The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

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…

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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

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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!

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Bach Party Wrap-Up May 3, 2009

Filed under: dinner,eating out — Holly @ 13:08
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Oh man…good thing I call my self an “everythingtarian” because I definitely ate a bit of everything last night :).  Yesterday was definitely a splurge, but that’s the fabulous thing – it’s all about balance.  Today I am going to load up on the veggies & protein to even things out, maybe clock in some extra minutes at the gym, get to bed early and all’s well that ends well!  Here’s a look at the rest of the day (& night – bed wasn’t until 4am!):

Another afternoon snack – dinner wasn’t until 7:30pm so I munched on some more pineapple, peanuts and of course – one of the DELICIOUS White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies!

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I totally forgot to tell you a major life rule!  When one of your besties from college gets married and decides to have her bachelorette party dinner out at a fun restaurant, it doesn’t matter what kind of life challenges you are attempting.  You MUST go out to eat!  Yes, therefore, on day two I already broke my “no eating out in the month of May” rule – but it was all for a good cause!  Here is my Leinies Honeyweiss beer and broiled walleye sandwich and side salad to prove it!

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Then the real danger began – sleepover snacks!  I was definitely perfectly full after dinner but put out snacks of all sorts (peanut M&M’s, popcorn, chips, Mike & Ike’s, more yummy bars, chips & salsa, etc.), and I’m a goner!  I have to say, one of my faves is most DEFINITELY peanut M&M’s!  I had about 3 medium handfuls of them, followed by a cup or two of white popcorn and finished it off with some of Tina’s famous Puppy Chow (which I can’t believe I didn’t get a pic of)!  I don’t know what that lady does, but hers is the BEST!

Along with a glass of sangria (only had like two sips – wasn’t my fave) and an amaretto slushie (this sucker was good!), it was definitely a very filling and hilariously fun sleepover extravaganza!

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Sooo much fun!  Now I am off to do all the things I didn’t do all weekend – see ya back tonight!