WIAW #6 Girl’s Night Out

Happy Hump Day y’all! Since I don’t want you to wait,  took pictures of what I ate Tuesday, rather then Wednesday (which is what I normally do but I wanted to inform you in case any of you were curious… I bet you guys weren’t).

Let’s begin then!

 

Breakfast 9:30- I had a student body meeting at noon, so I got up and primped (during summer I don’t really dry my hair or do makeup, but since I had to present various things, I dried and curled and whatnot. I then went downstairs and gorged myself  ate my usual bowl of yogurt. This time: Lemon Chobani, blueberries, Kashi, and flax seed (of course). It was a great way to start my busy day!

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Snack 10:45- I noshed on a plum after about an hour since the yogurt just wasn’t doing it for me.

I love plums. Too bad I ate them all in 3 days.

I love plums. Too bad I ate them all in 3 days.

 

Lunch 3:15– I went to my meeting which I thought was only going to last an hour, hour and a half tops. Try double that. I didn’t get home until 3:10 and was starving by then. Even though I knew my mother and I were going out for dinner, I still had a good sized ‘lunch’ of tuna salad on toast.

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Workout 4:30- I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical, then did some ab exercises for about 15 minutes, and did a bit more cardio and followed that pattern for a little over an hour. I was dripping with sweat and ready to eat!

Dinner 6:30- Girl’s Night Out was at PF Changs, which is generally where we go since it’s on the same street as the shops and the mall. We did the Prix-Fix menu (you choose a soup, appetizer, 2 entrees, and a small dessert) and picked the following:

Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

 

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

 

Spicy Chicken, Pepper Steak, and Brown Rice with some Bell Pepper

Spicy Chicken, Pepper Steak, and Brown Rice with some Bell Pepper

 

Tiramisu to share! (It's smaller than it looks but I was pleasantly full after the entree)

Tiramisu to share! (It’s smaller than it looks but I was pleasantly full after the entree)

 

I’m kind of weird, but I use the smaller appetizer plate to eat my entree off of. I eat less, and I feel fuller since I eat everything on my plate. I also pick a few more pieces of meat and veg, but for the most part, I eat 1/2 as much food as I would if I ate off the larger entree plate. Just a little tip (;

Well! That is it my friends! Thank you Jen for hosting another great week of WIAW! See you on Friday for some facts!

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XOXO Zoe

 

 

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MIMM #8- Marvelous Recipe Monday

Hi folks! Hope your Monday is going/went well (as well as Monday’s can be).

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Because of the fact that I did nothing this weekend (I watched Netflix with my mother for a good 48 hours), I decided to post 3 fantastic marvelous recipes that I’ve been loving lately!

Tangy, Crunchy Tuna Salad

Time: 5 Minutes

What You’ll Need:

1 can of chunk light tuna (preferably in water)

1-2 T of greek yogurt (depending on how wet you like your tuna salad)

1 stalk of celery, finely chopped

1/2 of a green apple, finely chopped

1 t curry

Sprinkle of salt and pepper

1/2 t garlic powder

What You’ll Do:

1. Mix ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

2. Enjoy on top of spinach, rice cakes, crackers, or by itself!

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Sugar/Gluten Free “Cookie Dough”

Time: 15 Minutes

What You’ll Need:

4 T of Greek Yogurt

1/2 t of vanilla extract (anymore will be too overpowering)

1/2 t of cinnamon

1 t of agave nectar/xylitol/stevia

1 T of peanut/almond butter

Mix In’s: Chocolate chips, raisins, butterscotch chips, pretty much anything you put in cookies!

