Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tabouli Salad

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Makes 3-4 Servings

Ingredients

    • 1 cup bulghur wheat
    • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
    • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
    • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
    • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp minced garlic
    • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 tsp olive oil

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Step 1:

Bring vegetable broth to a boil then pour over the bulgur wheat in a glass container. Add minced garlic, lemon juice, and cumin. Cover and let sit for 20 min or until all the liquid is absorbed.

Step 2:

After the broth has been completely absorbed, add the olive oil, chopped parsley, tomatoes, and cucumber.

Enjoy over a bed of spinach with feta cheese and Italian dressing.

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Rain Rain Go Away

One thing is evident from my decision to move from Rochester, NY to the warm, sunny state of South Carolina for college. I hate the snow.

But I also happen to hate the rain. I would highly prefer that nothing ever fall from the sky again unless it’s chocolate covered almonds or cheesecake bites. This non-stop cold rainy crap that has invaded South Carolina’s weather for the past week or so is starting to drive me crazy. However, I’m trying to be positive about it and find things around the apartment to get done.

For breakfast, I made myself a bowl of oatmeal using 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, and cinnamon, and crumbled one of my cinnamon carrot muffins on top. I also enjoyed a big mug of coffee.

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Taking advantage of the less-than-favorable weather, I decided to get a start on homework and class projects. Since I am missing classes all next week to work the Master’s Golf Tournament, I want to get all of my work done ahead of time.

Here are my accomplishments of the day:

Did some laundry

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I find it rather humorous that 95 percent of my laundry these days are workout attire. I only had 2 actual shirts that needed to be hung out in my closet. Do I even wear normal clothes anymore?

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socks, yoga pants, workout shorts, workout shirts

and my two lonely closet-appropriate shirts

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For lunch I toasted pita pockets and filled them with a veggie burger, feta cheese, and hummus.

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Treadmill Workout

I ran 4 miles on the treadmill at a 1% incline (it’s appalling to me how 105_2068much of a difference that 1% incline makes) in 35 min 15 sec.

Then enjoyed a peanut butter-banana protein shake.

Worked the O-Rec Office

a.k.a. read 3 chapters of Marketing and got the next week and a half’s worth of  Marketing homework out  of the way. Kudos to productivity.

Officially chose my Study Abroad classes

I will be taking:

Fashion Marketing

Fashion Photography

International Marketing

The Mediterranean Diet: Guide to Healthy Living

Italian Language Beginner

 

In conclusion, as much as I dislike rainy weather I suppose it motivates me to accomplish some of the tedious little tasks that I tend to avoid when it’s 80 degrees and sunny out. I will go to bed tonight feeling rather accomplished!

What do you like to do on a typical rainy day?

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Pretty in “Green”

The fashion industry seems to have officially jumped on the “green” bandwagon. It’s about time. Major retailers such as H&M and top designers like Stella McCartney have come out with eco-friendly lines of clothing and accessories. Designers with entirely sustainable fashion companies are sprouting up everywhere. Emily Katz, Linda Loudermilk, and Samantha Pleet are just a few to name.

H&M’s latest “Garden Collection”  uses organic cotton, organic linen, recycled polyester, and a renewable, eco-friendly material called “Tencel” which is silky in texture. The collection is soft and feminine, with lots of whites, neutrals, and florals. H&M has announced the planet to be part of its corporate responsibility. Its “sustainability strategy” can be accessed here, with detailed information on the company’s vision and long-term goals for reducing its impact on the planet.

Urban Expressions is a fashion company that creates sustainable, vegan handbags. Their bags can be found at Urban Outfitters as well as countless other small boutiques. I purchased a small, grey clutch by this company at a boutique called Handpicked which has several locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia.

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Dress: HM Garden Collection, €29.99

Purse: Urban Expressions

Sandals: Naya, $145

Necklace, kylerdesigns.com

As someone that has felt a deep concern for the Earth since a very young age, it’s encouraging to know that sustainability is becoming a standard for the fashion industry, rather than just a trend. I encourage everyone to become more conscious of where their clothing is made, how it is made, and what values their favorite fashion retailers employ. Dressing fashionably and expressing oneself creatively without the expense of the planet has never been more do-able.

Here are some sustainable fashion sites worth checking out:

Eco Fashion World an in-depth guide to sustainable brands and stores, as well as the latest news & updates as to what’s going on in the “green” fashion world

Happy Hippie a comprehensive directory of eco-friendly and fair labor businesses of all categories, including home decoration, jewelry, apparel, art, gifts, and toys

Whole Living Whole Living’s section on Fashion & Style has some noteworthy articles on how to develop a stylish “green” wardrobe and home

Pure Citizen This is the eco-friendly version of websites like Rue-La-La. The site offers 72 hour discounted sales from sustainable and ethical companies. Part of the proceeds go to benefit a non-profit organization of the company’s choice… Sustainable shopping never felt so rewarding!

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Cinnamon Carrot Muffins

I found this recipe in the latest Whole Living magazine, but made a few tweaks.

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At only about 110 calories each, these make a delicious & healthy snack or quick breakfast.

Makes 12

Ingredients

  •  3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup stevia sweetener (such as Truvia)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup grated carrots

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper cups. Whisk together all dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl combine applesauce, oil, soy milk, and eggs. Stir together both mixtures and then add in the chopped, grated carrots.

