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Back in the Routine

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Last night, as soon as I got home I changed my clothes, laced up my running shoes, and headed out the door for a 3 mile jog.  I thought about doing 4, but with the heat being so hot I thought 3 today and 4 on Wednesday.

After taking a week long hiatus from running I was ready to jump back into a routine this week, heat and all!

I ran 3 miles with an 8 minute and 30 second pace, not too bad considering the weather!


Dinner then came together in just 20 short minutes.  I simply roasted some green beans and reheated a salmon burger patty that my mom left me with from the weekend.

I topped the burger and dipped the green beans in a mixture of Greek yogurt, dill seasoning, and a little garlic salt.  The dill makes the dip taste so fresh and light!  Perfect for a summer meal after a hot and sweaty run.

Homemade Luna Bars (based on the recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie)

Luna bars have always been a favorite snack of mine.  Easy to throw in the bag and tasty.  I have been eyeing this recipe for a while now and I am so glad that I tried it!  The recipe is very simple, it comes together quickly and tastes amazing!  A perfect treat-like snack for anytime of the day.


  • 3 cups brown puffed rice cereal 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 2 Tbsp of protein powder
  • melted chocolate chips


In a small bowl, combine the vanilla, salt, agave and peanut butter and melt together in the microwave.  In a large bowl, combine the puffed rice cereal and the protein powder.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the puffed rice cereal and mix well.  Use a potato masher to mash everything down, squashing some of the rice puffs.

Place a piece of wax paper down in a baking pan.  Spread the mixture in the baking pan and press down firmly.  Melt the chocolate chips and spread on the top of the bars.  Freeze for about 30 minutes or more before removing to serve!


Nutrition (recipe makes about 20 bars)

Calories:  122  Fat:  6.6g  Carbs:  11.3g  Protein:  5.8g


This morning, I had a new flavor of baked oatmeal….

Strawberries and cream baked oatmeal!  It ended up turning out pretty good, but I had a little kitchen mishap so the measurements got kind of wacko…so no recipe. 

Over the weekend my mom gave me a kind of stevia that is extremely strong compared to the regular stuff.  In my recipe, I added 1 Tbsp for 4 servings not thinking that was a lot…well that was wrong, completely wrong!  So, I continued to add more and more of each ingredient in hopes to cover up some of the strong stevia taste.  Thankfully, I figured out a winning combo (not sure what it is though!) so I didn’t have to waste the entire batch of baked oats.


Question of the Morning:

  • What kitchen mess up have you had lately?

A Little Bit of Everything

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Today has been a jam packed day for me.   I have been doing a little bit of everything! After getting some things done around the apartment this morning, I headed off to volunteer with a local arts organization.  Today, I basically just got a tour of the facility and introduced myself at their bi-weekly meeting.  Wednesday, I get to head back to the organization to actually get my hands dirty and help them put the finishing touches on a fundraising event coming up.

After volunteering, I came back and changed my clothes so that I could head to the gym and teach a mat pilates class.  At first, I must admit that I was a little nervous.  I haven’t taught pilates in about a month!  But once I started teaching, everything was fine and I didn’t have any hesitations 🙂

I then headed outside to attend the new BodyPump release!  It was a short class with only four tracks because my gym was doing a back to back launch of BodyPump, RPM, CxWorx, and BodyCombat.  I only stuck around for BodyPump, but the music was great, the atmosphere was amazing, and everyone was completely “pumped.”

It was perfect weather to do the workout outside.   The breeze was like a giant fan..

Last year, Brian ran a 6 mile race with me on the 4th of July, and he told me he wanted to do it again!  Today, was Day 1 of his training program.  We did a little boot camp style weight program then went for his first of many jogs.  What a great way to spend time together!

Nice and sweaty!!

After all of that activity, it was definitely time for dinner.  I quickly baked up some tofu (recipe to come soon!) and steamed some green beans.  Lately, it seems like quick meals are the name of the game for me.

Even though I don’t have a full time job yet, I am still super busy…which I like.  I am constantly substitute teaching fitness classes, meeting with people about future career plans, and applying for jobs.  What can I say, I don’t like a lot of down time.

I hope you all had a great Monday, now I’m off to bed!

My Favorite Green Beans

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Today I woke up dark and early (the sun was not even close to being up) and got ready for my day at work.  We were doing the holiday floor set.  That’s right, HOLIDAY!  Things in the retail world happen sooo early when it comes to holidays.

