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Office Space

Hey guys!  How have you been??  Sorry I’ve been MIA all week.  It’s just been one of those weeks.

Since I last posted, I have worked a bit, played a bit, gone out to dinner a couple times (including a terrible experience at a restaurant with an incredible waterfront view that had something to do with an iceburg salad and a Boca burger. Ew.), and gone shopping with my wonderful boyfriend.  I got some new Toms! 

Oh em gee. I thought I loved my black Toms, but this is the real thing.  They’re amazing.  And bright.  And another little kid in a third world country got a new pair of shoes!  Toms may be cute and super comfortable, but really the One for One thing is really what makes me love them more than anything.

Today was a pretty typical work day.  I started out with a iced vente soy chai.

Then I got to work and realized how crazy the hospital was today.  Come on people, quit getting sick already!  You’re cramping my style!

Isn't the uniform adorable??

Thank goodness for breaks.  For my first meal I bought a bowl of Yukon Gold potato soup from the cafeteria.

I went back to work and sipped on some Tazo Zen green tea with lemon.

My lunch was a salad that had been waiting in the breakroom fridge for me since yesterday afternoon when I decided to buy something instead of eating what I brought.  I guess I was hungry, because I didn’t notice that I didn’t snap a photo until it was almost gone.

Spring mix, spinach, shredded carrot, cucumber, avocado, sunflower seeds and Goddess. 

I answered about 5 billion more phone calls in the office, then munched on some organic split pea soup. 

I still can’t remember the name of this soup brand, but it’s no salt added, and I DEFINTELY have to add my own salt.  I’m pretty sure Keenan put a bunch of sea salt on it before I left, but I tasted it, then ran and grabbed three salt packets and two pepper packets from the cafeteria condiments to add to it.  With my alterations it was perfection.  This may look like green mush, but like so many other foods (green smoothies, anyone?) appearances can be deceiving.

I finished up my work day, and headed out.  As soon as I left the office Keenan texted me to let me know that they let him off of work early!  Tonight’s looking to be pizza and movie night in our household!  Combine that with tomorrow being a day off, plus payday, and I am a pretty happy camper.

Do you have any packaged foods that you doctor up to make extra tasty?

I will definitely salt up my soups if necessary.  Added salt generally shouldn’t be a problem for you unless you have a pre-existing heart condition, which I do not.  Of course, you can also find me liberally adding hot sauce to many dishes, as well. 

Have a wonderful night!

❤ Lindsay

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Starbucks Breakfast

Good afternoon!  I hope all is well on your side!

So, weird story, I walked home from the ferry last night, and when I got to my front door, my newly made house key opened the doorknob lock for me, but wouldn’t turn in the deadbolt to save my life!  This key was actually my second attempt at getting a house key copy.  The first key didn’t work at all, so I took it back and had a new one made.  I was pretty stoked about the key, since it was a cool tie-dye print, but apparently this copy wasn’t to be either.  I guess I’ll be heading back to Walmart again tomorrow, keeping my fingers crossed that it will actually work this time. 

Once I realized that they key wasn’t going to let me in the apartment, I turned around a speed-walked back down to practically where I’d just come from, and went to Keenan’s restaurant to get the other key.  Luckily, everyone in the front of the house was really helpful, and after I told them that I needed to get my key from Keenan, they gladly went and got it for me.

I’m totally counting all that walking from yesterday as my exercise for the day.  Especially since I was carrying my big heavy backpack on my back the entire time, and there were hills involved! 😉

This morning, I slept in until noon again, and got up to get ready for work.  My head is aching.  I think this whole staying up wayyyyy past my bedtime every night is finally starting to get to me.  I’m going to start trying to go to bed before Keenan gets home from work, and just wake up for a bit when he gets home, instead of trying to wait up every night.

In my headache-y fog this morning, I didn’t feel like doing too much food prep, so I decided that a pre-ferry Starbucks trip was in order.  I ordered my usual grande soy chai, a Naked green machine smoothie, and a Two Moms in the Raw gojiberry granola bar.

I’ve already sung the praises of the chai and the Green Machine, so today I’m gonna take a closer look at this raw granola bar from Two Mom’s in the Raw. 

This bar is made up entirely of natural, organic ingredients, and is something you would almost expect to come out of a blogger’s kitchen.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Pretty darn clean if you ask me!  And this is sold at Starbucks?? Say what???  Yup, Starbucks has really stepped up their game lately.  I was also tempted to grab some of the sweet potato chips that were in the same basket as this bar, but I passed for the moment.

