Iced Café Mocha for One

We’ve been lucky to have a string of absolutely perfect weather.  Sunny, puffy white clouds, low 70’s.  I love that it gets down to 50 degrees at night.   If I could, I’d have all the windows open in my house and sleep under a down comforter.   But alas, Tony would likely kick me out of bed. 😀

I repeated yesterdays breakfast, just subbed out the wholly guacamole with fresh salsa I made.  I am preparing a care package for my step-son and his girlfriend.  They closed on a house last week in Austin!!  So excited for them.  My future step-daughter-in-law (say that 10 times fast!) loves spicy shit like me, so the night before  last night after I grilled our chicken, I grilled up tomatoes and jalapenos.  This salsa definitely has a kick to it!

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Tony also reminded me of my cherry salsa I made last year – cannot wait for rainier cherries to get back into season! 

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There was a lot going on right when I got to work, so this is a picture of my breakfast at my desk – and yes if you are wondering, my desk space is nowhere near natural light. Sad smile   This breakfast comes in at 329 calories, 6 fat, 15 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 13 protein.

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I didn’t know until Helen and Heather posted on Facebook that yesterday was National Running Day!  I was going to ride my bike at lunch, but flipped gears to running instead.  I walk 10 minutes to a church parking lot – I’ve showed you before how there are markers on either side this long drive.


I decided to do 30 minutes of sprints – I would walk 25 feet, sprint 25 feet, etc. until 30 minutes was up.  It actually went by really fast!  Then a 10 minute walk back to the office – 50 minutes – done!

Over the weekend my store had Sabra jalapeno hummus on sale, so I picked some up – holy shizz is this stuff good!


I had 2 tablespoons of that with some baby carrots and a ham and cheese corn tortilla quesadilla that I dipped into some of the baja salsa.  The pear on the plate?  Tasted like ass on a plate and I quickly threw that away.  Lunch comes in at 399 calories, 13 fat, 58 carbs (not really because I threw out the pear, but whatevs), 11 fiber (nice!) and 13 protein.

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I really liked the corn quesadilla – I Pam fried it before work, let it cool, then put it in the toaster oven at work.  It was nice and crispy.

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Later in the afternoon I got snacky – probably since I didn’t eat the pear my lunch was probably more around 340 calories, so I portioned out an un-photographed serving of pretzels (110 calories) and then around 4:00 I was STARVING!  Enter the Iced Café Mocha.  I have my boss addicted to these.  We do iced mochas in the summer, then switch to hot ones in the winter.  She has one just about every day. 😀

Café Mocha for One 

(126 calories, 3 fat, 19 carbs, 1.5 fiber and 2.6 protein)

  • 2 cups of brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free coffee creamer (mine happened to be skinny caramel macchiato from International Delight)
  • 1 package diet cocoa mix (it’s 25 calories a package)
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
  • A bit of canned whip cream on top

Since the coffee is hot, I put the coffee through syrup in a large plastic cup in our office.  I fill it with ice and mix it really well with a salad spoon (yep, that’s how klassy my office kitchen is!).  Then I strain that mixture into my glass with ice.  Super cold every time. 😀

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I picked up a package of pork chops (skinny chops like Tony likes) but didn’t realize how skinny they were until I took them out of the package – these literally cooked in about 2 minutes, so I barely got any grill marks on them.

I have learned to microwave scalloped potatoes – no matter how long I cook them in the oven, the potatoes are always crisp tender.  Here’s a note – if you decide to make microwave scalloped potatoes, do it when you don’t feel like cleaning out your microwave because it will overflow every time and force a deep clean.  Your welcome. Open-mouthed smile

No real recipe for this – just mix 1 tablespoon of flour with salt and pepper.  Slice potatoes (I had 10 oz).  Start with potatoes, then a sprinkle of flour mixture, then a bit of shredded cheese (1/2 cup total) and keep layering, finishing with cheese.  I then poured skim milk enough to cover the potatoes – about a cup.

Those cooked in the microwave while I grilled the green beans and pork.  Except I had a bird on my grill that would not fly away.  I stepped on the deck, came inside to get my camera, went back outside and kinda slammed the screen door.  It wouldn’t move. I wonder if Tony will see the subliminal message in this photo?

