Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hurts So Good

I'm in pain as I type this, but it's the pain that hurts in a good way! I'm still sore from the gym class and some gentle but challenging stretching/yoga today.

Rewind to yesterday!

I wanted a cold lunch that I could whip up quickly. Enter pb banana smoothie! I love these and I used to make them all the time, but I haven't had one in a while.

Recipe: (for Ariel - hope you're reading, girl! ;) )
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp. chia seeds (flaxseeds are great too)
2 T. Peanut Butter Co. pb
1 small banana

It reminded me of a light version of a Pb Blizzard or Frosty! I had an orange on the side but I threw it away after the first bite - it was sour! :P

I met up with Ariel and Kilah, two dear friends, for a costume meeting for Romeo and Juliet, followed by a girls' night at Bekah's, another friend! We all brought something edible and tasty. I brought a quinoa spinach salad with cranberries, feta cheese, mushrooms, and bell peppers as well as cucumber slices. Bekah also had hot dogs as the main dinner, but because I don't eat meat on Fridays (I'm Catholic), I had baked beans, salad, a plum, apple slices, cuc, bell peppers with hummus, and a pb chex mix that Ariel's mom made.

After we swam in Bekah's pool, giggled, talked, and stayed up til 4:30 watching movies, we awoke to make smoothies for breakfast. Bekah's mom dubbed me the Smoothie Queen and Bekah insisted I make smoothies for everyone, which I was happy to oblige! Some of the ones I whipped up were: blueberry-peach, chocolate banana pb, strawberry chocolate, and a raspberry blueberry strawberry. Lots of lovely different, bright colors! :)

Mine was a green monster with peaches, blueberries, and strawberries, although there wasn't enough spinach to make it green! It came out a periwinkle violet that looked nasty but tasted wonderful! I topped it with Galaxy Granola (which I adore) and a travel pack of Peanut Butter & Co. ; the toppings sunk to the bottom but they were there and delicious!

After I got home, I ran around doing last minute packing, ironing, and mending/sewing for our vacation. I made a small mozzarella and tomato grilled cheese sammie on La Madeleine bread and slapped the inside with hummus. Finger-lickin' good! I couldn't stop "Mmmmm"ing, even though it was a little burnt.

I wasn't too hungry because I had breakfast late, but I knew I needed something to sustain me during my work shift - I worked 12-4:30.

I got home a little before 5 , retreated to my room, put on the P&P soundtrack, dimmed the lights and did a solid hour of yoga. It felt so good but I know more would be even better - my muscles are still tight but I do feel a little more loose. :)

Dinna was cuc + eggplant with hummus, leftover quinoa salad, corn and fish.

I love this's very fresh and light but packed with protein from the quinoa and feta cheese!

I drizzled the fish - flounder- with a wee bit of olive oil, pepper, garlic, onion powder and cumin, wrapped it in foil and baked it at 350 for 17 minutes.

A scrumptious summery dinner. :) Afterward, I had a piece of toast with homemade blackberry jelly (that I helped make!), put my feet up, and read some blogs. Bliss....

I had grand plans to be in bed with lights out at 9, but then my mom called and informed me we were departing at 4 in the morning so of course I had to run to the grocery store to stock up. I am packing TONS of food to take to Disney World. I'm not sure what the selection (read: theme park food) will be, but something tells me it will be interesting. I definitely want to come prepared with my healthy options rather then be forced to choose between things that I really don't want to eat....So, now I'm fully stocked, packed and ready to go - er, at least my food is. I still need to zip the suitcase containing my clothes shut. And figure out what shoes I'm wearing, 'cause flip flops are fine for Disney World, right?


Oh dear. My poor feet. You have no idea the pain that awaits you.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Feeling French

Today started out calmly at home and then took off in the afternoon. I'm just now catching my breath!

Did some school earlier, then grabbed a quick (for me!) hodgepodge lunch. I threw together a La Madeleine-inspired spinach salad with mushrooms, bell peppers, and strawberries. I added feta cheese and a homemade herb-ish dressing that was delicious!

1/3 cup of Dijon or stone ground mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 T. red vinegar
pepper to taste - you could also add salt but it was excellent without it. It had a delightfully earthy taste that was tangy without being overwhelming; this would probably be great for an Italian garden salad.

I had some cuc with hummus on the side, and cottage cheese with chia seeds and butterscotch chips for some sweetness, as well as the last of the chocolate Silk soymilk. Trying to clear out the fridge before we head to Disney World this weekend! Did I mention we were going on our family vacation? ;)

I had a slice of La Madeleine's 7-Grain bread, toasted and spread with tahini (sesame seed nut butter) and agave nectar to cut the bitterness.

I spent the remainder of the afternoon at our homeschool yearbook signing which was hectic but terribly was so nice to see everyone again. Went straight from that to an insane class at the gym - lunges, squats, mountain climbs, push-ups, weights, and abs. I left, cherry-faced and happily drenched with sweat, but feeling on top of the world. I know I'm going to feel it tomorrow during ab class! I love intense workouts...I may look, sound, and feel like I'm going to die during them, but I love 'em! :)

Came home from the gym and wanted something quick, nutritious, and filling. Enter the quintessential French omelet. :) I felt so deliciously European... Oh eggs, I love you so. Why have I ignored you? You are so versatile, protein-packed, and cooked in a matter of minutes. Cage-free, grain fed egg omelet with field greens, mushrooms, and soy cheese inside, spread with hummus and hot sauce. If there's one thing I learned from Jenna, it's that hummus (and hot sauce!) go with everything. ;)

I had some fresh veg on the side because I was craving it and trying to finish off my produce.

To complete my meal, I broke into this bad boy that I picked up at the vitamart today with my mom: Cacao nibs!! A Mayan superfood that I've heard and seen so much about in the blog world.

I made a small Green Monster with almond milk, kale, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, and topped it with some nibs and Galaxy Granola which I also loved and have been waiting to try. Added some gums to make it ice cream-y. Hit. The. Spot.

In my pjs and happily heading to bed - I've got Southwest on the mind for breakfast...hi ho, Silver!

Wrong Side Up

Hey, everyone! Hope you all are having a pleasant morning...mine is going great so far. I rolled out of bed and had breakfast ready in less than five minutes!

(I can't figure out how to flip it right side up - sorry!)

Behold overnight oats, known as "OO" - just oatmeal soaked in yogurt and milk overnight and magically ready the next morning. These were classic Jenna oats - 1/4 cup oats, an Okios Greek yogurt with honey, 1/2 cup soymilk. I added chia seeds, golden raisins, and a handful of dried blueberries. Stirred it all together, mixed in a chopped banana this morning and dusted the whole thing with cinnamon, applesauce, and White Chocolate pb. Mmmmmmm...I could eat this every morning.

Trying to say farewell to cold breakfasts before fall gets here - I can't wait! :)

Have a great day!
What do you usually eat for breakfast? What's your favorite thing to make/eat for bfast? Always looking for new ideas! ;)