Catching up from the weekend!?
- I didn’t attend Foodbuzz Fest 2010.
- …but, I did make a life list.
- A Recipe Success: Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Bread
- My Week of Exercise: no workout is too short or too slow.
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Hey hey. Another post? I know, I can’t believe it myself. I’m just rolling with it. Normally I’m at the gym now, but I woke up feeling under the weather this morning. I was all excited about starting the week off on a fresh note, and then I am gifted with a sore throat and sticky ears – erg. As I mentioned yesterday, my exercise motivation is slim these days, so I decided on a cozy night in instead… Uggs and flannel – yes please!
I’m actually feeling a bit better this evening. You know what I think was the trick? Lemon & honey. After just 1 cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of honey [~1 tsp.], I was already feeling more alive. Not to mention, my digestive system has been giving me grief for the past several days, so I think it helped to flush “purifying” liquids through it today.
Have you tried hot water with lemon & honey?
I had my 2nd exam in my Science of Food class today. Here are a few questions about soy processing from my review. Let’s see whatcha know….
1. This type of carbohydrate commonly found in soybeans is responsible for flatulence [toot toot].
2. Genetically engineered soybeans are rich in which fatty acid?
3. What are the main fatty acids in soybean oil?
Answers revealed in my next post.
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Hope y’all are enjoying your [dark!] evening. I’ve gotta wrap up a project for my Foodservice Administration class…
Take care :)
I guess I used up all of my weekend productivity motivation yesterday because today I had close to none. I rolled outta bed at 8:30am – that’s sleeping in! – and ‘made’ cereal for breakfast… a pathetic Sunday morning meal.
Oh, but it was still pretty… and pretty tasty.
- Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls
- homemade granola – still tasting fresh
- 1/2 banana + 1/2 organic farmers’ market peach
- organic 1% milk
I wanted to workout this morning, but didn’t know what form of exercise I wanted to do after my long run yesterday. While I thought about it, I gave Little Blue a thorough bubble bath + vacuum [hey, that’s exercise – right!?], as well as caught up on my 3 loads of laundry from last weekend.
Still undecided about exercise, I ate.
Plain 0% Greek + 2 fresh figs + walnuts & honey – mmmm!
After lunch and a couple hours at the computer doing homework, I was hit with the Sunday Slump. There wasn’t an ounce of energy to be found in my body. My throat hurt. I needed sleep. I knew then that fitting in an evening workout was out of the picture [hence the achy breaky heart]. My body was not game for raising its heart rate, so I laid on my feather bed until my eyelids began to drift closed. Can you see where this is going? Don’t underestimate the power of Sunday afternoon siesta. It wasn’t long, but it was just what my body requested. Half an hour later, I was mildly refreshed and ready to… eat.
Still not feeling 100%, I took the easy way out with dinner.
A handful of gold.
… and one of my favorite, college-style comfort foods ever: Annie’s Mac & Cheese with a dab of real buttah, peas and creamy avocado.
New roommate: “What are you going to do with that avocado"?
Me: “Oh, ya know… just put it in my macaroni and cheese with peas.”
Very odd combo, but tasty to me! : )
Going to work on my never-ending pile of assignments, and then hopefully turn in to bed early. I have not been getting enough zzz’s and it’s starting to take a toll on me. I can’t let a lack of sleep prevent me from possibly having one of my greatest training seasons yet. I want to be exercising at least 5x/week, and that has not always been happening =/
Run. Eat. Study. Sleep. Repeat.
It was another beautiful day in the neighborhood! I just don’t quite understand how it is already Saturday evening though. Weekends aren’t always three days long because…?
To make the most out of my typical two free days, I got up with the early birds and started being productive right away.
Banana Coconut Pecan Pancakes – check.
Online Quiz – check.
70-minute run – check.
I made an effort today. FYI, I consider anything 60+ minutes to be a “long run”. I ran for 50-minutes in the streets, and made it to 70 by hopping on a treadmill at the WREC immediately afterwards for 20-minutes at a steady 6.8mph. I’m guessing a ran between 7-8 miles total; this is when a Garmin Forerunner would come in handy.
