Holiday Weight Gain

I felt so accomplished when Thanksgiving went by without a single pound of weight gain.  I think it really helped that Mike and I had a triathlon to train for the week after, and also the fact that we ran a 5k on the day of Thanksgiving.  We also went to a buffet instead of having the post Thanksgiving day food laying around the house.  Then Christmas and New Years happened…

It could have been the cookies, the egg nog, cinnamon rolls, and other sinful treats that pretty much ruined any momentum we had to our diet.  Both Mike and I have weighed in this week and have gotten to the “angry phase” of dieting where you are so mad at yourself for getting to where you are.

TRY THIS!

Needless to say, we have been trying to eat right all week and working out every single day!  I have been making smoothies left and right!  Here is my favorite recipe:

Liz’s Awesome Blueberry Smoothie

smoothie

1/2-1/4 c of almond milk

1/4 c spinach

1/4 c blueberries

1/4 c yogurt

Sonic ice (2.49 a bag)

add chia seeds for more substance

We are loving the Sonic ice! It blends so much better and works well with small blenders (like the Baby Bullet…don’t hate).

WORKOUT

workout

I tried this treadmill workout today from www.fitsugar.com. Loving the treadmill workouts lately!

Happy New Year!

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Well another year has passed, and I must say that 2012 was definitely a lot better than 2011.  Mike and I went back and looked at our 2012 goals and made some new ones for our “goal board” for 2013.  It gets me so excited about things!  This year is going to have a lot of changes, but it will be way cool to see how our family grows.

The picture above was taken on New Years Eve right when Mike came back from his last bike ride of 2012.  I was taking random pictures that day because I was being sentimental about everything being the “last thing of 2012”.  If you look closely, you will see he is not wearing any shoes because he had already come in from his ride.

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This was the last picture of Barney in 2012.  I’m sure there are plenty more to come.

We ended up going over to Mike’s parents house and hung out for a few hours and played games and ATE A LOT!  I blame the 20 pounds of pregnancy weight on the holidays.  I am SO GLAD they are over, even though we were very blessed this year with a great Christmas and New Years.  Everyone has been so generous and supportive of us. 

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Mike had to have his last egg nog of 2012 and here is the spread….

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So much food!  We played a little Catch Phrase and hung out until it turned midnight and then we had to take a family photo.  P.S. We do not ask Barney to pose every time.  He seriously does it himself!

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Here’s to an awesome year! Happy 2013!

 

 

Cocoa Cookies and Green Chile Enchiladas

 I walked in after work on Wednesday ALREADY missing the days at home where I could try out recipes and use my husband as a guinea pig.  I get the itch to cook and bake at least once a week, so here is what I came up with when it came to what we had in the pantry.

(recipe courtesy of www.pbfingers.com )

Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 10 – 12 cookies (depending on how much dough you eat)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (may increase to 3 teaspoons if you desire a more chocolaty cookie)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine sugars and beat in one egg.
  4. Mix canola oil and vanilla into sugar mixture .
  5. Slowly beat sugar mixture into flour mixture. Your dough should be slightly runny.
  6. Gradually beat oats into mixture until a thicker dough forms.
  7. Use a tablespoon to portion out cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until tops of cookies are slightly browned.

I really liked them, the husband wasn’t too thrilled with them. If you are expecting the normal chocolate chip cookies, you may be disappointed.  I realy thought they had good flavor and it was nice not to have to use butter.

My second recipe is courtesy of my mom.

Green Enchiladas

I bought the taco size corn tortillas from a local market and cut up onions, boiled shredded chicken, and poured some green sauce inside each tortilla. I rolled them up and placed them along my pan (I ended up with ten rolled up tortillas), and then poured the remaining sauce over it.

I really like the Las Palmas green sauce (found at Albertsons and Walmart) for a mild taste.  The hubby wants a more FIRE BREATHING approach, so I suggest adding some jalapeno or green chiles to the dish.  You can make it with flour tortillas, but the corn really makes it taste better in my opinion.

Great and easy recipe!

Tasty Treats

My uncle sent these to me in the mail this week. It smelled like berries, BUT…this is the gloriousness that I saw when I opened them:

I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries and these were so good.  They didn’t have the leave son them so you could take a big bite and not have to worry about it.  Needless to say the hubby and I were very grateful.  P.S.  He sent them as a congratulations for winning state.

Mike and I went on a quick date night last night to our favorite local spot: Thai Delight.  Mike really likes the miso soup, and I admit I am not a huge fan of it, BUT the green onions make it very tolerable.  It reminds me that I need to find recipes with green onions.  They always seem to make the recipe ten times better, any suggestions?

