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Weekend is here!

Today is a special day as I finally finished my P90X Lean Routine with Yoga X! I am so happy that I’ve gone thru this fitness program for straight 90 days and I didn’t even miss a single workout!

Anyway, after my 90 minutes yoga session, I made a protein drink by mixing plain soymilk and Designer’s Whey Chocolate Protein Powder.

I was so hungry (who guess Yoga could drain your energy that much??) so I ate the super ripe banana.

After I refueled my belly, I cut up some apples and washed grapes for my daytime snack or dessert, whichever you want to call it.

And they were a bit too much for me to bring, so I packed some for my hubby too. Can’t be too selfish, right? I admit I can be selfish sometimes when it comes to food portion (only the healthy ones though..haha).

Of course I didn’t forget to bring the egg white pancake I made the night before. 😀 And don’t worry, I didn’t bring all of them, spared some for my hubby too. But I had one extra more…hehehe… *sneaky mode*.

very fluffy and light pancakes EVER!

After I got to my workplace, I did my usual morning ritual a.k.a getting the hot water for my morning green tea. I always love Stassen Pure Jasmine Green tea.

This is my work desk. Good thing I work in a dark room so nobody around me saw me taking picture hehe

The tea has a very strong and aromatic jasmine. Don’t underestimate the power of tea bag! 😀 And I always drink it plain without any sugar. The bitter the better.

Around 10:30 am, my belly demanded to be refilled so I grabbed Odwalla® Berries GoMega Superfood.

Took this at my work desk. So thankful for the dark room. Otherwise my coworkers will think I'm a weirdo

It’s a bit sweet for my taste, but for majority of people shouldn’t be. It also has a very strong grain taste as it contains ground golden flax, organic rolled oats, organic oat flour just to name a few. And it also has lots of dried berries (cranberries, blueberries, raisins) -I could even taste chunks of them. The best thing is, theres NO REFINED SUGAR. Majority of the ingredients are organic. One little thing is it has a slight bitter taste to it, probably because lots of grains it it, but it didn’t bother me much. It kept my belly full until lunch time! 😀

When I got home, I saw my brother already started cooking dinner. Perfect timing because I wasn’t quite in the mood of cooking. Went upstairs, changed clothing, sat in front of my computer, surfed a bit and I felt hungry. Too bad the dinner wasn’t ready yet, so I munched on Kashi® GoLean Crunch cereal (sorry no pic, too hungry to take pic haha). 30 minutes later, dinner is ready!

My brother prepared all these. Isn't he amazing? White rice for the boys, mine is brown

my brown rice, steamed whole tilapia, left over roasted duck, boiled gai lan

My brother was nice enough to go to an Asian market and got the fish and made this amazing steamed tilapia. It only tastes good if the fish is fresh, otherwise the meat will be very bland. The procedure is very simple.

You just need:
1 fresh tilapia fish (check the gill. If it’s more reddish then it’s fresh. Otherwise, pick another one)
couple slices of gingers
lots of green onions (julienne, separate the green and the stalks)
Lee Kum Kee Seafood Soy Sauce
Oyster sauce (just drizzle a bit over the fish)
1/2 tsp sugar
some salt (rub on the fish)
couple drops of vegetable/cooking oil

Directions:
-Rub the salt over the fish so it’ll give it more taste. Let it sit for about 10 minutes
– Sliced the gingers thinly and insert them into the fish – gingers and seafood goes hand in hand
– Pour over the seafood soy sauce, oyster sauce (just a bit), cooking oil, sugar and the julienne scallions
– Steam over medium high heat for about 15 minutes (for smaller fish) and about 20-25 minutes for bigger fish. This one is a bit big, so we steamed it about 20 minutes.
– Turn off the heat, pour in the remaining scallions (the green part), serve and enjoy!

Pour over the sauce on the rice is yummy!

The only thing I didn’t have was the roasted duck, left over from my brother’s lunch. It was too greasy for me and I don’t like duck meat as much. After dinner I felt I want some kind of after dinner snack and I remembered the last piece of my birthday cake.

Chocolate Strawberry Cake

I was debating whether I should finish it all or just eat half of it. This is not quite my favorite food, so I cut it into 2 pieces. One for me and one for my hubby. 🙂

I picked the left one..

I took a bite and found out the cake HAS GONE BAD!! Good thing I haven’t swallowed my first bite when I saw the fluffy white thread on part of the cake.

See that fine white thread near the strawberry chunks and the cream?

SO GROSS and I lost my appetite completely! But I still craved that after dinner snack so I had a cup of Kashi® GoLean Crunch Cereal again (no pic, too lazy to go back to my room and got the camera). Ok I guess that did the trick and my belly wasn’t demanding anymore food after that.

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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in dinner, food, food, pancake

 

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What’s going into the belly?

Today was a little windy and chilly in Southern California, despite the bright sunlight during the day. Anyway, it was a nice weather to take a nap and off from work..haha. But no, I still went to work. Gotta keep the paycheck coming in right?

Ok now onto my food for today.

MORNING & AFTERNOON
As usual, I got up around 4:45 am to do my Day 89 P90X Lean Recovery week. Gosh, I can’t believe I almost done with my P90X!

