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This morning, I felt like having something I hadn’t eaten in a while. This used to be one of my favorite oatmeal combos before I discovered including nut butter.

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Raisins and chocolate chips! I love when it all melts and you stir it up together. It’s like a raisin chocolate chip oatmeal cookie 🙂

I snacked on some nuts mid morning and drank two cups of black coffee because for some reason I was really cold today!

For lunch, I had leftover tofu stir fry from the other night.

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I plan on making it again sometime this week, I’ve got a new bag of veggies to try out, plus I want to take Mari’s suggestion of including peanut butter.

After lunch, I headed to the gym for a short run and weight training session. It was great!

I refueled with some soy yogurt and granola when I got back. I practically inhaled it.

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I’m all out of granola now so I think I’ll back off the yogurt for a while since that was really the only reason I got it. It’s just too high in sugar for my liking.

I had more leftovers for dinner: tonight it was red beans & rice leftover from Sunday.

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I also had a pita with Smart Balance after I realized that alone wouldn’t fill me up.

I’m having the girls over tomorrow night so I dove right into housework to get this place in decent shape for my guests. That worked up a little appetite and I had just the thing for it.

Green Monster at night!

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Just soymilk, banana and spinach. Love it!

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I also had a spoonful of White Chocolate Wonderful. It’s tea time 🙂

Quick poll: Are you into “Lost” or not?

The new season started tonight so I know a lot of people are freaking out right now, ha ha. I’m not a fan myself but my mom says I can’t call her while the show is on!

Green soup and stir fry madness

Yesterday for breakfast, I bulked up my oatmeal!

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I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup plain soymilk, 1/4 cup of water. Then I added a tbsp of flaxseed meal, and my usual bananas and PB. This definitely kept me full for a while!

For lunch, I tried another new soup for me. I remember the days when I thought split pea soup was just what they used for The Exorcist!

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It was quite green!

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While it wasn’t my preferred consistency of split pea soup, it had a very unique taste to others I have tried.

It was kind of “peppery” and even a bit on the spicy side. I really enjoyed it. Whole wheat English muffin on the side.

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I was planning on making baked tofu for dinner but then I remembered the tasty stir fry I made last week and all of the ones Mari has been enjoying lately.

So stir fry it was!

I started with the tofu this time, pressing out the water and browning it a bit.

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Then I added this entire bag of veggies.

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Then I poured a tablespoon of each of these into the skillet.

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It was an interesting combination for sure, but it came out great! Sweet, hot and salty? Yes, please.

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The veggies were good, I love asparagus and squash. I almost got a different bag but I’m so glad I went with this one.

Pita on the side with some Smart Balance Light. Perfect dinner!

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I’m going to have to take a page out of Mari’s book next time and add some peanut butter!

Vegan brownies for dessert of course 🙂

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I can’t wait to make more recipes out of My Sweet Vegan…perhaps later today?

Stir-fried tofu time

For lunch today, I cooked a sweet potato in the microwave and then topped it with vegetarian baked beans. Simple and yet a perfectly filling lunch.

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A little later, I had this applesauce to finish off the meal. This was my last one but I still have more jars of applesauce to start working on soon 🙂

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Before my workout today, I snacked on an Apple Pie Larabar. I’m finding it hard to have a “favorite” one because it changes on an almost daily basis.

I’m really liking this one right now.

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For dinner, I knew I would be having tofu, but I am totally burned out on baking it, even though that is my preferred method. So tonight, I decided to get my stir-fry on.

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I sort of did things out of order, throwing the frozen veggies in the skillet first.

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Then the tofu. Lots of pressing and flipping followed 😉

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Eventually, maybe 15 minutes later, it looked like this:

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I also had a pita pocket and some summery iced tea. I am so looking forward to sunshine and warm weather. How about you?

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I was feeling hungry an hour or so later, so I had a pita pocket with peanut butter and chocolate chips. Worked like a charm!

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Thank God tomorrow is Friday. Even though we had Monday off this week has still felt really long, guess I’ve just been too busy.

I’m really looking forward to the weekend!

Frostbite 5K 2010

Saturday ended up being a really great day!

In the morning, I got ready for the Frostbite 5K race through Cherokee Park.

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I ended up finishing around 30:55, which I thought was pretty good considering the course was mostly hills.

