Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jumping on the Fall Bandwagon

Good Morning Y’all! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. If you live here in the south then you know why this weekend was special..college football is back! Nothing else compares to those Saturday’s of cooking, tailgating and spending time with friends and family while cheering on your favorite team! (the Auburn Tigers) and it will be a regular topic for the next 3 months..at least for this girl it will Smile.

Morning workout + Breakfast

My morning started with a 2.5 mile run in the lovely morning sunshine..I was trying to get a good picture haha

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followed by the most delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Overnight Oats..

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they didn’t photograph very pretty, but believe me these tasted just like pumpkin cheesecake! It’s another reason I love the fall..pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!! they’re every where, and I love it! I love summer but Fall time is by far my favorite time of year. Here in Alabama our fall weather last about 2 weeks but I still love everything about the season: football, bonfires, pumpkins, and sweaters. Anyways, I could spend all day telling you guys why I love fall so much, but then I’d be late to class! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Spring!

I don’t know about y’all but I for one am so excited that spring weather has finally arrived! Growing up in south Alabama has made me very accustomed to warm weather, I love the heat of summer! So I personally couldn’t wait for this long nasty winter weather to be gone! Also in the warmer weather I trade my warm oatmeal breakfast that I usually have for something cooler and refreshing. This morning was a prime example!

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My morning started with a bowl of plain Chobani topped off with strawberries, blueberries, banana, chia seeds, a spoonful of sunflower butter, and then a little bit of Kashi golean (added after the photo). definitely fueled me up for a long day at school.

 

After class I had planned on running home to let Hattie out and then head to the gym before I had to be in to work. But I got a message from a coworker saying I didn’t need to come in so I got an unexpected night off (which can be soo nice sometimes). So instead of hitting the gym I took advantage of the lovely weather instead. I had a quick lunch and leashed up the Hattie to head out for a run at one of our favorite parks here in Auburn! We ran/walked about 2.5 miles because Hattie loves to stop, sniff, and pee constantly!

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She’s waiting for me to drop it…

 

New Dinner Time Experiment

 

I don’t know if y’all have done much cooking with spaghetti squash but it seems the last few times I’ve tried to make it I fail horribly. So when I saw them for such a good price at the grocery store this week I was determined to cook one and make it delicious! So after scanning Pintrest for some yummy ideas I decided to kind of “wing-it”. My love of pizza got the better of me on this one, but the out come was great! I realized my main problem every time I cooked spaghetti squash in the past was that I was over-cooking it, so it always came out with a mush texture instead of a noodle-like product.

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I call it Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole (it was even David approved!)

I’m going to include the recipe below but I apologize for the lack of instructions. Next time I make this I’ll be sure to photograph step-by-step, have a great day y’all!

 

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole

  • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
  • 1lb meat of choice (I actually used boca’s soy crumbles)
  • 1 jar pizza sauce of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella ( this can vary depending on how cheesy you’d like it)
  • 1 small onion
  • handful of portabella mushrooms
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • 2 eggs

 

Start by cooking your spaghetti squash first. slice your squash long-ways and then scoop out the seeds and fleshy center. place squash cut side down on baking pan (I used our baking stone) and bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. Time can vary on the size of your squash but you can test for doneness by pressing the skin of the squash to see if it is softened. Once your squash is done take it out and set it aside to cool.

Next, start sautéing your onions and mushrooms in a pan over medium heat. once softened add in your meat and seasonings (season to taste) after everything is cooked through stir in pizza sauce and let cook a few more minutes (3-5). Add your sauce mixture to a large mixing bowl, stir in half of your cheese, your 2 eggs, and your squash. (take a fork to remove the “spaghetti” from the center of the squash it should be fairly easy to remove, and then toss the leftover skin) after combining all ingredients together, place in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Take out and top with remaining cheese and return to over for another 15-20 minutes or until your cheese has become bubbly and brown. Let cool and Enjoy!

Next time I make this dish I plan to incorporate some more “pizza-like” toppings but it can easily be manipulated to suit all flavors!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Back to the Daily Grind

woke up this morning ready to get back to my normal routine. Spring break was last week for me, and while I enjoyed my week off from classes, the break totally threw me from my exercise and diet routine. (although I am not complaining about the extra sleep I got…so nice!) So this morning I woke up and wasn’t terribly hungry, and I was also running a bit late.. so I grabbed a Larabar for breakfast to eat on my way to school.

