The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

So long, fair well… August 30, 2009

Filed under: fun finds — Holly @ 19:27

…auf wiedersein goodbye! ¬†And hello to:

Blog your roll accordingly, Google your reader appropriately, mark that book correctly, and head on over to the newly revamped site.

See you there ūüôā


Home August 29, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,fun finds — Holly @ 12:52
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There are certain places in a gal’s life that no matter where she is in the world, feel like home.

My “homey” places are: (1) Target (obv) and (2) farmer’s markets. ¬†I could be in the middle of Ulan Bator, Mongolia but hell, if there’s a Target or farmer’s market to be had, it would feel just like good ol’ Minnesota. ¬†Since I hit up Tarjay last night, naturally this morning was the perfect time for the Dane County Farmer’s Market.

I am going to let the pictures do the talkin’…

starting with a naner + camera shy coffee

starting with a naner + camera shy coffee


Vegan Blueberry Oatmeal Scone


fresh veg


radish love


peeps making their way around the square


home-baked breads


fresh flowers - the gorge dahlia I couldn't resist buying

ethical meat up in herre

ethical meat up in herre

sea berries (I totally had to Wikipedia these)

sea berries (I totally had to Wikipedia these)


my loot: plums, dahlia, Japanese eggplant, red potatoes, roma tomatoes, orange pepper, raspberries, zucchini + lemon basil

pre-run fuel: white bagel with buttah

pre-run fuel: white bagel with buttah

Off to run 18 miles – I don’t have pride, wish me all the luck you can.


2009 Gas Station Challenge July 29, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,fun finds,lunch — Holly @ 21:18
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This morn was rough.  Real rough.

You ever have those mornings where you look in the mirror and are like, whoa – what the hell beat me up last night? ¬†I’m all about self-empowerment and encouragement peeps, but sometimes, there is no saving face (literally) no matter how many compliments you give yourself.

Luckily, washing my face always seems to make things 100% better, so I lathered up real nice, slathered on my fave Aveeno face lotion and felt a whole lot better. ¬†I was still 1/2 hour later to work than norm, but it was worth it to take time and enjoy this…

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola, skim milk + banana

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola, skim milk + banana

I finally busted open my last box of Zoe’s granola sent to me awhile ago as a free sample: Cinnamon Raisin! As with all Zoe’s granolas, my first reaction was mmmmmmmmm! Honestly, I wasn’t the hugest fan of their bars, but their granolas are really good. I love the sweetness, crunch and texture of the mix, and the Cinnamon Raisin was no different.

Finally, lunchtime struck and it was time for the challenge: The Gas Station Challenge!

the scene of the challenge

the scene of the challenge

Since the next week and a half is going to be a bit crazy, I don’t know if it will be worth it for me to grocery shop because I am grabbing lunch with friends, have a couple events to go to and obv going to be uber busssyyyy. ¬†So, I decided today I would give myself $10.00 to buy myself lunch, snacks and dinner for the day. ¬†You may be asking me, $10 bucks at a gas station, are you kay-ray-zee woman?

Most likely.

However, all of us are busy and quite frankly, don’t always have time to prepare lovely, gorge homemade meals featuring organic, homegrown ingredients all the time (or even half the time!). ¬†Sometimes, dinner is chowed down while driving, talking on the phone and trying to navigate the mean highways of MN…I mean…

I wanted to see how far $10 would go at the gas station and see how I could navigate our fave neighborhood hot spot for some healthy eats. ¬†Here’s how it went…


the loot = $10.20

  • Bumblebee Sundried Tomato & Basil Tuna with Crackers
  • Crystal Farms Marble Jack cheese stick
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bar
  • Veggie platter with dill dip
  • 1 (6-oz.) container Kemps¬†1% fat cottage cheese
  • Green apple
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms

Two meals and a snack for $10.20…if I do say so myself, I rocked that challenge!

Lunch: Tuna cracker pack + cottage cheese + veggie tray. ¬†One can get quite creative with this combo, if I do say so myself…

crack, tun, cottage + broc

crack, tun, cottage + broc


crack, tun, cottage + carrot

crack, tun, cottage + caul

crack, tun, cottage + caul

Snack: Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms

Mini-dinner #1: Clif bar + cheese stick + apple

Volleyball was a bit bittersweet. ¬†We lost. ¬†Bad. ¬†However, in brighter news, next Wednesday is now my going away shindig (instead of a playoff v-ball game). ¬†I’ll take that trade-off.

Mini-dinner #2: Red pepper hummus + pita chips (split three ways…although I prob could have wolfed em’ all down)

post-game cheering up

post-game cheering up

Now, it’s time to make my master moving to-do list and get to bed. ¬†I haven’t worked out since Sunday (eeek…there is marathon training to be had!) and haven’t gotten to bed before 11pm in a week! ¬†That just ain’t okay with my healthified g-ma ways :).


