Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Eating’
November 28, 2013
Good Morning and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you!
And to those who it applies, Happy Hanukkah, and Thanksgivukkah too!
There is a lot to celebrate here in the U.S. today and I intend to enjoy every moment of it.
Scott’s parents ended up arriving in town Tuesday morning and we have had a great time catching up with them this week.
Yesterday we took them to The Breakfast Club, our favorite Mom and Pop type of restaurant in the area. It’s a quaint little set up, isn’t it?
For as causal as it is, the menu is anything but ordinary. They always have daily gourmet specials and a specialty dish for every kind of breakfast lover.
I stuck to my usual, some form of egg white omelet. That might sound boring, but I loved Penny’s Favorite!
Ingredients included egg whites, spinach, tomatoes, black olives, light cheddar, avocado and pico de gallo with a side of tomato slices and fruit.
A plate of cold chocolate covered strawberries appeared with our guest checks, which I think is an adorable (and extremely yummy!) special touch.
Since yesterday was also a game day, we didn’t have much time to show them around our new hometown, but we did stop by Yates Cider Mill to pick up some deliciousness am really looking forward to diving into later tonight.
Caramel Apple Pie made with cider mill apples… ummm… drooling. With the cooling temperatures out, our trip was short lived, but we showed them the property and what usually takes place on weekends here in the fall.
We even caught the tail end of an apple pressing! That was the first time Scott had ever seen it, so he was pretty excited.
Love cider mills!
After taking a few scenic routes, we dropped Scott off at the arena for work before the game and spent the rest of the afternoon gathering all of the ingredients we needed for today’s eats. I arrived a couple of hours later.
The game was a fun one, missing a win. When it was over, a friend from Chicago sent me this picture and it put a huge smile on my face!
It’s always fun to have family come to see us in that environment. We all had a great night!
Before I get carried away, I need to sign off and get ready for a full day of cooking. I mentioned earlier this week that I might do a Turkey Trot 10K today, and for those of you who are wondering about it, I was unsuccessful in signing up for it two different times. I saw it as a sign to just let it go and hope to at least fit in an afternoon run (out in the snow!) if time permits.
I was really bummed about it, but can’t complain about being all warm and cozy inside this morning. Hopefully I will be able to participate next year!
I really can’t wait to share the menu (and a handful of standout recipes) with you in the near future. Off to the kitchen!
And a very Happy Thanksiving to you and your loved ones!
November 27, 2013
Hello friends! I trust your week is going well so far. Are you ready for Thanksgiving yet? Ahh! Yeah, me either.
Today is another humdinger. We are getting out the door early today to take Scott’s parents out to breakfast at one of our favorite local spots. It’s actually the best breakfast place I’ve been to since working at one back in Orlando. I really can’t wait!
Do you know what else I am getting pretty anxious for? Black Friday deals!
Reebok Black Friday Deals
Last week I hinted that Reebok had some great discounts and deals for you around the holiday. They’re heeere! Their Black Friday discounts run from Thanksgiving Day (tomorrow) through Sunday, December 1st on www.shop.reebok.com. Discounts include:
• Reebok Nano 2.0’s for $75.00 with the promotional code NANO upon checkout. (See information about this sneaker below!)
• Buy any apparel item, get a second 50% off by using the code BOGO.
• More online discounts coming your way Cyber Monday!
- Breathable mesh upper for added ventilation
- Low-cut for added mobility, upper designed for lateral support and stability
- DuraGrip print along the toe cap makes it durable for a longer use
- High abrasion rubber outsole for improved durability
- Full length low profile with EVA midsole for cushioning and low-to-ground feel
- Forefoot flex grooves for added flexibility
I hope you can utilize this great deal for yourself or another athlete on your holiday shopping list! Now onto the eats…
What I Ate
Wednesday Monday To get things moving, I am going to dive right into this week’s What I Ate Wednesday. Except, it’s totally What I Ate Monday (on a game day). Don’t worry… that’s kind of what it’s all about. And just in case you missed it, here is why I love coming back to share WIAW posts with you (almost) each and every week. Let’s kick it!
