Working a Twelve & Some Serious Cereal

Saturday:

I did not have much of an appetite this morning when I woke up, so I headed to work with some snacks, just in case. Lunch was healthy… pineapple and cottage cheese. The other day mom bought a pineapple and it was so sweet and delicious, she ran back to the store and bought 2 more! I’ve been in my pineapple glory!

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When I got to the unit, Julie was there with my girl scout cookies. I totally forgot I ordered these. Down the hatch went some do-si-dos. Those are some dangerous cookies!

Later, I made a bowl of oatmeal, that I actually meant to eat earlier in the day. I find that with a lot of instant oatmeal, with berry flavors, they are just too sweet! I mellow it out with some ground flax. I’ve never tried this oatmeal before, so I did not know its sweetness. I have to say though, the flax made it all the better!

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I never actually wound up eating dinner tonight. Not because I was too busy to eat, but because a certain chica (myself) ate a few too many cookies… and got a belly ache.

Silly Sammy… oh well, at least my dinner for tomorrow night is already at work.

Sunday:

I went home, craving real food! I wound up eating a bowl of cereal and some pineapple.

I lectored at Church this morning and it was really nice to see some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. Deacon pulled me aside to tell me how worried he was about me and how happy he was to see me put on weight. I like to hear things like that but I’m definiately ready to get rid of this belly I put on.

This morning, I ate a packet of Quaker Cheddar Grits. When I first opened the packet, the chedder smell reminded me of the Easy-Mac cheese.

it doesn't look too appetitizing but it was

the grits don’t look too appetitizing but it was

Even though its been sunny, the wind chill was just too cold for me, so Day 5 of Couch to 5K was out today. Instead I did a 12minute warm-up with Dave Sinclair OnDemand and followed it up with  Julie’s Jump Rope n’ Abs Workout.

I’ve really been on a serious cerel kick, lately. Every time I go for a snack, cereal is the winner. For lunch, before I headed to work, I finished off my Cinnamon Pecan Special K cereal. If you recall, I said earlier that I did not care for the cereal with milk, but by itself, its a keeper. Well, the same goes for Kashi’s Berry Blossom cereal. I had a bit of each left and decided on a combo deal. YUM! I don’t know if the Special K tasted better because all the nuts and cinnamon settled to the bottom of the back, or what, but it was tastey!

Dinner was what I did not eat last night: Lean Cuisine Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce. Ialso steamed some frozen oriental vegetables to soak up some of that excess sauce. I added some black pepper, like I do with most things. Myfavorite part of this frozen meal was the Italian green beans! This isn’t a favorite meal, but the added veggies helped and I could eat those green beans all day!

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Dessert came with a little sugar and some staying power. A granny smith with some hospital PB made its way into my tummy.

on some lovely Vday plates

on some lovely Vday plates

I start my new rotation tomorrow morning at a new clinical site. I’m kind of exciting since the place does similar work to my actual job, but the paperwork looks a little intimidating.

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Probably one of the best investments I’ve ever made was buying fleece-lined leggings at the New Castle Farmer’s Market. They are amazing! They are thick enough to wear as bottoms with a long top, flexible enough to work out in, thin enough to wear under my scrub pants (scrub pants aren’t exactly the warmest), and, oh gosh, I live in these things! I wear them under my scrub pants at clinical and work this time of year and they keep me toasty but not sweating. I ran my 5 miles yesterday in them. They kept me flexible, unrestrained, warm, but breathable.

They are like the ultimate transition wear: wake up, put on tights, work out, slide on scrubs, come home take off pant, work out…

I HIGHLY recommend getting yourself some of these babies!

Today, I worked day shift. One my cold drive in, I snacked on a Nature Valley Recharge granola bar, Cranberry Almond. I was surprised how much I liked it better than the Cherry Dark Chocolate!

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I really liked the cranberries in this bar. They weren’t dried out, but juicy. Plus the bar had a nice chewy crunch, which I love!

