The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Running Well, Wedding Bells + Internet Hell August 16, 2009

Yep, that pretty much sums up my weekend.

Let’s start with the good stuff – I got up at 7am bright n’ early on Saturday morning and ate a nice carb-heavy pre-run meal consisting of a 1/2 cup Special K with 1/2 cup skim milk and a chocolate chip granola bar.  There is no better running fuel than pure white carbs.

Then, yours truly did what she has NEVER done before – run 16 miles!

The first 9 miles went well despite the Minnesota heat and humidity.  I made sure to make frequent water stops (also stopping to splash water on my head to cool down) before returning back to my friend Ashley’s where I popped 3 Clif Black Cherry Shot Bloks and some Diet Cherry Pepsi (don’t judge).  Then Ashley headed out with me to finish the last 7 miles, and my other friend Megan joined us for the last 3 miles.  My friends are seriously the best :).

In the end? The run went AWESOME.  I finished in my marathon pace of just under 10:00 minutes/mile, equaling about 2 hours and 40 minutes.  I seriously think I could have gone even further. It was that kind of glorious running day.

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

post-run Pomegranate Paradise Jamba Juice (with soy protein)

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Indian buffet of love from Whole Foods...with a Cilantro Chutney Samosa!

Seriously…if I could marry Indian food I would.  Shhhhh, don’t tell McMac I am cheating on him ;).

After lunchie, it was off to IKEA –  ummm, holy anxiety!  Soooo many people, soooo many things to look at and tooooo little time.  Luckily, I had my trusted Meggy Moo in tow.  If this isn’t a friend, I don’t know what is:

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

on the floor checking the unmarked chair for a price...that is love right there

Then, I gussied myself up and headed off to my girl Charlotte’s wedding!  Charlotte and I studied abroad together in college in London, and we’ve pretty much been soulmates ever since.  LOVE that girl.  I also got to see Brittany (who also studied abroad with us) for the first time in years.  LOVE that girl too.

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Hobag, CharChar Binks and Brittho (our nicknames)

started with a red vino...

started with a red vino...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

then continued on with a berry spinach salad...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

followed up by some vegetarian ravioli...

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

and finished off with turtle cheesecake and a brewsky!

Yeah, that’s right.  My girl Char had a plethora of CHEESECAKES at her wedding instead of regular ol’ wedding cake.  That is reason #4,276 that we are friends.  Brittho and I may have split an additional piece of Key Lime Cheesecake.  Just sayin…

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

a lil' bubbly to toast the bride and groom

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fabulousness all around

Did I mention Charlotte also had a photo booth AND late-night pizza?  Reasons #3,231 and #6,121,989 we are friends.

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

two slices of veggie pizza were most certainly devoured

When I got home, I crashed harder than Lindsey Lohan’s career.

After almost 10 hours of glorious sleep, I woke up to coffee and a lovely chat with Ashley.  Then, right as I started contemplating eating Ash’s carpet, it was 10:30am and time for me to meet another fabulous lady you all know – Ms. Angharad!

We met at the Uptown Diner…looks like a total dive from the outside, but inside you will find such fabulous delicacies such as this…

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tex-mex breakfast burrito (Angharad)

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french toast kamikaze-style (aka with bananas, blueberries & pecans) para moi

After brekkie, I skedaddled back on the road (wasn’t I just driving?) back to Madison.  Five LONG hours later, I arrived safely.  After successful shopping trip #2 at the co-op (including a free coupon for a French Meadow bread product and a bottle of organic agave syrup – score!), I made it back to my apartment to find the Internet still not working.

WTF?!?!?!?!

I can’t handle this.  ATT is apparently coming on Tuesday to fix it, but that means another two days of paying for coffee at the cute coffeeshop for free Wi-Fi.  I guess there could be worse thangs…

green ap + peppahjack stick

green ap + peppahjack stick

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

emergency stash of almonds was consumed when i hit mayjuh traffic

Ah, home sweet home.

