Sugar Hangover and Snow Days

Look at me posting early in the morning. This is what happens when my professor is out of town and I don’t have class until 12:30, it’s a beautiful thing, that and the fact that I can’t sleep past 8:00 AM even though I went to bed at 2. Not the best combo.

I’ve got a straight up sugar hangover. Yesterday was a full on snow day with no class whatsoever and I fully enjoyed myself by staying in my yoga pants all day, not leaving the apartment, eating plenty of gluten-free brownies and doing absolutely nothing. It was glorious.

(Thanks Jenn!)

I can’t say I ate too many green things yesterday, but that’s okay because healthy living is all about balance. Sometimes you have to balance your greens with brownies.

Here’s a snap shot of my day, at least what I managed to get on camera, which definitely wasn’t everything.

coconut oil sweet potatoes

Best breakfast ever. I’m telling you, it will not get old.

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Baker’s chocolate makes the best breakfast addition. Starting my day off with chocolate is the best.

broccoli zucchini and onions

Broccoli, zucchini, onions and a few spray’s of Braggs liquid aminos. These were the only veggies I had all day and I do not feel bad about it. Though this bowl probably is a full day’s serving. A day without veggies is a day without sunshine, kind of like burpees.

gluten free peanut butter coconut pancakes

Lunch dessert! My roommate made blueberry syrup and we all had pancakes for lunch, except mine was more of a lunch dessert because it was eaten after my big bowl of veggies. Recipe for the pancakes at the bottom!

Then imagine lots of afternoon snacking, that’s what happens when you’re trapped in your apartment all day.

Such as:

coconut milk with cocoa powder

Cocoa powder and coconut milk, and

apple and banana

Apples and bananas. Now that song is stuck in my head. I realized yesterday I got through a ridiculous amount of bananas in a week. I bought 5 at the store on Monday and I ran out yesterday. I’m a banana fiend.

trader joe's gluten free pizza

I wish I had a more attractive picture, that did this pizza justice, but, um, I don’t. I had a delicious Trader Joe’s gluten-free pizza that I have been hoarding in my freezer for a couple months now. I will even admit that I ate the pizza. It was absolutely delicious. And awesome because my roommates ordered Papa John’s and I actually got to eat pizza along with them.

And then one of my friends brought over cinnamon sugar scones, which weren’t gluten-free and I will be paying for today. It’s okay they were delicious and totally worth it, though I maybe be changing my tune in before the day is over.

pumpkin bread

Then this happened. My roommate baked a loaf of pumpkin bread, the mix has been sitting in our cabinet since October and she finally got around to making it. It was 100% delicious, even though I’m sure my stomach won’t appreciate that one either. If you’re curious, the mix is Fresh Market brand if you’re looking for a good pumpkin bread mix next fall, this one is a winner.

I think this is why professors bombard us with work 24/7, because when college students have nothing to do, we spend all day baking, they’re really just watching out for our health. Not long after the pumpkin bread, this happened:

bob's red mill gluten free brownies

Brownie cliff! I feel like that’s what it looks like.

I made gluten-free brownies using the Bob’s Redmill mix my roommate bought me for Christmas.

Three things about that, one, my roommate gave me gluten-free brownie mix for Christmas, how amazing is that? Two, Bob from Bob’s Redmill looks exactly like my dad, and three, these brownies were AMAZING. They didn’t taste gluten-free at all, even my gluten-loving friends thought they were amazing.

Cue this mornings sugar hangover. Oh sugar, you are so delicious but you leave me feeling so gross the next day. You know how to cure a sugar hangover? Pancakes. Well, maybe not but they are a delicious breakfast, or lunch, or lunch dessert.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Coconut Pancakes

Makes 2 medium-sized pancakes

gluten free peanut butter coconut pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 small banana, mashed
  • 1 egg (I actually used egg whites for my pancake but it didn’t hold together as well as I would hope, I think a whole egg would hold together much better)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions

  1. Comine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
  2. Pour batter on to a greased pan cooking on medium heat until cooked on one side. You will know the first side is done when the edges begin to bubble.
  3. Flip and finish cooking on the other side
  4. Top with delicious things (like homemade blueberry syrup and peanut butter) and enjoy

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

How do you find balance?

What I Would Eat Wednesday {WIAW}

Happy humpday!

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m super ready for Friday. Well, I’m always ready for Friday so that is nothing new. But I would really like it to hurry up and get here.

