The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Close-Ups August 23, 2009

Dudes…Sunday night, again?  Suriously.

Well, let’s see in the last 24 hours, I’ve really been diggin’ the extremo close-up food shots (hence post title).  When I left y’all last night, I was just about to make this fabulous dinner…

1 handful mixed greens
2 leeks, 1/4 green pep, 1/4 onion + 2 kale leaves
(sauteed in EVOO, balsamic + garlic)
1/2 grilled zucchini
1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
drizzle of balsamic vinegar 

grilled veggie salad

grilled balsamic veggie salad

Do grill marks make anyone else happy? And, is anyone else’s salad not complete without sunflower seeds?

Topped off with this showstopper…

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AB frosting atop a German Chocolate Lara (which tastes A LOT like the Chocolate Coconut one)

Lara has a tendency to steal the spotlight.

After dindin, I fell asleep from 7:30 to 11:30pm  got on my clubbin’ gear (fishnets + flourescent pink butt dress) and booty-danced the night away until 2am.

Yeah, that’s right.  Between the 15 mile run + allergies, I was toast.  I slept for 4 hours, woke up at 11:30pm to find 1 missed call + 2 text messages (this never happens), watched 4 episodes of Arrested Development free on MSN and ate a bowl of PB Puffins + skim milk before calling it a night for the 2nd time.

At 8am this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to dive in for a classic bowl of oats…

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 mashed naner
buttloads of cinnamon
hunk(s) o’ almond buttah 

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day 4 of Sarah's breakfast challenge? check.

I devoured this baby alongside another large mug of green tea + Emergen-C packet.  Allergies…you will NOT win!

Then I walked to a 9:30am 75-minute Go With the Flow Yoga class.  Holy standing splits.  It was just was just what my muscles, brain and body needed.  I need to get back on the yoga train…it always feels soooo good! (TWSS?)

I munched on a Blueberry PURE Bar + POMx Wildberry White Tea when I got home.  Many of you have asked how I liked both products.  I LIKE both, but I have two mayjuh issues: (1) PURE bars = small – sometimes I need a bit o’ quantity.  (2) I mentioned this in the last post, the tea is erythritol + fructose sweetened – read to find out what that’s all about.

Then I went to 3 (yes, 3) grocery stores to stock up on the goods…

First stop, Trader Joe’s.  Key purchases include:

  • TJ’s raw almond butter
  • Thai Red Curry sauce
  • 3-grain tempeh
  • almond meal

Next stop on the train…Whole Foods!

  • expeller-pressed canola oil
  • 5 for $5.00 Chobani Greek yogurt (that’s highway robbery!)
  • lunchtime sushi
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my fave tuna avocado brown rice roll

Last stop, I walked to my local co-op where I purchased ALL locally-grown, organic produce (minus the avocados + bananas).

  • mixed greens
  • zucchini
  • kohlrabi
  • cucumber
  • organic skim milk

Damn Gina, I spent too much money!  However, a lot of stuff was stock-up thangs (I purchased more than outlined above) that I will eventually need.  End of story.

When I got home, I grabbed a Runner’s World mag my mom gave me and a Whole Foods mag to snuggle in my bed and read while I ate this:

Chobani plain Greek yog + PB Puffins + 1 mashed naner

Chobani plain Greek yog + PB Puffins + 1 mashed naner

Then I took an hour long nap.  You know I am sick if I take a nap.  I NEVER take naps.

Sometimes I consider myself more of a “slapdash cook” – one who throws random ingredients together hoping it will turn out because they don’t really know real technique.  Then there are days I just surprise myself by creating things like Coconut-Crusted Tempeh Island Salad.

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stellar.

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more stellarness.

Enough of the food close-ups, I’m ready for MY close-up Mr. DeMille…

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Simplify Your Life Week August 2, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,Japanese,lunch — Holly @ 21:23
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Happy August dudes and dudettes!

Can you believe it’s August already?  Yikes, I can’t recall where June and July went.  If you know where it went, please pass it on to me because I gots nothing.

