Today Was A Fairytale

Why hello there! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a marvelous Monday. Yes…no…maybe so? I had a fabulous weekend myself and was rather bummed to have to face reality at 5:30am this morning.

From my previous post, ya’ll know I got in some giggles and good eats with my friends and family this weekend. Going to beautiful Sonoma County was a great way to escape for a few days.

Of course the main reason for my travels was a concert. Not just any concert…but Taylor Swift’s [a.k.a. Entertainer of the Year] Fearless Tour 2010!

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My friend, Tasha, and I purchased the tickets all the way back in November and waiting until April 11th felt like eternity. Though, the 4-hour concert last night was worth every minute of every day we waited. I realize I sound like a 12-year-old girl, but hey…if you got to see the most idolized star in a sold out arena, you might get excited too ; )

Post Script. I couldn’t believe it when I found out via Twitter that another blogger was at the arena. Lara [Thinspired Blog] was just 20 feet away from Taylor – it’s a small world.

I’m not a country music lover [at all], but T.Swizzle’s style isn’t exactly traditional country; she’s silly, gorgeous, talented Taylor Swift…that’s all : )

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Taylor rocked a ‘Swift’ San Jose Sharks jersey, seeing as she singing in the ‘”Shark Tank”.

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…and ended the show with her signature of soaking herself in a raining waterfall.

I paid the price for all my fun this weekend. I had to wake up by 5:30am – after a mere 4 hours of sleep – and drive 3 hours in the April rain in order to get to school in time for an exam – guff. I had an AllieBar and cup of caffeinated green tea to help keep my eyes open on the drive, but I’m pretty sure I slept walk around campus all day. I wish I could say I’m about to hit the hay now, but would you be surprised if I told you I had another exam to study for tomorrow? …didn’t think so ; )

Most of you are probably wondering if I’m ever going to mention anything about my eats. Sorry, that’s a negative. Although my life does revolve around food, there is a [small] part of it that doesn’t. I think it’s healthy to talk about something else every now and again. There will always be more eats; yet, I can’t say I will ever experience Taylor’s presence again.

I want to share a video I took of the concert [for those that are the slightest bit interested]:

Are you a country music and/or T.Swift fan?

I sure hope you’ll visit soon. I feel as though my blog is sliding down a slippery slope.

Stay tuned!

Hillary

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April 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM 13 comments

Spring & Smiles in Sonoma

Hi! Happy Weekend, ya’ll! I am have a wonderful time in Sonoma County; I’ve sure missed my “second home”. Before leaving my apartment yesterday, I packed a few snacks to bring along:

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  • Carrots & Cucumber
  • ~1/3 Chocolove Bar
  • Almond Butter
  • 2 AllieBars
  • Green Tea
  • Oats + Oat Bran + Cinnamon
  • Travel Tip: Pack your own hot cereal for a cheap, easy & healthy breakfast.

My 3-hour drive was easy and beautiful. When I got into town, I decided to stretch my legs by taking a stroll around my old college campus while getting a little Vitamin D on my cheeks. It’s Spring Break for the university, so it was awkwardly quiet – there wasn’t a sole in sight.

My old stomping pad: Beaujolais Village [we are in wine country, after all].

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The newest student housing – Tuscany Village – is  very plush.

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Spring is blooming!

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For diner, two of my original roommates [from freshman year] and I went out to eat at Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar. I had the Baby Beet Salad with Spice Hazelnuts & Humboldt Fog [yay, home!] Goat Cheese. I’m a fan of beets!

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Afterwards, Tasha [left] took us to an adorable fro yo shop – Ghirardelli chocolate with almonds for me please.

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There was a lot of much-needed laughing last night. I’ve missed my gals!

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After sleeping in this morning, I went for a short 36 minute run and then made breakfast with my oats [above]. I picked up a banana at the store when I got into town, and T had ground flax & soy milk – perfect!

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Oats + Oat Bran + 1/2 Banana [cooked] + Cinnamon & Flax + Almond Butter & Soy Milk

We picked up hot soy lattes at Starbucks [1 star to go before I’m a Gold Member!] before hitting up a few stores: Target, REI & Cost Plus.

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Although I should really be studying for my Monday exam, my mind is in “vacation mode”. I am headed to my aunt and uncle’s in a bit for Sunday Saturday family dinner. I’m looking forward to meeting their Swedish exchange student and having a home cooked meal…I wonder what the theme is is tonight : ) While going to school in Sonoma, I would go to Family Dinner every Sunday. It was a blessing to have the comfort of family just a few minutes away. I definitely miss that.

