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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!



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.


 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.


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


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 &!

Until we meet again,



April 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM 7 comments

All About Organic

Hey. It’s about time I get around to posting, don’t ya think? School is keeping me busy. Although I wish I could say blogging was my top priority at the moment, school beats it. Now, if they offered a class about blogging, I would be an A+ student : ) Tuesdays are chem lab days – right smack in the middle of the day (11:00am-2:00pm). No foodie scheduled that class. After playing with organic molecules, I hit up the g.y.m.

  • 20 minutes stationary bike [10 minutes each @ resistance 3.0 & 6.0]
  • 40 minutes treadmill [time/speed/incline]

0-5 min: 3.6mph @ 3.0

5-10 min: 4.0mph @ 3.0

10-15 min: 4.0mph @ 6.0

15-20 min: 3.6mph @ 6.0

20-30 min: 6.0mph @ 2.0

30-40 min: 6.0mph @ 0.0

+ 3 x 20 stability ball crunches & stretching


The rest of the afternoon passed quickly and before I knew it, it was appetizer time. I munched on (healthy) chips ‘n’ dip while working on more O. Chem.


Organic Mixed Lettuces, Avocado, Red Onion & Tomato (with unphotographed Low-Fat Parmesan Ranch)

Organic Baked Beans + 1/2 carrot for scooping

2 Tofu Dogs + Organic Ketchup & Mustard


Melted Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips & 1/2 Banana

As Ina would say, “How bad can that be?”


Question: How do you feel about organic food? Do you buy it, eat it, support it?

I have 3 quizzes tomorrow. No big deal : ) Hopefully the chocolate will give me a study buzz…

Until we meet again,

~ Hillary

February 2, 2010 at 8:46 PM 9 comments

College Eats

3 finals done, 1 (horrific one) to go…

I just went grocery shopping Friday and somehow my fridge is already empty. Not sure how this is. Too many studying snacks perhaps?

This a.m. started off with a nanner & flax PB. It’s all I needed to fuel me up for a mini (25-minute) run around my neighborhood. It felt great to breathe in the cool, fresh air. I am looking forward to many long runs at home. I also did a few squats, side dips, etc. before dedicating the rest of my day to two final exams.

Surprisingly, I managed to make a toasty lunch: grilled cheese with Havarti, spinach and avo on whole wheat – mmm! My camera thought it looked pretty good too and ate it : (

Dinner was definitely college style: 1/2 can baked beans + 2 Smart Dogs veggie protein links tofu dogs (sounds more appealing)…topped with red onion. This is the ultimate “starving college student” meal; yet, I think it is super tasty.

Well, I’m off to make a game plan for studying micro & watching the last episode of SYTYCD Season 6…

Counting down ’til Christmas? I am…10 days!

~ Hillary

December 15, 2009 at 7:27 PM 6 comments

A December Summer

Hi Friends!

If you are wondering where I’ve been, the true answer is that I was just living life less connected today (part by choice, part not). Honestly, I wasn’t in the mood to blog about my PB & banana on whole wheat toast this morning. I mean, really…did it change your day that much? Didn’t think so. I proceeded to the gym for a 90-minute workout. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 20 minutes stationary bike
  • 20 minutes ARC trainer
  • 20 minutes treadmill
  • 30 minutes strengthening & stretching

I attended my microbiology lecture – just 4 left! – before coming home…and I’ve been here ever since. I intended on blogging at “lunch time”, but my roommate and I came home to no cable and no internet. So…I slipped on my PJs (at 3:00 in the afternoon) and managed to keep myself occupied without the assistance of my computer. Thankfully, we still had power!

Although I want to embrace the wonderful month of December as much as possible, I brought a bit of summer to my plate for dinner tonight. (I always think of burgers & beans as summer food, anyway.)

Dr. Praeger’s All Natural California Veggie Burger (courtesy of TJ’s)

on a whole wheat English muffin (much less caloric than a regular bun)

…with mustard, ketchup, Havarti, tomato, avocado & lettuce

+ leftover Walnut Acres Organic Maple & Onion Baked Beans & a crunchy carrot

This was my first Dr. P’s burger and it was mighty tasty – simple, readable ingredients! Anyway, I did not manage to get much homework done this afternoon, so I have to squeeze that in between SYTYCD (Who’s going home?) and a shower.

Have a great night!

~ Hillary

December 2, 2009 at 6:56 PM 5 comments

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