Busy day!

I started off my busy day today with a 2.5 mile run which was followed immediately by chugging a 36 oz bottle of water.  The run felt good today, I was proud of myself :)

Onto the eats!

Breakfast: An amazing and beautiful Blueberry Muffin Smoothie!  It tasted just like a blueberry muffin and was quite hearty!  The only changes I made was I only used 2/3 cup of blueberries and didn’t add the extra milk to thin it.
Midmorning Snack: Handful of cherries and some cantaloupe.
Lunch: Brown rice with roasted cauliflower, roasted chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes.  Served with a yummy peach.
Afternoon Snack: Iced coffee and a handful of raw cashews.
Dinner: Chopped salad.  I added the other half of my avocado right before I ate it so it wouldn’t turn brown between the time I made the salad and when I ate it.
Yummy day!!

I’m Back!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, I was enjoying the day with my family and decided to take a day off from blogging and just focus on being in the moment.  On that note I ate some pretty good food.  I started my day with a 2 mile run then had some oatmeal after.  I snacked on an apple after and for dinner had a huge salad of mesclun greens, cucumber, grilled portabello mushroom and onions and some guacamole.  It was AMAZING.  For dessert I had a huge bowl of sweet watermelon.
Today was weird for me because I’ve been hungry ALL DAY.  I don’t really mind it because I know I didn’t eat a lot yesterday so you tend to balance yourself out.

On to today’s meals:

Breakfast: Big bowl of watermelon and cherries. So refreshing and delicious!!
Midmorning snack (unpictured): a GIANT iced coffee…like jug sized and it was amazing. I also had a handful of raw cashews.
Lunch: brown rice, kidney beans and avocado bowl.  Delicious as always.
Unpictured snack: Another handful of cherries.  I’m addicted to these things!!
Dinner: Tofu and veggie stir-fry.  I seasoned it with the usual tamari but added pepper, garlic and nutritional yeast and it was even better.  Such a delicious meal and I was seriously craving veggies so it hit the spot!
My belly is FINALLY full so I’m a happy camper and I’m just gonna relax until tomorrow’s run.  I’m adding another 1/2 mile so I’m up to 2.5 miles for the next two weeks.  Then it is up to 3 :)

Yummy day!

I started off my day today with a 1 mile run and 1 hour of vinyasa yoga.  It felt great but it was HOT so I was really happy I decided to make the overnight oats!

Check out my full day of eats.

Breakfast: Overnight oats with chia and flax.  Check out full post below.
Lunch: Rice with roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.  Served with a side of cherries.
Dinner: Chopped salad with all the usual suspects.
Yum! Have a great Saturday night everyone!

Chia Experiment #1: Overnight Oats

I wanted to experiment with my chia seeds right away so I set up a container of overnight oats last night.  I went simple with a bowl of recovery oats for after my workout which was a mile warm up run and an hour of intense vinyasa yoga.  It was an amazing workout and these overnight oats were SO REFRESHING!!!

Before: Last night at about 8:30 pm
After: This morning at about 10:30 am.  The oats and seeds absorbed the liquid.  It was really delicious and super filling.  It had a jelly like consistency which was fun!
Sarah’s Overnight Chia Oats
1/2 cup oats (I use gluten free)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 packet stevia
cinnamon to taste
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
Mix all dry ingredients together and add Almond Breeze in a container with a lid.  Stir all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight.  Enjoy!
*Note: Make sure your oats have room to expand in the container!

This is what I buy!

It was SO BEAUTIFUL out tonight and I didn’t have plans so I decided to move my Sunday trip to the good Whole Foods up to tonight.  I didn’t mind the drive (I normally do because I hate driving) and it was nice to have the windows down and just be by myself for a bit.

I wanted to fill in a few things and try a few things as well.  Here is the haul.

