Friday night I passed out on the couch, full from cookies and pizza and totally unable to even think about getting up to go to bed. I woke up at 4:30 AM all snuggled up with the kittens and moved to my room to get some more zzzs.  When I woke a few hours later, I remembered a recipe for zucchini pancakes that I came across in my Ina Garten cookbook while deciding what cookies to bake. I’ve made these before but it’s been a while so I whipped up a batch for breakfast. Unlike regular pancakes, these puppies take a while to cook on the frying pan, so the whole experiment took about an hour from start to finish. They were a fun change though from my usual!


Green! This plate comes in at 250 calories.



After breakfast, I hit the gym for 50 minutes on the elliptical. I was feeling sort of headachy and blah, so I added some coconut water to my bottle for extra electrolytes. I love this stuff!!!


I still wasn’t feeling so hot after the gym, so I came home and scrounged around for Advil before making lunch. How do I not have Advil?! Luckily, Julia’s got the goods. After my scavenger hunt, I made exactly what I was craving — yogurt mess!! Betcha thought I was skipping it today, huh 🙂


I had some roasted veggies on the side. My NEW favorite thing!


And cookies & milk for dessert…


I was SO SNACKY! I haven’t really been that way the last couple of weeks, but I couldn’t stop thinking about food yesterday! I tried to get out of the house and do some errands, but eatin was on my brain. Do you guys ever have days where no matter how much you rationalize to yourself that you aren’t really hungry, you just want to eat and eat?? So I made myself a healthy snack plate with a gala apple, green beans and hummus 🙂


Of course this did nothing to quell my sweet tooth, so I had another cookie! After my snacking, TV watching and apartment cleaning, I got ready for my birthday dinner date with Stephanie.  We tried a place neither of us had ever been to called Akasha in Culver City. It was so cute!! According to the restaurant’s site:

At AKASHA we feel that local, organic, and handcrafted ingredients are the key to great tasting cuisine. Our purveyors include small family farms, organic growers, sustainable and fair trade companies, and artisan food makers.

I love how places like this are a dime a dozen in SoCal. Good food definitely isn’t hard to come by!  Even though the place had a killer cocktail list, we ordered nice cold glasses of Reisling to enjoy with our meal.


We each had a slice of this nutty, seed-filled bread.


For dinner, I started with a bowl of the black bean soup. It was so smooth and delicious!


I got the red quinoa with orange-soy glazed chicken and veggies for my main dish. I felt so clean and healthy eating this meal! The sauce on the chicken was fantastic.


We were so torn between the desserts; they all sounded amazing!! We ended up going with the waitress’s recommendation, a chocolate peanut torte with choc PB gelatto (and some lemon verbena ice cream for Steph!). This tasted just like a slightly creamier fudge. MMM!


After we finished, the manager needed us to move for some reason (we never found out why, huh Steph??) so he relocated us to the bar and treated us to a round of drinks. I had half of another Reisling. Cheers birthday girl! We ended up staying at the restaurant for a good three hours.  We needed major catch-up time and just gabbed the night away 🙂


I got home after midnight and scooted into bed with a book and a stack of chocolate chip cookies. Yes, a stack!!! I’m serious you guys…I couldn’t stop snacking! Besides, is there anything better than cookies & milk in bed? I think NO.



I woke up Sunday morning ready to get back to basics — yogurt mess of course!


After breakfast settled, I hit the gym for 50 minutes of ellipticalling. I tried to sweat out some of that cookie stack LOL. For lunch I made an egg beaters veggie omelet with mushrooms, basil & red onion. I toasted up a Perfect 10 bagel topped with hummus and green beans on the side.


After lunch I ran some errands. I snacked on a cinnapple and some coffee to ward off the munchies!


As always, this did the trick! After another errand, I came back and watched TV/rested on the couch. I felt like such a slug all weekend! For some reason, I just couldn’t seem to shake the tired/hungry feeling.  My little moo shu porkie pie took a nap with me. Isn’t she cute??


