No Rest for The Weary

Just in case you were wondering…I’m still alive! It’s been a while since my last post hasn’t it?

I spent the majority of the past couple days studying for finals and I’m ecstatic to say I’m officially DONE. Now I get a 2 week break before the fall semester starts up.

I took my last final yesterday afternoon and have been on the go since. After my final I headed home for lunch and a quick sesh with Jillian. I had just enough time to get in a workout before going to the airport to drop someone off.

This is a perfect workout when you’re short on time. It’s quick and you can make it as hard or as easy as you want.Less than 30 mins later I was drenched in sweat. I’m not sure if my house was too warm or if her workout was just that tough. Probably a combination of the both.

So after Jillian kicked my butt, I headed to the airport. Speaking of airports…Is anyone else fascinated by how airplanes work? As I was leaving the airport to head home an airplane flew right over me on the highway and landed on the runway to my right. I don’t know what it is, but I have this weird interest in watching them take off and land.

Anyways moving on…

I quickly showered after I got home so I could head out to meet up with some good friends of mine whom I’ve known since middle school! I’m always guaranteed a fun time when I see them 🙂 We had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants and then headed to…karaoke!

Needless to say, last night was a fun night! A great end to a full week of studying.

This morning started out the same as every other morning this past week. A big bowl filled with one Barbara’s shredded wheat, natures path heritage flakes, and fresh raspberries, blueberries, and diced white nectarine.

I kinda wish it was this:

or this:

But I wanted something quick and easy so cereal it was. Still delicious though!

I was a little more ambitious when it came to lunch. I actually went foraging for basil outside and broke out the food processor

to make this basil pesto.

I spread it on one half of my Ezekiel sprouted english muffin and topped the other half with an egg white flower sprinkled with pepper.

It may have been a bit messy, but that pesto made the sandwich. I love how creamy it was since it was made with navy beans in place of olive oil. Plus I’m a sucker for anything with basil in it.

And now you’re alllll caught up with me and my eats whether you wanted to be or not 😉

So what am I going to be doing with my two free weeks? Well this week I’m just going to take it easy and do whatever I please and then next week I’ll be heading to a place more tropical. I need to get away from this heat!

I’ve got something fun in store for tomorrow thanks to my friend Christi (hiii!), but until then I have a date with a vacuum and some cleaning staples because I’ve got some serious cleaning to do. I won’t rest easy until I get it all done!

Enjoy the remainder of your Sundays! 🙂

Any karaoke fans out there? – I’m as tone deaf as can be, but it definitely doesn’t stop me from belting out some old school songs. Thats part of the fun I guess 😉

Do you like homemade pesto? – This was actually my first time making pesto at home and I loved it!

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Productivity and Protein

Today was full of reviewing learning, finishing my last paper(!), and protein.

It pretty much started with a question…

What does one do when one is forgetful and forgot to put the ice bucket back into the freezer last night?

Go to the nearest coffee shop of course!

Starbucks just happens to be my nearest coffee shop so thats where I stopped by after the gym this morning. Actually, I didn’t exactly stop in since this particular Starbucks has a drive-thru. More like drove by. Laziness to the max? Yeah, I think so.

I couldn’t exactly just drive by and ask for a cup of ice now could I?…so I ordered myself a nice large cup of iced coffee. Something I haven’t had in a while.

Along with my iced coffee, I got my large cup of ice.

So why did I want this ice so badly? – I’ve been wanting to make a cold protein shake/smoothie for a couple days now and since I keep forgetting to put the container back in the freezer to actually make ice, I’ve had to resort to semi-cold chocolate milk. It’s good, but just not as good as it would be with ice. Especially in this heat.

Since I had a huge cup of coffee, and there was no way I could stomach both a protein smoothie and 20 ounces of coffee, I figured I may as well use it as my liquid.

So in went 1.5 cups of iced coffee, 1 serving of chocolate protein powdera couple glugs of unsweetened almond milk, and about 2/3’s of my venti cup of ice.

The outcome?

I poured it into the previously ice filled Starbucks cup and it actually almost looks like a Starbucks frappe. I either put way too much liquid in or not enough protein powder, so it ended up tasting just like what I would think a Starbucks coffee frappe would taste like. yum 🙂

I think the coffee I added in that ‘protein frappe’ may have given me some super concentration powers or something because I plowed through my paper like no other. Three cheers for coffee!

Shortly after it was lunch time and I found out that not only do I not have ice in this house, I have no food. Well, there’s some food, but the majority of it is expired.

After some scrounging around I finally came up with soba noodles, silken tofu, and eggs. Um…protein in a bowl? I think by that time, my stomach was ready to eat just about anything in a bowl.