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and don’t worry..I waited until I was parked at school before I took that picture. Monday’s I’m on campus from 7:30-1 so I usually always pack a snack or else I get Hangry (anger resulting from hunger)..so I had an apple in between classes to hold me over till lunch. It’s been a while since I had a “breakfast for lunch” meal so when I got home I grabbed what veggies I had in the freezer and mixed them with a couple egg whites.

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The result ended up being a mushroom, kale, and egg white wrap on a flat out wrap with laughing cow cheese..and some yogurt on the side. Hit the spot!

 

Workout

Since it was a lovely cold + rainy day I hit the treadmill to get some cardio in, 30 minutes of alternating runs and incline walking, sounds pretty low-key but had me working up a sweat in no time! After I left the gym I came back home to shower and work on a ton of school work I’d been avoiding while on spring break. After I finished stopped school work I headed in to the kitchen to get dinner together for me and David

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I made us some baked salmon, steamed brussel sprouts, and a brown rice, quinoa blend I found at the grocery store. It was one of those microwavable packs so it was supper convenient…and I have to say, delicious! I well definitely be buying it again! Hope you all are having a good week!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

7-Day Detox

I don’t know about y’all but I had a WONDERFUL thanksgiving. It was very untraditional but still a great day. David and I both had to work all of last week except for Thursday so we decided to stay in Auburn for Thanksgiving day. We slept in until 9(which was wonderful) then I got up and cooked a Quiche with spinach, mushrooms, onions, and turkey bacon for me and David for breakfast. We also had mimosas..then we just laid around and watched to Macy’s parade. Sometimes it is so nice just to be lazy for a day and enjoy the meaning of the word rest. After spending the day lounging David and I headed over to one of my co-workers houses who was also in town for Thanksgiving dinner. So even though I enjoyed my Thanksgiving with friends and family. I spent most of Sunday feeling lethargic and tired. I had zero energy to do anything. I started thinking about my Thanksgiving and the HUGE football weekend that followed and realized I had eaten basically crap for the past 4 days. And while I enjoyed it and splurged I realized why I eat the way that I do on a day-to-day basis. I love to eat whole, healthy foods. They are what taste good and keep me fueled for everything I have going on in my busy life. And since I have veered a little of course in the last month I decided a 7-day detox was exactly what I needed to jump start my return to healthy lifestyle. So here goes…

Day 1 Detox:

My morning started off with a 16oz glass of water with lemon juice. Then I made a green smoothie to take to class with me for breakfast.

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  • OJ
  • frozen banana
  • frozen strawberries, mango, and pineapple
  • handful baby spinach
  • handful baby kale
  • 5 drops stevia
  • 1tbsp chia seed
  • a few ice cubes

blend it all up and enjoy..if detoxing tastes this delicious it shouldn’t be to bad Smile

My guidelines for this detox are pretty simple. NO meat, NO dairy, NO sugar, NO caffeine, and NO wheat. I’m trying to focus on high fruit and vegetable intake( most of which will be raw) and keeping away from processed foods.I’ll keep you guys updated on what I eat this week and how I’m feeling. I’ve never done a true detox so I’m curious to see how my experience goes…Hope your all having a happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Apple Love + New Workout

Good Afternoon Y’all! I woke up feeling excited this morning because I experimented with a new creation last night and it paid off big time! I don’t know about anyone else but the fall makes me love apples! I swear I eat one (or maybe two) every single day. Last night before I got ready for bed I was prepping some overnight oats for breakfast this morning and I was craving some good apple pie. So…I decided to try my hand at Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal…Oh..my..they were delicious. I did make them in an almost empty sunflower butter jar but they would be just as good in a  plane ole jar. The tasted just like apple pie and kept me full until past my usual lunch time, which is always a plus (..no one wants to get hangry) So here’s my recipe..

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Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 medium Fuji apple diced, and cooked with a tsp. vanilla and a generous portion of cinnamon in the microwave for 90 seconds.
  • 1/2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 5-7 drops of French Vanilla liquid Stevia (I ordered the off iHerb for like $4..great purchase!)

Mix all ingredients together and throw in a jar until the next morning. Wake up, and enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe! I’d love to hear what y’all think!

