Category Archives: Dessert

Sugar Intake

Happy Friday! I always feel so productive on Friday and I figured out why. First, let’s cover my workout and breakfast (x2). Yeah, that’s right.

Workout

Today is leg day again! I feel like I just got over my extremely sore glutes and hammies.

  • 20 minute ab workout
  • 32 minutes on the treadmill: 3.5 miles
  • 6 sets of 10-15 reps assisted squats: 50 lbs
  • 6 sets of 12-18 reps deadlifts:
  • seated (machine) calves raises: 5 sets of 20 reps at 20 lbs.
  • hip adduction machine: 4 sets of 20 reps at 100 lbs.
  • leg curls: 4 sets of 15 at 20 lbs.

Time to eat! I am starting to like my new habit of waiting until I leave for work to make my smoothie (in my new cup!). It makes my car ride more enjoyable.

This morning’s mixture was extra thick and took longer than usual to finish during my commute.

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • a few peices of frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 heaping scoop of vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder
  • a handful of spinach

For some reason it was extremely thick, no qualms here! Maybe it was just the ice/milk to powder ratio.

My second breakfast that I usually eat about two hours after my smoothie when I get to work, and is usually a Vitatop, was extra special today too! Last night I decided to mix up some overnight oats in a jar in a recently devoured jar of PB.

In the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • 1/2 fresh banana, mashed
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or enough to mix it up)

This morning I added some more milk to soften it up and 1 tbsp. chia seeds because I totally forgot last night!

I finished it and practically licked the jar clean while I was having my productive morning at work. I think that I get a lot done on Fridays because I have less stress. Friday is just an overall carefree day and knowing that the weekend is only a few hours away gives me that extra push to complete all my work. I guess it is a good thing.

Sugar Intake

I feel like lately, between treats at work,

Cookie cake for my co-workers promotion to another area

..and all of the fruit (strawberries, bananas), sweeteners (agave, honey, and stevia) that I use for my smoothies, I have been consuming so much sugar. I eat nanners like they are going out of style! Joe brought home 4 bunches that were extra from his restaurant, which are pictured in the background below. Bad news, but more to freeze for smoothies! Last night I was craving ice cream so I went and bought my favorite substitute, Arctic Zero.

 
This stuff is amazing. Check out the stats:
 

Of course there is organic cane sugar in it, along with all other natural ingredients like xanath for thickening. But of course, I topped it with nanners, whip, and sprinks.

This clearly added to my sugar intake. I decided to do a little research on fruit sugars, specifically bananas.

Bananas (source)

  • You don’t need to eat bananas for the potassium! (Although it is present in bananas, potassium is the predominant nutrient among most all fruits and vegetables.)
  • Bananas are high in sugar, so they should not be eaten if you have blood sugar problems.
  • Don’t eat bananas on an empty stomach; combining them with a bit of protein will help to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar in the banana.
  • Green-tipped bananas are better for your health than over-ripe bananas.
  • On a side note: Because bananas are so popular, rainforests are often destroyed to make way for banana plantations.

Wel it’s a good thing I pretty much only eat them with protein (shakes, PB, etc) and that I contribute to rainforest distinction. Great.

I also found this to be interesting. Bananas can affect your mood. I mean, I know that bananas make me happy! But so does peanut butter, and cake, and chocolate. I think bananas get a bad rep because of the carb content, too, but at the end of the day it is a peice of fruit and it’s only 100 calories. It’s better than eating a bag of candy!

Anyway, obviously natural sugars are better for you than artificial sweeteners and your body processes them differently. Sugar is still sugar, though. In leui of my sugar concerns, I opted out of Dunkin Donuts free donut day offer and got my usual starbucks coffee instead.

It’s Friiiday Friday Friiiday! Does anyone else listen to Madison on Alt Nation? Cracks me up….

Bridal Shower Recap

I have been M.I.A. all weekend, clearly, so I figured I’d recap my friend’s bridal shower. I was gone Friday night through Sunday and unfortunately still haven’t caught up on my sleep due to my boss asking me to come in an hour early to work this morning.

The shower turned out beautiful and we were happy that Carrie enjoyed all of the work we put into it. We each brought a dish and ended up with a great menu consisting of chicken salad with grapes & pecans, asparagus and green beans with lemon basil dip, salad with blackberries, ham biscuits, fruit salad, caprese skewers, and a whole slew of appetizers that I unfortunately forgot to snap a picture of. We had cheese, veggies, crackers, hummus, shrimp cocktail, etc.

