Fridays and Foods

Hello again! I took a hiatus yesterday because I needed a break.  Every day I write this blog on my lunch break and inevitably make myself feel rushed which doesn’t always allow me to unwind during that time.  So yesterday the weather was beautiful and I wanted to explore outside.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I love nature. It gives me a feeling like nothing else and I forgot how much I missed it until the weather started to get nicer. I bought myself a lemon rosemary kombucha and wandered.

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That last picture is part of the trail that I run on when the weather is nice.  I am really grateful to live so close to such an amazing running option.

Speaking of Spring, I am excited to plant more basil. I LOVE basil. I made a blueberry-basil smoothie the other day and I need to make more! My one from last year died over the winter, so I found this awesome little pod to grow a new one.  I’m just waiting for it to get warmer overnight.

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This post is going to be pretty random so stick with me.  Last night I was craving something sweet for dinner so I had a bowl of Purely Elizabeth granola, homemade cashew milk, and a spoonful of homemade chocolate coffee peanut butter. Ok, maybe a spoonful and a half. The picture doesn’t lie.  Oh my was that delicious.

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Then, because I am suddenly obsessed with cashews, I whipped up some maple cashew butter. It wasn’t as drippy as I would have liked, but when I realized the consistency was like cream cheese I couldn’t stop shoving it in my mouth.  It’s pretty incredible.

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Last but not least, I am still in the middle of slowly changing documents after I changed my name.  I popped in to get new passport pictures taken the other day and ended up with these.  My hair needed to be washed and I was in the middle of some kind of sinus/head cold, but they’re far better than my license picture. Man is that a doozy.

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This weekend is really low key so we don’t have much planned.  We look forward to uneventful weekends, but wind up getting bored and needing to find something to do.  I didn’t go to the gym last night because I was still feeling sick, so I will make sure and get out this weekend.  I have been feeling the need to go for a long run outside for a couple days now so that is one thing on my list!  I hope that everyone has a great Easter weekend!

Question of the day: Do you ever take a mental health day? What are your plans for the weekend?

WIAW: Ocean City Edition

Happy Wednesday! The sun is finally out, but it is deceptively chilly.  Also it hailed last night. Whacktastic.  I am in denial about the fact that I may have allergies. I have been sniffling for the past three days after sleeping with the window open.  I don’t feel sick per se, but I am just going to pretend that my nose is normally supposed to behave like this since I have never had allergies before. Boo.

For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to recap my foods from the road this weekend.  There are some healthy eats and some “I haven’t had pancakes in a long time so I am going to get the most gluttonous ones and slather them in syrup and eat them all” ones.  Either way, they were all delicious!  If you are unfamiliar with What I Ate Wednesday, head over to Jenn’s blog to read up about it.  Thanks Jenn!

Breakfasts

Before we set out, I had my normal eggs/mushrooms and green smoothie:

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Saturday had a veggie omelet that was slightly disappointing.  We love going to this place, but I think they have better lunch selections.

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Sunday I had these pancakes at 9 am and wasn’t hungry again until 430 pm. No regrets.

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Lunches

I already told you about our disappointing trip to The Greenhouse.  My black bean burger was tolerable, but I felt it was overpriced and the bread left something to be desired.

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Saturday we got Chipotle.  Neil loves Chipotle and eats there almost every day. I used to as well until I realized that eating the same quantity of food as my husband was not the best plan.  This day I ate all of this and was happy I did.

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Dinners

Friday we got crab cake sandwiches from a place we always go to. They had just opened that day. Thank God. Kale as a garnish? No thank you I will eat it all on my sandwich.

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Saturday I got a chicken wrap with veggies and sweet potato fries.  They were really good, but I could only eat like 5 and then hit my limit. That wrap was really filling (especially after Chipotle for lunch)!20140416-141954.jpg

Snacks

Like I posted the other day, I pack like I am going to starve to death on road trips.  While we were there I munched on most of these things whenever I was hungry between meals.

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So that’s my weekend of eats.

Question of the day: Do you pack like a mad woman on road trips? Has anyone else suddenly developed allergies as an adult? Not cool.

Supoon Review

Happy Tuesday! Mine is a little dreary and rainy, but I’m inside most of the day so whatever.  Today I wanted to share this little gem of a spoon with you.  I received it as a perk to pre-ordering the Blender Girl Cookbook which was awesome because I didn’t even know I’d get it until after I had ordered the book.  I love free things. I don’t know about you.

Behold the supoon.  It stands for Sit Up Scraping Spoon.

20140415-143906.jpgI was skeptical of the power of this spoon because I didn’t think it would do anything above what a normal spoon would do (or my finger).  I received this just in time as I went on my crazy nut butter attempts in the kitchen.  First, I had a jar of almond butter that I was going to toss because I had gotten most of it out.  Then the idea light went off and I grabbed my supoon.

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This is the end result:

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This was a pretty good amount given what was left in the jar.  I was pleased.  What would I do with this treasure? Put it on dates obviously.

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Check out that supoon peeking out in the background.  Here is a close up:

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It sits up off the counter! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am constantly putting spoons and other silverware on the counter when I am cooking because I know I will be using it again and don’t want to waste silverware.  This is great because I don’t have to worry about it getting food on the counter and vice versa.

