The Mother of Invention

Case was up bright and early this morning for his flag football tournament so I took advantage of this and got up too.  I got the the farmers market before 11 am for once and got some really good produce.  I love that I can get:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • tomatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • peppers
  • onions
  • brussel sprouts
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • peaches
  • carrots
  • jalepenos

for 27 dollars.  That will be more than enough for us to eat good, healthy locally grown food for the week.  You can’t beat it.  Plus everyone there is so friendly and helpful there.

On my way home I found a lost German Shepherd, which of course melted my heart so I stopped my bike got the dog and started knocking on doors.  At the third house, the woman knew the dog was her neighbors and she took the dog back to them.  Definitely the best thing I have done all day. 🙂

When I got home, I headed out for my run (though in hind sight I should have done this before going to the market).  It was hot and sticky but I made it, all nice and sweaty, darting back and forth on sidewalks for shade.

After hanging out the rest of the afternoon, I was in desperate need of some food.  I wasn’t super hungry but I am going to babysit at 5:30 leaving me at yet another awkward time meal wise.  I opened the fridge and decided to experiment.  And quite a wonderful experiment it turned out the be!

Summer Fresh Quesadilla

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Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • whole wheat tortilla
  • Feta Cheese (to preference)
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or any flavor you like)

Directions:

1.  Heat olive oil in pan and add torilla shell.

2.  In pan, add sliced strawberries, blueberries and feta to one half of tortilla.  Drizzle honey over this side.

3.  Spread greek yogurt on opposite half of tortilla.

IMG_15334.  Fold tortilla down the center with greek yogurt side up.  Flip once berry side is golden brown.

5.  Slice and Serve!!

Such a great light meal or bigger post work out snack!

WIAW: Poor Planning

This morning started in my regular lazy fashion with a cup of coffee and some cereal for breakfast while I finished yet another book (A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby).  I am really loving this oatmeal squares.  They were on sale at our grocery store and I had a coupon so I got a box and immediately went back for a second box after trying them out.  They aren’t super sweet and actually keep me sustained for quite a while.

IMG_1517After finishing my book and lazing around for a while, I headed off the babysit.  However, this is where my poor planning began.  I left to go there at 11:30 (before lunch) and took nothing with me to eat leaving me to make enough sustenance from another person’s fridge (which I hate doing).   That lead to a lunch consisting of a few pieces of cheese, wheat thins and a few peanut butter M&Ms.

IMG_1519IMG_1520IMG_1521After leaving there, I went to run a few errands, you know exciting stuff like the bank and getting dog food, donating old clothes/shoes/books.  By the time I made it home I was actually starving.  Turns out a few crackers and pieces of cheese don’t exactly cut it as lunch for this girl so I had a snack of granola and yogurt, major shocker.

Seriously addicted to this stuff

Seriously addicted to this stuff

After job searching for a bit and delving into a new book, I decided to get my run in.  It was a lot cooler this evening after the past few nights of absolute scorchers.  Upon arrival home, I realized not only had I completely failed at lunch, I wasn’t set up to do much better with dinner.  I thought I had enough veggies and what not from the market last week to get up through to the weekend but I was quite mistaken.  Luckily Casey whipped up some delicious turkey burgers and some sweet fries we have had on reserve in the freezer for god only knows how long.

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Hope your day in food looked a little better than mine.  Proper planning really does prevent poor performance, that is for sure.

What I Ate Wednesday!

Yay for being back to regular programing!!

Another lazy morning in my world right now.

Breakfast: Cereal and Coffee (I swear my breakfasts have been more exciting every other day)

Everyone needs a little Life in their life.

Everyone needs a little Life in their life.

Lunch: Sausage and Veggie Scramble; Casey and his dad made chicken sausages with peppers and onions for lunch Monday so I used the left overs and added some spinach and egg whites for this filling, nutritious lunch!  It was the perfect fuel before my short run (in some serious heat) and 45 minute Nike Training Club Work out this afternoon.

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Dinner: Charcuterrie and Wine; It was my friend Nicole’s birthday, so we went out with her and her boyfriend for some wine and cheese at Bin 152.  I hadn’t eaten much all day and Steve and Casey were really hungry so they ordered a little bit of everything.  It was delicious!!

