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Well, I ate it…

…but that doesn’t mean it was good.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5-2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1.5 tbsp tamari
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 2-3 pinches chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pkg firm or extra firm tofu (frozen or fresh) cut in half lengthwise then sliced 1/4 to 1/2 in thick squares, and patted to remove excess moisture
  • 2-3 tbsp raw or pre-roasted pumpkin seeds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In an 8×12 in baking dish, combine lime juice, agave nectar, tamari, cumin, curry powder, chili powder, and salt and stir to mix.
  • Stir in oil.
  • Add tofu and turn to coat each side
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven to turn tofu over, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, and return to oven to bake uncovered for another 13-15 minutes, until tofu has soaked up most of marinade.
  • Serve warm, pouring any remaining oil and/or spices over tofu.

recipe adapted from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

It’s not you, Dreena, it’s me.

Tofu and I have never gotten along.

We have a love/hate relationship.  As in love when we meet at Pei Wei and hate when we meet anywhere else.

Not sure what went wrong to be honest.  The flavor was not bad, but the texture was not good.  Maybe I should have bought extra firm instead of just firm?  Any suggestions?  I need help!

This is not the last you’ll see of me, tofu.  I’ll be back.  And eventually I will win.

That’s all.

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fingers crossed

Happy lunchtime folks!

I started this morning off with an ice cold green monster.

2 big handfuls of spinach, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tsbp chia seeds, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1.25 cups almond milk, ice

Have you tried a green smoothie yet?  I know some are really intimidated grossed out by the thought of spinach in their smoothie.  But you can take my word for it – you cannot taste it!  So the questions isn’t “why put spinach in your smoothie?”  The question is “why not?!”

A couple hours and pages of writing later, I was ready for a snack!

This yogurt bowl contained 1 container Whole Soy yogurt, a quarter of a banana, and some granola that was on sale at the health food store the other day – Bakery on Main Cranberry Maple Almond Granola.

I guess it was a little much for just a morning snack, because lunchtime has come and gone, and I’m nowhere near hungry.  o’well!  Guess I’ll fit lunch in later on if I get hungry.

I’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon fighting with iPhoto and Flickr as I try to transfer all my photos over.  Does anybody want to volunteer to do this for me?  Puh-lease???

One thing I wanted to mention is about a new site that’s totally worth checking out: Healthy Living Blogs.

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sounds Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. So, check it out when you get a chance!

I’ll see you all later.  I’m planning on making a new tofu recipe tonight, and I’ve never had much luck in the tofu department, so I’ll be back tonight with either a great new recipe for you…or a catastrophic fail.  Cross your fingers:)

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hls – the gift that keeps on givin’

missed recap 1, 2 or 3?

Hey, hey!

It’s finally time for the fourth and final HLS recap!

After the last session on Saturday I had a really short break before yoga.

I was so excited about this yoga class!  Confession:  I have never been to a studio yoga class before. There isn’t a studio in my town, so I only go to our gym yoga.  And let me tell you, it is NOT the same.  Subway sponsored us to go to Exhale to attend a core fusion yoga class.  Core Fusion Yoga includes a cardio element and is fueled by upbeat and inspirational music.  Oh, and the instructor was cuh-razy.  And I liked it:)  A lot.

There are no Chinese gongs at Gym One.  Nor are there any wall ladders use for stretching (perfectly normal).

Allison, Lauren, Lizz, me

Love my new yoga buddies!  I was freakin’ out Saturday because I didn’t know anyone going to yoga.

Let’s be real.  I didn’t know anyone going to yoga, AND I didn’t know anyone going to the Mexican dinner I had signed up for that night.

Hi, I’m Candice, and I sometimes get scared of being awkward and having no friends. There, I said it.

So, like any normal person would do – I tweeted out a plea for friends during one of the sessions on Saturday.  And the angel above in the blue dress was my twitter hero:)

I loved this yoga class.  Oh, and they gave us free mats!