The highlight of my day, though, was when I decided to assess one of my patients and while doing so, found some skin breakdown that no one had caught before. The nurse said, “Good job, Sam! I’m glad you caught that!” This just made me feel like I was another step closer to becoming a nurse!

Food-wise, I ate a Muller greek strawberry yogurt. I kept seeing this brand on sale 10 for 10 so I gave them a shot. With yogurts that have fruit purees, I tend to cut the sweetness with ground flax. I did so today, and yum!!!

all blended up!

all blended up!     

perfecto!

perfecto!

 

I got hungry a bit later at work and snacked on a Honey Almond Flax Kashi bar. I had never had this before. The honey was so mild but the bar was crunchy, enjoyable, with just a touch of sweetness!

Dinner was one of my favorite breakfasts! I had it the first time at a local restaurant because it just sound like an interesting combination: asparagus and chicken in my omelet? I chopped up two frozen asparagus spears and 2 oz of cooked chicken breast from a roast Joe Reda brought over. Pop these in a pan, pour 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, sprinkle some black pepper, and cover on low. When the egg starts to solidify, sprinkle 2 Tbsp on fat free shredded mozzarella and flip the omelet closed.

mmmmm so good!

mmmmm so good!

I like mine with hot sauce. Yum!

My snacks for the day were a hodgepodge of things like cottage cheese, graham crackers, fruit, etc.

Food wise, the last two days have been pretty good! I’m determined to keep this up!

Mom and I did a quick 10 minute cardio video tonight, since I was too sleepy to do one this morning before work, and I followed it up with Julies Sweat It Out Cardio and Abs Circuit!

Before bed, I prepped tomorrows crock pot dinner… Beef Stew. I know I’ve been slacking on the crock pot recipes, but time is running out and I still have a few more to make before the end of the month. Any suggestions?

People Are Alike All Over

Health Bloggers are all alike. The other day, I stated that mom and I took a trip to The Fresh Market. I talked about their many coffees and their addicting White Chocolate Crunch. Well what do you know? The next day, Julie posted that she went to The Fresh Market and was snacking on this decadent snack mix, too!

Similarly, besides our fanatic addictions to nut butters, we both share a snacking problem. I love that I am able to look at other health and fitness blogs, Julie especially, to see that I’m not alone when it comes to overeating, or trying to manage school, a job, and fitness.

I’m glad I remembered about the this post. Like, I said, night shift gets tricky, especially when it comes to food. Last night was no WP_000922different and I ate more than I should have. I thought a nice start would be to enjoy my new Biscolinos and Mocha Mint coffee… It went down hill from there. I began to feel guilty, and I remembered that I bookmarked this page on my phone. I know I’m not alone; and it helps even more when I know others are in similar situations.

Last night I ate a combination of random things. The thing I was most excited to eat, though, was the Vitalicious breakfast sandwiches! I was surprised by how colorful the egg was with veggies! They offer two preparation suggestions: 1) microwave, or 2) toaster and microwave. Loving some toasted english muffins, I toasted the bread before I went to work. When I was ready to eat I just microwaved and enjoyed the cheesy result.

Veggies!

Veggies!

Cheesy half

Cheesy half

All in all, it was a good night at work.. ya know, besides eating so much. After job #1, I went to job #2. Before I had any clinical experience, I was an Administrative Assistant for a family business. I still help them out from time to time, especially since I helped design some of the systems that are currently in place at the company.

Then I knew I needed to get into a good mood and get some energy to power through this day, so I completed a new circuit I found: Julie’s Super Fast, Super Sweaty Circuit Workout! Boy, it most definitely was sweaty! With each circuit, I switched things up a bit with the planks to challenge me. Round one was a simple low plank, Round two was a low plank with knee taps to the floor, and Round three was alternating low to high planks with knee taps on the low ones. This workout was quickly followed by a shower! It also did the trick to get me in my good… SMILES all around!

