The Healthy Everythingtarian

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Signs August 10, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 19:00
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In the words of Justin Timberlake, yes, I am telling you all these things are signs.  Confused? Well, let me begin.

You know it’s a sign that…

…you have become a true blue food blogger when you take multiple pictures of your food at multiple angles to show your breakfast parfait a la K in all it’s glory.

vanilla yogurt + Dylan's chia granola + berries + cherries + sprinkle of almonds/walnuts

vanilla yogurt + Dylan's chia granola + berries + cherries + sprinkle of almonds/walnuts

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from the top

a close-up of the nutty chia goodness

a close-up of the nutty chia goodness

…a higher power WANTS you to eat ice cream when you head off to take a walk by the lake and you are mysteriously drawn towards the ice cream stand.

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chocolate peanut butter ice cream

…that you can have your greens and eat your chocolate too when you take a chomp outta this guy.

Pro Bar Superfood Slam

Pro Bar Superfood Slam

“It’s not where you live, it’s how you live,” when your eccentrically wonderful uncle leaves a message on your blog.

…wraps are indeed the 8th wonder of the world when you can concoct a yummy mess a la Jess like this one (grill pans may also be the 8th wonder of the world, but we will save that for a later post).

spicy black bean burger + spinach + salsa wrap and grilled zucchini

spicy black bean burger + spinach + salsa wrap and grilled zucchini

…the world sometimes is out to torture you when you are forced to move into your apartment on a 90 degree, 90% humidity day all by yourself up three flights of stairs.

…it may not be easy being green, but surely being green ensures ultimate deliciousness.

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kale sauteed in garlic + olive oil

…I have become obsessed with tortillas when I cannot wait to eat them in new and exciting (and obv yummy) ways.

banana PB quesadilla

banana PB quesadilla

…POM juice was actually made to be put in oats when you concoct something like this:

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup POM juice
1/4 cup nonfat yogurt
2 tbsp. coconut
1/2 cup strawbs
chunk o’ almond buttah

overnight oats love

overnight oats love

…everything is going to be alright when you find a HOLLY-PRINTED TEA POT on the top shelf, right back corner of your otherwise bare bones apartment.  Coincidence?  I think not.

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no joke, this is a sign.

…sometimes things need to be more difficult than they are when the public library only allows you 30 minutes of Internet access before kicking you off.  Ugh.

Bear with me.

 

Pizzaliciousness August 2, 2009

Warning: You are in for a monster of a post my friends; so buckle up and let’s roll out!

Let’s flashback to Friday night….dinner was simple and tasty.  Most importantly, it was on the table within 10 minutes of arriving home from work.

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eggs + whole wheat toast

PB+B

PB+B

Simple is best, no?

After dindin, it was me + 500 Days of Summer, which equated to a perfect solo night to recharge the batteries.  I headed to the indie theater in Minneapolis and thorough enjoyed the quirky, romantic comedy of a movie.  Not only do I have a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun, anyone?), but I officially also now have a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel (who also happens to be on the new cover of SELF mag!).

When I got home, my sister, her boyfriend and I spent the next 1 1/2 hours reading Texts From Last Night.  Completely inappropriate?  Of course.  Completely hilar?  Obv.

I slept in until 9am Saturday morn (that is late para mi!) and enjoyed a nice brekkie pre-run…

zoe's cinnamon raisin granola + cinnamon raisin smartstart + skim milk + POM juice

zoe's cinnamon raisin granola + cinnamon raisin smartstart + skim milk + POM juice

About an hour or so later, I bounded out for a 10 mile run.

Ummm…yeah, it didn’t go so hot.  I felt out of shape (hadn’t run since last Saturday), my chest was uber-tight and I miscalculated my run.  For some reason, I thought the route I planned was 10 miles, but it ended up being 8.  Don’t ask how I messed that one up.

I’m chalking that one up to getting back in the running groove. Since I haven’t done yoga in forev, I took more time to stretch myself out post-run while eating these…

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one pound of strawbs consumed

Oops…I forgot to mention the other pound of strawberries (a 2 lb. container for 4$!) was consumed yesterday afternoon.  Yes, that means I’ve consumed 2 lbs. of strawbs in two days.

