Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’
April 22, 2014
This morning started on a high note with a warm and comforting breakfast.
Rolled oats, raisins, and fresh sliced strawberries drizzled in honey with a cup of Dunkin’ French Vanilla coffee flavored with Stevia and almond milk.
I usually make my oatmeal with milk, but decided on water this morning on account of the mess I made last time by over-boiling. This way, if it happens to boil over, it’s water that is stuck to the stove, not milk.
Well, what do you know… it didn’t. I think I finally learned the trick to oatmeal, ya’ll. Keep it on medium heat or below and give it a good stir every now and then. Just don’t leave it!
Happy Earth Day
Hey, did you know that today is Earth Day? Woo hoo! Here is a little more information on little things you can do to raise awareness and help preserve the great outdoors:
What can we do to help?
Invest in a recycling bin if you don’t have one already. Last year, I contacted a handful of people about how to get one from our official neighborhood collector, but after all the hassle we ended up just purchasing one at Home Depot ourselves. It’s pretty easy!
Also, get outdoors and utilize public transportation if you live in a city where it makes sense. We live in the middle of the suburbs, so walking and biking to work and events would not be realistic for me. Also, public transportation is not the most reliable or safe in my area, so I don’t think I will be trying it anytime soon. BUT, if you do happen to live in a city where there is easy access to buses, trains, or subways, why not give it a go?
While in New York, Scott and I fully embraced the subway system and loved it. I actually despise driving, and there are many days I wish we lived somewhere where we did not even need to own a car.
I am also a very big water bottle re-user. Once my bottle is finished, I rinse it out with warm water and refill it. Sometimes I will even throw some into the dishwasher to get a few more uses out of them. Then I throw them in the recycle.
When the weather becomes a little more consistently warm, I would love to finally plant a tree. It is something I have always said I wanted to do, and just haven’t gotten around to doing so.
And of course, you can always help out by donating small or large to their organization.
Running Hills (In Shorts)
After Roadie and I’s short morning walk in the 48 degree wet and windy weather, I am glad I took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday to get outdoors and appreciate it.
When I was done with my work for the day, I shut down the computer and had a plan of running longer than I had in a while. After a step outside, I realized I could finally tackle a run outside in shorts!
I also grabbed a tea bottle and filled it up with water to run with. If I go for anything over five miles, I like to make sure I stay hydrated and I had a goal of six.
Still fueled from some serious Easter Weekend eats, I set out with an upbeat playlist and tried out a new running route. I love when they include surprise overlooks!
I crossed the street after taking this picture and then stumbled upon a series of hills. Hello, heart rate!
They actually gave me something to stay focused on, besides how much longer I have to go. Once I passed the hard patch, it was smooth sailing… especially on my turnarond when I got to run all of the same ones downhill.
It was definitely a run that had me sweating, and I have a feeling that the red face running season has officially begun!
Hey, I’ll take that over a frozen blue ice face any day. Just sayin’.
All right friends, I must boogie. I’ve got a dancer appearance this afternoon in Detroit and plenty to keep me busy until it’s time to get ready for it.
See you in a bit!
Questions of the Day
• What are some things you do (or want to start doing) to help conserve our earth?
• Have you taken time out of your day lately to go for a walk enjoy the great outdoors? (Do it!)
April 19, 2014
Hi everyone, Happy Saturday!
Here’s hoping your weekend has started off on the right foot. Ours did, with all four of them getting out the door just after sunrise to join our training group from church for a chilly morning run!
This is our second week training with Team Kensington for the half (for me) and full (for Scott) marathon coming up this October.
More on the project and cause coming up, but for now I will tell you that our Saturday mornings are now spent in some kind of similar gathering all for one common purpose.
This morning’s route took us four miles on the trails and I loved every minute of it. It was a lot chillier than I would have liked, but I finally warmed up about half way through and had a wonderful time admiring the scenery.
We even got to talking with a few new faces and ended up taking the run with a Pistons Season Ticket Holder. He and Scott chatted about the team the entire time!
I also thought it was really neat that right after we took this photo, Michael hurried off to catch a yoga class.
I am excited to tell you more about why and what we are running for later this week!
Breakfast in Birmingham
After a quick stop into Walmart, we picked up a couple of friends and drove over to Birmingham for breakfast.
There are a few surrounding cities near us that I absolutely adore, and Birmigham is one of them. I love the downtown area that is populated with unique shops and restaurants, but also appreciate the not-so-fancy places only locals know about.
This was our first time visiting The Whistle Stop, a quaint and tiny diner with a variety of menu items and a lot of charm.
As soon as we sat down at our booth, I got up to wash my hands and returned to the biggest cinnamon roll I have ever seen.
That Scott is a sneaky one… always ordering dessert first.
Before I knew it, my “one bite” turned into several and it was gone. So good! I ordered a Western omelet for my entree with tomato slices and a side of wheat toast. Alex had never tried eggbeaters before, so we both requested our omelets to be made with them.
Inside was ham, green peppers, onions, and a ton of melted cheese that got me full really fast. Orrrr it could have been that cinnamon roll.
Jackfruit The Size of Both Scott and I’s Heads
It was jam packed with holiday meal shoppers, but we navigated our way through and got what we needed to prepare our contribution to tomorrow’s festivities.
