The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Poor Planning June 30, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 17:52
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Happy humpday (at least for me :)) everyone!

Since I don’t have to work on Friday, I just need to get through 2 more days of work before a loooong weekend!  Breakfast started with a bang this morning – courtesy of Polly.  It was the other half batch of Oaty Cakes I made from Sunday, and they were just as good today.  Topped with peanut buttah, banana & raspberries – perfection!

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These lovelies held me over fabulously all morning (downed with a cuppa joe + 2% milk of course!), and I broke for 1/2 Cherry Pie Larabar around 11am.  I knew I was meeting one of my college roomies, Jess, and her mom for lunch at noon so I needed a lil’ something to get me by until then.

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Us ladies headed over to a lovely local restaurant where their food is seriously soooo good.  It’s like an upscale bar & grill, so the food isn’t greasy and crappy but rather fresh, yummy and creative.  I had the Goat Cheese & Chicken Salad containing : mixed greens, candied pecans, jicama, goat cheese, tomato, grilled chicken along with a hunka burnin’ love bread.

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The salad was super yummy, but the problem was I only ordered the half, which was not big at all (despite the size it looks in the picture).  I knew as soon as I ate up every last morsel, I was going to be hungry not too long after.  Unfortunately, usually when I go out, my lunches are bigger so I didn’t plan ahead and pack any additional snacks with me to work today.  Tsk tsk Holly, tsk tsk!

When I got back to work, I ate the other 1/2 of the Larabar and hit up the vending machine for the healthiest thing I could find, a Nature Valley Oats + Honey Granola Bar.  Not the worst, but definitely not the best either.

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I might have even snuck a Diet Cherry Coke, secretly hoping the carbonation would fill me up a bit :).

Around 4pm, I was getting ravenous so I hit up a lil’ trail mix.  It’s got a good assortment of nuts (hazelnut, cashew, peanut & almond), not too much chocolate and a couple raisins.  However, I’m educated enough to know this mix probably also contained extra doo-dads I don’t want.  Live and learn peeps!

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Thankfully, dinner more than made up for my poor planning.  On my drive home, I single-handedly concocted this wonder using the big ol’ brain Barbie + Ken (yes, my parents names are Barbie and Ken) so generously blessed me with.  Layer by layer, here we go:

1 slice toasted Ezekiel bread
BBQ sauce
lettuce
tomato
1/4 avocado
Sunshine Burger Falafel Patty
1 oz. English Mature Cheddar
1 slice toasted Ezekiel bread

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Thanks mom & dad – my brainiac combo served me well!

With a nummy 22-calorie Yummy Earth Organic Mango lollipop afterwards…

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I am supposed to run 3 miles according to the marathon schedule, but I think me and my friend Megan are going to hit up Latin Fusion class instead…aye que fabulosa!  As long as this gal gets some cardio in, I will be a happy camper.  If my hips don’t lie, and I work hard enough tonight, there could even be a late night snack posting in all of our futures!

Happy humpday Tuesday everyone! 😉

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The Bachelorette Work-Out Plan June 29, 2009

Filed under: dinner,workouts — Holly @ 20:57
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Can’t go wrong with dindin when you start out with some English Cheddar :). 

Followed up with a ginormous garden of veggies and a book about musicals, can you really get any better?

baby spinach
shredded carrots
1/2 avocado
diced tomato
green onion
yellow zucchini
sprinkle of ground flax
sunflower seeds
Wee Willy’s Homemade Red French dressing

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Pre-Bachelorette fuel

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(a.k.a. a hot mess of Kashi GoLean cereal, 1/2 smashed naner + 1 tbsp. peanut butter)

 

Seven o’clock rolled around, and it was Bachelorette time!  I don’t really watch any TV, but somehow this totally guilty pleasure sneaks into my schedule every Monday night :).  Hence, a Bachelorette work-out plan!

 

The Bachelorette Work-Out Plan

Warm-up: 10 minute brisk walk

Commercial #1:  Abs (crunches + scissors)
#2:  Wide-leg squats
#3: Vinyasa Flow
(downward dog – plank – chaturanga – upward dog – downward dog)
#4: Hamstring stretches
#5: Jumping jacks
#6: Planks + side planks
#7: Forward hanging fold
#8: Low yoga lunges
#9: Texting frenzy with my Bachelorette-watching girls
(Major drama: Ed came back and wants a 2nd chance with Jillian!!!)
#10: 3 sets of 10 push-ups

Cool down:  10 minutes of stretching

 

Ugggghhhhhhh….SHE KEPT WES!!!  Big mistake Jillian, big mistake.  I still heart Michael :).

