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WIAW #14

Hellooo! It’s What I Ate Wednesday! Let’s get to it 🙂 Also a big thanks to Jen for hosting the partayyy over at peasandcrayons.com every week!

breakfast: a tone it up protein pancake with blueberry green tea slim life yogi tea on the side

Recipe found here 😉

This recipe is from Toneitup.com, my most recent obsession. It is a fitness/food blog by two friends, Karena and Katrina, both certified Personal Trainers and have designed their own nutrition plan and workout videos (a lot are free on their youtube channel). I absolutely love them! I heard about them in a Self magazine a few months ago and just recently started checking out their blog. They are such an inspiration (check out Katrina’s body transformation), are so genuine and have really helped motivate me to work for that beach bod I’ve always wanted. You should check out their blog if you haven’t already! They post free workout videos, recipes, motivational quotes, weekly check-ins, etc. They also have a store where they sell cute tank tops, lunch boxes, stickers…andddd they just launched their line of Beach Babe bathing suits (SOO cute! Right now they don’t sell sizes separately, so when they do, I will be ordering one…or two!)

crazy cute

or this one! and they’re reversible!

lunch: a yummy salad from Pluto’s with spinach, garbonzos, kidney beans, cukes, broccoli, mango, strawberries and almonds. with whole wheat bread!

A day full of shopping ensued…

kristin and i decided to go out on a limb and try on lipstick at the MAC counter (i never wear lipstick!). i am wearing their matte lipstick called “ruby woo” and she is wearing “creme de nude.” i ended up buying the red!! i can see a makeup tutorial in the near future..

After shopping (I bought the red lipstick and some cute jean shorts from Urban Outfitters), Kristin and I rushed home because we wanted to make it to a workout class at our gym called Chizzled. I snacked on a few grapes before dashing out the door.

Chizzled was a great workout! We did lots of squats and pushups. I’m feelin in already and I love it! We both ran 1 mile on the treadmill afterwards but were too tired to do any more :p.

dinner: ezekiel wrap with hummus, half a homemade black bean burger (recipe being perfected!), cukes, home grown sprouts, red bell peps, avocado, spinach, and baby kale. with a pink lady apple on the side and lots of H2O!!

After din, I hung out with two friends from high school, Alexis and Sheeva but we were too busy catching up on each other’s lives that we didn’t end up following through with our plans of watching Project X and eating popcorn with chocolate chips (our faveee). Oh well! Missin the rest of the fab five though, Hannah and Jordan who need to come home!!!

Questions of the day:

What’s your favorite red lipstick? Or nude? I would love to try out some cheap drugstore brands too!

What was the best thing you ate today?

xoxo,

Kara

p.s. I also noticed that I ate vegan today completely unintentionally! Maybe I am a true vegan at heart…

the past couple weeks in pictures..

pie a pi phi philanthropy event. lemme tell you, whipped cream is not easy to wash out of hair!

toffee bars nommm so good

Recipe for these found here. Unfortunately they’re not super healthy 😉 maybe someday I’ll try to recreate them!

spring formal with my loves hayley and arielah

yummy carrot veggie quinoa with watermelon and more carrots on the side..i love my beta-carotene!

whole earth festival for mother’s day! fluffy chicken in the upper righthand corner!

enjoying the summer sun

making fresh juice! chard, cucumber, carrot, mango, celery and parsley!

failed peanut butter protein granola…it was all good until i added too much stevia and it had a very bitter aftertaste! i’m perfecting a recipe and will be sharing it with you shortly!

a 5 mile hike and a beautiful view of lake berryessa!

monster salads!

kayaking in lake shasta

pre-workout snack! my favorite luna bar and triology kombucha (one of my faves)

my crazy friends

a HUGE veggie and chickpea naanwich from raja’s tandoor at the davis farmer’s market!

we made sliders! in every flavor you could think of: teriyaki burgers with grilled pineapple (which cj is holding), falafel burgers with cucumbers and tzatziki sauce, turkey burgers with brie cheese and apples…..best idea ever!

healthified lemon cornmeal pancakes – recipe coming soon!

homemade funfetti/cookie bottomed cupcakes!

And that about wraps up the last few weeks I haven’t been able to blog. A few of these photos were taken using Instagram (follow me @kelundeen)!!! Check back soon for a product review and revealing of my Foodie Pen Pal gift!!!!

xoxo

Kara

father’s day!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. School is finally over so I have more time to devote to the blog and I am excited about it! Although I will be attending summer school, I’m hoping to be able to blog more frequently and often!!!!! I missed you guys :)!

