Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Worth Sweating Over

Happy Hump Day!


Figured I'd give my middle of the week post a bit of a twist. We all love certain things, and this list, in my opinion, is worth the sweat;)

Number One, because he deserves to be. The sexiest celebrity alive, in my opinion: Gerard Butler. He deserves more "yums" than overnight oats. He has no official Twitter (which means he's mysterious) ... wish I could reach him somehow!

Check out those arms! Maybe one day he and I can work out together - hey, a girl can dream!



That is one sexy man.

Kim Kardashian said "ew" when Kris tried setting her up with him on their latest episode. Poorly played, Kim, poorly played. Please send him my way.

Thanks in advance Kimmy:)

Number Two when it comes to sexy men: Bobby Flay. I'll come right out and say, he's a very close second. A man that can cook is muy bueno in my book. Too bad he's taken, but his wifey is gorge.

Her belly must be a very happy one, too... Among other things;)


B Flay, I love you.

If only B Flay could personally cook for me one day. I'll have to make it out to one of his restaurants - and soon!


And now comes a different kind of sweat - more so, a hustle. Hustlin' for cash moneyyyyy, so I can buy this beautiful orange and blue (aka Gator game-day) dress, from Dahlia.


Love, love, love: that BOW!, that it isn't bright, in-your-face royal blue, and it's sexy. I'm on a list to buy it (because there are 1,342,946 girls who want it), but went early enough so I'm the first small:) Yay.


Devilish treats are worth the extra gym sweat too. Enter my favorite restaurant dessert possibly ever, The Cheesecake Factory's Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake.


Yummmm! I'm pretty damn sure this is worth any extra sweat sesh, pre or post cheesecake bliss:)

Who or what is worth your sweat?

iPads on Treadmills?

If you squint really hard, you can see all of the UF students lined up outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as the Swamp.

Why are they lined up? Because it's (almost!) football season!


This is the first time I've "won" the student football ticket lottery in three years, and I'm pretty darn excited.

Snapped a photo of my ticket in class after I got it:


And I'm wearing my complimentary student t-shirt that came along with it. This is feeling like Christmas and I love it. I also put myself on a list for a gorgeous blue & orange dress from a boutique in Gainesville called Dahlia, perfect for game day.
Since school started, I've been struggling with eating at normal times. I'm much more of a Snack Face when school rolls around.
Going against my previous statement, here's a meal from Panera (obvi) that I ate at a work "meeting." I put that in quotation marks because it's really all of us just hanging out.


Fuji apple chicken salad - no onions - there were also scant tomatoes. Not by my choice. I was a little sad about that, but glad I had my whole wheat role to console me.
Also, a diet crack on the side with a lemon.
I've been eating other stuff too, no worries, but it's been semi-boring. Instant oats with scoops of PB, snap peas and hummus, bars, beers. You'll see more pics soon, I promise.
Whyyyy the small photo, Droid? I must investigate. Saw this chick at my apartment complex working out, aka playing on her iPad.


Don't get me, I'm all about technology. Some people have been surprised by this next statement, but I got my HTC Incredible (love, love, loveee) shipped to Chicago so I could have it asap. I picked it up on our Quaker break at the Healthy Living Summit.
But really, do you need an iPad on a treadmill? As a fairly technology-savvy individual, I believe that most people who have iPads probably have an iPod or some sort of other mp3-playing device. Am I wrong? She walked at a moderate pace with no incline most of the time, reading books on Kindle and watching music videos. Is this working out? Where will we bring our technology in the future? Is she using her iPad as a replacement TV? Or is it all too much?!
More importantly, what do you think?

Monday, August 30, 2010

What do Muhammad Ali and I Have in Common?

Where did August go?! It seems like just yesterday I was studying for microeconomics and packing for HLS. Fall semester has begun and it is flying! Why do last semesters of college have the tendency to do that?

In honor of September - which is a busy month for me: football season, Dad's birthday, parent's anniversary (which is coincidentally on Sept. 11), and all other sorts of shenanigans - I decided to create a list of goals. Fitness, health and related to life in general.

Let's have at it!

I consider myself a smart person, so this Google Image seemed appropriate.




S- Specific. I want to:
  • Apply for at least 20 jobs/week.
  • Maintain my GPA.
  • Participate in Body Pump at least twice a week/weight maintenance.
  • Keep up with my internship and work.
  • Enjoy senior fall semester - Gator football starts next week!

