Three Easy Vegtastic Meals

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I’m pretty sure I say that at least once a week—but this week flew by especially fast.

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? 😉

As promised, I have some black bean spaghetti food porn for you all.

This stuff is nutritionally amazing! It’s packed with protein and low in calories.

All it takes is a few minutes in boiling water and it’s ready to eat! I love simplicity when it comes to a meal—so for me, that’s a big plus.

The Sauce

Throw all of your ingredients into the blender (or food processor) and let the blades do their magic.

  • 4 roma tomatoes (on their last leg)
  • baby spinach (sneaky greens in the sauce)
  • tomato puree
  • tomato paste
  • crushed garlic cloves
  • spices to taste (thyme, rosemary, cayenne, Italians seasoning, oregano)
  • stevia (a hint of sweetness to offset the spiciness)

Once the sauce was nice and creamy, I warmed it up on the stove. So good!

The Veggies (steamed of course)

The Base (black bean pasta + spaghetti squash)

Veggies.

Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs.

The final touch.

Simple, delicious, and nutritious.

Sam loved it too!

Of course I used the leftovers for lunch—wrap-style.

Keeping in line with the veggie theme, I had a nice salad last night with a new product:

Zesty Lentils & Peas from Tasty Bite! The ingredients are simple (which is a must for me):

Water, Bengal Lentils, Green Peas, Yellow Peas, Red Pepper, Coriander, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chilies.

All of their products are vegetarian and all natural. They’re the perfect addition to a meal when you’re short on time—or if you’re like me and you just prefer easy peasy meals!

Served with a side of my favorite Crunchmaster crackers for the necessary dipping! I literally put a big heap of salad on each cracker for a delicious combination.

Once I get off of work tonight, I have a date with my treadmill and the latest episode of Biggest Loser. Then it’s family time.

What are your plans for this lovely Thursday evening?

I’m crossing my fingers for good weather tomorrow—it’s my day off!

 

A Healthy Twist on an Old Classic

Last night, my son had his cousin sleep over. It had been a long day (4 hours at the YMCA!) and when they were hungry for dinner, I thought to myself: what can I make that is quick and easy without sacrificing nutrition.

Healthified Whole Grain Kraft Mac n’ Cheese

I would have preferred to use Amy’s Organic Mac n’ Cheese but we were all out, and running to the store would have defeated the whole “quick” aspect of the dinner!

First goal: Sneak in some veggies.
I achieved this by adding frozen peas to the cooking pasta.

Second goal: Add some healthy fats.
Sub extra virgin olive oil for butter and sub almond milk for regular cow’s milk.

Third goal: Give it a protein punch.
I roasted chickpeas (on a pan with a lil’ EVOO and salt n’ peppa) and added them to the finished product.

Low and behold: an easy dinner that’s surprisingly nutritionally balanced. Icing on the cake: I think they licked their plates clean. 😉

While all this mac n’ cheese making was going down, I decided I needed to make a pumpkin spice latte. But this time, I wanted one that was iced!

I used the same recipe:

· 1 c. strongly brewed Starbucks Natural Vanilla Infusions
· ½ c. unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
· Sugar-free Vanilla Syrup
· 3 T. canned pumpkin
· ½ t. cinnamon
· ¼ t. pumpkin pie spice
· ¼ t. ginger
· Stevia

The only difference: I used cold coffee that I had stored in the fridge after making my warm pumpkin spice latte. I do this so that I always have iced coffee on hand, especially during the hot months. I simply brew a large pot of coffee, have a cup or two of it warm, and store the rest in the fridge in my glass jar. No coffee ever goes to waste in my house! 😉

I added all the ingredients to my Magic Bullet, gave it a whir, and poured over ice. So delish. I can’t decide which is better: warm or iced? I suppose the weather will determine this!

