Target, Tory and Tuesdays

Hello Tuesday!

I much prefer Tuesday’s over Monday’s, but Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. Yesterday was a hectic day, you know one of those days when nothing goes as planned.

First I missed body sculpting so I decided to run on the treadmill for 40 minutes. Not Bad

Then I decided to take  a Turbo Kick class which to my surprise was actually a Zumba class. Not Bad

Had lunch with the Little Apron. Awesome!

Picked up a prescription at the pharmacy (little cold).

Bad…very bad! It took them 2.5 hours to get my prescription filled!!! Ughh

After all the madness the day ended up on a good note thanks to this…

{Organic ribs and chicken from The Fresh Marked seasoned with Penzeys  BBQ 300 and topped with

Neelys BBQ sauce. Sides included whole saffron basmati rice and veggie casserole.}

and this…

A skinny cow chocolate truffle popsicle. Sooo good and satisfying. I’m not so crazy about the Hubs beer choice but it was cold and complemented the dinner well.

Today’s agenda consists of:

~Having a good day

~Making good choices

~Cleaning the fridge

~Athletic conditiong

~View Tory Burch’s fashion show live!

~Target trip {Missoni for Target (Can’t wait)}

But first… a little fuel.

Whole wheat pancakes with chia seeds, flax meal and banana.

Topped with a little more nanner (1/2 medium total), couple spoonfuls of blueberry yogurt, drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of Bear Naked fit granola.

Two questions for the day: What’s you favorite day of the week and why?

What’s your favorite beer and would you reccomend it?

Peace

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a day in the life of my stomach…

Breakfast:

1 serving of kodiac pancakes. These pancakes are great! Just add water! No eggs or oil!

Topped with 1 small banana, 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s peanut butter cream cheese (look it up), 1 tbsp apple buttah, and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Kept me full: all morning, throughout and after 75 minutes of HOT vinyasa yoga. In class we worked on hand stands, and I can almost do one!! I  just need a little more confidence and better concentration. My teacher made a good point today, something along the lines of (strength is more than physical it’s also mental). Meaning be in the moment, focus on the now and allow your inner strength to shine through.

Lunch:

My very first Whole Foods salad bar. Lettuce, cabbage, artichokes, beans, quinoa, cauliflower, beets, peas, zucchini, blue cheese and avocado lime dressing, and an apple (from home).

I also purchased a sparkling water and a hugh jass roll. The roll was FULL of  nuts: pepitas, poppy seeds and some other things? I toasted it first, ate most of it and tossed the rest.

After lunch I had a 1:00 appt with my new hairdresser. To be revealed soon.

Second workout of the day was with the Little Apron and her school running club. It’s so nice to be a running mentor to 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Dinner inspiration was pizza. Shrimp, onions and bar- b- que sauce were involved.

I sauteed 1 white onion in evoo, added 1 # of shrimp. 1/4 cup of bar- b- que sauce and 1/4 cup H2O.

Simmered for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile I rolled out the dough (trader joe’s brand) and pre-baked it for about 7 minutes before adding the toppings. I think baking the dough first makes for a crispier crust. Once the shrimp/onion mixture was added I then topped it with pepper, garlic powder and a very small amount of mozzarella cheese.

Side salad of course.

And some very cheap white wine that was suprisingly good. Tisdale chardonnay all the way.

Dessert:

Chocolate covered pretzels.

Happy Wednesday! I’m on way over to peas and crayons 🙂

Apple toast crunch

Good Morning!

The sun is shining and it’s unbelievable. It’s so supposed to rain 6 out 7 days this week, can you believe it!?  It started raining Sunday afternoon and is supposed to rain all the way through Thursday.  We get a small break on Friday and then it’s rain again on Saturday. A little bit of rain everyday is not that bad, but how I am supposed to squeeze in an outdoor run?

When it comes to running outside I’m very picky!!

