Monday, April 27, 2009

Struck A Nerve

I just try and do a quick weekend recap. My food was all over the place because I have stopped counting cals on the weekend. At some point I ate this yummy bowl of blended oat groats topped with cinnamon and almond butter...

I also had this yummy Monkey Shake. Jay Robb Chocolate Brown Rice Protein Powder, banana, unsweetened choc. almond milk, peanut butter and ice.
Saturday, I went golfing with my man and then came home and made this delish Wheat Berry Salad with Peppers and Grapes....
  • 3/4 cup wheatberries
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut lenghtwise into flat panels
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut lenghtwise into flat panels
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp walnut, or olive oil
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, quartered
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (I didn't use any)
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the wheatberries and water to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the wheatberries are tender but still slightly chewy, about 1 hour. Drain. ( I used a crock pot on low for about 3 hours).
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Place the bell pepper pieces, skin side up, on a broiler pan and broil 4 inches from the heat for 10 to 12 min. or until the skin is charred. When the peppers are cool, peel them and cit into 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk vinegar, oil, and salt. Add warm wheatberries, bell peppers, grapes and scallions, and toss to coat. Serve warm, at room temp. or chilled.
4 servings (That's being overly generous) 217 cals, 4.5g fat, 7g fiber, 43 carbs, 6g protein.

I let mine sit over night and served the next day at my parents house when we grilled out.

After planting flowers for the first time ever outside our house I came in a made a Green Pumpkin Smoothie...
1/2 cup pumpkin, 3.5 ounces banana, 1/3 cup cottage cheese, ice. Blend and then add spinach. Blend again. Yum, I was hot and sweaty and it hit the spot!! Later in the evening we headed over to my folks for dinner. We grilled out. This was my plate. I later went back for some Wheat Berry Salad.
All items on the plate were grilled.

This morning I had a great sweaty work out that consisted of HIIT, sumo deads, front squats, corner presses, corner rows, db bench press, step ups, hammer curls, abs and the tread climber. Whoa!! I am tired just writing it!! When I got home I had my usual but this time I tried a new sausage...It was really good and tasted a lot like this one.
Only this Trader Joes brand was a tad bit smaller. The stats...

100 cals, 6g fat, 450g sodium (whoa), 2 carbs, 11g protein

This is sweaty, frizzy haired, no make up wearing pic that the little one insisted on taking of me this morning eating my sausage..

Now on to something with some meaning. Did anyone see this video last week on Oprah? If not please take 1 min. and 20 sec. out of your life to do so. It is actually just a snip it of this 12 part series that can be found here. It really struck a nerve with me and almost brought me to tears. I have really being trying to think of some sort of week long challenge to do based around avoiding plastic as much as humanly possible. If anyone is up for it let me know. Regardless I am going to challenge myself.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is having a great start to their week!!!

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: Last August I weighed 7 pounds less than I do now. I would like to chalk it up to muscle but I highly doubt it :(.


  1. Hello there! I just found ure blog and love it! I am 25 years old mom of a three year old and currently SAHM while i finish up my masters. Unfortunately, I was about 8lbs less last year around july/august!! I am super upset about it... Do you mine sharing how many calories u are taking in and what ure exercise routine looks like... you can email :) thanks

  2. Oooooh I love your chicken sausages and that rice protein stuff always looks good - not sure what it is exactly, don't think there's any chance of getting it over here.

    Keep up the good work..your blog always makes me hungry x

  3. haha, aw, you look so cute in the mornings!! I weigh like, a bunch of pounds more than I did in august too.... I like to think it's muscle and boobs :)

    *jealous* that you have a hot sexy cousin living near me! the boys at my school are......not much to be excited about haha. if only I had known earlier..

  4. Blended groats, monkey shake, and wheatberry salad - YUM! They all sound delicious!!

    Have a great Monday!

  5. You look amazing without makeup! Jealous :P

    Congrats on stopping the counting :) Looks like lots of delicious food. I'm watching the videos now (finished the short clip and part 1 of 12) - wow. This is so sad. I would definitely be interested in doing something to help spread awareness.

  6. yum!! that wheatberry salad look awesome!!
    do you know what's the word for wheatberries in spanish? maybe cebada? i really don't know

  7. If only numbers didn't exist! Just pride yourself on being healthy and looking great = )

  8. Holy moly - Green Pumpkin Smoothie!! Delicious :-)

    Your Wheat Berry Salad also looks fantastic. I need to buy some wheat berries.

    The fact that you weighed 7 pounds less doesn't mean all that much - weight fluctuates so much depending on where you are in your cycle, whether you've eaten salty food, whether you've been weight training more than usual... a better way to test any real changes in terms of fat is getting some body fat callipers. The scale is evil!!!! I hardly ever use mine.

    And even if you did gain 7 pounds (which I doubt), it doesn't define you! You are an awesome person.

  9. Your smoothies both look delicious and creative! i hope you had a great weekend!!

  10. Holy Canoli. My friend was telling me all about that Oprah episode but I missed it so I am so glad you linked to that clip. Scary.
    Not only is plastic horrible for the environment, plastic packaging is bad for our health, too. The new studies on pvcs in plastic are frightening. Thank you for drawing our attention to this subject! I agree that we should try to raise awareness as much as possible.

  11. Totally muscle. :)

    Plastic - boo!

    Who needs Dairy Queen with yummy monkey and green pumpkin shakes? :)


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