Food Update

My posts have been few and far between lately, sorry! I’ve been working 24/7 and just haven’t had the time or desire to make food for the blog or post. I’ve been eating out A LOT! So I thought I’d share some of the foods I’ve been indulging in.

I hit up the Acai Bowl locations around my house quite a lot! My favorite is called Ants on a Log. If you have never had an Acai bowl before you are definitely missing out!

Ants on a log acai bowl

I also tried a plainer bowl with just fruit and honey and granola.

Fruits and granola in an Acai bowl

I did make one thing during the past weeks: oatmeal pumpkin pancakes. They were okay, but nothing worth sharing.

Pancakes made out of oatmeal and pumpkin

I also went to Sizzler and my boyfriend and I shared an ice cream with crushed cookies and chocolate.

Ice cream with cookies and chocolate on top

Last, but not least, I went to a place called Zero Degrees Italian Ice. I got the passion fruit virgin mojito. It was so good I drank it in a minute! I love the cute jar too!

Passion Fruit Mojito at Zero Degrees Italian Ice

And this awesome saying was on the wall….

phrase on the wall at Zero Degrees Italian Ice

Have you tried an Acai Bowl before?

Whole Wheat Apple Waffles

A few years ago I begged for a waffle iron. I was going to make waffles everyday. I had good intentions, but barely ever used the thing. I finally dusted it off this last weekend and decided to make apple waffles. I am a huge fan of apples in desserts and breakfast foods (pancakes, waffles, etc.). These waffles were ridiculously delicious! I feel like I’ve been missing out my entire life!!

whole wheat apple waffles

Whole Wheat Apple Waffles

Adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:

3 tbs butter

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

2 tbs sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

1 apple peeled and chopped

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in the microwave.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl

3. Beat the eggs and milk together in another bowl

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and add in the melted butter.

5. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and then fold in the apple chunks.

6. Heat the waffle iron and spray it with butter or brush it with butter. Then fill up the squares with the waffle mix, making sure not to overfill them. Cook the waffle until golden brown.

My first waffle was a tester since I haven’t used the iron in years and the first one usually comes out badly. I also heated my syrup and added whipped cream on top! Enjoy!

apples folded into whole wheat waffles

What is your favorite waffle mix in?

Fitness Friday 9/19

This week has been miserably hot so getting my fitness on was hard (motivation was lacking). My classroom has no A/C so I come home every day completely drenched in sweat (yeah, very attractive). I started getting a rash on my stomach it was getting so bad, but luckily it’s gone now. We Socalians aren’t used to 95 degree weather. Anyway, you can see the weather effects in my mile splits.

Sunday the 14th at Peters Canyon (dirt), I ran with the bestie Aiko for 50 minutes (I forgot to start my watch at one point so it only says 48 minutes here — good thing I had a running buddy!). There were a few  hills so my shins were kind of angry the next day, but it was nice to run somewhere different for a change.

Mile splits for my run on September 14th

Monday the 15th in suburbia (mainly grass), I was pretty sore from the hills at Peters Canyon so my times were kinda crummy. I probably should start running more hills since the ones in San Fran are gargantuum!!

Mile splits for my run on September 15th

Tuesday the 16th I did this Tabata workout. When I take a break from running after the half marathon I think I’ll start doing more Tabatas.

Wednesday the 17th in suburbia (mainly grass), I was completely drained. It was in the mid to high 90s all week and was dead tired and felt almost sick from it. I ran in the heat anyway and the results ain’t pretty!

Mile splits for my run on September 17th

Friday the 19th in suburbia (mainly grass), I had a pretty good run in nice 78 degree weather! I felt energized for once — probably because I was playing my memories from high school running over and over in my head. It really pumped me up… if you were an athlete, I’m sure you understand about having your “glory days.”

Mile splits from my run on September 19th

Do you ever reflect back on your “glory days” of athleticism or are you currently in them?

 

Please note that I am *not* a trainer or fitness expert, this is just a workout based on my own knowledge and experience that has personally worked for me. Please consult a doctor before starting any fitness routine.

