Last night’s dinner was a burger lover’s dream. When I say that, I’m talking about ANY kind burger you can imagine (well, 7 to be exact). The restaurant my mom was “raving” about is called BluBurger Grille, and the ambiance matches the name.
Upon confronting the menu, you are faced with 7 delicious options:
- Triple Mini?
- Organic Veggie?
Something for everyone You also can choose from a variety of “hand crafted buns,” cheese, veggie toppings and special sauces. Drawing my inspiration from one of Sarah’s recent posts, I decided to be adventurous and try something new. I went for the Bison Burger on a whole wheat bun with gorgonzola cheese, spinach and mushrooms. On the side, I had some sweet potato fries.
The verdict? I loved it. Plain and simple. I hardly ever eat red meat, so I think it makes the instances where I do have it that much better. This burger had incredible flavor and bison is a very lean meat, so it didn’t weigh me down. The gorgonzola cheese topping with veggies gave it even more variety. I ended up eating about 3/4 of the burger and 1/2 of the bun. It was huge! I also had 3/4 of the sweet potato fries. Those were perfectly crispy and not greasy at all. Overall, I would get this meal an A+!
Transitioning into this morning, I realized that we have several ripe bananas that need to be used up in the next few days. A few of those bananas are being saved for a delicious recipe I will be cooking on Christmas Day, but I spared one for today’s breakfast: 2 cups of Kashi Go Lean, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 sliced banana.
This breakfast was a big step for me. When it comes to cereal, it is almost impossible for me to stop at just one bowl. It just doesn’t fill me up the way oatmeal does. So this morning, I decided to go ahead and serve myself 2 cups – or 2 servings – right away to see if it made a difference.
It really worked!
Not only did it take a heck of a lot longer to eat – it also left me feeling perfectly full by the time I reached the bottom of the bowl. So I guess my advice out of all this is that if you’re like me and have a tendency to sneak some extra handfuls straight from the bag, embrace the inevitable and pour it in the bowl in the first place! On the side, I had the usual Coffee Cocoa.
After breakfast, my brother and I headed to the gym. I did my interval elliptical workout (I’m planning to create a workout page when I have a free moment) for 40 minutes followed by an ab workout that included the following:
- 3 sets of forward planks (35 seconds each)
- 2 sets of side planks (30 seconds each side)
- 2 sets of ab lifts (15 each – like this guy)
- 3 sets of ab twists (12 reps on the oblique machine)
I felt good afterward! I definitely slack when it comes to abs, but since it’s one of the biggest parts of my brother’s workout, I have an incentive to get my butt – er, abs – in gear!
We came back and I made a delicious lunch featuring this beauty:
Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt! I have to thank Gliding Calm for introducing me to this brand. I never would have stopped there and picked some up if she hadn’t sworn that it was worth it.
It truly was – this is by far the creamiest and thickest Greek yogurt I have ever had. I didn’t need to stir it at all and I was even able to eat a few bites “plain.” That’s big for me because I usually need to have something else on the spoon in order to be able to enjoy it!
Along with the yogurt and raspberries, I microwaved an egg white and topped it with some Mexican blend cheese.
And to satisfy the post-workout sweet tooth – aka the sweet tooth that I always have after any meal – I had another of Sarah’s Secret Santa gift – the chocolate and M&M covered pretzel stick from Sarris.
I took a picture of 1/2 but then laughed at myself after I finished it – um, of COURSE I am going to eat the entire thing! I don’t know what I was thinking 😉 I quickly polished off the other 1/2 and decided that the sweet and salty combination of chocolate and pretzels is one of my all-time favorite treats.
Speaking of “treats” My brother and I did a little cookie baking this afternoon! My mom specifically asked for K’s Peanut Butter Blossoms after seeing them on my blog, so this afternoon we set out to make a batch. We made one dozen with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses.
And another dozen with the new Milky Way Caramels – those things are dangerous!! My mom absolutely loves caramels and loves these because they aren’t sticky enough to ruin your teeth.
Of course, I had to designate a tester. I was still a little full from lunch and chocolate covered pretzels, so I graciously offered up a substitute.
With a full mouth and wide smile, it appears as though he likes them! By the way, he spent the majority of the “cookie baking” time laying on the couch. It’s hard to find good help these days.
Once the cookies were cooled and stored, I settled down with Twilight – ahh yes, I am officially re-reading the series. I read for about an hour before my brother decided he wanted to watch Santa Claus 2. I love the Santa Claus movies! We watched the first one last night (which is my favorite), but the 2nd one is good, too. Which of the three is your favorite?
For dinner, we kept it reasonably simple with some grilled chicken breast topped with a cream of mushroom sauce. I’ve fallen in love with cream of mushroom recently. I know it’s not all that good for you, but it adds a rich taste to any savory meal.
On the side, we heated up some Southwest Turkey soup that my mom had brought home from the grocery store. It was good – filled with a lot of veggies and black beans.
It was definitely one of those days you look back on and smile at. I think it’s pretty obvious at this point that my bro and I are very close. I try to spend as much time as possible with him when I’m home. He never fails to crack me up and is almost always smiling. School breaks are the best. Why am I a senior?
I thought it might be fun to start doing some funny, random questions at the end of the posts. I found a cool one to start off with on this site.
Are you wearing socks right now?
Currently, I am not. But I usually ALWAYS am because my feet get so cold. I have several pairs of those super soft fuzzy socks!