Archive | July, 2010

Zucchini Bread

31 Jul
Zucchini Bread
(makes 2 loaves)
  • 3 cups flour (I used 2 c WW, 1 c all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2  cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Spray two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, apple sauce, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and raisins until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine took just under 55 min)
  5. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

Nutrition Info (for 1 slice if cut into 20 slices): 165 cal, 2 g protein, 26 g sugar

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It takes a certain amount of discipline…

31 Jul

… to maintain a blog. Or so I’ve learned in the past few weeks. It seems that every time I get on the computer there is something more interesting to do than write about myself. I write hundreds of blurbs in my head over the course of the day but some where along the line they are lost.

Last week went by pretty quickly, in fact, I’m already home in NJ. Sean and I drove home after work/class on Thursday afternoon. We spent the morning on the beach in Avon and now I’m here, slightly pink, and very happy.

I played soccer on Monday for the NU Personal Training intramural team. It was SO MUCH FUN! I can’t wait to play so many sports this fall 🙂 We won 2-0 and I got to play the whole game since we had no subs.

The combination of a 6 mile run on Sunday morning, Core Synergystics on Monday mid-morning, soccer in the evening, and then a 3 mile run on Tuesday morning left my legs completely DEAD on Wednesday. I knew there was no way doing my Legs/Back workout was a good idea (or even possible!). Instead, I took yoga at Marino on Wednesday night.

Thursday I woke up feeling MUCH better and hit the gym for Shoulders/Arm and Ab Ripper plus a 30 minute virtual spin class on the new spin bike.

In terms of class, I had my Entrepreneurship midterm on Wednesday. I think it went well but I was in a funk all day so who knows?! Group project deadlines are starting to loom so I want to get my individual paper rough drafts completed this weekend!

I should* be back this weekend with more action, so we’ll see how disciplined I am 😉 I’m banking on this getting easier!

-Jul

What a weekend

26 Jul

It’s nice to arrive at Sunday evening and feel like you had an eventful, yet relaxing, weekend.

On Saturday, Sean and I took a 3 hour (6 + miles) walk around Boston. We were like tourists in our own city! It was really fun and a wonderful way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. Here are some pictures!

We ended up on Boylston Street at Solas – a cute Irish pub.



We were pretty much starving by then because it was already after 3 pm. We were seated upstairs and immediately ordered waters, a beer (for Sean), wine (for me), and the Sweet Potato Wedges appetizer. The picture below does not even do the dish justice… it was simply amazing (and about 1/3 of the way devoured when the picture was taken).

Since I knew I would be feasting on the appetizer, I ordered a simple tomato and house-made mozzerella salad for my entree. It was delicious but I couldn’t even finish after stuffing my face with yummy sweet potatoes, cheese, and bacon…

Although the service was a little slow, I would definitely return. It looks like a fun bar scene at night too!

The rest of the evening consisted of a food coma induced nap, and a few movies – “I Love you Beth Cooper” and “Hitch”. I’d never seen the first one before and actually thought it was pretty funny!

Sunday morning (today) I was up bright and early at 6:50 to run. After eating, hydrating, and digesting, I hit the road at about 8:00. It was already hot but bearable when in the shade.

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 1:03:47

Av. Pace: 9:57

*Notes: took 3 – one minute walking breaks at 25:00, 40:00, and 55:00.

I forget how hard it is to get your legs used to “longer” distances! It felt great to be out there – I love running along the Charles!!

After a shower, some homework, and a nap, Sean and I headed out in the car to Target. I picked up a cute pair of grey shorts (on sale), some Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt (my obsession!!) and a box of Kashi. Then it was time to explore. We were trying to find our way out of the city on Route 1 in order to get dinner at someplace different. The didn’t exactly happen… we couldn’t quite find Route 1 and ended up just driving out to Porter Square via Mass Ave through Cambridge. It all worked out perfectly though because we got a great parking spot in front of just the kind of place we were looking for! Newtown Grill has a smaller take out store and a larger bar/restaurant. We walked straight into the take-out portion and ordered our dinners. I got a grilled veggie sub and Sean got the fish and chips he’d been craving! We sat at the counter and people watched out the window. Exactly what we wanted!

The ride back was much smoother and since then I’ve been studying for my only midterm (Entrepreneurship), working on my Organizational Behavior term paper, and browsing the world wide web.

as I said, what a weekend!

-Jul

Catching up

24 Jul

Good thing I just started blogging and I’m already playing catch-up..! I blame it on the fact that I have an unreliable internet connection in the apartment I’m subletting (a.k.a. I have to “steal” access via unsecured connections elsewhere in the building.)

So let’s recap the week. Last time I blogged was Monday after the treacherous early-morning drive from NJ -> Boston.

