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A day in the life: San Fran edition!

I am finally settling into a semi-regular routine here in the city, at least during the work week. I wake up and marvel at the amount of space I have. Compared to my old room, which was literally an oversized closet, my room is a yoga studio!

yes, my old Texas license plate was BJ5 6969. classy.

Before work, I have been making paleo-ified oatmeal for breakfast. Being the rebel that I am, I occasionally throw some oat bran in there. Many people say that the number one thing they miss when going paleo is their morning oatmeal… here is your solution!

Coconutmeal [Paleo Oatmeal]

Recipe: Serves 1 – low carb, paleo, grain, dairy and sugar free

  • 5 tbsp coconut flour (can substitute half oat bran if desired)
  • 2/3 cup water (can substitute in some coconut beverage)
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk or greek yogurt (I use yogurt for more protein)
  • 2 egg whites
  • optional: 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice, or other toppings
  • salt, to taste

Directions – Mix the coconut flour and oat bran, if using, with the water and microwave for ~110 seconds. It will look dry when you remove it from the microwave.  Add the yogurt or coconut milk and stir. Add the two egg whites and stir until completely combined.

 Microwave for another 30 seconds. If adding protein powder, add and stir. Do not microwave again, simply add a bit of salt and stir. Top with nut butter and enjoy!

After breakfast, I commute to work using the Muni bus system, which I LOVE. With an iphone, it is super easy to navigate. You can use the directions to determine which bus to take and download MuniApp in order to know exactly when the bus is coming. You will meet every kind of person on the bus. My favorites are the sullen teenagers blocking out the world via plastic white ear buds and the extremely vocal senior citizens that have been taking the same bus for 20 years and know all the drivers.

 

really excited to get dressed for work…

At work, I am Quant coach to some of Dr. A’s patients. A Quant coach is essentially a life coach, so I aim to help people target things in their life they want to change and discover patterns that they can manipulate to bring about those changes. Since the work is only part time, I am also applying to an awesome gym to be a personal trainer and/or nutritionist. Fingers crossed!

For lunch, I have been bringing boring salads. I need to step up my game in the mornings because when it’s lunch time I get excited to chow down and then remember that I threw together a half-assed lunch. They appear even more lame when I have to go out and bring back the office deliciously expensive foie gras burgers, ahi salads, and lobster mac n’ cheese.

Today’s salad was romaine with shredded carrots, roasted squash, a tomato, and grilled chicken with blue cheese dressing. On the side I had a juicy, organic fuji apple and my fave Kind bar.

After work, I typically go to whichever gym I am trying out and either swim or do my usual stress-fractured-lifting routine.

Also, a few of you have asked how about me feetsies (how sweet of you!) and I am coming up on three months of recovery. On Friday the 28th, I have the doctor appointment that is supposed to give me the okay to begin lifting, running, and whatevering again. Toes crossed.

Post-workout I had a nasty protein shake. I ordered some personalized protein powder from True Nutrition and made the mistake of using the “double flavor” option. All I can taste is aspartame, with a hint of cake batter. I think that is what an aluminum cake would taste like.

After all that, I usually try to explore a bit and study for my personal training exam, which I am taking this week. Alternatively, today I spent an hour guarding a parking space for my car while waiting for my roomie to return home to help me.

Dinners have been very simple, healthy and tasty.

1 small sweet potato mashed with 2 Tbsp almond and peanut butter and topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, onions, and mushrooms

sauteed onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and kale scrambled with 3 egg whites and 2 whole eggs and topped with lots of mozzarella cheese (salsa and sour cream sometimes too!)

After dinner I always have some kind of yogurt bowl. I like to tell myself its to help heal my bones, but it’s really just to satiate my dairy urges. At least suboxone isn’t prescribed for that kind of addiction!

guns n’ ice cream  [Humphrey Slocombe peanut butter bacon brittle banana, to be specific]

And that was..

recipes you must try!

Hi!

With all the running hobbling around I’ve been doing, I haven’t been getting creative in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean I haven’ been cooking up a storm! I have made many recipes from blogs and the internet lately – some have been bland, some have been decent, and some have been superb. Here are my favorites, all of which I recommend that you try!

creamy cucumber walnut salad

this was ser i ous ly awesome! my favorite of all. 

recipe: serves 1

adapted from the healthy foodie

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp black walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (or walnut oil!)
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups mache or other leafy greens

Directions – Dice the cucumber into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl. Add the greek yogurt and mix. Add the walnuts, za’atar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix. Add the mache or greens and mix. Enjoy! Serve with additional protein source, like chicken or hard boiled eggs.