M- Measurable. I can:

  • Set time for job applications each day. Most importantly, I can make the time for this, because getting a job is the main reason I went to college to begin with.
  • I can maintain my GPA by staying on top of readings and assignments, studying when I should and taking all extra credit possible.
  • I will take at least two Body Pump classes - 6 a.m. Mondays (eek!) and having the option of Wednesday/Friday mornings, or going to both.
  • I love my internship! Social media and editing are my passions, so that won't be a problem. My side job is negotiable as it's part-time and school/jobs come first. Even in this economy and as much as I appreciate it it's the first thing to go.
  • Enjoying fall semester... Swamp tonight, Grog tomorrow, Fishbowl Fridays, Football Saturday? Come on! It's the easiest goal to set:) Nada happens unless all my work is done though!

Attainable:

  • Right now, all of my goals seem attainable. I'm sure you can assume I'm a bit (just a smidge) more skeptical about my first goal, but I'm willing to work my ass off to make that happen. I've already met my job app "quota" for the week (but will keep going!) and am preparing for Career Fair.
  • On top of that, I do not give up easily. Chances are, I won't.

Relevant:

  • All of my goals are extremely relevant to my senior fall semester. I have had these goals in mind for some time, but waited til now to lay them all out on the table.

Time-Bound:

  • I am very planner-oriented, plus my new phone is absolutely helping me to plan each and every last second of my day. Droid does, and allows me to do what I want to do better. HTC simply created an amazing piece of technology. I'm an iPhone convert and so proud of it.

Those are my goals for now. I'm always adding and changing them up. One thing always seems the same- my will to succeed. This boxer summed it up best:

"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quickie: Giveaway Winner & Some Weekend Eats

Ugh!

Sooooo it's been one of those days where I want to blog about my personal life but can't because the blog and real world lines are very blurred, especially recently, and I don't know what I can say and what I can't. And I'm assuming it's safer to not say than to let it all out. But it's there.

It's tough being a blogger sometimes ... My voice is on mute today!


But this made me happy... a BIG congrats to Eat Move Love, the winner of the ATHENOS Change for the Feta giveaway!

This is the comment she left:

First - this is my first time to your blog (seen your comment on Jenna's) - and can I just say that it's adorable?! Seriously loving the colors here! C'est tres belle :)

2nd - no is there not such a thing as too much cheese - I will remain ignorant to that...;) Sorry, some things I'm better off pretending about.

Okay - now finally! - to the comment: What makes me happiest?

This is a loaded question since I have a negative viewpoint and am working on finding happiness (heavily), so it's very important for me to focus on gratitude and the good in life.

So what makes me happiest? I'll be off the norm and say Seinfeld. Yes, Seinfeld. When I'm feeling low or crappy, watching those characters and the crap George Constanza goes through puts it all in perspective ;)

Sorry for the "novel" here!

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Your comment absolutely made me smile today:) Thanks and congrats again! Please send me your address at jdemartuf @ gmail dot com so I can get those goodies sent to ya! Thanks:)

Weekend eats:



A *free* fishbowl from Cantina happy hour shared with two other girls... led to a fun evening which I will probably be repeating next Friday:) I guess this doesn't 100% count as food, but we did have some chips and salsa with it;)!



Oats and PB (with some honey and raisins) after a loooong day working two jobs. Gotta get those carbs in!




Veggie sub and a diet crack at work Sunday.

Theme song of the day - I Pray For You ... and I do;)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Change for the Feta!

Who doesn't love cheese?

I'm personally a swiss fan myself, but can appreciate them all - I'm an equal opportunity cheese-eater:)



My beloved + carbs = heaven on earth.

No matter which way you slice it, it's delish: Wine and cheese, cheese-y quesadillas with hot sauce, lasagna, french onion soup (don't lie, you know you only order it for the melted gruyere and croutons.) How can you go wrong with cheese?

The answer: you can't.

However, too much cheese isn't exactly fantastic for your waistline, unfortunately. How do you get the best of both worlds - the added taste cheese brings - in a healthy way?

By making a change for the Feta!

After I posted about my love for their HLS Taco Salad Bites (which I will be recreating SOON), ATHENOScontacted me about doing a giveaway for you, the lovely readers of Exercise and Eat. Sound good? Here are the deets:

The lucky giveaway winner will get an amazing Fit and Fresh Salad Pod and a coupon for ATHENOS Feta, and the prize will be directly shipped to the winner.



Here's a fun fact about feta: Feta is a great salad topper with many nutritional benefits. In fact, ATHENOS Feta has 1/3 less fat and 30% fewer calories than cheddar cheese. Plus, ATHENOS Feta packs 6 grams of protein per serving.

Here's how to win!

1. Leave me a comment telling me what makes you the most happy. Food, family, whatever you want!
2. Tweet me @ExerciseandEat about this giveaway to help spread the word!

Here's an even better picture of the Fit and Fresh Salad Pod:



...and of course, ATHENOS feta!



