Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Slack ... er

Today was pretty productive with various deadlines and applications to complete. Sadly, I slacked on the exercise front. Ryan and I had plans to attend another Yoga course, but wussed out to focus on work and our upcoming camping trip. Total lamesauce, I know.

I'm keeping with the fruit this week in an effort to use up as much food that's stored in the refrigerator prior to our mini vacation. So breakfast featured lots of strawberries (four large berries, quartered to be exact) and one banana with two Nutri-Grain low fat Eggos with two teaspoons of Ghee.

Lunch saw my third day with the Taco Bake with Turkey. This stuff is just too good. Check out my recipe at SparkPeople here. I also added a nectarine to the mix. Can't get enough of these either.

Also in preparation of our camping trip, I prepared some Cranberry and Almond Granola for Ryan. He LOVES this stuff. Eating Well has a great and healthy recipe, too. Check it out.

- 2/3 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup canola oil (or almond oil, if you like)
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 5 cups rolled oats (not the instant kind)
- 1 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, (2 ounces)
- 1 cup dried cranberries, divided

From there, preheat the over to 325 degrees and coat two large baking pans with cooking spray. Combine the apple juice concentrate, maple syrup, oil and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer at medium high heat. Add cinnamon and salt.

In a separate large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Add juice mixture so oats are covered. Evenly spread granola to fill each baking pan.

Bake granola for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice with a spatula. Switch baking pans to opposite racks for another 15 minutes, until fragrant. Add 1/2 cup dried cranberries to granola and let it cool.

Granola can be stored in an air-tight container for up to two months! Ryan usually works through this stuff in a week. Only 262 calories per serving (1/2 cup) and 7 grams of protein.

Prior to dinner, I snacked on a pickle and had some Lucerne low fat string cheese. And dinner found us resorting to the August 2010 issue of Real Simple for Spiced Kebabs and Minted Watermelon Salad. The cover inspired me to try this, for it's just too beautiful to ignore. Right?

LOVED THIS! We cookrf our top sirloin on the grill and added a 1/2 cup of a grilled red pepper.The minted watermelon salad was really refreshing and lite. We added some Athenos Reduced Fat Feta Cheese, per Two Peas and Their Pod's recent adaptation, too. Perfect!

We have enough for tomorrow's dinner. Hooray!

So yeah, it's time to call it a night with some Criminal Minds and some Skyr.Is Strawberry Yogurt. Back on the exercise schedule tomorrow. Anxiously awaiting word on some potential freelance gigs. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Thanks for reading.

Calorie goal 1,210-1,560: 1,453
Carbohydrates goal 164-237: 184
Fat goal 32-57: 45
Protein goal 60-128: 87


  1. It's okay to be lazy - I recently started a workout routine and this past Monday I came home from class, looked at my roommate and said, "I'm feeling discouraged. I'm putting my pajamas on." And there I was - it was 4 in the afternoon on a Monday and I was supposed to be at the gym sweating, and I was sitting on the couch in my pajamas, eating some Pops chips, and watching the Food Network. Sad day.
    But that granola looks delectable! I haven't made my own granola yet, but I am considering doing so.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Katherine! I've felt your pain, girl. But you'll snap out of it. Pajamas and the Food Network sounds pretty comfy ... and I know I'll fight against the same thing once the weather gets colder. But let's get outta our funk today :)

    That's the best granola recipe I've found so far. But at half a cup, I want more. :) My husband doesn't measure his meals out exactly like I do, so he truly enjoys it. I'm looking for other options to try, too. xx