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Chipotle, Chobani + Chilled Mango July 24, 2009

Filed under: eating out,lunch — Holly @ 17:00
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Nothing like the three C’s to get you through the last day of the work week :).

Unfortunately, breakfast went unphotographed this morning for two reasons: (1) I was uber-late and ran out the door, very similarly to the way I bolted out of our living room growing up when my sisters forced me to watch E.T. (my least favorite movie ever), and (2) it wasn’t that pretty – simply a bowl of Banana Nut Cheerios + skim milk alongside a pack of Mrs. May’s Cran-Blueberry Crunch.

Lunch was a whole lot better, thanks to Senor Chipotle

1 scoop rice
fajita veggies
black beans
mild salsa
lettuce
lotsa guacamole

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veggie burrito bol love

A couple exciting things actually happened on this funny lil’ Friday – first, I got a job offer!  However, I have another interview for a job on Monday and am waiting to hear back on another job.  Sooo…I haven’t made up my mind yet, but after searching for a full-time, permanent job for more than a year, it finally happened!  Hallelujah, for reals.

Not to get too deep here, but let’s just say I have been working my tail off the past year to try and find a job since returning back from Thailand.  It’s been frustrating, confusing, annoying, hopeful, joyful, angry and a test of my patience the whole time – it just goes to show perseverance does pay off my friends.  Yay!

The other exciting thing?  I won a giveaway – thanks to Ms. Erin from I Walk in this World!  Both things are definitely a good way to start off the freakin’ weekend.  However, so is this…

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Peach Chobs + Zoe's Honey Almond granol

And this…

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chilled mangoliciousness

I was gettin’ my Snackface on today :).

 

A special Friday happy birthday shout-out to Traci, a fabulous Healthy Everythingtarian reader, who has a big birthday this weekend!  Also, head on over to Eating for England and wish Angharad good luck on her 10k race tomorrow!

 

What are your plans for the weekend?  I’ve gots a 13-mile marathon training run in the morning with my sister, grabbing lunch with Angharad then off to a wedding tomorrow night.  Sunday is more wedding shenanigans with a wedding shower, then I am heading off to Wisconsin for another job interview on Monday.  It’s gonna be a busy one!

Woowoo for the weekend!

 

Just Call Me Martha July 3, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,recipes,Thai — Holly @ 13:51
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…or VeggieGirl, whichever you prefer :).

After work, I skedaddled home on a mission: FREEDOM BAKING BONANZA 2009.  Since I finally made to the decision to go visit Barbie, Ken and the family in Wisconsin this weekend, I knew I had to bring some mayjuh treats for everyone to enjoy.  First up, a blondie bananza using Miss VeggieGirl Genius’s basic recipe.  I present…Berry Oatmeal Almond Blondies!

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Then, my personal fave, Almond Joy Blondies (w/ dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut + slivered almonds)!

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Then, I figured it was time to maybe come up with something on my own for a change.  In Wisconsin, where the fam lives, they have a stand at the farmer’s market that sells these amazing cookies.  I’ve been working on perfecting a recipe of my own based off of them, and gosh darn it, I think I finally got it!  I now present to you…Tahini Cookies!

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These suckers are so good!  They are the perfect balance of sweet + salty and come in at about 120 calories (give or take).

While all the treats were a’bakin, I used a glorious bag of homegrown spinach & greens Ellie, one of my co-workers, brought me from her garden to  make a big ol’ salad.  It tasted so good and fresh!

2 big handfuls spinach/greens
1 zucchini, sliced
1/4 avocado, diced
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
1/4 cup tomato, diced
Hidden Valley Light Ranch (the best!)

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Even though I sampled bites of batter in the cooking process, I knew I just had to make myself a sampler platter of all the goodies

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Delish.  Delish.  And delish.  The only slight problem was with the berry blondies – I think the water content of all the fresh berries was a bit much for the dough.  In other words, the middle of the batch were pretty doughy.  But still delicious :).