Iced Coffee & Farmers’ Market – yes yes.
The Chico Farmers’ Market is pretty darn impressive. Perhaps it’s a prime time for growing, because there was a plethora of warm weather produce – peaches and tomatoes everywhere! Will someone please tell me to use my camera next time I am there!? I came home with 1 basket of Sungolds, 1 bunch of beets, 1 basket of figs, and 2 organic peaches. Cha ching!
Shower –> Lunch –> Library
Coconut Water Hydrating + House Cleaning
In other words, I had the ultimate Saturday morning. I love when productivity and play coincide with one another : )
However, once I came from meeting with a classmate at the library, the productivity took a lull as the tiredness stepped in. I had forgotten about the fatigue and HUNGER that comes along with long runs!! I tried to balance out my carbohydrate cravings by eating my farmers’ market produce in between.
For example, after eating a couple huge handfuls of multigrain chips and hummus, I put my fresh figs to use. I was thinking I should start up a restaurant or something because this salad can’t be kept a secret!
Organic Mixed Greens, Figs, Red Onion, Walnuts, Honey Chevre, Pomegranate Reduction, Organic California Olive Oil & Black Pepper
Wash a couple huge handfuls of organic mixed greens, then spin dry. Quarter a couple of plump figs and arrange on top of dry greens. Add a bit of red onion, and then sprinkle with toasted walnuts and crumbled honey chevre. Meanwhile, make the pomegranate reduction by pouring ~1/2 c. pure pomegranate juice in a small saucepan. Let simmer over medium-low heat until reduced by 2/3 and is thick in consistency [yields about 1/4 c.]. Drizzle by the tablespoon over your salad, along with 1-2 T of extra virgin olive oil. Finish with a couple twists of the pepper grinder. Then, instead of starring at it in awe, stick your fork in it!
I wasn’t so sure I was a huge fig fan, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them ever since I bought the log of honey flavored chevre from Trader Joe’s the other day. Figs and honey is a pretty standard combination, but this salad takes figs ‘n’ honey to a whole different level!
It’s going to be another sunny fall day in Cali tomorrow… full of work and play!
- Are you a fig fan?
- Did you support your local farmers today?
Surprisingly, it wasn’t Waffle Wednesday around here. It was OIAJ Day. An empty almond butter jar is just too hard too resist, don’t you agree? It was screaming for some oat lovin’.
Into the oatmeal pan [you know you have a designated pot for oats too]:
- 1 c. water
- 1/3 c. rolled oats
- 1 itty bitty banana
- later [to avoid browning]… a dash of cinnamon
Bubble. Whip. Bubble. Fluff.
Into the empty jar it went with ~1T of creamy salted almond buttah remnants. I’m so glad I acquired a taste for oats + nut butter – what was I thinking?
This 160z. jar of nut butter disappeared rather quickly – oopsie.
Decreased Weight of Oats = Increased Creaminess of Oatmeal
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Rewind to yesterday, Tuesday 5.25.10: I had a lot of fun with Molly and her boyfriend. It was awesome to catch up with her while having no other responsibilities – school, work, etc. Even though the wet weather put a bit of a damper on our day, but we still had a great time together… strolling around town, watching movies, and EATING! Although somewhat alike, Molly and I do not have the same appetite/diet – never have, never will. Nor do I have the metabolism of her 6’4” boyfriend; that being said, by the night’s end, I was less than happy about my day’s eats. It didn’t help that I had the Case of the Mondays the day before, resulting in two days of zero exercise.
What do you do when you can’t completely control what you eat? Do your friends’ unhealthy appetites affect you?
Today was a new day though, a new day to gobble up my greens. For lunch, leftover roasted potatoes and a colorful salad.
Organic Lettuce, Strawberries, BIG Blueberries +
A Drizzle of Honey, Olive Oil, Balsamic & Fresh Black Pepper
I was in the mood to bake this afternoon – oh, the freedom of summer – so I decided to finally cross Mama Pea’s KIND Bars off my To-Bake List.
