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?

zedonks, ravioli, and more randomness

1. I went to the petting zoo yesterday. Dat’s right. The good ‘ol petting zoo. I used to go there when I was younger but I haven’t been in forever. So when my brother, his girlfriend, and her sister invited me to tag along, heck yes I wanted to go! There were guinea pigs, bunnies, pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, and cows. But the highlight was probably seeing the zedonks. What are zedonks, you ask? Well they’re a hybrid between a donkey and a zebra. More like a hybrid between awesome and amazing.

2. Did anybody watch the CMT Awards?? If not, you missed out. Luke Bryan gave away his guitar to a girl in the audience. The whole 2.5 hours basically reaffirmed my love with country music.

3. My mom is making homemade ravioli tonight. Holla! Artichoke ravioli, to be exact. I’m pretty stoked so I’m currently sitting at the kitchen table, tapping my fingers until it’s ready. Thankfully my mom doesn’t get annoyed easily.

4. Wait wait wait! Did anybody watch Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday????? Oh my. It was amazinggg (of course). That show will never get old.

5. I’m not sure if I’ve shared this picture of my dog yet but I am in loveee with it. He usually doesn’t have so much energy so it’s nice to catch it on camera every once in while.

6. Anybody else mad that Miami made it to the NBA finals? I’m not a Lebron fan so anything to do with him, I’m out. OKC here we go!

7. I have a few recipes to share with you guys but I just need to get around to posting them! Peanut butter cup protein cookies, raw banana nut granola, stuffed bell peppers, and veggie black bean soup. And on that note, ravioli’s ready!


What’s your favorite animal at the petting zoo?
What’s your favorite kind of music?
What’s for dinner tonight?? 

what is healthy?

Healthy: possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality. (source)

What exactly is being healthy though? So many people have misconceptions and opinions of their own. For example, is healthy…

  • waking up at 5am to workout?
  • drinking vegetable juice for breakfast?
  • eating organic 100% of the time?
  • eating little to no sugar?
  • ordering salads (with dressing on the side) when at restaurants?
  • forgoing hanging out with friends to go to bed early?
  • or forgoing hanging out with friends because the food is too “unhealthy?”
  • not eating dessert…ever?
  • doing a cleanse once a month?

Or is healthy…

  • working out when you want, whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or night?
  • and if you don’t want to workout that day, you don’t?
  • eating what you feel like eating, even if it’s not a load of vegetables?
  • hanging out with friends, even if it brings you home at 2am?
  • eating french fries, ice cream, or pasta every once in awhile?
  • smiling, from the inside out?

I think that the term “healthy” can be very misleading. I used to think healthy was good-for-you food and workouts. That’s it. Then family and friends came along after that. But now I know, that isn’t the case. Family and friends come first. When that part of your life is aligned, then healthy eating and exercise will just come naturally.

If you are able to juggle nights with friends and cleanses, then more power to you! My point is, there needs to be balance. It can’t be “HEALTH HEALTH HEALTH” 100% of the time. You need to find that happy medium where you can go out with family and friends, order that pizza, and be okay with it. You should be able to wake up in the morning remembering the time spent with your loved ones, not the pizza that you ate.

I guess the point of this post is that happiness is the most important of all. If you’re healthy but don’t have much happiness in your life, then things really need to change.

Be happy. Then be healthy.

What is healthy to you?

WIAW + award

It’s Wednesday! Therefore, no need to beat around the bush, let’s get right to WIAW.

Pre-workout Snack
I woke up around 7 this morning to get an early workout in since I knew I was going to have a busy day ahead of me. I made these date squares from Oh She Glows the other day because I had lots of dates to be used up (don’t get that confused with my personal life). My verdict on these bars? Amazing!

I then headed out to run on the beach. The weather was amazing so I coudn’t resist. I ran 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back.

 Breakfast
I’m pretty sure I say this every time I make pancakes, but these were, no joke, the best batch I’ve made yet! I ran out of my other protein powder so I used a different one and that may have done the trick.

