September 29, 2010

Sweet Potato Cakes

Concert tonight!
Arcade Fire, you're pretty rad.

workout: 4 miles elliptical - 40:02

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes!

insanity at 6:45am. A delicious insanity.
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ, flaxseed, chia seed combo
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon, nutmeg
  • a few splashes of rice milk
  • banana, blueberry, almond butter topping!

Almond butter/chia seed sandwich: you never fail.

Dinnah!

I made me some sweet potato n' corn cakes with roasted cauliflower and homecooked pinto beans with serrano chili.


little beauties, I tell you. Just mash a baked sweet potato, add loads of cinnamon, and the veg. of your choice. brown on non-stick pan 'till they look golden and delightful!

Time to get my music on.


September 28, 2010

42 Minutes on Mr.Treadmill

Can we just say that I'm Superwoman? At least for a second or two? I have good reasoning, I promise: this morning, at 5:15am, I was able to jog for 42 minutes on the dreadmill! And completely knee-pain-free! Thank you Jesus! I also slight speed-walked on a 15 incline for 5 minutes shortly after the jog, just for good measure. It felt awesome and I am thanking my lovely knee for being a real trooper on its worse enemy: zeh-treadmill.

okay, okay, it felt like I was hardly going anywhere, and maybe you could've passed me if I were on the sidewalk and you were simply walking by my side... I only covered 3.5 miles, but still!

Lucky Kale Bfast:

This may have made me feel slightly sick for about 1 hour after I ate it. Why, you ask? Because this girl (me) blended up about 5 kale leaves last night with a few splashes of rice milk, completely ignoring frozen fruit which is very necessary when making a "smoothie" of sorts for your overnight oats.

So? This morning I grabbed my oats, my kale puree, and could smell the kale puree from 8 miles away... in a not-so-good way. You see, although kale is incredibly healthy and tasty when prepared correctly-it is also very bitter when raw + unseasoned + unprepared.

So? I over-decorated my breakfast bowl with granola, half a banana, sunflower seeds, frozen blueberries, almonds, and a huge spoonful of almond butter. That's where the mistake was made. Too much good, I tell you. Too... much...

Didn't Get Hungry 'Till 5 Hours Later...

ate the carrots, celery, half apple, kiwi, cucumbah

lunch:

chose a fancy pinto bean/oat pattie + homemade pita creation


enjoyed the fancy creation with mustard
ate the banana, orange + apple hours later...

Did 10 Mins abs/arms/legs/glutes/etc!

Dinnah:


good stinkin' recipe.
Garbanzos, tomato, spinach, quinoa, cucumber and..
red wine vinegar + olive oil + paprika + salt + pepper.

and then I ate 2 slices of homemade bread
half a banana
a few almonds
a few more almonds
granola bits
a raisin or two
a carrot or two

...Emm... what's going down? Oh well.. I'll get used to this new work schedule soon enough. And by that, I mean [my stomach and cravings and eating schedule] will get used to it. Goofy.

It's Biggest Loser night... my heart is glad.

September 27, 2010

Peace and Soba Noodles

Such a simple and lovely little day.

cardio: 5 miles elliptical in 51 mins + 20 push ups

(1)

overnight rice milk oats, covered in wheat germ and frozen blueberries.


almond butter, cinnamon, banana, chia seeds, you know the deal..

(2)

the most gigantic banana I've ever taken a picture of

abs: 10 minutes of plank, crunches, reverse crunches, scissor kicks, leg holding, and every other move that makes your abdominal muscles scream a tad.

(3)

soba buckwheat noodles, tofu, green onion, spicy homemade vinaigrette.

(4)

broccoli, sweet potato.

and then:
(5)
  • warm, freshly cooked garbanzos, cooked in homemade veggie broth
  • a slice of homemade bread with almost the last of the apple butter
  • a few roasted unsalted almonds
  • and... a few more apple butter tastings, just so I could clean the jar.
It was a good evening. I vote for more peaceful days like this one.

