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I have made Overnight Oats in the past, but this morning – they were perfect! One of my favorite blogs to read is called Carrots ‘N’ Cake. She has so many GREAT ideas for healthy eating and living, and she (self-proclaimed) loves to eat (as do I)! Here’s a recipe I adore from her blog.

My Overnight Oats
(as adapted from Carrots ‘N’ Cake)

1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 heaping scoop o’ peanut butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

I combine the oats, milk, and flaxseed and let them soak over night. In the moring I through in the scoop of peanut butter and blueberries.

The possibilites are ENDLESS with these oats. You can use any kind of oat, any type of milk (soy, almond, cow, coconut), any topping (fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, nut butters, honey, granola, cereal, etc.) Every combination is delicious.

I had the above (not  the prettiest picture, but SO tasty) for breakfast this morning at 7:30 am with a Coconut Americano. And I am still full at 10am! I love feeding my body the good fuel – especially because I am hitting the gym later for a cycling workout.

You have not lived until you’ve tried Overnight Oats!

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Just by incorporating fruit and veggies in my diet, I am FEELing much better (more energetic, less sluggish). One of the things I have been dealing with inregard to emotional eating is carb withdrawl. I still get PLENTY of carbs, but the amount I was eating was a lot. I get these crazy cravings, but if I don’t have access to those sweet, sugary carbs all the time – I eat a more balanced diet. I pack a lunch with the tips below, to ensure that I reach for the healthy snack (and how to avoid those pesky office treats that pop up!).

Healthy Lunch Packing Tips!
1) Don’t always reach for the pre-packaged snacks and goodies – they are often overly processed and not-so-great for you.You can pack those tasty treats, but not for your whole lunch. (For example, in my lunch today – I totally packed a Quaker Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar).
2) Make sure you have lots of fruit and veggies on hand at home. It’s so easy to grab a banana, rinse an apples, snatch some baby carrots, and soon enough – you have half of your days snacks packed.
3) Brings some tea to work and store it in your desk. If the boredom “hunger” hits, make yourself a cup of green, oolong, or calming tea – it’s actually works and it’s good for you!
4) Pack a satisfying lunch – I ususally pack at PB&J – and I look forward to it everyday! Don’t pack a salad if you don’t want one – pack something filing and delicous.
5) Pack “mini”-meals. Eat when you are hungry and fill your stomach with fresh foods and tasty homemade goodies. Be aware when you are hungry vs. boredom.
6) Load up at the store on healthy “to go” snacks, like yogurt you can toss into your lunch. Make snacks at home to throw in as well – like I made individually wrapped scones for breakfast and made salt-and-vinegar chick peas for a snack as well.

Avoiding Office Treats:
1) If your willpower is low, navigate around so that you aren’t around the treats very long. Grab your coffee and go!
2) Think to yourself: “Do I really, really want this cookie, cake, treat?” OR could you save it for something later in the day, or that dessert at the fancy restaurant you are going to later that week? Chances are, that store bought cookie and CostCo muffin, probably isn’t the dessert you want to splurge on this week.
3) If it’s homemade cheese cake with huckleberry sauce – cut yourself a small piece and DIG IN! If it’s a worthwhile treat, something every now and then won’t kill you.
4) Be aware of your boredom eating habits, and emotional eating. Taking just nibble could turn into 3 cookies if you’re not careful.
5) Weigh your options and make a smart, healthy choice! It’s your body and think about the fuel you are putting into it. 🙂

Try incorporating some of these tips and see if helps you!! It certainly helped me. 😀 And always be sure to throw some exercise in there as well.

I have trying to get better at taking pictures – but I am not so good at it sometimes! This weekend has been filled with lots of things to do and lots of activity. My legs are tired, which means I need to do some yoga tomorrow to give them some stretches and a break. Yesterday we went on a 2 hour 20 minute walk around the area, and we had a sinful dinner: veggieburger with the works and fired! MMmmm! Sometimes you just need those greasy, yummy meals. This morning started with 5.25 miles on the elliptical at the gym – it was tough today – but I am glad I did it. Maybe the sodium from last night’s dinner made me sluggish?