IMG_1472IMG_1474All in all, it was a pretty delicious day.  Hoping for a slightly less steamy one tomorrow!

WIAW and Poor Planning

Today I realized that my 100 push up challenge would take place on the same day as Boston if I stuck to the schedule. Not my best planning and I also probably don’t need to be pushing myself that hard in the weeks leading up to the race when I am supposed to be tapering. So that mission will be on hold until after the race but I will be resuming promptly upon race recovery! I decided that I am going to spend that time I would be doing the push up challenge doing my 9 minute yoga for runners youtube video to really give my body some love (especially because I have a left hip flexor thing going on right now that I am not happy about)!

Breakfast: Paleo Oatmeal with Bananas, peanut butter and honey (my favorite combo) I found this recipe from Julie on PBfingers who got it from Joelle at On A Pink Typewriter. It is fantastic and easy to make while I am packing my lunch in the morning. I still love regular oats, and overnight oats so it is just one more breakfast to add to the rotation!IMG_1168

Lunch:My go to Spinach Salad with blueberry craisins, strawberries, feta, blackberries and raspberry vinagrette dressing.  Top that off with a clementine and a Jello pudding pack and you have one happy girl ready to take on a full afternoon of patients, including a pool session which was really fun!

IMG_1170IMG_1171After work, I headed to Starbucks as always to study and wait out traffic.  I had a few snacks to get me through the afternoon and my run when I got home.

IMG_1176Dinner: I have really gotten in the habit of making something Monday and living off of it the rest of the week.  I had an Herb Encrusted Pork Chop, Toasted Pine Nut Couscous and Asparagus.  I did have to make the asparagus fresh tonight because I had run out of my previous veggie which happens often!

IMG_1173While I was winding down for the night I treated myself to a small bag of kettle corn and 2 mixed berry fig newtons.  They are pretty great and I don’t have to feel too guilty having a couple of those!

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What are your favorite night time snacks (guilty or not so guilty pleasures)?

What I Ate Wednesday, When I Had No Food

I so so desperately needed to go to the grocery store today (as evidenced by the following) that I ended up going at 9:30 at night.  Not ideal, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it.

I had no strawberries to make oatmeal so I was back to regular old cereal for breakfast this morning.

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Lunch was a hodge podge of things (which it usually is).  I find that I am better off just eating what I can throughout the day instead of having one big thing for lunch.  We are usually doing documentation during lunch anyway so I am lucky if I have time to eat the salads I have been making.

Peach, clementine, carrots and hummus, grapes, yogurt and granola (Coffee Chocolate Chip Granola if we are going to get technical)

Peach, clementine, carrots and hummus, grapes, yogurt and granola (Coffee Chocolate Chip Granola if we are going to get technical)

By the times I was done work, finished going to Starbucks to study, ran 5 miles, did my push up challenge (to include 73 push ups, reverse crunches and 20# squats), and started “making” dinner it was after 9:00.  I pulled my last resort dinner out of the freezer (these bad boys were 5 for 7 dollars last week on sale so I had to pick some up for occasions such as this).

BBQ Chicken Pizza Lean Cuisine

BBQ Chicken Pizza Lean Cuisine

 

I was so tired and out of it the whole time I was at the store, it took me so much longer than usual.  Once I got home and put away groceries I was ready to hit the dessert, hurry up and post and now go to sleep to start the marathon all over again tomorrow.

Almond Butter

Almond Butter

More Greek Yogurt and Granola

More Greek Yogurt and Granola

 

Tomorrow my friend Carlos from my Bourbon Chase team is going to be in town so we are going to meet up for a drink and play some trivia.  It will be the perfect thing to get me through my Thursday and almost to the weekend!

Spoke Too Soon (and WIAW)

After practically gushing about how well things were going yesterday I guess I deserved a crappy day today.  I will spare the details at risk of sounds whiny, but it was quite trying to say the least.  Thank god for running.

Breakfast held Oats and Honey Special K with almond milk and coffee.  No shocker there.

oats and honey

After finally making it to work 45 minutes late after my morning fiasco of a “non-accident” as I am calling it, I was able to catch up on some things I needed to get done there (luckily I had an open patient appointment at 9) which was fantastic.  The morning flew by and all of a sudden I was eating lunch, and had work to catch up on again.