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. "
Philippians 4:7

September 26, 2010

They Say Less is More

But how true is that really? I recently realized that I have a huge problema with the whole "less is more" concept. And yes, I am referring on and only on my meals + their decorations. What am I talking about? Well, here are a few good examples:

breakfast

I could have topped this with just almonds, maybe a few raisins, or one of the following: wheat germ, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, sunflower seeds. But what did I do? I used them all. The amazingly filling, satisfying, and refreshing bowl included:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 2 frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 wittle droplet of vanilla
  • toppings: wheat germ, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, frozen blueberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and a few raisins.
Less is more? Ha!

Church: share the gospel. just do it.

Snack:

homemade tortilla, almonds butter, apple butter, cinnamon, banana, and...


some rolling action. okay, honestly this is the BEST "I need food right now just give me something anything before I pass out and cry a little" go-to snack. And it actually fills a wee tad, so you can make 2 loaves of bread (or at least get them made + put into bowls to rise) and prepare a pizza, and not pass out 'cause you're so stinkin' starving.


I ate oranges. That's it, not adding to these juicy slices.

MESS:

My heart sank a little, and then I slowly started to clean. You know why this happened? 'cause there was a little extra flour on my big ol' piece of wood that I roll pizza dough on, and I wanted to save it, so I got the flour back out. Mistake. Lid came off, flour flew, I lost a good 3/4 cup whole wheat flour over the 1 tablespoon that seemed good enough to save. Shoot!

More is GOOD:

okay, ready? mushroom pasta sauce, 2 kale leaves, beets, carrots, tofu, cauliflower, radishes, pineapple, bell pepper, serrano chili + topped with red pepper flakes. It was wonderful but the pieces were like, "hey, I'm falling...." after almost each bite. Maybe a tad overloaded this time, but I just couldn't stick with just a few toppings. I wanted them all...


Tofu was a really good idea 'cause it got a bit crunchy. Fantastic.

Breads

mis-shaped loaves? I love you guys.

Dessert:

aaaaand yogurt, frozen berries, dates, ice cubes, blended, rolled oats, flaxseed, raisins, almonds...


...and some dark chocolate for old times' sake.

Now, come on, is less really more? I want it all together I tell you, all of it!

Daily Devotional:
Sometimes, the demands of daily life
can drain us of our strength and
rob us of the joy that is rightfully
ours in Christ. But on our darkest
days, God stands ready to renew
our spirits and restore our strength.


Isn't that beautiful? God makes all things new, no matter how long we've been going through the same routine day in and day out, no matter how exhausted or bored we are, all we have to do is give it to Christ and ask Him to reign in our hearts once more, and trust that He can make all things new. "Your job is to let Him." :)

September 25, 2010

Succesful Homemade Sushi

As much as I love Fall, I really enjoy waking up to some Saturday morning sun. Especially when hubby and I have a hardcore run in store for us (well, maybe his run is a little more hardcore than my "jog-however-long-I-can-without-knee-pain..." but still).

We packed:

almond butter, chiaseed, raisin, cinnamon sandwiches on homemade bread and some fruity friends.

I ate:

nanner + 2 spoons o' wheat germ.


aaaaand some of these guys.

workout: 35 min run/jog + 15 mins of push ups, lunges, ab moves, and "I-gotta-strengthen-them-leg-muscles" type of exercises.

We then got the urge to go house hunting, saw some beauties calculated or moneys, and daydreamed of owning our own place some day... too bad we got lost in our dreaming and didn't get home till 2 and didn't get to food until 3pm!! So, needless to say, we were starving. So, I brainstormed aaand...

sushi appetizer!!!

I conquered sushi! Brown rice cooked and browned a bit in sesame oil with rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt n peppah. Theennn I grabbed the seaweed paper pieces, covered them almost entirely with a layer of packed rice, topped with avocado and cucumber and rolled into beauties!


