Posts tagged ‘Blueberries’

Test Test Testing

Hi again! Two posts in one day? Sure hasn’t happened in a while, has it? Being the rookie blogger that I am, I have been posting simply via WordPress. I hear constant chatter about Ecto and Windows Live Writer, and knew the real bloggers were in on something. After writing my first post today, I took the plunge and downloaded Live Writer! Within minutes, I understood why software like this is a must have for blogging. I always loved playing around with design & font on Microsoft Word when I was younger, and now I can do exactly that with my blog : )

Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to show you from tonight’s eats, so I decided to recycle an oldie.

Blueberry Peach Muffins – Summer 2008

Can you tell I have a thing for making muffins?

Blueberry Peach

Ahhh…this is going to be so much faster [no more HTML] and fun [new fonts & photo tools]!

Move It In March

Although I wasn’t feeling all that great this afternoon, being the exercise-loving girl that I am, I chose the gym over a nap. I was late out the door [I got sidetracked playing around with Live Writer], so my workout was cut short in order to make it to my meeting on time. Since today’s Running Tuesday and all, I decided to do just that:

Treadmill:

  • 4 minutes @ 6.0mph
  • 6 minutes @ 6.0mph [3.0 incline]
  • 4 minutes @ 6.6mph
  • 6 minutes @ 6.8mph
  • 6 minutes @ 6.0mph [3.0 incline]
  • 4 minutes @ 6.0mph

Indoor Track:

1 speedy mile

Have a healthy week!

Hillary

March 9, 2010 at 9:43 PM 9 comments

It’s the little things…

Afternoon, friends!  Tuesdays are officially the worst day of the week [in my book], but so far, so good…

I finally got out of bed around 8:15 – an hour later than I had wanted – but I must have needed the extra hour because I was still tired and moody (?) upon waking. I was in the kitchen making my breakfast when my roommate strolls in wearing her pajamas, pours a bowl of cereal, and asks, “Don’t you not have class until 11:00?”. She was right. As I’ve said before, I l.o.v.e. my mornings! I had already showered, gotten dressed and had a pot of oat bran simmering away before she had woken up…and she had class at 9:30! I hate having to rush my morning routine : )

Anywho…my bowl of oat bran today was double delicious! I like oatmeal 12x better than oat bran, but it’s nice to switch it up occasionally. I learned that the key to making a successful bowl of bran is cooking it on LOW heat, and making sure to not overcook it.

1 1/4 cup water

1/2 cup oat bran

1/2 T ground flax

~ 1/4 cup blueberries

~ 1 T chopped walnuts

[TJ’s “baking” walnuts are so convenient!]

~ 1 tsp. agave

splash of 1% milk

A cup of [caffeinated] green tea is becoming a part of my morning routine.

***

Thankfully, we finished our chemistry lab early today, so I was able to come home to enjoy a hot lunch on this rainy, cold day [bipolar weather, I think so].

brown rice & stir-fried Soyaki tofu + slightly steamed broccolini, carrot & sesame seeds

The brown rice & tofu were left over from last night’s dinner, so I was able to just reheat them and enjoy within minutes. I honestly liked today’s lunch better than yesterday’s dinner – mmm…healthy & delicious!

***

It’s the little things in life that seem to be bringing me the most happiness right now: a creamy bowl of oats, a hot cup of tea, natural lighting and bright photographs, my reader’s sweet comments, a sweaty workout, a new magazine…

When life get’s tough, what makes you happy?

My muscles are soreness-free, so I’ll be hitting up the gym before my Nutrition & Food Science Association meeting tonight. Elementary Foods exam tomorrow. Statistics exam Thursday. Here we go…

February 23, 2010 at 2:54 PM 12 comments

French Toast Tales

8:00am: Hillary wakes up to the clinkering of her bedroom blinds on the window pane as the cool breeze invites itself in. She clutches onto her clean, comfy sheets and lies content for a few minutes, enjoying the silence throughout the house. The pleasant thought that she doesn’t have to rush out the door anywhere comes to mind – resting her head on her cloud of a feather pillow for a couple more hours is possible – but because she is a 20-year-old going on 40, she decides that a productive Sunday morning would leave her feeling more satisfied.

8:15am: Hillary remembers her plans for breakfast and springs out of bed! She collects the ingredients from each corner of the kitchen as quietly as she can, cringing at a clunk of a cabinet door or crack of an egg that may wake up her nearby sleeping roommates.

8:20am: The French toast assembly line begins. First, crack the free-range organic eggs. Next, add a splash of milk. Sprinkle in the cinnamon. Whisk away.

