The Healthy Everythingtarian

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Threadbare Gypsy Soul July 20, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 21:18
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Got myself a threadbare gypsy soul
Likes to dance and drink and go wherever the wind blows
Gotta little threadbare gypsy soul
Gotta little threadbare gypsy soul…

A lil’ Pat Green anyone?  One of my fave songs :).

I have to say, I’m definitely feeling especially quite gypsy-like these past couple weeks.  Between all these weekend getaways, running here and there, barely having time to get all my ish done (much less train for a marathon!) and workin’ the 9-5, this gal wants nothing more than to put on a headscarf and bejeweled sarong, sing “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” and dance my way to Europe.  Ahhhhh….if only….

It’s probably a good thing that it was only the “Men Tell All” for The Bachelorette tonight.  My to-do list is a gazillion things long and watching pointless, dramatic, trashy reality TV that’s totally awesome can wait another week.

Breakfast was a bowl of Overnight Oat Bran a la Snackface

1/3 cup oat bran
1 (4-oz) container Yo Baby Pear yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk
1 sliced naner

(soaked overnight)

1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup Zoe’s Honey + Almond granola
blob o’ AB 


Bluenanapear Overnight Oat Bran

Then I ate my afternoon snack mid-morning because I was feelin’ snacky (to the tune of “Bossy,” of course) – Zoe’s Peanut Butter bar with PB frosting and topped with a flair of creativity…

I heart food art.

I heart food art.

Last week, I went administrative assistant turned nutrition counselor when Bryan, one of my co-workers, needed a dessert recipe that was chocolate & dairy-free for a BBQ he was heading to.  After a bit of scouring, I found a recipe for Lemonade Cupcakes from MyRecipes.  FYI: the recipe is not remotely healthy – it’s a BBQ people!

Well, Senor Bryan saved me a cupcake from the weekend since I gave him the ingenius recipe.  Turn down a cupcake?  Virtually never.

I also heart cupcakes.

I also heart cupcakes (even if it's just 1/2).

Some berry love munched on while running lunchtime errands…


Strawberry lovin' - similar to McLovin, anyone?

Warning: most rando salad combo eva ahead!  Weirdly enough, some of the strangest combos seem to be the most satisfying…hmmm…I might have to raise the eccentric stakes for next salad…

baby spinach
cauliflower/broc/carrot mix
1 box raisins
TJ’s AB+PB+J trail mix
Newman’s Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette


A salad for afternoon snack? YES AGAIN.

Dindin was quite glorious, if I do say so myself. Let’s just call it healthified Eggplant Parmesan!


Two slices toasted Ezek, 2 Dominex Eggplant Cutlets, marinara sauce + sprinkle of Swiss cheese = HOLY YUM.


A buttery croissant (courtesy of my sister's dinner) to sop up the rest of the sauce...

CIMG4316 chicken/veggie kebob (minus the shrooms for me), also courtesy of sister Katie...


...finished up with a lil' AB+PB+J+chocolate chips trail mix foe somethin' sweet.

I was most def about 7 months preggers after this meal.  However, I didn’t feel gross full – just contently full of delicious, nutritious and fabulous eats.

Finishing up the night, I headed out for a 6-mile run, which I finished in just under an hour.  Since my marathon training is a bit off (due to the past week’s vacay getaways), I am planning my long 12 mile run for tomorrow (to make up for the weekend), taking Wednesday or Thursday off, then hopefully resuming the norm Hal Higdon plan.

Gotta go take care of my cousin’s beast of a dog – pics to come tomorrow.  Seriously dudes…Angus (the dog) is a BEAST!

Peace out peeps.


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…


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…


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


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.


Kashi Dark Mocha Almond Love


More gorge heirloom tomatoes...

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

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


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!


Gettin’ Er Done July 14, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 19:38
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My 3-mile run this morning?  Done.

A delicious AND nutritious bowl of baby food breakfast…check.

