The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Home August 29, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,fun finds — Holly @ 12:52
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There are certain places in a gal’s life that no matter where she is in the world, feel like home.

My “homey” places are: (1) Target (obv) and (2) farmer’s markets.  I could be in the middle of Ulan Bator, Mongolia but hell, if there’s a Target or farmer’s market to be had, it would feel just like good ol’ Minnesota.  Since I hit up Tarjay last night, naturally this morning was the perfect time for the Dane County Farmer’s Market.

I am going to let the pictures do the talkin’…

starting with a naner + camera shy coffee

starting with a naner + camera shy coffee

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Vegan Blueberry Oatmeal Scone

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fresh veg

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radish love

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peeps making their way around the square

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home-baked breads

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fresh flowers - the gorge dahlia I couldn't resist buying

ethical meat up in herre

ethical meat up in herre

sea berries (I totally had to Wikipedia these)

sea berries (I totally had to Wikipedia these)

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my loot: plums, dahlia, Japanese eggplant, red potatoes, roma tomatoes, orange pepper, raspberries, zucchini + lemon basil

pre-run fuel: white bagel with buttah

pre-run fuel: white bagel with buttah

Off to run 18 miles – I don’t have pride, wish me all the luck you can.

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Slapdash Mash July 16, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 14:56
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Beware…rando eats ahead!  Since I’m heading off to the Windy City for a ladies’ weekend o’ fun in a mere 1 1/2 hours, I have not replenished with a fresh food stash this week.  Hence, today’s eats so far are a slapdash mash of whatev was left in the kitch.  Starting with brekkie…

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AB + smashed naner + Ezek + cinnamon (x2 of course!)

This beauty held me over for awhile, then it was grazing time!  A little bit of scone yumminess from Bread & Chocolate, one of my favorite St. Paul haunts, courtesy of a coworker…

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1/2 Berry Lemon Scone - have I told you how much I LOVE scones? Because I do.

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Blueberry lovin', and yes, I ate all of them.

I tried this new Kashi dude, courtesy of Angharad of Eating for England, who I met up with last night for a delectably delicious bloggy dinner.  The verdict?  Well, as soon as I opened it up, the sweet smell of coffee wafted into my nose.  That is a good start.  A very good start.  Overall, the bar was really good – it’s definitely not my fave by any means but when you mix chocolate + coffee, you have a winner in my book.

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Kashi Dark Mocha Almond Love

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More gorge heirloom tomatoes...

Banana Nut Cheerios + vanilla almond milk...my CEO called me Cheerio-head when I ate this, FYI.

Banana Nut Cheerios + vanilla almond milk...my CEO called me Cheerio-head when I ate this, FYI.

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Look at those chunks of jelly in my new fave AB+PB+J trail mix from Trader Joe's...mmmmmm!

So, yes – yours truly ate a real slapdash (definition: in a careless or reckless manner) of foods on this lovely Thursday.  I guess that’s what you get when you fall asleep on the couch and wake-up at 12:30 having done nothing you needed to get done don’t plan ahead.  Sorry to make this an extremely uninteresting post, but I gotta run out the door and get my buns on the road to Chi-town ladies and gents!  Woowoo for an early weekend!

 

In the meantime, check out my guest post at No Meat Athlete to get more of your Healthy Everythingtarian fix.  I’ll explore the wonderful world of global vegetarian food… (hint, hint: beer totally counts!)  😉

 

I won’t be blogging in Chicago, but stay tuned on Sunday for a recap of the weekend’s eats, fun, purchases (shopping WILL be involved) and shenanigans.

Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!

 

To go or not to go? May 10, 2009

Filed under: dinner,lunch,recipes — Holly @ 18:48
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Good evening my little bloggy friends!

What a fabulous, low-key weekend it’s been – it’s totally what I needed!  Today, I just relaxed (kind of) by going to Tarjay to grocery shop, then making lunch (see below), going for a long leisurely walk and finally, going to a top-not-so-secret meeting, but more on that in a bit!

I am TOTALLY loving my new weekly challenge to buy 5 new items to try every week.  Along with my parsnips from the farmer’s market yesterday, here are the rest of the week’s newbies:

Stonyfield Farms Organic PLAIN Yogurt
Celestial Seasonings Coconut Sweet Thai Chai tea
Arnold’s 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
Archer Farms Yogurt Raisins, Cranberries, Goji Berries & Pecans trail mix

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Instead of calling it lunch, I would like to call my midday meal British Tea Time, in honor of the semester I spent studying abroad in London in college!  I tried my new Celestial Seasonings Coconut Sweet Thai Chai tea, and it rocked!  Along with it, I had the last two bits of my Easy Fig Scones, 1 cup of strawberries and 1/4 cup of my new trail mix – yogurt raisins, dried cranberries, goji berries and pecans!  What a lovely, posh tea time I had!

