Mashed Faux-tatoes

30 09 2009

Hey everyone! 

Well, my quest for finding a fun new veggie didn’t turn up anything.  King Soops only had ‘normal veggies’ so I at least bought a veggie that I haven’t had in a long time:  cauliflower.  (Looks like a trip to Whole Paycheck Foods is in order to find the fun stuff!  Better leave the credit card at home…!)  

Back when the South Beach Diet first came out, there was one recipe that quickly became ‘famous’ from that program and that was using cauliflower to create a dish that resembled mashed potatoes.   The ingredients in the South Beach version include a couple of dairy products, and while I don’t shun dairy completely, I will find ways to minimize or avoid things made from cow’s milk when I can. 

Here is my twist on the original recipe of what I like to call Mashed Faux-tatoes:

  • 12 oz package of cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbs MimicCreme
  • 1 tbs nutritional yeast flakes (approximate – use to your own taste)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Steam the cauliflower until tender (I used the steamable microwave bag, 3-4 minutes on high). Place steamed cauliflower in a food processor and begin pureeing.  Add the MimicCreme and continue pureeing until you have the consistency of mashed potatoes (a few minutes max).  Add nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper to taste then run the processor for a few seconds more to thoroughly mix all the ingredients.

This makes a pretty small batch (essentially a single serving) since I am the only one in my house that will eat cauliflower. Adjust your batch size as needed if you have veggie eaters in your house.

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Before my trip I’d ordered the MimicCreme to have on hand when I returned.  I’d planned to use it in my coffee but learned that it can also replace cream in most recipes, which is why I’d decided to try it in the faux-tatoes before giving it a thumbs up or down.  I’ve been searching for something to use in my daily coffee other than fat-free liquid Coffeemate and thought this might be the solution.  I tried it for the first time yesterday.  I had to use a fair amount to get the level of lightness in my coffee plus a full pack of Stevia as this ‘cream’ is unsweetened.  It does give a very creamy taste to my coffee and it worked great in the cauliflower, so I’d say it’s a definite thumbs up!  Which is good, seeing how I had to order a package of SIX from Amazon!

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 My Tuesday started with my Denver mug, in honor of being home!

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I woke up hungry so had 1 cup of Kashi GoLean cereal with some almond milk. 
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Then I took the dogs out together for their wog.  We did 2.5 miles – Riley got really tired right at 2 miles and kept stopping to lay in the grass, so we cut the loop really short.  I’d been aiming to get them out for 4 miles but I need to remember that in dog years she’s like 70 and so I need to take it easier on her.  That was the extent of my ‘planned’ exercise and the rest was running stairs from the 2nd floor to the basement floor with laundry and massive unpacking!

After wogging I had a scoop of Chocolate Vega mixed with almond milk.  
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For lunch I was in the mood for a veggie wrap.  This one started with a warm whole wheat tortilla, smeared with Tofutti.  I sprinkled pepitas on, then added sliced avocado, sliced tomato, alfalfa sprouts, sea salt and pepper.  For crunch I added a few Baked Lays on the side.  It was so good… I might have to have another one for today’s lunch too!  But maybe with some fauxtatoes on the side.  🙂

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Afternoon snack was a delicious lemon flavored Larabar.  And some hot green tea.

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For dinner I ate my leftover Chipotle bowl (rice, black beans, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, and corn salsa) with a spinach salad on the side.

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I’m working on getting the recipe page going since I had a few requests for that before I left for my trip, so you should see that coming soon

Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!  Still looking to hear some comments on your favorite interesting veggies or a veggie you’ve never tried but wanted to!  I like to eat pickled beets, but have never tried them any other way, so that’s one that I’d like to purchase and prepare myself to see how it goes.  My most recent new veggie was fennel, which I tried because I heard that it tastes like licorice and it actually kind of does!

— Shari B.  =)


Happy Homecoming!

29 09 2009

Hey there FitFeat friends! 