1/4 cup oat bran
1 cup steamed kabocha squash
1/2 banana
lots o’ cinnamon
heaping tbsp. TJ’s raw AB


Kabochanana AB Oat Bran

Before I forget, some of you asked how I prepped my new BFF, the kabocha.  Well, thanks to my new bloggy friend and kabocha queen Maggie, from The Salad Girl and newbie site Healthy Yum, my kabocha was sheer perfection!  Check out her “What is kabocha?” post with lots of fabulous tips.

Gettin’ my food art on?  See below.

Apple + PB Pipe (not that kind of pipe...)

AM Snack: Apple + PB Pipe (not that kind of pipe...)


A (PB) flower a day keeps the doctor away...

My daily hit of yog/berry/gran goodness…yep.


Vanillalicious Zoe Berry Parfait

Eradicating free radicals via antioxidant absorption from chocolate?  Check.

A Chocolate Delight, courtesy of Zoe.

A Chocolate Delight, courtesy of Zoe.

As a surprise for my sister (no worries – she’s on vacay and won’t read this :)), I am re-covering her yellowish ugly lampshade into a beautiful pretty green monster.  Over lunch, I ran to our friend JoAnn Fabrics (love JoAnn!) to see what I could find.  Fabulous fabric + adornments?  Check and check.

My fabric and adornment choices.

My fabric and adornment choices.

Afternoon pick-me-up…happily devoured.

Raisin + AB + PB + J Sammie (in nut form)

Raisin + AB + PB + J Sammie (in nut form)

Bumpin’ afternoon beats to Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?  You know it.

Quick & easy dinner using up leftovers?  Check.


Tomater + spinach scramble, toasted Ezek w/ Earth Balance & brown sugar cinnamon kabocha.

Making the coolest customized lampshade ever for my sister’s new house?  I think I get a check on this one :).

After an hour of working lampshade construction outside...

After an hour of working lampshade construction outside...


...all lit up...

...and tested for durability.

...and tested for durability.

Reward for a hard day’s work of checking things off the to-do list?  One last CHECK!

Slow-churned vanilla bean ice scream, strawberries & PB+AB+J trail mix sprinkle.

Slow-churned vanilla bean ice scream, strawberries & PB+AB+J trail mix sprinkle.

Ugh, still so much more to do:

– Clean kitchen
– Start packing for a weekend trip to CHICAGO!
– Fold laundry
– Short walk
– Bed for morning run #2 in the AM


And I’m meeting Miss Angharad of Eating for England for a lil’ bloggy meet-up for dinner tomorrow night!  Sooo excited…I’m bringing her to my favorite haunt: Good Earth Cafe!

What’s on your to-do list?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with a gajillion things to do!


P.S. If you use Blogger, I’ve been having trouble commenting on some of your blogs today :(.  Just wanted to let you know I am still reading even though it won’t let me comment!


A Day of Firsts July 13, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 19:04
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Hold on kiddos…first things first!  The Bachelorette is tonight…woowoo!  I am hoping for some major drama tonight, because quite frankly, my life is boring.  I am really a 70-year-old lady who likes drinking tea, eating prunes and going to bed by 10pm in the body of a 24-year old. Therefore, I must live vicariously through Jillian and her men.


Brekkie: My FIRST bowl of Overnight Oats!

The lovely bowl included:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 (4-oz.) container Stonyfield Yo Baby peach yogurt
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

(soaked overnight)

1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup Zoe’s Honey Almond granola
scoop TJ’s raw AB

After seeing these oats almost everywhere in the blogosphere, I am soooo glad I finally gave them a whirl.  They were the perfect bowl of oats for summer – cool, refreshing and seriously delicious (especially with all those toppings!).  Next time, the only thing I would change is to add 1/4 cup milk (instead of 1/2) and buy grown-up girl yogurt (I didn’t know the Yo Baby was whole milk yogurt.  However, I did know that I had an awesome coupon).


Lunch: My FIRST PB+B sammie!

Who am I kidding?  It was more like my 1,423,096th PB+B sammie.