Lunchie made me feel better after the crappy run because I met one of my besties Megan out at Davanni’s – our date restaurant of choice!  This is what we ALWAYS order…

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veggie white pizza...

...and diet coke = meg and holly's traditional date

...and diet coke = meg & holly's traditional date

After scarfing down 4 pieces and two Diet Cokes (it’s tradition!), we bebopped over to Target in search of Miss Fit herself…

jillian oh jillian, how i've needed thee!

jillian oh jillian, how i've needed thee!

Yes, that’s right, I am totally behind the times and JUST picked up Jillian’s 30-Day Shred!  Meg and I started talking about it at lunch because she wants to get uber-fit for her sister’s wedding in a month, so we tag teamed it and are going to Shred together!  Hot bods here we come!

Last night = top night.

I met Angharad from Eating for England out for dinner wine.  Lots more wine was consumed than food :).

notice how the pizza is still untouched but the glass of wine is definitely already half drank

notice how the pizza is still untouched but the glass of wine is definitely already half drank

We met up at a cute lil’ local pizza joint where Angharad’s hubs works and started off with what else? RED WINE.

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notice: also 3/4 drank

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roasted beet and asparagus salad

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Greek 'zza

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pumpkin dessert o' love

Throughout our night of consuming one to many glasses of above said alchoholic beverage antioxidants, Angharad and I totally got to girl chat, gab, discuss and have some fabulous conversation.  I am honestly SO SAD that I only met her recently, and now I am moving to Madison :(.  It was obvious the blog heavens wanted us to be friends, so naturally we’ve already planned meet-up date #4.

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cheers to new fabulous friends!

Also, I must note: Dan (her hubs) is equally as awesome.  Not only does he make killer pizza, but the man was the first person to challenge me whatsoever in the Countries of the World game on Sporcle.  Mad props Dan. Mad props.

 

This morning…not going to lie…slightly hungover.

Slight headache? Check. Slight gut rot? Check. Slight nausea? Check. Yep, def slight hangover.  I’ve downed a Nalgene of water this morning already, a slice of whole wheat toast with spread and took some Ibuprofen, so actually I’m not feeling too bad.  It was so worth it.

Special K w/ Red Berries, Blueberries + Skim MIlk

Special K w/ Red Berries, Blueberries + Skim MIlk

Also, I woke up at 8am (norm time) then fell back asleep until 10:30am!  Ummm, that happens like never.  Seriously, it felt so glorious, I can’t even tell you.

However, now I need to get a jumpsky on Sunday!  Possible schedule for the day (in random order)…

  • Coffee (this WILL be first)
  • Start the Shred (due to Drinker’s Remorse, sometimes I feel the need to punish my body for the activities of the night before)
  • Stop at the Goodwill to drop off donation
  • Pool
  • 7pm Yoga/Pilates Fusion class
  • Clean out car
  • Light grocery shopping
  • Organize finances
  • Bloggy thangs + bloggy reading

We’ll see if anything actually gets done…

 

All Cranked Up July 15, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch,Mexican — Holly @ 21:00
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My neck that is.

Ugh, I woke up this morning, and literally YELPED in pain trying to move my head.  No morning run, no morning yoga, no morning sleep.  Holly is not happy when her AM starts like this.

However, she does perk up significantly with breakfasts like this…

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PB+B on toasted Ezek...I needed some cheering up.

Since I arrived at work at bright and early time of 7am (figuring, I would make myself useful since I couldn’t sleep), I most def needed a morning snack – the hangry beast in me was roaring by 10am.

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Zoe Foods Heavenly Apple Bar with AB frosting

I polished off the remaining AB by squeezing it from its pipe (a.k.a Ziploc baggie) and literally SQUEALED out loud again in pain.  First of numerous neck spasms of the day.  What up with dat? 

Did I sleep on it wrong?  Have I been keeping poor posture at work all day?  Do I have some exotic disease that is slowly eating away at my muscles and causing my nerves to pinch which will eventually end up with me having a forever frozen neck?  Hmmmmm…

A parfait a la K

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Vanilla yogurt, Banana Nut Cheerios, sprinkle o' flax + a mountain of blueberry love.