This morning I enjoyed another fave:

1 egg + 1 egg white sandwich
On a toasted Arnold thin with hummus n’ feta cheese
I eat egg sandwiches alot, so I simply switch up the “toppings.” Favorites are: laughing cow/strawberry preserves, goat cheese/strawberry preserves, hummus/nooch, melted pepper jack…the list goes on.

A side of cantaloupe rounded out the meal.

Now I’m about to tackle my to-do list.

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

Black Bean & Corn Salad + Sweet Socca

You know it’s the weekend when you get to wake up sans alarm clock. Waking up on my own accord is so much better than waking up to 10 rounds of obnoxious beeping!

Luckily for me, my 8-year enjoys a good sleep-in as well! In fact last night he told me: ‘ahh, I can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow instead of jumping up to get in the shower for school.’ Like mother, like son.

First things first, a few readers requested the recipe for the black bean and corn salad I enjoyed on Thursday’s Mexican night!

Black Bean and Corn Salad

.1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
.1 C. frozen or canned sweet corn (if using can, drain & rinse)
.1 diced red pepper
.1/4 C. diced red onion
.chopped cilantro
.2 T. extra virgin olive oil
.spices to taste: sea salt & pepper, cumin, cayenne, crushed red pepper, dash of stevia to sweeten

Add all of your ingredients to a pot and cook over medium heat until warmed.

How to eat it? As a vegetarian taco filling, combined with guacamole for chip dip, combined with brown rice for a side dish, or (my personal preference) by the spoonful!

Then the next day, use your leftovers for a Mexican veggie bowl! Smile

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Let’s rewind and talk about breakfast.

As you may know, I finally found Garbanzo Bean Flour!

I wanted to use it right away, so I made sweet breakfast socca!

Mix together:

.1/4 C. garbanzo bean flour
.1/2 T. chia seeds
.1 t. cinnamon
.1 packet stevia
.1/4 t. baking powder
.1/4 C. almond milk

Warm a little coconut oil in a pan.

Once the pan is sufficiently warm, add your socca mixture.

Once the edges turn light brown, flip it!

Now for the best part: topping time!

Start with your plain sweet breakfast socca and dress it up.

I chose almond butter, blueberries, banana, and cacao nibs!

You guys were right—I’m in love! I can’t wait to make savory socca!

Stats (including toppings):

Not too shabby! Smile

I’m off to enjoy the day! We’re having dinner at our favorite Arabic Restaurant tonight—can’t wait for homemade hummus, baba ghanoush, pita, and falafel!

Have you tried socca? Sweet or savory?

Healthy Breakfast Pizza

It’s been way too long since I’ve made a healthy breakfast pizza. It’s another simple, healthy, and delicious recipe.

It’s also a good way to sneak in some veggies when your meals have been lacking a bit in that department. Ahem, like mine has been the past few days.

What you’ll need:

Flat Out wrap (or whole grain tortilla of choice)
Eggs (1 egg + 2 egg whites for me)
A ‘sauce’ (I used salsa + nutritional yeast)
Veggies (red pepper + spinach)
Cheese if desired (feta makes it beta)

Other possible toppings:

Hot sauce (like Sriracha)
Veggie sausage (or real if that’s your thang)
hummus or laughing cow for the ‘sauce’
Begin by chopping and sautéing your veggies.

I sauté in extra virgin olive oil for the healthy fats.

Scramble your eggs. (in EVOO again)

Now you can begin to assemble your pizza.


After you’ve spread the sauce, put the pizza in the broiler for a minute or two. This gets the crust nice and crispy.

Then top with your sautéed veggies.

Finally, top the pizza with the scrambled eggs and cheese. Pop it in the broiler again to get your cheese nice and melty.

Slice and enjoy alongside Mr. Snowman (or breakfast companion of choice Winking smile).

See that little blur in the bottom right-hand corner? That would be little Mr. Georgie. He recently discovered his ability to jump. So, if you’re like me you may have to battle your kitty while trying to enjoy your breakfast.

Good thing he’s such a cutie because when it comes to food, I don’t like to share. Winking smile

Time to clean! It feels greattt not to have homework looming over my head on this lovely Sunday (truth: I just typed Saturday here)!