What is your fave gas station find?  Dudes, that sundried tomato tuna cracker pack was pretty delish!


Monster of a Post July 10, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,fun finds,giveaway,recipes — Holly @ 11:09
If you guessed Monster Cookie Pancakes...

If you guessed Monster Cookie Pancakes...

...then you guessed...

...then you guessed...



Sweet heavens above, there are no words to describe these Monster Cookie Pancakes.¬†¬†You might as well¬†call me Lara, because these tasted EXACTLY like Monster Cookies.¬† I don’t kid people.¬† Drizzled with pure maple syrup + crushed walnuts…I, ah…hmmmm….errrr….yep, no words ;).

Chocolate-Covered Katie Рconsider this my official entry into the Dessert Pancake-Making Extravaganza :).


Also, you blog readers are the bestest because after I posted last night about the mysterious “natural sugars”¬†in my post-run Vitamin Water 10, you all came through with some stellar research!¬† Check out the comments people left – especially Anne K.’s fabulous links!¬† Then check out Ali’s Cleaner Plate Club for a fabulous post debunking the myths that erythritol & crystalline fructose are indeed “natural.”¬† Finally, head to¬†Miss BuffMuffy’s blog for more real talk on these Vitamin Water 10 additives – woowoo…can’t say you didn’t learn anything today!¬† Snap~

Breaking news… did you know Larabar is coming out with 3 new flavors?!?!¬† Get ready, because they are going to announce them any day now – ahhhhhh, the excitement!

Also, head over to Fitnessista for another raw-some giveaway of a yummy cookbook from Sarma – queen of raw!

Then, if you haven’t had enough of my link love yet, bebop over to An Apple A Day for a yoga-tastic giveaway of a brand new fancy schmancy yoga mat.¬† I be definitely wanting to win that one!


After seeing these babes on the oh-so-fabulous Miss K’s blog, the peeps over at Cheerios were such dolls to send me some coupons for 2 free boxes of Banana Nut (I accidentally typed butt…haha!) Cheerios!



Thanks to Amanda and the gang for being so thoughtful and sending some love my way!¬† I’m buying my boxes this weekend, so expect a product review early next week.¬† However, the goodness does not end there.¬† Amanda and the Cheerios crew would love to send some love YOUR way – in the form of more Banana Nut Cheerios of course!



To win a box of Banana Nut Cheerios, this is what y’all gotta do…

(1) Leave a comment with your most creative idea for the next Cheerios flavor.

(2) If you have a blog, link back to this post on your blog and leave a 2nd comment with that link.¬† If you don’t have a blog, leave a 2nd comment with your favorite summer activity.

Two winners will be chosen and announced Monday morning at 8am CST.


Whelp, that’s it for me…don’t think I will be able to post from the cabin so I will see you on Sunday with the whole weekend recap.¬† Expect a mix of beer,¬†sunbathing,¬†drinking games, grilling, tubing, lake fun¬†and tanning.¬† Yep – that will most def¬†sum up my weekend, I promise you that (minus the 9-mile run I have to redo on Sunday…ugh!).

Happy (almost) weekend my friends!


T.G.I.A.F. June 11, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,fun finds,lunch,running — Holly @ 21:45
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Seriously, I could not be more excited tomorrow is Friday.¬† This has been a long, draining week, and I can’t wait to relax and enjoy doing nothing.¬† Today was another busy day…the day started out with a groggy wake-up followed by a bowl of Kashi Honey Sunshine (aka Cap’n Crunch) with vanilla almond milk and a banana with peanut butter.¬† Perfect and filling!


The morning at work was really busy and around 11am I broke for a small lil’ peach


My peaches this week have been amazing!¬† One of life’s simple pleasures really, a perfectly ripe and juicy peach ūüôā¬† Work was a bit stressful today, but with the help of my yummy Tempeh Thai Peanut Stir Fry from last night, it was a little more delicious.¬† Too delicious.¬† I ate the whole thing before I realized I had yet to take a picture!

I had planned on taking a long walk during lunch, but due to some logistical issues, I didn’t get to go :(.¬† Today I really could have used the endorphin boost.¬† Instead, I relied on an nice (yet oddly-shaped) apple with some PB for a perfect protein + carbs + fiber afternoon snack.


After work, I was happy to get out and bask in the fresh air.¬† Not for long however, I had a 5:30pm dinner date with one of my high school friend’s Stacy who I haven’t seen in 4eva!¬† She is probably one of the¬†the cutest, funniest gal I know and also can appreciate the balance of a healthy life.¬† Hence why we two ladies hit up one of my all-time faves…Good Earth Cafe.

