If Anyone Needs to Find Me, I Will Now Be Living at Whole Foods

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Although it was chilly on Sunday and quite frigid on Saturday, I still went out and did a little bit of exploring!

On Friday night, I actually – don’t ask me why – got started on the next chapter of Orgo reading and problems.  I totally told myself that I could have the week off from Orgo work after Monday’s exam, but I was feeling the need to be productive.  And guess what: I actually finished the chapter on Sunday!  Hopefully that will reduce my workload over Easter break. 🙂

Saturday morning, I got up bright and early (per usual!) and made myself an AWESOME breakfast to power up for housing selection at 10:26.  (I kid you not, 10:26 on the dot…and we had ONE MINUTE to select before the next group could start selecting.  Talk about anxiety!)

I like a little bit of pancake with my peanut butter. ;)

I like a little bit of pancake with my peanut butter. 😉

This giant pancake is one of my go-to breakfasts both on the weekend and during the week because it is so easy and super tasty!  I just combine 1/2 c. oats, a mashed ripe banana, 2 eggs, a pinch of baking powder, and cinnamon to taste and cook it in a non-stick pan.  When I have canned pumpkin, I like to add some (~2 T.) to the batter – it makes it super fluffy!  The recipe is also delicious with fruit mixed into the batter, but you have to be careful because the pancake will break/fall apart in the pan if the moisture from the fruit thins the batter too much.  (Other good mix-ins are ground flaxseed, a few tablespoons of greek yogurt, or cocoa powder…basically, you can alter the recipe however suits your mood for the day!)  Then, of course, I top it with a liberal amount of PB and enjoy it alongside a few cups of coffee!

Housing selection was definitely nerve-wracking, but we had a good lottery number, so we ended up scoring a really nice apartment in a really good on-campus location!  It’s exciting to think that next year I will be a junior…but also kind of crazy – these first two years really flew by.

After selecting our apartment (and subsequently going across campus and creeping on the one we picked), I headed out into the unseasonably cold day to trek to Whole Foods with one of my future roomies!  She had already been planning to go and I was itching to get some fresh air, so I asked if I could tag along.

I scored some awesome fresh produce (including a few giant Fuji apples, which have become a favorite of mine lately), and couldn’t resist picking up food from the hot bar/salad bar to take back for lunch.

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I made myself a kale + romaine salad with buckwheat (it’s hidden under ALL the veggies), shredded cabbage, grape tomatoes and cucumbers (I may have eaten them before I took this picture……….), shredded rainbow carrots, and the most AMAZING grilled tofu.  I don’t always go for tofu – I have to be in the mood – but I did on Saturday and it was definitely a good choice. 🙂  I also enjoyed one of the apples I bought with my salad once I got back to my room!

I spent the rest of the day relaxing and working on Orgo, then met up with a friend for dinner.  After that, I had a date with an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (and snacks…always snacks).  Because, ya know, I like to keep things wild and crazy on my Saturday nights!

I waited until after lunch on Sunday to head out into the city, hoping that it would get a little warmer so that I wouldn’t have to go full-Eskimo to walk anywhere.  I don’t think the temperature really went up, but the wind died down and the sun came out, so it was actually perfect walking weather!  I headed over to Foggy Bottom/GW area and moseyed around for a while, checking out potential restaurants and coffee shops of interest.  I found a couple that I was intrigued by, but they were all closed on Sundays!  Guess that means I’ll just have to go back another day. 🙂

I actually ended up camping out at Whole Foods to get some primary lit reading done for Neuro.  The cafe area in that WF is really nice, so I parked myself on a stool right in front of one of the big windows with an almond milk latte in one hand and highlighter in the other and got down to business.

Not gonna lie, I think I should probably just live at WF…because first of all, I’m apparently there all the time (haha) and second of all, they have genius things like this:

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A GRIND-YOUR-OWN-NUT-BUTTER STATION.  Whoever came up with this, let’s be best friends.  I didn’t get any yesterday (poor college student problems), but believe me, I will be going back to grind myself some nut butter in the future!