After baking, I raced to downtown, picked my one of my best friend Ashley’s NEW fiancee and went to visit her at the bar she works at in Minneapolis.  Maxx and I had so much fun, and the bar was pretty dead, so we got to talk with our gal Ash most of the night.  Of course, being the stellar lady she is, she hooked us up with free eats and free drinks – dangerous!  I sipped on some new mixed drink they had (maybe drank 1/4 of it) then munched on some bar food – a bit of nachos, some tater tots and a bit of popcorn.  Honestly, I was so full by the end of the night, I was ready to have a little food baby.

However, we had so much fun, and I must have crashed pretty hard because I slept in until almost 10am this morning!  Literally dudes, I haven’t done that in YEARS.  When I woke up, I wasn’t very hungry (due to the above mentioned bar food) so I noshed on a fresh, juicy mango.

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Then I ran a couple errands, including an unplanned trip to Caribou for some joe + 2% milk…

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Who am I kidding?  That was totally planned.

When I got home, I mixed myself up a nice bowl of fresh berries because I still wasn’t that hungry.  How absolutely gorgeous are berries to photograph?  (Warning:  I got really berry happy this morn!)

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Then, this gal got cleaning crazy!  I scrubbed the kitchen, cleaning the living room, watered the plants, wiped down the bathrooms, reorganized cupboards and hauled ace in my bedroom.  Again, just call me Martha.

Since I cleaned out my pantry area, I thought y’all might be interested in a look to see what staples I currently have on-hand.  Here is the spread:

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From left to right…

  • Tahini
  • Pomegranate Acai Hemp Protein powder
  • Madras curry powder
  • A tower of brown rice, oat bran + coconut
  • Honey
  • Wheat bran
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Garam masala
  • Peanut butter
  • Evaporated cane juice (aka sugar)
  • Molasses
  • Yummy Earth organic suckers

At around 12:30-ish, I finally got tummy-rumbling hungry.  I opened the fridge and whipped out the last leftovers of my Thai Tempeh Curry.  Still delicious!

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Classy bowl, huh?  Plus a Yummy Earth sucker in pomegranate for after…

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Now, I gots to finish up blogging, run a bazillion errands, finish packing up for the trip cross the border and meet up with Ashley + Maxx (the newly-engaged ones) later for a quick bite before hitting the road home!

I promise more fun from Wisconsin – trust me, my family is uber-weird.  There is good stuff coming ahead.  Plus, I need to get some pictures with Ash & Maxx so you can see just how in love and happy these kids are.  Also, I need to go catch-up on blog reading – so much to do, so little time!

See you later gators!

 

Sleepyhead June 4, 2009

Good morning my dears!

Sorry for the late post – this gal was one sleepyhead last night.  But may I start at the beginning…

Yesterday, yours truly woke her buns up at 5am and made it to 5:30am Vinyasa Flow with yoga diva Deb just in time.  However, I’m not going to lie, it was NOT the best feeling yoga class I’ve had.  I don’t know if it made a difference, but I didn’t have a snack before I went.  The whole class, I was tired, fatigued and super tight.  However, by the end, I did feel better for going and woo – we did some revolved pyramids that I am still feeling this morning!

When I got home from yoga, I devoured a bowl of TJ’s blueberry muesli with skim milk as well as a naner with some good ol’ raw almond butter… 

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Mid-morning, I snacked on another naner with raw almond butter (the choices are slim pickins!).  However, I got some great feedback on the PB/AB in a bag trick, so I thought I would show you some of the fun decorating you can do by putting any nut butter in a bag, cutting the tip and piping it out like a frosting bag.  Here I go (I was clearly working REALLY hard at work:))…

A heart <3…

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My attempt at a star (key word being attempt)…

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A smiley face…

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And a fun, random design…

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The naner/AB combo kept me full for awhile, so I ventured off on a nice 1/2 hour walk at noon and enjoyed some lunch upon my return.  I had some pretzels, black bean salsa (black beans, tomato, onion, green pepper, cumin, garlic powder, drizzle EVOO, lime juice & S+P) as well as a little veggie wrap (leftovers from a work luncheon).

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I couldn’t resist a small handful of my faves…

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Lunch held me over pretty well, so late afternoon, I munched on some carrots as I finished up work for the day.

