Giant Pizza

I seriously think that I just ate the biggest piece of pizza ever.

 

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I think it was easily equal to 4 slices!

 

A couple of my friends came over to hang out after school, and we picked up a giant Lazy Moon pizza. I got my own slice with some veggies because I can’t stand regular cardboard cheese and pepperoni.

 

Lazy moon is the UCF college kids hangout. It’s super cheap! It has been SO long since I had a giant slice. It was delicious.

 

Look how much bigger it is than my hand!

 

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I tore off slightly less than half for dinner. It was very filling!

 

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Today was pretty crazy, but I did manage to squeeze in a quick workout:

  • 1.0 mile jog for warm-up
  • walking lunges up and down the hall
  • hamstring curls on stability ball
  • calf raises off edge of stairs
  • 30 push-ups

 

My legs started burning?! Not bad for 20-ish minutes!

 

Rewind to this morning…

My morning started off 1.5 hours late. I slept through my alarm and missed the first hour of class. Whoops! Instead of grabbing coffee (I’m “kind of” trying to cut back") I whipped up a green monster to go.

 

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Green Monster contained: banana, half cup milk, ice, and half a bag of spinach.

 

After my first class, I was starving again, and practically inhaled this Blueberry CLIF bar.

 

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Luckily, I made my lunch ahead of time last night. I’m getting REALLY bad about buying food on campus, so my new strategy is to make food the night before.

 

I toasted two slices of bread to keep them from getting soggy. I stuffed it with Natural JIF peanut butter, and organic blackberry preserves, plus apple slices.

 

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Basically a glorified PB+J with yogurt.

 

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By 2:00pm, I was majorly dragging. I need my coffee STAT! I stopped at the on campus coffee shop for an iced caramel macchiato, which set me back just short of $5. So much for packing lunch and saving money! Oops…

 

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Afternoon snackage was the rest of the bag of pita chips, carrots, celery, and hummus.

 

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I honestly REALLY hate packing my lunch ahead of time. I feel like I have to eat what I packed and it isn’t usually what I’m craving. It stinks, but it’s just what I have to do to save money! My schedule doesn’t allow me to be home at all during the day. I leave at 6:30am and come home at 6:30 pm!

 

Does your school/work schedule require you to pack all of your meals ahead of time?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Ready to Eat Healthy

Today I realized just how busy this week is going to be!

I have two test this week, several assignments due, meetings, lab reports, you know how it goes.

I also realized just how unprepared I am in the nutrition department! I’m always in such a rush that it’s hard to make healthy choices. Bad idea when you are trying to ensure a good balance. 😦

Take this morning, for instance. I made some Kashi Hot Cereal, with a banana and a kiwi in a to-go travel mug.

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Good choice! Plenty of carbs and protein…but eaten at 6:30 am.

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Bad choice: Not thinking to pack a snack because I was FULL at the moment!

I stopped at the little on-campus convenience store and picked up a Balance/mocha chip protein bar. My stomach was basically eating itself by 10:00 am, and the only other option were nutri-grain type bars. I digest those things before I’m done swallowing them.

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This bar was actually amazingly tasty! While the ingredients list was quite long, it didn’t taste like artificial junk. It was the density of a reese’s cup, with 15g of protein!

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It held me for 2.5 hours, which I consider amazing for a snack. I came home and made a salad using leftover ingredients from the fridge:

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  • spinach
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • handful of cheddar cheese
  • black bean chips, crunched up

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I warmed the beans, so the sort of sunk mid-picture. I mixed it all up and didn’t even need dressing!

After I finished up lunch, I decided to solve this problem of buying snacks and meals on campus by spending 30 minutes to prep some food for the week. What kind of engineer would I be if I didn’t solve problems!? I know that things are going to get crazy, but I think I have at least some stuff under control now.

First, I used these little containers to portion out some chili and other leftovers to heat and eat during the week:

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I then chopped up some veggies and put hummus in individual to-go containers. This saves so much time! I hate getting the cutting board out just for a carrot stick.

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I cut up fruit, washed grapes:

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Individually packed some nuts and Clif bar halves:

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I think I’m all ready for the week now! That only took 20-30 minutes, and minimal effort. No excuses to eat unhealthy food!

What do you pack to take to class/work? Do you prep your food in bulk ahead of time?

❤ MegaNerd

Cookie Monsters

Sunday night, BFF Debbie brought over some delicious fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies.

I was really looking forward to having one for a snack attack this afternoon, when I realized they were all gone! I texted Jason, and sure enough, he snagged them all up. Hmm… looks like we have a cookie monster in the house!

I had some extra time after finishing my homework and an extreme cookie craving, so I decided to bake a batch of my own!

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I ate two cookies hot out of the oven. Some things are definitely worth the effort.

There was also dunking action in a small glass of milk… but I was cleaning and forgot to photograph!

I followed the recipe on the back of the Publix chocolate chip bag to the T (except didn’t add nuts) and I had to use whole wheat flour instead of white because we’re out. I couldn’t taste any difference, though.

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I didn’t realize this recipe made FIVE DOZEN cookies. Wow! I made two dozen and saved the dough in the freezer!

I then headed to my 6:00-9:30 classes and when I returned I was beyond happy that my dinner was already in the fridge, just needing to be reheated.

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My random looking combo was quite filling and much better than a frozen dinner!

It included:

  • Soba Noodles
  • snow peas
  • red pepper
  • matchstick carrots
  • zucchini cut into little strips
  • edamame
  • bean sprouts
  • scallions
  • 1 TBL whole foods brand Peanut sauce
  • dash soy sauce

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I really like planning ahead! I could get used to this! I used a lot of the same ingredients for tomorrow’s lunch, so check back to see another delicious combo!

Goodnight, bloggies! 😀

❤ MegaNerd