After getting really frustrated and angry speaking calmly with the Internet peeps, I needed a snackie.  Enter in perhaps, my other new love (sorry McMac AND Indian food :()

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

i am a firm believer in dessert before dinner

Ingredients: organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, organic pineapple, organic pineapple juice concentrate, organic coconut extract, organic rum extract

One word: AMAZING.

look at those pineapple chunks of love

look at those pineapple chunks of love

After dessert, I had dinner…

mixed greens
cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado
1/3 cup cumin-spiced black beans
1/3 cup mild salsa
1/4 cup sliced green pepper
crushed blue corn chips 

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Mexican Fiesta Salad

And a lil’ calcium for (more) dessert…

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

i think the barista gave me Vitamin D milk...decaf iced chai was still yummo

I just scrolled through the post and realized it’s practically a marathon long, which by the way, the Twin Cities Marathon is in T-minus 49 days.  Eeeeeeek!

Bloggy thangs I still have planned (even if they are taking uber-longer than I expected):

  • Marathon training post
  • Holly Investigates… post (It’s been 75% done for like three weeks now!)
  • Two exciting announcements
  • Updates

Hang in there my children…mama WILL eventually get there!

Now, I am downing the rest of my drank and gettin’ down to read some bloggy love!  Say a prayer for my Internet por favor and have a relaxing Sunday night!

 

Highlight of the weekend?  Put it out there peeps!  Mine was probably the amazing run on Saturday morning and the pictures Char, Britt and I took in the photo booth.  They were epic.

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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)!

 

Gettin’ My Vitamin D June 14, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 21:04
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I don’t want to rub it in to those of you who experienced less than stellar weather…but today was PERFECT!  Sunny, 80 degrees and oh so gorgeous – it was the perfect day to lay in the sun and soak up some rays get my vitamin D fix.  After last night’s late feast, I went light with the breakfast this morning and concocted a berry green monster.

1 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 banana
1.5 cups mixed frozen fruit (pineapple, mango, berries & banana)
2 cups spinach
raspberries, for a pretty garnish

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After breakfast, I ran a few errands, grabbed my VeggieGirl-inspired Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Blondies and met my two ladies Ashley and Megan for some quality time poolside!

Oh man – heaven!  It was so nice to relax, lounge by the pool, take a dip and catch up with my gal pals.  I slathered on the SPF45 then happily soaked up my vitamin D.  Early afternoon, we brought out our potluck of goodies for lunch.  On the menu today…

All-Bran Garlic & Herb crackers
roasted red pepper hummus
variety of takeout sushi
strawberries
Diet Coke (a must-have poolside beverage!)
my VeggieGirl blondies

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For my share, I would guesstimate I had about 1 cup strawberries, 4 pieces of sushi, 1-1.5 servings crackers w/ 1/4 cup hummus and 2 blondies (and Diet Coke :)) spread out throughout the lunch/afternoon.

Us ladies bummed the rest of the afternoon at the pool and split at about 3:30pm.  From there, I ran a quick errand to my sister’s new house and then came home where I finished up on some basic Sunday tasks: cleaning, laundry, mini-manicure and dindin.  Tonight was a random assortment of things…spinach salad with berries, almonds and a drizzle of honey/EVOO, celery w/ peanut butter and a slice of Ezekiel 12-grain bread with raspberry preserves.

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And a third blondie for dessert :).

Along with a glass of sauvignon blanc

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After dinner, it was off to my favorite Sunday night Yoga/Pilates Fusion class with Deb.  Sixty minutes of loveliness – today was full of balance moves, ab work and lotsa good stretching.  When I got home, I needed a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ so I made myself a bowl of blueberry-liciousness

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Tomorrow I am volunteering at an all-day charity golf tournament for Children’s Heartlink – an awesome international medical nonprofit that does with with pediatric heart disease around the world.  I am so excited to soak up some sun, hit the links and support a good cause.  I will have a full recap of all the fun tomorrow!

Tomorrow also starts day 1 of marathon training…yikes!

What was the best thing you did this weekend?  For me, that’s a toughie.  It’s tied between the Pedal Pub and the poolside fun today!

 

Fruitful Day June 9, 2009

Good evening my little online blogarinos!

As the title of my post suggests, today was full of fruit!  The fruitaliciousness started bright and early this morning with a poopy green monster!  Today’s concoction included:

1 cup vanilla almond milk
4 cups spinach
1 banana
1 cup berry frozen fruit mix (cherries, raspberries, mango & boysenberries)

Ta-daaaaaaa….

