Posts Tagged by Green Monster
|April 12, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
First up, you may notice things look a LITTLE different. That is because I accidentally changed my theme (clicked ‘activate’ instead of ‘preview’!) and no matter how many times I clicked the ‘back’ button, I couldn’t undo it! So I’ve decided to roll with it for now!
Okay, so while I was only away for four days, I feel like it was FOREVER and I missed SO MANY THINGS. Basically, I am a drama queen!
They’d missed me too obviously!
Combine a small ripe sliced banana with 1/2 cup oatbran and 1 3/4 cups milk/water on the stovetop over a low heat, stirring occasionally until you get the thick, pudding-like texture (may take up to 15 mins, so you can go watch Friends for a bit, it’s okay). This is SO FILLING and full of protein and good stuff
Apparently I like hugging inanimate objects…perfectly normal.
A NEW BUCKET!! I’m shooting for a sub 2-week finish this time…BRING IT ON!!
I missed my sweat sessions. The hotel workout was preeetty good, but nothing beats an intense cross-training sesh! I broke out my new shorts…
LOVE these bad boys (and all my twinnies who have the same ones, like you Jess!!) You can read about my workout on the Dailymile widget on the right. Yes, I gave in to peer pressure and finally got a Dailymile account. I am ADDICTED already!
…and a microwave banana oat cake topped with PB:
x2. I made a sandwich of them. It was AMAAZING!
Part 3 of workout refuel! So much good stuff in one bowl!!
Lentil stew and brown rice. Now THAT is a meal, not 1000 vegan chocolate cookies, tasty as they are!
Shin pain only 1/10. I loved every second.
BUT I also realised something yesterday on my 3 minute grass run.
RUNNING ISN’T EVERYTHING.
I can’t believe I just wrote that, but it’s true! I LOVE running, and I it’s definitely a part of me, but times like this really make you thankful for everything else, and realise how much MORE there is to life.
The beautiful Dorry did a GREAT post about being ‘present’ today, and after reading that, I headed out on my walk. I loved every second, and spent the time praying, thinking, and just chilling in the sun.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.”
What are some things you are missing/have missed? I definitely miss running big-time, but am slowly making a comeback, and WILL be loving every moment of both running and not running.
What do you do to in your ‘me-time’? Anything I love, from baking to volunteering to doing some yoga, I just have to ENJOY it!
Random question: Would you be interested in a post of EVERYTHING I eat in a day? I’ve had a LOT of requests for this, but I’m unsure…would it cause too much comparison? Would it be helpful/interesting/boring, what do you think? Personally, I find it depends on the post. Some people’s eats ALWAYS have a positive effect on me (like Katie’s!), and inspire me to eat better, and some have a negative effect. But I DON’T want to post anything that will have a negative effect on anyone…so thoughts?
Now go and have some ‘me-time’ and ENJOY it!! Love you friends and have a great day!!
P.S. What are your thoughts on the new blog look and Intense Debate commenting system I use? I’m on the fence about the new blog look- I need a new header for sure!! And the commenting system seems to be giving some people problems…so honest thoughts would be welcome!! You can always Formspring me with questions or comments if you want to be anonymous. Thanks friends!!
|February 12, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I am SO happy!! I just bought something super exciting…you’ll see later in the post!!
I started my morning in the best way- a run! Fuelled by my usual pre-run brekkie:
Oh, by the way, reader request for a Green Monster 101 post coming up soon!
So I have an awesome recipe for you lucky people today!! It was time to try out socca pizza for ma dinner! Ever since I made socca for the first time last week, I wanted to try this. And the results were DELISH!
(serves 1 hungry person)
- 1 cup gram (garbanzo bean) flour
- 1 1/4 cups water, or 1/2 cup milk+3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- Basil and rosemary for seasoning (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200C/390F. Grease WELL a pizza pan (I used a pie plate)
- Mix together all ingredients and pour into pan.
- Bake for 35-40 mins until golden brown.
- Get friendly with your toppings and ENJOY!!
Topped with tomato paste, vegan cheese, peppers and sliced cherry toms:
SO yummy, and tasted just like pizza, only better! Much healthier too- full of protein! Pizza cravings=satisfied
Okay, so my big excitement of the day week month year so far?
Okay, so previously had been living in The Dark Ages, with a 100 year old blender that barely worked…and being on a student budget meant I couldn’t afford it before. BUT pay from a gig I did a while back came through today and I splurged!
So if I ever figure out how to turn it on, you’ll see some awesome stuff on here soon! I have billions of recipes and ideas lined up already!!
Tomorrow, I have such a busy day!! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to the gym before church too…but I’ve never been good at getting up at 6am…we’ll see how that works out tomorrow!
Have you tried socca yet? If you haven’t, you MUST rectify it SOON because it’s not only DELICIOUS but super GOOD for ya! Socca pizza is possibly one of my favourite meals EVER!!