I’m blogging today from my own desk again!  YAY!  It sure feels good to be home

My dogs were SO excited to see me last night, which I truly wasn’t expecting.  Here’s why:  When we take them to their favorite dogsitter’s house (Auntie Tricia’s) and then we get back to pick them up, they act like we’re chopped liver.  They have such a great time at her house that I think they are like “aw, darn – now we have to go home!”  So I figured that since they were already home with MSP, I’d walk in the door and they’d act as if I was just coming in from the grocery story.  But they actually went nuts, especially my Weimaraner, Riley.  And she kept it up most of the evening!  She dropped her ball in my lap repeatedly and she had ‘crazy eyes’ going on (where her pupils are so dilated they are solid black) and she was panting like she’d just been sprinting.  I love that my dogs love me so much.  🙂 

They are going to get one heck of a wog today for sure!

Here’s the recap of my travel day Monday.  I started the morning early again, this time at 4:30 AM.  I read my Kindle in bed for an hour before getting out of the warm bed.  I went downstairs after my mom was awake and had my coffee and a piece of Ezekial toast with a side of more Kindle.  🙂  I’m still trying to finish the new Dan Brown book.  If anyone had told me that I’d go on a 12-day vacation and NOT finish one whole book, I’d tell them they were crazy and must not know me very well.  I thought I’d read at least 3 while I was gone.  But I just didn’t have a lot of time to read during this trip. 

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After the sun tried (and failed) to peek out, Mom and I did a couple of miles on this trail in a forest park near her house:

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We interrupted the breakfast of these deer:

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It was FREEZING outside so by the time we got back I was ready for some oatmeal to warm me from the inside out.

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Later, we ate a quick lunch before we had to head out for the Detroit airport.  I used all of my leftover veggies and made a HUGE salad (spinach, cucumber, HB egg, carrots, pepitas, sundried tomatoes, celery, a Gardenburger, pepper and a drizzle of bleu cheese dressing.)  On the side, I had a couple slices of homemade pickled beets.  I really think I am a little burned out on Gardenburgers for awhile. 

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I knew that the minute I was checked in at the airport I’d be hunting down a latte since I was once again near a large city.  I thought for sure they had a Starbucks in this airport, but no such luck.  Caribou Coffee would have to suffice.  This was my first soy latte in over 2 weeks.  I enjoyed every last sip and might have licked the foam out of the lid had I not been in a public place!

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A slice of pie goes great with a latte, so I had a Pecan Pie Larabar as I sipped my beloved elixir.  🙂

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Then I boarded the plane and was headed toward beautiful Denver.  It was nice and warm when I got off the plane.  I practically ran to baggage claim because I could not wait one minute longer to see MSP.  I missed him so much.  I got a little choked up when I saw him waiting for me – he didn’t see me because I’d missed a turn, so I got to sneak up behind him with a bear hug. 

Since I knew I didn’t have any veggies in the fridge at home, we swung by his favorite place (Chipotle) on the way to pick up some din-din.  I ordered a veggie bowl.  Once home, I portioned out half of it, and added some baked Tostito Scoops with which to eat my guac.   

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Then we settled in for some serious couch potato time, since I’d been missing all of the season premieres while I was gone.  We watched Hell’s Kitchen, The Office, and Community.  It was the perfect homecoming.

Eating Chipotle always requires a taste-change afterward, so I had a little chocolate.

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Well kids, now I’m off to tackle this mess: 

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Then do some sort of workout, then grocery shop, then catch up on some blog reading and what feels like a million other things on my list of playing “catch-up”. 

When I grocery shop today I’m going to look for some new and interesting veggies to try.  I’ve missed my kitchen and am really ready to try some new recipes.  Do you have a favorite vegetable?  Or one that you’ve wanted to try but haven’t?  Drop me a comment – I’d love to hear what veggies you are eating as inspiration for my shopping!

Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!  I’ve got a LIST of topics that I want to cover this week, so keep checking back for new posts!

— Shari B. =)

Bittersweet Departure

28 09 2009

Hi everyone! 

It’s a blustery start to the week here – I’m looking forward to getting back to the dry, warmer climate of Denver.  Here in Ohio it’s 55 degrees, very windy and it just started to rain.  I looked at the forecast back home and it will be 75 today and 85 tomorrow.  Thank you Denver for giving me some warm weather to come home to, because I’ve been freezing my hiney off here this vacation.  🙂

Sunday was a good day.  It started early at 5:00 AM while still staying at my brother’s house – and as is typical for me, I was up hours before everyone else.  I made a cup of coffee with a side of Ezekial toast with agave. 