The day is mine.

<3 Stefanie Have you watched Sons of Anarchy? I’ve heard good things, so I’m thinking of ordering the first season on Netflix. Thoughts?

Strawberry Banana Parfait

Good morning guys!

It’s Saturday which means one thing: it’s a good day for sure!

I started my day off with a mug of delicious Dunkin Donuts strawberry shortcake coffee with vanilla soy creamer.

While sipping my coffee, I made a summery breakfast. What can I say, I’m really craving some warmer weather—so I thought a summery breakfast may bring some of that to me! A little wishful thinking never hurt anyone, right?

Strawberry Banana Parfait

The lovely top layer is simply:

.frozen banana
.frozen strawberries
.1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder
.almond milk

All blended up into a perfectly creamy consistency.

Layered with:

.chia seed gel (chias soaked overnight in water)
.fresh blueberries

Topped off with some cacao nibs.

The smoothie froze the chia seeds giving the whole parfait a great texture—yum! Of course, it’s vegan as well. The challenge is going strong—in fact I’m thinking of sticking with it longer (more on that later).

It’s fitting for Valentine’s Day, no?

Well, I’m off to take Adam to a birthday party! They’re seeing Gnomeo & Juliet at the movie theater—it looks adorable!

After dropping him off, my sister and I are heading the mall/Costco to do some damage browsing.

Have a fab Saturday friends!

<3 Stefanie
What’s your favorite summery breakfast?
Maybe the more we talk about summer, the sooner it’ll get here! Winking smile

Punkin’ Chia Goodness

Hey Beauties,

Sit back and get comfortable because this post is going to be a long one! Don’t worry; I have lots of pictures to make it interesting!

Let’s reverse to yesterday morning, aka Wednesday morning. My day started out as all others– late and rushed! Why? Because I have a problem that involves hitting the snooze button on ALL THREE of my cell phone alarms probably about 10 times each! Yes, I must be one of the most annoying roommates, but I think my boy is just used to it because he sleeps right through them. Even though the day started out normal, I knew it would be fantastic because I had this patiently waiting for me in the fridge:

This may not look like anything special, but it combined two of my favorite fall breakfast ingredients: pumpkin and chia seeds!
We shall call this Punkin’ Chia Goodness.

In the bowl overnight:
½ cup pumpkin
1 oz. chia seeds
Almond milk (not measured, but probably about 2 tbsp.)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Vanilla Extract
Stevia to sweeten

All mixed up and stowed in the fridge.

All decorated with:

Oikos plain Greek yogurt
Sliced Banana
Cinnamon

I was thinking this would also be great topped with warmed sliced apples, peaches, or a nectarine. Also a little maple syrup drizzle would be phenom. I will have to experiment!

While I would have loved to sit down at the dining room table with this beautiful breakfast and a cup of warm coffee; circumstances had me eating this in the car on the way to school. Romantic, no?

So a full day of classes (and a GREAT talk with a new professor in the Psychology department) had my stomach rumbling for my lunch. In comes the handy dandy lunchbox.

All packed up with:

La Tortilla wrap containing:
Sabra Hummus
Lots of nutritional yeast
Cukes
Spinach

Are you sick of seeing this yet? Because I am surely not sick of eating it! 😉

I also had two perfectly ripe plums! I sliced them up because these juicy babies are not conducive to eating on-the-go. Believe me, I tried. I failed. Think: sticky mess.

I also packed a peanut butter cookie larabar and an apple for the ride home.

I almost forgot–I rocked this shirt to school:

I actually got a few funny looks, but I also got a few “love your shirt!” comments, so all-in-all I think it balanced out. Would you wear this shirt?