What You’ll Do:

1. Melt peanut butter for 35 seconds or until completely melted.

2. Put in freezer for 10 minutes until cool

3. Mix all other ingredients and serve with pears, apples, crackers, etc

( No picture! I figure you know what cookie dough looks like 😛 )

Zoe’s Favorite Panini

Time: 15 Minutes

What You’ll Need:

2 slices of Ezekiel Bread

1 slice of Swiss Cheese

1 T of mozzarella

1/2 pear, sliced thin

1 t dijon mustard

1 piece of prosciutto, thinly sliced

Cooking Spray

What You’ll Do:

1. Turn on panini press/pan to medium.

2. Spray bread with cooking spray (or butter if you’re feeling extra special)

3. Layer bread, dijon, swiss, pear, prosciutto, pear, mozzarella, dijon, and place on grill. Cook until brown.

4. Flip and cook until golden and delicious, then serve.

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Well that’s it for me today! Thank you for hosting Katie!!

See ya later, Alligators!

XOXO Zoe

 

Friday Facts #6 Broken Oven, Workout, and More Vegetables

Hi friends! Happy Friday! This week went by so fast (I wasn’t working and I basically just watched Netfilx and did AP work) but I’m pretty darn excited that it’s the weekend. With The Pioneer Woman on the telly and a bowl or chicken, rice, and veg by my side, I will commence with these Friday Facts.

1. On Wednesday, our oven broke. I can’t make muffins, sweet potato wedges, or anything worth enjoying. Absence makes the baking heart grow fonder.

2. I did a killer workout today thanks to Courtney’s workout page (this one, this one, and this one) and a short yoga set. (After lunch/typing I’m going to take Opal for a nice long walk to burn off this chicken!) and promptly died. And then showered because showering makes everything feel better.

3. Yesterday’s eats were AH-MAH-ZING. I indulged and made chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes (recipe to comeI) for breakfast, leftover meatballs and spinach for lunch, a green apple and crunchy peanut butter for a snack, and chicken poached with wild rice and grilled squash, zucchini, asparagus, and bell pepper. Oh and hot chocolate to finish out the day.

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4.I really like Supernatural. That is all.

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5. Another thing we don’t have at the moment? Almond milk. Or milk in general. I’d mess my belly up for a bit of milk right now to top my cereal/make vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. The struggle is real.

6. I’m wearing leggings in the middle of summer. The perks of staying inside all day (apart from walks).

Well that’s all she wrote! See y’all on Monday for some MIMM magic!

Question Time: What are you doing this weekend?

Tonight I’m going to a friend’s for a little get together, and the rest of the weekend is unplanned for the most part other than homework and Netflix and workouts.

What about you? Anything amazing planned or just a good night in?

WIAW #5: Almost Wordless

Happy huuuummpppp dayyyyyy (that commercial gets me every time). I’m making lunch so this post going to be short and savory sweet! Thanks for hosting again Jen!

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Breakfast 8:15-

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Blood orange Cho, a bit of cottage cheese, Kashi Go Lean, and Flax with a side of coffee

Lunch 12:30-

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Tangy, Crunchy Tuna Salad (Recipe to come!) on a rice cake and a side of green apple

Dinner 7:00-

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Whole wheat tortilla, carne asada, spinach, my homemade guac, and fresh salsa… And some tortilla chips to ‘sample’ the guac, of course

Well that’s all she wrote! I did have a but more spinach and carne and was sufficiently stuffed. See you on Friday with that recipe for the tuna!

XOXO Zoe

MIMM #7- It’s Just Another Manic Monday

Hello my little doves! Happy Monday (ignore the oxymoron). I’d say this weekend went by incredibly fast, unfortunately, because now I have to wake up early and work. Although babysitting isn’t too much work. Anyways. Lets do this MIMM! Thanks Katie for hosting again!

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1. Marvellous is not having to clean my room because if a showing. I slept in on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed my uninterrupted slumber without having to get up and dust and wipe and vacuum.

2. Marvellous is a must needed facial. Thank god for Massage Envy. My skin is now glowing and slowly getting clearer.

3. Marvellous is running again. After 3 weeks without it, I can say I’ve missed it so much. I almost died/threw up but hey, what’s exercise without a bit of exertion. Ill be running all the time now!