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After work, a friend and I went apartment hunting!  Yes!  If all goes according to plan, I will hopefully find a super cute apartment here in the next month.  My three basic requirements are, (a) cheap, (b) super cute and (c) in a safe neighborhood.  If you can’t tell, I don’t really have too high of standards, haha!  We did find some good prospects, so I have lots of calling and appointment scheduling on my hands for next week.

Dinner was quick, cheap and oh so delicious: CHIPOTLE!  By the way, I found this awesome Chipotle Nutrition Facts Calculator online – I don’t know how accurate it is, but I figure it’s a better guesstimate than my own.  Here is my burrito bowl concoction:

1/2 cup cilantro rice
steak
mild salsa
fajita veggies
lettuce
guacamole

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According to Mr. Calculator, that will be about 515 calories, 23 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), 7 grams of fiber and 36 grams of protein.  I will take that!

Honestly, I do not eat a lot of red meat at all.  Normally, my bowl is the exact same as this one minus the steak and plus the black beans.  However, I’ve been feeling a bit lethargic and tired this week, and after some thinking, I think I might be a little low on iron, hence the steak option.  I did feel better afterwards, especially because I also treated myself to this…

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Knowing I had a big ol’ game of late beach volleyball coming up, I had a small Mocha Hazelnut Latte made with soy milk.  I had 1/2 the amount of chocolate & syrup, and it was delicious!  My friend got the Turtle Cake for dessert, and I’m not going to lie, I made a little dent in that piece of cake as well :).

Volleyball was uber-fun as always last night, even though we lost all 3 games again.  Our record may be 1-8, but we did make some major teamwork/communication/skill improvements last night.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we made like the best comeback ever to win the whole thing…

This morning, I whipped out the blender to make a green monster.  I’ve been craving these buggers!

 1 cup Oat Dream oat milk
1 banana
1 cup tropical frozen fruit (bananas, peaches, mango & pineapple)
1 1/2 cups spinach

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Along with some Triscuits with almond butter and a drizzle of honey, twas’ a delicious meal!  Now, I am at work and need get going doing some actual work, haha! 

Hope you all have a fabulous day today!

 

Bummin’ Around May 31, 2009

Filed under: dinner — Holly @ 21:32
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I love those Sundays when you have nothing to do and can do anything you want!  They don’t come often, so I try to take advantage of them.  Today after breakfast, I met up with a hilarious friend for some coffee/hot chocolate (coffee with 2% milk for me, hot chocolate for him :)).  He seriously puts me in such a good mood – he’s that dang funny.

An hour and a half later, I got back and felt like running.  I genuinely wanted to go running, and the fact that it was like 80 degrees, sunny and gorgeous out didn’t hurt either.  Tackling a nice 6 mile loop, I ran the first 5 miles then walked the last mile, enjoying the smell of yummy lilacs and basking in the sun (with a lil’ SPF protection of course!).  When I got home, I wasn’t super hungry and just made up a small snack plate to munch on while I stretched.

1/2 cup carrots
1.5 tbsp. raw almond butter
1 Cherry Pie Larabar (finger-food style!)

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After running, I showered up and ran some errands to the usual, gas + Target.  Then I came home, cleaned up a bit, got some shtuff done on the computer and put away my laundry.  I know, a party, right?  Late afternoon, I concocted Green Monster #3 aka The Winning Recipe!  Yep, it’s official: I’m addicted.

1 cup Oat Dream oat milk
1 banana
1 cup frozen tropical fruit blend (pineapple, mango, banana)
1 large handful (2 cups) spinach
1 handful ice cubes

You are looking at perfection…

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Since I was quickly running out of things to do (LOVE when that happens!), I took another walk.  It was probably about 1.5 or 2 miles, but when the weather is soooo nice out, I can’t be inside.  Blame my mom for ALWAYS telling me as a kid, “It’s too nice out to be inside!”  My guilt continues today.

For dindin, I concocted a super easy pasta dish to use up some ingredients I had in the kitchen.  It was penne pasta with olive oil, garlic, sundried tomatoes and spinach.  Simple and delicious.