I’m really glad to have an easy spot like Starbucks where I can grab myself a bit of breakfast.  The world really is starting to adapt to those of us who choose not to eat animal products, or those who just want to generally eat more healthily.  I’m sure that in the months and years to come that clean, healthy food will be something we can find in more and more places.

What do you like to grab for a quick and easy breakfast on the go?

Have a fantastically super day!

❤ Lindsay

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A Good Dog Day

Happy Tuesday!!!

I hope you’re all doing quite well!  I’ve had a pretty good last couple of days. 🙂

Yesterday started out nicely, with a nice little mile-long walk with Arlo down in the park.  The pooch and I woke up before Keenan was ready, so to give him some extra, un-disturbed sleep time, we decided to go stretch our legs.

Arlo took his sweet time to sniff everything in sight.

He even found some smells good enough to roll in!

We were able to enjoy the view of the sunshine on the water.

Once we’d looped around the park I stopped at Samudra Yoga to grab an iced chai with rice milk and some breakfast.

I love that everything that they use at Samudra is eco-friendly!  Plus they have lots of vegan pastry options.  I saved my Apple Breakfast Bar until I got home.

Isn’t my Pocahontas plate sweet??  I also have a Little Mermaid plate that’s similar.

Once Keenan was up and moving, we decided to take Arlo to the dog park.  We didn’t end up staying too long, because the only other dog in the small dog area was very shy and would jump up into his owners lap every time Arlo would try to play with him. 

Got to see this on the way out though.

You know I’m a sucker for a great view!

We stopped and grabbed some Popchips to snack on, before heading out to the field to kick around a soccer ball.

I have next to no experience with soccer, but Keenan was amazing at it when he was younger, so we always have a good time just kicking the ball around with each other, passing and kicking goals.  It’s honestly a great workout too.  You get in plenty of running, plus I can always feel my legs and abs working when I kick the ball.  It also gave the puppy a chance to run around even more. 

At one point, Keenan actually challenged me to race Arlo from one end of the field to the other.  Thankfully, I won.  Barely.  That little dude can sprint!

By the time we got home I was starving.  I grabbed the leftover half of the Mediterranean wrap that Keenan had brought me home from work the night before out of the fridge and practically inhaled it.

Hummus, tomato, lettuce, red onion, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, cucumbers, and who knows what else.  I am so spoiled now that Keenan is working at such a  nice restaurant!

Once we got home, we shared some Coors Lights and veg-ed out for the rest of the night watching movies.

Obviously I took this picture part way into the beer.  Otherwise my blue cold sensing stripes would be showing.  Can’t have a warm beer!

Today, we got up and ran some errands with my daddy.  Since I didn’t get breakfast beforehand, I convinced him to buy me a chai at Starbucks while he was filling his truck up with gas nextdoor.  I am way too obsessed with chai.

When we got home from that, Keenan and I immediately left again to go buy him some new socks, t-shirts, and work pants at Wal-Mart.  On our way home we decided to grab subs from Kate’s Jersey Subs.  I got the Veggie MOP Hoagie.

It includes veggie patty, sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers, plus fresh tomato, lettuce and onion.  Totally delicious.  And so big that I’ve only eaten half so far.  I have a strong suspicion that the other half will be disappearing pretty soon now.  I don’t want to wait so long that it will ruin my appetite for dinner!  My mom and step-dad are picking me up at 5:30 to go have dinner at Keenan’s restaurant for my mom’s birthday.  Happy Early Birthday, Mom!!!  I love you!!!

I’d actually better get going so I can get all cuted up for dinner!  Have a fantastic night!

❤ Lindsay

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Peanut Butter Cup Green Smoothie

How’s your weekend going so far?  Mine has been pretty groovy.  🙂

Last night, my wonderful boyfriend took me out for dinner at a local casual Mexican restaurant called Los Cazadores.  I discovered their veggie menu (which was on a different wall than the rest of the menu, and not lit up like the rest of the menu), and ordered the veggie enchiladas without cheese.  It was served with rice and beans on the side, and I was hugely regretting forgetting both my camera and my Blackberry, so I couldn’t show you the awesome deliciousness.

We went home, and I did a workout from Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.  I’m not nearly as sore today as I was the day after last time I did that workout.  I’m wondering if maybe I didn’t push myself as hard, since I had a huge belly full of food.  I’m usually more of a morning exerciser, and I definitely don’t like working out on a full tummy.  I did feel that I got a good workout, though, and had a good sweat going.  I also don’t feel quite ready to move on to the more advanced levels of the DVD yet, either.

