The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

It’s a Matter of Equations July 22, 2009

For the record, yours truly has always been a writing and English kind of gal.  Math and me, although acquaintances throughout grades K-12, could never quite solidify a close relationship.  Until now.

Apparently, it’s taken a love of healthy yummy food to reunite math and I in a well…loving, healthy relationship.  The key to our happiness?  Equations, of course!


1/3 cup oat bran + 1 (6-oz.) container Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt + 1/3 cup skim milk +
2 spoonfuls unsweetened shredded coconut + 1/2 mashed naner
1/2 cup strawbs + spoonful raw almond buttah


breakfast heaven


Berrynananut Overnight Oat Bran

Without equations, how would I ever concoct the perfect bowl of Overnight Oat Bran (based off of Miss Snackface’s recipe)?  Hmmmm…I really need to reconsider math.  He has single-handedly revolutionalized the morning oatmeal industry and made Kath oat-famous ;).

whole wheat tortilla
1/2 mashed avocado
glob o’ pine nut hummus
handful spinach


Mrs. May’s Almond Clusters


celery sticks


lunch plate of love

my newest Mrs. May's product tasting

my newest Mrs. May's product tasting


scrumpdiddlyumptious lunch

Most of all, I would probably coming crashing down on my keyboard (with key indentations on my face) in the afternoons if it wasn’t for my yogurt-mixing abilities…courtesy of Mr. Math (obv).


1 container any type of yogurt + 1 cup berries (+/- 1/4 cup granola (optional)) = perfection


fave afternoon schnack

The one place me and math differ?  M&M’s.  You can’t count them.  You just need to eat them.  Lots of them.  Preferably of the peanut or peanut butter variety.

M&M handful (x2) + chickety chai green tea = afternoon munchie perfection.

my fave are the yellows...probably b/c they are the worst artificial coloring

M&M handful (x2 or more) + 1 cup of chickety chai green tea
= a serious addiction


The best math however, involves both inanimate and animate objects.  In my case, that would be food + friends.  Probably one of the real tried and true equations there is out there.  Sorry Einstein….e=mc^2 just doesn’t cut it.


Roat Osha Thai food + long-time friends + a night of beach volleyball = a good night

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Som Tam (my fave!) a.k.a. Spicy Papaya Salad

Som Tam (my fave!) a.k.a. Spicy Papaya Salad














my plate of Thai goodness...bring me back to the good ol' days

my plate of Thai goodness

Massaman Curry

Shrimp Massaman Curry














These three dishes – split between the three of us ladies – was the perfect dinner (plus a nice lil’ 2nd helping of each).  It was also perfect pre-volleyball fuel for our last regular season game…which we WON!  Hallelujah…we do actually have some talent! 


My final math equation:

X = breakfast
Y = all other food
Z = stress
a = friends
b = a job interview
c = handfuls of peanut M&Ms
d = going to bed


(X +3Y) x 3c
3a – 1/2Z + (bd)
good times


Take that Sir Isaac Newton.

Don’t forget to check out the Twinkie Challenge!  There will be a special, customized prize for the winner!  You have until 8am CST tomorrow – get on that people!


34 Responses to “It’s a Matter of Equations”

  1. buffmuffy Says:

    mmmm m&ms… lol!

  2. Leah Says:

    I don’t think I have ever tried oatbran before but it looks freakin’ delish!

  3. Whit Says:

    All your equations = one thing. Delicious! And peanut butter M&M’s? Unfreakingbelievable!

  4. I love peanut butter AND peanut M&M’s. My office pantry has a machine that dispenses M&M’s for 25 cents. Dangerous in the afternoons! hehe. And your thai food looks amazing! Can I lick the screen?

  5. leianna Says:

    Peanut M&M’s are my favorite snack too, but dangerous with a big bag of them so I don’t usually buy them. They would be gone in a day!

  6. justine Says:

    All your concoctions/math projects look so good. Your right nothing better than a good meal with friends!!


  7. caitsplate Says:

    HAHA! I couldn’t agree more about the M&Ms – they are NOT to be counted, only eaten and enjoyed! Peanut M&Ms especially 🙂

    That math equation totally cracked me up – I love it!

