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Things I’m Loving Thursday

Hi everyone! Hope the end of your week has not been too stressful. Mine has been pretty hectic. After school today, I had a Science Honorary meeting, a homecoming meeting, and voice lessons and now I have a lot of homework and studying to accomplish.

So the first thing on my What I’m Loving for the day…

 

  1. Singing!

     

    I had taken the end of the school year off of private voice lessons, due to my stressful exam schedule, and then since I worked over 40 hours a week all summer, I only resumed lessons today. It felt wonderful to sing alone again! I have a choir class every day at school I really feel like singing allows me to release a lot of stress, and it always makes me feel so much better! Enough said! Here is a semi embarrassing, pretty old picture of me singing. I look really into it! ;)

  2. Black Beans!

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I have not been in much of a meat mood lately, but I am a girl who definitely requires a high protein diet. I had a couple cans of black beans in my pantry, so one day I opened a can up to throw together a meal with, and I have been addicted ever since! I have been eating them for many [repetitive] meals lately, like my Mexican Salad Monster or random Mexican bowls like this.

  1. My Toms!

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I am in love with my plain black Toms. Yes, they’re a little ugly, but they are honestly so comfortable! They are my favorite shoes. I want them in every color and design. And the best thing about these shoes is that for every pair you buy, a pair of shoes is donated to someone in need.

  1. Salsa + Baby Carrots!

 

I know these sounds like an extremely odd combination, but seriously, try it. If you still think that I am weird after trying it, fair enough. It is quite the different snack, but I love it!

  1. Hoodies!

    I hate that the weather is getting cooler, meaning that summer is on its way out, but hoodies (and sundresses) are two of my all-time favorite things.

What are you loving on this Thursday?

I Love Blogging

Hi there! J Hope everyone’s week has started off to a great foot! Mine has been a little hectic, which was why I was unable to post yesterday. I started off going to school of course, then going to college class, then back to school like I normally do. After school, I had a meeting, and then had to take a friend home, and then I was rushing off to Christopher’s golf match. As soon as I got home, my grandparents came over to visit, and by the time they left it was already well past eight o’clock and I spent the rest of my night with my nose in school books!

Luckily, I have not withheld any exciting eats. The most exciting meals I have had in the last two days have been breakfast, which is not saying a whole lot.

Yesterday morning, I had Spiced Vanilla Chai and Spice Oatmeal. Yum yum! Perfect breakfast for fall!

This morning I had one of my all-time favorite breakfasts – Super Chocolatey Protein Oats!

The fact that I am in love with oatmeal for breakfast in the morning (Feeling another Breakfast Rut coming on, anyone?) made me think about how much I have discovered through blogging. I never ate oatmeal for breakfast before I began reading blogs, and I most definitely would NOT have made my oatmeal from regular oats. It would have come from a measly, processed little boring packet of flavored oatmeal. There’s nothing wrong with these every once in a while or while traveling, but if you make your own oatmeal, you get the flavors YOU want in the amount that YOU want. I’m sorry, but looking at a little packet of oats like this makes me hungrier already.

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These little things are tasty, but I like having control of what I put in my oats, and I especially love making them more voluminous! ;)

Besides oatmeal, I have learned so much from blogging. I thought about this quite a bit yesterday while I was busy doing other things. I actually missed blogging yesterday. I did not get to read many posts, leave comments, or write a post myself, and I really missed it after only one day.

I never thought that I would become “attached” to blogging like I have. I did not even really enjoy writing before this. Now, writing is coming much more naturally, and I absolutely love putting words on a page.

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Aside from trying out new oatmeal recipes, I been able to express my creativity in different ways. This had always intimidated me before. I now love trying out new recipes and cooking of all kinds, which I never did much of before. The writing that blogging requires is so much fun, and it has inspired me to be more willing to write about things with more passion outside of blogging. I now understand what power writing actually has. I have always appreciated good writing, as I have been an avid reader since I was old enough to read, but I always thought doing much of it for myself was silly and unproductive.

