Monthly Archives: April 2011

Curried Mango Chicken Salad

Usually I’m the type of person that cannot sit still for more than two hours without becoming bored. I literally have to be entertaining myself at all waking hours of the day. I lack that endearing quality that allows myself to simply relax… I think I get it from my parents.

These past few days have been different, though. I guess I had such a busy last few weeks of this semester that it completely burned me out. It has been so nice to just lay around and do nothing all day. I laid out at the pool for 3 hours today… without putting sunscreen on. Seriously stupid, I know. I’m entirely prepared to wake up tomorrow looking like a hairless Elmo.

For dinner tonight I used up the last of my Stonewall Kitchen Curried Mango Grille Sauce and tried a recipe featured on their website, making a few tweaks.

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

    • 1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
    • 1/4 cup Curried Mango Grille Sauce
    • 2 Tbsp light sour cream
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    • 1/4 cup chopped celery
    • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 scallion, chopped

It’s simple as combining all of the ingredients. I made a wrap out of it with a spinach Flatout.

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How to make shredded chicken

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

2. Add thawed chicken breast, reduce heat to medium, and cover. Make sure not to cover the pot completely, but allow some space to let the steam escape.

3. Cook in water for 30-45 minutes.

4. Remove chicken from water and use forks and/or your fingers to shred the chicken.

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Hunter Gatherer

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Last night, a small group of my friends went to a restaurant called Hunter Gatherer for dinner. I absolutely love the atmosphere in this restaurant- wooden floors, picnic tables, and brick buildings create a rustic vibe. This restaurant also brews its own beer right in its in-house vats.

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I started off with a glass of their  pale ale while we waited for a table, then ordered an ESB with my dinner. Both were delicious.

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For dinner I ordered a chicken gyro which came with a side Greek salad. It was a fresh, hearty, and filling meal. My friend Amber ordered a cheeseburger with crumbled blue cheese and loved it. The menu is essentially your typical pub food minus the grease. Everything tastes fresh and healthy, which is hard to come across at most pubs and breweries. There’s nothing worse than walking out of a restaurant bloated from beer and grease!

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Although I have yet to go, Hunter Gatherer also plays live music on Thursday nights  with a variety of jazz, alternative, and folk artists. All in all, it is a great restaurant pick for a cozy atmosphere, good beer, and food made with love and care.

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Chai Latte Muffins

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I’ve been glued to the TV since 8 a.m. watching coverage and recaps of the royal wedding and I have noo shame. I waited in anticipation for hours and hours for that kiss, and it finally came!image

We all know how much the English love their tea, so I created a chai tea latte inspired muffin, for only 126 calories each.

Makes 12

Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
    • 1/2 cup applesauce
    • 1/2 cup chai concentrate
    • 1/2 cup soy milk
    • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup stevia sweetener
    • 1 Tbsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine margarine, applesauce, chai concentrate, and soy milk in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients.

3. Combine wet and dry ingredients and divide batter among 12 muffin cups.

4. Bake for 31 minutes.

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Say Hello to My Little Friend

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I got this little bugger for my 21st birthday and so far it’s love. Still trying to figure each other out {I’m a newbie to the DSLR thing} but I’m learning.

It’s the new Canon T3, which is basically the upgraded version of the XS.

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Also, check out my new decorative measuring cups from Anthropologie! Another birthday present from my parents… They know me so well Smile My mom and I like to joke about how not age appropriate I am. I mean, seriously, what 21 year old girl gets excited about measuring cups?

Me.

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I woke up really sore this morning from my first Bodypump class. Well actually it was my second, but the first time I went I had no idea what I was doing, was using all the wrong weights, and could not get out of there fast enough. Everyone I know loves that class, though, so I decided to give it another try. I still had to change out the weights a few different times- I tend to get a little ambitious and use weights that are way too heavy for me- but once I start to get the hang of it I think that I will really enjoy it.

I made it a personal goal to make strength training a part of my regular exercise routine, and this week marks its commencement. I went to Pilates on Tuesday and Bodypump yesterday, and I plan on fitting in one more strengthening session this week.

