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Breakfast Burrito and Training Schedule

24 Jun

While some may love their oats for breakfast, I love my eggs for breakfast. I wish I could say that I get bored with these sometimes, but I just don’t. How can one go wrong with so much protein, greens and complex carbohydrates in the morning.

Now that I’ve been training so much I’m eating more calories, so I’ve added an extra egg to my breakfast burritos. Check out this baby:

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

From the bottom up:
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortilla
1/2 cup organic baby arugula
1 slice Trader Joe’s Beef Bacon (I promise it’s under the eggs)
2 eggs over easy
1 TBS Frontera tomatillo salsa

I’m about to complete my third week of half marathon training and this is what the schedule’s looked like this week:
Sunday Warrior Dash
Monday 100 minutes of power walking in fat burning zone with intervals on treadmill
Tuesday Running outside 50 minutes
Wednesday Boot camp
Thursday Personal training session, focusing on core
Friday Day of rest, stretching and foam rolling
Saturday 6 mile run day

My body hurts, I don’t think there’s a single muscle on my body that isn’t sore. It’s great that today is rest and stretch day. My trainer told me today that I need to stretch and foam roll as much as possible so I don’t get sick. I had never heard that before. He told me it won’t necessarily prevent illness, but helps with recovery process and therefore helping prevent injury and illness. I also see this is as another reason to get enough sleep and eat as well as possible.

Does anyone else have a breakfast obsession? As much as I love my breakfast burritos I do like to try new things.

Breakfast Burritos are Back

17 Jun

Have you missed these? I know I have. Now that I’ve discovered Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortillas the breakfast burritos have made a major comeback and will be here for a while.

Here’s today’s beauty.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast burrito

From the bottom up:
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortilla
1/2 cup organic baby arugula
2 eggs over easy
1/4 diced organic cherry tomatoes
1 TBS Trader Joe’s Tomatillo Salsa

Tonight I am going to enjoy Chicago’s nightlife in honor of one of my oldest and dearest friends for her bachelorette party. I can’t tell you what we’ll be doing in case she reads this, it’s a surprise.

Also this weekend I’m doing another race, the Warrior Dash. It’s an 3.3 mile obstacle course with fire, planks and a mud pit. I can’t wait to share all of the photos. I love doing mud races, they are so out of character for me and so much fun.

Have any of you ever done any mud races? Would you?

Breakfast on the Go, (Almost) the Same as at Home

10 Mar

By now I don’t think it’s a secret that I love to cook and breakfast is no exception. I eat breakfast every single day. I don’t change it up all that much. I find something I like and stick to it for several months. Kind of like when I was eating breakfast burritos all the time. Lately the standard has been oatmeal and eggs.

Even when in a hurry I don’t skip breakfast nor do I grab anything processed. I am excited to share with you a way to have the same kind of breakfast you would have at home on the go: overnight oatmeal and hard-boiled eggs. (I didn’t say it was going to be glamorous.)

It’s simple you prepare the whole thing the night before in less than 15 minutes and as long as you don’t forget your spoon you can eat it anywhere. I think I’m the last person on the planet to discover this breakfast delicacy. I first read about it on Carrots and Cake or Kath Eats,  I don’t remember which one. After a year of reading about these women preparing this culinary treasure, I decided to give it whirl. All you have to do is soak your oatmeal overnight in a liquid of preference. I’ve been using unsweetened almond milk topped with a sliced banana and walnuts. The oats soak up the liquid and are just as soft as when cooked. Now there are no excuses for not eating breakfast.

Anyone have a another tip for taking a home cooked breakfast on the go?

I’m ba-ack with a New Favorite Breakfast

8 Feb

I’m ba-ack. I’ve been behind the blog scenes working out and cooking up a storm. There are some blog changes on the horizon but in the meantime I’ll resume my usual posts. I’ll start with one of my new favorite breakfasts… Honeycrisp Coconut Oats.

Apple coconut oats

Honeycrisp Coconut Oats

1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (no-sugar-added)
1/2 diced Honeycrisp apple
1 TBS raisins
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 TBS no-sugar-added coconut flakes

Cook the oats using preferred method. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and eat.

This is a great way to eat a flavorful breakfast without adding any refined sugars.

Quinoa Scrambler, Resolution Approved

13 Jan

I’m always looking for ways to eat more vegetables. For breakfast it’s pretty easy to get some veggies in with my breakfast burritos. But for the beginning of this year I wanted to create something new for breakfast. Mostly I’ve been eating oatmeal with fresh fruit so I’ve been missing my morning veggies. Not any more, this morning I whipped up “The Quinoa Scrambler”.

Quinoa Scrambler

Quinoa Scrambler

Quinoa is naturally high in protein and has a bit of a nutty flavor, once I add the eggs and vegetables I get a vegetable-packed breakfast with plenty of protein and a great taste.

Ingredients
1 TBS coconut oil (or oil of your preference)
1/2 cup copped red peppers
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp flax seed
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
2 eggs 0r 4 eggs whites
1/2 cup raw spinach
1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Step 1
Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium – medium high heat. Put onions, red peppers and all ingredients through sesame seeds into the skillet. Sautée for 5-10 minutes depending on how soft you want your vegetables.

