Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
drink it of course!!! Don't be scared. It's a nice monster... In fact, it's a super
- Simple: because it has it has minimal number of clean, super nutritious fruits and veggies.
- Soupy: because I had to first use a food processor and then a hand blender to make it, since I don't have a real blender. Came our a little chunky, like a chunky soup! But don't you worry, my little green friend - I still loved you to
- Smoothie: because, well, that's what it was! :)
- Tear up the kale leaves into smaller pieces. Rub them with lemon juice and allow to stand overnight in the fridge.
- In the morning, blend together all of the ingredients + water for desired consistency (1/4 - 1/2 cup)
- [...and be sure to not only brush your teeth, but also look in the mirror before leaving the house so that you don't come to work/class with something green stuck between your teeth! #truestory...]
Sunday, January 29, 2012
They dined on mince, and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon; and hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon
[The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear]
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- The night before: combine oats and water, cover, and let stand overnight.
- In the morning: bring oat mixture to a boil.
- Squeeze the juice of 2-3 orange slices into the oatmeal, slice up the remaining pulp, and mix into the oats. Add more water, if necessary.
- Stir in cranberries, brown sugar, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Reduce the heat, cover, and cook for approximately 5 min.
It was another spring day outside! Sunny. Warm. Wind-free. I stuck to my plans and went for a run! A nice 4-miler. kiwis hoping to increase the distance a little more, but my legs were feeling heavy-ish and I was short for time. So 4 miles it was and it was glorious!
I stopped a few times to stretch and to cross the road,
And as planned, a protein-packed post-run snack followed!
Didn't I promise you last night's butternut squash would make its way into one of today's meals? Looks like it did!
I added a little bit of maple syrup and cinnamon to make it sweeter. And in it went between layers of plain Chobani Greek yogurt. Topped with strawberry preserves and KIND Honey & Oat Clusters.
And here I am now - babysitting! The family was very kind to leave dinner for me - fish with lots of veggies!
And for dessert, the kids and I had kettle corn! It was almost as good as the kettle corn flavor of the FSTG tortilla chips! ;)
Ah! The weekend is going by way too quickly! Do you have any Saturday night traditions?
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I bet you've never had a soup based entirely on dill pickles... And if you have, it was either (1) a culinary
accident experiment, or (2) Russian soup Rassol'nik. In the case of today's lunch, it was the latter. One of my favorite soups, Rassol'nik is incredibly versatile, healthy, easy to make, and delicious. Because pickles control the scene flavor, the broth can be either vegetable- or chicken-based without sacrificing the traditional flavor at all. So choose your pickles wisely!
Here is a wonderful step-by-step recipe for vegetarian and meat versions of Rassol'nik. Most often, it's made with barley, but we often substitute in rice, quinoa, or even buckwheat. Today was quinoa day.
While making Rassol'nik, my grandma overheard on the Russian TV that cauliflower was good for bone health. Immediately, she went online in search of cauliflower recipes!
I never considered just how nutritious cauliflower is, and I tend to be skeptical about health advice given on Russian television. But, indeed! Cauliflower is quite the powerfood! It's a great source of Potassium, Sodium, Dietary Fiber, Protein, and Vitamins C, K, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Thiamin. WAY TO GO, CAULIFLOWER.
Steamed cauliflower & broccoli, topped with tzatziki + melted parmisan and chopped walnuts.
Simple. Beautiful. Delicious. Nutritious. What else could I ask for?!
A run is tentatively scheduled for 3:30pm. A protein-packed snack, most likely in a form of Chobani love, to follow. I'm babysitting tonight for the most wonderful family that I met 4 years ago. It's so incredible watching the kids grow up... The youngest was just 6 months when I started babysitting for them!
Hope your day is going well. Stay warm, happy, and healthy, and get some fresh air!
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I may have officially started a weekend tradition! Last week's Happyolks have become an official treat, and I decided to make them again today for my grandma and me. The first time I made them, they looked like eggs and bread scrambled together... but it looks like I'm finally getting the hang of it! Aren't they beautiful?
Whole grain for moi. White bread for grandma.
As soon as I got our Happyolks off the skillet, we dug in!
I love the runny yolk! Hmm, shall I name this morning's treat Runnyolks? Methinks yes! And local farm fresh organic eggs are a gazillion times more delicious (and more nutritious!!!) than the store bought ones. They are not expensive, and the taste and your support of local farmers is worth so much more than the some-cent-difference.
And so, thank you, Runnyolks, for making my Saturday a happy and bright one! (Yellow is my favorite color, by the way!)
I highly recommend these beauties with grated cheese or a soft cheese on top! SO GOOD!
Have a wonderful Saturday!