If you like walnuts, you must try this salad. Up next is a paleo recipe that I made for dinner one night. The caramelized mushrooms and onions were incredible, I wish I had tripled that part of the recipe!

Paleo Mushroom Chicken Fricasse

Recipe: Serves 1 – Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

adapted from tgipaleo

  • 1 slice bacon, nitrate free
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a shake of basil, oregano, and thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 2 skin on chicken thighs

Directions – Add a pat of butter to a pan and place on the stove on medium high heat. Add the slice of bacon and cook until extremely crispy, then remove the bacon and set aside. Add the onions and let cook for a minute before adding the mushrooms. Once the mushrooms have softened, lay the chicken thighs in the pan. After 3-4 minutes, flip the chicken on the other side. Let cook for a couple minutes. Add the coconut milk, tamari, mustard, spices, and stir. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and let everything simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the lid and once the sauce has thickened to your liking, serve and enjoy.

 

My most hardcore paleo-eating friend taught me that you can eat the ends of chicken bones, since they are the softest. They are loaded with calcium and important proteins for healing. I think eating the soft portions of bones and making bone broths is speeding my fracture recovery! That red stuff you see in the photo above is bone marrow.

This next recipe is originally from the magazine Clean Eating, but I found it via the blog The Candid RD. I didnt make the spinach portion of the recipe. Instead, I opted to use my abundance of zucchini and simply sauteed it in a pan with a bit of butter, dijon mustard, and maple syrup.

Maple Dijon Cod

 

Call me cray but I think this photo is so pretty. Look at how the sun reflects of the mustard seeds!

I hadn’ t eaten white fish in so long. This hit the spot.

And finally, a gluten free cookie recipe for dessert!

Honey-Vanilla Tahini Cookies

Recipe: Makes 12 cookies – Gluten Free

adapted from everybody likes sandwiches

  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour (you can just grind gluten free, rolled oats in a blender)
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup well stirred tahini
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla

Directions – Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, flax, and baking powder. In another large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, tahini, vanilla, and honey. Slowly add and mix in the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Refrigerate the dough until cool. Spoon dough into 12 cookie balls on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for ~15 minutes. 

Anyone who appreciates tahini, will definitely love these cookies!

 

Success!

 

 

 

coconut water pong and the invention of dub step.

Hey WholeWheatOrBusters! Let’s be real here, I need to change the name of this blog. And buy my own domain. Wheat is now a foreign object in my diet, making occasional appearances for special occasions and bizarre cravings. If anyone comes up with a name that I love… I’ll send you a care package full of edible goodies.

This weekend had it’s ups and downs. On the up side, I hung out with friends, both new and old, and went floating down a beautiful river for several hours. Some of my guy friends also created a non-drinking game that combines getting swole with beer pong and coconut water. Coconut water pong, if you will. And every time you time the other team makes a cup, you and your partner must do 8 pull ups or air squats. I did 48 pulls ups that night. Still sore.

On the down side, our house was intruded upon and they stole my house mate’s laptop as well as my wallet and ipod. Our town is so small and… cute… that Kathleen and I don’t always lock the door. Obviously, we have learned our lesson.  Everything is replaceable, except my wallet. It was my deceased father’s and meant more to me than basically anything I own. When my family passed it down to me, I knew I could keep it in a box – safe and sound – for the rest of my life. Or I could actually use it. Knowing full well that I would likely lose or damage it one day, I chose to use the wallet. Everyday it served as a physical reminder of him. However, besides the wallet, everything else is just stuff and doesn’t really mean anything. Stuff is replaceable and it doesn’t bring happiness anyway. When was the last time you bought something that brought you lasting happiness? I can’t think of a time. Also, the robber is apparently a raging alcoholic, because on his way out, he also stole my room mates handle of gin. Who does that?!?

Besides the wallet, I also had to say some hard good byes this weekend. :( It has been helpful to remember that no good bye is necessarily forever until it is t h e     t i m e.

I also got my first MRI!

I am pretty sure the inventors of dubstep drew their inspiration from being forced into the giant magnet machine a few too many times. For an hour, I could feel tingling in my feet and the blaring beat of the machine piercing through my ear plugs and headphones. Granted, the headphones were cheap and a measly donut of foam was supposed to block out the sound. I am pretty sure a major hospital can afford some nice Bose noise cancellation headphones – but whatevs, I got my dubstep on.

