Blissful Hope

A Grad Student's Journey Toward Healthy Eating

Berry Almond Chicken Salad June 13, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 7:01 am

Tonight for dinner the boyfriend stopped and picked up Wendy’s and got me my favorite (newly) seasonal item ever — their berry almond chicken salad. It consists of field greens, grilled chicken, shaved asiago cheese, strawberries, blueberries, and roasted almonds topped with fat free raspberry vinaigrette. It is sooo delicious!!! As soon as we saw the commercials on TV for this salad I knew I needed it soon. Now that I’ve had a taste I might need it like once a day. Thank God it’s only about 2 miles from me haha. This afternoon I spent studying my oral boards, although the boy sent me a Bill Simmons interview with Lena Durham so that took up about an hour of my time because I had to listen since I love her. I love the show “Girls” on HBO. It’s so raw and real and just wonderfully written. I’m sooo sad the season finale is this week booo. Oh well, I was already informed this even we will be watching the NBA playoffs game #1 how fun ;P

P.S. I can’t add a pic because I ran out of space on my blog ahhh so sad! I’m debating if I want to buy more, stay tuned!


Multigrain Rice Cake with Banana Slices, Almond Butter, & Cinnamon June 12, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:55 am

This morning for breakfast I am having a multigrain rice cake with banana slices, creamy almond butter, and a cinnamon. I wanted to make this like I usually do with the almond butter spread nicely on the rice cake topped with bananas and a sprinkle of cinnamon, but I opened up a new package of rice cakes and the first three were broken!! I decided it wasn’t worth it to keep digging down for the fourth since I was making a mess as it was, so here it the final product. Hey it all ends up in the same place right ha? So last night I went to bed at 10pm and slept right through until about 6am. This is rare for me. I was super tired all day yesterday so hopefully this chunk of good sleep will get be through the day. I have a pediatric immunizations lecture this morning from 8am-12pm that is 341 slides ahhhh! I think it’s going to be horrible. Hopefully it will be a little interesting at the very least. Lunch packing time!


Swiss Steak with Sweet Peas June 11, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 6:04 pm

Tonight for dinner I made swiss steak with sweet peas. I planned to make this about a week ago and kept taking the meat in and out of the freezer and then ended up having different things. Well tonight is the night and it came out great. This meal definitely reminds me of home. This evening I wasn’t that hungry since I snacked a little throughout the day. Tonight I am just relaxing and maybe studying a few study guides for oral boards since I don’t have another exam until Monday. My orthopedics exam went better than I anticipated today even though I thought it was tricky. Hopefully I can end my last semester of PA school on a good note. I was really tired this afternoon and planned to nap but it didn’t quite happen. Maybe I’ll just end up going to bed early. Otherwise, I’m not quite sure I can fit a nap in ha. Class all day all week blah. Is it August yet? Please come soon!


Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Cucumber Slices, Strawberries & Blueberries

Filed under: Lunch — Maria @ 7:03 am

Today for lunch I packed an oven roasted turkey, extra sharp white cheddar cheese, and baby spinach on toasted whole wheat bread with a sliced cucumber and strawberries/blueberries. This lunch makes me happy. It is sooo colorful and complete I’m sure I will enjoy it. I always feel so much better about eating a balanced meal. Yesterday, I went a little crazy with all the random foods and times I ate, I am glad to be back on track today. I’m hating this whole exam every Monday thing. It is totally killing me weekends and it’s rarely hard to balance with studying for oral boards since they are so important too ahhh! It was nice to have a weekend free of games/babysitting though (even if a family did cancel last minute). This weekend I am definitely a little busier, as expected. I can’t believe how fast the summer spring is flying by. I just need to keep my eye on the prize. Ok orthopedics test here I come!


Peach Greek Yogurt, Golden Delicious Apple

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:56 am

This morning for breakfast I am having a Fage Greek yogurt with a golden delicious apple. Wow so I have really fallen off the blogging wagon and I’m not sure I can pinpoint why. I think it’s just me not having normal meals or not being at home. Now that I have a normal week of school I will try to post my meals more regularly. I do need to plan something for dinner though. In fact, I am running to the kitchen right now to take some meat out of the freezer. This poor meal I just decided I am making I planned to make several times this week and kept taking the meat in and out of the freezer (not good I know!). So tonight will finally be the night. I have an orthopedics test today in a hour and then class until 4pm. Long days of class this summer and I’m not loving it. Today is my friend Elysha’s birthday though soooo happy birthday!!! We will celebrate after this exam for sure :)


Sourdough French Toast with Butter June 9, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 8:37 am

This morning for breakfast I made sourdough french toast with butter. I had some bread in a freezer from a few weeks ago I thought I would use up and this was the perfect way. It was actually way more filling than I thought, I couldn’t even finish it I was sooo full. The sun is shining and it’s the weekend so I’m happy. I do have an orthopedics test on Monday but I’m not even too concerned at this point. I don’t have any plans at all this weekend — no games, no babysitting, no commitments. I can just focus on school and get some cleaning done. The boy is working all weekend since his company has these weekend workshops and it’s his turn to project manager so he’s there Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 7a-6pm. He is not excited to say the least. I think I shall go hang with him this evening to break up the monotony. Yayyy for Saturday!


Dark Chocolate Granola Bar, Orange June 8, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:42 am

This morning for breakfast I am having a dark chocolate granola bar and an orange. Wellll I apologize for not blogging for days but I have honestly eaten the most random things. I have not gone grocery shopping since Toronto because I have been so busy so I’ve been surviving on random things in my cupboard and meals out. Luckily, the last two nights I had dinner plans and I just kind of winged it for breakfast and lunch. I am on the last leg of my fresh things today so I am definitelyyyyy going to the store after class today. Well, kind of ha. One of my best friends from school has a wedding at 4pm like a half hour away so another friend and I are doing her hair, makeup, and mani/pedi since she has no time to get it all done at the salon. I’m actually pretty excited about it. I feel like I rarely do girly things with other girls since college so it should be fun. Lunch is just an apple and a tub of hummus + baby carrots ha. I’ll post groceries later if I have time! PS I totally took this picture horizontally and wordpress will not let me insert it that way. I even changed it and it keeps changing it back. Oh well, at least you can steal read the granola bar name ha. TGIF! Enjoy your day everyone :D