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Late this afternoon, I had my secret lil’ meeting which involved Starbucks and a tall soy latte (no picture, which you’ll understand why in a moment :)).  For most of the famous healthy food bloggers, this would probably have to do with getting their own Web site, or perhaps snagging a sponsor, or something like that.  Unfortunately, this gal isn’t that famous so mine was something completely different.  I, Holly, have the opportunity to nanny for a family from October to April…

IN AUSTRALIA!

Yes, the Land Down Under mate!  There have been no final decisions made, but I met with the couple (who have two daughters), and they are fantastic!  The only problem I have is figuring out financial logistics: making sure I can pay my student loans as well as other miscellaneous bills/loans while I am gone for 6 months.  However, don’t you worry, I am an avid traveler and am determined to make this happen!

So…there is my big news!  Anybody have any good financial advice or perhaps have some good karma they can throw my way so I can win the lottery?  Needless to say, I am SUPPPPEEERRRR excited about the possibility!

But not too excited not to eat dinner, of course!  When I got home, I whipped up a sundried tomato & asparagus frittata with goat cheese.  Super savory and filling!  I sauteed onion, asparagus and sundried tomato in a little EVOO and garlic, then added 1/2 cup Eggbeaters.  I flipped a top on the pan and let it do its thing for 5 to 7 minutes.  Finally, I crumbled some goat cheese over the top and served it with two slices toasted Ezekiel bread.  Easy and satisfying!

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Oops, how did that Diet Coke get in there? 🙂  (It was only like 1/3 of the can – I swear!).  After dinner, I needed something a bit sweet to munch on as I wrote this post, so I concocted a little junk trail mix.  Some honey & oats granola, a couple almond clusters, a sprinkle of my new trail mix and some dark chocolate shavings – it hit the spot!

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Now, I have some freelance writing to finish up then off to bed and maybe a yoga class in the morning?  Ooohhh…we’ll have to see about that one!

Happy Mother’s Day again to all you moms!  Enjoy the rest of your well-earned day!

***Update:  When Megan offered a glass of this lovely, sweet Pinot Grigio…I couldn’t resist!

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More Lovely Eats & Treats

Filed under: dinner,lunch,recipes,running — Holly @ 11:07
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Such a good weekend (so far)!  After the farmer’s market, I headed back home and cleaned like a maniac!  Dusting, vacuuming, organizing, you name it.  When I finally got done almost two hours later, it was definitely lunchtime.  I raided the fridge for a nice lil’ smorgasbord of leftovers.  Sundried & Tomato Stuffed Chicken, Easy Fig Scone, some carrots and strawberries (organic + on sale!)…

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After lunch, I ran a couple errands and snacked on this baby in preparation for the 10-mile run with Ashley.  Thoroughly enjoyed the Pistachio – definitely gets an honorable mention on the Top 5 Larabar List!

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Then, it was finally time for long run of the week!  Ash and I were both feeling a little out of it when we started (she was frazzled, I was half-asleep), but by the end, we were reminded of WHY we run.  Running, for both of us, is a huge stress reliever and mental cleanser.  We did 10 miles in just about exactly 90 minutes – 9 minute miles!  The time flew by as we chatted up a storm, and before we knew it, we were making dinner!

Homemade black bean burgers & sweet potato fries – one of the BEST combos eva!

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Mexican Black Bean Burgers
adapted from Homemade Bean Burgers at Kath Eats Real Food

2/3 cup cooked black beans
2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
Pinch dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. diced red onion
2 tbsp. diced, seeded roma tomato
2 tbsp. cooked corn kernels
2 tbsp. finely diced fresh cilantro
1/2 avocado
2 whole wheat buns

Mash the first six ingredients together.  Mixture will be slightly dry, so add water as needed until the mixture becomes moistened.  Add the onion, tomato, corn and cilantro; mix well.  Meanwhile, divide the bean mixture in two and form two patties by hand.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.  Spray the saucepan with cooking spray, and cook the patties on each side for 3 to 5 minutes.  Resist the urge to flip them or check on them too soon; just let them sit there and cook.  Once the burgers are done, slice the avocado into strips and split between the two burgers.  Smoosh on a bun, top with condiments of your choice and enjoy!

Makes 2 burgers

These burgers were sooo easy and sooo good!  Us gals showered, put on our best sweatpants and sweatshirts, then chilled the rest of the evening.  However, not before I enjoyed a Diet Coke (not pictured) and bowl of ice cream that is!  We went 50/50 with our ice cream – half of light chocolate chip and light caramel fudge brownie

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Unfortunately, I won’t get to see my mommy today, but…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MUMMY!

This morning, in honor of all moms, I made myself Polly’s delicious Oaty Cakes, and boy were they good!  Topped with some almond butter, sliced bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup (and a cuppa joe of course!) – deelish!

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I froze the other half for an easy workday breakfast.  Now, I have about a million things to do and the weather is GORGEOUS outside – what’s a gal to do?  I’ve got a very exciting meeting later today as well, so hopefully I will have some super EXCITING news to share with you later! 

Honor thy mother today and have a good one!

