Beating the Heat

I think today is our 38th consecutive day of triple degree weather and according to weather.com, it’s not ending anytime soon. At least not within the next 10 days…

So all I’ve been thinking about lately is how to beat the heat.

Lots of smoothies, iced teas and coffees, and water consumed lately. Gotta stay hydrated!

And now that I finally have ice (!), I tried a new [iced] roasted green tea.

Perfectly refreshing. You know what else is refreshing and a great way to beat the heat?

Popsicles!

And you know what’s better than popsicles?

Homemade popsicles.

Two days ago I received this gift for my birthday…

Obviously, I absolutely loved it! I mean, who doesn’t love popsicles?? 🙂

It required 24 hours in the freezer before use so I waited patiently all throughout yesterday and was more than ready to make some pops today.

Today I just pour in my flavor and fillings of choice…

And bam! In under 10 mins I got these tasty pops.

Apparently this pop maker works best with natural liquids and fillers which is perfect since I like to keep things less sweet and more natural. I chose to make mine with orange juice, almond milk, chocolate almond milk, yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Since it was my first time making these pops I kept it pretty simple with some faux fudgesicles.

And faux orange creamsicles

The outside is just orange juice and the filling inside is plain yogurt mixed with a splash or two of almond milk.

This zoku pop maker has to be one of the easiest ways to make a quick, refreshing, and healthy treat!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to finish off this creamy chocolaty pop before the heat gets to it first.

What’s your favorite popsicle flavor?

What flavor popsicle would you create?


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Hong Kong

I’m finally here!

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Well I actually got here a little over 24 hours ago, but i was pretty much delirious all of yesterday. I got in around 6am Friday, which is 5pm Thursday back home, and knew that I needed to stay awake the rest of the day if I didn’t want to have major jet lag.

First things first, I unpacked.

I managed to bring all of these with me in my suitcase! Most of these foods are about double the price here. The ezekiel bread is about 8-9 US dollars a loaf.

Then I headed down to the pool.

It was actually a little cold so I ended up in the indoor pool, where a swam a couple laps, deemed it too hot and headed to the steam room, where it was even hotter. I’m just so logical aren’t I?

15 mins later I showered off and it was still only 11am.

So I headed downstairs for some lunch from my favorite organic/natural grocers here…Three Sixty. After debating between ordering sandwiches, hamburgers, noodles, or gelato, my sister and I ended up with sushi.

Since Hong Kong is an island, they always have super fresh sushi here.

The rest of the day was pretty much a blur. We took the subway to my grandparents house after lunch for another lunch. I ended up drinking a bowl of vegetable soup and passing out on the couch. (So much for staying awake, yeah?) I didn’t sleep for too long, at least I don’t think I did, but eventually we went home. I didn’t really do anything too interesting yesterday and I forgot to bring my camera with me so I have no pictures.

It’s been raining here for days apparently, but we’ve been lucky and it’s cleared up a bit since we got here.

I took this photo yesterday morning.

I’m looking at the same view right now and it’s still cloudy today, but the visibility is a little better.  I can see the mountains behind the mountains.

Look at all those boats!

We’re about to head out for some dim sum with my family here. Have a great weekend!


5 Ingredient Crispies

Remember how I said I was going to go make a mess in my kitchen last night?

Well, I surprisingly kept it on the neat side. For the most part.   I dropped my measuring cup on the floor creating a splattering of brown rice syrup. oops! Next Jackson Pollock in the making? 😉

Summer always brings out my craving for frozen rice crispies and this girl wanted some last night 🙂

Enter: 5 Ingredient Crispies

  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 cups kamut puffs

Stir together brown rice syrup and cashew butter in a microwave safe bowl. Pop in the microwave for 20 seconds.  Stir. Microwave for another 20 seconds. Stir in vanilla extract and salt.  Pour over kamut puffs and mix until combined.

I pressed it into a 8×8 in pan lined with parchment paper (easy clean-up!) and put into the freezer to set up for about a 2 hrs.

It doesn’t get any easier than this! I keep these store in the freezer because they’re the perfect cold treats.

What are some of your favorite summer treats? – Besides frozen rice crispies, I do love some good cobblers and crisps.