I had a great weekend spent with family. Father’s day was memorable and might just have to be repeated next year! My Nana Min came to visit all the way from Seattle, Washington so we took her on a hike near South Lake Tahoe to a scenic spot at Wood’s Lake.

Our day consisted of….

hangin with the best dad ever

the stylish cookie dog posing for the camera

eating my fave new chips, which are gluten free too!

preeeetty views

pictures with nana!

balancing on treacherous logs

a visit to Sorensen’s in Hope Valley for dinner!

relaxing in a hammock at Sorensen’s resort after a long day of hiking

devouring dinner… Chicken, corn-on-the-cob, dill potato salad, and green salad with an amazing basil vinaigrette

AND of course, dessert. Sorensen’s famous mixed berry cobbler!

it was a great day!!!

I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!

xoxo

Kara

WIAW #13

Happy first Wednesday of May! I can’t believe it’s already that time…I’m almost finished with my second year of college! This  cannot be real life. May is going to be an eventful month: Pi Social (Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropy event where we get pied in the face to raise money for literacy haha!), Cinco de Mayooo, Whole Earth Festival (if you enjoy hippies, henna and delicious vegan food, you’d love this), Houseboats on Lake Shasta, midterms and lots of schoolwork (but that’s a given!).

pi social last year!

after being whip cream pied in the face..

hola amigos!

whole earth festival 2011

HB2K11. so. much. fun.

I’m so happy its MAY!!!!!!

Let’s move on to what I ate on the very first Wednesday of the month!

Breakfast:

smoothie in a bowl: huge handful of spinach, 1 c frozen bluebs, 1 scoop vega vanilla protein powder, cinnamon topped with ezekiel golden flax cereal and bee pollen (i’ve been feeling a little sick lately and am not sure if it’s allergies so i picked up some of this at the co op to see if it makes a difference! look out for it on an upcoming freaky food friday..)

After an intense spin class and some weight lifting, (I focused on arms and butt today. Try doing arm circles with 2 lb weights for a minute or two and your arms will be BURNING!) I was so ready for lunch!

Lunch:

salad with chopped apple, cukes, carrot, blue cheese, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds and balsamic dressing & a dr. praegers veggie burger with spicy brown mustard on the side!

Dinner: 

another smoothie with spinach…seriously cannot get enough of smoothies these days. they are so quick, filling and easy when you’re in a pinch for time (which i have been!). this one was soooo good. spinach, frozen banana, vega vanilla protein powder, psyllium, cinnamon, spoonful of pb topped with cacao nibs! it tasted like a peanut butter cup!

Snack: 

museli (oats, dried blueberries, raisins, pecans, pistachios) + ezekiel golden flax cereal + homemade almond milk (!!!!) + strawberries. perfect study snack!

I also tried one of these delicious cornmeal pancakes my roomsicle Amy made. Find the recipe here..SO GOOD!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting again this week! Check out all the other bloggers yummy eats at her blog.

Questions of the day:

What was the best thing you ate today?

Have you ever tried a green smoothie/added spinach to a smoothie? What did you think?

What are looking forward to in May?

xoxoxox lotsa love,

Kara

WIAW #12

Hi loves!

Happy hump day! It’s almost Friday! This week just flew by dontcha think?!

I haven’t done this in a while but today is WIAW, and I am taking part in the delicious food-fest over at Jenn’s adorable blog, Pea’s and Crayons! Thanks for hosting Jenn :)!

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For breakfast I felt like trying something new so I made (never home) maker’s hearty pecan chip micro muffin! But instead of pecans I used dried cranberries and instead of whole wheat flour I made it gluten free and used brown rice flour and gluten free oats (I’m not gluten free but my roommate/bff is and I wanted her to be able to try it out too!).

my very first micro muffin!

It was delicious, but I made the mistake of adding too much stevia to the peanut sauce so it was like sweetness overload and for some reason I just can’t handle overly sweet things in the morning. I think next time I’ll make the muffin with pecans and dried cranberries or add less chocolate chips!

In between classes, I snacked on a pink lady apple but forgot to take a picture. You guys are really missing out..what an interesting picture that would have been 😉 but it was crunchy and delish!

After a cardio chisel and spin class today I was starvinnn! Don’t get in between me and the refrigerator…you’ll get hurt hehe.

wrap time!

