The Caramel Custard Experience

Thursday

I had a tricky time sleeping last night… just too much nervous energy and making mental notes of things to say in my interview.

Today was the day I have been looking ofrward to for over 2 years: interviewing for a nursing position on my unit. There were so many candidates! I believe there are 12 people interviewing for 2 positions! Talk about pressure!

I woke up before my alarm went off and took the early rising as a sign to be productive. I turned on OnDemand and completed a few 10 minute workouts, and followed it with some hula hooping. I felt energized, and get showered and stressed for my interview with a clear mind. The nerves did not kick in until I walked into the conference room, where I was greeted by 7 familiar faces: my 2 managers, the head CNA, and 4 nurses. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire time! I bet I looked like a complete idiot! I couldn’t help it! Not only was getting this interview like a dream, but I felt great about my interview! I walked out feeling calm and confident. I pray that this is sign of good news to come!

Please keep me in your prayers.

Arriving home, I was surprised how hungry I was, despite my late night nervous eating, I whipped up a shake. Today is National Caramel Custard Day. I recalled a Hungry Girl recipe for quick caramel custard, but I thought of one myself to experiment with. My final decision was to make both and decide which one I liked best. I opted for the experiment for breakfast and assumed it would keep me full until my next meal, and that the unusal ingredient was add a different texture to the shake bowl.

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  • 1 sugar free Creme Brulee rice pudding cup
  • 2 tsp SF caramel syrup
  • water
  • ice
  • few dashes of cinnamon
  • Spinach and xanthum, optional

I was right! It kept me full until I later woke up from a nap to head off to work! I expected the rice in the rice pudding to add a thicker consistancy, but it actually just blened with everything else. I quite enjoyed it.

I was soo thankful to have slept this afternoon! I woke up feeling refreshed and pleased that my hair and makeup still looked great. Don’t you love when that happens? Especially if you wake up that way! It was time for the Hungry-girl version:

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  • 1/2 cup OIKOS non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp SF caramel syrup
  • 1 Splenda packet
  • water
  • ice
  • few dashes of cinnamon
  • spinach and xanthum, optional

This one felt a little lighter, but I had to add sooo much xanthum to thicken it. Both were tasty! The rice pudding-based bowl was a bit thicker and sweeter, while the HG bowl had that Greek yogurt smoothie tartness.

WP_004118I thought the protein from the yogurt would keep me super full but after my rounds at work, I scarfed a Granny Smith! It was delicious, tart, and hit the spot! I also brought my Bubba Keg again, filled with coffee. I fell in love with a new sugar free creamer from Coffee Mate. The name “Italian Sweet Creme” caught my eye and when I read the nutrition label and saw it was on sale, it was a done deal! I haven’t regretted my decision! It soooo good!

So, fellow foodies, which do think would taste better? Try them out and and let me know!

Friday

WP_004115I was on the floor for the first 4 hours of my shift and spent the remaining 8 in the 1:1. Around 3am or so, I was happy to step out of the room to eat. I was pretty hungry! Either that, or I was really looking forward to my meal! I actually ate a meal of 250 calories! Thats a pretty big accomplishment for me on a night shift! I had packed a romaine salad and including a bunch of different add-ins: chopped pickles, cucumbers, onions, baby carrots, some roasted and unsalted sunflower seeds, bacon crumbles, and dried fruit. The dried fruit was something I forgot I had! It was a Raw Superfruit Mix by  Extreme Health USA. Before buying this blend, I had no idea some of these berries existed: mulberries, sweet and tart golden berries, goji berries, and blueberries. To finish off the salad, I warmed up the Tostito’s Cantina Chipotle Salsa. It was spectacular! I wanted something else throughout the remainder of my shift and ate a knock-off Apple Cinnamon Nutri-grain bar. I typically, don’t find these satisfying, but the mix up from my normal snacks made it pretty enjoyable.

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The killer of my shift was working with some of the nurses that I interviewed with earlier in the day. They were completely stone-walling me!  A hint!  Anything! Throw me a bone!

Krispy Kreme First

When the going gets tough, the tough gets Reese Pieces.

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I’m a pretty strong person, but I still felt that things were unresolved. I was laying in bed, having trouble falling asleep, and decided I needed something popable: Reese Pieces. These may have been left over from Easter, as you probably guessed from the carrot shaped bag.