More importantly, blogging as exposed me to such an amazing community that share my values. I got a kick out of reading people’s responses to the, “It’s okay if…” post, and everyone’s support on my post, “Girls Hate Their Bodies” honestly meant the world and then some to me.

Blogging has also taught me that there is SO much more to being healthy than counting calories. I have so many reasons I love blogging, that I am sure there will be another post on this. I had not even planned on writing about this today, but that is another wonderful thing about blogging. When I sit down to start writing, my heart takes over, and I am in a happy and cathartic place. J

WIAW and my Salad Search

Happy Wednesday everyone! :) Yayy it’s the middle of the week and it feels like a Tuesday! Sounds like a good deal to me!

Today is exciting because: 1) It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday sponsored by the wonderful Peas and Crayons! 2) It did not rain all day and the sun even shone a bit!

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This is especially exciting after yesterday’s weather, and my ardent love for the sun.

Since it is What I Ate Wednesday, let’s start off with some breakfast eats!

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My morning started off with some Chocolately Protein Overnight Oats, reheated with a little extra water for about two minutes. These tasted sooooo good this morning! Totally hit the spot! :)

Now lunch, oh lunch. Of course you could not be as simple and delicious as breakfast. Lunch was not anywhere in the vicinity of as convenient as breakfast. It required a lot more work than opening fridge door, and placing in microwave for two minutes. It was more of about a 40 minute Salad search adventure across town, due to the fact that I forgot lunch, again.

First off, I decided McDonald’s would be a good place to stop, because I can always go for an iced coffee, and though I hate fast food, their Southwest Salad is not bad in a pinch. I get to McDonald’s and guess what. They weren’t serving salads yet. Boo. At least I still got one of these.

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Luckily, or so I thought, there’s a Burger King down the street, so I looked up their menu and found that they had a grilled chicken salad I could settle for, and I drove down to Burger King and ordered a salad. Well they weren’t selling salads yet either. Another fail. To top off this Burger King trip? I was the only one in the restaurant aside from a few old timers drinking their coffee and shouting about politics. The guy that took my order (or lack thereof) was a little on the creepy side. He kept asking me how my day was going and tried to start up a conversation. Here’s how it went.

BK : “So, girl, what’s your name.”

Savannah: “Um, Savannah.” [in a very quick and uninterested tone]

BK : “Cool name. I’m [insert name that I've already forgotten]. Our Coke machine broke today.”

Savannah: “Well that doesn’t sound good.”

BK : “Nah, but I don’t like Coke anyhow. I think we need to bring in a Pepsi truck to refill this baby. You like Pepsi better than Coke.”

Savannah : “No. [Starts walking to the door] Have a good day! [my tone did not imply that I wanted him to have a nice day.]

BK : Awl alrighty. I see. Not everyone likes Pepsi. Good talkin’ to you! I’ll catch you sometime later!”

First of all, no, you’re not going to catch me later. Second of all, what kind of pick up line asks if the girl likes Pepsi better than Coke??? Burger King was the biggest fail of the salad search.

So, after exploring my lunch options, I figured Subway would be a safe bet for a simple salad.

It normally is, on days that they ARE NOT OUT OF LETTUCE! Seriously, Subway? Out of lettuce? I really need to start remembering my lunch. Thankfully, though, I found that the coffee shop did sell a few small refrigerated meals, and I was able to find a decent Grilled Chicken Salad there.
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I just snacked on a yogurt, and some apples with my cinnamon. ;) I haven’t eaten or even thought about dinner for tonight yet, so I’ll share some evening eats from the past few days below!

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I have not wanted big dinners much lately, so I have resorted to this meal a few too many times, and have enjoyed it WAY too much.
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Eggs cooked in a teacup in the microwave. Easiest/best way to cook eggs ever. Oh, and I like eating them with Paul Newman’s Pineapple Salsa all over them. Sorry, even with my amateur photography skills, I’m pretty sure there is NO way to make microwaved eggs in a cup look appetizing.

