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Raleigh Day 2

I woke up this morning in Raleigh and opened up my curtains and saw green trees for miles. One thing I dislike about LA is the lack of green, so this really made my morning. The fresh, crisp air was so nice to breath in!

For breakfast, I had a quick cup of coffee, some oats and a biscuit (when in the South right?).

And finally, yesterday’s travel outfit was one of my favorites:

(the dogs liked the outfit too)

The cashmere sweater was like a blanket on the plane and kept me warm. I was really excited to wear my new leopard print jeans. I was a little skeptical when I bought these (I mean leopard jeans?), but they actually work as a great neutral. I’ve had these cute little oxford shoes for a little while and wasn’t sure what to wear them with, so I was excited to finally be able to whip them out with this outfit. They are slip-ons, so easy for the airport.

Back to LA tonight!

 

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What I Ate Wednesday Part 16

Wow this week has flown by, I can hardly believe Q is coming home in a little over 5 weeks for his break! Eeek, I am so excited! Today’s food was a little off since I was traveling for work (always throws me a bit) and today’s eats were not my best choices.

 Breakfast – 8:00AM

Coach’s Oats topped with Almond Butter and raspberries (a super filling breakfast which is great for a travel day)

Lunch – 1:30PM

When I went to put my memory card in the computer, it wouldn’t recognize it, so all I have is this iPhone photo 😦

And this one of me in my room!

For lunch on the road, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A. Since I am a born and raised Los Angeles girl, this was my first trip to a Chick-Fil-A ever. And I have to say, for fast food, it is great. I don’t normally go through the drive-through, I just never really want the food. But on occasions like this where there is no other choice, Chick-Fil-A was great. I got chicken tenders and waffle fries, both tasted fresh and hit the spot.

I hate not having great photos of food, so here is one of lunch from Sunday (bagel thin topped with hummus, avocado and turkey and a salad)

Dinner – 7:30PM

We ate out at a steak restaurant for dinner and since I don’t love red meat, I got a salad (spinach, goat cheese, strawberries, pecans and balsamic) and a baked potato. Again, it totally hit the spot without going overboard.

Tomorrow is another day away from home, but at a set location so I am going to try and make greens the priority! PS – don’t forget to enter for a $20 gift certificate to Foodzie.com here (contest ends tomorrow night at 11:00PM PST)

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What I Ate Wednesday Part 15

Isn’t it crazy that it is the middle of October and it was 85 degrees out today and we currently have the air conditioner running at 10PM? And yes, I know I live in Los Angeles and this is normal weather, but I was just getting used to wearing my boots and sweaters and now suddenly I am thrown back into shorts and tanks. In other news, I am really excited because my best girlfriend from college, Tina, is coming into town tomorrow for a quick 48 hour trip. We haven’t hung out since her wedding almost one year ago. She is vegan/gluten-free, so I am racking my brain for fun places to take her. Suggestions are welcome!

Me and Tina, September 2006

Since today is Wednesday, let’s get into my food for my weekly “What I Ate Wednesday” post:

Breakfast – 8:45AMCoach’s Oats with Almond Butter and Raspberries (the usual yumminess)

Lunch – 1:30PMFor lunch, my boss and I ordered from the Cheesecake Factory. I got the skinny chicken tacos. They were a little bland, but still good and I also got a side of chicken chili (unpictured since chili is not photogenic :)).For dessert, we got the oreo cheesecake… no explanation needed!

Dinner-  8:00PM I actually had dinner out with my best friend Ashlee at a wonderful restaurant called Marino’s, but failed to take pictures. Instead I wanted to share a meal we had earlier this week. My mom and I made salmon and “fried” rice in our rice cooker and served it alongside roasted eggplant. It was an amazingly easy meal from the cookbook, My Japanese Table and one we will definitely be making again.

I am so excited for Tina’s visit and to share with you the fun we have this weekend! Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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What I Ate Wednesday Part 14

This morning looked a lot like this:

So instead of getting up to do my planned 3 mile run, I stayed in bed and snuggled with these two (how could I resist?):

And since today is Wednesday, below are eats for the day thanks to What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast – 9:30AM

Coach’s Oats with Almond Butter and blueberries

Pressed Juicery Grapefruit and Mint (very tart, but good for hydration)

Lunch – 2:00PM

Carbs, Carbs and Carbs… I went out to lunch with friends at the Sunset Tower Hotel and we split everything, so not to worry (so I tell myself)… Pretzel bread and mustard to start, then a flatbread pizza to share and half of a chicken sandwich and fries. Honestly nothing was too amazing except the pretzel bread, so I didn’t finish my meal :(.

Exercise Break – 7:00PM

I hopped on this bad boy for an hour when I got home from work. After eating out and missing my morning run I needed something to get my heart going. It looks boring but I use my iPad to catch up on my blogs and the time flies.

Dinner – 8:00PM

We had Chilean Sea Bass cooked in a light coconut and tomato curry sauce. Sides were brown rice and Choy Sum (Chinese broccoli rabe). I didn’t think I was hungry, but I devoured it (that work out increased my appetite!).