And because this Google picture was too cute to ignore, hopefully this will start your weekend off right with a smile:



Simply added because I thought it was pretty adorable.

Good luck with the giveaway! Can't wait to read your responses:) I'll be picking a winner Sunday night.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HLS: The Food ... Better Late Than Never, Right?

Looking back on HLS, it's hard to imagine I was more excited about anything that day besides the loads of swag we got - I'm still munching on Adora calcium disks and loving every bite!


Alas, I was. Breakfast was the jam. I had oatmeal with (get ready for this list) fresh berries, raisins, nut butter and raisins. Served with a side of pineapple, coffee andddd...

Stonyfield's Mango Honey yogurt, which was absolutely delicious! I have a feeling some of my swag coupons will go to buying more of these guys:

Flash damage optional.
Lonchi: A huuuuge salad, hot peppers, a pickle and more roasted vegetables than I knew what to do with. So I did what I knew, and ate 'em all up!


No one loves roasted eggplant or artichoke hearts more than I do. Double yum!
Ended with a piece of Oreo cheesecake... to. die. for. Lurved the sweetness after all that veg.
Drank some of this guy:


Cinnamon Orange Peel water. Not bad, but I wasn't impressed. I much preferred the Acqua Panna. What can I say, when I want water, I want plain old fashioned H20. It was nice to try, though!

Athenos Feta Break! (I skipped the Quaker break because I was still full and went to FedEx to pick up the HTC Incredible I had shipped to Chicago. Please don't judge me, I just love technology and it was like getting a new toy.)
Beautiful sideways flora!


Tilt ya heads.

Athenos put together a great spread, but by far my favorite snack were their tangy taco salad bites. I had four. Sorry if I ate your share, but I avoided everything else. Kinda.

They were foodgasmic, amazing, so good. As soon as I took a bite, I realized I could've had 500, easily.



Plus some tomatoes, simply because there isn't any vegetable that tastes better to me in the summertime than a juicy, plump tomato. Even in chilly Chicago "summer" weather, when I was covered in goosebumps at night. No joke. I was born and raised in Florida (my excuse for all weather-related dilemmas.)



Pita and hummus, a no-fail combo.



Glad I got to relive the eats of that day through pictures! That's one of my favorite things about blogging:)

Now where can I get some more of those taco salad bites?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Let's Get Together

There are a lot of things that group us together as food bloggers - the shared understanding of how awkward it can be to take pictures in public, our love for overnight oats and the desire to plate meals on interesting plates and with good background to draw attention.

Alot of food bloggers munch on bars throughout the day. I've been doing more of that now that school is back in session, like this Cookies 'n Cream Delight Luna bar... yum!



And, of course, Clif... for which my love will never die. Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch = true love.



And of course you know about my love for LARABARS.

Another great way of grouping us bloggers together is through Healthy Living Blogs, created by Lindsey of Sound Eats.

“Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. If you’re interested in having your site listed on HLB, simply send the following information to healthylivingblogs@gmail.com and check the site out for yourself!

•Email subject line: MEMBERS

•Your name (please share if you prefer to go by first name, first and last, or however you prefer to be known on the Internet)

•Blog Name

•Blog URL (please start with http://, not www.)

•Your twitter handle, if applicable

Your location (if you prefer not to disclose this information for privacy’s sake, that is completely understandable. We’ll simply include your blog listing in the A-Z listing, not by location, too

Any specific labels (i.e. vegan, gluten-free, weight loss, running, etc.)”

Maybe some of ya'll live in my area and we'll get the chance to meet:)

What do you think groups us as food bloggers?

Monday, August 23, 2010

America's Nutrition & Muscletein Review

Last week during the Healthy Living Summit, America's Nutrition sent me different packets of protein powder to sample on Exercise and Eat. Tonight, I decided that a chocolate protein shake would be the perfect pre-class mini meal.



Now that I'm back in school, I find myself noshing on small meals throughout the day. I don't have much time to sit down for full meals like I did in my carefree days of summers past;)



Back to the goods - German American Technologies Muscletein, to be exact. While I am not a body builder by any means, I am an avid Body Pump participant and know that muscles need fuel for repair after a hard workout.





This certainly did the trick! I felt an energy boost and this morning am not feeling in pain from adding weights. I'm even debating running stadiums in the Swamp tonight, if that gives you any indication of how I'm feeling! This picture should give you a good idea.



Nutrition Stats:




Feel free to enlarge to further check out the stats.



Post mixture, pre-stir:




Check out those spills! I am guaranteed to be a mess in the kitchen, no matter what I do.



Pre-stir chunks... it almost looks like brownie batter- YUM! Had a very good chocolate-y taste, as well.



