Category Archives: Snacks

WIAW: A Grown Up Kids Meal

Hooray for another WIAW post! I’m just thankful that I remember to take pictures of all of my meals once a week. That is a miracle, my friends.

I decided to spice things up about on the breakfast routine. Usually I enjoy my own version of the McMuffin, but lately I’ve been craving sweet potatoes, so I concocted my own sweet potato hash to accompany my eggs in the morning (recipe coming soon!). It…was…awesome.

I mixed up the hash with one egg and 1/2 cup of egg whites and a touch of cheddar cheese. Yum. Then, it was off to work where I got hungry at the usual 9:45. I snacked on a ThinkThin bar, which is full of protein and tastes delicious. I needed the extra protein to prep for my heavy leg workout that evening. ThinkThin bars are fairly yummy, especially the Creamy Peanut Butter flavor. They contain sugar alcohols, which can upset some stomachs, but for a quick snack they’re perfect.Lunchtime rolled around, and I found myself staring at a protein-less fridge when I came home. Luckily, I had tons of veggies from my Sunday Night Prep, so I mixed those up with a small breakfast sausage (that was supposed to be for my husband…oops…what’s mine is yours, right?), some avocado, and half of a whole-grain English muffin. This turned out to be one of my favorite lunches. The avocado made everything so creamy, and the veggies were super tasty.

My afternoon snack was a fairly big one for me. I knew that I needed to seriously fuel up for my workout, so I went down to the kitchen at work and toasted up the other half of the whole-grain English muffin from lunch, topped it with 1 TBS of Peanut Butter, a banana, and cinnamon. It was delicious, and really helped me get over my afternoon slump.

After my heavy leg workout, I came home and was REALLY in a nostalgic mood. I just had to have chicken fingers and mac’n’cheese. HAD TO. So, I whipped up my own healthy version of chicken fingers, paired it with some Annie’s and green beans and called it a day.

This was definitely a “grown up kids meal” and I loved it. Sometimes you just need a little comfort food 🙂

What did YOU eat today? Anything that brought back some memories?

Talk to you soon!
-Melissa

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Viva Las Vegas! Day One

Hello, world! I’m back from a wonderful trip to Las Vegas with the husband. Actually, I’m home sick today from work…some sort of sore throat/sinus crud. Loved all the texts from coworkers asking me if it was a sore throat or a massive Vegas hangover 🙂 I’m truly ill, I assure you!

We had such a good time on our vacation. Vegas has so much to offer other than gambling/drinking/clubbing (although those things are fun, too!). The shows, the FOOD, the hotels, the lights. Everywhere we looked there was something new to see and do. We stayed at Caesar’s Palace because we found a great deal on their website. The only other time I’ve ever been to Vegas was for work, and I stayed in a luxury suite at the Cosmopolitan hotel. If you haven’t seen the Cosmo, TRUST ME, it is out of this world and over-the-top nice. So I was a little apprehensive about staying at Caesar’s because I knew it was older than a lot of the hotels on the strip. It was in a great location though, and for Vegas that is VERY important!

So needless to say, Preston and I were pretty excited about our trip once we started researching more about the hotel and things to do in Vegas. Since my only trip was work-related, and Preston had never been, there was a LOT that we wanted to see and do.

About to board the plane! Preston is SUPER excited 🙂

When we finally made it to our hotel, I realized I was SO wrong about Caesars! The hotel was gorgeous…the attention to detail was ridiculous. It had so many elements straight out of Rome, from the design to the statues to the fountains everywhere!

Food-wise, our first Vegas meal was a quick one; we had time to kill before our room was ready, so we wandered over to the food court at Caesar’s to see what all it had to offer. Flying always makes me a little unsettled in the stomach area, so I decided to stick with a salad. Preston, however, was definitely in vacation mode and ordered a HEAPING pile of nachos.

My yummy custom-built salad

Preston’s instant bad decision 🙂

Not gonna lie, I had a few nachos of my own…definitely good-not-great, and an underwhelming start to our vacation. Little did we know the kind of wonderful food we would be enjoying soon! We then headed over to the penny slots to see how our luck was looking. Honestly, we are both not big on gambling…in fact, it made us SUPER nervous. We spent the first day on the slot machines, played it safe, and had a great time!

Our first winnings…turned $1 into $3.80! Yeaaaah!

When our room was finally ready, we took a break from gambling to call up our bags and check out the room before exploring a little more. Despite our attempts at getting an upgrade (Preston is SHAMELESS about asking people for upgrades/discounts/free stuff. He thinks it’s a game; I think it’s mortifying), we had an average room with a not-so-stellar view of a parking lot AND the air conditioning units 🙂

That night, it was time to get ready for our one-and-only show for the week: Phantom of the Opera. I know, I know…we should’ve gone to see a Cirque show. They were just SO expensive, and the Phantom tickets were such a good deal on Travelzoo earlier this month. I thought the Vegas production of Phantom was SPECTACULAR…the set was amazing, the music (as always) was amazing…I really, really enjoyed it. Preston, on the other hand….not so much. We now know that he is most definitely NOT a musical lover 🙂 Oh well, newlywed lessons learned.

We left the show famished and ready for a good meal. Luckily, the show was in the Venetian hotel, so food options were aplenty. The Venetian is my favorite hotel in Las Vegas; if it wasn’t so darn expensive, we definitely would’ve stayed there. Check out the view of their Grand Canal Shoppes area; it looks JUST like something you’d see in Venice (trust me, I’ve been there :))

There are gondola rides and everything; it’s beautiful! After walking around and taking in the view, we found a yummy pizzeria called OTTO by chef Mario Batali. Holy moly, did it taste amazing. We split the pancetta and goat cheese pizza, and decided that we had to try the gelato sundae for dessert. That gelato was some of the BEST gelato I have ever had, and I’ve had it straight from the heart of Italy! Fairly certain that I will be dreaming of this gelato for many months to come.

