The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Back to Basics May 26, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:01
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Good evening everyone!

I don’t know about you, but this gal is still recovering from the weekend.  I have been yawning like crazy all day!  After a crazy wedding/half marathon/Madison road trip weekend, I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of this week to going back to basics.  With all the festivities of the past couple weeks, my eating has been here, there and everywhere (including lots of dessert :))!  So this week, I am hoping to keep it simple, easy and basic.

I started out the dreary, cloudy morning with a classic bowl of oatmeal

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
1 mashed banana
LOTS of cinnamon
1 HEAPING tbsp. raw almond butter


Along with a special Monday treat (coffee + 2% milk) to keep me awake…


Unfortunately, the coffee did not do its job today…there was just no saving me!  For lunch I delved into a delicious yogurt parfait (mango, nectarine, nonfat Fage Greek yogurt + blueberry muesli) along with one of my new Heart Thrive Chocolate vegan energy bars.  Topped off with a cup of mint tea, loved it!  Tea + muesli reminds me of my favorite place in the world: LONDON!  Gosh, I want a British accent so bad…


While at work, I usually like to have a couple small things to snack on throughout the afternoon.  I find that if I don’t keep healthy snacks around (especially between 3-4pm: “The Witching Hour”), I make a mad dash right for the peanut M&Ms!  Three hours or so after lunch, I dug into this marvelous combo:  carrots + raw almond butter.














Several hours later, I munched on a yummy honey + oats granola bar, along with a TJ’s apricot fruit leather.  Both snacks had the right amount of carbohydrates and protein to hold me over…and they tasted fabulous.  Seriously though, if you haven’t tried carrots + almond butter (or any kind of nut butter!), please do.  It’s really quite tasty!

When I got home from work, I immediately set to work in the kitchen concocting this monster of a Mexican-inspired junk salad.  It literally took me maybe five minutes – start to finish…here I go…

2 handfuls baby spinach
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/6 cup diced onion
1/4 cup sliced green pepper
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 small avocado
1/4 cup jarred mild salsa
dollop of Greek yogurt
sprinkle of fresh cilantro
LIGHT drizzle EVOO
LIGHT drizzle of honey
2 tsp. lime juice

…and voila, messy deliciousness on a plate!


This is honestly one of my favorite salad concoctions!  It’s got a bit of everything, which I love.  After dinner, I took three bright, ruby red strawberries and lovingly dipped them in Cool Whip.  The perfect ending to a perfect dinner :).


Now, I am going to rest my still 1/2 marathon weary legs, finish my cuppa coconut chai tea (decaf thankfully!) and hit the sack.  Even though I say this a lot, I am really motivated to get up for a 5:30am Vinyasa flow yoga class with my favorite instructor ever, Deb, so I gots to get to bed early!

Hope everyone had a good day back to work, back to school or back to whatever you were doing!

P.S.  Thanks to Kath at Kath Eats Real Food for giving me a guest post today – check it out here!  Thank you for checking my blog out, and I hope all you KERFers come back and visit often! 🙂


6 Responses to “Back to Basics”

  1. Jenny Says:

    haha i love that *everything but the kitchen sink* salad.. bursting with delicious flavors!

    your nail polish is so pretty, girl! perfect color for summer 🙂

  2. Leah Says:

    Love the title of your blog! It sort of sums up my life as well!

  3. Yum I love Caribou Coffee. But I shouldn’t even look at that, since just yesterday I committed to 30 days with no coffee! Ahh!!

    I just found your blog via Kath Eats Real Food, and I’m glad I did!

  4. I love that salad!! That’s my favorite combo, too. I’ll need to remember to add the lime juice and Greek yogurt for mine!

  5. peacelovepb Says:

    your eats look great!! love the classic oats!
    have your tried the lemon poppy seed heart thrive – so good!

  6. Holly Says:

    Jenny: Tropical Punch by OPI – gotta love it!

    Leah: I am such a fan of your blog, thanks for visiting!

    nomeatathlete: See you for a Caribou date in about 30 days? 🙂

    healthyashley: My favorite thing about salad is that you can throw just about anything in them, and they taste good (well, almost anything!).

    peacelovepb: Lemon poppyseed? Seriously? Because that is one of my faves. I will definitely have to hunt them down – thanks for the tip!

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