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I spent some time that morning with my little niece, reading her “The Three Little Pigs”.  Then I packed up and drove back to my mom’s.  On the way I ate a part of Banana Bread Larabar.  Here’s what was left: 

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At lunchtime, I had another Gardenburger in an effort to continue cleaning up all of the food I bought when I first arrived.  (I still have one more burger to go, which may or may not be today’s lunch, because I also want to get a green smoothie in today too.  I may have to take the smoothie in a to-go cup for the drive to the airport!   I am looking forward to getting some more variety back in my diet – I’ve been eating essentially the same foods day in and day out while I’ve been here because I only made one trip to the store, and it certainly doesn’t make for exciting blog reading!)

I topped my burger with a slice of tomato, some chopped Walla Walla onion and some spicy mustard.  I had “fries” on the side (my baby carrots) and a spinach salad with pepitas, sundried tomatoes, red peppers, nutritional yeast and my last two pieces of dulse. 

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My mid-afternoon snack was the other half of the Larabar from the morning.

Then for dinner it was time for the Lake Erie Walleye broil.  My brother, sister-in-law and niece came over for our last family supper together, probably for the next year or more.  I was so excited to eat this dinner that I forgot to take picture of the fish!  I got a pic of my huge salad that I ate while the fish was broiling, but then I was at the dinner table chatting away with the family and I completely missed the photo op!  (It looked a lot like the broiled whitefish I ate on Lake Superior.)  No batter – just topped with with a squeeze of fresh lemon.  It was REALLY good!  I expected it to be really ‘fishy-tasting’ for some reason, but it was very mild and very tender.

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We didn’t end up watching TV or football.  For some reason I had forgotten that morning & afternoon NFL games are shown in their local areas, so when I thought I’d be seeing the Broncos, they were airing the Cincinnati game.  We were all too busy enjoying our last family evening together though, so even had the Broncos been on here, I now realize I wouldn’t have ended up paying much attention. 

I said my goodbyes to my brother and his family, and  of course I cried. 

Mom had some of that AMAZING cake leftover from my aunt’s anniversary party (it tastes like wedding cake and is seriously one of the best cakes I’ve ever had.)  So this little piece of heaven turned my frown upside down:

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I’m sad to be heading home today because I know it’s going to be a long time before I get to see my family again.  But on the flip-side, I am REALLY missing MSP and my pups.  I’ll have to tell that Frontier pilot to put the pedal to the metal and get me home in a jiffy!

I’m also really looking forward to getting back to my normal blogging pattern – I haven’t had a lot of time to spend on writing while I’ve been here so the FitFeatures have been few and far-between.  Thanks for joining my on my trip and when I post tomorrow I’ll be back at my own desk again and ready to get busy!

Did any of you do a ‘commercial break’ exercise last night? 

Hope your week is off to a great start!

— Shari B.  =)

A Challenge for Football Fans

27 09 2009

Hi blog buds!

Ahh, relaxing Sunday.  It’s my last full day of vacation visiting my family and it sounds like we might spend some time this afternoon watching football and enjoying some of the fish they caught locally over the summer.  It’s been so long since I’ve eaten walleye that I don’t remember what it tastes like or whether I like it — but I’m looking forward to trying it tonight!

In yesterday’s post I covered the Guest Room Workout and run that I did for the day’s activity.  Let me be the first to tell you, IT WORKS!  Oh boy do I feel my hamstrings and chest muscles today! 

Before yesterday’s workout, look what I found in my brother’s kitchen cabinets:

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 A Starbucks mug!  It felt just like being at home 🙂

Then before my run, I fueled up with a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar

After the run, I was craving a green smoothie.  This time around I used 8 oz of water, a big fist o’ spinach, frozen mangos & peaches, 1/3 apple, 1/2 cucumber and 2 stalks of celery.  I was also feeling the need for some protein, so I threw in a heaping spoon of vanilla rice protein.

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I love the cups my sister-in-law has – they make a green smoothie look so pretty! 

Later in the morning we were getting ready to head to the anniversary party and I knew I’d be eating a variety of things there, so I just munched on a few handfuls of pepitas.

