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So Much Pumpkin!

After making pumpkin scones yesterday, I have a ton of leftover pumpkin puree to use up.  Tragic, I know.  😉

With that in mind, I decided to start the day with some Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa:

IMG_3513I replaced a bit of the milk and water with about a tablespoon of pumpkin puree, and topped with a tablespoon of chocolate chips.  If you still haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast, go try it soon!  To learn how to make it, go here.

And expect a post soon about why quinoa is my favorite grain. 🙂

To get some fruit in, I paired my quinoa with a peach:

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Readers be warned: a lot more pumpkin will be showing up on the blog in the next few days.  Who am I kidding?  Pumpkin always shows up on the blog.  But now I have a lot of it that needs to be used up soon!

Lesson Learned

I learned a very important lesson after my long run last night:  You will be tired after a long run.  This is no excuse to not fully stretch afterwards.  If you don’t stretch, you will be in a lot of pain a few hours later.  Now my lower back hurts.  A lot.  Today is definitely a rest day!

Here’s hoping my back feels better by Sunday morning for my 15K!

Weekend Plans

I’m pretty pumped about this weekend.  Want to know what’s on the agenda?

Friday evening:  SWE Fall Ball. Kelley, Jenny, Wendy and I are going to be the security/registration people/DDs (designated drivers) all night, which I’m actually kind of excited about.  It means we get to see everyone who comes to the dance and talk to everyone.  It doesn’t hurt that the location this year is awesome:  the beautiful theatre on State Street.  Which, by the way, just happens to be attached to the museum where our wedding is going to be!

Saturday morning:  Farmer’s Market. I haven’t gone in 2 weeks, due to being in California.  I miss it!

Saturday afternoon: Madison Food & Wine Show. Hopefully.  🙂

Sunday morning:  My first 15K!

Sunday afternoon/evening: Cooking party! Several of my friends have been asking me to teach them to cook, so we’re getting together on Sunday to make some simple, healthy dishes!

What are your plans for the weekend?

October 23, 2009 at 10:23 am 5 comments

Note: Big Fitness Weekend Ahead!

I’m so so excited for this weekend!  Read on to find out why.  But first, a quick recap of my eats so far for today:

Breakfast Quinoa with Almond Butter, Chopped Apple, Cacao Nibs and less than a teaspoon of maple syrup.  I realized partway into class that I didn’t have a picture, and it would be awkward to take one in the middle of such a small lecture. 🙂

Lunch:

Between classes, I did a training ride on my bike since I didn’t get to it last night.  My stats:

10.0 miles, 43:33 minutes.

After that, I was starving!

IMG_3178A kiwi. I didn’t eat the skin this time, but scooped out the flesh with a spoon instead.  I like it so much better this way!

IMG_3179An apple and cheddar quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla. Yum!

Later, I plan on munching on these veggies and hummus:

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Am I Insane?!

You already know that Dan and I are doing the Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, which “supports organizations that help anyone who is touched by a life-limiting disease. This includes Alzheimers, cancer, diabetes, heart connditions, kidney or liver disease, Niemann-Pick disease and more.” (from Tomorrow’s Hope website).  We will be biking 46 miles on Saturday.

As if that wasn’t enough of a workout for the weekend, I also decided to sign up for a 5K today that is on Sunday morning.  This one benefits the Literacy Network, “a not-for-profit organization committed to providing basic literacy services to adults and families in Dane County so they may achieve their employment, education and family goals.”

Doing two big races in one weekend may seem crazy, but I’m so excited for it! I never thought I’d be able to run a 5K OR bike 46 miles, and now I’m doing both within 24 hours of each other.  I get giddy and happy whenever I think about how far I’ve come since May in my fitness, and I want to prove to myself that I can do this.  So on that note, wish me luck! 🙂

September 30, 2009 at 11:51 am 1 comment

It Feels Like Fall

It definitely feels like fall today.  I had to break out the pea coat for the first time this season…brr!

I had a larger lunch today since I don’t have time for a snack on Tuesdays… a “Power Lecture” (75 minutes instead of 50), immediately followed by the 3-hour lab I help teach…

IMG_3171A pear with 2 scoops Fage yogurt + 1/4 c. MixMyGranola

IMG_3172Veggie and bean quinoa from the other night.  Beets dish #2 is coming up tonight…stay tuned!