Did you know that the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week?  Our lives get crazy, busy, chaotic and wine-filled, so it’s a good reminder to kick back, re-prioritize and find out where YOU want to spend YOUR time.

Sooo…I got to thinkin’.  My life is crazy, busy, chaotic and wine-filled (esp. this past weekend :)).  Since this is my last week in MN before I move to WI this weekend for my new job, I thought it would be an excellent time to simplify MY life so I can organize, pack, spend time with friends and family before I head to Madtown.  In other words, I will be taking the week off from regular food blogging (minus a couple fun posts…because I just can’t stay away completely!).  However, I have some stellar guest posts lined up for y’all featuring a bit of everythang.

Don’t you worry…I will still be popping in, seeing what you all have to say and reading/commenting on blogs but giving myself a break from blogging will give me the extra time I need to maintain my sanity and not bash my head against a wall repeatedly due to stressloads of stress.

With that being said, let me load you up on the Sunday eats…

medium coffee w/ 2% milk & yogurt parfait.  unfortunately, the yummy combo didn't do anything for the hangover.

medium coffee w/ 2% milk & yogurt parfait. unfortunately, the yummy combo didn't do anything for the hangover.

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spicy brown rice roll (tuna, salmon & shrimp)

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POM spritzer + junk salad

Kashi Warm Cinnamon Cereal

Kashi Warm Cinnamon Cereal

I also just got back from a fabulous 60 minute Yoga/Pilates Fusion class which felt AH-MAY-ZING after being yoga-less for a couple weeks now.  However, I think I was actually sweating wine throughout the entire class :).

 

  • 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
  • Take a 2 hour nap

The nap was a late addition :).  So, 6 1/2 out of 10 isn’t so bad for the day…all things considered…

Soooo…I miss blogging already, but like I said, you all have a FABULOUS week of guest posts to look forward to, and I think I might sneak in a Holly Investigates… as well as a post about how my marathon training is going so far.

 

Taking a cue from Janetha…I’ve got some Q’s for y’all:

(1) What was the highlight of your weekend?
Bloggy meet-up with Angharad hands down.  A drunkity drunk drunk good time. 

(2) What are two things you can do this week to simplify YOUR life?
First, obv, I am going to take a break from blogging.  Second, I am going to make a moving to-do list so I make sure I don’t forget to do anything while packing up! 

(3)  What is one random fact about you?
I had a childhood crush on Bob Barker.  True fact. 

 

Eat, Shop, Run + Wed, Part 2 July 26, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,Japanese,lunch — Holly @ 22:38
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Oy vay…what a weekend!

After 3 hours of driving through Wisconsin country, I made it to the ‘rents house!  Tomorrow morn, I have an interview in Madison, which is much closer to Barbie + Ken’s house than MN.  Instead of a 4 hour drive, I will only have a 2 hour drive to get to Madtown for my 10am interview.  Whoop!

Alrighty, where did I leave off?  I believe you all got a recap of the wedding fun to be had in Part One, so I shall begin this morning upon my awaking.  Pretty tired from the 13 miles + night o’ dancing, I woke up at 8:30am to let out the beast one last time.  Then I opened the fridge and had a bit of this…

Peach Chobs + Zoe's Honey Almond granol

Peach Chobs + Zoe's Honey Almond granol

The fridge was quite bare.

After eating, I met up with two of my bestest friends in the world for perhaps the most perfect morning ever.  We grabbed coffee (and some extra sustenance for me) at a fabulous local coffeehouse called Spyhouse Coffee and headed off for a GLORIOUS morning walk around the lake.  Instead of a mom walk, it was a friend walk :).

organic...lovin' that!

organic...lovin' that!

After gabbing and walking about 5.5 miles (we went around twice – we had LOTS of catching up to do), we finally parted ways.  I headed straight to one of my greatest weaknesses in the world: Whole Foods!

