what I’ve been up to

Oh hey there! I haven’t blogged in about a week and a half. Oye. How time flies! Since I haven’t blogged in awhile, I figure I would update ya’ll on some happenings in my life. I basically always do this when I don’t blog for awhile, and I most likely always will. So…yeah.

What I’ve been doing:

-I’ve been living life like a normal teen. *gasp* The other day I realized that this is my last summer as a teenager. So I really gotta live it up!

-The other night, I went ice blocking with some of my friends. I’m pretty sure ice blocking is only a California thing but people everywhere should do it. Basically, you buy a block of ice (which lots of grocery stores sell) and ride it down a hill. So. Much. Fun. For under 2 bucks, you get hours of fun!

-After ice blocking, we went to a 24 hour diner for milkshakes. I didn’t order one but I had a few bites from my friend. But I will get my own next time because you know what?? I’m still alive and it was delicious!

 -Then the next night, I went to a country club with my friend and some of her coworkers. I left the house at 10pm (a time I’d normally be getting ready for bed at) and didn’t get home until 2:30am. It basically made me want to go to Texas even sooner!

How awesome are these shorts??

-Speaking of Texas, I bought a pair of cowboy boots! They basically cost my entire paycheck, but it was worth it.

-I’ve been loving the free desserts I get at work. I brought home 7 boogie bars (banana bread with coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds) the other night. A cardamom rose cupcake the next. And then 2 strawberry shortcakes today.

-Speaking of fear foods (I’m looking at you cupcake), I ate pasta the other day. White pasta and bread to be exact.

 -I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying my cat. (No surprise there.)

What I’ve not been doing:

-I haven’t been obsessing over eating X servings of veggies or Y servings of fruit. If I have a piece of fruit for a snack? Cool. If I don’t? So what. Life goes on.

-I also haven’t been freaking out over working out. I ran the other day for the first time in about 2 weeks. Lately I have been loving Insanity, tabata, and weight lifting. So if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Not gonna lie, I was very tempted to write YOLO after all these. But since I want to punch people in the face whenever they say it, I resisted.

What motto have you been living by lately? 

WIAW of randomness

Everybody loves some random pictures of food, right? Just say yes.

Greek yogurt, almond butter protein cookies (recipe at the end), bananas, and coconut

Whole Foods hot bar: superfood salad (it was gross), sesame tofu, and quinoa salad

Chicken, roasted veggies, roasted kabocha squash, and roasted sweet potatoes with BBQ sauce

apple with cinnamon raisin pb

leftovers from work: tofu, brown rice, steamed veggies, and a red curry sauce

Whole Foods for breakfast: tofu, egg whites, eggs, potatoes with ketchup, creme brulee french toast, asian style noodles, and a hot chai with almond milk

French toast with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, greek yogurt, and walnuts

Chocolate cake on Father’s Day. Another point for Haley against the fear food!

Speaking of fear foods, I ate a cupcake the other day. It was vegan, but it was a cupcake nonetheless. I had the closing shift at work and the cupcakes were going to be thrown away or we could take them home. I stare at them all day and have never tried one before so I took one home. It was vanilla (my favorite) and it tasted SO good.
Haley-3 Fear Foods-0

Now onto the recipe! I have had this almond butter in the fridge for awhile but it has stayed untouched…

When it comes to nut butters, I need salt. And this one only had one ingredient: almonds. So I finally decided to use it up!

Almond Butter Protein Cookies
Makes 9

-1c almond butter
-1 egg
-1/4c almond milk
-2 scoops protein powder
-1tsp baking powder
-1/4tsp salt (if your almond butter is salted, simply omit the salt)
-4-5 dates, pitted and chopped
-chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
3. Plop onto the baking sheet.
4. Bake for 15 minutes.
5. Enjoy the protein-y goodness.

Do you care if nut butters have salt or not?
Pancakes, french toast, or waffles?

DIY Race Sign

Every time I get a medal from a race, my first thought is: “YES!” And my second thought: “Where do I put this?” My room is only so big and even though medals are small, I still want to show them off (even if I’m the only one seeing them). So when I saw some race signs online, I thought, “why can’t I make that??” Less money and it gave me something to do.

1) Get a plank of wood and cut it however long you want. You want to have enough room to hang bibs and hang medals.

2) Pick out whatever colors you want. I decided on orange for the base, white on top, and blue for the lettering.

3) Paint the base coat (mine was orange). It doesn’t have to be perfect! And let dry.

4) Paint the next coat (mine was white). Let dry (preferably overnight).

5) When completely dry, take a piece of sandpaper and rub along the edges, corners, and anywhere else to make it look “rustic.”

6) Find stencils that fit the sign best and ones that you like.

7) Using the stencil, outline the letters that you want onto the sign using a pencil.

8) Using your third color of paint, outline the letters (I used a thin brush).

9) Paint in the rest of the letters (I used a thicker brush).

 Bam!

10) Let dry completely. Maybe even let it sit for a week. Once dry, it’s time to put the screws in. To be honest, my dad did this part. But here’s what he did:
-in the middle he put the clip for the bibs.
-equally measured out, he then put three screws on each side to hang the medals.

11) Hang up on the wall.

