We are in Colorado!

We are so excited to be here! The weather is ideal- we got 7 inches of snow last night and it is super sunny with clear skies today!

Since it is a weekday we are doing Vail today. It will be insanely busy this weekend. I can’t believe this is my first time out West to snowboard!

We have a little kitchenette in our room and stocked it with some good snacks I will show you later. The whole group picked one breakfast so that we only had to buy one set of ingredients- whole wheat English muffins, peanut butter, and bananas. I had half of an English muffin with peanut butter and 1/4 banana.

Gina and I picked up a box of Mighty Leaf tea in vanilla bean and it is one of the best vanilla teas I have ever had. I had a big mug of it. I am also focusing in drinking a lot of water so I continue to feel good at this elevation.

Since I ate a light breakfast I packed a snack in my pocket for later!😉

Happy Friday!

-Sent from my iPhone en route to Vail!!

Planes & Whole Foods

When I travel on planes I am always more hungry. I can’t decide if it is boredom or actual hunger, but I always eat more when traveling. I saved my snack to have on the plane for this very reason. Am I alone in this?

On our flight from Philadelphia to Denver I had a small container of pistachios I had purchased in the airport as well as a Luna Protein Bar in the chocolate peanut butter flavor. I really like these bars although I wouldn’t call them protein bars necessarily- they don’t contain that much protein. I also had some sparkling water, one of my favorite beverages.

Dottie, from Food Cents, lives in Colorado and sent me some tips for our trip. One tip she gave us was the address for a Whole Foods right off of Route 70, right on out way to Beaver Creek. That tip saved us! We hopped in our rental and headed straight there to eat dinner and grab some groceries for our room.

We all made big salads from the salad bar. Mine had mixed greens, romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, roasted chicken, a few peas, dried cherries, shredded carrots, 2 delicious tortilla chips and some balsamic dressing.

This was delicious and perfectly satisfying. A lot of time in these situations we end up eating junk that doesn’t even taste good. I am happy we had a nice healthy dinner.

As soon as we got back in the car I shared one of my mini muffins with Gina (see yesterday’s post for details). I then had my own whole one!!

I now feel great- not full and not hungry either. This is the ideal way I’d like to feel after every meal.

This morning I woke up early but not early enough and had to choose between doing my hair and having it look nice tonight and tomorrow or going for my run. I chose my hair, how vain! I actually happy though because my legs are super sore from my strength workout and run yesterday.

PB is driving and Jake, Gina’s husband, is the navigator. That means Gina and I can nap in the back. Buona notte!

-Sent from my iPhone

Clean out the Fridge!

I bought my own condo in Rhode Island in April of 2006. (I don’t miss it at all and love PB’s condo in Philly, but sometimes I really miss living with my cousin. It was fun to help each other picking out outfits, and somehow it isn’t the same with PhillyBoy). When I first moved there, I often bought way too many fruits and vegetables and they would go bad before I could eat them all. Through time and trial and error, I learned to find the balance between buying too much fresh produce and buying too little. Inevitably, there comes a day near the end of the week where we are out of all the fresh goodies I love: different types of lettuce, apples or pears, citrus fruits, berries, cucumbers, carrots and more. Today was one of those days!

Even without some of my favorite foods, I was able to put together a great lunch. It feels great to know we are going on a trip and won’t need to throw away any food before going. For my early lunch I had a Flat Out wrap with 1 egg, 1 egg white, 1/4 oz mozzarella cheese (just a dash) and 1/4 avocado. On the side I had leftover spinach from last night.

Someone asked me what happens to our dinner leftovers.. Can you take a wild guess? PHILLYBOY! He often takes leftovers to work with him for lunch, or eats a small portion after work as a snack. I work from home- I have a full kitchen at my disposal. There is no need for me to eat precious leftovers that would make the easiest packed lunch for my husband! I know he would do the same if the roles were reversed.🙂 However, if we have leftovers of this, you bet I make a double batch and save some for myself!!!

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It has been really fun sharing my meals with you this week, and I am curious to see how it goes tomorrow in Colorado. What are your thoughts? Do you miss my usual recipe posts and restaurant reviews? Do you prefer seeing my daily eats? I’d love some feedback.

Day 4:

Breakfast  

Day 3:

Breakfast   
Lunch
Dinner

Day 2:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner- recipe for Baked Breaded Eggplant

Day 1:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

And a LOVEly Weekend.

Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Oatmeal

If you think you hate oatmeal, it is probably because you have never tried it with banana in it. Adding banana to your oats makes them fluffy and sweet, and I can’t eat oats any other way anymore. I learned about bananas in oats from Kath and Chelsea, and I can never go back to instant oats or banana-less oats!

This morning I saw we had one banana left on the counter, and since we are leaving for Colorado tonight, it had to be eaten. Enter: OATS!

Here is how I make mine…

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Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Oatmeal
Serves 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dry rolled oats
1.25 cups water
dash cinnamon
dash sea salt
3/4 banana, split into 1/2 banana and 1/4 banana
1 tbs peanut butter
5 g shredded sweetened coconut

Directions:
Heat water on high in a small pot. Slice half a banana in small pieces and add to the water. Also add a dash of cinnamon and sea salt. Stir. When the mixture comes to a boil, lower to medium heat and add the oats. Stir well every couple of minutes until the oats have absorbed all the water and the banana has slightly dissolved. Pour into a bowl and top with 1/4 banana, sliced, 1 tbs peanut butter, and 5 g shredded coconut. I mix it all up, and enjoy!

