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Spin Class, Mio Sushi, Banana Flax Muffins and more....

Posted Aug 03 2010 12:00am
Good Evening!

I hope everyone is doing well this evening.  I got a bit overwhelmed by all the boxes that I don't know what to do with today so packed up the kids and headed over to 24 Hour Fitness to check out a Spin Class and let the kids play at the Kid's Club.  I did not realize how much I missed belonging to a gym and the 24 Hour Fitness is 3 minutes from my house.  I LOVE IT!  I have not gone to a spin class in years and I loved the rush of energy I got from the class not to mention the buckets of sweat that I produced as well.  This 24 Hour Fitness is really nice, it has 3 levels,  a swimming pool, basketball hoops, tons of cardio machines, weights and two separate group exercise areas.  I am piped and can't wait to try out some more classes.  The proximity to my house is key and I really don't have any excuses not to exercise.  My kids also enjoyed the Kid's Club and they won't have to go once school starts but it is nice that they actually want to go to the gym with me for now.

So before heading out I did start the day with a glass of warm lemon water, a french press cup of coffee (Portlanders drink French Press so we opted to buy a Bodum Water Kettle and French Press instead of a regular coffee maker) and a wonderful bowl of Triple Berry Chia Oats.

Triple Berry Chia Oats

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup skim milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Combine above ingredients in a small pot and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and top with

Fresh Blackberries, Raspberries and Blueberries
1 tbsp pistachios
Drizzle of Honey ( I bought some local "carrot" honey at the Farmer's Market)

So after my workout I ended up taking the kids out for sushi for lunch.  There is a Mio Sushi right next door to 24 Hour Fitness and they were "hungry."  This could be dangerous.  I explained to the kids that I am not going to be able to afford to take them for sushi every time we go to the gym.  That being said, Mio Sushi was really fresh and quite affordable.

We ordered some Edamame.

Zoe ordered the Kid's Bento Box which is a fabulous deal.  You get two dishes of your choice along with an order of miso soup, mio salad and steamed rice.

The Bento Box

Zoe's expression upon delivery of the Bento Box!

Emmet and I ordered Sushi.

I got the Oregon Roll which was fresh real crab, asparagus, salmon and avocado.  Yum!  The was the perfect after workout meal.  Protein, Carbs and Good Fat from the Avocado.

After lunch we crossed the street and went to Trader Joe's.  I can't even tell you how great it is being this close to a Trader Joe's.  I honestly think I am going to save tons of money by shopping there primarily.  I have missed Trader Joe's!  Austin does not have any Trader Joe's so it has been a few years since we have lived by one.    I am already finding some great treasures there.  The first one is Trader Joe's Light Kettle Corn that comes in portion controlled pouches with only 110 calories per bag.
This stuff is great.  Well, it is not as great as the kind that you get at the Farmers Market which I really don't even want to know the calorie counts of because I love it so much but this is a great snack and I am a huge fan of sweet and salty.

We made a few purchases at the Joe's and then headed home to work on the house and take Gumbo on a walk in Laurelhurst Park.  Gumbo is adapting to city life pretty well but we still need to do some training with him and the skateboards.  He goes crazy when he hears and sees skateboarders.  We have successfully let him off the leash in the appropriate areas of the park and have been surprised at how well he did with the other dogs.  Portland is very dog-friendly and everyone walks there dogs and takes them for rides in their cars.  Gumbo is pretty much loving life.

I was very proud of myself this evening because I used all of my Farmer's Market purchases for dinner.  We still had a head of butter lettuce, some yellow green beans, peppers and  Better Beans to use and I came up with a simple rice, bean and veggie dish that everyone seemed to love.

I layered the butter lettuce with:

Jasmine Brown Rice
The Better Bean Company- Caribbean Black Beans
Sauteed Yellow Green Beans

Simple, Nutritious and Delicious

Now it has been weeks since I have actually baked and you know I have been jones-ing to bake.  We had some ripe bananas that needed to be used so I whipped up some Banana Flax Muffins.

Banana Flax Muffins

2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 container low-fat vanilla bean yogurt
3 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/3 cup of canola oil
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (optional- my kids won't eat them with the walnuts so I omit them)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, bananas, syrup, and oil. Add flour mixture and fold in walnuts.
Divide batter into paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.

The kids have already tried one this evening and said they were "awesome" so I am looking forward to having one for breakfast tomorrow.  I also am on the quest for a healthy bran muffin that I can make.  I had a scrumptious Banana Ginger Bran Muffin at Whole Foods the other day and I have been craving another one ever since.  I am a texture girl and Bran Muffins have plenty of texture.  This muffin was moist as well so if any of you have a favorite recipe let me know otherwise I think the Whole Foods website will be a good source.

I am off to do my Ab Exercises and will check back tomorrow. 
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