Lunch


Does a wrap count as a sandwich??  It probably does, huh?

I braved the blistering heat and humidity and went home again for lunch today.  Even though I’m only outside for probably 15 minutes total (if you include Nylah’s walk) , it’s such a shock to the system when you go from freezing AC to temps that feel like 100!

I was out of bread, so for lunch I made a Flat Out wrap with:

  • Turkey
  • Avocado
  • Mozzarella
  • Spinach
  • Dijon mustard

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Mmmm… mozzarella.

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I used avocado to include a healthy fat – and also because I love the taste!

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I was starving when I got home so this was gone in about 5 seconds.

It took me about 10 seconds to finish this.

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Carrots and hummus.

And 10 more seconds to finish these.

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A handful of Kashi crackers.

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And then I had a stomach ache because I ate too fast.  Typical.

I brought a banana and some fruit leather with me as an afternoon snack, and tonight we are going to load up on carbs!

See ya!

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Even though the no sandwich challenge doesn’t officially begin until Monday, I am happy to say that I did not have a sandwich for lunch today!

After I declared that I wouldn’t eat sandwiches for 7 days next week, my sister-in-law e-mailed me with several ideas of what I could make for lunch.  Thanks Lauren!

I received fresh basil on our produce delivery this week, and had sun gold tomatoes from the previous week, so I made a tomato, avocado, and mozzarella salad with fresh basil.  I had to make quick trip to the store for the avacdo and mozarella, but it’s literally across the street.

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For the dressing, I mixed together

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of S & P

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The avocado was my favorite part!

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The best way to eat it was to get one of each component in every bite :)

I didn’t think the salad would fill me up, so I had a side of Kashi crackers.

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With some spicy fire roasted five peppers hummus!

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One of my favorite kinds.

And for an afternoon snack I had a large banana with ground almonds.

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I added the almonds for some protein!

Did you know that 7 small changes to your diet can have aa big impact on your health?  Shape Magazine lists the best cancer fighting foods that will have an impact on your health.

cancer fighting foods

1. Get your greens.
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2. Make every day D-day.
Low
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 3. Get on the “A” list.
Carrots may not only help protect against eye disease, they also may slow the growth of
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4. Go herbal.
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5. Take a tea break.
Instead of grabbing a latte as an afternoon pick-me-up, go
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 6. Load up on lignans.
Some breast tumors are triggered by the hormone estrogen. But as it turns out lignans, or plant estrogens, may block the effect of estrogen produced by the body. (Lignans can also help lower your bad cholesterol, or LDL.) Flax and sesame seeds have the highest amounts, but whole grains and whole-grain bread, cereal, and pasta, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, broccoli, and tea are also good sources.

7. Marinate, marinate, marinate.
Using high-temperature techniques, like grilling, to cook meat can create potentially cancer-causing compounds to develop. But you don’t have to give up barbecues altogether. Sticking with lean red meat, chicken, and fish and marinating them for just a few minutes before grilling helps avoid charring, adds flavor, and keeps these foods moist.

One thing I know I don’t do enough is drink tea.  I should really alternate some of my coffee days with tea.  I need to work on that…

After work today I have plans to jog, swim, and go to a BBQ.  Let’s hope the weather holds up!

 

 

I had another sandwich again for lunch today!  I just can’t seem to break my need-to-have-a-sandwich-for-lunch habit!  I’m pretty sure it’s because I grew up eating sandwiches every day of my life for lunch (not that that’s a bad thing mom!)

Starting next Monday I am going to go 7 dayswithout having a sandwich for lunch.  Think I can do it? :)

If I had any spinach or lettuce, I would have been inclined to make myself a salad, but all I had was bread and turkey.

But at least I try to spice up my sandwiches, right?  Maybe?

So to create my lovely sandwich, I toasted Omega-3 seed bread and added some wasabi horseradish!

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Remember I used this stuff in my chicken salad a few weeks ago?  If you are sensitive to spicy, I would not recommend this.  It cleared my nostrils out in a matter of seconds!  Note to self – use less next time.

Here’s the makings of my sandwich:

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  • 3 slices of turkey breast
  • Green pepper
  • Banana peppers
  • Tomato
  • FETA!

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Sandwiched together!

And a side of Food Should Taste Good olive chips!

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I ran out of hummus or else I would have had that as well.

After we had lunch Chris ran out to REI as I headed back to work.  He’s going to pick up some triathlon gear for us!  Since I couldn’t be there, I told him to just ask a woman sales rep what he should get :)  All I know is I need a full piece bating suit (I’ve been swimming laps in my bikini!) and padded shorts.  Can’t wait to see what he comes up with :)

I forgot to bring a mid-morning snack with me, and ate breakfast a half hour earlier than usual, so I was a little fiesty by the time I got home for lunch :)

I only had leftover lunchmeat that my parents bought last week, so my options were pretty limited.  I was hoping to make a grilled sandwich but quickly realized we didn’t have any cheese.  Bummer!