 No heavy down pour (a light drizzle is okay)

 Prefer > 40 degrees F

 Streets clear of ice

 And I never ever run in the dark alone

These are my own rules, they keep me safe and I’m not afraid to use them 🙂

I might go for a short run later this afternoon (after it rains),  but right now on my way to athletic conditioning  to get in one last endurance session.

Only eleven more days till race day!

My fitness goals this week are to streeeeeeetch, gain some strength in my legs, core and arms, and work out some muscle kinks.

I had the best bowl of cereal this morning!!! To get me started.

Apple crunch

Topped with

  • 1/2 small apple, peeled cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • sprinkle of chia seeds

Substituting my usual banana for an apple really stole the show.  I tossed the diced apples in a little bit of honey with a dash of cinnamon…muah!

A rawther large cup of hot caribou coffee (almost finished!), ironically I’m starting to like it.

May the law of karma be with you today.

Apricots, Arnica and After

Hello, hello!

I woke up this morning and hit the door running.

I covered 5 miles around the neighborhood in a little over 50 minutes. Don’t know why I’m slow lately. The thing is I don’t really feel slow, maybe I’m just enjoying the ride and taking in the scenery.

 Or maybe I need to start drinking more water?

Water before

and water after.

A couple of apricots pre-run for some quick burning carbs.

Sun-maid apricots were given the “healthy fitness award” in 2008 by Fitness magazine. I used to use energy gels during long long runs, but now I think dried fruit my be better.

I took a rawther COLD bath to ice my legs, and then rawther hot bawth with bath salts to soothe my legs. Loving this new product made by EObath salts and arnica all in one. It tingled a little bit, but my legs feel great! Sturdy and strong!!

The aroma of the eucalyptus wasn’t very prominent, I’m a sensory kinda girl. Maybe I’ll add more essential oils to the water next time.

By 9:30 breakfast was calling my name and all I wanted was a big bowl of cereal!!!

Into the bowl went:

  • 3/4 cup Natures Path Flax (it’s on the bottom)
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter Panda Puffs
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ground peanut butter from kroger (easy on the wallet)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1 cup almond milk

Still trying to finish off this coffee , and still don’t like it…

Watching an episode of bethenny ever after {loved her book}, then it’s time to get some work done. Can’t wait to try the skinny girl margarita, and read her new book A Place of Yes.

Happy Wednesday! Don’t work to hard 🙂

A tribute to simply breakfast

A tribute to a few of my favorite breakfast bowls and plates. 

I used to have a problem.

  • 1 cup natural O’s
  • 1/4 cup Cascadian farms vanilla almond crunch
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic 2% milk

A picture of french toast before I started the blogging.

  • Trader Joe’s sprouted rye bread dredged in one egg and grilled.
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana grilled
  • 1/4 cup almond granola
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter

Even though this beater than ice cream smoothie was eaten at lunch time It would make a great breakfast on a hot day especially before a long run to keep the body cool.

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of soymilk
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana

Topped with:

  • homemade granola
  • 2 tbsp pom seeds
  • 1 tbsp of better n’ peanut butter

A mixed bowl of cereal on a a cool fal morning.

  • 1 cup Kashi Heart to Heart
  • 1/2 Yogi granola flakes
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk

 

A one plate wonder:

  • Old-fashioned english muffin
  • 2 tbsp better n peanut butter purchased at Trader Joes. BNPB is good for those who want more peanut butter for fewer calories.
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp apricot granola
  • 1 tbsp local folks foods apple butter

Can you believe this picture was taken in January of 2010 nearly a year before I started the blog. So fun to take a look back.

  • probably a low-fat english muffin
  • 2 tbsp better n peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2 grape fruit

A great way to jump-start start the day.

  • 1 cup natural o’s
  • 1/2 crumbled granola bar
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • splash vanilla
  • dash cinnamon

 

Thinking outside the box:

  • 1 cup of wheat-fuls
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp chia seed
  • 1 cup soy milk

My best photo and pancake yet, organic fuel. I think I’m starting to get the hang of things.