A few pointers for completing this circuit:

  • planks- keep your abs tight and back straight
  • planks- breath
  • reverse lunge to front kick- kick through your heel (this gets more difficult as you progress in the workout)
  • reverse lunge to front kick- keep abs tight and shoulders down and back to keep balance and engage core

The rest of the day, will be alternating between lectures (which out me to sleep) and circuits (which wake me up).

* For all you nerds who think today’s title sounds familiar… its the name of a Twilight Zone episode  🙂

Upside Down Kinda Day

Last night’s dinner was super filling! 

I woke up this morning determined to start this funky-scheduled day with some pep. When I start my day with exercise, I always feel invincible for the rest of the day. 

I began with cleaning out the fireplace and bringing in some fire wood from the 20 degree F porch to warm up the house. Once I got my pyro-fix, I started Julie’s Super Sweaty Ab Workout (one of my favorites)! Mountain Climbers kick my butt every time!

Once I completed this, I whipped out the magic bullet. I really wanted to use my homemade cashew butter today so I looked to my fellow nut butter lover, Julie, for some inspiration. The following found its way into my tummy:

half of a frozen banana

1 tbsp cashew butter

Strawberry Dannon Light and Fit yogurt

1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Protein Drink Mix

1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Formula 1

15g (1/4 to 1/3 cup) kale, chopped 

1/4 tsp xanthum

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After enjoying majority of this smoothie bowl and some serious brain freeze, I needed to knock out a lecture before class today. This bowl was so filling, I did not even think of food till close to 1600.

The reason I call this an “upside down kinda day” is because I work night shift tonight. Its different when you work 11pm to 7am consistently because your body adapts to that schedule, but when you work it every now and then, you just need to suck it up, sleep when you can, and power through. It also messes up my eating… like when do I sleep? What’s breakfast? Whens dinner? I feel like on days like this I eat alot of snacks, and not so much meals…

I was greeted by this view as I walked out of class:

SNOW!

SNOW!

And this pretty site on my way home:

My neighborhood is so pretty when it snows!

My neighborhood is so pretty when it snows!

After I got home from a really informative lab, I had a big bowl of fruit, from The Fresh Market, and topped it with some low fat cottage cheese! YUM!

While I am at work tonight, I will working on some reading for school, and of course, working on tomorrow’s post.

Chicken Garam Masala: Crock Pot Recipe #5

Listen up, Butter Lovers!

First things, first: Happy National Peanut Butter Day! What a marvelously delicious way to start your day… with Peanut Butter!

Since its a bit out of the way, Mom and I decided that it would be a good day to visit some of the natural food stores around here so I could finish picking up a few things to include in Meaghan’s care package back to New York.
I can’t tell you what’s it there just yet. I can’t ruin the surprise for her… But as soon as she gets it, you’ll get it.

some Wholefoods sweet treats

some Wholefoods sweet treats

One of my favorite things about Wholefoods is the bakery. By now, you all know I have a serious baked goods problem… As in, I can’t get enough of them. Whenever I visit a Wholefoods, I always hit up the bakery. Since I don’t have any vegan products at home, I especially enjoy getting the vegan cookies and muffins. Today, was no different. I celebrated National Peanut Butter Day by enjoying a peanut butter sandwich cookie! My mom went a little crazy at the dessert counter, though. But it made for a great treat after tonight’s crock pot dinner.

mmmmmmm

mmmmmmm

I love PB!

I love PB!

Wholefoods Bakery <3

Wholefoods Bakery ❤

We also stopped by The Fresh Market. You know how at the supermarket, theres a bit or organic, gluten-free, etc items thrown in the mix? Well, thats the way The Fresh Market is, but inverse. My favorite part of this place is the trail mix bar! They have this White Chocolate Crunch mix that Meaghan got me hooked on and its ADDICTING!

Trail Mix!!

Trail Mix!!

They are also known for there many flavors of coffees. Did I mention theres an old fashioned candy bar?

Candy!!

Candy!!

Coffee!

