A Souper Easy Day

by DanicasDaily on February 27, 2010

Happy Saturday, almost Sunday all!  Our Northern California weather has been so odd today.  We started off with it totally storming ~ windy, heavy rain, then, it cleared up to cloudy and by mid afternoon we had full sunshine as though there was never a rain drop around.

Since it was pouring my Sis and I decided to delay our long run until tomorrow, but, The Husband was determined to not let the rain get in the way of his fence project :)  Doesn’t he look cute?!


I started today off with a Grande Dirty Latte since I had to make a Starbuck’s run for the boys working on the fence. (3 pts)


I was running around all morning cleaning house and preparing some AWESOME eats for their lunch ~ Grilled Steak Sandwiches with Homemade Pasta Salad.

Mid morning I was definitely hungry, so I had a 2 point snack ~ LF Colby plus a small banana.


I actually forgot to take pictures of the AWESOME Flat Iron Chaka Steak Sandwiches I made, however, my BAGELwich was pretty darn awesome too!


1 Everything Bagel Thin

2 Tbsp Artichoke Jalapeño Spread

3 oz total Lean Honey Ham and Turkey

Spinach, Tomatoes & Red Onion

I am honestly completely IN LOVE with these 1 point bagel thins!  My entire sandwich was 6 points of chewy, crunchy, spicy goodness!

I scooped up a BIG 3 Point (1 heaping cup) serving of my homemade VEGAN Pasta Salad.  This is The Husband’s FAVORITE salad that I make and I LOVE that it’s loaded with veggies.


9 points all together and I checked off my healthy oils, plus a serving of veggies and lean protein from my healthy guidelines.


I stopped in at Trader Joe’s this afternoon to pick up a few things for the week.  I couldn’t resist picking up some DARK CHOCOLATE PRETZEL THINS!!!


I completely forgot to take a picture before I gave them away to The Husband’s friend, but, I had TWO of these DOUBLE DIPPED thins for ONLY ONE POINT!!  The chocolate is pretty dark and it actually reminds me of an OREO cookie.


I think the best part is that you don’t want to eat the entire bag ~ you only need a couple to satisfy your afternoon sweet craving.


When it was storming this morning, I decided that I would use this Black Bean Soup Mix that one of my FAVORITE FRIENDS gave me for Christmas.  I kinda LOVE how they say Texas Wrangler, she bought it in Texas, yet, it’s made in Illinois :) Funny!

The Nutritionals and Ingredient List definitely get KUDOS from me ~ all natural and nothing funky added.  I followed the recipe that it comes with but adding onion, green bell pepper, Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies) plus some Spicy Poblano Cheese Chicken Sausage.

I didn’t add the sausage until I was done cooking the soup.  I “fried” it in nonstick spray then added it so it would be crispy and spicy. 

I topped out bowls with 1 Tbsp of Low Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese, a little CREAMY AVOCADO GOODNEES and 2 tortilla chips crumbled.


It was sorta like a cumin taco soup chili all in one :D  I wish I added corn ~ maybe tomorrow! Tasty and not too bad for 5 pts ~ I honestly LOVE how SOUPER EASY this Frontier Soup Mix was to make.  I will definitely have to check out other soup mixes like this.


There is something about soup that always screams BREAD to me.  I had 1/2 of the last flavor of focaccia breads we picked up at Sam’s ~ Jalapeño and Cheese.  This might actually be my FAVORITE flavor! (3 pts)


I bet the leftovers will be even better as the flavors blend.


Dessert ~ I traded in the Dark Chocolate Covered Banana from TJ’s I had planned for some of these ~I heart Jelly Bellies! (2 pts)


Tomorrow morning my sis and I head out for hopefully a 9-10 mile run ~ Wish us luck!  I am really excited for it and I LOVE catching up with her as the miles add up.  I definitely think it helps on longer runs to have someone to chat with.

One more day to enter my PERFECT NIGHT IN GIVEAWAY!  A winner will be drawn and announced with my post tomorrow night.

Have a great Sunday!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Run Sarah February 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I love Jelly Bellies, probably my favourite candy. Worth every cal!


Sydney February 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Mmmm! I love those chocolate pretzel thins!!!!!!!!! Last time I bought them I “hid” them in the freezer but then found myself wanting more and ended up liking them after they have been in the freeZer for a bit. Your husband and his friend are lucky to have you as their “chef!” The sandwich looks great!!! Good luck on your long run tomorrow – think about how awesome you will feel when you are finished…such a good feeling of accomplishment and a good way to start the week (even though it’s on Sunday I always love waking up Monday knowing I got it done!!!!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 28, 2010 at 6:10 am

Great looking soup! And I am sooo jealous of those TJ’s goodies! No TJs here in Canada and it makes me soo sad! So much worse than it being 45-minutes away!

Glad you had a fun, easy day!



Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 28, 2010 at 6:22 am

So are the bagel thins really that much different from the Arnold’s sandwich thins? I eat the Arnold’s ones all the time, but I’m a total bagel-lover. If the bagel thins really taste like bagels, I definitely want to try them!


tj February 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

Everything looks YUMMY! Those chocolate pretzel thins look like trouble…I don’t think I will be buying them! lol :)


Ildie February 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

I went on a hunt for those bagel thins yesterday but had no luck! So sad. I’ll keep looking though. They sound so tasty!

Good luck on your run!


Lori February 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

I just saw the Bagel Thins for the last time yesterday. My daughter even picked the everything flavor. Really looking forward to trying them. Your sandwiches always look sooo good!


Graze With Me February 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

Those dark chocolate pretzels wouldn’t last a minute in my house! Good for you for only eating a couple of them!

Love the avocado garnish on the soup – adding avocado makes everything taste decadent to me.


Tiffany February 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Thats nice of you to get the guys the Bucks!

That bread would be the absolute end of me!


DanicasDaily March 1, 2010 at 10:03 am

Hi Katie,

Yes, I really think so because they taste like thin bagels. I think the sandwich thins taste like a healthy wheat bread. Personally I do not think the sandwich thins taste good plain, however, these bagel thins are good with nothing on them.

Does that help?



Melissa S. March 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

oh man, i love those pretzel thins! of course i love anything chocolate and pretzels from tj’s! so tasty!!!

and that dinner looks awesome! the avocado is such a great touch!


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for replying to my question, Danica! It helps a lot! :)


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