Marvelous In My Monday (MIMM 1)

Hey ya’ll! I thought I would take a break from recapping my Boston trip and share with ya’ll some of the highlights from this past weekend. I know ya’ll are probably excited since all I’ve been talking about for the last few posts is Boston. I can’t help it that I went to college there and I love it.

I’ve decided to hop on the bandwagon and join the fun weekly party hosted by the healthy diva herself, Katie. Reading everyone’s Monday posts always makes me jealous that I don’t participate in Marvelous in My Monday, so finally here I am.

On Friday, I headed over to my younger brother’s new house to check out where he was living this semester and to take him to the UT volleyball game. I discovered that he lives down the street from a cupcakery called Polkadots. Of course I forced him to go over there to try it out with me.

We ordered the Lemon Blueberry and the Dulce De Leche cupcakes. I was sad because I really wanted their flavor of the month, which was a blueberry cheesecake flavor. The Dulce was very delicious and had a surprise of chocolate in the middle, while the lemon blueberry could have used more lemon zest I thought it was pretty good.

After we had half of the cupcakes, we headed over to Gregory Gym to cheer on the no 2 in the nation UT volleyball team. This game wasn’t super exciting because UT was obviously way superior to the team they were playing, but it was still a lot of fun to check out the new recruits (WHO ARE AMAZING). I love good volleyball.

After the game, we headed over to Titayas. It is our favorite Thai place in Austin and we met up with one of my brother’s friends who is freaking hilarious and awesome. I decided on the Vermicelli Lover’s entree with tofu. It was pretty delicious for a thai style vermicelli, but I will be sticking to my Vietnamese vermicelli from now on.

My brother and his friend both ordered the yellow curry, which is what I should have gotten because it is my favorite dish ever at Titayas. I like to branch out though, and I’m glad that I did. It was a good meal with some great company. Especially because my brother’s friend forgot her keys in the waiting area and some old man randomly showed up with them.

The next morning I took two of my volleyball players to the UT volleyball game. It was a tournament this past weekend, so there were three matches in total that UT played in. This match was against Cal Poly, and we destroyed them.

After I took one of the girls home, I made the other one stop for frozen yogurt at this place called Froyoyo. First off, it was impossible to find because my googlemaps kept lying to me on my iPhone. Once I found it I was happy. They have 8 calorie frozen yogurt per oz. So a half a cup of froyo is only 32 calories. HEAVEN. I ended up getting strawberry cheesecake and chocolate. It was delicious. Plus this place had gluten free cookie dough and brownie bits, so I gave myself some great toppings.

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I know I did.

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A Week in A Post

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been gone, but I was at Maccabi for eight days, I recovered by sleeping for two days straight, and then I have been dealing with the spotty internet at my mom’s apartment. However NOW I’M IN BOSTON. I’m so happy because this is like my second home, but before I start posting about Boston I’m going to give you a recap of my trip with my volleyball team. I learned a couple things from this trip.

After the three hour bus ride to Houston, we stopped at Kenny and Ziggys for a Shabbat evening dinner. KZ’s is a delicatessen, but since we were going with a large group all the food was pre-ordered. Luckily since I am vegetarian, I didn’t have to eat the sketchy brisket, the unsatisfactory noodle kugel, and the cold green beans. I got a huge pasta dish with cheese and tons of vegetables cooked in. It was enormous, so I let some of my girls eat it since they were not going to eat dinner at all.

After the meal, we did a birkat hamazon (which is a really fun prayer/song you do after you eat). Then we did a couple of other prayers because our local rabbi came on the trip with us. It was pretty funny because most of the kids there weren’t religious at all, so they would just mumble along or make up weird words to pretend like they were going along with it.

After dinner, we went to our hotel in Galveston. We did a couple of ice breakers until midnight then it was up to the rooms for the kids. I actually stayed up reading 50 Shades of Grey, which is actually pretty good. The next morning we woke up and went to the beach. Oh god. Monitoring kids on the beach is literally impossible. When it was time to leave, we couldn’t find two of the kids. It took about 30 minutes to wrangle them and finally get them on the bus.

Apparently you can’t sit under the umbrellas on the beach. The beach patrol came up to us and were like you need to get away from this immediately unless you want to pay for it. Obviously I’m not going to pay for shade when I can just sneak up when you are gone and get it for free.

After the beach, we went to the hotel to change and then went to the Kemah Boardwalk. We had dinner at a little pizzeria. It was quite annoying because they weren’t prepared for us at all. Then we were given unlimited rides passes, which was AWESOME. I went on this sketchy wooden roller coaster and the entire time my butt was not on my seat. Thank god for seat belts and bars.