There’s no competition whatsoever. Mama P’s recipe has the win in the bag! Have you had a KIND Bar? Don’t bother… instead, make these!
Be KIND [to your body] Bars
- 1 c. organic almonds
- 1 c. unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
- 1/4 c. agave-honey blend
- 1/4 c. brown rice syrup
- 2T ground flax
Preheat oven to 350*. Toast almonds until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Then coarsely chop. Add to a medium bowl with coconut and chopped apricots. In a smaller bowl, mix together sweetener, flax and salt. Pour over fruit ‘n’ nut mixture – combine thoroughly. Pat into an 8×8 in. square pat that’s been coated with [chlorofluorocarbon-free] canola oil spray. Bake for ~18 minutes, or until golden brown and edges are slightly crisp. Let cool before
digging in with hungry hands cutting into bars.
Goodness, Mama Pea – these aren’t going to be so kind to my waistline after eating the entire batch.
They may be a bit crumbly, but I promise that won’t phase ya. Crumble over 2% Fage and you’ll be one happy snacker. Then nibble on one after dinner as a dessert. I didn’t do this; it’s just a suggestion ; )
kind high-fat snack, I finally got in much-needed movement at the g.y.m.
60 minutes elliptical
- 10 min. @ 10 [resistance: 3/6]
- 10 min. @ 15 [resistance: 6]
- 10 min. @ 5 [resistance: 6] – reverse stride
20 minutes treadmill [1.0 incline]
- 5 min.@ 4.2mph
- 10 min. @ 6.2mph
- 5 min. @ 4.2mph
It was either an 80-minute workout, or 8 more KIND Bars.
I would write about my protein-packed dinner of quinoa – it’s love – and edamame , but my word bank is almost spent for the day, and the pictures aren’t so pretty. Here are a couple bonus items in lue of my abrupt closure.
1. My first post as a CL intern is UP: Spring Clean Your College Lifestyle Diet
2. … as is my Profile of a Healthy Eater interview @ YourNutritionista.com
I’m currently sitting at my desk eating a mug-full of Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream with Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips. I tried to ignore my after-dinner sweet tooth, but I couldn’t quiet my mind from screaming for ice cream; alas, I made an emergency trip to the nearest store to settle my craving.
Picture me in the ice cream isle for a solid five minutes. Ice cream flavors are a big decision obviously. I skimmed over the Skinny Cow and other wannabes and went straight to the real stuff. It was a battle between B & J and H.Dazs. After writing an entire speech about Ben and Jerry’s, I can’t help but want to support an environmentally-friendly company. However, comparing the rather long ingredient list of a tub of B & J’s ice cream to the single syllables on its rival created competition. I chose the less-ethical Haagen Dazs over the happy cows tonight =/
What is more important to you: simple ingredients or supporting a company that treats their employees tremendously and does all it can to take care of the environment?
Five ingredients, or twenty… ice cream makes any day better : )
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Before I indulged, I licked my dinner plate clean of tofu and vegetables. I didn’t have any of my go-to teriyaki sauce to use for my stir-fry, so that meant I was making my own marinade.
Simply Soy, Sesame & Almond Butter Tofu
toasted sesame oil
I used my chef’s eye as my measuring device tonight, so I apologize for the vague recipe: Mix ingredients together in a small bowl until the almond butter is incorporated. Chop a cube of firm, organic tofu into bite-sized squares and place into a lightly oiled baking pan. Pour marinade over tofu chunks and bake @ 350* for 30-40 minutes.
In the meantime, cook a pot of brown jasmine rice and stir-fry organic broccoli and carrots in a sizzling wok. When the tofu is golden brown, the rice toasty, and the veggies tender yet crisp, pile into a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Then eat up!
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I said I had a lot to fill you in on, didn’t I? Alright, one thing at a time:
1. I am not moving [sigh of relief!]. It turned out that my roommate and I have decided to stay in our current apartment and fill the third bedroom. Phew…one less stress/expense to
cross of my list.
2. I am officially an intern at College Lifestyles! I will be writing weekly posts all summer long about nutrition and healthy living. I promise to keep you updated with my new endeavor, but the next couple of weeks are for getting organized as I finish up the semester.
