Oh gosh, this post is up so late, but I couldn’t bear to miss out on the fun
1. It’s hot here ya’ll. And when I say hot I mean that I’ve got a puddle of sweat underneath me after 5 minutes of working out, kind of hot. All that to say, it’s going to be exponentially hotter at Daddy’s house this weekend. Did you see how I just slipped that bit of information in there? Yes, Ninja and I are sneaking up to Daddy’s this weekend for a quick visit. While I am excited, I’m also not sure how I feel about the 100 degree weather forecast.
2. I finally finished that cd that I was making for Daddy’s birthday, and it’s got some pretty great stuff on there. Because Daddy and I have such an emotional kind of relationship [the man cries whenever he tells me how proud he is of me, and I cry right back] I tried to pick songs that had some sort of connection or meaning to them. I think I only cried 5 times while making this cd, so I consider that a win.
This one is by far one of my favorites on the CD, because it represents everything that Daddy has ever taught me about life.
Hold on to your faith.
Hold on to your goals and dreams.
Hold on to your loved ones.
And most importantly, hold on to who you truly are.
3. Bestie and I discovered last night that at 25 years old, we are already crotchety old women. We went to an LA Galaxy soccer game together last night to watch my favorite American soccer player one last time [he's retiring after this season] and we of course sat in front of a huge group of teenagers. It only took about 20 minutes of their annoying chants and inappropriate language to set us off.
But hey, at least we aren’t pretending to be something we’re not. Crotchety, old [young?] women unite!
4. Side note, who knew you could get a veggie burger at a soccer stadium? Bestie and I only had to walk around the entire stadium to find the one place that was selling them, but it was totally worth it. It was more of an oat/rice/black bean burger, but it held together nicely and they had a pretty awesome sauce on there too.
Of course since Bestie and I grew up idolizing our fathers, neither of us managed to grab any napkins. These suckers were messy.
5. Opie got a haircut this week because her hair was getting longs and it’s been so hot, but now I almost think she needs a sweater. My poor baby looks naked! And yes, she is panting at 7:30pm at night. These poor pups of mine are really struggling in this heat…
She looks pretty happy though, doesn’t she?
6. Ninja and I’s 5 year anniversary is coming up next month [holy crap-balls, 5 YEARS?!], so in two weeks we will be heading to Monterey for a little anniversary trip. Guess who lives in Monterey? Sissy and her nuggets!! Ninja and I have two days planned of just couple stuff [hikes, massages, shopping] and then one of the days we are meeting up with Sissy and her nuggets to visit the huge Aquarium they have there. We will also be staying the night with them. I am beyond excited about it. Daddy’s this weekend and Sissy next weekend? Talk about a power month!
Now if you’ll excuse me, Ninja just pulled up on his brand new Harley motorcycle.
Anyone else dying in this heat?
What’s your favorite food to get at a sporting event?
Happy Wednesday lovely friends!
With all the excitement of the next two weekends coming up [details to come!], the work week has literally seemed to be crawling by for me. Other than WIAW, Wednesdays are always the hardest day of the week for me. Thankfully, an impromptu double date with Bestie and her hubby tonight makes today seem a little less bleak.
From peanut butter toast to eggs and toastplain wheat toast, egg & veggie scramble topped with salsa
Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who enjoy plain toast. While it used to be my go-to “sick day” food, I’ve actually found over the years that if I find a good bread, I prefer it plain so that I can enjoy all of the flavors the bread has to offer. Well, that and I like to use it to scoop my eggs. While this plate was pretty delicious, that salsa was just a tad too spicy. Apparently “mild” and “medium” are different in terms of spice? Who knew.
Also, I know this means a glaring neglect of nut butter. Don’t fret my little nut butter addicts, I typically save that favorite fat for a mid afternoon snack with an apple or rice cake. Still getting plenty of fat love over here!
