The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Scatterbrained August 20, 2009

Guess what I did for the first time ever today?  Yeah, that’s right – Miss Scatterbrained forgot her camera at home. The horror!

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, so yours truly has some bangin’ breakfast and dinner eats that will surely make up for the lack of lunchie + snack pics.

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Strawberry Oikos + Strawbs alongside a AB+J on Sprouted Spelt Bread

My personal review of Strawberry Oikos?  AY-FREAKIN-MAZING!

Since I’ve joined the bandwagon on Sarah’s breakfast challenge, I had to make something new.  Although the combos are faves, I usually don’t have them for brekkie.  I need to shake it up like this more often!

 

Mid-morning snack: Banana Nut Cheerios + sunflower seeds

Lunch: Green salad (1 big handful mixed greens, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup green pepper, sunflower seeds + drizzle of ranch dressing), Musselman’s Raspberry Acai applesauce + Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar

Mid-afternoon snack: 1 1/2 servings honey wheat pretzel twists + Pomegranate Chobani Greek yogurt

 

The Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar + Pomegranate Chobani = two new faves.  Seriously, pick these suckers up.  Now.

For dindin, I headed over to my friend Amy’s house, who I have known since 9th grade.  That doesn’t seem like that long, and then I remember I am 24 years old, which means I’ve known her for 10 years.  Yowza…I am a g-ma! With the help of our fellow Midwesterner Kristin, we had seriously one of the best dinners I’ve had maybe ever…enter Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa!

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gorgeous plates courtesy of Amy + Target

up close and personal

up close and personal

with a glass of pinot grigio

with a glass of pinot grigio

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a VEGAN-licious dessert

That would be 1/2 Vegan Monster Chocolate cookie + 1/2 Vegan Chocolate Chip cookie over vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream each.  Perfect topper for a perfect dinner.

Plus, a side of new puppy…

this one if for you Janetha - me and Amy's new pup Charlie (seriously, soooo cute!)

this one is for you Janetha - me and Amy's new pup Charlie (seriously, soooo cute!)

Whoa…I don’t know if in fact I did eat too much today, but I am seriously stuffed!  Must be all that marathon training workin’ up a large appetite :).

After dinner, I raced back to the apartment because one of my best friends Megan made a rest stop here tonight before continuing on a loooonnng car journey tomorrow.  She showed up wearing a t-shirt that says “Polish Kitchen,” which she got at a Polish festival she recently attended – love that girl.

Now, I need to go and snuggle with my Polish gal.  Night y’all!

 

Don’t forget to enter for the chance to win all 3 new flavas of Larabars – you have until Sunday to put your rhyming skills to good use and take home this Lara-licious giveaway.  EVERYONE is welcome to enter!

 

Wild Weekend Wedding Wrap-Up June 7, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:41
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Whew – I cannot believe it’s Sunday already!  I hate how the weekends just fly.

This weekend was SO MUCH FUN!  Since I had Friday off from work, I took full advantage to gets tons of stuff done.  The morning began in a rush however, as I forgot to fill up my gas tank.  Sooo…between getting gas, hitting traffic, getting lost and having no food in the house, I was more than a 1/2 hour late for my 8am meeting.  Ugh!  I hate being late.

The worst part was I had to scramble for breakfast at the gas station.  I was in such a hurry but yet still found an extra 5 minutes to browse the energy bar section for the best pick.  (I guess you know you are a food blogger when…)  I decided on a banana and Powerbar Harvest bar in Toffee Chocolate Chip (which was fine – not bad, not great)…

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 At my meeting, there was a large coffee consumed.  I needed it.  Badly.

When I got back, I snacked on some graham crackers with AB+J while I paid my bills, bills, bills…

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I also took a couple minutes out of my Friday to admire my lovely new pedicure…

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I was so glad I took Friday off – I was so productive and got a lot of things done I had been procrastinating waiting to do for a long time.  Since I knew the rehearsal dinner would be later than I normally ate dinner, I had a bigger lunch to hold me over until then.  Making good use of the rest of my refridgerator, I concocted a black bean salsa (black beans, onion, tomato, cumin, garlic powder, S+P, drizzle of EVOO & lime juice) with some Triscuits, as well as some sweet potato fries, sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with maple syrup.  Yummmm!