Step 2
Add quinoa to the mixture. I like to make multiple servings of quinoa and leave it in the fridge for the week. Mix with vegetables until warm, about 3-5 minutes.

Sautéed red pepper, onion and quinoa

Sautéed red pepper, onion and quinoa

Step 3
Next add eggs and mix until eggs are cooked to desired level of ‘done-ness.’ Turn off heat and mix in spinach until wilted. Place into a bowl and top with sliced avocado and coat with lemon juice.

I’m looking forward to mixing it up with different types of vegetables for the rest of this winter.

Breakfast Burrito Perfection and a Party

10 Dec

Good morning everyone. A breakfast burrito is the perfect thing to wake up to on a cold winter morning. Warm eggs and warm turkey bacon wrapped in a warm tortilla with some hot tea on the side, perfect. I’ve been making these for breakfast as least a few times a week for the last year and I have yet to get sick of them. Probably because the combinations of healthy options are endless. I think this is the best one yet.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast burrito

From the bottom up:
Spinach tortilla
Homemade arugula pesto
Organic baby spinach
1 slice of turkey bacon
2 eggs, over easy
Avocado slices
Valentina hot sauce
Toasted flax seeds

Later tonight I will be attending the holiday office party. I hear that there will be an amazing buffet and an open bar. Looking forward to it.

Eating Away from Home, Part 2

25 Nov Ceviche

This past weekend I went to San Francisco again. If you’re wondering what I’m doing there, I’m taking a course over five weekends. The class is about exploring what I want my contribution to be in the world. Every since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be known for changing the world somehow and that is what I’m up to when I travel to California. I’ll be going again three more times, so I will have a chance to perfect this system.

The majority of the time while in San Francisco I am going between the hotel room, the lobby and the conference room. It’s very similar to a work conference. I made some changes to what I did last time and overall we had a better experience, but the process could still use some improvements.

Prior to leaving on the trip my roommates and I took the following steps:
• Made sure that there would be a fridge in the hotel room before arrival
• Made a grocery store list
• Made a list of raw recipes that can easily be prepared in a hotel room
• Found a place to get raw milk
• Brought a cutting board from home

We ate breakfast at the hotel on Friday:

Oatmeal with bananas, raisons and peanut butter

Oatmeal with bananas, raisins and peanut butter

For lunch I returned to the bagel shop up the road for that same half bagel. You may be experiencing deja vu if you’ve read the other post, but I promise things will change as you read along.

Turkey, veggies and hummus on a bagel

Turkey, veggies and hummus on a bagel

Later in the evening on Friday we went to Whole Foods to pick up our food for the weekend. Some of the items we picked up:
• Fish (for ceviche)
• Kale
• Spinach
• Celery
• Tomatoes
• Avocados
• Snap peas
• Mushrooms
• Ginger
• Bananas
• Apples
• Dried cherries
• Bread
• Hummus
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Peanut Butter
• Jam

Here are some of the highlights of what we ate. One of us brought a hand-held blender and we were able to make smoothies in a pitcher.

Raw honey, raspberries and raw milk smoothie

Raw honey, raspberries and raw milk smoothie

We put so many vegetables and fruits in this ceviche I don’t think I could ever make it the same again. Some of what we put in here are red peppers, celery, raw dried cherries, mango, avocado, macadamia nuts and fish soaked in lemon juice over night.  It was delicious.

Ceviche

Ceviche

I also ate this roast beef sandwich.

Roast beef sandwich

Roast beef sandwich

I almost forgot about this kale salad with snap peas, tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice and Bariani olive oil (which is so amazing that I could dedicate a whole post to this olive oil).

Kale salad

Kale salad

On the last day as a treat I picked up this exquisite almond croissant, you can’t see it but there was almond paste practically oozing from the center.

Almond croissant

Almond croissant

I was able to eat as well as I do at home. It did require some extra effort and I’ll be honest sometimes I wanted to go downstairs to the hotel restaurant and order whatever, but sticking to the original plan had many rewards. I made excellent food choices every day while away from home, it was fun to prepare food in a small hotel room with friends (especially stuff that tastes good) and I had more energy than I’ve ever had while traveling.

There are a few things I could improve upon for next time:
• A more detailed grocery store list (we had too many left overs)
When at home I don’t usually write how much I need of something because I cook for two people and have recipes planned, here I need to be more specific or get a meal plan together.
• Getting in half a day early
• Asking a friend from San Fran to bring us a knife
• Having recipes ready to prepare on site
• Bring Tupperware

Overall this was a great adventure and I can’t wait until January to do it again. Hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I’ll be running a 10k Turkey Trot and then I have two Thanksgivings to attend in the afternoon.

Breakfast Burrito is Back

5 Nov

Good morning everyone, I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Tomorrow is race day and I have plenty of resting, stretching and carbing-up to do before Saturday. I’m also going to be doing some baking tonight. My brother’s and my dad’s birthdays are tomorrow and I’m  making three dozen cupcakes for the party. Hope everyone has a great weekend, I’ll be sure to let you know how the race goes.

