Three cheers for the Sweet Potato Challenge! I guess I should have been a little more specific about the rules, since some of you asked. 😉 Here they are:
What: A challenge to put your creativity and your love for the sweet potato to good use. Remember, though, if you think you make the best looking sweet ‘tater fries, that counts too! Don’t be afraid to post it up. 😀
When: Starts this Monday, ends Friday night!
Where: Post the picture of your potato masterpiece on your blog, and let me know via comment that you posted it up so that I can include it in Saturday’s post.
Why: Who doesn’t want more reasons to love the sweet potato? On Saturday, I’ll post up a Hall of Fame Sweet Potato post. Talk about some major sweet potato lovin’. 😀
My parents and I had plans to visit Boston today, so I kept my breakfast quick and easy so that I’d have time to fit in a mini-morning workout.
- 1.5 c. Kashi Go Lean
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 6-oz. yogurt with 2 T. crushed flax
- handful of almonds
I had a tough time getting myself motivated for strength training this week. I need to just remember that once I start, I love it. It’s the starting that I always have a difficult time with. 😉
However, as always, once I was five minutes into downward dogs and bicycle crunches, I felt deliciously happy to be working out. Strength training makes me feel strong, and I absolutely love that feeling! 😀
I rushed to shower, threw my hair up in a ponytail and grabbed a snack-to-go: an orange, some pistachios and a cup of chai tea. These Olivio Butter containers come in handy for stashing snacks, by the way. It did feel a little strange to be eating out of a butter container though. 😉
Walking around Boston was fun. The day was gloriously sunny and warm (I’m sure it reached 45-50!) We walked through Harvard, saw the Charles River, and did a lil’ bit of shopping on the side. Although I withheld from entering Urban Outfitters, because there’s no way I could go in without buying something. That store is super pricey but they have the most adorable dresses and shirts. 😀
Walking near Harvard…this old chapel has so much charm. 😀
Walking left all of us hungry. Unfortunetly, I forgot to print off the directions for an Indian restaurant that I’ve been dying to try, so we settled on a place called Fire and Ice. Next time, I’m totally hitting the Indian restaurant though. 😉
Fire and Ice is lit with all kinds of funky colored lightbulbs when you walk in.
From the website, I grabbed this photo, just to show how the food process works at Fire and Ice. Basically, there are different “stations” of vegetables, meats, tofu, etc. You grab what you want, include a sauce of your choice, and bring it to this humungous wheel, where the chefs throw it on and stir it around as it cooks. The wheel keeps spinning, and by the time it reaches a certain point, they throw on the sauce of your choice, and put it on your plate. Voila!
I love the concept of being able to choose whatever ingredients you want to eat, including the fact that it’s all you can eat. That includes the salad bar. I made myself a huge salad with the works, but the camera seemingly decided to eat that picture. Weird?
Anyways, my meal included all the following:
- sweet potato (lots of!)
- bean sprouts
- pea pods
- red onions
- fruit sauce
+ a wrap on the side.
The atmosphere of being able to make your own meal is what basically makes this restaurant. Honestly, I think a homemade stir-fry tastes ten times better, but it was still fun to pick and choose the fun ingredients. 😀
Fun day with the parents! 😀
Dad treated us to coffees for the ride home, and I went with a tall soy misto. So warm and yummy! This was my “signature drink” all throughout my sophomore year of college.
Since lunch was so late (i.e., 3:30!) I was only feeling slightly empty for dinner, so I kept it small with a refreshing yogurt mix:
- 6-oz. plain yogurt
- 1 T. crushed flax
- 1/2 whole wheat pumpkin muffin
- 1/2 banana
- tsp peanut butter
+ an apple
Can you believe that tomorrow is already the last day of the first week of March? Unbelievable.
Time to relax with a cup of tea. 😀
Question: Are you in love with the city, or are you a country guy/girl at heart? I’m totally country. I do love visiting the city, but I feel most “at home” in the country. Give me my mountains, lakes and trails, and I’m one [very] happy girl. 😀
Now you’re making me miss Boston! And I had an excellent sweet potato today. Clearly I’m excited and overprepared for this one
I have to second Evan above me. I am so excited for the sweet p challenge – I already made my first dish!
Total city girl at heart – I love all the nooks and crannies and culture that cities offer. But I have mad appreciation for the “country” as well. Beautiful and peaceful.
Yayy for the sweet potato challenge 😀 I have one sitting on my counter….
I’d say I’m a “suburbs” girl. I don’t like the busy city or the countryside in the middle of nowhere…more like a happy inbetween!
I love almonds, they make everything better! I think it’s so funny because I am addicted to soy mistos, and my “latte” friends think I’m so weird. If only they knew what they were missing out on. Boston looks gorgeous, enjoy!
aww what a great lunch w. the fam!!! hmm i live in SC so i dont ever really go to the city..im more of a suburbs girl
Oooh I wish I had your breakfast right now! Oh and I need a city to survive! 🙂
I’m a country girl, but I definitely think that I could be happy in the city too. I think it’d be fun to live in the city for a year, just for the experience. 🙂
ive never tried the sweet potato with hummus, it looks very good though! i just got new hummus so i may have to try it soon instead of my normal sweet potatoes with ketchup! have a good sunday (:
okay i have my sweet potatoes!
Love the pic of you and your mom.
i do love where i live….it is the perfect combo of city, beach, and country.
have a good day!
Oooooo I haven’t had a sweet tater for ages I may well have to take part in this! I’m a total city girl, I love the hussel n bussel of a busy town, I love days ion the country too though! x
Aw, that’s such a sweet picture of you and your mama! I love it – you are gorgeous!
Also, I am so excited for the sweet potato challenge – I’ve got to start thinking creatively! 🙂
Cute mug there!
(Thank you for the comment- I am feelung MUCH better)
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Nice! I think I’ll definitely post something up with sweet potatoes sometime!
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Sweet potato challenge!! I did it! Whew, nothing like the last minute. 🙂
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