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 And a handful of dark chocolate-covered raisins (okay, two handfuls!) after…

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 Rehearsal dinner time!

The groom’s family had arranged a FABULOUS dinner cruise on the river.  So, we spent several hours chugging up and down the river, enjoying beautiful blue skies and some cool, refreshing breezes.  Here are all the bridesmaids together before the big day:

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 Dinner was good too!  I loaded up with the following…

small chicken breast
herb butter potatoes (soooo good!)
fruit salad
wheat bun
salad with Italian dressing

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Don’t worry – I didn’t forget the best part: the chocolate-covered strawberries!  My plate had one, but throughout the evening I believe I consumed about 5 or 6 :).  I couldn’t resist – soon they wanted to get rid of the last few and were like, “Go find Holly!  She’ll eat them!”  And I did.

Me and two of my college roomies: Jamie + Jess (one of 3 Jessicas!).

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 Finally…Saturday (AKA WEDDING DAY) came!

To give you a small preview of this ridiculously gorgeous wedding, here is the bride’s AMAZING callalily bouquet…

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And the gorgeous bride herself (along with yours truly)…

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 Just to warn you, I didn’t take any food pictures on Saturday.  Honestly, I was too busy having fun/helping the bride/running errands/gettin’ myself pretty to even think about it.  My food intake wasn’t the greatest (not necessarily unhealthy, but lots of it!).  There were lots of snacks, treats and yummy food though, along with a couple beverages of choice from a certain open bar, of course.

Say hello to the new Mr. and Mrs.!!!!!

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Jess seriously looked stunning!  She was a hella gorgeous bride, and well, Brad didn’t look to shabby either :).

After the ceremony, it was time to get down to business and dance!  I loved the fact that I knew so many people at the wedding – from family to friends to family friends, it was so much fun to see everybody.  Throughout the night, I sipped on a couple glasses of red wine, along with a beer and a mixed drink.  By the end of the night, I was chugging water because we were sweating so much on the dance floor.

Here is another college roomie pic…

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And then it was time to get down…

…and this is Nate.  Nuff’ said right there.

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The group gettin’ low, low, low…

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 Oh man…we literally did not leave the dance floor from about 8pm to midnight.  I woke up this morning to find that my abs, calves and legs are totally sore.  Dancing is a stellar workout – and wayyyyyy more fun than the gym!

This morning/afternoon, we regathered (looking all quite tired, haphazard and joyful from our awesome night) for the present opening.  We were lavished with a wonderful brunch array, in which I downed a couple pancakes, some mini cinnamon rolls, lots of fruit and two cups of coffee.  Oh man, I felt great after that brunch!  After present opening, it was lots of catch-up errand running and whatnot, as well as the movie Up (which you must see – it’s adorable!).

Since I ate all that around noon, I wasn’t really even hungry until dinnertime.

My appetizer (carrots + AB)…

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The main course (Kale Chips, the genius invention of Miss Kath)…

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And dessert (Stonyfield Farms Raspberry Lemonade lowfat yogurt with raspberries)…

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Unfortunately, there is no bedtime for me yet.  I still have lots to catch-up on (including LOTS of blog reading!), and so this girl has got to skedaddle.  Thanks so much for reading, hope you all had wonderful weekends, and I will finish catching up with you all tomorrow.  Stay tuned for some exciting news later this week too!

Sweet dreams!

 

Something old, new, borrowed and blue… June 2, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:24
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…and I’m not talking about a wedding! 🙂

Today was full of random eats, but the good news is I am slowly but surely eating up all the food I have in the house.  To start off the morning, it was something new

GREEN BERRY MONSTER!!!

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1 cup Oat Dream oat milk
1 banana
1 cup frozen fruit (raspberries, cherries, boysenberries & mango)
2 cups spinach
3 tbsp. berry acai hemp protein powder

Honestly, the addition of the hemp protein made it a little too gritty for my taste.  I loved the mixture of the berries and bananas, but the protein powder muddled that too much.  Next time, no hemp protein.  I’m going to go out and have to splurge on some yummy vanilla brown rice protein powder!  Along with a nice Caribou coffee with 2% milk

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Mid-morning, I had a good ol’ banana (one of the only fruits left in the house!).

