It’s the weekend, baby!

I love weekends. There is something so brilliant about not having to get up and out of the house by 7. I get to make my bed, put in a load of laundry, make my coveted OSAL and relax. Sounds like a pretty edgy life, eh? Watch out.

How about some breakfast eats this week?

If anyone ever wants to compete in a grape eat-off, bring it. I’d have no problem kicking your butt kindly beating you. I think I went through 3 bags this week. Eat up.

So, those were just a side I kind of snacked on all morning every day this week. The main course for breakfast this week: almond butter oats, apple oats, and pumpkin oats. Sounds well-balanced already.

This would be the jar that housed my oatmeal. Hello, economical. There was about 1tbsp left, so I dumped my oats, ground flax, water and milk in and viola, almond butter oats. Thick, creamy, and filled me up until almost 2pm!

Next up, apple oats. I had an apple from last week that was looking a little abandoned on my desk at work. The other couple apples I bought on this grocery trip were average tasting at best, so I thought the flavor of this apple would peak while masked in oatmeal. See below. Looked better than it tasted. Almond butter oats win so far.

I returned to an old favorite, pumpkin oats. Sprinkled with some chia seed and shredded coconut. Tried and true. Tasted great, but I think overall, the **Best Breakfast Award** goes to almond butter oats in a jar.

So let’s change gears for a minute to yoga. I’ve mentioned Yogitoes before, and my healthy obsession with these. If I could have an unlimited supply of these, that would be ideal. They’re a necessity at Corepower. They also set you back $50-60 dollars. Did I mention I practice almost everyday and these yogitoes need to be washed after every use? Do you see where I’m going with this? Lots of laundry to keep up with. [Lots of dirty Lulus, too]

Enter, Gaiam ‘travel yoga mat.’ So this guy has rubber on the back and a towel-like front. Similar enough to Yogitoes for me to test it out. And, at less than $20, I was willing to take the risk. Result? Good enough. I still prefer my Yogitoes, but this helps ease the laundry load frequency. Got it at Marshalls. Holler.

Back to food. How’s this look for a well-balanced lunch? I impressed myself even. Grapes [part of the 3 bag weekly consumption, mmhmm], celery with a side of laughing cow cheese, and a sammy of Ezekiel bread, tempeh, spinach and mustard. D-LISH. This was my first time trying tempeh. Not sold. I didn’t do anything to prepare it, so I need to get creative and give it a fair shot.

Ok, and to round out this post, it wouldn’t be right to not include an IMMERSION BLENDER CREATION. It’s a purple monster!

Insert: Kale, spinach, blueberries, almond milk, protein powder. Topped with my homemade granola. I’m loving these things and enjoying the camouflaged greens.

Ready for my first blog-world confession?!? Are you? Before I hit ‘publish’ I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This ‘giving up meat’ thing for lent? Yeah, not going so well. I think I’ve caved about 4 times already! Whoops. Turns out when I’m with friends and family, that’s what’s for dinner. How is it that giving up alcohol (2009) and coffee (2008) was much easier.

Questions Master: Where are you going on your next vacation? I think I’ll be off to Seattle in May …hoping to travel before then, but that’s the only thing on the books between now and then.

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My First Green Monster

I just got home from the most kick-ass yoga class I’ve had in a while.

I know I always rave about my yoga classes and instructors, but this one was really really really good. Thank you Nielle@CPY! Best part of the class besides dripping in sweat? Wheel Pose!

Home and craving a Green Monster. So I’m loving these because they serve a mega-dose of greens and with the sweetness of fruit, you can’t even taste it!

Into my immersion blender cup

  • Kale
  • Almond milk
  • Frozen banana
  • Protein powder
  • Sprinkle of oats+flax
  • Homemade granola on top!

Viola!

After candle light yoga last night I stopped at Rainbow to get some milk. $35 dollars later I got out of the store. How much do you love a good Catalina coupon? FREE SILK ALMOND MILK! Very excited to cash in on this!

Off to watch the trashy mindless entertainment that is The Bachelor. Go Team Tenley!

Eating and Exercising on a Tuesday

February 23rd – is that right? I can’t believe it. Whadda think, 5 more weeks of winter? Gimme the sun.

Call me crazy, but I can’t wait to start running OUTSIDE again! I’d like to get my bike out of storage, too! Longest. winter. ever.

Breakfast was a Yoatgurt bowl inspired by Holly!

