Daily Eats – 7/5/11

Breakfast

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2/3 cup Kashi Blueberry Heart to Heart cereal (135 cal)
1/3 cup Erewhon Brown Rice cereal (35 cal)
1/2 cup original Almond Breeze (30 cal)

Morning Snack

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A buttload of watermelon (~130 cal?)

Lunch

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Hot Bar Hodge Podge
– Li’l scoop of veggie lo mein (80 cal?)
– 3 meatballs (~120 cal)
– 4 pieces of sushi (150 cal)

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Turkey Club Sandwich (~450 cal)

And unpictured Popchips (100 cal)

Afternoon Snack

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Almond Cupcake w/Vanilla Coconut Frosting (~250 cal)

Dinner

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<1 serving Einkorn Pasta (from the Jovial Foods sample that I got at FHBC!) (~180 cal)
1 cup high-protein pasta sauce with edamame, turkey breast, peas, corn, and kale. (~150 cal)
Sprinkle of cheese (~30 cal)

Daily Total: 1,840 calories

Plus a hot and miserable run that happened after work (hooray for me!) and some abs that are about to go down riiiiiight… now. 🙂

Mango Guacamole

Catching up from the weekend, friends? Read up on my fun-filled Fourth weekend, complete with homemade cupcakes & pizza, a trip tothe farmer’s market and a show at Wolf Trap, and plenty of good, old-fashioned family fun at the dog park.

As I mentioned in last night’s very late post, I went to a cookout yesterday at Amanda’s. It was really fun, and a good mix of people that I already knew (hi friends!) and people that I know now (hi friends!)

I made my mango guacamole and it was a big hit! The bowl was totally scraped clean by the end of the night, which to me is the true mark of success, hehe. Throughout the course of the evening I got talking about the blog, and several people asked if the recipe was posted anywhere here. Well, ask and you shall receive.

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Mango Guacamole
Print this recipe!

This sweet, savory, sassy dip is a sure-to-please party favorite. Let the tropical flavors of mango and lime transport you back to summer!

Ingredients:

4 ripe avocados
2 ripe mangoes
2 limes
1/2 small red or yellow onion, minced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste

1. Chop, dice, cube, etc. your avocados and mangoes. Juice your limes.
2. Combine ingredients.
3. Eat.

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This is pretty much the easiest thing to make ever.

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Chop, slice, dice, and juice your ingredients.

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Do a little dance.

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Make a little love.

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Get down tonight.

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I only ended up using the juice from one and a half limes, so I used the last half for garnish. Since I was making this for a party, I made enough to feed a small army. You can obviously easily halve this recipe (2 avocados, 1 mango) to make a more reasonable amount for regular consumption. Or, you know, you can still make the full amount and then just secretly eat half of it yourself. Nobody would blame you, and I promise I won’t tell. 🙂

Family Fourth

Hi everybody! I know that today I’ve already reported on hitting up the farmer’s market and going to Wolf Trap with Jennifer and Amanda, respectively, but I’m back to pick up where I left off and shove more self-indulgent pictures of my life in your face. You are welcome. 🙂

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Sunday afternoon centered around a family trip to the dog park!

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What with my sister’s new puppy down to visit, we decided it was time to introduce him. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly ideal considering it was about a billion degrees outside, and Oreo seemed a little intimidated by all the wide open space at first.

Shady Pup

He spent the first 15 minutes parked under the same tree until Jenny had to physically carry him over to the rest of us, haha!

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He warmed up to the experience in no time though:

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And it wasn’t long ’til he was officially part of the pack:

Order of the Pack

While we were there by ourselves for a chunk of our visit, we did have some fun visitors come by to play.

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I can’t imagine how hot it was for Harry’s water buddy under all that fur!

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When this biker came up to the gate, I thought he was just riding by to check out the dogs. I had no idea he had a tiny Yorkie hidden in his bicycle basket! If only Daxter were a few inches shorter… sigh. 😉

Little Man

It really was unbearably hot though. The dogs kept going back and forth between playing and poopin’ out. At least they were nice and tired by the time we got home!

