Category Archives: Breakfast

Vacation Mode

This morning I could not stop snoozing for anything. It was like fresh baked goods. “Just one more… Okay, one more I swear that’s it”.. and by the time I knew it I had cut out half my workout in my head. I decided that I couldn’t do that and instead I’d just enjoy sleeping in and hit the gym after work. After all, today is the first summer Friday so I’m out at 1:00!

Lat night, Joe put the air conditioning in our room so that may have been why both of us had so much trouble getting out of our cozy bed this morning. That, and the fact that “Limitless” with Brad Cooper kept us up. I fell asleep before the end but it was really good up until that point.

Because I had some extra time this morning, I made a big bowl of oatmeal to keep me full all morning.

I mixed in:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (makes it nice and fluffy!)
  • a few shakes of cinnamon
  • stevia packet
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana whipped in at the end

I topped it with natural crunchy PB. Chocolate, PB, and banana might be the best combo ever.

I also made coffee in the French press. Hey, I’ll save the $3 Starbucks coffee one day if I can.

Don't cry over spilled coffee

I ended up having to take it to go for my pleasantly quick car ride this morning.

I guess everyone is already in vacation mode and took a long weekend. There wasn’t a stitch of traffic. I love how Thursday night comes and I already feel that weekend high. Then, Fridays at work consist of a lot of cube huddle ups discussing weekend plans. Joe and I intend to head down to his parents shore house Sunday and Monday. I can’t wait to be on the beach and grilling food.

Do you have any fun Memorial Day weekend plans?


Berry Warrior

Yesterday was just as I suspected; a long busy day. It continues today which is why I am so looking forward to a half day tomorrow and Monday off.

I got to the gym this morning and I felt like my eyes were barely open. I didn’t go to sleep that late but I think towards the end of the week my getting up at 5:00 am habits catch up to me, and by Friday I am just ready for a day to sleep in. I finished a 25 minute ab workout and was walking up the stairs to the treadmill and tripped like an idiot. I didn’t just trip, I seriously fell continuously up 3 steps, spilling my water all over, and obviously catching the attention of everyone around me. I completely lost feeling in my legs and felt like I had no control and couldn’t even catch myself. It was weird, maybe I need to take an extra five minutes in the morning to wake myself up. Anyway, I obviously kept walking like nothing happened like any other normal person would. Nothing happened, I didn’t trip, you’re seeing things.

50 minutes later I was more than awake. I did some sprinting and incline fast paced walking intervals while thinking about my breakfast, of course. I don’t eat before I go to the gym and I haven’t in almost 2 years. I get up so early that I just don’t feel like eating, plus Joe told me something about insulin levels spiking and burning more fat…something I have been meaning to google. Regardless, I always have a huge protein shake as soon as I walk in the door. I used one of my new purchases from Netrition; Sun Warrior!

I’m not going to lie, I have been using it but haven’t told you so I could save it for a review. I feel like it’s an acquired taste. And by that I mean the first time you taste it it’s weird/different but after that it becomes an addiction and I crave it. Maybe it’s my body craving raw vegan food because it’s all natural and good for you. Who knows, but this stuff is good.

In a blender went:

  • 1 and 1/2 scoops Sun Warrior (vanilla) 
  • A large uncounted handful of fresh strawberries/blueberries/blackberries
  • Half a frozen banana
  • 1/2 c vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • a splash of pure vanilla
  • a tbsp of honey

All blended up

This turned out amazing.

As I was packing my daily VitaTop I remembered something. I decided yesterday that I am nominating myself to be VitaFan of the month on Facebook. That’s right, I’ve been buying these things since the first day Hungry Girl announced this new product. It was years ago and I have come to the point that I need to order in bulk from the website because I eat one everyday when I get to work.

Please give me some ideas for a picture that is not as cheesy as this.

I also finished Carrots ‘N’ Cake, the book,  this morning on the train so I will definitely be reviewing that, hopefully this weekend!

