Overnight Oats

I finally made a breakfast I have been meaning to try for months now – overnight oats! It is somewhat of a sensation in the blog world, especially on healthy living blogs. I just bought chia seeds {apparently you don’t get the same results by omitting these} from Trader Joe’s so the time was right.

Verdict: A new favorite 🙂

As a whole, it was very doughy and chewy – the rest of the blog world was right! I loved the texture. There are a number of ways you can make these, but I’ll share my recipe as well.

Overnight Oats

Serves One

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk {or any kind you prefer}
  • 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt {I used nonfat plain, but I think a flavor would be good}
  • 1/2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • Cinnamon {as much as you like}

Combine these ingredients, stir well, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add preferred toppings. I added half of a banana, some sweetener, and a spoonful of peanut butter. I also want to try fresh berries at some point.

If you try it, let me know what you think! Or if you are already an overnight oats eater, what are some of your favorite toppings?

Have a nice Wednesday 🙂

 

 

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Fashion Idol: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba has been killing it lately when it comes to fashion. She has been all over the internet in these amazing, casual outfits. I wanted to collect some of my favorites in one place, so here they are!

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I could go on forever – she just doesn’t disappoint!

Are you a fan of Jessica Alba’s style?

Lazin’

I have mixed feelings about Sundays. It’s still the weekend, still a day to relax with nothing on my agenda, but Monday is looming over my shoulder. My Mondays don’t start until noon, though… I have no reason to be complaining 🙂

After I left Starbucks yesterday, I ended up going for a run. Rather, I attempted to go for a run. It sucked. My right ankle started hurting soon after I began, and only got worse. I went about a mile before I decided I should stop, and completed another 1.5 miles walking. I tried to make myself feel better by thinking that at least I was outside, and I went further than I would have gone had I just stayed home. But I was still so frustrated. There are good days and bad days…

Dinner was healthy and delicious, and cheered me up a bit. I’ve been on such an avocado kick lately. I want it with everything!!

 

I stayed with friends last night {the same ones from this post}. A change of scenery every now and then is good. I do love waking up in my own bed, though 🙂

Working on some homework today… and job hunting. Anyone want to offer me a job right now??

Hope your weekend was relaxing!

 

 

Perfect Saturday

Early this morning I woke up and noticed the sunrise out my window. I was so tired, but had to get a picture – it speaks for itself, I think 🙂

I slept some more… til about noon, actually. I guess I was tired?! Then I began this wonderful day with the most amazing Greek Yogurt pancakes. For some reason, Saturday mornings seem to beg for this breakfast.

I added bananas and cinnamon to my usual recipe – I seared the bananas in the fry pan, and the flavor reminded me a lot of banana bread.

Now I am sitting in Starbucks, writing and attempting to get some work done 😛

Hoping to get out for a run before dinner, if only for the nice weather. Have a great Saturday!

Low Key Friday

Even though tonight was Friday (meaning a let’s-get-wasted-and-forget-what-happened night in college speak) I wasn’t all that interested in going out. Hannah was on the same page – none of our friends were having people over, and going to bars is just out of our budget right now.

So we went to Cambridge.

I don’t go there often, but each time I do I question why it’s not a place I frequent. It’s such a cute area with both local & chain restaurants, and a ton of places to shop. Luckily by the time we got there, most of the stores were closed – less temptation!! But we window shopped for a bit and browsed around Urban Outfitters because it was still open (& succeeded in not buying anything 🙂 ).

There were a lot of bars open that were packed and looked like a lot of fun, which I noted for the future when I might be able to afford it/ not have to sacrifice a week’s worth of groceries. I’m hoping this week I’ll hear back about a job!! It’s always more difficult than I think it will be.

How was your Friday?

 

An Assortment

I was all excited for lunch, then when I got back to my apartment I realized I didn’t have everything that I needed! Time to go grocery shopping. ($$$$)

So I searched around the fridge and came up with an assortment of things.

On the plate: hardboiled egg, tomato wedges, carrot sticks, red pepper slices, garlic hummus

On the side: applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon…

& an orange

If you think that filled me up… think again. I had a few tortilla chips dipped in leftover refried beans for an appetizer 🙂

And in a sudden turn of events… I laced up my sneakers and headed outside for a run! I went alongside the Charles River on the Esplanade for a bit, then turned around.

I estimate I ran jogged a total of 2.5 miles, and walked some to total a little over 3. It was tough. I struggled. But I did it, and that’s what matters. Now for a night of guilt-free rest 🙂 Those are the best, and make the difficulty of running (rather, getting back into running) worthwhile.

Happy Thursday! (It’s the weekend for me!!)

