Capital District NY Eat Drink Blog

Good afternoon blog readers! I just recently got back from the my first Capital District healthy living blogger meet up! It was an amazing time! There were 9 of us in total! Heather, Julie (and Julie’s husband!), Rebecca, Courtney, Lauren, Amy, Marcie and myself. 😀

It was a pot luck brunch, and we each brought something to share! Here are all of the glamorous food shots! I have never been in a room with so many other food bloggers before, and I felt so at home! I wasn’t the only one photographing my food!

Julie's delicious scones!! I ate about 3 of them!

Heather made cute tags for each dish! Love it.

Lauren's mini frittatas

Becca's strawberry spinach and feta salad

My plate: a little bit of everything. And of course I went back for seconds. 🙂

The group of us chatted in Heather’s living room for close for four hours about blogging, social media, and healthy living in general. It was awesome, and I learned so much from these lovely ladies! I’m so glad to have found such an amazing healthy living blogger community in the Capital District, even though we are small! I hope to definitely spend more time with these girls. 🙂 Thank you so much to Heather for hosting us and coming up with the idea of CDNY Eat Drink Blog! Everyone’s food was great! We’re thinking of making CDNY Eat Drink Blog a monthly gathering!

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Shiratake, Inception and Hummus To-Go

Oh finally it is the weekend. Thank goodness. I was starting to feel like the workday would never end. 🙁 I’m so glad to be home! I have an exciting weekend coming up!

But lets rewind a bit to Thursday. Last night I came home from work to make a quick and easy dinner. I had previously picked up some Tofu Shiratake Noodles to try! Hungry Girl raves about these because they are so low calorie and apparently a great substitute for pasta, so I wanted to see what the big fuss was about.

I was shocked to find the whole bag of noodles was only 40 calories. That made me a happy girl! I decided to just warm them up in the microwave after draining and rinsing them and using the noodles like I would spaghetti. I just threw the last of the roasted red pepper bruschetta and some Parmesan cheese onto them.

The noodles themselves didn’t have much flavor, and were kind of chewy since they’re tofu, but they didn’t taste too bad! I ate the whole bowl because I was starving and I love the bruschetta. 😉  I would buy these noodles again since they are so guilt-free!

After dinner, I had to get ready because Chris and I had some extremely late night plans that evening…we were going to the midnight showing of Inception at the Spectrum Theater!

from google image search

I have been waiting months for this movie to come out! It was pretty interesting because I wasn’t really sure what is about, all I knew is that the preview looked awesome and I love all of the actors in it. It was SO worth seeing at midnight because it was incredible! I’m not going to talk much about it because I don’t want to give away the plot, but it will definitely make you think and stare in awe at the special effects! I love movies like that. 🙂

Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep last night until 3:00AM and had to get up at 7:00AM for work…which had me running on four hours of sleep all day. That that equals an unhappy person at work. 🙁

Lunch today was sort of unplanned, so I got something quick at my Department’s cafeteria. The one healthy choice in the whole entire lunchroom. Sabra Hummus and pretzels! Have you ever seen a package like this?

The only downside: I ran out of pretzels! I had to go get some more from my co-worker so I could eat the rest of the yummy hummus. 🙂

But I’m so glad to be home now…I just ran three miles on the treadmill in 31 minutes and 40 seconds and it felt really good, despite not getting much sleep last night. I’m about to go finish up my laundry, which I’ve been neglecting for days, and then start baking some superfood cookies for tomorrow’s Blogger Brunch Meet-Up! 😀

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Calamari on the Hudson

Good morning blog world! It is almost Friday, and I am happy about that. This week has been so busy for me I’ve hardly had any time to think let alone blog, but I’ve finally got all of my photos organized so I’m going to give it a try!

Breakfast this week has been simple but yummy. I had some tasty strawberry banana oats one morning.

In the bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp of oat bran
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter

I could throw DCDPB on anything and it would taste amazing.

This was a huge bowl of oats, and it kept me full until about…9:30AM that day. Oh well. I think I just ate it too early.

I’m pretty sure my dinner on Tuesday was a bowl of Kashi H2H cereal with almond milk and maple pb because I needed something quick and light before taking Body Pump! So good!

The rest of the week is kind of a blur! However, this morning I had one of these:

A Chocolate Cherry Bomb! In the smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond breeze
  • 1 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder
  • handful of frozen organic cherries

It tasted pretty good since I’m accustomed to the rice protein. It was actually filling.

Now to the good stuff! Last night I went on an impromptu boat ride on the Hudson with my good friend Brendan, his parents, and my sister!  His parents have a boat that the keep at a local yacht club and they invited us out for a ride and dinner! So exciting! 🙂

After work I headed to Brendan’s where we met up with his parents and drove to the yacht club. It’s so cute inside! It looks like a great place for parties.

Brendan thought ahead and knew my sister and I would be hungry after work, so he made some Sangria and brought some cheese and crackers. What is better than wine and cheese on a boat? Nothing, I don’t think. He said he used peach Chardonnay and threw in some fruit to make the Sangria. Yum.

Thankfully the cheese and crackers held me over until dinner. 🙂 We took the boat down the Hudson River south to Coxsackie and enjoyed the ride.

For dinner we pulled the boat up and docked at Yanni’s Too located at Coeyman’s Landing.