– 1 cup of plain soymilk mixed with 1 scoop of Designer’s Whey Chocolate Protein Powder
– 1 medium banana (not pictured, I was too hungry to devour it after my P90X Cardio X workout this morning)
– 1 cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal – I love this thing and I can eat it as my snack. But my body is pretty sensitive to any crackers or dry cereals. If I have a little too much, I’ll develop a canker sore in my mouth, even though I drink lots of water afterward.

After finished my post workout meal, I cut up some fruits for me and my hubby for lunch. Pretty much my day to day lunch is a left over from the night before dinner plus cut out fruits. Pretty simple yet healthy 🙂

simple yet healthy


From top left clockwise: pickled cucumber and jicama in lemon juice, sliced 2 small fuji apples, 1 slice of homemade whole wheat flaxseed bread (this is for my breakfast at work, along with my cup of green tea), grapes & orange (for after lunch dessert), and the lunch (brown rice, yu-choy sum veggies, some minced beef and my mom’s homemade chili paste)

And I also didn’t forget to bring my Larabar® Peanut Butter and Jelly, which I got as sample from them. I got total 4 bars to sample, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the other 2 😦 Yeah, I only have 1 left after I had this for my mid morning snack.

The flavor I had today is Peanut Butter and Jelly. I am not a sweet tooth person and majority of other protein bars I tried were either very sweet or very sticky. This one, however, is DELISH! It has a nice sweetness of the dates and the a hint of tangy from the cherries. I could even taste the cherry pieces in there as well! One thing that I am a little not too fond of it is the density of the bar and also after having it, I feel like my throat feels a little dry and I had to drink 1 1/2 12 oz of water to wash it off. But overall, this bar is pretty good. One thing that I like the most is the simplicity of the ingredients. It only has: dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries and salt. HOW SIMPLE IS THAT! NO gibberish chemical names, NO unpronounced ingredients, NO evil sugar, NO high fructose corn syrup just to name a few. The sweetness comes naturally from the cherries and the dates! Love it! I’d say this is one of my favorite!

DINNER
I realized I didn’t have much stuff in my fridge so I decided to have a High Fiber Dinner. Yup, the name said it all. I’ll cook a bunch of vegetables and very minor meat. So here it is:

Clockwise from top left: left over minced beef, boiled broccoli and bok choy, edamame, pickled cucumber and jicama, baked carrots, grape tomatoes.

Man those are SOOOOOOO GOOD! I was stuffed and there were still left over too! So I packed them to become my tomorrow’s lunch 😀

colorful lunch!


Hungry yet?

Don’t worry, my hubby also has the same thing. I made quite a lot so even after we packed the food for our lunch, there was still 1 bowl of boiled bok choy and broccoli left.

I remembered I only had 3 slices left of my whole wheat flaxseed bread and my hubby took all of them for his breakfast this morning.

Argh, only 3 left and they were gone after I came back. Hubby took them for breakfast.

So I decided to make an egg white whole wheat pancake! I got the idea from Jessica. It looks so good so might as well I tried it. I didn’t really follow the recipe to the t, but the basic ingredients are the same (egg white (I used 3 eggs because the ones I have are pretty small, wheat flour and milk (I used plain soymilk). I also added a bit of dried cranberries. It made 9 mini pancakes. They were really fluffy and light! I can eat just like that. No need syrup, honey, butter or anything. 😀

Yummy!

 

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Food of the day: Minced Beef with mixed vegetables

I got home around 6 pm today, and I decided to cook the minced beef that I marinated yesterday. It turned out pretty good actually.

Minced Beef with Mixed Vegetables

What’s in the marinate:
1/2 cup of orange juice
Garlic powder
Minced beef
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Marinate the beef for at least 2 hours or overnight for a better taste

Additional ingredients:
Mixed frozen vegetables
Celery stalks (I used whatever left in my fridge today, but it’s totally up to you).
1 clove of garlic, minced

Directions:
Heat the nonstick pan with high heat, add 1 tsp cooking oil. You do not need to wait until it’s smoking hot.
Add the minced garlic and the chopped celery, stir until it releases nice fragrance.
Add in the minced beef, keep stirring
When the meat is half cooked, add in the frozen vegetable mixture. Make sure to keep the pan in high heat so it won’t be too watery
Add about 1/2 tsp of salt and 2 tsp of brown sugar and taste it
Keep adjusting the amount of salt and brown sugar until it reaches the desired taste
Done and enjoy!

Aside from the meat dish, I boiled yu choy sum, some kind of Chinese vegetables that look similar to spinach. It might not be familiar to Western people as it’s considered to be Asian’s vegetables. I love almost all kind of vegetables, from broccoli, carrots, bok choy, yu choy, spinach, just to name a few. However, I am not quite fond of pale vegetables such as cabbage and iceberg lettuce as I don’t considered them to have as much vitamins as the green ones.

So here’s my dinner for today

Clockwise from top right: minced beef, yu choy, pickled jicama and cucumber in lemon juice

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in beef, dinner, dinner, food, food, vegetables, vegetables, yu choy sum

 
 
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