Game days usually have the same type of pattern for me. Healthy meals with light carbs and lots of nutrients beforehand, then faceplant into almost anything and everything afterwards. It’s definitely not the best routine to get into, but I guess that’s just how I roll. No holding back here, folks!
I was craving eggs for breakfast and became a little “meh” when I saw the only option I had were Southwest style eggbeaters. I actually enjoy them, but have to be in the mood and wasn’t sure if I was.
I quickly got over that when I scrambled and sided them with two Al Fresco Country Style chicken sausage links.
It must have done the trick, because I didn’t even think about a snack before lunch. In fact, receiving an exciting package from Under Armour with this super warm and cozy Coffee Run Beanie even got me outside for a run with Roadie!
With temperatures in the twenties and thirties, that says a lot!
There was an ice patch or two, but nothing serious… yet.
I’m trying to sneak in as many runs as I can before it gets too too cold since Roadie still seems to really enjoy them.
It actually wasn’t all that bad. We only had about twenty minutes to run, so we finished at about the 2.1 mile mark. By this time, I was ready for lunch but wanted to take a shower before cooking anything. Protein recovery smoothie to the rescue!
This one involved fresh strawberries, blackberries, a banana, spinach, a 6 oz. cup of Strawberry Banana Greek yogurt, 1 scoop of Strawberry Designer Whey protein powder, ice, and enough almond milk to make it smooth. YUM.
After my shower I went right back down to the kitchen looking for something warm. Without much time on my side, I quickly heated up a full can (2 servings) of Campbell’s Signature Southwestern Vegetarian Chili.
For being straight from a can, it wasn’t half bad! I spent the next hour gathering my things and getting ready for the game, then was on my way a little after 4 p.m.
(Large coffee in hand of course.) This tends to happen more often than not on game days.
(I also ate a oatmeal raisin cookie Scott so lovingly put in my hands when I saw him on the way to the dressing room.) Whoops.
I was certainly full and stayed that way until about the second quarter. As soon as I got to the locker room for halftime, I enjoyed this Zone Perfect Greek Yogurt Chocolate bar.
Umm… have you seen/tried/swooned over these yet? If your answer is no, I highly suggest you change it. Quickly.
While we usually go out for a bite to eat after the game, Scott and I opted to stay in and eat at home instead.
(This is when Scott also handed me a large homemade chocolate chip muffin with streusel on top.) Double whoops. While I can resist baked goods on my own, I have zero will power when someone places them directly into my hands to enjoy!
That held me over until I got home ready to dig into something warm once again. Unmotivated to cook much I heated up a new (to me) gluten-free wrap from Amy’s to try.
Intriguing, isn’t it? While Scott wouldn’t go anywhere near anything that says gluten free or tofu on it, I happen to love both of those things.
I decided to make it a fancy wrap by drizzling it in shredded cheese and tomatillo salsa from Nuevo Leon. (<- yup, I am still rockin’ what’s left of those bottles, Olga!)
Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all!
In fact, I plan to get even more adventurous during my next trip to the grocery store and try out other Amy’s creations I have been a bit hesitant about. Not pictured is also a generous handful of Garden of Eatin’ corn tortilla chips.
Pictured is dessert: Toasted Coconut ice cream from Hudsonville, a Pure Michigan company!
Again, I blame Scott for this one… but I do have to admit that the tiny slivers of chocolate coconut made the texture and taste absolutely dreamy. Triple whoops.
My game day eats don’t always include baked goods and ice cream, but when they do I make sure they are one hundred percent worth it… and that they were!
Now I am looking forward to spending the day with Scott and his parents, then another home game tonight against the Bulls. Tonight should be fun!
Try not to get too stressed about getting everything together for Thanksgiving tomorrow, will ya? I feel like I’m doing enough of that for all of us.
