Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

Last night was great and right on track!  I definitely feel more like myself, and it was nice to move past my temporarily food insanity from the day before.  We went to dinner at this Italian place right before the movie, and as I said yesterday Eric had sent me a link to the menu, so I was able to peruse all the items and see what would work the best.  I ended up getting this tuna and white bean salad, and while it's hard to get excited about salad, this one was really awesome!  The tuna was canned, but they tossed it and the beans with lemon, capers, celery and red onion.  It tasted super fresh and flavorful.  They also placed it on a bed of these really beautiful greens.  I didn't feel deprived or like "oh I had to eat a dumb old salad".  I may try to recreate it at home sometime.  I was also proud because the salad came with a roll, which I didn't account for in my calories but really wanted.  I told myself that if I ate the whole salad and still wanted the roll, then I could have part of it.  Once I was done I was pretty full, but took a small pinch off the side of the roll just to have a bite of it.  It wasn't even that good honestly, so I am glad that I didn't waste my time with it.  At the movie I had my clandestine popcorn, so it was a good night.

Today has been busy from a fitness standpoint.  I did a double dose of Richard (Stomach Formula Day 3, and Sweatin' To The Oldies).  The Stomach Formula continues to hurt, but I feel like my core is slightly stronger.  I guess Day 7 will be the test.  Then Molly and I went on a 45 minute walk.  I meant to do yoga, but I have been in hardcore cleaning/cooking mode since I got home.  I'm at almost 12,000 steps for already, and that's before all the trick or treating madness, so I've probably burned more calories running around like a wild woman than I would have from yoga anyway!

I decided to do something fun for Halloween and try out some appetizer recipes from my latest Women's Health magazine instead of doing a full on dinner.  I love eating little bites of several different things, just because I love having that variety, and it just seemed like a fun thing to do to create a party atmosphere for Halloween.  I picked the three apps from the Women's Health article that were the least caloric.  I would have included links to the recipes for those three things, but I couldn't find them online!  I also made a vegan queso dip (from Minimalist Baker) using cashews, nutritional yeast and chipotle peppers.  I don't aspire to be a vegan by any means, but I really love nutritional yeast and it's very good for you.  The recipe intrigued me since it definitely has more nutrients than cheese!  I tasted a bit of the base recipe and it's really awesome!  I am not as impressed with the edamame dip as it was written, it definitely needs some jazzing up.  The stuffed figs and sweet potato bites seem like they're going to be pretty good

And I decided to also make another Runner's World recipe, one for soft ginger cookies.  I LOVE ginger so hopefully they are good.  The batter is a bit weird, so I'm not sure how they're going to turn out.  And eating real baked goods will more than likely keep us out of the candy, although honestly I have felt pretty indifferent towards all the candy we got.  We each picked out our 10 pieces of candy we wanted the most and have them in little baggies.

Our one splurge tonight is a really beautiful Brut Róse sparkling wine from Soter Vineyards!  Should be great with all the apps.

Today's Menu:

Breakfast:  Oat Bran and frozen cherries blended with almond milk
Lunch:  Pineapple and baby kale protein smoothie
Dinner:  Edamame dip with veggie sticks/rice crackers, Sweet Potato Bites, Stuffed Figs, Vegan Queso Dip with tortilla chips
After dinner treats:  Soft Ginger Cookie and champagne!
Activites.  RS Stomach Formula Day 3, RSSTTO, 45 minute walk

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