If I do say so myself, TV + workout was a pretty friggin’ fabulous idea, haha!  Now I am off to do some reading, pack my lunch for tomorrow (because I am clearly in 3rd grade) then hit the hay – hope everyone had a fabulous night!

Anyone else have any good ideas of quick work-outs to do during TV commercials?  Let us know and share the knowledge!

 

Falafel My Breakfast Cookie Larabar

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 15:42
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None of that really makes any sense.  It’s just a hint of what’s to come on this post, haha!  A breakfast cookie Larabar, quite frankly, would just be too good to be true :).

This, however, is both good AND true.

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A lovely strawberry coconut breakfast cookie!  Oats, peanut buttah, hemp protein powder, coconut, yogurt + water (ran out of milk), strawberries and this time I added 1 tbsp. of flax to it too.  Shoutout to Keith for reminding me to buy this wonder ingredient!

Unfortunately for some reason, as much as I love my breakfast cookies, they don’t quite feel filling to me.  I know I am definitely getting enough calories (400-500 depending on the cookie) that I should feel more satiated than I do, but I don’t know.  Has anyone else had this problem?  Let me know dudes!

No worries, however, because mid-morning I hung out with one of my favorite Laras.

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She’s most definitely on the top 5 list :).

Lunch brought me a goodie that I have been dying to find (which I finally did at our friend WF)…Sunshine Burger in Falafel!  OMG – this burger is soooo good, especially if you are a falafel fiend like myself.  Unfortunately, my mustard flower art didn’t turn out at pretty as the PB art, but no worries because it tasted just as good.  Those MN grown tomatoes are also the best thing eva – I never used to like tomatoes, but now these are like poppin’ candy to me!

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Here are the stats on our friend, the Sunshine Burger Falafel Patty

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And here are the all-organic ingredients…

Raw ground sunflower seeds
Brown rice
Chickpeas
Split peas
Tahini
Sesame seed paste
Parsley
Cumin
Garlic
Sea salt

That’s it!  Amazing, no?

After lunchie, it was a fabulous 30-minute walk outside in the cool weather.

Afternoon coffee you ask?  Of course not!  I’m cutting down my consumption with the help of Senor No Meat Athlete – it’s a cup of lovely organic black tea with milk and sugar, an idea I stole from Eating for England.  You see, Miss Angharad just started her blog last week so show her some bloggy love by heading over to her site for lots of yummy eats and British treats!

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Snackytime was the usual combo – yogurt + TJ’s blueberry muesli + raspberries.  Simple and delish!

The weather is cool and cloudy – not the best weather to perk yourself up on a Monday.  I’m going to have to muster all the energy I can to get my buns to the gym before The Bachelorette starts at 7pm – I’m officially addicted!  Tonight is the hometown visits, so it should make for some interesting/good dramz on ABC.

Stay tuned for dinner – I think I got something good brewing ;).

 

Combos + No Shows June 28, 2009

Filed under: dinner,workouts — Holly @ 20:08
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After the post of just a couple hours ago, I did exactly what Miss Holly needed to do:  I blogged, did my laundry, watered the plants, put away the dishes, cleaned the kitchen and made dinner.  Who am I?  That all sounds way to domestic for my taste :).

Dinner was inspired by my semester abroad in London…you see, one of the popular eats in our flat (ahem, apartment) was some yummy English White Cheddar made into a grilled cheese sandwich and dipped in BARBECUE SAUCE!  It was the genius concoction of my friend Meghan, and we were seriously OBSESSED with it.  Flash forward to tonight, I knew I had to have me some grilled cheese + BBQ sauce, along with steamed asparagus and MN grown cherry tomatoes

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After a delicious dinner, I was sooo excited to finish up the weekend with yoga/pilates.  Unfortunately, Kris (the substitute instructor this week) was not as keen.  She didn’t show up – mondo annoying!!!  Instead, I relied on the reigning yoga queen with 2 run-throughs of Yoga For Runners – making it a quick yet effective 20-minute yoga sesh.

Now I should probably be productive since I have an extra hour on my hands :).

What’s worse – an instructor not showing up for class or a bad instructor?  I am going to go with an instructor not showing up, just because at least if it’s a crappy instructor, you are still getting somewhat of a workout, right?

 

Me Time

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Here is where I parked my buns today…but more on that in a bit ;).

Yesterday, after the big 9-mile run, I showered, purtied myself up then headed off to a food blogger’s mecca…

WHOLE FOODS!!!

While I was shopping around for the goods, one of my best friends Ashley called me.  I answered my obnoxious ring, then  the conversation went something like this:

“Hey Ash,” I said.

“Hi Hol,” Ashley replied.

“What’s up?”  I asked.

“I’m engaged!!!” she shrieked.

Crash as my green Whole Foods basket dropped to the ground.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..shut up, are you serious?” I asked.