And a TJ”s Fiberful Fruit Leather in Apricot from my mom, who I got to meet for lunch along with sissy #3.  However, I didn’t eat with them (already had 1/2 of lunch ^^^^) and was pretty mad about that, because we ended up meeting at Chipotle.  I totes bet that would have made my neck feel 10x better.

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6 grams of fiber in this baby!

More grazing and neck cranking…

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Oops...where did all the raisins go?

baby spinach
alfalfa sprouts
carrots
heirloom tomatoes
cinnamon-roasted chickpeas
Newman’s Sesame Ginger vinaigrette

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A salad for afternoon snack? YEPPERS!

After a bit of a slow day of worksky, I was soooo excited to meet our bloggy gal Angharad from Eating for England out at one of my fave healthy joints – Good Earth Cafe!  Now, after meeting her, I can tell you that this gal is just as lovely, funny and fabulously British as she seems on her blog!  We literally chatted for 2 1/2 hours about anything and everything over some delicious, droolworthy and delectable food…such a jolly good time!

Appetizer

Assorted bread & crackers + hummus & EVOO

Assorted bread & crackers + hummus & EVOO

 Main Course

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Angharad's Meal: Curry Dusted Mahi-Mahi (with veggies in a spicy coconut curry sauce)

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My Meal: Veggie Enchiladas (with brown rice, avocado & salsa)

And of course….DESSERT!!!

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Carrot Cake (nuff' said)

And that lil’ lady even brought me a sample of the Kashi Mocha Almond Bar, which I am insanely anxious to try at work tomorrow!  We’ve definitely already planned meet-up #2 :).

Now, this gal has got work to  do:  clean, pack for Chicago (yep, didn’t do that last night!) and get all my ish together before I leave for CHI-TOWN tomorrow after work.  Woowoo!  I didn’t get my run in this morning, but I am hoping if my neck feels better tomorrow morning – I will run 3 or 6 miles (errr…haven’t decided) in the AM.  We’ll see what happens – this gal has got to get back on marathon schedule…and fast!

 

A Day of Firsts July 13, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 19:04
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Hold on kiddos…first things first!  The Bachelorette is tonight…woowoo!  I am hoping for some major drama tonight, because quite frankly, my life is boring.  I am really a 70-year-old lady who likes drinking tea, eating prunes and going to bed by 10pm in the body of a 24-year old. Therefore, I must live vicariously through Jillian and her men.

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Brekkie: My FIRST bowl of Overnight Oats!

The lovely bowl included:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 (4-oz.) container Stonyfield Yo Baby peach yogurt
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

(soaked overnight)

1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup Zoe’s Honey Almond granola
scoop TJ’s raw AB

After seeing these oats almost everywhere in the blogosphere, I am soooo glad I finally gave them a whirl.  They were the perfect bowl of oats for summer – cool, refreshing and seriously delicious (especially with all those toppings!).  Next time, the only thing I would change is to add 1/4 cup milk (instead of 1/2) and buy grown-up girl yogurt (I didn’t know the Yo Baby was whole milk yogurt.  However, I did know that I had an awesome coupon).

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Lunch: My FIRST PB+B sammie!

Who am I kidding?  It was more like my 1,423,096th PB+B sammie.

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Lunch: My FIRST heirloom tomatoes of the season.

Aren’t these juicy gems gorgeous?  I picked these lovelies up as soon as I saw them – everyone needs a little extra color in their lives.  Especially in tomato form.

After lunch, I took a lovely 1/2 hour walk taking a new route for the FIRST time.  It was absolutely marvelous out today – 70’s, sunny and extremely pleasant.  Glo-ho-ho-horious (to the tune of Notorious, of course)!

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Snack: My FIRST handful of PB+AB+J trail mix of the day.

That one’s not technically a first yet; I haven’t had my second handful.  However, I stand by my word because I am sure that 2nd handful will come during an ABC commercial break this evening.

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Snack #2: My FIRST taste of Stonyfield Chocolate Underground yogurt.

Ummm…hello?  Why haven’t I seen this on more blogs?  It is absolutely, ridiculously chocolatey deliciousness at it’s finest healthiest.  My dear co-worked Lori brought it for me today, because she was eating it last week and this gal was intrigued. Shout-out to Lori T. for being such a thoughtful, fun cubicle friend (and for reading my blog) :)!  Topped with some raisins, it was good.  I am thinking it might even be better frozen…chocolate froyo, anyone?