So that’s what I did this weekend!  Unfortunately, I didn’t venture out as far into the city as I had wanted to because of the chilly weather, but hopefully spring is going to happen for real now so that I can check out some of the other places on my list.

As for this week, I have off on Thursday and Friday for Easter break, so I am headed home tomorrow after my noon class!  I am looking forward to family time and relaxation. 🙂  Only one more day!

I hope that you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

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What is your go-to weekend (or weekday!) breakfast?

Easter candy: Reese’s eggs or Cadbury Creme eggs?  Reese’s, ALWAYS.

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A Weekend of Runs, Fun, and Good Eats!

The older sister left to go back to college yesterday afternoon, so we spent Friday evening/night as a family…which meant a delicious dinner of gnocchi (zoodles for me!) + sausage + sauce with fresh basil AND a fire and s’mores later.  Perfect summer night!

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Speaking of zoodles and zucchini…

My grandparents have a, uh, THRIVING vegetable garden so operation eat-all-the-zucchini was in full force this weekend.  Zoodles on Friday, zucchini crust pizza for dinner last night, zucchini in eggs this morning…

Zucchini crust + sauce + a little bit of shredded mozzarella + leftover sausage + olives + mushrooms = perfection.

Zucchini crust + sauce + a little bit of shredded mozzarella + leftover sausage + olives + mushrooms = perfection.

…what can I say?  I am happy to eat ALL the zucchini.  You know, just doing my civic duties, eating my veggies, all that jazz.  (Also, they were delicious, so there’s that.)

And we should probably talk about these gorgeous roasted veggies from Thursday night:

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Pre-roasting…

...and the finished product!

…and the finished product!

Baby golden potatoes + pixie eggplant + onion + pepper + zucchini (What did I tell you?  ALL the zukes.  In everything.) tossed in olive oil and a little bit of sea salt.  So good!!

While we’re still talking about food, I have discovered that Larabars are fantastic.  Where have you been all my life, Larabar?

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I loved this flavor and I have a Peanut Butter & Jelly one sitting upstairs that will probably be eaten tomorrow.  Oh, and I ordered 16-packs of three different flavors today to take back to school with me.  Needless to say, I was immediately sold!

…And I finally tried out a new breakfast recipe that I have seen floating around on the internet for a while.  I was pretty skeptical about it because it seemed too easy, but I tried it out…BANANA PANCAKES!

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Easiest recipe ever: 1 banana + 2 eggs + pinch of baking powder + cinnamon, vanilla to taste.  You could sweeten them if you wanted to, but I didn’t and don’t think they needed sweetened at all.  Basically, you mush up the banana (I used a fork), whisk in the eggs, baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla…then cook like normal pancakes!  They have more of a crepe-y texture than normal pancakes but I thought it was nice that they were filling but didn’t sit heavy in my stomach.  A single batch makes four large pancakes, and I topped mine with strawberry jam. 🙂

So much good food this weekend!

…But I promise I do other things besides eating…like running!

My runs this weekend were great.  I felt like I was running slow both days but when I looked at my Garmin, I was surprised to find that I was running much faster than expected.  What a nice surprise!  Friday’s run was 3.55 miles at 8:38/mi pace and today’s run was 3.60 miles at 8:21/mi pace.  I am slowly (and carefully) picking up speed!  I am itching to get back on the track to work on my speed and stride length.  One step at a time!  (And yes, my ankle is still feeling fantastic.  I am so thankful!)

Whew.  Busy weekend!  Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend as much as I enjoyed mine. 🙂

Tell me about your weekend!  What did you do?

Did you run this weekend?  Any races?  Tell me all about it. 🙂

Change Is Good.

Sometimes, regular routine just gets boring.