I am still limited in my working out (no running, jumping, olympic lifting), but have gotten to add in squats and deadlifts to my regimen.

HALLELUJAH BABY JESUS HAS RISENNNNN! 

Foot Injury-Safe Workout #4

  • Bench press, 65 lbs, 3 rounds until failure
  • Military press 50 lbs, 3 rounds until failure
  • GHD Abs with 3 kg ball, 3 rounds of 12
  • Pull ups + hanging tricep dips, 3 rounds until failure
  • Sit ups + side bend abs holding 45 lb plate, 3 rounds of 12 per side
  • 1 more round of each until failure

Food wise, I am on a salad kick for lunch because it is steaming hot here. I have had this one three days in a row, which is weird. I am finally over it, but I think you should get on it. Asap.

The flavors come together in a totally unexpected and awesome way. I seriously recommend you give this one a shot. The brasil nuts and toasted coconut are optional, but they definitely take it to another level.

Tropical Summer Market Salad

Recipe: Serves 1

  • 3 cups mache
  • handful sugar snap peas, halved
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, diced
  • handful sprouts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 2 brasil nuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mango, cubed
  • 1 tbsp shredded, toasted coconut

Directions – Dice the cucumber and snap the snap peas into bite size pieces. In a large bowl, add the mache, snap peas, cucumber, and sprouts. Drizzle the olive oil and apple cider vinegar over it. Sprinkle on the salt and fresh pepper. Mix. Add the goat cheese and cubed mango and toss again. Scrape onto a dish or bowl. Top with chopped basil nuts and a dash of toasted coconut. Eat with a side of protein!!!!! Enjoy.

Benefits:

Mache * has a crazy amount of vitamin folic acid (B9) for a leafy green, as well as vitamin C, and potassium! Plus its weirdly delicious. Try it!

Sprouts * has 50x the antioxidant sulfurophane contained in broccoli

Sugar Snap Peas * a tasty source of fiber for regularity, as well as a good source of  vitamin K, B6, and vitamin C. Vitamin K plays a key role in calcium absorption, along with vitamin D.

Mango * high in vitamins A, C, K, E, and potassium, magnesium, and selenium. Also contains the antioxidant beta carotene, a carotenoid! Mangoes are high in fiber due to their pectin content, which has been associated with lower cholesterol levels and reduced risk for cancer.

Brasil Nuts * is THE RICHEST source of selenium of all natural foods! Just 1-2 nuts per day contains all the daily required selenium you need, which may help prevent skin cancer. I get at least one a day!

and that was…

the paleo waffle. perfected.

Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Saturday night was my last Delta Gamma formal :(. I can’t believe I am about to graduate. Honestly, I don’t feel like my time is up! I wish I could have the two years I spent at UCSB back so I could re-live them here at UCD. But then again, if I had never gone to UCSB, I probably would never have gotten to compete at collegiate nationals in triathlon. That was truly the experience of a lifetime. So, I’ll just tell myself that those 3 hours were worth the two years of the insanity that is Isla Vista.  Saturday night was a blast, and if you have ever been to a sorority formal, you probably know they can be quite the sh!t show.

But not to worry, we kept it pretty classy!

Sunday was spent studying for a bio midterm, memorizing MCAT physics flash cards, and writing a 23 page lab report on the effects of parasympathetic and sympathetic input to the heart. You know, from that lab where I showed you the picture of frog. Some of y’all didn’t like that very much…

Also as tradition on Sundays, I made waffles to freeze for the upcoming week. I have been working on this recipe for over a month now and I have finally perfected

the paleo waffle.

all dolled up with nowhere to go – except inside my belly.

and here they are naked

And do not fret if you don’t have a waffle maker! I bet these can easily be made into perfect paleo pancakes.

Perfect Paleo Waffles

Recipe: Makes ~7 waffles or 3 1/2 servings

Ingredients -

  • Sorry – this recipe has been removed until further notice!

Options:

  • for a gingerbread waffle, add a 1/2 tsp ground ginger, a pinch of nutmeg, and 1/2 tbsp molasses
  • for a maple bacon waffle, substitute the coconut oil for bacon grease and add 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Bonus points for also crumbling in crispy bacon bits!