We split this plate and it tasted soooo amaaziiinngly! Hubby ate each one with his eyes closed and a smile on his face, stinkin' body needed it since all he had after his 13 mile run was a sandwich, 1 kiwi, a banana and an orange. Shoot! And he asked me to make 8 million sushi next weekend instead of pizza - biggest surprise ever since he's crazy for my pizza! I'm excited for many sushi weekends in our future :)

Dinner:

Israeli Salad (tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, salt, pepper, serrano chili, fresh lime juice) with homemade pita bread transformed into pita chips (350* for 10 mins, seasoned as you wish!) aaaand a gigantic bean taco with homecooked pinto beans, spinach, lime, green onion + hubby's salsa and avocado atop) - so filling and packed with protein, it was a good way to enjoy my second-to-last homemade tortilla!

I see a movie night + yogurt in our future... aaand some mo' cat feeding and bird sitting for the lovely family members that are in vacation land. Ah, I want December and vacations!! Mexico Mexico Mexico!

peace :]

September 24, 2010

The Ups and Downs of Eggplant

Overnight oats, stuffed eggplant, samosa wrap, kashi bar, kitty feeding, raw sunflower seeds, sauce-less eggplant lasagna.

fuel: half a banana, almonds, raisins

workouuuuut: 5 miles elliptical - 50:42
10 push ups before and after = joyous.


oats:

rolled oats, rice milk, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, half a banana, blueberries, aaand a relaxing trip in the fridge overnight topped with sliced almonds and raisins.

lunch n snacks:

stuffed eggplant (tofu, corn, kale, eggplant insides) baked for wayyy to long, causing it to all turn into mush... sad news.


samosa wrap (sweet potato, garbanzos, sweet and savory seasonings)

it loooked delicious:

but that overcooked eggplant was awful, but I ate most the filling, and then inhaled a veggie wrap from the fridge - t'was deliiciouus!!

starvation fixer upper:

didn't exactly satisfy but I liked a good chewy granola bar :)

a feeding:

wuv them orange fellas!

10 min abs: 30 reps of every ab move you can imagine with 10 second rests in between each set, followed by 60 seconds in plank. I'm loving these after-work mini workouts, especially 'cause I can keep my morning cardio up in the mileage without stressing out about time.

A new friend:

I've seen these all over the blog world and needed them! I'm excited, a wee tad.

Dinner:

I realize how unattractive this looks, but it tasted so goooood! It was the same filling that I put in the stuffed eggplant, but somehow tasted so much better with a little tomato and shoved between lasagna noodles.

love:

I'm pretty confident in the fact that yogurt blended with frozen fruit and ice will never get old. Same goes for flaxseed, almonds, rolled oats and raisins as a topping.

PS: Work was awesome on Friday. Guess Thursday was just one of those days. I'm thankful the sad days faded. Happy weekend!

September 23, 2010

A Soup and Rain Type of Day

Sigh, it was jus' one of those days...

5 miles elliptical in 50 mins, push ups, stretch.



got excited about work, ready for another day of learning. but i have been showing up with a comfortable feeling, as if i already got this and shouldn't have too much trouble. even during pre-flu season with loads of patients and possibly stressful, packed schedules, i'm loving this job and have felt ready for those "crazy" moments of pediatric clinic chaos.



the chaos never really hit today, but i did mess up a few times and it felt lame. feeling a little sad once I took my lunch break. i'm expecting too much out of myself, i feel like i should already understand everything and do it all without error and when i am corrected or make a mistake i feel awful about it. and tomorrow will only mark my 2nd week at this place.



a friend from the daycare where i used to work told me i needed to give this job 3 months and that there's a reason that most businesses do a 90 day review - it's because it takes most people that long to learn and understand a new job, and maybe they'll even be at the point where slightly no errors are made when they work.

