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Comfort Food Cravings

The weather here has gotten cooler pretty quick, and it has me craving two things: Soup & comfort food! Soup hasn’t been a problem. I’ve been eating that pretty much every day! But comfort food… this one is a little trickier. I’d been craving some old school Kraft Mac n Cheese. I’m pretty sure my brother and I used to eat this 5 times a week! (Healthy I know!!) So what’s a vegan to do?

 

I remembered HEAB’s Mac & Cheese and it sounded amazing, but I didn’t have spaghetti squash or avocado, and I’ve been trying not to go to the grocery store for each meal (I end up buying half the store) but I did have nutritional yeast, so I did some more recipe hunting, and found this vegetable couscous & “cheese” recipe from Oh She Glows. Ah ha! A combination I could duplicate. So I did a bit of a hybrid of the recipe and it turned out like this:

 

Vegan Style Mac & Cheese

For nutritional stats, click here

Bring 1/3 cup of water to a boil, and then remove from heat and add the couscous and salt. Let it sit, covered, for about 5 minutes. (If your peas are frozen, now is a good time to defrost them) After the couscous has absorbed most of the water, put on to low heat and stir in the soymilk, nutritional yeast, parmesan cheese and salt. Add the peas.

Volia! Now keep in mind, Nutritional Yeast doesn’t taste EXACTLY like cheddar cheese, but it’s a wonderful flavor, and nutritional yeast is packed with so many vitamins and nutritents! Cheese couldn’t begin to compare! (In a 70 calorie serving, it manages to pack in 6g protein, as well as B Vitamins and more!)

As for the calorie burn yesterday, I wasn’t feeling very well (I think I’m getting a cold, blech) so I skipped out on my Wednesday workout. If you remember Tuesday, I burned 2,417 calories. Well today  I burned just over 2,000. Now, the additional calories I burned Tuesday can’t be contributed entirely to my workout, because as I looked at the chart, it looks like I fit in a lot more walking on that day. Fitting in walking and light physical activity can be one of the best ways to stay in shape, without having to go to the gym.

 

What foods are you guys craving these days?

-LLV

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How Many Calories Are You REALLY Burning?

In case you missed my BodyBugg post yeterday, I’m wearing a little tracker thing that will tell me just how many calories I’m burning throughout the day. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty fun if you’re a total nerd like me. Because it’s not just one number at the end of the day. Oh no, it’s a chart, detailing my entire day.  I went to the gym at lunch, obviously, and this is where the fun begins!

Do you ever wonder how accurate those cardio machines are? You put in your weight, your age, and it spits out a number of calories you burned during your work out. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder if those numbers are inflated (or deflated!) So here’s what I did:

I went on the elliptical for 30 minutes. I went at a relatively easy pace (I knew I was signed up for the Abs class right afterwards!) and I rode a total of 2.8 miles. In those 30 minutes, the machine claims I burned 275 calories. Now, I hope this is accurate. But it seems kind of high, because I wasn’t really “giving it my all.”

So let’s check the bodybugg. In those 30 minutes (from 11:20-11:50) it says I burned: 197 calories

Don’t get me wrong, that’s still a decent work out… but it’s not quite the workout promised by the elliptical!

If that’s not interesting (you know, like if you’re not a total weirdo like me) then maybe you’ll find this interesting! After my elliptical sesh, I went to the Abs class at my gym. For 25 minutes, I kicked butt! Normally, I’d have no idea how many calories I was burning. It seems harder than the elliptical, but for all I know, I’m burning the same! Thanks to the bugg, I know I burned  150 more. Ah, satisfying 🙂

What’s my total burn for the day? 2417 calories! Not bad for a day at the office!

Later this week, I’ll do some other cardio machines comparisons, and we can see how the exercise bike and the treadmill stack up against the bugg!

Ok, enough with the calorie counting. On to the food! (And to answer Miss V’s question, it does come with software to track your eating, but I think SparkPeople is more user friendly, so if I feel like tracking, that’s usually what I use.) What have I been eating to accompany all that calorie burn?

Breakfast is picture-less, because it really didn’t look that great. But it was some “fake baked” apple, and a banana smeared with Better’n Peanut Butter.

Lunch was baby carrots & hummus, plus:

Trader Joe’s Black Bean & Corn Enchilladas

Ok, so I guess it doesn’t look that great… but looks can be deceiving! This was pretty tasty, not to mention filling. I also had salad from the cafeteria salad bar:

It was pretty good. I’m not usually a fan of the pre-made salads, but the dressing was light, and it was a nice compliment to my enchiladas.

Um, wait. What? I basically ate a Mexican dish with a Mediterranean salad. I guess in reality, they don’t really go together at all. But I didn’t think about it, I just ate what sounded good!

Oh and dinner was some “fried” zucchini, some Vita Mix Soup. Delicious! (There also may have been some soy crisp munching going on, as well as a bowl of extra creamy “ice cream”.)

Do you guys usually have one cohesive meal? Or do you just piece together whatever sounds good? I pretty much just eat what I’m craving, regardless of how well it blends with everything else…

-LLV

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BodyBugg- The Calorie Counters Dream

First of all, let me clarify, I’m NOT advocating that everyone start tracking every calorie. I think that loses the spirit of a healthy lifestyle. It’s not realistic, and it’s sometimes impossible. It can take the fun out of eating, and turn it into a chore. That said, let me introduce my friend, the BodyBugg.

If you’ve never heard of it, let me give a quick explaination of what it is. It’s a little band that you wear on your upper arm. It sort of looks like a pedometer. It tracks the calories you burn throughout the day. That’s right, not steps, not heart rate, but calories! It’s over 90% accurate, and let me tell you, it’s kind of fun! 🙂

I got it because I was curious! I usually have at least a general idea of how many calories I take in on average, but I had no clue what I was burning. I’m also really skeptical about the “calories burned” on cardio machines… So why not find out exactly what I’m burning? Plus, when you’re wearing it, you’re much more motivated to take the stairs!!

The BodyBugg comes with software, and when you plug it into your computer and upload your info, it will give you a little chart, detailing your calorie burn for the day. How cool is that? Let me tell you, it’s a little addicting!! My goal is to burn at least 2,000 calories a day! Even just a walk to the library becomes more fun when you’ve got goals in mind!

 

 

Ok, now on to some food!! I’ve seen so many amazing recipes for baked apples (Check out these great ones from  Angela, & Holly!!)  I was so inspired, that I had to try my own… but I was feeling a little lazy, so here you have it:

“Fake-Baked” Apples

  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 2 tbs granola (I like Galaxy Granola)

Slice the apple into really thin slices and coat thinly with brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. Top with granola and pop it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. (I do it for 30, stir, and then do 15 more). It’s that simple, and it’s such a delicious way to get in a serving of fruit! This has been my new favorite breakfast/snack/dessert.

So what do you guys think about calorie counting? Are you for it or against it?

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