The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

No Time to Waste April 30, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,Indian,lunch,recipes — Holly @ 20:05
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So much to do, so little time! 

I do have to say, my day started off FABULOUSLY thanks to this gem of a breakfast cookie.  We must give credit to Fitnessista for this ingenious recipe, which you can find here.  It’s oats, protein powder, nut butter, milk and mix-ins of your choice to create a delicious little morning treat.  My favorite breakfast cookie is strawberry coconut with a drizzle of honey – HEAVEN!  Then mid-morning…it was APPLE time (cue “Hammer Time”)!

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For lunch, I finally switched it up after all those Garbanzo Guac sandwiches.  Instead, I had a little bit of leftover Apple Cinnamon Quinoa with some Go Raw Pumpkin “Super” Chips sprinkled on top along with a nice lil’ green salad – spinach, red pepper, Wisconsin raw goat cheddar, sunflower seeds, a couple more crumbled Go Raw chips (sadly, I’m now out :() and some Organicville Sesame Goddess dressing. 

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After lunch, I took a glorious walk outside.  Since my job involves a WHOLE LOT OF sitting behind a desk, I develop a severe case of ADD during the day and take every opportunity I can to get outside.  It was a bit brisk out, but there is nothing like a nice 20 minute walk to clear the mind.  Love it.  When I came back, I had a small handful (2 tbsp. or so?) trail mix and a cup of Chai Green tea (my new fave!) for dessert!

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Can’t go wrong with TJ’s Greek yogurt, honey, berries and granola for an afternoon pick-me-up!

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After work, I looked at a new apartment (actually a duplex)!  I might actually be a real grown-up soon, you know, with like a rent payment every month?  The place was super cute – hardwood floors, high ceilings, a newly renovated kitchen, which was my fave part of the house.  Now let’s see if it fits in my budget!

Since my Indian cravings have been high lately (it IS my favorite food!), I whipped up a pseudo-Indianeque dinner tonight: Quick Curried Tomato Veggie Sauce with Whole Wheat Naan.  I sauteed 1/2 red bell pepper, 1 green pepper and 1/2 yellow onion in 1 tbsp. EVOO and 1 tsp. minced garlic.  I added one 28-ounce can diced tomatos and one 6-ounce can tomato paste.  With 1/2 tsp. each coriander, garam masala and Madras curry powder; a sprinkle of garlic powder, salt and pepper and dolloped with a bit of plain nonfat Greek yogurt and cilantro, I present to you…DINNER!

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And finally…you want to talk about foodgasm?  Look at this gorgeous, delicious, yummy dessert – bananas with almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut and dark chocolate shavings.  Drool at your own risk!

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Yummm….I could go for another one of these!  Now onto Target, a little Yin Yoga courtesy of Polly, getting my stuff organized then it will be morning before you know it.  Breakfast IS my favorite meal of the day!

What is your favorite meal of the day?

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Half-Marathon Countdown Begins…

Filed under: running — Holly @ 11:28

As some of you may know, I’ve made the utterly crazy decision to run two half-marathons in two weeks!  Why, you may ask, embark on such silliness?  (A) I’m bad at saying no (but that’s a whole other issue…) and (B) I NEVER back down from a challenge!

So…exactly 26 days from today, I will be running the MADISON 1/2 MARATHON in my old stomping grounds of Madison, Wis. and exactly 7 days after that, you will (hopefully) see me crossing the finish line of the first ever MINNEAPOLIS 1/2 MARATHON.  This calls for some organized training, if I do say so myself!

I’m currently in week 5 of training, and here is what I have planned for the next 3 1/2 weeks.  Most weeks include 1 short run, 1 medium run and then the biggie long run.  This seems to be a good amount of running for me, leaving me enough time for yoga (to stretch those tired muscles) and another day of cardio or so.

Week #5     4 miles     6 miles     10 miles (tomorrow!)
Week #6     5 miles     6 miles     11 miles
Week  #7    5 miles     7 miles     12 miles
Week #8     3 miles     5 miles     Rest (Sunday: RACE DAY!)
Week #9     Rest         4 miles     3 miles (Sunday: RACE DAY!)

For more training plans, check out Grandma’s Marathon Training Plan (1/2 or full-marathon) or Hal Higdon (1/2 or full-marathon).  Look around, experiment and find a good plan that works for YOU, without driving you too insane (if that’s even possible!).