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I’m not going to lie, I was drrraaggggiinnnggg today – the past week really took it out of this gal (and that is hard to do!).  However, the green monster and getting almost all my veggie servings by 7am did perk me up a bit.  However, due to lack of protein, this gal was starvin’ by 10am.  Enter…my newest Larabar purchase

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It was delicious – Lara just doesn’t disappoint.

Over my lunch break, I headed back over to the gym for a nice lil’ lunchie workout.  I created a quick cardio and toning plan to keep my heart rate up and my glutes a-burnin’.  If you only have a bit of time to work out, this is really a fast, all-over workout.  Here’s the plan Stan:

Lunchtime Cardio/Toning Circuit

5 min.     Run
5 min.     50 walking lunges + 10 walking push-ups
10 min.   Elliptical
5 min.     50 wide leg squats + 25 bicep curls + 25 tricep kickbacks + 25 shoulder shrugs
5 min.     Run
5 min.     Various ab exercises (scissors, leg raises, crunches, etc.)
5 min.     Stretching

For a grand sweating total of….40 minutes!

When I got back to work, I dug into one of the easiest and most delicious meals there is….CEREAL!  If you were a childhood fan of Senor Captain Crunch, please drop what you are doing right now (except if you are reading my blog, of course!) and run to the store and buy Kashi Honey Sunshine.  It’s like healthified Cap’n Crunch!

Along with skim milk and a fantastic, juicylicious peach….

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Before I forget, I feel like y’all need a little Holly Investigates… update.  You see, with my busy schedule of late, I haven’t really had the time to devote to investigating all those little health-related bits I love so much.  Sooo, I’ve decided it won’t quite be feasible to post a new one every Monday, but I will do my best to churn out a couple a month.  Deal?

Snacktime was the usual glorious combo of yogurt/berries/muesli

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After work, I headed over to my sister’s NEW house to help her paint her bathroom.  Nothing like a little sisterly bonding time over a tub of gray paint in a confined bathroom :).  It surprisingly was quite the workout – between crouching in crevices, holding up lighting devices and painting up a storm, my arms are feelin’ it!

On the way to her house, I snacked on an oats + honey granola bar as I swore/cursed/raged with anger patiently navigated the rush hour traffic.

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Driving to my sister’s was complicated by a slight bloody nose in the car (nuff’ said there).  Upon arrival and before painting, I dug into the salad I had brought (pat on the back to me for thinking and planning ahead – patpat!).

spinach
cucumber
tomato
sunflower seeds
garbanzo beans
Newman’s Sesame Ginger vinaigrette

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While painting, I snacked on these babies + a Diet Coke…

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These almonds were delicious – there were about 2 servings in the bag.  They were roasted with paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and some other spices.  They were savory and super delish!  I might have to buy these suckers again…I might have also had a couple handfuls of my sister’s Gardetto’s – anybody else have a deep childhood love for Gardetto’s like myself?

After painting, it was errands to the bank and Target, then home to sadly throw away two of my favorite pairs of ballet flats.  Tears.  They were good to me while they lasted; however, I wasn’t the best to them.  They were worn down, a bit smelly and had seen their days.  Rest in peace my favorite gold and magenta flats.  Rest in peace.

More sad news today…I found out that the possible nanny job in Australia fell through.  Apparently, the doctor I was going to nanny for found another job, so no heading Down Under for me :(.  Guess that means SOMEBODY has to hire me before my temp job runs out.  Any takers?

Now, I am going to finish blogging, finish a freelance writing project due tomorrow then get my buns to bed, hopefully for 5:30am yoga.  I don’t know if it is going to happen (I am one tired girl!), but there is no harm in hoping.

Anybody have any good ideas for a potential career/job/future for moi?  Let me know PLEASE :).

I almost forgot…check out Peanut Butter and Jenny for a truly fabulous, awesome and amazing giveaway.  That’s just Miss Jenny for ya :).

 

Something old, new, borrowed and blue… June 2, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:24
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…and I’m not talking about a wedding! 🙂

Today was full of random eats, but the good news is I am slowly but surely eating up all the food I have in the house.  To start off the morning, it was something new

GREEN BERRY MONSTER!!!

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1 cup Oat Dream oat milk
1 banana
1 cup frozen fruit (raspberries, cherries, boysenberries & mango)
2 cups spinach
3 tbsp. berry acai hemp protein powder

Honestly, the addition of the hemp protein made it a little too gritty for my taste.  I loved the mixture of the berries and bananas, but the protein powder muddled that too much.  Next time, no hemp protein.  I’m going to go out and have to splurge on some yummy vanilla brown rice protein powder!  Along with a nice Caribou coffee with 2% milk

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Mid-morning, I had a good ol’ banana (one of the only fruits left in the house!).

