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Salmon Salad, FTW

I’ve been making a huge effort in bringing my lunch to work to make sure I keep it healthy. I was steaming shrimp or making chicken to put on my salads, but to change it up I started using smoked salmon. How could I not have thought of this sooner? DELICIOUS. Just a little pepper on it, no dressing needed. Enjoy.


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Chewy Cranberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies

One of my favorite recipe blogs, We Are Not Martha, recently posted a recipe for Banana Maple Cranberry cookies. They sounded amazing, so I decided to give them a try. I changed the recipe a bit (mostly to suit Sean’s taste) and came up with Chewy Cranberry Banana Oatmeal cookies. They’re really easy to make and, as far as cookies go, are on the healthier side.

Chewy Cranberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Prep time: 10 -15 minutes
Bake time: 15 – 18 minutes


  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 3 C rolled oats
  • 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 3/4 C dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mash bananas together in a medium-large bowl. Tip: first slice the bananas and then use a masher.
  • Mix in oats, trying to make the mixture as even as possible
  • Add all additional ingredients, mix thoroughly
  • Place balls of dough onto lightly greased, non-stick baking sheet. The cookies do not spread out while baking, so you may want to push them down in the middle to give them more of a “cookie” look and less like a ball.
  • Bake for 15 – 18 minutes

The end result, as the name implies, is a chewy cookie. Less banana and more oats would change the texture to suit less-chewy cookies, if that’s what you like.

The recipe in general is extremely forgiving because of the nature of the ingredients. I made a few “test” cookies before coming up with the final recipe. I decided to make these an addition to our Super Bowl spread this year.



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Mix 1 Lean Performance

This week my Healthworks was giving away bottles of Mix 1 protein shakes and Mix 1 lean performance drinks.

Acai Pomegranate Mix 1 Drink

I’m honestly not on for protein shakes, but the idea of a “lean performance” drink for 90 calories was a little enticing.

When I went yesterday, I grabbed an Acai Pomegranate drink.  The bottle told me it was a “healthy, 90 calorie all-natural protein shake providing pre-workout fuel and post-workout recovery.”  Seemed worth a shot.

Again, since I’m not really the “protein shake”-type, I don’t have much to compare it to.  I do, however, know what acai berries and pomegranates should taste like.

The drink itself was slightly think, but not too much like a shake (which is good).  The flavor actually reminded me more of blueberry yogurt than acai or pomegranate, but it was fairly good overall.  Taste-wise, I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Orange-Twist Mix 1 Drink

Additional drinks were being offered today when I went back to the gym.  This time I decided to try the “orange-twist” flavor.

Much to my surprise, I rather liked the orange flavor.  Orange isn’t typically something I would have chosen for a shake, but the flavor itself actually lent itself well to the texture of the drink.  I would award the orange-twist an extra star, thus giving it 3.5 our of 5 stars.

According to Mix 1’s website, the lean performance drink has 10 rams of whey protein, the antioxidant equivalent to 3 servings of fruits and veggies and 23 vitamins and minerals.  And again, only 90 calories.  Worth checking out.

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The Challenge: Day 3

The book Drop 5 I read back in December (oh – by the way – never did drop those 5 lbs) gives what sounds like an easy way to break down calorie intake during the day:

350 calories for breakfast

An apple a day...

500 calories for lunch

500 calories for dinner

100 – 200 calories worth of snacks/desserts throughout the day

This way you have up to 1450 – 1550 calories to plan with.  I like it – it’s clear, straight forward and makes planning for daily meals easy.  I’m trying to stay 100 or more calories below this.  I do a lot of sitting at work – I shouldn’t need all those calories, right?

I wrote those numbers on a sticky note and put them on my monitor at work to help remind me of what I should (and shouldn’t) be eating and I definitely find it helpful while I’m there.  However – it isn’t eating at work that’s giving me problems.  I’ve always brought food to work instead of buying there and a lot of my diet consists of fruit, low-fat oatmeal, low-fat soups and non-fat yogurt.  So this isn’t work where I’m running into trouble, it’s eating at home.

I love fruit.  It’s a quick, easy and healthy snack but  for whatever reason I keep a lot of it at work, but not at home.  Not this week.  This week I bought fruit to actually keep in the apartment.  It’s helping with my normal routine of coming home from work and snacking way too much before dinner.

Baby steps.

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Five Food Habits to Kick

Women’s Health has a great post on five food habits to kick (full article here).  I know I for one have been guilty of four out of five – how about you?

  1. Rushing through your meal – I think I am actually most guilty of this one.  I’m always eating faster than those I eat with.  Since it takes your brain about 20 minutes to catch up to your stomach this almost ensures overeating.  When I remind myself to slow down I often remember what I was told when visiting France: you make food to enjoy. So take your time and enjoy it!
  2. Eating while multi-tasking – if you eat blindly while doing something else – mainly staring at a screen, whether it be the computer or the TV, you’re not necessarily eating because you’re hungry.  Isn’t hunger the reason we’re suppose to be eating in the first place?
  3. Eating while stressed or bored – Again – you aren’t eating while you’re hungry.  Find something else to do be relaxed or preoccupied.
  4. Cleaning your plate – I think this is something cultural we have ingrained into our heads as children: FINISH YOUR DINNER.  People eat more because a) the food tasted good and b) they instinctively don’t want to waste it.  No need to clean your plate if you don’t want it.  Save it – it will most likely make a great lunch tomorrow.
  5. Always having meat as your main course – Out of the list of five, this is the only “habit” I don’t do.  While I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t tend to eat that much meat.

Which habits do you need to break?

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Flour Bakery

This week I was able to try a bakery cafe I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time: Flour.  I went to their location in the four Points Channel, which I didn’t even know existed, I was only aware of their location in the South End.

Hummus sandwich on wheat

My sandwich was absolutely amazing.  I had a hummus sandwich on wheat.  I love hummus.  It came with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts, cucumbers and radishes.  Everything was really fresh.  Delish.

Chicken and brie panini

Lauren had an equally delicious looking chicken and brie panini.

I have to make another trip to try something they’re known for: baked goods – it is a bakery, after all. While I also didn’t try any of their coffee or espresso drinks, I’m told they’re fantastic.

Definitely worth checking out the next time you’re in the South End of Four Points Channel! http://flourbakery.com/

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Best Cinco de Mayo Tacos!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  In celebration of this delicious holiday, here’s a delicious (& somewhat healthy…) chicken taco recipe:


  • 1  teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  pound  skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Cooking spray
  • 12  (6-inch) white corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2  cups  thinly sliced green lettuce
  • 1/4  cup  (1 ounce) shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine spices in a small bowl; rub spice mixture over chicken.

Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 5 minutes; chop.

Toast tortillas in oven – they take about 5 minutes to toast.  Flip them halfway through if desired (hint: they fold better if one side isn’t toasted).  Divide chicken evenly among tortillas; top each tortilla with lettuce and 1 teaspoon cheese.

Feeling adventurous?  Add some avocados.  Looking for an appetizer?  Check out this guacamole recipe.

Nutritional Info:

329 (34% from fat)
12.5g (sat 3.5g,mono 3.5g,poly 2.9g)

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