On the lookout for my Leben schlanger shicksals schatz…and healthy football food too

One of the Patriot’s SB trophies

So today I need to find snacks for a party Sunday. I mean, who isn’t hosting/going to/deciding against going to a party this weekend? Just about everyone, I think. But that’s the problem with parties, especially ones that revolve around football. You’re sitting for at least two hours, you don’t really do anything active, and the snacks? Well. You’re talking about pizza and chips and dip and pretzels and chicken wings and subs and basically really bad for you stuff. I mean, when faced with a choice, would you rather have a buffalo chicken wing or buffalo cauliflower? Let’s be honest. I’m going for the chicken wing basically every time.

And when you go to these parties, not everyone there is on a diet. You don’t want to be the weird person who brought the chickpea and quinoa goat cheese lettuce wraps (I’m making that up off the top of my head but it actually might be good…) You want to bring stuff that will get eaten: brownies, cake pops, chips, pizza rolls. Fear not, for I have scoured the web for you and have come up with some delicious selections: 

  1. Crispy chicken fingers baked with Cornflakes (recipe here)
    • I have had these before, and if done right, they’re a very tasty replacement for traditional chicken fingers
  2. Hoisin glazed turkey meatballs (recipe here)
    • I’ve never had these, but they look and sound absolutely delicious. 
  3. Crab stuffed mushrooms (recipe here, you have to scroll down a bit)
    • So good. Like, incredibly good. I am pretty much obsessed with stuffed mushrooms but I could eat like ten of these. And really, in terms of appetizers, not so bad.
  4. Chipotle chicken sweet potato skins (recipe here)
    • Sounds weird, I know. But they are very, very good.
  5. Baked zucchini fries (recipe here)
    • I made these at least twice a month summer before last. Couldn’t do it that much this past summer because it was a really bad year for squash and zucchini. But these are so good. They’re like cheese sticks and french fries all rolled into one. 
And look, some nights, you have to just let it go and not stress if you’re eating a slice of pizza or a cookie. The answer is in portion control. Don’t be this guy:


Side note: I have no idea why I keep using Supernatural gifs, other than the fact that they seem to have a gif for literally EVERYTHING. Next post, I’ll try to find something Sherlockian or from the Office or something.

I was actually at a dinner party a week ago and my friend laughed at my plate because it was literally full of half-dollar size servings of everything. Despite the laughing, I’ve found that helps me with my portion control at parties and holidays and such. Everything looks so good and you want to try it all, but if you get an actual serving of everything, you’ll be sick, for one, and destroying the diet, for two. I’m all for a splurge day, but this is how I compromise. It’s nice, because I get to try a little of everything, and if I really like something, I go back and get an actual serving. If I don’t like something, I didn’t have that much to begin with so I’m not wasting food. 

If you just want to eat without thinking about it, sometimes you need that sort of day. For my part, I will probably again get teased for my wacky looking plate, but at the end of the night I won’t have a food baby from eating too much, I’ll have tried a lot of different things, and I won’t feel like I’ve wrecked my diet. 

Want my advice? Enjoy the evening. Cheer for the Seahawks, watch the commercials and relax. The gym will absolutely be there Monday. 

Moving right along. If you actually read the title of this entry (and you should, I put a lot of work in making my titles clever/accurate) you might have gone “huh?” because it looks like I banged on the keyboard for a few seconds in the middle there. 

Wrong.

That’s an actual German word. HIMYM fans know what it is. It’s laben schlanger schicksals schatz. It means “lifelong treasure of destiny” in German or simply “soul mate”. Somehow, some of the most profound and beautiful lines in How I Met Your Mother are given by characters that are only in an episode or two. Klaus explains the German idea of soul mates to Ted by saying that it is “something that happens instantaneously. It courses through you like the water of a river after a storm, filling you and emptying you all at once.” 

Yesterday I talked about my singledom and how I’m okay with it. I am. Because I am looking for my schlanger…whatever, my soul mate. My “can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, World Series kind of ” love (if you can guess the movie that little gem came from, kuddos to you 90s kid!). Why waste my time with a guy that I’m not going to end up with? Looking for that spark? Forcing it because I don’t want to be alone? Nope. Not happening. 

Does that mean I’m waiting for some crazy sign and won’t give anyone a chance until I feel it/see it? No. But ladies, come on, we know. When you go on a date with a guy and you just don’t feel…anything…you know it’s time to move on. 

I don’t know who or what is coming around the corner, the cool thing about finishing up Grad school and actually getting to get a real teaching job in the fall is that I don’t know where I’ll be. I don’t know what grade or what school, it’s a bit of an adventure, so I’m approaching my search for the ONE in the same way. Yes, I’m going to apply for jobs and do my best at an interview, but I don’t know when or where that job is going to come from. Same deal with the whole singleness situation. I could meet someone in the grocery store shopping for party supplies tomorrow or it could be a few years, it’s out of my hands. 

But dude, once you meet me, get a move on, will you? I am NOT known for my patience. 

So that’s all for today, folks. Enjoy the game tomorrow, I’ll likely NOT be blogging because I have a party to prepare for and a game to watch and I might try to make it to the gym so I can eat without worries at said party. After the confetti settles, I’ll post my own recap of the game with my very own special twist. I’ll either be in mourning (broncos win) or celebrating (go Seahawks!). Catch you Monday!

Last one. I couldn’t resist…the Supernatural fandom really does have a gif for every occasion, bless them.

Clean(ish) Eating Doesn’t Suck…

Forgive me internet, for I have sinned. It has been three months since my last blog entry. What can I say? Grad school + full time job + part-time job = no time for blogging. I’m back, and maybe this summer I’ll be a bit more consistant. 

