Happy Bunny Day!

April 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Lunch, Review | 20 Comments
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Happy Easter (or Bunny Day, or Chocolate Day, or whatever the you want to call it if you don’t celebrate Winking smile) everyone!!!

My Easter is pretty much a normal, busy Sunday for me!  One fabulous thing I managed to fit in today was the first 6-mile walk out to Picnic Point of the year.  I seriously needed that to clear my mind, and I ended up sitting out on the peninsula by the water for a while and it was SO relaxing.  There’s very little wind today, which isn’t typical for Madison, it’s in the mid-50*F’s, and the sun is shining. PERFECT!


A few weeks ago I had bought some Millet Bread at the grocery store (FYI, it took me forever to make that arrow in Paint Winking smile).


I finally brought it out a few night ago and tried it out.



With Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter = BEYOND AMAZING!


Seriously, this bread is so good!!!  It has almost a buttery taste, and it dense, filling, and spongy in the best ways possible.  Totally worth checking out yourself!


This morning I got a lot accomplished in the way of another 10-page essay I’m working on for my Intro to Cultures of Asia class.  The essays are instead of finals/mid-terms, so I really can’t complain!  And it spaces all my studying out by having this class done before finals.  I got about 1/3 of the essay done by lunchtime!

When I took my lunch break, I put together a wrap with a Food for Life Brown Rice Tortilla, Tofurky, organic spinach, and organic mixed herb salad.


With sliced organic cucumbers, an activia light, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.



Right after lunch, I went out for my walk which was fabulous! Smile Now I’m headed out on my balcony to do some studying…


Love it when I can do that OUTSIDE!









Snap, Crackle, Pop… Corn Pops

April 12, 2011 at 8:05 am | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner, Review | 24 Comments
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Spring has finally made it to Wisconsin!  I’ve shed like 10 minutes off my “getting ready to go somewhere” time just by losing all the jackets, hats, gloves, etc.  It’s pretty great to not even worry about a jacket anymore! 🙂

After my afternoon classes yesterday, I decided a baked sweet potato was just what I was craving. 

Organic baked sweet potato topped with Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.


With a glass of unsweetened almond milk.



After dinner, I went to a Power Yoga class which, as usual, was fabulous!  There’s something about actually being IN the studio instead of just doing a podcast in my apartment that helps motivate me.

Last night, I downloaded Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome to try out as new web browsers.  Matt recommended Google Chrome to me, and my dad (literally a computer expert) said both browsers are superior to Internet Explorer.  I figured I’d try them both out and see which one – if either – I like better than Internet Explorer.  I started with Google Chrome, and I’m slowly getting the hang of it.  What browser do you use?  And any tips for using Mozilla and/or Google Chrome?


I woke up this morning at 5:50am, just at the sun was rising.  Lovely start to my day! 🙂

I decided to try out the new Kashi cereal for breakfast that I had bought at Whole Foods on Sunday – Simply Maize.


I topped off my cereal with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.



When I first poured the almond milk in, I couldn’t believe how noisy the cereal was!  It was snap, crackle, and popping away!  Maybe it was the “snap, crackle, pop – Rice Krispies” already in my mind, but my first thought when trying the cereal was RICE KRISPIES.  I actually thought the cereal would be sweeter, being that it looks almost glazed, but it actually wasn’t very sweet at all.  In fact, the taste was a little plain and bland for me.  However, the texture was great and I loved how it stayed puffed and crunchy to the last spoonful. 

It wasn’t until after I finished the cereal that I was able to place the taste… CORN POPS!!!  Yup, this was basically a less sweet version of Kellogg’s Corn Pops.  It wasn’t the most satisfying or filling cereal either, so I’ll be curious to see how long it holds me over this morning.  Overall, it’s a good cereal and worth a try, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. 


I have a busy Tuesday ahead, and I am almost ready to head out the door to my Psychology Stats lab. Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!!









April 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Other, Snack | 14 Comments
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Before heading to the studio to teach a Hot Power Flow yoga class tonight, I put together a simple, classic, yet absolutely incredible snack:



Organic sliced apple, organic carrots, Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter for dipping, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.

I so often find that simple is best when it comes to foods!  Peanut butter, apples, and carrots – my 3 favorite foods – what more could I ask for? 🙂


Recently, the fabulous Mary awarded me with the One Lovely Blog Award.


I did a similar post for the Versatile Blogger Award a few days ago, but I figure there’s no harm in sharing a few more random facts!

Here’s the rules:

  • Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post.
  • Tell 7 Random facts about yourself.
  • Pass the award on to 15 new found bloggers.
  • Contact each blogger you want to pass the award on to and let them know you’ve done so, and let the giver of your award know you accept it… or not.

