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Snickerdoodle Smoothie

You may remember that I teased you with this Snickerdoodle Smoothie last week, when I wasn’t allowed (by my own rules, of course) to post about my breakfasts.

Well, that challenge is up, and it’s time to share.

Snickerdoodle Smoothie

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbs nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 whey protein powder (no flavoring — from the bulk bins)
  • ~10 shakes cinnamon (probably about 1 1/2 tsp? I don’t mess around.)

On top:

  • ~2/3 tbs coconut butter, melted
  • small handful nut granola

Don’t be fooled by the green color. It seriously tastes like a snickerdoodle.

Plus, how good does it feel to start your day knowing you’ve already had a serving of greens?

I love that.

I think smoothies always taste best after a tough workout, and today was no exception. Boot camp kicked my booty this morning!

You may have noticed that I didn’t have my regular SIAB, or smoothie-in-a-bowl. No, my new job starts earlier and has made my mornings so rushed that I rarely have time to actually eat my breakfast at home anymore. So this was a smoothie-to-go. A STG? Hmm… just don’t have the same ring to it.

In other news, I am very excited for the weekend. My Friday night and entire Saturday are both packed to the max (I think I just wanted to say “to the max” there) with lots of fun stuff. Tonight I am going out to dinner and have two different parties to attend. Tomorrow I am working out with my trainer (hopefully), going to a blogger picnic, baking up a storm, and then going to see a scary movie in a cemetery at night (I know, right?).

I had two plans on Sunday, both of which fell through. As much as I was looking forward to each of them, I think it might be a blessing in disguise. I am now keeping my Sunday entirely free of plans.

I just need a day, you know what I mean?

What are you all doing for the weekend?

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The Real Slim Shady

Guess who’s back?

Back again?

SIAB’s back!

Tell a friend.

(Yes, I just did that. Don’t worry about it.)

I haven’t had a smoothie in… forever. I’m pretty sure the last one I had was in January. Truth be told, I just haven’t really been in the mood, and it’s mostly been because I’ve been feeling kind of sorry for myself.

Yes, I know that sounds a little weird.

Allow me to explain. You see, SIABs, really, became my favorite post-running breakfast over the summer. They were kind of perfect for that, as they packed a lot of nutritional punch, allowed me to get both protein and carbohydrates in quickly, and cooled me down after a sweaty few miles.

I liked them after tough workouts, too. Or just on hot days that really seemed to call for a cool-down. But lately, it hasn’t been that warm (in the morning, anyway), and we all know that I not only haven’t been running, but basically took about two months off from really working out.

I’m back to that (sort of — I’ll get to that in another post), though, and today… Well, today, I felt like a smoothie.

And it was glorious.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey
  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 heaping tbs nonfat plain Greek yogurt

On top:

  • ~2/3 tbs coconut butter, warmed
  • Go Lean Crunch!

It was like reuniting with an old friend. It was like putting on my favorite pair of jeans, which fit just right even though I hadn’t worn them in months. It was like going home.

Am I being dramatic? Absolutely.

But… let’s be honest. I think you come here for it. 😉

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Cake Batter Smoothie

This smoothie sort of changed my life.

I got the idea, a long time ago, from reading Kath’s blog and finding it intriguing that she often uses oats in her smoothie. Usually, I want my smoothies full of fruit, not grain-based carbs, but Saturday’s intense spin class brought up something of a conundrum. I was hot and sweaty, which made me crave something cold, but I felt like I also needed a carb-heavy breakfast. Oatmeal would have been great if I felt I could stomach a hot, heavy breakfast.

And thus, my version of the cake batter smoothie was born.

Oh, and I also got to break in my new blender, which was an incredibly generous and thoughtful gift from my best friend, Will! You may remember him from my NYC visit and my New Year’s Eve celebrations. 🙂

I’m in love. It’s amazing. In case you’re wondering, it’s an Oster 6812-001 Core 16-Speed Blender with Glass Jar. If you want one too, here’s the link.

And thank goodness, too, because the old blender was not only incredibly annoying, but it was also definitely about to kick the bucket.

Now, onto the recipe…

Cake Batter Smoothie

for one

Into the mix went:

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 scoop Jay Robb’s Chocolate Whey protein powder (or any chocolate or vanilla protein powder, but this really is my favorite)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • dash cinnamon

On top:

  • Cacao Bliss Coconut Butter drizzle (amazing)
  • Vanilla Almond Granola

This was so sweet and creamy and I kind of felt like I was having dessert for breakfast, which I was totally okay with.