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Lunch took care of my something borrowed… I borrowed some honey whole wheat bread to have a delicious AB+J along with a side salad of spinach, cuc, onion, sunflower seeds, green pepper and Organicville Sesame Goddess Dressing.  I had avocado in the mix, but I took it out because it just did NOT taste right :(.

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The afternoon flew by, thanks to the fact that (a) I got to leave work at 4:15pm, (b) I left early to go pick up my hemmed bridesmaid dress for this weekend!  I am soooo excited for the wedding – there are going to be tons of fabulous pictures, and my college bestie Jess is going to make the most gorgeous bride! 

Before I left work, I had a yogurt parfait I got from Caribou Coffee (from the early morning coffee run) – lowfat yogurt, granola, blueberries & strawberries.  It was yum-o!

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After I got home (at 5:15pm – woowoo!  That hasn’t happened in forever!), I went for a quick handful of plain popcorn to munch on while dinner was reheating in the microwave freshly cooking :).  This picture x 2 or 3…

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Then I devoured something old by immediately heating up the remainder of my Oaty Cakes (recipe courtesy of Ms. Polly) from Sunday morning.  Smeared with about 1 tbsp. almond butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and a hefty handful of blueberries (my something blue!), I totally devoured this delicious stack.

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After dinner, I enjoyed almond butter (about 1/2 tbsp.) with half a naner before heading out the door for a nice 6 mile walk…

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The long walk was much needed today – my monkey mind was in full force, swinging from limb to limb, thought to thought (props to one of my favorite ladies, Elizabeth Gilbert, for coining the monkey mind phrase in possibly the best book ever, “Eat, Pray, Love”).  I may not have solved world peace or anything, but I came back from the gorgeous walk a whole lot saner.

When I got back, I just had to have the other half

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Now, I am pretty pooped, not going to lie.  I’m going to finish up stretching, take a quick shower, get in my comfy jammies and head to bed early.  This girl has 5:30am Vinyasa Flow with Deb to attend to tomorrow morning!

Anybody else getting up early for a workout?  If so, just think, you are not the only one! 😛

 

Windy Wednesday May 20, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,giveaway,lunch — Holly @ 18:24
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The title of this post completely tells it all.  It is one WINNNDYY day here in Minnesota!

Did you all enter the 1 Month Blogiversary Giveaway yet?!?!?!  If not, click here!

Besides announcing my very FIRST giveaway, the day started out like any other.  Since I’m heading to Madison this weekend, I’m trying to use up all the things I have in my pantry.  This is why today’s breakfast might look eerily similar to yesterday’s…

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That’s right – a little AB+J on toasted Ezekiel bread with raspberries!

Mid-morning, it was the last of these kiddos (this one I found on sale at Kowalski’s for $0.88!)…

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Work was work as usual…at nooner I broke for lunch.  Along with a steamed sweet potato (fork holes all around it and nuke it for 5 minutes) and grape tomatoes, I devoured a yummy Avocado-Chickpea Mash sandwich.  It was 1 small avocado mashed with 1/2 cup chickpeas, plus salt + pepper.  Lunch today however, was enjoyed on the floor by the front desk.  The lunch room was getting crowded, and quite frankly, I enjoy my peace & quiet lunches.  So I ate next to lovely Laurie, who graciously offered to take my picture and let me sit by her…

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After lunch, I went on a windy, windy walk!  I believe the skirt I was wearing even flew up a couple times (I hope nobody got a peek!).  After 30 minutes, I feel like I even got a mini-workout because fighting the wind totally felt like resistance training!  When I got back, I had a cup of Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea with some of my TJ’s raw, vegetable-laden Righteous Rounds chocolate chip cookies.

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The rest of the day flew by fast, and I got to leave early!  I had a doctor’s appointment so I skedaddled out of work at 3:30pm to take care of business.  Unfortunately, I did not pack an afternoon snack, and it totally bit me in the butt later.  By the time I got home at 5pm, I was starving and dug into this while my pasta was boiling…

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Oops!  And this…

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I started dipping the TJ’s cookies in the almond butter, then in shredded coconut!  Gosh, it was heavenly!  However, I did feel slightly out of control while doing this.  Between not having eaten, having it be around that time of the month and 1/2 marathon training, I definitely overdid it by eating almost 10 cookies like this.

