A Weekend in Instagram

Happy birthday, Mom!!

Mom Hora Wedding

She’s a party animal 😉

Soon enough, my parents will be out here visiting us and we’ll be having just as much fun, right? 😉

This past weekend was nutso! Our furniture was delivered early Friday afternoon and after spending a full 2 days of unpacking, I still decided it was a good idea to go run the Hot Chocolate 5K. Obviously I’m glad I did though! So for you, I have lots of pictures to recap an otherwise uneventful weekend.

Almond Milk Latte Peets

Started my weekend with a large almond milk latte. READY TO UNPACK!

Pliny the Elder Russian River

Obviously the first beer we bought in California had to be the first beer we drank in our new place!

Salmon Melt The Bureau 510

Salmon melt on ACME bread at The Bureau 510. Had to refuel big time after a long day!

Breakfast of Champions Liba Falafel

Breakfast of Champions from Liba Falafel at the farmers’ market. There’s a poached egg in there.. and the rosemary peanuts and brussels slaw were ridiculous.

Kale Cabbage Sugar Snap Peas Tomatoes Carrots Roasted Corn Hemp Seed Sriracha Avocado Honey Mustard

I was entirely too excited to finally get some dino kale from the farmers’ market. And this salad was crazy good! I missed my big bowls.

Spicy Pork Bibimbop Spoon Korean Cafe

Spicy Pork Bibimbop, no rice, extra veg at Spoon. Definitely getting it this way every time.

Banana Oatmeal Justins Maple Almond Butter

Oh, you don’t eat oatmeal in your car before a race?

Hot Chocolate 5K

FINISHER! Time to eat entirely too much sugar. Worth it. It was no PR, but having not run in a few weeks, I’ll take a sub-25 min 5K.

San Francisco Tone It Up TIU Hot Chocolate 5K

Love meeting up with the SF Tone It Up girls! Great run yesterday 🙂

Kale Roasted Corn Sugar Snap Peas Tomatoes Kidney Beans Hemp Seeds Sriracha Mustard

Ingested 100 lbs of sugar? Let’s have some veggies for lunch..

At this point, we’re almost totally unpacked and trying to make everything fit. If you have any creative storage tips, PLEASE share! I’ve been Pinterest-ing like a mad woman and am always open to more suggestions.

Food for Thought

Have you ever run a Hot Chocolate race?
What are your favorite creative storage tips?

Foodie Friday: Chick Pea Tuna Salad

Two posts in a week?! That’s some sort of record recently! 😉

I just knew I had to share this super quick and easy salad that I whipped up. It’s perfect to throw on top of lettuce, in a wrap or sandwich, with some crackers, or even just by itself.

Chick Pea Tuna Salad

Serves 4

Chick Pea Tuna Chobani Salad

Ingredients
– 1 can reduced sodium chick peas
– 1 5oz. packet chunk light tuna in water
– 2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds [optional]
– 20 cherry tomatoes; sliced in half
– 1/3 english cucumber; diced
– 1/2 red bell pepper; diced
– 3 stalks green onion; chopped
– 1/2 cup plain Chobani
– 2 tbsp dijon mustard
– 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1/2 tsp ground thyme
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– Salt & pepper to taste

Directions
Combine chick peas through green onion in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients for the dressing and adjust seasonings to taste. Add the dressing to the large bowl and mix everything well to coat.

Couldn’t be much easier than that, right? You could always skip the tuna and make it a meatless meal too. And of course, feel free to change up the veggies or the spices for whatever mood you’re in!

Nutritional Info
Per 1 cup serving

200 Calories  /  4g Fat  /  26g Carbs  /  8g Fiber  /  5g Sugar  /  19g Protein

Sprint

Food for Thought

What is your favorite creamy salad?

Feeding My Obsession: Chocolate

First things first, HOLY RAVENS!! Did you see that?! I’m loving my Baltimore teams this year!

Baltimore Ravens Football Maryland MD Anquan Boldin Superbowl Harbowl

Yea. That happened.

Onto the chocolate!

Last week I mentioned a black bean powerbake from one of my faves, Kasey at Powercakes. Sunday seemed like the perfect night to prep a dessert to last me through the week.