I finally roused myself to make some dinner, another delicious veggie bake. This big bowl had fresh basil, yellow peppers, red onions, sweet potato cheetahs, carrots, a chile lime chicken burger, eggplant and 1/2 of a portabello, with some ketchup for dipping.



After dinner, the snack attack came back! I had a mint chocolate chip Skinny Cow which quieted my sweet tooth…


…but THEN I settled down to watch the rest of Maneater on Lifetime and had some more cookies and milk!! My sweet tooth was putting all sorts of demands on me this weekend. By the way, anyone else watch this Lifetime special and thing it was such a fun movie?! I didn’t realize until halfway through that it was based on a book I’ve already read (man, that Gigi Levangie Grazer is rocking the made-for-TV thing…Starter Wife was her’s too!).  I actually liked the movie more than I liked the book!

Three Things for Saturday

  1. Made my pancakes with vegetables!
  2. Ordered a healthy entree at dinner
  3. Didn’t finish my second glass of wine

Three Things for Sunday

  1. Made time for an early morning workout
  2. Cooked my omelet dry & with egg beaters
  3. Had my bagel with hummus instead of PB (already enough protein in that bagel, ya know??)

Today I have my big Monday morning meeting but after I get through that, the day shouldn’t be too bad. I can’t believe it’s already June! Los Angeles is out of May Gray and now into June Gloom. Forecast calls for clouds all week, BOO! When I first moved out here, I thought it was nice always but yeah, that’s a lie. I can’t wait for the sun to come back out and play!! Hope y’all are kicking off the week with a bang 🙂


Friday morning, I mixed up breakfast a bit with a Perfect 10 bagel topped with 1 tbsp. Chocolate Dreams and 1 tbsp. cherry jelly and 1/2 sliced banana. This breakfast held me over forever!! Must be all the protein in that bagel!


My boss just returned from a press tour in Europe, where he made sure to visit Laduree in Paris to get some famous, fresh macaroons to bring back for us! Here is a picture from the company’s site of the macaroons in all their glory…


Gorgeous, no?? The colorful box of sweets got quickly devoured and there were only a few left when I walked by at only 10:30 so I quickly snagged a coconut one and a piece of the pistachio before they all disappeared! My boss also gave me a bite of her caramel one, which was my favorite of the three. Sorry my photo is not nearly as pretty!


I worked through lunch and ended up making a Lean Cuisine veggie ravioli bowl and added a Green Giant Immunity Blend veggie mix to fill me up. It was awesome as always!


The day was a long one. I snacked on a cinnapple but I was too busy for a photo — I’m sure you can picture it by this point!! I worked at 110% capacity until the clock hit 5:15 and then I peaced out. I got home and met up with my sweet love Julia!!! She has been nannying in Laguna all week and I’ve been all on my lonesome 😦

We settled down for some gossip and I had a little more than half this glass of my favorite white, Honey Moon.


Julia convinced me to get off my butt and we walked to Trader Joe’s to pick up some supplies for dinner — gorgeous, gourmet veggie pizzas!!  I brought a piece of red pepper for the walk to hold me over until our late meal.


Back at the apt., I made half white/half whole wheat dough and rolled out 2/3 to make one big pizza. My half had tomato sauce, cheese, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, red onions and fresh basil. Julia topped her crust-less half with tomato sauce, extra cheese, eggplant, zucchini, meatless meatball crumbles, red onions, basil and olives. Before and after!



We added lots of crushed red pepper, which totally made the pizza!! We ate our halves while watching the season finale of Gossip Girl. A lil behind, I know. I was dying when Chuck brought Blair her favorite treat from Paris at the end — the same macaroons from Laduree that I ate today!!!!!  I wish we didn’t have to wait for next season to see what happens 🙂


Last night I got the baking bug so I decided to make some chocolate chip cookies for Stephanie’s birthday. Best part about baking for someone else — you still get to taste test!  I had one of these cookies hot from the oven with a huge glass of milk, plus some raw cookie dough of course!!