Do you have any fitness goals for this year?  Mine are to finish these two half-marathons, then potentially train for a full marathon in the fall!

 

Ho Hum Humpday April 29, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 23:15
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Whew…another long day has come and gone!  Good thing I started out with a hearty bowl of KERF-style oats to keep me going all morning.  Today’s mix contained:

1/3 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp. oat bran
water
1 sliced banana
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
5 Go Raw “Pumpkin Super Chips” crumbled
drizzle of honey
1 heaping tbsp. TJ’s almond butter

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Along with a nice cuppa joe with skim milk (not pictured), this held me over quite well until I took an early lunch around 11am.  Although it is going to look very similar to the past couple days, I swear it’s the last day for Garbanzo Guac sandwiches for awhile!  Paired with a couple organic carrots (soooo much better than baby carrots!) and some True North almond crunchy bites (from my lunchtime run to Tarjay!) for dessert, it was uber-delish!

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(Serving size alert!  Read those labels – 5 of these little suckers are 170 calories!  Thank goodness they are all natural and taste good, otherwise we would have a problem on our hands!)

For some reason, I was just not satisfied all day.  Something was missing.  So I ate my snack hoping that would do the trick.  Today, a Cashew Cookie Larabar (good, but definitely not my fave) with a crunchy Braeburn apple.

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Like I said, for some reason, I just wasn’t satisfied.  Since I knew I was going to be going on a 6-mile run with one of my favorite people in the world right after work, I munched on some pretzels and a Diet Cherry Coke before I left work to meet Charlotte.  I broke down!  I HAD to have the DCC! 

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This definitely hit the pre-run spot!  After work, I ventured to meet Charlotte to go running.  Even though it was drizzling out, we braved the rain for an AWESOME run around St. Paul.  It was so refreshing – I swear!  We came home to her 85-lb. lapdog Otto (yes, 85 lb.), ordered delivery and watched America’s Next Top Model (go Celia!) and LOST (I love you Jack!).

We ordered from Pizza Luce (a yummy vegan-friendly pizza eatery): spinach salad with cranberries, feta and pecans as well as veggie pizza.  We split the salad, then I had about 4 small slices of the pizza.   Charlotte and I decided it was practically the perfect night – run, food and some good TV!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a beauty shot of the eats because we were so starving after the 6 miles, we downed that food like no one’s business. 

Have a good night, and see you all tomorrow!

 

“The Simple Life” Challenge

Filed under: fun finds — Holly @ 12:02

If you were looking for that kick in the rear end to get healthier AND richer, here you are:  I present N Her Shoes’ Simple Life Challenge.  Click here for more information – I’m in if you are!

There is three parts to this challenge:

(1) Give up eating out for the month of May.  The horror!  But think of how the money (and calories!) you will save by not going out to eat. 🙂

(2) Be a healthy commuter.  Try riding your bike, walking, taking public transport or running (when you would normally drive) three times a week.  Healthier?  Yes.  Burn more calories?  Yes.  More environmentally friendly?  You know it!

(3) Being simple & green.  Find easy, everyday things you can do that simplify your life AND help the environment.  Click here for a list of ideas!

Don’t worry – there ARE rewards to the madness!  Go to N Her Shoes for more information about the scoring system.  Giving yourself points for accomplishing these tasks will not only help you track your progress, but you could be the lucky recipient of one of several prizes.

Two more days until the challenge starts…are you with me?

What are some ideas you have for living green?  I am trying to be better about unplugging all electronics when I’m not using them (especially my cell phone charger!).

 

Good Day, Good Earth April 28, 2009

Whew – what a day!  More on that later, but now I need to pick-up where I left off last night!  I ended up going for a nice 4-mile run last night, came home and ate one of my favorite snacks – almond butter and banana baby!  With a cup of caffeine-free Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea (one of my Favorite Things), perfection!

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This morning was a LOOOONNNGGGG one.  I got up and made an easy AB+J with a naner.  Instead of downing multiple cups of coffee like normal, I stuck to one at work.  I’ve been trying to cut down on my caffeine intake, especially limiting pop and coffee, while drinking more tea.  Good idea in theory.  In practice, doesn’t always work so much. 🙂

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Mid-morning, I couldn’t resist another one of these delicious babies.  This time…CHERRY PIE!