And here’s the facts:

  1. I went on a Western Caribbean cruise with my family in 2008 (I was a Sophomore in high school at the time).

Yes, I did in fact take this picture myself.

   2.   My favorite nut butter is MaraNatha Organic Raw Almond Butter.

   3.   I love to play tennis.  Although I was never on a team, my oldest brother and I spent an entire summer playing every single day when I was in middle school.  I’ve kept up with it ever since, so I’d say I’m pretty decent!

   4.   I am obsessed with the sun.  Summertime, laying out in the sun, reading a good book… that’s literally my idea of heaven.

   5.   My favorite musical artists are U2, Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Josh Gracin, and Coldplay.  There’s also a lot of modern music (meaning new top hits) out there on the radio that I’ve been loving lately.

   6.   My favorite movies are The Terminal, Seven Pounds, Forrest Gump, Sweet Home Alabama, and The Sandlot.

   7.   My favorite veggie is a sweet potato.


Now to tag some amazing bloggers!  I know this award has made the rounds, so I apologize if anyone has been double-tagged.  And feel free to pick up the award whether you’re mentioned or not… you are all “lovely bloggers” in my book! 🙂

Katie – LOVE this girl!  She shares my positivity, and has such a beautiful glow about her, both inside and out.

Meg – Absolute sweetheart!  She has such a fun-loving spirit that shine through in her blog.

Shannon – I’ve known this girl for years through blogging and she’s so wonderful!  Down-to-earth, adventurous, and living life to its fullest!

Matt – Genuinely awesome guy!  His healthy lifestyle and self-confident, enthusiastic attitude are such a breath of fresh air.

Amanda – She’s gorgeous and motivated, and we both have such similar positive outlooks on life!


Hope everyone had an amazing Friday and a fun weekend ahead! 🙂

Do you think that “simple is best” when it comes to food?








Back to Life

March 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner | 15 Comments
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It’s so nice to feel RELIEF and just get back to the usual daily events and tasks instead of studying my life away!  Yes, I still have a lot of reading and schoolwork to stay caught up on, but nothing I can’t handle. 🙂

By the time I made it through the 2 exams I had yesterday, I looked and felt like I just ran a marathon.  It’s amazing all the energy that gets drained out of you when you’re under intense stress!  So I was definitely in the mood for something simple, quick, and classic once I got back to my apartment…

Toasted Ezekiel Gluten Free English Muffins topped with Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter and organic cherry fruit spread.


With organic carrots and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.


I had a serious laughing attack last night watching the Jersey Shore Cast on Silent Library on MTV.  Seriously, the one with Ron and the punching TV is HILARIOUS.

I got 8 hours of sleep in last night, which hasn’t happened in about 2 weeks, and it felt SO good!  This morning I was ready to go at 6:30am with a bowl of Nature’s Path Optimum Blueberries and Cinnamon with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side for breakfast.


Today has been pretty laid back, which is just what I needed.  I’m going to a yoga class this evening AND teaching a class later on.  Tomorrow I’m catching up with a couple of friends over coffee and can’t wait to get back to having a social life again! 

What do you like to do once you’re done with a stressful workload?







Right on Track

March 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Posted in Dinner | 5 Comments
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Last night was a busy end to my Spring Break, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Before getting started on my evening, I put together a quick classic for dinner since I wanted to try out the new bread and peanut butter I had bought at Trader Joe’s when I went shopping.

Oddly enough, I was surprised when I discovered the peanut butter was chunky.  You would have thought the jar would have given me a clue.  Way to be observant… 😉


I love chunky almost as much as smooth, so I was still in nut-butter heaven!



Two slices of Trader Joe’s Organic Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bread topped with Trader Joe’s Organic Chunky Peanut Butter, organic carrots, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.



The bread was fantastic!  Loved the taste, and it was especially soft and chewy in the best way possible.  The peanut butter was decent, but I think the flavor was a little off.  I’ve had better, but there’s no question I’ll easily use it up!

After dinner, I got my Yoga-ness on!  I did a podcast myself, then headed to the studio to teach a Hot Power Flow class.  The Sunday night energy is always high, especially when you live in a college city like Madison!

If you follow me on Twitter, you heard my big news for this morning that I am now officially a Pre-Dietetic student at UW Madison.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m pursuing a double major in Dietetics and Communication Arts.  This is not an easy task given the tough load and time commitment that goes along with Dietetics, but I am taking two summer courses this summer to make sure I get everything completed in time to graduate in 4 years.

This morning I met with the Dean-on-call and submitted all the paperwork for my Dietetics program.  This is just the beginning, but it feels so good to have a clear goal and focus!


Hope everyone is off to a great start on their week!








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