The reason I wanted to wear/buy this shirt goes beyond the simple cuteness factor. I think saying that “smart is cool” is something that should be conveyed to children, and adults alike, from a young age. For whatever reason, unbeknownst to me, being smart is not always looked at as “cool” when growing up. Now I’m not saying that you should always care what others think (in fact I think the opposite)–but kids are impressionable. If a child thinks that being smart will make them less-liked or even made fun of, then they may strive to look “dumb.” For myself and as a parent, I will always deliver the “it’s cool to be smart” message to my child. And if anyone tells him differently (i.e., bullies) I will make certain he realizes that in the future, when it really matters, he will be the one who is at an advantage. I’ve noticed that a lot of the people whom I went to school with, who were seen as the smartest (but maybe not the most socially adept)—now have the best careers! So let’s keep saying: “Yo, Smart is cool!”

Back to the eats. For dinner last night, I went out with a few of my friends who actually don’t know about this little bloggy. They are pretty much my closest (I just typed closet instead of closest, closet girlfriends would have had a much different meaning! Lol) girlfriends—but I still don’t want to reveal it to them just quite yet. It’s kind of embarrassing to have people you’re so close to (besides my family) reading about your day-to-day activities and eats. Hopefully I will tell them someday soon though! Anyway, the point is I don’t have any pictures of my eats! But I’ll tell you what I had anyway!

We went a Mexican Restaurant, so I ate way too many chips and salsa. So addicting! And then I had a fajita veggie quesadilla for my entrée. Healthy? Not at all. Delicious in moderation? Yes! I also enjoyed some sips of my friend’s Papaya margarita! We concluded that this drink had absolutely no alcohol in it, probably because it was half-price margarita night! Oh well, it was still yummy!

Fast forward to today and this morning’s breakfast:

Eggs all scrambled up with mini sweet peppers and feta. And the usual carbs: Arnolds thin with sugar free preserves!

The eye-opener:

Well if anyone is still reading after this book of a post, I hope you have a great Tuesday!

I’m off to do some cleaning, get a work out in, and work on school stuff!

<3 Stefanie Did anyone else have a hard time telling people in your life about your blog? For me, at least for the time being, it’s easier to have people whom you don’t know personally read! This may be due to the fact that my blog is a baby, and I feel as if I’m still trying to find my identity as a blogger.

Don’t Knock it Til’ You Try it.

Wowza! Yes, I said that. I told myself I would post every day at least once—and that’s proven to be difficult the past few days! To all of you who post multiple times a day, I envy you!
Let’s rewind back to my Sunday Funday. Well, Sunday kinda-funday would be more fitting. 😉

I woke up in the morning…feeling like P. Diddy—my son actually sang that song the other day, which is questionable at best, oops! That song is definitely catchy! Anyway, I woke up in the morning, threw on some comfy clothes and headed to Starbeezy with my Mama for a wake-up call. Hello, iced coffee with 2 pumps of pumpkin spice and non-fat milk. You never fail me my love.

Before I left the house I had a bowl of yum-ness:

Before I left the house I had a bowl of yum-ness:

Multigrain Cheerios
Sliced Nectarine
Sliced Banana
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze

Quick. Simple. Delicious.

Then I did some grocery shopping. I am in love with grocery shopping. Like I could literally go to multiple grocery stores and truly enjoy myself (Nerd Alert!). My Mom, however, does not like to grocery shop; so she cut our trip short after we went to two grocery stores. To her, that was two too many! Let’s just say: I got it from my Papa. We share an affinity for groceries and food alike!

Sunday’s Workout: I came home and hopped on my bike because it was beautiful breezy day. I rode one mile to my parents’ house; then walked my pupperoni for another mile. Then I went on a hilly power walk with my Mom, and finally rode my bike back home. Call me weird or call me normal, but this did not feel like a work-out AT ALL. If I don’t break a sweat, it’s just considered fun and leisurely. Yesterday’s sweat-o-meter unfortunately stayed at a big 0. Luckily, today is a different story—but I will get to that shortly.

When I got home I enjoyed this fruit plate:

Nectarine & Plum all sliced up.

