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WIAW [2/12/14]

12 Feb

We have come to realize over the past few years that life is just way too short to eat crappy food.

Here is a recap of yesterday’s eats! ‘Twas a good food day indeed. No crap food in sight.

We started off Tuesday with a throwback breakfast. KERF whipped banana oats with cottage cheese mixed in. We topped our oatmeal with toasted coconut and coconut peanut butter. It was definitely a rocking combination and a fabulous way to start off the day. 

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Lunch was some of our lentil salad we prepped on Sunday afternoon. 

 

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Paired with a red delicious apple. 

 

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and a Synergy Trilogy to wash it all down. 

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Our afternoon snack was consumed between classes and went unpictured. We have also come to the conclusion that we could eat a banana with peanut butter every single day and not get sick of it. Anyone else with us? . 

 

Dinner was a comforting bowl of homemade soup. 

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With an XL piece of maple pumpkin cornbread on the side! 

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Finally, we ended this extra long Tuesday with a Noosa yogurt and granola.

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Another WIAW in the books. We hope you all have a fabulous day and remember to check out what everyone else is eating over at Peas and Crayons! Thanks Jenn for hosting such a fun link up. Wednesday blog posts sure are our favorite!

 

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WIAW [1/15/14]

15 Jan

Food. Wednesday. Enjoy.

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Thank you Peas and Crayons for making Wednesdays fun.

A White Weekend

16 Dec

Happy Monday! We had a pretty eventful weekend filled with lots and lots of snow flurries, dog sitting, working, cooking, and eating.

Here are so pictures from our busy weekend. Hope you enjoy!

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Did you get lots of snow this weekend?

WIAW Australian Style

31 Jul

Happy Wednesday!

It’s Kayla checking in again. Devon and I thought it would be fun to feature a WIAW post Australian style.

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To be honest, Australian food is pretty American. Despite the occasional kangaroo burger you may find in the grocery store, it’s mostly filled with typical American food.

While making the decision to study in Australia I knew I would be living in a dorm again. Although I am not a huge fan of dorm life my favorite part about this program was the fact that I was not required to have a meal plan. Instead, each dorm is equipped with industrial kitchens so that students can prepare their own food.

Although we have community refrigerators, I opted to purchase my own bar fridge for my dorm room. What can I say, I like my food right where I can see it.

Although at home I prefer to eat at least one salad a day, sometimes that isn’t possible here. Instead I try to fill my plate with a huge serving of vegetables, some type of whole grain, and a protein. Meat is pretty expensive here, so it is good I am not a big fan. Instead I have been surviving off of tuna, canned beans, lentils, and brown rice.

For breakfast I usually have either oatmeal with fruit and peanut butter or cottage cheese with fruit and nuts.

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Sandwiches for lunch have been super easy as well as filling. My favorite combinations include:

Scrambled eggs, feta, mixed greens, and hummus

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Tuna and hummus

Smashed chickpea and avocado

Cottage cheese and tuna

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Hummus, feta, and mixed greens

I always pair my sandwiches with carrots and some piece of fresh fruit.

Last week I visited the Victoria Market in downtown Melbourne and was able to score tons of cheap fruit including 5 pink lady apples for 90 cents as well as a huge bag of Australian oranges for $3, amazing.

Veggie burger salads have been my go- to dinners. They are simple, quick to throw together, and super filling. I found Australian chickpea and sunflower seed veggie burgers at the grocery store. They rock.

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Huge bowls of random goodness have been enjoyed a lot as well. This one includes brown rice, cauliflower, kidney beans (they are there-I promise) and avocado.

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I have not been able to find any granola bars I like lately so I’ve been snacking on nuts and fruit as well as yogurt topped with raw oats and buckwheat groats.

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Eating out in Melbourne is expensive. Yet again, everything is pretty expensive in Melbourne. So far I’ve tried to limit my eating out to once a week if at all possible. Most of my friends are broke exchange students too, so that works out nicely.

Finally, our school provides a bus free of charge on Saturday morning that runs from campus to a local shopping center. The shopping center has a large grocery store as well as an Aldi. I’ve tried to buy the majority of my food fresh and here is a picture of my latest grocery haul!

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A cashew, almond, hazelnut & coconut cereal, pearl barley, balsamic vinegar, mixed grain bread, mixed greens, spinach, bananas, carrots, apples, avocados, chickpeas, rice cakes, greek yogurt, cashews, hummus, lentils, cottage cheese, tofu, tuna, sardines, and a Chobani greek yogurt (sadly at $2/piece they are a luxury item).

Although I definitely prefer my American kitchen with a fully stocked pantry and fridge, i’m definitely getting by just fine!

Do you have any questions about my stay in Australia that you would like for me to answer? 

Apricots.

22 Jun

Today’s just the start of one of those cherished sister days we are going to wish we had more of in about 21 days.

With Kayla leaving for Australia in a short few weeks, we’re spending every last second we can together.

We started the day with a short run to get our heart beats pumping, some planks and some abs, and then we moved onto breakfast. We don’t last too long without something to eat.

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Today’s choice? Hot, steamy, oatmeal. Mixed with chia seeds, almond butter, apricots, and some crunchy love crunch granola.

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Paired with Dunkin’s hazelnut blend.

Now we’re off to pick some strawberries and cherries at a local orchard!

What does the start of your Saturday morning look like?

What We’re Loving: Friday Edition

21 Jun

1. Oatmeal with fresh farmers market peaches

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2. This Show

3. This nut butter

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4. This incredible recipe

5. Blended Starbucks green tea

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6. Waking up to this face

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7. Lunches eaten pool side

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8. This blog

9. Roasted veggies

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10. Perfect avocados

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Happy Weekend!

Cashew Date Balls

20 Jun

Remember those Coconut Date Energy Bites we made a few weeks back?
They are absolutely perfect to grab before our 5:40 AM muscle pump class for a much needed burst of fuel in the morning.

Especially because at that hour we are not awake enough to grab anything else.

So after eating the last 2 bites we had in the freezer we knew we needed to make another batch ASAP.

So we grabbed our blender and threw in some ingredients inspired by one of our favorite Lara bar flavor, Cashew Cookie. We love mixing around different ingredients to see how the texture and taste is affected.

These date balls may be just as good, if not better, than our first batch.

Cashew Date Balls (Makes 18 tablespoon sized bites)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of roasted, unsalted Cashews
1 cup of Rolled Oats
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
3 tablespoons of Hemp Seeds
1/4 cup of Textured Vegetable Protein (optional)
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons of Natural Peanut Butter
10 Pitted Dates

Directions:
1. Pit your dates and chop them into bite sized pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor, excluding water. Allow the mixture to blend for a minute or so to break down the ingredients.
3. Once the mixture is slightly dry and crumbly slowly add in 1/4 cup of water and continue to mix or blend together until the mixture becomes sticky and wet.
4. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll them into balls.
5. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

To thaw date balls remove from freezer and microwave on high for 10 seconds.

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