I sauteed some mushrooms in coconut oil, added 3 scrambled egg whites and some herbs de provence! I laid that mixture on a bed of spinach on top of a La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious tortilla and chopped up red bell pepper, a low sodium slice of turkey from TJ’s and feta. Loooooved it.

new favorite bars!!!

Snack time. These are literally too good to be true. I am obsessed. I want to try out every flavor! Or find out a way to make my own because there’s no way I can afford having one a day haha! #poorcollegehealthnutproblems

vegetarian lettuce wraps!

My roommate, Elana’s mom signed us up to get a box of all organic veggies from local farms delivered to our doorstep. The goods showed up this week! But unfortunately I was too excited I forgot to snap a picture! A big thank you to Nina for getting this for us!!!! 🙂 The lettuce, onion and red bell pepper in the lettuce wraps were from the box. If you’re interested in participating in this and supporting your local farmers visit the website itsorganicdelivery.com for more info!! A couple strange looking radish/parsnip looking things were in the box as well as a vegetable called Kohlrabi. We’re not sure what to do with that yet!

To make the lettuce wraps we sauteed half a white onion with two cloves of garlic in about one tablespoon sesame oil. Then we added in chopped bell pepper (about a half of one), one grated carrot, celery, and one package & a half of TJ’s baked tofu. Bragg’s liquid aminos was used to give it some more flava! I whipped up some dipping sauce with one heaping tablespoon of raw almond butter, about 2 tablespoons liquid aminos, the juice of half a lime, one tablespoon agave, and a little bit of ground chia seeds to thicken it out.

topped with some peanuts for crunch and a squeeze of lime!

This dinner was sooo easy and delicious. Plus it’s pretty low calorie, gluten free and is filling! Elana and I were proud of ourselves and we even made enough for leftovers :).

I needed a little something sweet to end the day off right so I made some hot chocolate!

would you like some almond milk with that cocoa powder?!

Although, I accidentally dumped too much cocoa powder into my mug so it was more like clumps of cocoa powder floating in almond milk. Yuck. I had to doctor it up a bit, add some water to thin it out and stir it a ton for it to finally be drinkable! I didn’t take a picture of the final product though…ugh! I added a few drops of liquid stevia and cinnamon and it was delicious end to my night of studying!

Hope you guys had a fabulous day! I hope it’s sunny tomorrow here so I can go for a nice run outside!!

missin this face.

I get to see Lily again this weekend! Soo excited.

xoxo,

Kara

WIAW #11

Hiii loves!

Okay so I’ve literally been the worst blogger ever. I’ve missed you guys! How are ya?!

I am proud to announce, I survived the two weeks of being vegan! Sorry for the lack of posts of what I ate, I have one coming up! Since then, I’ve been still eating vegan at home, although I went out to eat a couple days ago and I ordered chicken. I also made catfish for the boyf the other night (it was delish, recipe to come). The hardest thing to live without has definitely been cheese, and vegan cheese really doesn’t compare unfortunately.

After being vegan for 2+ weeks, I didn’t feel much different (I think it’s because I didn’t eat that much meat and dairy to begin with) and I’ve maintained the same weight. As of right now, I’ve decided that I will eat mostly vegan, but occasionally have some cheese, chicken or fish if I want when I eat out or am really craving it.

Today, I ate vegan!

Let’s see what it was….

pre-cooked quinoa (instead of oats! highly recommend!!) with half a banana, vanilla almond milk, cinnamon and topped with banana walnut brulee (recipe to follow).

Banana Walnut Brulee

serves 2

Ingredients:

1/2 c walnuts

1 T agave (can also use honey or maple syrup)

1/4 t cinnamon

tiny dash vanilla extract

1/2 banana, chopped

dash of cayenne

cooking spray

Directions:

Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and set it to medium-high heat. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Add to skillet and let it saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and add to whatever you like!

On Wednesday’s I have five classes, including a 3 hour biology lab, so I don’t have much time to eat! I practically swallowed a whole smoothie in one gulp as I ran after the bus on the way to my next class…..

green smoothie with spinach, spirulina powder, half a frozen banana, frozen mango topped with homemade granola. sorry for the awful photo, again, i was in a rush!

