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Food Find: Olympus Greek Yogurt

Much as I’ve tried to avoid getting sucked back in, Whole Foods has become a regular stop once again on my weekly grocery shopping circuit. As I browsed around looking for items on sale and items for which I had coupons, I came across Olympus Greek Yogurt, on sale 10 for $10 (reg. $1.99 each).

Source: Olympus Dairy website

 After looking at some of the flavors, I ended up buying 8 of the nonfat plain cups. (I prefer to dress my yogurt up myself.) Not only was this a great deal (50% off the regular pirce!), but the nutritional stats are out of this world! Each 6 oz cup is just 88 calories, with only 7 g carbs and a whopping 15 g of protein! Score!

So the stats are great, but how did it taste??

I tasted a bit of the yogurt on it’s own and found it to be much less tangy than other plain Greek yogurts I’ve tried (and believe me, I’ve tried a lot of them!). Then I dressed it up in typical HFM fashion: chocolate-mousse style.

Mixed with 1 Tbs cocoa powder, 1 packet of stevia, and some sliced banana

This was sooo incredibly creamy! It reminded me a lot of Oikos in it’s texture, but Oikos is much more tangy. I can’t wait to use this in overnight oats! It’s taking a lot of willpower not to go grab another one out of the fridge right now! This was by far my best food find in a while. It’s a shame that it is regularly $1.99 per cup. Much like Oikos and Voskos, it just doesn’t fit into my budget. I’m still at the point in my life where I’m a slave to prices… Thus, I will have to stick with my Chobani, which is just $1.25 per cup. At least the Olympus yogurt is on sale until Oct. 5 at WF! 🙂

What’s your favorite unexpected recent food find?

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Stay tuned tomorrow as I review the Attune Probiotic Chocolate Bars I received in the mail. (Thanks Annelies!!)

Injury Update & Product Review

It’s Wednesday – half to the weekend! Woohoo! We are headed to DC on Saturday for the Virginia Wine Festival. Can’t wait! It’s going to be a whirlwind. We’re only going for one night. But it will be fun.

Have you entered my giveaway yet?! You have until Friday!

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I’ve been getting pretty much the same advice from everyone on my knee injury – rest is the best medicine. Now, if I could only follow that advice… I’ve been doing plenty of icing and I bought a compression sleeve, but I can’t say I’ve cut back on my running. I am shuffling things around a bit this week though, partly for time constraints, but mostly to avoid running 2 days in a row.

This morning I woke up VERY sleepy eyed at 4:30 am and contemplated skipping my run. For a brief second, I convinced myself that I should stay in bed “to rest my knee.” But then I popped out of bed, threw on my gear, and headed out the door – but not before grabbing a small scoop of PB and some raisins, my go-to pre-run snack.

Do you eat before running?

I ran 6.2 miles in 58:08, ~9:21/mile. I felt great for the first 4 miles – no knee pain. And then BAM. Just like that, the pain set in. At one point I was literally gritting my teeth. There’s no stopping and walking in the dark at 5:30 am when you’re 2 miles from home, though!

When I got home, I took a quick shower then simultaneously iced my knee, put on my makeup, and ate this glorious bowl of overnight oats.

This horrendous photo doesn't do this bowl justice!

  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • ~3/4 cup of plain Chobani
  • 1 small mashed banana
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • raisins
  • walnuts

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Ok folks – time for a brief product review!

Back in early July, I received a sample of the new Clif Crunch bars in the mail. It was the Chocolate Chip flavor, and I split the 2-bar serving with my hubby during our 4th of July road trip to PA. Upon first bite, I believe I said something along the lines of, “Oh my God – I have to find these and buy some!” It was crunchy (hence the name), sweet without being too sweet, and very satisfying. The 2-bar serving makes you feel like you’re eating more than a typical bar. And a serving is just 180 calories – perfect snack amount.

I hadn’t been into Whole Foods in quite some time, but I had a bunch of coupons so I went in there a couple weeks ago. (Side note: since that trip, I have been into WF every week. It has sucked me back in! Damn you, Whole Paycheck, er, Whole Foods!) To my delight, I discovered that Clif Crunch bars were on sale for $3.00 a box, a special that was STILL going on even last weekend. So I stocked up.

I’ve tried 3 of the 4 flavors and I’ve enjoyed each one. I definitely favor the Chocolate Chip though! Have you tried these yet?!

New-to-Me Goodies!

Yesterday, I did the usual Saturday shopping circuit – Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Stop ‘n’ Shop. Armed with a slew of coupons, I came home with a TON of new-to-me goodies that I’ll be reviewing throughout the week.

Before my shopping extravaganza, I started my day with an old favorite – almond butter, raisins, and banana on a La Tortilla Factory whole wheat tortilla. I warmed this in the micro for 30 seconds, and ate it alongside some eggs – 1/2 cup of egg whites + 1 whole egg.

