Satisfaction

Wanna know what the best feeling is?

Feeling satisfied.

And after this breakfast, I felt nothing but pleased.

I’m sure you can see why.

  • Oatmeal (Oats, flax, blueberries, raw chopped almonds, half of a ripe banana, goji berries, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, pinch of salt, natural crunch peanut butter)
  • Iced Pumpkin Cookie
  • Clementine
  • Coffee

This cookie alone screams indulgence.

For good measure – some juicy fruit.

Love these suckers.

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I highly recommend creating this oatmeal.

Even if the only added ingredients were banana & pb.

So good & so filling!

The banana adds fluffiness.

Stick-to-your-ribs breakfast indeed.

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Happy Hump Day!!!

Nutty Berry Oatmeal

Oats – Flax – Vanilla – Cinnamon – Walnuts – Almonds – Wild Blueberries – Goji Berries

With Green Tea & Vitamins.

Magically delicious!

I bought raw almonds and goji berries yesterday at my favorite store: Peter’s Cornucopia.

Also purchased: veggie chips. I am so obsessed, I can eat them all day.

I need a nap.

Alrighty – TTYS have a nice day!

First Time Making Kale Chips

Right when I woke up, I saw the big bag of kale that my mom and I got last night at Walmart. An urge came over me to make Kale Chips!!! I’ve heard many people rave about them, so I decided to go for it.

Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil & course salt.

Place in 350º oven for about 15 minutes.

Easy.

I like these “chips.” They remind me of roasted broccoli.

Ate a couple of these and then made breakfast.

Same as yesterday except waaay more blueberries. Love ’em!

Because I made the same thing – I decided to make the photography more interesting.

Here is my breakfast sitting on a cloud of cow.

Hehe

And for good measure – up close and personal:

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Off to the gym after I digest.

I’m sore from my full-body workout yesterday so I just want to get some good ‘ol cardio in. I want to run outside, but the weather is telling me not to. Grrr.

Anywaaays – have a nice day!

Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal

Oatmeal + Green Tea + Vitamins [Multi & Iron]

Healthy? I think YES.

Oats + Flax + Cinnamon + Vanilla +Pumpkin + Blueberries + Walnuts

When you cook the blueberries right in with the oats, they become sweet. Therefore, no sweeteners were used. I hate using Splenda (and that’s the only kind we have). Besides honey of course, but I still feel like I need a sugar detox (especially after indulging in some Carmel Corn (and some candy ugh) last night…I’d been craving it – how could I say no!?).

This healthified breakfast was the perfect start today.

So now I just have to get my ass up and my make way to the gym.

I read an article on my Nook last night about weight training. It’s stuff I already knew, but it reminded me that lifting has more long-term benefits including more rapid weight loss, helps strengthen bones, etc. etc. Now I feel the need to incorporate more lifting in my workouts. I love running, though. I am not fond of using machines, weights, blah blah but I guess a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

Getting…dressed…so…I…actually…go…

bye

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PS – Oscar says HI! (Yes I am turning into a crazy cat lady)

I’m Baaaaack!

Hi! I made it back safe & sound from Australia a week ago. Is it weird that I am not feeling jet-lagged at all? It’s a 14 hour time difference, what’s going on? Maybe I’m SuperWoman or something…probs.

ANYWAYS it’s nice to be back, it’s like I never left. Except it is because the last time I was home it was summer and now BAM it’s winter…although it’s raining!? WTF! Gimme some snow. That’s okay though because it means it’s a little warmer and I got a couple runs in outside.

Outside running > indoor running. The natural hills & cars driving by is motivation in itself to keep going. Instead of running inside on a treadmill like a mouse in a wheel. Ick.

Running is definitely necessary with all of the cookie-making that’s been going on.

OH and P.S. I still have no camera. UGH! Therefore, my Blackberry camera will have to do for now.

These cookies I found from Kristin here. She is one of the bloggers I religiously follow – check out her website, she’s great!

They came out of the oven & it was love at first site! Love ’em! Now they actually taste like brownies, which is definitely not a bad thing. They are moist (do you hate that word? ‘Cause I love it…) and nice ‘n chocolaty. AND very easy to make.

