The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Change of Plans August 28, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 19:39
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The original plan to run 18 miles tonight and head MN for the State Fair tomorrow? Scrapped.

New plan? Save money by chillin’ in Madtown, cross thangs off my to-do list, peruse the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morn and run 18 miles in the 60 degree weather in the afternoon.

Perhaps, not overly exciting, but my wallet is bowing down to me in thanks.  He couldn’t take much more abuse.

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Sprouted spelt toast, mushed banana, AB + cinnamon and a glass o' skim milk

snackin' on strawbs

snackin' on strawbs

Friday also means “Fun Lunch Friday” a.k.a. we hummed and hawed before finally decided on a cute lil’ spot called Hawk’s on La Calle de Estado. Think yummy bar + grill food.

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Veggie Portabella Mushroom Sandwich + Spicy Chipotle Corn Chowder (with an uber-classy Saltine cracker garnish)

Then, we all decided we were still hungry.  Enter in one of my fave ice cream shops ever:

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they don't mess around.

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Coconut Almond Breeze (coconut ice cream, chocolate chunks, almonds)

Drool. How I managed to go back to the office after that dish of heaven is beyond me – I was even uber-productive.  And it’s Friday.  That’s not normal.

At 5pm, I skedaddled home, ate a small bowl of cereal to tide me over and went to Tarjay for the 2nd Friday night in a row.  My coolness factor is skyrocketing by the minute.  However, I stuck to my list (shocking, I know!) and had to grab some goods to make this:

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cottage cheese, garbanzos, Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (very important - MUST be Hidden Valley) + sunflower seeds

Ever since I saw this protein-loaded concoction on my gal Janetha’s blog, I’ve been meaning to try it!  Shooo…that girl knows what is up – it was delish!  I happen to ❤ ranch dressing with a yearning, burning passion so this was right up my alley.  Next time, I think I will throw some veg in.  Mad props Queen of Meals and Moves.  Mad props.

Topped off with some of Wisconsin’s finest…

...corn on the cob that is!

...corn on the cob that is!

My to-do list for this rockin’ Friday evening:

  • Paint bathroom mirror trim
  • Clean the oven
  • Wrap up the rest of the giveaway packages to send out
  • Bloggy thangs (let’s just say it involves technology, and me and technology don’t always get along)
  • Read “Time Traveler’s Wife”

Alright Holly, let’s try and actually be productive tonight…

P.S. It’s a sad day for all us Jim Halpert/John Krasinski lovers…he’s officially off the market.  I also now officially hate Emily Blunt.

 

Boring Is Not So Bad August 25, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch,reviews — Holly @ 20:31
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Ever have one of those days where nothing really happens…you just go about your day and nothing is out of the ordinary spectacular or bad?  That was today para mi.

It started out with a delicious breakfast cookie, courtesy of our fave sista of fitness:

1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp. hemp protein powder
1 heaping tbsp. raw AB
2 tbsp. shredded coconut
1/4 cup skim milk
1 sliced banana

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a breakfast cookie is always a star

I don’t know what it is, but these just don’t fill me up!  Suriously, I was hungry like 3 hours later. I even did some nutrish calculating to see if I was getting enough sustenance…well, about 500 cals, 15 grams of protein and lotsa fiber should fill a gal up for reals!

Followed up with a yummy mid-morning PURE bar I won in Kristin’s giveaway, which I snarfed before my meeting (because it was one of those meetings where you are not sure how long it will last).

Cranberry Orange PURE Bar

Cranberry Orange PURE Bar

Lunchie was banana-ful as well as tomater-ful…

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AB+B quesadilla with buttloads of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey

cherry tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

More work, planning, writing and my fave mid-afternoon snack of choice: Greek yog + fruit.

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Blueb Chob + bluebs

If I had to pick a lowlight of the day, this would be it.  I maybe drank like 1/6 of it – sorry POM, I normally love your juice but this tea was NOT cutting it.  I wasn’t even going to offer it to a co-worker.  That’s how much I did not like it.

POMx Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea - not so good...

POMx Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea - yeah, not so good...

At 5pm, I skedaddled home and out the door for a 6 mile run.  Done in just under an hour, it didn’t feel awesome but didn’t feel bad either.  See what kind of humdrum iffy day I am having?

Fortunately, dinner was anything but iffy.  In fact, it was sooo good and sooo satisfying!  Dindin hit the spot while watching The Office online, featuring the King of TWSS himself.  Michael Scott is probs my 2nd favorite character…Kevin is my first.  I can’t help it, everytime he does Kool-Aid man I seriously wet myself.  For the record however, I will one day become Mrs. Jim Halpert (or preferably, Mrs. John Krasinski).