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tuna avocado brown rice roll

vegetarian satay

vegetarian satay stir fry

After lunchie, I organized and packed all my stuff up at my cousin’s apartment, blogged Part One of the weekend and said my goodbye to Angus the Beast with a big ol’ kiss.  Who am I kidding? There was no kiss.  Dogs are growing on me after my childhood attack by my neighbor’s show poodles, but I am not making that much dog progress.  I threw Angus an extra treat instead :).

Then, I purtied myself up and headed off to my friend’s wedding shower.  I’ve known Miss Lisa Soon-To-Be Smith since 3rd grade…we go wayyyyyy back peeps.

15 years of friendship right up in herre...

15 years of friendship right up in herre...

Between the norm present opening and games (which by the way, I broke my 5 shower winning streak tonight, ugh!), I munched some nom nom nom shower food:

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fruit salad, beans + cranberry pasta salad...oh yeah, and a diet coke

plus obv, some marble cake

plus obv, some marble cake

Then, I hit the road for 3 hours of cruising through God’s country Wisconsin, haha ;).  Not before snacking on my fave Lara of course…

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macaroony goodness

It’s been such a busy last couple weeks (and an obv busy day planned tomorrow!), I’ve decided to make some mini-goals for the week to try and re-prioritize to make some time for me to decompress and RELAX!

  • YOGA! I haven’t been to a real class or done a real yoga sequence (minus some stretches here and there) in more than two weeks.  Honestly, I can feel a real difference in my body, and I am dedicating myself to doing two 1-hr. yoga seshes this week!
  • Block out time on the planner – this upcoming weekend is the first weekend in almost two months that I haven’t had anything planned (minus another bloggy meet-up with Angharad, which totally counts as decompressing – in the form of food of course). So, my goal is to keep it that way!  An open weekend here I come – please yell at me if I try to plan anything!

What are your mini-goals for the week? If you don’t have any (which I normally don’t), think of two things you would like to get accomplished this week, and we’ll all make it happen together.  Holllllaaaaa!

So…totes props to you all if you made it through both Part 1 AND Part 2 of this crazy weekend I call my life.  Lots of fun was had, lots of laughing was done, lots of droppin’ it like its hot happened, and I couldn’t be more excited to crash into bed tonight. Tomorrow, I promise I will get caught up on all your lovely blogs and lives ~ until then, happy zzzzzz’s to everyone!

 

Mondo-Filled Fun, Part 2 June 22, 2009

This post needs to start out appropriately…HAPPY (belated) FATHER’S DAY to my dad, as well as all you other dads out there!  Props for always being there when us daughters need it :).

Now, picking up where I left off…

After I finished volunteering at the Special Olympics, I met up with my mom and sisters (who came into town) for some bumming around and shopping.  Of course, we happened to pass up an old-time creamery and stopped in for some afternoon ‘scream.  I got a small cinnamon ice cream…if you haven’t tried cinnamon ice cream before, do it!  It is a glorious combo.

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Not the prettiest pic ever, but remember I was dancing my arse off for 5 hours previously in the raging heat :).

From family time to friend time…me and my ladies got together for a lil’ dindin/baseball game outing.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to change to I look like a cross between Britney Spears (during her darker days), a homeless person and a 70’s afro disco dancer.  Whatcha gonna do?  We grabbed dinner at The Loon Cafe in downtown Mpls. where I started things off with a lil’ Leinie’s Honeyweiss (instead of paying $10 a the game for a brew). 

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Dinner was delish too (almost as delish as the beer, haha): Kathryn’s Chicken Salad – coconut-crusted chicken over mixed greens, hardboiled eggs, avocado, tomato, artichoke hearts and dressed with a light honey mustard.  It was really good!

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Then, it was game time!

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We lost…ugh…but we still had some good times – of course, I couldn’t leave without a group shot of all the ladies!

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I went home and slept like I had never slept before.  It was glorious.  “I see Blue.  He looks glorious.”  Name that movie.

Breakfast in the morn was a quick bowl of cereal – my new Tarjay Heartsmart cereal, 1 sliced banana, sprinkle of slivered almonds and vanilla oat milk.  I LOVED the cereal!  It was organic, full of protein & fiber, still had a bit of sweetness to it and all around, delicious.