I made a bunch more cookies including meringues! I am in love with meringues in general and let me just tell you – I knocked these babies out of the park.

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Optional Food Coloring
Directions:
1. Preheat Oven 350ºF
2. Beat Eggs until stiff.
3. Gradually add Sugar/Vanilla/Food Coloring
4. Fold in Chocolate Chips
5. Plop tablespoon (or whatever size you’d like) of mixture onto baking sheets covered w/foil or parchment paper
5. Place cookies into oven & immediately turn oven OFF.
6. Let sit for at least two hours (hard, I know)
7. Take out in a few hours & enjoy!

OKAAAY I know…these are pink. I didn’t add enough red dye but they are still adorbs. Idea for Valentine’s Day? I think YES. The next batch I did white with green & red sprinkles, but I ended up baking them for too long and turned a slight orange color. Still very very delicious. See the chocolate chip hiding in there?

I love the crunchy outer shell and the soft, delicate center. They would be good without the chocolate chips, but I like them with! The more chocolate, the better! 😉

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And as for breakfast this morning, I finally tried Gingerbread Oatmeal.

I just threw in a pot: oats, flax, water, milk, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground clove, molasses, pinch of salt, and the rest of an energy mix that mostly consisted of granola and cranberries. I didn’t measure anything, I like to eyeball.

I decided something was missing (sweetness) so I added brown sugar. There ya go. Exactly what it needed! It was pretty good, I want to try pumpkin oatmeal next. Can you tell I LOVE this time of year?

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THREE days until Christmas. Unbelievable. I hope you are getting in all of your last minute shopping 🙂 ! I still have a few things to conquer GAH.

Cheers!

-Casi-

It’s Raining, it’s Pouring & Casi is Mourning.

Seriously though. It is raining and I am mourning. Very much so. Steph Jo just left me and I am now here completely by myself. WHY!? Thank you Stephanie for making some of the best memories with me. I’m glad we got stuck as roommates 😉 I am also glad that we will be visiting each other. SOON. Love and miss you very very much.

Not even oatmeal made me feel better. Yes, Steph, you made that much of an impact on me. When food doesn’t cheer me up, you know it’s bad.

Same oatmeal as yesterday, as I am running out of food.

I then resorted to a nectarine, chocolate & green tea as a pick-me-up. Ugh…didn’t help. If that spoonful of tahini was replaced with a spoonful of Stephanie’s presence, I would certainly be a happy camper. I hope I don’t sound too gay. I don’t even care.

I’m thinking I should get out and do something rather than sit around and feel sorry for myself. Class at the gym later…maybe. Gah I leave in 8 days. Hopefully the sun shows itself soon. It’s been way too gloomy and it doesn’t help the mood.

Well I hope YOU are having a good day at least.

I’ll TTYL.

Brekky

I woke up this morning and holy cow my legs & butt are so incredibly sore. I forgot how much lunges really do it to ya. I like being a little sore because it feels like I actually accomplished something at the gym. I’m actually taking the day off from working out. Need it, hopefully the rain holds out so I can at least go for a walk. I love taking walks.

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And onto a more important discussion: Foooood…

This was my fantastic brekky (I love that this is what the Aussies call breakfast).

  • 3 Tbs Rolled Oats
  • Cooked in Water & Skim Milk
  • Flax Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Dash of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Gojis & Coconut
  • Large Dollop of Tahini mixed with Honey
  • GREEN TEA

I never really measure anything (except for the oats). Put in whatever looks right 😉

My favorite part was the dollop of tahini & cinnamon on top. I always have these ingredients on hand.

Yep. Tahini is in fact ground sesame seeds. It tastes very nutty and not as sweet as peanut butter, so the addition of honey is perfection. I love this with carrots or apples (Ate an apple & tahini before bed last night…needed it).

Look at how gorgeous it is atop a creamy hot bed of oats.

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Off to start the day! Bye bye.

Don’t try this at home.

I love avocados! The taste, the texture… everything about them is perfection. They definitely completed my dinner last night.

(If you are new, I am using my phone for pictures until I get my hands on a new [unbroken] camera.)

I sauteed broccoli with mini chicken meatballs and garlic (& sea salt). It rests on a lemon-squeeze enhanced bed of lettuce.