I felt a lot better during this race than the previous one. I think it was my training but I’m sure being 20 degrees warmer this time helped!

After the race, I changed clothes, ate a Larabar and went to an AWESOME Hatha yoga class taught by my friend Carrie.

It was slightly challenging for me, which is why I must attend regular yoga classes again. I was so sore yesterday from all the planks!

For lunch, I ate leftover tofu and a salad with hummus.

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Then I took a break from photos and everything else and got some rest, plus lots of cleaning. I hardly remember yesterday to be honest!

Right now, I am enjoying a smoothie while it’s 40 degrees outside 🙂

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I have a big post coming up later, so come back soon!

Out with the old tofu

Last night, I knew I would be making tofu for dinner but I was getting kind of tired of my usual baked tofu concoction (with chili powder, garlic powder and sesame seeds).

I bought this bottle at Whole Foods in anticipation of stir frying madness!

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But the skillet I wanted to use wasn’t clean and I was too lazy to wash it, so I went back to my baked tofu, still using the sauce.

I put the tofu in a plastic bag with 2 tbsp of sauce.

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Shake and bake!

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It was a different taste, more sweet than hot, but still good and a nice change.

I had half the recipe along with a sweet potato with some Smart Balance Light and cinnamon.

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I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a sweet potato. So sad. Glad I know now!

If you eat tofu, what is your favorite way to make it?

I have stir fried, George Foreman’d and baked and I think baked is my favorite method but it took a lot of practice. Perhaps the others need more too.

Dessert for breakfast

I’m a big fan of eating breakfast for dinner. I’m also apparently a fan of dessert for breakfast 🙂

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Oats, flaxseed meal, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Word.

My lunch was pretty filling but boring so I left it out today. Just a veggie burger and some veggies. See what I mean?

My snack this afternoon was pretty impressive though. I hadn’t had yogurt for a while and this one has the lowest sugar content of a non-dairy vanilla yogurt I have found so far.

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The granola was given to me by the lovely Miss Vegan Crunk. It was made by a friend of hers and I’m not just saying this…best granola I’ve ever had.

My run today was totally awesome.

So was dinner!

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I baked up some tofu, steamed some veggies and finished it off with some toast and Smart Balance Light (vegan).

I also made being at home kind of special and made a pitcher of iced tea. It was really good (especially with a real lemon slice) but it made me want summer to be here, like yesterday!

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For “dessert” I had some tea and a tablespoon of peanut butter.

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One of my goals for the New Year is to get more sleep. I rested so much over my break from work that I didn’t even realize how tired I was before.

To get 8 hours, it means going to bed at 10:00. Which will help me with avoiding mindless nighttime snacking as I like to not eat an hour before bed.

Today was a really good day. I’m back in the routine and it feels so good!

I’ve only got 20 minutes to go, so goodnight 🙂

Sleeping, shopping and curry

After getting home around 2 a.m. this morning, I was planning on sleeping until about 9 or so, but Suzie had another plans (meaning it was 7:30).

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“You WILL wake up and take me outside now, Mama!”

After I couldn’t say no to Evil Eyes, I was up and went ahead and made breakfast since I was practically starving.

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Nothing like banana PB oats to quiet a growling tummy stomach. I scratched that out because the word tummy actually bothers me and I don’t use it normally, ha ha.

I also had some coffee with light vanilla soymilk in a Christmas mug, which is another one of my favorite things about this time of year 🙂

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Once everything settled, I organized my grocery list and coupons for a while before going to my mom’s house for a bit and having lunch at Subway (veggie delight-no pic).

Then I hit the grocery stores and did some major damage…for $54!!

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That big can of oats is actually hiding a lot of stuff, ha ha. Today, I shopped at Target, Walmart and Kroger which is convenient for me because they are all right in a row on the same street (two in the same shopping center).

I found some great deals and used lots of coupons…I love trips like this!

I got hungry after all of that excitement and had a spoonful of peanut butter to hold me over. I didn’t want to eat too much of a snack because I needed my appetite good and ready for a special recipe!

I decided that tonight, I would make Mama Pea’s Vegetarian Curry. I followed her recipe pretty closely, making only a few adjustments for what I had on hand.

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I decided to use spinach, mushrooms, potato, onion and carrots for my veggies.

And my favorite tofu!

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Plus the rest 🙂

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This was my first time using canned coconut milk, so I was excited (it doesn’t take much).

