Blissful Hope

A Grad Student's Journey Toward Healthy Eating

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


Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms & Bowtie Pasta June 4, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 6:41 pm

Tonight for dinner I am having chicken marsala with mushrooms and bowtie pasta from the Cheesecake Factory. The boy and I went to dinner there last night and they gave me sooo much food I had to bring half home. I’m glad though because I definitely didn’t feel like cooking and this is super tasty. I had such a long day at school. The morning was really fun putting casts and splints on my friend and her putting them on me. I couldn’t believe how heavy they were to cart around. I was a little nervous when she was sawing them off but she did awesome. After that we had 4 hours of peds lecture which was tough to sit through. It was interesting I was just exhausted. I need to study for geriatrics and oral boards tonight and I am already ready for bed ahhh. I don’t know why I’m so tired anymore. I think I am more mentally drained than anything. Alright well study time it is!!


Fried Egg on Toast, Sliced Apple

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:27 am

This morning for breakfast I made a fried egg on whole wheat toast with a sliced apple. I had to get up a little earlier today since I have class beginning at 7:30am instead of 8am. We have casting and splinting lab 7:30-11:30am. I am super excited about it. We get to cast and splint each others’ arms and legs all morning. It’s particularly fun for me since I never had a cast. I feel like the majority of kids have broken a bone but I never had to have a fun colored cast on — until today :) Then I have lecture from 12-4pm so it is a long day. Thankfully it’s not all lecture though. After that I think I need to get some groceries if I am up to it. I might be too tired so I could potentially wait until tomorrow since I do have leftovers from the Cheesecake Factory last night yum! I was super tired so I didn’t even get to stay up to watch Girls. I will try and catch up later on today. Lunch is just soup and fruit. Catch ya tonight!


Ham & Eggs, Toast with Butter June 2, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 9:18 am

This morning for breakfast I made ham and eggs with a slice of toast and butter. For some reason ham and eggs always remind me of home and taste the best here. My dad was craving white bread randomly and no one in my house is loving it. We are all wheat fans. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I had pre-sliced white bread. The only time I eat white bread is if it’s Italian. It wasn’t bad by any means though. So my grandpa is here visiting which is fun. He wanted to take me grocery shopping but I decided against it since I already have a ton of stuff to bring back since I am clothes here I forgot I left home. Shortly, my father and I are going to get me new glasses. I literally have the same ones since high school so I’m super excited about growing up and getting some new frames. I need new lens too since my one cracked and keeps popping out. I hope they come in soon!


Shrimp Stir Fry with Wild Rice & Veggies June 1, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 6:03 pm

Tonight for dinner my mom made a shrimp stir fry with wild rice and veggies. No one felt like cooking so we just combined stuff from the freezer and concocted a sauce. It came out awesome! I had seconds ha. I will definitely make this some night when I go back to Philly. It literally took like 15 minutes, maybe less. I can’t believe I head back tomorrow already. I feel like I just got her and barely did anything. I found a lot of clothes to bring back which is good. Tomorrow I need to get my car inspected and then I am going to get new glasses. My poor glasses are from high school eeek. I never wear them so I don’t care what they look like. But now one of the lens has a piece missing so it keeps popping out and then the little plastic thing that sits on my nose fell off on one side. So sadddd! I’m excited for new ones though :) The grandparents just got here to visit, so off to hang with them yayy!


Chicken Marsala, Steamed Broccoli, Oven Baked Potatoes May 31, 2012

Filed under: Dinner — Maria @ 6:52 pm

Tonight for dinner my mom made chicken marsala, steamed broccoli, and oven baked potatoes. It was phenomenal!! I think everything tastes better when my mom makes it. Sorry I have been MIA lately. I spent the last 5 days in Toronto for a conference and didn’t have regular internet contact. I had more fun than I thought I would though. Now I am at my parent’s house for a few days to visit with them since I’m not sure I’ll have time to again until the end of July for our family reunion. I can’t believe I only have 8 weeks of class left. I am going to go do a little shopping with my mom this evening. It’s almost 7pm though and most places close at 9pm so we better get moving if we want to see anything. It feels good to be home though, just like high school. Everyone was working all day so I got to hang by myself. I should have been studying for oral boards but maybe tomorrow ha!


Verry Berry Greek Yogurt, Fresh Mango May 25, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast — Maria @ 6:56 am

This morning for breakfast I am having my last Chobani champion verry berry Greek yogurt with a fresh mango. I was nervous this mango wasn’t going to be pretty to eat but it worked out — so sweet and delicious. It is unbelievably foggy out today, I can barely see out the windows. I actually woke up freezing too which is soo rare with this muggy weather. Thank God for AC it was sooo relaxing last night. It will be even nicer to pack for Toronto in the AC since yesterday when I did a small amount of packing I was already getting warm from moving around. This morning I only have class from 8am-12pm which is beautious. I was considering going to AAA to get a travel Visa card to put money on but it’s just not close and I’m not sure it’s worth the trip/energy. Hopefully lots of places will taken the American dollar. Alright time to get a moving this morning. Catch ya at lunch!