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a grumbling tummy

The day started off like most days do these days…I woke up starving!!!  In fact, my grumbling tummy sometimes actually wakes me up!  So, I headed straight to the kitchen for breakfast.

Oat bran cooked in milk with a crumbled slice of banana bread and a scoop of caramel peanut butter.

With my favorite Ginger Peach tea (that I found in decaf!!).

Happy Holidays 🙂

I also made up a smoothie to bring with me to work because it seemed like today was going to be one of those days when I needed a second breakfast.

Cherry Almond Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 cup coconut water

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and mix well.  Serve chilled.

I was right…around 10:30 it was time for my smoothie!

Which made lunch a little last today, but still just as good.  Leftover Mac & Cheese from last night, a yogurt and a green apple.

Due to my late lunch, I didn’t get hungry for too much mid-afternoon.  But, I did feel like something, so I snacked on some dried fruit and hot tea.

I’m off to dinner…have a great night!

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snack-a-thon

Yesterday morning was another day for oats!  I kept these more simple, still cooked in the rice cooker, because I wanted to add a few fun toppings.

Into the rice cooker went the following:

  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 chopped banana
  • 1/2 diced apple
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 cup of water

They came out as creamy as ever!  I topped this bowl with peanut butter, rolled dates and a shake of cinnamon.

This breakfast didn’t hold me over as well as it usually does.  Maybe because of my morning run?

I feel like I snacked throughout the day on small-ish, but delicious, meals.

First up, vanilla yogurt with cinnamon and granola and a pear.

It was a crazy day at work, so the next thing I knew, it was 4 o’clock and I had missed lunch and my afternoon snack!

So, I ran out to pick up some soup – Broccoli Cheddar with a Baguette from Panera Bread.

This soup is really good, but very rich!  I need to try to make a batch at home for the winter.

Once home for dinner, I had a small serving of leftover pasta from Tuesday night.  I just wasn’t very hungry due to the late soup!

Still delicious after reheating!

After dinner, I whipped up some Super Charge Me cookies.  My sweet tooth was calling.  Served warm with milk. 🙂

These cookies are a great treat filled with healthy ingredients including, rolled oats, almond butter, raisins, spelt flour, shredded coconut, etc.

I have a yummy dinner planned for tonight. 🙂

everyone loves kale chips

Brant and I headed out for a run first thing this morning.  We had a great 3 mile run, then I went on to complete another 2 miles totaling 5 miles for the day.  It was a great run and I love having a running buddy, but boy was it humid!  You could have cut the air with a knife…I don’t think that I have ever sweat so much!  Ha!

After my run, all I was craving was a smoothie.  I mixed up my favorite Chocolate Cherry Bomb.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 4 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

This was perfect after a hot and sweaty run.  I slurped it up and it kept me very full until lunch.

For lunch, I made up a bowl of leftover Cabbage Stirfry from last night and leftover Breaded Eggplant from Friday night’s dinner.

I really really liked this stirfry!  The flavors were awesome and the eggplant held up really well.

I also had an apple with cinnamon peanut butter as part of my lunch.

A good and filling lunch.  I always like when lunch has different parts to it.  It keeps it interesting.

Mid-afternoon on my way to pick up our CSA, I snacked on a Mango Maca Prana Bar.  This flavor was awesome!  The mango was not overpowering and I could taste coconut, which I love. 🙂

I hit up the Natural Foods Store on my way home to buy a few things and I picked up this Kombucha Drink as well.

Mmmm…so good!  It basically tasted like a sparkling lemonade.  I loved it.  It was $1.29 a pop at my local health foods store, but I have heard that they are more at Whole Foods.  Each drink is 60 calories and contains Kombucha, green tea, lemon and natural cane sugar.

Once I unpacked all of our CSA items (post with everything to come later this week), I got started on dinner.  We kept it simple tonight because we were both hungry!

A Sunshine veggie burger on a whole wheat burger bun topped with lemon hummus, homemade pesto and ketchup.  I’m not going to lie, this tasted great!

And, kale chips with a ketchup dipper.

After washing and drying the kale, I sprayed the leaves with a little olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper.  Then baked for 15 minutes at 350F.

Kale chips are such a good way to get your family (and friends!) to eat their greens!  They may not taste like potato chips, but they are pretty darn good, especially if you sprinkle them with salt and dip them in ketchup.  Even kids would like them!

Dinner was very satisfying, but I have gotten into this bad habit of having at least a bite of something sweet after dinner…off to find a bite of chocolate! 🙂

Good night.

i am a bottomless pit

I have been a bottomless pit today!  I wanted snack after snack after snack…maybe I was lacking some protein in my meals?  Kind of weird considering I took another rest day today from my workouts (maybe next week I will finally get back on track!).

Anyways, on to today’s eats…

For breakfast, I mixed up a yogurt bowl to-go.

In the bowl:

  • 1 container Stonyfield French Vanilla Low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal
  • 3/4 sliced banana
  • cinnamon crispies (One Lucky Duck)
  • raw granola (One Lucky Duck)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp mango butter
  • fresh blueberries
  • sprinkle of unsweetened coconut

This was delicious!  And, easy to bring with me in my to-go container.

Mid-morning, I snacked on some dried pineapple (unsweetened) dipped in peanut butter.  Why not?!

Then, came lunch.

I feasted on leftover pasta with romanesco from last night.