And the best part = half of a sliced avocado (also doused in lemon & sea salt) with two dipping sauces: Hot Siracha and Tzatziki. Love.

Dessert: Perfectly Ripe Peach.

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After watching 3 episodes of Gossip Girl (starting it over – season 1, it’s so different!), Steph and I went for a nice night walk. The temperature was perfect and the air felt amazing. I definitely recommend.

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Breakfast this morning:

As promised, I tried out Orange Dark Chocolate Oatmeal……:(

Good idea, not well executed. This is how it turned out:

Weird. Yeah cocoa powder does not belong in oatmeal. I figure this would taste better if I used orange zest (instead of the juice) – but of course there is no zester here. And instead of cocoa powder, using a piece or two of dark chocolate chopped up would be much tastier.

The saving factors: I drizzled it with honey (made it slightly better), the almonds and the oranges on the side tasted so juicy and good! I’m not going to even tell you how exactly I made this because I don’t recommend it.

But that’s what this site is about, trying new things. Some ideas work and others don’t. This one earned an ‘D+’. It didn’t fail because I know I can tweak it and the effort was there, right? RIGHT.

I finished it even though I didn’t care for it. No wasted food here! I needed my fuel for the gym, tasty or not.

Since I’m low in iron (according to a recent blood test), I’ve been taking one of these a couple of times per week. I’ll be getting another blood test in about a month so hopefully my levels will be up to par!

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Currently, I’m finishing my green tea and then off to the gym I go. Not gonna let this gloomy day get me down. Plus it’s Monday here and I gotta start the week out right! You should, too.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Orange ya glad I didn’t say Banana?

Hi there! I’m proud of my clever post name, you’ll see why in a minute. Ha.

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Bad news: unfortunately, my (mom’s) camera could not be resuscitated. The poor 2 year old Canon PowerShot SD750 is dead. Alas, I won’t let this stop me! Although sort of unappealing, camera phone pix will have to do for a while.

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So like I said, Steph and I went to the Carrara Markets yesterday. My hopes were high, but they were most certainly not met.

It was sort of like a huge flea market with tons of clothing, souvenirs, fresh produce, jewelry, candy, cafes, furniture, posters, etc. You name it – they pretty much had it. Too bad it sucked, I was totally not feeling it at all. Everything was just ‘so-so’… besides the food that I bought. Ha, of course – right?

I bought more zucchini (YAY), a couple avocados & the biggest head of lettuce I have ever laid my hands on. All of that for 5 bucks… not bad. I also sampled tons of delicious fruit there: mango, pineapple, peach, watermelon, grapes, rock melon (Australian term for cantaloupe) and probably more that I cannot remember. I was hungry, so I ate whatever I could (for free… tehe). I ended up buying a banana to eat, along with a couple peaches. Mmm peaches. So ripe, so beautifully delicious.

[Keep in mind, it’s summer here so the fruits that are in season are different than the ones back in the states.]

At least I got to ride a magical pony:

HAHA just kidding…..obviously. Although my friends would probably tell you that I would in fact do something like this.

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After eating fruit all day long (I also ate a pear on the way there), I was craving something salty. Something substantial, ya know?

So I made a salad:

I cooked my newly purchased zucchini with spinach & rocket mix along with canned tuna and onions. I have never cooked canned tuna, but I wanted it warm. It came out nice – if you do this, make sure you use enough oil otherwise the tuna will dry it all out.

I also added tomato. Then piled it atop lettuce. I think I sprinkled a lot of chili powder because it was pretty spicy. I liked it!

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Then of course I needed something to truly satisfy:

Yes, I was laying down and eating two squares of pure yum. Nothing in the world tastes better, I am infatuated with chocolate.

I was planning on eating a late dinner because my salad was sort of a late lunch (4pm) but I ended up just having this lovely piece of dark, chugging lots of water and then a nectarine later (go figure…more fruit).

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Breakfast time NOM NOM NOM! Theme: tropical.

I wasn’t planning on trying something new today, but then I opened up the cupboard and saw a poor lonely orange. I felt bad, so I decided to eat him…in my oatmeal! How unique. I also thawed a very ripe banana.