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I followed her directions to the T and everything came together nicely. I started by sautéing the veggies.

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Then I made the curry sauce, which smelled delicious.

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All together, on top of some brown rice.

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This dish was pretty good! I think I would like to make it spicier next time (even though my nose was still running) but it was definitely the best curry I’ve made yet.

Big thanks to Mama Pea for providing this easy recipe which I plan to make again in the near future (plus I have leftovers from tonight, yippee)!

Since Josh is currently yelling at the Texas game, let’s hear it…What is your favorite college football team?

Two months

Happy December everyone! I can’t believe it’s here already. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments, I had a much better day today 🙂

I have been vegan for 2 whole months now. It sure seems like it’s been a lot longer than that and slight mishaps aside, I think it is going really well.

For breakfast this morning, I had pumpkin oat bran with raisins, chocolate chips and peanut butter.

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This breakfast almost held me until lunch but around 10:30, I got a little hungry so I snacked on some almonds.

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Lunch was totally awesome today! I didn’t blog about it before but I made this awesome tofu on Sunday night:

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And then today, I had the leftovers, plus some broccoli topped with salsa!

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I had just the broccoli but wanted to put something on it badly. This was a great choice, I highly recommend it. I think next time, I’ll try hummus. But sometimes I do like broccoli plain, just not today.

Lately, I have been buying the Kroger brand tofu and I have to say, it is really good. I might actually prefer it. The texture is great and it bakes really well (425* for 20 minutes).

Later in the afternoon, I had half of this Clif bar:

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Then I hit the gym for some weights!

I warmed up with 15 minutes of running on the treadmill (about 1.3 miles) and then got to pumpkin pumping iron 🙂

  • Chest presses
  • Military shoulder presses
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extensions
  • Lateral raises
  • Front raises
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Calf raises
  • Core: Back extensions, crunches, side crunches, reverse crunches, leg lifts, etc.

After the workout, I ate the other half of my Clif bar. I’ve noticed it makes a big difference to eat before and after a workout to keep me from being ravenous when I get home from work.

On the way home, I started thinking about what I wanted to have for dinner. Brown rice and vegetables just sounded so boring, plus I’d already had a few vegetables today.

Hmm…what to have for dinner?

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PB&J oatmeal, of course!

Sometimes you just have to go with what you are craving. This was delicious and really hit the spot, especially on a cold night.

After my dinner settled, I went for a walk with my friend Candy again. She is due to have a baby any day now so we’re trying to move things along, ha ha. But it was a good walk and I was hungry again when I got home!

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Times two! Tortilla chips are a food I love a little too much but I finished off the bag and won’t replace it any time soon 😉

Hope Tuesday and the first day of a new month has treated you well. I love the beginning of a new month, it makes me so motivated to try something new or start implementing a new healthy habit.

What new goals are you setting for this month?

Good night friends!

My beloved tofu

For breakfast, I made pumpkin oats with some chocolate chips and peanut butter 🙂

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Today at work, I tried hemp milk in my coffee. It was different. I don’t think I’ll do it again because the tastes just don’t go well together. But it was worth a shot.

I snacked on mixed nuts later in the morning.

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Are you guys getting bored of my nuts yet? Ha ha.

Lunch was mixed veggies and leftover eggplant from last night which I decided to top with hummus today…wow! I will definitely be buying eggplant again soon.

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Then, this afternoon I got to try a new Larabar!

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I think this is only the second of the Jocalat line that I have tried but oh my! I am in love with ALL the new Larabar flavors. Not a bad thing.

Then after work, I finally got to work out!

I warmed up on the treadmill for 15 minutes then I got started on some strength training. I did 15 reps of each move using various weights:

  • Chest presses
  • Military shoulder press
  • Seated row machine
  • Upright row with bar
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extensions
  • Front raises
  • Lateral raises
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Plie squats
  • Ab exercises (about 6 or 7 different ones)

It felt so good to get moving again. And I am happy to report that after some salt gargling I did last night, my throat seems to be all better!

I thought “Sheesh, I only did it once” but I did do it about 5 times in a row.

Anyway, I had an absolutely fabulous dinner when I got home.

First, I started steaming some fresh green beans. It was so nice to not use the frozen for once. These were 99 cents a pound!