Because of my crazy early beginning of the day, my eating habits have also been skewed leading to a lack of vegetable and fresh food intake.  By dinner time, I was craving something green.

I absolutely love green beans, and just happen to have some on hand.  I decided to prepare them using my favorite method, I “blanched” them.

Blanching a vegetable is a method of cooking by plunging the vegetable into boiling water for several seconds or several minutes and then quickly placing them in ice water.  This leaves the green beans a vibrant, green color, and super duper crisp!


Blanching Green Beans Step By Step

This method is quick, easy, and almost fail proof!

Begin by placing a large saucepan on the stovetop full of water and letting it boil.  While waiting for the water to boil, pop off the ends of the green beans, discard the ends and rinse the beans.


Once the water is boiling, dump all of the beans into the boiling water.

Set the timer for 4 minutes.  Let the boiling water do it’s magic.  While the beans are cooking, get a bowl of ice water ready.

Once the 4 minutes is over, submerge the green beans in the ice bath.  Strain with the strainer.  The beans are officially done!


I then added my green beans to a totally new, delicious, and definitely repeatable recipe.

Garlic Pumpkin Pasta (Inspired and adapted by Hungry Girl’s Totally Pumpin Fetticini)

Makes three servings


  • 2 Packages of House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles
  • 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk (you can use plain soy milk or lowfat dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or boullion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onions
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup blanched green beans
When using Shirataki Tofu Noodles, they have a certain order when they are first opened.  Rinse and drain the noodles.  Place in a microwave safe dish and microwave for one minute.  After microwaving, squeeze all of the excess liquid out of the noodles with paper towels.
In a smaller bowl combine the milk, pumpkin, garlic powder, salt and pepper and set to the side.
In a smaller sauce pan, heat the chicken broth, onions, garlic, and cheese wedge.  Wait 2-4 minutes for the broth to mostly evaporate.  Cook a little longer until the onions and garlic are slightly browned.  Once browned, add in the pumpkin and milk mixture to the onion and garlic.  Stir and thoroughly combine.
Add noodles and green beans.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Brian and I both gave this dinner “two thumbs waaaay way up!” (Aladdin anybody?)
Brian’s friend, Jenny, was also over to study with Brian before their exam tomorrow.  She gave the meal a two thumbs up as well!  She said “I would eat it again!” 🙂
Taking a study cookie break!
Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

Herbs and Tastings

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The one thing I love about going home (ok there are plenty of other things I love about going home) is all of the goodies I get to take with me!  My mom gave me a bread-maker (I can’t wait to use it!), a TON of splenda, some sugar free kahlua flavored syrup, and some cucumbers, zucchini, and green beans from the garden!  I think that is my favorite part of summer, food from the garden.

Mom gave me some herbs!

She also gave me some herbs!  She has chives growing out the wazoo and she also gave me some parsley.  Mom gave me the chives with all of the roots hoping that I would plant it in a pot, but I don’t have a pot to plant it in, so I cut the roots off 😦 I do plan on planting the parsley after it grows some roots.

After coming home, I checked on the basil that I took from Kelsey a week ago and there were plenty of roots!  So, I decided it was ready to plant.

Parsley with no roots...yet!

Planting the basil


The basil is planted!

I stuck my parsley in a jar of water and I hope that in a week it will be ready to plant too!  I planted parsley and basil seeds around a month ago and for some reason they just didn’t take.

Parsley with no roots...yet!

Parsley with no roots...yet!

For dinner, I wanted to make something quick so I made Morningstar Farms Spice Blackbean Burgers and put them in a La Tortilla Factory tortillas with some corn and blackbean salsa, romaine lettuce, red onion, tomato, and sriracha.  On the side we had roasted green bean fries.  It was the first time I had made them and I will definitely be making them again.

I started by snapping off the ends that were attached to the plant and rinsing them in water.  I then tossed them in nonstick cooking spray and seasoned them with spud spice and salt and pepper.  I then put them in the oven heated to 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  At 10 minutes, I turned them over and cooked them for 10 more minutes.  They were the perfect side!

Black bean burger wrap and green bean fries

After dinner, Brian and I met up with some friends for drinks at a little wine bar. Our friend Caitlin and I enjoyed a glass of Moscato.

We really enjoy sweet, crisp, and refreshing wines, but we both decided that we are going to work on enjoying red wine more.  😉  For some reason, one of the servers at the bar really liked our table and kept offering us free wine…we did not refuse!

It was a great evening out, but tomorrow Brian starts school so we have to get ready for the week!