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Morning!

Yesterday ended up being a whirlwind of a day.  I made a last minute decision to hop on the road and go visit my family for a couple of hours.  My baby cousin, whom I see very rarely, was in town so everyone was gathering at my grandma’s to hang out.

I was able to get a few things accomplished before I left as well as hit up a new class at the gym – turbokick.  It was my first time to try this one, and I really liked it.  If any of you have ever tried turbo jam by Chalene Johnson – it’s the live class version of that.  I’ve done turbo jam about a million times, so turbokick wasn’t entirely new to me, but they’ve added in a lot of new moves since I bought my DVDs.  I think I’ll probably go back…it gave me a really good workout to say the least!

Anyway, here are some pics from the day

Breakfast before Turbokick – Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup raw oats, the last of the frozen cherries and chias

Midmorning snack – brown rice cake with the last of my almond butter:( I think I need to run to the store

Lunch – spinach lavash wrap (love these!), Morningstar black bean burger (not vegan btw) Sabra garlic hummus, broccoli slaw and spinach

Afternoon snack at my grandma’s – watermelon!! Seedless watermelon!

I also had an unpictured apple pie Larabar on my drive back home

Dinner last night was also unpictured because I figured you guys don’t need to see enchiladas yet again on CSM.  I promise we didn’t actually make them again last night…we had leftovers; however, not promising we wouldn’t have made them had there not been leftovers;) What can I say?

Well, I’m off to piyo class! I’ll be laying low, working at the house today until I meet Mohammad for tutoring.

Don’t forget to stop by and enter the chia seed giveaway!  If you haven’t tried them before, I promise you’ll love ‘em…what’s not to love?

Have you tried chia seeds before?  Tell me what you’re favorite way is to eat them!
If you haven’t had them before, what would you do with them if you win?



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sleep, yoga, family and fresh veggies

Hey friends!  Time for me to play major catch up.  I have been MIA all day – today flew by!  Jon and I pulled our usual stunt by falling asleep on the couch last night and waking up at 2 am with cricks in our necks. lol.  Off to bed we went, where our smart little pup was already curled up in a tight little ball fast asleep.  She looked at us like a mother looks at her teenager coming in past curfew.

Because of our late night shenanigans, we slept in until about 10:30.  When I woke up, ma belly was calling for some food!

Peach flavored soy yogurt hiding under raw oats, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and Puffins!  This was my first time to try the peach, and it was a win!  It even had little slivers of peach in it.  Yum!

One of my biggest struggles with going vegan has been giving up Greek yogurt.  I’m a big fan of plain yogurt, and I cannot find plain flavored soy yogurt in our little city:(  Last week I did sneak in a few servings of plain Greek yogurt and it was heaven.  Oh, how I miss it.

After paying some bills and other adult like tasks, we headed to the gym.  I did about 2.5 miles running/walking, but mostly running.  I have currently misplaced my iPod (boo!), so I watched a documentary about conjoined twins, which was rather interesting….and impressive.  It definitely served as a great distraction!

Lunch couldn’t come fast enough after we got home because it was already 2:30!  I threw together a black bean burger pita.

whole wheat pita, hummus, Morningstar black bean burger, spinach, broccoli slaw crunch!, onions, pickles, ground red pepper, tobasco sauce!

Yoga time!

After lunch, I piddled around the house a bit more and finally made it to my yoga mat.  I did this youtube yoga series that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. I really enjoyed this one.  I practiced a couple of poses I’ve never done before + I liked the way she flowed through the poses at a fairly quick pace.  I still have so much to learn, but the more I learn the more I love :) I do have to say that today was nothing like participating in a yoga class, unfortunately.  Oh how I wanted it to be at least almost as good, but it just wasn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, it was worth doing, and I definitely appreciated it for what it was, but it just wasn’t anything compared to being in a live class.  Surprise, surprise, right?

The rest of our night was spent hanging out with these guys again

Ironically, this picture is recycled from last year; however, we did go to Orange Leaf tonight as well.  It looks like somebody was also wearing the same shirt tonight (see below)…I’m not sayin’ any names;) Also, I may or may not have had yogurt the last three days in a row.  *sheepish grin*

We also ate some din din of course.

I stuck with my old favorite – fajita pita with beans instead of meat, hold the sauce, add a side of salsa, steamed veggies instead of fries.  poor waitress:)

The best part about them coming up is that they brought me these

My mom’s husband has a garden and they brought me fresh grown corn and green beans!  I was just ranting to Jon this morning about how we don’t have a very good/extensive farmer’s market or any way to get homegrown veggies, aside from planting our own garden.  Then lo and behold I got my own little delivery.  yay!!  These will definitely be hitting the blog this week.  I’m super stoked!

Sleep, yoga, family and fresh veggies – doesn’t get much better!

I just noticed that some of my favorite meals/snacks have been quite elusive on the blog the last couple of days, so I’ll leave you with some tasty pics!

stir fried cauliflower, spinach, corn, peas in pesto sauce over brown rice – oooh, hot and steamy

smear of pb and sliced banana atop a Van’s whole grain lite waffle…truly blissful.

Friday night cheeseless veggie pizza (x3)

I hope everyone is having a rockin’ weekend!  I’ll see you tomorrow!

Have you ever tried yoga?  Why or why not?  Do you think yoga has to become a lifestyle?  Or do you think it can just be isolated physical activity?

Do you have any “at home” yoga that you love?

I would love to hear your thoughts!!!!