**Note: the Quaker Oats canister suggests much less liquid than I use, but I have found that the recommended amount leaves the oats a little too chewy for my liking. Also, I always use water and have never tried them with milk!

Day 3:

Breakfast   
Lunch
Dinner

Day 2:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner- recipe for Baked Breaded Eggplant

Day 1:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

And a LOVEly Weekend.

Broccoli Soup

I steamed some fresh broccoli and accidentally overcooked it. I decided to turn it into soup, and that was a great idea! I simply added 4 cups of vegetable broth and some spices and let it simmer down. Then I used my potato masher to mash it all up. It was heavenly. PB loved it too! I had the bowl below and another half bowl.

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I also made some baked chicken breast with artichoke hearts, Near East tomato lentil couscous, and steamed spinach. It was a great and healthy meal!!!! I had about 2 oz of chicken, 3/4 cup couscous, and 1/2 cup spinach.

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Tomorrow we go to COLORADO!!! I can’t wait to snowboard big, snowy mountains. Of course, being the list making woman I am, my bag is already 75% packed.. time to finish the rest!

[Reminder: I am blogging my meals this week- every last bite- to show you how I eat and why I eat it. This is the extended reply to several Ask Me Anything questions I received.]

Good night!

Day 3:

Breakfast   
Lunch

Day 2:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner- recipe for Baked Breaded Eggplant

Day 1:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

And a LOVEly Weekend.

Mini Muffins!

I am turning into my nonna.

Today I had one of her favorite lunches- pasta with canned tuna. I had about 2.5 oz of angel hair with a can of tuna in olive oil, drained. The oil from the tuna works as a great sauce over the pasta.

[Reminder: I am blogging my meals this week- every last bite- to show you how I eat and why I eat it. This is the extended reply to several Ask Me Anything questions I received.]

The water was put on to boil because I was just so hungry. I know the photo is hideous.

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In the afternoon I took a 10 minute break to bake some muffins. This time I used 1 pear and really chopped it small, and I made the muffins in a mini muffin tin. I baked them to bring with us to Colorado tomorrow! PB and I are going with another couple to Beaver Creek (near Vail). We would love dining suggestions and more!!!

I think PB is ready to show off his newly acquired snowboarding moves (he is linking turns! and well!)

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Back to the muffins. Of course I had to taste test two of them. They were just the way I remembered them… a bit dry, not very sweet, but perfectly satisfying. You don’t have to feel guilty eating these. Find the original recipe here.

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Later in the afternoon I had some Oikos vanilla yogurt with fresh raspberries, a couple of tablespoons of Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and 1.25 Weetabix biscuits. I almost skipped my snack this afternoon, but I got super hungry around 3. This was great… although I did miss the chocolate chips! I am one of those people who is sad when a delicious meal or snack is gone. Are you that way?

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I have a really fun giveaway coming soon. Hint: it involves creative shoes… Get excited!!!!

Day 3:

Breakfast   

Day 2:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner- recipe for Baked Breaded Eggplant

Day 1:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

And a LOVEly Weekend.

You don’t eat no meat???

Who recognizes that line? It’s from one of my favorite movies.. which depicts exactly the type of family both PB and I come from.

[Reminder: I am blogging my meals this week- every last bite- to show you how I eat and why I eat it. This is the extended reply to several Ask Me Anything questions I received.]

Yesterday I did not eat any chicken, beef or fish. I didn’t do it on purpose, it just happened. I was still able to consume 91 g of protein. You don’t necessarily need to eat meat to reach protein goals! I absolutely love fish. I eat chicken breast (always organic or locally sourced) because it is easy to cook and flavor in other ways, but I don’t like it that much. I rarely eat beef, except for the occasional bite of PB’s dish at a restaurant, or when trying tapas or family meals. We often have 2 or 3 days a week where we eat a vegetarian diet. We can still reach our protein goals on those days with just a little bit of thought. It is even easier when I consume yogurt or eggs on those days, like I did yesterday.

I know there is a lot of debate on the amount of protein a body needs in a day. I was always taught that we need 0.8 g/kg of body weight. For someone about my size, that equals to around only 50 g of protein a day. I know my body, and as an athlete (woah, I just called myself an athlete??), I need even more. The recommended protein intake for athletes is between 1.2 g/kg- 1.8 g/kg. To calculate your recommended level of protein, take your weight in lbs and divide by 2.2 (to get your weight in kg) and then multiply by either 0.8 or anywhere in the range of 1.2-1.8.

My goal is to get between 90 and 100 g of protein a day. That might seem really high for some, but I know that my muscles need it.

All that to say, like Erica, I am really focusing more on reaching that goal every day.

For breakfast this morning I settled on a protein shake to accompany the protein discussion.😉 This shake had 30 g Jay Robb Chocolate Whey Protein, 1/2 frozen banana, 6 oz water, 6 ice cubes, and 2 tbs peanut butter. I am trying to pretend it is summertime so the summer weather will come sooner. I chose to have a shake instead of a formal breakfast due to time. I was in a rush packing this morning and trying to clean up before work, and a protein shake seemed like the quickest solution.

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This was so satisfying, even without something to chew. I can’t wait for summer fruits so I can finally set up and use the juicer PB’s awesome friends gave us!!! It is sitting in the closet waiting patiently to be used.

Previous days’ eats.

Day 2:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner- recipe for Baked Breaded Eggplant

Day 1:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

And a LOVEly Weekend.