out of these cashews leftover from the Thai-inspired cucumber cashew salad.

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I have to get them out of my apartment STAT!  It’s like a bag of chips, only the amount of calories per handful is pretty high!

It was a rainy night tonight, so I just stayed in and had a warm bowl of oatmeal rather than braving the weather.

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Time for some Dateline with Keith Morrison now, wooohoo!

Food i 8 today:

  • Slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • egg-white only veggie omelette
  • black bean brownie
  • 1 Hershey’s Kiss
  • a lemon macaroon cookie
  • too many cashews!
  • bowl of oatmeal (1/3 C oats, 2/3 C water, 1/2 mashed banana, heaping scoop of almond butter, dash of cinnamon)

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I <3 Publix subs!

Weight this morning:  129.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Pilates + Body Pump (680 cals burned)

This morning I waited patiently for my Ezekiel bread to toast so I could spread some jam on top and rush out the door!

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During my gym session, this overwhelming craving for a delicious Publix sub hit me.  After class, I knew I wasn’t in the mood for my typical protein shake or homemade sweet potato and black bean chili, so I fed the craving!

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Let me just tell you, it. was. glorious.  Like, totally hit the spot…totally what I was in the mood for. .perfect.  If you do not live in the south and/or have not had the pleasure of feasting upon a Publix sub, please do so if you get the opportunity to at any point in your life.  I think it’s the bread or the sub (crack) sauce, but it’s definitely a memorable experience.

So tonight I have a country music concert to attend, yeeeeeehaaaaaw!!!  I am posting this before I go to the concert since I will likely be in no state to do so when I get home!  🙂

I plan on having a couple beers and veggie fajitas before the concert.  Should be a good time!

Food i 8 today:

  • Ezekiel bread + 1TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • 6″ Publix veggie sub on wheat (hold the cheese, light on the sub dressing)
  • black bean brownie (more on this tomorrow)
  • veggie fajitas
  • 2 beers

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Green Tea-a day

Weight this morning:  129.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning (505 cals burned) + Body Flow (200 cals burned)

This morning I started with my pre-workout toast.

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And then I had my post-workout snack.

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I had another bowl of my homemade sweet potato and black bean chili (unpictured because it doesn’t photograph well!) and then a coconut date roll right after.

Then I went back to the gym for my tai-chi/yoga/pilates class and had a light “dinner”.

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About halfway through the cantaloupe, I realized it was a bit sour, so I stopped eating it rather than waste calories on something nasty.  I opted for another coconut date roll instead–love those things!

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I paired the date roll with a cup of green tea.  At the suggestion of one of my readers, I decided a week ago to implement an at least “one-cup-of-green-tea-a-day” rule.  I hear the drink will boost my metabolism, and it’s even on Dr. Oz’s list of 100 weight loss tips (here).  I don’t add anything to the green tea, so it’s not the sweetest/tastiest of drinks, but I’m fine with the light taste and willing to have a cup a day to see if it has any effects!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • bowl of homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • 1 coconut date roll
  • Green Giant creamed spinach (entire container)
  • another coconut date roll + cup of green tea
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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Thai inspired cucumber cashew salad

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

(NOTE:  I forgot to hit “Publish” on this post last night…whoopsie!)

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow (680 cals burned)

This morning I switched back to the raspberry Bonnie’s Jam spread on my Ezekiel toast…yum!

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After the gym, it was protein shake time!

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Lunch today was another recipe adventure, courtesy of Green Lite Bites, and it’s called a Thai inspired cucumber cashew salad (recipe here).  I got to whisk the dressing together with this adorable little whisk my mom got me for Christmas–thanks ma!

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And voila…a beautiful and quite tasty cucumber salad!

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I upped the cashews a bit since I’m nuts about nuts, so the calorie count is a bit higher than from the original recipe website, but here are the totals:

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After lunch, I headed to a coffee shop with a couple friends to do some work.  I brought along a coconut date roll for a mid-study session snack.

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I had another little snack after I got home from the coffee shop.

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And then for dinner I ate a bowl of the sweet potato and black bean chili that I made on Monday.  This time I spared you the ugly picture, though, hehe.

I ended the evening with a bowl of “overnight” oats.  It feels good to see that scale creeping back down.  I need to have more days of eating like today!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s Jams (raspberry)
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 1 coconut date roll
  • bowl of homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • 5 oz of cantaloupe chunks
  • bowl of Thai inspired cucumber cashew salad
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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