Sunshine and Spaghetti Squash

How flippin’ gorgeous is the weather in Central Florida!?

(For those of you not in Florida at the moment, it’s pretty fantastic!)

After changing into scrubby clothes and leashing up the pup, I was off to meet my friend Laurel for a walk in the sunshine!

My Little Love Muffin

We walked around a big lake near Laurel’s apartment for a little more than an hour. It was good to catch up with her and Sadie was happy to be part of girl’s time, too!

Dinner

After our walk, I came home and wanted a quick dinner because my tummy was grumblin’.

I really enjoyed my lunch today and was cravin’ more of the same for dinner.

I reheated a big bowl of spaghetti squash and topped it with broccoli, cauliflower, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese and Morningstar Farms Grillers Recipe Crumbles.

MorningStar Farms Meal Starters Crumbles

Spaghetti Squash Dinner Bowl

Those fakie meat crumbles are pretty darn good! Even Ryan, a huge meat lover, said he doesn’t think he’d know they weren’t meat if I served them in a pasta “meat” sauce.

Dinner

Stirred Up

I love chowing down to BIG tasty and nutritious meal.

I’m off to finish up some laundry and enjoy a sweet treat. See ya in the a.m.!

Dear Planters,

Dear Planters,

Kindly include more than two pecans in your big jar of mixed nuts. Some of us out there adore pecans and were persuaded to purchase your jar of mixed nuts after seeing a picture of a pecan on the front of the packaging.

(Silly me to think this meant there would be a plethora of pecans throughout your jar of peanuts and almonds mixed nuts.)

Sincerely,

Julie

Pecan Lover

Actual Photo

Note the Pecan

In Other News…

I am now on TWITTER! Exciting stuff, huh!? Click here to follow me. 😀

Maybe you’ll be the 5th person. 😉

Wine or Bread

Work, work, work!

Today has been quite the busy day at the office! I usually have a lot of work to do, but it typically involves a lot of writing, which I love, so it doesn’t feel so daunting. Today, however, I am doing a lot of number crunching because I am putting together a quarterly review for my department. Phew!

Needless to say my mind and belly were ready for a break around lunchtime.

I was pretty pumped for my lunch today.

Last night as we were making dinner, I cooked spaghetti squash to use in my mid-day meal.

Spaghetti Squash Bowl

To the big bowl ‘o’ squash, I added zucchini, portobello mushrooms, cauliflower, marinara sauce and ricotta cheese (Yes, I am obsessed).

Hump Day Lunch

I stirred everything up and wolfed this down like it was cool.

Wine Vs. Bread

Yesterday I read a little excerpt on FitSugar.com that included diet dos and don’ts from the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from the Real Housewives of New York (which I’ve never actually seen).

She offers this advice to party goers:

“If you eat the bread, skip the wine. If you drink the wine, skip the bread. It’s one or the other. I personally choose the wine.”

I choose to take the stance that you can enjoy both, but if I had to choose one – fresh, crusty bread or a glass of wine, I’d definitely pick the bread. I ❤ food (and carbs!).

However, if the bread was stale and nothin’ special, I’d go for a glass of Relax Riesling. Yum.

Now I ask you…

If you had to choose between wine or bread, which would you pick?

Impressed

Apparently you guys are well-versed in your ’90s Nickelodeon television shows because a lot of you knew exactly  where my t-shirt was from! 

LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE!!! 

Go Blue Barracudas!

 

I must say, I am thoroughly impressed (and I’m sure Olmec would be as well). 

If you’re feeling a little in the dark, Legends of the Hidden Temple was a game show on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. It was pretty much the jam. 😀 

For all you Nickelodeon game show fans out there, of the following game shows on Nickelodeon, which was your favorite?   

  • Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • GUTS
  • Figure it Out
  • Double Dare

I must admit, I always wanted to be on GUTS. I needed  a piece of the Aggro Crag

Workout + Breakfast 

Today I hit the gym for BodyPump and actually got my spot in class! For some reason BodyPump has been packed for the past several weeks, so my coveted spot has been taken by the time I arrive. Not so today! Woop, woop! 

After zee ‘Pump, I did 25 minutes of light cardio on the ellitpical while reading the lastest issue of Clean Eating magazine. This may be one of my favorite magazines at the moment! 

Post workout, I was ready for breakfast. 

Pear + Strawberries

 

I am loving the ongoing sale on strawberries at the grocery store lately! I chopped up several large strawberries and a fresh pear to enjoy along with a cup of Chobani Greek yogurt. 

The pear in my mini fruit salad was deeelish. I am so picky with my pears and this one was perfectly ripe. 

