Archive for July, 2009
First of all, I must say that my cousin Hannah always has the best recipes, cutest decorating ideas, and just all around great stuff on her blog. That is where I found my new favorite drink!
I rarely go to Starbucks, and when I do it is usually a splurge on a java chip frapacchino. I have never tried the Tazo Passion Shaken Iced Tea with Lemonade, but when Hannah posted a “clone” recipe on her site, I knew I needed to give it a try. Oh my gosh! This is amazing! This is my new summer go-to drink!
Tazp Passion Iced Tea with Lemonade
Tazo Passion Tea bags
Crystal Light Lemonade individual packets
Truvia sweetener individual packets
Add five tea bags to one quart of cold water and refridgerate over night. (I didn’t have a jar to do this in so I used my 32 oz Nalgene bottle…worked perfectly!)
In the morning squeeze the tea bags out dispose of them. This is a Passion Tea Concentrate.
Grab a nice large glass and add about a half cup of concentrate to glass with one singles packet of Crystal Light lemonade, and one packet of Truvia. Fill glass with water. (I used my Camelback bottle and this made about 24oz. after I added 6 ice cubes)
I’m sure this is much cheaper in the long run than going to Starbucks. The up front cost can be a little high, but I know the Crystal Light packets go on sale around here quite often. If you really want to make this feel like an authentic drink, get one of these!
Today has been one of those days at work where nothing goes right. Grrr….
Dinner last night was Mexican Lasagna with some grapes. That is going to be dinner tonight, too. I had an avacado that needed used up so I mashed it with some lime juice, salt, and a scoop of the diced tomatoes from the lasagna to make a yummy guacamole. Hubby doesn’t like guac, so I probably ate more of it than I should have!
Breakfast: Egg and cheese breakfast sandwhich on an Arnold’s Thin
Lunch: Cottage cheese and pineapple
Peanut butter filled pretzels
Snack: Way too many Spice Drops! (I shouldn’t be let near the bag when having a stressful day!!)
(I may have had more than this….)
Gotta run…no time to write much else! I hope you are having a stress-free day!
I apologize if things look a little funny today….I am playing around with a few new looks!
Do you like what you see?
6 cups rolled oats
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup agave nectar (My first time using this! You could also use honey or maple syrup or a combination)
1/4 cup melted butter (I used an I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter baking stick)
2 Tbsp flax seeds
2/3 cup slivered almonds*
2/3 cup dried cranberries **
1/4 cup shredded coconut
*You could use any nut in any amount…get creative!
**You could use any dried fruit. I used cranberries, mango, papaya, kiwi, and pineapple. I had little leftovers of each! Get creative with these!
Put all dry ingredients in crockpot (which should be at least 4 quarts!). Melt the butter in the microwave. Add butter and agave to dry ingredients. Toss well. (Note: This granola will be cereal-like…not clumpy like trail mix. You will need to add a lot more butter and sweetener to get it clumpy)
Cover crockpot with lid, but stick something (like a chopstick or thin spoon) under the lid to vent. Cook on high for 3-4 hours (unless you have a nuclear crockpot like me…then it only takes two hours before it starts to burn), stirring every so often. If you can smell the granola, you need to stir it. This will burn!!
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. This type of granola would be a great topper for yogurt or ice cream. This is definately not a crockpot recipe that can be left unattended!
I don’t think this is my favorite granola (or maybe it was just because it was well on it’s way to being extra done…like I said….nuclear crockpot). I think next time, I would wait until about half way through to add the coconut and fruit. The coconut was very crispy at the end!!
At work, people will bring in “extra” items from their gardens and leave them on the table in the lounge for anyone who wants them. I have been hoping for some zucchini all summer, and today was my lucky day! Look at this monster!!
This is the largest zucchini I have ever seen! I put my regular sized pen in front of it for size comparrison. I am thinking about slicing a few pieces off, marinating them in balsamic vinegar and grilling them for sandwiches. The rest will probably get shredded and either frozen or made into a yummy baked item. Do you have a favorite zucchini recipe? I love zucchini bread and zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting….but neither of those are very healthy!
Well…halfway to the weekend! Yay!
Last night for dinner I made whole wheat waffles. I have used the waffle recipe out of the original Betty Crocker cookbook for my entire life (my mom uses it too.) Recently I started switching in 1/2 whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, and lo-and behold….hubby likes them BETTER than the original. So, back to dinner last night. I made the waffles, but for some reason they were flat and soggy. I rechecked the ingredients list and I did not leave anything out. The only thing I came up with is that this is my first time making these in our “new” house which does not have air conditioning. It was very very warm and HUMID last night. Would that make a big difference? Here’s the real kicker….hubby was on his third (yes third!) waffle when he stops with his fork half way up and says, “Honey, these are the best waffles you’ve ever made.” I don’t know that I will be able to make soggy, flat waffles all the time just to make him happy!
On to today:
Breakfast: Oatmeal+raisins+brown sugar
Snack: Quaker Oatmeal Squares
Lunch: GIANT salad (lots of veggies to use up before they went bad!)
Spring mix lettuce
1/2 green pepper
Fresh (although cooked) green beans
Fat free feta cheese
Hard boiled egg
Reduced fat Catalina dressing
Peanut butter filled pretzels
Snack: White chocolate macadamia nut Clif Bar
Dinner: I forgot to get meat out, so it might be homemade pizza
Going for a run tonight…..Hoping to run 2 ENTIRE miles with no walking. My legs are still stiff from Monday, but running seems to loosen them up. That first 1/4 mile or sore is just a little painful!
