Food Fight – My Weekly Eats

The title of weekly eats by itself sounded so plain, so run of the mill. I think I’ll be calling my weekly eats the food fight of the week. I figure its a fight with food, myself and others in my life to eat healthy and clean. I think its cute, but then again I’m corny.

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Breakfast foods (at work and home): starting at the top left corner spinach and mushroom omelette, oatmeal with half a banana, goji berries, sliced almonds and heaps of cinnamon plus fruit (repeatedly), and a loaded antioxidant toast with some chai.

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Dinner/Lunches: This week I played off a few foods that I prepared enough for a few days. Wrap stations with sauteed spinach, red beans, onions, spring mix, and veggie mix from Trader Joe’s. I probably did this for 2-3 days with carrots or beets on the side. I also made a stir fry with the veggie mix with some added broccoli one day and tofu one day in leftovers. Pictured bottom right from left to right is indian flat bread with dal (yellow lentil soup) and cauliflower in turmeric and quinoa with avocado and green peppers with a side of beets.

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Healthy Fall Haul

I might work crazy weird hours but I can always find time to shop. I’ve just turned to online shopping a little more.

Many of my things needed updating and other stuff has just been treats for myself all in the name of fitness & health.

My biggest purchase was Organic Authority’s Fall Harvest Time Box. I was so psyched to get it and of course I ended up facing all this drama to get my hands on it. Long story short FedEx delivered it to an address that did not exist, but I tracked that sucker down. On the upside look at all those goodies!

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A few small purchases include the top one from Amazon, bottom left from Etsy, and bottom right from Marshall’s.

I’m already thinking about the holidays and goodies I want to make myself and others (all clean of course!) so I picked up the bite size mold, cacao nibs, and silicon cups. I can’t wait to start trying all the ideas in my head. I’m thinking cacao and nut treats… yummy meets healthy. The Etsy haul includes sandwich and snack size re-usable bags for a greener lunch without all the plastic.
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That’s it for now, now being the operative word, since I do love shopping. Stay healthy, stay happy guys.

Weekly Eats – October Edition

My weekly eats for the end of October are pretty redundant… I’m going through a phase with oatmeal.
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Pictured from top left to right is a bulk items (goji’s, dates, almonds, figs, and almond butter) and some pantry essentials from Whole Foods. Tons of fresh fruit, veggies and almond milk. Bottom left hand corner from Whole Foods is milk, bulk items, and eggs and frozen veggies. Then lots of fresh produce from the farmers markets… I kinda got happy with those apples.

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Eats at work (2-3 am) is almost oatmeal everyday with fresh fruit stirred in and one the side. Changed it up one day with a almond butter & jelly sandwich stuffed with bananas. I am going through a complete oatmeal phase right now.

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Meals before work so technically dinners consisted of: Quinoa with veggies and 1/4 of a avocado and beets, grilled avocado sandwich with veggies & hummus, grilled avocado with almond cheese and carrots and grapes, bowl of mung beans roasted corn and broccoli and a side of stauteed tindoras, tofu scramble with a plethora of veggies, grapes, and toast to spread, leftover tofu scramble on homemade indian bread with a side of beets, turmeric cauliflower wrapped in chapatti bread, salmon with veggies, beets, and potato biscuits at the Galamous Gala (desserts not pictured), and a tofu burger.

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Actual breakfast at home on some normal and abnormal times (ranging from 8am to 4pm). Starting from top  left hand corner: 2 egg omelet with homemade indian bread and tea, toast with almond  butter topped with a kiwi and antioxidant mix, toast with almond butter topped with half a banana cinnamon, honey, and dried fruit mix drizzled with honey and side of fruit bowl, oatmeal topped with strawberries, cranberries, and PB, toast topped with half a banana and dried cherries with cinnamon, Queen’s Saffron Milk, grilled plantains and side of fruit, and lastly some more oatmeal with raspberries & bananas.

 

I was pretty good but totally caved at the Glamorous Gala I attended for a charity benefit for my hospital, they had a fabulous dessert table that I completely indulged in.  I’ll being doing a post of my night out (one of the rare occasions) soon.

September Eats – Weekly Eats & Groceries

I had originally planned on doing weekly eats when I started the blog. Except I sometimes dig into my meals before I can take pictures or something and the other. No more! Hopefully. I love the fact that it keeps my meals in check, I can share the different foods I eat, and possibly inspire others to eat healthy.

The last weeks of September here are some of my eats:

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Pictured above are my “regular” breakfast days for when I’m able to eat breakfast at the intended time of day. Homemade guac with toast and tea, blue oatmeal and blue almond milk smoothie, toast with peanut butter and banana, omelette with roasted veggies on the side, oatmeal with fruit, and strawberry and peach smoothie.

