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Something New…

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Happy Hump Day!

I always love Wednesdays because we are half way through the week, and almost to the weekend.

**Thank you to everyone who has entered yesterday’s One Year contest!! If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, you have until tomorrow!!***

Yesterday, I had a very important errand to run while I was on my lunch break.  It was time for me to attend my eye doctor appointment.  I wear daily-wear disposable contacts, and I had literally one pair left….that I had been stretching for a couple of days.  I booked the appointment at the earliest possible time, and I was sooo thankful that it was yesterday, because my eyes were starting to notice that those contacts were gettin’ old.

The past couple of years I have gone to different eye doctors simply because of being in college, moving, and trying to find something near my current place of work.  That being said, I had a pretty good experience yesterday!

He helped me with all of my needs and gave me some daily-wear contacts to try, and is ordering me another type to try later this week so that I can get the most bang for my buck.  He also helped me with Brian’s problems…or at least attempted to.

Brian always complains that his eyes are burning and on fire due to his contacts by the end of the day.  The doctor explained to me that may be because he is reacting to the preservatives that he is keeping his contacts in at night.  I had never heard that before!  The doctor’s solution was to try preservative free storage with a hydrogen peroxide based solution.  He gave us a sample of Clear Care to see if that will help Brian’s burning eye problem.

I hope it works!

Ricotta Cottage Cheese Fruit Dip

In other news, on Sunday when I was prepping meals and snacks for the week, I created a delicious little fruit dip that I just can’t get enough of!

Lately, I have been trying to incorporate more fruit into my diet, especially during snacks and lunch time.  I just love dipping my apples into something and this dip is so perfect for just that!  I can imagine that it would be great with graham crackers too 😉

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese 
  • 1/2 cup lowfat ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 packets of Stevia
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon
Directions
Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.  Enjoy!
Makes 8 servings of 2 Tablespoons each.
Nutrition per 2 Tablespoons:
Calories:  55  Fat:  3.3g  Carbs:  2.2g  Protein:  4.6g

Meals for Today…Trying Something New

I have been wanting a food scale for quite sometime, and although I know that I would use it most days, I have been having a hard time bringing myself to spend $20 on one.  Luckily, for the time being, I don’t have to worry about that, because Brian’s parents have one that they don’t mind me using!

I really started using it, because I started something new last week regarding my meals and my exercise. Sorry for not going into much detail right now, but I plan on writing a post about it later in the week.  For now, I will just give you a peek into my suitcase  lunchbox as a little tease…

I hope you all have a great middle of the week!

Now for some afternoon reading…

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Zesty Black Bean Dip

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Yesterday truly was a lazy day spent by the pool just hanging out, so today I woke up with the mindset to get things knocked off the to-do list.

I started out the morning with a bowl of overnight oats.  This mixture had chocolate, peanut butter, a bit of protein powder, and Greek yogurt all topped off with a little bit of frozen banana.

With the weather being estimated at a high of over 90 today, hot food just didn’t sound appealing to me, but this did the trick at fueling me up for a productive day.

A Recipe

A couple of days ago, I was getting ready to make lunch for Brian and myself when I decided to get a little creative.  We had a can of black beans in the pantry that had been there for a couple of weeks, and I wanted to use it up.  Immediately, I thought to make some sort of black bean dip.  After rinsing the beans and placing them in the food processor with a little bit of this and a little bit of that I had come up with a deliciously easy dip!

Zesty Black Bean Dip

Yields: about 8 servings of 2 Tbsp

Ingredients:

  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp green tabasco sauce
  • sriracha to taste


Directions:

Place all ingredients in the food processor and process until desired consistency.  The dip will be creamy, with a little bit of bean texture.  Serve with chopped veggies, tortilla chips, or crackers.  Enjoy!

Nutrition:

Calories:  57.5   Fat:  .2g   Carbs:  10.3g   Protein:  3.8g

This would be a perfect dip to take to a Memorial Day BBQ 🙂  I hope you all have a great extra day of the weekend!