Posts tagged ‘Honey’

Scratch That



Here I am at 10:00pm finally ready to write a post about today’s eats. I insert the sacred memory card [I only have one!] into my computer only to find dissatisfying images – scratch that! I’m just not one that can post any old photo. If only I could go back in time because I’m pretty sure all my munchies are digested and working their way out by now ; )

Anyway…I decided to jumpstart my Saturday by a going to the gym for a morning workout. It had been a little while since I’d gone to a spin class, so that’s where I was headed. I rocked the spandex shorts today, bee-tee-dub. It was an awesome, hilly [1 hour] ride. I finished my ‘routine’ with 15 minutes toning of the abdominals & arms…feeling strong and pain-free!

Before I left for The Resort, I ate some CHOs [a.k.a. carbohydrates] and protein. My childhood swim coach told me that PB + milk is a complete protein. Unfortunately, I’m still not sure what that means and if in fact it’s a true statement [I better learn this as I’m majoring in Nutrition], but I did find this — take it or leave it:

“Peanut butter is not protein-dense… To boost the protein value of peanut butter, simply accompany it with a tall glass of milk… Milk simultaneously enhances the value of the protein in the peanut butter sandwich. That is, peanuts are low in some of the essential amino acids muscles need for growth and repair. The amino acids in milk (as well as those in the sandwich bread) nicely complement the limiting amino acids in peanuts.” [source].


Here you are… p.nut buttah & banana photo #266.

Ok, so the rest of my day consisted of a trip to Target and whipping out an entire paper that isn’t due for another month. I’m definitely turning this puppy in Monday though and freeing one item from my hands. Writing papers >>> studying for science exams. If you couldn’t guess already, I love writing. I dream of seeing my name on the front cover of a book one day – reach for the stars!

In the midst of my paper writing, I gave my grandma a jingle to ask her a couple more questions [the paper’s about family migration]. We got to talking about stress, and how that seems to be the theme of my life currently. I had to Twitter her hilarious advice:




No more rambling – promise. Look what I’ve got to smile about tomorrow:


It’s going to be a sunny spectacular SUNday!

Peace + Love,



April 17, 2010 at 10:09 PM 8 comments

Smart Move

Ahhh…finally, a Sunday to relax. I am loving the fact that I don’t have to stress about getting everything done today since I have the entire week off – hallelujah! That’s not to say I don’t have a huge to-list that I want to accomplish this week. To-do lists are never ending…at least for me. If they were, life would be boring…wouldn’t ya say?

Anyway, I just got home from another great morning run with the girls. It was a completely different story getting out of bed today – losing 1 hour of sleep really makes a difference. The frosty rooftops and grey sky outside were not the most inviting either. Nonetheless, I piled on my layers, ate a half of a banana, and met the girls at 8:00 7:00am for our usual 7-mile Marsh run. That makes 17 miles of running for the weekend, or 2 hours and 32 minutes – yeehaw!

Post-Run Breakfast

My Dad’s Homemade Non-Fat Yogurt & Humboldt Honey Granola

+ the other half my banana & a drizzle of honey012

Organic Oat & Wheat Toast + Homemade Blackberry Jam [courtesy of my aunt]019

Speaking of blackberries, I jumped on the bandwagon yesterday by getting my 1st smartphone. As if I wasn’t connected enough, right? I figured the Nutrition Nut on the run needed to be able to keep up with the speed of the blog world…if only I could figure out how to use this advanced piece of technology.


A hot shower followed by a hot latte is sounding like it’ll be the next thing on my to-do list. Totally not prepared for a funeral this afternoon, but such is life.

Take it easy, my friends!


March 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM 6 comments

I Spy Springtime!

The weather forecast did not disappoint today. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood! I woke up before my alarm from sunshine pouring through my windows – a pleasant surprise in the middle of February.

My Organic Chemistry lab did not last the full 3 hours today, so I was excited to have the rest of the afternoon to play outside. It was ideal weather for a run, but I thought the smarter thing to do was to give my body one more day of rest. I hope to be back in motion manana!

Since exercise wasn’t an option, I had to come up with another activity to procrastinate studying for my O. Chem exam that involved soaking up some of nature’s best Vitamin D. Easy enough: give Little Blue a bubble bath!

