Friends, Food and Fitness

Hi friends,

I have had a lovely morning.  Woke up early and enjoyed a green smoothie in a bowl and some coffee to accompany my morning blog reading.

I met up with my favorite Minneapolis blog friends, Melissa and Erika, for a spin class and some lunch at the Whole Foods.  Spinning was awesome!  I love it when the music is loud and you can just get in your zone and sweat it out.  I’m on a mission to find a class that I can stick in my weekly schedule.  Great fun.

After we cleaned up, we headed to the Whole Foods for some lunch.  I got sampled a few different salads from the hot bar and indulged my growing love for Kombucha.  (I wish the Kombucha were like a dollar cheaper!  The benefits are amazing but I feel guilty spending $3.5o on a bottle.)

The best part of the day was catching up with these wonderful ladies.  It is weird to meet someone who you know strictly via blogs for the first time.  It is as if you know them, but you really don’t.  That doesn’t make much sense, but I loved the conversation and the company.  We hope to make this a monthly thing which will be great.

Ok, my plan was to start some homework (yay!) right after I got home but a nap somehow snuck up on me :)  My friend Kelly is stopping for a girls night in an hour and half so I better get cracking.

Later

Kate

Vegan Fail

Hi friends,

I totally forgot today was a Vegan Thursday until I turned on the tv tonight.  Whoops!  This week has been a little strange and I spent the day thinking it was Wednesday.  definitely ate animal products all day.  Sorry animal friends!  I shall try and stick another vegan day in sometime next week.

Breakfast – approximately 1/2 cup plain Oikos, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup Natures Path Flax Flakes, 1 TB ground flax, chopped almonds and cinnamon.  Next time I am tempted to be lazy and make breakfast in the actual yogurt container, I will look at this craptastic photo and not do it.

Lunch – An average veggie and humus pita with perhaps the BEST SALAD EVER!  I topped spinach with a blood orange, blueberries, feta and Galeo’s Ginger Wasabi Miso dressing.  The combination of the flavors was outstanding.  The Galeo’s dressing pulled everything together so nicely.  I will definitely repeat this salad.

Dinner – A stir fry of broccoli, eggplant, mushrooms and kale with bulgur, 3/4 cup Classico Spicy Red Pepper Marinara, and feta.  Decent but not outstanding.  I was just pleased that I came up with something to eat that wasn’t eggs or protein pancakes.

So the kiddos in the after school program were talking about goats again.   One of my coworkers grew up in Bangladesh and told tales of seeing giant goats climbing trees while on vacation with his family.  Oh how I love this animal.  Enjoy :)

The weekend is so close!

Kate

Giggles

Hi Friends,

Before you start reading, head over to the Bake Sale for Hati ASAP!  There are some super yummy treats and all the proceeds go to the Red Cross to help Hati recovery efforts.  I am baking a batch of uber yummy oatmeal, craisin chocolate chip cookies.  Get your bids in now :)

Today was another packed day without any breaks.  However, I had the giggles all day long thinking about the fainting goats.  I kept picturing people at the coffee shop failing over randomly.  Kind of enjoyed it :)  Thankfully my day tomorrow will have a bit more space in it, which is nice.

Breakfast Smoothie – 1/8 a package of extra firm tofu, 1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, 1/4 cup papaya, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen pineapple, 1 TB ground flax, 8 almonds, and a good shake of ground ginger.  Very random.  I woke up feeling like a smoothie and just kind of threw things in the blender that sounded good.  Wasn’t the best combo ever but the tofu gave it a nice, creamy consistency.

Lunch – More left over Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale soup!  Topped with feta and sriracha with a side of carrots and mustard.

Dinner – Cheesy oats topped with sautéed mushrooms and spinach and an egg and egg white over easy.  The egg yolk boke all over the oats and made it extra gooey.  YUM!  I am currently enjoying a little peanut butter and chocolate chip pita warmed in the microwave for dessert.  More gooey goodness to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I feel like I am stuck in a bit of a food rut lately.  When I got home tonight the only two things I could think of making were protein pancakes or eggs.  Does anyone else get like that?  How do you break yourself out of it?

Later

Kate

Goats!

Hi friends,

Today was super long.  I left my house at 5:45am and didn’t make it back until 7pm.  I had time off between jobs to get a work out in, eat and transport myself from across the metro to get to the various job sites.  Didn’t have time to photograph my food that I packed.  Sorry!

I’ve got something way better than food photos for you!  The principal of the school I’ve been working at kissed a goat last Friday as the kids made a food drive fundraising goal.  This made me remember how much I used to love goats.  They are such a goofy animal and I love their little beards.  Check out these guys.  Wouldn’t it be hilarious if that could happen to people too!

Enough of my nonsense! Later

Kate

From Rain to Snow

Hi friends,

It is snowing today and it is making me crabby!  After two weeks of 30ish degree weather, I was antsy for spring.  No dice.  After living in MN for 27 years, you’d think I would have learned my lesson.  Sigh.