Prior to the Easter throw back, I began to feel down on myself about not going to Zumba and still eating. Silly, I know. Especially since I was technically, still  under my allotted calories.

I find it ironic:

WP_003346Food is a major contributor to my anxiety, but cooking levels me out. So thats exactly what I did. I called my elderly neighbor to see if he would like Chicken Marsala for dinner tomorrow night. (He eats all of his meals out at the same restaurant). One thing I love about cooking for him, is that he needs to gain weight, so it allows me to whip out my inner fat girl chef. I whipped up bacon cheddar mashed potatoes and plated the chicken breast over top.

I also prepped my dinner for night shift for tonight (recipe below).

Important Errands:

Yesterday, in my state of blah, I wanted to feel like I could potentially make myself useful. I sent out a few resumes, studied for the NCLEX, and, lastly, filled out the application to a job I’ve wanted for a long time. (Say some prayers.) This morning, after showering and getting myself pertty, I hand delivered my application and resume. I followed this up with spending entirely too much money at Walmart!

Good Eats:

WP_003357Fuel for the morning was half a Skinngygirl On the Go Bar. How can you go wrong with Dark Chocolate Multigrain Pretzel? It wasn’t too shabby. In my opinion, like the other Skinnygirl bar I tried, it contains a decent amount of sugar.

After the Walmart adventure, I settled into bed for a nap before work. This brain of mine was working hard, and I jumped out of bed to grab pen and paper about an hour or so into my nap! I had dreamt up 2 recipes and had to write them down before I forgot them! The best part is that I think these are actually do-able recipes! I can’t wait to give them a shot!

WP_003354Smart eating is a necessity after these anxiety munchies, so with big fresh peaches in the house, but a lack of vanilla shake mix, I made a Peach Melba Protein Smoothie.

  • 1 half peach, chopped, with skin
  • 1  Dannon Light and Fit Raspberry Greek yogurt
  • water
  • ice

This was probably one of the tastiest I’ve made in a while! It was delicious and filling! It kept me full for a few hours, but my tummy started rumbling and I cracked into a sugar free Creme Brulee rice pudding, topped with cinnamon, of course. It was a tad bit sweeter than the normal stuff, but not too different other than that.

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In the Walmart splurge, I picked up the Vanilla Biscotti K Cups for work and mixed it with sugar free french vanilla creamer. Its a good combo, if you were wondering.

Once I arrived at work, I got into a conversation about Krispy Kreme. They could not believe I have never had one! God Bless this mom when she told me I was a twig and could eat 6 of them! She told me I wasn’t leaving the room until I took one with me. I took my pick and and the one with the pretzel topping looked the most appetizing! I cut 1/8, yes, an eighth, of the Caramel Chocolate Pretzel donut to try and trashed the rest. This was my first and last experience with Krispy Kreme. The donut was filled with chocolate and topped with crushed pretzels. I’m actually glad I wasn’t a fan, once I saw the calorie count on the bad boy. But at least now I can say, I’ve had one.

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I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve really been digging beets. Thats why, instead of my normal salad for last night 12 hour shift, I tossed together spinach, canned, sliced beets, sliced baby carrots, onions, and crumbled fat free feta for an all-star salad!

Orange Balsamic Beet Salad

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  • 1/4 cup beets, canned, sliced, drained
  • 1 oz baby carrots, slivered, divided
  • 1 slice onion, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp light orange juice
  • black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sugar free Balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 oz fat free crumbled feta

Over medium-low heat, cover the beets, with pepper, carrots, half the sliced onions, half the slivered carrots, all the orange juice and dressing. Allow the veggies to steam and cook in a covered skillet until the juices have dissolved. Uncover, turn off heat, and allow to cool, while chopping spinach. Spoon beet mix over spinach and top with crumbled feta.

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I grabbed some balsamic vinegar to top my salad with from the caf and wound up spilling a bunch on my hand. Its hours later and I can still smell it! The good new, though, is that the salad hardly needed anything since the beets were so full of flavor! Yum!

After a busy night of crying babies and glucose monitoring, I was pulled to sit for the last four hours of my shift. I was pretty pleased since I had worked 8 hours and hadn’t had the time to even glance at my NCLEX book! I spent the last four attempting to study and review and resist blogging! (I just can’t help myself!)