Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Fried-Day! (July edition)

So, I previously thought that deep fried Oreos were the best thing ever. 

But it has recently come to my attention that there is a deep fried something out there that is even more delicious...
even more amazing...
even more sinful.

My friends, please meet deep fried Reese's. 

You're welcome.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIAW #23

As much as it pains me to say it, I haven't been up to much in the kitchen lately. It has been too darn hot and I've basically just been relying on my good ol' stand-by dishes. Or grabbing dinner out with friends. And let's not forget about all of those summer BBQs.

And while that is super fun and always enjoyable, it is hard as hell for me to make healthier choices when out for dinner or at a barbecue, try as I might. Does anyone have any willpower that they'd like to lend me? ;)

So then, it is definitely a good thing that I at least stay active. I've been trying to fit more runs into my week, since I'm prepping for the Spartan Sprint in a couple of weeks. While it doesn't sound like it'll be as exciting as the zombie 5k, it should be a good time! :)

Other than that, its been Crossfit as usual. I'm addicted, I tells ya! #proof

Okay, since you didn't come here to check out my sweaty laundry, I'll tell ya what else I'm addicted to. WIAW, of course!

Breakfast: Egg whites; whole wheat English muffin w/ PB & chia seed jam; raspberries

I made the chia jam the day before using both strawberries and raspberries. A squirt of honey and a big scoop of chia seeds finished up the delicious results! (A huge thank you to FitPossible for this super simple recipe!)

Snack: Trader Joe's Apricot dried fruit bar

Lunch: Salt & pepper steak; grilled zucchini; salad (unpictured)

So simple but a fantastic lunch. Gotta love the grill - easiest clean up ever! 

[Enter dinner's photo here]

Dinner: Penne w/ remainder of lunch's steak & pesto

Lack of an afternoon snack led me to hoover up dinner so, I didn't snag a picture. Ah well, hunger > blog sometimes, ya know?

Make sure you hop on over to Peas and Crayons and check out all the delicious WIAWs out there!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIAW #22

Happy Wednesday! Happy Hump Day! Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

[Box] Jumping right into things this week with a quickie fitness recap! I've had some great Crossfit WODs over the past week. Tuesday morning's was particularly interesting: 

Run 1 mile
Then, immediately afterwards, 
5 rounds...
10 kettlebell swings [ I used 40# ]
20 double unders [ I did 60 singles, since I can't freakin' get DUs yet >:( ]

Ran the mile in 9:18 / finished the entire WOD in 17:42 (I think that was my time anyway. It was 17:something.)

It was pretty tough at the time but I recovered rather quickly, which was awesome. My immediate recovery time has really improved over the past few months. When I first started working out, I'd be in rough shape for the next 10-15 minutes.

Aside from Crossfit, I went canoeing on Saco River over the weekend. Well, most of the time, we had all 21 canoes bungeed up and just floating along...but Sunday afternoon, I did some paddlin' for 15 minutes or so. Soooo, I'll count it lol. ;)

And today, I'm gonna be doing plenty of walking while at Canobie Lake Park! Hey, cardio is cardio...whatever. For any doubters, I am going to Crossfit beforehand with my babe, so not to worry. ;)

Okay, onto the noms!

Breakfast: Whole wheat English muffin; egg whites; slice of cheese; slice of thick cut roast beef

Yummy, I love egg sandwiches. I haven't had one in awhile since I've been dabbling with eating Paleo. (Grains and dairy are both no-no's.) Anyways, this totally hit the spot.

Lunch: Salad w/ grilled chicken, cukes, & strawberries

Stole a page outta my babe's book and threw some strawbs into my salad. :)

Snack: Special K Dark Chocolate Granola Bar

I won a couple boxes of these Special K bars through Jessica's giveaway on What Would Jessica Eat? Thanks again, Jess! Make sure to stop by her blog, if you haven't already. She posts the tastiest photos & recipes and she is a fellow oatmeal enthusiast! 

Dinner: Whole wheat spaghetti w/ sauce; grilled chicken; salad

My babe made us dinner tonight. And it was delicious, as always. He's the bestest - thanks babe! :D

That wraps up my Wednesday fun. Looking forward to checking out all of yours!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIAW #21

Summer just seems to be crammed with events. I have something going on pretty much every weekend until September. :O  Unfortunately, that means my poor lil blog suffers since I already stink at posting regular updates. Nevertheless, I am here with some eats for What I Ate Wednesday!

This month, Ms. Jenn introduced a new fun theme than incorporates eating well with fitness. So, be sure to get moving!

As for me, I CrossFit 4 to 5 times a week. Yep, I'm one of those people "drinking the Kool-Aid." ;)

I'd been going to the gym for about a year before I started CrossFit in February...and I was quickly hooked. I have gotten so much stronger and fitter in these few short months than I did the entire year I spent working out in the gym!

Breakfast: Paleo pancakes; egg whites

My babe and I have been dabbling a bit with eating paleo, so I made these pancakes from Carrots 'N' Cake. They are really good, especially topped with more almond butter! I love the TJs Almond Butter w/ Roasted Flax Seeds.

Lunch: Steak; Alexia sweet potato waffle fries; salad

ter breakfast, we went for a hike at Borderland State Park. Afterwards, we were pretty hungry (of course), so we ate very well at lunch. My babe is a grillin' master so he handled making the steak! ;)

 Dinner: Spicy Tuna & Philly rolls...

Hot n sour soup; chicken fingers; beef satay; pork fried rice...

aaaand tempura ice cream.

In other words, A FEAST! We went to a new sushi place that just opened up - Asian Ginger. Excellent food!

Treat time: Neapolitan ice cream w/ lotsa toppings

Yes, I somehow talked him into more ice cream. Taking advantage of the fact that it is summer!!!

Warning: shameless self-promotion about to take place. A couple of new posts that may be of interest...
Ribs, Ribs, Ribs (part one)

That just about does it for me today.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ribs, Ribs, Ribs (part 1)

Just in case the title didn't give it away, we are gonna be talkin' ribs today! Many apologies to any veggie lovin' readers out there but I'm a carnivore, through and through. ;)

It all started long, long ago in a land far away...or rather, a few weekends ago at the Anheuser-Busch factory in Merrimack, NH. (Either way, it's a good story.) Anyways, they hold the annual Rock'n Ribfest there and my babe and I finally got to attend! It was a sight for sore eyes: world-class BBQers, piles of meaty goodness, and cold beer.

We wasted no time in hitting up the booths, grabbing a three-rib sampler at each place. After sampling ribs from six different vendors, we decided we'd save the other couple booths for the following week at the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party. Check out the meaty line up:

(Ribs are messy, both in taking their photo & eating them. Don't hate.)

At the end of the day, I liked the ribs from T-Roy's Hickory Smoked Barbecue the best. They were very meaty, incredibly tender that they just fell off the bone, and the sauce was mighty tasty. Jack's Down Home Barbecue was up there too.

Being the gluttons food enthusiasts we are, a round of wings (alongside some of the best bleu cheese I've ever had)...

a helping of Pig Candy were also washed down with some brews. Ummm, Pig Candy? Why, sugarized hickory smoked bacon, of course...

and we also tasted some of the hottest damn hot sauce. Now, I'm no heat wimp and can usually hang with the best of em. But this stuff nearly burned my taste buds off - not for the faint of heart...

Another fun day for the books! Be sure to stay tuned for Ribs, Ribs, Ribs part 2!!!!