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Then it was off to the water park!  The lazy river at the waterpark near my aunt’s house is open almost every morning for people to walk against the current (aka killer resistance workout), so my aunt, cousin, mom, sister and I went for an hour-long water walk.  After the hour was up, my legs were done for.  Awesome morning change-it-up.

For lunch, Mommy Everythingtarian and I hit up the grocery store for some (free) groceries + some salad bar.  I mixed up a side salad of spinach, onion, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, hardboiled egg, sunflower seeds, cucumber and balsamic + EVOO, along with a tuna avocado brown rice sushi roll.  Twas’ excellent.

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***Note my mom’s hand already grabbing the sushi before I could finish taking a picture…

After lunch, I got a few things done (including finally blogging Part 1!) and snacked on 1/2 Raw Organic Chocolate Coconut bar along with some mint tea, which is totally my new fave.

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Later, I finally got to see my daddy, wish him a Happy Father’s Day and present him with his gift – card + bottle of yummy red wine + Crunch Bar Blondies!!!  He LOVED the blondies – chalk it up to another VeggieGirl win :).  Everyone totally enjoyed them, including moi – I couldn’t resist one more taste!

Dindin was so-so.  I tried concocting some Thai tofu lettuce wraps in honor of my time teaching in Thailand, but it didn’t come out quite as I wanted.  So, I will leave you with a picture but no recipe until I perfect it!

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Since dinner wasn’t the most satisfying, I dug into the rest of my blackberries and my fave KIND bar (Walnut + Date) for an after-dinner treat…

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After dinner, I headed to my fave Sunday night Yoga/Pilates Fusion class with Yoga Diva Deb, and it felt ah-may-zing!  It was exactly what I needed!  After yoga, this tired gal went home, made herself another cup of mint tea, read a little then crashed like a lil’ baby.

Now, it is Monday morning already, and where does the time go?  What did everyone else do this weekend?  I guess I will find out later for some of you when I get to do some much-needed blog reading.

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

 

It’s the freakin’ weekend June 4, 2009

Filed under: dinner,lunch — Holly @ 20:30
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For me at least :).

This weekend is the big wedding weekend, so naturally there is tons to do between now and Saturday, for example, manicures and pedicures!  But again, we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start where we left off this morning…

After a busy morning, I grabbed a quick, healthy on-the-go lunch from Kowalski’s, my neighborhood upscale grocer.  Their salad bar is FABULOUS!  Today, I decided on a small side salad (spinach, beets, carrots, tomato, sprouts, 1/2 hardboiled egg, golden raisins and sunflower seeds with a drizzle of balsamic + EVOO) along with a variety pack of brown rice sushi (veggie roll, crab roll, some other roll with seafood).  I downed the whole delicious thing.

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There happened to be peanut butter cookies (my fave!) in the break room today…dangerous territory!

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After work, I had a buncha errands to run, so I kept myself fueled with a slew of snacks.  First, it was a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar (really good!) on my way to go shopping…

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Then it was a little trail mix while I was shopping/running errands/reading magazines at the drug store (I can’t help it – it’s one of my true guilty pleasures!).  I ate about 3/4 of the bag (3 servings?)…

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Then it was manicure/pedicure time with my lover Jamie!  Nothing like getting primped with your girls!  Woowoo – I don’t get these as often as I would like, but man, those hand and foot massages are the best.  When I was teaching in Thailand, we would get manis & pedis for like $3 and 90-minute (yes, an hour and a half!) foot massages with pressure points for like $5.  My quality of life definitely went down when I moved back home to the U.S. of A. :).

Now, I am back home, relaxing and enjoying some honey graham crackers with a little bit of crack aka raw almond butter.  What can I say?  I’m addicted!  (Plus, it’s one of the few remaining foods left in the kitchen!).

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Now it’s off to check more off the to-do list and get ready for a fun-filled wedding weekend!!!  No work tomorrow – give it up!

Do you love weddings as much as I do?  I’m sooo excited!