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Noshing on the Go



Traveling can be a death sentence for someone who is OCD about planning their meals. But since we all know I don’t plan my meals very often, I am usually ok with it. This doesn’t mean I’m not super picky, I just find something I like wherever I go. It’s all about balance and finding something that works, even if it’s not ideal. I normally have rather long flights, so I always stock up on some mixed nuts or trail mix beforehand. No one wants to be hangry on a long flight!



[easy fruit smoothie for breakfast on the go]


[blogging during my layover]

trail mix

[simple plane snacks]


[It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas-- in Ohio]


Truthfully, I’ve never done a typical “day in the life of” post because every day is different for me. That’s the joy of being a student and working odd jobs, a routine is hard to come by. But just because airports and traveling are so fun around the holidays, here is a look at how my Tuesday went. You could consider it more of a “What I Ate on Tuesday While I Was Jet Setting” for this week’s version of What I Ate Wednesday


(*disclaimer: individual results may vary. In fact, this was one of the easiest travel days I’ve ever experienced. The airports were staffed accordingly for the holidays- much appreciated!)


  • 6:30 a.m. (MST)- Alarm, immediately press snooze


  • 6:47 a.m.- Still laying in bed, hitting snooze/ignoring my alarm. Eventually get up…


  • 7:05 a.m. - Hop out of the shower


  • 7:10 a.m.- Frantically finish packing since I had serious lack of motivation to do it Monday night


  • 7:30 a.m.- Walk dog, make smoothie for breakfast (obviously, not at the same time)


  • 7:50 a.m.- Out the door, sit in rush hour traffic to get to the airport (similar to the opening scene from Office Space)


  • 8:30 a.m.- Arrive at airport, wait in longest (yet fastest) line to check bag


  • 8:40 a.m.- Get through security faster than I ever have (I was the only one in my lane), proceed to those random little newsstands to stock up on trail mix and water for the plane


  • 9:35 a.m.- Board aircraft


  • 9:55 a.m.- Sit on runway for a while so the pilot can “reset the computer” due to the “minor computer glitch” …yikes!


  • 10:05 a.m.- Fight finally takes off, yay! Proceed to snack on trail mix and read magazines


  • 1:30 p.m. (CST)- land in Texas, hangout for a while during my layover (catch up on blog reading, grab a Mediterranean veggie wrap in the airport for lunch)


  • 3:25 p.m.- Hit up Starbucks before the flight (tall nonfat latte please)


  • 3:45 p.m.- Board flight from Houston to ClevelandI’m the lucky passenger with a child screaming at the top of his lungs sitting in front of me.


  • 3:46 p.m.- Take advil (see above)


  • 4:00 p.m.- Wheels up for the second time, Ohio here I come. Proceed to spend 2.5 hours on the flight organizing my iPhoto (all while snacking on trail mix, of course). Such a relief to get that under control, it was chaotic before.


  • 7:30 p.m (EST)- Arrive in the snow!


  • 8:30 p.m.- Eat mom’s Christmas cookies (it’s been a long day)


  • 9:00 p.m.- Proceed to spend the rest of the night wrapped in a blanket.



Are you traveling this holiday season? What are your favorite healthy travel snacks?

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Establishing a Workout “Routine”



It was necessary to put the word “routine” in quotes because when it comes to fitness, I often lack consistency. This is the underlying reason that I chose a career in nutrition over something like personal training.

I’m might cause some controversy with this statement because it breaks many healthy living bloggers’ rules but….


I rarely plan my meals and I rarely plan my workouts.


Phew, feels good to have that off of my chest.


This is where I differ from ten thousand other healthy bloggers. But I have tried planning my meals and workouts before, and I never end up sticking to my plan. Despite this, it works for me. Sometimes a routine can cause boredom, which is why I thrive on change.

I know you’re thinking, “If you plan your workouts you will develop a routine”. Well, I’ve tried and this doesn’t work for me. It may work one week, but not the next so it never sticks.  Some weeks I have 2 or 3 tests or various papers and projects due. Therefore, I can’t just dedicate Sunday as my “off” day or Monday as my cardio day.

I tend to get on a kick for a while with something and then for whatever reason (my schedule changes/new commitments) my participation fades.  I have done it all: spinning, running, hiking, yoga, barre classes, and more. Right now, barre classes are by far my favorite (and preferred method) of exercise. However, I feel that I need to incorporate more cardio into my routine to see more results from these classes.

Since I’m making changes and trying to de-stress by taking more time for myself, I’m trying to establish a new routine. This week I’m going to “plan” ahead of time, stay tuned for the results!