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I took a long lunch today, which I like to do a day or two a week to break up the monotony of sitting behind a desk all day.  Since the fitness club is a mere 200 feet out our back door, it makes it super easy to squeeze in a workout.  Today was 30 minutes on the elliptical plus about 20 minutes of toning exercises.  I have a quick circuit I like to do.  It’s a great all around toner and even tires you out like cardio.

10 wide-arm push-ups
20 mountain climbers
10 lower ab raises (lift straight legs from 180 degrees straight up to 90 degrees)
20 toe touches (touch toes, jump out to plank, jump back in and reach for sky)
10 tricep push-ups

Each set should take about 5 minutes (including 1 minute rest in between).  Repeat as many times as you want!

Today’s lunch looks eerily similar to yesterday…does it not?  Plus a little trail mix – I was extra hungry after the workout!

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The thing about buying and making food for yourself is…although it’s cheaper and great because you can make whatever YOU want, you end up with a lot of the same thing!  Does this snack also look familiar?  Today it was honey flavor TJ’s Greek yogurt!

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Dinner was FABULOUS!  I met up with my future Amazing Race partner Megan, and we planned our Amazing Race 15 application over dinner at Good Earth Cafe!  Sooooo good!  It’s a restaurant that specializes in healthy, vegetarian, environmentally-friendly meals.  More importantly, the food is freakin’ delish!

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Looking at the menu, I was drooling over it all, but I decided on the Stuffed Poblano Pepper with adzuki and pinto beans.  Heaven on a plate was more like it!  Plus a chunk of nummy bread with a swab of red pepper hummus for starters and a cup of the classic Sweet & Spicy tea…my perfect meal!

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And finally….I present dessert….one peanut butter blondie and one turtle bar, both topped with vanilla frozen yogurt (we shared both)!  Happily stuffed, we headed back to Meg’s apartment and concocted our AR15 video.  CBS here we come!

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Everyone loves a giveaway…

Filed under: fun finds — Holly @ 08:43

If you are interested in perhaps exploring a vegan lifestyle or perhaps just want some new healthy cooking ideas, head over to Fitnessista for a FABULOUS giveaway.  You could win PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook as well as Fitnessista’s infamous and droolworthy vegan macaroons – totally well worth a visit!  Just make sure to head over there by Friday morning to be entered.  Best of luck, but if you win, you better share the macaroons!

It’s also the one-month blogiversary for Iowa Girl Eats, and she’s giving away a yummy host of goodies.  Check out the elusive jar of Barney Butter – it could be yours!

 

Manic Monday April 27, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes — Holly @ 19:21
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It’s just another manic Monday…gotta love a good 80’s tune!  It was back to the work grind today, starting off the day with a little Apple Cinnamon Quinoa!  Today was the first edition of Holly Investigates and only found it appropriate to show off the recipe I concocted for quinoa.  Along with a nice cuppa joe with nonfat milk, it was a dandy breakfast that held me over until snack time.

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 ***I ate about 1/2 the bowl of Apple Cinnamon Quinoa (saving the rest for tomorrow!)

For snacky time, I grabbed what is definitely my new favorite Larabar.  Apple Pie = major deliciousness.  These raw food bars are made with the simplest yummy ingredients.  I swear this tastes just like an apple pie but it’s only made with dates, walnuts, unsweetened apples, almonds, raisins and cinnamon!

This held me over until lunch at noon, where I also debuted another new recipe.  Garbanzo Guac!  Made with all the classic guac ingredients, I throw in some chickpeas for extra protein and yumminess!  Paired with Trader Joe’s whole-wheat Indian naan and a crunchy Braeburn apple (I guess it’s apple day today, huh?), here’s lunch!

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Afternoon snack time was a lil’ Trader Joe’s Nonfat Vanilla Greek yogurt with a cup of blackberries & strawberries.

Finally, the work day was over, and I was starving!  I raced home and concocted a mish-mash of things.  I took some refried vegetarian beans, topped them with a little Wisconsin raw goat cheddar and microwaved it for 1 minute.  I garnished with some diced tomatoes, onion and a bit of cilantro and served them with red pepper and carrot sticks.  On the side, I couldn’t resist a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with almond butter and all-fruit raspberry preserves (which I think was my favorite part of the meal!).  PB&J never lets you down.

Now, I have about a million things to do – laundry, still have to go work out (my motivation is flagging by the minute!), cleaning, organizing, banking, planning – you name it.  Ugh!  Wish me luck!

 

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