A Successful Day, I’d Say!

Finally. A totally blog-worthy day. I did it: I had my camera and took a picture of everything I munched on today, and guess what? All of it was completely healthful, colorful, and delicious. Oh you would be proud!

So here you go bloggies, a first fully fledged blog post.

Let’s start with breakfast. I put together a green smoothie, much like from The Green Monster Movement, from Angela on Oh She Glows, but I added a secret ingredient: Wheat Germ! Oh the benefits of wheat germ. It is only 60 calories for a tablespoon, but is brimming with healthful statistics. Wheat germ is the remnants of the grain when refined white flour is made, meaning it is chalk-full of goodness. Its full of folic acid, fiber, and a slew of other minerals and vitamins.

I got my wheat germ recently on my saving grocery trip (finally!) from Bob’s Red Mill. I love this brand of flours and whole grain goodies. Who knew that there was more out there than white and wheat flour? I’m talking potato flour, almond flour, and more. I also grabbed oat flour for some future pancakes in the works 😉 stay tuned!

Today’s blend was almond milk, one tablespoon each of wheat germ and ground flaxseed, a handful of kale, and half of a frozen banana.

It finally looks the way a green monster should look: green. It was also my first time dabbling with putting kale into my smoothie, but it was delicious. It just looks like a happy smoothie, doesn’t it? I know my insides were happy too!

Now, I was all happy inside but even happier with today’s lunch results! I had a leftover “Mizuno” salad from Spokane’s Main Market, a health food co-op! It was so delicious: chick peas, spinach, tomatoes and more.

I laid them gently on a bed of fresh spinach with some EVOO (channeling my inner Rachael Ray, in case you don’t watch, its extra virgin olive oil!!) and balsamic vinaigrette. On the side was two pieces of 100% whole wheat toast with a hummus spread. Surprisingly, hummus toast is to die for. I never will look back to butter; it is so much more creamy and way healthier, mind you! 

Snacks throughout the day: almonds and an apple. ‘Nuff said.

Now dinner. I made the mistake of starting to make dinner after I was absolutely STARVING. BAHH. And I pre-planned my day so I wasn’t going to turn back. My plans were for a tofu-stir fry with sticky brown rice. (which takes 45 minutes to boil!) So while I was fighting hunger pangs (it was that bad!) I decided to nosh on some left over organic frozen edamame beans.

Can’t get enough of these little guys!! Well. Finally. Rice is done. Now I will introduce you to the college gal’s super easy and healthy stir fry!

Fast Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

  • cubed organic extra-firm tofu
  • teriyaki sauce
  • minced garlic
  • onion powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • olive oil
  • frozen veggies
  • sticky brown rice
1) Start boiling water (3 cups of water to 1 cup of rice for the “sticky” version). When the water starts boiling, add the rice and cover. Return to simmer for about 45-50 minutes.
2) Press out the excess water of your tofu on paper towels, and then marinate with red pepper flakes, onion powder, and teriyaki sauce.
2) Heat up pan over the stove until hot, then add the oil until it starts to heat up.
3) Add the minced garlic for a few minutes (be careful not to burn!)
4) Throw in the tofu, and saute until it is lightly browned, remove from heat.
5) Next, toss in your frozen veggies (of your choice) and saute until well heated. Feel free to more add spices, water or sauce, and oil as you need.
6) Mix in cooked tofu.
7) Serve on top of sticky brown rice.
8) Eat.
9) Enjoy. 🙂
So easy, so healthy! A great addition to a college budget, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, healthy-minded girl 😉 Now that’s what I would call a successful day!
Off to watch a chick flick with my friends and share a bottle of wine. Hope it’s a good one!
Ciao for now! -Mary
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A Night at the Movies

Hello Bloggies!!

Last night I went to see the new flick Water For Elephants. I originally read the novel by Sara Gruen and absolutely loved it, so I was excited to go to the movies! Plus, looking at Robert Pattinson isn’t too bad either :p!

It was a good and fun movie to go see, and followed the novel pretty nicely! I grabbed a small bag of popcorn for a treat, sat back, and enjoyed the flick. The elephants, circus acts, and train scenes were all perfect for a Friday night flick! The acting was pretty good, the sets were beautiful, and the music was great too! I give it 4/5 stars, with all my movie expertise haha.

Well anyways, I will be leaving home in just two days to drive up back to school! I will be staying up there for the summer with my journalism internship, and be spending my first summer on my own. I am definitely looking forward to it! The drive will be long, but fun. I have got to get some good tunes and definitely plan out some healthy eats for the road. Planning ahead of time will help to keep me on track!

I am planning on making an adventure down to Whole Foods, and will let you know what I come up with Monday when I go down there. I am thinking nuts, fresh fruit, lots of water, and maybe some hummus and pita? Some of my favorite snacks!! I have got to map out all my Starbucks stops along the way as well. What can I say, I love me some iced coffee on hot summer days.

