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hump day

Happy Hump Day!  Don’t you love 4 day work weeks?!  It makes the week so much faster…and I have a 3 day work week this week!  Only one more day until vacation. 🙂

It was an oatmeal day today!

Steel-cut oats cooked with 1/2 banana and lots of cinnamon.  Steel-cut oats take awhile to cook, but it is so worth it.  The texture is so much better than rolled oats…they never really get mushy.  The oats are cooked, but still have a bite to them.

Topped with a heaping tablespoon of Vanilla Almond Butter and Kaia Chocolate Buckwheat Granola.

Unfortunately, this did not hold me over for long today.  Mid-morning, I snacked on a homemade granola bar.

Then, lunch time came around and I ate my last bowl Bean Chili!  That chili was awesome and it lasted for so long.  I froze 3/4 of the amount and ate it for lunches and dinners when I was in a hurry (which has been a lot lately!).  It held up well in the freezer and defrosted really easily.  (I recycled this photo – today I ate it plain without the cheese and crackers).

Mid-afternoon, I snacked on some Watermelon and  Greek Yogurt.  They were supposed to be part of my lunch, but I guess the chili seemed to fill be up today.

Once home, I was starving!  Waiting for Brant to make dinner had me snacking a bit…on two cottage cheese muffins (thank goodness that are fairly healthy!).

Then, we served Breakfast for Dinner because our fridge is empty!

I added a salad with romaine (which surprisingly has held up in the fridge for 2 weeks…can’t be many nutrients left in that!), raisins, pecans and a little olive oil, salt and pepper.  I needed some greens with my eggs!

And, 2 scrambled eggs with cheese, toast with a little earth balance and ketchup (natural ketchup).

I definitely like eggs for dinner more than I like them for breakfast…

Now, I am craving something sweet…I’m thinking dried strawberries and some chocolate!

Have a great night! 🙂

feeling dehydrated

It sure is a hot one out there today!

I started out my day feeling so dehydrated.  This weather will really do that to you before your body adapts to it.  But, I was determined to get out there and run so I chugged some water and ate a few dates as pre-run fuel and set out for a run.

I ran along the water and enjoyed the cool breeze!  I ended up running 6.5 miles in 60 minutes.  It felt great to run.  Next week is the start of a new month, and therefore, a perfect time for me to kick my butt back into gear.  May has been a pretty slow month…

After my run, all I wanted was a smoothie.  I was so hot, that I couldn’t possibly think of eating anything else, except maybe ice cream. 🙂

I know I eat (drink) a lot of smoothies, but be prepared to see even more now that the summer is upon us!  They are definitely a favorite of mine.  Now, if I could just get a Vita Mix. 🙂

In the pink smoothie (a twist on the Vivacious Princess):

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 2 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop chocolate Amazing Grass
  • 1 tbsp raw cashew butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • topped with chocolate banana granola

Just what I wanted!

Mid-morning, I chugged some more water and had a homemade Maple Granola Bar.

Lunch was leftover Bean Chili with Dr. Krackers.  Like I said before, this week is ‘eat up your freezer foods’, so I grabbed a chili on my way out the door this morning.

Not the best lunch for a hot hot day, but I work in air conditioning, so I’m usually freezing.  Served with a super juicy pear.  Hot weather = I crave juicy fruit all day long!

Mid-afternoon, I broke out a juicy grapefruit, yogurt and a new flavor of coconut water (which I have been sipping on since lunch).

Zico came out with 2 new flavors of their coconut water – Lima Citron and Pomberry.  I tried both of them at the NYC Half Marathon expo back in March, but it was just recently that they hit store shelfs.  I saw them on Sunday and was psyched (obviously!).

I tried the Pomberry today and liked it.  It contains coconut water and natural pomegranate and berry flavors…nothing else.  Nothing artificial.  It has just the slightest a hint of flavor.  I still prefer plain coconut water over anything else, but these hints of flavor are a nice change once in awhile.  It would be great after a long workout on a hot day!  Each bottle contains 14 ounces, which is one serving and contains 60 calories.

Who knows what dinner holds…maybe a veggie burger on a sprouted bun with a salad?  We shall see what leftovers we break out. 🙂

Edited to add: Veggie Burgers for dinner!  With a slice of american cheese and ketchup.

On a sprouted bun with farmer’s market greens mixed with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

buddha bowl

After a late night watching the LOST finale, I needed an energizing smoothie to get me through the Monday blues.  I ate this along with a homemade Tropical granola bar.  Sometimes the smoothie holds me over, sometimes it doesn’t!

I kept it really simple today:

  • 1 cup plain Stonyfield yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 3 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder

For lunch, I assembled a leftovers salad, which came out pretty good.

Romaine lettuce, leftover greek salad fixings (tomato, cucumber, pepper, tabbouleh and hummus), leftover greens from Friday night (fiddleheads, green beans and broccoli) and marcona almonds.