So why not change it?  I have a special talent for getting into a food rut and having the same thing for almost every meal, every day.  But today and yesterday, I wasn’t very hungry after my morning workouts and just didn’t feel like having my usual eggs, toast, and fruit.  So this happened…

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SMOOTHIE BOWL!  The recipe I used:

– 1 frozen banana

– ~1/2 c. vanilla Greek yogurt

– handful of fresh baby spinach (probably about a cup, but I didn’t measure it…)

– 1/2 c. sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen both work)

– 1 T. peanut butter

– handful of ice cubes

Yesterday I just kind of grabbed things out of the fridge/freezer and threw them in the blender and I liked the flavor, plus it made the perfect amount…so I used the same recipe today and liked it just as much!  It came out nice and thick, and held me over until lunchtime (surprisingly…haha).

Speaking of lunch…we’re going camping with family friends this weekend and breakfast on Saturday morning is going to be pancakes, so I made a batch of GF pancakes today to take (makes Saturday morning less complicated for everyone).  Do you know what that meant?  Pancakes for lunch today!  Breakfast all day, every day.  It’s how I roll.

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These pancakes use oat flour and always come out super fluffy.  I topped them with almond butter and a diced Granny Smith apple.  PERFECTION.  Who can say no to pancakes for lunch?  Definitely not me, that’s for sure. 🙂

Supposedly, the weather is supposed to be great for camping this weekend!  I’m really looking forward to it.  Plus, S is coming with us (she’s coming down from PA) so that is super exciting. 🙂  I will take lots of pictures to share on here next week!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thursday!

When Life Gives You Ripe Bananas…

…bake muffins!  Does anyone else get excited when they see a super ripe banana sitting on their counter?  For me, ripe bananas automatically mean 1) banana bread or 2) muffins.

Before I got into baking mode, I made PANCAKES.  (I know, I’m really going to town on the cooking.  Since I can’t run, I have lots of free time to fill, okay?)  I wanted a recipe that used oat flour and I sure did happen upon a good one.  GF flours often give pancakes a weird texture or make them super dense so I was hoping that oat flour would work better…and it sure did!  Just look at these beautiful pancakes. 🙂

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I topped mine with jam and had raspberries on the side…

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…and my mom made the cutest little ricotta cheese and raspberry shortcakes with hers!

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No funky flavor, no funky texture.  Win-win.  Looks like I found a new go-to GF pancake recipe! 🙂

After breakfast, it was time to get a workout in.  Today, it was upper body on the Total Gym + 30 minutes elliptical + NTC legs.  I’m sure I’ll be feeling the DOMS in a couple days from that one!  And of course, I did my PT exercises, which kick my butt every time.  Why is getting back to running so difficult?!  So close yet so far…

Then, finally, it was muffin time!  I have made these almond butter chocolate chip muffins before and liked them a lot so why mess with a good thing?  Again, they turned out moist and chocolate-y and delicious. 🙂

The seventh muffin mysteriously disappeared soon after I took this picture...

The seventh muffin mysteriously disappeared soon after I took this picture…

Sadly, it was time to get back to reality after my morning spent in baking-land…all of my college shtuff cluttered in my bedroom was calling to me to be cleaned up.  Not fun, but I got it done and I can finally see my floor again!  No longer is getting from my door to my bed an acrobatic affair. 😀

Hope everyone had a great BEST DAY OF THE WEEK! 🙂

What do you do with overripe bananas?  Bananaaaaa bread!

Giant Pancakes, Egg Sandwiches, and Lattes

My mom and I tried out this recipe for egg white and oat protein pancakes this morning, and we gave it a big thumbs up!  I added vanilla and cinnamon to taste – they tasted just like french toast, which we loved.

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So tasty!

I topped mine with jam and my mom topped hers with ricotta cheese and jam.  I think next time I make them I might experiment with a chocolate-banana version…stay tuned! 🙂

After my workout and my giant pancake, it was time for a trip to the dentist.  I don’t even want to talk about it…haha.  (Who does like the dentist, anyway?)  Then it was off to Dunkin Donuts to grab a few bags of decaf since we were running low, then to Wawa to gas up the car.  Fun stuff, right?

Luckily, my friend M saved the day and was game to meet up at Baltimore Coffee & Tea for lunch and coffee!  Well, I got lunch and coffee, she just got coffee.  What can I say, a girl’s gotta eat! 😀  My favorite is the egg, provolone, and turkey breakfast sandwich on a GF bagel.