From black beans to veggie pattiesveggie patty, sweet potato, broccoli, feta and avocado
I’m pretty boring with my lunches typically. I’ve been stuck on the black bean, sweet potato, corn, broccoli and feta thing for a while now, but since I made a batch of veggie burgers this weekend, I decided to switch up my meal a bit. Consider me smitten. Who knows, I may go back to black beans next week [it’s just so darn easy to pop open a can] but maybe I’ll start prepping a batch of veggie burger every weekend instead. Either way, this combo made my tummy very, very happy.
Post Workout [Snack]
From Smoothies to Protein “Froyo”Mint N’ Chip Protein Froyo
Oh my lord guys, I think I need help. I can’t stop making these things!! I didn’t even lift today and I made one. I actually made one after my soccer game Monday night [at almost 9pm] and ended up shivering for the next hour because I was so cold afterwards. I think my favorite part is trying to come up with new combos.
From complicated to downright easy brown rice, broccoli and baked, seasoned chicken
Three ingredients folks [not counting the seasonings]. THREE! I’ve either gotten really good at flavoring things or super lazy. I’m going with the not lazy option, because I don’t want to be a debby downer
No but in all seriousness, as of late I think I’ve just really come to love the simplicity of food. There’s no need for balloons and streamers every night. This meal was just as tasty [if not even more so] as another meal with 20 ingredients. I think that has been my favorite part of my recovery this year: I’ve just come to love food. The tastes, the textures, the process of prepping it and cooking it…it’s just a completely different experience for me than it was before. It’s not a negative thing or something I shy away from, instead I welcome it all with big, open arms.
What foods have you gone from this to that with?
A twist on the original peanut butter cup, but dare I say, more delicious!
So, if you haven’t already figured it out by now, I really like coconut butter.
It took me a while to get on board the train because dang that crap is expensive, but as soon as I discovered I could make my own at home for half the price, I jumped on that train at the very next station.
Which is how the obsession all began. Shall we count the ways?
- paired with dates
- drizzled on top of sweet potatoes with apricot jam [one of my favorites!]
- melted on top of pancakes with fruit
- smeared on a rice cake then sprinkled with cinnamon
- blended into a smoothie
But enough about this
addiction obsession of mine, let’s get to the point of all of this. The point is, I’ve been using coconut butter on everything I can possibly think of. So this past week when I was making up yet another batch of homemade peanut butter cups, imagine my surprise [or lack thereof] when I found myself mixing in some coconut butter. Fat on top of fat? Sounds like a winner to me.
Coconut Butter Cups
Makes 8 cups
1/4 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
unsweetened dried coconut [optional]
In a bowl, mix together the coconut butter and peanut butter. It’s easier if you melt them together slightly, so try microwaving them for 20 seconds. Stir in your coconut flour and vanilla extract. Drop by tablespoons into baking cups. Melt your chocolate chips, dropping a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each coconut butter cup. Sprinkle on unsweetened coconut if desired. Place into the fridge to set.
If that’s not the money shot, then I don’t know what is!
The 1 tablespoon of coconut flour in the batter isn’t necessarily needed, but I found that it helped to bulk up the mixture more. I would imagine that the recipe would be fine without it however, but give it a go and see for yourself! I also like the addition coconut oomph it gives
Also, since I do realize that these babies are loaded with [healthy] fat, making each cup only 1 tablespoon worth of the mixture and chocolate really helps with portion control. Oh and bonus? You’ll really only need one, because they are seriously filling! I found myself pleasantly satisfied after one cup, tummy and taste buds included. Sugar cravings, say hello to your new Mama!
Now if I could only get my coconut butter cravings under control….
Are you a coconut butter fan?
Time for some random thoughts!
1. Last week it was a book shelf, this week it’s a chair. What on earth will my boss make me construct next week? I actually fear the answer to that question…
Oh you know, just snapping a picture in the cool chair I just built. No biggy
And by the way, I swear that I do actually work, not just do my boss’s errands. Some days there’s just a lull in our office, which apparently leads to building furniture. Or watching dog videos on YouTube with my co-workers. Hard at work or hardly workin’? Isn’t that the real question….
2. I think I have a selfie problem, and I am most definitely blaming instagram for that! When Ninja and I went to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend [seriously, we were the only people there without kids...kinda sad] I snuck a flexing selfie in the bathroom before the show. Hey, there was great lighting in there! Then of course I was harassed by Ninja until the movie started about how big of a dork I am.