Yanni’s is a great local riverside restaurant that is only about 25 minutes south of Albany (and only about 15 minutes from me.) I love it there. They are famous for their fried Calamari. So obviously, we had to order some for an appetizer. We got the Calamari Four Way Sampler, which included the Original: lightly fried and tossed in a lemon garlic wine sauce; Rhode Island style with banana peppers; Calamari Red with a light marinara sauce; or Chipotle style with a smokey jalapeno sauce. I’d have to say my favorite was either the Rhode Island or the Chipotle style calamari. The banana peppers on the Rhode Island calamari were slightly tangy with a bite, almost kind of lemony, and the Chipotle style wasn’t too spicy, just had a bit of a smoky flavor. So good. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

So, after filling up on fried squid, I ordered my main meal: the Portabella Sandwich: Marinated and grilled portabella mushroom cap with balsamic glazed red onions, goat cheese and roasted red pepper aioli.

One word: incredible. I’ve had this sandwich before so I knew I would love it. But, since I wasn’t too hungry any more after eating the Calamari for an appetizer, when my sandwich came I only ate the mushroom, onions and goat cheese. I took the bun off to try to save myself some calories. (Probably around 300? The bun was huge and probably grilled in butter.) And it would have been difficult to eat anyway since the mushroom usually make the bun sopping wet with juices and then it just becomes a huge mess. 🙂 I loved the creamy goat cheese though, so tasty. I ate probably half of the chips too.

After dinner we headed back to the boat for the ride back to the yacht club. It was getting pretty late and I was exhausted! But riding on a boat in the dark was kind of creepy but fun. We were kind of reminded of the Jaws ride at Universal Studios! Ahhh! 🙂

Anyway, I had a great time with Brendan and his lovely parents. (His parents are like our second family since we have been friends with Brendan for over ten years!) They were so awesome to take my sister and I out on their boat for dinner! 🙂 Can’t wait to do it again!

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My First Body Pump Experience

After reading numerous blogs raving about Body Pump, I’ve been kind of sad that my gym doesn’t have it. It doesn’t have classes at all, actually, since it’s pretty must just a bare bones gym. But after talking to Becca on twitter for the past couple of days, she invited me to be a guest at her gym and attend a Body Pump class with her last night!!! I was also super excited to meet her for the first time. She’s so cute and nice and I had such a good time chatting with her!

So we got to the gym and walked into the room where the classes are held, and I was pretty much clueless about what equipment I needed, so thank goodness Becca was with me! We needed a step, a mat, a body bar with weights, and hand weights. I wasn’t sure how much weight to put on for my first time, so I just went with the smallest amount to put on the bar and four pound hand weights.

The first song was mostly squats, which killed my legs!!! I probably could have increased the weight on the bar, but I didn’t want to hurt myself during the first class. I really liked the upper body workout, but I should have used more weight. I think I really need to improve my upper body strength!  The hour went by really fast and was a lot of fun. The instructor was really cool too. I would totally do it again! And Becca’s gym is much nicer than mine! 🙂 I wish mine had TVs on the treadmills!

We got back to Becca’s apartment after class and took some funny post-workout pictures. This one was the best, I stole it from her blog post this morning!

Becca & I post-body pump!

Hurray for my first blogger meet-up/workout! 🙂

So, I think I may continue with weight training, since I think it will help me become a stronger runner. I bought a Jillian Micheals DVD (No More Trouble Zones) that I’ve been waiting to try until after the Boilermaker, so I think I’m going to start incorporating that into my workout regime ASAP!

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Sweet Glasses and Rajma Masala

I hope everyone is having a great Monday!! I woke up this morning super early. I think it was because I went to bed at 8:30PM last night (I was exhausted, since I ran a little race yesterday morning called the Boilermaker). I was also feeling a bit sore in my right leg/outside hip area. Nothing a day of rest won’t cure. 😉  Anyway, for breakfast I had a chocolate cherry bomb in my sweet new pint glass! 🙂

We got these awesome glasses in our goody bags yesterday after the race. And I swear, the shake tasted way better in this glass than usual! In my cherry bomb: 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze, 1 handful of frozen organic cherries, 1/2 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder and 1/2 tsp of maca powder.

Along with my shake I had a slice of toast with raspberry creamed honey and almond butter.

It was pretty tasty. My eating schedule got a little screwed up today because I had to leave work before my lunch break for an appointment that lasted quite a while, so before I left I had a peach Chobani and some juicy watermelon!

After my appointment I snacked on a Clif Z Bar (sooo good! I like them better than Luna Bars now!) and an apple, and then headed to the grocery store to pick up some things for the week.

When I got home I tried something new for late lunch/early dinner. Microwavable Indian food! Someone from work gave me this to try out, since he and I had a conversation about packaged Indian food and he said it was really good. So I decided to try it tonight.

I put the Rajma Masala in a bowl and heated it up in the microwave for two minutes. I liked that it’s 100% natural with no preservatives, it was vegetarian, and only 130 calories per serving. But there are two servings in a package. I ended up eating it all because it wasn’t that much. The sodium content was a bit higher than I’d like though. Sorry, but there wasn’t any real way to make red beans curry look pretty. 🙁 It tasted really good though! It was really spicy and had me wanting Naan so bad!

For dessert, I finally opened up the Chocolove Chocolate I got at the co-op a few weeks ago! I pretty much love all flavors and types of chocolate, but I think Chocolove might be my favorite, since the packages are so adorable.

I am surely in love with chocolate. Xoxoxo. 😀 Now, do I exercise tonight? Walk on the treadmill or do some yoga? Hmm.

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