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Pictured above are my eats at work, so meals that end up falling between 1 am and 3am. I found eating heavy meals just didn’t work for me at this time, my stomach needed something light and easy. It ends up being a meal similar to breakfast for me, its close enough to regular breakfast time anyway I figure. Oatmeal with baby banana, oatmeal with sliced apple, toast and guac with fruit, mixed salad, bean soup with salad and blueberries, yogurt and cherries, PB&J sandwich with apple, mixed fruits and cucumbers, mixed berries and mixed nuts.

Shopping Hauls:
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Small grocery picks up during the week that include stocking up on blueberries and nuts. I also have a small order from iherb.com that included my first museli, I can’t wait to try it!

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This is my large grocery haul from just a few days ago. On my day off I ended up making 3 grocery store trips (Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Food 4 Less). Now I’m done for a good week and a half or so.

Thats all!

Any food picture takers out there want to share their eats?! Tag on instagram at #shotofgreen or post your links and I would love to check them out.

Cherries- Superfood of the Week

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This sweet and tart fruit is a superfood in many ways, its provides relief from aching joints or can provide a good night of sleep. Like most fruits and vegetables it helps the body protect itself with high levels of antioxidants (little warriors in the body) and reduce harmful radicals in the body. Cherries boost a high level of fiber, vitamin A, C, & K that protect and heal the body by some of the ways listed below. 

Cherries Aid the body by: 

  • Reducing Hypertension- high levels of potassium reduce blood pressure and balance water levels in the body. (When water in balanced its helps balance sodium levels, where water goes sodium follows). 

  • Inflammation relief – helps reduce pain from inflamed joints (arthritis or otherwise)

  • Cancer Prevention- high levels of beta carotene, vitamin c, anthocyanins and quercetin found in dark sweet cherries prevent cancer and possibly reduce growth of further cancerous cells 

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight- low in calories, high in fiber, and anthocyanins found in tart cherries help burn fat and keep the body fuller longer. 

 

Healthy Ways to Consume Cherries: 

  1. Homemade Quick Oatmeal, Cherries, Almond and Chocolate Cookies (perfect for the sweet tooth) 

  2. Cherry Trail Mix – Homemade mixture nuts and dried cherries

  3. Green Salad with pitted cherries and light vinaigrette 

  4. Oatmeal with dried or fresh pitted cherries 

  5. Cherry sauce for salads or with glazed chicken 

  6. Plain spritzer with cherries and mint for a summer cool down

  7. Homemade granola bars with dried cherries. These no bake recipes are a simple concoction of cereal or oats, with nuts, and dried fruits for a healthy breakfast or snack.

  8. Greek yogurt with cherries 

  9. Raw cherries 

July Foodie Penpals Box Reveal

This month I received my box for the July Foodie Penpals from Jessica who sent me this pretty big and awesome box of goodies.  Pictured below is what I received.
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She kept in mind that I try to eat healthy and as unprocessed as possible. She did a pretty awesome job. I’ll be sharing a few things with my family and friends but certain things (like the tea) are all mine!

Foodie penpals is a way to share/swap food items (a surprise) with someone else. The goodies should be around $15 including a hand written note for your penpal! Ship, await your box eagerly, and then write a post about all of your goodies at the end of each month.  Interested? Check out The Lean Green Bean for more details and other swaps!

If you would like to join in on the foodie penpal, make sure to sign up before the 4th of August.

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June Foodie Penpal, The Box Of Goodies

I’ve been following The Lean Green Bean’s blog for sometime now and have loved creeping on all the foodie penpal swaps. This month I finally decided to join the fun.

Sierra from the Cmonfatso sent me my first box. I had let her know I was health conscious and she def kept that in mind. Check out my box of goodies and a sweet hand written note.

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Pictured above:

  1. 2 Izze sparkling apple drinks
  2. 1 organic green tea from Adagio– I’ve been wanting to try these for a while so I am so psyched about this. I am a absolute Adagio addict
  3. Sara’s Pretzel Slims (100 calorie pack)
  4. Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups — Oh I’m saving this sucker for the days I have a chocolate craving.
  5. The Good Bean sweet cinnamon flavored chick peas– Why have I never heard of this?
  6. 2 strawberry fruit bars from Archer Farms
  7. 2 protein bars from Nature Valley — I had this my first week of working night shifts at the hospital, such a life saver for the unexpected hunger I had at 2 am.
  8. Enjoy Life Not Nuts seed and fruit mix bag — I can tell I’m going to love this
  9. Blue Diamond blueberry flavored almonds
  10. Sweat Pink’s shoelaces — ❤

If you would like to join in on the foodie penpal, make sure to sign up before the 4th of July at The Lean Green Bean.leanbean