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The year of the big snow

Published on January 2, 2014, by in Update.

After ringing in 2014 with friends, we walked home in the snow. We woke up to more snow. It’s still snowing. I started off the new year with a hot breakfast of and egg, spinach and sriracha wrap, banana and coffee. And a decision to make. To run a 5k or head to my warm and cozy gym. For the past 4 years, I have done the New Year’s Day 5k. The weather is always horrible. Every year, I vow to not do it the next year, but I always end up signing up again. It’s a great way to start the year(theoretically). It was very cold(windchill in the single digits) and snowing sideways yesterday at the start of the race. It had been snowing so much that there really wasn’t a cleared path for the race. There were times that we running single file in the person’s foot steps

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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

Published on December 31, 2013, by in Update.

When looking at how I want to become a better person and improve my life in 2014, I looked back at the past two years. In 2012, I made a lot of dietary changes. In 2013, I was going to cut back on the sugar in my diet and mix up my workout routine. I’ve actually done a fair job of sticking to many of the dietary changes from 2012 and can’t believe that I cut fake sweeteners out of my life 2 years ago! Last year’s goal of cutting back on sugar had its ups and downs. Once I get away from sugar for a few days, I don’t do so bad. But when I do have it, I want more and more. As for working out, I did diversify my work outs a bit. I have started to retrain myself in running, spent more time on the elliptical,

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Zucchini noodles

Published on December 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

  I have been struggling to return to healthy eating lately. There are far too many delicious holiday temptations, not to mention more social occasions and drinks. I feel like I am having a good and fairly consistent week this week. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased the crap. I can really feel the difference. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be hard with Christmas next week. Last night for dinner I had the opportunity to use my much lusted after GEFU spiralizer. While a bit expensive for a kitchen gadget, I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I spiralized one small zucchini. While I was doing that, I sauteed some mushrooms in about a teaspoon of grass fed butter, salt and pepper. I also heated up a little marinara sauce I had on hand. When the

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Return to healthy eating

Published on November 29, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

I heard on the news yesterday that the average American consumes 4000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Yikes! As I posted earlier, we made some healthier swaps for our meal to help keep our meal and waistlines I check. We had mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, a side of Brussels sprouts and only a half batch of stuffing. Oh, and no dessert. Besides eating a little more than normal yesterday, I have been eating more than normal for about the past two weeks due to wedding festivities and being on my honeymoon. On a normal day, I eat more then 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Well, Iceland doesn’t have the best climate for growing produce, so fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive there and to be honest, the quality isn’t that great. For example, a side salad at a restaurant was about $18

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BBQ pineapple chicken wraps

Published on November 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

These are a satisfying but easy throw together lunch or dinner. I spread a little bbq sauce and mayo on a wrap shell. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, but I don’t know what it does when it mixes with the bbq sauce and pineapple in this wrap, but it’s a little magical. Then I added some shredded mozzarella and some sharp cheddar. Layer on some cooked chicken and fresh pineapple. Add lettuce and any other veggies you want. I would suggest tomato and cucumber. Roll it up. Stick a toothpick on each side. Slice down the middle. Serve with healthy sides.

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His and hers tuna melts

Published on November 16, 2013, by in Recipes.

One of my quick and healthy go to meals is tuna melts. They have healthy omegas, lots of protein and we always have some tuna in the pantry. Brian likes his tuna on the slightly sweet side. I like mine savory. The other thing about tuna salad is I like tuna heavy tuna salad, not too much sauce. Start by turning on the oven to 400F. Drain one can of solid white albacore tuna in water, very well. Spit can of tuna in to two separate bowls. For a sweeter tuna salad, add 1 tablespoon of mayo, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, squeeze of lemon juice and either 1-2 tablespoons of sweet relish or 1 small break and butter pickle(finely chopped). Mix ingredients well. Salt and pepper to taste. For a more savory tuna, follow the same recipe but add one small chopped dill pickle instead of

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Last weekend-ish

Published on November 9, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Why the -ish? It also included a very productive Tuesday. I had my final wedding dress fitting Saturday morning. We had a a BBQ chicken and pineapple wrap for lunch. I got up early on Sunday morning and cleaned out my garden plot. The end of season garden is such a sad looking thing. The pulling of plants was fueled by a lot of hot coffee. When I got home from the garden, I picked 55 pears off the tree in our back yard. Then I made myself a large, hot breakfast and more coffee. Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel thin with lots of fresh fruit. After that, I got to work using some pears by making cranberry pear bread. I already talked about staying home sick from work on Tuesday. I used it to my advantage by doing meal planning for the rest of the week and

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Easy tofu stir fry

Published on October 30, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is also not my recipe, but one I made from Minimalist Baker’s blog this past weekend. It is a quick, easy and delicious stir-fry recipe. Brian raved about it. I did have to make a few substitutions. I was out of fresh ginger, so I substituted one teaspoon of ground ginger. I could tell the difference, but Brian said he couldn’t. I will definitely  have fresh ginger on hand next time. I also used half sesame oil and half olive oil, because there wasn’t enough sesame oil left in the bottle. Oops. It still had great sesame flavor.  We only had one block of already open and 1/3 eaten tofu on hand. So I only used 2/3 of a block of tofu in the recipe and Brian and I spit the entire stir fry. Let’s take a look:

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Weekend wrap-up

Published on October 28, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

On Thursday night(because that was pretty much considered the start of the weekend when I was in college), I made KERF’s baked pumpkin oatmeal bites. They were only alright. I thought they were quite bland and I even added cinnamon. I substituted chopped dates because I couldn’t find my raisins. I’m eating them because they are low-calorie and healthy, but I probably won’t be making them again. Brian isn’t even interested in them. Friday night I went to the gym. My favorite zumba instructor told us in class on Tuesday that there would be an additional class on Friday. I thought it started at 6. Nope, it started at 6:30. I also realized that this class was added because of a special Halloween night they were having at the gym. There were going to be children in costumes Zumba-ing with me. No thank you. That and not wanting to wait

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How to eat more vegetables: breakfast and lunch

Published on October 23, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This is not a sponsored post. I ran across a product today that I loved, so I wanted to share it with you. I also wanted to give you some tips and trick to add more vegetables into your daily diet. I love salads. A lot. I don’t use much dressing and sometimes don’t use any at all, but there are some salad combinations that just need it. I was low on salad dressing at work, so I stopped at the grocery store this morning. I spotted this delightful looking bottle of feta dill yogurt dressing. I tend to like yogurt dressing and love feta and dill. Even better, it was on sale. You get 2 tablespoons for only 50 calories. It almost sounded too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t. This stuff is delicious! So how to I eat vegetables at almost every meal? I had a salad

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