Enjoy your evening!

Hillary

April 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM 9 comments

The Weekend is Calling

Where has the week gone? I haven’t posted anything since Monday, and boy have I missed you all very much! I did my best to keep up with ya’ll…but blogging wasn’t on the front burner this week – my apologies.

Yesterday was a Hump Day from Hell. I was at school from 9:30am – 7:30pm. There was nothing good about it, but the beautiful sunny weather brightened up my life perspective a bit. Hellooo summer dresses! …and winter white skin : )

Oh, that’s right…yesterday was Waffle Wednesday! How could I forget? The week is just one big blur.

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Fast forward.

Today’s a.m. eats:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats + 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 banana – cooked
  • 1/2 T ground flax
  • cinnamon
  • spoonful of crunchy PB + splash of cow milk

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Check out that fluffy consistency!

Just realizing I had PB & Banana two mornings in a row – bliss.

Unlike my typical lazy Thursday mornings – sleep in, make brex, and blog blog blog – I decided to use my time more wisely today. I tend to get a little bit of pre-travel anxiety before leaving for a trip, so I sprung out of bed at 7:45am and got right to my to-list. You may call me weird because I realize most college girls don’t wake up to wash their car before doing anything else…but that’s what I did, and I immediately felt a sense of relief. Little Blue was dusty.

My second statistics exam this afternoon was simple [wish I could say that about O. Chem], and my classmates raved about the cinnamon raisin rice pudding I made in lab today. When I got home from school, I busted out a speedy treadmill workout:

5.0 miles in 45 min. [including 5 min. of walking] + 15 min. abs, arms & legs

It must be my lucky week because I got a second surprise package in the mail! I feel so loved. After I told Allie [LiveLaughEat] that I had been having dreams about Heart Thrives, she sent me a package of two different flavors – apricot & chocolate – as well as two of her own, homemade granola AllieBars. I think it is so amazing how the blogging world can connect people from near and far. Mind you, Allie and I have yet to meet in person…but I definitely have found a “virtual friend” in this girl. Her blog posts are nothing but honest, creative, and hilarious reads that I look forward to every day.

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THANK YOU, Allie! You are so sweet to think of me all the way over here in Cali. I am excited about my travel snacks tomorrow – you had perfect timing.

Nutrition Nut News

I received my score for my ServSafe certification exam and am happy to say that I am officially [re]certified. My entire class passed the exam, in fact. I am a bit ashamed by the fact that I scored a 90%, while in high school I scored a 95%. What does that imply? Earning a 90% or better does qualify you to teach the ServSafe course. Hah…me, teach?

Well…I’ve still got a ton to do before hitting the road in the morning to Sonoma County. Looking forward to a sunny drive with new tunes.

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be tweeting about mine.

Hillary

April 8, 2010 at 9:24 PM 6 comments

Run This Town

Hi Friends!

Boy oh boy, do I have a lot I want to share with you tonight! First off, as you may notice, we are currently still docked at Nutrition Nut on the Run “Version 1.0”. I know…I know…I said that yesterday’s post would be the last, but I had a busy day today and since I’m basically designing my new blog all by myself, the littlest things are taking me forever to figure out. So…that being said, I’m not going to talk anymore about the new upgrades; it’ll appear from backstage when it’s ready : )

I couldn’t fall asleep last night [dark chocolate + green tea + test anxiety], but when my mom called me bright and early for my wake-up call at 6:30am [yes…I have my mom call me on exam days just in case my alarm malfunctions], I was ready to feed my brain exam fuel:

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Oat Bran a la Agave, Almonds, Flax & Fresh Strawberries eaten out of a tea cup… because it’s cuter that way : )

It was nice to get my 3rd chemistry exam out of the way first thing this morning, but I still had a full day of classes ahead of me. By the time I got home, I was so antsy from sitting all day, I literally ran to the gym in my complex.

Treadmill Time!

  • 10 min. @ 4.2mph – 2.0 incline
  • 10 min. @ 6.2mph
  • 10 min. @ 4.4mph – 2.0 incline
  • 8 min. @ 6.6mph + 2 min. @ 8.0mph
  • 10 min. @ 4.2mph – 2.0 incline
  • 8 min. @ 6.6mph + 2 min. @ 8.0mph

Total: 60 min. [ 5.5 mi.] + 10 min. strength & stretch

I was so excited about yesterday’s yum eats, that I forgot to note my moves:

  • 10 min. @ 4.0mph – 3.0 incline
  • 8 min. @ 6.0mph + 2 min. @ 8.0mph – 1.0 incline
  • [repeat]
  • 5 min. [cool down] @ 4.0mph – 0 incline

Total: 45 min.