For lunch I had a Spinach salad with strawberries, blackberries, goat cheese, blueberry craisins and raspberry vinaigrette dressing; cherry tomatoes and a clementine.

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After work I headed to the Starbucks I was raving about yesterday only to find it was closed due to a power outage.  Womp Womp!  I got back in the car and slugged home through traffic resigning that my mind needed to run before I could even think about trying to accomplish anything tonight.  I scarfed down a banana on my commute and had my sneakers on before crossing the threshold of my house to get on the road.

All my bananas always look pathetic!

All my bananas always look pathetic!

It was windy and cold but I so need to do something to calm my mind that I didn’t even notice.  By the time I made it home I had talked myself down to where I always try to arrive: There are things I have control over and things that I don’t.  Those that I do I need to fix, and those that I don’t I need to move on from, being angry changes nothing.  Thank you running for those words of enlightenment!

To top off a great run, I started the 100 push up challenge Monday.  It has you doing push ups 3 days per week, beginning with 5 sets of various numbers of reps and building up.  So when I made it home from my run today I set in on those and added an equal number of squats and crunches to the set.  The whole shebang took me about 12 minutes and if I can do that 3 times a week I should be in business (at least injury prevention wise).  So 53 push ups, squats and crunches later, I hit the shower and made up some dinner.

BBQ turkey meatloaf (from PBfingers), Wild Mushroom and Herb couscous and asparagus

BBQ turkey meatloaf (from PBfingers), Wild Mushroom and Herb couscous and asparagus

 

While finishing up the last two episodes of House of Cards (OMG I love it) I treated myself to a few starburst jelly beans and some yogurt (which I didn’t know wasn’t greek when I bought it, but hey, you win some, you lose some).

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Hope you ate some delicious things today!  Happy hump day!

Southwest Fritatta

I love all things southwest.  Peppers and salsa are some of the greatest things in my book so anything they can go in just about anything and make me happy.  I love making things like this that can feed me for a few dinners and take that part of my night out of the equation, allowing me more study time (yay!).

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Ingredients

3 eggs

3/4 cup egg whites

3/4 cup salsa

2 bags boil in bag brown rice (4 cups cooked)

1 cup chopped green peppers

4 oz sliced mushrooms

1 small onion

1/2 tbsp olive oil

Optional: mexican cheese, black beans

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Start boiling water and cook rice.

3.  While water is heating, saute mushrooms, peppers and onions with olive oil until soft.

4.  In bowl combine salsa, eggs, cooked veggies and rice.

5.  Bake in spring form pan (or small rectangular pan, that was all I had) for ~30 minutes.  Add cheese and bake until cheese is melted.

6.  Serve over heated black beans and top with salsa.

What I Ate Wednesday

For some reason now that I am in Atlanta I have it in my head that I can’t run in the cold.  All those 10 degree mornings in Philly and now a 35 degree wake up call will keep me in bed.  My real problem is knowing that if I just sleep in and wait to run in the afternoon it will be a wonderfully pleasant 60 degree run.  Makes sleeping in sound good all the way around.  I will be happy once I can get back in my morning routine of running to free up my nights but for now my butt will be sleeping in until we can at least get to the 50’s in the morning.  What a wimp two weeks back in the south has made me!

Anyway…

Breakfast was my typical cereal and coffee (no surprise there)

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For lunch I made a big spinach salad with strawberries, goat cheese and blueberry craisins with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  I also had some unsweetened apple sauce and my clementine.  This batch has been half good, half bad so I luckily ended up with a good and juicy one today!

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The afternoon held a few snacks.  My clinical instructor and I were just dragging so I needed a few pick me ups.  The truffle probably didn’t help the situation much but I have become obsessed with this trail mix.  A guy at work got it at Target and it is seriously phenomenal.  I could eat it all day!

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trail mix

We ended up getting done a little early today (and much earlier than the past two days) so I got to run in the beautiful, sunny 60 degree weather.  I had some serious lead legs after yesterday’s intervals but I couldn’t have cared less in the wonderful conditions.  When I got home I had to have a banana while I waited for my dinner to cook.

Sorry looking banana!

Sorry looking banana!

 

For dinner I had a southwest Frittata.  I didn’t have a spring form pan so I had to make a square fritatta but it was delicious.  I put it over black beans and it was fantastic.  I will post the recipe tomorrow as I made quite a few adaptations from my cook book version.