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Then came the party food!  I think my mom gave my aunt a heads up on my eating style, because when I got there my aunt told me she had all my bases covered on the healthy food.  It was very thoughtful! 

My aunt’s kitchen was ENTIRELY covered with food.  I asked her if she had been cooking all week!   Since we did a lot of grazing through the day and I never really made a plate, I’ll just show you the spread:

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(As I uploaded the photo I just realized my adorable niece snuck into the picture too!  Isn’t she a cutie-patootie??)

This layout of food had swedish meatballs, hot chicken sandwiches, a cabbage-n-noodles dish, baked beans, BBQ pork sandwiches, veggie trays, jello salads, shrimp cocktail, assortments of cheeses and crackers, a huge fruit tray, a fruit salad, lil’ smokies, chips & dips, deviled eggs.  Every table in and out had bowls of peanuts, mints or chocolates.  I am SURE I am forgetting plenty of what was there.   My family members all know how to throw a good shindig.

After we got there, I started with the shrimp cocktail and a lot of veggies (cucumbers, celery, red pepper) so that I could fill up on lighter foods and not overdo it on a lot of the denser treats later.

Next, I ate a few crackers, and tried the noodles-n-cabbage dish.

Later in the day, they had a champagne toast and cut the cake.  I first had a half-piece of the white cake filled with raspberry, and then tried a sliver of the chocolate side (because I needed to compare you know…!  😉 )

My cousin’s toast to the Happy Couple of 40 years brought tears to everyone’s eyes – it was truly touching.  40 years of marriage is remarkable these days! 

On into the evening there were backyard games of frisbee with Wii games inside – by then I’d worked up an appetite.  My ‘dinner’ was a bowl of baked beans along with couple of deviled egg halves.  The recipe my mom and aunt use for baked beans has always been one of my favorite ‘comfort food’ dishes –  a trip home to visit the fam would not be complete if I didn’t have those beans!

None of what I ate was a full meal per se so when we made the hour+ trip back to my brother’s house, we were hungry again.  I had a few bites of leftover Cappellini Pomodoro from Olive Garden.  Then we put on our pj’s and stayed up chatting into the night.  🙂  It was a great day, seeing a lot of people I hadn’t seen in years and just having some good family time.

My cousin’s husband and I traded green smoothie stories (yay, a health food ally in the family – I’m very happy I’m not the only one).  He uses broccoli and kale often in his mixture. I haven’t tried broccoli in mine, so maybe that will have to be in one of my upcoming concoctions!

OK, so here’s your FitFeat Challenge if you are a fan of football and watching today:  do something active during every commercial (and I don’t mean 12 oz curls… !)    NFL football shows a LOT of commercials!  Pick a couple of body parts and go to town.  In one commercial break, do some ab work with bicycles or crunches.  In another commercial break, try to hold in the squat position for the entire commercial break.  In the next one, do pushups.  You get the idea.  Drop me a comment with what you did during the commercials – maybe we’ll all learn a few new moves!  Add the team you support too!  I support the Denver Broncos (who will be playing the Raiders at 4:15 EDT today) but because I am also a Jay Cutler fan, I now keep an eye on Da Bears here and there. 

If you won’t be watching football, do this with your TV show of choice.  It’s a good way to fit in some movement without feeling like a couch potato.

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone!   See you again tomorrow!

— Shari B. =)

The “Guest Room” Workout

26 09 2009

Good morning and happy Saturday!

I hope that you all had a fabulous Friday yesterday!  Mine was full of fun with my niece and family.  Originally the plan was that I would be Friday’s daycare, but as it turned out I got the whole family instead so that was a BONUS for sure!  We ended up taking a trip to the Toledo Zoo and had a really fun time.

There wasn’t any ‘organized’ exercise on Thursday and Friday to speak of but I was exhausted at the end of each day — I definitely got activity but in a ‘running around’ sort of way.

I tried to make up for it a bit this morning by doing some strength work AND a run.  I present to you the Guest Room Workout for today’s FitFeature (or “Shhhh, Everyone’s Still Sleeping”):  

I woke up this morning at 4:48 AM (yes, very early.  I SO wish I could sleep in!)  I had my usual coffee and it was too dark out to head out for a run.  I realized that I hadn’t done any strength work since last Sunday while on the road in the RV so I decided to see if I could very quietly get a workout in while waiting for the rest of the household to wake up. 