  • 1/4c my oat mix (old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats, ground flax)
  • 1/3c hot water
  • sprinkle cinnamon+nutmeg
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 sliced banana
  • [microwaved 1 minute]
  • 2 spoonfuls Greek yogurt+pumpkin
  • topped with some shredded coconut and a side of spa water

I was hungrier than usual this morning and munched on my homemade granola to hold me over before lunch yoga at noon! I took a class from Aleeah again and I’m really liking her style. It is SOoOoOo refreshing to get out of the office for ‘lunch.’ Call it what you want to call it.

I put off lunch until around 1:45.

  • 1/2c Indian quinoa salad (Inca Red Quinoa, Shrimp, Peas, Greek Yogurt, Tiki Masala Paste) I can’t believe the leftovers have lasted me this long *note to self, I don’t like leftovers.
  • 1/2 Sammy wrap (Lentil hummus, tofu, black beans, goat cheese, cumin, red pepper flakes, whole wheat flax wrap) This was a little concoction I made up this morning while making my OSAL
  • Celery sticks
  • Swapped the 2 clementines for an orange …I’ll save the clemmys for tomorrow

I fit in a quick Trader Joe’s run after work – it’s official, I love grocery shopping. More to come on some new grocery items! Home, unpacked, off the phone with friends, and it was SIAB time inspired by Kath.

  • 1c Almond Breeze almond milk
  • Handful organic spinach
  • 1c blueberries
  • 1/4c Silken tofu
  • 2tbsp protein powder (can’t remember the brand, it was left over from when I was training for the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon …I think I ordered it from drugstore.com)
  • More spa water

Picture is a little blurry, but the smoothie was an *AWESOME* rich dark purple. Holy antioxidants.

Question Master: Does anyone have a Vita-Mix? Do you love it/is it worth it? I’m dying to get one, but yowza they are expensive!

Night – take care 🙂

Experiments!

Music company this evening: “Break Even” by The Script

Breakfast was served around 8am. Oats, per usual.

…and now with a side of spa water+green tea from my batch cooking yesterday.

  • 1/4c my oat mix (Quaker old-fashioned+Quaker steel-cut+Bob’s ground flax)
  • 1/3c hot water
  • 1 medium sliced banana
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • [microwaved for 1 minute]
  • Splash of soymilk
  • Scoop of pumpkin
  • Drop of coconut extract (experiment #1; yum-o)
  • [nuked for another minute]
  • Stirred and consumed 🙂

Lunch around 11:40. On the menu: spa water, celery+pb, orange, leftover indian quinoa dish from last week (inca red quinoa, peas, shrimp, greek yogurt, tiki masala paste)

Late afternoon snackage around 2? Obvi. Homemade granola. Held me over until 5pm yoga. I did C1 tonight because I wanted a workout but wasn’t up for sculpt. C1 is more of a beginners class, so I was feeling pretty good. Didn’t sweat as much as I hoped for, but I like Aleeah’s classes, and I left refreshed. Favorite pose today: Pigeon …really helps stretch out the hips.

Dinner munching around 6:45. Home from yogaing and ready for experiment #2: Lentil hummus. I’ve never even heard of such a thing, but I’m not one for following the rules of recipes, so here gos. (My mom would be so proud frustrated if she was cooking with me!) ha

  • 1c cooked lentils
  • 1/2c broth
  • 1tsp tahini
  • 1tbsp cumin
  • 1/2tbsp chopped garlic
  • sprinkle salt+pepper
  • splash lemon juice

Consensus – very comparable to a chickpea hummus! I busted out the Wheat Thins to taste test my favorite Atheenos Roasted Red Pepper hummus vs my made-up Lentil Hummus. I dig it. Could be good on a sammy, too. Or with some celery sticks. Score! Looks kind of gross, huh? How about that trusty immersion blender.

really big sweet tooth lately …enter, chocolate (X3)

I was on autopilot in the kitchen this morning when I was making oats and opened a can of pumpkin (the big can!). I ment to experiment with new grocery items – sweet potato and butternut squash purees. More on that next week once I’m through my pumpkin.

Interestingly enough, after some label-reading, pumpkin wins! Love that.

  1. 1/2c Sweet Potatoes: 130 calories, 0g fat, 96mg sodium, 30g carbs, 15g sugar, 3g protein
  2. 1/2 Butternut Squash: 50 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 12g carbs, 4g sugar, 1g protein
  3. 1/2 Pumpkin: 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 9g carbs, 4g sugar, 2g protein!!!

Enjoy your night – take care!

Menage a Trois in Minneapolis

Music of the moment? Phoenix. Did you know they are from Versailles? That’s brilliant.

Minneapolis is [slowly] warming up. Not too long from now I’ll see that guy running Lake Calhoun shirtless at 40*. Can’t wait.

Currently sipping a generous glass ‘o Menage a Trois. Thanks, Brittany, for introducing us.

