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Hey, Good Lookin’

What’cha got cooking?!?!?!?  How’s about cookin’ something up with me?!?!?

Just for you, Pop-Pop! 

This video left me grinnin’ from ear to ear!  Enjoy!

Some yummy breakfast is what I’ve got cookin’.  But more on that later 😉

I’m kind of getting used to this stay at home wife business.  Every summer for the past 8 years I have taught summer school or taken classes for my masters.  This is the first summer I have actually had the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest perks of being a teacher:  Summers OFF!!!

Over the past few weeks, I have fallen in love with Regis and Kelly.

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Kelly has awesome shoes and killer arms! 

I have read numerous books.

(Still working on this one.  It’s a doozie!)

I have gone to the gym anytime I fancied (I mean, just check out my fitness log!).

And I have had fun playing around in the kitchen. 

Especially with breakfast recipes. 

During the school year, breakfast usually consists of Overnight Oats, cooked oats, or a bowl of cereal.  Basically, anything I can make and eat quickly before rushing out the door. 

Having more time this summer means I have actually been able to make breakfasts that take longer than 3 minutes!  🙂

This morning I decided to make a Tofu Scramble. 

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During a trip to Harrisonburg this past winter, I had my first experience with Tofu Scramble at The Little Grill.  It was heavy on curry, but it stayed in the back of my mind as something I could try recreating at home. 

When scrambled, tofu has a very similar texture to scrambled eggs.   

Add in some veggies, fake sausage, and spices.  Voila!  A Tofu Scramble that even the most apprehensive tofu eaters will enjoy!

Here is my recreation (minus curry!).  I didn’t actually measure the dry ingredients.  I would recommend adding a little bit, tasting, and then adding more as needed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 half sweet Vidalia onion chopped
  • 4 Morning Star fake sausage links
  • turmeric (this is what gives the tofu a yellow tint)
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • nutritional yeast

1.  Press water out of tofu by wrapping it in paper towels and squeezing, or lay something heavy on wrapped tofu for about 15 minutes. 

2. Cube tofu into 1 inch cubes.

3.  Heat pan over medium high eat and spray with olive oil spray.

4.  Add onions, peppers, “sausage”, and tofu to pan.

4.  “Scramble” the tofu by mashing it with a fork or spatula. 

5.  Sprinkle with spices and nutritional yeast.

6.  Continue to cook and stir mixture until it is piping hot.

I created a breakfast burrito by topping a whole wheat tortilla with the tofu scramble mixture and added some Veggie Shreds Monterey Jack/Cheddar cheese.

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And that’s a wrap!

I have plenty of leftovers to have for breakfast the rest of the week!  I’m thinking “egg” sandwiches, McMuffins, and more breakfast burritos.  Yum!

Today’s agenda includes researching a new camera (any suggestions??), a crazy cardio sesh, a possible boot camp extravaganza, a little reading, and a trip to Target!

Enjoy the rest of your day! 

~Jen

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Thumbs and Such

Helloooo!  Happy Monday!  I hope you have had a marvelous start to your week! 🙂

I spent today doing some reading and research for work. This summer I am working with a small team of teachers to develop lessons and resources for other teachers within the county to help them implement a writing workshop with their students.

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Writing Workshop just so happens to be one of my favorite things to teach and it is one of the main reasons why I started this blog.

For fuel this morning, I had a rather unusual, though tasty, breakfast.

Kashi Vanilla Harvest Cereal with Bananas, Almond Milk and Peanut Butter

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It’s probably rather unorthodox to put peanut butter in your cold cereal, but I couldn’t resist.  As a sweet snack I sometimes dip these wheat squares in peanut butter, and I thought, hey, why not add some to my cereal bowl! 

I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

After doing a couple hours of work, I decided to take a girly movie break.  My wonderful husband put a few chick flicks at the top of our Netflix queue for me to watch this week while I was home. 

Today I watched 500 Days of Summer.

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They are not lying when they say that this is not a love story.  It was actually a pretty depressing story and I give it just one thumb up…  or maybe half a thumb???

Larry and I are off to lift legs at the gym.  I will more than likely not be able to walk tomorrow.  Lifting legs with Larry can get pretty intense. 

If you are a teacher, and you have any ideas, lesson suggestions, or resources for writing workshops, please send them to JenSanders52 at comcast dot net. 

Have a fantastic evening!!! 

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Check Out My Melons

This morning was all about breakfast.  Today is the first day since last Sunday (I think) that I haven’t had something penciled in on the calendar to do.  Consequently, I took my time getting up this morning, watched a little of the Today Show, and then decided to tackle breakfast. 

