The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

18 Miles Later… August 30, 2009

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...this is what I looked like.

It ain’t pretty, but it’s real.

18.15 miles.  2 hours 55 minutes. 9:30 minutes/mile.  Booyah.

A high protein, carbful post-run snack made me look feel slightly better…

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Janetha C.C. Ranch Mix, beets + farmer's market plums

Actually, if I am going to be honest with y’all, the run was awesome.  Long, but awesome.  Honestly.  I think since I work out best in the afternoon; going to the farmer’s market in the morning, eating breakfast and then heading out at 1:30pm was like the miracle formula.  The 6 Cran-Razz Clif Shot Bloks I took throughout the run probably helped too.

(P.S. I LOVE how everyone thought the banana was an ice cream cone…ice cream in the mornin’? Heck yah.)

snacks at the grocery store (which were BOTH free - all hail coupon cutting!)

snacks at the grocery store (which were BOTH free - all hail coupon cutting!)

After the run, I tried to eat intuitively; not shove down massive calories because I could (which, don’t get me wrong, was reallllyyyy tempting…).  And it worked!  I would eat, usually feel full for an hour or two then was massively hungry again. Vroom, vroom metabolism!

For dindin, I whipped up a lil’ somethang with my farmer’s market finds

bed of mixed greens
zucchini + roma tomato (sauteed in EVOO + garlic)
lemon basil
lotsa parmigiano reggiano goodness
a side of 7-grain Kashi crackers

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grilled veggie salad with Kashis

Plus, a post-dinner handful of Kashis.  Those things are ridiculously good.

And a dessert a la this girl and that girl

85% dark choc + AB

85% dark choc + AB

Then, being the wild n’ crazy grandma I am, I met up with my fabulous friend Brett for dranks (two Spotted Cow beers to be exact) then went dancing (and played wingwoman for him) at the local gay bar.  I<3 gay men.  Ummm…best. time. in a long time.  If you say dancing after running 18 miles, I am still there.  Good times were had, and I was in bed by 1am.  Perf.

This morning, I had breakfast in bed…

1 cup Stonyfield BaNilla yog
sprinkle o’ flax
sprinkle o’ almond meal
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon cereal

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refreshing + delicious

Now I am sitting at a local coffeeshop, swiggin’ my cuppa joe and enjoying the gorgey day.  Happy Sunday 🙂

Are you a coupon cutter? I never used to be, but now I love it!!!

 

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.

 

So Much To Do August 21, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,eating out,giveaway,lunch — Holly @ 17:20
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Happy Friday dudes and dudettes!

I am posting this early because yours truly has TONS she really needs to get done tonight.  Plus, it will most definitely be an early bedtime for that 15-mile long marathon training run tomorrow morn!

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43 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!  Ahhhhhhh!

Since I am taking on Sarah’s breakfast challenge to eat a different breakfast for the next week, I needed a change up from yesterday’s yogurt + berries and AB+J sammie.  The obv choice was Overnight Oats!

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup Siggi’s blueberry yogurt
1/4 cup POM juice

~ sit overnight ~

3/4 cup strawbs
hunk o’ almond butter 

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welcome back overnight oats

These are thick, creamy and hit the spot on a warm summer morning.  TWSS.

Mid-morning snack was something I’ve been anticipating for awhile….the Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabar!

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mmmm, mmmm good!

I have officially NEVER met a Lara I didn’t like.  Delish.

Since it was Fun Lunch Friday today, the gang and I headed to one of my Madtown faves for some lovely eats, including this beauty:

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Grilled Salmon Salad

This monster has mixed greens, hardboiled eggs, green beans, potatoes, red onion, tomato, grilled salmon and a lemon caper creme fraiche dressing.  Dee-lish-uss!

On the way back to the office, I grabbed a Diet Coke.  Honestly, I haven’t had many Diet Cokes in the past month – I am sooo proud of myself!  Today was a treat, and I enjoyed it with a handful of yummy pretzels.

Diet Coke + pretzels = one of the best combos eva!

Diet Coke + pretzels = one of the best combos eva!

How am I going to top this fabulous day of eats for dinner?  I have no idea.  All I know is I have a big head of kale screaming my name in the crisper, and it wants to be used up.  Stat.

My to-do list for the evening (PLEASE hold me accountable for this!):

  • Sign-up for Mint.com to track my finances and create a budget
  • Look through insurance info and decide on a health plan
  • Target (pillow, oven cleaner, batteries + two-three prong converter – that’s it!)
  • Bloggy thangs – changes in the works!
  • Clean the living room + Swiffer the hardwood floors

And of course, cook up a gourmet dinner :).

Alright homies, whatcha up to this weekend?  Spill the deets.  I’m also thinking of going to the fabulous Madison Farmer’s Market tomorrow morn (Jenna knows what I am talking about!) and just relaxing, along with lots of yoga!

 

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!

 

Handsomely Rewarded August 19, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,giveaway,lunch — Holly @ 21:33
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Yes, that is today’s theme.

Confused?  As always, let’s just jump right in!  Although I wouldn’t say breakfast was necessarily handsome, but it sure was gosh darn rewarding (for my stomach, that is).

Barbie's Peanut Butter Puffins, skim milk + naner

Barbie's Peanut Butter Puffins, skim milk + naner

After a two-hour meeting, my stomach hated me.  In turn, I rewarded it for its patience by channeling Cleopatra once again and eating my organic red grapes sans handsome banana leaf wielding men to fan me.