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After hitting the books for a few hours studying for boards, I took a break to watch modern family and had some yogurt and granola, my go to dessert these days!  I swear all of my WIAW look the same.  What a boring person I am!

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Happy Hump Day!

What I Ate Wednesday

This morning was supposed to begin with a 4 mile easy run but that was promptly halted by the rain and cold.  With warmer temperatures and sunshine promised in the afternoon, I thought that would be a more enjoyable alternative.

After getting an extra glorious hour of sleep, I dragged my butt out of bed to get ready and have some breakfast.  Nothing new or exciting over here unfortunately…

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with almond milk and coffee of course.

After sitting in much more traffic than yesterday I made it to work only about 5 minutes late (but still before everyone else).  The morning flew by as I feel it often does in my job and suddenly it was lunch time.  I had to run a few errands before tackling a fantastic salad and some other lunch regulars.

Spring mix salad with blueberries, strawberries, goat cheese and raspberry walnut dressing!

Spring mix salad with blueberries, strawberries, goat cheese and raspberry walnut dressing!

Hummus and carrots and a clementine (but the clementine was no good so I subbed it out for a banana).

Hummus and carrots and a clementine (but the clementine was no good so I subbed it out for a banana).

 

Once treatment sessions were finished in the afternoon and it was note writing time, I could no longer resist the Samoas that were starring me in the face, so I had two of those bad boys (totally worth it).

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Once I fought traffic and made it home I figured it would be better to do my 8-mile tempo run today and save the 4 for tomorrow morning so that I wouldn’t have to get up as early.  I am learning that tempo runs here are probably best done based on effort rather than pace due to the hills but in my hard headed fashion I hit my pace markers I had set for each mile even though death was imminent.

After my run, I showered up, scarfed down some dinner and got set up to review my practice exam I took last night.

Herb pork, jasmine rice and brussels (simple and to the point)

Herb pork, jasmine rice and brussels (simple and to the point)

 

During my studying I had to reward myself with a small snack of raisins before having a dessert of greek yogurt with the Metropolitan Bakery Pomegranate Cinnamon granola I am obsessed with.  My portions keep getting smaller and smaller because I don’t want them to run out.

Oldie but goodie

Oldie but goodie

 

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Hope you had a great Wednesday, half way through the week!  Only two more days until I get to finally head back to Charleston and see Casey and my puppy girl Scarlett!

What I Ate Wednesday: Super Snacky Day

For some reason I seemed to have insatiable hunger today and I think it had a lot more to do with the day being a little slow at work and less to do with actual genuine hunger…whoops!

I got up this morning to run and for the first time went right back inside and decided to do some studying instead after slipping and almost falling three times before hitting my corner.

Breakfast: Same old cereal and coffee

Breakfast: Same old cereal and coffee

Lunch: Peppers with Tomato and Avocado dip; Vanilla Greek Yogurt and Granola; Clementine; Chocolate/Vanilla Pudding

Lunch: Peppers with Tomato and Avocado dip; Vanilla Greek Yogurt and Granola; Clementine; Chocolate/Vanilla Pudding

Afternoon snack part 1

Afternoon snack part 1 while writing notes at the end of the day…

After getting home and finally getting my run in around Penn’s campus (which was beautiful) I came home, showered and settled in to study some more…pretty exciting life I lead, huh?

...and part 2 (finger full, literally, of Peanut butter and Banana dip)...

…and part 2 (finger full, literally, of Peanut butter and Banana dip)…

...part 3...apple cider...

…part 3…apple cider…

...and finally part 4 while my dinner was cooking.  Left over Brussel Sprouts!

…and finally part 4 while my dinner was cooking. Left over Brussel Sprouts!

Dinner: despite this looking like someone already ate it, it was so good.  Egg white omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, mexican cheese topped with tomato and avocado dip.

Dinner: despite this looking like someone already ate it, it was so good. Egg white omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, mexican cheese topped with tomato and avocado dip.

And because no day is complete without a little dessert…

Still in love with these!

Still in love with these!

 

So luckily most of my snacks were on the healthyish side but there were a lot of them!!

Casey comes tomorrow!!  I can not even bear my excitement any more.  23 hours, 34 minutes and 35 seconds!!