The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Change of Plans August 28, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 19:39
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The original plan to run 18 miles tonight and head MN for the State Fair tomorrow? Scrapped.

New plan? Save money by chillin’ in Madtown, cross thangs off my to-do list, peruse the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morn and run 18 miles in the 60 degree weather in the afternoon.

Perhaps, not overly exciting, but my wallet is bowing down to me in thanks.  He couldn’t take much more abuse.

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Sprouted spelt toast, mushed banana, AB + cinnamon and a glass o' skim milk

snackin' on strawbs

snackin' on strawbs

Friday also means “Fun Lunch Friday” a.k.a. we hummed and hawed before finally decided on a cute lil’ spot called Hawk’s on La Calle de Estado. Think yummy bar + grill food.

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Veggie Portabella Mushroom Sandwich + Spicy Chipotle Corn Chowder (with an uber-classy Saltine cracker garnish)

Then, we all decided we were still hungry.  Enter in one of my fave ice cream shops ever:

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they don't mess around.

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Coconut Almond Breeze (coconut ice cream, chocolate chunks, almonds)

Drool. How I managed to go back to the office after that dish of heaven is beyond me – I was even uber-productive.  And it’s Friday.  That’s not normal.

At 5pm, I skedaddled home, ate a small bowl of cereal to tide me over and went to Tarjay for the 2nd Friday night in a row.  My coolness factor is skyrocketing by the minute.  However, I stuck to my list (shocking, I know!) and had to grab some goods to make this:

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cottage cheese, garbanzos, Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (very important - MUST be Hidden Valley) + sunflower seeds

Ever since I saw this protein-loaded concoction on my gal Janetha’s blog, I’ve been meaning to try it!  Shooo…that girl knows what is up – it was delish!  I happen to ❤ ranch dressing with a yearning, burning passion so this was right up my alley.  Next time, I think I will throw some veg in.  Mad props Queen of Meals and Moves.  Mad props.

Topped off with some of Wisconsin’s finest…

...corn on the cob that is!

...corn on the cob that is!

My to-do list for this rockin’ Friday evening:

  • Paint bathroom mirror trim
  • Clean the oven
  • Wrap up the rest of the giveaway packages to send out
  • Bloggy thangs (let’s just say it involves technology, and me and technology don’t always get along)
  • Read “Time Traveler’s Wife”

Alright Holly, let’s try and actually be productive tonight…

P.S. It’s a sad day for all us Jim Halpert/John Krasinski lovers…he’s officially off the market.  I also now officially hate Emily Blunt.

 

Boring Is Not So Bad August 25, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 20:31
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Ever have one of those days where nothing really happens…you just go about your day and nothing is out of the ordinary spectacular or bad?  That was today para mi.

It started out with a delicious breakfast cookie, courtesy of our fave sista of fitness:

1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp. hemp protein powder
1 heaping tbsp. raw AB
2 tbsp. shredded coconut
1/4 cup skim milk
1 sliced banana

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a breakfast cookie is always a star

I don’t know what it is, but these just don’t fill me up!  Suriously, I was hungry like 3 hours later. I even did some nutrish calculating to see if I was getting enough sustenance…well, about 500 cals, 15 grams of protein and lotsa fiber should fill a gal up for reals!

Followed up with a yummy mid-morning PURE bar I won in Kristin’s giveaway, which I snarfed before my meeting (because it was one of those meetings where you are not sure how long it will last).

Cranberry Orange PURE Bar

Cranberry Orange PURE Bar

Lunchie was banana-ful as well as tomater-ful…

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AB+B quesadilla with buttloads of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey

cherry tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

More work, planning, writing and my fave mid-afternoon snack of choice: Greek yog + fruit.

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Blueb Chob + bluebs

If I had to pick a lowlight of the day, this would be it.  I maybe drank like 1/6 of it – sorry POM, I normally love your juice but this tea was NOT cutting it.  I wasn’t even going to offer it to a co-worker.  That’s how much I did not like it.

POMx Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea - not so good...

POMx Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea - yeah, not so good...

At 5pm, I skedaddled home and out the door for a 6 mile run.  Done in just under an hour, it didn’t feel awesome but didn’t feel bad either.  See what kind of humdrum iffy day I am having?

