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today is national eat outside day!

could this pic BE more perfect?!

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if you’re reading this before lunch, get your butt outside like i will! do it.

if it’s after lunch, there’s still time for you to eat your din din outside. enjoying happy hour drinkies and food on a patio sounds fab. too bad it’s supposed to rain here this evening πŸ™ whatev. make it work! i could make myself a sandwich and eat it on my screened-in balcony. yes yes, that could work.

if it’s 3:00 in the morning, then you should be sleeping, and i should be, too. unless, of course, you’re driving. (athankyou pizza doctors commercial.)

anyone tried this?

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this little doozy from yesterday’s hungry girl email piqued my interest. have you tried these mix-and-match oatmeals? i’m curious if they’re any good. they probably are. i mean, why not? i like the rest of the flavors. i’ll try to find a coupon somewhere and then give it a shot.

off to lunchy! peace out(side)! seriously, though, get outside and eat something.

holiday! celebrate!

it’s that time of year again, kiddos. it’s National Banana Lovers’ Day!!!!!

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i’ve already gone on and on about my immense love for bananas last year on this wonderful holiday and a couple of weeks ago when i made the fantastic decision to add banana to my oatmeal. this time i’ll just hit you with the facts:

according to the world’s healthiest foods website, “Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis,” which is when fatty deposits build up on artery walls.

aside from the potassium content and yumminess factor, i love that medium-to-large bananas contain 3-4 grams of fiber, which is awesome for keeping your tummy full longer.

this just in! i’m eating a banana right this very second, and it’s awesome. you should, too. celebrate banananess!

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i could sing bananas’ praises all day long, but i’ll move on to something else that’s going to affect my next week or so.

the minnesota state fair β€” dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun …

i moved to the twin cities seven years ago, and every year the state fair creeps in and totally throws me off. and i haven’t even been there!!!!!

i’ve lived and/or worked in the vicinity of the fairgrounds every single year, and the traffic gets RIDICULOUS. each year i think, “yeah, this is the year i’m going to the fair.” and then the traffic congestion happens and i need to take new routes to everywhere and the fair becomes my archnemisis once again.

i’m a pattern kinda girl. i like to drive my regular routes, and i DO NOT want to sit in my car longer than necessary during my work commute. it already takes me at least 30 minutes to get to work, so 45 minutes or longer killlllllsssss meeeeeee.

i actually thought this would be the year i would go. i steered clear from it the past two years because i didn’t want to be tempted by fried-everything-on-a-stick. i’m (pretty much) maintaining my weight now, so i figured i could handle the food aspect. i wrote “(pretty much)” because i had a blast being crazybusy all summer … but it was unkind to my waistline. i gained a bit. i’m not beating myself up over it, but i’m not pleased either. i still haven’t gone in for my august weigh-in at ww because i’m out of nonpaying range πŸ™

i should just bite the bullet, weigh in, pay the stupid fee and get back in range for september. i’m only a couple of pounds away. gah. whatever. i’ll figure it out. i know that i’ll be back to 149 (and less) within a month, but it still sucks. this never ends, does it??? nope.

ok enough of that. basically what i’m saying is that i’m not going to the fair this year either. i don’t need the food. i’m not a huge fair fan anyway. (i get my fill at oktoberfest in la crosse. what whaaaat!) i’ll go some time β€” just not this year. i’ll go when i don’t live near the fairgrounds and my routes haven’t been disrupted.

i think i’m the only person who doesn’t like the fair, so happy fair season to the rest of you!!! enjoy the minnesota state fair or other state fair for the both of us πŸ™‚

if i WERE going i’d have cheese curds, corn on the cob, and guacamole. i was incredibly bummed when Tejas in edina closed its doors because they made THE BEST guac in the world. (i actually base my recipe off of theirs.) my hairstylist informed me that Tejas has a booth at the fair! maybe i’ll try it next year …

FAIR WARNING

the star tribune presented some numbers you fairgoers of any state might find interesting. i sure did!

here’s the entire article (Do the math: the calories add up), but i’ve included the pertinent information below. they even estimate how much walking it would take to burn off the calories you’ve ingested!*

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
8 to 10 (1/2- oz. each) 580 calories, 26 g fat, 6 miles to walk

PIZZA
5 oz. pepperoni, 404 calories, 17 g fat, 4 miles to walk

CORN DOG
3.7 ounces (regular size), 350 calories, 25 g fat, 3.5 miles to walk

ICE CREAM
Single scoop (vanilla or strawberry), 290 calories, 18 g fat, 3 miles to walk

CHEESE CURDS
7 oz. (1 container),Β 1,140 calories, 81 g fat, 11.5 miles to walk

FRENCH FRIES
25 medium, with ketchup, 310 calories, 14 g fat, 3 miles to walk

MINI-DONUTS
12 (11/2- in. diameter), 720 calories, 37 g fat, 7 miles to walk

FOOT-LONG HOT DOG
With bun, condiments, 540 calories, 31 g fat, 5.5 miles to walk

ROASTED CORN-ON-THE-COB
1 large ear with 2 tsp. butter, 200 calories, 9 g fat, 2 miles to walk

