Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fifth Week of Summer

Aaah! I only have three weeks remaining! Why does it go so quickly?

On Wednesday, I went to lunch with a couple of friends.  In a move of sheer irony, this is what it was called:
Luckily, Fire on the Mountain (like many other places around here) are sending a portion of their profit to help the Red Cross, firefighters, you name it.  This restaurant is working on becoming one of the first green restaurants in the area, and they cater to omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans.  Here's a peek at their menu.  I ordered the lunch special:
6 Seitan Wings, hand cut fries, and a beverage for $8 (I just had water).  It's safe to say that I don't eat fries very often, so I thoroughly enjoyed these.  Prior to ordering, you have to pick your "sauce".  I did my homework, and looked up which ones were vegan before going in.  However, they have them listed there with their ingredients.  I had the Bourbon Chipotle (if you click on the sauce name, it's an interactive menu so click on each of the types to reveal their hotness and veg-friendliness.)  Leftovers up close:

I also went to Watercourse Foods yesterday, but was shy in front of the larger group and didn't snap a picture of my salad.  I had the Spinach Salad without cheese, and no bread.

Tonight, I'm going to the Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres game with my parents and brother.  They'll be having fireworks after the game, so that'll be my 4th of July celebration.  As you can imagine, with 13 fires (yes, 13) burning, there is a zero tolerance policy for any kind of fireworks - even sparklers.  Some counties near the mountains have canceled their professional shows altogether.  I'll try to grab some pictures with my phone, and share them later.

Speaking of fires, most are stabilized and no longer growing.  It's all about putting out the remaining flames.  Thank you for your thoughts and kind words these past couple of weeks!

Summer List progress:  projects around the house are finished, so I can move on to the WWI project and crafting.

5k Progress: 5 out of 6 days

June Salad Challenge:  Sunday, 6/24 Chilled Fruit Salad (meaning I put it in the freezer for a bit)
Monday, 6/25  Upgraded Caesar Salad (seen here)
Tuesday, 6/26  Simple Kale Salad (seen here
Wednesday, 6/27  Potato Kale Salad
Thursday, 6/28  Asian Sesame Salad (seen here)
Friday, 6/29  Watercourse Foods Spinach Salad
Today 6/30 Whole Foods Salad Bar with Lite Herb Balsamic
I'm so glad I did this challenge! Eating salad now crosses my mind on a daily basis, and I intend to make it a life long habit.

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Make it a Double

Workout #1: 2.25 mile walk with Remy.  It should've been a run, but since I knew a second workout was in order -and had no idea how it would go - I kept it at a fast walk (with a few leg lifts and sniffs allowed, of course).

Breakfast: a return of Sarah's Cherry Chocolate Smoothie.
 Unpictured sunflower bread with peanut butter about an hour before my second workout at noon.

Workout #2: Zumba class with a friend.  She's been asking me to go with her, as she really likes it, and when  I saw an offer for 10 classes at $35 (instead of $100) - I took the plunge.  It was a serious sweat fest.  Dripping.  This particular instructor says her style is more Afro-Caribbean (lots of sweeping arms, chest pumps, core centric), and she was amazing! She looked like a professional ballerina: tall, lean, and so graceful. I plan on busting through the rest of my 10 class pass over the next three weeks (Tu/Thu/Sa).

Once showered, I headed to Whole Foods (Store #3 to be exact) for a late lunch:

One half of the wrap, and Asian Sesame Salad on the side.

Productive afternoon and early evening, prior to me having the other half of the wrap for dinner.

Off to enjoy a homemade limeade (still no vodka). . .

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Food & More Fire

So, I believe we're at seven fires burning in Colorado.  As of a few hours ago, there is now a fire near Boulder.  The biggest cities outside of Denver, are now all battling nearby fires.  If you follow the news, you probably know we're experiencing a serious heat wave (record breaking - never seen anything like it), and the High Park Fire that has been burning near Fort Collins for two weeks is close to 90,000 acres and only about 50% contained.  The other major fire started within the last couple of days near Colorado Springs (south of Denver).  Boulder is only about 40 minutes northwest from Denver, and the fact that they are now battling a fire in the foothills, brings this state-wide crisis closer to home.  My view of Boulder within the last hour:
It's frustrating.  I'm reminded of the preciousness, vulnerability, fragility of this world.

Here's my day prior to this latest fire:
 PB & J Waffle.  2.25 miles of intervals, plus a walk with Remy.  Cantelope post workout.
 Lunch: Follow Your Heart Cream Cheese, Farmer's Market tomato, cucumber, garlic powder, fresh black pepper on Whole Foods Rosemary Sourdough.  It's a good thing I only purchased a half round of this bread, as I could easily put away a loaf in three days.
 Afternoon delight: Fizzy Lemonade. I like mine a little tart, so I deviate from the traditional lemonade recipe of 1:1:1 of lemon, sugar, water.  This has half of a squeezed lemon, a teaspoon of maple agave, San Pellegrino to fill.
Clouds rolled in, with nothing but lightning, so I did more projects in the house and wished I had vodka to add to my drink.  Ha!