After my workout, I decided to make a green protein smoothie for recovery/dessert.  I remembered the smoothie that I created and tweeted about a few days ago, and decided that now was the time to show you guys on the blog!

Meet the Peanut Butter Cup Green Smoothie.

It’s a salad and dessert at the same time!

Ingredients

1 cup Almond milk

1 scoop Sun Warrior vanilla protein powder

1 scoop Chia seeds

1.5 T Cocoa powder

2 T Peanut butter

1 Banana

2 cups Spinach

Agave syrup to taste

Put all of the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.

If I were to plan ahead for this recipe, I would make sure to have a frozen banana, or some ice, to use for it.  Mine was room temperature, and while it was good, I think it would have been more enjoyable cold.  It was still amazing though.  The spinach was completely overwhelmed by the peanut butter, chocolate and banana, and it tasted just like a peanut butter cup.  Soooo good.

This morning, I woke up frantically to an incredibly loud jet engine noise.  Although I don’t  really believe in conspiracy theories, with all the talk about the end of the world ending today, all I could think was that my town was about to become a crater, and started saying my prayers.  Of course Keenan woke up as well, and after a few moments of “WTF?”, he reminds me that the Armed Forces Day parade was a few blocks down the street from our apartment, and that the noise was most likely just military planes doing a fly-by for the festivities.  Thank God.  Armaggedon evaded for now. 😉

I woke up and was reading my Twitter as “Today we’ve got vegan chocolate cherry coconut muffins...” caught my eye from the yoga studio near our house.  With that, Arlo was leashed up, and Keenan and I took a walk down the hill to the park/the yoga studio.

These were waiting for me when I got there.

As was this.

Grande soy coconut chai.

I couldn’t ask for a better breakfast. 🙂

Then, of course, it was time to get ready for work, and here I am.

Have a fantastic Saturday!!!

Do you guys have any fun dessert smoothie recipes?

❤ Lindsay

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New Foods!

Hey there!

I got off work early today!!!  I get to go home and actually enjoy some of this lovely day! 🙂

Is it just me or do I have a lot of pics like this? I need my own personal photographer...

I am just chillin out enjoying the scenery on my way home, and listening to my Taylor Swift station on Pandora.  It’s funny, I barely listen to country in the colder months, but as soon as the sun pops it’s head out, I bust out the country tunes.  It just works.

After work, I had time to grab Starbucks before I caught the bus, so I got myself the iced version of my favorite drink, the grande soy chai.

The beverage itself didn’t manage to last long enough to make it in front of the camera, so we must settle for my cup and ice.  Darn iced drinks, emptying themselves so quickly!

I was able to enjoy a wonderful vegan lunch in the hospital cafeteria before work earlier.  It’s very rare that the line is actually serving some vegan, other than veggie sides, so getting a huge plateful of tofu yakisoba, baby bok choy, and edamame was a huge treat for me!

It was actually my first time trying both edamame AND bok choy!  I know, it’s shocking!  It was all delicious, and I was seriously thrilled to be able to get a nice wholesome meal like this at my place of work.  This happens, like, never.

Anyway, once I’m home I plan to go do some grocery shopping  (Happy Payday to me!), and watch the Heat destroy the Bulls again (I’m hoping).  Should be great!

What’s a food that you’ve never tried, but want to?

Have a great weekend!

❤ Lindsay

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A Chai Story

Morning sunshine!

It’s another beautiful sunny day here!  All you people who don’t have to go to work on this gorgeous Saturday are some lucky ducks!

As usual, I’m enjoying a liquid breakfast of H2O, green smoothie and Starbucks grande soy chai.

Have I told you how much I love chai??

It’s not just Starbucks chai, either.  I’ll take one anywhere, anytime.

I had my first chai when I was 16 years old.  I was attending the local community college via the Running Start program, and one of my classmates asked me to try his one day.  I had heard of it… they served it at the coffee stand at the student center at the college… but it kind of intimidated me a bit, since it was nothing like I had ever tried before.  After all, I was a die hard fan of caramel macchiatos, and don’t you dare try to take them from me.  However, I went along with my classmate and tried a sip of this strange chai tea stuff.  It was amazing.  It tasted like Christmas.  And so, a love was born.

Three years later, on summer vacation from university, I was hired at a chai stand at our local mall.  A chai stand?  Yeah, a chai stand.  It’s like a coffee stand, but instead, specializes in chai tea.  We had vanilla chai, chocolate chai, traditional spice chai, and tons of flavors to mix in to make a wild array of chai flavors.  My favorite was always a traditional spice chai with half the standard amount of sugar free caramel with soy.  It was so creamy and amazing, I can even imagine it sitting here now. 