Oh, shoot.  I almost forgot this!  welcome to our home, little mobile :)

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home sweet home

Hi lovely blogging friends!  Today has been quite a lazy day for me, but I did get to spend some fun time reading blogs that I don’t always get to read because of lack of time.  We had a big ice storm here today, and it’s supposed to last until tomorrow.  I’m off work tomorrow as well so I’m looking forward to a four day weekend!  Of course I’ll have to put in some hours working on planning, but that is SO much better than having to commute and be at school all day.  Yea!  There is something about being “snowed in” that I like – at least for a period of time.  Especially if it’s with my favorite person.  We aren’t absolutely sure that he’ll be off tomorrow, but we’re thinking he probably will.  Fingers crossed!

Anyway, so being home today was especially nice on the food front because I didn’t have to eat transportable things.  Yea!  Unfortunately Jon took the camera to his office today, so my pictures from early in the day were taken with my iPhone.

I was up, showered, made up and about to walk out the door this morning before we found out that school was closed.  And, Jon had already made my green monster.  Usually if I’m home for breakfast I like to eat something “chewable,” if you will.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my gm’s.  But, since I have them every weekeday, I just like to mix it up if I’m home.  Since he had already it, though, I went ahead and had it for breakfast as soon as we got back from the gym.  It was nice to go to the gym in the morning.  I’m really a morning workout person, but our gym opens at the same time that I have to leave for work, so I usually have to go in the afternoon.  It was a really refreshing way to start the day!

By a couple of hours after my monster, I was already ready for a snack!  I think my body isn’t used to burning so much fuel first thing in the morning, and it wanted food ALL day, which was fine by me:)  My snack was a brown rice cake with a smear of AB and half a sliced banana.   This is one of my absolute favorite snack…I love the crunchiness of the rice cake combined with the irresistible mix of nut butter and banana.  Oh yeah.  With a side of Mandarin Orange Spice tea made in the Keurig.

A few hours later Jon got home and we threw together some lunch.  I had this tasty pita filled with all kinds of goodness:)

After lunch,  I seriously laid down and took a two hour nap.  I usually have a hard time taking naps because I just can’t relax, but we just got a new comforter and between that and the sound of the rain and ice outside, I was lulled to sleep quite easily.  It felt so good to just rest.

As soon as I woke up, my body was telling me it was time to eat…again!  So, I had some O’soy vanilla yogurt with a sprinkle of Kashi U walnut and black currant cereal.  I love the combination of yogurt and cereal…you just can’t beat it. This Kashi U is awesome tasting, and the ingredients aren’t too bad either.  There are few cereals that I really feel good about eating, and this is definitely one of them.  It even comes packaged in a recycled box;)

The following is from the Kashi website:

The tasty combination of toasted Seven Whole Grain flakes, tangy black currants, crunchy walnuts, and acai oat clusters is packed full of nutrition:

  • Cardio Nourishment – 350mg ALA omega 3 from walnuts and 100% of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid
  • Immunity Boost – 50% of your daily value for vitamins A, C and E as well as zinc and antioxidant super fruits black currant and acai
  • Strengthen Support – More calcium & vitamin D than half a glass of milk* plus zinc to support bone health
  • Thrive Inside – 7g of fiber and prebiotics to help the good bacteria grow
  • Mental Sustenance – Over half of the daily recommended amount of whole grains

And now for din din.  I decided to try something new that I’d seen other people do before – a portabello mushroom burger.  So, I threw a giant portabello mushroom cap in some evoo and grilled it with some garlic powder, red pepper and balsamic vinegar.  I also tossed in some brussels and steamed some green beans in the microwave for a side.

I also added:

  • hummus (round two!)
  • pickes
  • onion
  • tomato
  • spring mix

If you haven’t tried this before, you must!  The balsamic and seasonings soaked into the mushroom and made it so juicy and flavorful!  Interesting fact about me: until about a couple of months ago, you couldn’t pay me to touch any kind of mushroom.  Then, suddenly I just started craving them.  Random, I know.  I’ve been eating them on everything, though!

A couple of hours later, I topped off dinner with a small piece of Averie’s vegan peanut buttter chocolate chip protein bars that I made a few nights ago.  These bars are seriously to die for.  They are the best vegan dessert I’ve ever made by far!  I just have trouble stopping at just one;)

So, that’s a wrap on my day.  I think we may watch this week’s precursor for Lost season 6 that we DVR’d the other night.  We cannot wait until next Tuesday!  Any other Lost lovers out there?

Have a fantastic night everyone!

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homemade black bean burgers

I’m excited to share a recipe that Jon and I made Thursday night for dinner.  It was all his idea, and he found the recipe in The Eat Clean Diet Recharged (the book that changed my life:).  So, without further ado…

Paradise Island Bean Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice1 clove garlic (passed through garlic press) (I just used minced garlic to save time)
  • 2 tbsp leeks, whites only, finely chopped (I used onions b/c I didn’t have any leeks on hand)
  • 2 tbsp cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp evoo
  • 4 ezekiel buns, toasted

Method

  • Mix all ingredients except the olive oil and buns in a large bowl.  Coat clean hands with olive oil to mix.
  • Divide mixture into equal fourths.  Shape into patties.
  • Heat grill pan over medium flame and coat lightly with oil.  Add patties and cook five minutes per side or until the patties are golden and crispy
  • Serve on toasted burger buns.

I topped mine off with some (previously) homemade guacamole, a little bit of hot sauce, some greens, a slice of tomato and some pickles.  Obvs. with a side of baked sweet potato fries.   This meal was super tasty.  The bean burger itself could have used a little bit heavier dose of spices in my opinion, but overall it was pretty tasty.   It was pretty quick to put together, too!

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