I love how you can see the oats in that picture!

You should probably make this. And then you should tell me how much you loved it!

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Cleaning Out My Closet

Well, okay, not my closet.

My fridge, freezer, cabinets and pantry. It’s getting ridiculous.

{Quick & embarrassing side note: my sister and I definitely used to rap to that Eminem song. My parents just loved that.}

You see, I have kind of a problem when it comes to grocery shopping – I get way too excited. I buy things that look fun. I buy things with which I have no idea what to do but regarding which I am convinced I will have moments of creative genius.

I buy things, in other words, that hang out in drawers or on shelves, that keep getting pushed to the back, that continue not to get used. I always have lots of fresh produce and don’t use the canned or frozen goods I already have because, well, the fresh stuff needs to get used up before it goes bad!

You all know what I’m talking about. You’ve all been there.

This week (and maybe next), I’m taking control of this ridiculous situation.

On Sunday (my normal grocery shopping day), I went to the grocery store for exactly three things: apples for after my lunches, bananas for smoothies and snacks (I was also out of frozen bananas, so this was necessary), and blueberries for breakfasts.

Oh, and I’d already purchased a few yogurts on Saturday, so I had that, too.

Okay, and I’d also purchased those two loaves of bread from Great Harvest. But, come on – that was a rare opportunity! And they went straight into the freezer!

But that’s it. Everything else this week needs to come from what I already have.

Breakfast on Monday was easy.

I mean, obviously I needed to break out my new and amazing bread from Great Harvest.

(The rest went into either Mark’s mouth or the freezer.)

For breakfast, I toasted a thick slice of the Raisin Cinnamon Chip, then spread some Smart Balance on top.

For some bulk and protein, I had a cottage cheese bowl.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup of 2% cottage cheese (which I’d had, unopened, in the fridge for at least a week and a half – but it was still within its expiration date!)
  • blackberries (left over from the week before)
  • blueberries (one of the lone new purchases)
  • 1/2 a banana (left over from the week before, though I did buy more), sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon.

Lunch, too, was a no-brainer. It also involved Great Harvest.

I had the other half of the previous day’s sandwich left over, so I obviously needed to work around that.

I added some carrot sticks (made from two of the small carrots I had in the fridge), an apple (as always), and a yogurt for some extra protein.

All together now:

The lunch was more filling than I had anticipated, so I didn’t end up eating the yogurt at lunch. Instead, I saved it for snack, when I topped it with a little granola from the office kitchen.

I got that Honey Almond yogurt at Target, on a whim. It’s Archer Farms. And it tastes like cake batter. You should probably go get some right now.

Monday night’s dinner, though it went undocumented (mostly because I had a surprise visit from my friend Jeff while I was cooking… oh, and FYI, Jeff is the guy you see posing with me after the mud run on my About page), was a zucchini I had hanging out in my produce drawer from last week, sauteed in a little olive oil and topped with garlic gold, salt & pepper, with a runny fried egg on top.

Breakfast yesterday morning was an ice-cold smoothie, which was strangely appropriate on this January morning because it was 80 degrees in LA yesterday. Ridiculous.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach (left over from last week)
  • ~1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • heaping tbs 2% greek yogurt (the last of the container from TJ’s I got last week)
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey protein powder

On top:

  • 1/2 tbs coconut butter, melted
  • small handful granola (from my office’s kitchen…. which I’d brought home. Does that count?)

For lunch, I was practically upholding a wedding tradition.

Something old:

(As in, it’s been in my freezer forever.)

Something new: a slice of Dakota bread from my Great Harvest excursion.

Something borrowed: a slice of cheddar cheese from the office kitchen.

While I microwaved the veggies, I set the toaster oven on broil and let the cheese melt and bubble atop the densely delicious Dakota bread.

Nothing blue. Sorry. I should have brought blueberries.

Check out the seeds on that bread! So good. So, so good.

Snack was a Larabar from my drawer full of bars. I had the PB&J flavor for the first time. I was kind of disappointed… it was pretty dry!

Not too shabby with my clean-up-the-pantry-etc. goal, right?

I also made a fun dinner from a bunch of stuff I had sitting around… but I’ll get to that in another post.

What do you have in your fridge/ freezer/ pantry/ cabinets that you’ve been meaning to use forever?

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Diet, Schmiet

Good news.

Though I’ve been toying with dieting over the past week and a half or so, I’ve decided that I instead remain faithful to my philosophy that simply living a healthy lifestyle is the way to go for me. I’m not going to “diet” anymore. I’ll reach my goals in the way that I think is healthy, even if it will take longer.

