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Naked Lunch January 12, 2011

Hey y’all! Productive day. How was your day?

Breakfast today was the usual, and really yummy! ūüėČ

The polka dot bowl was full of:

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, water, almond milk, keifer
  • 1 tsp chia seeds, peanut flour
  • sprinkles of sea salt and cinnamon
  • drizzle of maple syrup (my new ingredient today…I didn’t like it as much as maple extract, but it was worth a shot)
  • toppings: crumbled Rise & Shine muffin, dollop of Naturally More, blueberries, blackberries, Trader Joe’s cranberry apple butter (the tartness is perfect in the sweet mix!)

I. love. breakfast!

I met Amber in Chapel Hill today to take her some stuff from home, and we did our standard Carolina sister date…Qdoba and Yogurt Pump, more affectionately called “YoPo.” I rolled with a naked (yes, I said it!) chicken taco salad (no dressing) with corn and black bean salsa, pico¬†de gallo, fajita veggies, and salsa verde. Pretty colors!

At YoPo, I had peanut butter and Tahitian vanilla in a HOMEMADE small waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles.

It was AMAZINGLY good. Seriously, one of my favorite cones ever!!!

Snack while studying about acids, bases, and buffers,  along with some decaf for Starbucks!

When I took this photo at Barnes & Noble, a guy asked me why I was taking a picture of a bar. When I explained about the blog, we got into a conversation about eating clean. He told me that he recently read that due to all the preservatives in our diets now, dead bodies are taking longer to decay. Crazy, huh? What do y’all think?

I met one of my friends from college who is about to leave the country for 6 months¬†on Christian missions. We went to Panera, which was kind of our “place” at Carolina. I had a cup of the “new” all-natural chicken noodle since it was the soup with the least calories ( I really like how Panera¬†puts the calorie count on the menu now). I asked what “new” meant as they’ve always had chicken noodle and was informed that there is now celery in the soup and better quality ingredients. It sounded good to me, and it was. They chicken does taste leaner and the noodles less¬†“doughy” than before. I had a whole grain baguette on the side…so, chewy in the center and toasted on the outside! I always get bread at Panera!

It was just not enough. When I got home a few hours later, I had a late night snack of 3 pieces of celery with Angus Barn cheddar, 5 carrots and hummus, and a Fuji apple with peanut flour banana dip ūüėČ and some half¬†caff.

Workout today: practiced BodyPump 76 for launch and taught Zumba at One Heart Yoga.

I went by cupcake bite¬†to tell Gina “Hey” after my class. They were closed, but I saw that S’mores¬†is the flava of the week! I WILL be going back ASAP to get one! She is so cute and creative and can make a cupcake!

Now I’m watching Off the Map. Anybody else tuned in?

With all my extra time not blog reading, I’ve been able to pray a lot about my trip and for the members on my team. My prayers are for my focus to stay on Christ and the cross, to know what’s true amidst spiritual warfare, and for our team that our hearts would be knit together even now, and knit to the people of South Africa that we’ll encounter. I’m praying that God will prepare all of our patients and conversations even now.

Side note: do y’all have an opinion of lululemon¬†vs. Athleta yoga gear? What do you like best?


The Joys of Comfort Food December 27, 2010

With all the laying around¬†yesterday, I wasn’t really hungry last night around dinner time (grrr!), so I rummaged around in the pantry and found the ingredients for some soup (high volume, low calorie):

  • organic veggie broth
  • can of green beans, rinsed
  • can of corn, rinsed
  • can of black beans, rinsed
  • frozen okra
  • leftover lima beans with parsley from Christmas dinner

P.s. – I learned that there’s so much icky stuff in canned soup and canned veggies, so it took me a while or reading cans to find these veggies that were “clean.”

Yummy! I had a broiled turkey burger sprinkled with mozzarella-style Daiya and a spoonful of traditional hummus.

and some Finca Roja Malbec

Dessert consisted of peppermint mocha coffee, a Fuji apple, and a square of 100% chocolate. It has a yummy bitter taste.


I wanted some of my Peanut Flour-Banana sauce at breakfast this morning, so I made some to top my oatmeal with. Warm oats was the perfect breakfast with the chill of the snow still around.

also topped with EBTKS muffin and blueberries. And some half-caf coffee ūüėČ


My workout today was two-part: this morning I did BodyPump and 45 minutes of cycling, and I taught Zumba tonight.

We went to get my Mema today to bring her to our house for the week. On the way home, Cracker Barrel was calling our name, so I rolled with breakfast #2 (breakfast all day!)…what is it with comfort food this time of year?

Morning Sampler: 2 turkey sausage patties (I was wanting meat…weird!), 2 sunnyhappyside-up eggs hehe, cranberry orange muffin (amazing but huge! I only could eat half, so I brought the other half home), a pineapple and vanilla yogurt parfait with almond granola. It’s a little bit of everything!

and some decaf to drink, which was really good!

As soon as we got home, I changed and got ready for Zumba. Amber came tonight, wearing her new Zumba top I got her for Christmas.

We’re rocking the gear! And Mema came! She was so cute!


Also, I just found out that if you’d like to support my medical missions trip to South Africa, you can do it online.¬†You’ll need to simply create a profile to access the online giving. I have been promised that¬†this doesn’t spam or send out messages! We’re really pushing to get the majority of our donations online this year if possible. Thank-you for your continued friendship and support!


Christmas Dinner December 25, 2010

A few years ago, we started a meal as a family that has become our tradition…

I began with a glass of Lucky Duck Malbec

We had standing rib roast…medium rare. My Daddy carved it. It seems so “Christmas Carol” to carve meat. I feel like we should have dressed up, but we were all in sweats. I taught Zumba¬†to¬†my Mom and sister today, so we just felt like chilaxing!

Sides: baked sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon and baby lima beans.

But I really just wanted dessert hehe. I had a little feast:

1. a Fuji apple sliced and surrounding 1/2 a banana that I halved put some Naturally More on and a little bit of 100% dark chocolate.

2. My new obsession apple dip

In the mix:

  • 1/2 banana
  • pinch of sea salt
  • almond milk for desired consistency
  • 1 tsp Truvia
  • Trader Joe’s Peanut Flour
  • Naturally More
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

3.  Vegan hot cocoa with a marshmallow

In this mix:

  • 2 Tbsp dark cocoa
  • 1 tsp Truvia
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

I’m a little full now…whew! But at least I got my fruit in today ūüėČ Merry Christmas, y’all! I hope that you enjoyed your day.

What is your favorite Christmas gift your gave or received this year?