Monday night: trained a client, did my Core Synergystics workout, got a Boloco Teriyaki Bowl (with lettuce as the base instead of rice) and tofu. I ended up getting sick in the middle of the night. I think that was from taking my pill and not eating enough dinner after my workout. 😦

Tuesday: worked all day, ran a 5k on the treadmill, had homemade pasta salad for dinner at home

Wednesday: woke up absolutely exhausted. In Entrepreneurship our group’s “National Treasure” board game got second place in the class vote for best creative idea! I did my Legs/Back workout between classes. After class I read a magazine on the elliptical for about 30 min to flush out my legs and mostly just to read InStyle. I trained a client and then drove Sean out to Brighton for an appointment. After the appointment, which didn’t end until 8, we went to a place called Esperia Grill on Washington Street. The place was really cute and the food looked amazing but it took them 40 minutes to prepare our take-out. Needless to say, it left a bad taste in my mouth, but I would definitely go back. I got the spinach pie, side greek salad, and lentil soup. The pie was very good but quite heavy and filling. I ate about 2/3 of it and the salad. Although the food was not cheap, it was definitely worth the price because I got 2.5 meals out of it!

Thursday: 25 min Yoga for Runners session, worked all afternoon, took Kim’s Cycle 45 class. Class was fun but my legs were really sore from yesterday’s workout so I gave it about a 50% effort for most of class. After that I rushed home to shower and meet Jaime for a movie. I heated and wrapped the rest of my spinach pie in a whole wheat tortilla spread with spinach and artichoke hummus – AMAZING. We walked to the Commons to see Twilight – Eclipse. I have to say that it didn’t blow me away… it felt a little slow. I’m glad we went but I definitely wouldn’t rush to see it again. I didn’t feel like going out after so I just went over to Sean’s to hang out.

Friday: went to the gym to do my Shoulder/Arms workout with DB’s instead of at home with the resistance bands. I enjoyed the variety and I think my muscles did too 🙂 After some lunch (lentil soup and a million tortilla chips) we drove over to the CambridgeSide galleria for a little shopping trip. I was expecting amazing sales but ended up not finding too much. At the Gap I got a cute white t-shirt:(ignore the wrinkles..)

And these beautiful sunglasses:

I also picked up some new undies from Aerie <– I love that store, btw!!

On the way out we stopped at the candy kiosk and I down some minty-smooth candies (those white chocolate peppermint disk-shaped ones).

For dinner we went to Tomodachi Sushi. I thought the place was cute but I was not impressed with my Boston Roll. I think it’s my fault though because it’s such a boring and bland choice. I also had some yummy seaweed salad and edamame. I wish the edamame had sea salt, not plain table salt!

Afterwards we went to Sean’s where I made these DELICIOUS cookies. We watched a little bit of The Pillars of the Earth series premiere but then I realized that it’s too graphic in visual form! I can edit the images in my head when I read the book!

And now it’s Saturday! And I’m on the computer writing this textbook-long post so it’s time to head outside for some sun! I think we’re going to walk down to the river to catch some sun and enjoy the afternoon.

Hopefully I’ll be back before next Friday 😉

-Jul

3 AM?!

20 Jul

I was sitting outside by the pool on Sunday morning when I got the predictable question from my Dad:

“Why don’t you just leave in the morning?”

Now, the only problem is, that I have class at 8 AM and would need to leave at 3 am to make it from Boston to NJ in time. And it turns out I was crazy enough to do it. It was such a beautiful summer day that I could bear to waste it in the car. We also needed to pick up Sean’s laptop in the Bronx from his old apartment and the traffic on a Yankee game-day would have in awful.

We ended up making the trip in over 5 and a half hours. We got a little turned around in the Bronx, hit construction traffic in Connecticut on I-95, and then rush hour traffic trying to get into Boston around 7:30.

The jury is still out on if it was worth it. I made it to class late and I can’t do that again so I’m guessing we won’t try it again. We’ll see though because I know my Dad is going to suggest it next time!

The rest of the weekend looked like this:

Friday: Read magazines and relax, run 1.5 mi + ab ripper x

Saturday: Philly to drop off Jill’s couch and see the new place (which is awesome and I wish I took pictures!), short bike ride and baseball with Sean and the little boys.

Sunday: Run 5 miles (awesome run!), do homework, lay by the pool, eat family dinner outside.

It was a really nice weekend to be home and I’m glad we went!

— Jul

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars

18 Jul

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars

Adapted from KathEats.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • § 1/2 cup Rice Crispies cereal
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (I used Craisins)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.25 cups milk (I used vanilla soy)
  • 1 egg or egg substitute
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 scoop (34g) vanilla protein powder

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Mix dry ingredients.
  3. Mix wet ingredients.
  4. Pour wet into dry. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour into a 9×9 baking dish either coated in cooking spray or lined with parchment.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut into 9 squares.

Makes 8-10 servings .

For 8 bars: 136 cal, 11 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein

@ Home

16 Jul

After a pretty easy and un-eventful 4 hr 40 min drive last night from Boston, I’m settled in my bed at home in NJ.

Sean is going to a concert tomorrow night and it just seemed like a good time to come home for some air conditioning and home cooked (FREE!) food. Ah the simple pleasures of home…

I don’t have much on the agenda except for some time in the sun, a workout (possible bike ride + P90 Chest/Back), and a little homework. I would really like to do some cooking and baking and am currently brainstorming ideas for food I can bring back with me on Sunday and heat up for dinner during the week. So far, all I have is a rice and veggie casserole dish from Cooking Light and possibly some sort of soup. I also really want to make some granola bars! We’ll see how much of this actually happens though 🙂

-Jul