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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!

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So yesterday’s cardio workout was good, except my weave (hair) was NOT cooperating. I have crazy curly hair, and the humidity was making it super poofy/unwilling to stay in a pony tail. I think I had to stop around 3 times just to fix my hair…. no good. Anyway, I will post the workout once I successfully complete it without stopping/hair issues. After the gym, I spoke with my friend Becky who runs races/does triathalons. I want to do a 10k, and there’s one coming up in June but I’m worried that could be too soon. She thinks I’m ready, but I don’t know I’m still not sure if I will be if I only have a month and a half to train. We’ll see, we at least decided to run a 5k together in May which will be fun!

Anyway, moving on to eats. Last night’s dinner was AMAZING. I sauteed some kale, half an onion, and the rest of my can of salmon in a pan with canola cooking spray and topped it with a homemade spicy almond butter sauce. It was so pretty, and I’m so sad my phone’s camera is on the fritz/my camera is dead. Hopefully I’ll get to put up more pictures in the future… technology is not making it easy. For breakfast, I made a carrot cake bowl that I found in ChocolateCoveredKatie. I probably should have steamed another carrot, so I’m thinking of trying it again tomorrow. Today’s lunch is also pretty and super colorful. I made a salad of kale, onion, celery, soy chorizo, tomato, and red pepper spread, along with a slice of rustico. I nuked it in the microwave for a minute (I didn’t feel like making dressing/didn’t want to overdo it with the pepper spread so I was worried about it being too dry and bland as a salad). The result? Yummy steamedish veggies that I paired with a serving of low sodium V8 juice.

I’ve got to say, I am loving having food because I am just a cooking machine right now.  Tonight might be a freezer food meal, depending on whether or not I’ll be allowed to attend this beginner’s yoga class with my Groupon.

Well, I got my food stamps! Before I list the crazy amount of groceries that I got (and trust me, it’s crazy) I’ll recap the past week. I ran my 5k! Had no problem running the entire distance and did so in under 10 minute miles! I honestly loved it; it was freezing but awesome having like 100+ running partners/competitors. I also picked up a bunch of free stuff which I loved: greek yog, 2 water bottles, a t shirt, a kind bar (which was delicious), a cliff bar, and a bunch more. It was a great experience, and I plan on running another one in a month, followed by an 8k in July.

Sunday is when I went to Trader Joe’s and spent 88.76 in food stamps. Yes, absurd.. but Trader Joe’s is just a wonderful place.

I picked up:

2 seaweed snack packages
kumquats
cannellini beans
pearl tomatoes
carrots
soy chorizo
hot and sweet mustard
almond butter
smoked herring filet
maryland style crabcakes
seafood mix
turkey meatballs
masala veggie burgers
eggplant cutlets
multigrain english muffins
celery hearts
gorgonzola gnocchi
vegetable gyoza
edamame with red chile
hummus
whole wheat pasta
red pepper and tomato soup
bag of gala apples
bag of yellow onions
liced white mushrooms
multigrain rustico bread (so delicious)
Goat cheese ravioli
cocoa coffee
earth balance
puffins cereal
refried black beans
Tj's roasted garlic marinara
Eggplant red pepper spread

I also went to Whole Foods and Fresh Grocer and picked up:

Graduates sweet potato baby cereal
2 cans of pumpkin
wraps
stevia sweetener
coconut oil
kale
bananas
almond milk
greek yogurt
siracha sauce
nutritional yeast

And tonight I was exhausted and craving some comfort food, so I decided to try and make some mac n cheese.. with a twist: vegan.

Vegan Mac n Cheese

Ingredients

2 tbsp of hummus

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

3/4 cup of whole wheat penne

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp almond milk

1/2 tbsp earth balance

Directions

Cook pasta according to instructions. Combine hummus, nutritional yeast, water, almond milk, and earth balance in a bowl and mix until combined. Cut up some veggies and throw them in there as well if you feel inclined (I cut up some tomatoes). Toss the pasta in the mixture and enjoy

So I don’t know how exactly this happened… but I am seriously, running out of food. Maybe because I splurged on stupid purchases like peppermint extract or whatever I got for the shamrock shake, or maybe because I kept going on random shopping trips, or maybe because I eat primarily at home.. but I have to last through another week and half with $1 in food stamps and very little food. What do I have left? Oats, almonds, some almond butter, agave, cocoa powder, 2 frozen bananas, some kale, 1 thing of celery, 1 package of tofu, three or four chicken sausages, thai curry sauce, less than half a package of quinoa, maybe one serving of pasta, some frozen salmon bits/peas, a can of tomatoes, and a can of salmon. This may sound like a lot.. but for 7+ days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.. it could prove interesting.