Fortunately, dinner was anything but iffy.  In fact, it was sooo good and sooo satisfying!  Dindin hit the spot while watching The Office online, featuring the King of TWSS himself.  Michael Scott is probs my 2nd favorite character…Kevin is my first.  I can’t help it, everytime he does Kool-Aid man I seriously wet myself.  For the record however, I will one day become Mrs. Jim Halpert (or preferably, Mrs. John Krasinski).

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Amy's Indian Spinach Tofu Wrap, grilled zucchini, cucumbers + TJ's three layer hummus

I guess if I consider a day like this boring….boring ain’t so bad.

 

Un dia en mi vida August 18, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,Indian,lunch — Holly @ 22:53
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This day was both long but uber-productive (minus the fact I did not make a budget or figure out which insurance to choose last night).  For your reading pleasure, here is a step-by-step guide to a day in the life of The Healthy Everythingtarian herself:

 

6am: My alarm goes off and seconds later, the snooze button is promptly hit.

6:10am: I finally crawl out of bed and haphazardly throw on mismatched running clothes.  I look like I’ve been hit by a bus.  When you have curly hair as I do, the morning is always a surprise as to what shape your hair has been molded into from the night before (this morning: a Medusa + Carrot Top mix)

6:20am: I walk reluctantly out the door and begin my 4-mile run.

7am: I arrive home, stretch a bit before deciding I’m too dang hungry.  I abandon stretching in favor of this:

Peanut Butter Puffins w/ skim milk + naner w/ AB

Peanut Butter Puffins w/ skim milk + naner w/ AB

7:15am: Since I eat mondo fast, it takes only mere minutes to shovel down breakfast before hopping in the shower.  I follow that up with getting dressed, taking my multi-vitamin and spritzing on perfume (Burberry London, in case anyone is wondering).

7:30am: To save myself time, I decide today is going to be a “no make-up day,” although I tell people it’s to let my skin breathe in the fresh air.  In reality, I’m lazy.

7:40am: Out the door to grab a coffee and walk the 1 mile to work.

7:47am: I decide I am not feeling hot coffee after a hot run and choose this instead:

gun powder green mint iced tea

gun powder green mint iced tea

8:05am: I arrive at work, talk to my boss (who is leaving for Paris today – super jealous) and turn on the comp.  I do the norm morning routine – check the e-mail(s), People.com and my bank account.  I save the bank account for last because usually I try to put off knowing how poor I am for as long as I can. Then I work.

11am: My stomach is wildly grumbling.  Enter in new fave snack:

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Banana Nut Cheerios (sweet) + sunflower seeds (salty)

12:30pm: I take a working lunch, knowing the Internet guy could call at any minute…

more sweet red jewels (a.k.a. grapes)

more sweet red jewels (a.k.a. grapes)

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veggie tikka masala w/ a Morningstar spicy black bean burger thrown in

2:30pm: The ATT repairman calls!  My co-workers know how important this is to me, so one of them gives me the keys to her car to drive back to my apartment to meet him.  I spend the next hour laying on the floor while Jerry plays with the antique wires (I live in an old building – I like to say it has “character”).  I fiddle around wondering if it will ever get fixed….suddenly, all the lights turn green on the modem!

I HAVE INTERNET!  THANK YOU WORLD!

3:45pm: I head back to work in a jovial mood.  Then my dad calls to say he will be driving through Madison on his way back from a work event.  You know what that means?  Free dindin!  I munched on a serving (and 1/2) of these honey wheat pretzels on my way back to the office:

locally made goodness

locally made goodness

5pm: Daddio picks me up, and I show him the new apartment (ahem, flat).  Then we head to the cutest lil’ pizza joint around the corner from my place where we have some kick arse salad + ‘zza:

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spinach salad with strawberries, cucumbers, tomaters, feta, candied pecans + raspberry vinaigrette (oh yeah, and a doughy breadstick!)

a slice of pineapple red onion pizza goes missing...

a slice of pineapple red onion pizza goes missing...