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On the side are some sugar snap peas and cinnamon baked sweet potato fries. Sooo good! Before eating, I was playing around with a new camera app on my phone. What do you guys think of pop art version of dinners? I’m liking it. ;)

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Other snacks have included Brown Rice Puffs cereal, fruit, parts of a gluten free brownie from the farmers market, and maybe my body weight in Angela’s at Oh She Glows snickerdoodles. :)
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Questions for the day:

1) What are your favorite things to eat when forced to eat out, on the run?

2) Have you ever heard any really bad pick up lines, like ones about soda pop preferences, from people in public?

Girls Hate Their Bodies

Why do girls hate their body from such a young age?

Blunt opening, I know, but it is a question that I cannot stop thinking about lately.

I remember the first time I was unhappy with my body in shocking lucidity. Before this point, I had never even thought about what my body looked like. I never thought that other girls were skinnier than I was, or what size clothes I wore. As I child in elementary school, I remember comparing heights with other students, but weight never crossed my mind until this point.

I was seven years old. I was staying at my grandparents’ house like I did every summer day and every evening after school while my parents worked. A girl, that was a year younger than I, lived down the street from my grandparents. On occasion, this girl would come down to my grandparents’ house and we would play, not unlike any other elementary school play date. I have a vivid memory of sitting on a bench outside in the hot afternoon sun. I had on a pair of purple shorts. I remember looking down at my friend and I’s thighs and noticing that my thighs were much larger than hers were. This was the first time I realized that I weighed more and was bigger than my peers. I have always had trouble with not hating my legs since this moment.

The sad and ironic thing about this, aside from the fact that I was a little seven year old girl with body loathing thoughts, was that this girl was not healthy. I do not think this girl had a comfortable living situation, and while I have not seen her for years, I have seen her other family members on the news being arrested for drugs and other activities. I of course do not know details of her family life, but for all I know, she could have been malnourished and not have had access to food. While I am blessed and lucky to have always had more than enough food provided to me, I was comparing myself to a fellow young, innocent, naïve girl who may have been under seriously sad conditions.

I had everything. I had food. I had people who loved and cared for me unconditionally. I had a roof over my head. I had clothes. I had a family who supported and encouraged my education. I had everything, but she was skinny, so I envied her.

As we get older, skinniness just becomes more and more glorified in the mass media. The entire culture is obsessed with weight loss, which causes everyone to question their own dietary and fitness habits, even if the habits they have in place are already working.

I did not have healthy eating habits for the majority of my life, and over the last year and a half, I have completely changed my lifestyle. This has been such an amazing switch in my life. I have tried so many more foods, and my eyes have been opened to a whole new world of fueling my body properly. I feel so much better about my new habits, and I now have a passion for cooking, nutrition, health, and helping others to have other healthy lifestyles.

Despite this, I often feel like I am being criticized for my habits. Because I am a total type A personality who is also a perfectionist, my drive to be healthy sometimes causes me to go a little overboard. If I do overindulge and eat food devoid of nutritional value, I begin to once again have self-loathing thoughts. I like to have control of things, so I find comfort in knowing the exact nutritional value of everything I put in my mouth, along with the number on the scale the next morning. I also like to please people. When I began to lose weight because of switching up my lifestyle, people asked if I was sick. I really do appreciate people’s concern for my health, but I honestly cannot stand people pointing out how much I do or do not eat. Not only is this annoying, it becomes even more toxic to my love of measurements and numbers.

I also just love how no matter how exciting things may be in my life, the first thing people bring up is my weight. Is that really all they think I have to offer? Does it matter that I just started my senior year and my first real college class that I am performing well in? Apparently not. No one asks about that. People ask if I am hungry.