Lunch: My FIRST heirloom tomatoes of the season.

Aren’t these juicy gems gorgeous?  I picked these lovelies up as soon as I saw them – everyone needs a little extra color in their lives.  Especially in tomato form.

After lunch, I took a lovely 1/2 hour walk taking a new route for the FIRST time.  It was absolutely marvelous out today – 70’s, sunny and extremely pleasant.  Glo-ho-ho-horious (to the tune of Notorious, of course)!


Snack: My FIRST handful of PB+AB+J trail mix of the day.

That one’s not technically a first yet; I haven’t had my second handful.  However, I stand by my word because I am sure that 2nd handful will come during an ABC commercial break this evening.


Snack #2: My FIRST taste of Stonyfield Chocolate Underground yogurt.

Ummm…hello?  Why haven’t I seen this on more blogs?  It is absolutely, ridiculously chocolatey deliciousness at it’s finest healthiest.  My dear co-worked Lori brought it for me today, because she was eating it last week and this gal was intrigued. Shout-out to Lori T. for being such a thoughtful, fun cubicle friend (and for reading my blog) :)!  Topped with some raisins, it was good.  I am thinking it might even be better frozen…chocolate froyo, anyone?


Dinner: My FIRST kabocha squash + my FIRST time roasting chickpeas.

I won’t lie to you – this might be one of my best junk salad concoctions yet, including:

2 cups spinach
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/8 steamed kabocha squash
1/2 cup chickpeas (roasted in EVOO, honey + cinnamon)
drizzle of EVOO + honey
sprinkle of cinnamon

Dinner: My FIRST kabocha + AB combo.

Dinner: My FIRST kabocha + AB combo.

I knew I had to finish off dinner with a bit of this, and oh my – NEW FAVORITE COMBO ALERT!  And that is saying a lot from a girl who loves her combos.  You bet your buns kabocha + AB will be making an appearance tomorrow morning for breakfast. Mark my words.

Agenda for this evening…

The Bachelorette + Yoga for Runners from Polly (during commercials) + snack (most likely, another handful of AB+PB+J trail mix and some grapes) + job apps + early bedtime.  I’m channeling Matt and getting out the door early in the AM for a 3-mile run!

Happy Monday night to y’all, especially to all you Bachelorette watchers ;).


Lessons Learned at the Cabin… July 12, 2009

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…a.k.a. MY 100th POST!!!

Before I enlighten you all with some wisdom for the ages, I just wanted to say thank you to ALL OF YOU (yeah, you!) for supporting, reading, commenting, offering advice, helping out and ultimately, making it possible for me to get to 100 posts.  Thank y’all so much – here’s to another 100!


Life lessons learned this weekend…

(1) Better to eat your fruits and veggies BEFORE a cabin weekend, because unfortunately, beer doesn’t count as a serving of grains, Cheetos are of no calcium or dairy value and Twizzlers (although cherry-flavored), make no dent for your RDA of fruits.


Friday Dinner Part 1: spinach, carrots, sprouts, strawberries, walnuts + EVOO/honey dressing.


Friday Dinner Part 2: toasted Ezek, PB, smashed banana + cinnamon.

(2) Small town Minnesota just isn’t given the credit it deserves.  I mean, where else would you find a Swedish tea kettle water tower emblazoned with, “Valkommen lill Lindstrom”?

Lindstrom's sister city is Tingsryd, Sweden, FYI.

Lindstrom's sister city is Tingsryd, Sweden, FYI.

(3) During a dive bar pub crawl, it’s best to stop taking pictures after beer #3.  That way, you still look fresh and fabulous in all your pictures (even if you don’t feel like that the next day).


Beer #1 at Blacksmiths...looking fresh-faced and smiley.


Beer #3 at Indianhead: Still smiling, having fun and looking totally with-it.

You see, now didn’t we look fabulous all evening? 😉

(4) There is one exception to rule #3: even if you are past (or well-past) beer #3, singing karaoke at The Thirsty Otter bar for Michael Jackson tribute night ALWAYS requires a picture – even if you look completely drunk doing it.  I learned this one the hard way.  There is no picture on my camera of Megan & I’s stunning rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel” :(.