I forgot how good plums are! But since I got a Costco sized container of them, I will enjoy their juiciness for at least the next week. I have a trick (or maybe it’s just a normal thing), but I’ll call it a “trick”: When I buy fruit in bulk, I try to buy the unripened fruit. Is unripened even a word? It sounds weird! Anway, I put a few pieces out to ripen and then I put the rest in the fridge. As my ripe fruit depletes I take out the un-ripened fruit and let it ripen. This ensures that I don’t waste any produce! And it works like a charm, especially since I live in a house of only 3 people.

For dinner, I enjoyed another love: Chipotle!! Vegetarian salad bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole! I inhaled this before I could think of taking a picture. Don’t blame me, blame the bowl. 😉

For a late night snack, I have some pretzels with laughing cow cheese + mustard. Remember how I proclaimed my love for mustard? Then some mint dark chocolate for some sweetness.

And now we have made it to today! I woke up late this morning after a night of tossing and turning (and dreaming of people I know being pregnant).

Luckily, I had prepared myself a bowl of:
Overnight Green Tea Chia “Pudding”

Yes, that sounds gross, but I loved it. Don’t knock it til’ you try it.

In the bowl overnight:

.1 oz. chia seeds
.1 Packet of green tea powder
.1 small scoop of Stevia
.Unsweetened Almond Breeze

Topped with:

.Oikos plain Greek yogurt
.Banana
.Cinnamon

I had a full day of back-to-back classes, which involved copious amounts of coffee, and a packed lunch.

My lunch was a nectarine, a plum, a spinach/hummus/cuke wrap, and a peanut butter larabar. Un-pictured–since it was eaten on the go. Literally, while walking to class!

My painting class is STRESSING ME OUT. I feel like I am spending way too much time on this class to the detriment of my other and more important (Read: Major required) classes. What to do, what to do? And this class is actually HARD. We are doing perspective right now and I want to pull my hair out by the end of class. This doesn’t fit well with my plan for a relaxing fun painting class. Oh well, we shall see.

Today’s workout: Turbo 55 EZ
So much fun, and this time the sweat-o-meter was off the charts! 😉 Thanks for working my butt off Chalene!

I just ate a salad that looked exactly like this:

.Roasted Broccoli
.Tomatoes
.Carrots
.Cucumber
.morningstar farms black bean veggie burger
.sriracha
.tortilla chips
.mixed up with hummus, salsa, and nutritional yeast

This is my absolute favorite meal and I try to eat it once a day! For either lunch or dinner—I’ve eaten it for weekend breakfast! Haha

Homework time!

<3 Stefanie Have you ever had a class that you thought would be fun and relaxing and turned out to be super stressful?

Proclaiming My Love For Mustard

Hi! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend so far! My goal to get in bed before midnight has not yet commenced, oops! I was in bed at about 1:30 AM last night, but I slept in until 9:00AM so I’ll just say it balanced out. 😉

Yesterday, I worked from 9-5. I have a computer at work, so I did a lot of blog reading, however I don’t have a USB port for my camera—so posting isn’t an option. BUT, I remembered to bring my camera, so get excited for some mediocre and probably quite boring food pictures!

Rewind to yesterday morning, I started my day off with a Pumpkin Spiced Iced Coffee from Dunkin Donuts. This was way too sweet! Next time I will ask for about half the amount of Pumpkin Spice syrup and then it will be delish! To give it some credit, it really did taste like pumpkin pie! I ended up putting a cup of black coffee in the freezer to chill, and then diluting the iced coffee with more coffee!

Meanwhile, I ate a breakfast that you’ve seen before:

In the bowl:
1 oz Chia Seeds soaked overnight in Almond Milk
Topped with Voskos Blueberry (last one! Must make Whole Foods Trip!)
Fresh Blueberries

Delish! Work was so slow, that of course some mindless munching came into play. In the form of cereal in a mug:

Times 2. You never fail me cereal in a mug, never.