In other news, the weather is trying to spite me.

boone nc forecast

A few days ago I said something along the lines of “I’m sick of the cold, I’m going to be PISSED if it snows in March”.

Haha Mother Nature, you showed me. What I wouldn’t give for a nice weekend so I could actually get an outdoor run in. The treadmill is slowly beginning kill me, but it looks like we’re going to be friends for a little longer.

I guess it works out because genius me decided to go running today even though my upper calf/knee is still acting funky from this weekend’s long run, and now I’m living it up with an ice pack and tennis ball on my living room floor because the pain came back full force. This probably means I should take a break but I’m antsy and I want to give up and MOVE. I guess I’ll stick to low-impact cardio until things start getting better.

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Don’t mind my argyle old man socks.

Now for the food.

On Monday I thought to myself “I’m actually going to take pictures of everything I eat tomorrow so I can do a real What I Ate Wednesday”. Guess how many pictures I took, zero. Whoopsies. That’s okay, my eats were not exciting at all (seriously I ate 3 apples and 2 bananas yesterday, creative cuisine is obviously my forte). So instead I thought I’d show you my dream day of food, because that’s way more interesting that what I would eat anyway.

Breakfast

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Okay, this is what I eat for breakfast everyday anyway, yes that’s lame but it is my absolute favorite breakfast and I look forward to eating it every morning. But since I can have anything I want I would add this in too:

Mmmm… almond butter 🙂

Morning Snack

Snacks are always necessary.

green smoothie

Green smoothie! I love smoothies but I rarely make them because I’m usually too lazy to get out/clean the blender. I should change that.

And because I’m ALWAYS cold and a huge temperature wimp…

I’d follow that smoothie up with my favorite coffee, Larry’s Beans St. Valentino’s blend. Black, please, because I drink coffee like an old man. Your creamer and sugar has no place here.

By the way, if they sell Larry’s Beans anywhere near you go out and buy some NOW. Seriously, get up from your computer, get to the store and get some. It is the best coffee I have EVER tasted. Seriously, I don’t play when it comes to good coffee.

Lunch

coyote kitchen moab boat

I’d go to Coyote Kitchen and get the Moab boat (Coconut rice, black beans, sweet potatoes, blackened tempeh, fried plantains, roasted corn, and scallions, served with sweet red vegan mayo and cranberry salsa). So dang good. I think I will cry on graduation because it means I will no longer be in the same city as Coyote Kitchen, if you’ve ever eaten there then you know I’m not being dramatic. Okay maybe a little.

Afternoon Snack

froyo

FROOOO YOOOOO. Of course 🙂 Preferably peanut butter and coffee yogurts topped with lots of Reese’s, chocolate covered espresso beans, more peanut butter and dark chocolate. I think I just drooled a little.

Dinner

Whole Foods hot bar! Because I’m indecisive and would like as many veggie options as possible. Bring on the salad!

Dessert

Last, but certainly not least

Chocolate cake with coffee buttercream, um, how AMAZING does that look? You can thank Pinterest for this delicious food porn. We’re just going to pretend it’s gluten-free. Get. In. My. Belly.

So in summary, chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, veggies and more chocolate and coffee. Yup, sounds pretty accurate 🙂

What’s your dream day of food like?

Are you a fan of snow? 

What I Ate Wednesday… According to MyPlate {WIAW}

Hey guys, happy hump day!

This week has been more than a little crazy and I’m so excited for the weekend. Why? Because I’ll be here:

2013 southeastern collegiate fitness expo

The Southeastern Collegiate Fitness Expo! Eep! I’m so excited to go and learn tons of fitness-y things and take a million group fitness classes. Friday can’t come soon enough!

Back to the present…

(Thanks for hosting Jenn!)

This week’s What I Ate Wednesday is inspired by a recent article in the Huffington Post. The author Joe Satran, looking to clean up  his eating habits a bit, decided to tackle a week eating according to the MyPlate model promoted by the USDA.

myplate model

I personally am not a fan of the MyPlate model. I think the grain and dairy recommendations are too high and the fat allowances are relatively low. But all my nutritional knowledge comes from blogs and Google searches so I’m not really an authority on nutrition.

Since I eat pretty differently from a majority of the country (gluten-free vegetarians are a hard breed to find, maybe because we’re so difficult to feed), I wanted to see how a typical day for me compared to the MyPlate recommendations.

