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 🙂

wait until the sun comes up…

Four little things that make my job easier:

First up is the cafeteria.

Twelve hour work days can be mentally and physically taxing. Nurses require both stamina and strength, but more importantly nutrition.  If I don’t have time or forget to pack my lunch I know a mixed green salad is just a few floors away. If I get hungry at 4:00 in the afternoon and can’t wait another four hours to eat again, I’ll head to the cafeteria and buy a healthy snack. A piece of fruit, veggie sticks, soymilk, or a kashi bar are my usual suspects.

On a normal day I prefer to eat breakfast before work but this morning I wasn’t very hungry. I have no problem eating dinner when it’s dark outside but when it came to today’s breakfast I assumed wait until the sun comes up.  I’m having a hard time eating at 6:00 AM, when everyone is sleeping and the sun hasn’t risen. Spring can’t come soon enough!   Once I got hungry around 9:00 and was able to sneak away for a few minutes I hit up the yogurt/oatmeal bar.

One side of the yogurt bar.

Second half of the yogurt bar.

Lots and lots of oatmeal.

Topping galore

 Second is the gift shop.

If my day gets a little hectic and I find myself in need of some retail therapy I can escape to the gift shop during a lunch break. I’ve found some really nice  pieces of inexpensive jewelry, hand bags and home décor at ours. The gift shop is also full of information; they carry a wide collection of magazines like Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Glamour, Self and Real Simple.

Of course you can’t forget People and US weekly, hey; I have to get my pop culture and fashion news in somehow.   Do you have a favorite nonsense mag?

Third is the endless supply of cheese and crackers.

Last but not least are the wonderful people I work with.

What makes your work week easier?


This breakfast kept me full and satisfied until 2:00 PM

My bowl and rawther large cup of hot hot coffee.

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • scoop of vanilla yogurt
  • sprinkle of granola
  • spoonful of mixed berries
  • three strawberries
  • 1/2 small banana (from home)
  • peanut butter

I brought my own plastic silver ware and napkin from home, that I tucked into my new lunchbox. The lunchbox was a Valentines Day gift from my mother-in-law, so cute!

The weekend is almost here!

I have a long run, yoga session, and a special dinner planned. I need to catch up with all my blog buddies and see what their up to.

See ya, when I see ya 🙂



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.


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.


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!


Saturday Goddess

Saturday in review.

Even though I knew I would be working all day Saturday and Sunday I was still excited about the weekend. Saturday came and went, and today has been busy, busy. I have a few quick minutes to post yesterdays meals before getting back to work.

Breakfast: 6:00 A.M


Bagels seem to be making a comeback in my life, don’t worry I’ll be careful. This toasted cinnamon raising bagel held me over from 6:00 in the morning until 12:00 in the afternoon. I don’t know about you but six hours is long time for my stomach to be empty. I’m a girl who likes to eat. I toasted both halves and topped one with 1 tbsp pumpkin cream cheese, and the other with plain cream cheese. Plus one hard-boiled egg for some protein power.

Lunch: 12:00 P.M

Can you believe I assembled this salad at the hospital cafeteria!?

Even though the weekend salad bar is not as bountiful as it during they week they still offer some great options.

Lots of green lettuce you can’t see on the bottom, spring mix, mushrooms, peas, black olives, fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup hummus plopped on top and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I packed a few things from home too, multi-grain chips, 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt and this new tea purchased with a coupon from whole foods. I always pack part if not all of my lunch, it’s good way to save calories and money. The tea was so/so, it could have used some sweetness.

Snack: 6:00 P.M

By 6:00pm I was famished and ready to eat anything in sight!

 I reached in the lunchbox and pulled out a crisp apple and another new tea. Yerba mate by Holy Mate, holy mate is right. Talk about a quick burst of energy. It has 100% of the caffeine in one cup of coffee without the sudden crash.

Ladies and gentleman this “tea” made me want to do jumping jacks. Note to self: Save for long runs. The burst of energy did not fade or make me feel blah. I was still a little hungry though so I had some

dun dun dun…

you guessed it peanut butter with a graham cracker. Hit the spot.

Dinner: 8:30 P.M

By the time I got home for dinner I wanted something light and heavenly. Even though it was colder than the north pole I made a smoothie anyway. Cause that’s how I roll.

With a few of my faves and couple new guys.

This was the first time trying 365 whey protein. Not sure if I like it or not, I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Anywho, the smoothie had a creamy consistency and the added crunch from a granola bar was excellent. Since I already consumed 1 tbsp of peanut butter, I added a blob of better n’ peanut butter.

What is better n’ peanut butter you ask? It’s basically PB with half the calories and fat, and to be honest I prefer it over real PB in my smoothies.

After dinner the hubs and I went to a party to celebrate our friends third 29th birthday 🙂

Knowing I wasn’t going to be in the mood for boozing I brought one of these and sipped on it all night. Well until 11:00, then I went home and went to bed, but that’s another story.

I love this Kombucha for its flavor and its name. Cause lets face it we are all goddesses!

Can’t wait to get home this evening and watch…don’t judge…Kourtney and Kim take New York.

Enjoy your Sunday

Maria 🙂