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Dinner: My FIRST kabocha squash + my FIRST time roasting chickpeas.

I won’t lie to you – this might be one of my best junk salad concoctions yet, including:

2 cups spinach
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/8 steamed kabocha squash
1/2 cup chickpeas (roasted in EVOO, honey + cinnamon)
drizzle of EVOO + honey
sprinkle of cinnamon

Dinner: My FIRST kabocha + AB combo.

Dinner: My FIRST kabocha + AB combo.

I knew I had to finish off dinner with a bit of this, and oh my – NEW FAVORITE COMBO ALERT!  And that is saying a lot from a girl who loves her combos.  You bet your buns kabocha + AB will be making an appearance tomorrow morning for breakfast. Mark my words.

Agenda for this evening…

The Bachelorette + Yoga for Runners from Polly (during commercials) + snack (most likely, another handful of AB+PB+J trail mix and some grapes) + job apps + early bedtime.  I’m channeling Matt and getting out the door early in the AM for a 3-mile run!

Happy Monday night to y’all, especially to all you Bachelorette watchers ;).

 

Lessons Learned at the Cabin… July 12, 2009

Filed under: dinner,giveaway,reviews — Holly @ 15:33
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…a.k.a. MY 100th POST!!!

Before I enlighten you all with some wisdom for the ages, I just wanted to say thank you to ALL OF YOU (yeah, you!) for supporting, reading, commenting, offering advice, helping out and ultimately, making it possible for me to get to 100 posts.  Thank y’all so much – here’s to another 100!

🙂

Life lessons learned this weekend…

(1) Better to eat your fruits and veggies BEFORE a cabin weekend, because unfortunately, beer doesn’t count as a serving of grains, Cheetos are of no calcium or dairy value and Twizzlers (although cherry-flavored), make no dent for your RDA of fruits.

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Friday Dinner Part 1: spinach, carrots, sprouts, strawberries, walnuts + EVOO/honey dressing.

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Friday Dinner Part 2: toasted Ezek, PB, smashed banana + cinnamon.

(2) Small town Minnesota just isn’t given the credit it deserves.  I mean, where else would you find a Swedish tea kettle water tower emblazoned with, “Valkommen lill Lindstrom”?

Lindstrom's sister city is Tingsryd, Sweden, FYI.

Lindstrom's sister city is Tingsryd, Sweden, FYI.

(3) During a dive bar pub crawl, it’s best to stop taking pictures after beer #3.  That way, you still look fresh and fabulous in all your pictures (even if you don’t feel like that the next day).

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Beer #1 at Blacksmiths...looking fresh-faced and smiley.

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Beer #3 at Indianhead: Still smiling, having fun and looking totally with-it.

You see, now didn’t we look fabulous all evening? 😉

(4) There is one exception to rule #3: even if you are past (or well-past) beer #3, singing karaoke at The Thirsty Otter bar for Michael Jackson tribute night ALWAYS requires a picture – even if you look completely drunk doing it.  I learned this one the hard way.  There is no picture on my camera of Megan & I’s stunning rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel” :(.

(5) Boat snacks do not have to include junk food; they can actually be rather healthy.

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TJ's trail mix - always a winner!

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Whole wheat pita chips + roasted red pepper hummus: the snack of champion boaters everywhere.

(6) Even though it’s the cabin, I still need to try and look in a mirror once or twice.

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Note to self: stop scaring the children with Medusa hair.

(7) To each his own.  Just because someone says they love pineapple wine and bought 8 bottles of it from Hawaii, that doesn’t mean you will like pineapple wine (which I didn’t, for the record).

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Finished maybe 1/2?

(8) And most disappointingly, charge your camera BEFORE going away for a cabin weekend.  Otherwise, the world misses out on the crab/lobster/scallop feast of Saturday night followed by gourmet salads and an array of desserts, including Banana Cream Cheesecake, Chocolate Molten Cake and Apple Cherry Crisp, and ending with a ginormous food baby.  I’m am so sorry there is no pic – but trust me, it was completely delish ;).

