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What I did Thursday

7 Jul

Hey hey, it’s What I ate Wednesday!

Hey hey, it’s What I did Thursday! ūüėõ

Thursdays are always fun, maybe that will be the next blog sensation?

Anyway, what an eventful Thursday! I am pooped. So much running around today I love my days off!

I really wanted to go to Whole Food’s today but then I remember that I am broke as a joke.

So, I cashed a few checks, gathered up some change, and said, “hey, I can pay those bills next week!” (you probably think I am joking but I am so serious.)

Might not be much change but it turned into $23!

Whole Food’s/Trader Joe’s:

Two favorite flavors right thurr.

Yummy finds from the salad bar!

Money saving tip: When at the Whole Food’s Salad Bar, be sure to load up on the good stuff. For example, I never get lettuce! I usually take my salads to-go so I can add whatever greens I have at home instead of paying $7.99/lbs for lettuce. Same goes with tomatoes! They add a lot of weight.

Veggie sushi!

Raw pumpkin seeds!

After our Whole Food’s/Trader Joe’s adventure we were STARVING.

We spotted a sushi place we have not noticed before and decided to stop in and check it out. Scott and I are HUGE fans of sushi, we eat it just about every week! We love trying out new places for a good roll or two. (or three?)

We started off with some miso soup:

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Which happened to be cooked PERFECT! Crunchy green onions on top were awesome!

Next I ordered the veggie lunch combo which included the sweet potato roll and the asparagus roll:

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Sweet potato rolls are always a win for me ūüėČ

I also ordered a another roll because I was HUNGRY! This roll was called Veggie Heaven: Mushroom and avocado in a (vegan) tempura roll with ginger sauce. Topped with sweet soy and spicy mayo.

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This is totally vegan! This fancy roll originally came with a spicy mayo, which I forgot to ask to not have, but since he knew I was vegan he gave me this yummy carrot and onion sweet sauce that was so creamy! Best roll ever. The mushroom and avocado literally melt in your mouth, delicious!

I ate 19 pieces of sushi.

(3 rolls)

I honestly think this was the most impressive sushi restaurant I have been too. Not to mention how incredibly friendly and helpful the staff were! That seems to be hard to find these days. We will diffidently be going to Sumo Sushi & Seafood next time we are in the area.

After this lovely afternoon of foodie goodness I met up with my bestie for a long nature walk:

Then sat at the Starbucks sipping on some green tea with lemon aid for quite some time.

Heather had the lovely idea of making some banana soft serve at my house. I’ve actually never made this before! I couldn’t wait to try it out in¬†the Vitamix:

We looked up a few recipes but then decided that it would be best to make our own.

& What flavor would we choose?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, duhh!

  • 2 1/2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 1 glob PB
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Blend the nanerz until creamy. Add the PB and choco chips than blend for another minute.

Enjoy!

After this, she helped my bake some cookies for the market on Sunday. We made Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies, yum! I wonder how they will sell.

Have you ever had banana soft serve? If so, what do you add to yours?

Good-Bye Winter Diet

12 May
& hello summer!
Oh my goodness, did I miss a WIAW post? Whoops! It’s been pretty busy around here. Forgive me?

I probably wont be doing much posting for the next few days due to the Farmer’s Market (FM) craziness.

I have been keeping up with my exercises though!

  • Sunday: 3 mile walk/jog outdoors
  • Monday: 4 mile nature walk
  • Tuesday: Pi/yo, 2 1/2 mile fast walk on¬†tred.
  • Wednesday: Slow 2 mile nature walk, 1 hour Zumba
  • Thursday: Probably nothing.¬†Early day at¬†school right now then straight to work afterwards.

Lots of cardio so far this week! I guess I was just in that kind of mood. I think this is good for me though due to that winter weight gain! After work last night, I came home and tried on my jean shorts from last summer and YIKES! Not happening anytime soon! I wear sweat pants literally everyday, so trying on jeans (especially shorts!) was a somewhat of a breakthrough. Despite the muffin top, I think my weight should be back on track in a few weeks. Mainly because I eat A LOT better in the warmer months with all the fresh produce available and the fun warm weather activities.