I had packed my exercise tubes to bring along with me, as they are lightweight and take up no room at all in my suitcase and knew they wouldn’t make any noise.

  • Warmup with BW Squats and arm circles
  • 20 Modified Pushups
  • 15 Stationary Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Modified Pushups
  • 15 Stationary Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Modified Pushups
  • 15 Stationary Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Tubing Single Arm Rows (per arm)
  • 20 Glute Raises (per leg)
  • 20 Tubing Single Arm Rows (per arm)
  • 20 Glute Raises (per leg)
  • 20 Tubing Single Arm Rows (per arm)
  • 20 Glute Raises (per leg)
  • 20 Overhead Shoulder Presses w/ Tubing
  • 12 Side Laterals w/ Tubing
  • 20 Overhead Shoulder Presses w/ Tubing
  • 12 Side Laterals w/ Tubing
  • 20 Crunches
  • 20 Overhead Shoulder Presses w/ Tubing
  • 12 Side Laterals w/ Tubing
  • 20 Crunches

While this wasn’t a heavy strength workout by any means, I did get my heartrate up fairly high by performing it as a circuit without rest.  I went with higher reps to aim for some semblance of muscular fatigue without having the heavier weights I usually use.  Had I been outside, I would have liked to include some step-ups or explosive lunges to really work my legs but because I didn’t want to wake the 2 year old sleeping in the next room, this was what I went with.  It’s definitely better than NOT doing anything, and it will hold my muscles over until I get home next week and can get back to working them harder as I usually do. 

The moral here is that if you WANT to workout when you travel but don’t have access to a gym or equipment, there’s always something you can do to improvise a program to stay fit.  This can also be said for someone who would prefer not to work out in a gym setting and wants to get started at home without a lot of expense.  

So there you have it:  my Guest Room Workout.  🙂

After it finally got light outside, I then went out to jog around this great small town on foot.   It was a very enjoyable 3.5 miles and I feel ready to tackle the day!  It will be another busy one, as we are headed off to a big family gathering.


Because I am staying at my brother’s house today, my internet connection via my cell is extremely slow.  In the interest of maintaining my sanity and not teaching my niece a few choice 4-letter words, I’m going to recap without photos for this post. 

Recap of Thursday eats:

  • At wakeup: Coffee
  • Breakfast: Oats sprinkled with raisins, splash of almond milk and agave drizzle
  • Lunch:  Can of black beans, drained, and mixed with cumin, chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, red pepper and nutritional yeast.  Microwaved until hot and served with a side of plain Sun Chips.  A few more pieces of saltwater taffy for dessert.
  • Afternoon snack:  munched on baby carrots
  • Late Dinner:  Green smoothie (8 oz water, 1/2 cucumber, 1/3 apple, 2 stalks celery, baby carrots).  I was still hungry after so I had a small piece of Ezekial toast with some almond butter, then a sliver of cheese bread that my brother was eating

Recap of Friday eats:

  • At wakeup:  coffee
  • Breakfast:  2 Omega-3 eggs scrambled with sundried tomatoes and a piece of Ezekial toast
  • Mid-morning snack:  1/2 of a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar
  • At the Zoo:  Popcorn!!
  • Very Late Lunch Post-Zoo:  Olive Garden salad with a portion of Cappellini Pomodoro (I have a lot left over!)
  • Dinner:  A usual Shari HUGE salad (HB egg, mixed greens, pepitas, dulse, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, nutritional yeast).  I also ate a few bites of my sister-in-law’s bean burrito from the Mexican take-out food the rest of the family was having.  I looked over the menu and just decided my own salad sounded better to me.  Plus I still have SO much food to try to use up before I head home to Colorado on Monday. 

Well fit friends, I’m off to see some of my extended family at my aunt and uncle’s 40th Anniversary Party so I have to scoot for now.  I’ll be back at my mom’s house for Sunday and Monday so I’ll be able to post again with pictures!  A big thanks again to all of you for following along with my ‘vacation’  — I know my posts haven’t been as involved or informative as they usually are while as I faced the challenge of tracking down internet along the way.  But I have to say that I have looked forward to writing for you guys while I’m here and knowing that you all have a hand at keeping me on track with my fit lifestyle this time around!  It’s made it even more fun!