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Then I made my beloved baked tofu, which I hadn’t had in a couple of weeks now. It’s nice to change things up for a while and then come back to an old favorite.

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All together now, with some brown rice. Delicious!

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Even though I do wish that Josh ate some of the same things I do, it is nice having these leftovers all to myself for lunch tomorrow 🙂

Hope you have had a great Tuesday. I am off to make some potato soup for our Wednesday Night Girls Potluck.

Good night!

Day 6: The running munchies

Okay, so it’s time I did some re-assessing here. The thing that drives me crazy about running is the major appetite that it gives me, which in the past, led me to overeating a lot of sugar and carbs which led to weight gain and hence, a hiatus on running to calm things down.

I want to find a happy medium. I am not going to be running any marathons, I’m pretty much a short distance gal these days. I love me some 5Ks.

But I don’t want to have to give it up completely just because it makes me ravenous (or tricks me into thinking I am). I want to nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand. So after I tell you what I ate yesterday, I’m off to do some research.

Breakfast yesterday was a banana PB oats!

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I used 1/3 cup Almond Breeze and 1/3 cup water this time and it did make them taste creamier and added a little flavor so I think I will do that from now on. I should’ve tried that with my pumpkin oats before they ran out. Oh well!

Snacked on some nuts mid-morning, this is becoming rather redundant but I love them 🙂

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For lunch, I had leftover tofu and some broccoli.

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Then I still felt hungry so I raided the leftover snacks from the day before’s baby shower and took a few crackers (checked the ingredients on the box first). Pretty good!

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A couple of hours later, it was workout time! Farrah and I ran around 1.25 miles in 10 minutes. We actually sprinted a little bit because we were trying to beat a train that was coming 😉

After our “warm up” we went into the gym and did a quick strength routine, including:

  • Squats
  • Dead lifts
  • Tricep pushdowns
  • Dips on the bench
  • Seated rowing machine
  • Leg lifts (front, side, back)
  • Abs
  • Back extensions
  • Tricep kickbacks

Whoa, no wonder I am sore today. Whenever I reflect back on what we did I am amazed because it doesn’t seem like that much at the time. We even cut off early because we were both pretty sweaty and tired 🙂

When I got back to my desk, I snacked on a Nature Valley bar (last one).

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I love these and they are vegan but I need to reduce my intake of processed snacks for a while (again). But they will come in handy if I’m ever stuck at a gas station needing a snack 😉

I also had some of these evil things, thank goodness they are gone now.

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It’s this kind of stuff that running makes me crave. But I don’t keep them in the house so I should be okay from now on. Tortilla chips aren’t too bad but I have trouble keeping it to one serving if you know what I mean.

I had a Pampered Chef party to go to after work and so I packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I ate on the road.

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Most of the Pampered Chef recipes for the cooking shows include meat, mostly to showcase their baker that can go in the microwave, so I knew I had to be prepared.

They ended up making a pork tenderloin salad but the host graciously suggested they keep the meat separate. What a sweetheart! I didn’t even ask 😉

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The salad contained some sort of salad mix, red onions (which she sliced with a gadget I so need to get), thawed frozen corn, and a dressing she made using ranch dressing and some seasonings from the Pampered Chef catalog. I know ranch dressing is not vegan, but I used a little bit anyway. I’m still working on getting this whole lifestyle down, so please excuse me for now.

I also had a nice plate of veggies and a few chips. Thank goodness they were some hungry kiddos running around so I couldn’t go back for more chips!

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What’s funny is there was this awesome looking cake and I had zero interest in it! Usually desserts get me big time but not last night. Hmm…I’ve noticed I’m craving the salty stuff. Why is that?

When I got home, you guessed it, I was hungry…or so I thought?

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I thought I was done after this but my stomach started growling around 10:30, which is way past my “cut off” eating time, so I had another snack.

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Let’s just say I learned a lot today. I didn’t do anything wrong and I’m not disappointed or anything with myself. Nope. Not one bit.

I just want to change some things and get out of some ruts. I think I am officially “over” the chocolate chips and PB snack. For real. Hello burn out! And I really don’t like the bread that I bought. I mean, it tastes good but it’s too flimsy and I’d rather spend more and get better quality (like Ezekiel English muffins, yum).

Time to make some lists and get some recipes in the queue, this girl wants her whole foods back! And let’s try a few new things too 🙂

Thanks for reading…have a great day.