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Sorry guys — I have been an excellent fitness blogger recently, but a very, very bad food blogger.  I haven’t shared a new recipe in WEEKS!  So, here’s two new recipes in one post.


For my mid-day snack, I made Chewy Cookies and Cream Granola.  This would taste divine with yogurt or on top of oatmeal!


Chewy Cookies and Cream Granola


Ingredients (makes 2 servings):


  • 1 tablespoon Muscle Milk Light Protein Powder Cookies and Cream
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 almonds, chopped




  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl.  It will be kind of mushy, so don’t over mix.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with EVOO spray.
  • Crumble granola mix on cookie sheet, separating big chunks.
  • Bake granola mix for 8 minutes.
  • Rotate granola mix and add almonds.
  • Cook an additional 8 minutes, remove from oven, and allow to cool
  • Enjoy!


I was out of yogurt so I mixed my granola with some sliced banana. 🙂 DEEElish!


A little bit later I had my second mid-day snack…. a nice bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal (alert! alert! time to go to the grocery store).


Day 1 of 10K Training


Future Husband and I had to go to the grocery store this evening, so we made our gym work outs SHORT.  I skipped strength training even though it was on my schedule…. Oh well! I’ll try to do some push ups before bed.


I did an INTENSE 30-minute cardio session.  I used gradually increasing intensity to keep my heart rate high.


On the elliptical (55 rotations per minute):


  • Minute 0 – 2; Warm up at Level 1
  • Minute 2 – 4; Level 8
  • Minute 4 – 6; Level 10
  • Minute 6 – 8; Level 12
  • Minute 8 – 10; Level 14
  • Minute 10 – 20; Repeat Cycle


Then I jumped onto the stationary bike (50 RPM):


  • Minute 20 – 22; Level 1
  • Minute 22 – 24; Level 10
  • Minute 24 – 26; Level 12
  • Minute 26 – 28; Level 14
  • Minute 28 – 30; Level 16
  • Minute 30 – 32; Cool down at Level 1


This schedule definitely burned more calories than my typical elliptical program (just slogging it out at Level 6 for 30 minutes). I felt a deeper burn in my thighs and arse, too! Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 32 minutes
  • Average Heart Rate: 131 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 161 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 190


Groceries and Dinner


We went straight to the store for some much-needed grocery shopping.  I ate a Chocolate Chip Z-Bar in line. 🙂 I saved the wrapper for a photo!


Fish Burritos

When we got home, I got started on dinner…. we wanted something with a little spice!  This recipe always reminds me of California, one of my favorite places in the whole world.


Ingredients (for 2 Groom-sized portion and 1 Bride-sized portion; 3 burritos in total):


  • 0.6 lb fresh Tilapia
  • 1/4 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasonings
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper
  • 1/4 cup of salsa
  • 3 burritos (I used a 100-calorie brand; check for trans fat!)




  • In a large wok, combine pepper, EVOO, taco seasonings, and vegetables.  Cook on Medium for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse fish and add to wok.


  • Cook fish and veggies on Medium for an additional 10 minutes, flipping fish occasionally and watching to make sure it doesn’t burn on either side.
  • After 10 minutes, use a spatula to break up the fish and mix up with the veggies.  Add salsa and heat throughout.
  • Spoon into warmed burritos and serve!


These burritos are warm, filling, and delicious.  I bet the leftovers would taste great in an omelet, too!


On the side, we each had a LARGE serving of steamed broc


Well, we’re off to watch TV (obviously).  We are the WORST tv rats! 🙂 But the fall programming is so good right now, I just can’t tear myself away….



  • runjen October 6, 2008, 6:39 pm

    Those fish burritos look amazing. Thanks so much for that recipe. It will definitely be on the menu later this week. When you say “taco seasonings” do you mean just 2 tbsp of the packet?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 6, 2008, 6:52 pm

    Jen – Yup! I buy a packet and it lasts me monnnnths. I hardly ever use the whole thing (too much sodium), and a little bit goes a long way!

  • teacherwoman October 6, 2008, 6:54 pm

    That granola looks absolutely yummy! 🙂

  • Meg October 6, 2008, 6:58 pm

    Those fish burritos look fantastic! Love the granola and the use of the muscle milk.

  • runningwithfood October 6, 2008, 7:16 pm

    I’m loving that granola recipe!!

    I do the same with the taco seasoning … you just need a touch!

