WIAW: All the vegetables

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Breakfast has still been berry and apple “cereal” bowls, so delicious! 

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With an an egg white and tea.

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Simple snack of veggies, romaine and hummus avocado dip (unpictured).  I also like to make a savory goat’s milk yogurt dip (with yogurt, lemon juice and sea salt + fresh pepper).

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Lunch is always a freshly chopped salad that I pack each morning.  I’ve been making homemade dressing (salsa mixed with hummus or avocado – try it its so good) packed separately.  I like to add toppings of whatever appeals to me at lunch time like trail mix or rice crackers.

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Dinners have been really good lately since I’ve been using the veggies I roasted from my Sunday food prep (zucchini, red onions, beets and tomatoes)

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And tossing them with tofu or eggs to make a quick stir fry, and serving it with an asian or balsamic dipping sauce.  

Desserts are also not pictured but have included apple slices, frozen bananas and yogurt mixed with a bit of honey and walnut pieces.

Have a wonderful nourished day!:) More WIAW fun at theleangreenbean.com

Monday Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  I generally eat a light and early dinner so I’m usually starving when I wake up.  I go through phases with my favorite breakfast foods, I always have fresh seasonal fruit in the mix..

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I was really into protein pancakes for a bit..

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But lately I’ve been really into my berry apple “cereal” bowls.  It’s simple fast and delicious.

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Ingredients:
1 organic apple
1/2+ cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup nuts or seeds (optional)
1 cup favorite vegan milk

Method:
Chop apple into cubes.  And put into a bowl with blueberries.  Pour your milk over the fruit and sprinkle with your favorite nuts and seeds.   That’s it!  I’m a cereal lover so this gives the feeling of having a bowl of your favorite cereal without the glycemic spike.  I usually have this with some yogurt or an egg white on the side. 

Don’t worry if your milk turns purple, it’s delicious that way:).

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday Snapshots: I’ve been enjoying a bounty of fresh summer fruits and veggies all week long, inspiring more creativity in the kitchen than usual!

This week I made veggie soft tacos with fresh corn, zucchini, sweet potato and avocado.

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Dad’s fresh squeezed carrot and beet juice each morning!

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Breakfast at parents place, fresh fruit and mom’s homemade Korean rice cake with chestnuts.

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Sunday Prep for sushi bowls and veggie rolls all week

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Fermentation experimenation, first time making homemade kimchi!

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Have a wonderful Friday!

Summer Baking with Corn

I haven’t had the baking bug in awhile but since meeting my current boyfriend (who just loves to eat), I’ve been inspired to bake him healthy treats to enjoy and take on the go.

Sweet summer corn muffins (gluten-free)

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Ingredients:
1/2 package Bob’s gluten-free cornbread mix
1/3 cup arrowroot flour
1 large egg + 1 egg white
3/4 cup almond milk
1 +1/4  cup fresh cut corn
1/4 cup finely diced sweet potato
2 Tbls diced sundried tomatoes
3 T fresh julienned basil

Method
Mix all ingredients except for 1/4 cup of fresh corn in a big bowl.
Scoop into paper lined muffin pan.
Sprinkle fresh corn, paprika or other herbs on top for a nice fragrance.
Enjoy with a loved one!

Biting into the muffins, they’re soft fluffy and bursting with sweet corn..A delicious savory bread to enjoy alone or with a summer salad.

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WIAW & Summer Baking

WIAW: Beautiful and balanced summer eats this week so far..

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A yummy breakfast of berries with soy milk, quinoa bowl and a small green smoothie.  My favorite breakfast lately which I’ll usually enjoy with an egg white and green or black tea.

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Vegetarian “sushi” rolls with egg, daikon, carrot and cucumber.  The perfect portable lunch.

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Fresh summer vegetables..

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Roast summer vegetables..

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To make easy summer suppers when topped with a quick grilled fish!

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Summer berry muffins baked and packaged for my love:).  I might put the recipe up later today..

 

More WIAW fun over at PeasandCrayons!  Enjoy a wonderful day.

Tuesday Thoughts

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Park run in the hot hot sun, with bay views and breezes.

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A weekday off to catch up on life is the best gift in time.

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Fresh fruit plate from Amys brunch with garden fresh figs and grapes.

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Favorite cafe in Berkeley – Elmwood Cafe. Fresh baked goods and buttery granola made in house.

Tuesday was a workday but a good day:). 

Monday memories of the weekend

A brisk walk around the reservoir catching up with old friends, followed by brunch at Amy’s! Bacon and eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce experimentation.

