The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

get your reading glasses on… June 18, 2009

…and get ready for a long blog post!  Two days worth of foodie goodness is a lot to take in at once!  And I promise, if you read this entire post, there will be a worthwhile treat waiting for you at the end, wink wink ;).

First things first, we need to start back at YESTERDAY morning’s breakfast…enter a warming bowl of oatmeal on a not-so-warm day.  Tuesday’s mix included:

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
1/2 banana
1/3 cup blueberries
1 tbsp. raspberry preserves
1 tbsp. peanut butter
sprinkle of slivered almonds

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It was like PB+J+B oatmeal!

Lunch was just as delicious – it was one of my yummy black bean sammies!  I layered two slices of toasted Ezekiel bread with mustard, mashed black beans, tomato, spinach, cucumber and avocado.  Along with my last VeggieGirl blondie :(…it was a smashing lunch!

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This is honestly one of my favorite sandwiches.  The only catch is you MUST have avocado.  It just makes the sandwich whole!

Snacktime brought a new Chobani flavor to my tastebuds…strawberry!  Honestly, I wasn’t super excited about strawberry because I feel as though strawberry is the token yogurt flavor.  However, I totally loved it!  It was perfectly fruity and strawberry-ish…along with some berries and a Nature Valley honey + oats granola bar, it tasted very fruit crisp-like (aka delicious).

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Also, I forgot to tell you Chobani is coming out with both Pomegranate and Pineapple flavors!  Umm…yummm – I need some of that now!

The day yesterday went by pretty fast, although by the time I left work it was pouring rain.  I was so mad because yesterday was supposed to be the real day one of marathon training (I don’t run on treadmills b/c I hate them with a burning passion).  No gal wants to start off training for a 26.2 mile run on a bad foot.  You want to please the running gods, not piss em’ off :).  By the time I got home over an hour later (a drive that is only supposed to take 1/2 hour), my patience was wearing quite thin.

I crafted the quickest dinner possible…junk salad and quick garlic toast!

I toasted a slice of Ezekiel bread then slathered it with a bit of Earth Balance spread and garlic powder.  For the salad, I threw together…

2 cups spinach
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
1 chopped celery stalk
2 chopped carrots
1/4 cup cucumber
1/2 avocado
sprinkle of slivered almonds
Wee Willy’s Homemade Red French Dressing

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Of course, I needed a little treat after such a frustrating drive home :).  Enter one of my new favorite concoctions: mashed banana + PB over granola!  It was a big, hot mess!

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Then I slept for 12 hours.

Waking up feeling ever so refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated, I delved into another bowl of oatmeal, seeing as the weather outside was still a bit damp.  For some reason, I totally deem a warming bowl of oatmeal quite necessary on any kind of morning that isn’t warm and sunny.  Today was a classic combo of…

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
1 banana
LOTS of cinnamon
heaping glop of peanut butter

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Along with my usual morning cuppa joe with 2% milk (I don’t always post my coffee pics, but you can bet your bottom dollar I have it every morning!  Although with Mr. NoMeatAthlete’s help, I am cutting down!)…

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Snacktime was a handful of blackberries, which are so much fun to photograph.  Look how pretty they are!

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Filled with newfound energy, I attacked a couple projects at work before truly starting my marathon training today!  My sister and I have decided to base our training off of Senor Hal Higdon – running man extraordinaire!  Click here for the two novice schedules we are working off of.  Since I am one day off, I am going to run on Friday (instead of it being a rest day).  Today’s three miles were glorious and felt awesome!

Back from my lunch/run break, I dug into a nice sampler of items: PB+J on Ezekiel bread, 3/4 cup celery sticks (love that crunch!) and Pirate’s Booty Barbecue flavor.  Along with a blueberry pomegranate acai Vitamin Water 10 (lovin’ this stuff!)…lunch was delish!

The new products…

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Altogether now…

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Afternoon snacky was more Chobani Peach Greek yogurt, blueberries/blackberries + TJ’s Blueberry Muesli.  One of my fave snack combos of all-time…

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After work, I headed over to my lady Ashley’s house for some good time girl chat before beach volleyball tonight.  We caught up, gabbed away and made dinner togetha.  Ash is a healthy friend o’ mine, so I have no worries cooking up a yummy dinner with her.  Tonight, we had a little B.F.D. – breakfast for dinner!

Cinnamon French toast with a veggie frittata baby!

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I slathered my French toast with a little peanut butter (naturally!) and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Gotta love B.F.D. – it always hits the spot!

After dinner, we changed it up and headed to volleyball, where get this – we won all three games!  This is a team first people.  We are used to being the team that the other team wins all three games against.  Today, we were that team.  Woowoo!