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Amy's Indian Spinach Tofu Wrap, grilled zucchini, cucumbers + TJ's three layer hummus

I guess if I consider a day like this boring….boring ain’t so bad.

 

My New Boyfriend August 13, 2009

Everybody…meet the newest member of The Healthy Everythingtarian family…

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Meet my new love...McMac!

I can’t even express how hard I fell in love with McMac.  At first opening of the box, I knew me and him were meant to be.  He’s sleek, suave and ultra sophisticated.  Just my kind of guy.

The even better news?  The same day I got my new comp (shoutout to Daddy Everythingtarian for helping his dear daughter purchase said McMac!), my Internet equipment also came!  As of 8pm tomorrow, I will be with computer AND with Internet.  Release the doves and let the animals run free – freedom is here people!

I don’t think I even begin to say how much I missed y’all.  Even though moving into the new hippie abode has been taking up lots of time as has starting a brand new job, I knew something was missing from my day-to-day activities.  So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being patient and sticking with me through all of it. Your dedication shall be rewarded my people.

 

Back to the good stuff….THE EATS!  Here is a sample buffet of what yours truly has been putting in her workin’ gal belly:

First, multiple, consecutive days of overnight oats (alert: new obsession!) using the standard recipe:

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/4 cup POM juice
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut

~ soaked overnight ~

fruit of choice
hunk o’ almond buttah

bananas are the popular topping of the week

bananas were the topping of the week

yep, more overnight oats

yep, more overnight oats

Shoutout to Jess for finally turning me away from the darkside and towards pepperjack cheese!

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toasted portabella veggie sandwich with pepperjack and a side salad

veg tikka masala stirfry over brown rice and frozen applesauce

veg tikka masala stirfry over brown rice and frozen applesauce

***OBSESSION ALERT***  Go home and freeze your applesauce right now.  It will be the most delightful summer frozen treat you have experienced yet.  Just trust me.

Without working Internet or TV, I’ve resorted to doing makeovers in my spare time…

pre-makeover

pre-makeover

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post-makeover...isn't she a beauty?

Who knew nonfat plain yogurt, smashed banana, Banana Nut Cheerios, buttloads of cinnamon and almond butter could look so fabulous?  I didn’t.

salsa + black bean + spinach wrap and more yummy applesauce (unfrozen)

salsa + black bean + spinach wrap and more yummy applesauce (unfrozen)

Some pre-run fuel for my mid-week 8 miler (which for the record, was one of the BEST runs I have had in a LONG time!  I think my body does not run well in the heat :()…

1/2 banana walnut muffin

1/2 banana walnut muffin

Now, I sit happily blogging at the cutest lil’ coffeeshop (with free WiFi, yesssss!) around the corner from my apartment with a decaf skim chai latte (brewed with real tea bags…not the concentrate crap).  

Sidenote: If you drink cow’s milk, lowfat and nonfat milk are perfect post-workout recovery fuel.  It is the perfect balance of carbohydrates + protein to repair those muscles.  Just make sure you buy organic and preferably from small farms – hopefully the milk will come from happier cows :).

 

In happy moving news: I joined my local co-op which is a 5 minute walk from the apt!  It is adorable, stocks a plethora of of local, organic produce and fair trade products and I am part-owner.  I also joined a gym, which I really like so far.  I went to a yoga class on Monday that kicked my arse.  Love it.  Do you like how the two first two things I do when moving to a new city are find the nearest grocery store and gym?  Haha…that is healthy living dedication!

Alrighty peeps, I’m rollin’ out to go read blogs, spend quality time with McMac and pack for my weekend trip back home to MN for a wedding.  The weekend also might involved a lovely brunch outing with our fave Brit…wink wink.

 

Happy Thursday everyone!  Since I am behind the times, I demand (yes, DEMAND!) you leave a comment and tell me something you’ve been up to this week.  Funny stories, weekly goals, exciting news and happy events are all welcome.

My highlight of the day today was having a High School Musical jam session with one of my fab new co-workers in the office.  It ruled.

 

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.

 

Short & Sweet July 27, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,Thai — Holly @ 21:48
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Happy Monday my friends!

I literally just got back from Madison a couple hours ago after 9 HOURS of driving in the past 24 hours.  Ugh.  I hate driving.  I would happily give up driving and stare out the window in la-la land the rest of my life if I could.  Luckily, I made it home just in time for The Bach finale!

In short, she picked ED!  Yay for his green mankini him!  

Not going to lie, as much as I like cute, charming Reid, he looked like a TOTAL TOOL coming back to propose to her.  Anybody else agree with me?  Yeah, I know ya do.  What am I going to do on Monday nights without my Bach fix?  Hmmmm….any ideas for a new trashy TV show hobby?