I created a profile, entering age, gender, height, weight and activity level to generate my daily recommendations. Then entered today’s food into their food tracker.

My Results

MyPlate food tracker results

MyPlate food tracker results

I think I failed on all fronts except for protein. Whoopsies. The saturated fat is much higher than normal because the day was a little heavy on coconut and eggs. Tasty, tasty.

The food tracker also includes a calorie count, but I didn’t want to post that because I feel like calorie talk can be triggering/controversial and I generally want to avoid that.

My Thoughts

On Dairy

I think if you’re really struggling with basic healthy eating, this could be a really helpful tool, but for myself I’m not a fan. One the recommended dairy level is a little crazy. 3 cups of dairy? I know my stomach can’t handle that much dairy, and those vegans and lactose intolerant folks seem to be getting along just fine. I realize that much of America is lacking in the calcium area, but there are plenty of other sources of calcium outside of dairy. I also think the model needs a greater emphasis on water consumption. There’s no hydration recommendation or encouragement to drink water, and water is a wee bit important.

Gimme some of dat H20.

On Fruits & Veggies

I don’t have too much to complain about here, other than I don’t like that you can go “over” on veggie consumption. In my opinion, the more veggies the merrier!

salad bar

More veggies please? Side note: getting behind me in the salad bar line is a horrible idea, you will wait for ever.

On Protein

I liked that MyPlate doesn’t have crazy protein recommendations like a lot of programs sometimes do. My protein consumption came out to about 48g today which was right on target with their recommendation. I also like that they have recommendations for plant-based protein sources as well as animal. As a vegetarian I get the protein question a lot so I’m glad they covered non-meat protein forms.

college tofu press

Oh you know, just pressing some tofu in my dorm room. Thank goodness I have a kitchen this year.

On Grains

My biggest issue with the MyPlate model was probably with grains. I know things like the Paleo diet have brought up the whole “grains are the devil” mentality. I have no qualms with healthy grains but personally I’ve noticed it’s more difficult for my body to digest. I’ve cut down on my grain consumption by a lot over the past couple weeks and I feel so much better, I have more energy than I have in a long time. But this is just me and my body, which brings me to a bigger point…

Overall

I think MyPlate is a really good guide if you’re starting from scratch. It gives you good guidelines and feedback to follow. But, I think if you’re already in a relatively healthy place with your diet, it’s better to listen to what your body wants. If eating dairy upsets your stomach, you shouldn’t eat 3 cups of it everyday. You are the best authority on your body, eat the things that make it feel good and limit the ones that don’t (unless you think diet coke and doritos make you body feel good, then maybe you should re-evaluate). And please drink some water.

almond butter love

My body loves chocolate almond butter, or at least my tongue does.

What do you think of the MyPlate?

What are your weekend plans?

Veggie Lovin’ {WIAW}

Happy Hump Day!

Whew, it’s been a long day, I’ve been slacking on sleep and it’s starting to catch up with me. Pretty much sums up my feelings:

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But I still kicked out 5 miles on the treadmill! I’m 97% sure the treadmill I was on was a liar because it said I finished in 47 minutes which I do not believe for a second, but I’ll pretend that I do because it’s good for my ego 🙂 . Sometimes post-workout endorphins > naps.

Goal tonight: 7+ hours. Mostly because I’m out of coffee (the HORROR) and have nothing to fall back on. I need to get some coffee back in my life ASAP.

Maybe I have a problem, but I’m 100% okay with that.

Anywho, happy What I Ate Wednesday!

(Thanks Jenn!)I’m excited for this month’s theme because if I’m a big fan of veggies, if you couldn’t tell by pounds of them I eat everyday.

Here are some ways I’ve been enjoying my veggies lately:

cooked broccoli, onion and mushroom

My go-to lunch lately, broccoli, onions and mushrooms with a little Bragg’s. I use frozen broccoli because it’s much more convenient, not to mention cheaper. I’ve found sautéing frozen broccoli in a pan helps prevent the broccoli from getting mushy like it does when you steam it.

roasted carrots and brussel sprouts

Roasted brussel sprouts and carrots. Roasted veggies are the bestttt. I wish they didn’t take so long to roast but it’s worth it. I add a little Bragg’s to the brussel sprouts (because I’m addicted) and the carrots are really good with a little cinnamon and salt.