I think I’m going to swim a couple laps then spend my afternoon soaking up some sun by the pool. I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!


Aloha!

After 7+hours on a plane watching some in-flight entertainment – “Just Go With It”, “Willy Wonka” and a couple attempts at cracking open my operations management textbook – I’m now blogging from the beautiful state of Hawaii!

My journey over started bright and early this morning with what I was hoping would be an early morning run, but since I didn’t get to bed until 2am last night, that didn’t happen.

Instead I downed two slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast while cooking up some tofu and making a sandwich to bring with me on the plane.

 

Lunch was served on my flight over, but I like to bring along snacks in case I don’t fancy what’s on the menu.  Which is often the case on this particular route I fly.

Airplane food’s pretty hit or miss for me.

I have heard of a few airlines that have amazing meals though!  I think British Airways has some pretty okay sandwiches sometimes and I’ve had the vegan entree on an AA flight before which was decently good.

First up, salad.  It was a normal green salad, but I gave it a little extra something by adding my cayenne+pepper dusted tofu.

 

It’s like instant protein.

Next up was the main course.  I chose the hibachi chicken just so I could eat the sweet potato mash underneath.

 

So technically I had a peanut+sunflower butter and strawberry jelly sandwich with sweet potato mash.

 

And of course, I can never say no to dessert.

 

Vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce.  I ate about ¾ ‘s of it and it was delicious 😛

About two hours before landing we were served a pre-arrival snack of cheese and crackers.

 

I love Wee Brie, but blue cheese I’m not such a fan of.  I try a little bit almost every time I come across it, but it’s such a strong cheese and I still haven’t quite acquired the taste for it.

I also snacked on a pear I brought along.

Overall it was a pretty smooth flight as opposed to how it is about 70% of the times I fly in. When I flew in this past December, I’m pretty sure the entire flight after takeoff was intense turbulence, which I absolutely hate!

Now that I’m safely on the ground :), the INS and OUTS of my past week:

IN

Sprinklers

I’ve found the key to running outdoors in the dreaded summer heat! If you happen to live within a good sized neighborhood, run in the mornings when everyones sprinklers are on.  I swear every couple houses I ran by, at least one of them had their sprinklers on.  It made for a much cooler and more enjoyable run 🙂

Cayenne Pepper

I’ve been obsessed with this ever since I got it beginning of this week.  I love the spicy kick it gives my tofu.

Chocolate

 

I’ve eaten this every night this week. I’m a chocoholic 🙂

OUT

100-degree weather

 

I’ve been in Hawaii only a couple hours and I’m really enjoying the much cooler weather.  I went on a short run at 3:30pm and it was still cooler than the morning runs I do in TX.

Almond Butter

 

I finished up my jar and haven’t restocked yet because I’ve been meaning to make my own batch.  I’m still debating whether I want to that or to just go and buy it because I miss it so much.  No ab & banana toast lately 😦

Pancakes and Waffles

 

Can you believe I haven’t had either ALL week??  Who AM I?  I need to fix that.

What’s the best airplane food you’ve ever had?

Any In’s or Out’s this week?



Golf + Snacks

Day’s like today remind me of the reasons why I don’t play golf anymore…

I spent my morning/afternoon playing caddy to my sister at a women’s golf qualifier in our area.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t exhausted.  I guess carrying 40 lbs on your back can do that to you.  Who thought that it would a smart idea to carry golf clubs on your back?

Well, regardless of the bag, I’d be tired anyways because walking up and down hills with the sun beating down on you, with raging humidity, kinda just purely sucks the life out of you.  These are they days its easiest to get dehydrated and not even know it.  Good thing I have my Camelbak!  You never think it’ll happen because, come on, you’re just walking around, but before you know it, it’s been over 4 and a half hours and you’ve somehow walked 6-8 miles (depending on the course).

It’s a fun sport and all, and I feel like golfers have some of the strongest mentalities out there, but it’s just too time consuming of a game.