Powercakes Black Bean Powerbake Barr & Table Perfect Fit Protein Powder Tone It Up TIU

The smell of this baking was absolutely intoxicating and I could hardly wait to dig in! I made only 2 minor tweeks based on what I had in my pantry:

  1. Swapped the VEGA protein powder for Perfect Fit protein powder.
  2. Swapped the pumpkin seeds for hemp seeds.

I’m happy to say that this will definitely be curbing my chocolate cravings [as long as Nathan doesn’t eat it before me] and the raisins are like sweet little morsels. And if that doesn’t make it perfect enough, it’s also definitely Tone It Up-approved!

Want to make this for yourself? You can find the recipe [and more!] on Kasey’s blog! And if you don’t already follow her on twitter, get on it! She’s pretty fantastic 😉

Food for Thought

What’s your latest recipe success?

What I Ate Wednesday #29 – Back in the Swing of Things

You know how every year the holidays sneak up on you and you say “I’m going to be good. I’m not going to overindulge!”? And you know how every year you overindulge? Yea.

Alright, so I didn’t go crazy this year, but I’ve definitely stepped up my game since New Years! More specifically, since Monday. Last week was pretty much a wash with NYE on Monday and New Years day Tuesday. That only left 3 days to get back into my routine and then the weekend hit.

Monday started Tina‘s Best Body Bootcamp; that along with Tone It Up‘s new Love Your Body challenge (you can still sign up!) has really gotten back into the swing of things! Especially since TIU is giving away prizes for checking in! If you follow me on Instagram, you may be getting tired of all of my meals and workouts, but I’m in it to win it, baby!

Barr & Table Tone It Up TIU 5 Day Slim Down 5DSD Peas and Crayons What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Tina Reale Best Body Bootcamp Powercakes Powerbowl Fitmixer Amino Carrots N Cake KIND Snacks

[Pre-Breakfast / Post-Workout]
Fitmixer Amino. This was part of my Fitbloggin’ swag that I just recently started taking advantage of after my morning workouts. I have to admit, I don’t love the fruit punch, but it’s not bad. And it certainly helps me get 2 extra glasses of water down a day!

[Breakfast]
I whipped up a lightened version of my favorite sweet breakfast scramble. Check it out..

– 1 egg
– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 banana, mashed
– 1/4 cup squash [I’ve been using pumpkin]
– 1 tbsp ground flax seed
– Cinnamon
– Ginger
– Nutmeg

I just recently started adding the ginger and nutmeg.. it makes it taste like gingerbread!

Scramble it up like eggs and top it with your favorite oatmeal toppings! Aka lots and lots of peanut butter 😉

[Lunch]
Getting back on my salad kick, I topped a bunch of spinach with tons of veggies, chicken, and some healthy spinach basil walnut pesto aioli for my dressing! This dressing was a bit of an accident, but it came out so well!

[Dinner]
Warm kale salad. Sounds a little weird, right? But it’s not. It’s amazing! And it’s an idea I stole from Kasey.

I absolutely love roasted veggies, so while roasting sweet potato, parsnip, tomato, and broccoli, I chopped up some kale, tossed it in a big bowl and threw it in the microwave for about a minute. This softens it and also makes it a little less bitter. For my dressing, I made a tahini nooch sauce, similar to Brittany’s dressing here [I love the little bit of sweetness from the maple syrup!] Then I toss half of the dressing into the kale and massage it in, again, making it a little less bitter. Finally, I throw all of my roasted goodies on top, the rest of the dressing, and some crunchy bits, like sunflower seeds.

Have I convinced you to try it? Because you really should!

[Snacks]
Coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond coconut milk <– a new favorite find!
1/2 grapefruit with stevia.
Madagascar vanilla almond KIND bar.
Apple with peanut fluff.. the only picture I missed!

It definitely feels good to clean up my eating again and get rid of the extra sugar I was eating. And it definitely helps to be getting my butt kicked by TIU and Tina (more details on Tina’s butt-kickings later)!

Food for Thought

Did you overindulge over the holidays? How have you cleaned up your eating recently?