On top of that, I also scarfed down dinner, which was leftover Italian pasta sauce from last week over Barilla Plus penne pasta, sprinkled with some goat cheese.

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Even worse, after dinner, I said what the hell and finished the last of the cookies (about 5).  I’m not going to lie, the end of the day today was not my best eating day.  But it happened, and I am sure it will happen again.  I’ve spent many hours over the past couple years beating myself over doing something like this – binging and feeling out of control.  We’ve all been there.  Right now, I feel lethargic, gross and just all over icky.  Quite frankly, it’s a great reminder of why I do eat healthy (most of the time :)).  Eating healthy makes you feel good, energetic and happy!

Right now, I am sipping on some mint tea to settle my stomach, going to head off for a short walk (walking after binging is shown to actually help reduce the side effects!) and then it’s beach volleyball league tonight.  There is so much more to live for than food. 

So here I am, brushing it off and remembering…tomorrow is always a new day.

***Update:  Since honesty is the best policy, I also had some DQ ice cream (courtesy of Megan) after dinner…a free Peanut Buster Parfait?  I could not resist.  I ate about 1/2 – 3/4 then threw the rest away – I was full and not feeling so hot.  Luckily, last night’s beach volleyball game was a good one.  Hopefully I burned off some of those cals from today!

 

A Spray Tan First May 19, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,Thai — Holly @ 21:15
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Happy Tuesday (I almost wrote Wednesday!) – like I said, man how time flies!  Today was HOT here in Minnesota!  I am talking like 90+, and it felt fabulous.  I forget sometimes how I miss a good cathartic sweat!

I’m trying to use up all my groceries before I leave town on Thursday, so this morning was easy AB+J toast with about 1 cup of raspberries.  Oh man – those raspberries were sweet and delicious!

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Throughout the mid-morning I snacked on the last of my Cascadian Farms Oats + Honey granola with a generous sprinkle of coconut…such a fabulous combo!

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For lunch, I ate the rest of my leftover Thai Coconut Curry from last night – it was just as good reheated the next day!  Along with a Diet Cherry Coke (just tastes so good sometimes!)…

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After lunch, I took a nice 40 minute walk.  Of course, I was totally sweating in my work clothes when I got back, but hey, a little smell is worth the fresh air, right?  Mid-afternoon, I busted out my fave LarabarMiss Cherry Pie!  She was extra chockful of almond chunks today – extra delicious!

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I was eager to bust out of work at 5pm, which I did, because I was meeting my college roomie Jamie.  I promised her awhile ago I would try spray tanning (aka Mystic Tan) with her for the first time, so today was the big day!  We went out to eat at Cafe Latte – the BEST little cafe with totally amazing desserts in St. Paul.  I know, I know I am not supposed to be eating out (I mean, come on Holly, three times in the past week?), but I did :).

My dinner was soooo good!  I got the Salsa Salad (romaine, black bean spread, guacamole, tomato, onion, salsa, cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream), which came with tortilla chips and a whole wheat roll.  I ate all of the salad (such a good combo!), 1/2 the chips and 1/2 the whole wheat roll.

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And I present to you…dessert for two!

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Yeah, that’s right, MANGO BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE!  Enough said right there.

After dinner, we went spray tanning, which I was totally nervous about.  I thought for sure I would screw it up (anybody remember Ross from Friends?).  It was really easy, and I should start seeing some color in a couple hours.  Although I smell a bit, I’m excited to see what it turns out like – hopefully not orange by the way!

Jamie and I shopped and walked around the area for probably around an hour and compared arms post-spray tan…

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Still nothing yet, but we will see tomorrow…don’t forget to come back tomorrow morning for some fun, fun stuff!

 

Ballin’ It Up May 13, 2009

This morning started out gloriously…thanks to Polly and her Oaty Cakes!  Then, adding a little of moi into the recipe, they became AB+J pancakes with a banana to boot!

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Thank you Polly!  Unfortunately, due to my new Wednesday night beach volleyball league, I wasn’t able to squeeze in the Yin Yoga like I planned, but hey, that’s what tomorrow is for right?

Mid-morning I had this ginormous Braeburn apple…I seriously think it was on steroids :).