In other news… I actually took the plunge and weighed myself at the gym. And guess what?! THREE pounds away from my goal weight. I haven’t been this light since sophomore year of college, perhaps earlier. I also haven’t been this toned since.. who knows when (not to say I’m super toned, but I never consistently worked out like I do now).

This would be me sophomore year.. I no longer have the tan, but unfortunately still have the dance moves.

So last night I decided to celebrate with 3 celery sticks with eggplant dip, a whole lotta kale chips (I used pam to save on calories), and my last TJ crab cake with a greek yogurt/mustard dip. Followed that up with banana and strawberry soft serve (1 frozen banana and three frozen strawberries blended with 2 tbsps of greek yogurt). It was all so delicious, and I was so full.

Because of my food crisis, today I had my last green smoothie and I’ll be finishing up my TJ red pepper soup/last masala burger for lunch. Hopefully I’ll get my food stamps soon, this is not a good situation!

Last night I had to go somewhere for work to take pictures and conduct interviews. Before I could do so, I had to sit in on a workshop and dinner. They offered me a slice of mushroom pizza, so I accepted. Granted pizza for sure is not on my diet, but the fact was it was free… and I won’t have my food stamps renewed for another 10 days. After the work event I headed to the gym for some cardio: 15 on the bike, 15 on the elliptical, and 15 on the stairmaster. By that time it was already 9 so I decided to head home (which is 40 minutes away). Dinner was at 5 so by the time I got home/right after a workout I was a little hungry. I munched on a couple of rice cakes, a celery stick with some eggplant garlic dip, a slice of pineapple, and a couple of dates.

Today was another free food kind of day. It was a coworker’s last day, so we all ordered sandwiches from a neighborhood deli. I couldn’t pass that up, so I ordered a hummus, roasted red pepper, avocado sandwich on multigrain. The sandwich was good but 90% sure there was little to no avocado. Everyone also brought in some sweet treats.. and I couldn’t resist. That cookie pie? cake? was staring at me. I had a small slice and man, it was delicious.

Tonight I’m headed to a friend’s house to cook up an appetizer and cookies, while she makes the entree. Can’t wait to be with good friends and get our healthy-food grub on.

So it was really great to have my friend Eleanor visit, but can’t say I was too good with the whole “diet” or whatever thing… but it was totally worth it. Saturday we went to the most delicious mexican restaurant ever, Cantina Los Caballitos. We were starving and the minute we sat down they brought us chips and two kinds of salsa: tomato and salsa verde. We wolfed those down along with some tasty pineapple margaritas (they had so many flavors! I tried the pineapple and raspberry which were both awesome).

Picture from their website

Then I finally got my entree and WOW. I ordered the seitan and smoked tofu fajitas and they were fantastic. There was so much food and I kept eating and eating until I legitimately couldn’t anymore. I tried some of Eleanor’s steak fajitas, and the steak was really great and not chewy at all.

Eleanor left Sunday, and Sunday I stuck with some fast eats; pasta bowl and dumplings. Today I woke up feeling ill, so for lunch/breakfast all I had was a smoothie whose recipe I found in Self magazine. It was an apple pie smoothie, consisting of an apple, greek yog, almond butter, agave syrup, granola, and almond milk. To be honest… I was not very impressed by this smoothie. It was filling but the consistency was just kind of off; might be because I need a better blender but I definitely will not be repeating that.

Today the weather was BEAUTIFUL, so I went on a run to City Hall and back (a little over 4 miles). Afterwards I did the Biggest Loser Sculpting DVD and then made a Spiced Potato Yogurt Flat Bread. Followed it with some herbal tea and raspberries. I’ve gotta say, I may have slipped up this weekend but today was great workout/eating wise.

This weekend, my friend Eleanor is visiting me. She and I have been good friends since high school, so it was so great that she decided to come see me in Philly! She’s more of an meat eater than I am, but I decided to cook vegetarian for her. I made her vegetarian sloppy joe’s with tempeh, paired with some kale chips. Surprisingly enough, she liked it!  This morning we went out for brunch, Eleanor’s favorite meal. We went to North Third in Northern Liberties. We ordered mango mimosas and omelettes. All of our mimosas did not have enough juice in them whatsoever, which was pretty disappointing. I ordered the mushroom and spinach omelette with goat cheese, which was decent. I really loved the fact that I could taste the goat cheese. The restaurant was pretty funky, and it looks like it would be a great place to grab a drink.

After brunch, we headed to Fresh Grocer and loaded up on fruit. We picked up blueberries, raspberries, grapes, pineapple, blackberries, and chocolate dip. Needless to say, we spent the afternoon “fruitting it up” while watching “Black Swan.” I also picked up some coconut water, and I love it, just the bit of refreshment I  needed.

Tonight it’s mexican food! I’m excited to see what Philly has to offer!