 

Mini-Meal Friday May 8, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes — Holly @ 23:49
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Woowoo for the weekend!  As the title of my post suggests, it was all about the mini-meal today.  At the end of the week, I like to clean out the fridge/pantry as much as possible, so meal combos can get a little random!  This glorious morning started out with a lovely bowl of KERF-style oats and some more gorgeous sunshine streaming in through the window.

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1tbsp. oat bran
water
1/2 banana
1/4 cup honey & oats granola
2 True North Almond Clusters crumbled
1/2 cup blackberries
1 tbsp. almond butter

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Around 11am, I feasted on the first of several frequent meals.  This one was simple, but oh so good: Fage 0% Greek Yogurt with 1 cup of strawberries and an Easy Fig Scone.  The best part?  I crumbled the last half of the scone INTO the yogurt combo – soooo delish!  Eaten with a Diet Cherry Coke, perfection!

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Early afternoon I needed a little perking up, so I delved into the 2nd mini-meal of the day: 1 cup of Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax and 1 cup of delicious, juicy mango!  Then after I had my daily cuppa Green Chai tea.  At around 4:00pm (start of the 1 hour countdown to the weekend!), I had my fave Cherry Pie Larabar and some crunchy carrots.

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For dinner, I didn’t have much so while at the grocery store (picking up organic strawberries on sale, yessss!), I concocted a salad from the Kowalski’s salad bar:  mixed greens, spinach, beets (my fave!), broccoli, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, red onion, chickpeas, golden raisins, sunflower seeds, a sprinkle of honey-roasted peanuts and Kraft Light Asian Sesame dressing.  I headed over after to work to babysit my little buddy Jackson and scarf down the salad with some lemonade!

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I was still a bit hungry after the salad, of course! I found some Wheat Thins, dried cherries and more honey-roasted peanuts and threw them together into a pseudo-trail mix (including a small handful more honey-roasted peanuts – I couldn’t resist :)).  After getting home at 10:30pm, my tummy was a grumbling so I snagged a small Easy Fig Scone along with a cup of tea to tide me over to write this post.

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Whew – what a week!  I am soooo excited for the weekend – if all goes according to plan, tomorrow should be a fabulous first outing to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market, followed by some errand running and ending with a 10-miler + dinner with one of my besties Ashley, who I haven’t seen in weeks!  Sunday, I shall honor thy mother (even though I won’t get to see her :(), catch up on the million things on my to-do list and start practicing my beach volleyball skills – our league starts Wednesday!

Otherwise, I’m really working on the blog, coming up with new ideas and trying to get everything just how I want it.  I realize the blog has been pretty food-centered so far, so next week I am going to try and spice it up with more workouts and fun life stuff.  Can’t tell what it is yet, but I think it should be good!

Good evening and good night!

 

Almost there… May 7, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes — Holly @ 20:55
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I hate thinking that all I do on Thursday is wait for Friday, but that’s exactly what I did today!  Even at breakfast over this fabulous bowl of 1 container nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup blackberries/strawberries, 1/3 cup honey oats granola, sprinkle of almonds/walnuts and a drizzle of honey, all I could think about was the weekend!

It was soooo gorgeous today!  The bright morning light streaming through the windows this morning made me so happy!

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I tried not to complain too much having to be inside behind a desk on a day like today :).  Mid-morning, I ate half my new #3 Larabar: Key Lime Pie!  Check out my earlier post for my top 5 faves!  For lunch, I had the good ol’ standby bagged lunch: AB+J (almond butter + raspberry jelly), 1 cup juicy mango and some TJ’s Rice and Bean Chips!

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During lunch, I did manage to get outside for a 30 minute walk.  Oh how that refreshes the soul!  I felt so much better after getting some fresh air; studies have shown a 15 minute walk can do wonders for the soul (abate hunger, burn fat, lessen stress – the list goes on!).  Then it was my new post-lunch drink: Chai Green tea baby!  Mid-afternoon, I snacked on some carrots and the other half of the Key Lime Pie Larabar.

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Dindin tonight was more leftovers but still delicious as ever!  I had one of the Sundried Tomato & Spinach Stuffed Chicken breasts from last night, along with a large yam (poked & nuked for 7 minutes) with a smat of butter and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon!

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Suddenly after dinner, an urgent need to bake came over me!  Ever since I mentioned Fig Newtons on the blog a couple days ago, I have had a hankering for them.  I raided the baking cabinet, brought out a plethora of supplies and ingredients and mixed as I went along!  What did I come up with?  Easy Fig Scones of course!

The end result:

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My portion:

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Verdict?  I really like them!  They are NOT an overly sweet scone – perfect paired with tea or coffee!  I also like they have all good-for-you ingredients (did you notice no butter?) and provide almost 1 serving of fruit per scone.  They are only about 200 calories a wedge!  I had one after dinner, then 1/2 one with some Good Earth Tea after Megan and I took a nice, leisurely hour-long walk this gorgeous evening.

They actually were REALLY easy: whole wheat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, canola oil, eggs, turbinado sugar, soymilk, figs and honey!  Click here for the recipe!

Off to get a good night’s rest for Friday…I’m babysitting my friend’s nephew tomorrow night, and he’s a wild one!