Busy Bee

Today is a super busy day for me as I am in market with a vendor all day long. They feed us…free lunch and lots of cookies. I can’t complain about that. I prepped for  my long day and I’m feeling ready. I did a full upper body workout. I made my OIAJ (yes, we already went through another jar of PB) last night to have for breakfast. I subbed Vanilla SunWarrior protein powder this time and didn’t add PB2.

I’m rockin’ my new skirt from Zara.

…and my favorite Kara Ross necklace from Gilt Groupe.

Catch ya’ll later….

Lemon Basil Mojitos

Last night, Joe and I prepped the infused vodka for the Lemon Basil Mojitos that I will be bringing to my friend’s wedding shower this weekend. We muddled basil leaves, cut up lemons, and agave nectar and added it to 3 bottles of vodka in a mason jar. This will infuse until Saturday when I bring it to the shower and add the club soda.

I know that mojitos are typically rum, this is a specialty drink at Joe’s restaurant that Carrie (the bride to be) loves, so we wanted to make it for her.

After we made the infusions, we made smoothies and had “dinner” together. Joe had a sprinkle massacre. I don’t even know how it happened. Typical. It’s fine, he just sweeped them all into his bowl anyway.

This Morning

I still feel like I haven’t caught up on sleep from the night before. I snoozed a little extra but still got in a 3 mile run and a leg workout. I made a quick protein smoothie to hold me over before what I considered my real breakfast. I had oatmeal on my mind all day yesterday, specifically from dishes. I opted for a wet bun so I could have an extra 15 minutes to hit up the oatmeal bar before work. Dishes is AMAZING. It’s like an upscale buffet. I was too busy scoping out the oatmeal bar to take a picture. Sad. 😦 I’m sure I will be going back ASAP though.

This little bowl of goodness included steel cut oats, cinnamon, honey, flax seeds, bananas, dishes muesli mix, and a small sampling of blueberries in sauce.

I felt like crying when it was over, but I remembered it’s Friday and what better feeling could you have?

Out of Hand

I mean….really?

Why did I feel it necessary to include 5 thousand ingredients into my smoothie (last night’s dinner)?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 7-8 frozen strawberries
  • 1 heaping scoop of Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • stevia packet
  • pinch xanath

Blend together until thick and creamy. Garnish with a dollop of cool whip free, a sliced strawberry, a leftover chocolate covered strawberry from this weekend, a pizzelle (thin italian cookie–I used chocolate), and sprinkles. Gotta make it a sprinkle massacre. This was more like a strawberry massacre.

I proceeded to make one for Joe when he got home.

Workout and Breakfast

Today was my upper body strength training day. I mixed together a couple of my usual routines and had a really good workout! I also did abs and 25 minutes on the ellyptical.

I was super hungry when I got home and had already thought about what I was going to make while I was at the gym. I forgot about the blackberries I got this weekend and decided I was going to use them.

After blending up half of a frozen banana, a big handful of blackberries, 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, a handful of spinach, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder, I got this big grey mess:

My smoothie kick continues…..


I get really excited when it’s time to order from Netrition. I needed a restock on a few things, and then I throw in a few extras to get to $200 so I get the 5% discount. They ship for $4.95 flat, no matter how much you spend, and it comes in like two days. It’s awesome. They have Joe’s turbo teas and pure protein shakes and I finally ordered the Sun Warrior protein powder I have been reading about everywhere. We always have Isopure on hand but I really wanted to try this. I got some pure vanilla because I’ve been adding it to my smoothies. Lastly, I threw in some MaraNatha almond butter because really, you can never have enough nut butter around the house. As usual, I got the free offer –  a gym towel. Now I have three! Good for those sweaty runs.


Workout & Breakfast

This morning I had to be quick because I had an early appointment at the foot doctor. I did a 15 minute mat abdominal workout followed by 45 minutes on the treadmill (plus a 5 minute cooldown) covering about 5 miles.