From left to rightish: 2 avocados (in the bag), chickpea flour, chia seeds (HOLY EXPENSIVE BATMAN!!!), 4 Larabars, cauliflower, steamed red kidney beans, 2 flavors of O.N.E. Active Coconut Water (supposed to be great rehydration during an intense workout…flavors are grape berry and lemon lime), and Silk Hazelnut Creamer for my coffee.
The chickpea flour is to make gluten free and high protein “crackers,” the chia seeds are for fun and the coconut water is to try for my workouts.  I tried regular coconut water and hated it but heard the flavor kinds are much better and this is supposed to be really good for you.
Happy Friday to you all and I hope you have a safe holiday weekend! I can’t wait to read and be jealous about all of your yummy holiday eats!

Some standard fare

Today has been not so shockingly unoriginal so far.  Still super tasty though! I don’t imagine anything spectacular happening for dinner so I’m just gonna post now while I’m at my computer.

Breakfast: Gorgeous fruit salad with pineapple, cherries, grapes and strawberries.
Lunch: Rice and beans and veggies.  It was really good!
Post workout will be another protein shake.  Dinner will presumably be a chopped salad…
I just read about the insane health benefits chia seeds and totally want to try it.  I found a recipe for chia seed pudding I’m considering making for breakfast or maybe a midmorning snack on heavy workout days.  Has anyone had any experience with them? How do you like it?  Do you feel like you have more energy after you eat them because that is supposedly one of the biggest benefits.  Let me know!!

Today was a weird day…

Some of my meals were phenomenal and some were kinda weird and lame.  It comes from my lack of preparation and my dinner was just thrown together.  It’s all good, I’m still sticking to program so I’m just doing my research tonight and trying to figure out some new options for yummy meals that consist of just protein and veggies.

Anywho, here are the eats…

Breakfast: GF oats, cinnamon, stevia, banana, drizzled peanut butter and sprinkling of coconut.  This was a damn good bowl of oats but it didn’t help cook me down after my 2 mile run.  So worth it though.
Lunch: Another stir fry of brown rice, broccoli, peas, carrots and 1 tsp tamari.  Very good but same old.
Post workout: Protein Shake
Dinner: RANDOM plate of sun-dried tomatoes, carrots, raw almonds and roasted chickpeas.  I wanted avocado but the one I had was waaaay past prime so I ended up with the almonds.
I’m off to research some super clean meals consisting of either a grain, protein and veggies (lunch) and just protein and veggies (dinner).  All suggestions are totally welcome and appreciated!!

This Is What I WILL Eat Today…

Today is my long work day so I bring lunch and dinner.  Here is what I will eat today all packed up (except breakfast which I’ve already eaten).

Breakfast: Oats, 2 tbsp ground flax, cinnamon, 1 tbsp raisins, 1 tbsp chopped walnuts, sprinkling shredded coconut.  It was one of the the best bowls of oats I’ve eaten!
Quinoa with chickpeas and grilled mushrooms, onions and zucchini.  Can’t wait to eat this.
Dinner: Another stir fry of tofu, broccoli, peas and carrots.
I guess it has become pretty apparent that this blog has taken a new turn.  As wedding season approaches and I get busier and as my goals for my fitness have changed, I’ve been more interested in showing the full spectrum of my diet and how I’m eating more for fuel.  Hopefully you’ll all stay along for the ride, and I promise I’ll keep posting lots of pics of the beautiful food I eat! <3

Let’s Make it a Trifecta!

Why not! I have everything I ate today (some pics are recycled but you get the idea) so check it.

Breakfast: Fruit salad in my favorite vegan bowl <3
Mid-morning iced coffee: Small 7-11 Columbian iced coffee, 1 Stevia packet, 1 tbsp Silk Hazelnut creamer (probably the only processed thing I consume and I’m ok with that)
Lunch: Stir-fry with 1/2 cup brown rice, lite firm tofu, broccoli, peas and carrots with 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tsp wheat free tamari
Post workout (3/4 mile warm up run and 45 minute training session) protein shake
Dinner: Veggie plate with hummus, baby carrots, vine-ripened tomato, roasted brussels sprouts and 1/2 avocado.