Wednesday's Breakfast

 

I also downed a handful of peanuts, but that went undocumented, as does nearly every Peanut Butter Finger I enjoy. 😉 

Hope your Hump Day is off to a fantastic start! 

Go Blue Barracudas!

A New Failure

For a while there, Ryan and I were eating ravioli about once a week.

Monterey Pasta Company made our ravioli of choice. (Just FYI, the spinach ricotta and lobster ravioli are the best flavors.)

Unfortunately the pasta itself wasn’t whole wheat and I had a feeling there had to be a tasty whole wheat ravioli option out there.

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a bag of frozen 365 organic whole wheat spinach and cheese ravioli from Whole Foods, stuck it in our freezer and forgot about it.

When Ryan went to throw some ravioli in our cart at the grocery store this week, I stopped him and remembered the ravioli chillin’ in the freezer.

Tonight we put the whole wheat ravioli to the test…

We served it with cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Whole Wheat Ravioli

Mushrooms + Zucchini

I love lots o’ veggies with my pasta.

My Bowl

Dinn-ahhh

The verdict?

Mehhhh. We were both pretty disappointed in the ravioli. 😦

The whole wheat pasta had a funky flavor to it and overpowered the flavor of the spinach and cheese filling.

But have no fear, we still managed to clean our plates. 😉

T-Shirt Trivia

Now for some Tuesday night fun…

What does my t-shirt represent?

Where-Oh-Where Is My T-Shirt From?

 Answer to come in the morning!

(Oh and you will get 10 points if you answer this correctly. Points are good for bragging rights. 😀 )

What Do You Wear?

I haven’t had a big ol’ salad in a long time!

Today seemed like a good day to resurrect this leafy lunchtime favorite.

Big Ol' Salad

I topped a big bed of romaine lettuce with leftover roasted cauliflower and zucchini and chicken salad made with grilled chicken, sweet corn, light Miracle Whip and freshly chopped portobello mushrooms.

Grilled Chicken Salad

Tuesday's Lunch

This salad it sittin’ big in my belly. I always feel like my stomach expands a little after a big salad. It’s gotta accommodate all those extra veggies, after all.

What Do You Wear?

For Part One of my bachelorette party, I’m heading to Chicago to party it up for a weekend with my girlfriends and top off the celebration by running in the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

A group of my girlfriends will also be running in the race and we want to wear matching running outfits. My friend Merri asked me today what I like to wear when I run and it made me think… There are certain items of clothing I love to wear and others that I hate.

I love running in workout tops, sports bras and tank tops but can’t stand running in a t-shirt. I get so hot and feel almost trapped. I may be insane, but I really can’t stand running in a t-shirt.

My ideal running outfit looks a lot like this (but only if I’m running outside… I would never run without a shirt on at the gym).

My Fav Running Buddy and Me

(This picture was taken the morning of our engagement… I was still completely in the dark at this point!)

When I do strength training I like to wear spandex pants or capris because I don’t want to worry about accidentally flashing some butt cheek when I’m doing dead lifts or step ups.

What do you like to wear when you work out?

This morning I wore an awesome pair of Thorlo padded running socks (in pink, naturally) on my run with Sadie.

Pink Padded Socks

These socks were great and the extra padding was definitely appreciated since I got a lil’ blister on my left foot after my 6 mile run on Saturday.

Wedding Cake & Finding Nemo

Last night our friend Dru came over to our new apartment and told us a story about a wedding he attended this past weekend. Apparently the cake fell over. Yikes!

I think this story made me fall asleep with wedding cake on the brain because I had one straaaange dream.

I dreamt that I left all the wedding cake details up to Ryan. Then, on our big day, I walked into the reception room to look at the cake and he ordered a Finding Nemo cake! Ah!

Hi Nemo!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen happen at a wedding?

Oddly enough, I wasn’t the least bit upset about the Nemo cake in my dream.

When I told Ryan about my dream this morning, his response was, “Well, did it taste good?”

Run, Run, Run

After dreaming eventful dreams, I woke up ready to run with the pups!

I took Sadie on a 50 minute run. The weather outside was a little chilly at first, but ended up being the perfect running temperature.

Sadie, yet again, made me feel extremely unathletic this morning. When we returned from our 50 minute run, I let her out back and this is what occurred:

Running Machine

She never stops. It’s insane.

Breakfast

I was cravin’ a cinnamony breakfast this morning, so I prepared an apple cinnamon ricotta wrap featuring a huge Pink Lady apple.

Apple + Cinnamon + Ricotta

Wrap Filling

Not even half of the apple was featured in the above pictures (it was in my belly by then). Yay for apples the size of my face!

Open-Faced Wrap

Wrap it Up

This breakfast hit the spot!