 

New Workout Regime

 

With the cooler months coming up I lose my urge to go for the long runs I enjoy so much during the hotter months. So lately I’ve decided to switch up my regular workout routine and try something new…and insane. Yes, I’m trying Insanity…I’ve completed 3 days and so far, so good. I was in need of a serous change. With summer I get caught up in warm beach days and BBQ’s. Drinking and Eating with friends and family and I got out of my clean eating lifestyle and steady workouts. So I’m trying to jump start my drive and am hoping Insanity will help me with that. I feel if you look in the mirror and your aren’t happen with what you see you can waste more and more days of looking in the same mirror..or you can change something. And I’m on the road to changing something! (Plus I need to fit into last winters clothes because I cant afford to buy new ones..haha..hey, take motivation where you can get it.)I’m not quite ready to share any photos of insanity progress..but that will be coming in the up coming months. Anyways I have 3 test next week and lots of studying to do!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Catching Up

Good Morning Y’all! Sorry I have been MIA the past few months. After moving to our new apartment, David and I went without internet and TV for over a month!..I know right…and when we finally did get internet back I was just starting my fall semester. I feel like all I’m doing lately is trying to constantly catch up! Unfortunately because of my hectic schedule…oh yeah did I mention I started a new job as well? Anyways it has made it hard to stick to my workout routine and eating habits like I was this summer. However, I am tired of feeling “off-beat” lately and I think my lack of running is a big contributor to that. So, I’m going all in! Back to running, Back to Blogging, Back to healthy meals, and Healthy meal creations! WooHoo..who’s excited?!

I woke up this morning, which is the first morning I’ve had off from both school and work in the past month, ate breakfast, which was pumpkin pie Greek yogurt topped with some chocolate fiber one, watched the today show and then went for a run. I did 3.4 miles, not my longest run(no even close) and definitely not my best time, but I felt so amazing when I was finished and it makes me realize what a big part of my life running is..it is like my therapy..and I see how it affects my mood when I’m not doing it! So here’s to my first day back and the excitement to follow!

 

Breakfast Lately

I haven't completely gone haywire with my eating habits I still eat relatively healthy every day, but I have let my splurging get a little out of control ( I've gained about 7 lbs..yikes!!) but I'm getting a handle on it before it goes any farther! So I wanted to share some of my tasty breakfast meals with you guys that I've really been enjoying lately.

 

Cake batter Overnight Oats

 

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PB&J Protein Pancakes

 

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French Toast Oats

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PB and Apple Overnight Oats

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Dark Chocolate covered Cherry Overnight Oats

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Greek Yogurt Bowl with raspberries, raisins, and granola

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PB Oatmeal with Banana and Oatmeal Squares (which are highly addictive FYI)

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Now I’m off to work on some things I’ve been putting off for a while! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week, and remember, it’s never to late to try and be the best that you can! We all hit bumps in the road but we have to remember what it is we want, and know that we are fully capable of achieving that! Have a good day!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ending Summer Semester + Updates

Good Morning Y’all! I know if been MIA most of the month, but I’m still here! I have totally let summer get away from me. I can’t believe I finished my summer semester today! I finished with 2 A’s and 2 B’s! The end of this summer marks one year down on my returning to school..which means I only have one year left! I’m excited for this new year and getting closer to finishing my schooling! But back to now…this morning I woke up a little early to review for my final at 8 am. While reviewing I enjoyed this bowl of Greek yogurt topped with berries, chia seeds, and some Kashi GoLean cereal.

 

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Plus my cup of coffee on the side. Lately I don’t drink nearly as much coffee as I used to, I used to have 1-2 cups every morning. But now I find myself having coffee only 2 or 3 times a week, usually on the mornings I sleep in and can sip and enjoy it.

 

After my breakfast I headed off to take my final. After my test I realized how pretty it was out and decided to forgo the gym later for a long morning run. My runs lately tend to be around campus and today I got excited passing some of the places that remind me of football season…which is only 30 days away. I snapped a few photos during my run to share.

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5.3 miles, I started with a 2 mile run warm-up, then did 2 miles of sprints and walking intervals and finished the rest of the way walking and jogging. It felt so good when I was done! This was my longest run in a while and I was so proud of myself for pushing further! It goes to show you that you can always push harder than you think! When I got back from my run I made this delicious Strawberry Kiwi Protein Smoothie, it was simple and delicious!

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Now I’m off to do some cleaning before I have to head to work tonight, have a great day everyone!

 

Updates

 

Hattie

I’m sure if you’ve read this blog before then you know that David and I adopted a puppy a few months ago…and she is getting so big! She turned 5 months old last week! Hattie loves…

Sleeping…

 

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Swimming…

 

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And playing outside…

 

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Home and Craft Projects

 

My new place setting…

 

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My shelf, David made it out of some old wood for me and I painted it and added some hooks I found at World Market…

 

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My shutter, David and I bought 5 of these at a market for super cheap last summer, and I’ve finally done something with one of them haha, but I loved it and cant wait to work on the other ones…

 

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