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Sweet potatoessss. Which are good anyway you slice them. Pun intended thank you very much.

purple japanese sweet potatoes

PURPLE SWEET POTATOES. I found these beauties at Earth Fare over the weekend and I got suckered into buying them because they were purple and I’m a big fan of all things purple. They’re apparently from Japan, and the flesh white like white potatoes (thank you captain obvious). They taste sweeter than a regular potato but they aren’t quite as sweet as regular sweet potatoes. Very tasty with a little coconut oil, cinnamon (okay a lot of cinnamon) and a pinch of salt.

And this one isn’t a vegetable but still delicious:

fried plantains

Fried plantains! I’m a plantain lover and will automatically order anything at a restaurant that is served with plantains. No joke. I picked one up on a whim at Earth Fare (hmm… I’m seeing a trend) and fried it up in a little coconut oil. So simple and so good. I should definitely cook these guys up more often.

What are your favorite vegetables? I can’t pick!

How much sleep do you need/how much to do typically get? I can function pretty well on 6, which is what I usually get but I feel much better with 7 or a little more. It’s always interesting to me because I know people who sleep 10+ hours a night and other people who only get 5, I wonder how that works?

Let’s Go Swimming and Vegetarian Paleo, Say What? {WIAW}

I hope you guys are having a dry Wednesday night because it’s POURING over here.

Seriously, it’s so bad that they shut down the university, crazy stuff.

Here’s Durham Park, a cute little grassy area on campus on a normal day:

appalachian state university durham park

This is what Durham Park looks like today:

appalachian state university campus flooded

So since this girl can’t swim, I’m going to stick to my cozy little apartment on top of a hill. Stay safe Boone-ites!

Now let’s talk about drier things, like food. Yeah, clever segues are not my thing.

(Thanks Jenn for hosting!)

Head’s up about this week’s food, it’s going to be a little different.

I mentioned last week that I’m making some temporary changes to my diet. My stomach has been upset a lot lately and I can’t deal with any more stomach aches. To try to help the situation I’m following a Paleo-ish diet.

Yes, vegetarian Paleo. Contradictory? Absolutely. But I wanted to give my digestive system a break and focus on easy to digest foods – fruits, veggies, healthy fats, nuts and eggs, because girl’s gotta have some protein. No dairy, grains, legumes or (too much) added sugar. Sound a little crazy? Maybe, but it actually has been going really well. I thought I’d share some of my typical meals and my thoughts this week.

Meals

sweet potatoes and coconut oil

My new staple breakfast, baked sweet potatoes with coconut oil, cinnamon and a small sprinkle of salt. So. Dang. Good. I don’t even miss my oatmeal. Shocking.

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Lots of fruit and an equal amount of un-pictured veggies. I’ve been eating more produce that I have in a long time which is really delicious but requires lots of extra trips to the grocery store. I’m pretty okay with that.

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Eggs, fried with slight gooey yolks. Since figuring out technique it is the only way I eat eggs. Variety is overrated.

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I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I polished off 90% of this jar in two days. But I’ve slowed down and I’m savoring the last 10% because I realized going through a $5 jar of sunflower seed butter in two days is not very cost efficient. Sorry wallet.

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My new favorite “adlkfjasldfkj I’m hungry and I want chocolate” go-to snack. Please tell me I’m not the only one with that problem. Anyway, coconut milk (take canned coconut refrigerate upside down and scoop out the the thick stuff at the top) thinned with a little almond milk and mixed with cocoa powder and cinnamon.

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Larabars! Dates are nature’s candy after all.

I don’t know why I feel the need to put Buddha in every food picture, but he is on the side table near the window where I take my pictures so he sneaks his way in 🙂

Thoughts

Keep in mind this is temporary I don’t plan to live a life with peanut butter or oatmeal. That doesn’t sound like a fun life. That being said, I’m really enjoying eating like this. I’m surprised because when you cut out dairy, grains, legumes, and meat it doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of options but I haven’t felt like I’m missing out. If I felt too restricted and miserable I would quit it but I don’t. I feel 100% satisfied and look forward to every meal.

Most of all I have SO MUCH energy. Crazy right? I figured that getting so little protein (I’m averaging 30-40 grams a day) would make me so tired, and while a low-protein slump could still hit, I actually feel great.

My fat intake has increased a lot (yeahhhh avocados and coconut!) and I think that has really helped me feel more satisfied. I don’t get the whole bottomless-pit-for-a-stomach feeling I used to have. And basically I feel really awesome. This kind of diet might not be right for everyone, but I think it’s really working for me right now.

