Posts tagged red wine vinegar

Ah-HA!

Food: 1758/1854

  • Frosted Mini Wheats w/ 1% Milk, Coffee, Sugarfree vanilla half and half
  • Apple, Yoplait Greek w/ Nature’s Valley Granola and Fruit
  • Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich on wheat, VitaRain Sport, Banana
  • Chicken Breast & Colby Jack Panini on Sourdough, 1% milk

Exercise:

  • Reilly walk
  • Cruelie Practice

Finally stayed under my caloric intake.  One bonus of living so far away from the War*house: I leave at 4:30/4:45, I get home at 8:45/9:45.  Good practice last night.  Lots of new transfers to play with.

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I’m gonna need a real cheat day soon. Like, a stuff my face and get wasted cheat day.

Food: 2054/1801

  • Jimmy Dean Honey Wheat Canadian Bacon Egg White sammie, coffee, creamer
  • apple, banana
  • Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich on wheat, VitaRain Sport, Yoplait Greek w/ Fruit and Granola
  • Triscuits.  Salad w/ Greek Yogurt & Red Wine Vinegar dressing
  • Chicken Salad Sammie on Sourdough, Red Wine, 1% milk

Exercise:

  • Reilly Walk
  • Leslie Spin of Death

Damn it.  I’m really bummed.  I forgot to log that fruit/yogurt yesterday during the day, so I thought I was under on calories and I drank my wine like a victory toast.  Savored every last drop.  Turns out it put me over.  Grrr.  And those triscuits.  I got home from school and ate a salad–which I managed to use my own advice to dress (I blended Red Wine Vinegar w/ Greek Yogurt–not super creative, but I was huuungry.)  But then I wanted to jam on some Doritos.  Like.  Real bad.  And Tim has had the pantry stocked with Doritos for months and I have eaten none.  None, I say!!!  So I ate a few triscuits.  So not the same, but it sort of satisfied the urge.  Still–freaking 160 calories for 6 crac–aawwww CRAP.  Fitbit only logged one triscuit.  Who eats one triscuit?  Argh.  Now I’m even more over.  😥  Shouldn’t have had the wine or the milk.  Ugh.  Anyway.  Triscuits.  Not quite Doritos.  And six, not quite stuffing my face.  I realize I had an enjoyable cheese cheat date last week, but… Ima need a junk food one soon, too.  Blergh.

Spin Class.  I’ve become a Leslie stalker.  I’ve gone to her every class since the first one I attended a few weeks ago.  Yesterday, just like Die said they would  be, my right hamstring was pretty tight. Same one where the knee/groin/hip has been bothering me.  Spinning was a ‘lil tough yesterday.  And–it was all climbing/lots of weight on the wheel–no sprinting.  Basically the class of death.  Death, I say!!!  😉 It was awesome.  I did it all.  And I sweat like a pig the whole time.  And when it was over, I had that Jello-feeling Sunny mentioned for a brief moment (I think I only noticed b/c Sunny mentioned it the other day) and it was Bliss.  🙂  So glad I went.  Oh–also–super hottie totally sat right next to me.  And before class I happened to be texting Blew, so of course I text her about that (he was totally her type–big.  Ripped. “Corn-fed.”)  And then I had this shit-eating grin on my face and was giggling like a child and Leslie said “something you’re happy about, Linds?” Uhhh… nope.  :D:D 😀  Anyway, it was amusing.  Oh–and I totally bike kicked his ass.  Haha.  (As I dripped sweat all over my bike and myself.)  Being married definitely has its perks.  Handsome boy sits next to me when I’m all sweaty and smelly?  I don’t give a shit.  I’m not trying to impress anybody.  It’s great.

Lastly–my hips were a popping all night last night again.  😦  They did not on Monday, I thought b/c of Die’s class.  Now I’m wondering if it had to do w/ my pillow/sleeping situation.  I am allowed two pillows.  One for my head, and one to hug and smother and lay on top of. (But in the summer Tim tries to make me lose that one, too.)  I’d really like a third to nestle along my backside, but Tim says no.  😦  Well, Monday, I came home to a third pillow and just left it there…  So I was more on my back with the pillow under me, and my huggle snuggle pillow on top of me, with my head pillow under my head.  (If I were cool like Quentin, I’d draw a diagram, but this, alas, is not Chickpeas and Hulahoops.)

