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Weekend Shots [2/17/14]

17 Feb

Sometimes the snow is awesome. Sometimes the snow sucks. This weekend was one of the later two.

Unfortunately, the unexpected snow storm ruined our plans to make a quick trip to visit our cousin. However, it all ended up working out and she found a beautiful dress to walk down the aisle in. We all three have a feeling that our dad had something to do with it. He likes to do stuff like that.

We spent the majority of Saturday being lazy because lets be honest sometimes we all just need a lazy day.

Sunday we slept in, made a big bowl of oats for breakfast, sipped our coffee slowly, and started studying for an upcoming exam. Then we spent a few hours in the afternoon at work and then spent the evening with our Phi Sigma Sigma sisters. Twas’ a good weekend indeed. Here are some photos to prove just how marvelous it truly was.

Chili & cornbread. 

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Enormous bananas anyone?

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Kombucha.

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Overnight oats.

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Sandwiches. 

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Pears galore.

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Late night snacks.

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Poached eggs.

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Juice. 

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Make sure to check out the all the other marvelous Monday blog posts over on Katie’s blog, Healthy Diva Eats. Marvelous

Meal Prep 101

11 Feb

If you took a look at our planners you would probably be a little overwhelmed. We are busy girls. Between our 5:30 am workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, our 8 am classes every day, and meetings for our sorority on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings, we barely find time to sit down and relax from early Monday morning to Friday afternoon.

We both try to fit in as much schoolwork as we can between Monday morning and Friday afternoon so we can spend the weekend relaxing, catching up with friends and family, cooking, and simply just enjoying our morning cup of coffee without having to glance at the clock every five seconds.

One thing we have found to be extremely helpful for us is to prep a bunch of food one day to help us get through the busy week. There is nothing more convenient than being able to have lunch on the table in less than 10
minutes on a busy afternoon thanks to meal prep. Plus, a steaming bowl of homemade soup and fresh corn bread for lunch sure does make any crazy busy day 100 times better.

If you feel like you are always rushing around during the week and spending way too much time cooking or even resulting to unhealthy options just because they are convenient in a hurry maybe you should consider doing some weekly food prep.

Although some weeks we have more time than others we usually do some type of meal prep on Sunday. This is how we prepped for the upcoming week.

On Sunday afternoon in less than two hours we made a Moroccan and chickpea soup, a lentil salad, and maple pumpkin corn bread from Nutritious Kitchen.

These three items will come in handy for quick lunches and dinners on days this week we really do not have time to spend cooking. Although prepping food for the week consumed a small portion of our Sunday, we think it is worth it in exchange for the less amount of time spent later.

A couple of our favorite blogs got us hooked on the convenience of meal prepping. Our favorite inspiration by far is definitely, the Lean Green Bean. Lindsay is awesome and preps just about everything she will need for the week ahead on Saturday or Sunday!

We hope you consider giving  meal prep a chance especially if you are a busy college student, a mom with a full time job, or even a frustrated person who is trying to eat healthy but just cannot find the time. If you are new to this whole food prep thing you may just be surprised how easy it is to put together breakfast in the morning when your strawberries are already cut and your yogurt is already measured out.

How do you prepare on Sunday for the upcoming week?

WIAW [2/5/14]

5 Feb

After a busy last week it was quite nice to have a snow day on Monday.

A full day of catching up on work, staying warm inside, and tons of time to meal prep for the next few days!

Yesterday we made a big batch of chili in the crockpot, a large freekeh, chickpea and roasted vegetable salad for lunches, and homemade whole wheat banana bread! The smells coming from our kitchen were to die for.

Here are our eats from Tuesday, enjoy!

We started off the day with a big bowl of oat bran, enjoyed leftover butternut squash and black bean enchiladas on mixed green salads for lunch, and for dinner we had some chili topped with greek yogurt and avocado. A smoothie held us over in the afternoon and we ended the day with a mug of plain greek yogurt topped with a crumbled piece of banana bread.

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We just received an e-mail that our classes today are cancelled again due to the snow and freezing rain! Cheers to another snow day! This week is turning out to be quite fabulous. Make sure to check out what everyone else is eating lately on this snowy Wednesday over at Peas and Crayons. 

Weekend Shots [1/27/14]

27 Jan

Happy Monday everyone! We spent this past weekend in Virginia at a leadership conference for Phi Sigma Sigma. Both of us are on executive board for our sororities’ chapter at Lebanon Valley College so we spent the weekend soaking up lots of great ideas and leadership skills to bring back to the rest of our sisters.

Road tripping with 4 of our other sorority sisters was such a fun way to spend the weekend! We were not sure what to expect food wise because we had no control over our meals for the weekend at the conference. We made sure to pack tons of healthy snacks including fresh fruit, granola bars, and a homemade loaf of 100% honey whole wheat bread.

Here are some snapshots from our weekend, enjoy!