I came home ravishing (remind me to pack a snack next Wednesday gahhhhhh!) and fixed that with this:

mary's crackers, tj's hummus and bolani pesto while making dinner

some nasty looking black bean soup (my recipe with added carrots and onions) and angela @ ohsheglows dinosaur dill crunch salad (made with curly kale instead of dinosaur kale) - pretty good! i think i needed to let the kale marinate in the dressing a little longer, it was a hard to chew and i'm not used to eating it raw.

And of course……

best. dessert. ever. almond breeze vanilla ice cream with blueberries and homemade chocolate sauce (cocoa powder, agave, and a little splash of almond milk!). sweet tooth satisfied.

Yum!!!!

Okay off to do some Stats homework and read pages and pages in my Biology book! Soooo freakin excited.

LOVEEEEEESYAA

Kara

vegan eats

Hi babydolls!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for quite a while…the quarter just started Monday so I’ve been figuring out my classes and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a whole month!

My vegan diet has been going well so far, I have completed a week plus two days now! Surprisingly finding things to eat has been easy, although I’ve had to get a little more creative and do some planning ahead of time.

When I was at home, my sister and mom had some delicious looking (and smelling!) cheesy pesto bread with their dinner and I would have loved a big bite of it, but I told myself that I couldn’t give in quite yet. I do reallllly really miss cheese and eggs, but I’ve had no cravings for meat so far!

As of now, my thoughts about this whole vegan ordeal is that I do not want to deprive my body of anything it craves. If after 2 weeks I’m craving cheese or eggs, I will allow my body some cheese and eggs! There’s no sense in torturing and depriving myself.

Now I’ll let ya guys in on what I’ve been eating lately ;).

sprouted whole wheat toast with ab & pb and fresh berries. my mouth is watering just looking at those berries right now! get in mah belly.

i tried an amy's indian spinach tofu wrap. it was perfect for a quick and delicious small meal!

portobello mushroom burger/sandwich with all the fixins and sauteed green beans with hazelnuts.

crocodile crunch from alicia silverstone's "the kind diet." 1 t spirulina, ~3/4 T almond milk, ~3/4 T orange juice, ~3/4 T maple syrup, 1 t almond butter. mix sauce and pour over fresh fruit and coconut. top with kamut puffs, granola or whatever cereal you like! beware: this looks gross (I mean it issss green) but it's actually DELICIOUS and may turn your teeth temporarily green hehe.

sauteed vegetables, tempeh, and lentil & bean mix.

butternut squash and vegetable curry over brown rice and topped with coconut and roasted almonds & cashews (in bragg liquid aminos)

the. best. pancakes. EVER. (recipe coming soon!)

quinoa bowl with veggies, salsa and cilantro jalapeno hummus (found at TJs).

kale, tempeh and wild rice!

green beans and asparagus over brown rice with Mama Pea's "mmm" sauce drizzled on top!

snacky dinner! butternut squash soup, veggies & crackers (Marys crackers and Flackers) to dip in hummus and salsa. and a sliced apple!

So there ya have it! Not exactly everything I’ve been eating lately, but a summary! Today, I had a delicious falafel pita sandwich with cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, hummus and tahini sauce from a Mediterranean cafe. I’m determined to recreate it. And tonight I think I’ll make some overnight oats for tomorrow’s breakfast! Mmmm.

Hope you all had a fabulous week!

xoxo,

Kara

WIAW #10 and day one of being a vegan!

“Let food be thy medicine.” – Hippocrates

After watching the nutrition documentary, Forks Over Knives last night, the above quote stuck with me. In the movie, (which you should watch if you haven’t!) two doctors show patients who are suffering from conditions like heart disease and diabetes how diet is the best medicine. These two admirable doctors both found that these types of diseases and some forms of cancer can be prevented, and sometimes reversed, by adopting a “whole-foods, plant-based diet.” What I found most astonishing was a study with rats. They fed the rats a diet of 20% casein (the main protein found in dairy products), then 5% casein, switching off between the two levels of protein for a period of time and observing the effects of this dietary change on the rat’s cancer cells. There was a dramatic drop in cancerous growths in the rats that were fed a diet of 5% casein rather than 20%.