First, I chopped up a melon.

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It was a perfectly round melon with green ridges around its rind.  The inside was a bright peach-ish, orange-ish color with juicy “meat” and a compact seed core.  A wonderfully delicious start to the day.

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However, I wasn’t finished with breakfast just yet.  I knew that if I didn’t eat something else, I would finish this entire melon by myself in just a few short hours. 

The past few weeks I have been craving a bowl of cold cereal like you wouldn’t believe.  I haven’t had a bowl of cereal in quite some time, but with the triple digit weather recently, it seems like the perfect cold breakfast way to start the day.

Yesterday, while at the grocery store, I picked up a box of Kashi Island Vanilla cold cereal.

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At first glance the nutritional facts didn’t seem too bad.

So, I poured myself a bowl.

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But, wait a minute!  What is the serving size? 

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27 biscuits?!?!?! 

I have to count out 27 biscuits?? 

Hmmm…  interesting.

So, I counted how many biscuits I had poured in my bowl. 

43 biscuits.

16 biscuits too many.

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This is a bowl of 27 biscuits.  Apparently my idea of a bowl of cereal is a little different from the cereal industry’s. 

I added a little almond milk and a handful of blueberries to complete the meal.
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It is a very sweet cereal as it is sweetened with both evaporated cane juice and evaporated cane juice syrup.  However, it does claim to contain a full day’s serving of whole grains.  Not too shabby.

What is your favorite “healthy” cereal?  Have you found that what you pour in a bowl is right-on or way too much???

Today’s agenda includes lots of relaxing.  I’m going to stay in my jammies for a little while longer while I watch the movie Dear John that just came in the mail through Netflix.  Then I am going to head to the gym for a quick 3 mile run and weights.  After that who knows???  😉

Have a wonderful day!!!! 

Here’s a Portion Control Quiz that you might find interesting.  Just click here!  Let me know how you did!!!  I missed quite a few!!!!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Bulgur Breakfast and Healthy Habits

Mmmmm…  I am eating the most glorious breakfast at this very moment. 

Last night I forgot to make a batch of Overnight Oats, so this morning I was left to ponder what to  make for breakfast.  Just as I was about to start a batch of Protein Pancakes, I saw it—a container of leftover bulgur from last night’s dinner.

Hmmm.  What could I make with this?  Could I make breakfast out of a dinner food??? 

Absolutely!

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I took 1 cup of the cooked bulgur, mixed in a smushed banana, large quantities of cinnamon, a swirl of maple syrup, and a dollop of cashew butter.  Stirred it all together and voila! 

Simple Leftover BULGUR BREAKFAST!

Bulgur is a whole grain that  has been eaten since ancient times.  It is actually known as man’s first “processed food.”  However, don’t be afraid to try this healthful grain.  When you think processed in today’s day and age you think preservatives, additives, added trans fats, sodium, etc.  However, bulgur is processed in modern times much in the same way as it was in ancient times.

In fact:

“Many of the wheat’s naturally occurring vitamins and minerals permeate the kernel during cooking thus maintaining more nutritive content than other forms of processed wheat products.” [Source]

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I say that if you haven’t already tried bulgur, you should give it a go!  It is wonderful as a side to any dish and can take the place of brown rice or cous-cous.  You can also try Vegetarian Halupkies or Stuffed Peppers

But enough about breakfast.  What I really wanted to talk to you about today is staying healthy with a hectic schedule.

As you may know, the past few weeks have been extremely busy for me.  Don’t get me wrong!  I’ve had a wonderful time traveling all over the state, visiting my alma mater, going on wine tours, watching my brother graduate, standing by my best friend’s side on her big day, closing out the school year, etc., but this continuous go-go-go has not had the best impact on my health.

Most of my meals have been super quick throw-togethers, and my workouts have also been super sporadic.  In fact, I think I have only worked out a total of 4 or 5 times since the second week of June!  My energy levels are low.  I have not been careful about meals and snacks.  And I just plain feel funky!

It is so easy to get out of the workout groove, yet so very hard to return to a regular routine of health and fitness. 

There will always be times in our lives when the daily grind will make it harder for us to stay on top of our game.  However, rather than beating ourselves up over the poor choices we’ve already made, we should just put our best foot forward to get back on track.     

They say it takes 30 to 60 days to make something into a habit.  So, if you want to make daily exercise a habit, then it is necessary to do some sort of physical activity every day for 30 to 60 days. 