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Speaking of running, today my BFF Courtney & I registered the random drawing for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco 10.17.2010! It’s such a popular race that they have to limit the participants to 20,000. This 1/2-marathon is at the top of both our bucket lists. We find out if we get in at the end of the month – cross your fingers!

ABOUT THE NIKE WOMEN’S MARATHON
The Nike Women’s Marathon caters to female runners like no other event. Between the lavish treatments at the three-day Expotique, our iconic chocolate mile, and that little blue box waiting at the finish, no detail has been overlooked in delivering the best experience possible to all participants.

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I heart San Francisco!

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I decided to check the mailbox after my workout, and to my surprise there was something other than the PG&E bill – a package addressed to me!

It was from my mama. The ironic thing is that today is her birthday and I was the one receiving a gift. Inside was the cutest Easter “basket” I have ever received. For all I know, my mom could be Martha Stewart. She decorated an egg carton with photos appropriate for Spring, and inside were a dozen pastel plastic eggs each filled with a different treat. I had so much fun opening all 12 of ‘em!

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A few of the many reasons why I love my mama:

1. She knows me better than anyone else in this world.

2. She is one of the most generous people I know, always always doing little [and big] random acts of kindness.

3. She gave me the best upbringing I could have asked for.

4. She’s positive, creative, and strong!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! XOXO

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Giddy from gift-opening and high on endorphins, I threw together a big ol’ salad for dinner while my metabolism was still kicking and before the last bit of daylight turned to dusk.

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I love my greens!

Mixed Baby Lettuces, Avocado, Dr. P’s California Veggie Burger,Pumpkin Seeds & Tofu Tahini Dressing [locally made in my hometown]… new favorite meal!

Well, my week has started off on the right foot…wouldn’t ya say? Here’s what’s to come:

Tuesday: Chem Lab + NFSA Meeting

Wednesday: Class x4 + Stats Review

Thursday: Stats Exam #2 + Food Lab

Friday: Leave for Sonoma County

Saturday: Friends + Family Dinner

Sunday: More Friends + TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT!

Hope you have a healthy, delicious & active week!

Hillary

April 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM 21 comments

Don’t Miss The Caboose

Hey Guys! I hope you had a really wonderful holiday [for those that celebrated]. I wasn’t one of them today. I actually spent Easter all alone studying chemistry, but don’t fear…I was not without good eats! I slept in today by accident…and I mean really slept in – 10:00am! However, it happened to be the perfect time to make myself an Easter a scrumptious Sunday brunch.

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Aren’t they purdy?

It’s just a simple pancake recipe, folks. There was nothing tricky about ‘em:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

It’s all about the accessories: 0% Greek, organic strawberries, lemon zest and agave-honey syrup – holy yum!

Immediately after eating my stack of flapjacks, I headed back into the kitchen and whipped up another recipe. It’s a twist on my family’s favorite tabouli recipe, but I used quinoa instead of bulgar.

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I didn’t use exact measurements [the plus of cooking vs. baking], but here’s basically what went down:

  1. Cook 1 cup organic quinoa in 2 cups water – simmer covered for ~15 minutes.
  2. Fluff with a fork and let cool. Add 2 T olive oil, juice of 1 lemon and a few cloves of minced garlic.
  3. Pile in 1 can organic, rinsed garbanzo beans, ~1 cup ea. chopped cucumber, tomatoes and fresh parsley. Crumble in ~1/3 cup light feta and sprinkle generously with fresh black pepper.

Quinoa seems to be all the rage in blog world at the moment, so I decided to open up this awesome book of mine and see what I could find out….

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Quinoa

“An ancient grainlike product that has recently been “rediscovered in this country, quinoa is not a true grain, but it looks like one and has similar uses. It is related to leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard and spinach.”

“Quinoa’s key nutritional distinguishing factor is its high level of lysine, an amino acid necessary for the synthesis of protein, making it one of the best sources of plant protein.”

Garbanzo Beans [because I eat a lot of these, too]

“One of nature’s perfect foods, these versatile legumes, with a firm yet creamy texture and a delicate nutlike flavor, are highly nourishing. They are rich in protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, folate, iron, and zinc.”