“Yes,”  she said.  “He asked me this morning.”

“Shut up.  Oh my gosh.  Shut up!  Oh my God – congratulations!  I am soooo happy for you!”

That was a shortened version of the obnoxious convo (lots of screaming in Whole Foods went on).  Since Ash only lives about 5 minutes from Whole Foods, I did a quick shop, hit up the hot bar (because I needed a lil’ afternoon sustinence) and raced over to Ashley’s place!

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That would be about 1 cup each Curried Tofu + Balsamic Roasted Veggies.  Yum and yum.

I couldn’t arrive over to Ashley’s without some kind of congratulations gift, so naturally I headed to the Whole Foods bakery before I left and brought over a piece of Chocolate Lava Cake (my girl Ash loves her chocolate!) to congratulate the adorable couple.  Emphasis on adorable.  The three of us chatted for a good hour or two, split the cake between us and honestly – they look soooo happy.  It made me tear up a bit :).

I skedaddled to let the fiancees revel in their love and headed home to make some dinner.  Taking the rest of last night’s unused rice, I made a lovely Fried Rice with Eggs.  Fried rice is super simple and can be really healthy as long as you take a couple precautions, most of all not overdoing it on the oil or the soy sauce.

I sauteed onion, carrot, tomato, asparagus & spinach in 2 tsp. of canola oil with about 1/2 tbsp. garlic.  While this was cooking, I started the eggs by frying two of them in about 1 tsp. canola oil.  Then, I added about 3/4 cup rice to the veggie mix, added 1 tbsp. soy sauce and a pinch of ground ginger and stirred it all together.  To plate, I took the rice & veggies, then layered them with the two fried eggs (slightly runny – yum!) and topped with green onion.  Voila!

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And for something sweet, the BEST lollipops there are – Yummy Earth!

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After dinner, I accomplished one of my weekend want-tos: seeing Food, Inc.!

After having read both “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by my semi-crush Michael Pollan and “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, I figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  And I was right.  The movie followed a lot of the same themes/people/scandals that both books did; however, this movie is really a testament to the power of visual imagery.  You read about animal cruelty, mishandling of meat and food products, lack of regulation by the FDA, etc.,  but when you put them together with real life images, it’s really quite impossible to ignore the magnitude of the problem we face in the U.S.A. of food.  We no longer know what we are eating and what is healthy anymore.

I will have a larger review later on (in Holly Investigates) but you must see it: EVERYONE MUST SEE THIS MOVIE.

On a happier note, after the movie, I met up with my older sister for a drank, which she paid for.

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Yay for older sisters with real jobs!

Then we both headed home to hit the hay, and when I woke up this morning, I made one of my all-time fave blogger recipes…Oaty Cakes from Miss Polly!

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Look at that oaty goodness lovingly slathered with peanut butter and garnished with raspberries :).

After breakfast, my sister and I headed over to my aunt’s house to see my cousin’s new baby.  What a lil’ smiley girl that Julia is!  After visiting with the fam for awhile, I headed over to a late brunch with  my old college roomies Jess  and Jamie (+ their significant others).  I didn’t eat anything because I had eaten breakfast only a couple hours before, but it was so good to catch up with them after the wedding a couple weeks ago.

After brunch, it was finally beach time!

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Snacks I nibbled on throughout my 2 hours…

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Ahhh…nothing beats a solo day at the beach, except a Vegan Mixed Berry Muffin from Whole Foods obv!

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Let’s be real – just because this muffin was “vegan” does not mean it was that healthy.

Pros

  • No eggs/butter/shortening
  • Lotsa big hunks of berries

Cons

  • White flour
  • Vegetable oil

A.k.a. the moral of the story is, just because something says “vegan” or “organic” or “all-natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy for you.  Be smart.  Become a label reader.  Then eat it anyways :).

Now I am back home, gettin’ things done: laundry, cleaning, watering flowers, freelance writing and job applications – all on the agenda this afternoon.  Then it’s dindin time and some yoga/pilates with a sub teacher (she better be good!) – hopefully I will see ya later tonight otherwise catch ya bright and early in the morn!

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

Shopping is My Cardio June 27, 2009

This is perhaps my #1 reason why I love Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City + SJP so much :).

After work, I cruised home jai hoing and listening to the stellar beats of the “Slumdog Millionaire” CD.  Suddenly, I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner – INDIAN!

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I picked up my all-time fave Indian eats – Baingan Bhartha (eggplant mashed with tomatoes & spices) – and devoured this delicious dish along with a side of whole wheat tandoori roti on the glorious outside deck of my friend Megan’s house.  I ate all of the Baingan Bhartha & roti and none of the rice (it was nothing special).

