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Loving Food and Living Cheaply

So it’s been months and months since my last post. A lot has changed. 

  • I finished my term of Americorps
  • I decided to stay in Philadelphia
  • I started a new job in the banking sector
  • I moved to a new apartment in a safer, noisier neighborhood

That’s just to name a few. Unfortunately these past few months have not been too great for my healthy lifestyle journey. For awhile I was living on my friend’s couch so cooking was done but maybe not the healthiest. Also I currently work an hour away from where I live so my working out has been a little inconsistent. 

I have new goals for the upcoming year:

  • Find a new job 
  • Consistently work out 4-5 times a week
  • Eat healthy meals+snacks
  • Run a half marathon by next fall
  • Blog more regularly

So far this week so good. 

So this past month I have been horrendous with blogging, and to be honest that will continue probably through the end of the summer.

So this is the announcement of my Blog Vacation… I just currently have way too much going on in my life with finding a job for next year, finding somewhere to live, and subleasing/travelling from couch to couch all month. So blogging will unfortunately, have to take a back seat until my life is more stable.

 

Hopefully next time I write, I will be sharing good news :).

So when I began this  journey, my goal was at first to get healthy, then lose weight. Well since summer of last year I’ve lost almost 10 pounds which is great! I’m still not at my goal weight (I need to lose another 5-10, although 10 may have me looking a tad skeletal). I was even pleased at the doctor’s when she asked if I was athletic because my pulse is low/indicates I exercise frequently.

There’s only one problem with all of this.. this year I’m making way below the poverty line.. and can’t exactly afford to run around spending money on clothes. One pair of my work pants is ripped thanks to this treacherous edge on my desk, and the other… is SO baggy.. I look ridiculous. Today is casual Friday so i threw on my skinny jeans which I just washed, and just aren’t skinny anymore. All of my clothes just seem to be baggyish. I will probs need to go clothes shopping… eventually.

Anyway, yesterday I forgot to mention that I made a 60 calorie chai tea latte! It tastes just like one you’d get at starbucks, minus the zillions of calories/money. It also is the least complicated thing to make ever. So if you’re into chais, opt for this.

Really Skinny Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients

1 tea bag of french vanilla chai black tea (I used Twinings)

2/3 cup of almond milk or more

1/3 cup of water

1 packet of stevia

Directions

Heat water/milk. Combine. Place tea bag in the combination as well as the stevia. Let it sit for around 5 minutes. Drink up!

So today I went to the emergency room. Nothing serious… but four days ago I sliced my finger on a can and my fingertip split open a little bit. Instead of going to the hospital then I bandaged it up… four days later it’s still bleeding a little/I thought it was infected. Anyway, went to the hospital, got a tetanus shot, got some antibiotics, and I’m good to go!

After the hospital I was exhausted… was not about to go work out. Instead I headed home, made some sweet potato mash, and decided to start baking! My friend eleanor’s coming again tomorrow so she’s in for a big surprise… chick pea blondies. Yes, you heard me.

Chick Pea Blondies

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of egg whites

1/3 cup of chocolate chips

3 tbsp of peanut butter

1 tbsp apple sauce

pinch of baking powder

pinch of baking soda

pinch of salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a blender. Pour mixture into baking pan (not sure on the size, mine was way too big), then combine with chocolate chips. Pop in the oven for 35-40 minutes (depending on your oven, mine is weird). Voila, beanie blondie.

Again, it’s been forever since I’ve blogged… Mostly because my life has been consumed with applying to jobs when I have any free time. I’ll be a better blogger one of these days, but either way wish me luck on the job hunt!

Workout Plan

Monday of this week I headed to yoga. I bought a groupon a few weeks ago for 10 power vinyasa classes. What I didn’t know… they’re hot. It’s not quite bikram, but the room is heated to 95 degrees which is still no joke. So far I’ve taken 2 classes and I LOVE it. It’s hard, it’s sweaty, but completely rewarding. My body gets a good workout, and it gives me the opportunity to work on my balance and focus.

I’ve also decided to do a 10k Training Plan. I’m not currently signed up for one, but if I want to run a half (preferably in the fall), I really need to up my running game. I’m using Hal Higdon’s 10k, with some minor changes. Saturdays won’t be cross fit, they will most likely be my rest day instead of Friday, and I’m switching my easy run day from Thurs to Tues. Also for Monday’s Stretch, I will be going to yoga classes. So far so good this week! Hopefully I stick to it.