Mike ordered our favorite dish, the Chicken Pad Thai (Hot) and I ordered the Beef Noodle Soup (Hot)

Well, I made a mistake.  Hot on Pad Thai is totally different from soup.  I had to drink so much water! I was literally crying on the way out.  It was embarrassing.

So we had to go get some frozen yogurt at Keva Juice to cool my mouth off.

Mike was annoyed because I wouldn’t let him eat until I took a picture.  🙂

 

Trader Joes Reduced Fat Brownies

 My sister told me about this recipe a long time ago so I thought I would post it on here.  I’ve been having a hard time remembering what recipes I have tried, so it really helps to blog them and look back on them.  Now that school is starting, I am really going to have to rely on Pinterest and blogs to get my meals all organized!

At Trader Joes, they sell a Reduced Fat Brownie mix where all you need to add is yogurt and bake the brownies for 22 minutes on 350 degrees.

To make it a little more “healthy”, I’ve been meaning to use up my greek yogurt in the fridge.  I admit using plain yogurt isn’t as good.  I have tried it with honey greek yogurt, which makes it sweeter, but my favorite is the blueberry greek yogurt with it.  It gives it more flavor and is pretty good stuff.

Just wanted to throw that recipe out there if you have a Trader Joe’s near you.  Thankfully, we have had races or trips that have brought me to a Trader Joe’s at least every few weeks.  Is it sad that I look one up whenever I go out of town? 🙂

Easy Shrimp Tacos

We don’t get paid until Saturday so I have to be a little creative as to how I am going to make dinner.  Mike and I usually fend for ourselves when it comes to lunch and breakfast, so I really only have to worry about one meal a day.  Thankfully, last night I was able to run up to Chick-Fil-A for some dinner, which makes it easier on me!  No dishes! Yay!

On Sunday I missed out on my mother in laws cooking (that I was totally depending on!) due to the fact that we slept through dinner, so I had to check out what was in the fridge and freezer and noticed a frozen bag of shrimp and some corn tortillas.

I came up with these little beauties.  I sautéed some shrimp in a skillet with a little bit of garlic olive oil and added a dash of garlic salt to give flavor.  The best part of shrimp is that it holds flavor really well (just like mushrooms). I warmed up some corn tortillas, added some shrimp sauce, and put some cole slaw mix as a topping.  So easy and so good.

Now here’s the best part.  I was able to make a really good sauce made with random ingredients from the fridge.  I originally was going to try salsa, but we were out of it, so this is what I came up with:

Easy Shrimp Taco Sauce

3/4 cup of mayonnaise or miracle whip

1/2 cup of relish

2 tbsp of taco seasoning mix

1 tbsp of lime juice

2 tbsp of hot sauce

I wanted to add the hot sauce for a little kick and wish I added a little more, but it was good stuff!

Trying Out Pinterest Recipes

 Like I said in my previous post, my sister showed me some great recipes on Pinterest that I really wanted to try out.  I really want to take advantage of the fact that I am not working right now, so I am teaching myself how to cook and bake.  It is so fun!

These “Zucchini Chips” were great!  All you have to do is put some olive oil on them, and add a mixture of panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and a little parmesan cheese.  Bake for 22 minutes on 400 degrees…and deliciousness!  The link is found here:

http://bakehouse.squarespace.com/home/2011/7/20/zucchini-parmesan-crisps.html

Then I decided to try another recipe that caught my eye because of my HUGE love for chinese food.  I don’t live in a town that has PF Changs or Panda Express, so I had to bring the sweet and sour chicken to my kitchen.

It is VERY filling!  So you don’t need much of it, which is a good thing.  It is around 300 calories per serving so if you portion it right, then it’s not too bad.  You don’t have to use all the cornstarch and egg too so it helps to lighten it up.  It’s a little messy to prepare, but I give it two thumbs up!  Here is the link:

http://life-as-a-lofthouse.blogspot.com/2010/09/baked-sweet-and-sour-chicken-with-fried.html

I don’t know about you guys, but this month brings a lot of entertainment to the household!  The Tour De France has been played non stop, especially when there is a certain biking addicted husband in the house.  We’re not gonna lie, it’s not as exciting this year since Cadel Evans fell back and Contador (the villain) is not here this year, but it’s been fun watching the drama unfold.  Go Wiggins! 

“I sure do like this Tour De France!  Now buy me a bike…”

We can’t be too sad when it ends because the Olympics thankfully will take over! 🙂

Question: Are you keeping up on the Tour this year?  Any opinions about this year’s tour?