Daily Eats – 6/15/11

Breakfast

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1.5 servings healthy almond breakfast cake (~200 cal)
1 tbsp strawberry preserves (50 cal)

Snack

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1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese (81 cal)
1 tbsp strawberry preserves (50 cal)

Lunch

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3 oz chicken breast (150 cal)
1/2 cup homemade potato salad (~150 calories)
1 cup beet and arugula salad (~100 calories)

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1 bag salt & vinegar popchips (100 cal)

Lunch Total: ~500 calories

Snack

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A kajillion red grapes (100 calories)

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Roll w/1 tbsp cream cheese (~125 cal)

Snack Total: 225 calories

Snack, Again… 🙂

Sweet.

Small frozen yogurt from Sweetgreen with strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips 🙂 (~120 calories)

Dinner

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Annie’s cheesy noodles w/peas and corn added (~400 cal)
Chinese broccoli (~50 cal?)

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1 cup almond milk (60 cal)

Dinner Total: ~520 calories

Total Total: 1,736 calories

Plus some exercising (walking and some intense stairwork – my gluuuuutes!) so pretty standard stuff! I did succumb to the chocolate chips on my froyo… ah well, totally worth it. 😉 Recipe for my awesome almond breakfast cake coming tomorrow!

Sorry, Donald

Donald, you would be ashamed of what I did last night.

Donald the Duck, Scared :(

I’m sorry, buddy, but it’s true.

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I had peking duck last night, and it was incredible. As it always is.

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As you may remember, the Powell clan attempted to go to the Peking Gourmet Inn on Sunday night to kick off our little mini-reunion week. Weeeell, that didn’t turn out so well, since the restaurant had lost power! Sad. But as you can see, thankfully we got to work it into our schedule after all! I wasn’t feeling well earlier in the day too, so I’m glad that by the time we went out to dinner things had settled and I could partake in the deliciousness.

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(In case you’re wondering, my Chinese zodiac sign is the Dragon. So pretty much the best one. Boo-yah. ;))

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Peking duck, it’s a style of cooking duck so that the meat is tender and moist, the skin is crispy, and it’s served with little pancakes, spring onions, hoisin sauce, and sometime cucumbers to make wraps with!

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The ducks are cooked whole, so they cut up and serve the meat right at the table!

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Dinner and a show!

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Deeeeelicious! I had three. Heeheehee. My mom ordered a few other dishes for dinner as well, but the duck was clearly the star, for both the Peking veterans…

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… and newbies alike!

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And to top off what was already an excellent evening, look what was waiting for me when I got home:

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My Fitbloggin’ Popchips arrived! You guys have seen me consume these 100-calorie-bags-of-deliciousness numerous times on the blog, and I am super excited to have received a GINORMOUS box of them (actually two, since Ben got one too!) from the very generous Popchips peeps that represented at the Fitbloggin’ conference.

I really believe they are a great way to satisfy those pesky chips cravings without going overboard with your calories (I used to be able to put away an entire bag (yep, full-sized) of Ruffles by myself! Yech.) And while yes, they are still a processed food, you have to admit that it’s nice to have a healthier (or at least, lighter!) substitute for when the craving hits. I think this pic that Ben took tonight pretty much sums it up:

Day 163 - Death by Pop Chips
Death by Popchips. At least Daxter looks sad to see me go! And as you can tell by my expression, I’m okay with it. 🙂

If you have tried Popchips, what’s your favorite flavor? Mine is a three-way tie between Salt & Vinegar, Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper. Do you have a favorite healthier/lighter substitute for your snackfood achilles heel? Have I asked this question before? Oh well, even if I have, I want to know again! Hahahaha. I hear a lot of talk about Arctic Zero as a low calorie substitute for ice cream, though I’ve never tried it. I do love my frozen desserts, so maybe I need to give it a go!

Daily Eats – 6/14/11

Breakfast

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Sauteed veggies + 1/4 avocado (~150 cal)
A runny egg (70 cal)

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Cuppa joe w/stevia and almond milk (25 cal)

Breakfast Total: 245 calories

Snack

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A square of homemade almond cake (~100 cal)

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Grapesgrapesgrapes (~70 cal)

Snack Total: ~170 calories

Lunch

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2 servings Annie’s cheesy noodle mix (~380 cal)
Plus corn & pea (~30 calories)

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1 cup original almond milk (60 cal)

Lunch Total: ~470 calories

Snack

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Popchips! (100 cal)

Dinner

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Hot tea (calories: negligible)

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1 leek potsticker
Sweet & sour cabbage

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Peking duck wraps (x3, heehee)
– Peking duck
– Cucumber
– Spring onion
– Hoisin sauce

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Chinese broccoli
Tofu and vegetables
Kung pao chicken

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2 shrimp, 2 snappeas

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Cucumber juice and an unpictured fortune cookie

Total Total: 985 calories + dinner for which it would be impossible to accurately count. We finally got to our have our big family dinner at the Peking Gourmet Inn, which was originally planned for Sunday night but we couldn’t go due to their having lost power! I have to admit that I probably ate more then 600 calories tonight for dinner, but c’mon: it’s Peking Duck! I only have it like once a year. I’d do it again if I had to do it over. 😉 Details on dinner to come tomorrow! G’night!

