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no stress in my feet!

Good news!!  I went to the podiatrist today [finally] and I don’t have a stress fracture in either of my feet! I was so happy to hear that.  He thinks I just strained the area that was hurting.  My feet have been feeling about 90% better lately but I’m still not going to run for at least a few more weeks.  I’m really enjoying my new routine of biking, swimming, and lifting more. 

I am still sick though.  Boo to that.  But it could always be so much worse!

My appetite was all over the place today.  I’ve been really snacky…including

  • graham crackers
  • dark chocolate chunks
  • spoonfuls of cottage cheese
  • spelt bread

and a few other things I can’t think of…

Here were my bigger meals for the day…

Oaterific Oats:

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 2/3c plain hemp milk, 1/3c water
  • 1 medium banana, thin sliced
  • vanilla,
  • cinnamon
  • topped with: 1T unswt. coconut flakes, 2T granola, small spoon of Heather’s jam, and 1T pnut butter

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Tea Forte’s green citrus loose leaf tea – very tasty!

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snacking ensued…

Main lunch:

A HUGE pillowy purple monster! [~20oz]

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In the mix:

  • handful of ice
  • 2c spinach
  • 8 frozen cherries
  • a few frozen strawberries 
  • ~3/4c blueberries
  • 1c plain hemp milk
  • 1 scoop original Amazing Grass SuperFood
  • 1T coconut butter
  • 1/4 avocado
  • ~2T almonds

Topped with:  Quinoa Crunch Granola

I rate this 7.5/10 The texture/consistency was thick + perfect but the flavor was slightly bland.  I think 1/2 banana would have helped.

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Nothing too new and exciting going on around here.  A lot of sitting on the couch + resting!  My body kind of feels out of whack.  I could really use a few 30min yoga sessions but my head is not ready to be bending over and whatnot.  Hopefully soon.

Getting a little tired of tea, so I thought I’d make some hot cocoa.  I ended up drinking about half.

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water + 2t unswt fair trade organic cocoa + 2t sucanat + vegetarian marshmallows

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Chris picked me up potato + leek soup from Whole Foods, that actually came fresh from a soup shop in Boulder [can’t think of the name]  It was really tasty but has left me SO thirsty!!  The sodium content wasn’t too awful but still high.  I think that combined with being sick is making it worse.  Yikes!  He also picked up a fresh ciabatta roll…LOVE the texture of ciabatta.

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Insert more snacking.


In other boring crazy + exciting news, I got my “products I dig” page up.  I’ll be updating it every so often with new things I have tested + approved :)  Let me know if you have questions about anything on there! 

Oh, I forgot to mention that I had a TERRible headache, due to my cold thing I have going on.  I didn’t want to take advil [try to limit it] so I was hoping it would just go away.  Well around 3pm, about 10-20min after I drank that huge purple shake, it completely went away.  I can’t say for sure if that was the reason it went away, but it does usually pick up my energy level on a normal day…so who knows!!

Any good weekend plans??

I think I’m going to try making coconut ice cream at some point soon.  Also homemade cacao bliss [that I found on Ohh May’s blog] will be on the menu soon as well, as my jar is almost empty!

Happpy Fridaaaaay


Reader Comments (31)

wow amazing meals! love the oats and purple pretty smooothie! glad your head feels better-uggh migraines suck

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

I've never tried amazing grass but after seeing those chocolate avocado smoothies you make I'm definitely going to get some!! I hope you feel better soon :) When the weather starts to warm up I am for ANYTHING coconut. Something about the heat and the smell of coconut that's just heavenly. Sleep well!!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

mmmmm...i'm a big fan of pillowy smoothies as long as i can get a straw :) i'm so glad you don't have a stress fracture! that's seriously great news. i just hope you feel better soon - this weather is CRAZY and is playing all sorts of games with my head too. i sneezed 5 times in a row today (never happens) and still never felt clear!

p.s. ciabatta is my favorite. i'm hoping to try and make some soon!

Ah, that smoothie looks SO good - but your food always does!! :-D

Glad you got good news on your feet. Phew!

LOVE Amazing Grass.

Oh, can't wait to see your coconut ice cream. YUM!

Yeah, check them out! You can buy the individual packs to try out. I did that for a long time before buying a tub. mmmm coconut

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You wouldn't believe how creamy 1/4 avocado makes a smoothie. It's insane!! Thanks so much girl..I was pretty excited myself!!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh no! Sorry to hear that you are sick hun. Take care and rest!!! :)

Thanks for updating the "products" page. I always love to see these pages.