In a Rut

In case it’s not already clear, I’ve been in a serious rut lately in regards to this blog. I am an avid blog reader, and currently I feel like I have such a lack of focus and direction as to what I want to write about. I have been reading some of my favorite bloggers who have just had a baby (and here), went on vacation to Hawaii, or are training for a marathon. It’s easy, as an aspiring blogger, to doubt that I have an interesting enough life that people will want to read about it. However, I honestly think leading an interesting life is not a requirement of successful blogging. It’s how you present your material, and how you can engage others to feel like they relate to you. Being easy to relate to is a huge factor as to why I stay loyal to a blog. This reiterates the idea that being an average person is not a detriment in the blog world – it actually helps you.

Anyway, now that this has turned into somewhat of a brain dump, I want to make a promise to my readers & myself that I will not give up on this blog. Despite my lack of posting and content lately, I am going to try my best to produce worthwhile material and present it in a pleasing way, all the while attempting to figure out where I want to take this blog. I am all about presentation, and my crappy iPhone pictures do not portray this at all. I love photography, I love taking pictures, and I have a nice camera to do so – it’s pure laziness as to why I don’t showcase this! It’s just inexcusable.

I have many different interests (fashion, interior decorating, photography, food, etc.), so that’s why I feel like I this blog does not have a clear direction. I am going to be working on a title, as well as hopefully purchasing a domain soon, which I believe will help me hone in on a certain niche. Once I do this, I think I will be more comfortable promoting my blog through social media, something I currently avoid due to a lack of confidence.

Now I want to ask you guys – how did you find your blogging stride? I’ve often heard you should write about something that you would want to read. But my problem is that I read a plethora of blogs on different topics!! Any advice for someone just starting out?!

Sorry for the wordy post – just wanted to get my thoughts out! I’ll be back in later with a post on my lunch – I’m planning a good one 🙂

Quick Dinner

I am constantly searching for simple dinner recipes that are satisfying and don’t skimp on flavor. Tonight I had a classic favorite – refried bean wraps.

Refried Bean Wraps

  • Refried beans
  • Whole grain rice
  • Shredded cheese
  • Wheat tortilla wraps
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce

Begin rice preparation (I had some already made in the fridge). Heat refried beans on the stove. Chop veggies – you can add any that you please, of course. Warm the tortilla wraps by putting them in paper towel and microwave for approximately 1 minute. Assemble the ingredients onto the wrap – a blob of beans, a scoop of rice, a heap sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a pile of veggies. Make sure you can still fold the wrap! Or it can get messy… although sometimes that’s better 🙂 Dip into plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)! Quick & delicious.

Bon appétit!

Boston, You’re My Home

This weekend was nothing short of amazing. I feel like I packed in so much fun stuff in such a short amount of time. I got to see so many friends and people I hadn’t seen much since I’ve been back, ate some great food, and got into a class I wanted to take.

Friday

{Thanks Sebby!}

I went to my friends’ house in the afternoon, where we ate dinner (quesadillas) and sat by their fire. Our other friends were having a show in their basement, so we headed over there for a while. It was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in Boston… and I’ve been here for three school years. Everyone I wanted to see was there – I was always talking or catching up with someone & I got to see my friend’s band play for the first time. Overall, it was a great time.

Saturday

I’ll be honest… I didn’t do much yesterday. I went back to my apartment at noon (I stayed with my friends a little outside of the city), watched Love and Other Drugs, and napped. It was a perfect lazy day. 🙂 A little more excitement at night – a MOUSE was in my room and scurried into my closet. I was a little freaked out, but decided to deal with it the next day. Turns out he escaped through a hole for wires – thank goodness. I stuffed drier sheets in the holes so my fingers are crossed he won’t be coming back.

Sunday

Slept in, had a great oatmeal breakfast, and got ready for the Sox game. But first – Boloco! Tortilla chips and guac for a snack – so, so good.

I love living in Boston partly because of the pro sports. I am a huge Boston sports fan, and being 5 minutes away from Fenway Park is a big deal to me. You can find Red Sox tickets for insanely cheap ($12) online, so that’s what I did today with Hannah, Ashley, and their friend Angie.

It was a close game (we lost 😦 ), but definitely worth the $12.

To round out the evening, Hannah, Ashley & I had a great dinner – veggie burgers with a cucumber and avocado salad on the side (because you can never have enough avocado – refer back to earlier in the afternoon when I had guacamole from Boloco.) Ashley made the salad and gave me permission to share the recipe – consider yourself lucky because this is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. AND it’s healthy.

Cucumber and Avocado Salad

  • One English cucumber, chopped
  • One whole avocado, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ranch dressing
  • Salt to taste

Combine ingredients in bowl. Stir. Eat.

Voila. It’s so simple, you really don’t have an excuse not to try it. So when you do, let me know what you think 🙂

Anyway, now that I’ve put off my homework until 10pm on Sunday night (like any good college student), I have to work on that. Long post, but I had a lot to catch you up on!

Have a great night!