I made a batch of my Buttermilk Blueberry Scones this weekend, and they are so tasty! Here is the day after pictures and recipe. I seriously think God wants me to open a bakery/cafe someday.

Buttermilk Blueberry Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus whole wheat flour to “knead” dough)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 4 tablespoons margarine, chilled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) and then “cut” the margarine into the flour mixture (I usually take my hands and work the butter and dry ingredients together – it becomes mealy in a sense – don’t overwork it).
  2. Add milk and eggs into bowl, mix together slightly before mixing into dry ingredients. Dough should forms and then fold in blueberries. Be careful to not overwork the dough.
  3. Dump dough on to whole wheat floured cutting board, shape into a large triangle and cut into wedges and triangles. Place on ungreased baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Place in preheated 375 degree oven on ungreased baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.

These are delicious warm and served next day!! I love them alone, with clotted cream, lots of different things. They are tasty.


 

I hit the gym today and did 5.5 miles on the elliptical, which told me I burnt 750 calories. I was feeling weaker today and did not end up doing my small strength training portion of my workout. So to avoid injury and making myself run down – I called it quits after the 5.5 mile workout. I then stopped at the food store to get some really cheap marinade (special on Lawry’s marinades – only $1.00 a piece at Albertson’s!!). I also picked up some of the Sugar Free Flavor for my coffee – it’s not coconut, but it’s Sugar Free Hazelnut Flavor – and I think it was a great buy! It sweetens my coffee with just a bit, and after a 1/4 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk, it brings my morning cup of joe down from 100 calories to 30-40 calories a cup. Much more manageable!! So obviously, I made a cup after I got back from the gym.

I ate a very unique dinner tonight (for me). I took some extra firm tofu and crumbled it up, marinated it in some Lawry’s Hawaiian dressing with frozen peas and the leftover remains of the asparagus stir fry I had in the freezer. Super healthy and the tofu was actually great! It was filling, and tasty. I polished off a oatmeal chocolate chip soft cookie I made the other night. But I was craving some PEANUT BUTTER!

Oh yum yum! I am ALL about food that is better for you but tastes oh so decadent! I love peanut butter and cookies, especially oatmeal cookies. So here is my recipe for tasty (and better for you peanut butter cookies!)

Ingredients:


1 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
Less that 1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of all natural apple sauce
5 teaspoons of whole wheat flour
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
a few chocolate chips

For this recipes I combine all the ingredients (EXCEPT the chocolate chips) and mixed them until they form a dough. I then measure a tablespoon scoop of the dough and place on a cookie sheet. Put one chocolate chips on each piece of dough. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Enjoy!

How could you not eat this!??! Make some right now 🙂 And averaging about 80 calories a cookie – that’s a pretty sweet cookie.

So I know I took a break from blogging. But I am back, and living my life a whole different way. For lent I had to decided workout every day, or be active in some way. And I have started to incorporate more veggies, and fruit in my life. I realized that I am a HUGE emotional eater. I use it for comfort, celebration, and about every other mood I might be feeling.

Growing up, I had sweets around all the time. We, as a family, overate. And it’s a nasty habit I have taken with my into the beginning part of adulthood. I have realized this and am taking the steps to make sure I do not continue this bothersome habit. I have never “struggled” with weight, I just carry around a few extra pounds that I know my body doesn’t need to survive.

So something I was giving to Jesus for lent has helped me start the life change that I always wanted. I am eating healthier foods, counting most of my calories to see where I am at, and exercising (and pushing myself! Instead of just going through the motions). I’ve realized how unhealthy our lifestyles can be here in America. We eat, and don’t move – everyday. I want to break the mold and be healthy. I want to feel energized and strong. Feed my body with good stuff, but allow myself to indulge as well.

After much research, I’ve discovered it’s a pretty simple equation. Exercise and portion control to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My upcoming nuptials are less than 4 months away and I want to be toned and feeling good about how much clothes fit and how I look.

I found I am constantly surrounded by women who are on “diets”, complaining that they are fat, and yet they don’t do anything about it. I am trying to change that frame of mind where if you are unhappy about something – change it! And we all have the tools to be healthy…and happy.

Enough of my rambling! Started my day off right with some Overnight Oats with PB (my daily addiction). No day is complete for me without peanut butter.