3. My dang cold [?] from last Sunday is still lingering on, but I couldn’t go any longer without physical exercise and my eye-candy at the gym. Here are my workouts from yesterday and today for your thrilling entertainment:
- indoor track run [1.5 mi.]
- 30-minutes spin [10.5 mi.]
- 15-minute treadmill walk @ 4.0 [5 minutes each @ incline 6.0, 8.0, 10.0]
- indoor track run [0.5 mi]
- 30-minute treadmill run
4 min. @ 6.2 — 2.0 incline
6 min. @ 6.6
10 min. @ 4.2 — 6.0 incline
4 min. @ 6.6
6 min. @ 6.2 — 2.0 incline
- 10-minutes recumbant bike
Hope ya’ll are having a great start to your week. I’m loving that tomorrow’s already Waffle Wednesday… but wait, I’m still without waffles – shucks!
I spotted this image on another blog today. This is seriously the mantra to my life at the moment; it couldn’t explain my thoughts any
brighter better : )
It is only the second day of May, and it’s already disappointing me. I mentioned earlier that I woke up with a sore throat : ( I have no idea where I caught this evil bug! I immediately scratched running off my to-do list and lounged around all morning hoping a little R&R would do the trick. The morning was now the afternoon, and my ambitious energy was nowhere in sight — I hate that.
I thought making hummus seemed like a task I could handle: minimal ingredients + a push of a few blender buttons and zero cooking [I wasn’t about to turn on the heat with the outside temperature at 80*!].
- 1 15oz. can of organic garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
- 1/4 c. water + 2T
- 6T tahini
- 2T olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1T minced garlic
- sea salt
- fresh organic parsley [as much as you please]
Place beans and water in a blender [or preferably, a food processor]. Puree. Add other ingredients, saving the parsley ‘til the final pulses. It came out extra creamy today, but lacking the wow factor. If I had spices, I would have added them. I think it is still an improvement from Version 1 though.
Not surprisingly, it turned into my lunch:
The Savory: Homemade Hummus + Raw Veggies
The Sweet: 0% Greek + 1/2 c. Kashi Honey Almond Flax + Sumo Strawberries
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Dinner was the winner of the day. I’m becoming quite the salad master… if I do say so myself.
The Savory & Sweet
Farmers’ Market Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Strawberries, Red Onion, Snap Peas & Herbed Chevre topped with Olive Oil, Balsamic, a drizzle of Honey and Fresh Black Pepper
I snagged the honey idea from Kath – love the subtle sweetness!
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The next three days are going to be jam-packed. If I think positive thoughts, stay strong, work hard and worry less, I bet ya I can make it through!
Anything exciting on your agenda?
Here’s to a healthy & happy week of May,
Don’t be confused. I realize it’s not Wednesday – thank goodness! – but I missed Waffle Wednesday yesterday [oh, the tragedy!], so I wanted to make up for it today. Waffles on a Thursday never hurt anyone, did they? Ya’ll, I’ve been having serious issues waking up on time lately. You see, I consider myself a very punctual person and I love my mornings [as you all know], but I can’t get my alarm to wake me up for the life of me! I’m pretty positive this has to do with the fact that I can never shut my eyes and turn off the 2 million thoughts running through my mind before midnight; thus, the oversleeping is my body trying to compensate for my late bedtimes. I’d appreciate your 2 cents…
I didn’t think it was pear season, but appearently organic d’anjou pears are growing somewhere this Spring. A beautiful breakfast is always a good way to start the day.
Low-Fat Multigrain Waffles [Van’s] + 0% Greek mixed with Agave-Honey Blend, 1/2 organic d’Anjou Pear + Almonds
…accompanied by organic Moroccan Mint Green Tea
Pears and almonds always remind me of my mom’s autumn pear crisp. I can picture sitting in front of our woodstove in a candle-lit living room with glistening raindrops decorating the windows eating a warm bowl of the soft, sweet ‘n’ spicy pears topped with crunchy oats and almonds . There isn’t anything more comforting than this thought.