Questions of the Day
• What is one ice cream flavor you can never turn away?
• Anything extra exciting on your Thanksgiving menu this year?
Enjoy the rest of your day!
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November 25, 2013
Morning! Mine actually started on an early note today.
Scott’s parents are currently en route to us, driving all the way from Powell, Missouri. We haven’t seen them since our visit over the summer so we are really excited to have them, especially for Thanksgiving!
Scratch marvelous, let’s go with epic. Ahhh!
Friday Night at the Game
If you happened to stop by here on the weekend, you probably caught my highlights from Friday’s game. Releasing our 2014-15 Pistons Dancers Calendar was a true stand-out moment, not just for this season but for all of my seasons dancing in the NBA.
Part of our job entails signing autographs for fans, but dedicating an entire halftime to us then signing calendars for the remainder of the game felt like such a big deal. Friday night is one I will remember and cherish for years to come.
After the game, a group of us went over to a local favorite spot for a little Friday Night karaoke.
Of course we didn’t plan on singing… but we all know how that goes. We may or may not have torn that stage up!
… and that’s why we should really stick to dancing. Good times!
Saturday called for rest and knocking off projects around the house and on the computer. Scott woke up early for an event and a flag football game while I enjoyed the extra few hours of shut eye. (Hehe.)
Just a few minutes after he got home for the day, I received a last minute request to make an appearance at the practice facility. Surprise! It was to film a fun segment for Good Morning America!
If you haven’t heard the story yet, this article explains it all. I have met Shannon (The Dancing Usher) before and he is great. Antwain (the 11-year-old) was adorable too. He was so excited to be there, well spoken, and grateful for everything that’s happened since that game last Tuesday.
They had a blast trash talking and challenging each other in different ways.
It was so much fun! Check out the video that aired the next Morning.
We wrapped up around 6:30 p.m. and Scott and I had full intentions of going vacuum shopping. (Yes… our second attempt.) After arriving a few minutes past store closing, we were going to catch a night time showing of Catching Fire but decided to call it a night instead. Scott was exhausted!
Chili over whole wheat penne noodles and catching up on The Voice proved to be just as exciting.
I also fit in some ornament surgeries while we lounged.
Every year a handful of ornaments always get the short end of the stick, either by me stepping on or dropping them. Even though Scott was a less than happy about it, I convinced him it was nothing a little super glue can’t fix.
I knew Sunday would be busy day. I woke up early and got out the door around 9 a.m. to head to a six hour halftime practice at the arena.
Do you want to know what motivates me on mornings like those? A large cup of coffee and a Subway stop.
I may or may not have been their first sub of the day when I also ordered a foot long turkey, American cheese and tons of veggies on wheat for lunch to split with a teammate. I told you… I need to invest in some serious stock, ya’ll. #everydaysubwayproblems
We ended up getting out an hour early after a productive practice for our big TLC halftime coming up later this week!
It’s also when we play the Lakers, so Friday will for sure be an exciting game!
I got home by 4 p.m. and both Scott and I got cleaned up and ready to go knock out some early holiday shopping. I still can’t believe how cold it is already… it dropped down to the twenties for majority of the weekend!
Soooo not ready for this.
Warm coats in hand, we drove over to the Somerset Collection in Birmingham. With three stories of shopping and a walkway crossing over to another entire building, it’s one of the fanciest malls I have ever been to. It also had an impressive Photos with Santa set-up in the middle.
I just love Christmastime.
There wasn’t much time to shop before the stores closed, so we fit in what we could and left to go grocery shopping. On the way we passed a Noodles & Company and thought that sounded perfect for dinner.
I ordered the Chinese Chicken Chop Salad.
Scott got the Thai Hot Pot.
I may have gotten a little jealous, but both were great!
We arrived at Meijer right around 7:30 and didn’t get home until after 9 p.m. Apparently our trip was a serious one that took over an hour and required two grocery carts. We did score some deals on holiday scented candles AND found some quality entertainment in the home decor aisle.
