Archive for January, 2010

Eat Your Vegetables

Hi (smile)! Hope you had a nice Sunday. It starts all over again tomorrow. I enjoyed my morning baking and blogging, but it flew by too quickly…before I knew it, it was almost noon. My double breakfast did wonders to my hunger, but I did eat some lunch – most likely out of ‘boredom’ – before leaving the house:

Low-Fat Cottage Cheese with Avocado, Cucumber, Tomato + Fresh Pepper

...along with a handful of these – love ’em!

I finally left the house after lunch. I hit up Tar-jay — out of all my errands yesterday, I can’t believe I never made it to Target! I scored a few great finds and then was off to the gym for some cardio:

  • 30 minutes Elliptical [10 minutes each @ resistance 3.0, 6.0, 9.0]
  • 30 minutes Treadmill [10 minutes each @ incline 3.0, 6.0, 9.0 – 3.6 mph]

No strength training today. Since I’ve gotten “serious” about weight training, I have seen some definite changes in my body. I’m not going for the bulky look, so I gave the slow-twitch muscles a rest this afternoon.

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Dinner was out of this world tonight! I wasn’t expecting much since I planned to just have leftovers, but I think it beat last night’s stir-fry.

organic mixed lettuces, Soyaki tofu, red onion, carrot, raw broccolini, seasoned rice vinegar & a drizzle of toasted sesame oil…the sesame oil put the icing on the cake – yum!

I LOVE MY VEGGIES!

…but the other half of my heart belongs to chocolate (as I devour a truffle brownie). I’m trying to remind myself that I’m no longer on break and can not dedicate half of my day to blogging. I have yet to get back into the school routine. No more time for procrastination.

Later, guys!

~ Hillary

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January 31, 2010 at 6:42 PM 12 comments

Breakfast for Two

Good morning! Well, my Sunday is so far so good! I got up at a decent hour – 8:30 am is pretty darn early for a college student on a Sunday, wouldn’t you agree? Well, that’s because I had breakfast on my mind! The thought of breakfast is what gets me out of bed each morning. It is my absolute favorite meal of the day, and I had plans for a double breakfast today.

Breakfast #1

2 Van’s Low-Fat Waffles, Dollop of Greek Yogurt, Drizzle of Agave & Fresh Blueberries

Breakfast #2

After Breakfast #1, I got to baking Blogger Banana Bread (Muffins). I did not add chocolate chips or pecans to this batch, but instead, walnuts, a dash of cinnamon and sprinkling of raw sugar on top.

Enjoyed with a C ‘n’ C iced soy latte. If only I had a stainless steel straw like Tina : )

I wish mornings lasted longer. Must get going with my day…

~ Hillary

January 31, 2010 at 10:40 AM 7 comments

S is for Saturday

Whew…what a Saturday! I’ve been going going all day. I almost bailed on my roommate this morning, who I had made plans to go to spin class with, but eventually the exercise addiction in me beat the temptation to sleep another hour under my cozy covers. I downed a bowl of Greek ‘n’ Granola and then we were out the door to The Resort. I was a bit scared about taking a spin class today, as I woke up extremely sore from yesterday’s yoga, but I managed to power thought the entire hour.

Spin. Shower. Shop. Study. That was the plan for today. However, the studying might have to wait until Sunday…priorities, right?

I gulped down another Carrots ‘N’ Cake iced latte after exercising, rummaged up a little lunch from my empty fridge, and then it was time to shop. I went to FOUR grocery stores today. I told you I was going going going all day. I didn’t even find the one thing I was searching for. I then folded my massive mound of clean laundry before putting my groceries to use in the kitchen.

I made boxed brownies. I know, I’m ashamed, but if you knew how sinfully scrumptious these were, you would make them too!

While the brownies baked in the oven, I made dinner:

Brown Rice, Stir-fried Broccoli, Carrots, Red Onion and Teryaki Tofu

Cook 1/2 cup brown rice in 1 cup water for ~35 minutes. Stir-fry firm tofu in a bit of vegetable oil and TJ’s Soyaki Sauce. Remove from wok and add broccoli, carrots and onions. Stir-fry until soft. Layer rice, veggies & tofu in a big bowl and gobble up.

After 25 minutes, the decadent brownies were ready to be removed from the furnace.

I prefer to use a muffin pan because I am able to use my magic muffin papers — easy, crumb-free eating & clean-up!

Of course I sampled one fresh from the oven. Truffles they are indeed! Well, my of-age roommates are doing of-age activities tonight, so Mama Hill is at home doing mother-like activites.

See ya’ll Sunday (sometime)…

Mwah,

~ Hillary

January 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM 5 comments

Zen

Hey hey. Happy Friday! I’ve had a rather peaceful day here — always a good way to start off the weekend. After my classes this morning I went to the gym and took a yoga class. It was a lot different from the hot yoga I did last week, but worthwhile nonetheless. It was all about deep stretching…and boy, did I need it! It was extremely calming – a perfect way to end the week. I didn’t break a sweat, so I’m hoping to do that at a spin class tomorrow morning. I think I’m really going to get into these group exercise classes this semester : )

I’ve been home since doing laundry, picking up, and maintaining the yoga zen with Mr. Amos Lee. I made a Carrots ‘n’ Cake iced faux latte this afternoon – mmm! This one’s for you, Mom:

Kona Drip Coffee + Soy Milk + Agave

Thanks for the sweet comments about yesterday’s vent. Ya’ll are great about turning my frowns upside-down. Off to a b.ball game tonight with the roomies…

Take care!