This combo never lets me down!

Post-shop, I came home to dig into my new treats. First up, Voskos plain Greek yogurt. I had a $1 off coupon, so this was a bargain at just 99 cents for an 8 oz cup.

I promptly turned it into “chocolate mousse.”

Mixed with 2 packets of Purevia and 1 tbs of cocoa powder

My thoughts?? I loved this yogurt! It was so creamy and filling! The nutritional stats are outstanding, too – 140 calories, 9 g of carbs, and 24 g of protein. I especially love the short ingredient list – Grade A pasteurized skim milk, live and active cultures. I definitely recommend this yogurt. I would love to buy it again, but I’m afraid it’s a bit out of my budget at $1.99 per cup.

To go along with my yogurt at lunchtime, I tried some new-to-mew cereal – Kashi Go Lean. I had been buying Go Lean Crunch regularly but that stuff is like crack! I’ve got to break the habit. I don’t need 13 g of sugar in the morning.

I had just 1/2 a serving (1/2 cup) with a little bit of unsweetened soy milk.

This is definitely a keeper! I was just the right amount of sweet, with just 6 g of sugar. A one cup serving has just 140 calories, and packs 10 g of fiber and 13 g of protein. I’ll be interested to see if this keeps me full when I have it for breakfast.

After a brisk 40-minute walk with the hubby and baby girl, I came back inside and warmed up with yet another new-to-me item – Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry tea.

I love fruit teas, and this one was no exception! It had a wonderful, natural cherry taste. It’s amazing if you take a little bite of dark chocolate and then take a sip…which I may or may not have done. 😉

Dinner was a piece of baked salmon and a sweet potato. Simple and delicious.

Once baby was put to bed and my dinner was sufficiently digested, I squeezed in a 45-minute workout – Biggest Loser Power Sculpt. It was good to change it up. I’ve been doing Last Chance Workout for several weeks.

I then settled in on the couch to watch Food, Inc. All I will say for now is…WOW. I’ll post a full review later in the week.

What a great day of new foods, fresh air, and exercise! I think my favorite new item of the day was definitely the Voskos.

What’s your favorite new-to-you item?

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That Salad Cost How Much?!

The baby was fussy for a good part of the afternoon, but I was able to squeeze in the Shred while she was napping. I’m on Day 13 and I have to say that I was about ready to reach into the TV and slap Jillian Michaels today! She is a crazy woman. But if she whips my butt into shape, I will be grateful! I can’t imagine how those people on the Biggest Loser survive their first week with Jillian. I’m not even overweight and I get out of breath and soaked with sweat working out with her for 20 minutes!

Later in the afternoon, I was able to grab some time on my bike while the baby was a little happier. I quickly realized that I was completely worn out and did not have the energy to Spin. I hopped off after 23 minutes – right at the time the baby started fussing again! I still did fairly well with the exercise today if I factor in my 20 minute roundtrip walk to Subway with the baby in the Baby Bjorn.

My only real snack this afternoon was another banana. I had a few carrots too, but once I started eating them I decided I didn’t really want them.

Bananas always hit the spot!

Bananas always hit the spot!

I did not feel like cooking tonight – which seems to be becoming a regular Friday night thing. Instead of ordering pizza like we originally planned, I decided to go to Whole Foodsto get dinner. I picked out a chicken chimichanga for my husband and for myself…well I went hogwild on the salad bar!! I loaded up my little brown box with spinach, carrots, red onions, chickpeas, cucumbers, marinated artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, grilled chicken and teriyaki tofu. I topped it all with balsamic vinaigrette. It did not end there however! After I built my monstrous salad, I walked passed some grilled veggies that I could not pass up – zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and red onion.

I was quite pleased with my food selections and looking forward to eating everything. And then I got to the register… The total came to just over $29!! My salad alone was over $14!! We could have gone out to dinner for that amount of money. Once I dug into my food, though, I quickly decided it was money well spent! 😀

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If it is possible to pig out on veggies, then that is exactly what I did tonight. I washed all of this deliciousness dow with 2 small glasses of Pinot Grigio.

My once-a-week wine splurge!

My once-a-week wine splurge!

For dessert, I had a square of my Boom Choco Boom dark chocolate bar I bought last weekend.

I’m looking forward to some more nice weather tomorrow. We decided the wine festival was going to be more trouble than it’s worth, so we’ll just be sticking close to home – perhaps drinking wine at home instead.

Goodnight!

A Balanced Breakfast

Up early again this morning after another night of not enough sleep. I think it’s a vicious cycle – the more overtired I become, the less I’m able to sleep.

