Friday, February 25, 2011

Digging a little Deeper

Howdy folks!! Happy Friday. I do not remember Mon, Tues, or's all a blur. It is fun when the end of the week feels like a Tuesday:)

I'm not just crazy at work, I've got my organic chem final in two weeks. Eek!! I'm trying to start early and avoid the major cram sessions that I usually ended up doing in university. It's good practice as I will not be cramming for ND school.

Being organized is a big help too!! I took a couple of hours and organized everything into this binder for easy access. I love it already! I'm not done "tabbing" everything yet but once I'm through it's going to be perfecto!! Hopefully this will lead to a near "perfecto" final:)

This is a whole different ball game. People's HEALTH are at stake and so I really need to get into a habit and a studying flow that works for me. I have a few things in mind already and so once it gets closer ( only 193 days!!! Yes, I checked:) to the start I'll lay out my plan!

Alrighty so today I wanted to share some food goodies with you and have a chat about my blog content.

Wa-bam!! Yes, this thing is actually edible! It's a breakfast cookie from the lovely fitnessista. This breakfast rocked my world. You're probably thinking, that big blob got your all riled up? Why yes, it's true.

I love the consistency (you know that's a big deal) and how customizable it is. Oh and it's delish too:)

My cookie :

1/3 cup buckwheat groats, ground into a flour
1 full scoop chocolate hemp protein powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 banana
1 tbl raisins
1 tbl chia seeds
unsweetened coconut

I'm excited to try out different combos! Have you ever made Gina's breakfast cookie?

These beauties were made on Valentine's attempt #2!! As you can see I was impatient and didn't wait until it was completely frozen. Yum!!

The filling had almond butter, chia seeds, bee pollen, half scoop protein powder, unsweetened coconut. These were divine.

I know Nelly made some chocolate love too. Hi doll!!

Brain food!! I love mixing my foods together. I'm the one at the table on thanksgiving mixing the corn, peas, sweet potatoes, and whatever there is into one big mess..amazing!

The above has kale, cucumber, peppers, peas, avo, chickpeas, pickled beets, sauerkraut, and left over roasted veggies. I topped it off with an interesting dressing, if you want to call it that.

Trust me it's delicious! Just mix a tablespoon tahini with 1/2 cup salsa. I love it with salads (plus a dash of balsamic!) and with roasted veggies.

Dessert was protein pudding! 1 avocado, 1/2 cup blueberries ( I used frozen), carob or cacao to your liking, 1/2 scoop protein powder, stevia, water, and a touch of Cinnamon. Topped with shredded coconut and cacao nibs:)

There you have it, a sugar-free dessert to try out this weekend!! I guarantee you will love it:)

Now for some green!!

What's that under those paper towels?

Or under the grow light at work:)
 I work in the horticulture industry just in case you were wondering!

Wheatgrass babies!!! I am so ready for some fresh wheatgrass juice.
I did a post on the easy process to grow your own grow light required! Check it out!

PS I am quite amazed at the difference in growth between the wheatgrass grown under natural light (sunlight) versus the grow lamps. The wheatgrass under the grow lamps is double the size to that of the natural light babies. Interesting hey?

Watching these sprouts take off has me itching to start gardening again!  Or maybe it's all the seeds we just received for the garden at work.

All organic or heirloom seeds...sigh:)

This Weeks Goal

I've been bodyrockin' this week and it's been fun. Yet I feel sometimes that it's not enough. I don't have the strength that Zuzana and so I can't get in a ton of reps. I know it is still rocking my body pretty hard but I think the workouts need to be included along with a resistance program that uses some weights. That's my opinion, anyways. Also I'm a little nervous during her workouts as there is a lot of jumping and it's a lot of impact on my knees. I've been pretty good lately but a couple months back when I was only doing bodyrock workouts consistently for weeks my left knee starting going out again. When I was doing resistance training with weights along with HIIT, I rarely had an incident. So, I think the bodyrock workouts aren't a good workout for me to do everyday. But they definitely will be in my workout arsenal.