3. My knowledge of the taco got rocked this past week. Did you know that you can literally use any sized tortilla and stuff it with yumminess and call it a taco? Because I thought that the bigger tortillas were only used for things like quesadillas and burritos, but apparently not.
These would be veggie tacos.
TACOS! The size of a burrito. How on earth am I supposed to eat two of these suckers? Needless to say, I didn’t. I inhaled one, then ate the filling out of the other.
4. The company that I work for got bought by a bigger company recently [our old owner retired] and when the new boss man called up the other day I answered at the same time that I inhaled a gnat. Cue me chocking and gagging into the phone while my new boss is trying to talk to me. Not one of my finer moments. Of course my co-workers that work in office with me that it was the funniest thing in the world. Stupid bugs.
5. Speaking of stupid bugs, I’ve had a horrible ant problem the last few weeks… in my bathroom. And I’m not talking about trails of ants, I’m talking about a few scattered here and there. There will be two in my sink, one on the ceiling [the ceiling?!] and a few scattered on the floor. But no trail, so its pretty much pointless for me to spray poison, because there’s no one place to spray it. What the frick do I do???
Pretty much how I feel about all bugs. Kill. Them. All.
6. Daddy’s birthday is this weekend and when I called Mom #2 to let her know that his card was on it’s way, I got reamed for not making him his usual "Daddy Mix." You see, for the past few years I’ve been making mixed CD’s for my daddy. At 1st it was just a mix of our old favorite songs we used to sing together when I was growing up, but lately it’s just been a new way for us to connect and share things together. I honestly thought that it was more for me than it was for him, but Mom #2 informed me that he adores the CD’s and actually looks forward to them. So now I’m scrambling to put together a mix…anyone got some song suggestions??
I’m thinking this one should definitely make the cd….
You know you came from it,
and someday you’ll return to it
Song suggestions for my dad’s cd? He likes everything pretty much!
Good Lord, is it seriously only Wednesday? [bashes head against desk] This has been one heck of a week people, and not in the good way. I feel like I’ve been trudging through mud all week while simultaneously trying to dodge the rocks that life is chucking at my head. But I guess I’ve made it this far, right? Just trying to pick one foot up after another.
Time for another round of eats!
egg & broccoli scramble, brown rice cake with almond butter, apple
No idea where this breakfast came from guys. No oatmeal? No toast? I know, even I did a double take when I was looking at the end result. I typically do the egg thing on the weekends, but for some reason I just woke up craving a nice scramble. Oh and I totally topped that baby with feta cheese after snapping this picture, which was a stroke of pure genius. Because, say it with me now, “feta makes everything betta!”
Lunchwheat toast, cilantro lime mayo, greens, roasted red peppers and avocado & unpictured carrots
I had to finish up the last of my roasted red peppers [which of course are on the list of things to make later this week], so I of course used them in my go-to favorite sandwich combo. Ok, so it’s a new go-to favorite combo, but it’s still a favorite nonetheless. Now that I’ve thought about it, why don’t all sandwiches come with roasted red peppers? Ok, so not peanut butter and jelly obviously, but I think these suckers are just such a fine addition to a sandwich. Subway, get yo head in the game and start offering roasted red peppers! Wow, I’m totally rambling about a condiment now…
Snackraw chocolate chip cookie dough
I’ve gone through an entire bag of chocolate chips in less than a week due to these little suckers. Which means that I should probably be watching my portion control, but I could really care less. Plus, I’ve kind of gotten used to the whole eating cookie dough whenever the heck I want, thing
Dinnermarinara chicken with wheat pasta & steamed broccoli
Sometimes you just need a big ol’ plate of carbs. We’ll just go ahead and call this plate “soccer fuel” because that’s exactly what it was! Or at least, what I had intended it to be, but we won’t go down that road. I’ve got a lot of favorite sources of carbs [helloooo potatoes!] but pasta has to be in the top 3 for sure. I often dream of endless bowls of fettuccini alfredo.