Alright, here are the eats for the day.  Short and sweet (TWSS)…

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blackberry yog + blackberries + strawbs + Dylan's Chia Granola (my new fave!) + handful walnut/almond mix

post-makeover: A HOT MESS

post-makeover: A HOT MESS

car snack: ate 1/2 pre-interview

car snack: ate 1/2 pre-interview

The interview went well – I think I definitely still would pick my job offer over this position, but it was awesome to get more interview experience, make connections, yadda yadda…you know, the usual grown-up job drill.

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other 1/2 post interview...a bit small for 370 kcals, no?

For lunch, I met up with my old boss and a couple of co-workers from a pubic relations internship I had in college.  It was sooo good to catch up with them!  They have been so supportive, helpful and fabulous (not mention, hook me up with some freelance writing gigs!).  We hit up Sa Bai Thong, a fab Thai restaurant in Madison for some YUMMY lunch eats.

I had the Squash Red Curry with rice…it was amazing.  Just trust me :).

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car snacks for the 4-hr. drive back to MN

Subway...a classic road trip dinner

Subway...a classic road trip dinner

I got my usual…veggie sub on toasted honey oat with pepperjack cheese (a la spicy Jess).  Hit the spot.

Then I came home, unpacked my shiz, put on The Bachelorette, caught up on blogs and am now watching Flight of the Conchords. They are genius.  For reals.  Watch now.

Now, this gal is off to bed – lots more craziness, blog reading and major life decis to make this week!  I am still determined to make it to yoga and relax this week – my two weekly goals.

 

To help me update on all your lives, what are you looking forward to most this week?  Since I’m uber-indecisive, I have two – (1) Volleyball playoffs start Wednesday, and (2) hopefully I will have a brand new job by the end of the week!

 

Eat, Shop, Run + Wed, Part 1 July 26, 2009

Here we go, here we go, kick it!

Dudes….get ready for a serious two-part MONSTER of a weekend post! 

 

***FRIDAY***

Last time I left you all, the weekend had just begun!  I raced out of work and straight home to take care of the beast (1st priority) and then make some dindin (2nd priority).  The beast?  Check.  Dinner? Cheeccckkkk.

Appetizer: celery + almond buttah

Appetizer: celery + almond buttah

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Main Course: Amy's Green Tamale frozen meal

Verdict?  Delish, as always.

Verdict? Delish, as always.

After dinner, I met up with my friend Meggy Moo for some Friday night shopping.  Does anybody else LOVE going to the mall on Friday nights?  Less crowds, more relaxed and better deals!  We hit up the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, but naturally, even though so many things were on sale, they were still way too expensive for moi.  Ugh.

However, we did hit up Nordstrom’s Rack (like an outlet version of Nordstrom’s), where we found KILLER deals.  Two pairs of Hue tights in black and brown for $5 and a Trina Turk orange-striped cardigan for $40.  A girl just can’t resist a good bargain…

 

***SATURDAY***

I fell asleep Friday night knowing it was the big 1-3 mile run in the morn.  I got up and carb-loaded like a champ with about 7 cups of Banana Nut Cheerios and 1/2 cup skim milk (all I had left)…

Maybe not 7 cups...but definitely 2 or 3...

Maybe not 7 cups...but definitely 2 or 3...

My sister Alli, who is also running the marathon, came up to my neck of the woods to run with me.  What a difference!  Seriously, does anyone else find it way uber-easier to run with somebody else than just by themselves?  Mama Everythingtarian ran the first 6 miles with us, then went to meet up with my dad and younger sister while we completed the 13.  We walked warmed-up for the first 1/2 mile, ran 12 around the lakes, then took her easy and walked the last 1/2 mile.  Barbie, Ken and sissy #3 were waiting for us with water and bagels when we were done – hallelujah, I love you family!

PB + Whole Wheat Bagel + loads of H2O

PB + Whole Wheat Bagel + loads of H2O

a cuppa orange mango juice may have also happened somewhere along the lines

a cuppa orange mango juice may have also happened somewhere along the lines

After blasting through the awesome run, which took us about 2 hours (roughly 10 minute miles), I got back to la casa de mi prima and showered up to meet Angharad for lunch at the fabulous, organic, seasonal and locally-grown Birchwood Cafe!

Seriously, the is the 2nd time me and Miss Eating for England have met up, and it gets creepier and creepier each time with the number of things we have in common.  From traveling to jobs to loving Cher’s “Believe,” the blog heavens clearly knew we were meant to be friends.  Also, she had just run a 10K so we talked LOTS of running over a Green Goddess Salad for me…

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locally-grown lettuce, English hollow aged cheddar, sunflower seeds, carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, kohlrabi, scallion + green goddess dressing

That hunk o’ bread with a pat of butter on the side was pretty dang good too.  Angharad had the Cilantro Lime-Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich, which also looks divine!  I totes forgot to take a pic, so head over to her blog and check that outtttt!