PORK CHOP ON STICK
4 ounces, 290 calories, 17 g fat, 3 miles to walk

*Calculations based on 180-pound individual burning 100 calories per mile at a brisk walk. From “Compendium of Physical Activities,” Medical Science Sports Exercise, 2000:32 (Suppl): S498-S516. Nutritional information from Bea Krinke, registered dietitian, St. Paul.

totally had this theme song in my head after reading those stats.

whoa, baby. long post.
happy national banana lovers’ day!!!!!!!!!!!!

cauliflower power!

a coworker brought veggies to work yesterday, and amongst them were some cauliflower florets. i write WERE in a big way because a) there weren’t that many, which made me sad, and b) because i went to town on them and didn’t really care if my other coworkers wanted any. ok ok, i ate some in the morning and left some to be nice … and then after lunch i was like screw you guys, i’m eatin’ it all.

i haven’t been able to get cauliflower off my mind since. such a weird thing considering i didn’t care for raw cauliflower until only a year ago. it’s aaaaaaall because of the adult taste buds β€” but that’s another show. all i can say is that I LOVE IT NOW. with a smidge of dip, please.

happy as a cauliflower!

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i planned on going to a flick last night with eliz and sarah (inception, if you must know), and β€” i kid you not β€” i picked up a head of cauliflower and some fat-free veggie dip on the way home from work. i planned to cut the cauliflower into pieces, put them in a baggy, and portion some dip into a minitupperware thing. i was going to smuggle it in along with my bottle full of water.

my newest sigg bottle! 0.6 L of cuteness.

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who brings cauliflower to the movies?!?!!?!?!?!?!!? apparently i would. but i didn’t. because we didn’t go.

takes me back to my senior year of college. i had a film class at night, and precisely when the lights dimmed and the movie began, you could hear chip bags and pop cans opening like nobody’s business. i, on the other hand, was trying to slim down before spring break, so i’d bring sugar snap peas and water and eat them in agony while two of my best friends sat next to me and enjoyed their treats.

i cut up the cauliflower head this morning before work and filled a container with some of it. i also brought a little container of the dip i bought: marzetti fat free southwest ranch. only 30 cals for two tablespoons, and for me that’s a huge portion because i only like a tiny bit. when i’ve had this dip before i’ve really liked it. turns out it wasn’t what i was craving today, though. a normal ranch dip would have been superb. or dill dip! no idea when i became a veggie dip person … it’s those adult taste buds, i tell ya.

lucky day! a coworker brought dill dip with her veggie club loot, so i scored some of that for my personal florets.

cauliflock.

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i reckon i’ll pick up a dill dip at the grocery store this evening after kickboxing. the southwest just isn’t doin’ it for me, and i’ve got an entire head of cauliflower to devour! (ha. rhymed.)

i’m leaving for decatur, il, tomorrow evening and i’ll be there all weekend celebrating brianna’s birthday and basking in friendship with some truly wonderful people. i’m superpumped! last year we grilled 18 ears of corn, made calischetta, and i found a cute park for my morning jogs. wonder what we’ll do this year??

have any fun weekend plans of your own?


banoatmeal

i know i’m behind the times when it comes to mixing things with my oatmeal, but i just made the leap. here’s what happened:

i was eating my morning banana as i always do, but i knew this banana was on its last day. let’s be honest, two days ago was probably its last day. i ate the first half and just couldn’t finish it. so i think to myself, “amanda, why don’t you mix the rest of this already-mushy banana into the oatmeal you’re going to make in a half hour.” self, you’re a genius!

the spice of my cinnamon swirl oatmeal blended harmoniously with my sweet banana and created a major mouth party. i had to put down my spoon between bites to keep me from shoveling it all in.

i can only imagine what it’ll be like when i use an ENTIRE banana tomorrow. i’m going to use true delights hazelnut latte oatmeal this time. oh the excitement!

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michelle suggested that i freeze my very ripe bananas and use them for smoothies. love that idea … but i know how i am with actually following through on making smoothies. i have good intentions to, but then i get lazy. i think mixing too-ripe bananas with my oatmeal is just the ticket for me! hardly anything to clean up. minimal brain power required. yeah, buddy!

what do you mix with your oatmeal? anything? EVERYTHING? dish.

as much as i love (and i mean LOVE) peanut butter, i just don’t think i’ll care for it in my oatmeal. i bet i would if i didn’t get the already-flavored instant packets. duh. why didn’t i think of that before?

bananas rock my world.

banactopus.

ring ring ring ring ring ring ring bananaphone (photo cred: my food looks funny)

i wonder if they make banana cat costumes ...

i want this!

that's right. a lego version of george michael and gob bluth at the bananastand. be still my heart.

bananas 2010 wooooooo!!!!!!!

you’re welcome for those πŸ™‚

only a couple more jam-packed weekends for me. here’s my plan of action for this one:

  • friday evening: dan rodriguez concert at brew at the zoo. (check out dan. good stuff.)
  • saturday morning: oil change, renew apt lease, go for a run.
  • saturday afternoon: wicked!!!! (for the fourth and final time. probably.)
  • saturday evening: fundraiser for my friends’ kickball team. come, twin citians! it’s cheap!
  • sunday: go for a run. possibly bowling and/or yoga with emily?? i swear i’m forgetting something …

happy friday, all! share your love.