It all mixed well together.  Along with a Vanilla greek yogurt, chocolate granola and a super ripe and juicy mango.

Before lunch I snacked on more almonds, cheese and crackers.  I didn’t have time to eat lunch until almost 4 o’clock, so I got snacky around lunchtime.  A late lunch really screws up dinner, so I didn’t end up eating until after 9pm!

Luckily, I was defrosting some Bean Chili!

It’s a leftovers week in our house, so be prepared to see leftovers all sorts of ways!  I have lots of lettuce and frozen soups to use up to free up some freezer space.

Served in a Buddha Bowl!

The Buddha Bowl was designed by Flavour Design Studio’s and was made to rest in the palm of your hand for a more cozy eating experience.  It fits right into your hand.  I don’t always eat keeping the bowl in my hand, but it allows you to do so if you want. Personally, I just like the shape and design of the bowl!

It’s cute, modern and fun!  And, it adds a little flair to my boring dish collection.

Mmmm…this chili tastes more like a stew once defrosted.  Served with some mexican cheese and Dr. Krackers Flatbread.

Come back tomorrow and find our how to open and enjoy a coconut!

recovery mode

Well, it seems like my body is in recovery mode now.  All it wants to do is sit and sleep.  But, who can blame it…it did just get hit by a car!  So, I’m giving it the rest that it needs.  No need to push it and get hurt, that’s for sure.

I have been trying to fuel my body properly for recovery today with lots of wholesome foods and water.

For breakfast, I made up a Chocolate Cherry Bomb!

I followed the ingredients exactly and it came out exactly how I wanted it to.  The cherry and chocolate flavors combine so nicely together.

The one problem is that frozen cherries are so expensive!!  The organic ones at Whole Foods are at least $4.99, which does not fit in my budget when I use almost an entire bag for one smoothie.  Well, I stopped at Shaw’s last night to pick up some limes and decided to check out their frozen fruit…and there they were!  Frozen organic dark sweet cherries for $2.99!  Yippee!!

As usual, I took my smoothie to-go and I also had a homemade tropical granola bar on my ride to work.

For lunch, I packed an assortment.

A small salad with romaine (which is local!), unsweetened raisins, raw pecans and goat cheese.  Drizzled with fig infused white vinegar.

This is my favorite salad combo!  I also had the last of my Clean Food Hummus with Mary’s Twigs & Sticks.

And, I may have mixed it all together with my salad.

And, yogurt and an apple, which I saved for my afternoon snack.

I was on my own for dinner, so I ate immediately when I got home!  Usually I wait for a good hour for my husband.  Today, I was hungry!  And, my Bean Chili was waiting for me in the fridge.

Topped with mexican cheese, a dollop of plain yogurt to cut the spice and Mary’s Sticks & Twigs!  I loved the crunch they gave to my chili last time.

And, I ate lots of watermelon…much more than is pictured here!

Time to lay on the couch and veg.  Gooooooooodnight. 🙂

almond butter quesadilla

Yay for Friday’s!  I am really looking forward to a nice low-key weekend at home.

I woke up this morning and wanted juice!  So, that is what I made.

Carrots, celery, ginger, orange, apple.

    This was a perfect amount of sweet and spicy (from the ginger).

    I also had a small bowl of cereal with 1/4 cup Kashi puffs, 1/4 cup Uncle Sam’s cereal, 1/4 cup museli and 1/2 cup almond milk.

    Juice just doesn’t really fill me up.  So, I needed a little something else.

    Mid-morning, I snacked some some dried strawberries and dried kiwi.  Have you guys seen Nuts Online?  They have the best selection of dried fruit…and offer organic unsweetened dried fruit, which is hard to find!  The strawberries are the best.

    Then, I got creative for lunch! 🙂

    Almond Butter Banana Quesadillas

    I started with a whole wheat flatbread.  I love the Whole Foods brand because they are delicious and have a small ingredient list.

    And spread 1/2 with chunky almond butter.  This was Trader Joe’s Valencia AB with Flaxseeds and salt.

    And, a small sliced banana.

    With a shake of ground cinnamon.

    Then, I folded it over and grilled it on the panini pan until warm and gooey.

    This was so good!  Just what I wanted for Friday lunch.

    With a cherry Crofter’s jam ‘dipping’ sauce – YUM!

    On the side, I had a pineapple Chobani with a kiwi.

    I thought that I was going to hit up the gym tonight, so I snacked on some coconut water and a homemade granola bar around 4pm.  But, I ended up just coming home and taking a long walk.  The weather changed from overcast and chilly to sunny and warm…I couldn’t pass it up.

    Dinner was back to Bean Chili leftovers.

    Tonight, after heating up the chili, I added a little milk in order to get rid of a little spice. I’m not going to lie – this chili has a kick!  The milk worked great to take away a little spice, though.

    Topped with a few Mary’s Sticks & Twigs and some mexican shredded cheese.