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Lunch took care of my something borrowed… I borrowed some honey whole wheat bread to have a delicious AB+J along with a side salad of spinach, cuc, onion, sunflower seeds, green pepper and Organicville Sesame Goddess Dressing.  I had avocado in the mix, but I took it out because it just did NOT taste right :(.

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The afternoon flew by, thanks to the fact that (a) I got to leave work at 4:15pm, (b) I left early to go pick up my hemmed bridesmaid dress for this weekend!  I am soooo excited for the wedding – there are going to be tons of fabulous pictures, and my college bestie Jess is going to make the most gorgeous bride! 

Before I left work, I had a yogurt parfait I got from Caribou Coffee (from the early morning coffee run) – lowfat yogurt, granola, blueberries & strawberries.  It was yum-o!

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After I got home (at 5:15pm – woowoo!  That hasn’t happened in forever!), I went for a quick handful of plain popcorn to munch on while dinner was reheating in the microwave freshly cooking :).  This picture x 2 or 3…

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Then I devoured something old by immediately heating up the remainder of my Oaty Cakes (recipe courtesy of Ms. Polly) from Sunday morning.  Smeared with about 1 tbsp. almond butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and a hefty handful of blueberries (my something blue!), I totally devoured this delicious stack.

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After dinner, I enjoyed almond butter (about 1/2 tbsp.) with half a naner before heading out the door for a nice 6 mile walk…

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The long walk was much needed today – my monkey mind was in full force, swinging from limb to limb, thought to thought (props to one of my favorite ladies, Elizabeth Gilbert, for coining the monkey mind phrase in possibly the best book ever, “Eat, Pray, Love”).  I may not have solved world peace or anything, but I came back from the gorgeous walk a whole lot saner.

When I got back, I just had to have the other half

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Now, I am pretty pooped, not going to lie.  I’m going to finish up stretching, take a quick shower, get in my comfy jammies and head to bed early.  This girl has 5:30am Vinyasa Flow with Deb to attend to tomorrow morning!

Anybody else getting up early for a workout?  If so, just think, you are not the only one! 😛

 

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).

 

10 Hour Night

Filed under: breakfast,dinner — Holly @ 10:01
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Due to my frugal Saturday night…I got 10 hours of sleep! 

Last night, I just kind of hung around the house and got some little things done.  Cleaning? Check.  Laundry? Check.  Job applications? Check.  Trashy TV?  Check. 

For some reason, I wasn’t very hungry last night.  Since this happens like NEVER, I took advantage and munched on my last Heart Thrive vegan energy bar in Raisin Spice.  These bars were good – dense, chewy and flavorful, if not a little bit dry.  Paired with tea or coffee however, they are really good.  I think my favorite flavor was the Raisin Spice…

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I took a short brain-break walk later in the night, then came back and made Green Monster #2!  This recipe was much simpler and basic than my first one but still good!

1 cup Oat Dream oat milk
1 banana
1 large handful baby spinach
2 handfuls of ice

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Now that is one green monster!  With all the banana-ness going on, I don’t think I could really taste the oat milk.  I might have to have it with some cereal or something to give a proper review.  Didn’t hurt the smoothie though, so far so good!

This morning, after a luxurious 10 hours of sleep, I relied on one of my FAVORITE blogger recipes to make for breakfast.  Enter Oaty Cakes from Miss Yoga is Yummy

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I made three slight modifications: organic nonfat plain yogurt (for Greek yogurt); 1 tbsp. raw cane sugar (for the brown sugar); and 1 tsp. of cinnamon (instead of 1/2 – I LOVE my cinnamon!).  Served with some joe & skim milk, and smothered with about 1 tbsp. raw almond butter, 1/2 sliced banana and a drizzle of maple syrup: HEAVEN!  Seriously, these pancakes are my new favorite.  Try.  them.  now.

Does getting lots of sleep sometimes make other people MORE tired?  I think that is what’s happening to me right now.  I need to wake up, scoot my buns outside and enjoy another glorious, sunny Sunday.  Enjoy!