~ Hillary

January 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM 10 comments

Thursday Thoughts

I wonder why I have little blog traffic, and then I realize it’s partly due to the fact that I don’t have a regular posting schedule. What qualities to do you admire in your favorite/regular blogs? I am constantly striving to make my blog better – it’s a work in progress – so any advice would be appreciated : )

Anyway, tonight’s post is more of a personal therapy sesh for myself rather than a report about today’s eats and exercises. I constantly go back and forth deciding whether I want this to be a blog where I photograph/write everything that goes into my mouth, or whether I focus on taking higher-quality photographs when I have the time and inspiration. I’m leaning towards the later. Recently, I have been dissatisfied with my quickie photos and wimpy words. I want to be proud of what I post! Sometimes I look back on my pictures and regret ‘publishing’ them to the world wide web. This is where my unfavorable OCD tendencies come in to play =/ Anyway, enough of that.

My Thursday went as planned…

I suffered through my Elementary Food lab. When they say “elementary”, they mean it. I learned how to measure a cup of water today – no joke. I’m sorry, but I could teach this class. I am looking forward to wearing my professional chef coat for 3 hours each week though : )

I grabbed a mini snack (1/2 banana with PB&Co Bee’s Knees) after lab, and then zoomed back to campus to hit up the gym as I had promised myself. I usually visit The Resort in the morning or early afternoon, so it was fun to go at night – it’s such a different scene (good looking people everywhere!). I sprinted a mile around the indoor track and then walked into a studio to take a group exercise class, not knowing it was ZUMBA! I was stoked. I have taken years of DanceFit, but never Zumba. I had an absolute blast shaking out the stress of this long week. It was an awesome way to switch up my exercise routine and work up a sweat. I want to take advantage of the free exercise classes at The Resort more often.

Well, I better start on that O. Chem reading that’s due tomorrow. If only life were as simple as a 2-year-old eating a PB&J : )


Night,

~ Hillary


January 28, 2010 at 10:25 PM 15 comments

Greek ‘N’ Granola

Beep beep. Snooze. Beep beep. Snooze. Beep. Snooze. Beep. Snooze.

That was me fighting with my alarm this morning. I had this terrific idea of waking up early and getting in some a.m. cardio (running), but it was really difficult to motivate myself. I miss my running girls – Stacy, Amy, Courtney…

Add 1 hour to my initial alarm, then I was up. A relaxing morning eating breakfast and blogging was just what I needed wanted. I’ll save the exercise ’til later.

Brex: Let’s play a little guessing game, shall we?

What is in my breakfast bowl?

Ding, ding, ding! We’ve got an answer!

It was definitely a Greek ‘n’ Granola day: plain nonfat Greek yogurt, Humboldt Honey Granola, 1/2 banana, 1T ground flax, and a drizzle of agave – yummm!

My Thursday looks a little like this:

– Brex & Blog
– Get ready for the day – it’s a process ; )
– Statistics
– Food Lab
– Gym
– Dinner
– R & R

Have a greate day!

~ Hillary

January 28, 2010 at 9:25 AM 3 comments

Chocoholics Anonymous

Hi Guys (guessing most of my readers are actually women)!

Unlike yesterday, I don’t have a lot on my mind to ramble about tonight. It was a rather uneventful Wednesday. Thankfully, the sun decided to come out today, so that helped brighten my mood while I was at school from 10:00am – 5:00pm. It was even warm enough for an iced latte. Out of convention, I ordered decaf, so by 3:30pm I was dragging. A Tazo Black Iced Tea came to the rescue to hold me through my final class – Food Safety & Sanitation.

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I had a very filling bowl of oats this morning, including a new ingredient:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup soymilk (added after cooking)
  • 1 T ground flaxseed
  • 2 T walnuts
  • cinnamon

It was so creamy today – love that!

Nutrition Note: Flaxseed is full of fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3!

1) Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal) delivers 4 grams of fiber, as much fiber as 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal.

2) Flaxseed contains high levels of natural antioxidants called lignans. Many plant foods have some lignans, but flaxseed has at least 75x more than any other. To get the lignans that are in just 2T of ground flaxseed, you’d need to eat about 30 cups of broccoli.

3) Once serving of ground flaxseed contains 2,400mg of omega-3.

I will be adding ground flax to my oats – among other things – from here on out : )

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Dinner

Tonight’s dinner came out of a box, a purple box. Any guesses? You got it…ANNIE’S! I had the exact dinner that I made for one of my first posts.

  • Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar with ~1T real butter & ~1/2 cup peas
  • Veggie Parfait: Avocado, Tomato, Cucumber, Seasoned Rice Vinegar & Fresh Pepper

As Caitlin would say, “nom nom nom”!

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In regards to the title of this post, I think I need to join AA CA (Chocoholics Anonymous). I know it’s ironic since there isn’t a photograph of chocolate in this post, but that’s just it… If I photographed all the chocolate I consume and wrote about it, I would have to rename my blog to “Confessions of a Chocoholic”. Chocolate is my drug – I am addicted. I suppose there are worse addictions, but anything isn’t healthy in massive quantities. So, there it is…my confession. You all can be my club, my support group, as I battle this out.

I kid. I kid.

Hope you have an outstanding rest of your week. It’s all downhill from here…

~ Hillary

January 27, 2010 at 7:39 PM 12 comments

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