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something different.

I did something completely different today.  I started my morning off with a workout.  I have never really been a morning workout person.  This is because, I am a night owl.  However, today the temp was supposed to be 100* so I wanted to get out on my bike before I had to deal with that!

I started off with a banana smeared with pnut butter.  There was no time for photos.  I was ravenous and on a mission to get out the door!

It was already 90* out when I was riding.  HOT but bearable, especially on a bike.  And remember, no humidity out here, also making things better. 

Morning ride: 17 miles – My legs felt like jelly until about mile 10.  I was pretty tired from a lot of walking on Sunday + a hard pool workout on Monday.  

When I got home I took off my socks + shoes + went for a little barefoot run!  It’s addicting, I swear!  Today I went about 300yds or a little more and it felt great.  I chalked my feet [with powdery climbing chalk] to make them nice + dry so I would avoid friction with the ground.  The whole time I ran I was thinking about my feet coming UP off the ground and I think it worked!  My steps were light + quick.  Yay! 

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I followed my run with an ab workout on the balance ball and then about 10 minutes of yoga stretches, focusing on my hip flexors + hamstrings.  It was hard to not chew my arm off as I was STARving.  There was NO way I could not do oats today!  I needed something cold!

A completely different breakfast.

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I adore cantaloupe and I’ve been finding the best loupes ever lately!  Next a Cascadian Organic high fiber cereal that is completely delicious.  It has a great crunchy texture and a little bit of sweetness.  Also paired with 1/2c plain lowfat Nancy’s yogurt, sprinkled with cinnamon, chia seeds + cacao nibs.  Also on the side, 1/2 toasted Ezekiel sprouted EM with earth balance.

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Summery perfection.  I was stuffed!!  I actually measured out the yogurt + cereal, something I never do.  I just wanted to see what actual portion sizes were to see how off I was.  I poured 1/2c of cereal and 1/2c of the yogurt and was actually surprised how much was there!  I was completely satisfied after this.  YUM.

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Okay.  This sandwich.  Well, I can’t stop thinking about it.  I know it probably doesn’t look like much here.  But….wow, is this a keeper.  The best sandwich I’ve had in a long time and the best tempeh sandwich eveRRR.

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Grilled Tempeh Cheese Samich

  • 2 slices bread [I used Rudi’s Organic multigrain oat]
  • 1/2 block tempeh sliced thing
  • thin slices organic valley extra sharp white cheddar [my FAV]
  • sliced pickles + cucumbers
  1. Grease and heat a pan, panini press, or foreman grill.
  2. Layer sandwich with bread –> cheese –> tempeh –> cheese –> bread
  3. Let cook until brown, flipping over if necessary.
  4. Open sandwich and stuff with cold sliced pickles + cucumbers.

No dressing needed.  This was 100% amazing.  Every last bite of it.  The crispy, lightly oiled bread, the gooey cheese and cold delicious pickles + cuc’s.  Ahhhhhhh.  :)

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With 2 huge sliced carrots + a big glob of peanut butter.  Stuffed with happiness + deliciousness!!

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We had a little get together with friends tonight.  I was really busy today so I whipped up a quick batch of my curry honey hummus.  This takes 5min to make and will impress all of your friends!!  I made a double batch, so we would have some at home :)

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Cucumbers + carrots for dippers with some Back To Nature sesame tarragon crackers, which are amazing.

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Love this stuff.  I can’t wait to make a huge veggie sandwich slathered with curry for lunch tomorrow.  You know I’ll be panini pressing it :)

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Did I mention it was 100* today???  Definitely had to wear a super light + comfy dress.

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Ali + Hovan were super sweet and grilled up some eggplant for their veggie friends.  I added tomato + hummus.  Ali made a simple but delicious coleslaw with cabbage + carrots + balsamic vin + oil + s+p.  It was perfect.  I loved that it didn’t have mayo.  I’ve just never been a fan!  Then why did I eat the potato salad?  Well, it looked really good!!  But then, I was quickly reminded of my mayo issue ;)  I definitely am thinking of whipping up a summery potato salad with greek yogurt, lemon + dill. 

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Hangin out.  Ali bein’ cute.

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Chris being attacked by ferocious animals.

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Amaaaazing chocolate cake from Whole Foods.  I’m definitely a vanilla on vanilla cake girl but this was FABulous.  I had seconds.  YUM.

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Some of my lady friends :)  Allison, Jen, me + Ann

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And a little backyard entertainment from Kurtz + Hovan.  Hard to explain their act but it’s pretty hilarious.

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I finished my 4th header for Katie, from Legally Fit.  She actually bid on this header for Angela’s Shop For a Cause fundraiser, for Canadian Cancer Society.  I figured if I couldn’t donate money, I could donate some of my time.  Thanks to Katie for donating to such a great cause.

I’ve started on my 5th + 6th headers as well, and I’m pretty excited about them.  It has been really fun getting to use my design background for something I really enjoy :)

Also…the feedback on the natural deodorant was exciting!!  I used it today for my HOT bike ride and for our get together and it worked perrrrfectly.  I have a few notes about it that I’ll fill you in on soon! 1 thing though, do not put it in an old deodorant container…it leaks out of the bottom if it gets warm :)  hehe

And with that….I’m running to bed!! 

