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weekend highlights…

…minus Valentine’s Day.  I’m saving it for the next post.  I think it deserves it’s very own:)

Saturday Jon and I got up and got to work cleaning the house.  It always takes forever to deep clean the entire house, but it’s so worth it because we both feel so great when it’s done!!  After that I packed up all of my school stuff, and we went up to his office to work.  Jon is in his busiest season at work, and my job in general is busy season because I’m a 1st year teacher.  So, we knew we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the rest of the weekend unless we knocked out some of our work.

Here are some food highlights from the weekend:

Lunch on Friday (because I took off to stay home and work) was a Joseph’s Protein pita filled with avocado, spinach, zucchini, squash, pickles and nutritional yeast.  I had it with a side of hummus for dipping and a sliced pear with sprinkled cinnamon!  So fresh and so delicious, yet so simple!

Friday afternoon I headed to the coffee shop to have a change of scenery while I graded.  I took along an AB banana roll up – a Joseph’s pita (should there be a limit on these things?) smeared with almond butter and sliced banana, all rolled up!  Transportable and tasty!

This was today’s snack on the way home from work.  It was the most beautiful apple I’ve ever eaten.  I picked this baby up from a certain store that Jon took me to on Valentine’s Day.  That’s just a little teaser for tomorrow’s V-day post.  I also had a certain kind of nut butter smeared on it that I’ve been wanting to try for ages.  It may also have come from this certain store.

Apologies for the picture quality…this bowl was so much better than it looks.  I often borrow a camera that takes beautiful pictures from Jon’s work, but lately I haven’t had it so the iPhone has had to suffice.  boo.

And finally, tonight’s dinner.  I was having a serious craving for a giant bowl of veggies, and that’s exactly what I got.  A little too big perhaps:)  I tossed together cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, squash, onions, carrots, mushrooms and spinach.  I sprayed it a few times with Braggs, and dumped in a small handful of raw cashews.  I also added a few pieces of Tempeh that I picked up the other day as well (more to come on that).  This was the second time I’ve ever had Tempeh, and the first time I made it I did not care for it at all!  I’m so glad I gave it a second chance, though.  It was really good in this stir fry with just a bit of Braggs sprayed on.  I’ll definitely be highlighting it again in the future once I decide on another way to cook it.

Well, that’s it for the highlights.  Unfortunately, I have got to go do some serious grading.  Blah.  I’ll be back tomorrow, though, with a fun post on what we did and where we went for Valentine’s Day!  Hope everyone is having a great President’s Day!

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short and sweet

This post is going to be short and sweet.  My students turned in their research papers today (blah), so I’ve got a pile of grading a mile high that I’ve been attempting to sort through.  Plus, tonight has just gone by really fast, and this girl has got to hit the sack!

If there is one thing besides clean eating and exercise that I find imperative it’s sleep.  Getting up at 5am every morning, it’s nearly impossible to get 8 hours, which would be my dream (no pun intended:).  I do strive to get at least 7, though, and it’s going to be pushing it at this point.

I made a fun little run to the health food store after work today.  Most people would think I am crazy considering how excited I get at the health food store, but I just love browsing and seeing all the different foods, and of course picking up a couple of special treats while I’m at it.  And of course you of all people probably can identify.  Here is a picture of my loot.

I’m not going to go into detail about it all tonight, but definitely expect some reviews coming soon because several of these items are new to my repetoire, and so far they have totally blown me away.  And with that I present to you dinner:

a little less than an ounce of soba noodles
brussels
broccoli
cauliflower
onion
garlic
turnip greens
mushrooms

First, I sauteed the onions and garlic in a little bit of evoo for a few minutes.  Then I tossed in all the other vegetables besides the mushrooms and turnip greens.  As I sauteed them, I sprayed Braggs on intermittently.  As soon as those veggies were done, I added the mushrooms and turnip greens just for about a minute.  Once they were done I mixed them in a bowl with the cooked soba noodles, and then sprinkled nutritional yeast all over it (my favorite part!).

Wow.  That’s all I have to say.  The veggies played the starring role in this meal, and the nutritional yeast was like the icing on the cake.  The soba noodles have probably become my favorite noodle (haha), but I like to say I had some soba noodles on my vegetables rather than the other way around.  This was just such a great combo that I could probably have every night.  I promise I won’t bore you, though. Definitely expect the nutritional yeast to make a second appearance tomorrow, though!

Okay, that’s all for tonight.  I hope everyone had a great day…and here’s to a great Thursday as well:)

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