Saturday, March 28, 2009

Enjoying The Day

It's been a nice low key Saturday. Despite the million things I need to get done before next week, I took the time to enjoy the day.

I started off on the treadmill this morning for a 45 min. run. I haven't run outside in a while, but it was too yucky out today, so the treadmill and mindless TV were a great substitute.

Breakfast was a simple bowl of 3/4 c. Trader Joe's High Fiber O's, 1/2 c. skim milk and 8 strawberries for 3 POINTS...



After tooling around on the computer for the rest of the morning, I got presentable and headed to the kitchen for lunch prep. I had to have another Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bun today. Looks like this will be my newest addiction! I love how hearty they are; they really do satisfy me for a while. I had one with turkey, mixed lettuce and dijon mustard and a side of carrots with 1 tbsp. homemade hummus. And that small square in the front is a "homemade Larabar"! I found this recipe here and I thought I would try the Very Cherry version. I really liked it! I have only tried a Larabar once and it was a long time ago, so I don't know how it measures up to the original, but it's great anyway! I'd love to try some of the other versions, too. When I put this recipe through the Recipe Builder, it came out to 4 POINTS. A little pointy for a bar, but I only ate half (shown below) so it was 2 POINTS and good for you! Altogether, a delicious and healthy 7 POINTS...


I spent the afternoon shopping and sharing some one-on-one time with big daughter. It was so nice to spend this UNINTERRUPTED (little daughter) time together. We had a great time! We stopped at Starbucks for a quick drink- she got a spring water and I got a nonfat latte for 2 POINTS.
We got home close to dinner, so I got busy cooking. Pasta was on the menu - raviolis and meatballs for the family; pasta with chickpeas and mozzarella for me. I made a quick sauce using 1/2 c. diced tomatoes cooked with 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 clove of garlic. While this was cooking, I boiled 2 oz. whole wheat pasta until al dente. I added pasta, along with 1/2 c. chickpeas, to the tomatoes and heated through. I topped it with 1 oz. mini mozzarella balls and fresh basil. Delish...

and a side of steamed broccoli...

A great 8 POINT dinner:) It did leave me feeling a little hungry though, so dessert was a definite. I went with an old standby with a twist - Double Chocolate Vitatop with 1 tbsp. Almond Butter!!! I loved this combo, too! It was very rich tasting and the almond butter was a sweet alternative to icing. I still love my PB2, but this was a nice change. And still 2 POINTS of goodness...

I'm off to cuddle with the daughters and watch some TV. Hope you're having a cozy Saturday!

5 comments:

Sharon said...

Chickpeas! I need to get some!
Scrumptious eats!!

The American Homemaker said...

Super yum!

Angie All The Way said...

Fantastic day! I can't believe you not only made your own almond butter but now you're making your own Larabars!

I haven't made pasta in a while, but think I might be in the mood for it this week methinks!

Kelly said...

Oh, I haven't had hummus in so long.
Your food looks so good.
And congrats for a 45 minute treadmill run. That's terrific!!

katecooks said...

YUM!!! this dinner looks so good. i have some kind of beans that might have to make an appearance in one of my meals soon :)