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The morning flew by soooo fast again, as did lunch.  I squeezed in a short 20-minute walk outside, but boy, was it windy!  Oh man…these past couple weeks have been craaazzyy windy, which didn’t bode well for the opening night of v-ball tonight (more on that later).  However, lunch was leftover and delish: Arnolds 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin with spinach, cuc, onion, 1 oz. fresh mozzarella and mustard, along with the rest of last nights slightly sweet parsnips (recipe here) and the rest of my TJ’s Rice & Bean Chips.

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And a Diet Cherry Coke…it was one of those days :).  After lunch, the afternoon draggggged and draggggggged and draggggggged…does that ever happen to anyone else?  Luckily I had work to keep me busy, but the minutes on the clock were just not changing fast enough.  To boot, even 1/4 cup of my Tarjay trail mix (pecans, yogurt raisins, cranberries & goji berries) didn’t even do it for me.

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After work, it was finally time for some BEACH VOLLEYBALL!  Okay, I am going to warn you ahead of time, I suck.  Bad.  But we still had an awesome time and alllmooosttt won our match!  Post-match we sat down for some brewskys, where I proceeded to get the best ab work out there is: hysterical laughter.  I heart my friends.

Pre-volleyball I brought a big bowl of lowfat plain yogurt (Stonyfield Farms Organic, of course!) along with granola, the last of the almond clusters and a nice strawberry/blackberry mix.  This tasted like heaven as always but didn’t quite do the trick and had me grabbing for Megan’s everything pretzel thins.  Multiply this handful by two – one handful before the game and one handful after on our way home!

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Whew…that was some fun stuff!  When I got home, I was still a bit hungry, so I filled some of these lil’ figgies with some almond butter and enjoyed with a cuppa hot decaf tea.

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Now this gal is ready for some bed, but I hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday as I did.  Tomorrow’s already Thursday – does anybody else think that May has absolutely flown by or is it just me?!?!

 

Marvelous Monday May 11, 2009

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How can a day like this not be fabulous?  Honestly, when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t feeling so awake (think huge bags and frizzed hair) but by the time I got to work, the rest of the day just flew by.  A Monday like that is definitely something to be thankful for, as is a yummy bowl of KERF-style oatmeal.

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
water
1/4 cup granola
scant 1/4 cup yogurt raisins/goji berry/cranberry/pecan trail mix
1/4 cup blackberries
1 tbsp. almond butter

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Mid-morning, it was the last of the Larabar stock…Apple Pie!

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By the time lunch rolled around, this gal bounded, leaped and darted OUTSIDE!  Like I’ve said before, I can only take so many hours behind a computer at a desk before I need to get out and breathe the fresh air.  What a beautiful lunchtime walk!  I thought it was time I invited you on one of my midday jaunts.  This time, I munched on lunch (oh, that rhymed!) while I walked and took pictures: almond butter + raspberry jelly sammie on my new Arnold’s Sandwich Thins and a banana.

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Lunch wasn’t quite complete without a cuppa Green Chai tea and some peanut M&Ms!

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The afternoon at work flew by – I had lots of work to keep me busy, which is awesome.  I had some of my Stonyfield Farms plain yogurt with granola, strawberries and blackberries.  It was the perfect mix of protein + carbs to keep me satiated and satisfied the rest of the day!

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Before I knew it, it was time to go home – woowoo!  On my ride home, I argued back and forth with myself whether I should run now, run later, go to the gym or what.  Why do we waste so much time thinking about when/what/how to workout than actually just doing it?  If somebody could let me know, I would appreciate it!  I decided on a quick carb-loaded snack of saltine crackers to quell the hunger and fuel me for the full 6 mile run!

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Dinner was maybe one of the BEST salads I’ve EVER made!  On a bed of spinach, I layered red onion, corn, tomato, black beans, salsa, a dollop of Greek yogurt, 1/2 avocado, cilantro, drizzle of EVOO, drizzle of honey and a splash of lime juice.  PERFECTION PEOPLE!

Now I am watching Dancing with the Stars (go Ty, Gilles and Shawn – I can’t make up my mind!) and munching on a little trail mix concoction – a little Kashi GoLean Honey Almond Flax, Tarjay trail mix, True North Almond Clusters and two Black Mission Figs.  Then, I have a some sleep to catch up so it’s off to bed for me!

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