I’ve always thought about going vegan but never actually went through with it. I was vegetarian for about a year, but then felt like I wasn’t getting enough protein in my diet and went back to eating meat. Forks Over Knives completely shocked me, I had no idea animal products can actually induce cancer cells! I still want to do some more research before fully committing to veganism, though. I realize that eventually I am going to die someday (sorry to be so blunt) whether that be old age, cancer, or disease…and in recent research it seems like everything causes cancer – parabens found in lotion, hair dyes, chemicals in makeup, sodium lauryl sulfate found in shampoos and toothpaste, aluminum based deodorants, non- organic fruits and vegetables, plastic water bottles, microwaves….I could go on and on. I think that if we live our lives fearing everything that causes cancer in the world, we will end up becoming complete crazies hiding from life.

Okay, but now I am going to contradict myself because even though I can’t prevent cancer entirely, it’s worth a shot. Plus, I’ve always been intrigued by the vegan diet so I figured why not try it if it won’t hurtcha?!

My goal is to try being vegan for 2 weeks and see if there are any changes in how I feel. In the movie, the real life patients boasted feeling more energetic and had no need for medications. (My dream!! A world of barely any prescription drugs..which only cure the symptoms not the actual disease or sickness itself, and more homeopathic remedies! But maybe I am crazy.) In the vegan cookbook called The Kind Diet, Alicia Silverstein (who’s prego if you didn’t know!!) also expressed feeling more energetic on the vegan diet as well as having her acne clear up. I wouldn’t mind feeling more energetic and having completely clear skin, but those are not my main reasons for trying veganism, I simply want to try it to see how it affects me. Who knows, in two weeks I may feel no different and be back to eating how I was, or I may continue down the road of being a vegan. Thanks to Forks Over Knives my life could be entirely changed after this.

I do have a few concerns:

1) The Forks Over Knives diet rules out most fats (even the healthy ones like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds!). I CANNOT DO WITHOUT FAT. Soo I will be eating plenty of that in my new vegan diet.

2) I’ve gotten over the stage of caring what people think of me, but being the odd one out is never fun. Thank goodness my friend Cat (also a Nutrition Science major and the one who told me about this movie!!) agreed to try veganism with me. It is definitely going to be hard ordering at restaurants, eating with friends and attending family events. I’m sure we’ll get plenty of weird looks and questions like “so why exactly are you vegan?” or  “you’re one of those animal rights activists aren’t you?” or  “you don’t eat any cheese or meat?!” or “how do you live?!”

3) My last concern is gaining weight. I love peanut butter as you all know, nuts, seeds, avocado…which are all fat and high in calories. Good fat, but must be eaten in moderation. I’m worried that I might overdo it on those (I loooove trail mix and can eat a whole bag easily) out of boredom of the other foods I’m eating and end up actually gaining weight rather than losing pounds or maintaining my weight.

But I’m going to try not to worry about all that and enjoy my 2 (or more) weeks of being vegan!!

So here goes my first WIAW as a vegan.

Breakfast…

oatmeal made with oats, banana, cinnamon, and chia seeds topped with almond milk, strawberries and almonds

and a cup of the best tea ever.

Lunch…

black bean soup and sauteed green beans & spinach

Black Bean Soup

serves 3

Ingredients:

2 cans black beans, drained

1 c salsa

1 t cumin

1 1/2 c low sodium vegetable broth

Directions:

Put first three ingredients in food processor until you get your desired constituency (chunky or smooth). Then heat in a saucepan and mix in the vegetable broth. Top with green onion, avocado, salsa, etc!

yummmmy, quick and so easy!

cuddle time with my babyy

Snack…

apple cupcakes...sort of!

I used this recipe for high protein chocolate pudding on the left apple, but used cocoa powder instead of carob, and used cocoa liquid stevia instead of maple syrup.

high protein chocolate pudding on the left topped with dried cranberries and pepitas, the right topped with peanut butter and cacao nibs!

Dinner…

nutty israeli couscous!

Nutty Israeli Couscous with Arugula, Butternut Squash and Sage

serves 4

Ingredients:

1 1/3 c Israeli couscous (also called pearl couscous)

1 3/4 c water

1 T EVOO + more for sauteeing and drizzling

1 shallot, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

5-6 fresh sage leaves, chopped

1/2 a butternut squash

1/4 c pecans

2 handfuls of arugula (or any other leafy green you like)

Balsamic vinegar

s & p

Directions:

Pierce butternut squash with a fork or knife a couple times so that air can escape while in the microwave. Nuke for 10 minutes, cut in half and let cool. Meanwhile, in a 2 quart saucepan, saute 1 1/3 c couscous with 1 T EVOO over medium heat until the couscous is lightly browned. This takes about 5 minutes. Slowly add 1 3/4 c water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for about 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove the rind of the butternut squash (I found it easiest to cut off the rind with a knife, but maybe you could try using a peeler?) and cut it into cubes. In a large frying pan set to medium heat drizzle some EVOO and add the chopped shallot, minced garlic and chopped sage leaves. Saute until the shallot is almost transparent. Mix in the pecans and saute some more, but make sure to not burn the nuts. By now the couscous should be finishing up, so turn off the heat, add a generous drizzle of EVOO and s & p. Then, add the butternut squash to the frying pan and cover. After about 3 minutes the butternut squash should be tender and aromatic. Now add the 2 handfuls of arugula, mix until wilted. Turn off the heat. Fold the butternut squash mixture into the saucepan with the couscous. Drizzle some balsamic, taste it and adjust how much s & p you would like. Enjoy!

filling and delicious!

Wahoo I survived my first day as a vegan! And it wasn’t as hard as I thought :)!

xoxo

Kara

happy, healthy holidays!

Hiii!

Oh how I’ve missed you guys! My excuse to explain my absence is that I thoroughly enjoyed my time with friends and family, sans technology. Who can blame me?

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and safe New Years! I’ve been a busy girl so here are some pictures to catch you all up :)!

sf with ceej

dinner at fishermans wharf!

my very first bite EVER of crab cocktail! i definitely have been missing out.

my plate of deliciousness. already full from looking at it. lobster, filet mignon, mashed potatoes, rice & vegetables. sooo freakin good & plenty of leftovers!

he was so excited to wear that bib.

buttery crabby hands ahhh!

afterwards, we went to the ghiradelli chocolate factory and even though my tummy felt like it might explode, we ordered a peanut butter chocolate sundae to share. we barely finished half of it. butttt it was tasty.

christmas eve day with the cousins!

sista friend

time to open presents!

OH MY GOD!!!! A Vitamix!

my dad knows me so well. i love dogs and peanut butter! best card ever and best dad ever.

after exchanging & opening gifts we nibbled on these babies and sipped tea (from Aveda...ya I know weird. it's a hair salon that sells tea! but it's my new favorite!) while watching christmas with the kranks.

all ready for santa!

don't mind me in all my early morning glory. i just rolled out of bed to make this green smoothie in my new vitamix!!

green smoothie creation (spinach, almond milk, frozen pineapple & mango) topped with pomegranate seeds!

Christmas morning, I woke to find some sparkly Juicy Couture stud earrings, Burt’s Bees hand cream, lotion & chapstick (addicted to their almond milk beeswax hand creme and chapstick), yoga pants & other goodies! Then my dad, Kristin and I had a plane to catch! Every winter, we meet up with my dad’s side of the family for a ski trip. We’ve been going to Big White in BC, Canada for years but just last year switched to Whistler. I LOVE it!!

kristin and i in front of the olympic rings!

veggie burger at a cute cafe in Whistler called Ingrids!

Kristin and I are the only snowboarders in the fam so we usually stick together – getting stuck in powder, falling while exiting the chairlift, flying off jumps in the terrain park, braving cliffs, and taking pictures on the slopes.

say cheese! notice our face masks...it is really cold in Whistler for these cali girls!

beeeeyouuutiful.

baby cousin gus, kristin, me and jen-ai (our aunt!)

After a great ski trip in Whistler, it was time to head back to the states to celebrate 2012!!!!!

nye dinner at scott's seafood

cj's fooood. i ate some of his "plants" and stole a bite of halibut.

my salmon with sundried tomato pesto and white beans.

dysfunctional new years pic with my friendsss.

it's almost midnight!

It was a fabulous night to say the least. And I’ve finally decided on a New Year’s resolution. My friend Sheeva came up with one that was too good, I had to steal. It is to make sure my friends and family know how much I love them because the unexpected sometimes does happen, and life is much too short.

Tonight my sister, mom and I are going to watch the documentary, Forks Over Knives. I heard about it from a friend who told me I must watch it!! I’m excited and will have a review tomorrow :).

xoxo

Kara

 

WIAW #9

Hi sweet thangs!

Hope you all had a fantabulous Wednesday!!!

