Busy Girl’s Oatmeal

This morning I was up at 7 am. I’m actually a little proud to say waking up that early isn’t difficult for me anymore! Once school starts, I will have to change my workout time to the early morning so this is good practice for those days.

Breakfast:

Busy Girl’s Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1 cup water

1/2 banana

cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

strawberries

blueberries

Mix all ingredients except berries in microwaveable dish and microwave for about 2 minutes. Whip with a fork to incorporate banana into oats. Top with berries and nut butter. I used sunflower butter, of course.

I call it Busy Girl’s Oatmeal because it was quick to make in the microwave. Normally I make my oatmeal on the stove, but this morning I just didn’t have time.

I’m now off to pour my coffee into a thermos to take to work. Today I’m teaching a First Aid class. The rest of my day I will be soaking up the sun and enjoying this weather! In case you’re confused, I do still work at the summer camp but I also teach CPR, First Aid & AED classes part-time. Im a busy, busy girl!

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Quick & To The Point

Dinner:

I was exhausted and had a giant headache by the time I got home from work, so dinner definitely needed to be simple. I found a piece of salmon leftover from last night and threw it on top of angel hair pasta. Literally that simple. The salmon was sooo good…super fresh because my dad caught it on his recent fishing trip to Alaska. I now have 100 more pounds of fish to eat throughout the year. Good thing I love it!

I have to admit, I’ve been way too exhausted to make new recipes or even write up posts. Thankfully, this busy week is over and it’s the weekend!! I love being busy but I don’t love being exhausted. I can’t wait to catch up on sleep and get some work done!

Tomorrow I am teaching a First Aid class bright & early in the morning so I need to prepare all of my stuff for that. Sorry this post was so brief, it’s been a long day. Hope everyone had an awesome Friday!

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This Weekend You Should…

1. Eat this smoothie:

The Mix:

4 ice cubes

1 handful spinach

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen berries

1/2 cup chopped watermelon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup oats

2. Visit this page & find out how you can help with the Fundraiser:


3. Relax by the pool…nothing feels better than laying out in the hot sun and running into the pool to cool down!

4. Find a new way to exercise that you enjoy

5. Try Sunflower Butter

6. Keep these tips in mind for people who just don’t “get it” while attending your weekend events
Happy Friday!!

What are your weekend plans?

This weekend I am teaching a First Aid class, hopefully going to the river and getting organized for next week. It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks!

What is one product you’re dying to try?

Chia Seeds! It seems like people have so many different opinions of them, but I need to try for myself. If you have any recipes or ways to eat chia seeds, let me know!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

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The Mix:

4 ice cubes

1/2 frozen banana

handful of spinach

1/2 cup strawberries

1/4 cup oats

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1.5 cup milk (i used almond milk)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp flax seeds

1 tsp agave

Toppings:

Granola

Sunflower (or any nut) Butter

If you don’t top it with nut butter I suggest blending it in. It makes a big difference in taste!

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What I Ate Wednesday #2


Breakfast:

The only thing that sounded good this morning at 6am was a big yogurt bowl.

The Mix:

greek yogurt

clustery granola

strawberries

blueberries

sunflower butter (duh)

I haven’t been adding agave lately because I am starting to like the tartness of greek yogurt. My taste buds are getting used to less sweetener!

 

Lunch:

Today the summer camp I work for went on a field trip right next to a Mexican restaurant, so we ran over there on our break. I got a small cheese quesadilla, which I didn’t have time to snap a photo of. I haven’t had a quesadilla in forever…reminds me why I love cheese so much!!

Snack:

Once I got home from work I ate a quick smoothie in a bowl before my meeting and it was greeeeeeeeeeen!!!

The Mix:

spinach

almond milk

strawberries

1/2 frozen banana

frozen pineapple

vanilla extract

Topped with:

granola

sunflower butter

I honestly never thought I would get into the “smoothie in a bowl” trend, but I’m obsessed! They really do fill me up, especially with oats in them (check back tomorrow a.m. for a new smoothie recipe)

Dinner:

After my meeting, I came home to eggplant parm. I didn’t make it, but I’m pretty sure there was eggplant, marinara sauce, mushrooms, onions, a little ground beef and……..cheese!! I normally am not a fan of mushrooms or onions, but I’ll eat anything covered in cheese!

Sorry this post was so short & to the point but I’m exhausted from work and I get to wake up at 5:30 am to sign up for classes, even though I don’t work until 9:30! It’s going to be a long day…but check back tomorrow morning for a new smoothie recipe! Mmmmmmmm

Have a great night!