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1/2 c. unsweetened organic almond milk, 1/2 c. very cherry frozen berries, 1/2 banana, 1 c. organic baby spinach, 1/2 T ground flax
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I wish I had the time and mental energy to bake more, read more, and write more, but I’ve honestly got so many other tasks to do that will have more of an immediate effect on my life than my lack of blogging. The semester’s end is just around the corner, and I do not have my summer plans set – ah!
I only have 9 more days of class + finals! Between me and the end: 1 exam, 1 project and 6 – yes 6! – final examinations. Not to mention, I’m boarding a jet 1 week from today and will be gone for the entire weekend… and studying is not on my ‘vacation’ agenda. PEDAL to the MEDAL. I’m flooring it to the finish!
(1) …to eat waffles every Wednesday and never get tired of them.
Van’s Low-Fat Multigrain Waffles topped with 0% Greek [mixed with Honey-Agave Syrup], Organic Strawberries & Almonds
(2) …to consume an entire 16 oz. container of 0% Greek in 2 days. Say hey to protein!
(3) …that salty tears turned my smartphone’s screen into a sea of rainbows and now I must wait two days to replace my 1-month-old Blackberry. Lesson learned: don’t cry on the phone.
(4) …for it to be rainy, wildly windy weather on Wednesday and by Friday, 80* clear blue skies.
(5) …to pack green hummus to take to school:
- 100% Whole Wheat Flatbread + Edamame Hummus, Tomatoes, Cucumber & Organic Greens
- 1 Organic d’Anjou Pear + 1 Slice Sharp White Cheddar
- 1/2 c. Kashi Honey Almond Flax Cereal + 4 Dried Apricots – yes, I stretched the granola bar idea a little far.
(6) …to eat a victory garden’s yield of vegetables for dinner:
More Organic Greens, Edamame, Avocado, Tomatoes, Yellow Bell, Light Feta, Raw Sunflower Seeds, Seasoned Rice Vinegar & Olive Oil + Fresh Pepper
Health in every bite!
Haha…who am I kidding, I am not normal! ; )
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Here I am at 10:00pm finally ready to write a post about today’s eats. I insert the sacred memory card [I only have one!] into my computer only to find dissatisfying images – scratch that! I’m just not one that can post any old photo. If only I could go back in time because I’m pretty sure all my munchies are digested and working their way out by now ; )
Anyway…I decided to jumpstart my Saturday by a going to the gym for a morning workout. It had been a little while since I’d gone to a spin class, so that’s where I was headed. I rocked the spandex shorts today, bee-tee-dub. It was an awesome, hilly [1 hour] ride. I finished my ‘routine’ with 15 minutes toning of the abdominals & arms…feeling strong and pain-free!
Before I left for The Resort, I ate some CHOs [a.k.a. carbohydrates] and protein. My childhood swim coach told me that PB + milk is a complete protein. Unfortunately, I’m still not sure what that means and if in fact it’s a true statement [I better learn this as I’m majoring in Nutrition], but I did find this — take it or leave it:
“Peanut butter is not protein-dense… To boost the protein value of peanut butter, simply accompany it with a tall glass of milk… Milk simultaneously enhances the value of the protein in the peanut butter sandwich. That is, peanuts are low in some of the essential amino acids muscles need for growth and repair. The amino acids in milk (as well as those in the sandwich bread) nicely complement the limiting amino acids in peanuts.” [source].
Here you are… p.nut buttah & banana photo #266.
Ok, so the rest of my day consisted of a trip to Target and whipping out an entire paper that isn’t due for another month. I’m definitely turning this puppy in Monday though and freeing one item from my hands. Writing papers >>> studying for science exams. If you couldn’t guess already, I love writing. I dream of seeing my name on the front cover of a book one day – reach for the stars!
In the midst of my paper writing, I gave my grandma a jingle to ask her a couple more questions [the paper’s about family migration]. We got to talking about stress, and how that seems to be the theme of my life currently. I had to Twitter her hilarious advice:
No more rambling – promise. Look what I’ve got to smile about tomorrow:
It’s going to be a sunny spectacular SUNday!
Peace + Love,