Dessert 1/2 banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 entire tray of ice, splash almond milk – topped with NuNaturals chocolate sauce & sprinkles
This, my friends, is what happens when Kat has had one hell of a soccer game and just needs to feast on something delicious. Picture this: I sat on my floor with ice strapped to my shins, frozen peas to my knee, and frozen corn on my ankle, with my puppies laying on either side of me and Master Chef on my TV. Oh and of course, this beautiful creation was placed securely on my lap. What a way to end the day.
And before you get all up in arms, yes this was my day of eats from Monday. Life this week has caused me to be too much of a scatter brain to take any more pictures. And it started off so promising…
Favorite pasta dish?
A delicious vegetable fried rice that breaks away from the traditional flavors
Monday, we meet again. It’s a good thing I prepped myself another batch of this goodness for my lunch today. It gives me just a little something to look forward to
I’ve got this sick obsession with Chinese food, but it’s mostly because I’m such a carb fanatic. I mean, fried rice and noodles in almost every dish? That’s my kind of cuisine! But, I must admit that the egg bits in fried rice sort of kind of wig me out. Which is weird, especially considering that I do like egg, but for some reason it’s just one ingredient that I find doesn’t really belong.
So, I decided to make my own fried rice, with a twist of course. I needed to add in some protein somehow, and was also just looking for some extra oomph overall, so edamame it was!
Vegetable Fried Rice
Slightly modified from it’s original form, this eggless fried rice still packs a protein punch!
1 medium onion, chopped
1 head broccoli, diced
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 tsp olive oil
2 cups frozen edamame
2 large carrots, shredded or diced
1/4 cup water
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger
3 cups cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a pan. Add the onion, broccoli and salt and cook 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Toss carrots and edamame into the skillet along with 1/4 cup of water. Let cook until water evaporates and carrots and edamame have softened. Transfer to the same bowl as the broccoli mix. Add 1 tsp oil to the skillet and add garlic and ginger. Toss in brown rice, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Let cook until garlic and ginger become fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low, mixing in the soy sauce, rice vinegar and dijon. Top with green onion.
I know, traditional vegetable fried rice doesn’t have dijon mustard, but I freaking love that stuff and think it makes a great addition to this dish. Plus, it’s not like I’m following the rules with the edamame anyway. Go big or go home, right?
Side note, this is the 1st dinner recipe I’ve posted in like…forever. That’s kind of sad. I swear that I do eat other foods that don’t have nutbutters or oatmeal in them. Although I will admit, those two things do make up the bulk of my diet. Oops.
What’s your favorite chinese food dish?
Woohoo it’s Friday!
Which means it’s time for a weekly roundup of workouts! I’ve also got a pretty intense [but really fun!] workout to share with you guys, so read on!
This week’s workouts:
Monday: Shoulders [soccer game was forfeit by the other team]
Tuesday: Walk Reese & Spin
Thursday: Walk Reese & Boxing Tabata Workout [below]
Friday: Biceps & Triceps
Saturday: Total Body Work & Kettlebell
If you notice, my workouts above are pretty low impact this week. There’s a reason for that, and it’s pretty depressing actually. I’m pretty much 90% certain that my left knee is toast, so I’m doing what I can to hold it together until I can afford surgery. I’m sure [knowing my insurance] that they will want to do physical therapy first, but I know my body, and I know that my knee won’t be getting any better with time and rest. It hurts pretty much constantly now, even when walking, and it has started keeping me up at night as well. When I had my right knee operated on for a torn meniscus, my doctor pretty much guaranteed that my left one would need to at least be scoped and cleaned out at some point. Well, that was over 10 years ago now, so I’m not going to say that this comes as a surprise.
As someone who plays soccer year round however, this is really depressing for me. I live to be on the field. If you know me personally, then you know when I’m in the offseason my temper flares more often and I just seem…unsettled. The thought that a blown out knee could take away playing time for me literally gives me nightmares.