Layer 1 – Soba Noodles:

Soba noodles pack quite the protein punch. Surprising, yeah?

Layer 2 – tofu:

I don’t think silken tofu is meant to be sliced. I couldn’t even pick move it to the bowl without it breaking on me.

Layer 3 – 1.5 eggs:

Basically just 1 egg + 1 egg white sprinkled with cayenne pepper.

A nice sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Plus some chopped basil. (I LOVE (!!!) the smell of basil)

All mixed up with a little more toasted sesame seeds and cayenne pepper.

(Not to be gross or anything but…Don’t stare at the photo too long or else the noodles start looking like worms – don’t say I didn’t warn ya! 😉  )

I don’t think I’ve had such a protein packed lunch in a long time. It was actually so filling I never finished it. I ate all the other layers, but left some of the soba.

Right before dinner I had another protein bowl. Just a mini one though.

cottage cheese + a generous sprinkle of cinnamon + operations management notes

I wonder if protein has anything to do with productivity because I was certainly able to concentrate a lot better today than the previous days. Protein = full = satisfied = more concentration on work & less concentration on hunger pangs?

Or it could have been the fact that I finally got into study mode.

I think my brains reached capacity for the day so it’s time to crash and start new tomorrow.

Night! 🙂

 

 

 

 


Steamed Dinner

Ahhhhh…

That’s me breathing out a sign of relief.

I’m finally caught up (for the most part) with my summer school assignments and can relax a bit for a day or two 🙂

I spent the majority of yesterday working on a project and an assignment, which I completed a little earlier today.

It wasn’t all work though. I took a couple breaks in between.

During my mid-morning break, I went to buy a snack at my favorite bread shop downstairs. I needed to get my blood circulating in my legs 😉

After perusing a bit I decided on a sweet potato bread.

Doesn’t it actually look like a sweet potato from the side? I didn’t realize it until after I had snapped a photo of it.

The outside is soft bread, and inside is actually a sweet potato.

It’s definitely not the most attractive looking bread, but it’s a tasty one.

After I very slowly ate my snack it was back to work.

A while later I took my second break and had lunch. I ate the other item I had purchased during my mid-morning trip to La Creation de Gute.

Any guess what my lunch was?

How about now?

It’s a tuna sandwich! Well, I guess it doesn’t qualify as a true sandwich since it’s not between two slices of bread, but I don’t know what to call it. Tuna roll? eh..

Whatever it’s called, it was mighty tasty.

And I ate it all. After all, I am a member of the clean plates club 😉

I had some golden kiwi and watermelon on the side.

Anyone know if you can eat kiwi skin? I didn’t try it, but I feel like I should.

After lunch I finished up my assignment (finally!) and headed to they gym for 22 mins on the elliptical, 17 on the bike, 17 on the treadmill, and 10 mins of abs.

Then came my favorite part of my day today. A walk to the grocery store! 🙂

I have no food here and needed some veggies stat. Plus I really wanted to use the steamer in the kitchen here.

I’ve never used an actual steamer before and this thing is amazing! You can make anything in it from rice to de-crystalizing honey, or even make yogurt!

Since it was my first time using it, I kept it on the simpler side.

I decided on some chinese spinach, carrots, tofu, and half of a mini Japanese pumpkin.

During it’s 15 mins in the steamer, I showered off and had some salmon rolls as an appetizer.

Then, voilà! – Veggies were ready.

I think I may have overcooked the spinach slightly, but it was still good and not tough at all. Just a bit brown.

After I was about 2/3’s through, I realized I didn’t season any of the veggies before steaming them, but I don’t really think it needed anything. Fresh veggies are always best as is. The carrots gave the spinach a slightly sweet taste, and the pumpkin was delicious on its own.

I couldn’t read the label of the tofu to see whether it was firm or silken, since it was all in Chinese, so it was a surprise 🙂 I usually eat firm, but luckily I like all tofu because it ended up being silken. Delicious and smoooooth.

This has to be one of the easiest dinners I’ve ever made! Aside from my instant noodles last night…

But that doesn’t count 😉

Now I’m off to find something to satisfy my sweet tooth 😛

I’ll also be making something with these in a bit!

Any guesses what I’ll be doing with them?

Have a terrific tuesday!


Vacation and Nutrition

After yesterdays post it probably seems like the only thing I’ve been doing in the Maldives is…EAT. haha

I promise I’ve been doing other stuff! 🙂

I’ve been doing a lot of snorkeling in – I guess you might call it – my backyard?

All I have to do is hop off the deck and I can swim with the tropical fishies!

There’re a couple reefs about 100 yards out that are home to hundreds of small and medium sized fish, lobster, and sometimes wandering sea turtles. See those darker patches out there? That’s where I go to see gil, nemo, and dory from the movie ‘Finding Nemo‘. And LOTS of them. I also saw puffer fish and a whole bunch of others which I have no idea what they are named.

