Friday, February 13, 2009

Pizza And POM

Hey, happy Friday! This has been a fun weekend type of day since the husband and daughters were off today. We got to sleep in a little and mosy around. I went for an outdoor run this morning for about 30 minutes, then hopped right in the car to pick up some groceries for our pizza night with my in-laws. I didn't get to eat breakfast after the run, so I picked up a Starbucks coffee with sugar free vanilla syrup and some nonfat milk for 1 POINT to get me through...


When I came home, I made a yogurt granola bowl. I used a Fiber One Vanilla Yogurt topped with 1/2 c. of quinoa granola for 4 POINTS...


I bet you're asking "what the heck is quinoa granola?" Well, I came across this recipe in Bob Greene's Best Life Diet Cookbook. I have never been a fan of quinoa, mainly because I didn't really know how to use it. I know it's a "wonder grain" being that it is considered a complete protein. I'm always willing to try something again, especially if has the word "granola" in it! I LOVE granola. So, I made this last night in anticipation of eating it for breakfast today. I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it a little more POINT friendly; basically I just dropped a tbsp. of the nuts to lose a POINT. I used a combo of dried cranberries, raisins and almonds. If anyone wants the recipe, let me know. I forgot to copy it down before I came to post! Too lazy to venture to get it ;) Anyway, I liked this and it stuck with me a really long time (about 3 hours)! After breakfast, I got in my Shred. I must be honest - this was a half-assed Shred. I was tired from my run and not in the mood to do it, but I knew I wouldn't be able to fit it in later tonight. I mainly concentrated on the strength training and sort of bagged the cardio. I think it still counts though, right??!!! Only 15 days left!

When I was finally ready for lunch, I was READY for lunch! Funny how it hits you all at once! I needed something quick, so I threw together a turkey sandwich using 2 oz. turkey, lettuce, tomato and a squirt of dijonnaise on an Arnold Sandwich Thin. I also had a serving of TJ's Sour Cream and Onion Rice Chips (love these!) and a juicy orange. A fast 5 POINT lunch...

After lunch, we went for a "neighborhood clean-up" walk. I have been noticing during my outdoor runs that my neighborhood was getting "trashy" with random items that didn't make it into the trashcans or blew away, etc. We put gloves on, got a big trashbag and walked the whole neighborhood picking up all the debris. We filled the whole bag! It doesn't look like much when it's strewn all over, but it adds up! So, not only did I get another exercise in, I also did community service!! Two birds, one stone :)
The in-laws came for pizza night and to hang out with the daughters. I made 3 pizzas: 1 plain, 1 pepperoni and a whole wheat with lite mozzarella, baby bella mushrooms and baby spinach. I went with 2 slices of whole wheat and a salad dressed with Kraft Light Three Cheese Ranch for 8 POINTS...

Along with our dinner, I made everyone a fancy POM spritzer! Diana at POM Wonderful was kind enough to contact me and ask if I would be interested in sampling this POM Wonderful 100 % pomegranate juice. I have been intrigued after seeing it at many of the grocery stores, so I was excited to have the opportunity to try it! Our pizza party was the perfect opportunity to make these lovely spritzers...

Everyone loved it! It is not as tart as I thought it may be. The husband and father-in-law loved it straight up the best! After reading about all the health benefits of this "wonder" juice, they loved it even more! Especially the parts about prostate health and erectile function - you know how men are! LOL!! The website is full of amazing recipes, too (love all the cocktail recipes- see you can be healthy and have a few drinky poos!). An 8 oz. serving is 3 POINTS, which is a little POINTY, but when cut with some sparkling water, it's basically free. I only used 2 oz. of the juice and the rest was water; put in a wine glass and garnished with a slice of lime. Fancy and free!
For dessert, we had some amazing chocolate covered strawberries that my parents gave us for Valentine's Day! I had two of these guys. I'm not exact on the POINTS; I did some searching and came up with 2 POINTS. I don't know, but hey, I'm goin with it! They were DIVINE...


Well, tomorrow's the big day! The day that CHOCOLATE swirls all around you. Everywhere you go! The husband loves me and hopes to live a long life, so I'm fairly certain that he will NOT be giving me any chocolate ;) How about you??? What are your VDay plans? Are you worried about the CHOCOLATE???

9 comments:

princessvalecia said...

I love pomegranate spritzers I made one at work one day and I've been hooked on those and cranberry spritzers every since

sweet26 said...

hi! first time reading your blog--

i already got some candy for valentines and i'm looking forward to the little splurge tomorrow but really hope that's it!

that is awesome that you picked up trash on your walk! you deserve those chocolate covered strawberries- however many points they are!

Sharon said...

Wow, glad everyone loved it. It looks scrumptious!

and happy valentine's day!!!!!!!!!

Bre said...

Oh thanks for the idea on the sprizer! I got some Pom as well and I have been drinking little bits here are there and loving it, but if I make a spritzer out of it, that would cut down the points! Going to grab some sparkling water this morning after my run!!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

The strawberries are so pretty !
Quinoia has come to be one of those love /hate sides in our house. I love it as does my husband, but my son keeps insisting he has to eat it with a spritz of Wishbone salad spritzers ranch dressing. He won't explain why this of all toppings . When it's on , he loves the texture. If not, he calls it yucky okra. Go figure

theskinnyplate said...

Happy Valentines Day!! Chocolate is definitely a MUST on V-day!! Those chocolate dipped strawberries looks delish!!

biz319 said...

I didn't like quinoa the first few times I tried it because I made cold salads with it. When I finally incorporated it into casseroles and stews - I loved it!

thewwchick (aka: Heather) said...

It all looks soooooooooo good, Marisa! You're so creative with what you eat.

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

princessvalecia - I was suprised how much I liked these, too!

sweet26 - thanks for reading! hope you enjoyed your splurge!!

Sharon - Happy VDay!

Bre - you're welcome; hope you enjoy it!

TheIncredibleShrinkingFamily- that is so funny about the quinoa! I'm gonna try and play around with it a little more, too.

the skinnyplate -yeah, just wouldn't be the same w/o chocolate;)

Biz319 - thanks, I'm gonna try that idea!

thewwchick - right back at ya!!!