I was really excited about the bread I was going to use though!

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Omega-3 seed bread from the Ninth Street Bakery. This came in my Bella Bean order last week!

I toasted the bread, then spread some feta cheese on one slice and added a few shakes of Frank’s.

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And then I added:

  • Chicken breast
  • Banana peppers
  • Dash of pepper
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomatoes

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I am such a sandwich-for-lunch person :) I love sandwiches!

I also opened a new bag of chips!

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Along with a tbsp of hummus to dip them in.

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Very garlicky hummus I might add :) 

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I love food.

For excercise tonight, Chris and I are going to bike a few miles and then immediately run 2 miles.  I want to see if my hip/leg/IT band (still can’t figure out where the pain lies exactly) will hold up for the bike to run transition to see if maybe I can compete in a sprint triathlon this weekend :)  Wish me luck!

Have you ever competed in a triathlon?  Any tips?!?

We made it back safe and sound from a long weekend in Georgia.  And what a great weekend it was!
Are you nice and comfy?   This one’s gonna be a long one I think :)
 
Thursday

We brought a few snacks with us in the car.  I had some cavity causing gummy worms.

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I only had two :) And a pear.

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We arrived around 7:30 p.m. and immediately dove into some pizza and beer.

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Yuengling!

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Mellow Mushroom!  Yum!  I had a slice of white and a slice of the Philosopher (steak, portobello, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, feta).  Looks like a weird combo but it was superb!

Since we had been sitting in the car for 5 hours, after dinner we took a little stroll to the ice cream shop up the street.  We probably walked a little over a mile.

I got a mix of cinnamon vanilla and white chocolate ice cream

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It was delicious!

Friday

On Friday morning the guys woke up early to play golf, and my sister-in-law had to work, so my mom and I went on a nice nature trail walk.

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I think we walked for about an hour.  And boy was it muggy!

Before our walk, I had a half a bagel with butter, and a bowl of plain yogurt with peaches and honey

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 And a cup of coffee.

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Check out this cool eco-friendly coffee carafe!

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It removes all impurities.  This coffee was ten times better than the kind we make at home :)

After our walk we drove 1.5 hours to Marietta, GA to visit my Aunt Louise, my mom’s oldest sister.

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For 11 years, we would to drive to Marietta for two weeks during the summer to visit my Aunt and Uncle.

It had been 15 years since I had been there! 

We met the guys in Marietta Square after their round of golf for some lunch.  We pretty much just picked the first place we could find.

I got a Cajun chicken sandwich with steak fries.

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 I polished off every bite, with the exception of the top half of the bun.

We dropped my aunt off after lunch and then headed back to Athens in an effort to beat the Atlanta traffic.  Because of all the sitting in the car again, Chris, my mom, and I took a walk to a place I have never been before!

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Earth Fare!  I’ve heard such great things about this health food store.  I’m so jealous my brother and sister-in-law can walk to it!

I picked up:

  • Organic creamy peanut butter
  • Vanilla granola
  • Agave nectar
  • Shredded coconut

I wish I could have bought a lot more but didn’t have room to bring it back with me!

Once we got back we freshened up for dinner.  We had reservations at Farm 255, a restaurant that serves local foods in season.

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My brother actually volunteers to help out at the farm. 

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Family pic!

This restaurant was unbelievable!  I had such a hard time figuring out what to order so I ordered a glass of sauvignon blanc while I pondered over the menu.

Hi Mom!

Hi Mom!

For appetizers we shared a cantaloupe & ginger chilled soup with curried pumpkin seeds, and a bowl of muscles with chorizo and cherry tomatoes.

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For an entrée, I ended up choosing the shrimp & grits because it was their specialty and I have yet to have tried shrimp & grits since we’ve been in the south.

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So, so good.

I was very close to getting the pulled pork.

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But had a taste of my sister-in-laws instead.

After dinner we walked around down town for a bit before heading home and turning in for the night.

Saturday

Saturday included more driving! A huge thank you to Chris for carting us around everywhere.

Before we set out in the car again, Chris and I went for a nice sweaty 3 mile jog.  My legs needed it!

After our run I had a multi-grain bagel with 1/2 cream cheese and 1/2 peanut butter.

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Then we drove to Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, GA to visit my Aunt & Uncle, which was about a 2 hour drive.

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What a nice day it was to be at the lake!  This was the view from their driveway.

It was a very enjoyable trip.

We enjoyed some cold cuts and chips for lunch.

