Daily Archives: September 22, 2011

DAY 22: Someone tell me about Quinoa!?

Good evening everyone! Hope you all had a great day! Again, it was a bit of a stressful Thursday! The beginning of the day is always great until Physiology Lab comes, all my parters & myself are starving, and are just ready for the weekend. We all can’t wait to get out of that class!

Well, at least my day started and ended beautifully! This morning I woke up at 5 to have my quiet time. Look who decided to join me today!

My sweet baby Noah! I love you boo πŸ™‚

After reading a while a while I sat down and listened to music while I journaled for a while. I absolutely loveee my journal! It’s funny, my journal is filled with so many happy things and FULL of gratitude and prayers. Most of my old journals were not like this… because I only wrote when I wanted to complain or “get it all out.” Now, for some reason I don’t EVER feel like journalling when I’m sad or stressed. My favorite time is when I’m happy and thankful. I actually get encouraged reading through it!

I also picked up this book from my bookshelf this morning to refresh myself on a few things. I LOVE this book! SO many cool, natural, TOTALLY healthy tips.

I noticed that this lady, Gillian McKeith says that Quinoa is a VEGETABLE PROTEIN and LOOKS LIKE a grain. Does that mean it IS NOT a grain?! Because if not… BRING ON the quinoa!Β Someone tell me!

In my backpack today I packed a Lemon LARA and a back of Peeled Snacks (apricot)! Love them! I usually DO NOT like dried apricot either, so I was a little hesitant about this one, but it turned out great!

For breakfast this morning I met my cousins at Eggs ‘n’ Things. It was so good, as always! I had to turn down the crepe that they always bring you to start off with πŸ˜‰

I got an egg white, veggies omelet, and potatoes with onions and bell peppers. Mmm mmm good! I ate my whole omelet and the majority of my potatoes. I probably left 1/4 of them… they were delicious πŸ™‚

After breakfast I had some time to kill before class, so I went over to Barnes & Nobles and picked a few things up

To drink: non-fat tall Pumpkin Spice Latte for fall! Mmm-mmm! Yes, sugar, but not candy. This is a 100% fall necessity. Nobody is allowed to argue this one πŸ˜‰

From the shelves: my new journal, since my current one only has a couple pages left. Isn’t it cute?! Also, this book “The Human Body” has SO MUCH amazing stuff about our bodies inside, it goes PERFECT with my school, and it’s so interesting! It’s my new bedtime story book πŸ˜‰ (JOKING!)

For dinner I had split pea soup (the whole can) with a few ounces of canned turkey inside. In this picture I put the pepper plant on top, but after the picture I took a TON of my Dads homemade salsa and mixed it all up. To say the least- it was GREAT! It was very spicy, but I LOVE spicy, and it tasted almost like a soupy caserole… wait.. that doesn’t sound very good… haha, but trust me, it was good! My favorite is actually canned tuna in Split Pea soup. Don’t ask why, but it’s just so darn good!

This is how Kayla and I hangout! When your best friend lives too far to go see her everyday, you hangout over skype! We drank our tea together, talked about life, caught up, and painted our nails πŸ™‚

I love how we are able to make that work. My best friend means the world to me, don’t know what I’d do without her! Love you K!

Alright guys, time for me to go to bed! I’m waking up at 5am to drive to Santa Barbara for coffee. Call me crazy but I’m going to take my day off, and drive my quiet time up the coast to a little coffee shop! Hehe, I thought about it and just decided, yep! I’m doin it! πŸ™‚ Goodnight! Sweet dreams! And ps you guys… I don’t usually “edit” my blog posts, so if there are errors, I’m totally sorry! I know this is super “un-professional,” but heck with it… I don’t want to be professional. This is for fun πŸ˜‰


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DAY 21: What’s your take on Coconut Water?

Good morning world! I hope you all had a great nights sleep! I sure did. I woke up at 5am this morning because I wanted to have plenty of quiet time before I go to breakfast this morning, with a long day of school/work following. That time is the most important thing me! I love being up before (most) the rest of the world πŸ™‚


I woke up at 5:45 yesterday and had my quiet time for hours! I consider my quiet time to be waking up, reading my bible/devotional, journaling, and then having the morning to do whatever I enjoy. For example, blogging!

For breakfast yesterday I had a very little meal, as you can see. It was half a banana sliced up really tiny, with about 1 tbsp. of warm PB drizzled over the top, and about 1 tsp. of honey. It was sweet, small, perfectly satisfying, and just what I needed because I wasn’t too hungry.

Before I left for school I had 8oz of Mango Lassi on ice. Have you guys ever had Mango Lassi? I had it at theΒ Indian Food restaurantΒ I went to for my Dads Birthday. It was great, so when I saw it at Trader Joes I quickly snagged it off the shelf! It’s a yogurt drink, with something like 15 BILLION live cultures. It’s so good!

After school, I came home and ate lunch. I heated this soup, with chopped up carrots in it for 1 hr. on LOW heat. You don’t have to spend this much time making by any means, especially if you don’t add carrots. But I wanted the carrots to get REALLY soft, and I wanted the soup to pick up the sweet flavor- so this was the perfect way to cook it.


By the time I ate it the carrots were perfectly soft, and the soup had SUCH good flavor!

During work I had 1/2 an apple pear, and 1/2 a banana. Griffin had over 2 hours of homework yesterday (crazy for a 7th grader) and we had to split a couple pieces of fruit to stay focused


When he left I made a quick omelet! This is my 3 egg white, spinach, minced onion, bacon, and salsa omelet. It’s truly one of my favorite things right now; it’s so good, only 85 calories, and so filling!

Don’t you love when you discover something that’s so good, so healthy, and so easy?!

After dinner I went and picked up my Lula and we went to the gym. I burned 700 cals again and then did floor exercises. We both kept talking about how quickly it goes by when you have a friend and you’re chatting away the whole time- this is SO true!

After the gym I snacked on this pluot & my Coconut water (above ^). I liked the Coconut water okay, but if it doesn’t really have health benefits then I’m going to say “why bother?” The one I got has ZERO Cholesterol, ZERO Fat, and ZERO sugar. It’s got 5 electrolytes and is supposed to be VERY hydrating.

Do any of you know more about Coconut Water?

I also had a small bag ofΒ Peeled Snacks Apple. It was so delicious. I love every single one that I’ve tried. I’m really thankful that they sent these over! I’m going to buy more once I run out. Now I just needΒ LARABARΒ to send me samples to review πŸ˜‰ Haha!


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