Post-Football & Avocado Salsa

So the Ravens game last night was way intense, to say the least!

Zach has his stoic game-time face on

For my first football game ever, it was quite an experience.  Baltimore made the news for some angry chanting over some seriously  questionable calls by the refs.  There was so much screaming I thought I might go deaf, and I’ll admit I was pretty impressed by the way the players were brought out on the field.

I won’t bore anyone with the details because I’m probably the only one who hasn’t seen this sort of thing before, but I there were fireworks, and flames and, of course, a whole lot of screaming.  Everyone was so amped up!  During the game there was even a streaker!

OK, so he wasn’t exactly a streaker, but he was only wearing a cape and gym-shorts

(Sorry about the pic quality, I had to move fast to snap a shot before the guy was tackled and escorted off the field, presumably to streaker-prison)

It was a really close game, but the Ravens won it in the end!  What a relief, too, because Zach can be quite difficult to be around when his teams don’t perform as well as he would like them to.

Today

I had planned on working out today, but I didn’t get to bed until after 2 thanks to the Ravens last night and I still had to be up early for work so I was pretty tired all day and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was any kind of sweating.

Instead, I felt like staying home and baking, and I made a batch of healthy (healthy as far as cookies go, anyway) Coconut-Orange Oatmeal Cookies.  I was really happy with how this recipe ended up turning out, and I’ll post the recipe tomorrow so check back for it if you’d like to try it out! :)

Dinner

For dinner tonight, my mom had made one of my favorite dishes, chicken enchiladas (She follows this Kraft recipe, I always remove the cheese).  I whipped up some Avocado Salsa to compliment the meal and served it over my enchilada… delicious!

I found the recipe for the salsa from Chef in Training but you can also find it below with a few modifications, and made to serve just 2 people.

 

Avocado Salsa
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, diced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped onion (I would recommend using a red onion, but all I had on hand were white onions and it turned out fine!)
  • ¼ cup corn (I used super sweet yellow & white corn by Green Giant)
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine avocado, tomato, onion, corn, and cilantro. Stir well.
  2. Add lime juice, garlic salt, and black pepper. Stir again.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
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So the Ravens game last night was way intense, to say the least! For my first football game ever, it was quite an experience.  Baltimore made the news for some angry chanting over some seriously  questionable calls by the refs.  There was so much screaming I thought I might go deaf, and I'll admit I […] Read More

First Football Game

As I mentioned before I’m not a big fan of football, though Zach, my boyfriend of four years is (very much so).

Well tonight he is taking me to my first ever football game (Ravens vs. Patriots)!  Even though I’m really not a football fan, I’m looking forward to going to this game, it should be far more exciting than when we watch the games on TV.

Pre-game I made myself a pita pizza.  Since I won’t be getting home until late and I have to be at work early tomorrow morning, I made two of the mini pizzas, one for tonight and one for lunch tomorrow.  I used mozzarella cheese on one and crumbled goat cheese on the other (which I just discovered that I love).  They were both delicious!

To make each pizza, I used  Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pitas, drizzled a little bit of extra virgin olive oil over each pita, and spread about a spoonful of marinara sauce (leftover from last night’s Zucchini Pasta) on each.  For the toppings I sprinkled on some diced onion, used a few slices of fresh tomato, used some fresh spinach leaves and then sprinkled one with mozzarella cheese and one with crumbled goat cheese.

I had half of each pizza to keep me full enough before the game so that I’m not starving and don’t spend a ton of money eating greasy stadium food.

Alright, let’s see how football game goes… GO RAVENS! :)

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As I mentioned before I'm not a big fan of football, though Zach, my boyfriend of four years is (very much so). Well tonight he is taking me to my first ever football game (Ravens vs. Patriots)!  Even though I'm really not a football fan, I'm looking forward to going to this game, it should be far […] Read More

Super Sweaty Workout

trail run

Today was a fantastic day for a run, but because I’m trying to take it easy out on the trail so as to not bring my shin splints back on, I limited my outside run to only 2 miles on the flat easy trail.

Today was another cardio-only day so I spent 5 minutes on the Stairmaster on a setting of 19/20, a great way to get the heart pumping and the sweat flowing!

And speaking of sweat… Let me tell you what a difference it makes to have a good book with you on the elliptical…

As I mentioned before I’m reading Lightning by Dean Koontz.

I was so absorbed in this book that my 45 minute elliptical workout flew by in no time and when I was finished I was so drenched that you probably could have wrung my shirt out and swam in the puddle of sweat.  Sorry for that visual, but it was intense!

After that workout I ventured outside for a 2 mile run on the trail.

Like I said, it was a beautiful day for a run, and the trail is the perfect place for an easy run… and the scenery is great!

After my workout I refueled with half of a chicken salad sandwich on an Arnold Sandwich Thin.  The chicken salad was made with chicken, diced apple, diced onion, pepper, and just enough Mayo made with Olive Oil to coat everything.