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

It would be lots better with lettuce and tomato, but I only had so much time this morning.  😉  I realized I haven’t been posting as many exciting recipes and food photos lately, so, here’s one.

Ingredients:

  • Grilled Chicken breast, chopped (feel free to marinate/glaze your chicken)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Mustard
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • (Red) Onion
  • Walnuts
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together, serve on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and cheese (if desired.)

I realize I failed to include ingredient amounts.  That was intentional, not laziness.  Use enough yogurt/mustard to coat ingredients and get them to stick together so your sammie doesn’t fall apart.  Greek Yogurt isn’t as gelatinous as mayonnaise, so this is tricky.  Everything else is basically to taste.  I used Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt, so I poured a shit ton of Red Wine Vinegar into mine to cover the sweet taste.  Totally worked, too.  I used a lot of celery and carrot because that stuff is healthy filler.  I didn’t use too many walnuts because those are fatty, while tasty and protein-ous.  I chose Horse Radish Brown Mustard, but yellow or another option would work fine, too.  I’d love to experiment with including grapes, apples (shoot!  I had those!), or strawberries to see how that tastes.

Nutrition Info (from myfitnesspal), a serving size is about 3/4 cup.  (Anyone know a good website to figure out Nutrional Information from recipes?)

Calories: 131

Fat: 10

Carbs: 5

Protein: 6

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Salads and Salad Dressings

Often when I “diet” or try to eat healthier, I find myself eating more produce.  More vegetables, more fruits, etc.  Salads are a natural option… but what if I only have two or three “salad” ingredients?  What if I don’t have lettuce?

And what about salad dressing?  That’s where the calories in a salad comes from, but it’s also where most of the flavor is as well.

Some things I’ve learned.

Salad: Even if you only have two ingredients, you can easily make a really awesome salad.  Even if one of the ingredients is not lettuce.

  • Spice up your salad with SPICES.  Rosemary, Dillweed, Garlic, Salt & Pepper, Sage, Thyme, etc.  Don’t go crazy–stick to one, maybe two spices, but it will add a ton of flavor and few (if any) calories to your salad.
  • Who needs lettuce?  One of my favorite salads is sliced Avocado in Balsamic Vinegar… Or avocado and tomatoes, tomatoes and cucumber, etc.  Once, I had *some* lettuce, but not enough for a “salad,” so I used basil leaves as flavorful filler lettuce leaves.  That turned out to be one of the best salads I’ve ever made.

Dressing:  A good dressing can make or break your salad, and also your caloric intake.  Do you know how incredibly easy it is to make your own salad dressing? And generally, they taste a whole lot better than store bought dressings… at least if you’re getting light dressing (nothing beats Ken’s Bleu Cheese in my world.)

I started making my own dressings when I had run out of balsamic viniagrette.  It’s just balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and spices right?  Pretty much.  You can make your own dressing by mixing anything acidic with anything oil-based.  Add herbs and spices for a twist.  Examples include:

  • balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper
  • lime juice, olive oil, cilantro
  • lemon juice, olive oil, and sage
  • red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper

Simple, right?  Well…  there are a lot of calories in Olive Oil…  and what if I’m craving a creamy dressing… like ranch… ?  Easy.  You could of course buy some light ranch at the store (*vomits* ever notice how disgusting those are.  Ew.)  Or…  use light sour cream instead of olive oil.  Most dressings are mayonnaise based.  I learned in making dips for parties that most of the good ones have a mayonnaise/cream cheese/sour cream base.  And usually… you can switch up which of the three you’re using.  Whenever I make spinach dip and it calls for mayo, I substitute sour cream.  It works wonderfully when making your own salad dressings.  A personal favorite…  Cilantro, lime, sour cream.  Nom nom nom.

Oh–and if you are craving ranch–I’d recommend a 16oz container of reduced fat sour cream and one of those Ranch Dressing packets.  Light, creamy, and delicious.

 

(Sorry, I forgot to take a pic until after I’d started eating…

This salad is:

  • Baby mixed greens & spinach
  • Cherry/Yellow cherry tomatoes from my garden
  • Cucumber from my garden
  • Red pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Dillweed
  • Balsamic vinegar, reduced fat sour cream, salt & pepper dressing

(with a glass of ice water.)

 

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