Anyway… I fixed myself another well-balanced breakfast this morning (basically the same as yesterday):

  • oat bran (carbs, protein, and fiber)
  • banana (carbs and fiber)
  • ground flaxseed (fiber and healthy fat)
  • raisins (carbs and fiber – and flavor!)
  • chopped walnuts (protein and healthy fat)
  • cinnamon, vanilla, and a drizzle of SF maple syrup (yumminess!)
  • egg whites + 1 whole egg (protein)

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This is such a satisfying – and delicious! – way to start my morning. It fuels me up for morning baby care.

I’m considering giving myself a free pass on the physical activity today – with the exception of the Shredof course – given that I am sooo exhausted. We’ll see how that goes though… I am one of those people who usually feels compelled to exercise. I think I am addicted to the great feeling I have after working out.

I am planning a trip to a new natural foods store this afternoon, though. Yes that’s right – yet another natural foods store just minutes away! This one is called Sunflower Farmers Market. I looked at their sale flyer online and they have some amazing deals right now for their grand opening. I’m so excited to go check it out! I loooove a good natural foods store. We’re now spoiled with a Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and Sunflower Farmers Market all on the same road! My comparison so far has found that Natural Grocers tends to be cheaper than Whole Foods (and even cheaper than the regular supermarket for some items!). I’m looking forward to seeing how the regular prices as Sunflower compare. They’re slogan is “Serious Food…Silly Prices.” Sounds good to me! I’ll post a review after I return from the market this afternoon. Stay tuned!

Super Splurge Saturday!

Wow…what a day! I really went all out.

First, I had my hair cut for the first time in about 5 months! I felt so spoiled being able to leave the house by myself for an hour and get beautified! 😀

After, my trip to the salon (which is about a 60 second drive from my house…would’ve walked if it wasn’t raining), we did our usual Saturday thing: Target and then the supermarket.

When we got home, I fixed myself a nice La Tortilla Factory whole wheat wrap (my favorite!) filled with honey smoked turkey, light mayo, pickles, and loads of spinach!

Warning: Besides the fact that I am clearly not the world’s best photographer, my camera seemed to only want to take blurry pics today…

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I also had a sliced apple with a tablespoon of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter. I love this stuff because it only has 2 ingredients: peanuts and salt. It does require a lot of stirring though because all the oil settles at the top. And it has to be kept in the fridge.

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After lunch, we loaded the baby in the car and went to the mall. I had a $50 gift card I got for Mother’s Day and I spent the whole thing at Borders. I bought 2 nutrition/diet books and 2 new workout DVDs: Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and Biggest Loser Boot Camp. I’ve enjoyed my Jackie Warner video, but I’ve been doing it for about 6 weeks so I think it’s time to switch things up to keep my muscles guessing.

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I’m going back and forth as to which one I’m going to start this week. I’m thinking 30 Day Shred…

While we were out, I stopped in at Natural Grocers. I pass this store all the time, but I had never been in. There’s a Whole Foods right near there, so usually I make a stop in there instead. Well let me tell you…I have found a new favorite store! It’s much smaller than Whole Foods, but they have a surprisingly great selection and very reasonable prices. I bought 2 lbs of almonds for under $8! Amazing. I also picked up a Whole Soy & Co. vanilla yogurt to try. I really enjoyed it! I would definitely buy more of these. They were only 89 cents, same price as a regular yogurt.

On to our big dinner out… For my husband’s birthday (which is actually tomorrow), we went to a Mexican place downtown. We started with (way too many) tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole. The guac was just ok; certainly not the best I’ve had…and definitely not as good as my guac!!  😉 I ordered a chicken and mango salad which had red onion, tomato, and toasted pumpkin seeds on it. I got the chipotle dressing on the side. It was excellent! So glad I got the dressing on the side though…they gave me about 1/4 cup of dressing and I didn’t even use half. I can’t imagine if they had poured all of it onto my salad. I had a nice Corona Light to go with it.

Unfortunately I left my camera in the car, so no pics of our fabulous dinner.

I did mention to the waitress though that it was my husband’s birthday, so we got to pick out a free dessert. We went with the Grande Chocolate Cake which, according to the menu, was “enough for at least 2.” When it arrived at the table it looked for like it was enough for 4! I totally splurged on this one though. It was too good to pass up. It was 4 layers – yes 4! – of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and mini chocolate chips. HOLY CHOCOLATE! Between the 2 of us, we at half of it. Here’s what it looked liked after we’d eaten some…

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*Note: Since we’ve been home, I’ve already indulged in a few more forkfulls… This is why I don’t usually keep sweets in the house! No restraint! Who knows when we’ll make it out to dinner again though…I had to go all out. Back on the wagon tomorrow…

Well, needless to say, I had a great Saturday! Hope you did too. Me and my belly full of chocolate are off to bed! 🙂