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as a substitute, Daddy Everythingtarian graciously let me photograph his sausage, green pepper and 'shroom pizza

6:30pm: Daddio has to leave and drops me back off at work to meet with my co-workers to go grab some dranks and spend some quality work family time together.  I love them already.

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A Wisconsin classic...Spotted Cow Beer

10pm: I arrive home after laughing my arse off all night.  Blogging time – now that I have Internet, I am happily blogging from the comfort of my bare living room.

11pm: (Which for the record, is in 12 minutes) I crawl into bed, lights out and do the dang thang again bright and early in the morn.  Minus the running.

 

Stay tuned for an extra special “This and That” post tomorrow…(insert witch cackle here)!

 

Walkin’ On August 17, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner — Holly @ 20:44
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I can’t believe I forgot to tell you all about the best part of my new job – I GET TO WALK TO WORK! Yep, that’s right.  I am exactly 1 mile from the ol’ workplace which means I get to save gas, avoid traffic and get a solid 2-mile walk in everyday.  It’s the little things that bring a smile to my face :).

New products also bring a smile to my face.  Since I joined our local co-op, I was given a bomb diggity coupon book full of awesome deals including this baber…

seriously, i think it tastes like sourdough bread.  anybody else agree?

seriously, i think it tastes like sourdough bread. anybody else agree?

A FREE loaf of French Meadow Sprouted Spelt Bread.  Retail value: $6.59. I also got a FREE bottle of organic agave syrup.  Retail value: $6.89.  Score and score.

Obv, I had to use this newfound bread at breakfast, so I concocted Ol’ Faithful:

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AB+B toast and a glass o' skim milk

Mid-morning brought along a snack attack so I channeled Cleopatra and ate my grapes straight off the vine. Unfortunately, I had no man servants to fan me with banana leaves while doing so.

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organic red jewels

I met up with a dear, old friend for lunch who I hadn’t seen in awhile.  Unfortunately for you guys, it was one of those times when photographing your food isn’t really appropriate or important.  However, we went to a bomb diggity Costa Rican restaurant called (what else?), Cafe Costa Rica.

I had a ginormous vegetarian plate of rice, beans, plaintains, cilantro and tomato. Twas’ bomb diggity.

When I arrived back at work, I found out my presh co-worker baked a plethora of yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles with a welcome reception para moi today!  So of course, my boss and I had a little fun with them before the guests arrived…

smile.

smile.

…and then I promptly devoured one.  Yellow cupcakes + chocolate frosting = classic bomb diggityness. 

The day flew by like whoa, and before I knew it, I was walking the 1 mile home.  Then I had a tough decision to make: go to yoga at 7:30pm or attack the pile of laundry sitting in my closet.  Unfortunately, the laundry won out.  In fact, I am actually blogging right now from the laundromat (thanks to some covert Wi-Fi stealing).

However, I did need some dinner sustenance beforehand.  No need to always go to a Chipotle for a burrito dudes and dudettes, the homemade kind is just as tasty…

sprouted whole wheat tortilla
1/4 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 avocado
lettuce
fajita veggies (peppers, onions & tomatoes sauteed in EVOO)

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what a beautious burrito

It was the definition of a hot mess.

Apparently this also made it in my mouth after dinner…

yep, more pineapple coconut milk ice cream goodness

yep, more pineapple coconut milk ice cream goodness

Tasks for the evening:

  • Fold laundry
  • Put together IKEA kitchen storage (which knowing IKEA, could take 5 minutes or 5 hours)
  • Read blogs
  • Figure out which health insurance I want
  • Organize finances/make a budget

Yep, I’m officially a grown-up.

Apparently, I try to sidestep this fact by repeatedly using the word “bomb diggity,” hoping it will prolong my youth.

 

Dog Days o’ Summer July 21, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 18:21
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Angus, meet my foodie friends.  Foodie friends, meet Angus (a.k.a. The Beast)…

Angus the Beast

objects appear much smaller than they are in real life

He’s my bud for the week.  At least I won’t have to worry about kidnappers or anything – this dog would scare anyone away.  Good thing he is secretly uber-mild mannered.  Just don’t tell the kidnappers that :).

Breakfast was quick and satisfying (T.W.S.S.) – Banana Nut Cheerios + skim milk alongside a naner + AB.

