Transforming the Hunt

June 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Happy Sunday! Another great day here but boy is it HOT! James had today off from work (yay!) so we got so spend some time together which is always wonderful. We had a nice and slow morning before we got down to business:

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Homemade Egg McMuffin I also had a half cup of coffee, a little bit of grapefruit juice and lots of water.

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Thomas whole wheat English Muffin, Morningstar sausage patty, one scrambled egg, farmers market tomato and nutritional yeast….

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…plus a farmers market peach which was ridiculously good. So juicy and perfectly sweet. I could eat these all day!

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And some catching up on correspondence (snail mail is not dead people!!). I love goldens ❤

And a little view of James’ plate:

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One of sausage egg + cheese and one of just egg + cheese. Those were the last of our Morning Star sausage patties. I don’t see us getting more any time in the near future. Too pricey and too many wacky ingredients. But they were fun to have while they lasted for sure. I love that maple sausage flavor! It reminds me of the Big Breakfast my dad would get me at McDonald’s when we were little. 

All eaten within view of the beautiful flowers we got at the farmer’s market! I had no idea there were so many different  kinds of sunflowers.

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Fresh flowers really do brighten up my day. I love it!

After breakfast we loaded up and went apartment hunting. We need to move someplace closer to my law school. I’m going to have to commute for the first month or so but it’s just too far away for any longer then that. Luckily we live close enough that we can do a little bit of hunting each weekend. Today we looked at 4 places. Next weekend we plan on looking in a different area at 4 or 5 too. The perfect place is out there and we’re determined to find it!

When we got home I got my bake on. I ended up creating a muffin recipe which I’ve never done before! It was fun and kind of freeing. WIth baking I always feel like I need to pretty strictly follow a recipe, which I’m not a fan of. With these, I just kind of winged it until I got the desired consistency. I was happy with how they turned out!

Protein Trail Mix Muffins

  • 2 cups oat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps flax, ground + 6 tbsp water (to replace 2 eggs)
  • 1/2 c. plain NF yogurt
  • 1 smashed banana
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1 small chopped apple
  • 2 big handfuls trailmix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • healthy sprinkle of cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 400. Mix dry together. Add wet ingredients. Add mix ins (vary however much you like). Bake for 15 minutes.

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I sprinkled some oats on the top but I would advise against that. They just fell off. James was surprised by how much he liked these and I was happy with how they came out. They would be great for a mid morning snack or to have with a smoothie for breakfast. And of course they’re even better with peanut butter on them!

I see some bread baking in my future….See you later!

I’m in love…

April 24, 2009 at 2:04 am | Posted in recipes | 4 Comments
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With a green monster….

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Ah the color green has never looked so refreshing!! I had this after my workout today and it was amazing.

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This was my third Green Monster and I am now at the point where I am CRAVING them. I love it! I even made a special trip to the grocery store to get kale for this bad boy. It had:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 4 pieces of kale
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • handful of ice

The handful of ice really makes it smoothie-licious.

But don’t worry. This wasn’t the only green I had today. Lunch was a big ol spainch salad and dinner was a frittata and a bunch of oven roasted asparagus.

Well as much asparagus as I could get my hands on before James devoured the rest of it in about 2 minutes straight from the baking pan! Boys!

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This had one egg + one egg white, fresh spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar on top. These are so insanely easy to make. And it’s a great go to meal on a busy night when you have a lot of veggies you want to use up. Just put some scrambled eggs in a warm pan with cooking spray on it, let it set for a minute or two and then add your veggies. When the eggs are done, dinner is served!

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The asparagus was drizzled with EVOO and baked at 450 degrees for maybe 20 minutes.

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One of the reasons that I have been trying to up my greens and started drinking green monsters is because I’ve always had a problem of being exhausted no matter how much sleep I get! Jenna has talked about what great energy she has gotten from drinking Amazing Grass that I might just have to go out and pick some up! Anyone else have any tips on gaining energy??

I have a surprise happening this weekend that I am very excited for! And I’m sure it will involve some good food😉

Anyone else pumped that tomorrow is Friday? No? Yea me neither. HA!

What are you looking forward to this weekend??

Adventures with Oat Bran 2: The Savory Side

April 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Well my love affair of Oat Bran has continued onto the savory side. I’ve seen a lot of people try savory oats but it never really appealed to me. Since oat bran has a similar texture to grits,  I decided making a savory twist on them could be delicious..and man was I right!