Quaker Oatmeal Squares in the maple flavor with unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. These are so good, but addicting. Beware!

When lunch time rolled around, I opened up my handy dandy lunchbox to throw together a salad of sorts. Just FYI: Whenever I say salad, I am usually referring to a huge bowl of veggies that usually does not include lettuce! So we will call it a veggie bowl. The pictures look very unappetizing, sorry!

Anyway, the bowl of goop contains:
Baby Carrots, 2 Roma Tomatoes, Green Beans, Pickles, Hummus, Nutritional Yeast, and Mustard (Has anyone left yet of out sheer disgust?)

One thing you will notice with me is I often eat like I’m pregnant. Simply meaning I like combinations that many others deem weird! But it works for me! Especially when it comes to mustard–I like mustard on pretty much everything! Sometimes I even crave mustard and pickles.

For some carbage, I had a toasted Arnold Thin with more hummus.

I also had a juicy orange to round out the meal.

For my afternoon snack, I opened up this bar:

Which was not good at all. Bummer. I’ve honestly never opened a bar and NOT finished it, even it was only so-so. But this—let’s just say, I took one bite and had to throw it out. I’ll stick to my Raw Rev Spirulina & Cashew bars from now on. So long, 2 dollars. With my afternoon snack in the garabe, I may or may not have had more cereal in a mug. 😉

Before leaving work, I reused my Dunkin Donuts cup (thoroughly washed people!) to make an iced green tea sweetened with a little stevia.

When I got home, it was nap time + snack time. How old am I that my Friday nights consist of a nap!? Haha But really, my sleep was less than stellar this week and if I am going to get through todays to-do list, a nap was going down. Sorry I’m not sorry! My snacklette was some unpictures special K crackers and cottage cheese. Another snack that never fails.

Anyway, first I caught up on Persons Unknown (one more episode to go)! Then I took a napskie. Then my son, fiancée, and I went to Cappo’s for some dinner. Some pizza loving def. went down. I had a mushroom, banana pepper, and pineapple pizza. Again, I like weird combos—but topped with some crush red pepper, this hit the spot.

Well this brings us up to speed. I am currently caffeinating up and ready to tackle my to-do list. I am trying to keep a “bring it on” attitude with this!

Since at about 5AM, I will be on my way here:

I am bringing my laptop, so hopefully I’ll blog and update from MEXICO.

Have a great Saturday loves,

Stefanie

Do you have any weird “pregnancy-like” food combinations that you eat regularly? You saw some of mine, and believe me—you’ll see more. 😉

Fitness and the workplace {+ egg bake}

This semester I am taking my first ever business class.

It’s called Management and Behavior in Organizations, which is pretty much right up my alley for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Our first project assignment? A fitness plan. <—uh, heck yes!
Basically, our assignment is to exercise at least 3 times per week for the duration of the semester. Our professor hopes that we will feel the benefits of exercise and then continue to make exercise a part of our lives even after the class has ended.

I am all for this! He made it clear that there is no such thing as starting too small. Even if you can only exercise for 1 minute per day (for health-related reasons or otherwise)—than at least you’re moving.

A lot of students in class were confused by this. “Well, what does fitness have to do with behavior in organizations?”

Oh, I don’t know how about everything? I think that being physically fit and healthy is often overlooked when considering job satisfaction and productivity in the workplace.

Only some of the research-documented benefits of personal fitness:

1. Improved sensory perception and motor responses

2. Decreased incidence of degenerative disease

3. Less susceptibility to illness

4. Retarded aging effects

5. Increased energy level

6. Enhanced stamina

7. Improved muscle tone, power, strength, and endurance

8. Increased coordination and range of motion

9. Better posture and flexibility

10. Improved sleep

11. Relief of tension, stress, and frustration

12. Improved mood

13. Increased life satisfaction

14. Enhanced ability to relax

15. Greater emotional stability and balance

16. Increased initiative and motivation

17. More fulfilling interpersonal relationships

18. Improved self-concept

Who wouldn’t want every single benefit on that list? Each benefit can play a role in the workplace, as well.