When people ask or point out the quality or quantity of what I eat, I begin to focus more on how much I am putting in my body. If I realize what I have eaten is “a lot” or “not healthy,” I cannot lie, I become a little disgusted with myself. I can’t explain why, because it is irrational. It is not who I am. I believe people should eat what they want to eat, when they want to eat it, as long as they are aware of their indulgences taken in moderation.

This whole believing that people should eat what they want to eat thing, I believe other people should. For some reason, I sometimes don’t practice what I preach, and I make tons of excuses why I, personally, should not follow my advice and not strictly monitor what I eat. I think that people work out more often and more intensely than I do. I convince myself that I snack more than any normal person should. I think that other people’s metabolisms are probably faster than my own. I think these things because I am afraid of being imperfect, and I am afraid of seeing a number go up on a scale, and I am afraid of being “unhealthy.” Ridiculous, I know.

If you’re thinking, “Wow these teenage girls are dumb,” I understand where you come from, but this is not the reason for being uncomfortable with my weight. I do not care what others think about my body. I just don’t know what is right. My near obsession with food is fueled by my own struggle to find perfection that does not exist. This is the last type of perfection I should be striving for. I have so much more to offer the world than a small pant size.

 

 

Butterfly Blogging Award

Happy Friday!! :) Woohooo time for the three day weekend!

The amazing Tessa at Amazing Asset [her name is just so appropriate(: ] and Jen at Jen and Berries were generous enough to tag little ol’ me in this fun favorites survey – the Butterfly Award! I could seriously go on for a veryy long time about how much I LOVE amazing asset and Tessa’s inspirational and glowing voice behind it! I am also totally in love with Jen and Berries! Thankfully, I recently discovered Jen’s blog, and I am now addicted to reading every one of her posts!

I’m just going to do this in a bullet list so it is easy to read, and I am a little short on time writing this post. I have to sing the National Anthem with my choir for the pre football game show at my school tonight! :)

Name your favorite color:

  • purple!! I love purple so much!
  • pink
  • turquoisey blue

Name your favorite song: 

  • Curse of Curves ; Cute is What We Aim For
  • Mona Lisa ; All American Rejects
  • Don’t Take the Girl ; Tim McGraw
  • Everything Rascal Flatts
  • Walkin’ in Memphis
  • Jamie All Over ; Mayday Parade
  • Firework ; Katie Perry / Boyce Avenue Cover
  • Someone Worth Dying For ; Mikeschair
  • Love me ; J.J. Heller
  • && soo many more!

Name your favorite dessert:

  • rich brownies
  • homemade cupcakes
  • fro yo!
  • ice cream with rainbow sprinkles or Reese cups

What wizzes you off: 

  • Lateness
  • Lack of Communication
  • Laziness and Lack of Ambition
  • People who don’t use their blinkers when driving [Stole that one, Tessa!]

When you’re upset you:

  • Get quiet until I completely break down to someone I love after I’ve let myself get too upset

Your favorite pet: 

Your biggest fear:

  • The Future
  • Losing Loved Ones
  • Uncertainty

Best feature:

  • I really like my hair and how it normally does what I want it to.

What is perfection:

  • Being the best person you can be, and always giving 110% at whatever you do.

Guilty pleasure:

  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Old Disney Princess Movies
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter

And Here are my tags!

Kathleen @ Kat’s Health Corner

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

Mallory @ It’s Only Life

Lauren @ What Lauren Likes

Veggin’ Out in the Kitchen

Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers

Questions for this beautiful beginning to a three day week -

1. Answer one of these questions above for me!

2. Do you have any fun and exciting plans for Labor Day weekend?

Sweet Potato Fry Casserole

Hope my wonderful readers are having a great and not so grueling Monday so far!

If you remember my post yesterday, I mentioned that I was attempting to make a recipe inspired by the wonderful Mama Pea, despite the fact that I had about a quarter of the ingredients on hand. I am happy to report back that my concoction was a total success! By following Mama Pea’s guidelines for her Wannabe recipe for Tater Tot Casserole, I managed to create one awesome dish! I’d like to tweak a few things in the recipe the next time I make it, but this was what I did.