Friday, January 27, 2012
How in the world was it 55F degrees today?! It was deceitful, though, because the winds were brutal! I didn't get to go outside, so I'm planning for a run tomorrow. I hope the Wind Gods will have left by then!
When I got home from lecture, I was uber hungry, and because lunch wasn't ready yet, I started munching on pita chips with hummus. The munching went on for too long... I should have known better! So, lunch followed a little later and was on the lighter side. But it was surely delightful! A bowl of pea soup and a bowl of sauteed sour kraut. Grandma has been adding capers to many of her dishes - I love their little bursts of sourness! [This is coming from the girl that eats whole lemons...]
My afternoon snack included greek yogurt, toast, and a cup of coffee. I was sleeepy!
And oh my, was dinner lovely or what!? Salad (duh!), with balsamic glazed roasted butternut sqush, quinoa, and salmon with carrots, onion, garlic, and mushrooms sauteed/caramelized in tomato paste.
I was so excited to make butternut squash after I bought this beauty today at the Farmer's Market! But I had no idea what to do with it. I figured roasting never fails! So I got to work... First search term: nutterbut... Good job, Veronica.
Once I figured out why my search failed to yield any recipes, I came across Chelsey's recipe for Balsamic Glazed Butternut Squash Fries, and followed it to a T. The result: phenomenal. [I actually roasted about 1/4 of the squash just in olive oil and salt... not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, you'll certainly see it incorporated into some meal in some shape or form!]
Dessert featured a small hunk of freshly baked bread and a spoonful of Nutella. And a cup of green tea, of course!
Does anyone have any nutterbut squash recipes to share with me? Looking for suggestions!
The deadline to enter the FSTG giveaway is almost here!!! Who's going to get lucky?
Have a good night, everybody!
And it was created in a step-by-step process.
...Last night I blended together (with a hand blender):
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 scoop of SunWarrior protein powder
...I then mixed in:
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup instant oats
...In the morning, I reheated the mixture with additional splash of water and stirred in:
- 1 tsp Chocolate PB2
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
...And in midst of my pretty-apple excitement, I just put the whole slice on top of my oats! Now how am I supposed to eat that?! So, out went the apple, and in went the apple sliced up!
...Plus KIND Oats & Honey Clusters and CocoChia coconut flakes.
Since most of the apple remained (I used just a 1/4" slice for the oatmeal), 1/2 of the apple was sprinkled with cinnamon (can you tell I was in cinnamon mood this morning?) and eaten on the spot, and the other 1/2 was taken to school and eaten with creamy almond butter for snack.... I just can't get over how pretty this apple looks!
Friday is here at last! Do you have any exciting plans?
It's raining here and it's making me sleeeepy!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Lunch consisted if a salad, an almost-hard-boiled egg (my favorite!), and a side of imitation crab meat (I just realized how weird that sounds... It's made of Alaskan Pollack... and it's actually really good).
As always, N was an incredible hostess. That girl doesn't know how to sit still... She couldn't stop offering me various Indian treats to which I couldn't say no... And so I managed to consume a handful of nuts and some spicy things the name of which I don't know and if i did, I probably wouldn't be able to pronounce. :)
By the time I got home around 5:30 after class and running errands, my stomach was demanding dinner, and I decided to respond promptly to this demand...
With a big bowl of sautéed veggies on top of the nutty and deliciously wholesome quinoa (which is hiding underneath!)... Yummm!
...and a side of my face Russian rye bread! It's made with molasses, which gives it the beautiful dark, almost purple, color.
...knowing myself, there is a 95% chance that I will have dinner numero dos later tonight...
Friday is almost here!!!... And the deadline to enter the FSTG giveaway is 4 days away!!!
I didn't have time to put together my breakfast last night, so I threw every single cereal into my bowl, topped with banana slices, cinnamon and PB2.
Since I would be running around all morning at the hospital, I needed something more to keep my energy up.
Pita bread with almond butter and more banana! That should do it! ...and two cups of coffee :)
Hope your day is going well! I just finished my clinical off-site and will be meeting up with my best friend N for lunch!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
It surely looks like I paced myself pretty well today! I did my fave short loop - perfect distance to get my heart pumping and to get fresh air into my lungs and to get me home in time for the next bullet point on my to-do list! What a difference it made! I felt so energized and happy.
After the run, I was in the mood for something meal-like rather than snack-ish and something warm. So, I had a
Dinner came a few hours later, after another meetings and driving all over the place doing errands. Another dinner-in-a-bowl, from now on proclaimed to be DIAB! :)
A colorful salad, a couple of potato wedges, crispy cauliflower (prepared with breadcrumbs!), and veggie
And the meal was finished off with these sweet beauties. The pear was soooo juicy!
That's it my dears! Another day of food, fitness, and fun shared with you! I love when you leave comments, so please do so when you can! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my post.
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