Posts tagged ‘Strawberries’
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:
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.
- 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
- 5 min. [cool down] @ 4.0mph – 0 incline
Total: 45 min.
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.
I heart San Francisco!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
I didn’t use exact measurements [the plus of cooking vs. baking], but here’s basically what went down:
- Cook 1 cup organic quinoa in 2 cups water – simmer covered for ~15 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and let cool. Add 2 T olive oil, juice of 1 lemon and a few cloves of minced garlic.
- 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….
“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.”
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!
Naturally after lunch I “needed” something sweet: enter a P.Nut Buttah Treat.
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!
Good morning…and good afternoon to my East Coasters!
I had a feeling I wasn’t going to get around to posting yesterday. It was a super-sized Monday, I tell ya. I just kept thinking about the fact that once I got through it, I would have 3 days to relax. I know what you’re thinking, it’s only Tuesday. Well, due to California’s non-existent budget, they can hardly afford to keep their CA State students in school, so I have two furloughed days [Tuesday and Thursday], set around Cesar Chavez Day – a California holiday. It is really nice to have a “weekend” during the middle of a week, but the reality of furloughs is an awful awful thing. My college tuition has skyrocketed and I am getting less instruction [~10%]. No bueno!
Anyway, after 4 classes, studying for my exam, and 1 required lecture, I forced myself to go the the gym. It was the last thing I wanted to do after a long day, but since I didn’t exercise Sunday [like I said I would], I was at least going to make an attempt at something.
I knew from the start it wasn’t going to be an Olympic workout. I felt as though I had a brick inside my small intestine [quite the picture, huh?]. I could only find enough energy for 20 minutes on the Elliptical and 20 minutes [2 x 1 mi.] running around the indoor track. My body is not programmed to exercise at 9:00pm.
I treated today as if it were the weekend: I slept in [until 8:30am], fixed myself leftover waffles and an iced coffee for breakfast before cleaning the kitchen and doing work blogging in my pajamas.
Toasted Banana Waffle with a dollop of 0% Greek, Fresh Strawberries, Almonds & Agave-Honey Syrup
Iced [decaf] cafe au lait to cut the sweetness – so refreshing!
Going to go make the most out of my weekend…
Check out Anne P’s fANNEtastic new tees!
Heather’s giving away free Oikos to 1 lucky winner!
It’s official…Spring 2010 has SPRUNG! It seems as though we’ve all been enjoying lovely weather lately – I sure hope it sticks around. I know that sunshine can make any day better, which is why I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the semester in sunny Chico. I can’t wait to be able to read poolside…with ‘screen and a hat, of course.
It was an unusually beautiful warm day in HumCo yesterday…warm enough to get an afternoon ice cream cone with my mama. I could not turn down a scoop of organic Honey Vanilla Lavender ice cream on such a day : )
The preview of Spring weather inspired my mom and I to make something light and fresh for dinner. Where else do we look for inspiration? …none other than, In Praise of Leftovers.
We made Sarah’s Moroccan Grains & Greens Salad, adjusted slightly to our own personal tastes…and with the ingredients we remembered at the grocery store.
Barley [grain], Chard [greens], Sweet Tomatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Salty Feta, Parsley, Green Onion, Olive Oil, Garlic, Dash of Dried Herbs, a Lot of Lemon
…and a few wild prawns
For some reason it feels like Sunday today, and since Sundays are designated for big, hearty breakfasts, I made waffles after my 7-mile run.
Sinless Saturday Waffles
1 cup whole wheat flour + 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 T ground flax
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups almond milk [unsweetened vanilla]
1/3 cup canola oil
I forgot the 2 T of sugar, but it wasn’t missed topped with plain 0% Greek, toasted almonds, strawberries & drizzle of agave-honey ‘syrup’.
Spending my last day at home facing the reality of homework. My ServSafe certification exam is Wednesday, and I’ve yet to memorize each and every detail about foodborne illnesses. It is an important topic to me, though [unlike the bonding of organic chemical compounds]. Have you read about my E.coli experience? Perhaps I’ll elaborate on the story sometime here in the near future.
Anyway, hope you are welcoming Spring into your life today. I’m going to take a stroll downtown and get an afternoon latte.
See you soon!