Coffee!

We also picked up this amazingly yummy fruit salad, that I enjoyed with some cottage cheese.

so fresh!

so fresh!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Tonight’s Crock Pot Dinner!!
Tonight’s dinner is a recipe Julie used for her part of the Crock Pot Challenge: Chicken Garam Masala. The recipe calls for chicken thighs, of which I did not have in the freezer. To take its place, I used some drumsticks. I removed its skins and figured since it still had a bone, like the thighs, it would make do.
I think I’d like to try this with chicken breast, as well; and maybe enjoy it with some naan. I’m a huge fan of chickpeas, so when I came across this recipe, I was more than excited to to give it a shot. Plus, I’ve never had cooked garbanzo beans and have recently found a little fascination with Indian cuisine after a date I went on.

If you didn’t know, garam masala is a typical Indian spice that,in Hindu, translates to “hot spices.” Its a blend of spices including, cardamom, cumin, cloves, black and white pepper, and cinnamon. So without further ado… Ladies and gentlemen…Chicken Garam Masala!!!

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Serves 4

4 chicken thighs (or drumsticks), skinless
2 (15oz) cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

1 large onion, chopped

2 cups cauliflower florets
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes

2 1/2 tsp garam masala

fresh cilantro, or 1 to 1 1/2 tsp dried cilantro

Dollop non fat Greek yogurt or sour cream, garnish (optional)

Combined everything, except the cilantro and sour cream, in the crock pot and give it a  toss. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. After plating, garnish with cilantro (and greek yogurt or sour cream).

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I was shocked by how much each portion received  It makes about 5 cups of of the chickpea mixture. This was a really filling recipe and the chicken was fall-off-the-bone moist! I think it was definitely lacking something… maybe a bit more garam masala? red pepper flakes? If you play around with this recipe, fill us in on the comments portion, below.

Nutrition Facts, per 1 heaping cup of chicken mixture:

Calories: 238     Fat: 2.9g     Sat Fat: 0g     Cholesterol: 0mg     Sodium: 840.3mg     Carbs: 48.1g     Fiber: 15.6g     Sugars: 8.4g     Protein: 12.4g      (A 4oz skinless chicken drumstick is around 130 cal with 13g protein

Wow! 15.6g fiber, 25g protein?! No wonder I’m so full!

While we are discussing chickpeas… Did you know there are bars made from these beans? I came across this while visiting Meaghan in New York. The bars are called “The Good Bean.” They’re marked as “Fruit and No-Nut” bars. The first bar I tried was Chocolate Berry, followed by Trail Mix, then Apricot Coconut. I enjoyed how different they were from other bars. Not crispy or crunchy, but not soft like a Larabar. I did not care for the Apricot Coconut. It did not have any defining flavors, nor any sweetness as you would expect. The Trail mix bar contains dried cranberries for tartness and pumpkin seeds for a bite. Its held together with brown rice syrup, which gives a little sweetness. The Chocolate Berry has a combinations of dried blueberries, cherries, and cranberries, and sweet chocolate. It made me feel like I was getting a little treat without the bad fats and sugars ans uber chocolatey-ness. I enjoy them as a nice change of pace, especially since I can’t find them except for in WholeFoods.

right next to the Kind bars! one stop shopping!

right next to the Kind bars! one stop shopping!

Hope you all had a wonderful day! Heres a recipe that combines two stars of today: Roasted Peanut Butter Chickpeas!

Apple Pie Oats: Crock Pot Recipe #4

Another restless night! Grrrr! I’m not sure why I’ve been having such a difficult time sleeping lately. I wonder if I’m a little stressed about school… Hopefully, tonight I sleep solid since I have to be at 0430 Tuesday morning…
I adore oatmeal! And  I’m a firm believer in “an apple a day.” This recipe combines the two loves! I also have never made oats in a crock pot, but I’ve heard about it for years! This day off was not only the perfect opportunity to try a new crock pot recipe, but also to get dad to eat oatmeal!
I found this recipe here, which Julie adapted from Alton Brown’s Overnight Oatmeal.