Three Things for Friday

  1. Added extra veggies to my Lean Cuisine
  2. Measured out the cheese for my pizza
  3. Walked to the grocery store instead of driving

Yesterday was such a busy day at work! We had meeting after meeting after meeting. Hmm yup, three meetings!! I managed to eat some low-sugar apple cinnamon instant oatmeal with a banana nuked in there after meeting #1. Fluffiness!! I am OUT of frozen fruit and fresh fruit and probably won’t get to the store until Thursday night. HORRORS!!! No yo-mess until then 😦


You all pretty excited to check out my lunch, huh?? Well I ate this puppy after running to the store for one more thing for my mom and about 5 minutes before another meeting. This is the other half of the chicken from Tuesday. Look at how paper thin it is!!! I also had a bunch of raw broccoli on the side, this serving times 5 maybe? I love raw veggies but right then my stomach was thinking HMMM…


I skipped the veggie pasta because there wasn’t enough time! Instead, I snacked on some trail mix a little later. There were a couple almonds in this fuzzy handful that got picked out before I snapped a pic 🙂


I also had a blueberry z-bar. I think this might have been the first time I tried this flavor and I loved it! So much more than honey graham or chocolate brownie.


After trying to finish up a few things once the clients peaced out, I headed over to Steph’s house for Twilight time!!  She has been wanting me to see this movie FOREVER and our opposite schedules have been making that impossible.  Anyway, she got me reading the books a few weeks back and that’s when I knew I had to make this movie date happen!  I needed to see all that deadly luurve firsthand 🙂

I settled down with a small glass of red.


Steph made some lovely whole wheat crust pizzas.  We did one with tomato sauce, very light cheese and spinach & another with pesto, cheese and sliced tomatoes. I had a piece of each!


We also had side salads of broccoli slaw and shredded cabbage topped with balsamic vin. Aren’t these black & white bowls cute??


The movie was good! We couldn’t stop talking about how the clothes were seriously wack. Can’t vampires wear better threads?!? Also, makeup job was not so hot.  But I loved the awkwardness between Bella & Edward, high school hotness!! Steph whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies for post-movie consumption.  I had two of these little delights. Love hot dessert!


Then Steph, her boyfriend Josh and I took a run down memory lane and discussed psycho exes. Josh & I were battling stories, but I like to think that I clearly won.  It was so good seeing my girlie!  Photo OPP!!!


So I got home a little after 11 and found out that you CAN do the shred that late at night! I did half but then got sidetracked by some roommate bonding, which is always #1!! I ended up continuing the cookie streak by eating THREE of these cookies. They are so good and will be marching out of our place tomorrow so I don’t eat them all!


Today I woke up right with my alarm and instead of hitting snooze, I finished the last half of the shred. Woop woop! At the office, I made a v. pathetic yogurt mess. It’s all one color! I just had bananas and figs for this one.


Luckily lunch was much more colorful! I tried to hold off on eating but was tummy-growling hungry and dug in right before noon.  I ate my leftover chicken fajitas with some 100-cal pack guac and two tortillas.  I snagged one tortilla from the restaurant (prob uber unhealthy) and one from my pack of La Tortilla Factory (very healthy!!!).  Everyone in my office couldn’t stop saying how delicious my food smelled and I had to agree!


After eating, I strolled over to the Farmer’s Market and picked up an eggplant, string beans, green onions, radishes, 3 packs of strawberries, carrots, and cherries for $12. Love the Farmer’s Market! I dug into some of the strawberries and cherries.  My breakfast is gonna be bangin tomorrow with this fruit!!


A little later, I had my favorite Cherry Pie Larabar for some pre-workout fuel.


Yes! I finally made it to the gym for 30 minutes on the elliptical AND did the shred when I got home. YAY! Tonight for dinner, I made an awesome stir fry using some of the stuff I got from the Farmer’s Market, plus tofu and shirataki noodles. BOMB! Julia came home planning to make a stir fry too so I got to steal some of her delicious sweet chili sauce, which worked perfectly drizzled on top!


It’s HOT in LA right now. People deal with heat by eating an ice pop.


Cats deal with heat by chillaxin in the bathroom sink!



