August Brings the Heat

I can’t believe July is already over…Happy first day of August!

I was up bright dark and early this morning at the unearthly hour of 4:30am. I spent almost an hour reading magazines and watching infomercials/trying to fall back asleep until finally I gave up on going back to sleep and switched over to a news station.

The weather happened to be on and apparently we’ve had 30 straight days of 100+ degree weather and today our heat advisory has officially been lifted and changed to an excessive heat warning. oy vey.

Doesn’t this look like fun? I’ll be spending most of my time indoors this week anyways since I’ll be studying for my finals, but I feel terrible for all those high school kids who start football and marching band practice this week.

With this August heat wave coming in, I kept this morning breakfast on the cooler side.

I would’ve liked to have a similar breakfast to yesterdays, but I didn’t really feel like turing the stove on.

A play off pb & jelly oats – Oats cooked with strawberries, then topped with blueberries, raspberries, and a drizzle of sunbutter mixed with almond milk.

Todays breakfast – Pre-workout

Nature Path’s Heritage flakes and lots of sweet blueberries

I usually don’t eat much before a workout, but since I was up way too early, my stomach was growling and I knew I had to feed it.

Breakfast part 2 – Post-workout

Double Chocolate Milktwice the chocolate, but none of all the added sugar in normal chocolate milk:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • ~ 1 T dark cocoa powder
All blended together for about 20 seconds.

Since I had some loose ends to tie up when I returned home after my workout, I didn’t exactly get in a full post breakfast, but the chocolate milk pretty much tied me over til lunch.

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So what’s the best way to cool off in this heat (other than an ice cold smoothie)?

Iced tea

quick fact: since I took my ice maker out of the freezer to clean, it took two full trays of ice cubes to make this cup of iced tea.

Ice makers > Ice cube trays

I’ve always been more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, just a few occasional cups every now and then, but during my time in Hong Kong I seem to have picked up quite the tea habit.

Since tea is such a popular drink in Asia and consumed with almost every meal (having been part of the british empire, afternoon tea is very popular in HK), I’ve just developed a stronger liking to it.

One of my absolute favorites is Hong Kong style milk tea. It’s basically just black or ceylon tea mixed with evaporated milk.

You can pretty much order it anywhere in HK, anytime of the day.

Although i do prefer drinking it hot, it’s just as good cold.

My second favorite tea is roasted tea, whether it be roasted brown rice tea, roasted green tea, or roasted barley tea. I just enjoyed that roasted taste in general.

This particular bag of roasted tea is my favorite. It’s a mix of matcha green tea with roasted brown rice.

But if nothing else is available, I always enjoy a nice cup of green tea.

Preferably iced though, and sometimes mixed with a tiny spoonful of manuka honey (i promise thats some good stuff – both health and taste-wise!).

I’ll most likely be drinking all sorts of variations of these over the next couple weeks. Guess I better get that ice maker goin!

Do you like tea? What’s you favorite kind?

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

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On another note, I just realized yesterday that some of my photos in my previous posts have gone missing. It may have been because I went through my media library and deleted photos thinking that once I had uploaded them into the post they no longer needed to remain in the media folder. Boy was I wrong. It’ll probably take me a while to re-load and replace them all, but eventually I’ll have all the photos back up!

Also, not that they already aren’t, but my posts may be a bit sparse this week as I’ve taken procrastination to the next level and fallen way behind on my studies. Gotta catch up and ace those finals 😉



Everything Pancakes

Thats what I felt like I had put in when I was making my breakfast this morning.  Today was one of those days where I was all over the place.  I wasn’t craving anything in particular, yet I kind of wanted everything.

Everything Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup kodiak cake mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 heaping t organic low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • blueberries

Mix kodiak cake mix with water, than add in cottage cheese and quinoa.  Fold in blueberries.  Cook at medium heat for about 5 mins, or until browned on each side.  Enjoy with some blueberries, banana slices and a waterfall of chocolate peanut butter goodness.

