Apr 21, 2010
Another crazy day of testing at school. There are only 27 days of school left…not that I’m counting or anything.
Have you ever been at a point in your life when you are at the brink of some big changes and you want to make them happen, but something (out of your control) is holding you back? Yeah, me neither;)
I’ve been a bit “out of whack” lately, and I’m ready to be “in whack” again. It’s all a matter of attitude and perspective, and I need to whip both into shape!
As promised, tonight I have a new recipe from Saturday’s fun in the kitchen.
Enter Spicy Vegan Chili. You guys know I’m a huge fan of meals that are delicious, fast, easy, vegan and of course healthy! Also, husband’s enjoyment is a key. This recipe most def. falls in those categories. YOU should try it!
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can organic lentils
1 can low sodium corn
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 onion, chopped
5 or 6 mushrooms, chopped
1-2 whole carrots, chopped
4 tbsp chili powder
ground red pepper to taste
2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
Chop fresh veggies
Dump all ingredients into a large crock pot, set on low, and forget it!
If you don’t have a crock pot, you could also use a large stock pot. You just won’t have quite the same effect of “fix it and forget it.” This meal is great served with whole wheat crackers, blue corn chips or served over whole wheat pasta! I made this recipe for just the husband and I because I love having leftovers. This makes enough for an entire week of random lunches and dinners when you need something quick. Another option would be to freeze a portion of it to have a couple of weeks later when you’re in a pinch. Let me know if you try it!
I rushed home from work today to make it to a hair appointment. Nothing too exciting…just a trim. Obvs. Because I couldn’t possibly go any shorter;) Needless to say, I skipped out on my workout today, but I’m back at it tomorrow!
I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday! We will be having company all weekend starting Friday, so tomorrow night I’ll be super busy getting our house in tip top shape! I’ll check in at some point though.
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Apr 19, 2010
Wow, guys. I have been so MIA the past couple of days. I have been swamped with work…essays seeming to multiply like bunnies. I wake up thinking about work. I go to bed thinking about work. Eek. I need to get a grip.
I do have to say I am stoked about some coming announcements that I’ll be making – I know it’s kind of mean to say that and not provide more info…I hope you’ll forgive me. Sorry! I just can’t contain myself!
Anyhow! I’ve totally slacked on snapping food shots the last couple of days, but I have some weekend eats lined up, just waiting to get their chance in the spotlight.
Friday lunch was leftover vegan basic pasta sauce over whole wheat spaghetti. Also added a special touch of chopped avocado on top! I used to would have never thought of putting avocado on top of spaghetti sauce, but these days I more often ask myself “why not??” rather than “why?”
Snack on Friday:) Yogurt with sliced almonds and dried crans
Breakfast on Saturday. The return of the Pumpkin Protein Waffles. Round two = better than eva’
Next up: easy prep for mystery recipe – to be featured in a coming post, so stay tuned!
simmerin’ away – Can we say “fix it and forget it?” I think we can:)
On Saturday, Jon and I strolled downtown to check out the arts festival. While the festival wasn’t exactly as festive as we had hoped, we dined at our most beloved downtown restaurant – Cafe Bella. The atmosphere is quaint and cozy and the menu has a plethora of veggie/vegan options. Here was my menu item of choice:
sub in hummus for cream cheese. Obbbviously. I die.
Next on the Saturday afternoon agenda was a trip to the health food store – Nature’s Supply. They were hosting a customer appreciation sale, and I’ll tell ya what…I was feelin’ the love. I picked up some Pirate’s Booty (obsessed), blue corn chips, organic whole wheat tortillas, tempeh, some dark chocolate and…wait for it…Artisana Cacao Bliss Raw Chocolate Coconut butter – whew! That’s a mouthful! And it was.
I had never tried coconut butter before, but of course had seen it all over the blog world. I just couldn’t bring myself to fork over the big bucks for it; however, who could pass it up as part of the customer appreciate sale? I mean, c’mon! Of course, the second I was in the car and out of public view I had to pop it open and get a good taste. The verdict? Delish! I can’t say I will be buying it again because it set us back a good $10 (on sale!), but that is no reflection on how tasty it was. I’m lucky to splurge on a $5 jar of almond butter though, so I best not get ahead of myself.
Perfection on an Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin english muffin.
and the following morning on a leftover Pumpkin Protein waffle. Can’t. get. enough.
The rest of the weekend was spent working on projects, hugging and cuddling, and soaking up every last moment of the weekend. Monday morning swept in much too soon.
We also watched a movie called Beyond Borders. Have you guys seen it? It was riveting. It was also very thought provoking and impactful. I adore movies that make me think outside the bubble that I live in. When we lived in Thailand, I was confronted every day with the reality that many people don’t have everything, such as materials possessions, food, shelter etc., that I’ve been blessed with. Since we moved back to the States, however, I’ve found it’s easy to forget. I like watching movies that deliver prespective right to my front door. This movie really made me think about all that I have to be thankful for. It also made me really evaluate the things that I really don’t need. More on that to come in the future.