I don’t regret that I’ve spent the majority of the past two weeks avoiding carbohydrates from grains, most sugar, and all alcohol. Frankly, I think it helped to point out the weaknesses in my healthy-but-not-entirely-so lifestyle, and that’s important because I’ll be able to address them in moving forward.

Firstly, as I said in my resolutions, I tend to have a habit of snacking too much. I often grab handfuls of things here and there. However, having just about everything of which I generally grab handfuls become off-limits over the past two weeks was a great help in breaking that habit.

Secondly, I’ve discovered that I really do need grains in my diet, especially around when I work out, but that I don’t generally need grains late afternoon – on. I think it will be good for me to reintroduce grains at breakfast but to continue to avoid them for the rest of the day and especially at night (in general but not entirely, as I really do resent inflexibility in my diet).

Thirdly, I honestly do notice that too much sugar makes me feel icky. I do feel better, in general, when I avoid it. However, that definitely doesn’t mean I’m cutting it altogether! I just want to watch my intake. So, you know, I’ll taste test one of the cookies I bake, not two plus all the dough I sampled. 😉

Fourthly and finally, I think I will continue to avoid alcohol for a little while. It’s kind of nice to detox for a bit, especially after the holidays.

I hope you guys don’t mind all of the back-and-forth as I figure out what works for me.

I’ve already started my return to my own lifestyle, and it feels good!

I went out to dinner at a restaurant called Good Earth with my friend Andrew last night, where I actually ate the (awesome) brown rice that came with my vegetable curry. I also agreed to go out for frozen yogurt afterward. I had just a little bit, but it was enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I’d gone at all overboard.

You’re supposed to enjoy your life, you know what I mean? That’s why I believe in balance.

And, well, I barely had any grains to work with this morning, but I made a solid effort.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • heaping tbs 2% greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 wedge pineapple

On top:

  • coconut butter + coconut oil drizzle
  • raw oats (an idea I got from Caitlin)

It was different, but it worked!

Thank goodness I’ve realized that grains are a staple in my diet (by which I mean the food I eat, not a set of rules!). What are some staples in your daily eats?

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First December Weekend

As one might expect from a December weekend, I spent the majority of it in holiday preparation. I spent much of Saturday doing a bunch of Christmas shopping, then spent that night baking cookies for the Holiday Cookie Exchange that I was hosting for a few LA bloggers on Sunday afternoon. Naturally, Mark and I spent all of Sunday morning cleaning in preparation for the party. Our apartment has never been so clean!

Friday night was nice because Mark and I went out for Thai food and then spent some time just walking around the downtown area nearby. There were Christmas events going on and there was fun shopping to do. Oh, and I didn’t take pictures of my dinner, but Mark and I split a tofu spring roll appetizer and I got chicken and veggies in yellow curry with brown rice for dinner. I also had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at the apartment before we walked to the restaurant.

Saturday morning started with a spinning class (I have so quickly become an addict!) and while there, I was hit pretty hard with a craving for a smoothie. I simply could not ignore it, so I went home to make one ASAP.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 scoop Jay Robb’s Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (the last of it!)
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/12 cup orange juice
  • heaping tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt

On top:

  • drizzle melted coconut butter
  • Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

Totally hit the spot. Lunch was a bit more of an ordeal. I stupidly let myself get both starving and dehydrated while I was on the go with holiday shopping and felt like I was basically about to collapse by the time I finally started thinking about lunch (at something absurd like 3:30pm!). I got pretty discouraged when I saw my options – Baja Fresh, Panda Express, Subway, etc. It’s not that I couldn’t find something passable at those places, but I was so not in the mood for processed food.

And then, like a beacon of light, the clouds parted and I saw this in the distance:

Pretty sure I heard a chorus of “Hallelujah” in my head.

I could not have been happier in that moment. I first headed straight for a bottle of water and opened it right there in the middle of the store (yes, I was that girl), and then I made a beeline for the salad bar to put this together:

Spinach, mixed greens, turkey, peas, broccoli slaw, carrots, 2 falafel balls, hummus, cherry tomatoes, lentil salad and a piece of pineapple. Thankfully, this made my tummy much happier. However, my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I only ended up eating one of those falafel balls. They weren’t that great anyway.

The rest of the night was spent baking. Between the two of us, Mark and I made four different kinds of cookies that night! Our kitchen was busy, busy busy.

