The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Monster of a Post July 10, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,fun finds,giveaway,recipes — Holly @ 11:09
If you guessed Monster Cookie Pancakes...

If you guessed Monster Cookie Pancakes...

...then you guessed...

...then you guessed...



Sweet heavens above, there are no words to describe these Monster Cookie Pancakes.  You might as well call me Lara, because these tasted EXACTLY like Monster Cookies.  I don’t kid people.  Drizzled with pure maple syrup + crushed walnuts…I, ah…hmmmm….errrr….yep, no words ;).

Chocolate-Covered Katie – consider this my official entry into the Dessert Pancake-Making Extravaganza :).


Also, you blog readers are the bestest because after I posted last night about the mysterious “natural sugars” in my post-run Vitamin Water 10, you all came through with some stellar research!  Check out the comments people left – especially Anne K.’s fabulous links!  Then check out Ali’s Cleaner Plate Club for a fabulous post debunking the myths that erythritol & crystalline fructose are indeed “natural.”  Finally, head to Miss BuffMuffy’s blog for more real talk on these Vitamin Water 10 additives – woowoo…can’t say you didn’t learn anything today!  Snap~

Breaking news… did you know Larabar is coming out with 3 new flavors?!?!  Get ready, because they are going to announce them any day now – ahhhhhh, the excitement!

Also, head over to Fitnessista for another raw-some giveaway of a yummy cookbook from Sarma – queen of raw!

Then, if you haven’t had enough of my link love yet, bebop over to An Apple A Day for a yoga-tastic giveaway of a brand new fancy schmancy yoga mat.  I be definitely wanting to win that one!


After seeing these babes on the oh-so-fabulous Miss K’s blog, the peeps over at Cheerios were such dolls to send me some coupons for 2 free boxes of Banana Nut (I accidentally typed butt…haha!) Cheerios!



Thanks to Amanda and the gang for being so thoughtful and sending some love my way!  I’m buying my boxes this weekend, so expect a product review early next week.  However, the goodness does not end there.  Amanda and the Cheerios crew would love to send some love YOUR way – in the form of more Banana Nut Cheerios of course!



To win a box of Banana Nut Cheerios, this is what y’all gotta do…

(1) Leave a comment with your most creative idea for the next Cheerios flavor.

(2) If you have a blog, link back to this post on your blog and leave a 2nd comment with that link.  If you don’t have a blog, leave a 2nd comment with your favorite summer activity.

Two winners will be chosen and announced Monday morning at 8am CST.


Whelp, that’s it for me…don’t think I will be able to post from the cabin so I will see you on Sunday with the whole weekend recap.  Expect a mix of beer, sunbathing, drinking games, grilling, tubing, lake fun and tanning.  Yep – that will most def sum up my weekend, I promise you that (minus the 9-mile run I have to redo on Sunday…ugh!).

Happy (almost) weekend my friends!


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)














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














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














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














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


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














Friday Wedding Fun!!!

Starting with beers at the University of Wisconsin terrace…















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














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

















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














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!)














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!


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!


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!)














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!)














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!