 

Now, it’s back to reality.  Of course, I didn’t eat the best these past two days (lots of unhealthy food went unphotographed) but ya know what?  That’s what the cabin is for.  No guilt, just back the norm routine.  After a breakfast of cereal, blueberries + skim milk and a Subway veggie sammie lunch with Grandpa, this lady has a crapload to do.  However, I did make sure to make a TJ’s run on my way home.  This one’s for you Miss Jenny – look at my new Trader Joe’s find!

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Peanuts, berries (dried strawberries & raspberries to be exact) and almonds – it’s like a PB+AB+J sammie!  Does it get any better than that? Review to come on this pronto, I promise!  TJ’s also had a 2 lb. container of blueberries for $5.49 – SCORE! It’s going to be a berry-licious week (worst corny joke ever, I know).

This afternoon, I just had to try my new AB+PB+J mix I picked up at TJ’s so I poured me a nice 1/4 cup serving…

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The verdict?  YUM, YUM, YUM!  The dried berry combo added to the peanuts & almonds was addicting, as in this could be my new go-to crack snack.  I HIGHLY recommend you go out and buy this gem of a trail mix.  There are no added oils in the mix, and it is sweetened with evaporated cane juice ~ TJ’s, you are a genius.

Dindin was a junk salad

spinach
1/4 cup carrots
alfalfa sprouts
tomatoes
handful grapes
handful blueberries
crushed walnuts
drizzle EVOO + honey

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I swear, junk salads are best – just throw in whatever you have and enjoy!

Then it was running time.  The run was fine – I ran a little less than 7 miles in just over an hour.  But I do have to say, it is an absolutely gorgeous night out, which always makes running easier.  When I got home, I knew it was time to try my new box of Banana Nut Cheerios.  With a healthy splash of vanilla almond milk…

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The verdict on these babies?  Do you love banana nut muffins? Because if so, you will LOVE these as I did.  They have the perfect amount of banana nut flavor and almost felt more like a dessert than a bowl of cereal.  I devoured them in about 3 minutes flat.  Let’s take a closer look however…

PROS
– 25% RDA iron/50% RDA folic acid (per serving)
– Flavored with banana puree (not fake banana flava)

CONS
– 2nd ingredient is sugar
– Corn syrup is one of the ingredients

    Overall, I think I would buy these every once in awhile.  I wouldn’t make it my go-to cereal, because with 1 gram protein/1 gram fiber, I don’t think it will hold me over for very long.  However, for a late night snack, afternoon munchies or topping perhaps on yogurt, these babies are delish!

    Sunday’s to-do list:

    1. Laundry
    2. E-mails
    3. Run 7 miles (found out my long run is actually 7 – not 9 – miles this week!)
    4. Clean room
    5. Job applications
    6. Make a veggie-ful dinner
    7. Catch up on blog reading/blog dinner
    8. BED!!!

    Now off to finish my to-do list…gotta fold laundry, finish some job apps and finish catching up on blogs!

    What was the highlight of your weekend?  Mine was definitely the dive bar pub crawl of Friday night – karaoke + Michael Jackson tribute night + family fun at the bar = A GOOD TIME.

     

    Don’t forget to click here and enter for the chance to win a free box of the new Banana Nut Cheerios…I know y’all love free stuff (because I do) so get clickin’ now!  You have until 8am tomorrow CST when the winner is announced!

     

    Let Freedom Ring, Part 1 July 5, 2009

    HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE!

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    Greetings from the state of cheese – Wisconsin!  Before I begin on the shenanigans of the day, it is only appropriate to start at the beginning!  Yesterday, I was a total cleaning machine.  Mid-afternoon, I broke for a lil’ snackie to keep me fueled as I whipped the house into tip-top shape.  Enter a hot mess…

    1/4 cup Optimum Pumpkin Granola Cereal
    1/4 cup Kashi GoLean
    1/4 cup rolled oats
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1.5 tbsp of PB

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    After putting in a hard days work (I sound like I’m living in like year 1890, BTW), I met up with these two lovebirds for some apps & drinks before hitting the road to Wisconsin:

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    Ashley and Maxx got engaged exactly one week ago from today!  They are seriously too cute :).  Maxx’s sister was actually in town as well, so the four of us met up at MOTO-I, a Japanese restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis, for some yummy drinks and eats.  You could easily pass this restaurant if you weren’t looking for it, but it is the only place outside Japan that brews their own sake.  Pretty cool, no?