So…part of the whole “I’m running a Marathon next year” thing means fixing the diet. Now, I don’t know about you people but I HATE dieting. It sucks. Big time. Mostly because I love food. I mean, it tastes good, it fills you up, what’s not to love? I have decided to ditch the diets. I can’t do it. I hate them, I resent them, and I always cheat. Always. No. The new “diet” is more of a change of lifestyle. Not a harsh “you may only eat 1300 calories a day and if you eat more you will DIE” kind of thing, but a “lets try and turn around some of those bad eating habits.” This actually started a few years ago when someone showed me a video on how they made chicken nuggets. I’ll let you watch this one because it does a very…thorough job of explaining the process. 

watch the video

Gross, right? Well, a bit more research and I was off sodas, most fast food and a lot of other things. Which brings me to the new “diet”…I mean, “eating lifestyle”. I have decided to do what I call “Clean-ish” or “Clean-er” eating. I’m not a) rich enough or b) dedicated enough to go full-on clean eating. So what is clean eating, you ask? Well, basically, it boils down to cutting out the CRAP (yes, there is an acronym!)

C – carbonated drinks (I used to be a MAJOR diet coke junkie)
R – refined sugars (pretty much anything white. Whole Wheat is your friend.)
A – artificial sweeteners and colors* (ketchup should NEVER be green)
P – processed foods (seriously, read some of the stuff that’s in your food!) 

*total side note, but some studies have linked certain food dyes to the prevalence of ADD and ADHD in children. It’s pretty gross when you realize some of the artificial dyes were made from petroleum. This is straight from the FDA, you can read it all here
All color additives required to be listed by FDA fall into two categories: those that are subject to FDA’s certification process and those that are exempt from the certification process. Color additives subject to batch certification are synthetic organic dyes, lakes, or pigments. Those for food use are chemically classified as azo, xanthene, triphenylmethane, and indigoid dyes. Although certifiable color additives have been called coal-tar colors because of their traditional origins, today they are synthesized mainly from raw materials obtained from petroleum.”

Let’s all say it together: “ewwwwwwwww” 


this is an avocado. it is yummy. eat one.

So what can you eat that doesn’t completely gross you out? Turns out, you can eat a LOT.
See that? That is an avocado  These guys are PACKED with nutrients and are a great alternative to mayonaise. That’s right. You can mix them with tuna or chicken or eggs and it is yum-tastic. The avocado has the good kind of fat, and tons of protein. Since clean eating requires eating less carbs, these guys are great, and filling, substitutions. 

Here’s the thing about “clean-ish” eating: I’m not going to beat myself up over having a roll at Sunday lunch. Do I eat ice cream? Yep. Do I sometimes eat Chick-Fil-A because I used to work at one and I know where the food comes from? Yep. But I also eat organic fruits and veggies EVERY meal (almost), replace white with wheat whenever I can, and I don’t eat crazy processed stuff, like Pop Tarts and Fruit Roll-Ups and don’t even get me started on Splenda. Seriously. If you’re going to eat something with butter, don’t try to be “healthy” and put margarine in instead. It’s better to eat the fat in the butter than the chemicals in margarine. Your body was designed to process the natural fats in butter faster than the synthesized, processed nonsense in margarine.

That’s why I’m not on a diet. I know enough about myself to know I’m never going to stick with anything restrictive or that doesn’t fill me up or taste good. Clean eating means I still get to eat what I like, I just have to make a better decision about where it comes from. For instance, organic chicken with squash over couscous with some crazy awesome seasoning? Talk about yummy. And it beats any box-created rice dish any day AND it is much healthier. Once you start to eat the cleaner stuff, and cooking for yourself, you really start to realize that the stuff you were eating doesn’t even compare. Seriously, I don’t even want french fries because I’d much rather make panko-encrusted baked zucchini sticks. They’re healthier and I think they taste better. Not sure? Try it for a week. Do some research. Change one thing you eat. See if it starts to make a difference.

So I’ve got the eating part down 90% of the time and I’m okay with the other 10% not being perfect. Now all I have to do is get my lazy butt up and get to the gym. But that is a battle for another day…

Seriously…

I want these. So. Flipping. Bad. right now. Meh.

Okay, so my semi-avoidance of carbs is going okay. I mean, I think I’m hungrier which means that I haven’t been eating enough protein and I need to fix that, especially for this whole marathon in a year thing. No, I’m not on a weird diet, I can;t digest certain foods and when I accidentally eat them, I need to avoid anything that could have certain insoluble fibers in it. Hence, the carb avoidance.

And I am so excited to be spending time with my beautiful nephew. My perpetual single-hood does have it’s perks, I can just up and go to my sisters for the weekend. Yay. It’s fun to play “creepy crawlies” and run through the clothes at the department store with a two year old. I love being an Aunt. 🙂

So this week I literally had a super-girly crazy moment when I finally got to see Darcy again on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I promise, this blog will not be obsessing about the LBD. Really, there are only two more episodes. So Thursday was amazing. I mean, I wanted Lizzie and Darcy to hash out issues, I did not expect so much cuteness and tie fondling! And then, this morning, there was a Q&A video. With Lizzie. And Darcy. And way more cuteness than I could ever stand. I hate to go all fangirl on you, but here it goes:

THE FEELS! THE FEELS! OH MY GOSH THE FEELS! I CAN’T EVEN STAND IT! SO FREAKING CUTE! AHHHH!

Okay.

Got that out of my system. Sorry. I really can’t help it. It’s totally amazing and if you aren’t watching, go. Do it now. 

Now I need to get back to my sister trying to rot my brains by watching the Kardashians…I feel my IQ dropping as I write this. Quick, I need to use some really big words: verisimilitude, existentialism, luminescence.


I feel better. Peace.