Howdy friends! And happy Wednesday to you. Can you believe that yesterday it was 55 degrees and now there is a threat of a foot of snow tonight?! I can. It’s New England. I should come to expect this kind of teasing by now.
All this Spring fever has got me craving lots of fresh salads. Just kidding, I eat salads in some way/shape/form almost every day of my life, but the warmer weather just makes them taste better. MJ even made me this beautious salad when I got home from work too. It looked a lot more appealing than the usual clump of spinach, cottage cheese, and salsa I call dinner most nights.
Then I put myself through quite the workout. I am taking a break from the Insanity workout while my leg heals, so I decided to make up my own workout routine for a change. I am always a big fan of circuit workouts and this one was focused on the southern hemisphere of the body.
I guess I couldn’t get too far away from the Insanity since a lot of the moves were inspired by the ones I am used to doing with Mr. Shaun T. Let me tell you that back to back squat and frog jumps makes running up hills look appealing. This 25 minute lower body workout was just what I needed to wake me up right after a afternoon nap. Because those have become a staple after waking up at 5 am every morning. Here’s the low down on this lower body circuit:
I call this the Jump Around circuit from all the squat jumps and frog jumps that left me cursing amphibians for making this ish look easy. Never heard of a frog jump? Check this torture out here!
I even snuck in my #plankaday at the end and alternated between an elbow plank, fully extended plank, and side plank pulses for each circuit. In just 25 minutes, I was sweating as much as I did with Insanity. Who says you need a big buff half naked man to make you sweat during a workout? Just ask a twenty something blonde carrot obsessed gal. Oh, hey that’s me!
Wowie it’s Monday morning. And this whole daylight saving’s thing is doing it’s duty on me. At least my early morning grumbles will be worth it for sunshine until 7pm. That’s what I’m talking about. Now pleeaasee just bring some temps over 40 degrees, kay?
This weekend was all about the birfdays. MJ’s was on Saturday so I made some homemade cranberry scones with a orange marmalade compound butter, fresh pineapple, and coffee for birthday breakfast. You can just call me the Barefoot Contessa this side of the Hamptons. We gettin’ fancy up in here. I made sure to wear my fresh water pearls and collared denim shirts for the event. I had to draw the line at the fruit tart which the local bake shop did a much better job. I didn’t want to give Ina a run for her money and all. Happy Birthday MJ!
Then it was off to my little cousin’s 2nd birthday party which I may steal the theme of for my own b-day this year. Firefighters!
I just wish the goodie bags came with a take home firefighter. Instead I think I’ll steal this sweater from my little cuz to attract one to me. What a little stud muffin.
Saturday night was the perfect time for a hearty steak dinner…if steak was a giant ‘shroom.
I grilled up a big ol’ portabella to a juicy medium-rare alongside some grilled peppers and eggplant, salad, and steak sauce. This was the first time I had steak sauce, probably oh when I actually ate steak 10 years ago. That alone made it feel like Summer and carnivorous. I need a grill. and a man to control the fires that may ensue. Those portabellas have a record for flaring up.
Sunday of course started with what else other than MANCAKES! …err I mean pancakes. PANCAKES!
This time it was a skillet sized oatmeal protein pancake. 2 ingredients as well since pancakes need to be made as fast as possible to get them into ma belly. Just mix 1/2 cup oats with 2 eggs and cook in skillet, flip, and top with pb and syrup. A little drier than the banana version but has the potential to become a skookie!
I went outside to soak up this sun while it is here for a walk/run. I am still nursing this hurt shin until I get an appointment to get it checked out so I alternated walking and running for 3 miles. Cross your fingers I don’t have a stress fracture with me.
Then it was off for the best lunch with Papa John and Lisa at Tacos Colima. I have been dying to go here since I’ve heard rave reviews. Let me just say I would go back for the chips and salsa alone. The show stopping fajitas just took the queso though.
I wish I could have recorded when these veggies came to the table. And this is why I order fajitas every time I go out for Mexican. And it was properly washed down with a sharing of fried ice cream in a cinnamon sugar tortilla bowl. I think anything in life can be made better with one of these bowls.
Speaking of ice cream I had the chance to test out some not so fried frozen treats from the folks at Yasso. They are the first ever line of frozen Greek yogurt bars in eleven different flavors.
This year they release 5 new flavors: Peanut Butter Cup, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Fudge, Sea Salt Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Raspberry. All of these flavors make it hard for me to decide which one I want to stuff my face with first.
After many hunts for the peanut butter cup flavor, I couldn’t find it in any of the stores near me! The site made it a little easier to find where Yasso is sold with their locator, but unfortunately it isn’t flavor specific so I settled in on the blueberry flavor.
