Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Words into Actions

Three weeks ago, I purchased and downloaded the Happy Herbivore 3-Day Reboot when I was feeling in a meal rut.  I didn't love all of the recipes, but I am trying to stay committed to the Detox Drink - which is essentially the Master Cleanse (lemon, cayenne, ACV, maple syrup, water).
I'm heavy on lemon and water, and this recipe also calls for cinnamon which helps make it palatable. I'll try it everyday this week and let you know if I feel "detoxed". 

 Roasted chickpeas, sweet potato and asparagus with Magic Miso Tahini Sauce.
Vinyasa Flow (lots of balancing, and more advanced poses which I cannot do - very humbling but not discouraging).  Unpictured snack of toast with Earth Balance.

Tried out this combo for dinner:
 Sauteed on the stove and served as a salad.

I've spent my evening not working on lessons, but rather staring down the computer looking at international flights, and now my brain hurts.  Actually, my credit card hurts more. But, the tickets are booked!  I am London bound in July! Yes, London.  Here's the story in brief: in early March, the last of my cousins flaked on a trip to Sweden for this summer.  My brother was feeling rather uncertain about whether to go or not, and I was feeling rather uncertain about my loyalty to this family.  ;)  After much restructuring, the trip to the Motherland was scraped, and instead a 10 day excursion to London (and surrounding areas) sprouted in its place, after hours and hours of talking and debate.  So, I should probably renew my passport now. . .

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Food In

I decided to experiment with my weekly food purchase: all of it came from Trader Joe's.

Saturday's lunch from CPK
 (Roasted Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Dressing)

Sunday lunch:
(8 stuffed grape leaves and a chai)

Here we go - another week is upon us.  May it go quickly for us all. . .

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oh, Thursday

Chocolate Brown Rice Protein, frozen banana, vanilla almond milk

Wild rice and steamed broccoli

Carrot, apple, ginger juice from Parsley.  I kinda want to try the carrot and mint next time. 

Tofu scramble and grits for dinner.

I'm so happy it is almost the weekend, it has been one busy week! See you then!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Turning Green

A little rusty on my spinach to water ratio:
Also inside: frozen banana and pineapple.

Steamed kale, mushroom gravy, yam.

Vinyasa Flow: twists, hips, and L - Handstands against the wall (the only one I can do successfully!)

I wanted to make a taco salad for dinner. I made a mental list of items to buy at the grocery store, but my car drove me to Native Foods Cafe. Oh, well! 

Southwest Chipotle Chopped Salad. Yes, it was delicious.

Not green: while I waited for my salad, they handed out samples of their brownie. It's a good thing I didn't try one before stopping at the cash register! So good!

Happy Earth Day! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Quick Trip

Friday night, four humans and two canines packed themselves into a vehicle and drove for four hours.  We met up with 10 extended family members (grandparents included! And four more canines!) in rural northwestern Kansas.  Here are some images from our time at the farm!

Farm sunset, pb & strawberry jam oatmeal, daffodil (?), spinach - blueberry - almond - pomegranate dressing salad, Cash (the chocolate lab, part of the duo Cash & June, as seen here.  They belong to my cousin and her husband).

Rewind to Friday: before I left, I had to run to the store and noticed this in the Kosher aisle
 Naturally, I had to bring a bag for the road!
My thanks to Sarah for introducing me to them! ;)

Remy had a great time, and I'm certain he'll nap more than usual for the next few days.  Meanwhile, I have to get ready for the week ahead...  See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


The last waffle in the box, met its end.

The Green Owl best emotes my energy level for the day.

I began eating lunch, only to realize that I'd forgotten to photograph it.

 The last of the early season strawberries were a little soft.

I had a house repair that needed assistance, so my parents came over to help.  We ended the evening with Chipotle. 

And now, an exclamation: see you soon!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eclipse Effects

Why, yes, I did get up in the middle of the night.  I love astronomy, and seeing the Blood Moon had to happen!  As I don't own a camera with proper lenses, I'm borrowing this one from NASA:

I was outside before the full eclipse, so there was a sliver of silver still left.  It makes me think that our ancient ancestors must have had full nervous breakdowns when seeing something like this!  I completely geeked out the science teachers today talking about it.

The main effects of my viewing were most felt this morning, when I snoozed for 20 minutes, and I'm still tired. Ha! It was worth it, and I'll go to bed early tonight.  However, I ran out of time this morning and did not take of breakfast (pb banana toast).

I ran out at lunch to pick up a BBQ Gardein Chik'n Wrap with Garden Salad and Balsamic.

Shen, I ate the olives and thought of you. ;)

Vinyasa Flow right after school.  All hips, all the time: standing splits, half splits, full splits (or rather, whatever we can do). Also, lots of twists - which is good for detoxing.

It's back to curly kale after two weeks of lacinato. Steamed and served with Happy Herbivore's Mushroom Gravy and cornbread.

Did you see the eclipse? I'm hoping when it happens again in October, it's on a weekend...

See you Thursday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Light It Up

Another beautiful day, and lots of natural light photos:

I should have left the dressing on side, but I mixed it in before going to work.  Thus, lunch was a tad wilted.

As I didn't go to a yoga class on Tuesday, I went to a Vinyasa Flow class this afternoon.  Lots of standing poses, and ironically both of the poses I showed you on Tuesday (Lizard and Wide Legged Forward Fold).  My hips are open! Ha!

Post workout snack

Avocado Pasta for dinner:

Time to break out the sunscreen - tomorrow our students are participating in an outdoor community service project with Parks & Rec (debris removal, planting flowers, et al) all morning, and it's going to be 75 degrees.  Don't get jealous - it's supposed to snow on Sunday... 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Full Swing

Preface: I missed writing up a post this weekend due to being overly busy; I made a wish for more time before returning to work from the MVF (Magic Vegan Fairy) but she was on holiday. 

Back to class, and back to what's available in the kitchen for meals:

That was the end of last week's curry, so you won't have to see it again!

It was almost 70 degrees today, a light breeze, and lots of sunshine.  A kind of day that begs one to lay in the grass, and not go to yoga inside of a studio.  So that's what I did after work, and this guy loved every minute.
Blue sky and mountains in the background.  Not bad for the city park that used to be a cemetery - I'm sure you recall I've mentioned it before.  ;)

I did practice yoga at home for about 25 minutes afterwards, as I knew how tight my right hip had been feeling. I did two rounds of moon salutation  (it is used less frequently than sun salutations, but I love it!) followed by hip opening poses:
Moon Salutation

A couple of the hip openers I did:

Dinner via Whole Foods:
Oh hello, peanut dressing...(Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Tofu)

Time for bed! Good night!