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Lunch Date With The Ladies

by Courtney on August 19, 2010

4:00?? Really? Is somebody joking? :shock:

You guys will have to forgive me for the sporadic posts. Unfortunately, things may be like this for a couple weeks, seeing as though I have lots to prepare for with going back to school, as well as our trip to Vegas! I hope that you all will stick with me and my crazy posts! :)

Workout

Me and my boo-tayy headed to the gym nice and early this morning. Before leaving the house, I snacked on a fave: half an Arnold Sandwich Thin with Blizzard Butter.

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I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a BodyPump class. I seriously LOVE this class. Really. The instructor switched up some of the tracks today, going back to some of my faves from Release 72 (I think?). My entire body felt so pumped (no pun intended…well, yes, actually it was) afterwards. My legs were like jell-o after the lunge track!

Breakfast

It was a little bit later (10:30am) by the time I got to eat breakfast, and since I knew I had lunch plans at 12:30, I wanted to keep things on the lighter side.

Fresh cantaloupe

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And a vanilla flavored Chobani topped with some Bear Naked Fit granola and a few Quaker Oatmeal Squares.

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This meal was absolutely perfect for my appetite; it satisfied me just long enough until it was time for my lunch date!

Lunch

Yup, that’s right. I had a hot lunch date at Salad Creations with three of my favorite ladies: Kathryn, Rachel, & Joelle. :-D

I already knew that the “Create Your Own” salad was definitely in the cards, but I was going back and forth between a “Jr.” or a “full” size. By getting the full size, however, you get to choose as many mix-ins that you want; so if you know me well enough, you know I went with the full.

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Just to give you an idea of the actual size of this beast, here’s a little comparison shot. Yup, it’s massive.

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Before I even sat down with this mammoth bowl, I made sure to grab a to-go container. I’ve tackled this beast before, and have shoveled the entire thing into my belly without even realizing it. So knowing that I was going to be chatting it up with the girls today, I made sure to pack up a little more than half of it before I even dug in. Definitely a good way to control portions the size of your head. ;)

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This thing was STUFFED with goodies:

  • Romaine
  • Carrots
  • Cukes
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Red Onions
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Edamame
  • A Hard-Boiled Egg (protein)
  • Feta Cheese
  • A few Croutons
  • Reduced-fat Caribbean Mango dressing, on the side (I used about 1/2 of one container)

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Lunch was fanTASTIC! :mrgreen: Not only the food, but to get to have the time to chat with the girls. We did A LOT of Vegas talk! Let’s just say there is going to be one FUN Bachelorette party happening next week! :shock:

Snack

By the time I got home from running some more errands (aka, story of my life this week) I was in need of a little something sweet. Solution? Raid the swag bag. ;)

This Mary’s Gone Crackers “N’Oatmeal” Raisin cookie was totally calling my name. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of it, but it was ridiculously GOOD!! I could totally foresee some of these in my future. WOW!

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I also broke out the Ayala’s herbal water bottle that came with my swag: The lemongrass flavor is definitely prominent in this beverage. I’m still trying to decide my final take on it. It’s ok, but not that great. I’d be curious to see what the other flavors taste like?

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Tonight, our friends Joe & Kate are coming over for a double dinner date! :-D Not exactly sure how this is going to work though, since the food supply in our house is a little low; we’re trying to clear the fridge of as much as we can before leaving next week.

Question for the Afternoon:

What are some of your favorite meals to make when trying to just use pantry items?

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1 Nancy August 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Omg that salad was massive!!

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2 atastelife August 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

A healthified chicken parm. I usually have frozen chicken breasts in the freezer and I always keep breadcrumbs or panko and marinara sauce in the pantry. http://atastelife.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/ooey-gooey-mozzarella/

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3 Nic August 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

The Herbal water looks really refreshing! Bummer that it was only ok. You’ll have to keep us posted on the other flavors!

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4 tastyandtrim August 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I love to make a pantry meal by throwing together a big bowl of cereal mixing in dried fruit and nuts! I’ve gotta get my hands on some of those n’oatmeal raisin cookies :)

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5 Sana August 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Oh wow! That is a MASSIVE salad!!!!

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6 The Viva la Vida Project August 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

The best thing about salad? You can size it up however large as your heart desires and still not feel guilty after devouring the entire thing. I’m sittin here on my lunchbreak with my yoplait and bag of cherries and carrots, getting my daily blog fix and just DROOLing over it, just so you know. Yum!

Speaking of satisfying a sweet tooth, that cookie makes me wanna go home and get in the baking mood!

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7 Shanna, like Banana August 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I ADORE ginormous salads and that one looks tasty as can be. And eating with friends to boot. Hurray!

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8 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices August 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

WHOA- that cookie looks amazing!!!! & that salad- yum yum :D

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9 Katie H. August 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I always post sporadically :D I need to try a body pump class. They sound awesome!

If I don’t feel like cooking it’s greek yogurt and granola for me fo sho :0

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10 *Andrea* August 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

mmmmmmm that salad looks so good! i need to start portion controlling like you did more often. sometimes at restaurants when i get massive portions of fish i will cut it in half and tell myself to only eat one half. doesn’t always work lol ;)

never seen the mary’s cookies! i love the nana’s peanut butter ones which are also vegan

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11 runningaroundnormal August 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

That salad is huge!! Glad you had a fun lunch :)
I kinda felt the same about the lemon verbena flavored water. It wasn’t bad…it was just…different!

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12 Tina August 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

I love salads like that! People get bored of eating salads cause they forget to get creative! Salads are like an open canvas! Enjoy your weekend! :)

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