Served over a bed of lettuce, this was great cold.  This pasta dish is really good – give it a try!!

And, a yogurt and apple.

Yes, that is a YoBaby yogurt from Stonyfield…I heard some good things from a few bloggers about the YoBaby yogurt and wanted to give it a try.  Plus, the banana flavor is made with milk and real banana puree!  It was yummy.

Each container of YoBaby banana contains 110 calories (for 4 oz due to the whole milk used), 4 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.

Mid-afternoon, I snacked on medjool dates with peanut butter.  I love peanut butter!

But, I wasn’t done there.  I also dipped some pretzels in the peanut butter and had a granola bar…bottomless pit!

Of course, due to all of my snacks, I was not very hungry for dinner, but I knew that I needed some veggies, so I made up a salad and heated up some soup.

Salad with green leaf lettuce, beet greens (so good!), beets, toasted pecans, goat gouda and goddess dressing.

I rarely buy dressing at the store, but so many people have talked about Annie’s Goddess dressing, that when I spotted it in the store I needed to buy it.  I couldn’t put it down!  Ha.  Luckily, it has very minimal ingredients and tastes great!

Annie’s Goddess Dressing

Ingredients: *Canola Oil, Water, *Tahini, *Apple Cider Vinegar, *Soy Sauce (water, *soybeans, sea salt *wheat), *Lemon Juice, Sea Salt, *Garlic, *Sesame Seeds, *Parsley, *Chives, Xanthan Gum.  *organic

I also had a bowl of Amy’s Lentil Vegetable Soup.

It was just okay.  The flavors were good, but the lentils and vegetables were super mushy.  I ate about half before feeling full!

All in all, a good quick dinner.

I received my order of GloBars today from Angela and I can’t wait to try them out.  I ordered the variety pack and raw bars.  They look awesome.  Thanks, Angela!!

I think some ice cream is in store for tonight.  I picked up Stonyfield’s Java at the store today – my favorite!!

Good night. 🙂

yogurt bowls & colored veggies

This morning I was feeling pretty tired, so I took it as a rest day for working out.  It is so important to listen to your body and it’s wants and needs.  Sometimes it feels great to get up and have a good workout even though I feel tired, but other times sleep and a lazy morning is in order!  Today was one of those days.

I wanted something refreshing for breakfast with a lot of fruit.

So, I made up a yogurt bowl.

Banana Mango yogurt, Kaia Raisin Cinnamon granola, a champagne mango and fresh raspberries from the farm.

It was delicious and not too filling.  Just what I wanted.

Once lunchtime rolled around, I pulled our my packed lunch and assembled it in our kitchen at work.

A whole wheat wrap filled with lettuce, leftover veggie sloppy joes and a few slices of cheese.

Layer on the ingredients…

…then wrap it up!

With some fruit on the side.

The makings of a delicious lunch. 🙂

Tonight, I had two of my favorite girls over for dinner for girls night!  We had a lot of veggies to eat from our CSA, so we whipped up a quick dinner of Honey Balsamic Bean Salad to which I added extra almonds and raisins and Roasted Broccoli and Yellow Cauliflower.  I tossed the veggies in a little olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted them at 300°F for 25 minutes.  I like to keep the temperature on the lower side and bake for longer because it keeps more of the nutrients in tact!

And, I was having such a great time, that I forgot to take photos!

Why is the cauliflower yellow?


Apparently, the yellow (orange) tint is caused by the seed that is planted.  The seed is a hybrid which was originally produced in Canada for fun!  There are purple varieties as well!  Yellow cauliflower is loaded with beta carotene and has 25% more vitamin A than the white variety.  The colored cauliflower was good!  It didn’t seem to crumble as much as normal cauliflower does and it seemed to have a bit of a milder, sweeter flavor.  Overall, I liked it!

green monster

I love this weather!  I would prefer a few degrees cooler, but I will take it.

I started yesterday with a Green Monster.  I have felt so dehydrated and tired the past few days, so I needed a pick me up.

Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 frozen peach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1.5 cups frozen spinach
  • 2 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder
  • 1.5 cups water

Don’t you love the color?!

The fruit helps to mask the spinach taste.  I swear you can’t taste it!  But, the addition of spinach helps my body on so many levels.  I start my day off with some greens, and it helps my skin, hair, nails, etc become stronger and clearer.

For lunch, I had some more greens.

Whole wheat pita filled with kalamata hummus, tabouli, romaine, peppers, cucumers, tomatoes.

This was heard t o eat, but so good.  I prefer a light lunch on such a warm day.  Not everything fit into my pita, so I had the rest of the veggies on the side.

Yum!

I was snacky today, even though I didn’t feel hungry…lots of dried fruit later and I felt sick!

I tried to set out on a run after work, but it was just so hot that my body didn’t want to cooperate, so I went on a brisk 45 minute (3 mile) walk instead to get my legs moving.

We kept dinner simple by pulling out some frozen homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi.  It is days like today, when I am so happy I have something healthy and homemade to pull out of the freezer!

We cooked the gnocchi in boiling water for about 5 minutes, then sauteed it in a skillet with a little butter, maple syrup and dried thyme until a little brown.  Served over our farmer’s market Pea Shoots!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Butter sauce, Parmesan Cheese and Pea Shoots!

Mmmm…a delicious dinner!

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!