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What I Ate Wednesday Part 13

So I finally got to talk to Q this week and guess what happens? My phone line goes out. I mean what are the chances right? We finally got it fixed today, but it was a rough few days talking on my cell and dropping calls left and right (iPhone I love you, but I am not a fan of the dropped calls). Today the technician came over, fixed the phone line and found water damage on our DSL line and guess what? Now our DSL works twice as fast… everything happens for a reason right? Now, food time…

Breakfast – 10:00AM

Coach’s Oats made with vanilla almond milk and water, topped with Sunbutter, blueberries and a sprinkle of Bear Naked Granola. I really liked the addition of the granola, it gave a good crunch.

Lunch – 2:00PM

Umami Burger (the best in LA, seriously)- burger with shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup. Side of sweet potato fries and some regular ones thrown in too. I’m not a big beef eater, so I had half of this pup, but it was delicious.

Dinner – 6:30PM

Baby Romaine with strawberries, goat cheese and toasted walnuts with a Pomegranate vinaigrette (recipe coming later this week)! After having that burger and fries for lunch I really needed a light dinner and some greens!

Dessert -TBD

Craving a banana bread pudding from Magnolia bakery, we had one of these last weekend during a girls night and I have been dying to have another. But since I’m already in my PJs at 7:40 I’ll probably make some sort of creation in the kitchen that has lots of sugar 🙂

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What I Ate Wednesday Part 11

I finally got myself out of my funk…by taking a few bites of sugar throughout the day (it usually does the trick). And I know I promised that chili recipe for today, but then I realized it was Wednesday and I couldn’t imagine not joining the “What I Ate Wednesday” party, so chili tomorrow. Now on to today’s food…

Breakfast – 8:20AM

1/2 cup Coach’s Oats and a pinch of Chia Seeds cooked on the stove top with 3/4 cup water and 3/4 cup almond milk. Toppings are raisins and Sunbutter. After taking a bite I added a little cinnamon and a pinch of salt for taste. I’ve recently been adding a little salt to my oats and it really makes the tastes pop, try it!

(I know I should have eaten a snack in here, but I was busy moving around so I had some coffee and came to lunch with a full appetite!)

Lunch – 2:00PM

Spinach Artichoke Dip and Tortilla ChipsMixed Sushi Plate (Macadamia Nut and Shrimp roll/California roll/ Spicy Tuna roll/ Vegetable roll)

Key Lime Pie with 3 spoons

Similarly to when I travel I find it hard to eat healthy when I eat out since it’s really boring to get grilled chicken and veggies, especially when you can make that at home. Today I indulged in the appetizer and dessert, but tried to stick pretty healthy with grabbing sushi for my main. I was perfectly full after lunch!

Dinner – 6:15PM

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with sour cream and Mexican cheese, I made enough to have for a few lunches and dinners (so easy and now I don’t have to think about food for a few days!).

Dessert – 6:30PM

My September Foodzie Tasting Box came today! And I cracked it open to find this Vegan Snickerdoodle cookie. Since Snickerdoodles are my favorite of all time I had to sneak a piece. I had half and it was really moist and tasty, looking forward to having my other half in a few hours…

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5 Reasons Why I Love Oatmeal

If you are a common reader of the blog you know I am a huge lover of oatmeal. I eat it pretty much every day for breakfast. So let’s get into it, here are the top 5 reasons I LOVE oatmeal and you should to!

1. There are so many different ways to make it. My personal favorite is cooking it on the stove top with a half and half mix of vanilla almond milk and water (so if I’m using 1/2 cup steel cut oats, I use 3/4 cup each of the milk and water). When I was going into an office every day, I also liked making my oats the night before in a crock pot (so easy and it made enough for the whole week, so all I had to do was reheat it when I got to work, recipe here). Other methods include cooking it in the microwave or just adding hot water to pre-made oats like Quaker or Umpqua.

2. There are so many different varieties of oatmeal from steel cut to rolled oats. Steel cut oats are groats cut with rotating steel blades. During this process, each groat is cut into small pieces, resulting in oatmeal. Rolled oats are cut like steel cut oats, steamed, placed between two large rollers and pressed into the round, flat shape. Rolled oats can cook more quickly than steel cut oats, but they lose their nutty texture and natural flavor. My favorite brands of oatmeal are Trader Joe’s quick cook steel cut oats, Country Choice Organic Irish Oats, and a new favorite Coach’s Oats (which they sell at Costco, always a plus!).

Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats

Coach’s Oats

3. There are so many toppings you can add to your oats! I like to add a tablespoon or two or some sort of nut butter to my oats (almond, peanut, sunflower seed). I also like to either add berries, raisins or almond slivers. Each morning you can have a totally different bowl of oatmeal with your mix of toppings!

Different types of nut butters (every time I type that I laugh)

With my current favorite topping – sunflower seed butter and raisins

4. Oatmeal is easy to travel with and is found everywhere! I have never been to a hotel that didn’t offer oatmeal. Mind you it isn’t as yummy as what I get at home, but for a healthy breakfast when I travel, it is an easy go to. Also, I bring instant packets and my Umpqua Oats on planes with me. All you have to do is ask the flight attendant for hot water and you are set. Again, a great alternative to airplane food and easy to throw in your carry on!

Hotel Oats  (not as good as homemade, but they will do)

Umpqua Oats (they come in these cute containers and all you do is add hot water) (source)

5. Probably the most important reason I love it is because it is so filling. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and antioxidents and honestly is the only breakfast that will keep me full until lunch.

Have I inspired you to try oatmeal for breakfast yet?

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