Heres the Sammy adaptation:

Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Oats

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1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp apple cinnamon spice
4 1/2 cups water
1 tsp Splenda brown sugar (or 2 tsp regular brown sugar)

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot, toss, and cook on low overnight. Top with whatever you’d like. (serves 4)

WP_000848Nutrition (without toppings):
Calories: 215
Total Fat: 2.8g
Sat. Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 5.3 mg
Carbs: 43.7g
Fiber: 6.7g
Sugar: 12.6g
Protein: 5.2g

Since I had an abundance of apples from my uncle, I chose the two largest and chopped them up. I did not have any nutmeg in the house, so I substituted apple pie spice! Oh my gosh, I had not even added the water and turned the pot on yet and it smelled like a fresh baked apple pie!

Julie was right… it doe look a little funky when you first take off the lid. Give it a good stir and serve it up! It wasn’t sweet enough for

Don't they look so cheery in the morning...

Don’t they look so cheery in the morning…

this family, so we sprinkled some Splenda brown sugar or sugar free syrup over top. My dad and step both enjoyed theirs with just brown sugar. Mom and I topped ours with raisins and sunflower seeds. I also stirred in half a scoop of Herbalife Vanilla Formula 1 to give it a little more sustenance. Since I was determined to get my dad to like oatmeal, I was nervous about him digging in. He liked it! Victory!

WP_000858I was shocked by how much the oats grew over night! It basically doubled in size and each bowl was filled! The apples melted right into the oats. I kept the skin on mine, but feel free to give them a peel.

I decided to do a workout from Julie’s site today, 5×50 Workout. After yesterday’s 1000 Rep Workout, my hamies and tush are pretty sore, so I spaced the 5×50 throughout my day.

Today, I did a little baking, watched some lectures, and ran a few errands to pick up some things before the chill settled in for the next few days. Among some of these things are items for Thursday’s crock pot dinner!

As for tonight’s dinner, in honor of New England Clam Chowder Day, I wanted to have some to warm me up. I discovered that I did not have any, so I kicked it Manhattan style (with a side a Light and Crisp Wasa Crackers)!WP_000863
Speaking of Manhattan, a package came on Saturday!
My girlfriend, Meaghen and I are both extreme foodies! I went to visit her in Brooklyn back in December and I wound up bringing home food more than anything else. As we discussed some of our favorite finds, we realized their are things in DE you can’t get in NY, and things in NY you can’t get in DE. We decided to start a food exchange. I shipped her out a box a while back, and Saturday I got a goodie box, with a cute little letter! Among the items included were:

  • dark chocolate covered espresso beans (from the coffee shop she works at),
  • Divine Organics Gojiberry Brittle
  • Indian-style Lentils and Beans
  • Artisana Walnut butter (since she knows I’m a nut butter freak)
  • Hateva Sugar Free Vanilla Almond Pudding (she knows my love for Sugar Free)
  • King Sobe Organic Buckwheat Ramen
  • Biscolinos Coconut and Cacao Nibs

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I ate an espresso bean this morning (since I woke up so darn early), and wow! They were the best I’ve ever had. The Biscolinos I had to take a nibble of. It reminded me of the raw food truck Meaghan and I ate at in Brooklyn. I was like a less chocolate-y Almond Joy. I bought some Dunkin Donut Mocha Mint Coffee and I can’t wait to enjoy these two together! I’ve never had Buckwheat noodles, but I’ve contemplate buying them many times! I’m already brainstorming meal ideas! Knowing my love of fiber, you had to have known I was excited about the beans and lentils. Any recipe suggestions? The brittle wasn’t bitter like some dark chocolate and the Gojiberries added the most mild sweetness. I’m very excited to try the pudding! I’ve had soy pudding before and wasn’t a huge fan, but I’m most definitely open to this!

