Five Things Friday: 4 Truths & a Lie.

Morning munchkins!

It’s a cold and dreary morning here, but at least New England is finally starting to show some signs of spring.

 

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I decided to have a little fun with this week’s Five Things Friday Post, and test how good of a liar I am. Let me tell you, I think it will be a bit easier behind a computer screen where I don’t have to cover up my smirks of deceit.

 

Let’s see if you can find the phony in this edition of 4 Truths & a Lie!

 

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1. I get to see Em-ski this weekend!

 

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My better third of the Did You Know link-up and HLS roomie, Emily will be in my neck of the woods this weekend, and I can’t wait! I haven’t seen this girl since the Healthy Living Summit in 2013, so we are long overdue. Plus I get to help break her Boston virginity! :)

2. I’m going to Blog Brulee!

 

cropped-logo-final2I’ve been meaning to shout this from the rooftops ever since I found out a few weeks ago, but YES! I will be attending this year’s Blog Brulee so meet, eat, and take an obscene amount of food-related photos with some of my fellow & influential RD bloggers! September can’t come soon enough meow.

 

3. I started eating meat again.

 

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It’s true. (or is it?!) After 9+ years of sans poultry, pork, or red meat, I took the plunge and entered the meat arena again. Why? Many reasons, but mostly because I wanted to. Bottom line. My body started to crave it again, I got bored eating beans and tuna all the time, and many digestive issues later, I bought a happy chicken. It’s a work in progress, but it is slowly making its way back into my diet.

4. I found a giant box of green tea for a dollar.

 

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For serious. I can’t even buy a whole pack of gum for under a dollar. When I feasted my eyes of this box of glory beaming down from the top shelf, I had to have it. Sure the bags rip if you even blow on it too hard, and the contents resemble dustpan collections, but it fits the bill when I just want something warm to sip on.

5. I broke down and had coffee.

 

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You guys, I was so close. So close! Seriously, Easter is what, a week away?! After a stressful week, no sleep, and ummm the smell of coffee fricken brewin’ I caved. Was I disappointed? Yes. Was it as glorious as I wanted it to be? Y-E-Darn Tootin’ S. I think I did get as much work done in a solid hour than I did the rest of the week. It’s amazing what a caffeine hiatus will do to your productivity…for now.

 

Make it a great day!

Which one do you think is a lie?

Tell me two truths and a lie!

WIAW: When You Need Groceries.

Howdy partner!

Are you ready to ride the WIAW express?!

 

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Hold on to your boot straps sweetie, cuz it’s gunna be a bumpy ride!

…okay maybe not, but I had to finish out my cowboy persona.

No this day of eats will show you the dire need of groceries I am encountering, and refusing to go until at least Friday. I generally stock up for two weeks because it’s just little ol’ me, and I tend to spend less when I go all in one trip. That means less time for impulse buys of five boxes of teas, or twelve pounds of discounted bananas.

 

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So here’s to being stubborn and scrounging for what resemble meals!

Breakfast 

 

smoothie.JPGThe morning started with an everythingunderthesun smoothie. It’s best consumed when you have small amounts of all the smoothie ingredients you could ever imagine..except bananas.

1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 T PB2 + 1/2 cup frozen raspberries + 1/2 banana + 1 T Flax + 1 T Chia Seeds + handful frozen spinach

 

Lunch

 

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And I FINALLY finished Pride & Prejudice. It only took me half a year. And that was taking the shortcut and listening to the last few chapters on audiobook. And I wasn’t impressed. Actually, I was kind of mad at the end. Like I took two whole months to read about how you thought Mr. Darcy was rather disagreeable but jk I’m kinda mad crushin’? At least I can watch the movie now…

 

IMG_0333.JPGThe perks of reading the classics is they’re always free in any way, shape, or form. Because at some point you’ll probably need an audiobook.

 

Snack

 

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Instead, I found my saving grace for the last couple weeks of coffee sobriety. It’s called a teeccino! It’s actually herbal tea (no caffeine) that kinda resembles coffee. French vanilla flavored + almond milk tricked me enough!

 

Dinner

 

tuna.PNGI can’t decide if this looks semi-good or completely disgusting. Either way, I mixed a can of tuna with some of my hummus then plopped it on some collard leaves, and topped with salsa. It was food, that was about it.

And of course an Emily-style dessert ;)

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Snack

Another carrot later, and I find that I can not really tolerate them as much (gasp!) It mayyy be the 5 lbs I eat in under a week, but either way my stomach hates me. I tried some of this tea to calm my bloat bae.

 

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After returning P & P, I picked up a copy of Diane’s book finally!

 

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While I don’t exactly follow Paleo, I do believe in focusing on real foods in the diet. That and I love listening to the Balanced Bites podcasts, so felt only right to fill in on all the info they talk about from the book.

And maybe I can find out how to treat this bloat babe. I’m sad to say that raw carrots will probably be getting the ax. :(

 

Make it a great day!

What’s your go to food when you have nothing to eat?

What was the worst book you ever read? The best?

Pizza Hummus Recipe

This pizza hummus is a dippable and spreadable way to enjoy your favorite slice of pie!

 

tomato hummusMorning love bugs!

Sorry for missing you this Friday. Life gets in the way sometimes, and loves to come and interrupt your big weekend plans.

 

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But today’s a new day and I’m back in action for another Recipe Redux!

 

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Two for One

We’re all about cooking once and eating twice. In short, double dinners are better. Show us how you take a favorite recipe already on your blog – and ReDux the leftovers into a new dish. Or, whip up a new healthy recipe and give suggestions on how to make it a second meal. For example, slow cooker pot roast could become shredded beef tacos; or grilled chicken breasts might morph into chicken salad.

 

So you make a pizza. Veggies. Cheese. And a smothering of sauce. Fancy me this..Does anyone out there ACTUALLY use a whole jar of sauce on a pizza? You my friend, are a rare breed.

 

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I on the other hand, always end up with half a jar of pizza sauce buried deep in the depths of the fridge door, until it is finally discovered a month later when I make the rare reach for a bottle of Worcestershire. Except now it has grown a spiffy white furry coat. You ain’t even gotta sniff test that one sonny.

 

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Instead of letting that sad jar never see another disc of dough in its lifetime, why not give it a new spreadable edible persona?!

 

pizza hummusI channeled my long lost soul roomie, Betty Rocker on this one, since she has given me the support I need all the while recovering from a recent surgery. Feel better soon my love!

 

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I know these pizza and hummus are two of her favorite food…groups, so I thought I would combine the two into one fabulous food. Now if I could find a way to ship me and a batch of pizza hummus down South into one flat rate box, that would be greeeeattt.

 

 

 

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Pizza Hummus Recipe
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Recipe type: Appetizer, dips & spreads
Serves: about 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • ½ (15 oz) jar pizza or marinara sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients except diced tomatoes.
  2. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl 1-2 times.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in diced tomatoes.
  4. Serve with pita chips, chopped veggies, or spread on wrap or sandwich.

 

Now the skies the limit to what you could add to this. Roasted veggies. Fresh herbs. Even feta! Now hop on down for some more redux fun! I’ll be back on Wednesday to share my favorite day of eats!

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Make it a great day!

What’s your favorite hummus flavor?

What food do you always have leftover?