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A Chore to a Blessing

Have you seen my post on Healthy Living Blogs yet? A lot of you seemed to like my post on What to Do About People Who Just Don’t “Get It”, so I’m excited to reach people on other blogs with the same message! If you’ve discovered my blog through that post, welcome!!

Last night I was reading Caitlin’s post about Simon Wheatcroft, a blind runner with an amazing story. It got me thinking about how we view exercising.

Do you think of it as a gift or a burden?  

I’ve always been an active person. I’ve done horseback riding, ice skating, cheerleading, gymnastics and volleyball. I guess you could count soccer too, but I just picked flowers on the field the whole game. I just wasn’t meant to be a professional soccer player. Oh well. I loved being active, but sometimes I just don’t want to work out. And then I realized…it’s all in the mind.

I have two mindsets when it comes to exercise: I’m doing it because I love it and I’m doing it because I have to.

It’s so much easier to get out of your warm bed at 6am to workout if you love it than it is if it’s a chore.

So how do we stop thinking of exercise as a chore? 

1. Change your definition of exercise

Sometimes we get too caught up in what we think we’re supposed to do. I used to think of exercise as running, treadmills and lifting weights. Eventually, I learned there’s so much more we can do to exercise and stay healthy. Do yoga, take a walk, go for a bike ride, hike a new trail, stretch, go swimming, kayaking, anything! Just move. Exercise doesn’t have to revolve around what works for others.

2. Make it fun

We all live busy lives. Take an hour to walk with a friend and catch up on each other’s lives. With all that talking, you won’t even notice how far you’ve gone. Do something new! Switch off with a friend choosing what you will do. One week kayaking, one week hiking, etc. This helps broden your horizons. Who knows, you might discover a new hobby! And please, do something you enjoy. There’s no point in doing something you hate, that would be a chore!

3. Pump up that music

Make an awesome workout playlist on your ipod. Find songs that make you want to get up and jump around!

4. Workout in a new location

You would be surprised how much a change of location can change your mood! Love yoga? Step out of the studio and practice at the park. Love to hike? Find a new trail. Love volleyball or soccer? Try playing at the beach! A new location can completely change your mood and feelings toward activities.

Reading Caitlin’s interview really opened my eyes into how I view my workouts. From this day forward I will treat my ability to exercise as a blessing rather than a chore. I hope you all will read the interview and evaluate how you view your workouts. Enjoy exercising by finding what works for you!

How can you change your attitude towards exercise?

How did you find what works for you? What is it?

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

(makes 24 large cookies)

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Ingredients:

1 cup softened butter

2 eggs

.5 cup sugar

.5 cup brown sugar

1.5 tsp vanilla

2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup oats

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup white chocolate chips

.5 cup dried cranberries

 Bake at 350

Preheat oven to 350

Mix flour, oats, baking soda, salt together in large bowl

Mix butter, eggs, sugars, vanilla together in small bowl

Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Add white chocolate chips & cranberries when thoroughly mixed

Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes

These are the cookies I will be donating for the auction:

Be sure to check out the page to see how you can help!

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Baking Flops & Yoga

Yesterday started off with a delicious yogurt bowl & a little treat crumbled on top!

The Mix:

greek yogurt

strawberries (from the local strawberry stand)

crumbled chocolate chip blueberry muffin

sunflower butter (duh)

super clustery granola

I’m obsessed with yogurt bowls, if you can’t tell.

After breakfast I was a busy bee running errands! I might be totally weird, but I actually love running errands. My favorite is definitely grocery shopping though. I could spend hours wandering around grocery stores, especially Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods! I had to pick up a few items for my auction contribution. I wrote the recipe yesterday, but today I actually put it together & baked!

I absolutely love making my own recipes from scratch…even if some of them don’t turn out very well. Cooking/baking is built upon trial & error…and today brought error!

Poor flat little cookies 😦 at least they taste good! I changed around the recipe to fix the problem and now I have plump, happy cookies sitting on a nice plate waiting to be devoured. Ok, ok. I actually only have two plump, happy cookies sitting on a plate because we devoured the rest of them the second they came out of the oven. Good news: I can use these skinny cookies for ice cream sandwiches!

