What a Nutrition Expert Eats Over Labor Day Weekend

This holiday weekend I just chilled out with friends and family. Before I share that with you, I’d like to announce the randomly chosen winner of the California Raisins beach bag. Congratulations Allison! Her favorite recipe was the vegan quinoa salad, along with the cookies. Of course. I could go for some of those right now, being in ravenous post-workout mode.

I kicked off Friday night with a glass of Skinnygirl Sangria, the first time I’d tried it. At only 130 calories for 5 ounces, it’s a good buy, saving you the time and clean-up of making your own sangria. I found that I needed to add a splash of juice to Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Margarita, but the sangria offers the sweetness it should, making it worth the extra 30 calories.

For dinner we enjoyed our usual Friday night sushi take-out dinner. Dessert was a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bar enjoyed while watching The Greatest Movie Ever Sold from Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock.

On Saturday I met up with my trainer Scott for a hamstring-seizing workout. I’ll share it with you tomorrow in more detail.

Post-workout I immediately ate a banana, followed by half a turkey sandwich with greens, pepper jack cheese, avocado, and tomato, along with deviled egg potato salad and tabbouleh from the deli. Labor Day weekend just screams to me for salads, dips, and chips, and Steve begged for white bread sandwiches, so I accommodated by picking up a loaf of sourdough.

On Sunday I told Steve we needed to use up some chicken wings for the sake of the Freezer Challenge. I didn’t have to ask him twice. He grilled them with salt and pepper and then tossed them in his special wing sauce. I dipped my wings, blanched broccoli and cauliflower, carrot and celery sticks in light blue cheese dressing, while watching the movie Black Swan. That’s the tradeoff: I eat wings with Steve. He watches a psycho thriller about a bulimic ballet dancer with me. Wow.

We had invited friends over for brunch on Sunday, and while the guys picked their Fantasy Football players in the back room, I prepared my quiche recipe substituting broccoli for asparagus. I offered croissants and chocolate scones from Whole Foods and displayed fresh summer fruits in a bowl. I also served the bacon remaining from the “Best and Worst” TV segment.

No brunch of mine would be complete without mimosas. I felt satisfied after a delicious, relaxing yet productive, weekend at home with friends and family.

Did you make anything exciting this weekend for your companions?

Estimated calories: sangria 130, dessert 100, lunch 520, dinner 382, brunch 772

 

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5 Comments

  1. Suzanne says:

    OK 2 things-
    1. What did you think of Black Swan? I thought it was freaky and not in a good way!

    2. Is that the brand of champagne you typically buy? I need to pick up a few bottles for my wedding which is ONLY 8 DAYS AWAY!!

    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Yes, I thought Black Swan was freaky deaky. I had to cover my eyes a few times. Seeing someone else’s blood makes me cringe.

      That champagne was one that our friends brought over and I only tried it in the mimosas. It tasted really good in those though! If it is for your wedding, I’d say you’ve got to go with a classic like Veuve Cliquot (yellow label). Costco sells it more reasonably, too. It is a drier wine (i.e. not sweet). Do you like sweeter or drier champagne? That is so exciting – 8 days! Congratulations! Post a photo of you in your dress on FB when you get a chance.

      Michelle

  2. Suzanne says:

    I should’ve specified that the champagne isn’t for the the actual wedding but while we are getting ready and driving around for pictures. I’ve tried many different champagnes but never bothered to get the names of any of them! I like semi-dry to sweet champagne. Any more suggestions would be good, in case we don’t have the brand you mentioned here in Buffalo.

    1. Suzanne,
      I know what you mean. I love drinking wine but many times forget the names of my faves. I think I remember Moet Chandon White Star may be on the semi-dry side and is nice.

      Oh boy, make sure someone has food there while you are getting ready with that champagne! And make sure you remember to eat it.
      Let me think about it a little more and I’ll let you know.

      Michelle

  3. Suzanne says:

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! If you think of any more, can you email them to me or post/message me on FB? In case I forget to check here! Thanks again. Oh and I will try my hardest to eat!

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