Then it was time for volleyball. While my girls didn’t do so well in that arena, all of them had an amazing time and are coming back next year with high school volleyball experience and will definitely win a medal. The problem was that our team was 13 and 14 while all of the competition was 16 year olds.

Overall it was an amazing time. I only got about 3 hours of sleep every single night. It was exhausting because I would get up at 6 am, go to the volleyball gym, and not get back to the hotel until 11 then we would go out till like 2 am or later. This was why I was so exhausted and had to sleep for two days straight. The last night was a huge swap meat where the coaches traded their stuff, everyone was drinking at the bar, and we stayed up until 4 am. I was exhausted on the bus ride home, but had to finish my 50 shades.

I hope everyone has an amazing Thursday and its FRIDAAAAAAAY!

Product I love

Hey ya’ll! I’m probably on my way to Galveston right now to soak up the sun with my volleyball girls and the other athletes and coaches from Team Austin. We are taking two huge buses down, having Shabbat in Houston, eating dinner, and then going to Galveston to our hotel. I’m pretty excited. I made an awesome surprise for my girls:Aren’t these cute? I got water bottles at Walmart and used puff paint to put the girls names on the bottles. Each one is different, so they can’t fight about it. They probably will anyways, but oh well.

Anyways today’s post is going to focus on a product that I have recently discovered and am totally in love with: Flatout Flatbreads.
These things are amazing. They are really large, which is really handy. They contain a large amount of fiber and come in different flavors. You can make wraps with them or use them as a pizza crust (I have yet to do this, but once I get back from my trip you can bet I’m gonna make some amazing pizza combinations on them).

Since I’ve gone pescatarian (I only eat fish about 3 times a week, the rest of the time I’m a veggie head), I have been trying to think of good lunches. Thanks to the Flatout Flatbreads, I’ve been able to create an amazing vegetarian wrap that is filling and provides tons of fiber from the bread and the vegetables.

My wrap ended up being very large because I overfilled it with tons of vegetables. I had spinach leaves, tomato slices, red onion slices, mushroom slices, peppers, shredded carrots, shredded Mexican blend cheese, and some Paula Deen’s Honey Mustard. This was perfect.

This wrap is perfect for a lunch on the go too. I plan on making a ton of these once the school year starts because they are portable and will fit into my lunch boxes (wait till you see them because they are pretty awesome).

This is my product of the week. Each week I will share with ya’ll a new product that I have recently discovered. I hope you enjoyed this weeks, and I look forward to finding something for next week.

Have an awesome Friday!

Another two-fer

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday. So excited that it is almost the weekend. I am literally exhausted from doing crafts and finally unpacking my apartment – I know, I moved like two weeks ago. I’m just really lazy. I have a doctors appointment today (hopefully I’m not slowly dying), and I have volleyball practice tonight.

Aren’t these girls sooo cute? They are my JCC Maccabi Team Austin volleyball team – it is a Jewish thing. It is sort of like the Olympics for Jewish teens from 13-16. Every year, a city hosts it and hundreds of Jewish teens come in to compete in different sports. This year Houston is hosting, so it will be huge. I’m excited. Especially because when I played I was a gold medalist.

Anyways, I’ve been doing slave labor and hand painting t-shirts for them. The girls gave me the money, told me to get hot pink, and I came up with the design. This is the front, and the back will have their last names and a cute volleyball quote. Everyone is going to be jealous, and I won’t be able to stand up from hunching over to paint them. I’ve only been able to do 5 so far because painting the fire is time consuming. Hopefully I’ll finish soon.

Baked Apple Oats
1/2 c Oats
1 1/2 c water
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 packet truvia
1 melted banana
1 sliced apple
1 tsp chopped walnuts
2 tbsp raisins
1 tsp brown sugar

1. Add oats and water into a microwavable safe container, and heat for 2 min and 55 seconds.
2. In a second container, add the slice apple, sprinkle with a pinch of brown sugar, and cover with plastic.
3. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.
4. While apples are cooking, add vanilla, truvia, and brown sugar into oatmeal.
5. Then add melted banana (previously done in microwave for 1 min and 25 seconds).
6. Then add in apple mixture (make sure to slice down to even smaller pieces).
7. Add in raisins and walnuts.

Enjoy. This recipe reminds me of fall because of the sweetness of the apples. I could probably eat more than one apple a day because I love them so much. However, this definitely doesn’t keep the doctor away.