Each bar is made with only natural ingredients, no artificial sweeteners, and 5-7 gram of protein from real Greek yogurt for under 150 calories per bar. Here’s my take on the Blueberry:
What I liked:
Like the good little Dietitian I am, I flipped right to the nutrition facts on the back and was impressed with the short list of ingredients:
And 6 grams of protein for 80 calories is quite the far cry from the average serving of ice cream for 150 calories and 2 grams of protein. I was expecting an icy texture since it was yogurt and had no fat, but was surprised how soft and creamy the bar was. It wasn’t overly sweet either, but just enough to cure the cry for a dessert.
What I wasn’t a fan of:
I’m also quite the bargain shopper so the price tag was a little bit much for me. While I did receive a voucher for a free box, it would be hard for me to shell out $4.00 for a box of 4 bars in the future, but I’m a good bargain hunter and for the pb cup I’d be a bit more willing. One bar did contain the equivalent of 3 tsp of sugar, which a lot could be from the yogurt itself so I wasn’t too worried about it. (which is why I hope the new nutrition labels pass for listing added sugars!) While the blueberry flavor was good it seemed to leave a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. I don’t know if it was from the yogurt or not but was a little off putting.
Overall I love the idea of these bars and the emerging of Greek yogurt into the frozen world. I wish I could have found the new flavors they offer and were a little on a pricey side, but was a nice treat with a healthy profile to follow. The company was also started right by me in Easton, MA so yay for local!
If you want to find out more about Yasso or where to find them near you, check out their sites below:
Happy Friday! I am ready for weekend and all it’s fabulous workless-ness.
So I finally settled down and got to updating my bid-ness cards for the blog after I got my RD. They got quite the overhaul and I love the way they came out. Ever fully equipped with a QR code and all. PS I just found out what these codes are about 2 days ago. Google, you are so wise.
Yesterday my gal pal Hannah and I seized the sunshine that I summoned with my godly orange skinned powers.
Unfortunately I couldn’t muster up any warmth to go along with it so we took running selfies to stay warm.
Be jealous. All that cold made me want just one thing. Strawberry Cho with chocolate sprinkles. Don’t ask me about these things. Just accept them.
And today is the second edition of the Did You Know.. nutrition link up! Be sure to check out all the other hot topics at the end and add yours to share as well.
In the spirit of celebrating the weekend, some of you may reach for a bottle glass of your favorite adult bev. With the bombardment of “diet” and “low cal” products out there, it’s no surprise that the liquor business hopped on the bandwagon with “skinny” cocktails and drinks. But do these drinks really belly up to give you a buzz for less calories?
So I enjoy a glass of wine as much as the next gal, and the thoughts of getting a glass for less calories sounds like quite the package deal. But like many things, if it sounds too good to be true..it probably is.
First off, I can’t say I am a fan of the line “drink like a lady”. What kind of message is that sending to us ‘ladies’? Oh I’m sorry, I forget since I’m a woman I’m not entitled to drink or eat anything that isn’t diet or low calorie. You might want to tell my jar of peanut butter that. We’ve been having quite the ongoing affair.
Now that I’ve gotten off that soap box let’s get down to the real question. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Each glass of skinny wine is about 100 calories, which in diet terms is the magical number. I could put a quarter of a donut in pretty packaging and slap a “Only 100 Calories!” label on it and make millions, but anyway I’ve made my point.
You know how many calories are in the average glass of wine. 110. Stop the presses, I just saved 10 calories on a glass of wine I spent $10 extra dollars on. Not quite the savings if you ask me.
I’m not just here to bash the Skinny line of wine and drinks since they do offer quite a lower calorie version of a margarita and mixed drinks. When it comes to the wine though, save your money and buy a bottle of good wine and enjoy it.
There are also lines of flavored vodkas that are claiming to be lower in calories than leading brands. You want to know the truth you don’t want to hear? Sure they’re lower in calories, it’s because they’re lower in alcohol.
Yup. Technically speaking in the alcohol world, bottled vodkas must be no less than 80 proof, but flavored vodkas can be bottled at 60 proof. So these skinny and fruity flavored vodkas are really just there to get you less drunk for twice the amount of money. Plus, if you are thinking, “oh it’s less calories so I can have more anyways!”
And this is exactly true. According to studies at Cornell University, foods that were labeled low-fat encouraged people to eat 50% more. They often underestimated the actual calories of these products thus ended up eating more calories. So these light and low calorie drinks and cocktails can actually make you drink more and consume more calories which is the opposite of the point, right?
So the bottom line is, when it comes to low-calorie alcohol, it is because it is lower in calories. Unless these companies have somehow become magicians and have taken the calories out of alcohol itself, the only calories coming from vodka or any hard alcohols..is alcohol. The same goes for wines and beers. Less calories..less alcohol.
Instead of investing twice as much on half the alcohol, enjoy the real thing, and all in moderation. The recommendation is one drink per day for women and two for men. I think this infographic from Greatist is a great and easy way to see the calories of regular drinks to see the best choices out there without the low-cal or skinny label.
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