 

Another nudie pic…

Seriously, these waffles are awesome. They required over 5 rounds of tweaking, but they are finally moist, fluffy, lightly sweet, and not a weird eggy texture. And they are grain free, sugar free, dairy free, and every other type of free you could possibly be. 

I consider 2 waffles (plus toppings of course!) a meal because each waffle packs so much protein and fiber. Check it!

So two waffles is 20 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber! Slap on a few tablespoons of nut butter and youve got yourself a meal!

So, since it is technically

I will start with today’s breakfast.

two paleo waffles (surprise!) with birthday cake cashew butter and toasted coconut shreds on 1, and Barney’s almond butter on the other

And lunch was another bacon grease salad.

This one was such a winner. It had romaine, onions, tomatoes, carrots, and sprouts tossed with honey mustard bacon dressing and topped with a ton of turkey, two slices of crispy bacon, and blue cheese.

FYI: Blue cheese and bacon were made for each other. And beef.

Snacks included an apple and a Kind bar. And dinner was another tossed together salad before CrossFit. The WOD was uhhhmazing.

  • 1 minute L sit
  • 800 meter run
  • 30 squat clean  (75 lbs)
  • 100 double unders
  • 30 headstand pushups (I used a box)
  • 100 double unders

Post WOD I made my nightly snack that I have been hiding from you all for months. I seriously eat this almost every night before going to bed.

Coconut Dream Bowl

Recipe: Serves 1. Only.

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • couple drops of stevia
  • pinch salt
  • dash coconut beverage
  • a high fiber coconut muffin crumbled in (recipe to come!)
  • topped with: toasted coconut shreds, coconut macadamia nut butter, and/or sliced almonds

Directions – Mix together the yogurt, vanilla, stevia, salt and coconut beverage. Crumble in the muffin and top with toasted coconut shreds, nut butter, nuts, whatever!

Alright, I’m out. Have a wonderful day!

4 bacon grease salad recipes!

Happy hump day, yall!

To continue the story, I did end up going out on Saturday night, but only as the sober sista. I drove my friends downtown and hung out with them until about midnight (which was a riot) and then went home to bed. Sunday I was feeling better, but decided to keep resting and laying low. All in all, I took three days off from working out. While I did go a little stir crazy, I am glad I abstained. Working out definitely prolongs recovery from illness or injury. And bonus! I am no longer sore in any part of my body.

Actually thats a lie, because I hit the gym hard Monday and now my bum is sore. But now I know I can donkey kick two hundred and ten pounds. NBD.

Anyway, all my green monsters, cow livers, and kombuchas actually helped! I think three days is record timing for going from near death to feeling pretty good. If you’re sick, I definitely recommend choking down some liver. I had some leftovers today and as long as you only have a tiny bit at a time, it isn’t so bad. The after taste is bad though. Truly rank.

Lets cut to the chase food. For all of these delicious recipes below, I recommend you eat them with a good source of protein on the side. I usually top mine with shredded chicken breast or a crumbled burger. But eggs, turkey, or whatever on the side is fine too!

Each day you want to ideally aim for .7 – 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. 1 gram per pound is for people who exercise pretty hard and/or are trying to gain muscle. I go for at least 100 grams a day and typically eat 4 meals (or 3 meals and a large late night snack), so thats about 20-30 grams per meal. Many people will say this is too much protein but I don’t think so. From what I have learned in my biochemistry classes, physiology classes, and personal research, this is what I choose to go by. At least, it works for me. Everyone is different though, and we all have genetic and epigenetic differences. For example, I know some freakin’ ripped vegans that probably don’t get that much protein per day.

As promised, here is my great grandma’s recipe for bacon grease salad from the Depression era.

Wilted Red Leaf Lettuce with hot Bacon Dressing

 this picture is actually for the recipe after this one

Recipe: serves 1

  • 4 cups red leaf lettuce, shredded
  • handful baby tomatoes or veggies of choice, optional

for the dressing – 

  • 2 strips of bacon (nitrate free and organic if possible!)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (white is fine too)
  • 1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp purple onion

Directions – Place the bacon in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bacon is very crispy and most of the fat has pooled at the bottom of the bowl. Remove the bacon from the bowl and let the extra grease fall into the bowl. Set the bacon aside on a paper towel. Add the sugar, balsamic vinegar, and onions to the grease and stir. Press the onions into the dressing with a fork. Taste and adjust to preference. Pour the hot dressing over the lettuce, so that it wilts. Top with the crispy bacon crumbles.

