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Fitness & Foodie Friday: Health or Treat? Nooky Quickie

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/30/2015 at 09:00

While trick-or-treaters may be house-hopping and candy-popping this weekend, I’ll continue consuming my healthy supplements on the ☼daily!

Ginkgo Biloba: to promote mental focus

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Centrum VitaMints®: to aquire essential nutrients in a tasty way

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  • I’ve come a long way since my childhood Flinstones chewables ~ which I doubt are the best bet for my teeth with the acidity
  • I’m still not a fan of swallowing tablets without having water and food in handy
  • Therefore, I’m all about double-duty of fulfilling my ☼daily☼ needs while freshening my breath!

Of course, I don’t skimp on the actual food that I need to fuel my brain and body ~ which I’m actually including in an analogy between my marathon and my main statistical method (multiple regression) for my doc research!

Pumpkin Trail Mix

Study Mode Trail Mix: Since almonds helped my bod during my 26.2-mi. course and my mind through my dissertation process, they were the main feature of this snack combo for the crunch + the Pumpkin Spice flavor along with the pumpkin cookies & candy, as well as more chocolate to cover these Brookside blueberries that also benefit the memory!

Study Mode Trail Mix: Since almonds helped my bod during my 26.2-mi. course and my mind through my dissertation process, they were the main feature of this snack combo for the crunch + the Pumpkin Spice flavor along with the pumpkin cookies & candy, as well as more chocolate to cover these Brookside blueberries that also benefit the memory!

Speaking of my race, although I haven’t run as many long distances in awhile, I’ve fit in mini drills to keep my energy levels high while I’ve been drained from my dissertation, a.k.a., my doc docs …

During my dedicated eating time (yes, I must make a meal break away from my computer, according to my Bestie Evie‘s birthday advice), I actually HIIT before I sit!

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Olive Garden Leftovers from Ladies’ Night with the Holy Spiri† (counter-clockwise from bottom right): Chicken Cacciatorie & Cheese Manicotti (2 of my fave entrées rolled into 1) • Pasta e Fagioli w/ breadstick • MinestroneBestie Evie‘s Better-Than-Sex BrowniePumpkin Cheesecake (which took me 4 days to finish!) • Andes Mints ~ gotta ♥love♥ these after-dinner chocolate mints to cap off a classic OG meal!

While I wait for my chow to cook ~ simmering in the crock pot, boiling on the stove, or nooking in the oven/microwave/toaster ~ I do the following quick set(s), to induce more calorie-burning even after I’m done exercising:

Standing ♥Cardio♥

Floor/Mat/Carpet Core

More ♥Cardio♥

  • Dance ’til your ♥heart’s ♪content♫ ~ or your grub is ready

Stretch

Relieve those muscles after sitting at the computer desk and before sitting down to eat

Happy Early Halloween, All †Saints’ Day y el Día de los Muertos! ✌

Foodie Friday: Fazing over Fazoli’s

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/24/2015 at 16:00

My latest dessert obsession:

*Nutella* Cheesecake from Fazoli’s

Nutella Cheesecake

Don’t let the solid chocolate look fool ya … This bad boy’s full of flavor!

Combines 2 of my faves:

  • Chocolate hazelnut
  • My favorite fast food joint

    Nutella Cheesecake

    The darker the chocolate :: The sweeter the flavor!

There’s never been anything that I didn’t like from Fazoli’s ~ Italian, I’m in Heaven ~ including from this most recent visit.

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Giving Grape Italian Lemon Ice ~ a drink with a contributory cause!

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Penne Romano ~ steaming HOT!!!

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Yummy Post-Church Meal complete with blessings!

I’ve lucked out with this eatery (which opened in my hometown, thanks to my h.s. buddy’s dad ~ a contractor who liked it when he visited his son in college and decided to build it by their family home) because it’s always been quick, inexpensive and most of all: delicious!

NYE

Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I’ve rung in the New Year with Fazoli’s!

My former workout partner (who now lives overseas for the military) and I used to grab Italian Lemon Ice at Fazoli’s after we’d have a fun run at the park around the corner ~ we’d burn calories then reward ourselves with something sweet, refreshing and healthy!

Classic Strawberry Italian Ice

Classic Strawberry Italian Ice ~ nothing classic about it! #BoldAndFresh

Tour of Italy

Alfredo & Marinara + Meatballs = YOLO Italiano!

Fast & Fazoli's

F is for … Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I’ve even feasted on Fazoli’s while watching Fast & Furious movies at the drive-in!

Plus, now that I typically fly solo, I’ve done my work or homework there after hitting the track myself and have tried almost ALL of the seasonal desserts (except for the Red Velvet Cheesecake around ♥Valentine’s♥ Day ~ because it was out when I visited)!

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Watching my ☼truck☼ while sipping on this Strawberry Italian Ice Float!

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My fave Fazoli’s dessert before the Nutella Cheesecake came along … This Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake!

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How do you eat an elephant? Savoring every single bite!

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Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I took 3 hours to work on this meal while writing my dissertation concept proposal!