Food Plan

Last week I was running pretty low on food, and when I got my food stamps I wasted no time going to Trader Joe’s. I get 200/mon in food stamps, which I attempt to budget. I budgetted 100 for TJ’s (because I’m considering doing a cleanse), but I definitely spent 130… oops. I picked up all kinds of goodies/a plethora of fruits and veggies. I feel like recently I’ve been baking toooooo much and need to cut the calories/overeating down. My plan so far? I’m giving up desserts, except for fruits (and this bean brownie recipe I’m trying out). I’ll be doing this for a month or so, so to be continued…

Anyway, thanks to my grocery store binge I’ve been eating pretty well (it’s been 2 days, but you know..). I’ve had the same thing for breakfast twice, but I sorta love it. And last night’s dinner was great: TJ’s veggie burger (so good and hearty), two slices of whole wheat rustico bread for a bun, tomatoes, and a side salad of tomatoes spinach and cabbage with a dollup of hummus. I drank some coconut water on the side, and had frozen banana ice cream with 2 dates (pureed frozen banana with 2 tbsp of almond milk).

Back to the dessert I’m diggin…. Cookie Dough Oatmeal!

Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Ingredients

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 tbsp almond butter

1/2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 packet of stevia (i use a little less)

pinch of salt

1/2 cup of almond milk

toppings: whatever you’d like, I had strawberries yesterday, blueberries today… mm.

Directions

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Stir well. Then nuke it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes (depends on your microwave, mine is really old/weird).


Unintentionally, I made today Sweet Potato Day. For breakfast, I brought these spelt cinnamon sweet potato pancakes I bought from Whole Foods for breakfast (which are sooo good. I also heated some frozen berries to spread on top which was a nice touch). For dinner, I had sweet potato mash. Even though it’s May I still can’t seem to let go of fall foods. Fall may be my favorite season for food only because of pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Anyway, I finally come to you with a recipe! This sweet potato mash took me all of 5 minutes to make, was delicious, filling, and pretty healthy… not bad!

Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients

1 sweet potato

1 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp agave syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut milk

Directions

Cook the sweet potato either by oven or microwave (I poked holes in mine with a fork, covered it in a wet paper towel, and microwaved it for 5 minutes). Peel the sweet potato, and then mash it with a fork. Add the other ingredients and continue mashing. When all of the ingredients are combined, eat!

Haven’t updated this thing in so long. Work has been incredibly busy which is wonderful for me, not wonderful for this blog! I also am in the midst of job applying so my evenings are packed with that, along with my everday chores and of course, cooking!

This past weekend was full of homemade goodness. I spent the weekend in Delaware, and did not go out… instead I job apped, watched movies, and cooked copious amounts of foods (too much foods). Friday, I had a vacation day to go get my car registered so I took my mom out to lunch at Pizzeria Paradisio. I got the Pizza de Mare which was a pizza with tomatoes and mussels on it, and was pretty tasty… I was sad to give the leftovers to my mom but it was her Mother’s Day lunch after all. Afterwards I swooped by Dean & Deluca to grab some treats for the road: Coconut Water and a red velvet mini cupcake. The mini cupcake was delicious, so soft and had a nice cheeselike frosting. My mom complained that hers (the German chocolate mini cupcake) was a little dry, oh well… Dean & Deluca can be hit or miss with a lot of things (especially coffee).

Friday’s dinner was pretty simple, just some pasta and TJ’s tomato sauce. We threw in some smoked herring which added a nice zing to the pasta, as well as some mushrooms. Saturday was my big cooking day. After the bf made us some breakfast burritos, I was craving a snack so I whipped up Oh She Glow‘s Almond Butter Dip. I subbed regular milk (bf does not have almond milk. boo) and added a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extrct. It turned out  yummy and creamy, perfect with green apple slices. For dinner, we made a tofu-yam hash (recipe to come soon) which was pretty good, the leftovers were so good the next day. Sunday we made naan pizzas, and then cooked up some ahi tuna fillets with a quinoa lime salad.

All in all, good weekend, good food.

Because I have only $7 left in food stamps, I will only be eating what I’ve got leftover in my fridge. My only problem is I don’t have really any veggies, except for frozen peas and some celery stalk that is pretty terrible tasting/on its way to being bad. Last night I had some frozen gorgonzola gnocchi from TJ’s with edamame, a rice cake with almond butter, and some dates. Pretty good, pretty filling/relatively low calorie. I’ve been pretty terrible once again with portion control, which I am now really taking steps to monitor… especially before I do a detox later on this month.

Exercise update?

Well yesterday I ran 2.5 miles and did some of the exercises from Fitness Magazine’s Tone Your Trouble Zones workout. My IT Band/hip pain was pretty bad so I was pretty limited with the exercises. I’m going to try and run again today and do some weight lifting; I’m really hoping this IT band pain will stop. I’m considering getting a Swedish massage (there’s a Groupon) for this and my chronic shoulder pain. It’s $40.. can’t decide if it’s worth it.