It definitely deserved a holy yum!

Bread + hummus for starters (a small taste of each for moi)…


Salmon with mango salsa, brown rice pilaf¬†and broccoli for Stacy…


Veggie enchiladas for myself…


And a strawberry shortcake for the both of us…


It was soooo good to catch up with Stacy!¬† I love seeing people like that – sometime you forget how good it is to see old friends :).¬† The delicious dinner + company definitely brightened my dismal day.¬† After dinner, I headed over to my sister’s house to pick-up a lovely delivery…


Thanks to the fabulous people at Chobani for sending me some of their Greek yogurt to try, especially you Morgan!¬† Chobani Greek yogurt comes in six flavors – strawberry, blueberry, vanilla, peach, honey and plain – and is all-natural, hormone free and low in sugar.¬† Don’t forget too, it’s creamy, has lots of probiotics and full of protein.¬†

I am especially excited to try it because I have not been able to find Chobani Greek yogurt at any of my local grocers, and that peach Chobani has been calling my name!  You better believe you will see Chobani once (or twice) on the blog tomorrow, complete with a full review!

Also…I have some more big news…

I signed up for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 4th!!!

Yes, I am pretty sure I have gone mad, but my sister and I are doing in TOGETHER!¬† Ahhh…training shall commence in July, then hopefully 16 weeks, I will be crossing the finish line.¬† We already decided this is not going to be a thing where we worry about time; as long as we finish, we will be happy :).

On that note, this girl is out.¬† My bed is calling my name…can you hear it…

Was anyone else’s day busy crazy like mine?¬† Please tell me I’m not the only one!


Updates in progress… May 31, 2009

Filed under: fun finds — Holly @ 17:29

Hey guys – I am working on some updates as promised!

Check out the about me section for an updated bio and some new after pics.¬† I am still working on getting some better before pics, but they are all at the parent’s house, so I need to make a trip to Wisconsin soon!

I added one new recipe (courtesy of my mummy!) but am planning on adding a few more this week, so stay tuned for that!

Also, don’t forget!¬† Tomorrow marks the return of Holly Investigates… tune in to see what tomorrow’s investigation entails!

Hope you are having a good weekend – see you later tonight!


I Got Tagged May 29, 2009

Filed under: fun finds — Holly @ 09:16

I saw this lil’ thang floating around the blogosphere and figured (and hoping!)¬†it was only a matter of time before it was yours truly!

Today it happened…I got tagged by Miss Mindful Living!



(1)  Once you are tagged, post a picture of where you blog.

(2)¬† Feel free to tell us a little bit about your space or explain more items in detail.¬† Or not…:)

(3)  Link back to the original post.

(4)  Tag 5 other bloggers to pass it along to.


Here is my usual blogging domain…at the computer and sitting on the floor in the living room!


What are you wearing right now?
Don’t judge me, but my running shorts and t-shirt I just went running 6 miles in, eek!¬† I’m that dirty girl :).

What’s the last thing you read and/or currently reading?
I am currently reading “The Shack” by William P. Young.¬† I’m not going to lie.¬† I’ve been “reading” it for two weeks and only on chapter 2.¬† Oops!

Do you nap a lot?
I almost never take naps.  Once I am up, this girl is like the Energizer Bunny!

Who was the last person you hugged?
My grandpa when I visited him over my lunch break today.

What’s your current obsession/addiction?
Raw almond butter, peanut M&Ms (more like a perma-obsession) and checking Anthropologie every morning for cute dresses.

What was the last thing you bought?
Coincidentally, a berry-colored dress on sale from Anthropologie, haha!

What are you listening to right now?
Nigel Lythgoe telling a dancer he won’t make it to Vegas on So You Think You Can Dance.

What time do you usually wake up?
Usually between 6 and 6:30am during the week and perhaps 8am on the weekends.  I am hoping to start waking up 1 Р2 days a week to squeeze in a workout before work, so on those days, even earlier Рsend me some good vibes to make this happen!

Name one thing you can’t live without.
Sleep.¬† Oh yeah…family and friends is a close second :).

What time is bedtime?
Ideally, between 9:30 and 10pm.¬† I’m kind of a grandma who likes tea and going to bed early.

If there is one place you could be right now, where would that be?
In my favorite city in the world…LONDON!¬† Preferably eating a gooey toasted cheese sandwich and washing it down with some cheap Strongbow cider.


I tag…

Ruthie at A Healthy Life 101

Miss Island Girl at Island Girl Eats

Emily at Healthy Fit Mama

Saleblan at Running to Slow Things Down

Ashley at HealthyAshley


Happy Friday everyone!