Microwave free option: Place the bacon and onions in a pan and cook on the stove top. Let the onions caramelize in the grease. Once the bacon is very crispy and as much grease as possible is in the pan, spoon out the bacon and set on a paper towel. Scrape the grease into a salad bowl. Add the sugar, vinegar, and caramelized onions and stir. Add the lettuce toss. Top with the crispy bacon, crumbled. Enjoy!

Tart Cherry, Apple, and Blue Cheese salad with Bacon dressing

Recipe: Serves 1

  • 4 cups Romain lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 2 tbsp dried cherries
  • 2-3 tbsp blue cheese
  • crumbled bacon from the dressing
  • bacon dressing (above)

Oh and this next one is SO GOOD! And SO EASY! 4 ingredients. Get someeee. 

Bacon Honey Mustard Salad dressing

Recipe: Serves 1

  • 2 strips bacon (nitrate free and organic if possible!)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Directions – Place the bacon in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bacon is very crispy and most of the fat has pooled at the bottom of the bowl. Remove the bacon from the bowl and let the extra grease fall into the bowl. Set the bacon aside on a paper towel. Add the mustard, honey, and vinegar to the bacon grease and stir. Taste and adjust as desired. Put onto ANY SALAD COMBO and it will taste amazing. Top with crumbled crispy bacon.  (You can also do the microwave free option above).

Maple Bacon dressing

Recipe: Serves 1

  • 2 strips bacon (nitrate free and organic if possible!)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar or white balsamic
  • pinch salt
  • you can also add a bit of mustard if you are feelin’ it

Directions – same as above!

Adios.

chocolate salad…

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekends were rejuvenating, fun, and family filled. I didn’t get to see my family since they live so many states away, but I did get to talk to them over the phone as well as receive a a beautiful bouquet of Easter-colored flowers from my mom and step pops.

I really like Mondays. I see them as an opportunity for a new start. It’s a fresh week, and you can be who you want to be, do what you want to do, and shake off any lingering stress or negativity from the week before. Thanks to this inspirational post from Lori, I started a gratitude journal last night. Just my single entry so far has lightened my mood and makes me smile every time I think of it. I swear I am getting cheesier with age. I used to be fairly cheesy, a pseudo cheese, like Kraft American singles. Not real cheese, but it’s trying. Then, in high school, I got a bit more sentimental and graduated to cheddar status. Now, as college comes to a close, I am full on French stinky cheese. The finest Gruyere, if you will.

Question: Do any of y’all keep gratitude journals or affirmation boards? Comment with any fresh ideas for  self reflection or something that you are grateful for!

In my last post. I said I would go over my Spring schedule and some purchases I am amped about.

My classes are Nutrition and Aging, BIOLOGY (and the lab -_-), and Neuro Physio biology lab. The nutrition course is a “joke” and “designed for seniors” according to my professor, so that’s awesome. [Note sarcasm.] It is nice that I won’t have to stress over it, but Im also a bit sad that he isn’t taking this opportunity to blow our minds with studies and knowledge on the zillions of topics he could go into with the class. The bio is a freshman/sophomore course, so I’m thinking it will be pretty easy, just very time consuming with the busy work, lab, and apparently memorizing the entire tree of life. And NPB 101L seems like it will be fascinating; our labs include dissecting a frog heart, stimulating frog leg muscles, peeing into a cup and analyzing it, measuring our VO2 max, and something with GI motility ;). I am scared shitless for the lab reports though. Word on the street is that they take 4 days to write and are an average of 25 pages. Awesome.

My MCAT course via Princeton Review is finally over –> Yay!! However, now that means its all on me. I sort of made a study plan… Once again, I am going to post my schedule to hold myself accountable… Behold.

Anality at its finest. That night time studying is pretty sketch. 

The purchases I mentioned are two new pairs of shoes that I got in Austin over Spring Break (THANK YOU MAMA!). One pair is a Vibram/New Balance hybrid that is perfect for lifting and CrossFitting.

 

I ADORE these. I can actually feel what I am doing so much more and my form has definitely benefitted from the lack of support. Squats and deadlifts are more through the heels and balanced. Box jumps feel safer in that I can actually feel myself landing on the box/plastic hollow board. The other pair has slightly more support and will be for running; my first pair of Sauconys. I feel bad betraying my beloved Brooks, but these shoes feel amazing. The Sauconys aren’t barefoot runners but they don’t have nearly as much support as what I am used to. I feel light as birdy. Nay. A butterfly.