Nutrition Wednesday: Fiber

Fiber is advertised on so many whole grain food boxes it’s not even funny. Here some fiber, there some fiber, everywhere there seems to be fiber. It’s even found in veggies and fruits. So, what’s so special about fiber, beyond the fact that they always seem to be targeting older people to consume it? Continue reading

Fitness Friday 9/12

So this post is a day late again, I know, but here it is! My Achilles still hurts when I walk sometimes but I’ve been surviving my runs now! Running has literally been saving me from all of the stress I feel from work. I was super stressed out Wednesday and halfway through my run I already felt 100 times better. Exercise is seriously your best friend when you are stressed out. Well here was my week:

Sunday the 7th in suburbia (mainly grass), I ran 40 minutes with the bestie Aiko. It was nice to have a running buddy again.

Half marathon training on September 7th
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Nutrition Wednesday: Choosing Fats

What constitutes healthy fats?I love butter. Most bakers do. I mean, look at Paula Deen, she is like the QUEEN of butter. Unfortunately, I don’t like how butter makes me feel. Fats can be unfair like that. For that reason, I thought I’d make a list of tips for cutting out unnecessary saturated fats and substituting them for good fats. Remember, good fats are necessary for a balanced diet. Continue reading

Poms on a Stick

Place pomegranate seeds and hummus on celery
I have a hummus fetish. I want to put it on sandwiches, veggies, chips, naan, you name it! I got the three different flavored tubs of hummus from Costco a few weeks ago and am on the regular flavored one. I wanted to get creative with it so I thought I’d make a different version of ants on a log I saws on another blog (I’m sorry I can’t find the link to the blog right now). In my version I wanted sweet and salty so I combined hummus with pomegranate seeds. it sounds weird, but it allows you to get in your fruit, veggie, and protein in one quick snack!
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Ice Cream Lately

I apologize for the lack of recipes lately. It’s really hard keeping up the blog and working full time. Props to all who do, by the way! Anyway, it has also been ridiculously hot (well just really hot because we SoCal people aren’t used to temperatures above or below 70) so I’ve been avoiding the oven. Instead, I’ve been eating ice cream!! My friends Maggie and Mary invited me to go to Afters Ice Cream Saturday night. They’re famous for their milky buns.
Donuts filled with ice cream
They put ice cream in between donut halves and then warm it up so you get the beautiful hot cold dessert combo! It is so so so good! We got ours with mint monster and cookie monster ice cream in between glazed donuts.
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Fitness Friday 9/4

Sorry for the day late fitness friday post! I had a crazy day/night yesterday. I went to a bonfire and ended up locking my keys in the car (I’ve done this so many times in my younger years). Anyway, I waited for my boyfriend to get off of work and rescue me and it was a chance coincidence we ran into each other around 8 when I went to look for him since I locked my phone in the car too. He tried to get my door open (cuz he’s handy like that), but to no avail. I eventually called my insurance for assistance and the guy was supposed to be there within 35 minutes. Needless to say, it took him an hour to find us and then he got pulled over by the police 100 feet down the street from us. Yeah, it was not the best situation. Well, moving on, here’s the post that should’ve went up yesterday!

Annnd I’m back at it again. I am starting back at running slowly, but it will be worth it if I can finish the race that’s like, 6 weeks away, yikes! I’ve been mixing in some Tabata workouts and I’ve got to admit that they make me feel better than running does (in terms of work effort). I think if I was doing actual running workouts (sprints, intervals, etc.) I wouldn’t be saying that, but all I can do is really slow running right now so yeah… Anywho, I’m going to increase my running by 10 minutes every week until I reach 60 minutes for Monday, Wednesday, Friday runs so that I can hopefully be in shape by October 18th! Here’s my work this week:

Sunday, 8/30, I ran in suburbia (mainly grass) for 20 minutes and my Achilles didn’t hurt at all woohooo!!!!!! I didn’t use my GPS because I wasn’t sure I’d actually make it. Sorry! Continue reading