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Monday Things + Strawberry Shortcake Recovery Shakes

31 Mar

Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed and on a rollersoaster of emotions. Life is changing fast and in big ways. I need an outlet, so I have decided to tweak this blog back to its original intention: a daily food/fitness/life diary.

Today began conference week at the kids’ school. After realizing they get out early all week, adjusting my appointments and clients to fit everybody’s schedules, and still struggling to figure out how to balance it all over next week (spring break), and all on top of everything else, I found myself close to banging my head against the wall. But I think *knock wood* we have it all figured out. Whew. Times like these GOOD habits become necessary habits. Yoga on Sunday = calm clarity on Monday 😉


Breakfast: egg scramble (1 whole, 3 whites, diced bell peppers, 1 very small link left over chicken+fennel sausage, 1/4 haas avocado), oven roasted red potatoes. Not pictured: coffee with 1 tbs half and half, dash cinnamon.

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, tomato, schmear avocado because it will go bad….!
On Mack’s Flax Sprouted Bread.

Snack: Mini peppers, more hummus. I could live happily for a while on nothing but peppers + red pepper hummus. And avocados.

After I managed to get the house spotless top to bottom – this gorgeous spring weather is SO energizing! – I took a mocha break. Normally I reserve treat coffees for the weekend, but sometimes you just need a little extra comfort, you know?

Because of the school schedule and in light of the fact the kids already had to spend some time in the gym earlier, I’m opting for home workouts this week. My good ol’ buddy Tony can always be counted on to bring the sweat.

I honestly forgot how hard P90X can be. I mean, I haven’t touched these dvds since ’09. After completing all 90 days thankyouverymuch. But I workout. A lot. Heavy. Still…

After an ungodly amount of push-ups and pull-ups and core work (I found myself thinking is this what my clients feel like?! ARRG) I knew I needed a killer-delicious shake to get me to dinner:

Strawberry Shortcake Recovery Shake

  • 1 scoop AT “Birthday Cake”
  • 4 large frozen strawberries
  • 6-8oz almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbs coconut milk



This shake kept me full for quite a while. Which was good, because we walked the dog and weeded the flower beds all afternoon. In the sun. Am I dreaming?

Dinner: A simple and veggie-heavy taco salad (extra lean local sirloin, kidney beans, taco seasoning, spinach, romaine, organic frozen sweet corn, sautéed peppers and onions, olives, hot sauce, plain Greek yogurt, a literal pinch of extra sharp cheddar). And a small handful of homemade oven baked lime+salt corn chips.


Now I’m finishing up the day – blogging all this – and sipping a big mug of Bigelow Sweet Dreams tea.


And goodbye March.


Cheat Happens.

25 Feb

I know a lot of people stick to the idea of a cheat day. “You can’t undo all your hard work in just 1 day.” “It’s good for your body to be ‘confused’ sometimes.” “You’ll snap and go crazy if you don’t indulge every once in a while.” Etc, etc.


1) I personally know women who can and do undo and entire week of  progress by “indulging” in 5-8k calorie cheat days.

2) Sometimes are there treats one should avoid simply because they can’t be eaten in moderation. If you know your trigger – avoid it at all costs. Like drugs and alcohol, food addiction is real and not something to be taken lightly.

3) All to often, I see “indulge” mistaken for “binge til you want to puke.” Um, no. Just no.

Recently, the Cheat Day Movement (I totally just made that up) is slowly being redefined as a Cheat Meal.

A cheat day is fine, IF you can reasonably control yourself, but it adds up. Quick.

I try to keep even my cheats pretty clean and reasonable, but it really depends on how much I’ve been working out and what I’m craving. The old adage, “You can eat like a pig, if you work like a horse.” I’m trying to make that my Personal Training motto 😉

Here are some examples of some of my recent cheat meals. Remember a cheat meal is once a week, not once a day.



Homemade whole wheat pizza and Caesar salad is still pizza and Caesar salad.


Grilled chicken burger on whole wheat bun, fries, and ketchup.


Grilled veggie + cheese + hummus panini. Not pictured: I had a small Coke, too.


Founder’s Favorite: my favorite. Seriously, THIS kind of thing is rare.


Taco Time Light Chicken Tacos. Note: I only get the “light” version because it comes with monterey jack cheese (love!!) instead of that orange cheddar-like stuff.


Chicken Pad Thai from Lemongrass Downtown. I dream about this dish.


Papa Pete’s Pizza. The veggie is loaded and fresh, but, again, it is still pizza.


I try to pick one of the other. Booze and junk together make me quite barfy. Yes, I said “barfy.”


Mojito. If I could pick any drink to “fast” on, it’d be you ❀


Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. I KNOW. *gasp* Don’t lecture me!


Vodka Cranberry.


Iced Caramel Macchiato. I don’t know what he got. Probably something boring.

Can you tell my “cheats” are carby? Oh man, nothing like a couple tacos or a sandwich and a handful or two of Lay’s Maui Onion Kettle chips after a long week! I usually cheat on Saturdays. Oh man, is it Saturday again yet?

How do you cheat? What are your ultimate vices?

Happy Monday!

His & Her’s Burgers and Brews

20 Jul

After a hectic morning and an afternoon of yard and house work, the husband and I were definitely feeling burgers. We are very different people though, so when I said, “I bought these Mahi-Mahi …,” he looked like he wanted to cry. Being the amazing woman I am, I also bought some fresh butcher-ground sirloin just for him. And the kids, probably.


Mixed the ground sirloin with a little seasoning salt, pepper, and minced garlic. “Oooh, fancy,” said the man.

Oven French fries, homemade tartar sauce


Soak fries in salt water for about 15-20 minutes and dry completely before lightly tossing in olive oil. Season and bake at 425 for 40-45 minutes.


Sauce: throw a couple blobs of mayo, 2-4 pickle slices, and a dash each of salt, pepper, and Frank’s Red Hot into the food processor. The longer it sits, the better it gets. I made extra for tuna Mahi-Mahi salad sandwiches tomorrow.

The Burgers


His: sirloin, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard

Her’s: Mahi-Mahi, avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, tartar

(Her’s is better. No question.)










Both: on whole wheat buns

And finally, the drink that made my birthday weekend . . . .

Mini Full Moons


  • 1oz peach schnapps
  • 1 blue moon beer
  • 2oz lemonade

Serves 2. Usually.


A classy drink, to sip while I catch up on dvr’d Real Housewives episodes. Don’t judge. You know you secretly love it.


30 for 30

19 Jul

I feel like I’ve been running around and accomplishing nothing today.

Thanks 2 hour DMV license renewal.


Thanks “hilarious” 30 burpees for 30th birthday warm up. Okay, I’m now 30, I get it. And you know what? I plan to own this decade. Maybe I’ll drop and do 30 more before bed (lying liar).

Lunch time, thank you very much.


  • Co-op chicken
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper hummus
  • Green leaf garden lettuce with about .5 Tbs Ken’s Caesar
  • Red grapes

To health, to better complexions (I’m vain like that – seriously, hard Montana livin’ jacked my face up!), and to strength. Bon appetite.

Later today: a beertail recipe. Beer+cocktail=best thing that will happen to you all summer.