Tomato Basil Soup & Breakfast Banana Boats

I have Suzi to thank for the idea of the breakfast banana boats.  She posts all her food and the other day I saw she had this banana that had strawberries, bananas, granola and chocolate sauce drizzled over the top – it looked so cool I told her I was going to steal the idea, and I did.  I made my bosses the same as Suzi’s, but I thought I had a sugar free chocolate syrup in my pantry, but couldn’t find it, so I added a tablespoon of chocolate chips to hers.   My boss loved it!

Mine was just banana, strawberries and blueberries with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream.  On the side an egg/egg beater/spinach omelet.  Can I say that just the 2 tablespoons of whipped cream for 15 calories really made this dish!

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It was kinda crappy outside.  Overcast, rainy, in the mid 60’s – a little too chilly for the pool today, so I decided to switch it up.  I haven’t done any of my spin class apps in a while so I decided to do that.  I had four .99 cent classes I downloaded and when I went to get them, they weren’t there!  I saw that since I hadn’t used them in a while, I had to restore them – took a couple minutes, but this is the one I did:

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A few minutes of endurance hills?  Try a five minute hill climb!  So while this was only 30 minutes, it was intense.  With my cool down:

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Really 12.5 miles in 35 minutes??  Not sure that is accurate, but whateves.  My Mom loves Life is Good t-shirts.  For some reason at her last garage sale, she was selling this shirt and I took it – she’s still kicking herself for doing that!

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And this sign on the wall pushed me:

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I think all of us are our own worst enemy.  Full of doubts – wondering if we can do this or that and we spend so much time just thinking about what we could or should be doing, that we don’t end up well, just doing it! 

Lunch was inspired by my score at the store over the weekend – this whole container of basil for $1.45!  Tony isn’t the biggest fan of basil, so I decided to make tomato basil soup.  This is so easy, you can make it before work like I did.  I followed this recipe, except left out the stinky onions, and instead of heavy cream, I used just 1/2 a cup of buttermilk, so the soup was really tangy.  And I thought 3 tablespoons of olive oil was a bit much, so I reduced it to one tablespoon.

Literally throw the shit in the pot – simmer for 15 minutes, puree until desired consistency and bam – soup is ready.

Mine made four servings: 1.5 cups – 147 calories, 5.6 fat, 19 carbs, 3.9 fiber and 9 protein.

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And what goes with tomato soup?  Grilled cheese!  We found this marbled rye at our store over the weekend – I am okay that the sandwich is nearly 300 calories because I saved calories on the soup!  Perfect lunch for a rainy day.

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As I was driving home I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I had planned for dinner.  I checked my “menu” when I got home and saw that it was turkey cutlets!  I never really think of turkey during the summer, but these were on sale – two cutlets for $2.40 cents – um, okay!

I simply breaded them with a bit of panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper and a little bit of shaved parmesan cheese.  Pan/pat of butter fried them in a pan, with red potatoes and broccoli on the side.

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After Tony and I had a folding clothes party (folding laundry is my least favorite thing to do right after emptying the dish washer!) it was time to get Insane!  I can’t believe I am three days away from Day 60!!

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I could feel though towards the end that my blood sugar was dropping.  I am not sure I’ve mentioned it before, but since I work out after dinner, I haven’t taken any insulin with dinner.  While my blood sugar may be high after dinner, its only temporary – by the time I finish my workouts my blood sugar is usually right around 100.

So I grabbed my Gatorade, and with every water break, I drank that, and I ended up eating half a banana.  At the end, my blood sugar was 73!  I ate the second half of the banana after the workout, a 60 calorie string cheese and a handful of multi-grain wheat thins – I was hangry!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1838 calories (includes the crack granola I ate on the way to work!)
  • 58 fat, 243 carbs, 30.5 fiber and 99 protein
  • 53% of calories from carbs, 29% from fat and 18% from protein
  • 35 minute spin at lunch
  • 45 minute Insanity – Day 57

Of course, I am again being Bizzy in my Kitchen before work – I have some beef and spinach cooking for burritos for me and my boss today – along with black bean “refried” beans and my tomatillos salsa.  And more pancakes for breakfast – I’ll probably have pancakes the rest of the week – not complaining!

Question of the Day:  When is the last time you pushed yourself past what you thought were your limits?

Make it a great day!

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35 thoughts on “Tomato Basil Soup & Breakfast Banana Boats

  1. You are amazing!!! The last time I pushed myself past what I thought were my limits was doing a bodypump class. It felt amazing!