Sweet Potato Fry Casserole

This serves 6-8, depending on if you are eating this as a meal or side dish.

Inspired by Mama Pea’s recipe at Peas and Thank you.

Prep Time – Approximately 15/20 minutes

Cook Time – 45/50 minutes

Ingredients –

  • 2.5 cups frozen mixed veggies [I used green beans, corn, peas, and carrots]
  • 1.5 cups chopped celery
  • 1 can of chicken or vegetable broth [preferably, low sodium]
  • 1 can chickpeas [rinsed and drained]
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp stevia
  • Dash of salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp flour [I used Bob's GF]
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • ¾ bag of frozen sweet potato fries

Directions –

  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Thaw your frozen veggies in microwave for about 30 – 45 seconds.
  3. Wash and chop celery.
  4. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and sauté all of your veggies.
  5. After sautéing for about 4 minutes on high, add in your chickpeas.
  6. Add your pepper, cumin, and optional stevia and salt.
  7. Add the flour and nutritional yeast. Stir and make sure everything is coated.
  8. Pour in broth. Cook for another five minutes, on medium high heat.
  9. Place mixture into a coated baking dish.
  10. Top with Frozen Sweet Potato Fries.
  11. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes.
  12. Let cool, serve, and enjoy!image

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sauteing..

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done!

I had prepared myself for a total disaster since I totally changed up the recipe, but this turned out so, so good! My veggie hating father even ate a bit of it and did not seem too appalled. ;) I ate a large portion of this for lunch, alongside a simple salad. I was full for hours!

Because I did so much experimenting in the kitchen for my noontime meal, I was not ready to try anything too exciting for dinner. I was not really in the mood for anything, and I had some leftover spaghetti squash that needed to be eaten, so dinner turned out pretty random. I decided to cook some fresh green beans and a bell pepper in garlic salt and onion flakes. Surprisingly, this is really good. I threw all of my veggies in a bowl and dumped tons of salsa from a local, family run Mexican restaurant on top, and mixed all together. This was really good! I also ate a couple egg whites and cheese for protein, with celery and peanut butter for dessert!

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I spent some time hanging out with my cousin Doug after dinner, and since he is such a medical genius, he thought that our bodies were devoid of calcium. The only cure for this, may you ask? Go out for ice cream!

I had an M&M McFlurry. I have not had one of these in years, and it tasted pretty darn good! J

After the cold dessert last night paired with the chill in the air this morning, I decided to break out of my Breakfast Rut, and warmed up some Super Chocolately Protein Overnight Oats. They definitely hit the spot!

On my way to college class, I snacked on apples with cinnamon and baby carrot sticks, then when returning to school, I had leftover Sweet Potato Fry Casserole from yesterday! I got some weird looks, but it tasted awesome.

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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I discovered Bigelow Green Tea with Peach yesterday. Since my discovery, I have been craving it like crazy! I steeped a bag of my new find as soon as I got home from school this afternoon, then poured over ice, and added a pack of Stevia! You guys should check this stuff out! Not only does it taste great, but it IS great for you!


16 Weird Random Facts

I was lucky enough to be tagged in a post by a wonderful fellow, blonde blogger! Dawn tagged me in her post, so I have some questions to answer to play along on this little blog world game that involve sixteen random facts about myself! :)

#1. What’s a nickname only your family calls you?

    My dad and brother call me “sis” a lot. Most of my family and close friends either call me Savvy or Sav.

#2. What’s a weird habit of yours?

    Hmm.. I have a lot of weird habits. I have to do things on the right side first. I put my right contact in first, I put on my right shoe first, I put in my right earring before the left, etc. I also have a habit of eating with kiddie spoons and forks. I like small utensils. I don’t know if that is a habit or not.

#3. Do you have any weird phobias?

    I fear the unknown. A whole lot. I fear not knowing what comes next or what is in my future. It is funny that I fear this, considering I cannot stand not knowing something.