Drinks included wine and the lemon basil mojito that I made. I think the picture below is mainly pellegrino being that we all had a few drinks before lunch and switched to water for a bit!

The bride opened her gifts from Pottery Barn & Williams -Sonoma. We also got her a gift from the bridesmaids that included a wine tour on their honeymoon which is an African safari! So cool, right? The theme of the shower was safari chic, so we all wore printed dresses. We also did a “wishing well” where guests brought a bar item to complete the bar in their apartment.

I wish I got a picture of the full spread, there were so many gifts! Her soon to be mother-in-law is a photographer so when she posts all of her photos I will have to give an update! We also made Carrie a bow hat and got her a sash, which she clearly loved.

Me and the Bride to be, Carrie!
We then enjoyed a great spread of desserts including chocolate covered strawberries, lemon tarts, and cake. The cake was an orange flavor and I thought I wasn’t going to like it. I am not one for creamsicle and I normally enjoy chocolate cake, but this was to die for!
 

We then headed to the backyard to have some fun on the zipliner!

Bridesmaids – Jamie, Ashley, Kathy (Matron of Honor), Carrie (Bride!), Stacey (Maid of Honor), Kristina, and Me

All guests left with a favor – little bags of chocolate covered pretzels with a cute note.

After the shower, we cleaned up, took a nap, and had leftover food and drinks before heading out. We ended up going to a deck bar with a fun band. We obviously made sure that the bride was pulled up on stage!

We got home after 1 AM and polished off the rest of the cake and leftovers.

Sunday

We woke up early and hit the road after a quick breakfast that included fresh fruit, coffee, and cinnamon toast crunch bagels from Panera Bread (yum!). It was about 2 hours away, so by the time I got home I was starving and met Joe for our usual Sunday pizza. I had a great weekend overall, but just didn’t get enough sleep! Oh well, you’ll have that sometimes! 🙂 I woke up at 4:30 this morning to get in a quick run before having to come into work super early, as mentioned above. Speaking of, I have to get back to that!

Enjoy Monday!

Honey Hoisin Chicken

Yesterday was a quiet day at work, so my boss told us to leave a little early. Since my commute is about an hour (sometimes more), I am always happy to be home before 7:00! I wanted to cook on the grill again since it was so nice out and I had taken chicken out of the freezer the night before.

When I got home, I mixed up the following:

  • Honey
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped garlic

I honestly didn’t measure it, I just looked at it and made sure it was enough to marinate two peices of chicken.

To my disapointment, the grill would not light! I guess the tank is empty and I will have to get on Joe to replace it. 😉 I had to bake it instead, booo!

After baking in the oven for 20 minutes on 375 degrees (flipping half way through), I placed the chicken on top of some broccoli slaw that I mixed with rice vinegar, chia seeds, pepper, and olive oil.

I saved the other piece for lunch this week. It would have tasted much much better on the grill..next time!

Dessert was a hodge podge. I placed 2 broken up vanilla pizzelles in a bowl. I cut up some strawberries and through some frozen bananas in there, too. Then I added some almond milk, a scoop of Hershey’s dark cocoa powder, stevia to sweeten, a dollop of cool whip, and sprinkles, of course! Last minute I added some gooey Crazy Richard’s natural peanut butter.

Yuuummmm! I have a feeling a smoothie bowl is in place for dinner tonight!

Mother’s Day

My Mom came down Saturday morning to stay for Mother’s Day weekend. We talked, went shopping, walked around NYC, but basically, we ate. We ate a lot of good food! I had a Gilt City credit to Centro Vinoteca, so we went there for lunch on Saturday. It included 2 glasses of wine and 4 appetizers. We were presently surprised by the size of the “piccolino” menu choices. We went with meatballs, zucchini fritters, rice balls, and ricotta with toast points.

Afterwards, we bolted to the gelato place across the street! My Mom went with her usual Tiramisu and I got Nutella.

We were definitely filled enough after that. Enough to go shopping for a few hours! We both got some MAC makeup and I got a refill on my perfume.