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See? A salad! I’m getting there. Just don’t judge me for that bag of PB pretzels i ate right after this!

What are some of your personal tips on getting (back) into shape?

Have a good weekend!

Natural Living

10 May

Hi Friends!

I’m glad you all liked my fitness post yesterday. I’m so pumped for this weather, I can’t get enough of it. Yesterday a friend and I took a long nature walk, it was so beautiful!

I’m not exactly sure how long we walked but I think it was around 4 miles.

When I got home I started my baking for the Farmer’s Market. I thought I would start with granola because that keeps for a while. Seven pounds of granola later somebody needed a bath!

An Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

I might add

So why did I take an ACV bath?

According to Kris Carr, an ACV bath is great for joints.

(Add 1-2 cups of ACV to your bath water)

Thanks Kris, you never let me down! Seriously, this women has taught me so much about natural living and life in general. I think she has the answers to life. And she would make a great big sister! I should talk my mom into adopting her.

Speaking of joints, my doctor said that my knees look inflamed but she isn’t sure so she had me get X-rays. She also said that my range of motion is being restricted. This makes sense because I have noticed when I am in that floor Pilates position where you move your legs as if you are riding a bicycles upside-down my knees feel very uncomfortable and make weird cracking sounds.¬†Please tell me somebody¬†knows what position I am referring too? Anyway, I guess I’ll wait for my results to come back! Until then, hello ACV baths.

What is your favorite natural or crazy remedy?

Whose watching The Biggest Loser tonight??? ūüėÄ

VeganMoFo = Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s Adventure

11 Nov

Happppy VeganMoFo! November is the month of vegan food which means everyone must blog about their VeganMoFo as much as possible!

Monday was a wonderful day. I only had to go to one class! So what did I do with all of my spare time that afternoon?

If you guessed that I went to Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s and spent too much money you are correct!

Trader Joe’s The Goods:

Lets see…

I¬†bought some tempeh because for some reason I stopped eating it. I guess I don’t really know how to cook it. I always burn it, kind of like tofu! How do you cook your tempeh? Any favorite tempeh recipes?

I also bought a huge bag of roasted soy nuts. I forgot how much I loved them and their high protein content ūüôā

For lunch I bought some vegetable sushi and ate it in the car (It would be a bad idea if I went to Whole Foods hungary!)

This sushi roll was honestly one of the best I’ve ever had. Not that I doubt TJ, but I didn’t¬†expect too much out of it. The roll was only $3.69 so I decided to get it a try. The nori was nice and soft and the rice was extra sticky; just how I like it. The roll had cooked tofu inside so¬†it was nice and hearty for an early afternoon snack.

Whole Foods- The Goods:

Lots of Cheese! I have been craving pizza and baked mac n cheese, recipes soon to come!

I also got a huge salad from the salad bar which I have been eating with just about every meal. I have also been craving their vegan¬†caesar dressing! It’s my favorite.

After my shopping adventure I was beat so I took a little nap and went for a nice two-mile nature walk as the sun was going down.

Lately for breakfast I have been mixing it up with some SIAB breakfast soup made with Coconut Kefier.

Kefier, cacao nibs, dried apple & sliced almonds

How are you celebrating VeganMoFo?

Stay tuned for how to make pumpkin seeds!

Two for Tuesday

15 Oct

Hello! How is everyone?

Sorry for the long delay; let’s recap…

Tuesday was wonderful, wanna know why? I went on a nice long walk because it was a beautiful day. I also attended TWO classes at my gym: pi/yo and BLT. I love my Two Class Tuesday’s! I feel my best¬†after these classes.¬†My core is still burning along with my quads but it’s all good, I love it. Who else loves being sore? It’s a great feeling because you know you accomplished something so challenging! I diffidently counted this day as a cardio/core! Anyway,¬†I had the whole day off and I cannot began to explain how much I needed this time.

Wednesday consist of yummy basic veggie stir fry using frozen veggies and instant rice

 

Chocolate-covered strawberries before the gym? Yes please! 

4-mile autumn walk

Colorful trees make me so so happy!