A classic b'fast combo.

classic b'fast combo

One of the benefits of taking care of your cousin’s dog is (a) having a brand new eco-friendly apartment to stay in for the week (made of astroturf and recycled materials!), and (b) raiding other peep’s pantries!  I had full permission from the cuz to eat whatev, and I happily found these little darlings in the cupboard…

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Who is this Mrs. May and why haven't I met her before?

Look at those kernels of goodness.

kernels of goodness

Holy yummola, these were fabulous!  They are little crunchy nut clusters filled with dried berries, almonds, cashews, pistachios and sesame seeds (bound together with rice malt + evaporated cane juice).  Dee-lish!  It was 2 servings in the bag (pooey!), but those 350 kcals were well worth it!  I am definitely going to go purchase these on my own, which is saying a lot since I am totes poor.

Lunch was a lovely colorful snack plate of assorted goods…

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veggie wrap, veggies + Zoe PB bar

Afternoon snack was no surprise…

1 cup strawbs + bluebs
Stonyfield Organic nonfat lemon yogurt
sprinkle Zoe Honey + Almond granola

Classic afternoon snack bowl.

classic afternoon snack bowl

I got a pile of work at the end of the day, which kept me busy until check-out time at 4:30pm.  I tried to get home ASAP because quite frankly, even though I’m not the hugest fan of dogs (due to a traumatic childhood incident involving my neighbor’s LARGE show poodles – it’s a long story), Angus looked really sad this morning.  I felt so bad leaving him all day :(.

However, I got home, let the beast out in the dog park (yes, the apartment building has a courtyard dog park!) and prepared to make a smashing good dinner…

spinach
hunk o’ pine nut hummus
1/2 avocado
sprinkle of onion
celery sticks
handful of bluebs
2 Wasa crackers
drizzle of flax oil (another pantry find!)

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un salad creacion

Rando combos = the best ever.  This will be the perfect 12-mile run fuel – I don’t feel weighted down at all but yet totally energized.  A good mix of protein, carbs + fat to hopefully not die complete the 12 miles in record time!

Alright, enough procrastinating.  I gotta go let Angus out once more before I go running, then I need to get dressed (often the toughest part for me!) and get my buns out the door.  Let’s hope it doesn’t rain on me (the clouds are a bit ominous!) and a snack will DEFINITELY be had when I get back…errr…if I get back….

What is your favorite rando combo?  Let me hear it dudes!  I grew up with a dad who LOVED vanilla ice cream + raspberry jelly + Lay’s potato chips.  To this day, it might still be my fave rando combo.

 

Slapdash Mash July 16, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 14:56
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Beware…rando eats ahead!  Since I’m heading off to the Windy City for a ladies’ weekend o’ fun in a mere 1 1/2 hours, I have not replenished with a fresh food stash this week.  Hence, today’s eats so far are a slapdash mash of whatev was left in the kitch.  Starting with brekkie…

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AB + smashed naner + Ezek + cinnamon (x2 of course!)

This beauty held me over for awhile, then it was grazing time!  A little bit of scone yumminess from Bread & Chocolate, one of my favorite St. Paul haunts, courtesy of a coworker…

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1/2 Berry Lemon Scone - have I told you how much I LOVE scones? Because I do.

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Blueberry lovin', and yes, I ate all of them.

I tried this new Kashi dude, courtesy of Angharad of Eating for England, who I met up with last night for a delectably delicious bloggy dinner.  The verdict?  Well, as soon as I opened it up, the sweet smell of coffee wafted into my nose.  That is a good start.  A very good start.  Overall, the bar was really good – it’s definitely not my fave by any means but when you mix chocolate + coffee, you have a winner in my book.

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Kashi Dark Mocha Almond Love

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More gorge heirloom tomatoes...

Banana Nut Cheerios + vanilla almond milk...my CEO called me Cheerio-head when I ate this, FYI.

Banana Nut Cheerios + vanilla almond milk...my CEO called me Cheerio-head when I ate this, FYI.

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Look at those chunks of jelly in my new fave AB+PB+J trail mix from Trader Joe's...mmmmmm!