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A really fun way to kill an hour or so in the afternoon though, and it certainly worked up our appetites for our big backyard cookout! Grilling was performed in between thunderstorms, hehe.

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There was SO much food – steak, hot dogs (cooked flat-top style, mmm!), grilled veggies, pork, and corn! Fruit & cupcakes for dessert, too, hehe. Oh, and I discovered the most amazing way of grilling corn! I gotta remember to share it with you all soon – you will die of blissful deliciousness.

Hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend! We celebrated the actual Fourth today with more family hanging out and attending a cookout at Amanda‘s, and I prepared my fantabulous Mango Guacamole (which was a hit!) Recipe is coming tomorrow, don’t worry, along with what is sure to be a catastrophic weigh-in after all the holiday eating, hehe. Worth it!

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend (provided you, like me, got today off!) and are doing up Independence Day in style. 🙂 So far the weekend has been a blast! You are already up to date on the cupcake and pizza extravaganza from Friday night, so here’s the lowdown on more of my weekend shenanigans!

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Saturday morning kicked off bright & early with a trip to the Falls Church Farmer’s Market with Jenn!

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We met at Fitbloggin’, and she just moved to the area (yay!) so it was really fun to get to show her a slice of my little city.

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Since I am really lame, I forgot to bring cash with me to the market! So Jenn, kind person that she is, was kind enough to buy me a crepe for breakfast.

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Nutella, banana, and coconut – oh my!

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‘Twas obviously delicious. On our way back from the market (haha, I love saying that!) we made a pit stop so that I could pick up some cash to pay her back… and a little something else.

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Teehee.

After such a great morning, the afternoon had some big shoes to fill. Luckily, Panda and I had some superawesomefunness on the docket: a picnic on the lawn and Mamma Mia on the stage. I love Wolf Trap!

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We had lawn seats, spread ourselves out and had quite the feast! Unfortunately it was unbearably hot sitting out there under the sun. No shade in sight! I definitely got sunburnt on my back despite my best sunscreening efforts, too. Ah well, totally worth the dehydration headache for the company, fun music (hello, ABBA!), and gogo boots. 😀

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After baking in the sun for, ummm, many hours, it was time to refuel:

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I downed an entire Robek’s Pina Koolada smoothie in record time. I needed my energy back to last me the trip up to Columbia I made right after! Daxter and I were paying a visit to his new li’l cousin (and subsequently would be dragging both him and my sister back down to FC with us the following morning.)

Vino

Vino was consumed. Sleeping occurred. And the next morning (Sunday!), bright and early, Jenny dragged me out on the 20+ minute run I was desperately trying to avoid (well, more accurately it was a run, then walk, then run, then walk, then sprint, then die.) We covered slightly less than 2 miles before heading back down to Falls Church where I had plans to meet up with fellow blogger Stephanie for brunch!

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I dragged her out to Natalia’s where I feasted on a portobello mushroom and goat cheese crepe, with a yumtastic salad on the side.

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And an iced coffee, natch. Y’know, since Daxter decided to wake me up at 7:00 AM. For this being a holiday weekend, I haven’t exactly been catching up on my sleep. Worth it for the company (we talked blogging, weight loss, and life for almost 2 hours!) and the deliciousness. I don’t think my family would disagree either, based on what I came home with…

Patisserie

A cherry almond tart, a raspberry almond meringue bar, and a gluten-free chocolate pistachio bar, shared amongst many. Yum! Afterward we let the dogs work off our treats for us at the dog park, but since this has already been quite the lengthy holiday post, I think I’ll save those pics for later. After all, you already know my proclivity for photo overloads when it comes to the D-O-G-P-A-R-K, hehe.

Happy Fourth, Friends! Weigh-in will have to wait ’til tomorrow, seeing as it’s a holiday ‘n’ all. 😉 Enjoy the day!

PS: Don’t forget that my EatSmart Scale giveaway is still open! Get your comment(s) in for your chance to win!