  2. LOL @ Clothes folding party. I am in the same boat as you , i don’t mind doing laundry, but I HATE putting it away. I will invite my mom over for lunch and then we have a “laundry” party!
    😉

  3. I can’t remember the last time I pushed myself 😦 I’m inspired by you – but apparently not enough to do something myself! UGH!
    “I think all of us are our own worst enemy. Full of doubts – wondering if we can do this or that and we spend so much time just thinking about what we could or should be doing, that we don’t end up well, just doing it! ” Brilliant! This describes me perfectly -doubts, fears, whatever! I think when a person is overweight for a longgggg time, it breeds a lot of doubts and fear of failure. The bottom line for me is – Stop thinking and Start Doing! Thanks for great insight each and every day! PS – Those banana boats could fool a person into thinking they’re having a Banana Split 🙂

  4. WHOOOOOOOP! I get excited when reading about all of your workouts. Just rocking it. omgosh- tomato basil is my most favorite soup. I could eat it every single day. The t is cute. When I taught Attack last, I felt like I was going to fly through the roof! Great feeling- pushing to the limits!

  5. OK – I’m going to have to try the banana boats! I don’t eat much fruit (awful, I know) but that looks really good!
    You have been pushing past your limits and setting new ones for awhile!!
    I try to do that pretty often – hate to just go along the same.

  6. Biz-
    I feel like your menu just manifests out of thin air! You find things on sale and, voila! You make the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner using what you have on hand and whatever weather or mood strikes you. So jealous! BTW-I want to come over for dinner.

    P.S. I was drooling over Suzi’s Banana Boats yesterday, too!

  7. I don’t think there is anything better than tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich! YUM!
    Those banana boats are darling!

  8. I wish you would make lunches for me every day : ). I love tomato basil soup. I have a huge pot of it growing in my kitchen window, so that is a great idea. Julie loves those Life is Good shirts, she probably has about 10 of them. She often finds them at ROSS or TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Great job with Insanity.

    • Thanks Randi! Although last night I woke up at 1:30 with a blood sugar of 50 – ate about the equivalent of a cup of cantaloupe, went to bed and this morning? It was 355 – wtf?!

      Damn diabetes. 😦

  9. Jenn@Cooking Aweigh the LBs

    An Italian who doesn’t like red sauce AND basil. Now I’ve heard it all! ;-P

    I hate laundry and dishes too!!! Well, all cleaning in general, but those are at the top of the list of dislike. It never ends!!!

    • And it didn’t help that I wasn’t home on Sunday – but now its all done – I actually love going down in the basement and NOT seeing a pile of laundry.

      I know, Tony is crazy – and he doesn’t like meatballs – what??!!

  10. Weighting For 50

    LOVE the balance shirt!!! And now I’m craving tomato soup and grilled cheese!

  11. Good question and altho I am sure you are tired of my crossfit obsession the answer is most def EVERYTIME I go to crossfit. Every workout pushes me beyond what I think I can do. The movements are fairly simple but the varied combination and rep patterns throw me for a loop and I think I will die. BUt I’m still alive. Those Turkey Cutlets looked delicious, BTW, yummo!

  12. I love what you write. Have been going through some personally tough times and you always bring me up. Just thought you should know…;) Thanks.

  13. I love tomato soup. It’s my favorite (and I eat year round). Yours looks so good!

  14. The soup looks really good and I love how simple it is. A couple more weeks and my basil will be ready. I can’t wait! I grew it from seed so it’s taking forever! I pushed myself the other day, I meant to transplant a couple plants and I ending up doing about 20 plants. By the end I could feel every muscle in my body!

  15. woohoo, so close to 60!! I love simple tomato and vegetable soups. The last time I pushed myself was walking STRAIGHT up hills in SF and feeling like I was going to die, but making it to the top!

  16. I really need to push myself harder. I can’t really remember the last time I pushed….probably after my foot reconstruction surgery. PT was a bitch! I am just struggling so hard with getting an exercise routine down.
    Your food is looking great I love Suzies banana boat idea! Yum!
    Turkey cutlets sound so good! Panko is like breadcrumb crack! Makes everything better!

  17. Can’t believe the 60 days are almost over.

    Like Mary I can’t remember the last time I pushed myself. I give up to easily the past year. I’m not promising I am going to change that now but I know I need to somewhere in the future.

  18. You are rockin’ those workouts! Your food looks delicious as always. I love tomato soup. It’s such a comforting food.

    Marathon training always pushes me beyond my limits. Right now I’m also tackling long standing food issues head on and that has really been pushing me out of my comfort zone. It’s tough stuff this losing weight business.

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