Exhaling

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh, it’s the weekend :-D.

I was up before the crack of dawn this morning for my arms on the step + stairmaster workout — it was 44 degrees by 5:15 am, so I didn’t even need all my extra layers, yay! Stats: 1 hour and 11 minutes, 446 calories, average heart rate 130, max heart rate 165.

Today’s oatmeal blend was the same as yesterday’s: 3/4 cup banana bread crockpot oats, 1/2 cup yogurt, unsweetened shredded coconut, nutmeg, and a tsp of pb:

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Alongside the oats, I had half a broiled grapefruit. If you’ve never tried a broiled grapefruit, you should. I love grapefruits the way they are, but I know lots of people find them a little too sour — and broiling ups the sweetness factor by a million. My motivation for broiling this half grapefruit actually came from the fact that it has been sitting in the fridge where one of my roommates left it nearly a month ago, and I noticed today that it had started to sprout a little bit of fuzz. I knew she’d throw it out anyway, so I rinsed off the fuzz and stuck it in the oven to burn off anything that might kill me. It turned out deliciously:

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Plus soymilky black tea and water:

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I ate my yogurt right before my 2-hour supervision meeting at 10. The mix included 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup fruit salad left from Wednesday’s meeting, cinnamon, cardamom, and a sprinkle of golean crunch:

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img_4755I also had a very special treat waiting for me at the office today: habichuelas con dulce! On Wednesday, Vianni made mention of this phrase, and my ears perked up. “Sweet beans? Beans with sugar? What is habichuelas con dulce??” All the ladies in the office started conferring, and it was decided that Belkis would bring some in for me to sample (notice the two whole cups of sample to the right) since her mom is visiting from the Dominican Republic and cooking up a storm. Habichuelas con dulce is a Dominican dessert drink traditionally prepared for Ash Wednesday. Belkis gave me a brief rundown of the procedure: the drink basically consists of kidney beans blended with milk, sugar, cinnamon, and more. Belkis’ mom also added raisins and batata after the blend, so there was fun textural variety, too.

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I had one cup cold at 11:57 as my lunch appetizer and one cup warm as my lunch dessert at 2:36 :-D. It was a cup of heaven really — kind of like eggnog on steroids!

Sandwiched (time-wise, not literally!) between my habichuelas con dulce, I had more fun with coworker food. The last cup of Nitza’s soup (it got me through 3 meals!):

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And the perfect soup accompaniment: steamed veggies and grilled chicken! Apparently, Mildred and Myrna were thinking of me yesterday — when I wasn’t even AT work — and actually saved their lunch leftovers so I could have them today! The chicken had been so deliciously marinated, and the veggies were some of my favorite to eat steamed: broccoli, carrots, and chayote:

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Myrna and I ran our parents’ group from 1-2:30, and I snacked on a few of our group snacks throughout: some slices of apple and orange … and about 3/4 cup of apple jacks (errr, because I needed more sugar). When was the last time you had apple jacks? I was probably 6 and probably snuck them at some friend’s house when my mom wasn’t looking!

I raced out of the group at 2:30 to get ready for my 3pm visit … but the mom ended up rescheduling for next week! It took me a minute to adjust my plan mentally, and I instinctively ate two massive lollipops (plus two small unpictured hard candies) in the ensuing brain blip:

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I quickly recovered with a new plan (and my second cup of habichuelas dulces) and set to work. At 4, I broke for carrots and 1.5 tbsp hummus:

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At 5, yo salí de la oficina!

I’ve got a group presentation to work on this weekend and a whole slew of errands and tasks to complete … but right now I’m taking a break, thinking about eating dinner, and relaxing on the couch with some Seinfeld. It’s been too long, Jerry! There’ll be time enough for work tomorrow … or there probably won’t be, but I need a little breather! What’s on your weekend list?

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13 thoughts on “Exhaling

  1. Becca A says:

    Interesting sounding drink!

    I plan on doing my usual…some runs, some baking. And I agreed to meet some guy my dad tried to set me up with a year ago for coffee. I am trying to not think about it and get anxious.

    Love the broiled grapefruit idea as well!

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  2. foodsthatfit says:

    I love broiled grapefruit! Actually I like most types of produce that have been roasted or broiled! I would not do well on a raw diet, haha! Have a great weekend and enjoy your Seinfeld episodes! I never get tired of them no matter how many times I watch them!

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  3. Sweetie Pie says:

    I’m hoping to do some cooking and spend some time reviewing awesome BSI entries!!!

    I have never heard of habichuelas con dulce, but if some should happen to come my way, I will grab it up without hesitation. It sounds very interesting and yummy! Thanks for teaching me about something new. 🙂

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  4. snackface says:

    You and the different cooking methods for fruit—I love it! My weekend is going to be spent mostly on my hiney. Not doin’ a thing but sending my resume and cover letters to places, blogging, eating with the fam and watchin the tube. This all makes me unbelievably happy.

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  5. Melinda says:

    hahaha i love your mission to salvage food– that grapefruit looks awesome! And I’m always super jealous of the food your coworkers make. That bean drink looks ridiculously good!! have a great weekend 🙂

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  6. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    Habichuelas con dulce sounds amazing, and I’m dying to try a broiled grapefruit as they are one of my favorite fruits. I never thought to do that – great idea!

    Apple Jacks – I cannot remember the last time I tasted the goodness. Maybe I should curl up with a big bowl and watch Seinfeld. 🙂

    Good luck with your group presentation. Happy weekend! My husband and I have our house up for sale, and we’re doing an open house tomorrow. My weekend involves lots of cleaning!

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