Feb 28, 2010

A Greeky & Geeky Sunday

This morning I woke up before my alarm clock, a little before 9 AM. I love that feeling -- like I won a competition before I even got out of bed. I dragged myself to the kitchen and made a really simple, yet awesome bowl of oats:
In the bowl:
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp brown sugar....ok more than that, I can't lie
- 1/2 sliced banana
- a few walnut pieces
- a spoonful of Smart Balance peanut butter

I ate breakfast in bed...again. I think it's one of my favorite things about the weekend. Slooowly getting out of bed, cooking my breakfast as fast as I can, and immediately jumping back into bed to enjoy it. Today's gym experience was much better than yesterday's. I did an awesome cardio sesh and then went into the man zone again to play on the machines. I love that I'm no longer afraid of the man zone. I get so much more done and am even closer to the hotties. I have zero shame at the gym. I drip sweat, I pick my wedgies, and I stare at the hotties. Whaaaaaat? At least I'm getting buff in the process!

When I got home, I created a kick-glutes tuna salad. 
- 1 6.4 oz packet of tuna
- 1 15 oz can of Great Northern beans
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- salt & pepper

Again, another salad with no mayo. The garlic and dill make up for the flavor, and the lemon juice moistens it all. This tuna salad is packed with protein and fiber--my bf and other bf.  Here's the nutrition info for the entire recipe:

Calories 595
Fat 6.5g
Sodium 1950mg
Fiber 17.5g
Sugar 7g
Carbs 59
Protein 66.6g

So...divide that by 3 or 4, and you have a recipe that is low fat, low in calories, good source of fiber and awesome source of protein. And it just takes a few minutes to mix all the ingredients and scoop into your hungry mouth with a few pita chips. Speaking of pita chips, this would be delicious in a pita!

As I ate, I perused the new issue of Shape while listening to a cd that my lifetwin Heera sent me in the mail.

After Nicki Minaj rocked my face off, a special friend came over needing help editing his thousand page paper. Just kidding, it was 23 or so pages, but still! Since I'm the smartest person he knows at grammar, spelling, and also the prettiest, he chose me to review his masterpiece. Lucky me. All that reading made me hungry, so I grabbed a Greek yogurt that I hadn't tried before...FAGE CHERRY!!

Several people have seen me obsess over Oikos, and couldn't believe that I hadn't tried Fage. I guess the container intimidated me and I never wanted to cheat on Oikos. Today I did. And I liked it. A LOT.

As you can see, unlike Oikos, the topping/flavor is not yet mixed in. The container bends so you can drip it into your yogurt. Pretty freaking smart. I added a bit in, slowly at first, just in case I didn't like it.

As soon as it hit my lips, I dumped the rest of the cherry in. SO GOOD. At the end, I was saying I wish I had a tiny spatula to get every single droplet of cherry I possibly could. I don't even like cherry-flavored stuff, but this was perfect. I can't wait to try their other flavors.

After what felt like an entire day of editing a paper whose content I could barely comprehend, special friend went on his merry way, and I went to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries for the week. I bought gala apples, bananas, red D'anjou pears, oat bran, and two new Luna Bar flavors: Cookies 'n Cream Delight and Dulce de Leche. Can't wait to try both.

I started to feel hungry again as I passed by a middle-eastern restaurant, Ali Baba. I decided to go in to pick up a to-go menu, and ended up ordering some food.

I seriously only went in for Falafel (top left). Then I saw lentil soup and was like, oh crap, gimme some of that...cup or bowl? Oh god, give me the bowl. (Pita came with it, I swear). Then I was like "Do you guys have sides of grape leaves too?" The waitress responded, "Sure, we can do that!" Well, fluff, I'll take that too. WHO AM I? I figured I'd just eat a falafel, try the soup w/ pita bread, eat a couple grape leaves, and save the rest for tomorrow. And that's exactly what I did. God gave me self-control. 

Here are some close ups and descriptions according to their menu.
Falafel: patties of ground garbanzo beans and spices, deep fried:
that I dipped in my Lentil Soup: Made from hard beans. Topped with garlic and spices.
And served with warm, soft, pita bread:

And stuffed grape leaves on the side:
I enjoyed half of this deliciousness (yay for leftovers!) while watching the new Desperate Housewives and facebook chatting with my other favorite asian, Boding!!
(Megan, Nicole, me, Kaye, Boding)

Tomorrow is the 1st of March!! 
Looooooove the 1st of the month -- new beginnings :)

Ali Baba on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. I actually detest the taste of mayo so this tuna salad recipe is right up my ally. Thanks, lovepie!