Which is why I’ve gone pretty much completely low impact for my workouts now. I have two weeks left in my Monday night soccer league, with my Sunday league starting up in September. I’m hoping that I can make it through my Sunday soccer league without any issues, but that’s all in God’s hands, and all I can do is prepare myself as best as I can.
All that to say, I’m going to be boxing and spinning a lot more now [if my booty can ever get used to my spin bike].
Tools You’ll Need:
A timer [such as a GymBoss or a phone timer]
Boxing gloves [even if you aren’t hitting anything, they make you feel like a badass]
A fierce attitude!
This workout is a high intensity, low impact cardio workout. It can be done with a bag [which I use] or without one, just punching an imaginary enemy. Set your timer to 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds total. You will complete 1 entire round before resting or moving on to the next round.
For example, Round 1:
- 20 secs right jab, 10 secs rest
- 20 secs left jab, 10 secs rest
Repeat until your timer goes off and you’ve completed all 8 rounds, then move on to round 2!
Since most of you won’t be hitting a bag, be sure that your punches are quick so that you are getting your heart rate up. Remember, it’s only 20 seconds of work before you get to rest for 10 seconds, so go all out! DO NOT lock your elbows however when you are punching, that could hurt your elbow in the long run.
So there you have it, a killer low impact boxing workout! Let me know if any of you give this a go…it really is a great stress reliever and workout all rolled into one!
Ever tried boxing or kickboxing? I remember doing lots of Tai Bo growing up!
Let’s do some random business!
1. I’m going to start this post by giving myself a pat on the back. When I walked into work on Monday, I was greeted with a big box. I was then told that my job for the day was to open said box and put together the contents. The contents happened to be a shelf. Now, let me just explain something to ya’ll. I’m a tomboy through and through, which means I know how to wield a hammer. I’ve helped Daddy re-roof their house and have built a brick patio. I’m no newbie to labor intensive work. That being said, I’m really bad at understanding written directions. I mean I literally have to read them, then re-read them out loud, then try to match up the pictures. It’s a process.
All that to say, I built a freaking shelf, all by myself [and it actually holds stuff!]
2. Yesterday was the 1st day of school for Little Bro and Little Sissy. Yet another year that I’m not there to watch them get on the bus for their 1st day of school [sigh]. I know I’m just feeling sorry for myself, but I really can’t help it. I just miss so much of their lives.
Of course when I texted Little Bro Wednesday night to ask him how his teachers and classes were, he informed me that his history teacher was “hecka hot.” Maybe I don’t need to know so much about his life….
3. Jumping off the serious train for a second, can someone explain to me what the heck is going on with this baby carrot?
At 1st I was giving it a weird look, but then I noticed all the possibilities. Do you have any idea how fun it would be to stuff baby carrots? I mean think about it, instead of the traditional carrots and dip, you’d get stuffed baby carrots. Move over stuffed olives and baby tomatoes!
4. I always thought that living across the street from a shopping center was a blessing, but then a new frozen yogurt shop opened up, and Ninja and I have walked over to it twice already this week.
I’ve eaten a lot of froyo in my life but this place has seriously the best flavors that I’ve ever seen. This bowl is stuffed with Snickerdoodle, Cheesecake and a Coffee flavor that is so bold and perfect. I also snagged a sample of the pina colada flavor, which sent my taste buds into a frenzy, but since it didn’t mesh with the other flavors I chose, I opted to leave it out.
5. I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite workout toy. Ninja’s friend offered us this baby for free, and since I’m never one to turn down free fitness gear, I of course told Ninja to go pick this bad boy up.
Two workouts later and my booty is sore in places I didn’t think possible, and not in a good way. The seat on this sucker killlsssss. All you cycling crazies out there, how do you get passed the booty pain? I’m literally considering duck tapping a pillow to that sucker to make it cushier….
And before you mention it, yes I am well aware that I have a lot of fitness equipment. That’s not even the half of it there….
Speaking of fitness equipment, I’m off to get my sweat on. Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday!
Ever built a shelf [or anything] all by yourself?
Spin lovers, give me some workout tips/ideas for this baby of mine!