What is your favorite thing you did and your favorite thing you ate over the weekend?
Do you find it hard sometimes to keep perspective in this material driven world that we live in? What kinds of things do you do to keep yourself in check?
I hope you have had a great start to the week. Here we go again, ya’ll!
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Apr 15, 2010
Happy Thursday:) I honestly can’t believe we’re only a night’s sleep away from Friday. I am SO glad. I’m just counting down the days until school is out – only 6 weeks and 1 day to go.
I received my Women’s Health magazine in the mail today, and it has some great stuff. Women’s Health and Oxygen are my favorite magazines – I feel they are the most down-to-earth and real of all the fitness magazines. This issue has Jillian Michaels on the cover and a great interview with her inside. It’s funny how when you need a certain kind of affirmation about something, it just keeps popping up everywhere. In her interview, Jillian gives some great tips on how to achieve success, so I thought I’d share them with you!
- Define your goal and be specific: you have to know exactly what you’re going after before you can go after it.
- Believe in your ability: A lot of times people don’t really believe they can accomplish their goals. If you don’t believe in you, then who will? This is the one I have the most trouble with. At times I’ll feel so confident and self assured, like I could become the next Oprah if I wanted…other times I have trouble believing that I can make it through my next workout. This is something I am really working on in my life right now.
- Stay positive: the minute you turn around to bash yourself, reverse it and give yourself a compliment.
- Imagine your goal: Visualization allows you to get comfortable with the idea of change. I was just thinking about this today. I took a few minutes to visualize my goals. I pictured myself as I would be a year from now if I actually stepped out and tackled my goals. I even envisioned what the blog post would look like when I recap everything I will have accomplished (obvs. I think of everything in terms of blog posts:) This was really motivating for me. I desperately want to live that story!
- Get educated: Studying up before pursuing your goal helps you make powerful choices that effect change. Knowledge is power.
- Don’t fear failure: It is an integral part of success. I fear failure all the time! I think the big point here could even be – it’s okay to fear failure, as long as you don’t let that fear hold you back. Conquer it!
- Get feedback: look for someone who’s educated in the goal you’re trying to achieve and seek out constructive criticism from him/her.
I think I’m going to type these up and post them where I can see them on a daily basis. Keeping things like this in front of me helps me stay motivated and inspired!
Today was honestly pretty stressful. Work was more stressful than usual (I won’t even go into that), and I got a call from my mom this morning, letting me know my grandpa had an accident. He had climbed up on the roof of our lake cabin to clear off some limbs, and when he went to climb back down, one leg of the ladder sunk into the ground, causing him to fall from the roof level. Unfortunately, he cracked three ribs. Fortunately, he didn’t have any other injuries. I am so thankful to still have my two grandparents, and all the time I think about the possibility of something happening to them. I don’t know how I would handle it. Even this got me all worked up, and I just wanted to go visit him, not be at work! I got to talk to him on the phone for awhile after work, though, and he seemed to be in pretty high spirits, considering.
For lunch, the parents at our school put together a luncheon for the teachers. I knew right away (from past experience) that there would be nothing there for me, so I packed this
Overnight oats! 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup plain soy yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/2 chopped banana. Let sit overnight. Add toppings! Almond butter to be specific. Delish! My coworkers give me the strangest looks sometimes;)
Here’s the rest of the day’s eats
Yes, that would be cheeseless pizza again. Yes, I just had it last Saturday. What can I say? I was having a serious hankering for it, and I was exhausted from the day. What’s a girl to do?
I also am proud to say I worked out today, even though it was all I could do to keep my eyes open during the commute home. I threw on my gym clothes and headed to the gym. I cranked out a quick 2.5 miles on the treadmill, and followed it up with some ab work using the Bosu ball. Yay!
- What is your favorite fitness magazine? Or would you rather read online articles/blogs instead?
- What strategies do you have to help you stay motivated and inspired?
- Chia Seeds Direct is having a sale on white chia seeds. Get 10% off by using the code WCS. Also, U.S. residents get free shipping. What are ya waiting for??
Well, that’s it for today, folks! Hope you all have a great Friday! G’night.
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Apr 14, 2010
Happy Wednesday night! I always enjoy Wednesday nights because it means the week is over halfway through, and we’re sprinting towards Friday!
Tonight I received my very first lesson from Jon about how to take care of the admin side of his business. One of my goals for our future is for me to take care of the all the admin side, so he’ll be more freed up to design. It may be surprising, but I’m really excited about it! I love having my own “gigs,” but there is nothing I love more than being with him, so doing business together totally floats my boat!