Have a wonderful Friday love.

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

You take the best pictures!! I have a list of stuff from your blog that I am making this weekend!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I love the purple smoothie!!

Your pictures are incredible!!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstela @ Weekly Bite

The smoothie looks great! I was wondering if you could share some of your smoothie experiences...

I find that when I add 1/2 of a banana it adds the thickness that I adore (I like my smoothies really really thick) but it usually overpowers EVERY other fruit that goes with it so I feel like I'm adding the extra fruit just for color and no flavor. :(

I've tried the avocado and it does make it creamier, so does the ice - do you know of anything else that would make it thicker? (Short of using yogurt, I used to do that but it doesn't taste the greatest with the spinach.)

Also, when I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, sometimes the vanilla overpowers everything just like the banana. I really want to make a blueberry smoothie that tastes like... well... blueberries! :D

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

HOORAY for no fractures!! So a weird thing I noticed: when I put avocado in a smoothie, it almost "eats" the other flavors, and I have to add more fruit to make it taste the way I want it to...dunno why, but it happens!

I have to know. Can you taste the spinach? I love spinach in foods, but not sure I want to drink it. However, I'm not eating enough green food lately. So, if I use some fruit, will it mask the spinach? I love amazing grass but I want to oomph it a little with greens!


March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina

Really glad to hear your feet are A-OK. That kinda stuff can be so stressful.

I hope you start feeling better soon. No fun, no fun at all. I am actually feeling REALLY off my game today too. Headache, tummy blahs and no motivation to move out of my bed (where I am currently typing)...I'm going to send positive healthy vibes into the universe and hope they circulate out to you and back to me...haha :)


March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdarryn (brio.gusto)

So glad your foot is okay!! Hope you feel better, it seems like everyone I know has a bit of a cold right now.. crazy weather.

Just wanted to say thank you for your sweet comment and sharing that. I really appreciate it more then words can say. :) I would have written this as a reply on mine but wanted to make sure you saw it. Thank you again.

I recently ran my first 8k and for about a week afterward I had a really sore ankle. My doctor said I might have had a touch of bursitis. Ouch! Hope you feel better soon! ICE! :)

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

you know how you asked on FB what ppl gravitate toward when they are feeling sick..

well, you know what else I think is interesting... what "kid" things ppl still eat. For instance there is nothing in the world that i love more than "ants on a log".. but now I add a carrot to the log (celery) and LOTS of whole foods crunchy peanut butter.. and I guess I should mention that I occasionally add choc chips (ok, I l aways add choc chips!). What kid things do you still enjoy?

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, no stress fracture! How fabulous is that?!?!?!?!??! Oooo, ooo, mine is feeling about 70% better! One day, i might be a runner! Very excited about that.

I am so sorry you are sick. Remember, Baked Lays! Processed food from the heavens. I've completely lost my voice today, haha, which is a bit of a challenge for a blabbermouth. Here's to feeling better. I'm debating between your cup of hot cocoa and a shake. Hmm.

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn/CinnamonQuill

Hmmm, not too sure about baked lays..they're "ok" but I would rather have a big helping of goldfish crackers :) Yes, super excited that my feet are okay! I've been pain free for the past few days and going in for a 2nd ultrasound whatever it's called, treatment on Monday. Glad you're getting better as well!! Hmmm, the shake actually made my throat flemmy but made my head feel better..the hot cocoa good but not perfect..tough decision!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh I used to love ants on a log!! Hmm...I don't think I have anything in my pantry that is food from when I was a kid...but things I loved as a kid: fruity pebbles [raaarely got to buy them], pnut butter crunch, pop tarts, ritz crackers, pretzel rods, ohhh so many things...haven't bought any of that in years!! Except for an organic version of pnut butter it!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Eeek, hope you're back at it soon!!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You're so welcome girl. <3

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ooh yeah, thanks!! Hope your'e better soon too..tummy blahs suck!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Nope!! You can't taste the spinach at all. I put in up to 3c. Start off with 1c and see what you think!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm, really? I haven't noticed that...what else are you putting in your smoothies?

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good question. I have seen mama pea blend in Xanthan Gum into hers to make them fluffy...I have never tried that though. You could try plain almond milk or rice milk might be a little more mild. If you use banana I wouldn't use more than a 3" piece. Maybe I'll try making a PURE blueberry smoothie soon! My favorite thing to add is definitely about 1/4 of an avocado.

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much!!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Let me know how everything turns out!! And, thanks! ;)

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I LOVE your blog.

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrittany

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