Fun fact: I’m actually typing this post standing up. No, it’s not because I have one of those cool treadmill desks. I do however, have a new spin bike that has permanently bruised my booty. Seriously people, why did no one warn me about this??
wheat toast, almond butter, apricot jam, berries and coffee
I warned Bestie that when she bought me that fabulous purple mug, she’d be seeing it a lot on this little blog of mine. Just trying not to let her down
How on earth did the simplest of foods become my go-to? I remember used to loving the process of cooking up a big breakfast, whether it be pancakes, waffles or oatmeal. For the past few weeks it just seems like nothing sounds good in the morning except simplicity, which automatically registers toast for me I guess!
Side note, I picked up two more jars of that lovely apricot jam. Yes, I’m still eating it on everything I can think of….
ciabatta roll topped with provalone cheese, greens, roasted peppers, tomatoes and cilantro lime mayo
Good lord I love a good sandwich. Clearly I’m still on my roasted red pepper kick, and with good reason. I actually really wanted to add avocado to this sandwich, but since I already had planned avocado at dinner, I nixed it. Kind of regretted that decision after my first bite, but this sandwich was still the bee’s knees.
By the way, these beautiful rolls were on sale this week for $.74 for a pack of 4…how could I possibly leave them in the store? I’ve got all sorts of naughty [and tasty] ideas for the other 3….
caramel rice cake topped with sliced bananas and fat free whip cream
There were also several undocumented whip cream shots straight into my mouth…
I love a good chemical laden snack, don’t you? As someone who graduated as a Holistic Health Coach, I often get crap from people who see me eating things like this. My response? Bug off.
Hate on me all you want, but it took me years to figure out what works for me, and I’m not going to throw it all out the window because of someone else’s perceptions of what’s right for me. I’ll do me, you do you.
cilantro rice, black beans, corn, roasted red peppers and avocado
Mmmmm avocado makes my soul happy. And hey look, more roasted red peppers. I considered turning this into more of a conventional salad with greens at the bottom [aka Chipotle knock off] but I opted to skip the greens based on the fact that I just didn’t really want any. I’m thinking this same combo for lunch tomorrow, but with the greens, seeing as how it should reach the 80s….again.
My favorite part about all my meals today [err, yesterday] are the simplicity of them all. Nothing has more than 7 ingredients and I didn’t have to slave all day over any of it. Sometimes, simple really is the way to go.
And now I’m off to work. Think my co-workers will look at me weird if I stand all day? Cause man this spin booty hurts….
Do you like to keep your meals simple?
A quick, easy to follow way to roast red peppers.
I adore roasted red peppers. I love them on sandwiches, on pizza, in salads and on top of rice cakes, I just wish they weren’t so gosh darn expensive. So, when I found packs of red peppers on sale at 2 for $.74, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to them. Poor peppers never stood a chance.
How To: Roast Red Peppers
- 4 red bell peppers, halved with seeds removed
- olive oil
Preheat oven to 450. Lay out your halved and seeded peppers, inside down, on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with oil, massaging each pepper with oil, completely covering the outer skin. Bake for 25 minutes. Removed from oven and immediately dump peppers into a bowl. Cover with a lid or tin foil for 30 minutes. Once cool enough to touch, peel off the skins of the peppers, leaving you with a nice, roasted pepper.
Steaming in a container…
Peeling the skins…
Once the skins have been peeled, feel free to nibble away on your roasted red peppers however you see fit! I tend to store mine in the fridge right away to chill them for my next meal, but I sample one or two before tucking them away, just for good measure
Right after roasting these peppers, I actually put together one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever made [bonus, there were no bugs]. This sandwich was so good that I immediately texted both Sissy and Bestie to rave about it. Please tell me I’m not the only one who texts people about their food…
wheat toast, greens, roasted red peppers, avocado & cilantro lime mayo
While the star of this sandwich was of course the red peppers, I couldn’t help but be smitten with the cilantro lime mayo I whipped up as well. Stay tuned for that recipe. It’s a keeper!
So there you have it! A cheap, simply way to roast your own red peppers at home. The hardest part about the whole thing? Trying to figure out ways to use them all up!
How do you like to use roasted red peppers?