I’m Back!

Hey everyone, hope you all had a great weekend! I had an awesome time at my friend’s wedding and it was especially nice to catch up with great friends :)

I didn’t get many pics but I did manage to snap a few shots of the vegan dessert i made for the reception for the sprinkling of vegans in attendance.  I decided to go for the chocolate chip cookie dough brownies.

All cut up and dressed in purple!
Packed up snug in my new cupcake carrier!!! Love this thing!
Be back tomorrow with meals!

Quickie!

Hey everyone, just checking in for a quick update. Not a super exciting food day so I’ll just show you what I’ve got.

Breakfast was much later than I anticipated so I just had an apple with maple almond butter to hold me over until lunch.
Lunch: Stir fry of tofu, mushrooms, onions and zucchini.  It was good and there are lots of leftovers!
Midday snack: Iced coffee and a lemon coconut bar.
Unpictured dinner: Chopped salad.
That’s all for today. I’ll be at work 11-9 tomorrow but I’ll try and update! Gonna be going to Buffalo on Thursday for my friend’s wedding so I’ll be on a bit of a hiatus for the weekend but I’ll try and get some pics of my eats!

Side Note

It seems like there have been a few readers that are curious about my work as a photographer.  I’ve been working on a little unofficial portfolio (it is actually just a shutterfly share site for now) so I figured I’d share it to let you see a little bit of my style of shooting with living subjects ;)

Hope you like it!

Delicious Day

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, I had a Christening to attend so I was out for a while and didn’t get any good shots of my food.  I’m back today though with super yummy eats.

I still feel crappy about not being able to train but I’m going to run on the trampoline tomorrow to get the blood flowing.  One more week…

Check out the grub:

Breakfast :A peach, a half of an orange and some cherries.  I ate about 3/4 of it because it was more fruit than I anticipated.
Midmorning: Iced coffee. I’ve noticed I’ve been drinking way less of it though. I didn’t even drink a full small one.  This is a good step because I’m trying to limit my coffee intake.
Lunch: A delicious mediterranean meal from the Whole Foods salad bar.  Falafel, dolma, hummus and a spicy eggplant salad.  It was SO good, and the eggplant was delicious and spicy and a great addition to the dish.
Afternoon snack: Homemade Lemon Coconut Bar from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. This treat is PHENOMENAL. It has beautiful, bright lemon flavor from adding a ton of zest.  It is like the best version of a lemon larabar…more fresh lemon flavor, lots of texture and costs less than $2 a bar :) I halved the recipe and made 6 and divided them up using a muffin pan, hence the shape. Totally recommend this treat…dates, almonds, coconut, lemon…can’t go wrong!
Dinner will be this salad I made at the Whole Foods salad bar. Greens, carrots, zucchini and yellow squash, chickpeas, broccoli, cucumber and sun-dried tomatoes. This is gonna be good!
Dessert: Yes, I’m having dessert tonight! I plan on eating one of these raw Chai Spice macaroons for dessert tonight.  They look so good, I hope they taste as good as they look! I’ll let you know!

Retail Therapy

Today I did a little retail therapy.  No food to post as of yet because both meals are repeats of yesterday and totally uninspired.  Breakfast was the same exact smoothie as yesterday and lunch was leftover salad.

Check out my awesome purchases though.  I’m pretty stoked about them.

Ring $10 from Kohl’s – I bought this to wear with my dark purple bridesmaid’s dress next weekend.  I love this ring, I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it. And you definitely can’t beat that price.
Amazing Tie Dye Sunglasses $12.99 from Target – These look completely ridiculous off but are completely amazing on.  I love these, they make me smile every time I look at them and that is totally needed right now.
Had a good day and I have plans to go to a friend’s house, eat some dinner and watch the Bellator Fights tonight. Pretty much EXACTLY how I want to spend my Saturday night. Hope you all have a great one!

Another Day, Another Salad

First, I would like to say thank you Bikram yoga for making today’s scorcher somewhat bearable.  I walked outside and while the heat isn’t pleasant, it isn’t unbearable. So thank you Bikram yoga for making me less cranky on an obscenely hot summer day.

Today’s meals were not unusual for me but they were still good.  I’m looking forward to yoga tomorrow. And my bridesmaid dress still zips…for now.  Oy.

Breakfast: My favorite meal for today. A peanut butter and banana smoothie. 1 frozen banana with a spoonful of peanut butter, 1/2 cup almond milk and lots of cinnamon.  It was divine and I drank it out of my “Smart Women Thirst For Knowledge” mug.
Lefotver stir-fry from yesterday.  I drained it twice..it was still holding on to a little grease but it wasn’t as horrendous as it was yesterday.
Dinner was half of this salad: greens, cucumber, carrot, sun-dried tomatoes and portabellos.  It was good…and it’ll be just as good for lunch tomorrow!
Happy Friday everyone.

