Meals on the Go

I had to say goodbye to my little sister this afternoon. 😦

 

Before we left for the airport, I made a Mexican themed lunch:

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I had a cup of black bean soup

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…and a salad.

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My salad included:

  • romaine lettuce
  • green bell pepper
  • crumbled chips
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • cheese
  • salsa

On the way to test number two of the day, I ate a CLIF bar mini in the car. I almost brought a Pumpkin pie Kashi bar, but I have missed the Brownie! Jason always steals them, but this one was buried in the bar stash! 😀

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I also stopped at D and D for some Latte love! 99 cents, can’t beat it!

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I packed my dinner in a little Fresh n’ Fit container that I have actually had for a while, but never use. It comes with an ice pack, and individual compartments for snacks. In case anyone is wondering, I found it at Target.

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In the main compartment I packed a turkey and cheese sandwich. The ice pack fits over the sandwich area, and rests on little “shelves” so it doesn’t squish the sandwich.

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I filled the top two containers with fruits and veggies: one with carrots and peas, and one with strawberries.

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Each of those fits into the groves on the ice pack…

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…and closes with the lid!

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It kept my food cold (for 6 hours) without having to pack the whole bulky lunch cooler! I really liked using it!

What do you use to carry around your meals or snacks when you’re on the go?

 

Edited to add: I’m currently nibbling on Mickey’s Ear… ok… putting down the rice krispie treat…

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Late Start

Sorry for the delay in posting.I didn’t get home from class until 11:00 pm, and I let myself sleep in!

I woke up around 8:30 this morning, and felt really sluggish. It took me an HOUR to get out the door for my run! I really didn’t feel like running this morning, which was shocking, considering the past two runs I have been super excited about!

I saw 6.0 miles on the marathon training plan and got a little freaked out. Why? I don’t really know. I told myself just to get out there and run at any pace that felt comfortable. I think that worked for me, because basically I was lazy and didn’t feel like pushing it this morning. I ended up completing 6.25 miles in a little over an hour, because I walked a bit (and didn’t stop the watch).

Before I left, I had half a blueberry crisp CLIF bar. I swear it tastes like a Blueberry Muffin!

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I am just now eating breakfast! (Yes, it’s really 11:00 am).

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I used up the last of my Kashi H2H cereal, which was probably two servings, plus a banana, and fat free milk.

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Yesterday…

After lunch, I worked on a project for school, and munched on pretzels and PB straight from the bag. My appetite is still pretty low, so I didn’t worry about eating the whole bag or anything. I love this snack!

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I was SERIOUSLY dragging yesterday. Waking up for a 7:30 am class… and then having to go to class again from 4:30-10:20pm is painful. I stopped for some caffeine!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s basically a nonfat latte, with one pump pumpkin spice, no whip cream. The real thing is SO sweet, and adds like 200 extra calories. Not necessary at all.

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I packed two leftover tacos for dinner, which I had to eat cold. They got a little soggy, but it was better than paying $$$$ for food on campus.

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I made them before I left:

  • soft taco shells
  • black beans
  • pepper jack cheese
  • green bell pepper
  • tomato

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I wrapped them individually to make it easier to eat and walk.

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When I got home, I needed a little snack. I cut up an apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, and microwaved it for 30 seconds. Delicious!

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Ok, It’s almost 11:30 am. I need to get my day started!!!

❤ MegaNerd

Lunch Date and Quick Dinner

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! Every since my run this morning, I’ve been in a good mood! 😀

I’m enjoying my happiness while I finish this post, and then it’s back to studying. I have yet ANOTHER test tomorrow. My life feels like a super long exam!!

 

Lunch

Since Jason’s on the night shift this month, that means he is home during the day with me! Our two year dating anniversary is tomorrow, but since we have other plans/work/classes, we celebrated with a lunch date today!

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We used to have lunch together (not always out) every single day before we even started dating. It is a tradition that I miss!

We headed to Nona Sushi, a local Japanese restaurant. I ordered the lunch special, a bento box with hibachi shrimp.

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It came with a ginger side salad, which they always put WAY to much dressing on.

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I asked for no butter on the shrimp and veggies, and the guy said he couldn’t do it. Umm… I was really confused, and I told him to please use minimal butter. He laughed at me.  Ugh, it was still buttery but it was DELICIOUS! I ate all the veggies, and half of the shrimp.

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It also came with a blob of white rice which I’m not a fan of and had no problem leaving it there.

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I love love love sushi! I was happy to eat all of these little California rolls. 😀

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…and lastly, tempura veggies- sweet potato and zucchini

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As good as the outside might taste, it is NOT HEALTHY! I compromised by picking 3/4 of it off, and I still got a bit of the flavor.