For my exercise today (remember the weekly challenge?) I went to a viniyoga class at my gym. It felt amazing to stretch and relax, but I’m hoping tomorrow’s yoga class is a little more challenging. I might be a weirdo, but I actually like feeling sore and not able to move after a good workout! It makes me feel like I really did something. This class was actually really relaxing and during the five minutes of meditation during the end of class I actually completely cleared my mind and sunk into my own little world for a bit. Once the teacher rang the bell to finish meditation I actually felt a little paralyzed..it was such a weird feeling! Has that ever happened to anyone else?

On to today…

I had a peach and a piece of toast with sunflower butter because I didnt have time to eat before a surprise day of work.
See you later!

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Meal Planning: Traveling

Traveling can be stressful, hectic, annoying and one big hassle. The airplane makes you germy, you have to go to the bathroom 10x more than usual during roadtrips and let’s face it, you don’t eat as many veggies as you should while your laying by the pool at your hotel sipping cold drinks.

It’s ok, I won’t tell.

After reading this post of the Meal Planning series, you won’t have to count that chunk of pineapple sitting on the rim of your glass as your only fruit you’ll eat that week.

Or you can. Again, I won’t tell.

Airplane:

I don’t know about you, but traveling on an airplane is pretty much the most uncomfortable feeling in the world to me. You’re super stressed about getting to the airport on time. Security is taking forever. You have exactly 2 seconds to take your shoes and jacket off, place them on the belt along with your bag, purse, pillow and computer (which you have taken out of your bag). Make sure it is only 2 seconds though, otherwise you will get barked at for not going superspeed. Then, you have about 3 seconds to quickly throw all of your stuff off of the belt, put your shoes on, jacket on, computer in your bag, grab all your stuff and run to the gate only to find out your flight is delayed and you get to sit there for an hour. So what do you do? Buy a couple $10 celebrity gossip magazines to see if David Beckham is single yet? Paint your nails? Go buy a $20 bag of chips? No you will not, because you planned ahead!!

My favorite airplane snacks:

Larabars

(source)

Dried Fruit (Sometimes they don’t let you take this through security…if not, do the puppy dog face. If you do it right, you can get anything.)

(this was taken after my dust/wind/rain storm at the Grand Canyon so it’s a little more miserable than usual…but you get the idea)

Popcorn

TrailMix (yes, trail mix with m&m’s still count. I can’t stand raisins, or “little brains” as my brother calls them, so I substitute them with chocolate!)

Sandwiches (I leave off the mustard until I get into the airport and just grab the little packets)

Pretzels

Ridiculously Long Car Rides:

Luckily, car rides are about 90% more forgiving than airplanes. You can bring (almost) any food or drink, which means there are lots of choices. I like choices.

My favorite car ride snacks:

All of the above

Chopped up fruits

Chopped up Veggies

Cereal (obviously without the milk)

Fruit Leathers (I’m obsessed)

Cheeeeeeeese (I’ll eat cheese with almost anything. Except chocolate.)

If you are like my parents, you can get super fancy with this. They’re known to snack on sliced apples/pears with fancy cheese and crackers anywhere they go.

If your in a car for a million hours, why not get a little fancy? If it’s anything like my 15 hour drive to Arizona, you’ll need all the extra fancy you can get.

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Chocolate Chip Blueberry Muffins

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Muffins

(makes 12 muffins)

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup oats

1 tbsp flax seed

1tbsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

.75 cup milk (I used almond milk, but any will work)

.5 cup greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup agave

1 cup fresh blueberries

.5 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but I’m sure dark chocolate would be great!)

.5 cup walnuts (optional)

 Bake 425 15-20 min

Pre-heat oven to 425

In a bowl, mix flour, oats, flax, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together

In a separate bowl, mix milk, yogurt, vanilla and agave together

Slowly stir dry into wet (or wet into dry), fold in blueberries, chocolate chips and walnuts if you are adding them.

Be sure not to over mix, or the muffins will get tough.

Grease muffin pan (or put in cupcake liners) and fill up with batter.

Happy National Blueberry Muffin Day!!

This Week’s Weekly Challenge: Exercise Daily

I’ve been crazy busy the past couple weeks and have not been making exercise a priority in my schedule. This week I want to change that! I will be doing some form of exercise everyday, whether it’s for 10 minutes or an hour. I think it’s really important to always put some time in your day to workout, not only for your health, but to make you feel good! I’ll be posting my workouts everyday to keep record. You’re all welcome to join me!

Questions:

What’s your favorite kind of muffin? 

How are you celebrating National Blueberry Muffin Day?

How do you find the time to schedule workouts into your busy life?

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