Hey Guys!

February is here, can you believe it? Thank you for the amazing comments on my post from yesterday. I usually keep things pretty light here, but I guess I just wanted to share!

{2.1.12}

Coffee + Coconut Creamer in the dark. Always coffee, and always water in the morning.

 Breakfast: Smoothie. I feel a little bad showing you a smoothie with such an awful shade of color, but this apparently what happens when you mix spinach and blueberries. {3 cups spinach + almond milk + frozen blueberries + 1 cup greek yogurt}

Workout: My favorite lunch crunch workout! (1 hour intense circuit training) I asked Rob the trainer about exercises for a flat tummy and he told me all the things I didn’t want to hear!!! {intervals, exerting as much energy doing cardio as I do during class (a lot) and no walking, “you aren’t 80.” Wah!}

Lunch: I snacked on some veggies and hummus while I put everything else together. Did Trader Joe’s change their plain hummus recipe? It tasted different to me, but it had been a while.

The rest of lunch consisted of: a turkey burger smothered in caramelized onions + sauteed mixed greens (baby spinach, baby kale and baby chard) + sweet potato baked with coconut oil + raw sauerkraut on the side.

I have to tell you about two parts of my lunch that I’m a little obsessed with! Over the weekend, I was working in a HUGE Whole Foods so of course had to check out their extra-large selection. I found the Earthbound Farms “Power Greens” – a mix of baby kale, baby spinach and baby chard. All washed, ready to go and in a HUGE container. It must be new because it isn’t on their website yet. The other is a Raw Garlic Dill Pickle Kraut, by Farmhouse Culture. There were a few different varieites at the store, but I love pickles and kraut so it was the natural choice. It tastes like pickle kraut – genius!

I love both of these items so much, I might have to make the trek out to that Whole Foods again!

Snack: Tea + 1/2 Peanut Butter thinkThin bar.

I proceeded to eat the other half shortly after. :)

I wish I could say that I did something cool in the afternoon, like lay out at a pool, but I had a lot of work to do, so work I did!

Dinner: Tuna melts were on the menu and as much as I like them, every time I plan them for dinner, they end up not making the cut.

Instead, we decided to try out a near-by Dim Sum Restaurant, called Bao. I had a glass of wine and we shared lots of dim sum plates (dumplings, scallion pancakes, green beans, seaweed salad and more dumplings) – the pictures were horrible so I’ll spare you, but imagine the plate below, x a lot.

We’ll definitely visit Bao Dim Sum again soon, the food was great, they have all day happy hour at the bar and dim sum is the perfect excuse for my dumpling obsession. :)

Now I’m snacking on a few dried mango pieces and cringing while watching 127 Hours. Eek!

 

19 Comments ( Reply )

  1. She Rocks Fitness
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I love caramelized onions! Actually I love onions…Is that weird? Your smoothie looks delicious. I’ve been having green monsters a lot as well the past few weeks. It’s a nice/easy change up. Have a great day!

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    • Emily
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 10:12 am

      I was just thinking yesterday that my love for onions might be weird! That was 1/2 an onion yesterday just for lunch!

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  2. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    I just about fell out of my chair at the ‘you aren’t 80′ comment. haha! But sometimes I DO feel like I’m 80 on the treadmill, and my body aches like I’m 80 afterwards…

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  3. Lindsay @ biking before b ed
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    I will definitely have to look for the pickle kraut at my next Whole Foods outing. I am always amazed at smoothie pictures that are vibrant shades of pink and red when they claim to add spinach. Mine always turn weird shades of brown too. But they still taste amazing.

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    • Emily
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

      Yes, even when I add strawberries, it is always an awful color, but delicious! :)

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  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    Ew, I couldn’t watch that movie all the way through! Pretty sure I hid my eyes for at least half of it. There’s a reason I didn’t become a doctor. Or a solo-hiker, for that matter. Your eats look especially delicious this week- dim sum AND sourkraut on one day? You’re a girl after my own heart.

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  5. Amanda
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Oooh those power greens look delicious. I would love that combo. And caramelized onions…my favorite. I could eat a whole bowl.

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  6. Emily @LivingLongfellow
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    That meal looks wonderful. What a nice combo of everything nutritious and yummy. I tried Silk soy creamer last week and really liked it. What do you think of coconut creamer? Is it sweet? I think I might like it. What brand do you drink?

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    • Emily
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

      I use the So Delicious brand (only brand I’ve seen) and I like it! I use the original so it isn’t sweet, but I’m a half & half girl so I like it for the creamy factor. They also have vanilla and hazelnut flavors if you like it sweet.

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  7. Emily
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    I like the Coconut Creamer – I use the So Delicious brand (only kind I’ve seen). They have plain, vanilla and hazelnut – I use the plain and it isn’t sweet. I’m a half & half girl and it is the only replacement I’ve found that I like!

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  8. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    My smoothies are always a lovely putrid color too. Chocolate Sun Warrior, raspberries and spinach do not make a very appetizing color combination! But they taste delicious!

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  9. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Your lunch looks like a *perfect* meal to me! All of those caramelized onions are making my mouth water…Yum! Have you ever tried them on top of pizza? If not, I highly recommend that you do!

    I’m off to check out your lunch crunch workout–sounds intense! :-)

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    • Emily
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

      I have tried them on pizza – SO good! I find myself adding them to so many things!

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  10. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 1:00 am

    yeah, bao! we celebrated thick dumpling skin’s anniversary there!
    http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/dumpling-skins-through-thick-and-thin/

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  11. caloricandcrazy
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    those sweet potato discs look so good!

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  12. Lori
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    The smoothie doesn’t look bad at all. I actually thought it was chocolate which means I may have been able to convince myself it was a chocolate shake. Ha! No convincing needed though because I love spinach in my smoothies.

    I love your trainers comment! That’s one reason why I love doing Jillian’s DVDs she says a lot of things that can be summed up in – you are capable of doing more. I don’t walk much because I don’t feel like it’s worth it to me, like I’ve burned no calories for the time I invested. It’s good for people depending on their fitness level and age, but it’s frustrating to see younger people stop there, like that is the extent of their fitness level for good. Gotta keep pushing. :)

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