At OTTO in the Venetian

The view during dinner

Best. Gelato. Ever.

Honestly, by this point, it was 11:30 Vegas time and 1:30 Dallas time and we were pooped. We rolled our full bellies to our hotel room and called it an early night, saving up as much energy as possible for the next day!

Day one was relatively healthy and active for me, which is normally not how I do vacations. I was all about enjoying myself, but not eating so much that I felt insecure and unhappy with my body. Plus, pool time was in order the next day, and I definitely wanted to feel good about myself then!

Have you ever been to Vegas? Where did you stay? What was the best thing you ate?

More to come soon!

-Melissa

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Mullet Toss

Day 2 has been just as relaxing and wonderful as Day 1 was here in Perdido Key. My day started with an intense treadmill workout that incorporated a few minutes of running and some fast paced sprints. It’s a great workout if, like me, running isn’t exactly your strong suit. Also, it eases you into the sprints, which is nice if maybe you aren’t really feeling a workout but forced yourself to the gym anyway 🙂

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Not sure if it was the workout, the Florida humidity, or a combination of both, but DANG was I sweating towards the end of this!! It felt great. To be honest, I was never much of a workout-while-on-vacation kind of girl, but after my rude body fat awakening, I figured the LAST thing I want to do right now is make that 26.2% any higher. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I truly enjoy getting up and working out before a relaxing day at the beach. I feel like I accomplished something, and plus I am a MILLION times more confident in a bikini after burning some cals on the treadmill!

After my workout, I took a quick shower and whipped up the same delicious breakfast I had yesterday…but with cheesy eggs instead of regular 🙂 And, once again, I ate breakfast on our balcony watching the waves. Don’t make me leave!!

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After breakfast, mom and I had 2 options to choose from on what to do today. Option A) repeat day 1 by relaxing on the beach and reading good books. Option B) partake in the 28th Annual Mullet Toss. Yup, you read that correctly. Apparently, my mother chose the weekend where people from all over Florida and Alabama come together at the Florida/Alabama state line and toss mullets (fish, not haircuts unfortunately) across. We were told by the friendly cashier at the local gas station that it’s the “largest beach party in the world,” which made me wonder if they’d ever seen South Padre during Spring Break. Yikes.

Any who, naturally we were gung-ho about Option B, until we started the drive over. The line of cars HAD to of been 2 miles long, and it was not moving. Sadly, we bid an all-too-early farewell to the 2012 Mullet Toss, and headed back to our peaceful, quiet beach for Option A. Can’t say I’m all that mad about it 🙂 I mean, heck, I got proposed to!

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Haha not really, but how cute is that?!? And check out this pretty awesome seashell I found when I ventured out to sea:

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It’s the little things 🙂

Oh, while we were toying with the idea of tossing mullets, my mom stumbled across this little gem of a snack for me at the gas station:

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The bag was HUGE, and only 220 calories in the whole thing! Plus 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 28 grams of sugar yummy 🙂

I’m sad that this is our last day, but excited to get back to the hubs. I sure do miss him! Tomorrow I’ll share some more great vacation/beach/anytime workouts that I have up my sleeve.

Until then, have any of you ever heard of the Mullet Toss? Or does your hometown have an odd festival of it’s own?

Talk to you soon!
-Melissa

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Eating on the road

So, as I mentioned before, road trips are my favorite. I love the open road, spending time with people I care about, and talking about anything and everything under the sun. Oh, and singing. Lots of singing.

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But it can be stressful to eat healthy on the road. Endless fast food chains, convenience stores, and lack of readily available water (or bathrooms) can really cramp your style. Especially the water part…have you ever tried to drink the recommended amount of water while on the road?!? Talk about frequent pitstops!

I had little notice, but I was able to somewhat prepare for the trip with a few items from my pantry. One Nalgene bottle full of water, two protein bars, and a bag of (not the healthiest but surely the yummiest) trail mix. All the makings of good intentions, right?

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Yum. Note the already eaten Luna bar in the background. Unfortunately, preparing didn’t stop THIS from happening:

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Oops?

And yes, it was delicious, thanks for asking 🙂

Honestly, the best part of a vacation is relaxing, and eating a honey butter biscuit for breakfast and drinking one of these bad boys for dinner is OKAY!

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As I’m beginning to realize, calories aren’t exactly my enemy anymore. My body can handle much, much more than I’ve been feeding it, and one or two days of indulgence won’t do anything but maybe add a pound or two of water weight. Super simple to work off when you get home! Just make sure that your indulgences aren’t at every meal, and please please please make sure that it’s WORTH IT. For goodness sakes, try not to waste your time “indulging” in stuff that doesn’t even taste that good to begin with (we’ve all been there: hello office candy, movie popcorn, and stale Cheetos).

I also think it’s important to stay active while you’re on vacation, and this will help combat any bloating or extra calories you may incur on a trip. Get up 30-45 minutes earlier and go walk on the beach, or wander down to your hotels fitness center and see what they have to offer. Tomorrow I’ll be doing just that…I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted 🙂

Tell me, what are some ways that you all try to stay fit and healthy on vacation, while still enjoying yourself?

Talk you soon!
-Melissa

 

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