Wouldn’t you prefer to work with employees who have increased motivation and initiative, greater emotional balance, improved mood, fewer sick days, etc.? I know I would.

And this is without even mentioning the fact that companies who have healthy employees will in turn have lower health care costs.

Personally, I believe that companies should provide either a fitness membership or a work-place gym. At the very least, they should offer a discounted fitness club membership. A healthy living workshop wouldn’t be too shabby either.

In a nutshell, employees who are both mentally and physically healthy and happy lead to a more effective and productive workplace.

What do you think? Is asking your employer to offer options for living healthy asking too much?

While you mull over your answer, I’ll show you an easy egg bake for one.

Kale & Beet Egg Bake for one <—yes, more beets!

What you’ll need:

.one oven-safe bowl (or mini pan—whatever you have)
.2 eggs (organic, free-range for me)
.olive oil or nonstick spray
.kale & beet (although any veggies would work)
.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your bowl with olive oil or nonstick spray.

Add your veggies. Mine came in this form:

^That would be the veggie remnants from my juicer! No wasting food for me!

Cover your veggies with your eggs. I mixed my eggs with a bit of coconut milk for extra fluff!

I also sprinkled some nutritional yeast over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until your eggs are thoroughly cooked.

I paired mine with a toasted Arnold thin topped with apple butter + cinnamon.

Yum!

So back to the burning question: Do you think that companies should offer health club memberships to their employees?

Have a fab day!

<3 Stefanie

Food and fun {+ giveaway winner}

I hope you all had a fabulous Saturday! Mine was jam-packed with fun!

I started out the morning with a protein smoothie + an egg muffin.

Mango Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

2/3 C. frozen pineapple
2/3 C. frozen mango
1 C. hemp milk (or almond/coconut would be good)
1 scoop vanilla protein
2 T. unsweetened shredded coconut

So thick and creamy!

Black bean & Egg Sandwich

  • 1 organic egg (microwaved in a bowl sprayed with olive oil)
  • 1 English muffin toasted & spread with hummus
  • spicy black beans
  • nutritional yeast

Who needs drive-thrus? Making your own is where it’s at.

Once my food digested a bit I headed to the gym with my son and niece in tow.

I also packed my bags to shower at the gym. <—sometimes it sucks being a girl! Guys would pack fresh clothes and shampoo. Me? I had 2 big bags full of stuff: makeup, blow dryer, face wash, shampoo, body spray, clothes, boots…yeah, you get the picture. That’s not even mentioning clothes for the kids. The receptionist probably thought I was moving in to the locker room.

While the kidlets played basketball in the gym, I did a sweaty cardio workout.

I started out with a fab new piece of equipment called the xRide seated elliptical from Octane Fitness. It’s a cardio machine that incorporates chest presses and leg presses! I did 20 minutes of intervals and it was killer! Can’t wait to use it again.

I followed that with 2 miles of jogging + 1 mile of hills.

I think I set a record time for showering and getting ready because all I could think about was Whole Foods hot bar!!

I totally just throw anything that says “vegan” or “vegetarian” into my box, so I’m not certain of all the names. What I do remember putting in the box:

detox salad <—I need to recreate this!
barley mix
teriyaki seitan
madras lentils
ginger chile tofu
polenta casserole <—my first time trying polenta. I’m a fan!
+ a bunch more! It warmed my heart and filled my stomach.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Thank goodness I live 30 minutes from Whole Foods—if it was closer I would be broke!

Insert 3 hours of emptying my wallet at browsing the aisles of Whole Foods & Trader Joes and we were ready for some frozen yogurt!

20 degrees doesn’t stop me from getting my froyo fix!

Original tart topped with coconut, white chocolate chips, and pineapple. Craving managed. At least for a short while. Winking smile

Time to cracking. It’s “get it together day.” And I have a lot to get together before the semester begins tomorrow morning!