Girls Mid-Week Dinner Out

Happy Humpday!

This week has been blowing by, which I’m pretty excited about because it means that warm weather is almost here. :) I can’t wait to start wearing some of my warm weather clothes! The skirts, the flip flops, the shorts, the bathing suits! I’ve been enjoying the occasional warm day here and there, but I’m ready for warm weather all the time. Who’s with me?

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Breakfast in my beautiful Anthropologie bowl!

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Fresh Market Spring Blend…yum yum!

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Date and almond oatmeal with flaxseed meal and chia seeds. Yum!

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I prepped lunch this morning while my oatmeal cooked away on the stove

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Seedy AB+J (Almond Butter + Jelly) Sammie

It’s sort of like Power Toast in sandwich form, with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Also Barney Butter and Earthfare Organic pomegranate jelly.

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Toasted Seedy AB+J Sandwich with semi-steamed organic broccoli.

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I prepped the organic broccoli last night (rinsed and chopped) and then added about 1 tbsp water to the container and microwaved for about 1.5 minutes. I like my broccoli both raw and steamed and this was somewhere in between.

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I just added a little salt to the broccoli.

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I toasted my sandwich…

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…and cut it into a triangle b/c they’re more fun to eat that way.

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Yerba Mate tea #1 (a bit of cream and sugar)

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Yerba Mate tea #2 (sugar)

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Next up, we headed out for a bloggie get-together at Cafe Central.

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Kath, Michelle, Kelsey, Lauren, and Kate (not pictured yet) met up for a ladies mid-week dinner.

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Kath sampled 2 wines and and I went with her choice – Pure Chardonnay.

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Cheers!

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Michelle took my picture – thanks hun!

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Some people at the table ordered the sweet potato springs rolls – the same kind Kelsey and I shared last time I was here (click).

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For my eats, I went with a side salad with white balsamic vinaigrette…

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Plus a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I can’t wait till Lent is over because this place has some amazing looking burgers!

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Two cheeses! I loved the combo of cheeses, but no bread compares to Great Harvest!!

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Group shot!

So great seeing friends mid-week! It’s like a lil boost to get you through the work-week.

I’m hoping to WFH tomorrow but I’m supposed to be getting an email upgrade tonight, so I hope it works! Eek! Wish me luck or I’ll be going to the office after all! lol

Project Hydrate Day #17

I did ok today. I really think about 5 cups of water and 2 cups of hot tea are about all I’m good for during the work day. I forgot to do my morning cup of water, so I’m one cup less than yesterday. Doh!

Consumed:

  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups hot tea
  • 1 glass wine (ok this doesn’t count…whatever!)

How are you doing with Project Hydrate?

Randomness

The discussion board on my Facebook page is really getting good – check it out and voice in on the conversation.

I’ve started a FAQ page. It’s actually been up for a couple days, but you may not have noticed it. I’m collecting my most popular questions and have more to add, but until then – feel free to ask some more on my Formspring page.

Be sure to check out my Recipe page, too!

Reader Question: Do you see your friends mid-week or only on the weekends?

Tuesday Goodies

I woke up to a nice surprise…

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…hubby prepped the coffee maker last night so instead of waking up and having to brew coffee, it was waiting for me! How nice?

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i whipped up some chocolate-date oatmeal (the dates were my only sweetener) with ground flaxseed meal and sliced almonds.

Lunch was pretty basic – leftovers from Sunday’s Prep Day soup, plus a freshly cracked box of Kashi crackers and some almonds later.

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A surprise from hubby was the highlight of my workday – a Great Harvest mini cinnamon roll. Yum! I always love seeing hubby in the middle of the day…and a sweet treat isn’t bad either.

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I came home to find hubby had purchased a new goodie – a new vacuum cleaner! We had a mini one we thought would be enough (since we don’t have any carpet, just rugs), but turns out we need a full size one.

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Hubby also picked up some Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat bread.

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While I was home, we even got a package…

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My TofuXpress Tofu Press!! I won this from @Nasoya on Twitter. Thank you Nasoya!!

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I even got some recipes, recipe cards, and coupons!

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Here’s a better shot of the press. I can’t wait to use this! I feel like I have a new toy. :lol:

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I prepped tonight’s veggies – organic broccoli. I had enough to pack up for tomorrow, plus some to steam for tonight.

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Annie’s Mac and Cheese.

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I have a lot to do tonight, so I kept dinner quick and simple: Trader Joe’s breaded halibut (just toss it in the oven and let it cook away), steamed broccoli (with a light drizzle of melted organic butter), and Annie’s Mac and cheese.

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Hubby picked up some two-bite cinnamon rolls from Earthfare. They weren’t much when I first opened them – cold, hard little rolls.

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I freshened them up by warming them in the microwave where they were transformed into sweet little bites of heaven! I managed to only eat one of these and hubby had the other 2.

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I think I was able to restrain myself since I had an Earthfare whole wheat vegan chocolate chip cookie waiting for me.

I had/have a whole other work day after my real work day tonight:

  • a jewelry order (have to make the necklace, package, and prepare for shipment)
  • helping a friend with their web site (it’s a toughie! they used real graphic designers and they put all kinds of really cool looking things that are really difficult to program. lol)
  • blog
  • email

Project Hydrate Day #16

Check out yesterday’s recap for some more Project Hydrate tips.