They are “…no slouches when it comes to iron content, with 1/2 cup providing 30% of your daily iron requirement. The body’s absorption of the form on iron found in garbanzo beans can be enhanced by consuming them with a dietary source of vitamin C.”

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With lunch – a bowl of cold quinoa salad – I had a glass of Tejava. This is such a score at Trader Joe’s -  just $1.19 for an entire liter!

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Naturally after lunch I “needed” something sweet: enter a P.Nut Buttah Treat.

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Don’t Miss the Caboose

After another phone chat with technical support, I am almost to the point of revealing Nutrition Nut on the Run Version 2.0! This will be my LAST post at the current site. Don’t worry, you don’t have to change a thing. You will still find me eatin’ it up @ www.nutritionnutontherun.com.

Here’s to a great week ahead. I’ll fill ya in on what I’m up to when I don’t have to cram for chem!

XO,

Hillary

April 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM 7 comments

Baking > Books

Hello hello!

Hope you had a lovely Saturday. I really shouldn’t complain, but why does tomorrow have to be Sunday already? I see a cram sesh in my future =[

I woke up a little later than I had planned – 8:30am on the nose – but I suppose that’s not too terrible for a Saturday morning. Breakfast was a bowl of cold cereal + an English muffin with raspberry jam for some pre-spinning fuel.

I was surprised when a different spin instructor walked into the studio today, but a great surprise it was. She taught the most challenging and FUN spin class this morning…plus the music was actually good [my style] for once! My roomie and I left with numb legs =]

After an hour at the gym, I did my weekly grocery shopping at TJ’s [I saved my trip for today since I am not of fan of running errands in the rain]. I was excited to see organic strawberries on the cheap – yay for the beginning of berry season!

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I munched on a plate of raw veggies, a couple Wasa crackers and homemade hummus, showered and then headed to school. Again, I can’t complain since I had a mid-week “weekend”….but a 2-hour O.Chem lecture does not make Hillary a happy student. Baking to the rescue!

When I got home I threw together one of Tina’s speedy recipes: Peanut Buttery Bars. Side Note: I love that this girl whips up baked goods in the middle of the week. She is the queen of quick & healthy treats! You can literally count the minutes on your fingers that these take to make – so simple.

With only five ingredients, a 6-year-old could make these. In fact, they look like they were made by a first grader.

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 P.Nut Buttah Bars

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 egg

chocolate chips [optional, but recommended!]

Combine all ingredients until smooth. Spread batter into a prepared pan and bake at 350* for ~15 minutes. In my case, I used a muffin pan with my favorite papers. I think this jeopardized their presentation, but I still got 12 chewy, nutty, chocolaty treats.

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There wasn’t anything special about my dinner tonight, but it hit the spot: vegetarian comfort food.

Baked Beans + Tofu Dogs

Broccolini sautéed in Olive Oil & Garlic

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Alrighty, I must close my laptop and open my book now. I hope ya’ll enjoy some time with family and friends tomorrow. Wish I could say the same. Instead, I’ll be relieving my stress with the box of Spring See’s chocolates someone sent me in the mail – thanks G.ma & G.pa!

Until we meet again,

Hillary

April 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM 7 comments

Jamie To The Rescue!

Here we go…another photo-less post. I can see your cursor getting closer and closer to clicking the X in the top right corner of your screen, but wait…don’t bail just yet : )

Although I wish I could say I’ve been too much of a busy bee to open my camera lense, you know I’d be lying because I just had a “weekend” in the middle of the week…and today I had a whopping 2 classes. After school, I drug myself to the gym for an hour of yoga. The cold rain and wind was screaming big comfy sweats and tea, but I knew that my body would thank me if I went. As always, I’m glad I did – best savasana ever!

I think you all are aware by now that I’ve been struggling with the task of transferring my blog to a self-hosted site and upgrading to the Thesis Theme. It’s pretty much been one of those lingering subtle headaches – with the occasional sharp pain – for the past two weeks. After a 20-minute phone call with a tech guy, I finally made a breakthrough and was able to overcome a couple of big obstacles. I spent a lot of my day doing behind the scenes ‘set design’ and made a wee bit of progress. So, there it is. That’s my excuse… Blogging is getting in the way of blogging.

I did manage to find some time to do laundry, give myself a pedicure, and watch an episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution online [I think I just found another way to procrastinate studying for O.Chem – uh oh!].

So, while I’m renovating my blogging stage, studying for chemistry, or drinking foamy homemade lattes, do me a HUGE favor and watch this revolution of a show.

Jamie

April 2, 2010 at 9:22 PM 5 comments

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