What was the last exciting purchase you made? TOTALLY this food processor for me!! Also the packet of chocolate chips I bought today was a source of great excitement too
And do you find it easy to get up really early for workouts? The problem for me is that I get to bed so late, so getting up before 7am means too little sleep!! But I love morning workouts when I can get them in- nothing better than a sweaty morning sesh!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovelies!!
|December 27, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Ice! Our pavements are just one long skating rink! So I ended up just doing two miles, and averaging a 8.24 min/mile pace. But the great news…I got a new mile PB! By a long way! (Previous: 8.15min/mile according to Nike+ iPod app). First mile (mostly ice free) was 7.45 min/mile! And I wasn’t even trying to go fast! I think my Nike+ iPod app that I used before may have been inaccurate!
And check out the max speed! 6.22 min/mile! When did that happen?! Anyway, the second mile was a lot slower because of the ice, and I decided then to cut my run short and play it safe (was going to do 5 miles). I’ve looked around and I think I’ve found a less icy route, so I’m going to try that out ASAP!
And I can’t wait to see what speed I can do when it isn’t icy!!
Over the last few days, many meals have been had at family’s houses, buffet style (and y’all know how I’m the Buffet Monster!)…
Thankfully, I managed to get in a quick 50 minute elliptical/cross-trainer workout at the gym this morning (which was so so busy!) before hitting the buffets! In the interests of full disclosure, I may have had four slices of Polish cake…
…as well as many of the Christmas biscuits above!
So have you hit the sales yet? And how do you view Christmas (over)indulgence? To be honest, I’m not bothered really! I stay active over the Christmas period anyway, and regardless a bit of weight gain doesn’t bother me. I think that as long as you stay healthy most of the time, it doesn’t matter. It actually annoys me when I see tons of articles about how to avoid it, because on average, people only gain one pound, and most lose that in the following weeks/months. But what do you think?
|December 12, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
What can I say, I have regressed to my childish self! This was a common phrase I used when I was younger- everything bad was “a bum”. Well this cold really is! So I decided to give myself a head start in my recovery with my breakfast- a Recovery Green Monster:
Well, this was actually just a regular GM topped with Grape Nuts, but GM’s are chock full of vitamins, iron and all sorts of other good stuff, so bring on the quick recovery!
This is the Bluewater shopping centre- the second largest in the UK! I love it
I decided to look around the book store first, as one of the Christmas presents I opened last week was a gift card for Waterstones. I came across ‘The Kind Diet’…
It seemed really good- tons of good recipes and every one had pictures! I love recipe books with pictures!
I also saw the movie ‘Unstoppable’, which was really good! So exciting the whole way through! I may have consumed a fair amount of dark chocolate whilst watching…!
And a ton of other unpictured things! It’s just one of those days…
Because of all the snacking, dinner was light too, and was good old beans on toast (my homemade bread!):
My group of close friends and I do a ‘Secret Santa’ every year, which is great because it saves you money, is more fun, and you get a better present that you actually want! This is for my Secret Santa:
It’s a CD and a book that she requested, so I know she’ll love it! I can’t wait to see what I get!
So tell me, what are the best movies you’ve seen recently? Unstoppable makes my list, as does HP7 obviously! And what are your favourite snacks?
Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
|December 2, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Absolute madness. Last night we had more snow than we’ve had the last two days put together. There was 20 inches of it outside my front door! And it kept snowing throughout most of the day! We tried to take my dog (a Miniature Schnauzer) out for a walk, and he almost drowned on numerous occasions! We had to give up in the end and carry him home!
CRAZY! So it was another stay-at-home day, which I’m not complaining about!
Deep Heat rub. It numbs muscle aches and pains, and I really needed it today, as I was very achey! I’d never used this before, but it’s really weird! Your muscles feel uncomfortably warm, but did stop me feeling the aches.
I love this granola. I know I rave about it every day, but it is great! In the mix: 3/4 cup coconut milk, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 banana, 1 scoop protein powder, 3 ice cubes, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, a couple of handfuls of granola and some cinnamon. Topped with….more granola of course!
My favourite GM to date I think!
And I also had PB on toast as part of my afternoon snackage! I’ve actually almost finished my jar of peanut butter, and that’s only been open just over a week!
After my boring lunch, I did some baking, but I didn’t get a chance to photograph the finished product before the light went, so I’ll post about it tomorrow once I’ve snapped some shots of it (and tasted it! ). I’ll give you a hint as to what is was though: it involved LOTS of my favourite spice!
Kept layering (mince on the bottom, more potatoes and more chopped onion on top)Then poured some vegan-friendly gravy (made from Bisto Onion Gravy Granules) over the dish, and baked for 50 minutes. Lovely, and so warming! Perfect for this weather!
Dessert was some dark chocolate with cocoa nibs from Whole Foods:
Then our family started on the games. We have a tradition of playing lots of games (especially board games) at Christmas. Our American family come over from New York on Christmas Eve every year and stay with us for a week, and we play endless games! We are a very competitive family! Today led us gradually into our game-playing season, with a few card games:
We played Cheat, Go Fish, and Chase the Ace, and I even won a game!