I mustered up the strength to go to 6am yoga yesterday. As much as I will myself to be the morning workout type, I am not. I hit a 1pm wall and want to die. I was the only one in class …was everyone out sipping coddies (cocktails) last night or what? Hard to grasp the idea of being in a class solo at CPY, right? That was cool. Went to C2 at CPY today and it was packed. Go figure.

Enter fabulous dinner at Black Sheep Pizza. Followed by an equally delicious Big Ginger at all-time favorite, The Local. Yes, they serve the most Jameson Whiskey in the WORLD. Go Minnesota.

So that was friday. Want to venture back to Thursday? I made an interesting dish with my bestie, Allie.

On the menu:

Dished up with sautéed spinach and a glass ‘o red. Dessert? Chocolate (X5).

Ok, now back to Wednesday’s power breakfast. Chocolate soymilk+tofu+naner+protein powder [insert Oster immersion blender]. I don’t think I was hungry the rest of the day.

My Health Magazine arrived today = happy Jen. I paged through half while eating some red grapes and sipping iced tea.

Off to enjoy my Saturday night. And another glass of Menage …

Question Master: What’s your favorite bottle of wine? I want some suggestions.

Nutrient-dense

Happy Friday Tuesday!!! You caught me …it’s my Friday! And even though I’m not feelin’ 100% today, I’m off to the left coast for a little 5-day adventure tomorrow. Highlights will include (but are not limited to) …

  1. San Francisco city-livin’
  2. Monterey cruisin’
  3. Tahoe shreddin’
  4. Sonoma sippin’
  5. Lulu shoppin’, and
  6. Recipe cookin’ (Chili Rellenos, anyone?)

I tried to pack some nutrient-dense food into my eats today to help fix whatever is off in my bod.

  • Breakfast: OSAL+orange+2 vitamins
  • Mid-morning snack: Smoothie (soymilk+mixed berries+honey+oats+sprinkle of granola on top) …sorry I forgot to snap a photo ..it looked like the smoothie from yesterday
  • [insert 2 hour nap, and Corepoweryoga’s C2 class. What a great cleanse …I leave every single class in disbelief of how much I sweat. Gross, but good!]
  • Late-afternoon snack: 1.5 grapefruits+water+emergen-c while watching an episode of Castle. Good episode. Speaking of shows, does anyone have Weeds season 5 that I can borrow?
  • Early dinner: Veggie wrap! Somewhat inspired by Holly, I sautéed some Organic Girl spinach, heated up some of those SP chunks, refried black beans, and a sprinkle of goat cheese …headed it all over the stove top to crisp up the tortilla. Doesn’t that look good!

Before I say so-long, check out the blogroll I added …lots of other good reads out there, kiddos. Check ’em out!

Question Master: What’s your quick-fix for a sore throat/achy bod? Help!

Blogger-worthy eats

Blogger-worthy eats to report on today, folks.

Picture deets’ [left to right, top to bottom]

1. OSAL …Loving my new Krups machine.

2. Orangey-Oats

  • 1/4c oat mix (steel-cut+old-fashioned) with 3/4c hot water
  • 1/2tbsp cinnamon+sliced naner
  • [microwaved for 1minute]
  • 1/4c fat-free ricotta
  • splash of soymilk+couple drops of orange extract
  • [microwaved for another minute]

I let the oats sit for a couple minutes to firm up and then added a couple walnuts and a sprinkle of chia seeds. A cup ‘o water with three sliced cucumbers helped wash ‘er down. Adding extracts to my oats is my new favorite thing, try it out!

3-5. Superfood Lunch. That would be ~3/4c SP with a sprinkle of cinnamon+shredded ginger, 5 or so celery sticks+MaraNatha peanut butter, and some spinach with goat cheese+roasted soy nuts and some berries …dressed in red wine vinegar. Holy hell that was good.

6-8. I love making granola. It’s super easy and I like knowing what ingredients are used (oats, walnuts, almonds, honey, soy nuts, raisins, mini morsels. First, I roasted the nuts in the oven at 375 for ~7 minutes. Then I swapped out the nuts for the oat mixture for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the oats cooled, I added the nuts, raisins, and morsels. Viola!

9. Weetabix – New buy at the store. Blah. Cool, there’s protein and fiber, but if the flavor is bland, I’ll pass.

10. Immersion blender time. Soymilk+mixed berries+oats+honey. I had to try my new granola sprinkled on top. dabomb.

Question Master: No question today, but how about a shout out to my buddy Adam who just got ENGAGED over the weekend! Go Adam. And yes, now you can comment on my blog 🙂