All of this weight training has been a fascinating experience. Besides just feeling better and being more confident in myself, learning about anatomy, physiology, and even a little chemistry has really caught my academic intrigue. It’s empowering to have that knowledge – it gives you a sense of ownership over what you’re doing. You’re able to construct your own programs, your own diet. You’re not as worried about going out with friends and finding something “healthy” to eat. It really opens things up and makes everything easier (well… maybe not the workout – that’s still kicks my ass!).
If you haven’t been following my Instagram, then you’ve been missing out on my food porn (as my friends call it). You can check out some of the pictures in the widget to the right. Anyway, I’ve been getting some requests for recipes, and I’ve also been wanting to keep track of what I’m making in case I want to make them again (or get a special request :P). I’m going to be going back in time a little and pulling out different recipes and keeping them here for anyone interested.
The other night, I was invited to my neighbor’s place for a dinner party. I’ve already made a name for myself in the apartment as a great baker/cook, so I wanted to be sure to impress! I had done two of my favorites before – French Toast Cupcakes and Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies – so I wanted to try something new. I spent a couple of days scouring the Internet for a great new recipe, and I found this: 10 Great Mini Cupcake Ideas from Spoonful.com. One of them sounded too good not to try – Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes! So I got to work:
I don’t know many people that aren’t a fan of Peanut Butter and Chocolate. It’s a great pairing. Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups are the second best selling candy in America behind M&M’s (Hershey’s does $516.5 Million in Annual Sales just for Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups according to this article at Business week). Even E.T. said that Reece’s Pieces were his favorite in the 1982 movie. This is just part of the reason why everyone loves it when I make these Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies – Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow Fluff combine to make this easy to make, crowd-pleasing treat!
Had a dinner date this evening with a buddy of mine. I had gotten a Gilt City promotion – dinner for two off a custom menu – 1 house bottle of wine, 2 ceviche shooters, 2 sushi rolls (pictured above), 2 “hot plates” (entrees), and 2 desserts, all for only $75 bucks! Pretty darn good deal, and delicious! The rolls were the Eel roll (left) and Volcano roll (right). The rest of the food was great too!
I marinated some steaks over night in some honey teriyaki marinade. Seared them and sautéed some peppers and onions. And added a side of brown rice. Mmm :)
I was pretty excited after going shopping last night. I had picked up some awesome stuff for lunch – Boars Head honey ham and some chipotle gouda! I’ve been on this mission for the past few years to find the perfect sandwich. I don’t think I’ll ever find it, but I’ll sure enjoy the journey!
Anyway, this morning when I went to make my lunch, I realized my mistake – I forgot to buy bread! Worst! Haha so I improvised and made it on a tortilla instead. Couple slices of cheese, three slices of ham, a little dijon, roll it up and good to go!
No, these aren’t on the Insanity diet – don’t even kid yourself! I made these last night for my a cappella group – we’re celebrating two of us who completed our graduate programs this week! I may have half of one, but that’s it :P
Anyway, these are great treats – it’s a basic chocolate brownie on the bottom, marshmallow fluff in the middle, and then on top is a hardened mixture of chocolate, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies.
Why do I post this on this site? Well 1) because they look delicious, but 2) I think it’s important to allow yourself to indulge sometimes – to have that one cookie, or brownie or something. My personal feeling is that, when you completely deny yourself of what they want, it becomes a lot harder NOT to have it. It’s the whole “forbidden fruit” thing. Someone tells you not to press the big red button, what’s the one thing that’s on your mind? Pressing the big red button. Same thing with sweets – when you deny yourself these things, you’re still thinking about them all the time and makes it harder to ignore. It’s all a mind game.
I love sweets – and I love baking them. But I choose when I want them. I don’t deny myself sweets, but I only let myself want them on a sporadic basis.
Going in to the workout today, my quads were already hurting, but I knew I had to push through. A number of times during the workout, I wanted to quit, say “that’s good enough,” and turn off the video. But I’m tired of “good enough” – I want to be better than that. So I pushed through.
And as I lay dying on the floor at the end of the workout, I remember – its Wednesday! Wednesday is my Chop’t day! I love hitting up Chop’t before rehearsal. It’s like a delicious, nutritious chipotle :P amazing salads wrapped in a tortilla! So here I sit, breathing a sigh of relief, enjoying my dinner before I head off to rehearsal in 10 minutes :P.
Eating is just as important as the workout – don’t let anyone fool you! You can’t be eating anything, but you’ve gotta eat something. Insanity is nice because it comes with a really good nutrition guide that gives you a great idea of the things you should be eating. Not only does it give you specific foods, but also provides meal ideas. This is one of my favorites for breakfast (or lunch even!).
It’s an egg white and cheese wrap with diced tomatoes on a whole wheat tortilla. Very easy to make, low in calories, high in flavor, and very satisfying. To make it, just scramble up four egg whites (I add a bit of pepper to them while they’re frying up). Dice half of a small tomato (make sure to scoop out the inside of the tomato). Then put both on a whole wheat tortilla with some skim cheese (I like using some Sargento’s Shredded Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Italian). Then just wrap it up, serve with a small side of fruit, and enjoy!
So I treated myself last night and went out on the town, checked out some restaurants I’ve never been to, and had an awesome time. I did want to mention these, though… My new second favorite thing the world (behind the fried risotto balls at Coppa in Boston). It’s Avocado, pistachio, toasted pistachio oil, sea salt, on grilled bread. Got it from Cork on 14th St. If you go there, you must have it! Soooo good!