Which we had no other choice than to cart around for the rest of the night at said Mexican restaurant.  Classy.

JT and I before yoga

After yoga, we dried our sweaty hair, applied new deodorant and rushed out the door to dinner!

Sabrina had made reservations for a group of us at Mercadito, a swanky and fun mexican restaurant.

Jessie, Sabrina, Lizz

I sat with this awesome blogger and we hit off right away!  I  love this girl.  Cannot wait to go to NY to visit sometime.

It was a fun night of chattin’ up a storm, takin’ photos of our food…and eating!  All the plates were for sharing.

I was in heaven from the start – 3 different kinds of guacamole

chips fo dippin’

mixed greens, red cabbage, corn, jícama,
queso fresco, chipotle-balsamic vinaigrette

fried plantains with a  ginger-jalapeño sauce

vegetarian tacos – black bean hash, rajas poblanas,
crema fresca, crispy potatoes

These tacos were the food highlight of the day for me.  The flavors were fantastic, and the corn tortillas were homemade – so soft!

and dessert….

flan de cajeta  – goat’s milk caramel custard

Flan!  I’ve never had flan before – it’s always been a dessert that I’ve only seen in the movies, lol.  This caramel one was to die for!  There were two other flavors brought to our table, but I nearly gagged on one of them, so I tried to lure the caramel one back down to our end;)

This meal was awesome – so many different new flavors.  And I loved that everything was shared.  I got to try so much, but I was able to walk our rather than roll out, so that was a bonus!


We hung around the restaurant for quite a while and then walked back to the hotel about midnight.  Still with our yoga mats in tow.

And that’s a wrap!  About 4 hours later I was up and at ‘em, heading to the airport.

It was such a quick weekend…and I totally wish I could relive it!  I’m so ecstatic about the new friends I made, and the twitter and blog fun that will ensue.  HLS: the gift that keeps on givin’.

Hope to see ya at HLS 2011!


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gotta love the swag

Friends, I’m in the midst of a crisis.

Since I got my Canon DSLR camera back in April, I’ve been uploading all my photos into iPhoto.  Unfortunately the file sizes are huge, and they are overtaking my macbook!  I’ve finally decided to start uploading to Flickr instead, but I also am going to have to move all my photos over from iPhoto as well.

This process is going to take forever.  I’m just so deep in this hole.  Not only is my computer moving slower than ever, but the process of transferring the photos is going to slow it down even more.  Argh!

Okay, rant over.  Thanks for listening;)

warning: if you aren’t a dog lover, just glaze over this next part:) and don’t think I’m crazy.

First things first – Olive wants to say Happy 1st Birthday to her cousin, Bentley!

We still love you little B, even though you chewed up 2 of my retainers this summer.

This morning has been so productive!  Don’t you just love super productive days?

First, I went for a four mile run.  I planned to go to the gym, but the second I stepped out onto the porch, I changed my mind.  It had to have been about 80 degrees.  And there was even a cool breeze.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to run outside.  Unfortunately my Garmin wasn’t quite as thrilled apparently and didn’t find its satellites until well in the run.  I know I ended up at about 4 miles, but have no idea what my time was.  O’well!

Before I went I had a piece of canteloupe, sans salt and pepper

Once I got back, it was still cloudy and breeze, and our scraggly yard was giving me the eye.  I couldn’t resist the nagging and immediately changed shoes and revved up the mower!

About an hour later I finished, a sweaty, hungry mess.  Seeing as how it was after 10:30, though, I opted for a little snack instead of breakfast to tide me over.

I got this herbal water in the HLS swag bag, and I am now obsessed.  I must find a place to buy these.  They have no added sugars or preservatives, and the water is infused with a perfectly subtle ginger lemon flavor.

These pistachios and dried pineapple are also from the swag bag, courtesy of Oh Nuts.  The pistachios were great, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the pineapple.  I don’t like added sugar on my dried fruit, and this definitely had some.  I don’t know why companies always feel the need to add so much sugar to their dried fruit!