    I started with a MN-brewed Summit Oatmeal Stout with some kaffir lime-spiced peanuts (shared amongst us all)…

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    Then a sampler platter of assorted eats (l-r): a Tofu, Ponzu & Sweet Chilli Steamed Bun, sticky rice and a sweet potato pancake thingy (I don’t think that’s the technical term…).

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    The restaurant was super yummy, and the best part?  They had SHUFFLEBOARD!  Oh yeah, us four definitely squeezed in a game before we had to part ways.  After lots of chatting, it was finally time to hit the road to head home to the fam.  Of course, when traveling, snacks & beverages are a MUST.  If I am going to be driving 3 hours dang it, I’m going to need some good tunes, good munchies and good caffeine – a pint of blueberries (I am a serious fruit fiend today) and a Almond Joy blondie (soooo good!):

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    Finally I arrived to good ol’ home sweet home.  Then went straight to bed.  For real.

    After a glorious night’s sleep in my own bed (aka best thing ever), I woke up and shocker of shockers! didn’t have coffee this morning.  Instead, I guzzled a big glass of water in preparation for today’s 10-mile run as well as a classic Holly breakfast – PB+B on toasted Ezekiel!

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    A funny thing happened – at home, my parent’s buy Skippy Natural peanut butter, which was totally my old FAVORITE PB.  Seriously.  I used it for breakfast this morning however, and I couldn’t believe how kind of artificial and odd it tasted after only eating the good stuff (PB made only from peanuts + salt) for like a year now.  I didn’t like it at all – one of those little things that kind of show you where you’ve been and where you are now :).

    Then it was time for the weekly long run – this time, the big 1-0 for mileage.  Luckily, Mama Everythingtarian (she’s totally one hot  fit mama) ran the first 7 miles with me, which made the time go by so fast.  Then the last 3 miles, I stepped my game up and hoofed it – completing the 10 miles in just about 100 minutes (10:00/mile).  I took her at an easy pace and felt really good!

    When I got back, I guzzled water and stretched for a good 15 minutes.  After about another 1/2 hour, I was ready to eat and devoured a yummalicious lunch…Blueberry + Banana Smoothie (1 cup skim milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 banana + 1 huge handful spinach) plus a Jumbo Salad (spinach, tomato, broccoli, cucumber, peppers + drizzle Newman’s Light Balsamic) and a Berry Oatmeal Almond Blondie!

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    Then, it was POOL TIME!

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    1, 2, 3 - JUMP!

    Two things: (1) My mom has awesome camera skills (ummm...where did my other sister go?), and (2) I did not purposely wear a 4th of July swimsuit - I swear it's the only suit I own.

    Two things: (1) My mom has awesome camera skills (ummm...where did my other sister go?), and (2) I did not purposely wear a 4th of July swimsuit - I swear it's the only suit I own.

    The unpictured sister (who, by the way, has never ever read a health magazine in her life).

    The unpictured sister (who, by the way, has never ever read a health magazine in her life).

    A poolside photo shoot...this is me in a totally natural "casual" laugh with a flower that just so happens to be randomly in my hair...

    A poolside photo shoot...this is me in a totally natural "casual" laugh with a flower that just so happens to be randomly in my hair...

    After the pool, it was totes time to whip up some dindin!  I helped Barbie in the kitchen and chopped veggies like I’ve never chopped them before.  I was totally getting snacky, so I had a Tahini Cookie (x2) and a string cheese to tide me over until chow time.

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    Look at this lovely array of dinner eats – I love coming home for a plethora of reasons (I swear Mom & Dad!), but one of my favorites it getting spoiled with yummy eats I can’t afford myself (i.e. salmon).  On my plate:  1/2 garlic breadstick (from the fab Amish bakers at the farmer’s market), grilled salmon, roasted veggies & sweet potato fries!

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    Seriously. So. Good.

    Dessert was equally fab.  You’ve just got to love a holiday where you can celebrate your independence and chow down at the same time – thank you America!  Enter strawberry shortcake + Almond Joy Blondie + vanilla ice cream.  Seconds, anyone?