(5) Boat snacks do not have to include junk food; they can actually be rather healthy.


TJ's trail mix - always a winner!


Whole wheat pita chips + roasted red pepper hummus: the snack of champion boaters everywhere.

(6) Even though it’s the cabin, I still need to try and look in a mirror once or twice.


Note to self: stop scaring the children with Medusa hair.

(7) To each his own.  Just because someone says they love pineapple wine and bought 8 bottles of it from Hawaii, that doesn’t mean you will like pineapple wine (which I didn’t, for the record).


Finished maybe 1/2?

(8) And most disappointingly, charge your camera BEFORE going away for a cabin weekend.  Otherwise, the world misses out on the crab/lobster/scallop feast of Saturday night followed by gourmet salads and an array of desserts, including Banana Cream Cheesecake, Chocolate Molten Cake and Apple Cherry Crisp, and ending with a ginormous food baby.  I’m am so sorry there is no pic – but trust me, it was completely delish ;).


Now, it’s back to reality.  Of course, I didn’t eat the best these past two days (lots of unhealthy food went unphotographed) but ya know what?  That’s what the cabin is for.  No guilt, just back the norm routine.  After a breakfast of cereal, blueberries + skim milk and a Subway veggie sammie lunch with Grandpa, this lady has a crapload to do.  However, I did make sure to make a TJ’s run on my way home.  This one’s for you Miss Jenny – look at my new Trader Joe’s find!


Peanuts, berries (dried strawberries & raspberries to be exact) and almonds – it’s like a PB+AB+J sammie!  Does it get any better than that? Review to come on this pronto, I promise!  TJ’s also had a 2 lb. container of blueberries for $5.49 – SCORE! It’s going to be a berry-licious week (worst corny joke ever, I know).

This afternoon, I just had to try my new AB+PB+J mix I picked up at TJ’s so I poured me a nice 1/4 cup serving…


The verdict?  YUM, YUM, YUM!  The dried berry combo added to the peanuts & almonds was addicting, as in this could be my new go-to crack snack.  I HIGHLY recommend you go out and buy this gem of a trail mix.  There are no added oils in the mix, and it is sweetened with evaporated cane juice ~ TJ’s, you are a genius.

Dindin was a junk salad

1/4 cup carrots
alfalfa sprouts
handful grapes
handful blueberries
crushed walnuts
drizzle EVOO + honey


I swear, junk salads are best – just throw in whatever you have and enjoy!

Then it was running time.  The run was fine – I ran a little less than 7 miles in just over an hour.  But I do have to say, it is an absolutely gorgeous night out, which always makes running easier.  When I got home, I knew it was time to try my new box of Banana Nut Cheerios.  With a healthy splash of vanilla almond milk…


The verdict on these babies?  Do you love banana nut muffins? Because if so, you will LOVE these as I did.  They have the perfect amount of banana nut flavor and almost felt more like a dessert than a bowl of cereal.  I devoured them in about 3 minutes flat.  Let’s take a closer look however…

– 25% RDA iron/50% RDA folic acid (per serving)
– Flavored with banana puree (not fake banana flava)

– 2nd ingredient is sugar
– Corn syrup is one of the ingredients

    Overall, I think I would buy these every once in awhile.  I wouldn’t make it my go-to cereal, because with 1 gram protein/1 gram fiber, I don’t think it will hold me over for very long.  However, for a late night snack, afternoon munchies or topping perhaps on yogurt, these babies are delish!

    Sunday’s to-do list:

    1. Laundry
    2. E-mails
    3. Run 7 miles (found out my long run is actually 7 – not 9 – miles this week!)
    4. Clean room
    5. Job applications
    6. Make a veggie-ful dinner
    7. Catch up on blog reading/blog dinner
    8. BED!!!