I’m down to my last pack of TJ’s peanut flour (major 😦 face) so in order to make it last as long as possible, I’ve resorted to using other peanut flours.  I bought a jar of chocolate PB2 not knowing that there is added sugar in it so it was way sweeter than I had expected.  I added a little bit of TJ’s peanut flour and some extra dark cocoa powder to it and mixed it with a little water and, easy as that, it was much better!

This is a breakfast I will be repeating for sure.  I’m totally loving the addition of quinoa to all my breakfasts!

As expected, I barely got started on my summer classes yesterday.  I managed to buy two of my books and download the syllabus, but I still need to go to the bookstore to purchase one more book.  I ended up watching way too many episodes of Glee on Netflix (I just started and am loving it!), and than going out to watch the International Final Qualifier for The Open Championship at my local country club. I’ve been going for the last two years and yet I’m still amazed at the fact that we can walk right along side all the PGA professionals and talk with them, given that they feel like talking.  I didn’t stay for too long since it was hot and humid out (i know…I’m a wimp) and only ended up watching Mike Weir, Daniel Chopra, Ricky Barnes.  I saw quite a few other golfers as I was walking in, but the only one I recognized was Brandt Snedeker.  I wish Sergio Garcia hadn’t withdrawn…He would’ve been so much fun to watch!

I need to organize my class schedule today and figure out when all my tests/quizzes are so I can plan out the rest of my summer.  Is anyone else taking summer school?  Or do you have any exciting plans this summer? 


Quinoa, meet Oats

My summer is officially over.  Or at least thats how it feels right now, since summer classes started today.  At least they’re online and I don’t have to actually go into school everyday and sit in a classroom.  But I guess that wouldn’t really matter today since it’s STILL dark, dreary, and raining outside.  It’s literally so dark it feels like it’s 8pm.   Thats how many days in a row already?  4 or 5?

Thunderstorms called for oats once again.  Today I introduced quinoa to my typical oats.

The quinoa added a great texture to the oats and its also great source of protein!

Quinoa, meet Oats – Oatmeal 

  • ~ 1/4 cup oat bran
  • ~ 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 organic egg whites
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 heaping t organic low fat cottage cheese

Cook oat bran and rolled oats in water and almond milk over medium high heat until 3/4 of the way absorbed.  Stir in egg whites until incorporated.  Lower heat to medium and add in cooked quinoa and cottage cheese until incorporated.

I didn’t add too much quinoa into my oats this time because I wasn’t sure of the outcome, but I loved it, so next time I’ll probably take out the rolled oats and add in more quinoa. This was a super filling breakfast and a good and healthy start to the day to get back on track considering what I had after dinner last night.

We picked up this cookies and cream ice cream cake for my sisters birthday from Whole Foods.  It’s all melted because the people at Dicks Last resort didn’t put it in the freezer.  You think they did it on purpose because they’re supposed to be ‘Dicks’?  Whatever the reason, it was still soooo good I had two slices.

I guess now that I’m back on track, I should be off to get organized and figure out what books and such I need for my classes and maybe start doing some reading.  Keyword: maybe.  Which most likely means not today 😉

Lets get this week starteddd!


Berry-licious Sunday

Rain or shine, Sunday’s are always the perfect day for pancakes.  To continue my welcome to summer, I decided to make some berry-filled pancakes.  Peanut butter and berries pancakes to be exact.

You can’t really see it too well, but these pancakes are filled with juicy raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

PB & Berry-licious Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup kodiak cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 heaping T organic low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 T ground flax
  • ~ 1/3 cup mixed berries (halved raspberries and blueberries, sliced strawbs)
Mix away!  Pour into skillet at medium and cook about 5 mins on each side or until browned.

The berries sweeten up the pancakes and keep them moist and doughy, just the way I like it.  It’s still super dreary outside, but these pancakes really brighten up any morning.

Well, I’m off to bake up a batch of vegan samoas (perhaps with brown rice syrup instead of brown sugar this time) and then its off to Dicks Last Resort for my sisters birthday tonight.  Have a nice and relaxing Sunday!! 🙂