Thanks so much Meaghen! I miss you and can’t wait to see you!

I’m spending the rest of the evening watching “Ted” with my dad, followed by some studying, and light strength training.

Peachy Keen x 1000

After my cookie spree and the rest of the amazing foods at Immediato’s Bistro, I woke up still full and in the mood to work out. I’ve completed all of Julie’s circuit work outs, except for one: The 1000 Rep Workout! Frankly, it has always scared me a bit. I don’t know what came over me but I did it! I felt victorious! I was sweaty and smiling!
I thought the squats were going to be the hardest part for me, but it was actually the 50 seconds of wall sits! i wanted to scream! For the rest of the day I was filled with energy! I even called my dad and he came over and we took the pup for a walk! For the next week the high is about 25 degrees so we really needed to take advantage of this weather!
I love taking a walk with dad and Beauty. Beauty is getting old, so I love seeing that she still has some pep in her step. Dads getting old, too, so I like to see that hes got some spunk left, also. Just kidding, dad! But in all sincerity, I love walking with my dad. Sure we talk on the phone or over dinner, but its like a different kind of conversation. I don’t know, but its just different and I love it!
After we got back, Beauty decided it was nap time. Me? I decided it was food time. I’ve been on a bit of a yogurt kick lately and wanted to try this:

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I really wasn’t that impressed. I like the chunks of peaches, but there wasn’t much of a peach flavor. Therefore, I decided smoothie bowl was the route to go. The following was whipped up in the Bullet:

1 (6oz) Chobani Non-fat Peach Greek Yogurt
100g of frozen sliced peaches
20g of kale
1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Protein Drink Mix
1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Formula 1
1/4 tsp xanthum
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I find that the bowls where I use greek yogurt, keep me the most full and satisfied. Like with the bananas, when I notice fruit is starting to turn, I’ll slice it up and freeze it for my shakes. I remembered I had some slices of peach in the freezer. I think in today’s case, I used too much kale and did not have enough peaches.

The shake was decent, but it was missing some sweetness… Lightbulb!

In this post I discussed how I really was not a fan of thePeach and Raspberry Honey Bunches of Oats, but I enjoyed it dry… I topped the shake with this cereal. It added that fruitiness and crunch it was missing.

Panera Made a Liar Out of Me

I finally got my lazy dazy butt to do something: Julie’s Sweaty Abs Circuit (one of my favorites!)

Last night was my first night back with patient care. It was like I never left. I felt on top! I even had a nurse ask my opinion on one my patients!

Work has been hosting seminars for the past week, catered by Panera. My manager brought back some salad, wheat baguette, and some sandwiches. I made a small salad and a small piece of bread. I was full. I snacked on my baby carrots a bit later and left the Lean Cuisine in the freezer…

One of the nurses brought this baggie in… Mint Chip Brownie Cookies… ADDICTING! Kudos to Nurse Kathleen.

I was proud of myself that I did not indulge in them! I treated myself and went on with my night.
When I got home, I snacked on various food items, PB and cottage cheese are always key players. I laid in bed thinking though… “I wasn’t hungry. Why did I do that?” Thank goodness I did not go to town like I used to in the past!

I’ve noticed that each day, I’m getting better with my eating habits and food choices. I think a lot of it has to do with this blog. MyFitnessPal helps me keep track about what I eat, but writing about it allows my to have fun with my food and not obsess about.

A big thank you for reading the blog and helping to keep me healthy and sane. I hope the blog is able to help you like it is helping me. My hopes for this blog are to share healthy recipes, exercises and experiences with each other to broaden our horizons, connect, live well and happily together!

This morning I woke up determined to start today on the right foot. I stripped my bed and threw the sheets in the wash, prepared the tonight’s crock pot dinner (recipe to follow), did a quick 30 min Hip Hop Abs workout, made myself a smoothie bowl and peach berry green tea, and got down to business (lectures and what not).

