Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

So if you didn’t know yet, I am DEFINITELY NOT a vegan, but I do find vegan/vegetarian foods fascinating. My boyfriend’s coworker had a vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe that apparently EVERYBODY raves about so he asked her for it. The following is the recipe I received from her. Think of a mix between a cake and a cookie… so basically they’re kind of like cake cookies. I didn’t have chocolate chips so I just chopped up baker’s squares of chocolate (well to be fair my boyfriend chopped up baker’s squares of chocolate). Anywho, they still tasted wonderful and I couldn’t help but immediately eat 3 of them because I’m the type of baker who does enjoy my own creations.

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Fitness Friday 7/18

This week has been filled with fitness!

Today I went to the Palos Verdes wetlands with BanĀ for my active rest day and to have a little fun!

me at tidepools

ban tidepools

We didn’t get to see any sea stars, but there were crabs, hermit crabs, sea lions, and CAVES! Really really really cool caves! Continue reading

Nutrition Wednesday: Alcohol

wine

I, like most of my fellow American adults, enjoy a good alcoholic beverage every now and then. Personally, I like Risata Moscato wine that comes in the blue bottles sold at Costco (and I don’t enjoy much else haha). Delish! Unfortunately, I tend to avoid drinking on a daily or even weekly basis as alcohol tends to have A LOT of calories. I’m here to tell you today though, that if you do drink on a weekly basis or whatever basis, there are benefits to consuming moderate amounts of alcohol. Basically, if you’re an average girl and you drink 1 drink a day or an average male and you drink 2 drinks a day, you are lowering your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Please note, I am NOT speaking to the heavy binge drinking college students because let’s be REAL, that type of behavior is NEVER going to be healthy on any level as much as you may trick yourself into believing that it is. The following is a list of some tips and information about alcohol that maybe you didn’t know or never considered:

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Fitness Friday 7/11

I LOVE these nail stick-on decals by Sally Hanson (Salon effects) that I bought at the swapmeet for under 2 bucks! I think I’m going to change them up to a Japanese flower design though since my nail polish lasts like 1 day… yeah. Oh and please excuse my little dry child hands.

Pink Nails

I also thought I’d share this funny little contradiction (that is not the word I am looking for but I can’t think of the word!!!). You can get it at an Asian restaurant around my area….and I don’t think it is imitation vegetarian shrimp, if imitation shrimp even exists….

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Nutrition Wednesday: Blueberries and Dark Chocolate!

I am going to attempt to hold myself accountable to a Nutrition Wednesday series where I will be pulling information from my previous nutrition class to inform you guys about different foods and ways of eating! Some of this information was mind boggling, but please note that these posts are my opinion and interpretation of information from the class and textbook! Anyway, I thought I’d start off the first Nutrition Wednesday by talking about the benefits of blueberries and chocolate. There has been a lot of controversial claims about both of these foods, so I’m hoping to clear the air a little bit.

BLUEBERRIES:

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4th of July Weekend and Other Life Updates

July 4th Flags

It was a good fourth of July weekend! My entire street and the surrounding streets were covered by flags on flags! I apologize, I know I’ve been MIA for a while. I just got so bogged down by work for teaching that I never felt I had time to post and still remain sane! Anyway, I’m sure most of you would agree that the three day weekend was magnificent (happy birthday Amurica!) and even better news is that I will be on summer break after one more week (I decided to teach summer school for 2 weeks).

This weekend I actually used my GPS watch a lot! I ran 45 to 55 minutes each day to train for the San Francisco Nike Half Marathon I’ll be running in October. I’ve ran over 13 miles before for cross country practice in high school, but it’s been a while. I thought I’d share my mile splits to keep me motivated and maybe motivate some of y’all! Here they are: Continue reading

A Day in the Life…

I wanted to do a more traditional blog post all about my day today. But first, I think I need to provide some background information on myself. So my last year and a half of college I worked two jobs, ran track and cross country, and was enrolled in 16 units. Pretty much, I cried at least once a month (but let’s not kid ourselves it was probably more like once a week) because I was so stressed out and just beyond my capacity. I went straight from that into grad school where I worked on the weekends, taught during the week days, and went to school at night after teaching all day. Basically, I tend to overload myself with commitments (ongoing since high school). But it matches my crazy type A personality SO WELL!! Anyway, I am still a busy bee (hence the lack of posts), but I really want to take the time to start becoming a healthier person (note my post here on being more healthy). I mean healthy in terms of physically, mentally, and spiritually. Today, I focused on the mental and physical aspects. Soo… here goes!

Dear Readers,

Today my day started off with oatmeal on the go (aka eating oatmeal while stopped at lights… don’t try it at home kids!) on my way to work. It was minimum day because the kiddos had finals, thus I did a lot of grading for final second quarter grades.

After work, I got my run on! 3.37 miles at a 8:53 average mile pace (not so fast considering I used to be a division 1 college athlete)
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Healthy(ish) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

20140123_180326 I jumped on the healthy band wagon and decided to make some healthy cookies. I’ve been CRAVING oatmeal cookies so I decided to use oats in this cookie recipe. Some days I really believe that desserts are meant to be fattening and sweet, while other days I want to have my cake and eat it too. I guess today I was feeling the latter. First things first, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Continue reading