I want to try to add other foods back in and see how my body reacts in a little bit and see what exactly it is my body is hating, but I want to continue focusing on more fruits/veggies and healthy fats even as I add things back in.

How’s the weather where you are?

What are your thoughts on the Paleo diet?

What are your favorite healthy fats?

Yoga Pants {WIAW}

Today is shaping up to be a pretty good day. One of my classes was cancelled so only had one class to go. And since my one class happened to be somatics, and my only other plans for the day are a workout, teaching Pilates and homework I feel that it’s totally acceptable for me to rock yoga pants for the entire day.

Real pants are overrated.

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

And good news is that I actually remembered to take pictures of what I ate this week… mostly.

6:30am

Can we just assume all breakfast pictures are recycled? I’m never in a coherent enough state of mind to actually remember to take a picture of it. Oatmeal does happen pre-coffee after all.

8:15am

Two fried eggs, nothing new here. I think I’ve eaten the same breakfast every morning since school started (3.5 months! Whoa). It keeps me full and it’s easy to make. I’m a big fan of the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and this breakfast is far from broken (:

11:00pm

I had an apple after my first class, which I forgot to take a picture of, but it was tasty. I got a big bag of organic apples at EarthFare over the weekend for $5, I’m a fan. I don’t remember what kind they are, but they are red and yellow and the name starts with a P.

I also had a little bit of lunch:

A salad with mixed greens (kale, chard and spinach I think?), sweet potato, chickpeas, and a little apple cider vinegar and pepper. My phone was dead when I ate this so I tried to discreetly snap a picture using my Macbook because I thought other people might not understand why I’m taking a picture of my salad. Nothing awkward about that.

12:15pm

I was inexplicably hungry yesterday afternoon so I munch on some dry roasted edamame (which is so dang addictive!) in my Dreamweaver class. I think protein makes looking at code for 2 hours more bearable.

With a USB drive on the side. The life of a graphic arts major, I’m always within an arm’s reach of some form of computer memory device!

2:00pm

This guy was SO GOOD. I ate it before my last class and I was anxiously awaiting it all day. I made sure to save this snack for last because nothing else I packed would compare (:

4:00pm

I had plans to hit up a yoga conditioning class at 6 so I just hung out on campus for a couple hours and got some homework done. Yay productivity!

I had a coffee…

and a hard-boiled egg to keep me company.

Just a heads up, mass amounts of caffeine is not recommended before a yoga class. Sometimes I make poor choices.

The yoga class was fun, it was a special class and not one typically offered and it focused on building core strength. I was expecting it to be more asanas and less core work, but I’m always down for a little core action and I always love classes like these because the the hardcore yoga lovers come out and the energy is always awesome.

And you should know I’m on day 14 of my yoga streak! Almost half way there!

7:45pm

After yoga I came home and had a pretty chill night at home. I just got some homework done and watched some New Girl and Parenthood. I’m way behind on both these shows so I don’t really know what’s going on, but that’s okay because I love them anyway.

 

Dinner was some more leftover chili with some greens to amp up the veggie factor. I really stink at getting in veggies during the day because they don’t travel so well so I try to make up for it at dinner. Speaking of veggies, I wasn’t quite satisfied after this bowl so I roasted up some more.

 

Roasted onions and brussel sprouts with lots of spicy brown mustard. I think brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable to roast because they are SO GOOD roasted. I mean I like a brussel sprout anyway I can get it but roasting it just takes it to a whole other level. Delicious.

I also had a late night snack of a banana with too much peanut butter, because my appetite was raging yesterday. I guess it’s making up for a couple weeks ago when it virtually disappeared. Oh well, I’m going with it!

 

What’s your favorite condiment: I eat a pretty obscene amount of spicy brown mustard, I just love the stuff!

How do you get in veggies when you’re on the go? I’m seriously terrible at packing meals with enough veggies! Help me out!

10 Servings of Vegetables {WIAW}

What’s up Wednesday? You sure snuck up on me fast this week. Maybe it’s just me but the week has been flying by, probably because I have about 10 million things to do (i.e. pack) before Sunday and not much time or motivation to do any of them. Good thing I’m a master procrastinator.