  8. I’d say that you have some pretty great maths skills as well as rapping skills. Peanut m + m’s should be part of the food pyramid. ‘Nuff said.

  9. Awesome food and great math skills! 🙂

    The Thai food looks great. We used to go to a Thai restaurant where all dishes (even the “mild” ones) were insanely spicy. I loved it, but no one else in my family could handle it, so we stopped going. I think it’s time for some Thai food!

  10. Faith Says:

    That Almond Crunch looks yummy! Oooh, Thai food sounds good! I love your equations! 🙂

  11. lowandbhold Says:

    Haha, maybe you will inspire me to reunite with math too!

    I love m&m’s and Thai food! I wasn’t hungry until I read this post!

    Good luck with the job interview!

  12. Tay Says:

    I dislike math…this this I likey!! I love your ending equation 🙂

    Congrats on winning your game you volleyball playing champs!

  13. tiponz Says:

    peanut butter m&ms = ❤

  14. i just had flashbacks to high school algebra!!!

  15. JB Says:

    i hate math! but somehow i was able to follow THOSE equations. obviously because they involved food! haha. go figure! have a great day, holly!


  16. april Says:

    I always look forward to your creative posts!! Keep em coming!!

    I used to be obsessed with peanut butter m&m’s.. I don’t think I can stop at one handful!

  17. Angharad Says:

    You’re a bit of a genius really aren’t you?

    Peanut butter M&Ms are actually crack. No really, they are. My co-worker brought in two 5lb bags of them! All I can say is I’m glad I wasn’t blogging then because it was not pretty…

    So, you’ll have to let me know how the food is at Roat Osha – I’ve only had gin and tonics and fried bananas there!

    And thank you for asking – I am indeed just resting til my race now. Got to give my lil legs lots of love, ice and sleep!

    P.S. Way to WIN volleyball!! woowoo

  18. Sarah Says:

    Haha, I’m pretty sure you must be a math whiz!
    Congrats on your v-ball win!

  19. Kailey Says:

    oh goodness Chicken Pad Thai is my absolute favorite 😀

  20. janetha Says:

    haha i believe all you calculations are correct! the thai food looks fantabulous.. mmm. and i LOVE peanut butter m&ms.. but i gave up candy at new years so i can’t eat them at all let alone lots of them 😦 thanks for the math lesson!

  21. specialkphd Says:

    I think you are perhaps one of the creative-y bloggers I know…

    and counting is not allowed when eating m&ms….that’s saved for jelly bellys….um, no, not those either. My rule of thumb is not to count anything smaller than a dime!


  22. Evan Thomas Says:

    I need to get me some real thai real fast after seeing that

  23. homegirlcaneat Says:

    B!tchloads of M&Ms is how I do! My favs are the brown ones…I think because Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner only ate the brown ones because chocolate is brown. Or was that J.Lo? Whatever, either way, Matthew McConaughey is a dime.

    THAI FOOD!! I have never had it?!!?! WHAT! I know. I need to because I love that peanuty delicious sauce shiz. LOVE!

  24. Matt Says:

    Mmm I love Thai food! Have you ever tried Pad Thai? I love love love it!

    • Holly Says:

      Pad Thai was my first foray into Thai food, which ultimately spurned my love for it and going to Thailand! Woowoo!

  25. Kris Says:

    Where did you go for Thai? Trying to find a good spot in the TC. Thanks and love your blog!

    • Holly Says:

      Roat Osha off of Hennepin in Uptown…but Chiang Mai Thai (in Uptown) and Mango Thai Restaurant (off of Selby in St. Paul) are ALL fabulous options!

    • Holly Says:

      And Taste of Thailand, also off of Selby in St. Paul! Thanks for checking out the blog!

  26. peanutbutterandjenny Says:

    math was never my best subject so i could def. learn a thing or 2 from you, professor.. tutor me? i vote we start in oatmeal equations and then jump right on to m&ms..sound good?

    • Holly Says:

      we need to devise a strategy so we aren’t completely across the country from each other – that is just not okay!

  27. […] can be confusing. holly will be the first to tell you she is not stoked on arithmetic. i will now show you two ways to figure out how to eat […]

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