As I mentioned earlier, we discovered that my Grammy has been subsiding on Special K 100 calorie bars (and I’m pretty sure a fair amount of scotch too).  After reading Holly’s post about the crazy preservatives in Special K products, I got a nervous for the state of Grammy’s internal organs.  I didn’t have to work this afternoon so I did a little baking and created a healthier granola bar for my dear Grammy.  I tried a nibble and enjoyed the taste and texture.  Hopefully they will compliment her evening scotch nicely :)

Grammy Bars

- 1/3 cup canola oil

-1/3 cup honey

-1/2 cup peanut butter

- 1 egg

- splash of vanilla

- 1 3/4 cup rolled oats

- 3 TBS chia seeds

-2 TBS ground flax

- 2 TBS whole wheat flour

- 30 grams Vanilla Spiru-Tein Powder

- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

- Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350.  Microwave canola oil, honey and peanut butter for 30 seconds and stir until combine.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Stir in remaining ingredients until well combined.  Press mixture into the bottom of the 9×13 pan.  Bake until golden brown, about 10 min.  Package and send to Grammy.

The eats for the day!

Breakfast – 1/2 cup plain Oikos, 1 cup papaya chunks, 1 TB ground flax, 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Flax Flakes, chopped almonds, and a few big shakes of ground ginger.  The photo does not do this combo justice!  Very flavorful.

Lunch – a bowl of Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale soup that I made with the BF on Saturday night.  I topped the soup with some feta and sriracha and grabbed a handful of Food Should Taste Good Olive chips to accompany it.  I love a good pot of soup in the winter.  Left overs make me happy :)

Dinner – A spinach and veggie salad topped with Gaelo’s Ginger Wasabi Miso Dressing.  I made another batch hemp protein pancakes tonight a got a little creative with my topping.  I peeled a blood orange and let it simmer with 1/3 cup of water while I was preparing the rest of my dinner.  When the pancakes were done cooking, I added a few shakes of cinnamon and went to town with my potato masher.  Yum!  And check out that lovely color. 

Alright, hope you all are staying warm!

Kate

Sunday Night Gratitude

Hi friends,

Hard to believe the weekend is already over.  In Sunday night tradition, I give you the list of things I am thankful for/really like.

1.  My parents.  They are so great.  They planned on coming up yesterday to hang out but canceled due to predictions of crappy weather.  They sounded so disappointed.  This sounds weird but hearing their disappointment made me realize just how much they love me.  It was very nice.

2.  My body.  I have had some awesome work out sessions lately.  I am so glad that I am healthy and can be physical and work up a good sweat.  I know that everyone does not have the ability to do that so I am just really thankful that my bod has stuck with me up until this point.  This makes me realize the importance of treating it really well.

3.  Dive bars.  We nixed the bowling plans last night due the long wait to get on the lanes and headed over to a nearby dive bar.  Cheap drinks, karaoke, a crazy cast of bar patrons = a very good time!  (Do you like how I transition from talking about treating my body well to talking about drinking?!?)

4.  My friends.  Both the one that I get to hang out with in person and those in blog land.  I got to see lots of people this weekend which always makes me happy.  I love coming home to turn on the computer and read what everyone is up to in the blogosphere.  I get dorkily excited to read your post!  The more connections I have the people, the better I do.

5.  Nights on my couch.  I am composing while lounging on my couch with the Vikings game on in background sipping on some tea.  As much as I need people time, a solo evening is very restoring and necessary on occasion.

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend too.  Go Vikes!

Kate

Rainy Day

Hi friends,

It is 35 degrees and raining in good old Minneapolis today.  I had to check my calendar just to varify that it is indeed January 23rd and not March 23rd.  I have been quite productive and did laundry, went to the gym, ran to my new fav Knollwood Super Target (thanks Erika!) and made some uber tasty chow.

Tropical Smoothie in a Bowl – blend 1/2 a frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, 1 TB ground flax, 3 ice cubes and a few generous shakes on ground ginger.  Topped with 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Multibran Flax Flakes and 1TB unsweetened coconut.  Really good!  In a move of food blogger dorkiness, I almost made my morning smoothie with frozen red raspberries rather so there would be more color contrast between the cereal and the smoothie.  Glad I didn’t as the pineapple, banana, and ginger combo was divine!

Lunch – Salad with Galeo’s Ginger Wasabi Miso dressing.  1/4 cup TJ’s instant Steel Cut Oats cooked with 1 cup water, 1 1/2 TB reduced fat feta cheese, and sriracha.  Topped with one very happy egg and one egg white over easy and some salsa verde.  If you have not tried the cheesy oat combo, DO IT NOW!  You won’t regret.

In an attempt to win a Vita-Mix from the lovely Katie, I made this gem for dessert

Combining the Banana Butter and Melted Banana Trick recipes, I created Choco Banana Love!  I microwave a tablespoon of PB with half a banana for about 30 seconds.  I stirred in 1 tsp of coco powder and spread it on half a whole wheat pita.  Desserty sandwich of love!  Katie’s recipes have yet to leave me disappointed.  Fingers crossed I win the Vita Mix.

Ok, time for a Saturday afternoon nap.  Meeting up with some friends for bowling some bowling tonight.  Gotta rest up!

Kate

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