  •  grilled organic banana slices
  •  frozen mixed berries
  • low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • sprinkle each of coconut and apricot granola.

And who could forget celebration pancakes? You should definitely make this for your children, significant other or yourself. Cause everyday should be a celebration!

  • sprinkles
  • lots of sprinkles

Another photo taken in January of 2010, buckwheat oats and veggie sausage.

  • 1/3 cup cooked buckwheat groats
  • a few strawberries
  • blood orange?
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp pom arils

 

Last but not least another slice of Trader Joe’s sprouted rye. My favorite part of the dish was the cranberry jam leftover from Thanksgiving.

  • french toast
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp nuttzo
  • cranberry jam
  • sprinkle granola

I hope this gives you some breakfast inspiration for the weekend.

Happy Friday!

Crazy for cocoa groats

I had no idea what I wanted for dinner. I worked a long twelve hours, and came home hungry and frrrreeezing. Can you believe it’s only 13 degrees outside, wtf?  I thought about my options and couldn’t decide if I wanted a smoothie, cup of soup, or bowl of cereal.  A smoothie was definitely out of the question, waaaaaaay too cold for tonight.  Savory tomato soup didn’t sound appealing either, and plain cereal sounded…well …just plain.

If I had another empty Nutella jar I totally would have had one of these.

Cereal in a Nutella jar was hands down the best meal I had this week (wed-wed) thus far. Clearly I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

But no, no empty jar to be found so I decided to “believe in myself,” take a chance, and do some experimenting in the kitchen.

 What I came up with was a hot cocoa smoothie of sorts.

Yes you heard right, repeat after me: hot cocoa smoothie.

Here’s what you need if you decide to give it a try.

  • ¼ cup cooked buckwheat groats
  • ½ medium mashed banana
  • ½ tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup of milk (soy, almond, hemp) In this case I think cow’s milk would taste best but feel free to use whatever you desire.
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

The chia seeds give the smoothie a nice fluffy tuxture. If you don’t have chia seeds no worries just leave them out.

In a medium pot add the cooked buckwheat groats, mashed banana, chia seeds and milk, allow to boil stirring frequently. Add your favorite chocolate protein powder and continue to mix until well incorporated.

You know what the hot cocoa smoothie reminded me of?

Coco Wheat’s!

(borrowed photo)

Did you ever eat these as a kid? Probably not the most nutritious breakfast but who cares when your ahem (little).  I’m sure my version is a bit healthier, and of course I amped it up with a few toppings.

  •  1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut
  • the other half of the banana
  • 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp granola

Okay now that you probably think I’m crazy, it’s off to bed for me. One more day of work.

 

Happy hump day and don’t forget about the party.

Maria

P.S. Jenn has some very crafty ideas over there!

All right

Today turned out to be all right. I enjoyed taking care of my patients and being apart of a great nursing team. Sometimes when things don’t go our way we can take a look around and realize what we have and appreciate it even more.

I left work an hour later than normal and had to run a couple of errands before going home. I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some Amazing Grass

GreenSuper food.

 While I was there I picked up a weekly flyer, full of coupons and dinner ideas. I think I’ll be taking a special trip to Whole Foods tomorrow, time to restock the refrigerator and pantry.

For dinner I made myself a green smoothie.

It was so good. Trust me sometimes a smoothie is better than ice cream.

Green Super Food Smoothie

  • 1 container low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 Tbsp Vega shake and go smoothie in Tropical Tango
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 packet of GreenSuper food in lemon lime

Topped with

  • 1/4 cup apricot granola
  • 1 tbsp better n’ peanut butter

This bowl was full of vitamins and minerals, just what I needed after a long crazy day. I fell better already.

Time to catch up on some blogs, a TV show, and sleep.

Before I go L.a (little apron) wanted me to show you this.

 

She made it all by herself and was very proud of her culinary creation. She asked if she could take a picture of it, of course I said yes! “I’ll even put on the blog”.