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It was a great lunch, and I left feeling super full!!

 

I didn’t really need any snacks this afternoon, but I made a green smoothie before I left for class, since dinner was still 4-5 hours away.

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My smoothie had:

  • spinach
  • ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk

Jason saw me making it, and wanted half. Being an awesome girlfriend, I gave him half. It was actually just enough to hold me.

 

Dinner

Once I got home from class, I made a quick pasta salad for dinner.

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It included:

  • penne pasta (carbs)
  • white beans (protein)
  • peas (veggies)
  • red pepper (veggies)
  • pesto (fats)

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I boiled some penne pasta, while I prepared all the other stuff. The entire dish made 11 minutes to make, had only 5 ingredients, and covered all the well-rounded meal basics. Quick meals are a necessity in my life!

YUM!!

I contemplated cereal for dinner, but I’m so glad I took 10 extra minutes to make something more satisfying.

***Edited to Add: Just a had a little bowl of Moose tracks frozen yogurt!***

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What’s the best meal you have made in under 15 minutes?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Pumpkin Swirl Bread

I am proud to say that I treated today as my weekend. 😀

 

I got NO school work done, but I think I deserved  a break. I’ve busted my butt the past week! Tomorrow is back to Saturday class, then studying for two tests that I have on Monday.

Since I don’t want to risk further injuring my shin, I skipped the run and headed to the gym for some upper body strength training. It sort of frustrating not to be able to run, but I know that resting (meaning no impact on the bone) is the best thing for now.

Once I got back, I made a quick lunch of stir-fried tofu with honey and soy sauce mixture, and some sugar snap peas, carrot, and red bell pepper.

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Veggies always taste better stir fried in my opinion!

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I contemplated making brown rice, but I decided I would rather save room for pumpkin swirl bread.  I made it last year from a recipe that Jason’s mom gave me, and I have been waiting for October to make it again!!

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Pumpkin Swirl Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups WW flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Filling:

  • 2 TBL butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the ap flour, ww flour, oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, and yeast. Beat in the warm water, pumpkin, applesauce until moistened. Add egg, beat until smooth. Stir in the remaining 1 cup flour until the dough is firm. Add raisins.
  2. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes or more). Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour on the counter.
  3. Lightly flour surface (I used the counter) and roll the dough into about an 18×9 inch rectangle.
  4. Melt butter in dish and spread onto the dough.
  5. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle on top of the butter.
  6. Roll up the dough jelly-roll style, starting with the short side. Pinch ends to seal. 
  7. Place seam side down in loaf pan, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, until golden. Cool for 10 minutes.

Makes 12 big fat slices. 😀

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This bread… rocks. It’s not too sweet, but just enough.

Try it for yourself folks!

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I made two loaves so I could share with my pals.

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Off to clean the kitchen, and then it’s date night!

 

❤ MegaNerd

No Expectations

Tomorrow is the big day! Well, just a 15k (9.3) race. Who am I kidding, that is awesome!

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I have never raced this distance before, and I’m really excited! I honestly have NO idea how I will do, but no matter my speed, I’m automatically going to PR! I am thinking of pacing like I was in a half marathon, just finishing 4 miles early. 😀

I have no expectations for tomorrow other than to try my best and have fun! I put way too much pressure on myself during the Rock N’ Run 5k two weeks ago, and I didn’t enjoy that race as much as I normally would have. I finished and said, “meh, 24:23”… when honestly that is a great time for me! I think it’s important at this to remember why I am there, to have fun!!

 

My body was begging for extra sleep, so I stayed in bed until 8:00am. That might not sound late, but I am used to waking up at 5:00-6:00 every single day including weekends, so I greatly appreciated the extra rest!

I finally got up and moving and made some breakfast. Purple Peanut butter oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (so good!)
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • thawed out berries

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I love it when I mix it all up and it gets purple!

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Lunch was a refried bean and cheese burrito:

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side salad with spinach, tomato, green pepper, avocado

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…and some black bean chips (x2) 😀

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I’m trying to focus on including a little carbs/protein/fat in each meal. I think this does a good job!

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Have you ever run a 15k? That distance seems so odd to me. I once ran an 8k… even weirder!

 

In Other News….

Jason’s camera battery died, so I guess I’ll be back to using my 4.0 mega pixel brick 6 year old junk camera until he finds the charger!!! Good-bye beautiful food photos… see you soon! ***cough, Jason find the battery!!, cough***

 

❤ MegaNerd