<3 Ashley

Reader Comments (43)

Such beautiful food.. yum yum,I wish I ate like that every day!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Gregg

Haha, 1/2 cup cereal and 1/2 cup yogurt would be a snack to me! :p
I've made the curry hummus, and I totally agree - it is DELICIOUS!

With the pre-workout banana + pnut butter and that whole bowl it was around 550 cals. Doesn't look like enough but it was! :) Glad you like the hummus!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I can't imagine working out in that heat! I am a morning workout gal myself (just returned from one!) and it has got to be cool for me.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I can't get over your barefoot runs! It must feel so free though. Kind of like running around as a child. Are you ever scared of stepping on something though?

Sounds like a great night with friends. Backyard BBQ's are such a blast and when you break out the live music, that's truly summer! :)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Oh, that sandwich!!! Looks so good, Ash. And love the photos from your BBQ . . . your life looks beautiful!

Don't you just love the ezekiel english muffins?? They're so chewy and hearty!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I love tempeh sandwiches, and I can't wait to try out your melty cheesey version sometime soon! Looks just perfect....

everything about your day looks so great! i haaaate working out in the heat - too bad i cannot function if i don't eat breakfast. i need to workout after breakfast unless it's really quick. sooo i will suffer in the heat. oh well!

that hummus looks awesome!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey

gorgeous food as always. i admire you for all your exercise. i don't think i could ever have that kind of motivation, it just boggles my mind! i don't even own a bike :P i will someday though....

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I saw this article and thought of you -

Have a great day!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Thanks again for such a wonderful header! You are very talented :) I too am typically a night exerciser but when I venture out of bed in the morning on occasion to work out I feel great all day!

I love reading about your barefoot running. I am in the midst of reading Born to Run and I think once I am done with it I will be a convert. :D

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie H.

I sympathize with you on the difficulty of morning workouts. I hate them! My legs don't work properly before 10 am. It's nice to get it done.. but I don't feel like I get as good of a workout as I am able to. Hmph.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

The morning workout is something I am struggling to do more schedule just doesn't leave time for later workouts...and 90 + weather is the worst!

I have been dying for a panini press/grill for a while now...gotta save up!

The curry hummus looks does the rest of course!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Isn't this heat ridiculous?! Colorado summers, I love you but you put a serious damper on my work out schedule! The samich looks awesome :)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Morning workouts are so refreshing!

That tempeh sammie looks SO good... I love tempeh in sandwich form!


You look so pretty in that first pic. Love your dress. Your pictures are so perfect!

I just had a friend re-do my header for me. It's not up yet. But I'll definitely think of you if I ever want to change it again. :-)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosey Rebecca

When I'm hopping around in Zumba, I often imagine just quickly straightening my legs and lifting off the floor. It makes me feel a lot lighter and for some reason doesn't stress out my knees as much!

That header looks great! I love how you've been seamlessly meshing together pictures in so many of them. I'm really interested in trying out that sandwich too, I haven't had the best experiences with tempeh before, but this sounds like something I'll really like.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

Have you had Seitan before? Just curious ;)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

That is, indeed, a different breakfast! It looks delicious and unique though!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

What a perfect summer night! It's fun to have a totally against the norm breakfast and see what conbo of food keeps me full longer. Your photos are gorgeous as usual. :)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDorry

you're so cute in your dress! love that :)

that is the perfect summer breakfast indeed. I LOVE cereal and for some reason I never acutally have cereal for breakfast, I don't know why! I always have it for a snack or later in the really is the perfect breakfast though! I am surprised sometimes when I measure out food too, to see how much there really is!

wowwwza that tempeh sandwich looks like a keeper!!!!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

I'm so glad you added that ps about the deodorant because I was absolutely planning to wait, finish my current deodorant, and re-use the container! But if you buy one of the empty ones you linked to, can you re-use those? I'd like to find a way to do it sustainably, but I guess I could always do the fingers+glass jar route.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichal

THAT is such a cute dress!!! Looks great on you :)

And, you're inspiring me to be a morning person now haha. But, I probably won't be. I can't get up for the life of me.

What a fun night! Dinner parties at your house looks great!

Aw, thank you!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, you will be able to reuse the container I linked to. However, just remember it turns to liquid above 76*. So if you have a/c you might be fine, but traveling with it could pose problems. Hmmmm...just a trade off I guess! =)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I rarely do anymore either! But it's so tasty =)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, a few times. I like it but just as a once in awhile type thing.

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July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes. Ridiculous!

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July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooooh loved that book! Keep me posted.

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July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks...I feel like it's just a part of me...just something that gets done in the day! :)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just watch where I'm going...I walk our neighborhood a lot and am aware of most things that are around. I haven't seen broken glass or anything but keep my eyes peeled!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Congrats on the amazing workout, girl!
Delicious eats - all of them!
Specially that grilled tempeh sandwich.. holy YUM!
Hahaha :)
Wish you a great week!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

What a great day of eats! Yum!

oooh I must try to make some of that hummus ASAP! Delish!!

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ bakebikeblog

I made potato salad with the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook Basil Vinaigrette, so tasty!
Wonderful vegetarian recipe book by the way.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnie

Perhaps I should stop being lazy and read your barefoot running page, but why are your 'naked runs' so short? What's their purpose? =)

Your latest header is lovely. I'm still wanting one!

And Anne's top is SO cute? Where'd you find it, Anne? ;)

I love your photos! I love your eats! I love your blog! :-D

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElaine @ Om Sweet Om

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