Oops, almost forgot. My computer is going sooooooo slowly right now! Okay…

Three Things for Wednesday

  1. Skipped the pasta at lunch
  2. Poured a smaller glass of wine
  3. Ate two slices of pizza instead of the three I could have easily finished!

Three Things for Thursday

  1. Only packed one of the restaurant tortillas to eat with lunch
  2. Ate half the guacamole on my plate
  3. Saved half of my stir fry for another meal

Tuesday breakfast I changed it up from the usual and had a Perfect 10 bagel with a thin spread of light whipped cream cheese, plus a cinnamon tossed apple on the side. Still no coffee! I have literally not had one minute to go to the store!!


Lunch was catered again by our nutrition at-home meal delivery client.  Today we dug into salad, steamed veggies, spiced chicken with capers, and some sort of grainy side.  Anyone have the name for this couscous/risotto mixture?


Here is a chicken close up! I had two of these pieces. The spice rub was really yummy 🙂


Plus seconds on salad


And a chocolate chip cookie 🙂


Lunch was big enough that I didn’t need a snack until the end of work, where I quickly sliced and ate a medium banana on its last leg. Dinner was good tasting but nutritionally awful. When I eat at home and prepare all 3 of my meals, I can usually keep it really healthy.  However, I ALWAYS seem to go over the top when I am eating out or snacking at a friend’s place — and I’ve been doing both of those things for the last week!  Tuesday night, I went to Courtney’s cute newish apartment where she laid out some yummy cheese and crackers, plus her mom’s secret southern specialty.  There were Tostitos scoop chips to get perfect bites of this extra good cheesey corn mixture. I had, literally, a million of these.


And there were AHmazing chocolate chip cookies. I had a half dozen of these. Why can’t I be more like a normal person and eat two instead of six??


Two crackers with cheddar and a glass of white finished off the night for me. I still felt belly heavy after the excess cookies by the time I got home and went right to sleep! The rest of the week is also going to be pretty screwy, foodwise.  I am trying not to focus on the fact that I’ve been eating so many sweets and not exercising because this is a special week (V-day, Ali visiting, MY BIRTHDAY)…and I want to just kick back and enjoy all that stuff! So the next few days I’m just gonna keep letting loose, and make a concerted effort starting next week to get back on the healthy eats/exercise train.  I’m thinking of doing a 2 week unlimited yoga pass too so I can detox a bit after all the food & drinks I’ve been having lately!

Upcoming this week — martini bar for pre-bday drinks, homemade pizza & ice cream cake, VEGAS! Get ready for lots of fun pictures 🙂

Friday ended up being a total food overload, thanks to a combo of treats at work and going out at night. My breakfast was normal…


…but then I added some donut tastes!


I knew there would be more to follow, so I kept these small.


For lunch, I had a bowl of black bean soup and half a tuna salad sandwich on ciabatta bread from Coral Tree Cafe.  The tuna salad is mayo-free and so delicious!  Afterwards, I snacked on one of the moistest, icing-est cookies of all time.  These are sold at the grocery store and are oddly really excellent.


Near the end of the day, I started to snack on another bite of donut, but switched to snap peas instead.  Good Kate 🙂


Good Kate didn’t last very long though…I stopped by the post office to pick up a package from my mom which contained a big Russell Stover heart of assorted chocolates.  Thanks Mommy!!  Of course, I ate SIX as soon as I opened the box. Uhh, yeah. They were super good, but it was chocolate overload!  Then it was a glass of wine with some pita chips and spinach artichoke dip for dinner.  Later that night I had a Starbucks Mocha martini out with the gang.  I LOVE those! Plus a vodka cranberry when we went dancing later.  I got home around 2AM and curled up in bed with a book.  That’s when the late late night eating started. It was WAY too much. I filled a dessert plate with pieces of donut, cookies, pita chips, and blue corn tortilla chips.  Then I had another plate with more when I finished that one. I woke up feeling awful.  I haven’t had a night like that in a while, where I just felt really gross and embarrassed by all the chocolate and junk I consumed for 24 hours.  I definitely used up my daily calorie amount in snacks alone. I called my sister to vent and she motivated me to get out the door.  So instead of laying in bed feeling guilty, I went on a run.  I ended up running/walking five miles while listening to the Goo Goo Dolls on my iPOD. It was such a great morning, and I felt so healthy to be moving, that it totally lifted my mood. Here’s a picture I snapped on my cell of the beautiful view from my route.