Apparently, this week is “Beets Week.”  I’m thinking next week I’ll try another new veggie!  Exact one to be determined based on what I find at the Farmer’s Market.  For another delicious-looking beet recipe, check out CookinFanatic’s blog post here!

I’ve had a headache off and on since yesterday, and I really think getting some cardio in will help me get rid of it once and for all, so I’ll be riding my bike on its trainer after class to get ready for the Big Ride coming up on Saturday!  Plus some weights and Pilates while dinner cooks.

Here’s hoping this week’s lab runs more smoothly than last’s…

September 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

Early to Bed

I’m pretty sure I’m going to go to bed before 9 tonight.  I am that tired.

As a result, I haven’t been super-efficient today, but I’ve still been getting some work done.  A little more work for my internship tonight, then I think I’ll call it today.

The two parts of my dinner don’t really go together, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted…

IMG_3157A sharp cheddar + apple quesadilla.  Sounds like it would be a weird combination, but it is seriously great!  And if you make it on a Foreman grill, it takes about 2 minutes to make!

IMG_3161Quinoa + beans + veggies. I only slightly modified a recipe that I can’t link to here (from a cookbook, not online), so I unfortunately can’t post how I made it.  BUT, it is red because I tried my very first beet in this dish!

I like beets.  I think.  I don’t think I’d eat them alone or anything, but in a dish like this, its pretty good.  Very…earthy.  That’s the only word I can think of right now to describe it.

All together:

IMG_3162Before bed, I might have some cider from the orchard we visited this week.  I just had to buy some at the Farmer’s Market yesterday after our field trip!

September 27, 2009 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

A very “off” week

I don’t know what is up with me this week!  I’ve been forgetful and exhausted, falling asleep on the couch two nights in a row.  Apparently, 6-7 hours of sleep doesn’t do it for me anymore?  Huh.  Its bound to get better soon, though!

No picture of breakfast this morning because I was running late.  However, it was amazing!  I made breakfast quinoa again, containing:

  • 1/3 c. quinoa
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • Almond butter
  • Pumpkin butter
  • 1 apple, chopped and heated with cinnamon

Such a good, filling breakfast!  I also had 3/4 c. milk and a chai tea.

I have, once again, packed my lunch, snacks, and half my dinner for today.  The Taco Bell and McDonald’s we’re having at the SWE Section Meeting tonight just don’t sound appealing to me.  It always feels like so much food when I pack food for a long day.

Anyone else have to pack multiple meals and snacks for long days at work, school or elsewhere?  Do you have any tips for those who do?

Mine are to get some good Tupperware containers that only fit a single portion of food.  Otherwise, you have to carry a bunch of containers around that take up more space than you can handle!

September 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

A Pumpkin-Full Day!

Today is all about pumpkins, apparently.  Yum!

I started the morning with some pumpkin & peach quinoa:

IMG_3067It contained:

  • 1/3 c. quinoa
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/3 c. vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 T. pumpkin butter
  • 1 peach
  • 1 T. pepitas
  • Cinnamon

By the time I got to class, the peach was all warm from the quinoa.  It was sooo good.  I’ll be making this again for sure!

After our meeting (which is going to make our senior design/capstone project so much more manageable!), I had a half-hour long phone conversation with my mom about my future.  Yeah, that sounds like it wouldn’t be a fun conversation, but it was so incredibly helpful.  I’ve been freaking out the past few days because I don’t know if I actually want a career in my major.  I’m toying with the idea of becoming a R.D. (registered dietician) or going to culinary school, or pursing more on the business side of things.

She made me feel so much better, and calmed me down.  We’re going to see where life takes Dan and I.  Thanks, Mom! Jenna’s post also gave me some perspective, so thanks, Jenna!

I’m still tired from yesterday’s long day, so a soy pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks was in order.

More pumpkin love to come… hint: my lunch involves more pumpkin butter!

Feld044Throwing an engagement picture in there because it also makes me feel better… 🙂

September 21, 2009 at 10:51 am

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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