Besides that I've been enjoying my week and have discovered one of my favorite exercise combos to date:

Rollover Comando pushups

I'm amazed at how much stronger I am now compared to a few months ago. Progress, baby!!

Blog Content

Okay I want to be completely honest, I feel like I've been just going with the motions and have not really pushed my little blog to the place where I envisioned it to go. I'm not talking about being "famous" on the sphere, I'm talking about creating content that is more than my weekend or endless salad combos. I want conversation, I want to share new things with you that I learn, talk more about issues that I'm truly passionate about (besides food that is:). I know right now it's a crazy busy time for me but in a few weeks my exam will be over and work will have settled down into a more manageable pace.
So watch out folks, I'm going to be digging a little deeper in regards to content and getting my creative juices flowing again. It will always be fun though because that's the way I want it to be!

PS Katie shared this super cool website today on her much fun! It's called Wordle. have to check it out. I've been looking for something like this as wall art using my wedding vows:)

Here's mine after I entered in my blog URL:

Fun hey? I used "organic carrot" for the colors and "grilled cheese BTN" for the font! I see myself spending some quality time on this site for sure:) Yes, it's free folks!

Love you guys!!

Hope you have a rocking weekend and do tons of fun stuff.

I'm off to visit my grams and some other family. Then Saturday is all business, chemistry business that is. Sunday I have a baby shower to go to but I'm sure I'll be fitting in some fun stuff in between:)

It's March next week...yay!!!


Stephanie said...

We just put in our seed order from Baker's Creek and couldn't be more excited. :)

Ryan wants to grow wheatgrass under growlights too.

bitt said...

Oh no, now I'm addcited to wordle. fun site.

Excited for your wheatgrass to grow. be careful, the kitties will surely be interested.

i love salsa and hummus together. good stuff.

HiHoRosie said...

don't you just love being organized? It's such a great feeling being organized - very motivating.

Your b'fast cookie looks yummy! So full of good stuff too.

And we're excited for gardening. Need to sort thru our seeds and figure out everything. Fun fun!

Nelly said...

i've been craving tahini like it's going out of style...i can't wait to eat a salad with a tahini dressing...

i love your blog...i think the content is more than just food and definitely touch upon many very interesting topics...just wanted you to know...

good luck with your exam.

Melissa said...

Hey Stephanie - congrats on the seed order. Love this time of year!!
Wheatgrass loves the growlights:) Have fun!!

Hey Bitt - Oh I know wordle is awesome!!! I have the wheatgrass at work right now so they are non the wiser..but I'm planning on taking it home this week so I'll be watching it closely:)

Hey Heidi - Being organized gives me such a! I just feel good head to toe:)

Hey Nelly- Miso tahini dressing is one of my faves:) I just wanted to thank you for your sweet words about my little blog. Appreciate it so much. Lots of love:)

(what runs) Lori said...

Wonderful and fun post!
And oh damn! That is a breakfast cookie! OOOOH yum. And those almond butter cups? Seriously? They look incredible. What proportions of ingredients did you use???!?? Yummmmmmmie.

I love my blog for the outlet on what I want to write- you should write on whatever YOU want to write! I love reading the different blogs because each one (and person behind them) have their own personality. So I'm excited to see all the things you have inside your head waiting to be written out. :)

And I am writing a post on BodyRock this week!! I JUST tried it out this weekend and omg it's awesome. I am so sore! Like more sore than when I lift! lol It's wonderful and she has a crazy amazing body... blah. I'll get there... maybe. ha

Angela (the diet book junkie) said...

whatever that chocolatey thing is, i want it, now!! :)

looking forward to seeing where your blog is headed! like Lori said, just write about what interests you, whatever you love. otherwise blogging can seem like a chore instead of a place to express yourself. and p.s. i LOVE learning about stuff, so please feel free to share!