You know what else makes me happy? PBCB & A’s. (Peanut Butter, Coconut Butter & Apples)

Ohh¬†yeahh…

 

So simple and sooo satisfying

Tonight is going to be a lazy night with some morning star¬†BBQ ribs and some Red Hot Chili Peppers.¬†A muscle in my right foot really hurts and it’s a little¬†hard to walk. ūüė¶ Maybe some tea will make me feel better?

Do you ever get random body aches? How do you cure them?

Breakfast Smoothies!

11 Oct

A wonderful recipe stolen from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 scoop protein powder (I only had hemp powder so I left this one out)
  • 1/3 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp flax-seed¬†meal (or still in seed form is cool too)
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup ice

“Blend together and drink your breakfast!”

This taste wonderful! Almost taste like a PB&B (B is for BANANA)

Also, if you are in the mood for something for fruity try adding frozen blueberries or strawberries!

Strawberry was a good choice for me.

¬†This was a very tasty way to heal myself from being sick. And besides, when does a smoothie not sound good? And if you live in Michigan right now you know how randomly warm it has been the past few weeks. Gotta love that Michigan weather! I hope it says nice out for my day off tomorrow. I plan on taking my uncle’s dog for a long nature walk because she doesn’t get to go out much. I used to walk her all the time but this last summer was so busy and stressful that I didn’t get¬†enough me time in at all. Can’t wait to take pictures of the fall colors!

Hope everybody had a good weekend, what did you do over the weekend?

Fall Nature Walks

20 Sep

Are my favorite ūüôā

After waiting for my 11am class for 2 hours this morning, I find out it was cancelled. At first I was angry that¬†I wasted so much time waiting for my next class but then I realized, hey! I don’t have english today! Good deal. And that’s when I went for my walk. It was such a beautiful day out, I’m glad I had the chance to enjoy the weather.

So as promised, my full adventure from yesterday. We went out for lunch at Pei Wei for the first time. I was really excited when I saw their menu because they had tons of vegan options. Basically, you can replace any meat dish with tofu or veggies. Awesome, right?! I was so excited I finally got to eat sweet and sour tofu… or so I thought. When I ordered the sweet and sour ‘fu I expected it to look like the sweet and sour chicken I guess. You know, breaded, flavorful, different… I was wrong. The sweet and sour tofu was like stir fry with sweet and sour sauce.

If I wanted stir fry I would have saved $7 and made it at home. I mean it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I wanted something nobody else has. The dish also had a very over-powering ginger taste that was not very pleasant and not to mention the brown rice was¬†rather dry.¬†I’m really glad that I also ordered the veggie springs rolls because at least those were somewhat good.

I think I would actually try this place again and order something completely different like pad-thai. They have a lot of good-looking choices on their menu so I hope to go back and find something spectacular.

Later we went to Whole Foods to do a little shopping. I picked up some new things to try like…

Ta-da! After hearing all the ranting and raving over coconut butter, ¬†I finally bought some. Now what? Make a smoothie, bake with it, use it as a dip? Who knows. I’ll probably go and stalk some of your¬†blogs to figure out something I can make with it. ūüėõ

What a love most about Whole Food’s is their amazing salad bar, they have everything! I don’t even really like salad but their salad bar always looks amazing. Little did I know they also carry vegan¬†caeser¬†dressing!!! The dressing was really garlicy and creamy, I loved it. They made a good lunch for school today.

Kale, spinach, peas, red cabbage, quinoa, tofu, grape tomatoes, carrots, & almonds

After getting a few things at Whole Foods we went over to Trader Joe’s to do some more shopping. I found something I have never noticed before.

Lots of muffins! ‚̧

These were delicious. I normally would eat a muffin as a snack but I ate this for breakfast with a piece of PB’d toast and it kept me full for a long time. I would have bought more than one package of muffins but they all¬†expired within a few days (hey! that must mean they are made with real ingredients!)¬†Next time I want to try the carrot muffins!

I think I’m going to hang out around the house for the rest of the day and enjoy my day off of work. Maybe I’ll¬†read some other¬†blogs and get motivated to cook something, you never know. I hope everyone has a marvelous monday!

PS, did you notice my new ABOUT ME page? About time, huh? ūüėÄ