My cup first thing is really improving my water intake. Otherwise, I’m consuming about the same amount while I’m at work.

Consumed today:

  • 1 cup water in the morning
  • pink bottle ~4 cups
  • 1/2 turquoise bottle ~1.5 cups
  • 2 cups hot tea

Not too shabby.

Musings

One year ago today, I was blogging about the fabulous dinner in San Fran, including San Francisco’s best hot chocolate (and yes, it was pretty awesome! you should see the pictures!)

Did I mention I have some big announcements and giveaways in the works? I think I did…I can’t help it…I’m just so excited! :mrgreen:

Also, you guys are really starting to get talkative on The Chic Life blog Facebook page and I love it! I love to hear from you guys! Remember, you can contact me any time at thechiclife at gmail dot com, via my Contact page, by asking me something anonymously on my Formspring page, or by dropping me some comments here on the blog of my Facebook page. Need some advice? Want my opinion? Just ask. I don’t bite. ;)

Have a great week everyone!

Oatmeal Snack (It’s Not Just for Breakfast)

You guys know I love oatmeal. I love it especially for breakfast, but I’ve also eaten it for lunch, dinner, and dessert.

And, today, I enjoyed some oatmeal as a….

S-N-A-C-K!!!

A pre-work-out snack that is.

After a pretty awesome day of eats, I wanted a really good afternoon snack.

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What to look for in a pre-workout snack: I always try to fuel up for a workout by eating a little extra food to give me energy and make up for some of my soon-to-be-burned calories. I look for carbs with a little protein. I shoot for between 100-250 calories for my exercise fuel, depending on what else I ate that day. If I already had a snack earlier in the day or a large breakfast/lunch, I stay to the lower end and visa versa.

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When to eat a pre-workout snack: I try to eat my snack about an hour to an hour and a half before my work out.

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I usually go for a meal bar, but mostly because they’re convenient and I can keep them at my desk at work.

Today, since I was WFH, I decided to make…OATMEAL! :) Oatmeal is great for breakfast but also makes for a great pre-workut snack.

I went for AB+J (almond butter and jelly) Oatmeal. I think I would have been better off using dried fruit as my sweetener instead of jelly. I don’t think (though I’m not exactly sure) that jelly gives you energy (maybe a sugar high if anything?) but dried fruit gives you a good energy boost from what I understand. Today, I was more worried about getting some good carbs for energy.

AB+J Oatmeal

To the pot:

  • 1/4 cup organic skim milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp flaxseeds
  • (no sweetener)

Cooked stove top till thickened.

Toppings:

  • Barney Butter (about or just under 1 tbsp)
  • Earthfare Organic pomegranate jelly (about 1 tbsp – this was my sweetener)
  • Chopped raw almonds (about 2 – I mean, I already had plenty in the Barney Butter!)

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Not sure if it was the oatmeal or my good job with Project Hydrate today, but I had an awesome workout and plenty of energy! Yay!

1 amazing hour of dance fitness…I love starting my weekend out with a good exercise!

We worked on more of my choreography tonight: Meet Me Halfway (as a warm up song). We just need to polish that one off and finish Bad Romance. Oh yea! I love choreographing songs. Perhaps I should have been a figure skating instructor or something?

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Check out my friend Megan rocking out a song at class tonight. Get it Megan! :)

Reader question: Have you eaten oatmeal any time other than breakfast?

Chic Energy Bites – Cheerful Cherry

I have so many ideas for Chic Energy Bite flavors to share with you love The Chic Life readers, but for now I have the second one I’ve attempted. First I brought you the Currant Crave flavor, now I bring you…

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Chic Energy Bites – Cheerful Cherry

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds (I used raw, whole)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (ok to omit)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor.
  2. Process mixture until ingredients are chopped into tiny bits and the mixture starts to stick together. (At first the mixture will appear very dry. As you keep going, the mixture will become more sticky, though it won’t come together like a ball of dough). Start/stop and use the pulse as you go. Check it often if you’re unsure about consistency. Also, before you start forming discs, you can make a mini ball to test the mixture holds together ok. Mine was ready after about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes worth of processing in 30 second intervals, stopping to check consistency each time.
  3. Carefully remove blade from food processor.
  4. Pick up about 1tbsp worth of mixture, press/squeeze firmly together (this one was more crumbly than the currant version) into a ball and flatten slightly to a disc shape.
  5. Enjoy!

NOTE: Makes about 20 bites. Store in an airtight container.

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Materials gathered.

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Raw almonds.

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Dried cherries.

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All in.

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Not processed enough – nuts and dried fruits are too large. Keep processing!

Tip: This mixture turned out a lot more crumbly than the currant flavor. For the currant bites, I was able to roll them into balls and then flatten to discs…these needed to be pressed and squeezed firmly together, but they still held up together once they were formed. I had to press the edges a little extra as they tended to want to crumble or break up a bit, but I worked them together nicely.

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Bite meet mouth. Nom nom nom…

The combination of fruit and nuts make these great for a pre-workout or general energy boost snack.

To enjoy:

  • Eat them straight up (for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert)
  • Use them as an oatmeal topping
  • Chop them up over Power Toast
  • Make a dried fruit and nut sammie by placing on a whole wheat dinner roll

Like currants? Try my other flavor – Currant Crave.

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