(Just in case and of you are in need of a ridiculously large & sign, you now know where to find it.)
Finally home for the night, we watched more of The Voice in the background (this season is so good!) and unloaded groceries for quite a while. Before bed, I set up this 3 foot tree for downstairs since I miss having the tree on and around while I’m typing away in the basement during the days!
Oh there’s a problem with the lights? Yeah, I noticed that once I got it all decorated. I spent a good while trying to find the misbehaving bulb, but wasn’t too successful there. For now, I think being half lit gives it more character.
Today is the start of a crazy busy week! We have four home games in seven days. And then there’s that holiday, Thanksgiving, we will be hosting on Thursday. Scott’s parents arrive tonight and I have every intention of checking in with you guys every day. Fingers crossed!
Off to finish cleaning, Fitness Pilates, then getting ready for the game. Have a great start to your week!
November 22, 2013
You guys. I literally had ninety percent of this post typed up and ready to go when my toe hit the power button on the extension cord and unexpectedly shut my entire computer down.
<Enter panic mode, extreme pouting, and second thoughts of trying again.>
Somehow, all of my windows re-opened and saved except my drafts here. Wonderful! While I could choose to let this get me down, I’m going to ignore the
huge and extremely annoying inconvenience of re-typing the entire thing and just get to the good stuff. Because it is Friday after all… am I right?
To celebrate, here are a handful of things I am loving this week. I encourage you to also show me your #FFavorites by linking up at the bottom and/or playing along in the comments section. TGIF!
Friday Favorites #12: Week of 11/22
• the ambiance of a lit Christmas tree at night.
Yes, the decorations are up already! And I am loving every bit of it.
Something about a lit Christmas tree in a dark living room makes me want to stay in my sweats, curl up with a blanket, a good holiday movie, the animals, and sip on hot cocoa every chance I get. Don’t mind if I do!
• this article about Michigander’s slang and their accents.
Because people from home (Florida) think I talk like a Canadian with my new “somewhat nasally” o‘s and a‘s.
Because people from here (Michigan) think I over-pronounce everything and say my i‘s extremely southern.
Because they still can’t figure out what the heck Scott is saying half the time. (<- Arkansas boy!)
• Chinchilly nail polish by Essie.
I went into Walgreens for a greeting card and came out with this.
I have been obsessed with grays this year and already have my eyes set on a few more shades for future purchases. Actually, this set of four looks right up my alley!
• Amy’s Light & Lean Bowls
I have been a fan of Amy’s Kitchen products (<- Non-GMO brand!) for about a year now. There isn’t anything I haven’t cared for so far, and this week I tried the Light & Lean Quinoa & Black Bean with Butternut Squash & Chard bowl and didn’t miss the meat one bit.
It tastes way better than it looks, swear!
I’ll be sure to buy a variety of bowls in the future and share my thoughts.
• Degree Clinical Strength Deodorant
This might be too much information, but I’m just going to go there.
I have been using Secret Platinum deodorant ever since I can remember. For some reason or another, it hasn’t seemed to do the trick lately and I have caught myself re-applying around five times a day… including at least two times during games which seems a bit ridiculous.
After consulting a friend, I tried out her Degree Clinical Strength suggestion and haven’t turned back since!
• True Religion skinny jeans
We went into the True Religion outlet store to find a good pair of jeans for Scott and walked out with these for me too.
Whoops! After the past few years of buying my jeans strictly from Forever 21, we both fell in love with the silver stitching on the back and felt I deserved them.
Definitely one of my favorite purchases of this season so far.
• the return of the Starbucks red holiday cups!
Skinny peppermint mocha, get in my belly!
• O.N.E. coconut water
To hydrate, (… you know) when I’m not all hyped up on pumpkin spice lattes and holiday coffees.
And, last but certainly not least…
• this popping up on my newsfeed the other day.
I’m sorry. #dying
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