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just call me Cleopatra

black beans masquerading as poop is not handsome

black beans masquerading as poop is not handsome

However, the avocado remained both handsome and rewarding :).

The mid-afternoon munchies were everything a gal could ask for.  I like to call it (d) all of the above.  Salty, sweet, handsome + rewarding.  Does it get any better than that?

honey braided twist pretzels

honey braided twist pretzels

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more pretzels dipped in my new fave applesauce

Before I knew it, I was handsomely rewarded.  The past couple weeks, my days have absolutely FLOWN by, and before I knew it, twas’ the end of the day.  I walked my mile home, threw on some running gear, popped two Black Cherry Clif Shot Bloks (great for peeps who don’t like the goos or jellybeans) and cranked out 7 miles.

When I got home, I rewarded myself with this handsome dinner…

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garlic zucchini omelet atop a bed of sauteed kale

up close and personal

up close and personal

Luna & Larry's Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Luna & Larry's Pineapple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

As if that dinner wasn’t enough of a reward, I decided to bebop over to Whole Foods for some mysterious ingredients for a certain dinner party I shall be attending tomorrow night.  I enter those fateful doors and what do I see…

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the THREE flavors of yogurt I had been dying to try!

…oh my children, it gets better!!!

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you know what these babers are

Does it get any more handsome or rewarding than this?  I mean…Jake Gyllenhaal or the Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar? Okay, I would still pick Jake, but you get my point.

Soooo…you are probably thinking, but Holly – that’s great you had a handsomely rewarding day, but what about the rest of us?  I am one step ahead of you.  I know some of you are still trying to find the elusive Laras (it took me awhile too!) so I thought why not share the love with a GIVEAWAY!

That’s right…the best part?  There is not one set of the new Laras but THREE sets to giveaway!

Jocalat German Chocolate Cake
Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar
Peanut Butter and Jenny Jelly Larabar 

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it is your turn to be handsomely rewarded

Here’s whatcha gotta do:

(1) Write me a limerick about your favorite Larabar flavor or the flavor you would most like to try
(doesn’t even have to be a new one!) in the comments section.

For a limericks refresher, click here.
(***Hint: 5 lines, rhyming pattern AABBA)

(2) Link back to this post on your blog and leave a 2nd comment with the link.  If you don’t
have a blog, just write me a 2nd comment about something random.  It don’t matter.

 

There will be three winners who will each receive the three new Laras.  The giveaway ends on Sunday night at 10pm CST, and winners will be announced Monday morning!  

That will give you something to look forward to for that icky Monday morn :).  Now I need to get to bed before I eat all the Larabars currently in sight.

 

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.

 

Fun Lunch Friday August 15, 2009

Good morning dudes…I don’t think I’ve ever blogged this late.  Being a g’ma, it’s often hard enough just to find me up past midnight :).

Brekkie was especially delish this morning thanks to the tag team of champions: yogurt mess + Heart Thrive:

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nonfat plain yogurt + ground flaxseed + shredded coconut + strawberries + dollop o' raspberry jam (straight-up Smuckers - the good stuff)

Cranberry Heart Thrive Vegan Energy Bar

Cranberry Heart Thrive Vegan Energy Bar

Sorry Heart Thrive peeps…the Cranberry is BY FAR my least favorite.

However, my snack more than made up for it.  A homemade concoction of Banana Nut Cheerios + sunflower seeds a.k.a the ying (sweet) and the yang (salty).  Makes for maximum satisfaction.

mid-morning munchies

mid-morning munchies

I can’t believe I have totally forgotten to tell you how WELL my first week at the new job went.  My boss is fantastic.  My co-workers are incredibly helpful and funny.  And there is minimal scanning involved in the job.  Give it up!

Yesterday, we instituted Three Question Thursday at work a la Kristin, and today we proclaimed Fridays as “Fun Lunch Friday!”  Where is the most obviously funnest place to go ever?  Chipotle, obv!

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burrito bol: rice, black beans, mild salsa, fajita veggies, truckload of guac and lettuce

Shoutout to my homegirl Alison who recently had her first Chipotle and obv, loved it!

Friday flew by and before I knew it, I was done with my first week of work.  Woowoo!  Then, I skedaddled on to my new flat (yes, I want to be British so I am calling it “my flat”) to whip up a quick dindin before hitting the road BACK across the border to Minnesota for a wedding.

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black bean burger kale wrap

This bugger was delish!  Also quite easy to make: I sauteed lots of kale in EVOO + garlic (ends up tasting a lot like Kath’s “Kale Chips” – which if you haven’t tried, you must!) then stufffed it in an Ezekiel tortilla and topped with a Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burger. Voila!  Dinner is served.

Not without some frozen applesauce for dessert of course…

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Applesauce

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Applesauce

Insert 4-hr. car ride here, including snacks:

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zucchini slices + almond buttah

I had maybe 1/2 the zucchini and 2-3 tbsp. of the AB…about?

After I finally arrived back in the Minneapolis, I met up with my besties for some drinks at the bar where our other bestie works.  Quite vague details, I know.  However, I had a slight headache and was uber-tired from the drive (anybody else MORE tired from driving than actually working out and doing something active?), so I munched on some bar popcorn (a couple cups?) and just chatted.  Drinks before a 16-mile run doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.

Tomorrow’s agenda: run, shower, IKEA run and then wedding time!  Woowoo!

Good night y’all and again, it’s good to be back 🙂