So, yes – yours truly ate a real slapdash (definition: in a careless or reckless manner) of foods on this lovely Thursday.  I guess that’s what you get when you fall asleep on the couch and wake-up at 12:30 having done nothing you needed to get done don’t plan ahead.  Sorry to make this an extremely uninteresting post, but I gotta run out the door and get my buns on the road to Chi-town ladies and gents!  Woowoo for an early weekend!

 

In the meantime, check out my guest post at No Meat Athlete to get more of your Healthy Everythingtarian fix.  I’ll explore the wonderful world of global vegetarian food… (hint, hint: beer totally counts!)  😉

 

I won’t be blogging in Chicago, but stay tuned on Sunday for a recap of the weekend’s eats, fun, purchases (shopping WILL be involved) and shenanigans.

Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!

 

Goodness Gratefulness July 8, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 21:06
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Before I start talking about anything related to food, I want to say thank you all so very much for all your wonderful, lovely comments.  Last night, I got home after yoga, grabbed a banana smooshed with almond butter and sat on the couch, reading and rereading all you had to say.  I was actually pretty nervous about writing this post, so I couldn’t have been more touched by your support.  You all had such wise, eloquent things to say, and that is why I am so grateful and happy to be a food blogger.  I encourage you all to go here and read those comments.  At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat: trying to lead the best, healthiest lives we can.  We’ve all got issues and baggage, but in the words of Mimi from Rent, “I’m lookin’ for baggage that goes with mine…”  Your baggage is welcome here anyday.

 

After waking up and needing an IV drip of coffee ASAP, I scarfed down a bowl of Zoe’s Honey Almond granola with vanilla almond milk alongside a naner smooshed with almond buttah

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Because of the post of yesterday, I didn’t get to fully review all my the new Zoe Foods yummies!  Check out my review for the Peanut Butter Chocolate bar by clicking here.  Yesterday, I tried the Peanut Butter bar and Cranberry Currant granola. Verdict?  So far, neither bar has rocked my world.  The peanut butter one tasted similar to a Luna Peanut Butter Cookie bar, but with a slightly funny aftertaste.

However, the granola?  YES PLEASE!  Their Zoe mix (made from flaxseed, oatmeal & soybeans) is the basis of all their granolas. It has a totally lovable crunch, a hint of sweetness, a touch of cinnamon and a whole lotta yum!  There were ginormous chunks of cranberries and currants in the mix too.  The honey almond was sweet and nutty  I would totes buy Zoe’s granola again!

Lunch #1 was another ah-may-zing sandwich:  two slices toasted Ezek, 1/2 smashed avocado, 3 halved cherry tomatoes, handful o’ spinach and yellow mustard.  Anything with avocado just can’t be bad, agreed?

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A handful of work and a 30-minute walk later, it was lunch #2.  The norm yogurt parfait: Stonyfield Organic vanilla, mixed berries + Zoe’s Cranberry Currant granola.

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A perfectly juicy sweet nectarine for snack…

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I’m definitely diggin’ the mini-meals these days – gives me something to look forward to for those seemingly never-ending days at work :).  Work was work.  However, after work, I had to haul ace across town for out 6:15pm volleyball game.  While driving like a mad, road-raged woman a responsible young adult, I chowed down on these two lovelies:

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I nuked Amy’s Spinach and Feta Pocket (seriously, soooo good people – go out and buy this now!) and chowed down on the road.  Not the best way to eat, but hey, this girl was in a rush!  After the pocket, I ate Zoe’s Harvest Apple bar and am so happy to report I liked this one!  It had a really good apple flavor but without the lingering odd aftertaste.  Woowoo!

Pre-volleyball hydration…

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Post-volleyball recovery fuel (we won tonight, BTW!!!)…

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I came home from volleyball to find my sister had concocted Monster Cookies – could I really resist?  I think not.  Not the best way to end the day healthwise, but I have some veggie-ful meals planned for tomorrow so we will make up for it then.  I am actually also going to run 9 miles (my long run of the week) tomorrow because I am heading to a friend’s cabin this weekend. In the end, it all evens out :).

Gosh, it is such a beautiful night out tonight. I just love me my summa, summa, summatime….in the words of our friend, the Fresh Prince.

Have a fabulous evening my friends!