Mine started out like this…

coconutty chocolate oatmeal

In the pot went 1/3 c oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 banana, 1 heaping T cocoa powder, 1 tsp coconut oil, and cinnamon. I proceeded to top it with unsweetened coconut shavings, strawberries and raw almonds.

purty food

Then I was off to zee gym to get some sweatin on! I made up this workout which was adapted from the Tone It Up girl’s Bikini Max Burn workout (love them btw, check them out if you haven’t!):

20 jumping jacks

10 burpees

20 walking lunges (a lung on each leg counts for one)

30 jumping jacks

20 burpees (OMG kill me)

30 walking lunges

5 minute cardio (I ran on the treadmill at speed 7 for all of these)

10 pushups (no girly ones!)

10 tricep dips

20 walking lunges

5 min cardio

20 second plank (go directly into the next thing without collapsing on the floor in between ;))

20 tummy tucks (bring knee to the outside of your chest to work your obliques, doing the same for the other side = one rep)

5 min cardio

20 bicycle crunches (each side counts for one)

5 min cardio

[insert relaxing yoga class taught by my momma]

After, I did the Itty Bitty Bikini Workout by the Tone It Up girls (found here) and ran for 5 minutes to finish up my awesome workout!

YAY for sweating.

That intense workout made this girl hungryyyy for lunch. I decided to make a “healthy tostada.”

whole wheat tortilla heated on the skillet + brown rice...

then a layer of each: black beans + sauteed celery, onion and carrots + sprouts & cucumber...

topped with chopped spinach, avocado, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast!

Seriously so good. I wished I had a whole other one to devour, but that thing filled me up! The only downside was that it was hard to eat, I basically ate it like a salad and ripped off pieces of tortilla.

Next on the agenda: time to hunt for the perfect Christmas tree! My dad, sister and I had one of these on our way to the Christmas tree farm:

 

soo good. get these.

(source)

And once I was home, I whipped up a little snacky snack.

plain greek yog with cinnamon & walnuts and an apple for dippage!

Later came some oven drama…my oven at home is broken and won’t be fixed for 4 weeks!! Ahhh that means NO BAKING?! No christmas cookies?!! 😦 I will find a way…

And finally dinner! Made by moiii.

Mediterranean Quinoa

serves 4

Ingredients:

1 c quinoa (I used TJ’s red quinoa)

olive oil spray (or EVOO, we were out)

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

4 baby portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1 package savory tofu

1/2 c cherry tomatoes

3 big handfuls spinach

medium stalk fresh rosemary

handful of chopped basil

2 small heads broccoli

1/4 c sun-dried tomatoes

zest from 1/2 a lemon

juice from 1/2 lemon

1/8 tsp cayenne

1/2 c crazy feta or regular feta

1/4c toasted pine nuts

1/3 c kalamata olives, halved

whatcha need!

Directions:

Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan, then let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa has fluffed up and there is barely any water left. Set to the side. Spray a large frying pan with olive oil spray and saute onions and garlic on medium-high heat until somewhat transparent. Add the mushrooms and tofu stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms look tender. Next, throw in the basil, rosemary leaves, handfuls of spinach and cherry tomatoes. Cover and let sit while you go on with the next step. With the saucepan of quinoa you set aside, add about 1/3 cup water plus the broccoli florets, cover and steam over medium heat until the broccoli is a bright green. Stir your sauteed veggies, watching until the tomatoes are soft and the spinach has wilted. Transfer the quinoa and broccoli into a bigger bowl. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, feta, pine nuts, olives and finally, when ready, the sauteed veggies. Mix it all up and serve!

the finished product! yummmy

Chocolate cravings ensued…

UM EWWWWW

Okay well, I have some explaining to do, but the result was DELICIOUS I SWEAR!

I’ve heard about chocolate pudding made with avocados in the blogging world but have never found the courage to try it! Tonight was the night. It was a success and a perfect way to satisfy a chocolate craving!

Chocolate Almond Pudding

serves 1-3 people (depending on how much chocolate goodness you’re craving! warning: it is very rich though)

Ingredients:

the meat of 1 ripe avocado

4 heaping T cocoa

1/2 t vanilla

1 T almond butter

4 T maple syrup or agave

couple shakes cinnamon

~1/2 c water (add in at the end if you’d like it to be less thick)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor except for the water. If your pudding is too think, add the water in slowly. Keep blending until it’s completely smooth! This only takes a few minutes! Enjoy!

such a transformation!

topped with frozen blubes and mangoes!

The above was enjoyed while decorating the Christmas tree and dancing to Christmas music! Am I the only one who has memorized Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt (and plays it on repeat)?!

xoxox,

kara