The…Black (?!?)…Monster?

Breakfast was…interesting?


Yes, ladies and gents, that is a very black monster.  I was expecting blue, but the longer I mixed it, the darker it became.  Until finally it came out into a disturbingly dark color.  I asked my mom to try it and she pretty much closed her eyes and swallowed. ha…

In the mix:

  • 1 c. soymilk
  • 4 c. spinach
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • 1/2 c. canned sweet potatoes

That is a very crazy mix!  And to be honest, I don’t think I would combine those flavors again.  I was in the mood for something really random, and that is exactly what I got.  The sweet potato was a bit much, and I wasn’t really a fan.  I think I’ll use the rest to make some sweet potato pancakes or something.  On the side I had a very yummy whole wheat flat wrap with a big glob of peanut butter, all cut up into what looked like sushi slices.

On the plus side, this breakfast did keep me full until lunch.  That was about 4 hrs, which is exactly what I want in a good breakfast. 😀 

Running and Lunch

I wanted to get in a good run today because tomorrow I’ll be going grocery shopping to pick up some goods at whole foods and we’re expecting some rain.  I felt a little stiff and sore, probably due to under-hydrating yesterday.  But after stretching a bit in the morning, and stretching after coming home from a 3-mile run, I felt pretty good.  And I love having morning runs because it’s such a nice start to the day. 😀

Then I came home and collapsed on the porch with a cup of iced water and lemon.  😉 

Lunch was a hodgepodge of a salad mix.  I topped the bed of greens with:

  • my regular dressing (tsp each of EVOO, balsamic, orange juice…+ a few dashes each of garlic powder and mustard powder)
  • cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell peppers, carrots
  • red onions
  • handful of raisins
  • 1/2 an orange
  • some fresh mozzarella cheese

…and some kashis on the side, of course! 😀  I love the honey flavor.  By far, it’s my favorite.


I found this kashi in the bag.  At first look, it’s perfectly normal.


But it apparently wasn’t flattened all the way like the others. 😀  Extra crunchy.


Dessert was 1/2 a banana with a glob of peanut butter.  Mmm…


Walking, Snack, and Supper

Mom and I headed out for a 4-mile walk after lunch.  It was the warmest part of the day, but we went prepared with a bottle of water.  Most of the the time was spent in the shade, and made for a very enjoyable walk.

This afternoon got pretty warm, and I instantly became a two-fisted drinker. 😉 I sipped on some more iced water with lemon and also enjoyed an iced coffee (1 c. coffee, 1/2 c. soy.)  So refreshing! 😀


I was also pretty hungry after running and walking, so I grabbed 1/2 a kashi crunchy almond bar…


…and noshed on the other 1/2 a banana. 


I was so excited to be working in the herb garden this afternoon, that I knew I wanted to put some of them to use in my dinner.  The lemon thyme is sprouting up all over the place, and so are the chives.  Not to mention all the chive flowers peaking out.  I never knew they were edible until doing some research.  To think that all this time I was simply snipping and tossing them out!?!

Supper was a nice big peice of flounder.  I simply sauteed an onion in 1/2 T. butter (for 1-1/2 lbs. fish), and topped the salted and peppered fillets with the softened onions.  Then I popped the fish into a 350F oven for about 13-17 minutes. 

On the side I had steamed broccoli and whole grain rice.  I was so hungry that I happily went back for seconds on the broccoli and fish…and there was enough left over to make dad a lunch for tomorrow as well.  Gotta love having leftovers!

And…of course…the chive flowers made an appearance too. 😀


I sauteed a handful of these in a tsp of EVOO, and lightly salted them.  They had a light, onion flavor; just slightly more ‘strong’ then the chives themselves.  Mmm…


Dessert was a slice of homemade blueberry coffee cake.  The batter was a bit too thin, explaining why blueberries had sunk to the bottom!  Once I tweak it a little, I’ll post a better recipe. 😀


Mom and I ended up going for another 2-mile walk after dinner.  We’ve been having such a wonderful spring, so it’s nice to be out and enjoying the weather as much as possible!! 

This left me hungry for a night snack, which was the last of the Raisin Bran and some milk.  Cereal just tastes so good sometimes!


I finally took the plunge and registered for a summer class–“Menu and Production Management.”  It’s a requirement for my major, and I’d much rather complete it now then be bombarded with extra work during my senior year.  It’s rough getting motivated during the summer months, but I decided that I’ll be very happy with the decision once I’m finished. 😉

I’m also still waiting to see what happens with volunteering with the RD at my local hospital…and keeping my fingers crossed! 😀

Exercise: 3-mile morning run, 4-mile afternoon walk, 2-mile after-dinner walk…all pretty relaxed and fun.  I’m thinking a 2-mile speed run is going to have to be planned soon…I love doing these on occasion, especially after a good rest day! 😀

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About One Beautiful Life

Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a 30 something year old who loves Jesus, nutrition, green tea, my family and my tuxedo cat named Humphrey. I enjoy photography, cooking and working at the local hospital as a Registered Dietitian. Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “The…Black (?!?)…Monster?

  1. What a yummy day of food – the flounder looks amazing, the coffee cake delicious and you just can’t go wrong with banana and PB.

    Have a wonderful day dear~

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