I made a yummy green monster this morning by combining;

  • 3/4 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • stevia
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach

Of course I had to have a few spoonfuls of PB.

My foot doctor is going to check with my insurance and I’ll probably have another set of orthotics made. He didn’t want to take them from me because he said he knew I wouldn’t stop running for two weeks so I would probably hurt myself. He is probably right. So, I have a follow up next week to take molds and get another pair, then have the old ones refurbished.

Today is another rainy and foggy day in the NYC/metro area. Can you spot the Empire State Building going into the clouds next to the raunchy graffiti?

Yes, this is the nasty view I have while sitting in Holland tunnel traffic on my way to the train to goto work. I hope there is nicer weather out there somewhere for you guys!

The Post With Many Names

The name for this post changed about 5 times since I woke up this morning.

  • OIAJ
  • Squats Til You Puke
  • Jello Legs
  • Not the Mama
  • Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

I’ll explain why. It all started last night when I got home from work to see an empty jar of peanut butter in the recycle bin. Joe finished it on me! I was a little angry, for a second, but then a lightbulb popped up above my head. OIAJ!

My first Oats in a Jar! There were scraps of PB left on the sides, perfect for making my overnight oats. I added:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop Isopure vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 stevia packet
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp homemade almond butter
  • mashed up banana
  • 1 tbsp Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate PB2

Yea, I went a little crazy. I mushed it all up and dreamed about it all night. I even thought about it at the gym this morning. I did a short 20 minute floor ab routine followed by 35 minutes on the treadmill, covering just under 4 miles (warmup and cooldown were incline walking). At that time, my post was named OIAJ. I was sure of it because I knew how good they’d be.

Next, I saw a dude with a shirt that read “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” I thought, wow, this is a Julie exercise mantra quote. I intend to tell her to add it to her list. This quote makes you want to push yourself hard at the gym, but also implies than when you are sick, your body is saying “Hey, hold up! Rest and let me get rid of this annoying illness so you can resume normal routine!”. The name of my post (in my head) changed immediately. Nope, too long of a name…plus, we had some more thoughts going on this morning.

I headed over to do squats for the first time in 3 weeks. Since I took last week off, and was lazy the week before and just did the basic machines, it had been a while. When I was done doing 6 sets of squats and deadlifts (15 reps, 10 second rest), I felt like I was going to puke. That’s when you know you have a good leg workout! That is also when you say “I am going to name my post ‘Squats til you Puke'”.  About 10 minutes later, after finishing up the rest of my leg workout, stumbling up the stairs and out the door, the name changes to “Jello Legs”. I feared I would not make it to my car because my legs were so weak.

When I got to work, I enjoyed these little buggers. I had to add a little almond milk first to soften them up. I enjoy scraping the sides like Kath. I wouldn’t compare it to vacuuming. I don’t know what I would compare it to, but it is very enjoyable getting every last bit of oats!

Every bit of YUM I expected.

TGIF, my friends! I was thinking about TGIF this morning and rememberd the shows on ABC every Friday night from 8-10pm (am I wrong on the time?) The show with the dinosaurs used to be my favorite. I brought it up at work and everyone went nuts. A girl on the other side of my cube yelled “NOT THE MAMA”. Remember the baby used to hit things and scream that? I googled it and found that the show was infact called, simply, “Dinosaurs”. This leads to the last contemplated post name of “Not the Mama”, which didn’t make the cut either. Being the indecisive person that I am, I chose the name above.


…and Happy Friday the 13th!! I am not supersticious, but I did have a mishap with my commute this morning that really angered me.

Lunch that I am enjoying as I post:

Leftover sauce from Sunday’s grilled pizza with Carba Nada noodles and parm cheese.

Do you feel like weird/bad things happen to you on Friday the 13th? Do you remember or did you watch Dinosaurs? What usually determines your blog post name?