    Now off to finish my to-do list…gotta fold laundry, finish some job apps and finish catching up on blogs!

    What was the highlight of your weekend?  Mine was definitely the dive bar pub crawl of Friday night – karaoke + Michael Jackson tribute night + family fun at the bar = A GOOD TIME.


    Don’t forget to click here and enter for the chance to win a free box of the new Banana Nut Cheerios…I know y’all love free stuff (because I do) so get clickin’ now!  You have until 8am tomorrow CST when the winner is announced!


    It’s the freakin’ weekend June 4, 2009

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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.


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


    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…


    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?)…


    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!).


    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!


    Oh Happy Humpday! May 27, 2009

    First things first…yours truly did in fact get her buns out of bed make it to 5:30am yoga this morning!  The big shocker?  I was even EARLY to yoga.  And early to work this morning!  Deb (instructor/yoga diva) even gave me bonus points for coming in the morning and is going to hold me accountable (per my request) for coming every Wednesday.  Don’t ya find it easier to go workout when you know someone is expecting you there?

    Well, since I am always immediately hungry when I wake up, I relied on the old standby of banana + raw almond butter to last me through the 60 minute Vinyasa Flow class…


    Followed by a special Fitnessista breakfast cookie (my favorite, strawberry + coconut) post-yoga…


    Honestly, I felt SOOOOO good after morning yoga.  Not only did my achy 1/2 marathon muscles feel amazing afterwards, but I was in such a happier, joyful mood all day.  I seriously believe there is nothing better than a good sweat and endorphin flow first thing in the morning.  I am going to try and remember that next Wednesday when my alarm goes off at 4:45am :).

    Since I woke up at the crack o’ dawn, I grabbed a lunch that I knew would be easy to pack.  Introducing, my very first Amy’s Indian Samosa Wrap!  I swear this girl can do no wrong.  My burrito was chockful of potatoes, peas and tofu.  I would buy this again in a heartbeat.  Along with one of my new Heart Thrive date vegan energy bars, lunch was light and good.



    The New York Times crossword always makes for an enjoyable lunch date!  Work went on as usual today…I am still quite undecided about where my job/life/everything is going right now but no worries, more on that later.  All I know is I for sure have my administrative assistant job until the end of September, then who knows?  I believe Jenna reiterated it best when she said, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.

    After lunch, I was feeling like I just needed a little something more. So I had a cup of my favorite green chai tea (which they lovingly stock for us at work) along with a small handful of trail mix.


    Later in the afternoon, I had one of my staple snacks: yogurt + berries + some form of granola.  The reason I make it a staple snack is because it really is the right mix of protein + carbohydrates to keep me from dipping into the communal candy bowl.  And if you are anything like me, the snack monster tends to attack just around the 3:00 hour.  Today, it was Fage nonfat Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, 3/4 cup blueberries and 1/4 cup TJ’s blueberry muesli.  One of the best mixes yet!


    Wednesday night means beach volleyball league night!  After work, I rushed over to my friend Ashley’s house to concoct a little dinner teamwork style.  Since I had some of my TJ’s Thai Yellow Curry sauce leftover, we created a nice Thai Chicken Veggie Coconut Curry mix.  We sauteed zucchini, pepper, sweet potato and spinach in olive oil, then added the sauce and 1 medium chicken breast diced.  Served over brown rice and topped with yummy salty peanuts, it was the perfect pre-volleyball fuel.



    Oops, how did that Diet Cherry Coke get in there?!?!

    After dindin, we scrambled to our volleyball match.  I am not going to lie to you guys – we aren’t good.  In fact, we’ve won 1 out of 9 games (ouch!). Me, out of everyone, may be the worst.  However, we decided today that I don’t think there could be a worse team out there who has as much fun as we do.  That’s what it’s all about people.

    After an early morning and an all-around good day, I am ready to sleep like a baby tonight.   Off to brush my teeth then go to bed!  Have a fabulous night everyone!

    Anybody have any volleyball tips and tricks for the team?  I We could really use them :).