Delicious.

Also, I discovered my new favorite snack today!

I love almonds and I love chocolate, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong by buying these!

Question:  What is your favorite cardio workout?

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Today was a fantastic day for a run, but because I'm trying to take it easy out on the trail so as to not bring my shin splints back on, I limited my outside run to only 2 miles on the flat easy trail. Today was another cardio-only day so I spent 5 minutes on […] Read More

Laid Back Sunday

Pretty laid back day today, which is always nice!  I’ve been working on getting a more personalized theme for my blog but it’s taking some time…

Breakfast this morning was a Banana Donut in lieu of a regular gas-station donut.

It hit the spot without weighing me down like a regular donut would have, and I made it through a workout without feeling sick from a sugar/fat/grease overload.

Workout

I’ve developed shin splints again that are currently keeping me bound to the elliptical, which is not very exciting.  Fortunately, with a good book it’s  a lot easy to power through 35 minutes of elliptical on the cross-training setting.  I’m currently reading Lightning by Dean Koontz.  I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan and though I”m only 50 pages into this book, I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed by this novel.  This particular novel is one of Koontz’s older works, published in 1989 (An excellent year, considering that I was born then ;) ).

After the elliptical was 2 minutes of planking followed by  3 reps of 8 each on the chest press, leg extensions, leg curls, and abs.

Lunch was the last of my Quinoa Chili with a side of grapes.

I don’t know what it is but for some reason I need to have both purple and green grapes together to really enjoy them.  I don’t like to eat just one or the other, I need one purple and one green at the same time, it’s like they balance each other out.  Maybe that’s just me though…

I spent most of my time after lunch working on updating and personalizing my theme (which is obviously not finished) until it was time for dinner.  My family usually goes out to dinner together on Sunday, and this weekend we went to Friendly Farms.  They have delicious crab cakes (though I can’t say I’ve ever had a crab cake that wasn’t delicious).

A nice, tasty end to the weekend.

What is your favorite thing to read while working out?

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Pretty laid back day today, which is always nice!  I've been working on getting a more personalized theme for my blog but it's taking some time... Breakfast this morning was a Banana Donut in lieu of a regular gas-station donut. It hit the spot without weighing me down like a regular donut would have, and I […] Read More

Oatmeal pancakes & Moron Juice

Phew, so cooking in the morning is NOT a good idea for me.

I usually pack a light lunch to bring to work, but since I had off on this BEAutiful Friday I decided to make pancakes for myself and my 4 siblings that are at home (my mom has homeschooled all of us, and 4 of my siblings are below college still).

As a note, make sure you check and make sure you have all the ingredients before you start baking (duh, right?) because these Oat Pancakes were supposed to be made with whole wheat flour but I learned too late that I was out of it.   Also, I started out by halving the recipe but my sisters and brother ate them so quickly that I ended up having to make a second batch, so I should have just gone with the full recipe to begin with!   We had no buttermilk in my house either, but I usually substitute that anyway by pouring 1 Tbsp lemon juice into a measuring cup then filling the measuring cup up to the 1 cup line with milk, it always works out just fine!

These pancakes turned out to be delicious (I recommend halving the batter if you’re not trying to feed 5 hungry people) but I was so disappointed that I had to use all-purpose flour and plan to try the recipe again with some whole wheat flour tomorrow.

I got the recipe from Food.com but I added in 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ground flax-seed and used vanilla extract instead of the almond (made the pancakes taste more like an oatmeal cookie… delicious).  I ate these guys plain, picking them up to eat them (no fork or knife required) but some of my siblings topped them off with maple syrup.  You can find the recipe as it was meant to be below.

While they were eating, my sister Nikki said to me:

“I need Moron Juice.”

Me: “What?  You need Moron Juice?”

Nikki: “Yeah… Moron Juice.”

I had no idea what she was talking about until she walked to the fridge and I realized she was saying she needed more ORANGE JUICE.  Makes so much more sense!  (though I think if she was guzzling Moron Juice every morning that would explain some of her antics ;) )

 

Question:  What’s your favorite breakfast food?

 

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Mix wet ingredients
  3. Mix all ingredients together
  4. Spoon ¼ cup into hot, greased pan
Notes
I would recommend subbing vanilla extract for the almond extract for sweeter pancakes. I added 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ground flax seed for additional nutrition An easy substitute for 1 cup of buttermilk is to pour 1 Tbsp lemon juice into a measuring cup and then to fill up the measuring cup to the 1 cup mark with regular milk.
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Phew, so cooking in the morning is NOT a good idea for me. I usually pack a light lunch to bring to work, but since I had off on this BEAutiful Friday I decided to make pancakes for myself and my 4 siblings that are at home (my mom has homeschooled all of us, and 4 of […] Read More