Keeps on Getting Better

by on June 1, 2010

Evening friends! How’s it going?

My day started out pretty average with a trip to the gym for a quick strength training workout, but turned good when I remembered I had this treat waiting for me in the fridge when I got home.

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Okay, let’s be honest I never forgot about the overnight oats. I was pretty much dreaming of them with every deadlift and lunge I completed.

This batch had 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup Voskos Honey Vanilla Bean Greek yogurt, 1 T. chia seeds and cinnamon. The honey vanilla bean yogurt totally made the oats. Although I still haven’t tried the plain Voskos – I’m already in love. Both the fig and honey vanilla bean have tasted heavenly.

The oats were lacking in the fruit department so on the side I had a chopped apple.

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The AC is broken at my office so by the time lunch rolled around the only thing I was in the mood for was a fresh salad. I topped romaine with grilled tofu and veggies from last night, some baby tomatoes, and an avocado.

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And on the side- some left over brown rice in a coffee mug.

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Sometimes my bowls are too big so mugs work perfectly. :)

So lunch was dandy. I headed back to work and despite being in my office turned sauna, the day started to get even better! I got a phone call from the coordinator of a contest I entered with news that I’m a finalist!! I’m not sure if I’m allowed to divulge the full scoop right now, but I’ll be sure to let you all know the details as soon as possible. I’m so excited!!

Other lucky things occurred when Isaac and I made it to the Farmer’s Market about 1 minute before our CSA closed up shop early due to an afternoon thunderstorm.

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We stocked up on lots of veggies in a furry and then booked it back to the car. Luckily we made it because I had big plans for a cooling cucumber salad and we needed lettuce for it!

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Yum! This salad turned out to be perfect after a day in a hot office. The mix of cucumber, citrus and a little saltiness of the dulse was amazing. Both Isaac and I really enjoyed this!

For those of you that may be wondering what in the heck dulse is, it’s a redish purple sea vegetable that is high in iron, protein, fiber, and B vitamins. You can find it at most health foods stores- I got my package at the Whole Foods here in Richmond. I don’t love eating chunks of it plain because it gets slimy in your mouth, but when chopped finely it adds a nice, salty flavor to salads and soups.

Cooling Cucumber Salad

from The Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide by Andrea Beaman (The recipe is also posted online here)

3-4 cucumbers, peeled and deseeded, sliced into thin rounds
1 small red onion, peeled and sliced into thin crescents
1 small head of lettuce, shredded
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tbsp. dulse flakes

Mix cucumber, onion and lettuce. Combine orange juice, orange zest and dulse flakes and coat cucumber salad evenly. Let marinate for 10 minutes inside the refrigerator.

Last but not least, the day ended on a positive note when I came home to a fun little package from my friend and fellow blogger, Amie over at The Healthy Apple.

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She’s such a sweetheart!!!! AND, she’s quite knowledgeable as well – I highly recommend checking out her latest post – 5 Reasons Why Your Healthy Lifestyle isn’t Working. Sometimes we feel like we are doing everything possible to be healthy, but still aren’t seeing the results we want. Amie’s list nails some of the things that might be holding us back.

Overall, I simply couldn’t stop smiling today. I hope the same was true for you – what’s one thing that made you grin today?

- Brittany

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Run Sarah June 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I love overnight oats – so satisfying in warm weather! Both of your salads look great as does your fresh CSA produce. Congrats on being the finalist in the contest, look forward to hearing details!

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Claire June 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Mmmm, both salads look and sound delicious! I smiled when I saw all the sweet comments on my blog today!

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BroccoliHut June 1, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I’ve tried the plain Voskos and loved it–looking forward to trying the flavors now!
I smiled today because it was mine and Seth’s six month anniversary:)

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 2, 2010 at 4:15 am

LOVING the overnight oats – they never fail to please me!!
One thing that’s made me happy today…it’s my last exam! As of 4pm I’ll be a free woman :D til October anyway….
Love your blog :)

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Lauren June 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

That cucumber salad looks so refreshing and delicious! I love using citrus in salads, it’s so light and juicy and amazing right now.

Hope you’re having a great week hun!

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Stephanie June 2, 2010 at 6:17 am

what a fun day of surprises! the csa goodies look great too :) my mom is signing jordan, her and i up for the grilling class on monday, june 14 if you want to join too btw, not sure if he’ll do seafood/veg options but should be fun!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 2, 2010 at 7:02 am

Mmm, overnight oats, I need to get on those again, so delish!

And that cuke salad looks perfect for summer :)

xo
K

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Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

Is there a sweeter combination of words than “honey vanilla bean greek yogurt”? I don’t think so. In Canada, we only have the plain, so I hold out hope that flavoured greek yogurts eventually make their way north of the border.

Your CSA bounty makes me wish I joined one too!

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brandi June 2, 2010 at 8:08 am

Sounds like a fantastic day :) and congrats on the contest – can’t wait to hear about it!

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kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com June 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

ur a finalist!!! wow ur day totally is getting better and better and will hopefully continue liek that!! good job!!!

and yay for mugs… sometimes the best things for food <3

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teenagehealthfreak June 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

i probably was grinning the whole time I was grocery shopping today..fun times :)…I totally have some cucs from my garden I could make that awesome looking salad!!!

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Those over night oats sound so good. I think you may have just convinced me to give them a try! What a sweet surprise in the mail! Glad you had a great day!

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Pure2raw twins June 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

OK I am soooo making this salad!! Love cucumbers!

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