10 minutes afternoon abs, stretch,



after work, i wanted to cry, but gave it to Jesus and told Him everything, and got it all off my chest. i simply pray that His love and His light would shine through me to the patients and my co-workers. i couldn't do this without Him, it's a blessing to have such a firm Rock as my Guide and Comfort. God is wonderful. :)



off to sleep. maybe i was getting too confident or full of myself and just needed a humbling experience to make sure my heart and mind were focused on the Lord, and not everything but? i'm not sure.

future: a 3rd visit to olympia, to re-take my Spanish test. and sigh...

I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 32:8

September 22, 2010

Samosa Wraps

This morning I met up with a sweet friend at a nearby coffe + homemade ice cream shop in the wee hours of the morning. It was joyous, I really would like to make all my see-rad-friends plans at 6:15am, it's very ideal. I bought a TRIO bar, which I'll slightly mumble about in a bit...

Breakfast Kale Oats

kale, frozen fruits into a blender, placed in bowl with overnight oats, chias, wheat berries, flaxseed + a fridge, overnight. toppings: half banana, apple butter, frozen blueberries, homemade granola :)

I Bring Me Lunch:

apple butta, cinnamon, raisin sammie on homemade bread with fruits + veggies
Trioooo:

3 nuts, 3 seeds, 3 fruits + salt, sugar, and "natural" flavors. Hah... well, it tasted a whole lot like Trix, so I ate bits at a time. T'was a bit strong, I say. I'll never get over the simplicity of Larabars...

Dinner:

Check out my homemade tortilla (why you look so pale, my friend?) - made with whole wheat dark rye flour, making it gluten free! Right? I forget... Filling inspired by this recipe by a lovely blogger. It was insanity in a tortilla. The flavors were strong, and worked so well together I almost lost it. And it made enough filling for 2 wraps, so I saved one for lunch. Happy days.

E's Samosa Wraps:
  • 2-3 medium tortillas
  • 1/2 sweet potato, cooked + diced into cubes
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cup peas (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup garbanzos, or tofu (your protein of choice!)
  • 1 drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chopped onion, dried
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili Powder
  • salt n peppah
  1. Heat med. pan over medium high heat, add olive oil and onion, let sit for a few seconds.
  2. Throw in tomatoes, peas, garbanzos and a splash of H2O, cover and simmer for a minute or so.
  3. Now let the seasonings go in the mix, along with the sweet potato and another splash of water.
  4. Cover and let the spices get sucked into the other ingredients.
  5. Heat up tortillas in microwave, and properly pack 'em, fold, and consume.
Dessert #1: 2 dark chocolate squares, 1 date, handful of granola
Dessert #2: yogurt, frozen strawberries and ice!!

yes, please.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds.
James 1:2

September 21, 2010

The Day I Forgot Protein

I used to look over the day, and make sure I ate enough greens. It was all about the leafy greens, broccoli, and once in a while, some asparagus. But recently? I'm focused on, "did I get the protein? Whole grains? Veggie load?" and today at work, I realized something: I forgot my protein. I had everything packed for a fantastic pinto bean burger inside my pita... and once lunch came around I noticed no bean pattie was present. I forgot the sucker. It made me sad.

Workout: 5 miles - 51:05 elliptical
10 pushups
pre-cardio + post cardio~

KALE OATS!

kale has mucho protein. I added overnight oats, granola, banana, chias, almonds, blueberries, and apple buttah.

Work Eats:

bean burger, bean burger, where did you go?


:)


beautiful. but needed a burger.

My stomach growled about 1.5 hours later. How lame is that? I told it to lay low, ate a banana, then ate my peach.

Abs + Arms + Legs: 10 minutes strength training

Dinnah:

I needed protein, and mass. Homecooked pinto beans, quinoa stir fry with broccoli, cauliflower and bell pepper with homemade "soy sauce" (red wine vin, rice vin, red pepper flakes, salt, peppah, garlic - it's divine!)


slightly roasted cauliflower tastes like little bites of fluffy cake, I love it.

Biggest Loser TONIIIIGHT!

:)