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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. 

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.

WIAW Winter Break Edition

18 Dec

Hey guys, happy Wednesday! We hope you all are having a fabulous week! Can you believe there are only 6 days until Christmas? Yeah, we can’t either. All our Christmas shopping is officially done and our gifts are wrapped and already waiting under the tree!

If you ask us what our favorite part about winter break is, we definitely would say it is cooking and getting creative in the kitchen. During the semester our busy schedules make it hard to be creative and try new recipes but our schedules are wide open right now and we’re definitely taking advantage!

It’s Wednesday so today we are going to share with you all what we’ve been eating lately! Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out what everyone else is munching on lately. We love Wednesday’s, and WIAW is definitely our favorite blog link up ever.

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We were definitely creative yesterday, especially with breakfast.

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A banana split for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do!

Overnight oats poured over a sliced banana topped with drippy almond butter, homemade quinoa granola, and shredded coconut. Best idea ever.

Lunch was an arugula salad paired with a fresh and juicy apple.

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We made a big salad for lunches this week based off of Kath’s beet salad recipe. We tossed arugula with roasted cinnamon and cayenne sweet potatoes, chickpeas, pomegranate arils, bulgur wheat, and sunflower seeds.

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Around 4pm our stomachs were growling and we had peanut butter cookie Lara bars to hold us over until dinner!

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We usually are not big pasta fans but we decided to give it a try and let’s just say we may be bringing pasta back into our dinner rotations. We always feel that a serving of pasta isn’t very filling but we bulked it up with kale, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, and chicken.

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We’re hooking on watching all 9 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy during winter break. We are currently on Season 4 and cannot stop watching!!Greys

In between episodes we snacked on siggi’s plain yogurt (love the ingredients list btw, just skim milk), a 1/2 of a crumbled trader joe’s blueberry bran muffin, banana slices and pomegranate arils.

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And maybe one or two spoonfuls of this baby. Our mom brought us back a jar from her weekend business trip to Boston. She’s the best!

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Yesterday was definitely a good food day. We hope these photos inspire you all to add lots of vegetables to your next pasta dish, to go get in your car and buy those trader joe bran muffins, and to possibly spark your interest in becoming as obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy as we are.

Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy or have a series you just cannot stop watching?

What did you eat on Wednesday?

11 Dec

We love Wednesdays.

It’s our favorite day of the week to share with you what we have been making in the kitchen. It is the first week without any classes for the both of us, so we have spent a lot of our time thinking of good recipes to make with all of our free time.

Be sure to check out the rest of the link-up over at Peas and Crayon’s.

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We haven’t touched on this months theme yet so we thought we would share with you a few of our healthy habits.

Healthy habit #1: Eat breakfast. So many of our friends have told us that they skip breakfast. We wonder, how are you suppose to ace a final without any brain food? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Research shows that our metabolisms do not start until we’ve eaten something. It takes less than five minutes to make a bowl of oatmeal or toast a piece of whole grain bread and slater it with peanut butter and banana slices. Don’t make time an excuse to skip out on our favorite meal of the day.

Healthy habit #2: Always be prepared. We always make sure to carry a couple of healthy snack options so we never run into trouble. We have lost count of how many times this back up snack has saved the day. One time Devon even gave her emergency snack to the secretary at the dentist office who was complaining of hunger. I think she made her day.

Healthy habit #3: Read the ingredients label. At times we are even surprised at some of the ingredients we find in a product we thought would be a clean option. Our general rule of thumb, if you don’t know what an ingredient is you probably don’t want it in your body. Of course it is almost impossible to be critical 100% of the time, but we try to make sure at least 75% of the products we use meet this standard. Next time you purchase a food product check out the ingredients list. You may just be surprised.

Here’s a recap of what we ate yesterday!

We started the day with a big bowl of egg white oats, complete with almond butter, coconut butter, banana slices, and strawberries!

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After breakfast, we met a good friend for coffee at our local Dunkin Donuts!

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After catching up all morning we decided soup would be a perfect idea for lunch considering the winter wonderland going on outside.

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We pulled out two cans of Amy’s soup from our pantry that we’d been saving for a day like today.

No chicken noodle soup, homemade corn bread, and a fresh pear made for a pretty perfect lunch!

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We spent the afternoon cleaning out and organizing our closets. Then before our 5 o’clock pump class we fueled our bodies with an afternoon berry smoothie made with 1 cup of mixed frozen berries, 1 cup of soy milk, and 1/2 frozen banana. It was a great afternoon snack topped with Natures Path almond crunch granola and eaten out of a bowl.

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After pump we were staving and super glad we has leftovers on the menu for dinner tonight. More cornbread and leftover kale and corn quiche we made yesterday served with a side of green beans. Simplicity is key.

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We ended the day watching the Victoria Secrets fashion show with a few friends while snacking on apples and bananas with almond butter.

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We are loving on apples and bananas lately. What’s your favorite winter fruit? Do you have a healthy habit you always follow? Please share!