Jess Finds Balance

My journey to finding a healthy balance with eating, exercise, and life in general

The Best Place on Earth September 11, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Food,Reviews — jessfindsbalance @ 1:34 pm
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They say that Disney World is the best place on Earth, but I beg to differ. I think many of you would agree with me that Trader Joe’s beats out Disney World. I picked up a couple things there today, including white bean and basil hummus.

OMG this stuff is so good! I tried it with a couple carrots as an appetizer before lunch.

Tabbouli (this had a very strong parsley taste, so if you’re not a fan, steer clear!)

Barbara’s Puffins cereal

Of which I had a small handful as I was making lunch.

Precooked lentils

Refried black beans with jalapenos

Organic baked tofu (I took this picture after using some of it in my lunch – it didn’t come missing 1/3!)

Fat free feta cheese

and light coconut milk.

Now I’m all stocked up! I have a weird food-shopping fetish. I just love grocery shopping!

Rewinding back to this morning:

Breakfast this morning was banana oatmeal protein pancakes. I mixed the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/3 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • 1 defrosted frozen banana
  • crushed walnuts
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

I cooked them in a well-oiled pan over medium-high heat and ate them topped with pancake syrup.

Sadly, they didn’t turn out so great. I think the problems were that a) the pan was way too hot, which meant that the top and bottom burned a bit and the middle wasn’t cooked thoroughly and b) the banana and/or cottage cheese made it too liquidy. I had made a similar version of these on Thursday, which turned out better. I think that when using a lot of cottage cheese in pancakes, I need to blend it to evenly distribute the taste and texture.

After breakfast, I headed to the gym for some moderately intense ellipticaling. After yesterday’s hilly and fast run, I thought that it’d be a good idea to flesh out my legs, but not to do anything overly strenuous. Afterwards, I went to my first body pump since Sunday. I can’t believe that I’m addicted to strength training. A year ago, I absolutely hated it and did it sporadically because I felt I “should” do it. I love that body pump uses fun music to keep me motivated and just makes me feel so strong! I moved up to 48 pounds on my squat track for the first time! It was a bit heavy, but I definitely made it through all right!

Lunch today was a kitchen sink salad:

  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • orange and green bell pepper
  • mushroom
  • 2 falafel balls
  • TJ’s baked tofu
  • feta cheese
  • TJ’s tabbouli
  • hummus (for dressing)

We ate alfresco. I am sad that our days of eating outdoors are numbered with the colder weather approaching!

It was delish.

My first idea for dessert was an orange…

which turned out to be very bad 😦

Idea #2 was a sliced peach with some cinnamon sprinkled on top.


Dave and I have plans with some friends to go mini-golfing and bumper boating! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful Saturday – we have perfect weather here in Boston!


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