Tuesday, March 8, 2011

House Hunting and Road Trip Eats

Well hi! It's been awhile, I know. The past few days have flown by and I haven't had much food/health related content to share with you, aside from two great workoutsThe major time hog? House hunting! Justin and I have been seriously looking at houses the past few days.  It's exciting and unnerving at the same time. On one hand, it's such a thrill to think that we are finally going to have our a space to call our own and to make it completely ours. On the other hand, it's a daunting responsibility; we are actually going to have to pay for, fix up and maintain this place. I'm definitely more excited that apprehensive, it's just that all of these emotions are hitting me all at once. I'm sure many of you know what I mean.

I need a new house!

Surprisingly, the house that we are most seriously considering is one that I hated when we looked at it online. It's pretty small and dated, but it's a very charming space and I think it could be perfect for the two of us and PB. It needs a lot of cosmetic work, but luckily Justin, his family and friends and my Dad are all very handy. The best feature, in my opinion, is that the entire kitchen needs to be re-done.  Which means that I would have the opportunity to create my dream kitchen! (Within reason, of course). I'll share the details as the process moves along.

Also, today is 7 months until our wedding! Eek! So much to do!

Today I drove back to Ohio from Philly. The trip is tedious but luckily a simple drive. So I thought I would share with you my "road trip eats". I tried to keep them healthy and filling so that I wouldn't be tempted by Cinnabon and venti Frappucinos!

Driving=not so much fun

I wanted to make sure to get lots of protein from my breakfast so that I would stay full until I had the opportunity to stop and eat lunch.  I had a Chobani fat free greek yogurt with some cheesecake flavored Jello pudding mix stirred in and topped it with some frozen blueberries.  This treat is one of my favorite breakfast/snack options. Though the picture shows a banana, I decided to save that for lunch and had a small palmful of nuts instead. Yum! This meal had lots of staying power.


Oftentimes when I am driving back and forth from Ohio to Philly, I find that I don't want to sit down at a rest stop and eat lunch. I would rather have something that I can eat while driving so that I don't waste time. Today was one of those days, so I stopped at Wawa for the makings of a healthy and portable lunch.

I picked up some baby carrots (which didn't last until lunch/picture time), a Kashi GoLean bar, two hardboiled eggs (I only ate the whites), a banana and a string cheese. I spread the contents of the meal out over the drive, since I find that boredom in the car leads to hunger! I didn't wind up eating the string cheese because I just wasn't hungry for it. 

Once I came home I had some fresh strawberries, a few almonds and the tops of the last two Peanut Butter Surprise cookies. I actually hate when I pick at things like that and plan to try to nix that habit over the course of Lent this year (more on that tomorrow).

I was really hungry by the time dinner rolled around and totally forgot to take any pictures! I made some spaghetti squash with meatballs and marinara.  I also had a couple of the ravioli that my parents were eating.  A salad was also served on the side.  I just recently started eating spaghetti squash and I really enjoy it.  I'm thinking the leftovers might make their way into some kind of sweet application tomorrow.

Ok, the rest of the night will be spent catching up with my mom and dad and talking to Justin about house-related things.  Stay tuned tomorrow- I have an idea for a cool Lent project (or New Year's resolution renewal, if you don't observe Lent).  Have a great night!

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