— Shari B. =)

Roadside Finds

24 09 2009

Happy Thursday blog buds!

So I just have to say I am LOVING all of the comments about you guys trying green smoothies (and some purple ones too!)  Thank you all for sharing your experiences. 

While on the subject of fresh produce…

One of the things I’ve noticed while touring through my birth state of Michigan is the number of permanent roadside produce stands.  That’s something I don’t really see where I live in Colorado.  I’m in the ‘burbs and we have a set day each week for the local farmer’s market, which I love to visit.  But how great would it be to have a huge selection of different roadside stands with fresh fruits and veggies open and available to you spring through fall?  I realize I can go to the grocery store at any time and choose pretty much any produce, but I love the idea of the roadside stands knowing that I’d be getting fresh local produce straight from the farm it grew on.  Especially after reading books like “In Defense of Food”, “Food Matters” or seeing the movie “Food, Inc.”

During the RV trip we passed orchards full of apples and peaches; vineyards and cherry farms; cranberry marshes and blueberry fields.  Roadside stands advertising fresh sourdough bread or cherry pies or homemade preserves.   And these stands were busy too, which I was very pleased to see.  I am so glad that people are choosing to support their local farmers and economy.

I suppose this is something that I saw all the time as a kid here, but never really appreciated. 

Today’s questions: Do you have access to any of these types of permanent stands where you live?  Do you grow your own produce?  Visit farmer’s markets? 

Mmmm all of a sudden I am craving apple pie….  😉

On to my recap for yesterday. 

In the morning I started my day with a mug of coffee in the camper.  I’ve been waking up every morning around 5:00 AM.  Truly when I get back to the Mountain Time Zone, I’m going to be on a sleeping pattern of 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.  🙂  I hope I don’t mess up MSP’s sleep!

After coffee I took two bites of a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar for a few calories to sustain me during my morning run.  I ran 3.5 miles along the shore of this beautiful lake:

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It had rained all night but luckily stopped just in time for me to run.  The sun came out toward the end.

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When I got back I was ready for something FAST to eat, so I finished up this half-cantaloupe.

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And I was still hungry to I finished off my cold veggie mini-pizza from the night before.

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When lunchtime rolled around I still had some leftover tuna fish ‘salad’ from the previous day.  There wasn’t much at all so I followed it with some pepitas until I was full (and a few pieces of saltwater taffy for dessert!)  😉

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About 2 hours later, I had half of a leftover Larabar, Chocolate Coconut Chew. (I sound like a broken record – all my meals are leftovers!)

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And then we pulled in to my mom’s driveway!  The end of the RV trip.  So of course with all the counterspace now available to me, I had to make a green smoothie!  This one was a little different because I had forgotten I had some frozen fruit mix all the time I was in the RV (that I found while unloading!) 8 oz water, fist o’spinach, 1/2 cucumber, frozen fruit mix (mango, strawberry, peach) and some baby carrots.  It was dinnertime but no one else was ready to eat so this would have to tide me over.

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Then for dinner I made a Gardenburger with some chopped onions, roma tomatoes, mustard and sweet pepper sticks for my “fries”.  I also munched on some unpictured Sun Chips.

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We spent time before bed going over all of the pictures we took on the trip, and did a lot of laughing.  🙂

Today I head on to my brother’s house for the next few nights so I can spend some time with him, my sister-in-law and my 2 year old niece.  I can hardly wait to see her!  She and I get to spend all day together on Friday – I’m guessing that will be my exercise that day!  😉  Bet I’ll be tuckered out at the end of the day for sure! 

I won’t be posting tomorrow because I plan to devote the full day to my niece since I only get to see her once or twice a year. 

Enjoy your Thursday and have an even better Friday!  Keep the comments coming, I love hearing from all of you! 

— Shari B. =)

Foxy Running in the Wilderness (or Rewind, Part Two)

23 09 2009

Hi blog friends!

Well no luck on the internet connection again last night once we arrived at the next state park.  So I’m back today feeling a bit behind but hoping to get caught back up.  Still no 3G so I’ll be uploading highlight photos rather than all of my food pics.  I’m starting to think there isn’t any 3G in the state of Michigan!

