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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Paint your food in color

Morning

It’s a cloudy rainy day here in Indy. Hopefully it clears up by tomorrow morning.

Depending on the weather I may wear,

Shorts? Pants? Tights?

Long sleeve? Short sleeve shirt?

Perhaps an umbrella? 🙂

to tomorrows mini-marathon.

So many choices, and so much to do today. Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop the clock to get some work done or even rest!   I feel like I have so much to do but no matter how hard I try nothing seems to  get done. Ughhh!

okay, okay, this is not a itch-fest, I’m just sayin.

Today’s agenda:

  • First things first, 500 festival mini-marathon  expo  (so excited)
  • Buy a new watch (lost mine)
  • Pick up a few grocery’s (pasta)
  • Bake some goodies (distressor)
  • 20 minute run (warm up the legs)
  • Rest (must must do)

I’m not the type of person who like to sit still for more than an hour. Go figure.

Breakfast this morning was heavy in carbs but lighter than yesterday’s Maria bowl.

Isn’t it pretty?

Swirled pancakes

  • 1 serving of kodiak cakes
  • topped with 2 tbsp lfv yogurt
  • 1 tbsp homemade raspberry sauce {warm berries in a sauce pot add a small amount of water and a pinch of sugah)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower nut butter
  • 1/2 small banana

After applying the toppings take a knife and swirl away.

May your day be full of color

Oatmeal pancakes

Do you have a case of the Monday’s?

Did  it rain all day where you are?

Did you miss today’s run?

If you answered yes to any or all three questions than I feel your pain.

In an effort to cheer up my mood I searched for the brightest plate, mug, and place mat I could find. Once I had the dishes in place I played around in the kitchen and ended up trying a new recipe. I originally reached for the pancake mix, but to my surprise I only had a about 1/2 cup kodiac cake mix [not enough to go around].  After digging  in my pantry I  found a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour with a recipe on the back for OATMEAL PANCAKES!!!

They take a  bit more time and effort to make, but you can always make them the night before and store them in the refrigerator. They can easily be reheated in a microwave for a quick grab and go breakfast. If you have the time to make a batch during the weekend layer them between parchment paper and store in a zip-lock back in the freezer.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Makes about eight 4-inch pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (low-fat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 egg whites

Directions:

1. Heat water until hot, stir in oats and cook until done, about 5 minutes.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl then add the cooked oats and milk, stir to combine.

3. Add egg yolks and oil, stir to combine.

4. Beat egg whites until stiff peak forms, then fold into batter.

5. Cook pancakes on hot griddle making sure not to burn.

Confessions of a runner: V-day edition

This week I made a new friend at the M.A.C counter and his name is Casey.

He made me look like Wonder Woman.

I was offered a job at Crate and Barrel.

I wonder why?

I strolled the shoe aisle at Saks and fancied these

and these.

Do you think Tory Burch needs a new bff?

The hubs bought me some zero calorie chocolates.

I made him some heart-shaped pancakes.

I used to think diamonds were a girls best friend,

then I met Tiffany.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

xoxo

Maria

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!

celebrating the beginning of a new week

Happy Monday!

It’s the last day of the month and ironically the beginning of a new week. As we say good-bye to January 2011 let us embark on a new week full of adventures and aspirations.

In honor of a new week…celebration pancakes.

These pancakes have been spotted all over the blogosphere and clearly I was inspired to make some of my own.

Batter up!

Sprinkles are calorie free. Right?

A girl can dream.

My cakes topped with 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter and sprinkles. Plus a side of low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Lunch was a packed salad that consisted of lettuce, cabbage, carrots and a hard-boiled egg. raspberry yogurt, two clementines, 5 stoneground crackers, and 1 laughing cow rounded out the meal.

It took 20 minutes to remove a thick sheet of ice from my car windows before driving home from work.

RightNow

Light Snow                                                           Wintry Mix  Wintry Mix    Wintry Mix

Light Snow Tonight Tomorrow Tomorrow Night
Wintry Mix Wintry Mix / Wind Wintry Mix / Wind
26°F 22° 27° 23°
Feels Like: 17°                                                     Low High Low

Dinner was a late an I probably could have skipped it, but sometimes if I don’t eat enough before bedtime it affects my falling asleep.

 Comfort food.

 Scrambled egg with peppers, cabbage, dash of garlic, dash of cumin, S +P, and nutritional yeast. Of course I had a small side of chips and salsa, what can I say I’m addicted.  Sadie’s Salsa and Naturally Preferred Tortilla chips both seem to be lower in sodium than some other well-known commercial brands.

Dessert.

Easy mango bowl

  • 1 cup frozen mango (found at Trader Joe’s)
  •  1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp granola
  • sprinkle of coconut.

I’m not really sure I can call this dessert because in my opinion it is so dang healthy. Is it possible to call something “healthy” dessert? I think so!

Speaking of desserts my goal for January was limit them to three per week. Overall I think I did pretty well, except for last night when I raided the cookie jar.Smh oh well.

seriously though have you had a chace to think about your goals for February?

December’s goal was to drink less coffee and diet coke and instead drink more water. Done.

January’s goal was to limit deserts to three per week. Done

February’s goal is to eat out less. In progress.

Buono fortuna!

Maria

TGIY

I woke up this morning trying to decide what kind of workout I wanted to do. I had three options;  go the gym and a take weight lifting class, run on the treadmill, hot yoga. Would love to do all three, but hey that’s a little much. Here’s what I decided.

Todays agenda: In no particular order.

  • Yoga! It’s been way too long since I’ve been to hot yoga. Today should be the perfect day to crawl into the dim studio and sweat my little heart out.

 

  • Shower
  • Lunch
  • Shopping (crate and barrel is having a sale)
  • Baking
  • Parent teacher conference
  • Run four miles
  • Dinner
  • Wii

You know what else has been way to long…pancakes!

Kodiac cakes are the best. My favorite thing about pancakes is cooking them for other people, cause lets face it, you can’t just make one pancake for yourself. The Little Apron had a two-hour delay this morning, giving us enough time to enjoy our cakes while watching Ellen. I would be lying if I said we ate breakfast at the table all prim and proper ya know. Breakfast in bed is also the best.

My plate:

Two cakes topped with 1/2 cup of frozen berries warmed with 1 tsp of raw honey, the other half of last nights granola bar, and a blob of almond butter.

Is anyone else ready and excited for Valentines Day? You could so make your sweetie some healthy pancakes for breakfast.

Happy Friday!

See ya, when I see ya.

maria 🙂