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With a skim Snow Angel (dark chocolate + vanilla) latte on the side!

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Sandwich + latte + catching up with M = the perfect afternoon.

Later this evening, I enjoyed a walk with my mom and fur sister – it was the perfect way to end a great day. 🙂

Hope everyone had a great Wednesday, and have a great Thursday (BEST DAY OF THE WEEK) tomorrow!

What is your go-to breakfast?  Usually eggs on toast, but I like to mix it up sometimes (like today!).

Some Time to Myself

Oh hey.

Don’t worry, I’m back from my trip to hot mess land and will return to blogging on the daily.  Sorry about that!

How was everyone’s week and weekend?  Mine was suuuuper busy.  I mean really busy.  I had plans with friends almost every day and family stuff going on, and I didn’t want to just do drive-by posts at eleven p.m. every night sooooo I kind of went MIA.  Oops.

Also, I think that the bigger thing for me was that I wanted this to be a true break from the typical school-week schedule, and that also meant sacrificing a few days of blogging to get the most out of this week.  But I definitely missed the writing!

I finally got a little bit of time to myself this past week, and it was wonderful.  At school, living with a roommate, that doesn’t really happen much so I was cherishing just being able to sit in quiet and read or watch TV (without headphones…woo!) by myself.  Buuuut I go back to school in a few hours so it’s back to the usual.  Sad.

Oh yeah, now that my camera battery is all juiced up, LOOKIE at my new watch!

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I know, it’s just a watch. But I got really excited about it.

If I had to briefly describe my break, I would have to say it was all about the food.  I ate a lot of food.  I made a lot of food.  I baked.  We had people over and ate food with them.  I went out to eat with friends.  Lots of eating happened this spring break…can’t get that kind of food at school so gotta get it while I’m home! 🙂  One of the things I made was carrot cake pancakes…they were SO TASTY.

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I also spent some lovely quality time with my doggie, which was wonderful.  Walks were a daily occurrence, which we were both loving.  I have to say though, I am definitely missing the gym.  (I may go when I get back to school today…)

Something I am NOT excited about: apparently, we are supposed to get a snowstorm tonight/tomorrow.  WHAT THE HECK.  It is March!  Spring has almost officially started!  Can we not, Mother Nature?  NOT feeling it.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Have a great Monday! 🙂

It’s Snowing!

Breaking news: right now, in our nation’s capital…IT IS SNOWING.  This is a big deal!  According to the weather people, there is a BIG storm a-brewin’ .

Of course, snow doesn’t really mix well with the whole having-a-cast-on-my-leg thing, but let’s be real here…if it gets me out of class, I can deal with it!  I’ll just hole up in my room with some coffee, my Bio notes, and Xfinity on Demand and I’ll be set for the whole day.

So today I have neglected to include a picture of my breakfast 1.) because it was the same thing as yesterday, and 2.) because my camera was so far away I got impatient and ate it before I had the chance to take a picture.  I’m still feeling no remorse about this decision.  Sorry about that!

However, I DO have a picture of my lunch!  Two blueberry pancakes with PB in the middle and grapes on the side.  Doesn’t look very pretty but I assure you, it sure was tasty. 🙂

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After my late lunch, I headed over to the gym and then studied for my Stats exam.  I’m glad I did that studying earlier, because honestly once it started snowing my motivation to study for a test that will likely be postponed anyway completely dissipated.  Womp.  I have a Bio exam on Friday and I am torn between wanting to just get it over with and just not wanting a test on Friday.  Plus it starts at 7:30 a.m.  NO JOKE.  I just…I can’t.  My brain isn’t functional that early in the morning!  So yeah at this point, I’m thinking I want it to be pushed back…

Also, this weekend, we were supposed to go up to my grandparents’ cabin in PA…but I’m not so sure!  At least I will have the long weekend with family – that’s all that matters. 🙂

How is everyone’s week going?  Only two days until Friday!