And on to my eats:

Breakfast: Good old peanut butter oats, but watch out! I’ve got a new addition this week:

Flaxseeds! I saw the bag on sale at Kroger the other week and picked some up. Omega-3s are pretty lacking in my diet so I thought this would help give them a boost. Omega-3s are good for maintaining cardiovascular health and helps reduce inflammation in the body, sounds pretty good right? And totally random but my dad looks just like the Bob’s Redmill guy.

It’s uncanny.

Oh, I also had a plum and an egg between getting home from a 6am spin class and going to work.

Morning Snack: Edamame.

Lucky for me they spilt all over my purse on the way to work. Mmmm… linty. Chasing soybeans around the bottom of your purse is not a good start to the morning.

Lunch: Lunch was in a few pieces because I was starving when I got home so I downed a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and an apple before actually making real food. I was a little bit hungry. From there I had a fried egg:

Photogenic, no?

Then I made a large heaping bowl of vegetables:

Farmer’s market zucchini, onion, roma tomato and spinach plus Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce because I literally cannot get enough of that stuff. I bought another bottle last week and the cash asked me what I was planning use it with. My reply: Everything. Everything tastes better with curry sauce. Fact. Curry cupcakes? Not gonna lie, I’d probably still eat them.

Afternoon Snack: My afternoon snack was courtesy of some seriously delicious farmers market finds. Farmer’s market find number one:

Grape tomatoes. They’re so teeny and cute. I used to hate tomatoes as a kid, but they’re starting to grow on me. It helps when they’re yellow and adorable.

Farmer’s market number two:

Black bean hummus. This stuff is like heaven in a plastic container. It’s spicy and savory and absolutely addicting. My favorite part is the chunks of sun-dried tomato in it. I’m not ashamed to say I ate half the container in one sitting.

Dinner: My dad treated the family to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes. I’m a huge fan of Sweet Tomatoes because where else can I get 10 servings on veggies in one sitting?

Demolished. I have to take a picture of my plate every time I eat at Sweet Tomatoes because I impress even myself with the amount of veggies I can put away. However the people waiting behind me in the salad bar line are usually not amused.

I also had a small bowl of vanilla frozen yogurt topped with banana and granola and a second bowl of grapes for dessert. I mostly ate the bananas and granola off the fro yo because it was too sweet for me. I’ll take my old lady tart flavor over vanilla any day.

Late Snack: I had a half-sized bowl of my usual morning oats before going to bed. Something about cozying up with a warm bowl of oatmeal before bed is just so comforting and relaxing. We’ll pretend like it’s not 90 degrees outside.

I’ve got to be up earlier for a trip to Boone in the morning so I should probably be getting to sleep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes from the Farmers Market {8/11}

I’m going to miss farmer’s market trips when school starts.

Triathlons and Veggie Mountain.

Nothing like kicking off the weekend with a 5:30am wake up call on Saturday morning.

Actually I won’t lie, I like getting up early, it’s the going to bed early part I don’t do so well with. But it was for a good cause, so I can’t complain.

I was volunteering at a triathlon! The Triangle Triathlon to be specific. The YMCA’s We Build People charity was donated $10 for every hour of volunteer time at the race so I thought volunteering would be a fun way to support a good cause, and get in on some race action. It’s been over a month since I’ve run a race (I’m going through withdrawals!) so I got as close to one as possible.

I got to help pass out water along the running leg of the race. Passing out water is much harder than it looks. I didn’t want to slow anyone down!

I totally have triathlon fever now. It’s officially on the bucket list. We’ll skip the minor detail of me not knowing how to swim. I’ll work on that one. We’ll also skip the fact I’ve been on a bike approximately 3 times in the past 10 years. It’s a work in progress. It will happen though.

One of the women volunteering with me was telling me about the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon and it’s sounds like it would be a great challenge to work for. I’ve officially got the race bug.

I brought along one of my Healthy Surprise snacks for some midmorning sustenance.

Vanilla Maple Almonds from Hail Merry. Sooo freaking good. I loved that they weren’t overly sugary like most flavored nuts are and were made with wholesome ingredients. The packaging was also really well designed, because I’m nerdy and into stuff like that.

After I finished up at the triathlon I head straight to the gym, nothing like watching triathletes run for 2.5 hours for a little motivation right? Plus thanks to that good old NC humidity, I was already nice and sweaty. Lovely.

Post-gym lunch was a mountain of vegetables.

Literally.

I stir-fried a ton of veggies and then opened the cabinet only to realize all of our bigger bowls were dirty, so I ended up with a mini-veggie mountain. I wasn’t upset about it. That’s a mountain I don’t mind climbing.