Every time my Mom comes to the city she wants Magnolia cupcakes. They came out with mini ones, but they are special order only. We found that out last time and we were disappointed. I made sure that for Mother’s day, we got them! I placed a special order this week, so when we got to the line that is always wrapped around the corner, I told her to wait outside. I brought out a dozen mini’s for us to enjoy later in the day.

Loooove me some Magnolia! 🙂

We enjoyed them with some tea when we got home. After having pizza for dinner, of course!

Today, we got up and got ready to go to brunch at Joe’s restaurant. Since the new menu came out, my mom wanted to try it. We both went with a mimosa and green tea to start.

Followed by the muffins they always bring out pre-appetizer/entree…

Which we slathered this yummy stuff on…

My mom went with the tuna nicoise salad for her appetizer, and I chose the blueberry greek yogurt with granola.

For our brunch entrees, my mom got the smoked salmon with creme fraiche on a bagel (soooo good!) and I got the asparagus and lump crab quiche (much much better than I expected!)

Our waitress Lindsay then sent out a cake with strawberries, which we ate too fast so no picture was taken! Joe covered our brunch (he was working today) which was really nice. He always covers when my Mom and I come to eat there. We go because the food is always so good and I feel bad that he always pays. Especially when I am trying to take my Mom out for Mother’s Day here! 😉 Well, she enjoyed the cupcakes and makeup I bought her anyway!

We then spent some quality Mom and daughter shopping time at TJMaxx….and the grocery store! haha!

I left with some mason jars, an apron, and some new workout tanks. Which, by the way, I cannot wait to get back to the gym tomorrow ! One week was a long time with no exercise for me! It’s going to feel really good to go back after having this break. Overall, I think it was a good thing to make sure I am back to my healthy state! No more antibiotics after today.

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day. Now, I am off to cook some dinner for when Joe gets home. Grilled Pizza? Hmm..You’ll see tomorrow!

Mother's Day

My Mom came down Saturday morning to stay for Mother’s Day weekend. We talked, went shopping, walked around NYC, but basically, we ate. We ate a lot of good food! I had a Gilt City credit to Centro Vinoteca, so we went there for lunch on Saturday. It included 2 glasses of wine and 4 appetizers. We were presently surprised by the size of the “piccolino” menu choices. We went with meatballs, zucchini fritters, rice balls, and ricotta with toast points.

Afterwards, we bolted to the gelato place across the street! My Mom went with her usual Tiramisu and I got Nutella.

We were definitely filled enough after that. Enough to go shopping for a few hours! We both got some MAC makeup and I got a refill on my perfume.

Every time my Mom comes to the city she wants Magnolia cupcakes. They came out with mini ones, but they are special order only. We found that out last time and we were disappointed. I made sure that for Mother’s day, we got them! I placed a special order this week, so when we got to the line that is always wrapped around the corner, I told her to wait outside. I brought out a dozen mini’s for us to enjoy later in the day.

Loooove me some Magnolia! 🙂

We enjoyed them with some tea when we got home. After having pizza for dinner, of course!

Today, we got up and got ready to go to brunch at Joe’s restaurant. Since the new menu came out, my mom wanted to try it. We both went with a mimosa and green tea to start.

Followed by the muffins they always bring out pre-appetizer/entree…

Which we slathered this yummy stuff on…

My mom went with the tuna nicoise salad for her appetizer, and I chose the blueberry greek yogurt with granola.

For our brunch entrees, my mom got the smoked salmon with creme fraiche on a bagel (soooo good!) and I got the asparagus and lump crab quiche (much much better than I expected!)

Our waitress Lindsay then sent out a cake with strawberries, which we ate too fast so no picture was taken! Joe covered our brunch (he was working today) which was really nice. He always covers when my Mom and I come to eat there. We go because the food is always so good and I feel bad that he always pays. Especially when I am trying to take my Mom out for Mother’s Day here! 😉 Well, she enjoyed the cupcakes and makeup I bought her anyway!

We then spent some quality Mom and daughter shopping time at TJMaxx….and the grocery store! haha!

I left with some mason jars, an apron, and some new workout tanks. Which, by the way, I cannot wait to get back to the gym tomorrow ! One week was a long time with no exercise for me! It’s going to feel really good to go back after having this break. Overall, I think it was a good thing to make sure I am back to my healthy state! No more antibiotics after today.

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day. Now, I am off to cook some dinner for when Joe gets home. Grilled Pizza? Hmm..You’ll see tomorrow!