Swept Away by the GREEN.

Good morning, good morning! (says Brogan!!)

Let me introduce you to my cutie-pie doggie, Brogan!

I was in an especially chipper mood this morning. I like to say that maybe it is because my cooking skills are greatly improving! I was able to convince my little brother to let me make him a simple ham and cheese omelet and a greek yogurt and berry smoothie before he left for school today. He usually grabs one of those awful frozen breakfast sandwiches, which I know are absolutely terrible! So I was able to cook him something just as yummy, filling and protein-filled, that was also made with whole foods. No artificial eggs or filler-meat sausage. It made me happy to be able to serve wholesome food!

After he left and I had my cup of coffee, I was hit with a realization. I have been swept up by theGreen Monster Movement. Found on this lovely blog by Angela, Oh She Glows, she introduced the name “Green Monster” to these amazing and energizing green smoothies!! I am officially in love with them and look forward to crafting green-gooey concotions as I fall asleep on my pillow at night and bound out of bed in the morning. Angela created an entire seperate blog, The Green Monster Movement, to post reader’s own recipes and more. Can you believe that? An entire blog dedicated to the green-amazingness?!? Well, after all that hoop-lah, I am ready to show you what I concoted in my blender this morning:

I grabbed this smoothie from Angela’s recipies. And let me just say, it is so healthy!! I choose this one in particular mostly  because I had most of these ingredients on-hand, but also because I am still a rookie at this. Give me some time to work up to the pumpkin, but I know I will 🙂 It also is a great way to start out my path to eliminating animal products from my diet. It is so filling and healthy, I have never felt deprived after drinking one of these babies. Oh ya, it is also totally delicious.

Blueberry Banana Green Monster (from The Green Monster Movement)

  • 2-3 cups organic spinach
  • 1-1.25 cups soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (I substituted frozen berries for fresh blueberries because its all I had in my freezer)
  • ice
  • (I added fresh strawberries because I had them on hand!
It as so full of good for you ingredients, it didn’t all fit into my magic bullet! I might have to switch to a traditional bigger blender when I start adding more and more healthful ingredients…
I am officially energizied for my day!!
Work out will be a basic 5k jog, yoga at 3:30, and in-between, I have some special errands to run! One of them I will let you know tomorrow, but for now, a much needed pedicure. A great way to indulge that isn’t bad for you, like how I used to eat a pint of ice cream, this is pampering, fun, and just plain old awesome.

So anyways, Lunch was leftovers. Dinner… leftovers. Not very much fun but so easy! No need to mention them or show pictures. They won’t be very interesting!  Thanks for tuning in 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

Just the Beginning

When I close my eyes, I can still hear the busy streets, smell the garlic, and feel the Tuscan sunshine on my face.

I just got home yesterday after studying abroad in Florence, Italy for four months. The food, the wine, the people, the experiences, they will forever be close to my heart.

Welcome to my blog! I had my mind set on starting a food-healthy living style blog after studying abroad in Italy, where I learned to slow down, love food, and enjoy the home-cooking and deep appreciation of food. Food is simply beautiful, it nourishes us and literally becomes apart of us. The food that I ate there was fresh, natural, and wholesome, and it inspired me to bring it back home. Home-made pasta, fresh tomato sauce from scratch, espresso after lunch, and fresh and local olive oil, take me back!

I hope to keep track of healthy eating and bring back the food-mentality that I discovered from Italy home. I want to prepare my own food, make meals from scratch, eat wholesome, and find the enjoyment that I had when eating even a cone of gelato by the river.

Let me introduce myself, before I get carried away with blogging!

My name is Mary, and I am a senior at college, with my mind set on becoming a journalist. I hope to work with some publication of some sort, really, any medium will do. Magazines, newspapers, books; I just want to write and work with the written word.

I am from Colorado, so the outdoor and fit lifestyle was born in me. I love the mountains, fresh cool morning air, and sitting outside in the sunshine.

I love my family, my friends, my dog, and of course, chocolate. I want to express my belief that the food we eat should be as close-to-the-source as possible, always fresh and always wholesome! So here is my little blog, here to express my beliefs and hold myself true to what I hope to hold onto from Italy. And most importantly, we must enjoy our food. That is the spice of life! So eat your chocolate, I say!

Additionally, studying abroad did do a number on my waistline. I enjoyed every last pound that I gained, and it was inevitable from not working out properly and yes, sometimes eating gelato two times a day.

So here I am, starting fresh and new, with my first blog post. Nice to meet ya!!

This morning was a new start for me, attempting to get back on track with my health and workout regimen, and slowly transition back into an active lifestyle. This morning, I woke up and knew one thing; I had to get to the gym. I was literally craving sweat, I wanted to sweat. It had been 3 and a half months since I’ve been to the gym, and I definitely needed it.

I decided to hit the spin bike for 30 minutes, and quickly found the sweat I wanted as I tried my breath! I alternated between sets of 30 second springs and climbs. Then I hit the elliptical for 15 minutes, and last did some abs. It was a workout, and I was beat! It really doesn’t take that long to get out of shape, and I discovered I am really out of it.

I refueled after my workout with a great snack. It is key to refuel after a work out almost as much as it is to fuel for one. However, just because you got the burn at the gym doesn’t give you free range at the fridge. I always try to stay around 200 calories for a snack if I’m not eating a meal after a workout. I had a slice of cheese, two slices of turkey, and a handful of grapes: a great protein and carb ratio.

Being back in America, I have another thing on my to-do list: eat at Chipotle! I know this isn’t the best decision, but I have to indulge in one of my favorite restaurant chains back in America. So, that will be my late lunch, going with my brother after his lacrosse game!

Well, thank you for tuning in to my new blog 🙂 Off to get a Chipotle burrito!

Until next time!