Breakfast burrito

Breakfast burrito

From the bottom up this one has:
Red chili tortilla from Whole Foods
Spinach
2 farm fresh eggs, over easy
Green salsa from Trader Joe’s
Flaxseed
Pine nuts
Raw goat’s milk cheese

Has anyone been inspired by these? Have you started to make your own? Or do you have a version of your own?

Eating Away from Home

26 Oct

Do you remember when I took that trip to San Francisco last month? For that trip I had done some meal planning to make sure that I could eat well, on a budget and not get enticed by hotel junk food. If you recall, I did some research and found that there was a Whole Foods close to our hotel. I decided to buy groceries and store them in the hotel fridge for the weekend. All went well.

Friday Morning

Oats with fresh fruit and peanut butter

Oats with fresh fruit and peanut butter

We had not yet gone to Whole Foods, but oatmeal is a hotel breakfast I can always count on. I like to eat my oats with fruit and peanut butter. This hotel also had fresh squeezed OJ, it was perfect way to start the day.

Friday Afternoon

Turkey and veggies bagel

Bagel with turkey and veggies

The afternoon rolled around and we opted to wait until later to hit up WF, instead we ate lunch at a cute bagel shop. I ordered a sesame wheat bagel (hollowed out, I don’t like to get full on the bread I prefer to fill my sandwich with veggies) with turkey, cheese,  hummus, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. The sandwich was so filling that I ate half and saved the other half for later.

Finally that evening we made it to Whole Foods. I didn’t have a concrete list. I’ve done enough meal planning and grocery shopping that I was able to get just enough for the weekend. The only detail left to handle was that there was no fridge in our hotel room. If you’re ever in a situation where you want to have a fridge in your hotel room and don’t here’s what you do… call the front desk and ask for one. 🙂 It works.

The rest of the weekend we ate food from our stash and the only time I bought anything at the hotel was the occasional tea and this amazing fruit tart.

Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

It was delicious.

Overall this system worked out very well. The thing I will do differently next time is have a grocery list prepared ahead of time so that we can get to the store and get our food quickly. There was a bit of unnecessary running around.

I’ll be flying back to San Fran at the end of next month and will be in the same type of situation, staying at the same hotel, taking the same weekend class, with the same friends so I’ll get to test out this system again. For those of you who are committed to eating well and can’t make it to the grocery store, Whole Foods has a shopping and delivery service.

Meal Planning & Breakfast Burrito

17 Sep

Good afternoon, to everyone. I’ve been eating like a queen this week and I owe it to stepping up my meal planning game this week. But before I get into the details of that, here is today’s Breakfast Burrito:

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

From the bottom up:
Whole wheat flaxseed tortilla from Trader Joe’s
Chipotle chili pepper hummus
Raw organic baby spinach
2 farm fresh eggs, sunny side up
toasted flax seeds
Part-skim mozzarella cheese

So about meal planning, every week I make a rough outline of what I’m going to be eating during the week. I decide what will be eaten for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. I incorporate seasonal ingredients and at least one recipe I have never tried. Once I decide on the menu then I make the shopping list. It’s very simple and usually I leave a couple days open for miscellaneous cooking inspiration. The problem that I’ve had with this method is I end up with extra produce that I sometimes have to throw away. It breaks my heart to see food and money go to waste.

Last weekend I created a menu for my entire week with zero gaps and I used carrots and coconut as a theme. It all worked brilliantly on many different levels:

01 Once I made the list I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat,
just look at the list and prepare
02 Looking at the list it gave me something to look forward to each day
03 Nothing went to waste this week!
04 I spent less money on the ingredients

Here are a couple highlights from the week, both of these are the new recipes I had never made before (both are from Clean Eating Magazine):

Coconut curry shrimp

Coconut curry shrimp

This one looks awesome and the shrimp tastes amazing. The shrimp are battered and baked in a single egg and a mixture of flaxseed meal and coconut flakes. I wasn’t crazy about the sauce, it called for Stevia, and I really should have known better. I only like sugar and raw honey as sweeteners, should have gone with my gut. I’ll make this one again and modify slightly.

Carrot ginger soup

Carrot ginger soup

This soup is AMAZING! Mostly I followed the recipe, it called for silken tofu, instead I used light coconut milk for creaminess. The only thing I would do differently next time is make more.

Tonight I will be making Spinach, Mushroom and Chicken dinner crepes. I can’t wait to get to the gym and get back home.

Daily Actions, Day 18
• Logging my food intake everyday — done
• Doing my workouts and logging them everyday — done
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night — done
• Ask at least one person per day one of a few questions: –  done
What are your dreams? What do you like about your life? What are you grateful for?

In addition to the daily actions I will take some other miscellaneous actions:
(These won’t get a check mark until I do them later in the month, but I’m keeping them here as a reminder)
• Host a ‘Clean’ dinner party at my home once a month — Hosted 1st party Sunday 8.29
• Get a Sub Max test
• Clean two closets — one closet is clean
• Paint bedroom walls

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