When I got home, I snacked on a piece of banana before brunch.


I knew that today would be another indulgent day, but I decided to make it indulgent without too much overload.  It seems to me that when I overdo it with food is when I end up feeling badly about what I eat, which is really a waste when I am eating pasta and chocolate and cheese and bread.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to eat an amount that is satisfying rather than so much that I end up feeling sickly?  I always want to beat myself up after nights like Friday, but I decided that I wasn’t going to do that, and my run and healthy brunch really helped to keep things into perspective.

My first LA friend Ali is in town visiting (!!!) so a group of us hit up Newsroom, where my roomie works, for brunch.  I started off with a non-fat vanilla latte.


And then we ordered Newsroom’s famous artichoke, which is marinated in balsamic vinegar for 2 hours and then grilled — YUM!


Our waiter also brought us these vegetarian hot wings, which I think are just made of soy on a skewer.


For my main meal, I dug into the Brazilian High Energy Breakfast Bowl.  The menu details this deliciousness as blended sambazon acai soy moo & banana topped with hemp granola and fresh berries.  Look at this big bowl of heart health!!


Blended acai underneath:


Nick had a watermelon martini that he passed around the table so everyone could take a sip 🙂


Newsroom lattes are SO GOOD!


Then we hit the road = oh yeah, I forgot to mention we walked there! DING! Another 5 miles added to my morning roster. I brought this piece of bread for the road.  That’s Julia hand modeling 🙂


This meal held me over almost until dinner!  I dug into one of these 100 calorie bars before my big V-day foodfest. 


Here was our spread for the night:




And our dessert!


My piece 🙂


Today I woke up and relaxed ALL DAY.  It was heavenly. I started off with a childhood breakfast favorite dubbed “eggs in a basket.”


Here’s what it looks like when you cut into the egg. MMM


For lunch I had a slice of the delicious spanakopita cooked by India. Plus a square of chocolate. Doesn’t it look gourmet??


After napping and watching Bravo reruns most the day, I stopped off at my favorite sushi place to pick up a spicy tuna roll and california roll.



Plus edamame


And one of the vegetable egg rolls from Trader Joe’s.


For dessert I dug into another brownie piece with a scoop of the Breyers fat free ice cream.


All in all, I had a great relaxing weekend. Friday I really pushed myself to that place where you just feel UGH, but rather than get mad at myself the rest of the weekend, I just made a conscious effort to change my thinking. I am so happy that I was able to turn around my food feelings. And I still ate a bunch of rich, delicious food the next two days without that annoying nagging guilt that comes with excess food overload. There is going to be a lot of eating/drinking and little exercise through next weekend though, since the rest of this week is going to be crazy busy. Ali is in town until Thursday, and then it’s my birthday and VEGAS!! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The trip is adding up to be wild and crazy for sure. I can’t wait! Night all! Hope everyone had a great weekend/Valentine’s Day…and I hope that YOU all have off tomorrow 🙂

Kicked off Wednesday morning on my usual good note with another yogurt mess. This one had cherry berry blend, frozen mango & pineapple, 2 figs, half banana and half cup kashi 🙂 No coffee cause we are out and I need to buy some more!


I have been extra hungry lately, so I dug into this nectarine around 11:30.


Lunch was a wickedly awesome wrap that I made using 2 small tortillas (the 50 cal ones), turkey, spinach, and an amazing hummus. I decided to leave the two slices of American cheese off the wrap and eat them plain. Plus a serving of BBQ popped chips on the side for crunch!


Look at those spirals!!