I have used this numerous times since I took it out of the box.  It’s very sturdy and durable, but also bends enough to get into corners when scraping.  I have used it every time I have made nut butter in the Vitamix because I need to scrape it all out.  Neil uses it as a spoon when inhaling large quantities of almond sand paste as he calls it.  It is also dishwasher safe, although I just give it a quick clean when I am doing the other dishes.

I looked on the website and they have a number of other utensils that also look promising.  The normal size of this supoon could also be a good addition.  All in all I am pretty excited to have gotten this.  Check out their website here.

Last night I went back to the gym for the first time in about a week. I had been running outside or doing Insanity workouts at home, so it was good to get back to some weights.  YAY LEG DAY.  Tonight is date night and we are spending a riveting evening at Costco and Target. Yesssssss.

Question of the day: What is your favorite kitchen utensil?

Disclaimer: I received this product for free but for paying money for something else.  All opinions are my own.

Ocean City + Move It Monday

Happy Monday everyone! I am slowly getting back in the swing of things after spending the weekend in Ocean City.  It was a good break and the weather cooperated very well.  We went right on the cusp of the season starting so some things were still not open and others were opening while we were there.  All in all it was a great trip and not too hot or too many people which is just fine by me :)

Of course I barely took any pictures besides food and I want to save those for WIAW, so I will just put up a few random ones.  I guess it is good that I spent the time involved in the moment and not always thinking about what I have to document where but it would have been nice to have a few more pictures!

I go a little crazy packing for road trips because I am concerned of the (not) realistic possibility that I will run out of all food and then starve to death in the three hour trip.  So I packed a LOT of snacks and then we stopped at a grocery store near our hotel to pick up a few more perishables that wouldn’t have lasted the trip from home.

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- homemade almond butter

- greek yogurt

- carrots

- brussel sprouts

- Kind granola/bars

- dried fruit

- apples/bananas

- broccoli

- Think Thin bars

I also research food options like an old person reading restaurant menus beforehand (yes I do that too) and I was excited to see there was a new healthy deli option that had raw/vegan/vegetarian/etc selections.  Ocean City is not known for it’s healthy options, so seeing that this was about a block from our hotel was money.

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While it seemed promising, the selections were really not that great and I won’t even get into what Neil thought of his sandwich.  I was pretty disappointed, but it was a good thing that immediately next to our hotel is another vegetarian/healthy place that of course I didn’t take a picture of because I was too busy eating food.  We have gone there every time we stay in Ocean City and it was nice to be back!

Here is a random picture of the beach that is not at all internet worthy but it’s all I have:

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Pretty exciting.  What IS exciting, however, is the second installment of Move It Mondays!  Check out Rana and Stephanie as we all put this on together!

Move It Monday 1

My favorite workout from the past week would have to be my run with Neil while we were on our trip.  Neil does not run with me, so when he offered I thought it would be a great time! We ended up running at 930 PM on the boardwalk to avoid having to wake up early and it was definitely cold and windy, but I was really happy to have him there with me to share in something that I enjoy so much.

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Fast Foods

I have had a pretty busy day at work today and so in glancing at my pictures on my phone, I decided to just recap the past day or two in pictures (yes there’s lots of food).  This morning I woke up early to do another Insanity workout.  I have always been a morning workout person, but my schedule (and my dislike of waking up before 7 am) hasn’t allowed it for some months.  With the weather warming up, I will be able to get in more morning runs around the neighborhood which I am definitely looking forward to!

Neil has been gone since Tuesday, so I was excited to have the house to myself and relax. Or course I did not really do that and instead went on a mad cooking/assembling spree Tuesday night.  I was able to squeeze in a couple episodes of Scandal, but not nearly as many as I would have liked.

First I came home and made a gluttonous amount of brussel sprouts.  Then I decided to make more nut butter and came up with a chocolate coffee peanut butter concoction.  It is good but I’m not sure if it is perfected.  I will force Neil to eat some tonight to get an unbiased opinion.

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Look at those little peanuts in the background.  I’m so artistic.

 

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After watching a little TV and simultaneously checking my blog feeds, I saw a recipe for chocolate buckwheat pancakes.  I realized I was still hungry and decided to make some.  I either made them with my leftover buckwheat flour or brown rice flour.  I didn’t label the container because of course I know what everything is.  I think it was buckwheat flour? I fiddled with the ingredients and while the consistency wasn’t great, they still tasted good.  They were covered in maple syrup of course which this picture does not reflect.

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Then I watched some more TV, but the kitchen kept drawing me back in.  Before I was going to bed I realized that I had a zucchini to use up, so I dug my spiralizer out of the cabinet and spiraled away.  A spiralizer is the most amazing thing ever and if you don’t have one, BUY ONE RIGHT NOW.  I chose the wrong blade and ended up with some weird circular things, but they still looked cool and this whole salad for the next day came together in less than 10 min.

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Last night I made more almond butter and this time it took me approx 5 min instead of 2 hours.  Guess I’m a professional now.  My Blender Girl Cookbook came a day early in the mail too so rather than watch more Scandal I decided to read it until I went to bed.  It is a fantastic resource and I can’t wait to finish reading it.  I will probably do a review next week.

Tomorrow Neil and I are headed to Ocean City until Sunday, so this will probably be the last post of the week.  I will make sure to take lots of pictures and fill you on upon our return!  Everyone have a great weekend!

Question of the day:  Do you ever randomly make things on a whim or do you like to plan them out?