3 Aug

As much as I love the eggs, I really need to start buying egg-whites again. I think my heart will thank me after the fat fest I had for breakfast yesterday morning: Two Scrambled Eggs with Muenster Cheese, Avocado and Tomato


Lunch was a BIG salad with carrots, tomato, feta cheese, quinoa, green onions topped with pulled pork and pomegranate balsamic vinegar. Holy balls. I don’t like the idea of hot and cold together most times (with the exception of greek yogurt and oatmeal) but I nuked the pulled pork up for about a minute and the combination was terrific. I also liked how the pomegranate balsamic vinegar tasted with it. I didn’t want to ever end 😦

One of my co-workers came over to my desk and told me she had a treat for me. I love treats. And I love treats in the name of fresh produce even more. I thought she was just being sweet but she had an ulterior motive but it worked out fine because I can be persuaded just to do about anything if you put some good food in front of me.

I want this dogs life

A girlfriend and I had plans to go to dinner so she came over to my place and we walked over to Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill, a semi-new place here. Can I say how happy I am that I moved? I love the convenience of being able to walk to restaurants, shops, bars, etc.  I know I keep talking about it but that right there is something I am willing to pay more money for. I can tell a difference in my energy level and attitude from not having to wake up at the butt crack of down and having a long commute.  Love it.

I got the Jerk style Gardenburger with garlic fries (I’ve heard people raving about them so had to see if they lived up to the hype)

There was jerk sauce and pineapples under the beautiful layer of melted cheese.

And the fries? They totally lived up to my expectations, it was a fair amount of garlic but nothing that would keep a vampire away. We had quick service, enjoyed the patio area and had reasonable prices, I would definitely go back.

Today was another day full of fruits and veggies. I needed to take a little break from the eggs for breakfast and had a green monster in a bowl instead. I made it with blueberries, spinach, almond milk, xanthan gum and half a packet of Spiru-Tein Blueberries and Cream Protein Powder topped with Kashi Go Lean Crunch

Yeah…..and there was about 1/3 still left in my magic bullet.  Again, if you haven’t tried xanthan gum, what are you waiting for?? It’s awesome!

Lunch was yet again a BIG Salad with romaine, tomato, quinoa, carrots, cucumber, onion, ham, hardboiled eggs, Laughing Cow french onion wedge and sunflower seeds topped with Ken’s Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette. Add another salad to the list that I didn’t want to end.

I was heading to zumba class after work and tried my Boomi Bar that’s been sitting around

I really liked this, it was a simple almond bar and it wasn’t too sweet or moist (I feel so dirty when I say that word)

Zumba was great but I didn’t rock it as much as last week since I am still a tad achey from Jackie Warner’s One on One Training DVD I did the other day. I didn’t jump around as much but I still got a good workout in with a nice calorie burn of 677 and average heart rate of 166—yes!

I was ready for a big dinner when I got home! I made turkey burgers (with parsley, green onions, Heinz 57, garlic and panko breadcrumb) 

Laughing  Cow makes everything better

I served with a cold quinoa salad with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper with carrots, cucumbers, tomato and red onion thrown in.

I loved the meals I’ve had the past two days and can honestly say that all this fresh produce is my favorite part of summer. I am going to miss having access to different farmers markets in the area once fall comes around but I think it’s a fair trade-off for football, sweaters and cold weather. There are so many veggies to look forward to as well which means new stuff-yay!

17 Responses to “Fresh”

  1. terri August 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    seriously. i just ate dinner and i am now salivating over my computer screen….first that yummo breakfast and then that garden burger and fries….heaven.

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 8:27 am #

      Don’t you hate that? I had that huge dinner last night then saw a commercial for potato chips and had to have some stat! Happy hump day!

  2. christina August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    if i didn’t have a bladder i would have just peed my gym shorts at the comment you left on my blog. waking up with a mcdonald’s wrapper on your face is the classiest thing i’ve ever heard. i hope to one day wake up with chickfila boxes all around me. who needs pillows?

    well, i’m not even 2 seconds into reading this post and you said holy balls. i almost peed again. THANK YOU BLADDER FOR EXISTING BC ID BE SITTING IN PISS!!!

    you blogged about pomegranate balsamic and i blogged about fig balsamic. are we soulmates? what if we mixed these together? FRUIT BALSAMIC EXPLOSION!!

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      And lmao at this comment. I’m picturing you falling asleep on a bed of chick fil a boxes and chicken mini’s while one of the cows reads you a bed time story (perhaps one featured in the calendar??)

      OMG I so want to try a fig and pomegranate balsamic now ….You are genius with that idea!

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    I’m not sure why, but avocado and eggs together still creep me out. I just don’t get it. I love avocado. I love eggs. The combo shouldn’t seem like such a foreign idea…

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 8:20 am #

      I was a little skeeved out by it at first but now I love it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  4. Angela @ A Healthy Fit August 4, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    where did you buy your xanthan gum?

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 8:19 am #

      I found it at a local Whole Foods knock off store. I couldn’t find it in the regular grocery stuff. It was $13 I think

  5. dianacheung August 4, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    can we walk to that restaurant together when I visit? hahahaha although I’m taking a break from blogging I”m still gonna read about your adventures hon!! BTW stop making me crave turkey burgers! You got me all sorts of addicted to GIADA’S damn meat loaf!

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

      We can walk to many and if you like crepes, we can go to the crepe restaurant (not within walking distance but close) As long as you are reading, I am fine with that I guess. I just like to know youre alive. I was thinking about burgers with that recipe. Yeah, I would eat the entire batch if I did that.

  6. genesis August 4, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    garlic fries….i had a bad experience with them when we were at a baseball game. maybe they would be better elsewhere.

    at least one of us is making use of fresh veggies…i have barely been getting any, why is really sad.

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

      Both of those things just made me sad.

  7. Mo Diva August 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    nena, you’re making EXCELLENT usage of the quinoa! I loves it! and last night i made some banana soft serve using xanthan gum. brilliant!
    added some PB and some cocoa- heavenly!

    i love walking everywhere and anywehre. i love lincoln too…. i have particularly enamored with Micks lately… does that happen to you? when you just hate leaving them because you want to cuddle them all day long? I miss mickey. shes home waiting for me like a good pup.
    im a loser.
    love you much. Those turkey burgs looks fantastic! I have a new burger recipe going up next week- its a good oen!

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

      OMG I want your soft serve….NOW!!!
      I do the same with Lincoln and I know what you mean. They look so cute and look so pathetic when you are getting ready to leave you just want to stop life and stay at home and have doggy cuddle time. If you’re a loser then I guess I am one too!!

  8. lisaou11 August 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    my heart just skipped a beat seeing that quinoa! yum, looks very tasty!

    • simplyshaka August 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

      Haha, it was great—I need to make another batch soon!

  9. Efi@greekyogurt August 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    I love the quinoa dish!
    Adorable dog

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