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And for dessert…

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After dinner, I decided to head over to my favorite Sunday yoga class with Deb.  Today I definitely got my fill (plus some!) of exercise, but if you can’t tell, I have a slight problem being bored and really can’t stand it, haha!  Since I had nothing left to do (and TV really has crap on these days), I headed to center my chi and stretch my body.  My mind was extra monkey-like today, and I didn’t focus too well, but by the end I was feeling better.  Maybe that was because I had this on the mind…

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Got home from yoga/pilates combo class and had 1/2 naner with some almond butter, especially with a nice cup of mint tea!

Now I am off to shower, crawl in bed and conk out – tomorrow is already Monday!  Hope you all had a good weekend!  See you bright and early tomorrow for a return installment of Holly Investigates… (cue dramatic music).

 

Back to Basics May 26, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:01
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Good evening everyone!

I don’t know about you, but this gal is still recovering from the weekend.  I have been yawning like crazy all day!  After a crazy wedding/half marathon/Madison road trip weekend, I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of this week to going back to basics.  With all the festivities of the past couple weeks, my eating has been here, there and everywhere (including lots of dessert :))!  So this week, I am hoping to keep it simple, easy and basic.

I started out the dreary, cloudy morning with a classic bowl of oatmeal

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
water
1 mashed banana
LOTS of cinnamon
1 HEAPING tbsp. raw almond butter

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Along with a special Monday treat (coffee + 2% milk) to keep me awake…

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Unfortunately, the coffee did not do its job today…there was just no saving me!  For lunch I delved into a delicious yogurt parfait (mango, nectarine, nonfat Fage Greek yogurt + blueberry muesli) along with one of my new Heart Thrive Chocolate vegan energy bars.  Topped off with a cup of mint tea, loved it!  Tea + muesli reminds me of my favorite place in the world: LONDON!  Gosh, I want a British accent so bad…

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While at work, I usually like to have a couple small things to snack on throughout the afternoon.  I find that if I don’t keep healthy snacks around (especially between 3-4pm: “The Witching Hour”), I make a mad dash right for the peanut M&Ms!  Three hours or so after lunch, I dug into this marvelous combo:  carrots + raw almond butter.

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Several hours later, I munched on a yummy honey + oats granola bar, along with a TJ’s apricot fruit leather.  Both snacks had the right amount of carbohydrates and protein to hold me over…and they tasted fabulous.  Seriously though, if you haven’t tried carrots + almond butter (or any kind of nut butter!), please do.  It’s really quite tasty!

When I got home from work, I immediately set to work in the kitchen concocting this monster of a Mexican-inspired junk salad.  It literally took me maybe five minutes – start to finish…here I go…

2 handfuls baby spinach
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/6 cup diced onion
1/4 cup sliced green pepper
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 small avocado
1/4 cup jarred mild salsa
dollop of Greek yogurt
sprinkle of fresh cilantro
LIGHT drizzle EVOO
LIGHT drizzle of honey
2 tsp. lime juice

…and voila, messy deliciousness on a plate!

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This is honestly one of my favorite salad concoctions!  It’s got a bit of everything, which I love.  After dinner, I took three bright, ruby red strawberries and lovingly dipped them in Cool Whip.  The perfect ending to a perfect dinner :).

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Now, I am going to rest my still 1/2 marathon weary legs, finish my cuppa coconut chai tea (decaf thankfully!) and hit the sack.  Even though I say this a lot, I am really motivated to get up for a 5:30am Vinyasa flow yoga class with my favorite instructor ever, Deb, so I gots to get to bed early!

Hope everyone had a good day back to work, back to school or back to whatever you were doing!

P.S.  Thanks to Kath at Kath Eats Real Food for giving me a guest post today – check it out here!  Thank you for checking my blog out, and I hope all you KERFers come back and visit often! 🙂

 

Wild Weekend Wrap-Up May 25, 2009

Woooo…what a weekend! 