#4. What’s a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you’re alone?

    Defying Gravity from the Wicked soundtrack. Best. Song. Ever.

#5. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

    One of my biggest pet peeves is being late, and waiting on people. Oh, and laziness.

#6. What’s one of your nervous habits?

    I play with my hair, and fidget with my jewelry, especially my earrings and necklace.

#7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

    Normally the right side, but I move around a lot.

#8. What was your first stuffed animal and its name?

My first stuffed animal was a Teddy bear that I named Cuddles. Original, huh? I still have him though. ;)

#9. What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks?

    I like to switch it up a good bit, but I normally end up going with a boring old iced coffee with SF vanilla or caramel syrup and a tad bit of skim milk.

#10. What’s a beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?

I don’t preach many beauty rules.. but I know a lot of people say not to wash your hair every day. I wash my hair at least once a day or I can absolutely not stand it! I am also not very good at washing my face before I go to bed if I don’t shower. Oh well..

#11. Which way do you face in the shower?

    Away from the shower head.

#12. Do you have any ‘weird’ body ‘skills’?

I can do this weird thing with my shoulder blades where I can sort of pop them out? I guess that is the correct terminology. This is a pretty secret hidden talent though, considering you cannot really see it unless I don’t have a shirt on, which does not arise too often. ;)

#13. What’s your favorite comfort food that’s ‘bad’ but you love to eat it anyways?

Chocolate! I am such a chocoholic it is not even funny. I love everything that incorporates chocolate, and I don’t care if it is white, milk, dark, or rainbow! If it is chocolate, I want it.

#14. What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say?

    I say, “Really?” way too often. Even if I know the person is really meaning what they say, I still ask. It’s just a habit I will never break.

#15. Time to sleep, what are you actually wearing? Victoria’s Secret pinstripe boxer shorts & a white long tube top.

    I normally have on a pair of soccer shorts or cotton shorts like Soffe ones and a T-shirt from an old sports team, or old school shirt. Something of that nature.

#16. What did you used to wear that you thought was cool but now you realize it wasn’t that hot?

    I used to wear brand name tshirts all the time. They don’t even fit me right, guess that is what middle school gets you.

And now, it is time for me to tag some other beautiful bloggers! :)

Kathleen at Kat’s Health Corner

Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers

Gabriella at Une Vie Saine

Tessa at Amazing Asset

Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point

Brittany at Itty Bits of Balance

Brittany at A Spoonful of Peanut Butter

The Cookie Boss

Mallory @ It’s Only Life

Yes, I Want Cake

WIAW

Happy Hump Day Everyone! J

Today was really like my Monday, since it was my first day of school! It is awesome to start off a week on Wednesday; I think it should happen way more often!

I had a really good first day at school! I cannot believe it is already time to start another school year – and this one is my last! At least until college, anyway. I have already had each of my teacher’s in previous classes, and they are all excellent teachers! I am extremely excited to learn even more from them. I know, I know – I’m a nerd. I’m okay with this though! I just take my education very seriously, and usually love school for the most part.

And because it is Wednesday, I have decided to start up a Wednesday tradition that I’ve wanted to give a shot for a while. So here’s my first real What I Ate Wednesday! Yay!

These are a compilation of some of what I’ve eaten today, the past couple days!

My morning started out with quite a batch of  Super Chocolately Protein oats and a side of grapes early this morning!

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Because I was too lazy to pack a lunch last night, on my way back to school following my college class, I  ran into Subway (like literally ran, I was time crunched!) and I picked up an Oven Roasted Chicken Salad topped with cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, and a bit of mozzarella cheese with Red Wine Vinaigrette on the side.

As an after school snack, I had one of my favorite yogurts and an apple drenched topped with cinnamon!

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I don’t care how unnatural or processed this yogurt may be – it is awesome!

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Excited to come home from a long day of school and get my munchies on! :)

I have yet to cook dinner tonight, but the other night for dinner I had a mixture of bell peppers, zucchini, and chicken sautéed in some olive oil with some salsa mixed in, and a side of fresh green beans. This was seriously one of the best things I’ve eaten lately! So good!

