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.

Jen Plays Catch-up

How awesome are tortilla pizzas? And, a made-up quinoa side salad to boot? Well, that’s what Liana and I decided to cook for dinner Thursday night. It was, in fact, very awesome. Usually when I make these tortilla pizzas, my go-to ingredients are pesto and pine nuts. Toppings this time included roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, garlic, and spinach.

[Pizza pictures compliments of Liana]

We forgot to take pictures of the quinoa salad – dangit! Mixed into the Inca Red Quinoa: Cajun roasted almonds, red+green diced pepper, goat cheese, white onion, juice of 1/2 orange. D-lish! Would def make this again.

Other top eats this week:

1. simple snack! homemade granola+almond milk

2. colorful lunch! celery, carrots, spinach salad (lentils, black beans, goat cheese, red and green pepper, red wine vinegar)

3. festive dip! **BEST & EASIEST SALSA/GUAC RECIPE EVER** avocado+feta+pomegranate seeds. Trader Joe’s now carries frozen pomegranate seeds – bonus!

4. smoothie! almond milk, blueberries, spinach, tofu, agave

5. smoothie! almond milk, blueberries, spinach, protein powder, agave, homemade granola, chia seeds

Yoga-ing looked like this:

  • Wednesday – Day of rest (aka dinner with college girlfriends)
  • Thursday – HARD CPY C2 class taught by Ella ..she’s got some serious Madonna arms.
  • Friday – SWEATY CPY C2 class taught by Brigitte ..sore from Ella’s class but happy to get a workout in with my momma. Rocked crow pose.

QUESTION MASTER: How many stores do you get your groceries at? My list includes Trader Joes, SuperTarget, Whole Foods, CUB, and occasional trips to The Wedge and Lunds. That’s just ridiculous.

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 🙂

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 🙂

Snacking>Meals

I’ve blogged for over a week now and failed to mention lululemon! For those of you close to me, it’s a hard concept to grasp, right? If I didn’t sell food for a living, I would be selling anything and everything lulu …mainly because I’m a big believer in their business model, I live in their clothing when I’m not in work clothes, and they are HQ’d in Vancouver. Does it get any better? I think I’ve turned at least 25 friends on to their line (you’re welcome). For those of you who are yogis (or anyone active for that matter), I have yet to find better workout attire on the market. And, the best part is how well their stuff holds up. I bought my first pair of pants (it takes a while to warm up to the idea of spending a handful ‘o’ cash on these things) about 6 or so years ago …that same pair still accompanies me to the studio, running trails, etc. Moral of the story? Worth every penny!

Who you going to run to, now? That link should bring up a song by Solid Gold that I’m diggin’. I went to a Haiti benefit concert downtown last night where they were the headliner …fun music. And since we’re talkin music ….check out Mat Kearney’s songs “Runaway car.” His new tour dates just came out and he’s not coming to MSP! He’ll be hearing from me.

Not much to report on the food front as of late. It’s been a little something like:

Snacking>Meals

Snacking=Wheat Thins, Sweet Pot slices, OSAL, Smoothie, Coco Roast Almonds ….Water, Kombucha.

Oh, and the last picture unfortunately wasn’t my dinner although I wish it had been. It’s a Brussel Sprout salad that was picture-texted to me from my old roomate, LP. When we lived in Arizona, we were obsessed with anything La Grande Orange. Looks like they’ve expanded to California. Dayyyyyaaaam that looks d-lish.

Question Master: Who’s road trippin’ to Chicago to see Kearney with me?


A day of firsts …

Just popped on some Sia to accompany me while I work on this post (Paige, if you’re reading this …I credit everything I know about music [a notch above nothing] to you).

Great eats today, kiddos. See thebomb.com oatmeal below. I had this after my morning OSAL (organic skim agave latte). I think I scared my cocos (coworkers) this morning when I whipped out ricotta cheese while making oats in the kitchen.

  • 1/4c my oat combo (old-fashioned+steel-cut)
  • 1/2c hot water
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 sliced naner [microwaved for 1 minute]
  • 1/3c Libby’s pumpkin+ricotta cheese …stirred in at end
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

This is the first time I added ricotta to my oats – HOLY MOLY that was a fabulous idea. I don’t know what I was doing away from my desk, but when I returned to enjoy breakfast, a sampling of some new Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal appeared. Thanks, G …it was pretty good. Did you know Kashi has 25 cold cereals out in the market?

Lunch had a big act to follow. I enjoyed an average-tasting grapefruit with the salad below.

  • 1c sliced brussel sprouts (a do-it-yourself cabbage)
  • 7-8 shrimp
  • 12-13 Trader Joe’s Thai Lime & Chile Cashews from Trader Joe’s (check out the review saveur.com wrote about them)
  • 1 string cheese (chopped up)
  • 2tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • pepper to taste

I snuck in a nice sweat-sesh at Corepower after work. Your first week is free, so check it out if you haven’t already. And, tell them I told ya! Unfortunately, both of my yogitoes were dirty, so I had to use a towel in its place – not ideal.

Ran in and out of the grocery store quickly after class. I was a hot mess sight to be seen ….work heels paired with sweaty yoga clothes in search of a couple goodies. Free entertainment, people.

Grabbed a Divine Grape Kombucha, some naners, spinach, peppermint tea, milk, and an interesting-looking acai drink I’ll have to report on later.

Arrived home to a dirty kitchen – woof. Cleaned, wiped, and ready for smoothie-making-maddness.

  • 1/4c coconut milk
  • 1/4c vanilla soymilk
  • 1c frozen berries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/4 oatmeal

Today was the first time I tried adding spinach to my smoothie. Not too shabby. Have I mentioned my unconditional love for my immersion blender? Look at that picture – beauty.

Question Master: What are your plans this weekend? I’ll be being that girl in the movie theater secretly drying my eyes while watching “Dear John