Workouts for the Week:

  • Sunday: 2 mile run
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: hot yoga
  • Wednesday: pure barre
  • Thursday: hot yoga
  • Friday: 2 mile run
  • Saturday: rest



What are your tips & tricks for developing a fitness routine?

Healthy Roadtrip Snacks

Since we are leaving for California in a short while, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite travel snacks. I am no stranger to roadtrips, my family would take one every summer to the beach in North or South Carolina and I always loved enjoying my snacks along the way.

There is nothing worse than being in the car in the middle of nowhere when you’re starving with no healthy food in sight. Since most of our drive will be through the desert, I plan on stocking a small cooler full of water, some carrot sticks, and fruit. I also love packing dry snacks like trail mix (currently loving this berry bounty mix I found at Whole Foods), kind bars (duh), and pretzels.

Not only are these snacks great for the road, but they are also great for the hotel room in between meals. Admit it, eating out for every meal gets old (and expensive) so keeping your hotel room stocked with snacks helps.

This will be our first time taking Dexter on a roadtrip (longer than 2 hours). Wish me luck as I try to relax and eat my carrot sticks without him stealing any (he loves carrots). Good thing he’s so darn cute.

What are your favorite roadtrip snacks?

Hummus, Fruit, & Feta Cheese Galore

Anybody have any crazy shenanigans planned for 4th of July?

We are traveling a lot over the next couple months so we’re staying in town this holiday weekend. Not to mention, I have a boat load of homework to get through so it will be nice to stay here. (two thumbs up for summer school!)

But don’t worry, I will be decked out in red, white & blue enjoying a margarita (or two) by the pool here in Arizona!

Ok, now on to a lovely update on how the food has been looking this week…

We don’t have Panera in Arizona, but we have the next best thing (and practically the same thing) Wildflower Bread Company. I had the Mediterranean salad for dinner the other night which was packed with field greens, feta, artichokes, red peppers, red onions, and sunflower seeds with balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious!

I haven’t cooked much this week either. I have a lot going on for school which means simple and easy meals around here.

Breakfast has been either cereal or oatmeal topped with bananas & berries. My “go-to” lunch this week has been throwing together a salad of whatever I happen to have in the fridge that day. Crisp, cold lettuce tastes so good in the summer, I can’t get enough of it.

Obviously I can’t forget my favorite meal of the week, the herb hummus from True Food Kitchen.

Truthfully, I’m normally not a big salad person. But when temperatures look like this I refuse to eat anything hot and I’ve been short on time and they’re easy to throw together. I took this picture on Saturday, so don’t worry, temperatures have “cooled off” to a breezy 107 degrees. Please note the low temperature of 91 degrees! (Sigh)

P.S. Can you tell I have a weakness for feta cheese?

Have a great holiday weekend!



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Meal Plan Monday

Why hello there!

How was your weekend? Did you tune in to see that guy tightrope across the Grand Canyon last night? I had knots in my stomach the whole time just watching him do it. I am terrified of heights and even looking over the side of the Grand Canyon when we went to visit a couple years ago was frightening. I can never even imagine walking across it. So crazy!

Grand Canyon May 2011

Now back to the food…

I have a little secret to admit to you today… I am terrible at meal planning. Gasp!

I am not one of those people who spends my Sunday mornings strategically planning my meals for the week and then preps food all afternoon. This is almost embarrassing to admit considering I am a nutrition student.

Believe me, I wish I was better at planning and organizing my meals because it’s healthier, cheaper, and so much easier. Instead I just “wing it” at the store and pick up some things that look good and almost always forget a key ingredient and then end up returning to the store next day.

So why on earth did I plan a “Meal Plan Monday” post? Because this week I actually thought about my dinners before I went to the store. Shocking!

I’m really trying to make an effort to plan more of my meals. (After all, my new years resolution was to be more organized). Plus, it will spare me from one of those evenings when I can’t decide what to have for dinner and I’m too tired to figure it out and the next thing I know I’m at the drive thru at In-N-Out (Hey, it happens!)

Here’s what I have planned for the week:

Sunday: Veggie Tacos

Monday: Trader Joes Asian Stir Fry & Brown Rice

Tuesday: Greek Pasta Salad

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner: Scrambled Eggs or French Toast

Thursday: Protein Smoothie/ Whatever I feel like bringing to work

Friday: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables & Marinara

Saturday: Leftovers

Do you plan your meals every week? What are some good tips & tricks?



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