I honestly do not even know where to start – I had SOOOO much fun!  Having a 4 day weekend was absolutely luxurious.  I totally got the chance to kick back and have some fun, hence why I did not photograph everything I ate this weekend.  But no worries, I have snippets of some of the best eats coming your way…

Thursday lunch: Odwalla Blueberry B 100% Fruit Smoothie (along with leftover pasta)

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Thursday afternoon snack: Avocado-Chickpea Mash with Whole Wheat Crackers

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Thursday car dinner (on the way to Madison!): Subway Veggie on Honey Oat & Carrots/Mango/Berries

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Friday breakfast: Oatmeal – 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup 2% milk, water, banana, cinnamon & almond butter

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Friday lunch platter (split with Jamie):  Pretzels, chocolate hazelnut spread, almond butter, figs, dates, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, yogurt and berries

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Friday snack (going to the wedding and comparing post-spray tans with Jamie):  My very first Coconut Cream Pie Larabar (HEAVEN)!

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Friday Wedding Fun!!!

Starting with beers at the University of Wisconsin terrace…

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…some picture fun and dinner eats, which was a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres…

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…a shot of me and a shot of the newly-married couple’s first dance (so cute!)…

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…the college gang and the new married couple and I…

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The wedding was seriously so much fun!  Congrats to Jess + Ryan on being fabulous people and a most fabulous MARRIED couple! We were dancing machines, rockin’ the night away way past midnight.  Although, I’m not going to lie, being a dancing machine wasn’t the best preparation for Sunday’s marathon.  I woke up on Saturday after the wedding and no lie, I was a little sore :)!

Saturday treat:  Whole Wheat Nut muffin (from the Madison Farmer’s Market!)

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Look what fun find I discovered browsing State Street in Madison this weekend – Heart Thrive treats!  All-natural and vegan, these dense energy bars are filled with oats, brown rice flour, brown rice syrup and dried fruits.  Each adorably heart-shaped cake comes in at just over 160 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein! I bought three flavors – Chocolate, Date and Raisin Spice – and can’t wait to try them!  That’s a lie actually, I tried the Chocolate tonight and it was delish!

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We lounged around and took it easy all day in preparation for our 1/2 marathon Sunday morning.  We slept in (felt soooo good!), bebopped around to all our favorite places and got together again on Saturday night with the newlyweds and friends for some fun.  However, it was bedtime at 9:30pm for Jamie and I – the alarm was set at 5am for the Madison 1/2 Marathon.

Sunday morning, I groggily awoke at 5am and ate breakfast.  I wanted something (a) easily digestible, (b) a good mix of carbohydrates + protein to fuel me for the 13.1 miles and (c) something that tasted delicious, of course!  I ended up eating a plain white bagel (the BEST pre-run fuel) with a little Smart Balance and 3/4 Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar with almond butter lovingly spread on top.  Since caffeine is actually beneficial before a race, I also had a cuppa joe with some 2% milk.

Luckily, I had two hours for the food to digest before the 7am race.  Unluckily however, my body did NOT want to go to the bathroom before the race.  BAD OMEN.  I started the race feeling super heavy, which is totally not cool when you know you have 13 miles to run. 

For the first 6 miles, I felt on the verge of cramping up the entire time.  It was not a pleasant, enjoyble feeling by any means.  However, by mile 8, my body had digested a lot of the food, and I felt 20x better!  The last 5 miles or so were definitely my fastest.  I fueled with a little Gatorade at miles 9 and 12, along with a couple swigs of water inbetween, finishing in a time of….

1:53.30 (8:40/mile pace)!

It was just over my first 1/2 marathon pace, but I was extremely happy with it.  Considering the busy weekend we had, Jamie and I rocked that marathon out.  Crossing the finish line, the sun was bright and shining, and we were just SOOOO happy to be done!

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And look what was waiting for me after I crossed the finish line…

Sunday breakfast #2:  Banana Pecan Pancakes (from one of my Madison faves, Bluephies!)

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Holy yum!  The best.  pancakes.  ever.

We spent the rest of Sunday hanging out, napping, massaging our sore muscles and eating Indian food for dinner (sorry, I am sooo mad I forgot to get a picture!).  Indian food IS my favorite food, hands down.

This morning, we woke up bright and early to hit the road back to Minnesota :(.  Will someone please tell me how the weekends goes so fast?