It gets even better…although it’s quite late again (good thing I got all that sleep :)), I am still clearly on a volleyball high and feeling super generous….so….

GET READY FOR A CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT GIVEAWAY!!!!

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After the lovely people at Chobani sent me a pack of delicious samples to try, they also wanted to send a Healthy Everythingtarian reader one as well.  Thank you Chobani and especially to Morgan for setting this up!  I can’t wait for one lucky guy or gal to be the recipient of one sample of EVERY Chobani Greek yogurt flavor there is.  Let’s give it up for Chobani people!

Here is how to win:

Simply leave me a comment with your favorite Greek yogurt concoction.

That’s it!  I’ll start (just to give you an idea)…my favorite Greek yogurt combo would have to be Blueberry Greek yogurt with berries and granola.  Totally boring and lame…but oh soooooo good!

You have until Friday morning at 8am (CST) to enter, and I will announce the lucky yogurt eater bright and early right after that!

I told you you would be handsomely rewarded if you read my whole post :).

Alright….this gal is off to bed.  Hope you all had a fabulous day, and see you tomorrow!

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Woohoo… May 16, 2009

…for the weekend!  My weekend started out fabulously last night, but more on that later!  First things first people.  Yesterday morning, I was running late, which almost always happens on Friday mornings :).  So it was a quickie breakfast of 1.25 cups Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax (one of my Faves!) with 1 cup vanilla soymilk and a medium banana (1/2 sliced in the bowl, the other 1/2 eaten plain).

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For lunch today, I decided to take my hour (plus some) and squeeze in a run!  I love that I have the flexibility to do this at work, so I try to take advantage of it at least once a week.  Pre-run I fueled up with the last of my Tarjay trail mix (pecans, yogurt raisins, goji berries, cranberries & raspberries).  Two days ago, I would have bought this mix again in a heartbeat, but I looked at the ingredients list more carefully yesterday and realized the dried fruit was sweetened 😦 – no need for that!

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The 4.5 mile run was AWESOME!  The weather was perfect, the temperature was perfect, the timing was perfect – it was one of those days when the stars align, and it all just works!  I showered quickly (I belong to the fitness club just next door – very convenient) then headed back to work to enjoy…

a good ol’ PB+J sandwich, roasted root veggies (sweet potato + parsnip) from last night and a giant pickle (courtesy of a co-worker).  It was good!  Unfortunately, I ran out of my beloved TJ’s almond butter so I borrowed some JIF Natural from my friend – not my fave.  After having raw  nut butters with just nuts and/or salt, these taste sooo sweet and almost artificial.

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After lunch, I was still yearning for a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ because I burned those cals midday with the run, so I snuck a Quaker Oatmeal Raisin granola bar from another co-worker (thanks Angie!) and had it with a nice cuppa Celestial Seasonings Sweet Coconut Thai Chai decaf tea.  Later in the day, I had the usual plain yogurt/granola/berries combo – hit the spot as always!

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Then came by far the best part of the day….dinner out to eat (sorry TSL Challenge!) with one of my college besties Jess at the Cheeky Monkey Deli in St. Paul.  Jess and I had been planning to go here for months, pretty much because we saw this and knew we had to have it….

Nutella & Banana Pressed Sandwich, anyone?

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Now that is a foodgasm if I’ve ever seen one!  To balance out the nutritional profile of this meal a bit, Jess and I also split a salad: arugula, bacon, egg, red onion & blue cheese dressing.  It was good and had LOTS of arugula, which I loved.  This meal was definitely a Friday treat, but since I’ve been really good about eating at home and eating healthily, I honestly had NO qualms about enjoying this delish meal!

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Later, us gals hit up the mall on this rainy Friday night and spent two hours browsing!  Jess is getting married in 3 weeks (ahhhh!) and naturally, we were on the lookout for rehearsal dinner attire, cute shoes, jewelry, dresses – the usual :).  Unfortunately, I found nothing but this cuppa decaf coffee with skim milk and almond anise biscotti!

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Whew – I was tired last night!  Even more tired knowing I needed to tackle 11 miles this morning!  As soon as the mall closed at 9pm, I skedaddled home and jumped in bed, which I know is super cool of me to go to bed at 9:30pm on a Friday night, haha!  This morning I woke up at 7:15am, went downstairs to make myself some breakfast/prerun fuel.  For the life of me, I couldn’t decide what to have (everything involved my precious empty jar of almond butter!) so I decided on some toasted Ezekiel bread with JIF Natural peanut butter, a sprinkle of coconut and banana.

Along with another cup of coconut chai tea…

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Now it’s off to finish up this post, get ready for the run (it’s cold and windy, argghhh!), run the 11 miles and then enjoy the rest of this Saturday!  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!