Grillin’ like a Villain

Well, it should really be more like “Grillin’ like a family of well-behaved, helpful Anglo-Saxons” but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? Bahahaha. As I indicated in yesterday’s post, last night grill night at the Casa de Powell! The pups and I joined my ‘rents, siblings, and the rest of our extended family that are in town for a nice homestyle grill-fest. It was a lot of fun, and I even got to work in a much healthier version of potato salad than we probably would have consumed otherwise (although unfortunately, I didn’t get to pull out a greek yogurt substitution this time around.)

So, you know, a picture’s worth a thousand words, yada yada, hehe:

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Lots of socializing, wine-drinking (not by me though, sad), and amusing puppy playing occurred:

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Notice how much dirtier Daxter’s mouth is in that last picture compared to the first, haha.

And the spread! There was so much food — this is the first time I’ve had STEAK in quite a while, and you know what? It was delicious. But hopefully it doesn’t cause me any, ah-hem, issues later on.

I am super excited for lunch today ’cause it’ll be a nice little rerun with some extra potato salad and chicken that I snuck out, hehe. Also, check out this ridiculously seedy lemon I used for the potato salad:

Seedy.

Have you ever seen so many seeds in one lemon before? Ridonk!

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I do love me some corn…

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As evidenced by the aftermath, haha:

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And after dinner was over, the fam cozied up with some ice cream and strawbs to reminisce and laugh at us younger cousins’ expense via home movies:

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I cannot lie: I was a really cute baby. I’m a teenyweeny one year old in that last picture (on the left, beside Jenny’s big head. BAHAHA.) 😀

So, as you can clearly see, it was a great evening! I love grill food because it always makes it really feel like SUMMER (as do the 34729348920834 mosquitos that have finally come out of hiding. Bleh.) The night was definitely the lift I needed after a not-so-great day. I’m a little ashamed to say that I really let yesterday’s weigh-in get me down, guys. I even had to fight some pretty strong urges to binge my feelings away with a basketfull of McChicken sandwiches. But fight I did, and I didn’t let myself fall back into that trap, for which I am very proud of myself.

I really appreciate your honest and helpful comments and now that I’m in higher spirits I will tell you right now that I am done phoning it in. No more excuses, because I know that nobody is at fault for me not losing weight other than myself (despite how much I love to blame others, haha.) I am going to take all of your tips to heart, and try out a few new things with regard to exercising this week. You are (hopefully) going to see some real changes occurring soon — and not just physical ones! Time for me to grow up, (wo)man up, and get ‘r done.

What are your favorite foods to grill? After tonight’s fairly traditional fare, I have a strong urge to try out crazy things like grilled watermelon and throwing poblano peppers on the grill and stuff. Old-fashioned stuff like corn, chicken, and steak is fine and dandy, but we all know by know that I’m really quite the experimenter (and it usually works! You should have seen the looks I got from my aunts after telling them about how I’m going to be putting green apple chunks in the potato salad, but they loved it!) I’m curious to hear if you have any secret grilling weapons you’re willing to share!

Daily Eats – 6/13/11

Breakfast

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Yogurt Mess
– 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (38 cal)
– 1/2 cup Fage 0% plain greek yogurt (40 cal)
– 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (35 cal)
– 1 tbsp strawberry preserves (30 cal)

Brekky Total: 143 calories (oops, too low.)

Lunch

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1 1/2 turkey patties (~190 cal)
1 tbsp Whole Food’s Mama’s Pesto (50 cal)

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2 cups sauteed veggies w/ ~1 tsp Pesto (~150 cal)

Lunch Total: ~390 calories

Snack

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1/2 a small blue raspberry Slurpee (heehee — at least I shared with Jenny!) (50 cal)

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Some tortilla chips with homemade peach salsa and homemade guacamole (??? cals)

Dinner

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4 oz. steak (210 cal)
1/2 cup potato salad (~180 cal)
1 full ear of corn (I went back for another half, hehe) (77 cal)
2 oz. chicken breast (70 cal, although I actually only had like 2 bites of chicken.)
1 tbsp A-1 steak sauce (15 cal)

Dinner Total: 552 calories

Dessert

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1/2 cup Breyer’s All Natural Vanilla ice cream (140 cal)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries (26 cal)

Dessert Total: 166 cal

Total Total: 1,301 + however many calories of chips, guac, and salsa I ate. So probably closer to 1500+. Right on target! And I have yumtastic leftovers for lunch tomorrow (plus, the dogs ate gooooood tonight!) More details on dinner and whatnot coming in tomorrow’s post. For now, goodnight!