After dindin, Meg & I went shopping at the mall squeezed in our cardio.  But not before we made a quick stop to enjoy a treat just because it tastes oh so good

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Dairy Queen Krunch Cone anyone?  It’s Mama Everythingtarian’s fave, and one of mine too!  Lots of nummy sprinkles, crunchy peanut bites and rice krispies on a vanilla cone.

The night also included a 2nd trip to Tarjay (oops!) where I picked up some much-needed bananas + yogurt, but seriously dudes, my fridge and pantry are bare bones.  Otherwise, I was a good girl and didn’t buy anything else at the mall.  Although, I was tempted by a new pair of running shoes :).  Meg & I got in some lovely friend bonding last night before she headed off for a weekend at the cabin – so jealous!

After sleeping 10 hours last night, I woke up this morning feeling well-rested (although my hair was another story…) and dug into a quick and simple brekkie (shoutout to my new British bloggy friend, Angharad!) of Target Heartsmart cereal, sliced banana + skim milk along with a cuppa joe + skim milk.

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Then it was time for 9-miler.

For the first 6 miles, the run was nothing special.  I kept it at a slow 10:00/mile pace and just enjoyed being outside, soaking in the fresh air.  However, the most mysterious thing happened.  At about mile 6, I started feeling mondo good.  The last three miles, I probably ran at an 8:00/mile pace and finished up feeling ah-may-zing!  I came home, chugged a whole Nalgene and indulged in more PB art…

Stonyfield Farms Organic Vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup Target Heartsmart cereal
1/2 sliced banana
1 tbsp. PB

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Peace, love and happiness.  We need them all.

Another shoutout to Miss K for her may-juh LOVEly morning breakfast art!

Plus an Apple Pie Larabar for extra replenishing energy:

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Now I am watching Barefoot Contessa – one of my faves – on the Food Network but need to go shower and get ready to enjoy whatever I want to do with the rest of the day!  Woowoo – this has not happened in a long time.

Do you have a favorite TV cook/chef?  Mine is definitely Ina Garten – that Barefoot Contessa may not always be healthy, but I love her classic, simple and use of whole ingredients.

 

R&R June 26, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 15:28
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Rest & relaxation.  That is what’s hopefully ahead for me this weekend – although, I always say that and manage to find some shenanigans to partake in…

Brekkie was fast and delish – Tarjay Heartsmart cereal, blueberries & vanilla oat milk, and I was out the door in 10 minutes to make a quick ‘Bou run before work!

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I munched on another 1/2 cup or so of berries on my way to work, thus finishing off the pint.  Unfortunately, since breakfast lacked some belly-sustaining protein, I was forced to munch on these buggers just a couple hours later:

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These True North Citrus Burst nut clusters are really addicting – ummm, when the serving size is only 5 pieces, you know you’ve hit some dangerous food territory.  I also found an Apple Cinnamon flavor in these – danger ahead, I repeat, danger ahead.

Today was another bovine grazing day, so a couple hours after the nutty goodness, I dove into  a regular ol’ side salad.  Spinach, beets, tomato, sunflower seeds + Newman’s Sesame Ginger vinaigrette…

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Yes, that is my to-do list on the classy yellow Post-It.

During my lunch hour, I bebopped over to Tarjay and prayed that I wouldn’t spend over $20.  Whelp, that didn’t happen.  I came out with a bunch of stuff I really didn’t need, including a new pair of gold sandals (11$!!!), a bowl/plate combo ($0.74 and $0.88, respectively), an Annie’s Rice & Bean Burrito (which I ate when I got back) and some other crap essentials.

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Work was eerily quiet today – I swear almost everyone was gone by the time I got back from Target.  I snacked on another 4th of July Tootsie Pop (this time in blue raspberry) and got back to some work.  At around 3pm, I was feeling a bit snacky so I brought out the big guns for the 2nd day in a row:

Stonyfield Farms Oikos Honey Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Target Heartsmart cereal
1 smashed banana
1 tbsp. peanut butter

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Love.  The world needs this too.

It was another stellar combo except…

I didn’t love the Oikos Honey flavor.  Shocker, I know!  I love honey, and I love Greek yogurt – together however, I think it might have been too sweet?  The ingredients said it had honey and sugar in it, so maybe together it was all too much?  I’m a little disappointed, but I loved all the other flavors so much, I’m not worried.  Now, I just need to find the elusive new strawberry flavor…

I am sore from yoga last night, so I’m definitely taking today as a rest day so I can get up and run those 9 miles tomorrow morning – eeks!  So, I’m not sure what I’m going to do tonight – dinner + movie, perhaps? 

Woowoo for the work week being done and another woowoo for the weekend!  Have a fabulous weekend everyone – see ya around :).