I started off with 1/3 c. of oat bran  and made it on the stove top. I put 1/2 T. of nutritional yeast in it as well as some salt and pepper. This was my first time trying nutritional yeast too! I always see Gina using it on popcorn and such and wanted to try out this alternative to cheese!

It was pretty tasty, I have to say. It wasn’t overwhelming or anything. It reminded of the powdered white cheese you find on rice cakes or something.

 

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I topped my oats with 1 egg + 1 egg white, Texas Pete and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese.

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This was so. good.

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If you have never tried savory oats before, I HIGHLY recommend it.  With every bite of this I was mmming and saying how delicious it was (to Toby since James was at work!). I will be making this again…and again!!

Yesterday I went back to  Hemlock Bluffs to run with a friend on the trails and it was so much fun! Having a running buddy is fantastic! I’ve definitely missed having one. It makes the time go by so quickly and one more lap means more time to chat. Plus Toby had a great time running around and sniffing everything. One drawback of trail running: we saw a snake!! A big long black one! It was freaky. I just thanked God Toby didn’t see it!

Do you like running alone or with others? I really like running with people, as long as we are at pretty much the same running level and like eachother!

Frittata for one, please!

March 20, 2009 at 1:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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I love rainy nights! We’re having a nice little storm here right now and I’m happy I don’t have to go anyplace!

My appointment with the orthopedist was fine. He didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know. I have IT Band Syndrome, I shouldn’t push through the pain, and I probably shouldn’t run the half marathon next weekend (whether I do or not remains to be seen). He showed me how my right quad was smaller then my left which may have contributed to my IT Band problem. Crazy! I have no idea how that happened. He said that I should start out slow, running 2 miles at a slow pace. This was actually encouraging because he was telling me I could run! He also prescribed some physical therapy which I will make an appointment for tomorrow.

Other things I am looking into for my knee:

1. An IT band strap

2. A foam roller

Anyone have advice on any of these?? I can’t find a foam roller anywhere!! I may order one online but I’d love to have one sooner then that. Suggestions?

I did have a nice work out this evening though. I ran to the gym, did 40 minutes on the elliptical and then ran home.

Once home, I made some dinner for one!

I made myself a frittata in a little pan we have that’s perfect for one person to make eggs in.

First I sauteed some mushrooms and spinach, then I poured 1 egg + I egg white (whipped) over that. I let it set for a little while on medium heat then added some lite Mexican cheese from Trader Joe’s.

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I like frittatas better then omelets because there is more surface area which means more bites!

I also had a soy dog on a piece of whole wheat bread on the side that I grilled on the George Foreman (hence why it’s so flat!)

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And of course an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for dessert! mmmm….

TOMOROW’S FRIDAY!!! YAY!

Mission find a foam roller will go into effect tomorrow at 5! Wish me luck!

Do you like rain storms?? I think it’s a good excuse to stay in and watch a movie…even though most times I don’t need an excuse 🙂

Don’t Worry, I Have a Spare

March 16, 2009 at 1:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Basically, I have the best friends ever.

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This completely made my day. Especially after I had a crumby day of feeling sad about running! This totally lifted my spirits!! Ah I love my friends! It sucks that we’re all so far apart 😦

Since this was the first day both of us had off in a while, we decided to celebrate by treating ourselves to a delicious brunch!

James has a few loves in his life. One of them, is biscuits and gravy.

He used this gravy mix:

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And fancied it up by cooking some turkey bacon up in a pan and cutting it up then adding the biscuit mix and water. The result was a delicious gravy that had hints of smoky bacon in it.  He smothered some Grands Buttermilk Biscuits in all of that gravy goodness.  He also had 2 eggs on the side.

Here’s what James has to say:

“It’s really important to cook your meats and make your gravy in that pan so you get all the juices and the bits of it. And break up the bacon before you put the gravy in there. That’s what I would suggest. Because of all that, the gravy was very flavorful. It had a good consistency and I really enjoyed this breakfast!”

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(Like the new placemat and napkin from World Market?? It was on sale!)