I’ve really been trying to clear my head lately. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got some decisions that I’m trying to work through, and it’s starting to really wear on me. I often have a hard time “shutting down.” The more I try to not think about something, the more I think about it! I just need a break, I think, so I can step away and try to see things from a new perspective. Any ideas on how to just relax and clear your mind of stress?
I had some seriously great eats today. It all started off with the usual GM (almond milk+spinach+Amazing Grass+1/2 banana+chia seeds+ice). Today was Pita Pit day at school, so I had my usual whole wheat pita with babaganoush, spinach, onion, bell pepper, mushroom, sprouts, pineapple, tomoto and hotsauce. Unfortunately they were out of avocado, so no healthy fats for me. Bah! It was tasty nevertheless.
Confession: I don’t take pictures of my food when I eat lunch at school. For one, I never take my camera, but also I haven’t told my coworkers about CSM. I’ve considered telling them, but I just kind of want to keep my private life a little bit separate. Do your coworkers read your blog? Do you feel weird about them reading about the personal side of your life?
On to dinner. Close
Look familiar? Yes, that’s right. It’s the same exact meal from last night. Creative? No. Delicious? Most definitely! I couldn’t resist having it a second time. We’re not talking about leftovers either, people…a total remake…with the addition of chia seeds.
Three little dried apricots.
I made it to the gym today to continue my pledge. I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill followed by weights. I focused on arms today because my legs are so sore from yesterday! Then I finished up with another 1 mile on the treadmill. It was a pretty energizing workout, and I felt really focused. Yea!
Hope you all have a great night!
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Apr 5, 2010
Hey hey everyone! How’s it going? As promised yesterday, I have a newbie and an oldie recipe for you!
First up is Couscous Salad
- 1.5 cup couscous, uncooked
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1.5- 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed
- 1.5 can low sodium corn
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 – 1 chopped avocado
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- handful of cilantro, chopped
- 2 tsp chili powder
- Bring vegetable broth to a boil. Add couscous. Remove from heat and cover.
- Chop bell pepper, onion and scallions and set aside
- Whisk together oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, and cumin in a large bowl
- After couscous has sat for 5-10 minutes, fluff well with a fork and transfer sauce in bowl
- Add black beans, corn, bell pepper, chopped onion, scallions, cilantro, chili powder, salt and pepper and mix well
- Add chopped avocado just before serving
recipe adapted from here
This salad is great chilled, but can also be served hot. I made this recipe for my family Easter gathering, and I brought home a couple servings worth of leftovers. So, if you’re making it for one, you may want to half this recipe. I love having leftovers on hand, though. I took a bowl of this for lunch today, and it was filling as a meal too!
You guys have got to try this – I absolutely loved it and so did my fam!
Next up is my version of Averie’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
This was actually my second time to make these, but I altered a couple of things from the last batch, and I think they turned out even better!
one ripe banana, mashed
1.5 cup oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup natural pb
1 scoop of Jay Robb Brown Rice Protein Powder (or protein powder of your choice)
3 tbsp sliced almonds
2 tbsp whole flaxseed
2 tbsp chia seeds
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mash banana in a large bowl
Combine the rest of the ingredients a few at a time and mix well
Place saran wrap in 8×8 pan (Averie’s idea:)
Press mixture into pan with hands
Cut bars right away – I cut mine into 16 squares
I think these bars are best served right out of the freezer, but you can eat them any way you like! As you can tell these are quite calorie dense, but they are so sweet and delicious that one small square is satisfying! After freezing mine, I took them out of the dish and wrapped them individually. Instant portion control! I was so happy because these were a total hit with my family. Usually they aren’t too keen on my concoctions, but I think they really loved these. Score!
My eats today were pretty basic. For some reason I wasn’t that hungry today. I sipped on my green smoothie throughout the morning, whereas I usually finish it on my drive to work. I even took the last bit of it to lunch with me. As mentioned earlier I also had leftover couscous salad for lunch.
I also packed all of this!
Kiwi, carrots and almonds…with a side of plastic;)
Whole soy yogurt and sliced almonds/dried cranberries (my favorite!)
So, I actually didn’t end up eating the kiwi or the carrots because I just didn’t need it. It’s sitting in my fridge at work, waiting to be eaten tomorrow! I don’t think I’ll be able to resist it tomorrow – I love kiwi!
Dinner tonight was Whichwich. We just didn’t feel like cooking – we both had a lot to do tonight and wanted to just chill out and skip kitchen duty. So, Whichwich it was!
Tomato and avocado on whole wheat with lettuce, pickles, pepperoncini, mushrooms, bell pepper and onion – my fave!
Well, it’s getting pretty late and I still want to go out for a walk with Jon and Olive. Our walks are always the highlight of my day! I think we may have some storms coming in though, so off I go! See you guys tomorrow!
Btw, I do have some potential developments in the works regarding this post. I’ll update as soon as I can! Please keep your fingers crossed for me:)
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