Great news! I just found out that my BEST FRIEND from college is coming to visit me 2 weeks from today! She lives about three hours away and I haven’t seen her since my WEDDING on 09-08-07! She will be staying with me for 3 days, so that means a 5 day weekend for me! Can’t wait! (I’m sure there will be some bad food choices, but I need to not obsess about it, just be smart and not overindulge!)
Yesterday I finally purchased a Road ID. Since I live and run in such a rural area, I got it for peace of mind. A lot of times I run down dirt roads and carry nothing with me…granted, in the area I run, I know 90% of the people who live along my route, but that doesn’t mean they will know who to contact if something happens to me.
I purchased the Wrist ID Sport Original. I had my name, city, state and country (I was thinking ahead to Toronto on that one!), the phone numbers and names of hubby, mom, and dad and also a short motivational quote. I got the red band. The color of band to get was probably a lot harder of a choice than it should have been! I think I changed it about 8 times over the course of the day before I finally submitted my order!
The nice people at Road ID sent me a $1 off code that is good through August 28th. It can only be used 20 times, so if you would like the code, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really do think this is one of the items that every runner, biker, etc. should purchase….especially if you will be out alone!
Well, I went for a run last night. It was painful. I ended up doing a total of 2.12 miles, but .45 of that was walking (it was in the middle, though, not at the end!). Today, my legs are a little tight, even though I stretched out when I got home. I really think that running on a gravel road is A LOT HARDER than running on the paved rail-trail. Has anyone else had that experience?
Dinner last night ended up being BLT’s (turkey bacon!) with fresh green beans and grapes. Nothing fancy, but it was fresh and satisfying. I may have also had 3 reduced fat oreo’s that I bought for a recipe that I have not made yet. I went for my run about an hour after dinner. I have never run that late before and I don’t like it. I felt drained the entire time! I was starving when I got back, so I had a Apple Cranberry Cherry Clif Bar while watching the Bachelorette and guzzling H20!
Breakfast: Brekkie sanwhich with leftover turkey bacon, 1 egg, reduced fat cheese slice all on an Arnold Thin.
Snack: Dried apricots
Lunch: Salad with spring mix greens, blueberries, dried cranberries, hard boiled egg, fat free feta cheese, flax seed and reduced fat catalina dressing (and the new “Taste of Home” magazine on the side!)
Peanut butter filled pretzels
Snack: Granola bar (I really don’t love these, I can’t wait to get rid of them!)
Hmmm….seems as if my camera ate the granola bar pic….at least someone likes them!
Dinner tonight is still up in the air. Maybe some whole wheat waffles with polish sausage on the side? I don’t have any applesauce, though. I might just have to top them with fresh fruit!
Has anyone read this book? I ordered it today on Amazon. It had good reviews and I think I have looked at it in the bookstore before. I hope it is a good read! I may have also ordered a Toronto street map and guide book so I can start planning my trip! You can never start doing that kind of thing too soon!!
Since I am still trying to decide if I am crazy for attempting the whole 1/2 marathon thing, I’ve decided a few changes are in order. First of all, to get motivated for all this running I’m about to do, I dug out my copy of Dawn Dais’ The Non Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women. I read this book when I first started running about 1.5 years ago, and it is so inspirational (and funny!). If she can run a marathon, I an run a 1/2 marathon!!!
Next, I’ve decided to keep a written “journal” in addition to this. It makes sense to me since I don’t have any internet access at home, and I will be doing most of my running after work. I know I am going to want to jot down emotions, fueling ideas/failures, times, distances, etc. Plus, if I have a book, I can go back and reread about how far I have come when I am freaking out while on the train to Toronto.
I have also recommitted to losing weight/healthy living. I am trying to get in touch with my hunger. When I am at work I think I “need” to eat every few hours…but I don’t think I am even hungry most of the time. It is just habit. I am trying to listen to my body more. (No morning snack today…I wasn’t hungry!)
On to today’s eats: No pictures today, I left my camera at home….
Breakfast: Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar and a chopped up Saturn Peach
Snack: NONE….wasn’t hungry!
Lunch: Spring mix salad with blueberries, dried cranberries, hard boiled egg, fat free Feta cheese, and reduced fat Catalina dressing
1/2 of a green pepper
10 peanut butter filled pretzels
Russel Stovers Chocolate Square
Dinner: Tonight we are going to have BLT’s made with turkey bacon, fresh green beans, salad and watermelon.
I am going to go for a run tonight. It has been a long time, I doubt I will get over a mile. But, that’s a mile more than I did yesterday. I need to start somewhere, and I am (almost) completely starting over with my mileage. I CAN DO THIS!
This weekend I began telling people (not just bloggy friends!) about my half marathon. My family is really supportive (although none are willing to run with me…go figure), and my mom asked me what she can do to support/help me with this. I am not raising money for a charity with this race, and I don’t think they will be making the trip to Toronto with me, so I really didn’t know what to say.
How have your friends and family supported you when you have been training for a big race?
Thank goodness it is Friday! I am ready to head out on a mini (ok, 1 day) road trip with my parents and baby sister (we are going to visit the college she wants to attend next year). I have also had this nervous ache in my belly all day since I signed up for Toronto. If I’m this nervous now, how am I going to be the day of!?!?!
Anyways, Today’s Eats:
Breakfast: The standard oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar
Snack: A few dried apricots
Lunch: 6 inch chicken breast sub on honey oat bread from Subway with lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, pickles and honey mustard. Along with the rest of my bag of BBQ Popchips.
Snack: My mom and 2 sisters surprised me at work with a Strawberry Banana Smoothie from McDonalds. Yum!
Dinner: The whole family (including my sisters’ boyfriends) is having dinner at my parents house. I think we are having pizza (I hope mom makes a big salad, too!).
I hope it’s not raining when I get home…I want to go for a run! I think I am getting my motivation back!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!