Monthly Archives: July 2012

Exercise and Eats for July 31

Is anyone as excited as I am about the XXX Olympics??!! I am facinated with the Olympics and love hearing about all the inspirational stories. I don’t know about you but the level of athlete and training make me want to step it up a notch or two. I am definitely not working as hard as I could. But everyday is a new day to try again.

Sparkpeople.com put this together and I thought it was great for those of us watching the olympics.

Here is my dinner plan for this week:

  •  Sunday: Leftovers – nothing exciting.
  • Monday: Todd and I are going to the Aerosmith concert, heading downtown for dinner!!!! I am so ready to rock and roll!!!
  • Tuesday: Sun-dried Tomato Grilled Chicken with Arugula and Cannellini Bean Salad.
  • Wednesday: Smoked Paprika Pork and Saffron Rice, Kale Chips
  • Thursday: Pig Night (anything goes)
  • Friday: Beef and Polenta Bake
  • Saturday: To Be Determined 🙂

Activity Plan:

  • Monday: Off Day – walking around downtown Houston and rocking out to Aerosmith
  • Tuesday: Spinning
  • Wednesday: Spinning
  • Thursday:Strength Training
  • Friday:Strength Training
  • Saturday: Step Class and Strength Training
  • Active Rest

Get your plan together and go for Gold!! hehehe

Lace

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Eats and Treats at the Ball Game!!!

I love going to a baseball game. The excitement, energy and noise are so exhilarating.  Well, I guess if you have a winning team. The poor Astro’s have lost 9 straight. Thank goodness I am a Cubs fan!.  Our tickets were mostly free this time because Brent and Addi both had perfect attendance at school! I am so proud of them, we all worked hard to stay healthy and get to class on time. So we celebrated by going to the game and enjoying some treats. But, eating healthy is probably not the first thing you think about when you say “take me out to the ballgame.”

Have you ever been successful trying to eat “healthy” at a baseball game? It’s a struggle for me every time, but then again,  I only go to 1 or 2 games a year.  I try not beat myself up for having  treats at the ballpark because its not an everyday thing. Now, if I had season tickets or something, I would definitely be more diligent about what I chose to eat. I do go to little league games a lot during the spring so I plan those days because we are at the ballpark about 2 or 3 times a week. Nachos would not make for a healthy diet.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind if you are going out to a game and still want to eat on the healthier side.

  1. Do some research before you go to find out if there are any healthy eating joints close to where you are sitting. Most stadiums have restaurants with healthier selections. Scope it out.
  2. Also, read the ballpark policy on bringing in food and drinks from home. Our park does allow outside food and drink, but with restrictions. I brought in a bag of goldfish and pistachios for our snack during the game.
  3. Some healthier selections to get at the game are crackerjacks, sunflower seeds, soft pretzels (knock off the salt), snow cones and, my favorite…hot dogs. Stick to the small (regular) size hot dogs, not the extra long. Mustard, onions and relish are my fav toppings. Lose the chili and cheese.
  4. If you go for the peanuts or popcorn, remember to share with everyone because its easy to eat way over a normal portion size. Keep it to a handful.  So….be nice and share.
  5. Try to avoid high calorie, high fat selections like nacho’s, chicken tender or anything deep fried for that matter and ice cream. These are the traditional choices to say goodbye to.
  6. Beer is an okay choice. Keep it to one if your a woman, and two for a man. Try to select the “light” beers and keep it regular sized, no souvenir cups. 🙂
  7. Choose diet soda for those souvenir cups. Remember water is always best.

Rosemary Chicken with Awesome Avocado & Tomato Salad

Really great dinner tonight. Rosemary never fails!! I love this herb. It has such a great aroma and can hold its own in a recipe.

Tonight’s dinner was Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Avocado & Tomato Salad. This salad is to die for. Sooooo good, not kidding. I love, love, loved it!

ROSEMARY CHICKEN
(adapted from Cooking Light)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Rosemary, fresh, chopped

2 tbsp Garlic, minced

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 and half pounds chicken tenders

Directions:

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Place chicken in bag and seal. Mix around and marinate for about 30 minutes. Prepare grill. Spray grill rack with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade, place chicken on rack and discard marinade. Grill ~3 minutes on each side or until done.

Servings: ~5-6

AVOCADO and TOMATO SALAD

(adapted from Cooking Light)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning (or oregano)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

2 ounces feta cheese, tomato and basil flavor

1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced

Directions:

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Add tomatoes, avocados, and cheese. Toss to coat.

Servings: 3/4 cup – 4 servings

Dinner was fantastic. We will definitely be making this meal again, especially the salad. I added whole grain and brown rice medley for a small amount of grains.  Addison liked the salad too. Brent opted for raw carrots for his veggie, not as adventurous as others at the table.  😉

On a side note, always something ridiculous happens during my day. Today it was a quick, stealth ant attack on the pantry. I hate it when this happens!!! Todd and I had to totally unload the pantry during the middle of preparing dinner. The only explanation for the ants is “summer time” I guess… On a positive note, I bet I have the cleanest and most organized pantry in the neighborhood now.

Sublimely, Lace

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