Friendsgiving, Astoria

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Is anyone getting excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am!

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This year we have friends visiting us in Hawaii, which is so fun. It’s the guy on the very right and his girlfriend. Two years ago, Kiyo and I decided to have a bunch of friends over in Astoria (Queens, NY) for “Friendsgiving,” and for some reason they all decided to wear the same outfit… it was weird but also hilarious.

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Kiyo did most of the cooking, I’ll admit it. He made us an appetizer to munch on while he finished cooking: rosemary foccacia bread – yep, made from scratch!

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I spread it with fig and honey jam…

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and topped it with bacon and brie cheese, which we melted.

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Oh man, it was GOOD!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

WIAW breakfast smoothies

8:00 AM: Breakfast

Before heading to a doctor’s appointment, I made a quick smoothie with tart cherry juice, apple juice (both organic and not-from-concentrate), nettle-leaf iced tea, acai berry powder, green powder, ice and chia seeds on top. It was really watery, more like juice than a smoothie, but the taste wasn’t bad.

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11:00 AM: Snack

I was hungry again after the doctor, so I swung by Diamond Head Market & Grill for one of their famous blueberry cream-cheese scones. They are HUGE (you can’t tell from this picture) so Kiyo and I split it when I got home. Usually scones are quite dry, but this one was so moist I wouldn’t have dreamt of putting butter or anything else on it, it was perfect just as it was. We also had iced coffees, mine with honey and almond milk.

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1:00 PM: Lunch

Kiyo and I got our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Ma’o Organic Farms this weekend! The arugula was great on sandwiches over the weekend, but we still had a lot of it and it was starting to wilt, so I decided to make it into a purée, similar to pesto. It was super easy: I simply put the arugula, a clove of garlic, olive oil and about two tablespoons of walnuts into the food processor. I spread the purée on a slice of whole-wheat bread, and with cheddar I made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They were so tasty, I have to give myself a pat on the back for the idea.

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3:30 PM: Exercise

I spent the afternoon finishing my book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It is so well-written, with such developed, interesting characters and unexpected plot twists, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. I started and finished it in just about 24 hours. Then I did half an hour of yoga (at home) and ran 2.5 miles. It was 82 degrees out with 83% humidity, and I was struggling hard, even though I wasn’t even going fast!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Seattle & Vashon

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Last week Wednesday this post went up prematurely; I’d scheduled it and forgotten to write anything! So apologies for the repeat, but here are the pictures again, this time with explanations:

Kiyo and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this month, staying with his brother and sister-in-law. Here’s what one of our days looked like:

Breakfast: tiny apple and black coffee, before an hour-long power yoga class at Urban Yoga Spa. I really disliked this teacher, but I ended up taking three classes over three days, and the third teacher was great.

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Snack: Right after my yoga class, Kiyo and I shared leftover Thai food from our dinner at Buddha Ruska: white rice with crispy garlic chicken, and chicken pad see ew with broccoli.

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Lunch: After running a few errands, Kiyo and I met up with his friend Lizzie (the co-founder of awesome vegan & fitness blog Photosynthesis206) for lunch at Lá Lốt – more Asian food! I ordered the sausage, which turned out to be meatballs, but were delicious nonetheless. The meat came with vermicelli, a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and a vegetable and herb salad.

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Snack: After lunch, Kiyo and I picked up iced coffees (mine with half a packet of stevia and just a drop of skim milk).

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Snack: On the ferry ride back to Vashon, where Kiyo’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew live, we snacked on a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate / caramel / sea salt bar. These are so good! I had the full serving of four squares.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Yoga Teacher Training [Part II]

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Peas & Crayons! Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but we’ve been so busy and even though I’m home by 6 each evening, I’m so tired I can’t do anything except my homework, eat and sleep.

Tuesday, July 22: Day 8 of Yoga Teacher Training

WIAW yoga teacher training edition

7:20 AM: Wake up

7:30 AM: Pre-breakfast

Again, I had a quarter cup of aloe vera juice with lemon juice and water, as well as three krill oil capsules.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

In the car on the way to the yoga studio, I had a coffee with coconut milk and a small applesauce. Sadly I forgot this Mojo trail mix bar on the kitchen counter so I didn’t get to eat it! That was really disappointing.

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8:30 – 9:30 AM: Power Yoga

Our first yoga practice of the day went well but I was starving towards the end!

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9:45 AM: Snack

I really wanted that trail mix Mojo bar, but I had to eat what I had in my bag (at least I had backup!), which was a cookies & cream Quest bar.

10:00 – 11:15 AM: Power Yoga

We went right into another practice, which I thought would be exhausting but it actually felt really good, even though it was tiring.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

We sat in a nearby park to eat lunch, which was nice. I brought a big container of leftovers from the dinner Maggie’s mom made Monday night: pasta salad with ham, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, as well as zucchini, yellow squash, basil and chives from their garden! Food picked from the garden right outside the kitchen just tastes better, and so fresh.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Yoga Teacher Training!

As of today, Maggie and I are five days into yoga teacher training! We are being taught and led, along with 7 others, by Tamsy Markham. Tamsy is the creative director and founder of High Street Yoga and Velvet Mill Yoga, in Westerly, Rhode Island and Stonington, Connecticut, respectively. We’ve been traipsing between the two studios, which are very close to each other despite the fact that they are in different states. I thought it would be fun to share what a day of yoga teacher training looks like, since we’re loving it so much!

Monday, July 14: Day 3 of Yoga Teacher Training

WIAW yoga teacher training edition

7:30 AM: Wake up

7:45 AM: Pre-breakfast

I’ve been drinking a quarter cup of aloe juice each morning (you can buy the big bottle that I have from any Trader Joe’s) with lemon juice and water. I feel like it’s helped my whole digestive system feel better. I’ve also been taking krill oil pills that my mom sent.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

I had a cup of coffee with milk, and a muffin I’d made in Astoria with whatever was leftover in my cupboard before I moved out. I don’t remember the ratios, since I made it up as I went, but I used all-purpose flour, brown rice flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, eggs, coconut oil, water, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, seven nut & seed butter, ginger honey, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes. They turned out shockingly delicious and they weren’t dry.

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8:20 AM: Breakfast Part II

I had a second muffin in the car on the drive to the yoga studio. I wasn’t too hungry but I knew we had a power yoga class coming up and that I would be hungry during that if I didn’t eat more.

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9:00 AM: Discussion / Session with Tamsy

We are studying Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga (read more about it here) and Tamsy began training with its founder, Baron Baptiste, directly in 2002. She is awesome and we’re all learning so much!

10:00 – 11:15 AM: Hot Yoga

Of course we have to be sure to drink plenty of liquids! Throughout the day I drank about a third of this coconut water (so roughly 11 ounces).

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I also drank a few bottles of water and one bottle of iced tea Maggie and I made by combining green tea, jasmine green tea, and peppermint tea. It was super refreshing!

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11:30 AM: Snack #1

Maggie and I quickly wolfed down these fresh raspberries and blueberries, and dried, sweetened cranberries before our next discussion / session.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

Lunch for us has been leftovers pretty much every day so far, which is great, since Maggie’s mom has made us the most delicious and nutritious dinners each night! Today we had grilled vegetables (onion, bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash) and a sausage over quinoa. The squash came from Maggie’s mom’s garden!

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