No Case of the Mondays

Today was not your typical Monday.  My office had a staff outing to Six Flags!  I’m not a huge fan of big rollercoasters, but it was still a fun day and a great way to help our staff bond.   Plus, there are other rides at the park that aren’t terrifying!

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Included with our tickets was a meal ticket to use for lunch.  I think we can all agree that theme parks aren’t the best place to find healthy meal options, but there are ways to at least do some damage control.

1. Get a workout in before you go. I was tired this morning, but I made myself get out of bed to go for a run.  I ran on the treadmill (which I haven’t done in a while!) and used the outing as an excuse to push myself extra hard.

2. Take advantage of the opportunity to walk. It’s easy to pick up a map of the park grounds and take the most direct route to the rides you want to go on, but since you’re going to be standing in lots of lines anyway, why not meander?  Plus, you might stumble upon a ride or two you didn’t know you wanted to go on!

3. Only eat what you’re really craving, and stop when you’re full. If you’re going to be forced to eat something that’s not so healthy, at least get what you really want! Then, don’t over-do it.  The portions at theme parks are often HUGE, so eat until you’re not hungry anymore and then stop.  Rollercoasters+overeating = pukey.

After my workout this morning, I inhaled this:

I may be obsessed with these Saturn peaches.  They are a little bit more floral than a regular peach, and dare I say- slightly milky?  It sounds kind of weird, but they are really good and so funny to eat! (I must look strange eating them in public- it sort of looks like I’m eating a sandwich because of the way I hold them.)

I also inhaled some trail mix.  It was pretty crucial. (M&M’s before 9 am?  It happens.)

Since my eats this afternoon weren’t exactly the pinnacle of good eats, I’ll leave you with last night’s dinner:

I marinated some boneless, skinless chicken breasts for dinner.  I need to marinate more!  This chicken was really, really good.  Not only did it have a lot of flavor, but it stayed really juicy.  Here’s the marinade recipe for a little less than a pound of poultry (I had 2 huge breasts that I butterflied in half).

1/4 cup tequila (I didn’t use a super high quality tequila.  It was Cuervo.  What?  Don’t judge me!)

1 lime, juiced

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 t. chili powder

2 T. chopped jalapeno (I used the jarred, pickled kind.  I think they’re spicier!)

1 T. minced garlic

1 t. ground cumin

Combine all ingredients in a dish and add chicken.  Cover and refrigerate as long as you can stand it.

I made a little sauce out of sour cream, salsa and cumin to cool off the chicken.  Simple but good!

Check out my grill marks!  I’m a pretty skilled grillmaster these days.  Come visit me in Chicago and maybe I’ll prove it. 🙂  It must have been good, in all honesty- the boyfriend went back for 2nds!

I made some roasted broccoli and garlic toast on the side (with leftover bread from the farmers market).

D. E. Licious.

Are you a fan of amusement parks?  What do you do about the eating situation while you’re there?

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6 thoughts on “No Case of the Mondays

  1. That chicken looks so good! One of my favorite chicken recipes uses tequila, too.

    At amusement parks, I kind of shrug and eat crap, and just try and watch my portions. Even if an amusement park serves something ostensibly healthy, it probably won’t taste very good. I eat one slice of pizza and enjoy feeling like a little kid.

  2. Hey girl! Just found your blog and love it!

    My family always packs a cooler to go to amusement parks and takes a break to head to the car and tailgates for lunch/dinner! Saves money and my arteries! 🙂

    • That’s smart- actually I did see a bunch of families “tailgating” in the parking lots when we were leaving. Must be a lot healthier (and cheaper!) than eating at the park!

  3. I’ve wondered about those Saturn peaches but never tried them. I’ll give them a second look next time 😉

    Sounds like a great way to spend a Monday, and thanks for sharing some great tips! Oh….#3, sounds so simple, yet so hard to actually practice sometimes!

  4. That’s an awesome way to start off the week! I mean how many Mondays are spent at Six Flags?!

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