All sparkle ‘n’ shine!


I worked up quite the appetite washing my little blue rig. I knew exactly what would curb my hunger…a recipe I came across in my PB&Co Cookbook last night while trying to read myself to sleep. It’s a refreshing & simple snack for a “Spring” day.

…plus, it’s got a protein punch:

1 cup soy milk

1 banana

2 T PB&Co Bee’s Knees

1 T Honey




Salad a la: organic baby lettuces, avocado, red onion & balsamic — thrilling.

Roasted Potatoes a la: olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper + a dollop of “Daisy” (2% Greek)

I’d love to stay, but I must not procrastinate any longer. Did I mention I have my 1st O. Chem exam TOMORROW!

Wish me luck (I’ll need it!),

~ Hillary

February 16, 2010 at 8:10 PM 9 comments

A Crunchy Comeback

Yes, that’s right. I have a blog…almost forgot. I hope you managed without your daily Nutrition Nut news for the weekend. I needed a weekend away from the blog world…and time to enjoy the real world with real friends. Unfortunately, the chest cold that arrived Wednesday put a bit of a damper on my weekend festivities. I was so bummed that the one weekend I had guests, I didn’t feel 100% =[

Sickness aside, Tasha & I had a fun time.


My chest cold has now migrated to my head. However, after a ton of sleep and gallons of water and tea, I’m feeling on the mend. It’s an absolute gorgeous day here in NorCal. I would do anything to be outside in the sunshine running (or washing my car), but alas…I have my first O. Chem exam to study for. Instead, I slipped on a pair of flip-flops and studied at Starbucks with an iced latte. I hope to be able to enjoy the sunshine at some point week – 70* weather is in the forecast =] Spring is in the air!

I took a study break this afternoon and made my 2nd batch of Humboldt Honey Granola. It was a bittersweet meal eating the last of my homemade granola. I don’t know if I could have survived without it much longer. I cut the original recipe “in half” today:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of salt

It came out of the oven just in time for snack hour.

2% Greek & Granola is back!

Speaking of granola, many of you asked if my mom would share her recipe for the granola bars she sent me for Valentine’s Day. I asked her where she got the recipe, and no surprise, it is one of Sarah’s @ In Praise of Leftovers. You can find the recipe here.

Alright…going to give O. Chem a couple more hours of my time and then relax with the usual Monday night trash TV.

See you again soon,

~ Hillary


Just a reminder: If you have any questions for me about college, cooking, exercise, food, life, etc…don’t hesitate to ask! =]

February 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM 3 comments

Back to Basics


After an event-FULL holiday week, I was ready for a simple bowl of oats for breakfast. No more huge brunches please : )

  • 1 cup H20
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 apple
  • walnuts
  • cinnamon & honey
  • splash of low-fat milk

Today is nothing but cleaning, errands & blogging. Speaking of…


To a tasty Tuesday,

~ Hillary

December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM 5 comments

Pearfect Oatmeal

Morning! I woke up to 28 degree weather outside after a mere 5 hours of sleep. Wish I had time for a nap today, but it doesn’t look like that’s in the plans. I stirred up a pot of oats this a.m., as I can always count on it to warm me up and supply me with at least a couple solid hours of energy.

I swear there are oats in there!

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 d’anjou pear
  • chopped raw almonds
  • cinnamon & honey

There are probably a hundred ways to make oatmeal, but my mom taught me to use a 1 : 2/3 cup ratio. It makes really thick oats, rather than a porridge.

How do you like your oats, thick or soupy?

The day has just begun and I’m already struggling to keep my eyes open. Here we go…

Have a great day!

~ Hillary

December 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM 7 comments

Beginning of the End

Morning Bloggers!

Today is the beginning of the end of another semester. One more easy week of classes + 4 finals and then I can check off another 14 units! I have a typical Monday ahead of me – class, exercise, class – and maybe a bit of Christmas shopping in between?

Monday Mornin’ Munches

  • plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Raisin Bran – hip hip hooray!
  • 1/2 banana
  • walnuts
  • honey

Well, the forecast fell through. There is nothing white outside my window that resembles snow. I’m still going to bundle up as it’s CHILLY out there!

Stay warm,

~ Hillary

December 7, 2009 at 8:44 AM 3 comments

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