Hey guys! Happy Thursday! 🙂 Aren’t we all excited that tomorrow is Friday?? For me, its all about getting through Wednesday night. The ride is then downhill from there….I never stress about sleeping on Thursday because I know that if all else fails and I have bouts of insomnia that last hours, I will STILL be cheery tomorrow just because it is Friday. 🙂
Today was BUSY. So busy that unfortunately I had to cancel on Sarah for our Thursday afternoon bible study. I hated to do it, but I couldn’t juggle it all and I really wanted to get these cookies made so I can ship them out to Jessica and Lindsay tomorrow afternoon! =)
This morning I snacked on a slice of heaven pb cookie larabar + 2 egg white fluffies (just 2 egg whites cooked in micro for 1 minute!) on my way to work:
Breakfast was the standard bowl o oats but made extra YUMMY by my homemade raw cashew butter!
- 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein
- 1 big scoop raw cashew butter
- blackberries galore!
This was super filling, of course, and fueled me through the rest of my workday. After work I had to pick up some necessities to bake Super Charge Me Cookies (girls, I used fresh ground peanut butter instead of almond butter in them because my store was OUT of freshly ground almond butter today!). While I did the quick shop, I snacked on this new bar + a big fuji apple!
I was VERY impressed with this bar. The stats are quite nice, too. It is about 75% raw and contains 220 calories and 8 grams of protein. Ingredients include such yummies as almond butter, brown rice protein, dates, cacao……..it was pretty filling and energizing as well. I will definitely have to find some more of these since I only bought this one a few weeks ago to see if I would like it!
Once home with my goodies, I quickly did Level 1 of The Shred and used the foam roller (no cardio or yoga today because there was no more time!) and then made my first GREEN smoothie for a snack:
It was made with:
- 1 banana
- 1/2 mango
- 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
- HUGE handful of organic spinach
I was a little nervous to taste this because, well, it was SO very green….but after I gingerly took the tiniest of sips I discovered that HEY THIS WAS AWESOME! It tasted sooooo good. The spinach gave it a little punch and sort of lent a little “grassy” flavor, not bad at all actually.
I really want to try to incorporate more raw food in my diet and here is why:
I have ALWAYS had pretty clear skin. I never went through that teenage acne stage or anything…I guess I was pretty lucky in that regard. However, as soon as I hit the age of 20, I have been struggling with skin problems non-stop! I have NO clue what is up and lately my skin has totally been going bonkers. I’m breaking out all over the place and for everything in me, I cannot figure out why. I haven’t changed anything in my diet…I use the same detergent to wash my clothed, the same face wash from my dermatologist, the same make-up….everything! So I have concluded that something is not right inside and it is manifesting itself through my skin. I’d love to say I can commit one raw meal a day like Abbie for a month to see if I notice a difference, but I don’t know if that is practical in my lifestyle. So I’m just going to try new things and see what I end up with! Does anyone have any advice??! It is so uncomfortable and is stressing me out!
So, I decided to try a “massaged” kale salad for dinner tonight…something I have seen and heard about over and over again but never tried before. I used basically an entire bunch of red curly kale, 1 sliced orange bell pepper, some shaved fennel and 5 huge juicy strawberries “massaged” it all with 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and a little sea salt.
(WHAT is going on with my camera??? I think it is biting the dust for real this time……)
It actually was quite good. However, and this is the problem which maybe someone can give me advice about, after I ate this HUGE salad (this wooden bowl is made for a family of four), I felt as if I hadn’t eaten anything at all and was still very hungry. Meh.
Enter dessert bliss—
Another yummy naner bo baner drizzled with 1 tbsp of warmed up cacao bliss. Heaven. These two things were MEANT to be together…the perfect food marriage! 🙂 After this + a cup of sleepytime tea, I finally felt satisfied.
Oh! And look what I made at WORK today!
Yes, I am the vegan cake lady and today I got an order for a vanilla vegan birthday cake with “buttercream” frosting. I was pretty happy about the final product….I even made the roses! For some reason when I was in school I couldn’t make a buttercream rose to save my life.……yet now they are coming to me like no big deal! I love it!
Tomorrow I am SO excited because I finally get to meet Abbie, who I have become good friends with over the past couple weeks through this amazing blogosphere. She is flying in for the Crooms 15 Mile Trail Race with Meghann and Caitlin ,and is meeting me at Greenwise tomorrow after work and we are headed to Grassroots to enjoy a lovely raw meal together! YAY!!
Around the Blogosphere…
Healthy Ashley filled me in on the upcoming Sweetwater Paddle for the Cure on April 25 at the Riverfront Park inTampa. Yay Tampa! 🙂
The event consists of a 5 mile run or 2 mile paddle race and was started by a local doctor here to support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. All proceeds from the even will go directly to the foundation.
For more information please visit http://beatcancerwithapaddle.org/
See yall tomorrow!