I kind of filled up on dough and cookie taste-testing (whoops), but I got in some nutrients by eating some of my Thai food leftovers for dinner. I didn’t actually end up eating much of the chicken, but ate all of the veggies and rice!

As I said, pretty much all of Sunday morning was spent cleaning, so I needed good fuel. Fortunately, I had just recieved an exciting package in the mail!

A big, BIG thank you to Chobani for sending these to me! I am obsessed already.

I started, naturally, with the Pomegranate flavor.

I topped it with the last of my pomegranate seeds, blueberries and Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax.

Lunch was a rushed affair. We’re pretty much all out of fresh food in the apartment (for shame!) but did have some eggs, cheese, and frozen bread. I made scrambled eggs for Mark and me to scarf down right before the party started.

And… you’ll have to wait for details on the party! This post is way too long already. 😉

I’m going to list all three good deeds from Saturday through today right now because I want to make sure I mention today’s good deed ASAP.

25 Days of Good Deeds for Christmas, Day 4

I actually did Saturday’s good deed late on Friday night, but I’m going to go ahead and count it for Saturday. Whenever I see this one homeless man (who is so sweet) out on a street near where I live, I always ask if he’d like anything. Without fail, all he ever asks for is a Tall coffee from Starbucks. So, because I want to give him something with sustenance as well, I always try to order something vaguely nutritious in addition to his requested coffee. This time, I bought him his coffee and a piece of pumpkin bread (it was one of the few things they had left late at night).

25 Days of Good Deeds for Christmas, Day 5

If I’m being honest, I didn’t totally have time to do a good deed yesterday – throwing a party is hard work! So, like I did for Saturday, I’m banking on a simple one from the day before. On Saturday, when I bought a coffee (for myself this time), I left a nice tip for the friendly barista.

25 Days of Good Deeds for Christmas, Day 6

This one is for today and is one I’m really excited to tell you about! I just put out a bid for an item (Julie’s Healthy Homemade Granola, if you’re curious) in Tina’s Holiday Bake Sale. It’s for a good cause and I wholeheartedly encourage you to bid on some yummy items as well! They’re all made by fellow bloggers and I’d be willing to bet they’re all entirely delicious.

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Dough Balls

I love Fridays.

Well, I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love the promise of the weekend but I hate that Fridays seem to last twice as long as any other day.

In other news, I made dough balls last night.

Yes, mom, dough balls. So many balls this week.

(TWSS.)

I made them from Mama Pea’s recipe, which was inspired by the Annie the Baker cookies that I can’t stop thinking about. As Mama Pea would say, Oh. My. Peas.

I’d be a bad friend if I didn’t tell you to make them immediately.

And I don’t like being a bad friend.

However, I’d also be a bad friend if I didn’t tell you that you might want to plan on wearing stretchy pants the next day. 😉

Totally worth it.

My workout this morning, by the way, was awesome. I almost didn’t go to the gym (just wasn’t feeling it again – what’s wrong with me?), but then class kicked my ass and my elliptical workout was especially fun because, as I tweeted, I was doing some movie producing from the machine.

How very Hollywood.

Last night’s dinner was majorly simple and was also a clean-the fridge kind of deal. A sliced zucchini, grilled chicken, onion, a dollop of nonfat, plain greek yogurt and the new love of my life, TJ’s Thai Yellow Curry Sauce. Be still my heart.

This afternoon’s lunch was similar: the rest of the leftovers of the Chicken Fried Rice.

Breakfast, however, was a different story. It was a new flavor combination and I’m a little bit in love right now.

Cherry Peach Smoothie

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbs unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 packet Cherries Jubiliee protein powder (big fan)
  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches

On top:

  • 2/3 tbs warmed coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

Oh, by the way, another reason I love Fridays?

You know the answer.

Come on.

Here, I’ll give you a (blunt) hint.

Coffee Bean Friiiiday!

Today I got a Candy Cane Tea Latte. Soy. NSA. Half-Flavor.

I am so high maintenance.

I was also presented with one of these:

I have three words for you:

1. Salted.

2. Caramel.

3. Cupcake.

AMAZING.

The cupcake was from Blue Cupcake, by the way. I made sure to find out.

At first, I could only do this much damage to it:

But then, once the camera was all packed away, Lauren came over and, with her help, I managed to do a little more damage. 😉

Oof.

Sugar. Coma.

Happy Friday, my friends!

Friday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical trainer warmup

45 minutes ass-kicking boot camp (seriously, I sweat through my clothes)

35 minutes elliptical trainer

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