Overnight Oats with Flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup vanilla Almond milk
1/8 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Put first 4 ingredients in tuperware overnight. In the morning, scoop a big scoop o’ peanut butter right on top and enjoy! I dug into mine because I was craving it so bad this morning! I had it with an Almond Joy Almond Milk french roast coffee. Usually the Overnight Oats look like this (this one complete with chocolate chips – optional):

I do not know how some people can work 4 ten-hour work days every week. Godspeed to ya if you do! I am so happy this week is coming to a close. I need to great organized. I am still nursing my coffee from earlier and am about half way done with my Nalgene.

I am trying to track my food differently now – with the times. I will try to take pictures when I can, I just haven’t been as focused on that as I should be. For the rest of the day I will be snapping pictures.

My sweetheart stopped by my work today to say hello. He then ran some errands for me because he is the best! We are going to play one of the best games for the Wii. I asked for it for Christmas and my honey never disappoints. This game is FUN and makes you sweat a little. For those days when you don’t feel like exercising…this is perfect! It’s called Just Dance 2 and I adore it. You can have fun and burn a few calories. It’s fun, gets you moving, and is an easy “exercise” to do on your off days. There is also a “Just Sweat” setting, where you have a goal of a certain number of songs per day to reach a certain number of “sweat” points a week. Check it out! It’s worth it!

11:20am: Ate my PB&J for lunch

I seem to suck at tracking my food intake so far. My days are so busy and full of meetings, and work, and after work meetings and life in general gets in my way. But this who getting into shape thing is really really important to me. Lately I have been busy and tired. So I feel like I just keep making excuses for myself. It’s easy to not exercise when I am tired. It’s easy not to eat 100% right when I am feeling burnt out and grab what is easiest. But is this helping me reach my goal? No. Is it good for my health in general? No.

Today after work, I am heading the store. To pick up some needed items as well as to get a bunch of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I have that stuff in the house. I eat it. But when I don’t. I reach for the chips or pretzels or carb loaded snack item. Tonight when I go the store, I am picking up the vegetables and fruits – I want to get carrots, celery, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. etc. I am doing myself a disservice – and I don’t feel as good as I did when I was exercise 4 to 5 times a week, eating veggies and fruit everyday. I am just in a rut. Time to get that fixed.

I have also be super dyhrdated too. I drank over 2 Nalgenes and I wake up with a horrible feel in my stomach. I have NOT been taking care of myself . IT’s been work and go, go, go, for 2 weeks now. Time to get back on track. Not a good formula for the content life.

7:00AM: Cup of coffee with coconut creamer and overnight oats with chocolate peanutella.
9:30AM: Second cup of coffee with three vanilla creamer cups.
10:34AM: Hunger strikes. Eating a banana. Drinking more water.

Nothing like coming into work with a passive aggressive co-worker. Oh well. The day is still young.

Last night, I was exhausted. I did not get very much done. We got a new dryer though! We walked around Home Depot and found a stellar deal which had a 10% discount off of it – with free delivery, install, and haul away. How could we go wrong? It’s super nice and exciting – we should have it in several days (they had to order it) – but it’s one more thing crossed off the list and this bad boy should last us a while!

So I have been horrible at tracking my dinner (meaning, not taking pictures or really doing anything at all). Last night’s dinner consisted of Digornio pizza spread with some homemade pesto! I dipped my pizza in Saracha, of course! I had three pieces and I was set for the rest of the night. I did not exercise last night, after looking at dryers and then getting settled back in at home (i.e., straigtening up). We heated up a pizza and then I crashed on the couch. I NEED to start exercise again. I am going to do a DVD tonight, most likely 30 Day Shred or Power Yoga. Once the weekend hits (it’s my bday!), I am going to start hitting the gym again too. My bathing suits are hanging out at UPS. Need to get those too. Today has started off busy but I really need to work out, I am starting to feel “doughy” and “jiggly”. Not a good feeling. I think I may have gotten close to my water goal but didn’t quite make it. Trying again today. Drinking two Nalgenes today! And….go!