On to the Monday rewind:  we had an EARLY agenda and a busy day of sightseeing ahead.   It was absolutely pouring when we woke up and into the first half of the day.   

Breakfast was Ezekial toast and a scoop of Vega whole food optimizer (since I knew I wouldn’t be making a smoothie that day) mixed with almond milk. 

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Later, while on our boat ride to view the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore I had a Cashew Cookie Larabar.   I was really wishing for a steaming mug of cocoa instead.  It was very windy and damp but so insanely beautiful!  I just love the water:  the sound, the smell, the view!

This is the coast on the upper side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, on Lake Superior for The Monday Postcard:

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Isn’t it pretty?

We learned about the Lake Superior whitefish caught in the bay there where the boat was docked.  So I asked the tour guide where I could try some of this local fare.  He recommended a great little place called “The Dogpatch”.   The menu only showed deep fried whitefish on their sandwich, so I asked if I could have it prepared some other way.  Broiled is what I went with. 

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I ate it all on half of the bun, open-faced style, then ate about 6 of the fries.

Next I got the day’s exercise pushing g-ma up and down a trail to go view Tahquamenon Falls.  We parked g-ma at the observation deck, then mom and I took the big staircase down to the bottom.  Between the stair climbing and pushing g-ma back UP the trail to the car, I got a fairly decent workout for the day.

It had been a damp, rainy and LONG day so we were definitely ready to get back to camp and have some dinner.  I had my lazy girl dinner by microwaving a can of Amy’s Organic Vegetable Barley Soup while my RV mates had egg burritos. 

Before bed we watched a movie, so they had butter pecan ice cream and I ate a “Nana’s NOs” cookie (NO gluten, NO dairy, NO refined sugars) – I love those cookies! 

Now for Tuesday’s rewind:

I bought myself a souvenir mug at a giftshop.  It holds a lotta java!  So this was the start to my Tuesday, just how I like it!

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I went for a walk with my mom before breakfast and then out for a quick run on my own.  Combined total was probably not more than 3 or 4 miles.  If you can believe it, even my Garmin GPS running watch wouldn’t catch a satellite where we were.  It just kept saying “Locating Satellites”…  When I was out by myself I came across this cute little guy getting his breakfast under a tree.  We crossed paths a couple of times during my outing.   He’s The Tuesday Postcard.

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When I got back to the camper I had an apple and a scoop of Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer.   Later for lunch we were again on the side of the road at another rest area, so I made a big bowl of tuna fish with a ton of chopped celery, some chopped sweet pickles, a smidge of mayo and squeeze of mustard. 

My afternoon “snack” was a few pieces the saltwater taffy that I bought it in Mackinaw City.  Brings back a lot of memories of going to Cedar Point as a kid.  We always had saltwater taffy there.  I still need to Google why Mackinac bridge is spelled differently than Mackinaw City.  Maybe someday when I’m back in 3G country…  oh high speed internet, how I miss you so.

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Dinner was my best yet while RV-ing.  Italiano!!  With vino!!  Mom and g-ma were having ‘personal pizzas’ so I spread olive oil on my crust, and topped with red pepper flakes, sliced roma tomatoes, zucchini ribbons, sundried tomatoes, green olives, and green peppers.  After baking I added some nutritional yeast.  It was FANTASTIC!!  I had a side salad (that was bigger than my pizza) and a small glass of the local cherry reisling.  The whole meal was great. 

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As it turns out that was probably our last night on the road (one day early.)  We are on the return trip now, so should be back to mom’s casa tonight.  I think they got tired of me cussing at my slow internet connection and decided to drive faster.  😉

Today’s question: Do you have a special food that takes you back to a good memory the way saltwater taffy does for me?   

Thanks again everyone for being patient with my lags between posts!  I don’t know what the rest of my vacation will bring as far as internet goes, since I’ll probably be at my brother’s house until Sunday night or Monday morning.  His town is further out in the boonies than my mom’s is, so I’m crossing my fingers!  😉  But I’ll have lots of counter space, restroom space, and personal space so no complaints from me!

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! 

— Shari B. =)