Yesterday I did some skindiving around the house reef in the main area of the resort.

That was the extent of my underwater photos. Somehow my waterproof camera became not so waterproof after I hosed it off with fresh water. When I took the battery out some water dripped out with it and it no longer turns on. oops.

Anyways, remember how I got my diving certification back in June? That was for this particular trip! And hopefully some future ones.

I went scuba diving yesterday afternoon and had so much fun looking at all the different kinds of fish and coral. I wish my camera worked so I could’ve taken some more photos. Maybe next time.

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Moving on…

Lets talk vacation and nutrition.

I feel like I often have a hard time keeping with my normal diet whenever I go on vacation. Particularly green foods.

I know it depends on where I go and what time of the year, but from my experience, I have a much harder time eating fruits and veggies in Europe than in more tropical places like…say, Hawaii.

I know its because I mostly eat out whenever I travel, but I have come to find a couple ways to incorporate more colors into my diet as I travel.

(1) I always bring a couple of my favorite packable foods with me. I love to bring my favorite bars (NuGo bars), regular or instant oatmeal, nut butter packets or peanut flour, and other snacks.

(2) I locate the nearest grocery store or farmers market (even better!) and pick up a couple staples like apples, bananas, or whatever fruits are in season. Sometimes hotels have apples or pears in their lobby for guest to munch on. If I have a fridge I’ll even pick up some parisables like almond milk and/or yogurt.

(3) Restaurants always have some sort of veggies on hand. Ordering a plate to share with the table is also a great way to try some local veggies that I don’t always get to eat or may be new to me.

(4) I try to eat various colors throughout the day by making fruits the star of one meal, veggies the star of another, and whatever I want (local fare) for the third meal.

(5) When all else fails, I’ll just enjoy myself and eat whatever pleases ME. After all, I am on vacation 🙂

Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and balance.

Since I’m eating so much at the breakfast buffets and 3 course dinners here, I don’t really need much for lunch so I’ll just eat a smaller, more snack-like, lunch.

Faux-Hot Dog, anyone?

Yesterday’s:

 Whole wheat bread, a baby banana, and some maple almond butter I brought from home.

Today’s:

Whole wheat toast, baby banana, berry jam, and the remainder of my Justin’s maple almond butter.

You can get whole grain bread just about anywhere nowadays and I just grabbed those bananas from breakfast.

Perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

I’ve been lucky here in the at this particular resort and getting plenty of veggies at dinner and lots of fruits and fresh squeezed juices in the morning.

Pomogranate

Dragonfruit, passionfruit, rambutan, mangosteen, and a bean shaped fruit

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and spirulina

Hummus and Organic Veggies

Detoxifying Elixir – Made from plant extracts

That last one (the elixir) I didn’t enjoy so much. It’s supposed to be taken like a shot, but one taste of it and I decided to pass. It tasted like echinacea, which I despise.

Tonight is my last night here 😦

Next stop…

Singapore.

How do YOU usually eat on vacation?It really varies for me. I always try to eat well, but sometimes I do better than other times. Sometimes I just can’t help it…like the week I spent in Italy in March, where all I ate was pasta, pizza, and gelato. By the end of the week, all i wanted (craving has never been so strong!) was a massive salad.  So I guess, in the end, my body knows what it needs.


Shopping

Yesterday I ended up taking a day off from the gym because my knee has been acting up. I stayed home and did some reading then around 3pm I went shopping.

Grocery shopping. 🙂

I went downstairs to browse my favorite grocery store.

Everything I wanted was so incredibly expensive since it was imported in from the UK, New Zealand, Australia, or the US. Since I already brought most of my favorite foods with me, I didn’t buy much.

I left with bananas, a pumpkin black oat drink mix, golden zespri kiwis (I found them!!), and salmon rolls. I was originally going to stop at Pret a Manager for a hummus sandwich on my way home, but the sushi was calling out to me.

Plus all of these rolls were just 16.80 Hong Kong dollars.

That’s a total of 2.15 US dollars.

I ate the rolls for lunch then had the pumpkin black oat drink as a dessert.

Ingredients: Pumpkin, oat, black wheat, black sesame, golden syrup.

I just poured a packet into a mug and added hot water.

It’s not the prettiest looking thing, but it was actually pretty good.

It kind of reminded me of a cereal drink.

After lunch I took the subway over to Causeway Bay where Sogo is.

Looks pretty empty, yeah?

Yeah, not so much. It gets even busier in the mornings and evenings when everyones going to and from work.

Anyways, Sogo is a 12 story department store. It’s HUGE and sells anything from food to bedding and furniture to appliances. Basically anything you need, you can find it at Sogo.