I like to stir with a fork to eliminate all chunkage. I like my protein drinks smooth.



Served with a side of mid-morning Gilmore Girls.




Next time I'm thinking of making a thicker shake with peanut butter, because nothing goes better with chocolate than PB!


What flavors of protein shakes do you like? What do you like to add to your shakes to thicken them up?


Thanks again to America's Nutrition for letting me review Muscletein - can't wait to try the other flavors!

LÄRABAR Heaven.

I really wanted to save money post-HLS, Chicago, New Jersey and Georgia. I really did.

Then, I went to Publix. They were having a sale. Excuse the blurriness, all of the cashiers were staring at my 9 a.m. picture-taking sketchiness. I tried to execute this as quickly as possible.


After seeing a sign like that, it was nearly impossible to stick to my pre-determined (and quickly thrown out the window) grocery budget. Especially with all of these new LARABARS at hand. I have zero willpower, and couldn't resist these beauts:


Stocked up on four peanut butter chocolate chips (fav, by far), two chocolate chip cookie doughs and two chocolate chip brownies. Carrot cake was nowhere to be found, but I can't complain.


How could I with this beautiful stash of LARABARS I have in my pantry?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jersey Eats

After a week of being away, it's good to be home! I just walked in the door from GA, where I spent the day on the water - and you can tell! I'm a bit burnt but can't complain, I'm headed back to school tomorrow and won't have much time for the sun after that, unfortunately.

My vacation recaps are going to be a little out of order - I'm going to start with New Jersey. Let's see where I end up taking ya'll tomorrow!

First things first: I was there visiting my grandpa and grandma, and got to see the rest of the family. While I was there I learned some family secrets:


This is the mushroom my Dad and his siblings painted on the bottom of their pool. My grandma went to great lengths to tell me it wasn't drug-related, but you do the math - the picture was dated 1971.

I spent some time at the Ridgewood Country Club, getting my tan on:


Not a shabby way to spend the day by any means :).
One night, I drove to Hoboken to visit my cousins, Maggie and Susan. We had a gorg meal of lobster, baked potato, beets and spaghetti squash. There was also some gazpacho and bread with olive tapenade. My lobster had green insides, if you were curious. The spaghetti squash was delicious and reminded me of all the great fall foods to come.


Taking photos of the NYC skyline like the tourist I was.

Saw the Cake Boss bakery!!! And the 50-person-deep line, plus the store was full, so I didn't end up getting the chance to go in. It all looked delicious, obviously.


We decided to go to Crumbs instead, where I sketchily took illegal pics.



Kept it simple with "The Good Guy" - a funfetti-like cupcake. Almost went red velvet. Would've chosen carrot cake but it wasn't available. Next time!


Why yes, the inside is filled with icing:)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Banana Bread (Cake)

I know I'm leaving my apartment in two days (Burglars, beware: I'm alarm-protected.) I couldn't possibly eat carbs for every meal (Yeah right, I totally could.) I know I can't stomach all of it myself, (but that's what friends are for, right)?

Despite all rhyme or reason, I felt the urge to bake today. So bake I did. Trader Joe's Banana Bread Mix, specifically:


A birthday gift from my parents from up above the Mason-Dixon line, New Jersey. I will be heading there myself (New Jersey and Trader Joe's) after HLS/Chicago to visit the fam. And maybe Franklin Lakes. Already Google-mapped it and it's only 28 minutes away from my Grandma's.

Back to business- the banana bread. Being the broke-as-a-joke college student I am, I don't have a proper bread-making pan (You know, the baby rectangle shaped kind?), so I put the mix into a cake pan, natch.

Pan shapes did not alter the deliciousness of this banana bread, nor the delightful smell that wafted through my apartment during the baking process.

Peeking, five minutes early:


Let me tell ya, the results did not disappoint. Wish you guys could come over and enjoy a piece with me! It's even better topped with PB (or the nut butter of your choice) and chocolate chips.
Oh yes, I did.
What are your favorite baked goods? Are you more of a baker or a cook?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Like a Bomb Went Off

So, I'm pretty pumped for #HLS. So much so that it feels natural to hashtag it now, even though I know this isn't Twitter. #HLS is still #epic.

So excited that I've begun packing. I can no longer eat on my kitchen table.

The explosion:


I've done my fair share of packing, so I know how to fit a lot into a little space. I'm working hard to fit all of my options into a large Vera Bradley duffel, and can do it with the help of my oh-so-cool backpack.


I've had to squeeze some loose, but neccessary (can never spell that word) objects into random spots.

Exhibit A:


Hanky Pankys (a.k.a. the best underwear EVER) stuffed into my Friday cocktail night heels.

A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.