Friday, August 26, 2011

Feelin' good!

Hello Friday! There's no better feeling than when you look up at the clock and realize that you are officially done working for the week - unless it's the last day before a vacation. But I'm feeling particularly energetic and proud of myself today, because I managed to wake up at 5 a.m. every morning this week to exercise. From 30-minute jogs to one-hour sculpting and step classes, I'm back in the workout game. I've been really good about it for the past month, but it feels like my body is finally adjusting to those early morning workouts and my energy level is increasing. Plus, I've been following a really healthy meal plan packed with veggies, fruits, lean meats and whole-wheat grains. Last night, I had brown rice with beef, basil and steamed vegetables. This morning, I had a fruit smoothie sweetened with sucralose and brought along some healthy snacks to keep my metabolism boosted throughout the day. That includes celery, fat-free cheese, a green apple, low-cal yogurt with Splenda, a big, colorful salad and a diet soda. Now that is what I mean by a low-cal lifestyle. Care of mind, body, and spirit with strength building exercises, nutrient-packed food, and a positive mindset to take on the world. Bring on the weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Swapper's Delight

I'm weak, y'all. I had been so good since Monday, but with a pile of work on my desk and a case of the yawns making it difficult to get through said pile, I made the mistake of running to Starbucks this afternoon for a simple coffee. But I was hungry and hot and stressed out know where I'm going with this, right? So much for my small cup of black coffee. I left the store with a grande Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Blended Beverage in my sticky little hands. (Hangs head) I know, I know. That frosty concoction packs a whopping 400 calories, 14g fat and 66 carbs. Thank goodness for Hungry Girl. That gal has always got my back! Turns out she's already discovered a low-calorie variation of the mocha coconut drink. Oh yeah, you know I'll be trying it out very soon!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Viva la Food Truck Revolucion!

Thank goodness for the street food movement! With a heavy workload consuming almost every waking minute this week, I ran out of time to hit the grocery store - leaving us with bare pantries several days in a row. Fortunately, I live in the midst of the neighborhood food truck park revolution, so we found ample opportunity to wander over for a quick nosh that was not hard on the wallet. Look, I'm not talking about a dude handing out store-bought hot dogs on buns. I'm referring to local chefs whipping up Korean tacos, sliders, pulled pork sandwiches, Belgian-style fries, burritos, arepas, cupcakes and all-natural popsicles. Don't worry - I didn't totally splurge on the calories while getting my food truck fix. I stuck to the lighter fare, such as a veggie wrap and gazpacho. But I did have to sneak a small cup of gelato. So much yum!

Anyway, once I hit the store to load up on supplies, I plan to make some of those items myself, using sucralose and other light ingredients to trim the calories. Check it out!

Berry Gelato
Lemon Cupcakes
Watermelon Raspberry Popsicles

Saturday, August 06, 2011

To the market we go...

When I lived in Madison, WI, a trip to the farmers market was a weekly ritual during the warmer months. Every Saturday morning, regardless of how late we partied the night before, we'd crawl out of bed and walk over to the market to load up on fruits and veggies, cheese, coffee, jams and fresh flowers. If you've never been to the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, trust me when I say it's a sight to behold. Vendor stands (approximately 300 of them) encircle the Capitol Building downtown, peddling everything from cheese curds and scones to homemade honey and grass-fed beef. I seriously miss Mad-town this time of year!
Anyway, while I have yet to find a farmers market that equals Dane County, I'm happy to report I found a solid neighborhood farmers market in Atlanta today. I picked up some delicious salsa, hummus and a jalapeno-basil-walnut pesto that will definitely be incorporated into several pasta dishes in the near future. I actually took a little of the hummus and pesto, added some tomato, red onion and avocado, and smeared it all on a piece of rosemary bread when I got home. It was FABULOUS! There was also a delicious-looking apple cobbler that I wanted to purchase. Fortunately for my waistline, I decided to be a be a good girl and make a sugar-free version when I got home. So I grabbed a batch of apples at the market, swung by the store to pick up a few more ingredients and will be trying out this Splenda-sweetened apple cobbler recipe that I found online. I'll let you know how it turns out, but I figured it would be the perfect dessert to bring to the BBQ we're attending tonight. I love a productive Saturday!