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Before getting to the hotel on Friday evening we stopped to grab chipotle to go for dinner. Best way to start off the weekend. We got huge salads with their newest menu item, Sofritas! It’s tofu infused with spicy flavors! Has else anyone ever tried this new menu item before?

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The breakfast selection was rough despite the abundance of bananas and apples. They only had pastries and plain mini regular bagels. Good thing we brought homemade bread and peanut butter to fill in the gaps at breakfast.

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The lunch spread on Saturday was pretty decent thanks to a buffet included fresh fruit and a make your own sandwich bar. We made friends with the servers who brought us our own plate of fruit!

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There were water stations all over the hotel for the conference weekend. We also tried orange infused water for the first time, amazing. Definitely planning to recreate something like this at home!

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The hotel was freezing in the lobby, so we huddled together to keep warm in between sessions.

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It is absolutely wonderful to be sisters and executive board members. We love being able to both hold a leadership position in a Phi Sigma Sigma!

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Saturday night was a Monte Carlo themed dinner and auction event for the Phi Sigma Foundation. There was bingo, auctions, t-shirt bidding, a photo booth, and more! We had so much fun! Devon even won a free t-shirt during bingo!

 

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Here’s all of our sisters before dinner! We were always 10-15 minutes early thanks to our hatred of being late. We always got excellent seats at the sessions and meals. Being on time has its perks.

 

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Dinner Saturday night started with a mixed greens salad, and ended with the main course that involved chicken, asparagus, carrots, mashed red potatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. Not bad at all!

 

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After the conference ended on Sunday around noon, we map quested the local town to find a Panera close by! We quickly enjoyed a chicken hummus bowl off of their hidden menu (which is officially not hidden anymore) with a side of wheat baguette. The bread does not come with the salad, but it is totally worth it anyways.

After getting home late in the afternoon Sunday, we had only a few minutes to spare before we headed to campus for our sorority meeting! It was such a busy weekend, and we decided that school work just was not going to get completed until Monday. Thankfully, we both have an 8am and then a huge gap in our schedules for homework and playing catchup.

Before bed, we finished working on important things on our to-do lists and saved a little time for relaxation! We are planning on attending our 5:40 AM pump class tomorrow, so knew we needed to head to bed pretty early. 10:30 and our lights are out!

Happy Monday!

The Perfect Coffee Smoothie

23 Jan

Sometimes you just need an afternoon pick me up. This can sometimes be found in the form of a granola bar. Or maybe in the form of dark chocolate. Or  maybe a in a coffee smoothie. Yup, definitely a coffee smoothie. So today, I say you make your afternoon pick me up this coffee smoothie. It is a really energizing smoothie that will take you approximately 60 seconds to make. The combination of banana, coffee, and cinnamon blend perfectly into a thick smoothie that you can enjoy with a spoon.

Happy slurping.

Coffee Banana Smoothie
adapted from this genius recipe
Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 large frozen banana 
5 frozen coffee ice cubes 
5 frozen soy milk ice cubes
2-3 water ice cubes
1/2 cup of soy milk 
a large pinch of cinnamon

Directions:
1. Place all the ingredients in the blender, blend, and enjoy!

Before you head into your kitchen to make this smoothie, you have to freeze both coffee and soy milk into ice cubes in advance. You can choose any flavor of coffee that you would like! We used Folgers original, but I think next time we may try to make it with our toasted coconut flavor.

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Don’t forget to top it with something amazing! We suggest nuts, granola, or a handful of nature’s path cereal!

WIAW [1/22/14]

22 Jan

We love Wednesdays. Especially Wednesdays after snow days. Snow days that leave us stranded at home curled up by the fire with Grey’s and a heavy pour of sweet red in our hand. Here’s a picture recap of yesterday’s eats. It was a good food day indeed.

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Have you ever tried toasted coconut coffee? Heaven.

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After coffee we started the day with a banana dough boy smoothie. Kath sure knows how to make a mean smoothie. 20140121-185752.jpg

Snacky lunch. Tuna, avocado and greek yogurt dip with Late July tortilla chips, red pepper slices, cucumber slices and an apple on the side. Lunch is just so much more fun when it involves dunking chips.
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Late afternoon we enjoyed a small yogurt parfait filled with Chobani, blackberries, and granola. If we must say it was a pretty tasty combination.

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Dinner was whipped up in a matter of minutes thanks to some meal planning earlier in the week. Already cooked bulgur wheat, grape tomatoes, chicken, melted mozzarella, roasted brussels sprouts and homemade lemon tahani dressing over a big bowl of mixed greens.

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It was a well enjoyed snow day that may or may not have ended with a small bowl of blueberry oatmeal with a blob of almond butter on top. Let’s be honest, a day without nut butter is a pretty sad day. wiaw

Happy Wednesday! We hope you have a great day. Just think you’re halfway through the week already.  For all of you who are still enjoying another snow day, we are jealous! Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is eating today too!

WIAW [1/15/14]

15 Jan

Food. Wednesday. Enjoy.

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Thank you Peas and Crayons for making Wednesdays fun.