When I got home, I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice lil’ family get together with my 2nd family (that of one of my best friend’s Megan).  After being squished in a car for more than 4 hours (my legs were screaming to be rescued!), I happily munched on some chips and guac, chips and bean dip and chips and salsa.  Gotta love the versatility of our friend the tortilla chip!

Sunday dinner:   Boca burger on a whole wheat bun, mixed grilled veggies and fruit salad (plus an unphotographed small slice of Key Lime Pie…handmade by Miss Megan herself!)

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Whew!!!  That was quite the post…sorry for the lack of consistent updates this weekend, but don’t you worry, I will be back in action at my regularly scheduled time and place starting tomorrow.  I am sipping on some mint tea, finishing up laundry and getting ready to hit the sack!  I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend as I did!

See you tomorrow, and don’t forget, you have until 10pm tonight to enter my 1-Month Blogiversary Giveway!  Best of luck everyone!

What did you all do this long Memorial Day weekend?  I would love to hear it!

 

The Perils of Peanut M&Ms May 18, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,Thai — Holly @ 20:14
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I think the title of the post says it all…but you’ll see the chocolate in a bit :).

This morning, I started out with one of my faves which I haven’t had in awhile…a BREAKFAST COOKIE!  Using Fitnessista’s genius recipe, I concocted a strawberry coconut cookie using berry acai hemp protein powder.  Strawberry + coconut = heaven.  With a cuppa joe & skim milk (not pictured)…

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Unfortunately, this didn’t hold me over as long as I hope so I was just forced to enjoy this new, delicious Larabar a little earlier than usual…Peanut Butter Cookie!

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I don’t know how Ms. Lara does it, but this tasted soooo much like a peanut butter cookie!  Each flavor I try tastes so much like what it is supposed to be but still uses under 6 ingredients and is soy-free, gluten-free, raw, unprocessed, etc. etc. etc.  If you haven’t tried these yet, you must!  They are a bit expensive but just think of it as a healthy treat!

Lunch was a semi-repeat from last night…Italian-style chickpea burger with cherry tomatoes and a cocktail of my TJ’s raw chocolate chip cookies (made with vegetable extracts!) and the last of my Black Mission Figs.

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After lunch, I took a nice 30 minute walk in the GORGEOUS weather.  It was sunny and warm…finally!

For some reason, NOTHING was filling me up today.  There are certain times of the month where this just happens and ya gotta give in.  My stomach started grumbling about 2 1/2 hours after lunch, so I kind of snacked all through out the afternoon.  First up?  The last of my TJ’s Raisin Pecan bread

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An hour later it was a perfectly juicy, sweet and delicious mango

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Then another hour later, it was two handfuls of these babies…

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Peanut M&Ms are seriously one of my faves!  Once I start, I often just can’t stop, which I why I try to stay away from them and enjoy in moderation.  Today I knew they would hit the spot, so I dug in and voila!  they did!  These suckers are easy to down so I kept it to 2 handfuls and planned on a healthy, nutritious dinner.

When I got home, I headed off for a 3 mile run.  I kept the pace slow (about 10:00/mile) and took her easy.  My legs were still feeling a bit fatigued from Saturday.

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I actually got back last year from teaching English abroad in Thailand.  In other words, I had a hankering for some Thai!  I used the yellow Thai curry sauce I got from Trader Joe’s, I sauteed sweet potato, onion and tomato in canola oil and garlic.  Then I added the sauce and served it over the Lentil Biryani Rice pack (also from TJ’s), topped with cilantro and coconut.  Oooohhh…it was just spicy enough and HIT THE SPOT!

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Now I am sipping tea, finishing watching some good trash TV – Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelorette.  This gal is in definitely need of a rest, so I am kickin’ back tonight and enjoying!  Hope you do the same!

What is your favorite guilty pleasure TV show to watch?

P.S.  I know there was no edition of Holly Investigates… today, but no worries, it’s on its way!

***Update:  Since I was up kinda late (for me at least, haha!), I had a spoonful of almond butter right out of the jar (1-1.5 tbsp.), just like I did when I was a kid!