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To my dismay, I woke up this morning to a torrential down pour. My dad and I were going to go on a bike ride but had to cancel our plans due to the massive puddles that had accumulated. Instead, we decided to go to the local high school track and run. Before we left I had a pre-run banana.

When we returned, “Dad’s Breakfast Kitchen” was in full swing for another amazing Sunday brunch! This lovely omelet was made with 3 egg whites and 1/2 a run away yolk, stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, and topped with fresh tomato, basil and more goat cheese. On the side I had a piece of whole wheat toast with fresh strawberries, honey and cinnamon. Needless to say, I was in breakfast heaven.

While waiting for the rain to pass, I took another stab at baking Super Charge Me Cookies in my parent’s functional oven and they came out MUCH better than my little  disaster last time.

What an oven should look like.

Cookies that aren't burnt!

I used peanut butter and loaded them with dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried cherries and dried cranberries. I had one for a snack before heading out on a stroll with my parents. I think it gave me a fair boost of energy because I found myself dancing to non-existent music as we walked around the neighborhoods. It is a good thing that my parent’s love is unconditional because my dance moves are borderline embarrassing.

I had planned on returning to my apartment later in the afternoon but was running behind schedule so I stayed at home for dinner. Besides, birthday cake was involved and I am not one to turn down good company and dessert. For dinner “Cafe Mom” was open and we had leftover steak with horseradish sauce, oven roasted sweet potatoes, a mixed green and tomato salad and boiled carrots and broccoli.Today was my mom’s actual birthday so we celebrated with a small cake for dessert.I had a slice complete with MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP (!!!!I have been dreaming of mint chocolate chip and my parents bought some on their grocery store trip. I love them.) ice cream.This concludes another segment of “my wonderful weekend at home”. Gotta love family.

Another Week,

Nora

What is your favorite food?

**(I feel like this is the hardest question in the world to answer, but it is something people frequently ask me. I like so many things and have yet to find a food that I truly dislike, therefore; I had a very long internal debate about what was my all-time favorite food. My conclusion: Ice cream. Go figure.)


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Dinner last night was simple and satisfying. For some reason warm weather always makes me crave grilled items and fresh produce. I marinated a chicken breast in barbecue sauce and grilled it on my cast iron skillet. I wish I had access to a real grill but my make shift grill pan over an open flame is the next best thing! My chicken was perfectly moist and delicious. On the side I had a rather big salad of mixed greens, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, garbanzo beans, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes and feta cheese. I dressed this salad in a homemade mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and cracked black pepper. This dressing was so good that it caused an epiphany: If you have the time, MAKE YOUR OWN SALAD DRESSING! My dressing was the simple and the perfect consistency, really highlighting the crisp vegetables.

Once again, I had strawberries on my mind for dessert. I found a Jell-O pudding in the back of my fridge that I’m pretty sure was expired (gross, I know) but it looked okay so I decided to eat it anyways. I topped it with strawberries and whipped cream. NOTE TO SELF: BUY ICE CREAM ASAP!

I woke up this morning with an odd craving for cold cereal. I assembled a bowl of 1/2 cup Go Lean Crunch, 1/2 Cup Heart to Heart, 1 sliced banana, sliced strawberries, 1 TBS ground flax, cinnamon and 1 cup vanilla soy milk.
It was my first day at my internship so I was rather excited this morning. I debated bringing lunch because of my financial situation, however; because it was my first day I wanted to scope out the scene and try the cafeteria. I had a turkey, lettuce, red pepper and mayo sandwich on a whole wheat pita, a side salad with raspberry vinaigrette and an apple. It was pretty good and only set me back about $4 but I’ll probably pack a lunch from now on. It was another intern’s last day with the company and the department had a send-off for him after lunch. I was really excited because it was complete with CAKE! I had a small piece of dense yellow cake with white frosting (I made sure to get an edge piece for the extra frosting 🙂 )

After work I went to the gym. I knew that I wouldn’t be getting home for dinner until about 7pm, so I planned a head and packed a pre-gym snack and an easy dinner. I had a Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar around 4pm. It was such a nice treat for a hot summer afternoon and fueled my workout. I did about 40 minutes on the precor machine followed by crunches and arm weights. I always thought that I preferred morning workouts, but I really liked how it broke up my day. It was relaxing, and having dinner already prepared was KEY!

