Happy Monday, my friends!
How was everyone’s weekend? My weekend actually started off a little early, with a Thursday night “date night!”
I have been wanting to see “The Hunger Games” for over a week now, but I didn’t want to deal with the crazy crowds. But by Thursday, I was itching to go see the movie that so many people had been talking about!
I think my opinion of the movie is similar to most people’s. I definitely enjoyed it, but (as always) the book was better. As Lindsay said, you aren’t able to know what the characters are thinking when watching the movie. And I really think to fully understand the complicated Katniss-Peeta relationship, you need insight into what Katniss is thinking. But it was still a very entertaining movie, and I will absolutely go see the next one!
Before our movie, Brandon took me to dinner … his treat!
We ate at a place called Marlow’s Tavern. We sat outside and enjoyed our meal in the gorgeous sunshine.
The meal started with an appetizer of truffle oil fries. So addicting!
Brandon chose the fish tacos for his meal, served with jalapeño corn grits!
I took the waitress’s advice (anyone else always ask for the waiter or waitress’s recommendation??) and ordered the Buffalo (grilled) chicken wrap with a side of fruit. Not very healthy, but incredibly tasty!
And speaking of healthy vs. not-so healthy …
I joked with Brandon while I was eating that dinner that I was the “hypocritical blogger.” I’ve been sharing recently about the movies we’ve been watching (Food Inc. and Forks over Knives), and how I want to start making a change in our eating habits based on what I learned from those movies.
And then less than a week later, I go out and eat chicken and French fries. Hmmm…
I realize I never said I planned to stop eating meat completely. But it’s not just about the meat … it’s amazing how quickly I forget (or choose to forget) everything I learned about how the foods I put in my body can affect my health and overall well-being. As soon as a craving for junk food hits, I put the blinders back up and choose the unhealthy option.
I guess you could call me a “bipolar eater.” I enjoy healthy foods, and I want to eat healthy foods because they are good for my body.
But let’s be honest … I also really love the junk.
I’ve always had an “everything in moderation” viewpoint. But what exactly is moderation? Where’s the line between OK and hazardous to your health?
And just to be sure I’m clear … I’m not talking about healthy eating to maintain my weight. This isn’t about weight or calories. This is about my overall health and well-being. This is about wanting to prevent things like cancer and heart disease. This is about passing on a healthy way of life to my (future) children.
So this is where I ask you all … what do you consider “eating healthy” or “moderation?” Where is your “line?” I’d love to know, because I’m still working on finding mine …
On a “lighter” note (pun intended), I did try out some new, healthy foods this past week!
After doing some contract work at a local middle school the other day, I stopped at the nearby Whole Foods.
Whoa. That place could be seriously dangerous … I wanted to buy everything!
But I showed some restraint, and only left the store with a few new things.
Along with some organic romaine lettuce, I purchased some organic broccolini.
Brandon and I were both a big fan of this stuff. I steamed some for him in the microwave, and I also used it raw on top of a salad. Both ways were equally delicious!
I also decided to try Whole Foods’ hot buffet. I had already eaten lunch that day, so I just chose a couple of vegetable dishes to sample.
The one dish was just broccoli and peppers cooked in garlic. It was delicious, but the real star of the show was the curry dish.
This dish had potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and kale in an amazing curry sauce. This was my first time trying kale, and I absolutely loved the dish. I’m hoping to attempt a recreation in my slow cooker this weekend! Fingers crossed for success!
I also prepared some dishes at home this week with some new ingredients.
I mentioned this tempeh stuff in another post, and I finally tried it this week.
Attempt #1 with tempeh: A sandwich with avocado, tomato, tempeh bacon, and a little honey mustard.
Result? Not a fan. There was too much “soft” stuff in the sandwich. It needed a good crunch!
Attempt #2 with tempeh: An egg sandwich with the tempeh bacon. I also had an organic yogurt on the side.
Result? Still not a fan. I ended up picking out the tempeh before finishing the sandwich.
I think it’s a texture thing. Or a flavor thing. Oh well. “A” for effort, right?
And finally, believe it or not, I made guacamole for the first time in my life!!
I made a mini-serving on a random weekday evening, using Cinnamon’s recipe.
I wanted to see if Brandon even liked it before making a big batch, since I don’t think he had even seen an avocado before last week.
Fortunately, he loved it. Which gave me an excuse to make an even bigger, crazier batch over the weekend!
Now Cinnamon’s recipe was delicious, and perfect if you want to buy minimal ingredients … there are only 3 ingredients in the whole dish! But I am of the “more is even better” philosophy, so I read several different recipes and came up with my version.
Serves 2-4 (Brandon and I ate the whole bowl ourselves in under an hour, but we made it our dinner, rather than a snack!)
- 3 avocados
- 1 lime, juiced
- salt, to taste (maybe about a teaspoon?)
- couple dashes of garlic powder
- dash of cayenne pepper
- ¾ of a tomato, diced
- 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Approximately 2 tbsp green chiles (from a can)
- Mash up avocados, lime juice, and seasonings with a fork.
- After everything is mashed up really well, mix in the rest of your ingredients.
I served the guacamole with Tostitos “Simply Natural” blue corn tortilla chips (they only have 3 ingredients!), and it was incredibly delicious!!
Question for ya …
What did you do over the weekend?
Any thoughts on what you consider to be “healthy eating?”
Ever tried tempeh? Do you like it?
Any delicious healthy recipes to share? Link up!