  • HangryPants October 6, 2008, 7:23 pm

    I’ve never thought of baking with protein powder. Such a great idea! You move so much, you deserve some TV!

  • GroundedFitness October 6, 2008, 7:25 pm

    those fish burritos look AMAZING.

    and I pretty much plan my evenings around whats on tv. tonight is heroes and gossip girl!!

    Kelly Turner

  • Anonymous October 6, 2008, 7:33 pm

    hi, I’m hoping you can help me with my question.

    I’m really trying hard to lose weight and watching my calorie intake. I’m eating healthy whole foods.. not junk. I’m trying to stay at 1300 calories for non workout days and 1500 for workout days.

    .. now when I work out should I eat 1500 calories and thats it. or say I burned 400 calories at the gym I can eat 1900 calories?

    anyones intake on this?

  • Bridget October 6, 2008, 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the recipes! I’m a little intimidated by protein powders, is Muscle Milk your favorite brand?

  • just me October 6, 2008, 7:41 pm

    what great recipes you tried today!!! that granola looks amazing…does that protein powder come in small packs, like for smoothies, or is it in a big bottle container kind of thing? i’ve been thinking about buying some protein powder but i don’t want to buy a whole container…any suggestions?

    have a great tv night!

  • Justine October 6, 2008, 7:52 pm

    Just catching up in blogland today 🙂 Your training plan looks like a great idea! I don’t really follow one…just one that I make up 🙂 I do 4 runs a week (1 long) and do strength 3 times a week as well as a little yoga mixed in. Works for me so far!

  • ttfn300 October 6, 2008, 8:12 pm

    ooh, that burrito looks awesome!!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 6, 2008, 8:14 pm

    bridget – yea, i like muscle milk light a lot! i haven’t tried many other brands, though.

    just me – ask a bunch of your friends if they drink protein powder and ask if you can have a sample! that’s what i did!!

    anon – hey! congrats on trying to lose weight in a healthy way!

    A pound of fat = 3,500 calories

    So, to lose 1 pound of fat over 1 week, you need to create a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day (3500/7) from your maintenance calorie intake. You can figure out your maintenance calories here:

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    I think this calculator is a little low, so I’d add 100 calories or so to whatever they give you.

    So, say your maintenance calories is 1800. That means that to lose a pound a week, you have to either (1) eat 1300 calories a day with no exercise (2) Burn 500 calories through exercise while eating 1800 calories or (3) Burn off 300 calories while eating 1500 calories.

    So, if your maintenance calories is 1800, you eat 1500 (so far, a deficity of 300), and then you burn 400, you will have created a total daily deficit of 700 calories. A weight loss of 1 – 2 lbs a week is considered healthy and maintainable.

    When I was tried to lose weight, I shot for a net calorie intake of 1500 (after my workout deficity). This was a good number for me because it allowed me to lose weight without going bonkers from hunger. So I’d either eat 1500 calories or eat 1800 + workout and burn 300.

    I hope that makes sense! Good luck!

  • talieworld October 6, 2008, 9:18 pm

    Hey! Did you guys catch Heroes?
    I’m so mad at Hiro!!

  • VeggieGirl October 7, 2008, 3:36 am

    Okay, Cookies & Cream Granola!?!?!??! YES, PLEASE!!! :0)

    Great training!!

    Happy Tuesday!!

  • Sammie October 7, 2008, 4:46 am

    America's Test Kitchen Orange-Lime Vinaigrette is outstanding. Here is the recipe:
    2 cups Orange Juice
    3 Tablespoons juice from 2 limes
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 tablespoon minced shallot
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

    1. Bring the OJ to a boil in a small sauce pan over med-high heat. Reduce the heat to med. & simmer briskly until the juice is thick, syrupy and measures 2/3 cup, 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer OJ to a small bowl and refrigerate till cool, about 15 minutes. (This syrup can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 2 days.)
    2. Transfer the cooled OJ to a jar and add the lime juice, oil, honey, shallot, salt and pepper. Seal the lid and shake the mix vigorously for 20 sec. to emulsify. This dressing is good for about 7 days.

  • greendogwine October 7, 2008, 5:54 am

    OMG – that looks heavenly! I don’t think I’ve ever done fish burritos, but they way your presented it – YUM!

  • lauren October 7, 2008, 6:02 am

    yum – your fish burritos looks great! I made fish tacos last night!

  • Rose October 7, 2008, 6:09 am

    Do you know the nutritionals for the granola? I’m sure I can figure it out if you don’t have it on hand…

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