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Spoon batter into paper cups and bake for 22 minutes.

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Let cool for 10 min and enjoy!

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is it Cinco de Mayo yet?

I feel like I have been eating a lot of Mexican-inspired meals lately… Perhaps in anticipation of one of my favorite holidays, Cinco de Mayo? I still have a while to go.

I had my typical oatmeal breakfast of oats, almond milk, bananas, almonds, and cinnamon this morning after driving my friend to the airport. I told myself I was going to just stay up and work out after getting home, buut that didn’t happen. I went back to sleep for 3 more hours. All this rain is making me sleepy!

Anyways, I decided to run on the treadmill today since it was gross out. I read in a recent article that you should put the treadmill on an incline of 1% since the treadmill doesn’t give you as effective of a workout as running outside. For some reason I was really struggling today. I couldn’t go as fast as I usually do and I got tired really fast. After 6.5 miles I took a 5 minute water/ walking break, then finished up my last 1.5 miles at a slower pace. I ended up running 8 miles in 73 min 17 sec (excluding my walking intermission).

I chased my run down with a protein shake of almond milk, vanilla whey protein powder, half a banana, and 1/3 cup frozen blueberries.

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I also made a weird concoction of Trader Joe’s guacamole hummus (what a great idea!), salsa, fat free cheddar cheese, and crumbled tortilla chips.

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To keep my spicy trend continuing into the night, I attended a student organization’s “Free Qdoba” night… because I’m a college student and I do not ever pass up free meals. I had a cup of Mexican gumbo and two tacos filled with black beans, guacamole, corn salsa, pico de gallo, and cheese.

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Now I’ve got a full night ahead of me of Bridget Jone’s Diary on the Lifetime Network, then Bethenny Ever After. Oh, and homework too :/

Goodnight everybody Smile

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Weekend Recap

Despite nonstop rain and freak-cold weather, this weekend was pretty good. My friend Kiley was in town and with the exception of a 75 minute hot yoga class on Saturday morning, I took a little break from working out. On Friday night we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Cantina 76, with some friends (see post below).

After my yoga class on Saturday morning, we did some shopping and then had lunch at a restaurant called Harper’s. I got a roasted salmon wrap and sweet potato fries which was really good but the wrap was oozing butter which I could have done without. That night we had a light-ish dinner at Panera Bread and then hung out with friends.

Sunday’s lunch was at a cute little cafe/ restaurant called the Gourmet Shop. I had a veggie sandwich which came with goat cheese, avocado, and sunflower seeds. I loove me some goat cheese…

Also, this weekend I found out that I got the summer internship that I had been hoping for! I will be living in Charlotte, NC this summer as an intern with Nordstrom. I’m really excited to spend the summer in Charlotte because I would love to move there after I graduate… so now I get to do a little more exploring!

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to bring Kiley to the airport and am thinking about getting my run in early, since I’m already up anyways. It was a great weekend, but now it’s time to get back into the grind of things!

 

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Eating Pretty

“You are what you eat”

It’s true… Fill your body with junk & gunk and it’s gonna show on the outside as well. “Eating pretty” is about filling your body with natural and nutritious foods which in turn make you beautiful from the inside out. In my opinion, a balanced, healthy diet is one of the key factors in living a happy and fulfilling life.

Over the years I have read countless articles boasting the benefits of certain foods in terms of healthy, radiant skin. Here is a compilation of some foods that I have integrated into my daily diet which have been thought to render beauty benefits.


walnuts, almonds, pistachios

Omega-3 fatty acids: fight inflammation caused by stress and sun damage; helps prevent wrinkles


blueberries, strawberries, acai

Loaded with antioxidants which prevent premature aging of skin


Quercetin: helps even out skin tone


Oranges, lemons, grapefruit

Vitamin C: maintains collagen in the skin


Antioxidants which promote healthy skin, healthy teeth and gums, and strong bones


Omega-3 fatty acids

Zinc: promotes production of collagen and elastin which gives you tighter, firmer skin

Vitamin E: slows aging of skin cells

Selenium: protects again sun damage


Lutein: keeps eyes bright and vibrant

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin A, which is essential to the turnover of skin cells. The beta carotene found in these greens also protects against sun damage.

You can receive these same benefits from sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli, which are all also high in beta carotene.

Spinach also contains Vitamin B, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Lactic acid: promotes skin cell turnover

Calcium: strong bones and healthy teeth

Other “Eating Pretty” tips:

Eat organic. There is much speculation that the added hormones, artificial flavors, herbicides, and pesticides which are found in highly-processed foods may damage cells and alter hormones.

Hydrate. Water helps flush out toxins from your body and keeps your skin moisturized.

Eat yo’ fats… Monounsaturated fatty acids, that is. Fat phobia will do you no good, but make sure you’re consuming the right kinds of fats. Avoid over-consumption of saturated fats but 20-35 percent of your daily calories should come from healthy fats. The best ways to get these are avocados, seafood, olive oil, and nuts. Healthy fats are essential to the absorption of essential vitamins and to a healthy immune system.

Sources for further reading:

Self Magazine- The Great Skin Diet

Shape Magazine– Healthy Foods and the Good Skin Diet

Whole Living– Great Recipes for Good Skin

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