For me, I treated myself to the Whole Foods salad bar which I had never tried before since it’s pretty pricy.  But it was worth it for a little treat this morning 🙂

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Okay let’s see if I can remember everything:

  • spinach
  • tabouli
  • pineapple
  • a strawberry
  • sesame tofu
  • cabbage slaw
  • artichoke hearts
  • spinach and artichoke hummus (from our kitchen!)
  • Asian tofu
  • fake chicken salad
  • grilled tofu
  • orzo salad

Yea basically I put a couple bites of everything in there!! I wanted to make the most of my Whole Foods salad bar experience! It was good. The Asian Tofu salad was delish. I have a new tofu obsession after my success the other night!

It was funny when some friends came over last night and they thought all of the food we eat was crazy! Like they had never had hummus and were very confused by what it was and thought the Veggie Flax chips from Trader Joe’s were very odd. It’s interesting how stuff that is so normal to one person can seem so foreign to someone else! But I’m glad that’s how it works because that’s how you learn about new things.

Alrighty we’re watching Fracture (so good! If you like Law & Order, mystery type stuff, rent this movie!) and then going to sleep! Another week starts tomorrow!

What’s something you thought was pretty standard until you showed someone else?

Sunny Morning

March 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Ahhh! It’s so beautiful outside! And I feel like I’ve already had such a nice and productive day!

I started out today with a delicious and filling breakfast: 

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 Egg scramble with mushrooms, spinach and light shredded cheddar cheese:

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 Plus some TJ’s Euro Yogurt + sliced strawberries + TJ”s High Fiber cereal:

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Check out that awesome natural light!!!

James and I spent the morning going to the farmers market which is always fun. With this nice weather, the market is bumpin again! We found a cool new vegetable to try out and I can’t wait to see what it tastes like!

I also got something I should have gotten a looooong time ago:

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NEW SHOES!

I got the Asics Evolution 4.  They’re motion control because I have really flat feet which makes me overpronate. I was previously running in the Asics Evolution 3 so I know these will be winners! I also did the running on the treadmill test at the store where they slow down your feet to see if they’re staying straight and I was all nice and aligned in these babies!

I calculated it the other day and I had run over 1000 miles in my old shoes!! Could be why my knee started acting up..the guy at the store said shoes are only good for 500-700 miles. Woops.

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Those are my running shoes resting on top of my new Runner’s World mag!! This weather + new shoes has me ITCHING to go run. It’s just not right to go inside to the gym on a day like this.

On the agenda:

  • Ellipticize
  • Yoga
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry

Off to test out my new shoes!

 Edited to add: Just turned on the tv and the CSI:NY that is on is all about marathons!! Evil!!!

It’s Friday!

February 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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I tend to watch Good Morning America in the morning while I make breakfast and let me tell you the three stories people cannot get enough of this week

  1. Octuplet mom
  2. Hudson river miracle
  3. Peanut recall

All pretty shocking stories. The guy who owned the peanut factory actually KNEW about the salmonella but kept telling people to ship stuff. I think I heard yesterday that 9 people have died and 400 have gotten sick. So ridiculous that a lot of that could have been prevented.

Onto breakfast. Same thing as yesterday plus some blackberries.

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I went a little crazy with the ketchup…I had to scrape some off!

Let’s hope the office isn’t full of valentine’s day candy!!!

What’s your favorite holiday candy?

I like Easter! Those egg shaped reese’s are amaaaaaing! Perfect chocolate to peanut butter ratio! I hope the salmonella outbreak didn’t effect them!

Eggie Muffins

February 3, 2009 at 2:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Now I’m all about having oatmeal for breakfast  but sometimes it’s nice to have something different so tonight I threw together some eggie muffins to have ready for me the next couple mornings when I return from my run.

Each little muffin tin has 1/4 c. of liquid eggs, some chopped fresh spinach, a little chopped onion and a dollop of cream cheese.

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I baked them at 350* for 20 minutes. Seriously this really couldn’t have been any easier.

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Just fyi – cream cheese in eggs is SO GOOD. When you put a little cream cheese in scrambled eggs, it makes them all nice and fluffy. I highly recommend it.

I’ve never put it in an egg muffin before but I think it’ll be delish.

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I will definitely be looking forward to biting into one of these warmed up during my run tomorrow morning.

It’s actually supposed to SNOW tonight/tomorrow morning! What makes that really nuts is that it was sunny and 60* for the past two days. Yea I don’t get it either. But I figured that since it’s going to be snowy, I will designate tomorrow my speedwork day for this week. (I like doing it by the weather so I can get as much outdoor time as possible)

I will post what I did for my speedwork tomorrow!

How do you plan out your workout schedule for the week? Does weather.com play a part in your planning?

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