Lobster for Lunch

I’m so fancy!

Lobster for lunch… well, kinda. Lobster was definitely in my lunch, but not a full-on lobster tail or anything. 😉

Sure the lobster was stuffed in some pasta (in the form of leftover Monterey Pasta Company lobster ravioli), but the flavor was there in full force.

Lobster Ravioli Sandwich

I spread a wedge of Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese on one half of a honey wheat Arnold sandwich thin to round out my ravioliwich.

On the side I had a sliced carrot and a cup o’ Chobani Greek yogurt.


Thursday Lunch

You’d think ravioli on its own would be enough carbs for me, but no. I like to shove the pasta poofs between two slices of doughy bread for some carb-on-carb love. 😀

Mother’s Day

As most of  you (hopefully) know, Mother’s Day is this Sunday.

I have plans to head to Jacksonville after work on Friday to spend the weekend with my mom who is currently recovering from surgery at the MayoClinic (the doctors there have been wonderful, by the way).

I can’t wait to see her!!! It’s been so hard to be away from my family the past couple of days because they’re all in Jacksonville together, but I’ll be there soon…

Annnyway, people at work today were brainstorming Mother’s Day gift ideas. I have an idea up my sleeve, but can’t share it since I don’t want my mama getting ahold of my computer and seeing it on the ol’ blog.

Still, I know a lot of people want to do something special for their mom but don’t quite know what to do. Soooo, I ask you…

What are you doing for your mom for Mother’s Day? If you are a mom (Happy Mother’s Day!), what would be your ideal gift or way to celebrate your special day?

Ravioli in a Flash

You guys gave me a ton of amazing ideas for songs to download through your comments about first dance wedding songs! I am going to be working out to a whole bunch o’ love music! 😀


Ryan and I took Sadie to the dog park for about an hour after work, so we weren’t in the mood to wait around for dinner to cook by the time we got back home.

Enter: Ravioli!

Lobster Ravioli

Monterey Pasta Company makes a ton of different kinds of ravioli, all of which I love, but I think the lobster ravioli is my favorite, followed closely by the spinach ricotta ravioli. 

As the pasta was boiling, I roasted some asparagus and cauliflower and sautéed portobello mushrooms.

Roasted Asparagus

I topped the ravioli and veggies with Emeril’s roasted garlic pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Ravioli Bowl

Stirred Up

 Mmm, mmm good.

Pre-Workout Snack

My friend Minda recently asked me about pre-workout snacks and what foods to eat before a workout. For me, I cannot eat anything within an hour of working out because my body cramps up so easily.

What do you eat before you workout?

Ideally, I like to munch on something about 90 minutes before a workout. My favorite pre-workout snacks are an apple with peanut butter or string cheese melted on a whole wheat tortilla.

Since I typically wake up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the gym by 5:45 a.m., I don’t eat anything before I work out most weekdays. I’ve tried to eat many different food combinations before my weekday workout, but time and time again I get terrible cramps and my workout suffers… and I’m not about to wake up at 4 a.m. just to eat a snack to fuel my workout!

I’ve read numerous articles saying it’s terrible to workout first thing in the morning without eating… and then I’ve read numerous others saying this is a great thing to do. I honestly do it because it works for me and for my body. Still, if given the option (aka a wake-up time after 7 a.m.), I definitely prefer a light snack about 90 minutes before my workout.

Here’s some advice from FitSugar.com about the subject that I thought was pretty decent:

“Your car won’t run without fuel, so why should you? About 30 to 90 minutes before hitting the gym, make sure to eat an easily digestible snack that’s 40 to 100 grams of carbs with a low amount of fat. It’s a good idea to keep the fiber content to a minimum since high fiber foods can be difficult to digest. Toast with nut butter, a banana, cheese with a couple crackers, or yogurt are great pre-workout choices. Definitely don’t chow down right before your workout as that can result in tummy issues as well.”

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