Archive for September 14, 2009

Chocolate and Almond Amazing-ness

Thanks to Kelley, I can at least kind of set now, making volleyball go more smoothly.  Thanks, Kelley!

Lunch today was spread out, because I had four lectures (3 classes + 1 lecture for the class I am a Student Assistant for) back-to-back immediately after volleyball!

IMG_2973Plain Greek yogurt + strawberries + raspberries + granola (not pictured), and

IMG_2976Carrots with Spinach Hummus.

And the smallest PB Cookie I could find when I got home 🙂

Dinner tonight was some tofu baked with sesame oil, rice vinegar, and hoisin sauce; I served it over some rice noodles and spinach with various spices.  It was still missing something, but 1/2 T. peanut butter sure did the trick!

IMG_2986Dessert was AMAZING.  It doesn’t look that great in the picture, but trust me, its delicious!

IMG_2988I microwaved 2 T of almond butter for about a minute on high, then mixed in 1/3 c. Dark Chocolate Chex Mix.  Soooo good, and highly recommended!

I’ve been exhausted all day, so I’m off to bed!  Good night!


September 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm 3 comments

Thank You, Pharmacy Gods

I was incredibly sleepy when I dragged my body out of bed this morning.  Not to mention incredibly stiff from the soccer/run yesterday, despite the fact that I iced my knees last night.  So when I did get up, I turned on the kitchen light and went into my still-mostly-dark living room to stretch for 10 minutes.

What. A. Difference.  I felt so much better for the rest of the morning.  I will definitely be doing this again!

I’ve been eating a lot of oats lately, I realized yesterday.  So today, in an effort to mix things up, I made quinoa for breakfast.  That’s right people, quinoa is not just for lunch/dinner anymore!

IMG_2977My Cinnamon-Almond-Berry Breakfast Quinoa contained:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3 cup quinoa

And was topped with:

  • 1 T. almond butter
  • A handful of golden raspberries
  • Sweetener: 1/2 honey, 1/2 brown sugar
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg (which I went a little bit overboard on, so there were a few bites where all you could taste was nutmeg–oops!)

It is super easy to make.  Heat the milk, water, and quinoa until it boils, then turn down the heat, cover, and let it simmer until it reaches the consistency you want.  I let mine simmer for 15 minutes.  Top with your choice of toppings!

Be careful not to let it boil over, or else it makes a hot, sticky mess.  Trust me, I know…

Thank You, Pharmacy Gods

As you’ve probably seen on my “About Julie” page, I have hypothyroidism.  Unfortunately, the FDA is now looking at the natural medication I take for it as an “unapproved drug,” making it extremely difficult to get a prescription filled.  Last month, I had to call five different pharmacies in Minnesota until I found one that had it in stock.  So today, I geared myself up to do the same, now that I’m back in Madison.

The very first pharmacy I called had it in stock, and I can pick it up tomorrow morning!

This makes me sooo happy.  I spent so long trying to get my thyroid under control, and am finally feeling healthy again.  I don’t want to mess with trying different medications if I don’t have to!

And so, thank you, Pharmacy Gods.

This morning’s snack is some Trader Joe’s trail mix (I forget which one exactly, but its good!).

IMG_2980Nuts, unsweetened dried pineapple, cherries, and cranberries.  Yum!

Has anyone else out there tried breakfast quinoa?

September 14, 2009 at 10:00 am 3 comments


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