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.



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!



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?




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


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!



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