As we were browsing the produce area, Scott enthusiastically tugged at my arm and asked me if I have ever seen a fruit like this before.
Yup, that’s Scott’s foot on the ground right next to it. The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weight up to eighty pounds!
It is most commonly shipped up from Mexico and looks like tiny sweet peppers when it’s cut up. I haven’t tried one yet, but the flavor is said to taste like a combination of apple, pineapple, mango and banana. (<- all delicious) Maybe sometime soon!
We also ran into something else kind of noteworthy before checking out… the Easter Bunny!
I don’t care how old you are, snapping a photo with him where you least expect an appearance is always acceptable in our household.
(Just another reason we need to eventually have children.)
We returned home about and hour and a half ago and the only plans remaining for the afternoon include putting a big salad together for tomorrow.
Between the cinnamon bun and the jackfruit, I guess you could say we had a big morning… Ha! I’m so lame.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter and holiday weekend!
♥ ♥ ♥
April 17, 2014
As I felt the sun beaming through my window this morning, I realized it might have just warmed up which lead me to waking up in a great mood.
Considering it was snowing just two nights ago, I expected slush to be everywhere since that is usually what is to be expected when it warms up enough to melt the snow. So, on my morning walk with Roadie around the neighborhood this morning, I geared up with a lighter winter coat and trusty rain boots to get me through the muddy areas.
Soon out, however, I realized there was no snow or slush to be found.
Within 48 hours, our ground turned from white and fluffy to dry and green. I really can’t figure it out.
You’ve got me, Michigan.
But hey, I’m the furthest from complaining right now… bring on the sunshine and spring!
I only have a few minutes to check in before I have to get out the door to do this whole sharing a car with Scott business. I will truly be thankful for the day when I get my own set of wheels again!
Anyways, breakfast was an old standard I prepared last night: overnight oats.
Paired with the usual giant cup of coffee… a cup of plain Greek yogurt, Tbsp. of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of raw oats, and enough milk to make it liquidy mixed and set overnight.
In case that confuses you… I fully plan on dedicating an entire post to my strategy and favorite versions of overnight oats. Coming up!
Knowing I’ll be on the road for a little, I went ahead and made my lunch early. Using up the last of my prepared salad from Tuesday (<- it was still fresh!), I made a deli chicken and veggie filled wrap and plan to dive face first into it as soon as I publish this post.
Sliced deli chicken atop spinach, cucumbers, red, orange, and banana peppers, carrots, black and green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cilantro, ground pepper, and a balsamic vinegar drizzle on a whole wheat tortilla.
As well as a bag of green grapes for the road!
I’m sure there will be another small meal and/or a lot of snacking that will take place throughout the day before taking Fitness Pilates tonight. Have I mentioned I just love that class? I’m sure you couldn’t tell at all…
All right, folks, I’m out! See you a bit later for today’s HWG Beauty Week post!
April 16, 2014
Good Morning! I trust that the week is going well for you.
Since it’s Wednesday, I am diving right into WIAW and have all of my Tuesday eats to share with you. I have a vet check-up for Aspen shortly, so lets get right to it!
What I Ate
Since Monday was the first post-season day off for Scott and I, we celebrated by ordering pizza and eating ice cream for dessert that night. It was pretty wonderful, although I woke up still kind of full Tuesday morning, which sparked this simple breakfast.
(Dunkin’ Hazelnut coffee with almond milk, egg beaters with sharp cheddar cheese, turkey bacon + organic strawberries and grapes.)
I picked up an appetite around Noon, but didn’t feel like making lunch until I was finished with more work on the computer. This snack of pretzels and carrots dipped in hummus held me over for a while.
Around 3:30 p.m. I put together the epitome of a monster salad for lunch.
Baby spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, red, orange, and banana peppers, carrots, black and green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cilantro, ground pepper.
Okay, maybe it was more like linner.
(Same salad drizzled in red wine vinegar for dressing!)
The plate of greens definitely hit the spot, but I wanted something with a little more staying power before heading to the gym.
When in doubt, toast and peanut butter it out! That’s what I always say…
Whole wheat toast smeared in almond butter and topped with sliced bananas and chia seeds.
I wanted more than one piece, but two might have been pushing it. I was pretty full even an hour later before Fitness Pilates.
By the end of class, I wasn’t incredibly hungry, but chose to grab a protein green smoothie on the way out to recover.
(Avocado, kale, organic pineapple, almond milk, VeganMax protein & Energy Boost.)
On the way out to the car, I also noticed how stunning the sunset has been lately, despite the recent snowfall that is totally uncalled for.
That little cup of goodness ended up keeping me full and content until about 9 p.m., when Scott brought me the last slice of leftover Hawaiian/veggie pizza (?) upstairs to me.
You can’t really say no to that kind of service.
Then I wanted something sweet. As much as I was tempted by ice cream again, I went ahead and grabbed a big tub of organic green grapes we needed to use up.
All right. This has been fun, but I must wrap things up and get out the door with one little furry feline. Aspen has been dealing with an ear infection on and off for quite a while and I am hoping to leave with news that it has finally passed. See you all again this afternoon with a continuation of Beauty Week!
Have a great Wednesday!
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