Sunday Morning

Good morning, my bloggies! I just love Sunday mornings. Time to catch up on my z’s, eat a yummy breakfast (I’m thinking oat pancakes? you’ll see them for sure) and drink some good coffee. Oh and yes, catch up on some blogging!

I’m going to get things rolling right away. Here are two great dishes I wanted to share with you right away that I had over the past two days. So delicious, so healthy, so veggie, so good! Enjoy!

Tomato, Broccoli, Kale Fry

1 cup of chopped kale

1/2 Roma tomato

chopped red onion

1 cup of broccoli

1 tbs minced garlic

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1. Put non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, add red onions and sautee for about 3 minutes. Add garlic, sautee until the red onins cook down.

2. Add tomatoes and sautee for about 3 minutes.

3. Add broccoli, sautee and cook until broccoli turns a vibrant green.

4. Add kale, and cover pan. Let steam cook up kale for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once kale is a bright green and reduced in volume, you are good to go!

5. Enjoy!!

This was a great way to get lots of healthy leafy greens into my diet. Plus I had leftovers for lunch the next day! I paired it along side a veggie burger with hummus and a whole grain bun. Dessert was summer sliced strawberries. So delicious!

On Saturday, I had to volunteer for The Fig Tree to set up a display table and hand out copies of the paper at Eco-Expo, the first time this event was held by Spokane Community College. It showcased local companies that were green and sustainable. We were there to showcase the stories we have on sustainability, but it was really awesome to meet all sorts of people working to be green 🙂

I also wanted to share with you my recent purchase: The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone! I read the book from cover to cover, and am so excited to start eating kind! It was enlightening, encouraging, down-to-earth, and opened my eyes. I definitely know how I want to better my health, and I want to try out lots of her recipes here on my blog. Check out The Kind Life, her website to see what the Kind Diet is all about! You won’t be disappointed, I loved it!

I also have some great news that I have realized I haven’t shared with you yet… I am taking a vacation to Greece in two days with my family! I am so excited for some vacation, beach and sun. So I won’t be posting for quite some time (2 weeks!) but my next post up will be filled with great pics and hopefully great eats. I am going to maintain my veggie lifestyle abroad, it will be my first great challange, so I will let you know how that goes! Maybe I will come back stronger and filled with great advice I will share with you for sure!

The morning of the event I needed something that will stick to my bones and give me great energy for the entire day. So I made some oats, duh!

Banana Nut Muffin Oatmeal

-1/3 cup rolled oats

-1/2 cup of almond milk + 1/2 cup of water

-1 banana

-1 tablespoon of chia seeds

-a dash of salt

-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-Chopped almonds

1. Combine oats with salt and chia seeds. Add vanilla, almond milk and water on the stovetop and mix in oats and seeds. Turn up the heat until the mixture boils. As soon as it boils, add chopped banana.

2. Whip the oats until the chopped banana melts into the oatmeal.

3. Serve in a fancy bowl topped with chopped almonds.

This was absolutely delicious. It was banana-y and crunchy from the almonds, just like a banana nut muffin! I would suggest walnuts next time, as that is how the muffins are traditionally made, but if all you have is almonds, go for it. It was delicious.

The oatmeal fueled me for a “sustainable” day! Well, I have a shopping list of items for Greece, and lots of errands to accomplish. Have a great Sunday afternoon my bloggies!

Ciao for now, Mary.

 

 

Oatmeal-y Goodness

Good Morning Fellow Bloggies!

Boy, am I tired and sore this morning. This is all about the first steps in the journey,right?

Well, I was craving oatmeal lately, and had gotten some great organic extra thick and tasty rolled oats from the Bob’s Red Mill, it was inexpensive, healthy, organic, and totally yummy! 🙂

Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice because it is a sustainable grain: it keeps you full all day and is chalk-full of heart healthy fiber and whole grains. I topped mine with some other great nutrients to up the potency of this bowl of oatmeal. Not just your regular oatmeal, no!

Here is the magical mix:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of light soy milk + 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
  • a dash of cinnamon and a dash of salt
  • 1/2 banana

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl over the stove, and once the liquid starts to bowl, vigorously stir the oats until the banana melts into the mixture. You won’t need any added sugars or bad-for-you additions because the banana naturally sweetens the oatmeal. Then, top it off with 3 sliced strawberries and a tablespoon of peanut butter for protein-staying power.

Voi-la! One delicious and healthy oatmeal.

Don’t forget my cup of coffee!

For my workout, I decided to hit the spin bike. I always struggle with biking, so the more I do it, the more challenging it is and the more I can improve. Challenges are the spice of life, right?

I decided to do hill climbs and sprint intervals. (Total time 30 minutes)

  • Warm up 5 minutes easy pace
  • Start climb: 1 minute
  • Up the climb: 1 minute
  • Stand: 3o seconds, seated and recover 2 minutes
  • Repeat 4x
  • Lessen the resistence, sprint 30 seconds as fast as you can!
  • Recover at an easy pase, 1 minute
  • Repeat 4x
  • Last climb! Increase resistence 1 minute
  • Increase resitence, one minute
  • Full out climb: out of your seat! 1 minute
  • Recover, cool down 5 minutes
To add some more cardio power, I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes to get a full 60 minutes in for today. I stayed at a moderate pace, just hard enough to keep my heart rate elevated. Most importantly; STRETCH! My body really needed that today, as I was sore all over. I concluded with 5 minutes of core-strengthening planks (in 1 minute intervals). After a good workout, I am ready for a yummy lunch, with the state of the fridge, is yet to be determined… Until tomorrow, my lovely food-bloggies!
Ciao for now,
-Mary