Breakfast this morning was a sweet, savory bowl of baked oatmeal made with applesauce, cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts.

Serves 2

Ingredients

    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • 1 1/2 cups non dairy milk
    • 1/4 cup applesauce
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 2 Tbsp walnuts (or your nut of choice)
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients in an oven-safe bowl, top with ground cinnamon, and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

3. Allow 5 minutes for oats to cool, drizzle with a little honey, and dig in!

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Healthy “Fast Food” Awards

“Fast food” is taking a turn for the better. It is no longer (necessarily) associated with grease, fat, and god-knows-what-that-is. Restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s still have quite a ways to go, but it seems that everyone is at least putting in an effort.

Here is a list of my go-to fast food restaurants for when I’m traveling, out of food, or simply don’t feel like cooking. Like all fast food, they must be enjoyed in moderation; it is always better to cook for yourself, so you can see exactly what goes into what you are eating, but clearly some options are better than others.

1. Panera Bread

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This restaurant really caters to its health-conscious customers by listing the calories for just about every item right on the menu board. The You-Pick-Two option allows you to customize your meal with a large selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches from which to choose. Their website also has a Nutrition Calculator that allows you to add multiple items and view all of the nutrition information for your entire meal.

My Favorite Options:

    • 1/2 BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad (250 calories)
    • 1/2 Thai Chopped Chicken Salad (200 calories)
    • 1/2 Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (200 calories)
    • Cup of Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean Soup (110 calories)
    • Cup of Low-Fat Garden Vegetable Soup (110 calories)
    • 1/2 Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (300 calories)

2. Subway

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When all else fails, there’s almost always a Subway somewhere close by for me to get my veggie sub fix. With options for whole wheat bread and all the vegetables your heart can handle, you can’t go wrong. I always order the Veggie Delight with low-fat honey mustard dressing, usually topped with swiss cheese and toasted. You can get all this in a foot-long for just over 500 calories. Subway also posts their nutrition information on the menu for all of their basic sandwiches.

3. Starbuck’s

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While some items on the Starbuck’s menu are dietary disasters, there are tons of healthy, low-cal options as well.

Drinks

    • Grande Mocha Light Frappuccino (140 calories)
    • Chocolate Vivanno Smoothie (270 calories)
    • Grande Soy Latte (170 calories)
    • Grande Skinny Latte (170 calories)
    • Unsweetened Iced Green Tea (0 calories)

Food

    • Turkey Bacon, Egg White, Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich (320 calories)
    • Spinach, Tomato, Feta, Egg Wrap (280 calories)
    • Perfect Oatmeal (140-390 calories)

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Book Review: the Green Book

The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

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We have this book at the Outdoor Recreation office, so I picked it up and started reading it today. This book is the perfect guide to living the most sustainable life possible in all aspects of your daily routine. I did not create a blog post on Earth Day (shame on me), so this will serve as my delayed ode to the Earth.

While some of Rogers and Kostigen’s words of advice seem like common sense, others are really not so obvious. For example, Rogers and Kostigen state that if all answering machines were swapped for voicemail services, the air pollution would decrease to the equivalency of 250,000 less cars on the road per year. Who woulda thunk?

There were a few things specifically which really sparked my interest and made me think about how my daily routine affects the environment. Running outside as opposed to running on a treadmill saves an immense amount of energy, and as a pretty regular treadmill runner (especially in the winter months) this really stuck in my mind. Here on out, I will never rely on a treadmill for my sweat-session if the weather permits me to run outside.

This step-by-step guide consists of 12 chapters, each dedicated to an area of people’s everyday lives. They include:

    • Home
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
    • Communication/ Technology
    • School
    • Work
    • Shopping
    • Health & Beauty
    • Sports
    • Money & Finance
    • Building
    • Going Carbon Neutral

The last chapter provides formulas allowing you to calculate your carbon footprint, as well as advice on what you can do to offset that number. I think that every household should own a copy of The Green Book. It shows how easy it really is to practice a sustainable lifestyle, how simple changes can make such a huge impact on our planet, and why it is so important to start caring about the Earth.

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