After dinner I went for a short bike ride around the neighborhood (I told you I’ve got the racing bug!). I’m a little rusty on the bike, and terrified of all traffic, but riding is a lot of fun.

When I got back from my ride I was greeted with this beautiful treasure:

That is a peanut butter machine.

A machine that makes peanut butter.

I. Am. In. Heaven.

How has my family owned one of these for all these years without me knowing?! It’s from 1975, I’ve been missing out on a lot of peanut butter making in my life.

We’re going to have a peanut butter monster on our hands pretty soon.

My grandmother was apparently the queen of kitchen gadgets. She passed away back in 2001 and since my dad was the only living family member everything she owned was passed along to us. Most of her things are up in the attic of our garage and which we’ve been working on sorting through and cleaning out. Sorting through her stuff has put me in cooking heaven. So far I’ve found an ice cream maker, a dehydrator, a cast iron skillet and the peanut butter machine. Rumor has it there’s also Vitamix hiding up there somewhere, which I can keep if I can find it (I WILL find it).  So many fun hidden treasures.

I haven’t tested out the peanut butter machine yet (I don’t have any nuts, kind of a crucial ingredients) but I will soon! I know you can make nut butter in the food processor, but a peanut butter machine is so much more fun.

How was your weekend?

Have you ever made your own nut butter?

Ants on a Log (WIAW)

Where did the week go? I feel like it’s still Monday. But I’m not complaining because I am so ready for the weekend.

Breakfast: My typical bowl of peanut butter oatmeal. Creature of habit. In fact, I’m eating the same bowl right now. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it. I also had a microwaved egg and a pluot because I was a hungry beast yesterday morning! I was really excited to find pluots in the grocery store the other day. I love them but they are really hard to find, and seem to disappear after a week. Boo.

Morning Snack: Yogi green tea for the ride to work, and baby carrots with peanut butter at my desk at work. I love Yogi tea, it never disappoints. And I like have a little inspiration with my tea.

Lunch: A tofu scramble with frozen stir fry vegetables, tofu (duh), kale, eggplant  and teriyaki sauce. Frozen vegetables make like 1000x easier, but I have to admit they’re not as tasty as fresh.

Afternoon Snack: The tiniest sweet potato ever with peanut butter and cinnamon, sounds weird but it’s so good. That potato looks normal sized but it fit in to the palm of my hand. Mini foods are so cute.

Dinner: My first successful omelet with diced onions and asparagus. My omelet attempts usually turn into scrambled eggs, and even though I didn’t get the second fold I’m proud it came out in one piece. It’s the little things. I made a salad on the side (is it still a side salad when it’s bigger than the entree?) with lettuce, broccoli slaw, beets, and a little olive oil and lemon juice.

Pre-Dance Snack: Ants on a log! Minus the ants. Raisins are completely necessary for this snack, it was disappointing without them.

Late Snack: Not pictured but I had a plum and a smaller version of my breakfast oatmeal.

My ants on a log snack brought reminded me of  all the snacks I used to eat as a kid. It’s funny how much my eating habits have changed since I was younger. Some of my favorite snacks were:

Cheez Its:

I could put away some Cheez It’s as a kid. I’m talking a box a week.

Pudding! I used to eat this all the time when I got home from school. Jell-o makes the best pudding, Snack Pack has nothing them.

Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. The Nutty Bars and Oatmeal Creme Pies were on regular rotation in my lunch box too. Not so healthy, but delicious. I feel a little like I’m going to get diabetes just looking at the box.

Fun fact: the marketing professor I had last semester did some marketing work for Little Debbie. He even got to meet Debbie, who is apparently not so little anymore because she’s old enough to be my mom.

And the one of my favorite snacks that hasn’t changed:

Fruit! I was a little fruit monster as a kid and I still am today. I think I could eat my weight in fruit.

Looking back at those snacks, I don’t know how I wasn’t in a carb-y/trans-fat-y coma 24/7. I’m glad I learned some nutrition along the way. Whole foods are better, and tastier. It’s funny that I would totally pick brussel sprouts over Cheez Its now.

What were your favorite childhood snacks?

Have your eating habits changed since you were a kid? I used to be the pickiest kid ever, now I’ll try anything once. I also used to hate all vegetables. It makes me sad to think about it, luckily my current veggie obsession is more than making up for it.