Banana Nut Protein Pancakes with Maple Syrup (I also had an orange while these were cooking because I’m way too impatient.)

Lunch
I ate my lunch at work because a) I get 50% off b) I see food go by me all day and c) the food is amazing.

Saigon Rolls: lemongrass tofu, daikon, carrots, brown rice, cucumbers, cilantro, basil, in a whole wheat wrap with peanut sauce

Snack

Broccoli, apple, and date square

I had to run a few errands to get my brother’s girlfriends gift together. She loves making cupcakes, so when I saw this on Pinterest, I knew it was meant for her. I stopped at TJ Maxx because they have a TON of cupcake goods. I must say, my box turned out pretty darn good, definitely not under $5 like they said. Plus, she loved it!

When I got home, I got to opening the most amazing package ever: my new iPad. Apparently, it’s going to be a requirement at my school next year for all students to have some sort of device for “mobile learning.” Plus, they were selling the iPads for $100. 100 bucks! But it’s the least they could do with an overpriced education… After that excitement, I headed off to more exciting things: voting. Weeoo.

Dinner
For the birthday dinner, we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Shwack Beach Grill. They’re veggie burger is one of the best I’ve ever had so I’m more than happy whenever we go there.

Veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with caramelized onions, tomatoes and sriracha and a side of Asian slaw.

I blame my new found love with sriracha on Lea. Really. I never had it before she mentioned it. But I’ll talk about more why later.
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Now onto the award! The wonderful ladies, KateAlex and Linnyann, nominated me for an award. And who doesn’t love winning awards? (Don’t lie). For this award, I’m to tell you 7 facts about msyself and then nominate a few other bloggers. Heck yeahh.

  1. So about that sriracha thing I said earlier. When I was about 5, my brother (who would have been 11 at the time), told me to smell the sriracha. So I bent down to smell it and…he squirted in my eye. In his defense, the bottle can be very sparadic. But let’s just say, I’ve been scarred for awhile. 14 years later and I finally decided to give sriracha another try! 
  2. Every night, I brush my teeth twice and floss once. I have no idea if brushing your teeth more than once is good, but I’m paranoid. And I really floss every night so when the dentist asks, I can be honest. 
  3. Apparently I was in a local Dairy Queen commercial when I was 3. What the heck? I literally just found this out on Sunday. I could have had an acting career! Okay, not really.
  4. If I could meet one person, it would be Sarah Palin. No joke. (Don’t hate me.) She is so bada**. 
  5. In the first grade, I came home “sick” from school one day and proceeded to eat 8 eggs. That’s right, 8. I really felt sick after that (shocker) and couldn’t even look at an egg for awhile. Now they’re one of my favorite foods.
  6. I am probably one of the most lazy people you will meet. Sure, I’ll run marathons and do triathlons. But ask me to take out the trash or clean my room? Good luck. I’m  trying to be less lazy, but sometimes, it’s just way easier to sit on the couch and watch Dr. Phil.
  7. I really don’t know another random fact about me but I’m sure it will come to me as soon as I hit publish. So I’ll say a random fact about my cat instead. Adi (my cat), was found under a bush when she was just a little kitten. She was taken to a vet and one of the workers took her home. Well, Adi turned out to be too crazy for the lady so she put an ad on Craigslist, and just like that, history was made. Also, her name comes from ADIdas, the sports company. I used to be obsessed with their products. Every basketball shoe, short, and shirt had to be theirs. Ironic, since I love Nike now. But we kept Adi’s name.

Now, I nominate:

Aja @ Writing and Recovering
Isa @ Nanner Bananer 
Juliana @ Juliana Banana 
Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

Have an amazing day and try not to spend it on the couch watching Dr. Phil! (I’m mostly talking to myself with that last part.)

If you could meet one person, who would it be?
Do you watch any day time TV or talk shows?
Would you consider yourself to be lazy? (Let’s be honest here, people…)