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We enjoyed a boat ride.

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And enjoyed a swim in the lake.

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Even Nylah joined us with her noodle!

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Then we enjoyed a game of ladder golf.

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 And enjoyed cocktail hour.

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Enjoyed some snacks.

That's my brother's fingers, trying to be annoying :)

  That’s my brother’s fingers, trying to be annoying :)

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Juicy watermelon.

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Scrumptious strawberries.

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And some more wine :)

Then we enjoyed dinner.

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Roast beef, rice, and green beans.

And lastly we enjoyed dessert!

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Vanilla ice cream with strawberries!  My favorite.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

On Sunday morning we took a group nature walk for an hour, and then went out to brunch.

At the suggestion of many, we went to The Last Resort.

We were seated way in the back by the kitchen, which was not ideal for picture taking, so I only took one shot of my food.

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A wild mushroom omelet with tomatoes & jack cheese, new potatoes, fruit, and a scone.

Chris and I also shared a side of bacon.

It hit the spot!

And before we knew it, we were on the road again.  Most of us were pooped and needed a nap on the ride home. 

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Especially Nylah :)

Once we got back home Chris and I ran out to get something for dinner.  I had a falafel wrap – it was not that good.

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But I was starving so I ate the whole thing :)

So who stuck around to read the whole thing?!??! :)

This week I have a guest blogger planned and will also be implementing some changes to my blog so please bear with me!

Also – snack suggestions will resume tomorrow!

Hope you all had a great weekend! Night, night!

Today for lunch I met some fellow Fuqua Partners at Mad Hatter’s Bakeshop & Cafe.

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Mad Hatter’s is known for their delicious baked goods.

Check out some of the tasty treats!

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Various cookies!

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Strawberry shortcake!

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Strawberry something-or-other!

I unfortunately did not leave with any desserts :(

I did have a delicious lunch there though.  As soon as I saw fried goat cheese on the menu I knew what I was getting!

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Fried goat cheese salad with grilled chicken.  It was organic mixed greens with:

  • Cucumbers
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Grilled red onion
  • Grilled chicken
  • Toasted almonds
  • Fried goat cheese balls!

It came with three huge balls of yummy, delicious, fried goat cheese.

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The dressing was a citrus vinagrette and it also came with a ciabatta bread.  I only finished 3/4 of the salad and took the rest with me.

It was the first time I’ve had lunch at Mad Hatter’s and there were several other items on the menu that I would like to try!

I forgot to bring a snack with me today, but luckily I have a stash of 100 calorie popcorn at my desk.  I think I need some. Now. Right now.

What’s on tap for this evening?

  • Swim laps
  • IT band exercises
  • Take out pizza
  • Pick up guests from airport!

A piece of advice my friends, do not go to the grocery store hungry!  It will only lead to unnecessary impulse buys.  Like these Snyder’s Jalapeno pretzel pieces.

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We totally don’t need these, but they were calling out my name as I was meandering down the aisle!  And don’t you worry, I got the southern BBQ flavor as well.  These may come in handy during our road trip this weekend at least.  I would also like to add that they were on sale :)

I went to the grocery store to get fish for dinner tonight, and ended up coming home with:

  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Two pints of ice cream (bogo!)
  • Yogurt
  • Pretzel pieces
  • Eggs
  • Reece’s Pieces

Every single item was on sale though!  And I give myself a pat on the back for everything but the pretzels and Reece’s Pieces.  I will never pass up ice cream that is buy one get one free :)

Because we are going away for a long weekend, I wanted to use up a few things hanging around in our fridge.  I was proud of myself for using the last of a lot of items.

I used the last of our smoked salmon and sunflower bread.

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And I used the last of our goat cheese, tomatoes and capers.

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The tomatoes and capers are hiding beneath the salmon.

I also head a pear on the side.

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With a little bit of AB on top.  I wasn’t sure if I would like AB on pear, so I left the other half as is.

And of course I had to have a small handful of jalapeno pretzel pieces!

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I think it was a pretty well balanced lunch.

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I did end up liking the AB on the pear.  I think AB goes with anything really?

As I was about to chow down, I realized I needed a napkin, so I got up to get one.  On my way back to the couch (yes, I eat lunch on  the couch, not at the table) I noticed someone had stolen my seat!

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Nylah – Hmmm… maybe if I look the other way and pretend like I don’t see her I’ll get to keep this spot.

Me –  Nice try sista. Scoot!

At least she didn’t steal my food!  I’d prefer a stolen seat over stolen food :)

What did I bring for a snack today?

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The last Dannon yogurt (I got Stonyfield today).

Want to know what snack suggestion #4 is?  Check back tonight!

How many of you find that you make impulse buys when you go to the grocery store hungry?

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