Dinner: Simple Kale Salad (kale salad mix, EVOO, lemon juice, salt, pepper - allowed to wilt for 30 minutes at room temperature), sweet corn.
After dinner, Remy went with me to the park - where I snapped the picture of the Boulder fire.*Sigh*

Hug your people, snuggle your animals, and enjoy the nature around you.  We are so lucky to have them.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Productive Monday

 Cross training day on the 5k program, so Remy and I put away a two mile walk before the day got too hot. Upon my return, I did Sarah's favorite Tone It Up workout.  The Crab Crunch - holy moly! 
 Frozen pineapple, frozen cherries, spinach, water for a post workout smoothie.

Favorite lunch toppings: Follow Your Heart Cream Cheese, Farmer's Market tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper.  On Whole Foods Rosemary Sourdough bread.  Delicious!
Busy afternoon taking care of projects around the house (finally), and utilizing the local mall for their AC, with a good friend.  We did four laps (two up / two down), and didn't buy a thing - self control, my friends.

Upgraded Caesar Salad for dinner: Very Veggie Salad Mix, Boca Vegan Burger, toasted pine nuts, Farmer's Market tomato, Vegan Caesar dressing, Vegan Parm, fresh ground pepper.
I did have another slice of Rosemary Sourdough (dry) to accompany above salad.

Tomorrow will look a lot like today, but lucky you - I plan on showing it anyway.  Ha! Have a great night.  :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Farmer's Market #1

After my Whole Foods series, I promised to visit the three Farmer's Markets I've shopped.  There are many others (four, to be exact) that I have not checked out, but definitely should! Nonetheless, below are photos from the first of three that I'll be sharing over the next month.

I visited Farmer's Market #1 right when they opened this morning (9:00am), as we have another 100+ degree day on the agenda. I shop here the least often of the three, (even though it is convenient) for these reasons: shade only on the perimeter and it's the most expensive for produce.








Homemade pickles! But, $12 a jar.  :(


 These are not all of the tents, but I think you get the idea.  I spent $15 for two organic tomatoes, two bunches of organic kale, and a bag of local dog treats.  As the latter was $6, that means I spent $9 on just a little produce.  Am I being cheap, or is that expensive?

Hope you're all having a great Sunday!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fourth Week of Summer

As I returned from Kansas (location of wheat harvest) on Monday, I'll start the highlights from Tuesday till today.

A trip to Menchie's, which resulted in Dairy Free Raspberry and Dairy Free Hawaiian Punch twisted together.  All of this for $2.99 - so cheap! These flavors were super sweet, but they didn't have any other options for non-dairy patrons.
My first 3D Movie experience, "Men in Black 3" was an accident.  We were supposed to see "Rock of Ages" but my friend was running late.  I enjoyed it, nonetheless!
Thursday, I went to Civic Center Eats. Basically, all of Denver's Gourmet Food Trucks gather twice a week during the summer for an outdoor lunch cafe.  A portion of the proceeds go to the Civic Center Conservancy.  I browsed the list of vendors, and found the Vegan Van - which prompted me gathering up a couple of people to check it out! Lots of pics. . .

 Above: south entrance, Below: The Biscuit Bus (what an awesome name!)

 That would be the Capitol building in the background - getting a facelift, thus the white pillowy structure below the dome.

 Another brillantly named truck.
 Vegan Van Menu - already out of balls. . ."meatballs".
 My usual - Planet Rock with Rock Steady side salad instead of chips/popcorn.  Totally worth the extra two bucks!!
Upon leaving, I was gifted with a parking ticket.  It said it was written at 2:20pm, but it was 2:19pm when I got to my car.  Hmmm. . .

Luckily, I've been able to catch up with friends (and now former co-workers) on two occasions this week.  Once we met at Starbucks, and the other time at Dazbog.  Both involved me ordering iced tea.

5k training in the morning: 4 out of 5 days.  I missed two days of running, so I'm a little behind.  I'll get there!
Cleaning out closets / cabinets, WWI Project, and crafting are sorely neglected.  They must happen during week five!!
June Salad Challenge:  Tuesday 6/19, from Everyday Happy Herbivore - Cheater Asian Slaw Salad.
Wednesday 6/20 - Kale Avocado Potato Salad (seen here)
Thursday 6/21 - Rock Steady Salad from the Vegan Van (shown above at Civic Center Eats)
Friday 6/22 - Shades of Green Salad (seen here)
Today 6/23 - Spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, walnuts, raspberry dressing

This was a very long post, so I'll end it here.  See you tomorrow!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Food For Your Eyes

Vibrant red for breakfast:
 Two miles plus the Sunset Workout equals my Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino inspired smoothie: frozen banana, spinach, chocolate rice protein powder, ice, unsweetened almond milk (not such a pretty color, but it tastes really good!).
Shades of Green lunch (for the June Salad Challenge): Very Veggie Salad Mix, cucumber, broccoli, artichoke hearts, pumpkin seeds, Lite Herb Balsamic.
Food for my eyes and brain in the 100 degree afternoon courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.
 My mother and I went to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit.  I was completely unaware that he was part of the "women wearing pant suits instead of dresses" movement in the 1960's.  Further, he was the first one to make the female tuxedo stylish.  Beautiful dresses, interesting stories.  He did use leather, which is unfortunate.
Unpictured water crackers and roasted garlic hummus in the late afternoon.

Multicolored dinner via Chipotle Burrito Bowl (I asked for extra lettuce, since they are usually very skimpy).
I better find something blue to eat considering I've covered all the other colors.  . .  See you tomorrow with the end of week wrap up!