Do you have any Christmas family traditions? Or just any personal Xmas traditions? Every year I make gingerbread cookies, cut them into Christmasy shapes and then decorate and hang on the tree. And somehow they all magically disappear before Christmas Day arrives!
Hope you’ve had a great day!
|November 29, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Discussions|
That is a beautiful sight, no? A breakfast Green Monster with plenty of cereal blended in and topped with Grape Nuts. Lovely, but I missed the warmth of oatmeal a bit actually, seeing as it was actually snowing (very lightly) where I live this morning! Do warm Green Monsters exist by any chance?
I seriously can’t get enough of this Bodymatter granola!
Man alive this definitely works your muscles! My arms especially are seriously aching right now! It was tough, but I really enjoyed it, and will be back for more next week!
As I used up the last of my oat milk in this morning’s GM, I popped into Tesco’s to buy more, and continue my quest to find my favourite non-dairy/soya milk. Today was the turn of:
Coconut milk! I’m going to try this tomorrow morning Still left to try: almond, rice, and any others I come across! It’ll be difficult to beat oat milk, as I love that!
On that non-dairy note, I just thought I’d talk about pressures from the (healthy living) blog community. Yesterday I got an email from a reader saying that she thought the blog world was starting to feel pressurised, and wanted to know what were my thoughts on that. She mentioned the pressures of vegetarianism/veganism, comparisons and running.
As far as vegetarianism/veganism is concerned, I do see her point about pressure. It seems as though most healthy living bloggers are either vegetarian or vegan, for whatever reason (myself included!). Although I’m not a vegan, I do try to eat a mainly vegan diet, but have done so since pre-blogging days because of animal welfare reasons. I have to admit though, I have even felt ashamed once of posting a meal that contained cheese, because I felt that vegan bloggers would look down on me because my meal contained a dairy product. Was this an irrational and silly thought? Probably! And none of the blogs I’ve read have been disparaging to omnivorous diets, but what do you think? Do you feel pressured to become vegetarian/vegan if you aren’t already? Have blogs caused you to change your diet?
Comparisons are something we all do, even just unconsciously when reading other people’s blogs. I’ve noticed I especially do that as far as running is concerned. For example, reading that someone has just done a 20 mile run, or run 7.00 min/miles on an ‘easy’ run can make you feel less ‘worthy’, after running a slower 4 miler, and I know I’ve often felt this way. I just try to remember that we are all different, and that what is within one person’s capabilities isn’t necessarily within mine, but my achievements are just as great. I also have felt guilty over the fact I don’t work out every day, when some people do, but again, I have to remind myself that this doesn’t work for me- my body needs rest days, whereas other people might be fine with it.
So thoughts on this topic? How would you respond to this reader’s question?
|November 25, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Wholewheat noodles in soy sauce, with tofu and courgette (zucchini), which made a great, filling dinner that took less than 10 minutes to throw together!
Apple and cinnamon complemented this season perfectly! Thanks for all your comments on Tuesday’s post by the way- it seems as though the majority agree with me in thinking that autumn/fall is the best food season!
Breakfast today was pumpkin oatmeal with the last remainders of my open can of pumpkin. I have many more cans, but am trying not to go through them too fast as I am very miserly (they aren’t cheap!), so sadly it may be a while before it returns! Well actually, it probably won’t be that long- self control was never one of my strong points!
That miniscule blob was all that was left in the tin! Still made it lovely and pumpkiny though! All stirred in and topped with a crumbled pumpkin cookie:
Today sadly was my uncle Raj’s funeral. If you didn’t know, my fit+healthy uncle Raj died suddenly of a heart attack two weeks ago aged just 48. The funeral was very sad, but it was great talking to everyone at the reception and hearing all their funny stories about him! He was such a joker! The funeral programme:
He shared my love of running, and was actually running when he had his first heart attack a few days before the second one that killed him. He also shared my love of food, so they made sure that the funeral reception had lots of his favourite foods. The buffet included these cute mini quiches:
I had a ton of savoury food (quiches galore!), so by the time they brought out the cupcakes, I was too stuffed to eat them! But my brother made up for me by eaing three, and I did enjoy quite a bit of my delicious pumpkin gingerbread a few hours later when I got back home!
Soya protein? I thought I ordered pea protein?
Nope, looks as though I accidently ordered soya protein instead! As I had had some stomach issues with soya milk, I had decided to go for the pea protein, but as I can’t really be bothered to send it back and get the right one, I think I’ll just try this and see how I feel! So it called for a quick Protein Green Monster:
Wasn’t quite sweet enough for me- had to add some agave. The stomach’s feeling fine at the moment, but we’ll see later! Hopefully there’ll be no problem
So what are you thankful for today? I’m thankful that Raj’s life was one filled with happiness and joy, and that his wife and children know how very much he loved them. Better to live a short but happy life than a long and unfulfilling one, right?
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” <—— So make sure you do!