I headed down to the basement where all the food is.

They have ready made foods or actual groceries.

My sister had a milk top pudding – Milk (original) flavor.

I passed on the pudding and sampled a few snacks . Obviously the samples worked because I ended up buying almost everything I tried.

Wasabi Rice Crackers:


Baked Broccoli Chips

Dried Jackfruit & Strawberries:

Afterwards I headed home. I live above a very international shopping mall so it’s really convenient when it comes to food. There are restaurants or fast food-type restaurants all over the mall.

I just went to a fast food place since it was already 9pm and had eggs with mushroom and shrimp.

The eggs had a strong buttery taste, which I didn’t really care for.
Today I went grocery shopping (yes, again), but for necessities. I’ll touch on that tomorrow, but right now I’m about to head out to Mong Kok, a super busy area, to meet up with my family. I think it actually has the highest population density in the world. Afterwards, it’s dinner at my grandparents house.
Hope everyone had a wonderful fourth! 🙂

Salad Remix

I’ve been all over giant salads for lunch lately. Not only are they ridiculously delicious and nutritious, but the best way to get rid of leftovers.

It’s like a salad remix.

Last night’s dinner:

Homemade salmon burgers – protein style (lettuce, no bun) – with veggie kabobs


Made today’s lunch:

Fluffy bed of romaine lettuce, grilled zucchinis, tomatoes, and bell peppers  from last nights kabobs, leftover salmon patty, ginger marinated tempeh, and a dollop of hummus.

With a side of raspberries

Other [leftover] salads I’ve been eating lately:

Whole foods cold bar leftovers served over romaine and bell peppers along with a dollop of hummus and guacamole.

Plus a cruncy and sweet peach

This one had romaine, mini bell peppers, leftover beets and tempeh with a dollop of hummus and one Babybel cheese round.  I just love peeling those cheeses out of their individual red wax layer 🙂

Served with a fruit cup

Perfect summer eats! 🙂

I’m still waiting for one specific summer eat though…

Zespri kiwis

I’m allergic to green kiwis so I never eat them, but strangely I can still tolerate a small amount of gold kiwis.  Lucky me because I like the gold ones better anyways 🙂

They’re supposed to be most easily found in grocery stores from May to October, but I haven’t seen any yet.  I’ll be on the lookout though!

Are you big on leftovers? 

Do you like gold kiwis?


Fresh From The Farm

Afternoon oaties 🙂

How is it already 5pm?? It feels like I just had breakfast not too long ago…

I hope everyone had a wonderful fathers day yesterday!!  I had a pretty blah morning/afternoon since I’ve been spending my time catching up on reading and hw assignments.

Fun stuff I tell you.

I brightened up my afternoon yesterday with a colorful lunch.

Romaine, bell peppers, guacamole, hummus, and a whole slew of whole foods cold bar leftovers – balsamic tofu, mushrooms, beets, forbidden rice, eggplant.

And a pretty peach.

Then I proceeded to bake up another batch of tropical papaya muffins for my awesome dad with some papayas I brought home with me from Hawaii.  Technically we can’t bring ‘whole’ fruits back to the mainland (other than pineapple) with the whole agriculture rules and such, but if you cut it up and bring it home in a soy yogurt tub like me, than you’re good to go 🙂

After my muffin fail on Saturday, I kinda had to redeem myself with new muffins.  And with muffins I knew would be actually turn out 🙂

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This morning I got back into my normal exercise routine with a 15 min interval run/warm-up on the treadmill followed by my usual strength stability stretch class.  I was actually quite pleasantly surprised when my warm-up run seemed a tad easier than normal. I haven’t been on a treadmill in over a week and been doing my runs outdoors.  I guess running outdoors does that to you?  I don’t know what I did, but I’m liking it!

I was ultra stoked for breakfast this morning because my neighbor brought over some fresh farm eggs from her daughters farm last night.

How cute is her label?  I’ve never tried fresh eggs before and these eggs were quite the beauties.

My question is…Why are farm eggs all different colors while the eggs I get from the grocery store all one color – either white or brown?

I guess I could stop my pondering and just google it.  Nah, maybe later…

Anyways, I cooked one up this morning. (the speckled one to be exact).

Two slices of cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread.

One with peanut butter, jelly, and banana slices.

The other with the egg.

Both were delicious.

The rest of my morning/afternoon were again pretty ‘blah’. I’m still working on an operations management assignment about business flows thats due tomorrow night by 11:55am. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I was right there with you until about 3pm yesterday.  Yes, I am a ‘bit‘ behind.  Can you tell? 😉

So tell me, Where do you get your eggs from?  And are they multi-colored or all just one color like mine?