    I love this Chili!  I haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

    I’m thinking of some dried fruit, ice cream or chocolate for dessert. 🙂

    boring

    The sun is shining today!!!  Doesn’t that just instantly put you in a good mood?!  For me, it definitely does. 🙂

    I’m not going to lie, my last few meals have been super duper B-O-R-I-N-G!!!  I’ll whiz right through them so that I don’t bore you.

    Lunch yesterday consisted of leftover Quinoa from the other night.

    It was a mix of quinoa, lemon juice, salt, pepper,dried thyme, chopped walnuts, raisins and goat cheese sprinkled on top.  This is usually my go-to mix because it is simple and very tasty.

    Served along with vanilla yogurt, granola and a kiwi!

    I definitely didn’t finish everything.  This was a filling combo.

    Dinner was more leftovers – 13 Bean Chili Leftovers!

    This time, I topped my chili with some plain yogurt and parm cheese to cut the spice a bit.  It helped!  But, my mouth was still burning by the end – good thing I love spicy food.

    I also spread a whole wheat wrap with a little butter and sprinkled it with parm cheese.  Then, stuck it in the toaster oven until bubbly and crispy.  Just cut them into whatever shape you like and you have homemade pita chips.  I buy Whole Foods brand pita bread because there are only about 3 or 4 ingredients in them.  These are one of my favorite things to make!

    We sure did have a tired pup last night. 🙂

    He loves to snuggle!

    Breakfast this morning was Banana Oatmeal.

    I cooked 1/2 cup rolled oats (which are not nearly as good as steel-cut oats!) with 1 tbsp of ground flaxmeal and 1 small banana.

    Then, topped my oats with banana chips (unsweetened), 1/2 tbsp chunky peanut butter, and 1/2 tbsp homemade pistachio butter.

    I love oatmeal.

    I apologize for having some boring eats over the next few days as I try to eat through my crazy amount of food in my fridge and pantry.  I have weeks where all I want to do is make something new and fun everynight of the week.  Then, I have weeks where I don’t really feel like cooking.  Well, this has been one of those weeks.  And, my cabinets and fridge are so packed with homemade goodies that I have made over the past month (nut butters, granola, granola bars, chili, chickpeas, etc) that I need to start mission ‘eat it up’!  So, bear with me. 🙂

    chili day

    It has felt so chilly out these past few days!  42 degrees this morning when I walked the puppy.  We were both chilly!  But, we went for a great 30 minute walk to get the blood flowing (after he helped me do some work…)

    He may look like a small dog, but this guy can move.  He likes to run, instead of walk, so my ‘walks’ with the pup are more like ‘jogs’.  So fun.

    Once home, I made my best smoothie yet. 🙂

    Mango Guava Smoothie

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 2 mini guavas
    • 1 cup frozen mango
    • 1 cup frozen spinach
    • 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
    • 2 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder
    • 1 tbsp ground flax meal
    • 1 cup coconut water
    • 1/2 cup water

    Topped with the last of my raspberry Galaxy Granola.

    Not sure what is was, but this smoothie was thick, creamy and delicious.  It made a TON of smoothie (almost 4 cups worth!).  I calculated the calories to see if I was being ridiculous and the entire thing is only about 450 calories.  Score!

    Now, I feel like I am really bragging today with my best smoothie ever, but lunch was amazing too.

    13 Bean Chili that I made last night!  It came out absolutely delicious!  I ended up simmering it on low overnight so that the beans would get a bit more tender, and I am so glad that I did.  It was the perfect blend of beans, veggies and spices.  Although, it is very spicy, which I love!  If you don’t love spice, maybe use regular tomatoes instead of fire roasted.

    Seriously!  Give this a try, you will not be disappointed…as long as you love beans. 🙂  And, it is cheap!  Check it out.

    Price per Serving of Bean Chili

    • 1 Bag Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Chili = $4.99
    • 2 15 oz cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes = $1.99
    • 2 8 oz cans Tomato Sauce, no salt added = $1.19
    • 1 6 oz can Tomato Paste = $0.69
    • 4 carrots = $0.15 (from my Russo’s trip at $0.98 per bag)
    • 3 celery stalks = $1.99 per bag, so $0.39 for 3
    • 1 head Kale = $1.99
    • 2 tbsp Chili Powder = $0.49
    • 1 medium onion = $0.69
    • 4 cloves garlic (I used pre-minced jar for $2.99) = $0.50

    Grand Total = $13.07

    And, it made 9 servings, so total per serving = $1.45!!!

    You seriously cannot beat that.  And, you could make it your own by adding whatever veggies you want, or keep it a simple bean chili.

    I heated up my chili and topped it with some shredded mexican cheese and garlic sprouted sunflower seeds.

    With some Dr. Kracker’s pumpkin cheddar flatbread on the side.

    What a great lunch!

    Even though it is chilly out today, it sure is beautiful.