Black Forest Oatmeal Parfait (I know I promised this recipe a while ago)

1/2 c of Oatmeal
1 1/2 c of water
1/4 c of fat free cottage cheese
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 packet of truvia
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa
chocolate chips
1 c of sliced cherries

1. Microwave oatmeal and water in a safe container for about 2 min and 55 seconds.
2. Mix in vanilla, truvia, chocolate, and cherries.
3. Spoon one layer of oatmeal mixture in a cup.
4. Top with a layer of cottage cheese.
5. Then another layer of oatmeal followed by cottage cheese until you run out of oatmeal or get to the top of the cup.
5. Top with a few chocolate chips and some more cherries.

This is definitely an amazing breakfast. I love parfaits – mainly because of TCBY, but this one is pretty good.

These girls are seriously too cute. There was a big storm at the last practice, so they wanted to go out and play in the rain for a little bit. Being the cool coach that I am, I decided sure. They are so funny. I don’t know what I would do without these girls!

Have you ever coached a sport before?
Have you ever participated in a competitive event like this?

Fourteen Things Friday

Happy Friday, but really today is especially happy because it marks the end of summer school for me. I have somehow survived three demanding classes in a 5 week span. I’m not sure how I did it, but I’m still standing. I was actually going to do this post yesterday, but it was going to be called Ten Things Thursday. However I ended up having to study way more than I thought, deal with apartment things, and finish my research proposal. So now its fourteen things – I know you are excited to learn 4 more things about my life than you were originally supposed to know.

1. I have met my first blogger, and she is the sweetest thing ever. Min, who blogs over at Savor the Rainbow, is actually in my agriculture class (which is an awful class). I randomly found her blog one day, and was happy I did. Anyways to the point, she had made some muffins with the Wild Harvest Product from HLS and she let me sample one. THEY WERE AMAZING. Seriously it was the best snack I have had in class all month long. I was sad when it disappeared.
2. Speaking of agriculture, I’m done with summer school. Hallelujah. Although that final is sort of irritating me because the multiple choice part was a little harder than normal. At least in my opinion.

3. I’m going to Austin tomorrow. This means another trip to the Ice Queens snowcone trailer, and food adventures with my family. I also plan on doing some foodie pen pal shopping.

4. I’m having my first volleyball practice since a while ago on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more excited to see my girls. They are the cutest things ever. I will share a picture soon.

5. I decided to drown my agriculture final sorrows and my excitement for school to be over in some froyo from Crazy Good. I got White Chocolate Macadamia with chocolate sauce, strawberries, pineapple, jimmies, and gummy bears. Best treat for a hot day.
Yes, I have also discovered instagram – months later. Hello new addiction.

6. I have finally completely moved out of my old apartment, and I am into my new apartment Granted I still have a million boxes every where, but the main point is that I have a glorious new closet or should I say closets – as in two.
This photo doesn’t even do it justice because it chops off both sides. Also I have another bar under the clothes on the left for more of my clothing that is still in boxes. Remember, this is just my first closet! I love life.

7. I’m going to start volunteering at the Food Bank in San Marcos next week. I’m super excited to do something worthwhile for once. Also I’ll be researching more opportunities to help out the community in a food and health related way.

8. New snack alert. Normally I’m not a big eater of processed foods, but sometimes when you are sitting in class for 6 hours straight – you need easy snacks. In comes, fiber one cookie bars – SO much better than the brownies.
9. I’m going on a mini-vacation to Dallas with my mom and younger brother. Hopefully I can convince them to go to the Trader Joe’s in Fort Worth, but if not I’ll settle for H&M and a two story forever 21.

10. You guys must think all I eat is pancakes, but I really don’t. I just eat them on the weekends only. Anyways I’ll post up the recipe tomorrow and just share the picture now:
Lemon Raspberry Pancakes, so delicious with a nice tart taste.

12. I got a 101.6 in Accounting. I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m a nutrition major that is a science girl, so going into accounting I was a bit scared from all the horror stories of the other nutrition majors. However, I was a boss and destroyed it.

13. I have a new favorite snack: Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple with banana slices, mini chocolate chips, and a little bit of sugar free syrup.
This is the perfect snack on a hot day plus it is pretty sweet and very low calorie. I mean the whole pint of ice cream is only about 150 calories.

14. I’m not sure I have announced it on my blog, but I’m going to Boston from August 16th-22nd. I’m really excited for many reason: 1. It is during HLS, so I’ll get to meet tons of bloggy buddies, 2. I get to see my best friend, 3. Best friend and I will go on epic food adventures, 4. I’ll get to pretend I have a fabulous city life for a week, and 5. I get to see someone special. I seriously love Boston, and I’m not just biased from having gone to college there.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend. Mine is going to be filled with food, family, and fun. I can’t wait because I have needed this break for a long time.

Do you have any exciting news in your life right now?
Are you going to HLS in Boston?