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Oh, and that giant cantaloupe from the Farmer’s Market?
I’ve been taking that baby down! ;)

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Questions for the day:

Were/are you excited, nervous, or apathetic about the first day of school?

Have You had any great food finds lately?

Overflowing Smoothie

If you guys follow me on Twitter [go follow now, if not;) ], you will know that a smoothie was the first thing on my mind this morning!

Actually, it wasn’t even the first thing on my mind this morning, I was thinking about it late last night as I lay in bed completing my summer homework. [Finally!]

So of course I woke up and decided to break out the blender and make myself a huge chocolate strawberry protein smoothie! Yum yum. I followed my directions on this link exactly, except that I added a TBSP of cocoa powder.

What was the best part about this morning’s smoothie? It was so massive; it did not even fit completely inside of my bowl! I don’t know about you, but huge portions of great food put a HUGE smile on my face! So naturally, to fix this “issue” I decided to drink the smoothie straight out of the blender. I did this, of course, for the sole purpose of being ergonomically and environmentally savvy. Dirtying another, larger bowl would have only forced me to wash another dish, which would waste water, money, energy, and time. ;)

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I think my recent smoothie for breakfast obsession has been in part due to the fact that I am going back to school tomorrow, and breakfasts will soon be eaten quickly or on the go. One of my favorite things about eating smoothies for breakfast is that I normally spend a longgg time savoring every bite! Drinking a smoothie or protein shake quickly while driving to school just would not have the same effect. Nor does am icy, creamy, bowl of deliciousness sound good on chilly autumn and winter mornings.

I am hoping to spend the rest of my day either outside or getting organized for my new year of school! I also will be dropping off some amazing little things I spent forever making yesterday, and someone is going to love me for it! ;) They better at least, these things gave me a heck of a time in the kitchen, and I still have a mess to clean up!
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Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Even More Summer

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who put in their two cents and amazing support on my last post. So many people, women especially, feel as if they are under constant criticism with their weight and sizes. This paired with crazy media sources give so many people a skewed perception of what is “healthy.” Healthy is not all about being skinny!

Remember last week when I told you my summer had been extended until today because of renovation delays at my school?

Yea, well guess what.

They found asbestos in my school [that we have all probably been breathing in for years, anyway] and now school is not starting until Wednesday. Yes, please! I’ll take as MUCH summer as I can get! :)

Just because school has not started, I still had a first day today. I am taking one class at a university in my city four days a week, and classes started today. I feel all grown up, because this was my first class on a college campus! It was exciting, even though Calculus may not turn out to be! ;)

Since I could sleep in a bit, I woke up and immediately ate a yogurt and made myself a Reese Cup smoothie. Cold, creamy breakfasts scream summer to me! Oh, and have I mentioned how much I love peanut flour? Because I do. It makes everything amazing.

After class, I was completely starving, so I made a quick-lunch of peppers, fresh green beans, and a veggie burger topped with laughing cow swiss cheese.

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The steam rolling off the green beans fogged up my camera lens. :/

And where did I find these great looking, fresh green beans you may ask?

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At the Farmer’s Market. Along with some other great finds!

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Gorgeous, fresh apples! I love apples, and these really put waxy supermarket apples to shame!

And no doubt, this is the best find at the market yesterday. This is the biggest cantaloupe I’ve ever seen in my life!

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imageI had a bowl filled up when I was not even close to half way finished cutting this melon up! I was cutting for a solid 35 minutes, but let me tell you, it was totally worth it! It tastes amazing. I eat a piece every time I open my fridge… it’s a little dangerous for this much great fruit to be sitting in convenient reach every time I walk into my kitchen.

Question time:

I’m new to Farmer’s Market shopping. Do you go to a Farmer’s Market?

What is your favorite thing to get there and do you have any tips for buying local?

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