Thirsty Thursday: Eucharist Etiquette

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 06/25/2015 at 08:20

The Sacrament of Communion is powerful, as we Catholics who engage in the Eucharist are receiving

The Body and Blood of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

First Communion 2015

A few weeks ago, I celebrated the Corpus Christi (Most Precious Body and Blood) at my family’s Church, where our *Deacon’s homily prompted this post in which I’ll paraphrase his proclamation.

Deacon Dan’s Communion Checklist

  • Fall in line and remain in reverence ~ this is not a social gathering where we’re here to see what everybody’s wearing
  • Look at the host ~ don’t look away, as we’re receiving this Sacrament
  • Stay for the rest of the Mass ~ it’s not time for us to leave just to beat traffic

While these may seem like simple steps, the Deacon pointed out how some don’t put them into practice yet must be in play out of RESPECT.

One more rule of thumb: we must have a clear conscience when we receive Holy Communion ~ so regular confession is key.

Let us always celebrate this Fifth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary this way, as we receive our Daily Bread-turned into the Body of CHRIST.

Reverence Reference

* Vaughn, Dcn. Dan, MD. (2015, June 7). Homily: Most Precious Body and Blood (Corpus Christi) Mass. Holy Family Catholic Church.

Foodie Friday: Feline Edition ~ TGIF Brunch

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 14:50

TGIF! April Showers with a Chance of … Scrambled Eggs ✌

From ☼sunny☼ to stormy, I’m honestly relieved to sleep in on this rainy day because we all need downtime (something that I took for granted and recently realized is a necessity in order to thrive and survive).

Before I made myself this brunch:

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Grilled Cheese Garlic French / Texas Toast: French Toast with egg wash (Almond Breeze Coconut Milk blend with cage free egg scrambled) * grilled cheese (Kraft Colby Jack marbled Big Slice) * garlic garnish (McCormick Perfect Pinch Garlic & Herb) for Texas Toast

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♪Gotta have coffee♫ … I dig those days when I’m can drink from my mug at home instead of taking my tumbler on-the-go!

I also fixed my family theirs:

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Chill cats waiting patiently with anticipation of good grub

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Breakfast of ChampionsMeow Mix Soufflés “with REAL Chicken, Egg and Garden Vegetables”

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Sharing is a skill!

Simple and Savory is the Flavor of this Friday!

Final note: good thing that we chowed down our hearty meals before the heavy hail hit! I saw our neighbor cat sprint across the front yard to safe shelter!

Thirsty Holy Thursday: The Living Bread

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/02/2015 at 08:00

†GOD† ✌bless you✌ on this †Holy† Thursday!

As we observe The Last Supper, and as some candidates prepare for their First Communion, here is some inspiration:

Foodie Friday: Fight Night & Game Grub ~ SBXLIX Edition

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/06/2015 at 11:45

With last weekend being full of festivities, we were in great food and company! My LMT girl Lisa and her hubby hosted Fight Night (UFC main event: Anderson Silva post-2013 leg injury) on Super Bowl Sunday Eve! Then I watched the Big Game with my Papa Jun!

The commonalities between both meals were:

    • pizza (Little Caesar’s & Pizza Hut)
    • dip (Ranch & Nutella)
    • oodles of noodles (post-fight & pre-game)
    • veggies (fresh & roasted)
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Fight Night Feast: {clockwise from top L} Little Caesar’s Pretzel Pizza from yours truly * fruit w/chocolate fondue made by yours truly (Nutella & Philadelphia Cream Cheese) * veggies w/Ranch dressing * slider sandwiches w/Dijon mustard, turkey & cheese (either Swiss or Munster)

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Portion control: Lisa sliced the pizza into smaller pieces, so more could be up for grabs!

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These slider sandwiches were a hit! Hands down: they scored a touchdown @ this table!

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Fun fact: Did you know that you burn more calories than you consume when you munch on celery due to the crunch? Challenge accepted!

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After the fruit was gone, a fellow cat mama & I turned to the carrots to dip into the chocolate!

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To top off my plate, I had my green drink to toast!

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Post-Fight: Rice Noodles w/meatballs ~ looks like this yummy bowl is Lisa‘s version of Pho!

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Pre-Game: My Ramen w/Salsa + P.I. Cheese on Toast

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Yes’sir, I AM the Ranch B*tch: from my salad to pizza (Supreme from the Hut)

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Almond Joy Pie: filled w/Nutella but bittersweet due to the Seahawks’ SB loss

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This post-game croissant-reminiscant breakfast: Cookie & Cocoa Butter Swirl goes nuts w/pecans & almonds ~ shaped like a ♥heart♥ for ♥Valentine’s♥ Day!

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Coffee pairs well w/Cookie & Cookie & Cocoa Butter Swirl + croissant!

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My Nanay satisfied my chili craving with this Super Bowl Southwestern-Style Chili Bowl! Maraming Salamat Po, Mommy Aya! Ma sarap!

 

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Add cheese to the mix!

 

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Dallop of Daisy: Add sour cream to the mix!

 

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Add avocado to the mix!

 

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Spoon ready to scoop ~ so ladle it on to lick!

 

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Let’s double-dip those chips!

 

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Chili Chip Pie, oh my!

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My mom went happy on kale, both in the chili & in these chips baked in EVOO + in this green drink complete con más avocado!

 

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Again, Context Media Health has been on point, as if it’s been reading my mind ~ this time, about Black Beans & Avocados!