Nutella, for some reason has been on my mind lately. I never liked Nutella when I was a kid but when I saw in the ads that it was on sale for $1.99, I decided to give it a second chance. Since I enjoy PB in my shakes I decided to try Nutella today. I went with the obvious combo, banana and Nutella, and I have to say, this is one of the most delicious shakes I’ve had in a while!
I combined the following into the MagicBullet to create this green bowl of gobbity-goop:

1 scoop Metabolife Chocolate
1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Protein Drink Mix
1/2 tsp ground flax
1/4 tsp xanthum gum
a handful of kale
1/2 frozen banana
2 tsp Nutella

 

MMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Delicious!!!!

Off to learn!

White Turkey Chili Crock Pot: Recipe #2

The past two days, I’ve slept till almost noon! I don’t know why I’ve been so sleepy!
I woke up still in a slight funk, but not as funky as yesterday. To get the ball rolling, I made a smoothie bowl, a little trick Julie taught me! The magic bullet was stuffed with the following:

2 oz frozen diced apples
1 (6oz) container Chobani Fat Free Apple Cinnamon Greek yogurt
1 scoop Herbalife Vanilla Protein Drink Mix
a handful of kale
1 tsp ground flax
1/4 tsp xanthum gum
sprinkled with some apple pie spice

Voila! A yummy apple cinnamon supper smoothie bowl and a bottle of green tea!
(please excuse the messy coffee table)

While checking my email the other day, I came across a link to this recipe. I figured, “Why not crock-pot-it?” Yes, I invented a new verb:

Crock-Pot-It: ˈkräk-ˌpät-‘it
crock pot: used for an electric cooking pot
it: expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent
crock-pot-it: an action in an electric cooking pot

See how that worked?  Tehehe   🙂

I’ve never had white chili before so this was an experiment, as well. It happened to work out that my mom had cooked a turkey and was pawning off some meat onto me… I didn’t argue.. lol

I prepare everything the night before and in the morning added the broth and turned that baby to low. Since it has been so overcast, chilly, and rainy, I figured chili would be an appropriate warm-me-up.
                                    
I, of course, made some Sammy-Tweeks. Such as using 1 (4oz) can of fired roasted diced green chilies and 1 (4oz) can of chopped green chilies. Oh, and I used a can of low sodium cannellini beans, instead of dry beans. I also decided to add 2/3 cup of frozen white sweet corn for some much needed sweetness and consistency.

                            

Since I woke up late, I started the crock pot around noon and ate around six. I prepared everything in the pot before I went to sleep last night and added the stock when I turned on the heat, so the beans wouldn’t fall apart. When I got home from class today, the house smelled so good from the cumin, clove, and peppers! The “chili” was more like a turkey soup, though. Either way, it made my belly warm on this chilly day and helped make my sick dad feel a bit better 🙂

Please enjoy the following:

White Turkey Chili
makes 6 servings

  • 1 can reduced sodium cannelini beans
  • 3 cups turkey stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion (about 5oz), chopped (divided)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stem and most seeds removed, chopped (about 1oz)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped  fire-roasted green chilies
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 2 cups diced cooked turkey (about 8oz)
  • 2/3 cup frozen white sweet corn
Combine beans, turkey, garlic and half the onions in a crock pot.
Spray a skillet with some non-stick cooking spray and cook chopped jalapeno and remaining onions. Add green chilies and seasonings and mix thoroughly. Add to bean mixture in the crock pot.
Cook on low for how many hours you’d like. Add the corn 30 minutes before serving.
The original recipe recommends different garnishes for this. My mom and I topped ours with fat free shredded mozzarella and some crumbled saltines. My dad used an Artisian cheese blend on his, along with some wheat saltines.
I had a some leftovers, too!
After plugging all of this into MyFitnessPal, I was super impressed by its stats:
for 1/6 of the recipe
Calories: 129
Total fat: 0.2g
Sat. Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Carbs: 15.9g
Fiber: 4.2g
Sugar: 2.4g
Protein: 13.6g