12) Hang your bibs and metals, stand back, and stare at it.

let’s just slow things down a bit

I feel like my posts have been very impersonal lately. Life has just been so…ahhh! It’s been busy, and tiring, and hectic, and even more busy. But I wouldn’t change it. I would rather be busy than sitting on my butt at home. I am crossing my fingers that I will have some downtown at some point to finally catch up on blogs. It’s only been a few days and my inbox is about ready to explode! This upcoming week looks a bit like this…

Saturday: Cousin’s graduation party
Sunday: Work; Father’s day
Monday: Work; Summer classes begin
Tuesday:
Work
Wednesday:
Work
Thursday:
Dentist appointment; Work 
Friday:
Nutrition class 
Saturday:
Crossfit class in LA (my very first one!) 
Sunday: Work
Monday:
Work

Now I’m off to sleep! I’ll be back with better posts, I promise 🙂

How has life been for you lately?
Any tips for my first crossfit class? 

spicy black bean veggie soup

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would probably be soup. Or sandwiches. Or frozen yogurt. But let’s stick with soup for now. It’s so versatile. There are tons of options: tortilla, chicken noodle, corn chowder, minestrone, lentil, mushroom barley, split pea, tomato basil, miso. I could go on and on. But basically, one of my favorite soups is black bean. So when I was at Trader Joes and saw this soup, I jumped right on it.

The soup was good but it lacked that oomph. (Pacific sells some and it’s basically the same thing.) So in order to spice it up a bit, I added some veggies, cumin, chipotle, and brown rice. The outcome: black bean soup awesomeness.

Spicy Black Bean Veggie Soup

  • 1Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can (15oz) canned tomatoes
  • I box (32oz) boxed black bean soup
  • 1 can (15oz) beans (I used garbanzo beans)
  • 1c frozen corn
  • 1 chipotle (from a can), chopped
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • 2c brown rice/any grain
  1. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Now add the onions, zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, and garlic. Mix every once in awhile and let cook for 5-10 minutes, until tender.
  3. Decrease the heat to low and add the canned tomatoes. Now add the entire box of soup.
  4. Add the beans, corn, chipotle, and cumin, and. Mix and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the brown rice and simmer a couple more minutes.
  6. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever toppings you enjoy!

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

I really don’t have a catchy title but it’s WIAW

Let’s get right to it, shall we? Thanks Jenn 🙂

Breakfast
I set my alarm this morning to go on a run but once I heard it go off, I hit snooze right away. No workout for me this morning. This morning was all about sleeping in. Sleeping in till 8am that is.

Polenta, an egg, a couple egg whites, tomato sauce, and nutritional yeast. I also had an unpicured orange…because I’m impatient.

 Lunch
Lunch was eaten at work and is was amazing, of course. I could seriously eat there all day, everyday.

Nachos (with kale instead of the tortilla chips) topped with chipotle crema, cashew cheese, taco “meat,” black beans, salsa, corn, and cilantro with an iced tea/lavender lemonade on the side

Work today was great. There was a pretty steady pace and it always helps when you like the people you work with. I may have broken a glass but that’s neither here nor there. When I was leaving, they said I could take a boogie bar because they were going to have to throw them away anyway. Uhhh free boogie bars? Don’t need to ask me twice.

Snack

I hit up the gym right after work for my favorite class: Athletic Training. LOVE it! After the class, I did some chest/tricep moves and then headed on home.

Snack
When I got home, my mom said we weren’t eating for an hour and a half (a.k.a. “eat a snack now because I don’t want to see a meltdown”).

Bell pepper with avocado and sriracha

While eating this, I got a booty call text from my friend saying that she wanted to work out. So I headed to the track and did a workout with her. I plan on doing a post with all the workouts I’ve done and today was a pretty good one (if I say so myself 😉 ).

Dinner

Chicken sandwich on Ezekial bread with lettuce, avocado, and BBQ sauce (and some unpictured broccoli)

Dessert Snack
I refuse to call this dessert. A dessert to me must be chocolate, frozen yogurt, or all of the above. My brother and his girlfriend came over for dinner so my brother brought over his juicer! He is going to be in Panama for the next 2 weeks so I get to babysit it for him. To show me how to use it, we made a little test juice.

Kale, carrots, strawberries, grapes, and orange

SO good! Even my dad, mom, and sister approved. That’s saying a lot. I was basically like a kid on Christmas morning while watching the juice be made. No shame.

Now I’m off to do some laundry and read! Who am I kidding? I’m going to watch Dance Moms. Have a great day 🙂

What’s the best thing you ate today?
What creations would you make in the juicer? 

spicy black bean veggie soup

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would probably be soup. Or sandwiches. Or frozen yogurt. But let’s stick with soup for now. It’s so versatile. There are tons of options: tortilla, chicken noodle, corn chowder, minestrone, lentil, mushroom barley, split pea, tomato basil, miso. I could go on and on. But basically, one of my favorite soups is black bean. So when I was at Trader Joes and saw this soup, I jumped right on it.

The soup was good but it lacked that oomph. (Pacific sells some and it’s basically the same thing.) So in order to spice it up a bit, I added some veggies, cumin, chipotle, and brown rice. The outcome: black bean soup awesomeness.

Spicy Black Bean Veggie Soup

  • 1Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can (15oz) canned tomatoes
  • I box (32oz) boxed black bean soup
  • 1 can (15oz) beans (I used garbanzo beans)
  • 1c frozen corn
  • 1 chipotle (from a can), chopped
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • 2c brown rice/any grain
  1. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Now add the onions, zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, and garlic. Mix every once in awhile and let cook for 5-10 minutes, until tender.
  3. Decrease the heat to low and add the canned tomatoes. Now add the entire box of soup.
  4. Add the beans, corn, chipotle, and cumin, and. Mix and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the brown rice and simmer a couple more minutes.
  6. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever toppings you enjoy!

What’s your favorite kind of soup?