Andddd finally, I have for you a salad that involves chocolate. I was skeptical at first, and yet intrigued when I first saw the recipe. As it turns out, cacao nibs are delicious and make an epic pair with citrus fruits. You must try this. I made it three days in a row, and only because I ran out of nibs.

Spinach & Citrus Salad with Cacao Nibs

Recipe: Serves 1

adapted from Not Without Salt

3-4 cups baby spinach

1/2 large orange, slices cut in half

a few slices grape fruit (optional)

handful cacao nibs

a twist of fresh ground pepper

for the dressing – 

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic

1 tbsp orange juice

pinch salt

Directions – Toss the spinach and citrus in the dressing. Top with cacao. Enjoy!

You know you truly love chocolate when you can appreciate the unadorned cacao nib.

roasted beet, goat cheese, and walnut salad with a classic vinagrette

Heyoo! I finished my two finals today and I AM SO STOKED FOR SPRING BREAK. Although I will be studying for the MCAT for (hopefully) several hours a day, I am still excited to go back home to Texasssss. While I do love Northern California, there truly is no place like Austin. The people are weird. The food is both cutting edge and down n’ dirty tasty. The city is intertwined with natural springs, lakes, mountains, and creeks. The shopping is bomb. And, for me, every nook and cranny of the city is associated with a memory, most good and some bad – but all a part of me :).

Anywho. Breakfast was at 7:30 am before my 8 am final. I had a belgian waffle  (duh) with freshly made cake batter cashew butter and it rocked my world. It may not have been the wisest idea to devote those extra 10 minutes to making fresh cashew butter instead of last minute studying – but it was worth it.

Cake Batter Cashew Butter Recipe

  • 1 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (I used half regular, half sweetened ;) )
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • a couple drops stevia extract
  • dash salt, to taste (esp. if the cashews weren’t salted)
adapted from The First Kitchen
The first final, for Developmental Nutrition, went well. However, it was one of those exams that lasts the full two hours and you never stop writing and your hand cramps up and you have to shake it to the side of your desk and people look up at you and give you a dirty looks for distracting them with your spastic motions. 

For whatever reason, tests make me hungry. Maybe its the stress. Or maybe its the brain burning through all the glucose. Whatever it is, I couldn’t wait past 11:30am to get some grub into my belly. Lunch was an experiment that ended up going so right. I totally winged it, which often ends up being incredibly lackluster or a super-fail. It involved frying things in coconut oil. I am too lazy to upload the photos right now, so lets pretend I had this gorgeous ABSOLUTELY ADDICTIVE salad – which I actually had three times earlier this week because it is that good.

roasted beet, goat cheese, and walnut salad with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette

Recipe: Serves 1

inspired by alexandra cooks

for the dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 1 tbsp or half a Cutie’s juice
  • 1 small shallot or 2 tbsp, chopped
  • fresh ground pepper + dash salt

for the salad

  • 4 cups baby greens
  • 1 roasted beet, cubed
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts (black if possible)

directions -

Ahead of time, rinse and roast 1 (or more!!) beets in the oven at 425 degrees for an hour, or until easily pierced. Place/store in the fridge to cool.

Chop the shallots and place in a bowl. Pour in the olive oil and press the shallots into the oil with a spoon. Add the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, a dash of salt and a few grinds of freshly ground pepper and stir.

Toss the greens, cuc, and beets with the dressing. Top with goat cheese and walnuts. Enjoy!!

Then I had my second final, GI physiology and that was fineeee. Some of the questions were epic.

“According to the professor, what is the best way to defecate?”

Answer = SQUATTING. Without a doubt. It aligns your sigmoid colon into a linear pathway for maximal evacuation with minimal effort.

“According to the professor in lecture, why should one never resisnt the urge to go use the bathroom?”

Answer = Because every time your contract your external anal sphincter to make the urge go away, you send it right back up there and the colon automatically reabsorbs more water from the feces, thus increasing the likelihood that you will get the dreaded const.

After that fun little exam, I passed out for a while and then went to the gym. I created a BEAST interval workout for you freaks out there that want to try it.

Beast Interval Workout

12 box jumps, as high as you are able

12 clean n’ jerks with 50 lb barbell

(watch it here, I was doing it in one fluid motion and didnt split my legs like she does in the video)

500 meter row

repeat 4x as hard and fast as you can

It is under 20 minutes but if you give it your all – it burnsogood. Have a fun friday night everyone!