Lame-o Update

So I don’t have too much to update.  I’ve been having a really bad week…I’ve been put on a mandatory hiatus from training because I haven’t given my body proper rest in about 2 years.  I can’t go back for 2 weeks.  Today was the first time I was supposed to train and I’m already hating it.  I am going to do yoga on Saturday but it won’t be enough.  I’ll do some trampoline running here and there too since it is no impact but I’m not a happy camper.  Some other things are going on but I’m not going to get into it here. 

As a result of this unnecessary stress and bummed out mood, my appetite has been really low.  I only have one pic to share today.

Breakfast/Lunch: Watermelon and cherries.  And some iced coffee. Couldn’t even finish the coffee :(
For dinner I got a stir-fry from a local place and was so grossed out by the amount of sauce and grease in it I ate a few bites and couldn’t deal with it.  I feel nauseous.  I literally spooned out the veggies with a slotted spoon to get rid of the sauce.  I’m going to wait for more sauce to separate and then drain again.  That is how much sauce they used. Ew.
Sorry to be such a buzzkill. I’ll try and have some pics tomorrow.  I’m thinking of a peanut butter and banana smoothie for breakfast to get some calories in.  That should be yummy.  Check back in.

Tuesday Eats: Part Deux

Hey all hope you had a lovely Tuesday.  I’m back with the second half of my eats!  Since I ate (drank?) my breakfast so late I just had a few midday snacks until dinner which held me over just fine.

Snack 1: Cupcake mug full of cherries <3
Snack 2: Handful of these garlic and herb cashews that I HAD to try because they look and smelled amazing! And they were amazing indeed!
Dinner: Salad (which I chopped up after the pic) with mesclun greens, yellow and green squash, sun-dried tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and chickpeas.  Super yum!
Definitely had a great day of yummy eats. In other news, my trainer has canceled my sessions for the rest of this week and next week and said I need to rest and recover and that I’ve been overtraining.  I’m not happy since I have to be in a bridesmaid’s dress next Saturday…I was planning my break for the end of August but a minor injury unfortunately pushed that break up to the most inconvenient time.  Expect some very clean eats over the next week since I won’t be able to work out (except yoga on Saturday).  Sadness.

Tuesday Morning

I’m breaking today up into two posts because I have a ton of photos.  It isn’t even noon and I’ve already accomplished a lot so I’m pretty happy about that :)

Woke up early, got to Whole Foods when they opened at 8.  I love shopping there this way, there is no one there, I have time to leisurely look around and find new things.  Here is my haul! Check out treats for raw and cooked meals.

Lots of stuff today! Oranges, baby bok choy, a lemon (for homemade larabars!), cherries, mushrooms, coconut oil, flaxseed meal, Silk hazelnut creamer, asian slaw from the prepared section, zucchini, a bunch of raw nuts (cashews, pecans, almonds), garlic and herb cashews, raw oat groats, and some Larabars to hold me over until I make my own.
After my trip to Whole Foods I did my morning 45 minute workout using my new trampoline! My trainer suggested I use it for no impact running/cardio since I’m beating my body up enough as it is.  I did 45 minutes and here is how I broke it down: 6 min running, 2 min jumping jacks, 2 min twists then another 6 min of running, 2 min jumping jacks, 1 minute of high knees and 1 minute of butt kickers. I repeated these two 10 minute sets one more time then finished with another 5 minutes of running.  After that I did some abs: 30 secs crunches followed by 30 seconds of reverse crunches then 30 seconds of bicycle crunches repeated twice.  Who thought a home workout could be so gnarly!
I made a green protein smoothie for my post workout breakfast.  Check it:
Front of green protein powder packet.
Back of the protein packet.  
Green smoothie!! 1 frozen banana, 2 dates, 3/4 cup almond milk, one packet green vanilla protein powder (contains spirulina as well as a few different kinds of protein!)
This is random but look how cool the lid for my blender looked splattered with green smoothie! I thought it was pretty so I wanted to share :)
OK so that was my morning up until now! I’ll post the rest of my day when i get home from work after 9! Have a great day!

Blah Day

So I had a pretty rough work weekend and today was not too much better. My appetite has been down as a result of stress.  Not too much to look at today but here we go.

Breakfast: Banana with peanut butter, raisins, cinnamon and coconut.
Midmorning: Small coffee
sorry for the hideous phone pic!
Lunch: Chopped salad with organic greens, broccoli, sun-dried tomato, cucumber and carrots.
Post workout: protein shake
No dinner yet.  Not super hungry and not all that inspired to cook.  Any suggestions?  My shoulder is also a bit jacked up from carrying heavy bags all weekend then training tonight so I’m a bit of a mess lol. I’ll try and figure something out.