When I got home dinner was waiting for me. Last night I realized that I had a portabello mushroom cap to use so I created a stuffed portabello mushroom with couscous, spinach and feta cheese topped with grape tomatoes and more feta as the main component of my meal (I’m planning on some simple sides to accompany this dish but took this picture last night.). To prepare, I cleaned the exterior of the mushroom with a dry cloth (aka paper towel), discarded the stem and gills of the mushroom and brushed the outside with a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried basil and cracked black pepper. I then placed the mushroom cap side down on my cast iron grill pan, added the remaining vinaigrette mixture evenly into the belly, grilled it until tender and let it rest on a plate before adding the filling.

For the couscous, I placed 1/4 cup dry whole-wheat couscous in a bowl, added 1/2 cup of boiling water and let it sit about 5 minutes before fluffing and allowing it to cool. I added a handful of freshly chopped baby spinach, about 2 heaping TBS feta cheese and cracked black pepper into the couscous and mixed to combine. I placed this mixture in the mushroom cap and finished it with grape tomatoes and more feta cheese.

My internship is absolutely amazing! I feel so lucky to have found a position in the food industry incorporating aspects of social media and marketing. I am extremely passionate about food, family, healthy living and social media (obviously!) and can’t believe that I was able to find an involved internship composed of all these elements and more. I don’t want to go into details but today I was able to learn about and work on projects that dealt with iPhone apps, Twitter and blogging. Seriously, someone pinch me!

Working Girl,

Nora

What tips do you have for balancing work, exercising and healthy eating?

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The beauty of home: pure comfort. I went to dinner with my parents tonight at The Bonefish Grill. I am a fish girl. Whenever we go out to dinner, I am notorious for ordering fish every time.  Fish is always a treat when I go to restaurants. I cook salmon and tilapia at home because I can get a frozen version that is relatively inexpensive, but other than that I only make fish dishes on occasion.

We started with their Bang-Bang Shrimp; a house speciality that is breaded baby shrimp in a spicy sauce. I had a few pieces, but it’s not my favorite dish. I did get to use chopsticks, so at least it was fun to eat! I also had a piece of warm bread dipped in olive oil. How can you resist a warm bread basket? For my main I had the sea bass with mango salsa and green beans. I love buttery and flakey sea bass and this was pretty good. The beans were a bit over dressed in a butter sauce so I didn’t end up eating all of them. The meal also came with a new signature side of chickpeas and andouille sausage, which was AMAZING (I had about half because I forgot it was Lent and NO meat on Friday. It was delicious, but the reason we went to a fish place was for the purpose of not eating meat.. Whoops!).

It was freezing out so we decided that it was a perfect night for dessert and a movie. We rented The Blind Side and went to our local grocery store bakery for a bit of peanut butter cup chocolate cake. This cake is a dense chocolate cake, topped with a peanut butter frosting with chocolate drizzle. My dad made some decaf coffee and we snuggled up for the movie; perfect way to end a cold Friday!  The movie was awesome! It is the story of football player Michael Oher and the family that helped him shine. It reminded me to have faith and to never give up. It is a must see!

My belly is full and I’m off to bed! Hope everyone had a great Friday!

Nora

Do you have a sweet tooth? What is your favorite dessert?

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KEEP ON ENTERING MY GIVEAWAY!!

ENTER MY BIRTHDAY CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT GIVEAWAY3/1-3/8: https://livelifeeatright.wordpress.com/chobani-give-away/

A few exciting things have happened since I last posted, so I thought I would do a little midday report. After my first class I went to the gym and completed a 4.22 mile run on the treadmill! I was so proud, and had to add the .22 in honor of my birthday. I was supposed to have lunch after with my best friend, who ended up over sleeping (yes, I am the only one that wakes up before noon in college). I had class in an hour so I grabbed a quick PB&J Larabar in honor of National Peanut Butter Day, an apple and a Vitamin Water. I was extremely excited after class because I had a notification email saying that a package was waiting for me at the post office!! What could it be, a birthday surprise?

A World of Antioxidants

It was indeed a pleasant surprise, right in time for my birthday! A sample of Crofter’s Superfruit Spread featuring 4 continents and 10 superfruits, “A World of Antioxidants”. Thank you JJ at Crofters for making my day even more special, I can’t wait to try these!!!

I came home after class to another surprise. My remorseful roommate who bailed on lunch had made me a cake and decorated our apartment.I guess I’ll forgive her. Knowing that a LaraBar and fruit is not a substantial lunch, I made a small mixed veggie salad and had a red pear when I got back. Yes, I did want to dig into the strawberries and chocolate frosting, but dinner is in a few hours,  and I don’t want to spoil my appetite. Plus cake probably is not a very substantial lunch either, and there will be plenty of dessert eating later :).

That’s All For Now,

Nora

KEEP THE ENTRIES COMING!!!


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