Today, I had another one of the same green smoothies (I can’t help it, they are so good!) It turned out just like the other day’s, except I put lots of berries in it, so that the purple color over-rode the green of my spinach. It was more of a “Purple Monster” then anything else I guess! Well, this means I have got to start packing!!

Ciao for now!

-Mary

The Beginning of a Beautiful Journey

Hello!

As I am putting forth my first real blog post (yaay!!) I am watching the Biggest Loser. The perfect inspiration for not just dieting and exercising, but living a full and healthful life!! So, as I am enjoying the show, I will let you know how I did today for day 1 of my little journey.

I woke up this morning, rearing to start my get-healthy and get-back-on-track journey! I am looking forward to feeling healthy, getting back in shape, and shedding a few unwanted poundage. I should probably lay down my goals, as that is a very important step if one wants to make it!

My goals:

Long Term: To live a healthy and long, happy life! (duh!)

Mid-Term: To lose 20 pounds. I have had this goal in mind for a while. and I want to lose these unwanted and unneeded pounds. It is all so that I can feel healthy and fit! Its a good goal to have over the course of a couple of months, and I want this to be done as healthily as possible!!

Short term goal: To be active everyday. I am all down for chilling after a stressful week, but my goal is to incorporate some sort of activity each day. Even if this is walking my dog around the park or doing some yoga, I want to be moving everyday! More concretely: I want to workout  5 times a week. Additionally, I want to fuel my body the right way. It will be to strive to reduce the amount of processed food I eat and try to cut out as many animal products as possible. It is a healthy way to eat whole foods, but I will be sure to get all my nutrients and proteins! I have done a short term vegan and vegetarian diet before I went abroad, and I absolutely loved the energy it gave me. I never worked out so hard and felt so great afterwards. Time to get back to that green, great, and energy-filled feeling!

So anyways, on to today. I was sooo sore from my workout yesterday: sprint intervals for 30 minutes (sprint 30 seconds, off 4:30 minutes and repeat until you reach 30) and arm weights. After 4 months of relying on walking as my form of exercise, I was sore. So today, I hit the mat. Corepower Yoga is a great place to get a great workout, especially a form like Power Yoga where you feel like you worked out and burned calories. You feel rejuvinated and refreshed as you leave the gym as well. I defintely sweat it out, and my arms were shaking the whole time. I love the feeling you get afterwards, of being lose, rejuveniated, and even feeling a little taller 🙂 It was a good choice after being wiped from my first workout!

For my eats, I started with an inspired Green Monster smoothie. I wanted to start my journey with a BANG, a kick-off start with a nutritional punch! It looked something like this…

Pretty attractive, right? Well, it definitely had the statistics to be attractive, and tasted just as good! It was inspired by all those great green smoothies out there, but I added what I liked and what I felt would be best for my body. That is what is so great about smoothies! Well, anyways, in my blender went:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • tons of ice
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • a few raspberries

Though it turned out looking like mud-in-a-glass, it was creamy and refreshing, and full of good for you nutrients! It powered me through my day.

Looks… interesting… tastes amazing! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Lunch was a quinoa and black bean salad on a bed of heart-healthy romaine lettuce. I got the Quinoa Salad recipe from mytrianerbob.com, a great place to get veggie friendly recipies from my favorite trainer on TV, Bob Harper!!

It was as easy as it was delicious:

  • 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water
  • rinsed black beans
  • chopped up tomato
  • and topped with avocado and salsa.
  • I added some tobasco sauce because I love spicy!
When the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed, simply add the black beans, tomatoes, salsa, and tobasco sauce (if desired) and stir it up to heat up the beans and tomatoes. Top the salad with as much salsa as you want! Eat up! Quinoa is a great grain to eat because it is also packed with protein, so it is an ideal staple for vegetarians and vegans alike. Plus, it is chewy and has a nutty flavor, a great and satisfying addition to any meal!
Well, I am sad to say that dinner did not go as well as the rest of my day had. I had my healthy snacks to keep me full and energized (almonds and an orange) but when dinner came around, I was exhausted. Also, I have been making dinner for my brother the past week, and put his needs ahead of my own. Thus, I avoided the miny hamburgers I made for him because I wanted to avoid red meat, and tried to come up with something else that is much more healthful for my needs. I ended up eating roasted potatoes and half a wheat pita with spicy hummus.
I know that this does not align with my goals completely, and that I had too many carbs too late in the day. It also wasn’t very nutrient-dense. But anyways, I am going to forgive myself and move on. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will make up for it! This is part of my new plan also: self-forgiveness. We are only human, right?
Well, back to the blood and sweet and tears of the Biggest Loser. I absolutely love Bob and Jillian!
Ciao for now!
-Mary