4. Marvellous was lunch yesterday! I roasted bell pepper, swaii (a white fish with a very mild flavor and firm texture), some spices and topped the whole thing over some spinach and Kerrygold aged white cheddar. It was amazing.

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5. Marvellous is makeup! I bought Revlon Just Bitten lip stain (which to me resembles a Clinique Chubby Stick) in a beautiful fuchsia color, a Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Peach Petal, and a bottle of Not Your Mother’s frizz cream. It was, all in all, an awesome little pick me up.

6. Not so marvellous is my lack of pictures. I’m sorry. I was quite busy and ended up snapping only what I could. Including:

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A huge strawberry.

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A bison burger for lunch.

And that’s about it! Not too much to see. Other than my tears because i couldn’t go to Comic Con. Im a geek. Oops. See you all for WIAW!

Marvellous Update! An oldie but a goodie breakfast of rice cakes with smooth peanut butter, cinnamon, and bananas and a big ol’ cup of joe. Yum

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XOXO Zoe

Friday Facts #5: Work, Cookies, and Facials

HAPPY FRIDAY! ‘Tis a bit late in the evening but when you’re working til 5 and you want food… You do what you gotta do. So Friday. The weekend is upon us. I’m actually spazzing out. Not that my diction really accentuates that.

Here we go!

1. My first real week of work has been stressful, fun, and full of baby squeals. I’m content. For the rest of the summer (give or take a couple days) I will be babysitting for the same family. Gotta love it!

2. Tomorrow is open house (note: we are finally selling! So happy that everything is falling into place!) and my mother and I plan on baking cookies. It’s only bribery if they find money beside the chocolate chips, right?

3. I NEED A FACIAL. So whilst the realtor shows the house, my mother and I plan on going to get lunch at Panera (I’m craving me a big ole bowl of vegan black bean soup. I’m not odd, I swear) and then going shopping for a bit. We need to be a bit frugal until the house sells, however, so I probably won’t be buying that Marc Jacobs Hamilton tote with the brown leather and silver appliqués or Lululemon pants, but to be honest, I’m fine with my sketchers and Balance Collection capris. Who needs all that junk, because I do so don’t.

4. So far this post lacks pictures so here are my favorite pics of the week!

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Okay. I need to walk my dog. She’s panting. That’s never a good sign. SEE YOU ALL FOR A MARVELLOUS (Redundant) MIMM!

XOXO Zoe

WIAW #4 Kid Food and Pubbing

HAPPY HUMP DAY! *Insert Camel whooping* I ate, I cried (well, the babies cried), and I did not exercise. It may have been an unproductive day but the food was wonderful.

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Thanks Jen!!

Breakfast 6:15- A really quick breakfast thrown together before work: plain Chobani mixed with vanilla and a dash of agave, then topped with Kashi Berry Crunch. I prepared a mug of hot lemon and cayenne water and headed out!

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Lunch 1:30- After grocery shopping and finally getting the kids asleep, I grabbed some lunch which was a few chicken tenders (ah nostalgia) and pasta salad. Not exactly the healthiest luch but I was starving and it was 1:30 and the pasta salad was the bomb.

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I continued drinking my lemon-cayenne and worked until 5, then got home, grabbed my lipstick and ran out the door with the family to go check out our new house! I haven’t really mentioned it before since the offer was still pending, but now (besides some paper work and an inspector visit) we are ready to get in! Well, if we can sell our house. Anyways back to the food …

Snack 5:30- Whilst at the house, I picked a few plums and oranges to steal and eat eat when I got home. The current owner of the property is extremely kind and gave my brother and I a bag (Trader Joes! I thought it was funny. Sorry) and we grabbed some fruit to go. I ate one. #sorryimnotsorry. It was the best plum I’ve had.

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Dinner 7:00- We went to a local Irish Pub and therefore I did away with the idea of a salad and ordered a veggie burger topped with mushrooms and onion and a small salad. I needed my greens 😉 It was awesome! And I may have stolen a few potatoes and corn beef from my family. What can I say? Irish food makes me happy.