I love how the sun is shining on the orange. Apples and bananaaaaaas….

As I brewed my coffee… today definitely feels like a coffee day… I cooked up some tropical flavors.

It turned out better than expected. I’m going to make this dish again, once I get my hands on more naners.

Recipe:

  • Little less than 1/4 cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 small very ripe banana
  • Flax Seeds (optional, but nutritious wink wink)
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 15 Toasted Almonds (or 10…or 20)
  • 1 Orange
  • Tbs. Goji Berries
  • Tsp. Raw Coconut
Now put it all together:

Cook the oats, water, banana, cinnamon, flax and salt in a saucepan (medium heat or so). All it takes is about 2 minutes while constantly stirring. Make sure you mash up the bananas as your stir…hello creaminess. Do this while gently toasting the almonds stovetop. Cut an orange in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into the oatmeal (watch out for seeds!). I saved a couple pieces to use as a finishing touch (which actually tasted really good…warm oranges – who knew?). Stir up for another minute and then dish ’em up! Finish with the toasty almonds, goji’s, coconut, and (optional) orange slices!

A very up-close shot of my toppings. Oh, cell phone camera – how I wish you had a macro setting! 😦

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I was inspired by the orange in my oatmeal today (it’s the little things you know) so I think I’m going to try a dark chocolate & orange oatmeal soon. Perfect pairing… will it work in oatmeal? Dun dun duuun, tune in next week to find out.

Haha alrighty then.

My plan is to do some interval running today (after realizing the gym is only open from 12-5 on Sundays…silly Australians & their different schedules). I’ll have to log in my workout at Dedicated December! Yippee.

Ta-Ta for now!

My Inspirations

There are a lot of people that have a big influence on me in the blogoverse.

The biggest inspirations for me have been Kath, Courtney, Allie, and Tina. Seriously, check them out. They have so many awesome tips (food/health/exercise/nutrition) and seriously amazing recipes. I hope to join them at food blogger conventions or even be a part of their blogger meet-ups someday!

I first discovered Kath because she was the head of WordPress’s ‘Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast.’ Thank you, WordPress! This is my other blog where I take part in the weekly photo challenge: http://zingaling23.wordpress.com/. After I saw Kath’s post, I was hooked. You’ll be, too.

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Last night for dinner I finally made a microwaved sweet potato again! This time, with zucchini, onions, tomato & basil.

Zucchini has become one of my favorite veggies. I layered a sliced vine-ripe tomato with fresh basil, drizzled with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Balsamic Vinegar, S&P (Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper). I also sprinkled the potato and zukes with chili and garlic powder. I’m almost out of garlic powder, I’m an addict. Then of course I brought out the Hot Siracha Sauce for the sweet potato.

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For dessert I had a delicious “chocolate pudding.” YEP.

Topped vanilla yogurt with organic cocoa powder, almonds, goji berries, raw coconut, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and flax fiber:

It really tastes like dessert. The sweetness of the yogurt combined with the bitterness of the cocoa creates a dark chocolate pudding taste. Plus a little crunch of the almonds – perfect way to end the day. Then Steph and I went for a walk. In the rain. To the grocery store. We’re starting to look for foods to bring with us on the plane. We left with nothing, but I’m checking out another grocery store today or tomorrow.

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And then as for the breakfast that I just demolished: Banana Nut Oatmeal. Kath is the one that inspired me to try new things in my oatmeal. It’s almost what she’s known for (like I said, check out her blog – link above!).

I started with 2-3 heaping tablespoons of rolled oats (if you think that’s not much, they expand SO much. Plus with added ingredients this oatmeal is very filling). Cook them up on the stove in some water/skim milk and a VERY overripe banana (it was black on the outside) and about a tablespoon of Gentle Fibre (pictured above).

I also added some vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt (flavor enhancing). I topped it with my failed granola bars from yesterday and some more cinnamon.

Almonds [and pistachio’s] are my favorite nuts! I LOVE nuts…haha.

Yes, I enjoyed this immensely. I am looking forward to trying new varieties of oatmeal. Let me tell you, it’s the perfect way to start the day. Fills ya right up. Plus a cup of coffee or tea – you’re set for hours!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! HAPPY DECEMBER!