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New local ice cream joint in my hometown! They hand make and flash freeze each batch of ice cream.  Salted caramel with TCHO dark chocolate crispies!!

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New local dining spot Sunol Ridge.   It was delicious.  Especially the carmalized brussel sprouts and calamari!

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Bay Bridge on a foggy day. Classic.

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Dad’s garden figs and grapes for breakfast.

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Weekend memories in the beautiful bay area!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

This picture from the time I woke up to find my dog with his harness totally tangled, gave me belly laughs again.
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En route to the yay area with Elle cover girl Kristin Wig!
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Grilled vegetables with every summer salad lately.
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Really artful spring rolls for lunch one day.

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Favorite local view that never gets old.
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Happy Friday:).

Thursday: Breathe Deep & Summer of Salads

Nourished Mind

At yoga yesterday, our teacher reminded us during a particularly hard pose, “remember that the quality of your breath controls the quality of your mind..” I always forget how simple it is to bring calm, perspective and peace to the moment by simply breathing slower and more intentionally. Lately I’ve been feeling inexplicably fatigued and skipping my morning yoga and workout routine – I’m really feeling the negative effects.  I have to remind myself that exercise brings in more energy and allows me to live my day in a much better way.  Lately I’ve really been enjoying myyogaworks.com online streaming subscription ($5 for Yogaworks members!).  It features so many of my favorite teachers from my old studio on Montana street in Santa Monica- lately it’s my favorite way to start the day.  Today was a really stressful day at work…it seemed that we barely stopped working all day, managing difficult patients and staff, it really felt endless.  I wish I remembered this little piece of advice!  Breathe. 

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Nourished Body

Lately with the incredibly hot and (humid!) weather we’ve been having in orange county, all I’ve been wanting are…salads all the time.  Below are some of my lunches & dinners.  Since I prep all my veggies on Sunday, salads are a breeze and I have a healthy meal in 5 minutes or less.  For lunches I like to top my salads with trail mix or hummus, and if I’m at home I’ll grill fish or a vegan protein like tofu, chicken or veggie burger.

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Hope you had a wonderful day and remembered to take moments to monitor the quality of your breathe and thus your mind🙂.

Technology Cacophony + WIAW: Strawberry Fields Forever

Something to think about Screenshot 2014-07-30 08.26.00I loved this post about the time we spend consuming vs. creating in life, and how trying to tip the balance in favor of creating, can increase our happiness and satisfaction.  I definitely fall into the hole of bloglovin’ pinterest instagram tumblr..and sometimes an hour or more will go by, and I’m not sure I gained anything from drying out my contacts staring at my phone screen.  I dusted off this blog today, in an attempt to utilize my online time in a more creativity sparking and non-consumerist way:).  Baby steps.

Beautiful I’m definitely late to discover this blog, but I’m completely in love with her style, joie de vivre and her images are gorgeous.   The Londoner is my new blogger crush, she has a pretty great life.  I need to plan more picnics. (image from The Londoner).Screenshot 2014-07-30 08.29.09   My first WIAW! Lately I’ve been so hungry right when I wake up, and have been enjoying hearty well-rounded breakfasts.  My breakfasts have always start with berries – strawberries & blueberries are my favorite way, along with a hot jasmine green tea. I’ve also been having cinnamon topped sliced apples or bananas with a protein quinoa pancake and sometimes a little goat yogurt & honey on the side.  A simple, delicious and satisfying way to start the day. 2014-03-28 07.11.09   For lunches, I’ve been having a vegan soup or a salad with trail mix or rice crackers as a topping or with a side of hummus. My lunchtime usually involves a fresh salad that I brought from home, and an iced green tea on the side to power me through the afternoon. This lunch was a vegan carrot soup from Le Pain Quotidien which is one of my favorite lunchtime spots. 2014-02-05 13.20.11   Dinners are whatever I’m craving, but just a small portion since I get home after Barre class, past 7-7:30. Lately it’s been roast or sauteed vegetables with quinoa and eggs. I also usually have a piece of fruit and some trail mix for dessert. I generally keep my dinners vegan, since the thought of going to sleep with meat still digesting in my stomach, kind of grosses me out. Dinners are healthy only because I do all my fresh veggie, protein/grain prep on Sundays, otherwise I’d probably have only enough energy to eat something out of a package!  More WIAW posts here.   2014-03-12 16.47.28   Today’s agenda: Office checklist, errands, 12 pm yoga, green juice/cafe to finish some work, 4:30 barre, dinner. Have a wonderful productive day🙂.