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After a few minutes, it finally did fly away – whew!  Tony suggested I just push it off the edge!  My plate: 4 ounces of pork, green beans, a couple bites of focaccia (it was kind of stale so I gave it to the dog) and scalloped potatoes.  Dinner comes in at 439 calories, 19 fat, 32 carbs, 5 fiber and 32 protein.

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Stats for the Day

  • 1403 calories, 44 fat, 146 carbs, 19 fiber and 100 protein
  • 42% of calories from fat, 29% fat and 29% protein
  • 50 minute walk/sprint at lunch
  • average blood sugar 144

And here is your inspirational quote for the day – make it a great day!

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Unknown


23 thoughts on “Iced Café Mocha for One

  1. Those are the skinniest pork chops I’ve ever seen! Actually, I like thinner cuts of meat – I should look for those.

    Maybe that bird has a nest nearby and that’s why she didn’t want to leave? Pretty bird…

    You made good work of those sprints, and don’t you just love it when all of a sudden, you’re done? Great job!

  2. As much as I love hot coffee I do not like iced coffee drinks. Maybe because i drink coffee black with no sugar? Does that stop me from buying one occasionally just because it looks good? No. Then I get mad at myself for spending the money on it hahahahaha!

  3. Way to work in that running Biz! I did the same thing yesterday. Happy Thursday!

  4. Great job on the run! And the salsa sounds fantastic. I still haven’t made my own. Maybe once my tomatoes turn red in my gaden, I will make up a batch. Yum! And the mocha is such a fun afternoon treat

  5. I’m the same way with the windows – I love having them open at night but the husband isn’t a fan. Oh well! haha. I love the mocha frappes from Starbucks and this looks like an amazing substitute. Great job on the run, Biz!

  6. looks like a perfectly yummy day, as usual! For a second I wondered who Pam was, then I realized you said YOU Pam fried something, not that Pam friend something. 🙂

  7. Every time you make salsa I want to make some too. I really hope my garden produces tomatoes this year.

  8. I totally forgot to run yesterday. I walked 3 miles after work though!

    Those scalloped potatoes look fantastic, I need to try using my microwave. Except, I never want to clean it!

  9. Hi Biz! Well, we do make frappes at our house, so I thank you for those slimmer substitutes. It’s so funny how you talk about the weather in Chicago because it is our exact weather in Milwaukee. I had the fan on one night, but had to eventually turn it off because I got cold. It makes it feel like you live down the block. 😀

    🙂 Marion

  10. That cafe mocha looks fabulous! That is one of my favorite splurges in the summer.
    I just loved your salsa!! I definitely have to recreate it.

  11. I’m usually a latte person but your mocha looks so good!

  12. Love that you switched your workout to running – way to go!!
    I’m not a coffee girl, but I’d sure take that whipped cream on top! 🙂

  13. I’m a huge salsa fan, can’t wait to go check out your cherry salsa…sounds soooo good! That iced coffee sounds delish, I just have to find the diet cocoa mix now. Your subliminal message had me cracking up 😉

  14. i love homemade salsa but always feel too lazy to make it. yours in particular always looks amazing!

    • It couldn’t be easier Kate! Just grill up some tomatoes and jalapenos – then throw them in a food processor with the juice of limes, cilantro and salt – blend away!

  15. Gosh, I was just thinking about your salsa the other day and how I haven’t made it since last summer (gasp!) What is wrong with me?

    • What Ally?! Just kidding! I’ll have to stop by and see when/if you’ll ever do the farmers market again – I know your daughter is still little so that might have to wait a couple years?

  16. Roz@weightingfor50

    Can I come to the pizza party on Friday??? I’ll bring the wine, and seed for the bird. 🙂 Have a great day Vat.

  17. I’m not scared of my grill anymore, so maybe I’ll make your salsa….is gas grill okay?!

    Also, did you know you can grill pizza right on the grate? That’s what I always do…

  18. YUM, I haven’t had pork in a long time, I need to grill some up. I am glad you guys are having some nice weather, it is almost officially summer!

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