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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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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?

Weekend Shots [2/10/14]

10 Feb

Another weekend in the books. We spent this past weekend soaking up as much family and friend time as possible. Between a Pho dinner date on Friday night with a sweet new friend, a Chipotle and Corona girls night on Saturday, and homemade pizza and craft beer on Sunday with our mom and Lou it was definitely a marvelous weekend.

Here are some shots to sum up our weekend, enjoy!

Leftover jars.

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Roasted Vegetable Salad. 

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Homemade Soup.

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Beer Flights. 

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Sleeping Beauty.

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Crumbled Banana Bread. 

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Cheers to Girls Night.

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Shrimp Pho. 

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Cottage Cheese Oats. 

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Egg and Hummus Wraps. 

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Homemade Pizza and Craft Beer. 

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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 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?

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?

What I Ate Wednesday and the Beginning of the Semester

28 Aug

Back to school means back to packed lunches, meal prepping, and easy on-the-go snacks! With Kayla being in Australia, I find myself having to make sure I am am 100% prepared for the next day before I head to bed the night before so I do not forget anything I need in the morning when before I head out the door.

So here’s another week of What I Ate Wednesday, as my week is full of healthy meals, fresh fruits, and some good snacks along the way. Thanks to Jen once again for the link-up! Sharing my meals with others is one of my favorite ways to show how great your food can be when you just take a little bit of extra time to make it! And the outcomes are even better. You feel great, you look great, and even the food that you are eating is beautiful! WIN-WIN situation for sure.

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This week, I made sure I had easy meals ready to go by making a huge salad that I split up into four lunches for the week and a large batch of a bean + greens soup to re-heat for a few easy dinners!

Breakfast is always my favorite meal of the day. That is why I make sure I have enough time to enjoy it, instead of being rushed around in the morning and running out of time.

Yesterday I woke up early to get my morning 2.5 mile run in before showering and getting ready for the day. Afterwards, I made myself a beautiful greek yogurt parfait. This one included plain greek yogurt mixed with chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries, trader joe’s trex mix granola, cashew butter, and mint leaves.

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I had some iced coffee waiting for me in the fridge this morning! It definitely helped to cool me down after that morning run.

For lunch today I had a serving of that salad I mentioned earlier. Here is the recipe for it! Both Kay and I made this week for lunches since it sounded so good to me when Kay came up with the original idea.


Ingredients:

4 beets, diced
1 large butternut squash, diced
2 cans of chickpeas
1 cup of bulgar wheat with soy
1 6oz bag of spinach and arugula mix [kay used rocket!]

Directions:
1. Roast Beets wrapped in foil at 400 degrees for 50 minutes
2. Cut butternut squash into pieces and roast at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
3. Cook bulgar wheat or another grain of choice on the stovetop as directed.
4. Once everything is finished cooking and cools, mix them all together in a huge Tupperware container!
5. Divide into servings as needed! I just estimate 1/4 of the recipe each time!

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How easy does that sound? And it tastes delicious! You can always add in whatever you want too. Some great ideas would be avocado, almonds, carrots, peppers, etc. But this five ingredient basic recipe is great by itself! You can even add some balsamic if you’d like. That is what I did yesterday for lunch!

After lunch, I had to work from 12-4pm. Then I quickly ran a few errands before coming home to snack on a Lara bar until my mom got here! I just love the peanut butter cookie ones. I did see that there was a limited edition snicker doodle bar, and I am dying to get my hands on one of those! What is your favorite flavor?

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The grapes in my fridge looked extra good too so I threw a bunch onto my snack plate as well.

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Not to mention lots of water throughout the afternoon. I was thirsty all day long!

For dinner last night I had my mom over to enjoy some mother daughter time. She also helped me go through some of my old clothes and get rid of anything I do not wear anymore. That is so hard for me. I am such a hoarder. I did get rid of a big or two full of clothing. Afterwards, I made her spaghetti squash with mushrooms, tomatoes, kale, and goat cheese! Topped with tofu! I think she loved it- and I loved sharing my dinner with her!
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In-between cleaning and eating we even got to skype Kay for a few minutes. These moments are so of my favorite. I love when we can all three be together and catching up on each other’s lives. She is doing great- and will be checking in later this week to let you all know how her Australian adventures are going.

For me, a night isn’t complete without a late night snack. Whoever says you can’t eat after 8 is SO wrong. The best snacks are after 8 pm! I do not believe in that philosophy, and know that my body needs something before I get some zzz’s each night. If not, I will wake up starving at 3 am, and not be able to go back to sleep anyways until I get something in my stomach.

Tonight I had a small bowl of cereal [multigrain flax by Nature Path] with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I love this kind of milk, and find myself re-buying it again and again. What is your favorite type of milk? I heated the milk in the microwave for a few seconds so it wasn’t so cold. Such a genius idea- warmed me right up! I put lots of my fresh fruit on top of the cereal so you can hardly tell it is even there! Isn’t really a small bowl, but the fruit to cereal ratio is way off. What can I say, I love fruit.

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I also had a cup of green tea- another bedtime favorite. Nothing like a few minutes of relaxation after a long day.

Until next Wednesday, stay beautiful.