Anyway, I answered some emails and before I could turn around twice it was lunch time.

My sister bought me this garlic olive oil from The Olive Tap.  It gives off just a nice, subtle hint of garlic.  Judging from her description I really wish I could have visited the store too.

I mixed 1 tbsp+1 tsp of garlic olive oil + 1 tsp water to 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp seasoned salt and a sprinkle of ground red pepper.

I filled a gallon sized ziplock bag with sliced sweet potato rounds and asparagus, and after adding the oil and seasoning mixture, shook until I couldn’t feel my arms (it really is an exact scienceJ  I then dumped it out onto a cookie sheet (don’t forget to spray it!) and roasted at 400 degrees for about half an hour.  Don’t forget to stir and flip occasionally.  I actually think the asparagus was a bit too soft, so you may want to take it out after 20 minutes or so.

I toasted a piece of Ezekiel bread and spread it with Earth Balance to have on the side.  Plus, another piece of canteloupe with salt and pepper.

Dessert was an Adora Dark Chocolate Calcium supplement disk from the swag bag.  Love these.  lol. What did I eat before HLS?

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to my awesome co workers from my teaching job.  I stopped by the school for a visit yesterday and loved getting to see everyone.  These people are a huge reason why it was so hard to leave, and I’m going to miss them dearly!

my best friend, Teri, Bryan, and me

two of our awesome librarians!

Meghan taught in the classroom next door to me and was a fellow first year teacher.  This girl is a hoot!

And again, Teri:)

Well, I’m off to get some work done!  I’ll be back tonight with my fourth and final HLS recap!  If you missed ‘em, here is recap 1, recap 2 and recap 3.

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hls – the fun continues

Did you miss recap 1 or recap 2?

Picking up where I left off earlier this morning…

After a fantastic HLS lunch, I made my way to the Time Management session.   As soon as I saw this topic would be discussed, I knew I had to go.

Believe it or not, since I left my teaching job I have had a harder time than ever with time management.  Yes, I’ve had more time since I’m not working outside the home everyday, but I’ve taken on so many new projects.  I’ve upped my time spent on CSM considerably, started teaching (and planning for) PiYo classes, taken on responsibilities with Outbox, started a photography class, taken on students for tutoring, started freelance editing and much more!  I have to say, I love wearing so many hats!  They are all very cute, stylish hats that make me feel good, but it’s been a challenge to manage my time and stay on top of everything.

Needless to say, I hung on every word of this seminar.  The first activity we did was to list out our priorities in order of importance. Here are mine:

1.  Quiet time/Bible study
2.  Spending time with Jon
3.  Sleep
4.  Exercise
5.  Work (including all the projects listed above)
6.  grocery shopping/ preparing meals
7.  time with friends and family
8.  Leisure time/ relaxing (reading, going for walks etc)
9.  Housework (it is now clear why you can’t see the floor under our bed due to all the dust bunnies)

BTW – loving on Olive happens simultaneously with numbers 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9.  Just so you don’t think I’m neglecting her on my priority list;)

Once your priorities are listed out, it’s a lot easier to plan your day around them.  Because of my perfectionist tendencies, I tend to get frustrated when I don’t get to the housework or time with friends/family every day…or even every week.  So I appreciated the following tips that were given:

1. Think outside the box. For example, if I’m running low on time, and I realize I’m not going to have time for everything, try and combine two things, such as exercise and time with Jon by going on a power walk or run together.
2.  Look for conflicts
.  Recognize that there are conflicts.  I probably will not be able to get to everything, every day.  I know…it makes me cringe too, but I need to recognize that fact and accept it.
3.  Compromise.
Be proud of the things you are achieving.  When I don’t have time for everything, compromise by saying “Well, I didn’t get to the housework today, but I’m really glad I got that run in.”  I tend to only focus on the things I didn’t do, and I’m going to make a concerted effort to start focusing on the things I did accomplish.
4.  Plan ahead.  For example, plan in the morning what you want to fix for dinner.  That way if you need something from the store, for instance, you can get it while you’re out during the day, rather than wasting another 20 minutes later on.
5.  Underschedule yourself. Ooooohh.  I am the world’s worst about this.  I think I am often in denial about how long something will take, and I way overschedule myself.  Then I feel frustrated when I don’t get to everything.  Tasks always take longer than you think they will, so plan an extra 10 minutes or so for each task on your list.
6.  Think about your choices.  What is valuable for you?  Make sure you are prioritizing the things that are most important to you.  Then you won’t feel as regretful about the things you didn’t get to.

I really enjoyed this session!

After my time management problems were all solved :) I headed to the next seminar: The Five W’s of Strength Training.  Unfortunately, my laptop was dying at this point, so I didn’t get very good notes.  But I did get inspired to start making more time at the gym for strength training, and I learned the difference between super sets, circuits and split sets (Heather, correct me if I’m wrong on this!:)

Super sets: 2-3 exercises, back-to-back.  Then repeat.  Then break.
Circuit: 8-10 exercises back-to-back.  Break.  Then repeat.
Splits:  different muscle groups on different days.

I think I may have to listen to this session on audio again once it’s posted!

Our last official HLS snack break of the day was sponsored by Athenos.  Hellooo hummus!

watermelon, feta and basil skewers

blue corn chips with a hummus/feta dip (definitely going to have to get this recipe).  These were out of this world delicious.

cucumbers filled with hummus and topped with raisins and almonds

all together now – with the addition of whole wheat pita chips, broccoli, carrots and more hummus

Jennifer came over and asked if I wanted to run over to the Athenos booth and get our picture made.  Did I ever?!?!  I look a tad bit awkward because I was trying to balance that olive on my head – you wouldn’t believe how heavy it was!

I also got a chance to hang out with these beautiful bloggers during the break – JT, Me, Dorry, Freya and Jessie.  These girls were  seriously so cool and so fun!

And the last session, The Ups and Downs of Blogging, was led by Caitlin and Gena.  This session was focused on something that I think most bloggers and readers deal with at least on some level.  There was a lot going on in this session, so I’m just going to give the highlights.  Here are some tips to consider in regard to reading healthy living blogs:

Different doesn’t equal bad. For example, if you can’t run or don’t enjoy running, then blaze your own trail by focusing on your own unique type of workout.  Don’t like the gym?  Be a unique voice for outdoor workouts.  Essentially, be yourself.  Gain inspiration from blogs, but don’t let them make you feel bad for your own unique preferences and talents in fitness and in eating.

Fight superwoman syndrome.  Don’t feel like you have to do everything perfect all the time.  Keep in mind that all of us have weaknesses, bad days, even bad weeks.  On some blogs, the blogger only shows the things that he/she does well and is proud of.  That doesn’t mean that they don’t mess up, it just might be that you don’t see it.

Look internally not externally when setting goals. Don’t base your own goals and aspirations solely on what other bloggers are doing.  Think about who you are and what you love and want to do.  Just because one blogger is participating in a triathlon, doesn’t mean you should too.  It also doesn’t make your 5k any less amazing!

Only read blogs that inspire you, not the ones that make you feel bad. If a blog makes feel negative about yourself in any way, don’t read it!  If a blog doesn’t lift you up and make you feel more motivated and inspired, then it’s not worth your time to read it.

After the last session of the day, it was time to rest up for yoga and dinner!  But first, I had to get a good pic with the best roommates at HLS – Amy and Paige.  They put up with my antics of staying out late and getting up before the sun.  Thanks for being so sweet you two:)  I am so happy to have gotten to spend time with these girls.

Okay, looks like there will be one more final recap going up tomorrow!  I’ll see ya then! G’night.

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