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    That’s it for part one! I can tell you are just all on the edge of your seats for “Let Freedom Ring, Part 2” but don’t you worry kids – a full wrap-up of fireworks and family fun (including Mama & Daddy Everythingtarian!) is coming your way tomorrow!  

    Hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July, relaxing with friends & family and taking time to enjoy life (including food, fun & flippin’ good times)!

     

    Computer Glazed July 1, 2009

    You know when you sit behind a computer for way too long – everything starts getting fuzzy, you are glazed over like a big ol’ bakery doughnut and feel completely spaced out?  Well, that was me today :).  I had a total computer-based project I was doing all day, and I walked out of work like a total zombie.

    Luckily, it was truly of breakfast of champions to start the day – toasted Ezekiel bread layered with peanut butter, smooshed naner and cinnamon.  Man, I LOVE me my cinnamon!

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    The haziness and glazed over eyes (doesn’t the word glazed just totally make you WANT a doughnut?  Seriously.) slowly but surely increased until I gave myself a break around 11am to eat Stonyfield Organic Blueberry Yogurt. Since I had another lunch date today, I just needed something small to tide me over a bit longer.  I love the color of blueberry yogurt – it’s one of those weird small things that just makes me happy :).

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    For lunchie, I met up with my hilarious friend Brad for some yummy eats at Cheeky Monkey Deli in St. Paul.  If you don’t remember, it’s where I devoured the famous Nutella + Banana Sandwich not so long ago.  The Cheeky Monkey is totally adorable – it is healthy, sources from local ingredients and has cucumber water.  Yes, I said cucumber water.  It was practically like being in a spa ;).

    Today, I tried something new and went for the Roasted Veggie + Hummus sandwich on ciabatta, along with a side of pickles and I stole some of Brad’s yummy spiced potato chips.  Divine food, divine company, divine time!

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    The afternoon zoomed by, thanks in part to a long lunch and a lovely snack.  Lunch was totes filling, but I knew I when I got home I needed to hammer out 5 miles so I did a little pre-fueling.  If I come home hungry, you can forget about running.  Soooo…I prevented the hunger with my favorite Lara and a cup of lemon green tea:

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    When I got home, I entered the kitchen to the sweet smell of Megan throwing a baking party.  Dangerous!  She’s getting prepared for her 4th of July fiesta, which meant the kitchen was filled with chocolate Special K bars, rice krispie bars, muffins and other goodies.  Ummm..yum!  I got dressed and ran out the door to bang out my 5 miles, which took me about an hour (including walking an extra mile afterwards).

    Then when I got home, I grabbed a whole wheat mini cherry chocolate muffin

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    Watch out Martha Stewart!  Good work on the baked delights Meggy Moo!

    I stretched, drank lots of water and watched the new TV show Dance Your Ass Off  prepared to make dinner.  On the menu tonight….some Thai food goodness!  Every week, I usually get nostalgic for my travels abroad and crave Thai food (even though, let’s be real, mine doesn’t even compare to the food I ate there).  Here is a picture of me at Wat Phra Kaew, which is on the grounds of the great Grand Palace in Bangkok…

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    Don’t I look simply fabulous in my gecko-printed skirt?

    One of my favorite dishes in Thailand was a good Thai curry.  So, I bought a premade Thai Kitchen yellow curry simmer sauce, mixed it with veggies and tempeh, then served it over brown rice for a little Yellow Tempeh Thai Curry.  Honestly, the yellow curry simmer sauce wasn’t the best, but it was still good nonetheless.

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    Then it was an after dinner cocktail to further hydrate…

    10 oz. sparkling water
    4 strawberries, pureed
    1 tsp. lime juice
    1 tsp. sugar

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    Looks gross & chunky but tasted ah-may-zing!  Probably would have tasted better with a splash of…I can’t quite put my finger on it…

    Sorry dudes and dudettes, but this gal has got to run – I’ve gots a 10:15pm beach volleyball game coming my way tonight, which means I need to slam a Diet Coke take a nap to keep me up until midnight.  Let’s pray that we don’t lose all 3 games again tonight!  Happy (for real) humpday – 4th of July fun is just around the corner!

    What are everyone’s plans for the 4th?  I might stick around MN or head to hang out with Barbie & Ken and the fam this weekend – haven’t decided yet :).