After lunch, it was wedding time!

pre-ceremony snack

pre-ceremony snack

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The reception was at an old theater in a historic small town - how cute is that?

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photo shoot! sissy #3, #2, yours truly + daddy everythingtarian

inside the gorgeous venue

inside the gorgeous venue

thank the sweet Lord for snacks...

thank the sweet Lord for snacks......and red wine (oops, unpictured)!

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berry orange salad with poppyseed dressing

bread + buttah

bread + buttah

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break for photo shoot #2

a cool, refreshing dinner beer

a cool, refreshing dinner beer

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veggie lasagna + carrots/beants + slice o' pineapple

a cake + champagne toast!

a cake + champagne toast!

The dinner was really good – loved the veggie lasagna and side veggies.  The cake wasn’t so bad either :).

After dinner, obv DANCING TIME!  I may need to post more dancing pics…they are that good.

first dance

first dance

and yep, that's my mom dippin' it low.  work it out Barbie!

and yep, that's my mom dippin' it low. work it out Barbie!

Needless to say, it was an extremely fun night, and this gal was pooped.  I fell asleep on my sister’s shoulder on the car ride home, nuff’ said.

Stay tuned for Parte Numero Dos later tonight….now I have to skedaddle off to a wedding shower!  Hope you are all having a FABULOUSLY FUN WEEKEND – can’t wait to read and hear about what you all are up to!

Happy Sunday :).

 

A Good Day July 23, 2009

Good (late) night everyone!

Whew…these past two night I have been way up past my bedtime.  No lie.  You know I usually roll g’ma-style and getting to bed past 10:30pm is NOT okay two nights in a row.  However, since I indeed had such a good day, I think it was well worth it.  What makes up a good day, you ask?  Well, have no fear, you know I will obv tell you!

(1) Every good day starts with a good, filling breakfast. 

If you couldn’t tell, I am on a total Overnight Oat Bran kick (you can thank Kailey, Brooke & Alison for this one!) – I found out I don’t really like hot oat bran but holla, I be LOVIN’ the cold stuff.

1/3 cup oat bran
1 (6-oz.) container Stonyfield Peach yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk
1 smashed naner

~ soaked overnight ~

1 cup strawberries
1 heaping tbsp. raw almond butter

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Strawberry Banana Overnight Oat Bran

(2) Enjoying a leisurely morning cuppa joe + 2% milk while reading blog comments and fellow bloggy’s blogs.

(3) Coming out of a job interview feeling good about what you said and knowing you didn’t do anything too stupid (i.e. nervous laugh, sweat profusely, fumble words, talk to fast, interrupt…you get the picture).  Wish me luck – I should hear back in the next week!

(4) A post-interview snack to quell the nervousness and mmmmmm…satisfy that hunger!

cashew sesame seed goodness

cashew sesame seed goodness

(5) Listing to the Hairspray (Broadway version, of course!) soundtrack while eating a delicious lunch.  I heart musicals.

My fave musical CD’s currently in rotation during my work day are: Moulin Rouge, Hairspray + West Side Story.  Just for the record.  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is currently stationed in the car for the drive home.  I am thinking about throwing Les Miz or 42nd Street in the mix soon.  Again, I heart musicals.

"i'm ready for my close-up mr. spinach" - worst pun/movie reference ever?  most likely.

"i'm ready for my close-up mr. spinach" - worst pun/movie reference ever? most likely.

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spinach hummus wrap + crunchy celery sticks

(6) Resolving a potentially annoying problem at work before it could get annoying and rewarding yourself with an afternoon chocolate chip granola bar (eaten while resolving said problem, hence no photo :)).

(7) An afternoon snack of love.

Peach Chobani + Zoe's Honey Almond granola + sprinkle o' flax

Peach Chobani + Zoe's Honey Almond granola + sprinkle o' flax

(8) Heading out on a 3-mile run with my study abroad bestie Charlotte (the time always goes by SO fast!), followed by a homemade dinner of personalized calzones, salad + fruit all followed up with a repeat of last night’s So You Think You Can Dance and tonight’s SYTYCD elimination show/100th episode.  A total top night.

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veggie + pineapple calzone, side salad and watermelon/Rainier cherries

(9) Paying off my credit card!!!!!! 

(Okay, well in truth, I can’t get too excited.  I still have a 2nd card with some money left to owe on it, but that is all from the surgery I had to have in while living in Thailand.  Yep, that is totes another story for another day :)).

(10) Going to bed knowing it’s Friday, I might meet my mummy for lunch tomorrow, feeling totally exhausted in the best kind of way and knowing I will crash right away upon hitting the pillow.

Yep, sounds like a good day to me.