Even before I was a vegan I have always enjoyed chai with soy milk, rather than cow’s milk.  Maybe it’s just the vanilla flavor, but I think that the sweetness of the soy milk adds to the flavor of the chai.  Even if you drink cow’s milk on a regular basis, I highly recommend trying a chai with soy.

So what’s so awesome about chai tea, you might ask?

  • It’s a black tea, which means that it is high in antioxidants.
  • The spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and fennel) in chai can help aid and support digestion.
  • Chai can be anti-inflammatory, mostly because of the ginger.  Can help relieve arthritis.
  • Contains less caffeine than coffee.
  • Chai is often used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, although in these cases the specific blend would be tailored to the individual.

I almost exclusively drink tea, instead of coffee, because coffee has such an acidic effect on your body.  Acidity in your body makes it a toxic environment, that is more inviting for disease and ailments.  To learn more about acid/base balance in the body, I highly recommend reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr.  This book changed my life, and is actually what really convinced me, ultimately, to become vegan. 

Anywho… get outside and enjoy this amazing Saturday for me, maybe even with an iced chai!  I’m gonna get my booty to the office now, so I’ll ttyl!

What’s your favorite kind of tea?

When did you try chai for the first time?

❤ Lindsay

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AB&….S???

Hello!

Wasn’t today just gorgeous out???

Seattle love. ❤

Did you hear that they caught and killed this guy?

Go Team America!  I’m kind of embarrassed that I actually found out about this from the Facebook newsfeed, rather than from any credible news source.  When you have hundreds of people updating their statuses that Osama bin Laden is dead, I guess you can assume that it’s true.  Then again, the same thing happened with that crazy horoscope thing back in January, and that ended up being a hoax…

In other news, my basketball team won today 97-91!

They kind of rock.  Plus now I have bragging rights for at least the next few days, since Keenan is pulling for the Celtics. 🙂

I also made my first ever iHerb.com purchase today!  I got myself a 2lb bag of vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder.   I’ve never tried it, but I’ve heard so many people in the blog world raving about it, that I figured it was worth a shot.  I use protein powder in my smoothies daily, so I’m pretty stoked to try this one out.  I also bought a bag of chia seeds, which I haven’t had on hand for a few months now.  These will also go in smoothies, for omega-3 power, but I also plan on using them for other recipes, which I’m sure you’ll end up seeing on the blog.  My final purchase was dulse powder, which I’m excited to try out.  I’ve had regular dried dulse, but I haven’t tried it in a powder form before.  Should be interesting to try out, and experiment with different uses for it, besides just a smoothie add-in.

So, on to my food for the day….

When I got to work I bought myself a grande soy chai from Starbucks.

For my first lunch, I enjoyed this sandwich, sitting out on the patio at the hospital, enjoying the sunshine.

On the outside, it may looks like a normal sandwich, but on the inside…

…packed with berry goodness!  I requested this almond butter and strawberry sandwich this morning as a healthier alternative to an AB&J.  AB&S, I suppose??  This was actually my first time trying a sandwich like this, and, let me tell you, it will not be the last.  Despite lacking all the added sugar that jelly contains, this was still sweet and delicious.  I would say that this will be a staple of mine in the future, but I actually don’t keep fresh berries in the house too often because of the price.  I was lucky enough to score these strawberries from my farm delivery last week.

As usual, my second lunch was a huge ol’ salad.

In the mix: spring mix (with the radicchio picked out, of course), shredded carrot, red bell pepper, sprouts, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and Goddess dressing.

My dinner at work consisted of half of a baked sweet potato with BBQ sauce.

It photographed poorly, but tasted amazing.

These are super easy to make, by the way.  All I did was cut a large sweet potato in half, poke it with a fork a few times, then put in in the microwave for five minutes.  I poured on the bbq sauce, then packed it for work.  When I was ready to eat it, I simply put it in the microwave for about 45 seconds, then enjoyed.  I just wish that I had some itty-bitty containers that I could have carried the sauce in, to put on after microwaving.  However, It still tasted great anyway.

I still haven’t decided on my after work snack, but apparently, since it’s my Friday night, I might be going to play poker at one of Keenan’s friend’s houses.  That should be interesting.  I’ll let you know how it goes, k? 😉

I hope you all have a lovely night, and a great Monday!

Who’s your team in the NBA playoffs? Do you even care?

Tell me about something exciting that happened to you this weekend!

❤ Lindsay

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