French inspired dressing and food shopping.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hey all!

How are you guys doing?

Man, I think I am just having one of those weeks where my hormones are whacked out due to a "friend" who appears every once in a while. Which results in eating anything in sight! It's not that I am eating junk, I'm eating things such as greek yogurt, parsnip, oranges, and I just feel so stuffed up in a bad way. And even though I feel so STUFFED, all I can think about is filling my mouth with food.
It doesn't help that today is rest day from the gym, and I am upset just thinking about all the amount I put in the gym this week to have it all go to waste because of today. My progress will hinder down if I continue doing what I am doing. Enough of my venting!

After work on Friday I decided to hit up the local market, I was very excited when I saw fresh produce in stock! I looked at vegetables I've never seen or ate with oogily eyes. I circled around the store plenty of times.

 I heard someone say "you're still here?" I'm not sure if it was directed towards me, and I didn't want to turn around to find out either! :o)

Left with this!
I love eating carrot as a whole, it's fun and I actually feel like bugs bunny sometimes. No joke

When I saw this tea, I was instantly intrigued. Red Apple? I told myself I won't buy tea til I run low on my stashes at home. As you can see, I got it anyway!

This tea is soooo amazing! I had three cups that night. Smells really wonderful and tastes amazing, especially with Stevia.

They gave out samples of NuStevia. I really like this brand of stevia, it tasted pretty good.
(Karen is my sister) I find that drinking tea from a mug is pleasant rather than a to-go thermo. I think.

I know better than to get chocolate, especially when my hormones are actin' crazy!
This was my first time trying out Green&Blacks. I wanted something chunky and fruity and delicious.

 Look at those chunks of Hazelnut and Currant!
It was amazing!!! Hazelnut and Chocolate makes a great combo. It was fun eating this bar because I definately tasted the currants and the crunchy seeds made it fun to eat.

Lots of pictures from today.

Decided to roast Kobacha and Parsnip (my first time).
I peeled and chopped the parsnip into slices (like fries)

Tossed it in olive oil
garlic & herb seasoning
Cayenne pepper
ground pepper
350 oven for 40 minutes.

*no picture, but it was delicious and sweet. naturally sweet. Tasted great with ketchup

Not my frist time trying Greek Yogurt, but my first time trying Chobani 0%
Loved it!

These fat blueberries were on sale and I have enough to last me this week! yum

After my Kobacha roasted

I didn't want to add pile to the dishes and also wishing I didn't finish all that greek yogurt. It would have finished nicely with this Japanese Squash! boo

I was so full and tired. I accidently took a hour nap, slightly groggy but refreshed later. I was probably tired due to laziness, I hate that. I didn't eat til 9pm. I was starved yet my body still felt full. I hate those mind/physical tricks your body can play. But I knew I had to eat because I haven't eaten in almost 5 hours.

Stuck to salad.
Broccoli Crunch from Whole Foods (amazing!)
and a Spring Mix with:
Crimini Mushrooms
Shredded Carrots
Artichoke Hearts
Onion Sprouts
Red onions
TJ's Herb Feta
ANNND an amazing home-made dressing!

Ingredients for French inspired dressing (serves four):

- 1/2 clove of garlic
- 1 Tbsn Blsamic Vinegar
- 1 tspn Dijon mustard
- salt and ground black pepper
-splash of soy sauce
- 3 Tbsn olive oil

I got the recipe from Melissa D'arabian a while back. She lived in France for quite some time and really enjoyed the dressing to the salad she'd have at the local cafe in France. She finally asked the owner for the recipe after two years and here it is out for the inter-webers!

Rub the inside of a large wooden bowl with the garlic clove and then either discard it or save it for another use. Put the mustard in the bowl and whisk in the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce (a French secret!) vigorously for about 10 seconds to get a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle in the olive oil as slowly as possible with 1 hand while whisking as quickly as possible with the other hand to emulsify. Lay the salad greens on top of the dressing and toss just before serving.

I really enjoyed the salad and dressing. I remember I used to be so intimidated making my own salads, and now that I've come to enjoy it tonight (I haven't made salad in forever, since the summer) I hope that it would help me get my veggies in for the day. I'm also hoping that it would help me lean down slowly.

I know it takes more than just eating salad to lean down, I need to eliminate the chocolates *cough and other stuff. Just fixing my food choices in general.

Got this Sparkling Mineral Water (mixed berries) at Whole Foods. Wanted to make a simple concoction.

Whisked Crystal Light wild strawberries flavor, silly method I know, laugh.

Added Sparkling water and voila! It was nice.
Method not so classy, but I felt classy.

That was my day, hope you have a great week!

Got to wake up early for class tomorrow. It's an introduction to sport and fitness exercise. I'm excited!


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