So I spotted the Pistachio Larabar in Whole Foods the other night and had to grab one, seeing that I’ve never tried this flavor before! I was planning to just eat half since I got hungry and dug into this snack shortly after lunch, but of course had to eat the whole thing (and was hungry again at 4 with no food, whoops!!). Thoughts? Ehhh…well, it was GOOD simply because it was a Larabar, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t taste the pistachios all that much honestly. I probably won’t repeat this one, because there are others I like SO much better!


After work I hit the gym for a solid 60 minutes on the elliptical. Yay! Dinner was sort of a repeat…I was craving an omelet again and decided to run with it since the Egg Beaters are supposed to be used within one week of opening. I added red onions, spinach, and green peppers tonight, plus a side of raw green beans, grape tomatoes, and some grapes that I finished before taking this picture. A Perfect 10 bagel with light whipped cream cheese was the final touch!


With dinner, I took cues from the recent Starbucks Rooibos tea lattes and created my own version! This organic rooibos tea from Fresh & Easy was perfect with some added milk and splenda. It was just as good as the Starbucks one — maybe better cause I made it at home 🙂


For dessert, I had another of the oatmeal cherry chocolate cookie bites.  These are small enough that you can have a couple but I just savored the one…


…because after all this, I went out for drinks! I went with Steph and a huge group of partying med students to a bar called Liquid Kitty. Isn’t that a weird/gross name?? I had a Rosebud martini, and then Steph and I shared one called The Diva.  No pictures, sorry! They were good & strong!! I probably would have snacked when I got home but I was just too tired LOL.  I woke up this morning with an icky headache and made another rooibos tea (paired with advil haha) as soon as I got into work. Followed by the usual amazing yogurt that totally kicked the headache — YES!


Pre-lunch, I dug into my baggie of grape tomatoes, green beans, and grapes that I made last night with dinner.


Lunch today was a Lean Cuisine. Yeah, I was NOT packing up a lunch this morning!! I had my favorite 3 cheese ravioli bowl.


Look at all the cheesy goodness in the bowl today!


I think a chocolate covered strawberry might be in my near future — my deskmate got a box delivered to her today from her boyfriend. So cute! Tonight I am headed to see a screener of a new movie called The Hangover (appropriate, no??) with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Heather Graham. I’m psyched! Dinner might be some popcorn though…stay tuned!!

Last night I decided to make some baked goods to send to my family for Valentine’s Day.  My sisters are both away at college, so I figured something homemade would be perfect for these care packages 🙂

With The Chic Life’s Weekly Food Challenge ingredient in mind (Pomegranate Juice!!), I came up with two delicious treats.  First was a generic peanut butter press cookie with pomegranate icing.  Easy peasy and delicious! I made the icing with pomegranate juice and confectioners sugar, plus a drop of food coloring to brighten up the hearts.



Then came the fun part — Healthy (ish) Oatmeal Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk Bing-tastic Cookies! Whew, that name is a mouthful (literally, because every time I am saying it, I am eating one of these cookies LOL). I adapted a recipe from Cookbook Junkie that I discovered online. Here’s the little gem:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp. canola/vegetable oil
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried bing cherries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda & salt and set aside.  In another bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar, applesauce, oil, egg, pomegranate juice & vanilla. Stir until blended, then add flour mixture and mix well.  Add oats, cherries, chocolate and stir.

Bake 10-12 minutes until bottoms are golden brown.  Let stand 2 minutes, then remove to cool completely.

This recipe made 36 cookies! They are SO GOOD. I wish I were eating one right now actually. YUM!!




The dark chocolate chunks, bing cherries, and oats combined are totally heavenly. I couldn’t noticeably taste the pomegranate, but I think it sweetened them up a bit because I took a little swipe at the batter both before and after adding it, and it was definitely a little fruity and sweeter after adding the pom juice. I bet these would have been awesome with pom seeds instead of cherries for a different type of flavor, but unfortunately I didn’t have any!

Definitely recommend these 🙂 Thanks Diana for the fun challenge!! I’m so glad I got to experiment and create these.  This is a recipe I will repeat for sure!

Oops, speaking of challenges and the like, I forgot to mention that Beadie has posted her first giveaway!!