I would like to reestablish the regular workout routine that I’ve left in the dust the past few months.  I am challenging myself to 60 days of physical activity.  Because rest is important, some of these workout days will consist of gentle yoga, long walks, or stretching routines.

Here is my Healthy Habits Challenge to you! 

Is there a healthy habit you would like to establish for yourself? 

Perhaps you wish to drink 8-12 cups of water a day?  Or eat 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies?  Maybe you need to get into the habit of flossing every night?  Or maybe, like me, you wish to make daily exercise a habit?

I challenge you to put your best foot forward in trying this habit for the next 30-60 days.  If you would like, leave a comment below letting us know what Healthy Habit you are trying to establish, and we can provide each other with support. 

Here’s to Happier Hearts and Happier Minds!

~Jen

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Breakfast of Champions

Hello!  Happy Saturday! 

I hope you had a wonderful Friday night, and that you’ve taken some time to rest, relax and rejuvenate on this lovely Saturday.

This morning I woke up and watched Thursday’s Season Finale of Grey’s Anatomy.  It was crazy intense!  Anyone else catch it??? 

After a gripping two hours, I was in the mood for some breakfast.  But I wasn’t in the mood for eggs, or cereal, or oatmeal.  I wanted something filling, but light. 

I did a little food blogging research and decided on Protein Pancakes. 

I modified The Fitnessista’s recipe for Perfect Protein Pancakes.  And because I’ve decided to cut back on my dairy consumption, I decided to replace an egg white with Angela’s Vegan Egg White

Ingredients:

-1/2 scoop protein

-1 chia seed vegan egg white

-1/4 C almond milk

-2 T whole wheat flour

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp vanilla

-1/2 tsp packed brown sugar

This breakfast was super easy and quick.

First, I made the “egg white.”  I was a little skeptical, but I must say this is ah-mazing! 

I took 1 tsp of chia seeds and soaked them in 1/8 cup of water.  After about 3 minutes, they were seriously the consistency of an egg white!  I couldn’t believe it!

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I mean look at this!  Chia seeds are my new favorite super food.

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I then mixed all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

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Once the pan was good and hot, I added the batter and did some fancy unpictured flipping 😉

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I topped them with a little Earth Balance, maple syrup, and sliced strawberries.

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Who said the Breakfast of Champions had to be Wheaties???  These kept me full for more than 4 hours today!

Well, I’m off to do Yvonne Strahovski’s workout from Shape magazine and finish getting ready for the party. 

Have a great night!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Oats, Oats, Wonderful Oats

During the long winter months, I savor bowls of warm, thick and creamy homemade oats.

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They are filling, stick to your ribs, and warm your body and soul.  I can think of nothing better to have for breakfast on a cold winter morning.

Now that the temperature is rising, and I am sweating by the time I finish blow drying my hair, hot oatmeal just does not sound appealing.

This is why I was so happy to find a recipe for Easy Overnight Vegan Oats on Oh She Glows. 

I’ve tried Overnight Oats in a jar, and rather liked them 🙂

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Now, it may be that I am blonde, or just plain dumb, but I’ve never thought to just make the oats overnight in a bowl! 😉

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It really is easy.  Mix the above listed ingredients in a bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.  Peeking is acceptable and strongly encouraged 😉

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In the morning, open fridge, pull out bowl, remove plastic wrap, top with favorite toppings, stir (if you wish), and enjoy!

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These oats were topped with a tablespoon of Organic MarnaNantha Organic Raw Almond Butter and maple syrup. 

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This breakfast was FILLING!  I couldn’t even finish eating it, and it kept me full from about 6:30 AM to around noon time. 

I have a funny feeling that these oats and I will be wonderful companions this summer. 

Now the great debate begins.

I have been following an every other day workout type pattern this week.  Last night, before my Cinco de Mayo celebration with Larry and Brian (here’s your shout out boys! 😉 ), I did about 15 minutes of light cardio followed by an hour long BodyPump class that rocked pretty much every muscle in my body. 

I hate that I’m in a workout rut, but my body is s-o-r-e.  I’m thinking I’ll probably take the dogs for a walk after dinner tonight when it’s a little cooler.  That way I’m not totally missing a workout, but I’m giving my poor musk-les a chance to rest.

We shall see.  I may convince myself to do a thirty minute video on ExerciseTV.  Who knows? 😉

Happy Almost Friday!

What is your favorite hot summer morning breakfast?

~Jen

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