Breakfast today cosisted of a palmful of nuts and my standard coconut coffee. But then I got hungry (obviously) like an hour later. So I had my applesauce – which filled me up! I just finished my coffee so I am on my way to rinse my mug and filled it up with some hot Organic Green Tea. I used to drink a lot of tea, and I have been slacking lately. It was so good for me and I would drink that instead of snacking mindlessly. Plus the antioxidants in the tea are great for me. I need to drink more water though – that just needs to be done.

Just getting out of college and starting my first “real” job. I love finding tips for being frugal and saving every little bit I can!
Money Saving Tip: check money saving blogs and request for all the free samples you want! You’d never guess it, but it saves a ton. You get coupons usually with the free samples, and the samples last for about a week or more depending on the size. Also, they are great travel size items that you don’t have to pay for! Great for flying or that road trip you need to take.

Back from my whirlwind trip with 90% of wedding decorations, 50% of vendors figured out, and a wedding dress! Also…I ate A LOT this weekend with my family and going to all the fancy restaurant. And guess what’s coming in the mail today? My bikini’s. Guess who needs to hit the gym? This kid.

Want to see some of the things I ate this weekend? Totally tasty, not so good for the waist line. 😦 Did exercise one day with my sis, and then we did do A LOT of walking. So I think we still were pretty active.

Homemade pizzelle from my sister!

Veggie sandwhich with Sugar Free Soy Coconut Latte.

California Burritos from Jalapeno’s!

Mac and Cheese dinner with pretzel from airport, for dinner last night.

Today started off with a cup o’ coffee with coconut creamer and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Zone bar. Not my first nutricious choice, but I forgot I had a meeting from 7:15 am to 8:15 am, so I scarfed it down! I am not on my second cup of coffee and I just realized it some how became 10 am. So I am hungry again. I need to start eating well again, this weekend – I ate out so much and I did not hold back! I think I may have gained about 3 pounds. So let’s get this thing going. I am now having a second cup of coffee with vanilla and caramel machiatto creamer, plus drinking water (gotta stay hydrated), and about a 1/2 cup of apple sauce. Mmm! So tonight is going to be tricky – got a late flight in last night and early morning at work (doing for ten-hour shifts again). Tonight I wanted to exercise, but on 5 to 6 hours of sleep – my body needs rest and I think we might do a frozen pizza for dinner.

Speaking of water – I do not drink enough of it. I am going to log my water throughout the day to reach a goal.  
+ 10:00am: 4 oz (out of my goal, 64oz)

A long day ahead of me.

Just when you think everything is “slowing down” or becoming easier. Beware! My fiancee’s dad always said that “bad things come in threes”. So let’s begin:

1) Small problem: kind of a bummer. My purple coffee mug, brand new from my mom for Christmas, the slidey part broke off last night while washing. My handyman fiancee fixed it for me with some superglue and it’s good as new as new (he just told me to be gentle with it).

2) Medium problem: at 5:50 this morning – right before my alarm went off, the “chirping” of the smoke alarm. In my sleepy stupor, I tried to replace the battery and handle that wonderful “beeping sound”.

3) Large problem: I did laundry last night, and I checked the dryer this morning – my clothes were surprisingly still damp. The heat doesn’t seem to be working in it – it tumbles – but it’s obviously not happy and at 6am this morning I couldn’t do much about it. My fiancee will look at it later…but ugh! 😦

For breakfast, I had overnight oats (with organic Vanilla Soy Milk) then this morning I added a big scoop of organic peanut butter and a palmful of chocolate chip. I think I made too much of it, but I ate it anyways. It surprising tasted a lot like chocolate chip cookie dough (which of course, is always good). Not like the peanut butter chocolate cup I was thinking it would be like. I am also enjoying my morning cup ‘o coffee with coconut creamer and soy milk. Mmm! 😀

Exercising tonight. I am doing it. No matter what. I was on a roll building some strength and muscle back – and now I am feeling doughy again. I never though being so busy would make exercising so hard. Since I work 40 hour weeks, I usually work from 7:30 to 3:30ish, and fitting in a work on those days is easy compared to this week! Heading out of state for wedding dress shopping in 2 days. Sometimes, even with all this motivation, when you’re exhausted, it’s hard to get moving.

Off to a shakey start! 😛

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