8:22am: Hillary’s health-conscious brain reminds her to increase her breakfast’s nutritional value. She opens the fridge, pulls out the trusty Bob’s Red Mill ground flax and adds a teaspoon to the egg bath – easy as can be.

8: 24am: Place two slices of whole wheat bread into the “batter”. Fire up the pan with a dab of real buttah. Melt homemade apricot jam for topping.

8:26am: Plop piece of bread #1 into the sizzling butter. Guestimate when the eggy bready is saying: “It’s time to turn me over!”. Flip. Stare at the transformed crispy side of toast. Repeat with slice #2.

8:30am: Top toast with 1/2 sliced banana, fresh blueberries & melted homemade apricot jam.

8:34am: Gather camera, twist open the blinds to let the light shine in, and snap a few shots as timely as possible as she dreads the thought of her French toast becoming cold.

8:40am: Time to eat! Hillary’s taste buds do some critiquing and make a few mental notes about what to change for future French Toast Sunday mornings.

8:40 – 9:00am: Hillary polishes off her breakfast while checking in with her favorite bloggers to see what they ate for their morning meal.

9:45am: Hillary is shocked by how fast the numbers on the clock transform from one to another. She presses the last few words into her keyboard and clicks publish.

February 21, 2010 at 9:58 AM 17 comments

A Winning Wednesday

Well, friends…another glorious day has come and gone. Here’s what I was up to on this stellar Wednesday:

  • chem exam
  • geography
  • exercise + lunch
  • nutrition quiz
  • shower + dinner
  • blog!
  • I checked off everything =]

    It’s such a relief to have my 1st O. Chem exam behind me. Besides waking up late and almost missing the bus/missing my exam, it wasn’t a total nightmare. After class #2, I was able to come home for the afternoon since my regular 2:00pm wasn’t meeting. I was thrilled for many reasons: 1) It was absolutely gorgeous outside – 70* status, 2) I was feeling well enough to exercise, and 3) I wasn’t stuck at school from 9:00-5:00! So…I dropped my books, slipped on my shorts and headed out into the blue skies. I hadn’t exercised at all since last Tuesday (when I did an Allieinspired 60-minute elliptical workout); my body was craving physical activity. I ran for 35 minutes at a comfortable heart rate of 155. My legs were thankful =]

    ***

    For lunch, I refueled with light ‘n’ cheery eats to go along with the bright weather outside:

    I enjoyed this sunny photo shoot.

    1 Piece of Whole Wheat Toast + Hummus, Sliced Cucumber, Red Onion & Baby Lettuces

    2% Greek + Kiwi and Blueberries

    ***

    Before heading back to school for my final class, I made myself an iced latte. As tempting as it was to stop at Starbucks, I’m sticking to the challenge…plus, I’ve got Starbucks at home anyway.

    Iced Coffee + Skim Milk + Agave — mmm!

    I ate half of a granola bar, too. It was a Tropical Treat alright — so yummy, Mom! This one wins =]

    ***

    I made breakfast for dinner tonight with my leftover roasted taters and a couple of scrambled eggs. Seldom do I eat eggs (as a dish), but top ’em with avocado, salsa and chevre, and I can work with it. Anyway…since dessert is 100x better than dinner, let us fast forward…

    Celebratory [chemistry exam #1 is over] baking was in order. Chocolate Chippers, anyone?

    I made a mini batch by halving the recipe on the back of the Guittard chocolate chip bag:

    1 cup + 2 T whole wheat flour

    1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/2 cup real butter

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1/4 cup granulated sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp. pure vanilla

    1/2 cup chopped walnuts

    1 cup Guittard chocolate chips

    1…2…3 chocolate chippers + a jam jar of skim milk = a perfect way to end this wonderful Wednesday.

    Good night!

    February 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM 15 comments

    Blogging Booboo

    If you haven’t noticed already, my blog looks a little different today. Last night as I was playing around with the format of my blog I accidentally deleted some things. Ugh, mind you this was after midnight so I was that much more frustrated; I needed to get my zzz’s. I’ll be working on fixing my booboos today in between my 3 quizzes and errands around town.

    Currently eating a bomb bowl of bran before hopping on the bus to schooool:

    • 1 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 cup oatbran
    • 1 T ground flax
    • blueberries
    • walnuts
    • cinnamon
    • splash of soy (added afterwards)

    Enjoy your day!

    ~ Hillary

    February 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM 7 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

    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.

    ***

    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 : )

    ***

    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”!

    ***

    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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