One of the things I miss most about golf are the fun snacks we used to always stash in our golf bags.  My favorites have always been clif kid’s zbars, cheese or peanut butter crackers, granola, and fruit.  It’s always fun trying to balance an apple on your golf bag when it’s your turn to hit and coming back to find that its fallen on the ground and has dirt all over it…

Today I brought along an almond butter & jelly tortilla sandwich, brownie zbar (unpictured), and chocolate chip snackimals.

Can you tell I’m a kid at heart?  Kiddie snacks are always more fun.  And better tasting 😛

Now I’m home and I’ve got a paper and case study staring me down, but I’m so drained of mental energy I have no motivation to do either.

PSDo you like my mani?

I got raspberry red 🙂

I couldn’t help myself…they were just so plump!

Do you currently play any sports?  Or did you use to play any sports that you now miss or wish you still continued?  I used to be on the swim team in high school.  Seriously one of the best forms of exercise!


Mixing it Up

This afternoon I got to work on what I was going to bring to the bbq tonight.  I decided on furikake party mix.  It’s not exactly the healthiest of things and not a part of my usual, more healthful, repertoire, but it’s fun to mix it up every once in a while.  😛

So, what IS furikake?  This is furikake...

There area lot of different kinds.  This one in particular is  Aji Nori Furikake.  It’s basically just a mix of dried green seaweed, roasted sesame seeds, sugar, and salt.  It smells SO good and taste even better.  Sometimes I’ll sprinkle it on rice and it gives it a nice salty kicky.

Furikake party mix is a popular snack in Hawaii and since it’s only available all the way across the Pacific ocean, the only way I can get it in Texas is to make it myself.  It’s basically a more asian version of chex mix.

K’s Furikake Partayy Mix

Wet:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or earth balance
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey or light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 2 T shoyu or soy sauce
Dry:
  • 6 cups crispex cereal
  • 2 cups honeycomb cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1 bottle furikake (~2 oz)

Preheat oven to 250.

In a saucepan heat butter, sugar, oil, soy sauce, and light corn syrup over medium-low heat.  (If using honey, heat everything else first and stir in once butter is melted.)

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine crispex, honeycomb, pretzels, and popcorn.

Pour the wet into the dry and mix until the dry mix is fully coated.

Break out the furikake…

Then sprinkle in the furikake and mix to evenly coat.

Pour furikake mix onto baking sheets and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 mins.

Enjoy!

I like to mix it up every time with different types of cereals and snacks, but always keeping the crispex as my base.  Usually bugels are used in this mix in place of popcorn, but I’m not really into bugels. I like to use pita chips (broke in pieces), chex, or captain crunch too.

Well, I’m off to the bbq…let’s hope its a crowd pleaser! 🙂

What are some of your favorite snacks or dishes to bring to summer bbq’s/parties? 


H – O – Double T

HOTT. and humid.

Thats what it was today.  I went out for a run this afternoon and I was REALLY feelin it.  Dinner and drinks last night definitely played a large role in my excruciating run this afternoon.  My plan was to run 5 miles, but I only made it 2.3 miles before I stopped.  I probably could’ve made it a little further (but not much) however I kept thinking about how hot it was and how tired I was getting and how dehydrated I was.  I ended up talking myself into just running .5 miles and walking .25 until I reached 3 miles and then it was down to just running .25 miles and walking .25 miles until I reached 4 miles.  Than I just walked for 2 miles.  My mind was not thinking very positively today.  I’ve realized that what I eat really affects my physical ability the next day and last night’s 3+ glasses of vino and sangria didn’t help at all.

The effects of overeating and alcohol = No bueno.

You know what IS bueno though??  This!

Yepp! The return of breakfast 🙂  I was a very happy girl this morning and enjoyed every last bite of this oats/oatbran, cottage cheese, peaches and blueberries combo.

These past couple days/nights have been busy busy and I haven’t exactly had that much time to make anything spectacular, but I have been enjoying this quick and yummy combo.

A pineapple ring filled with cottage cheese.  It’s nothing life-changing, but it’s an easy to make snack and combination of two of my favorites.

Okay, it’s officially WAY past my bed time.  I’m going to drink a HUGE glass of water to re-hydrate my very dehydrated body and then I’m off to bed.  Night oaties! 🙂