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Thinking Out Loud! Hello Random!

Definition: Proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern.
Synonyms: Accidental, aimless, odd, purposeless....
....and also this post, right here, right now!
Luckily, the wonderful Amanda at Running With Spoons hosts a weekly link-up for just this type of post and accurately names it Thinking Out Loud!  
So it's time for me to think. out. loud! Brace yourselves!
 Ok, are we all in a random mood yet? Good!
1 I feel like we first need to take a moment to appreciate the sun and it's light creating abilities.
This is where I eat brekky in the mornings in Summer, as it is pretty and lovely outside and food photography becomes half decent.
 And just take a moment to digest how epic the sun was being to me that day. It was shining directly in the place I sit and take photos. No where else but there. Top job sun!

Then it impressed me even further the following day: 
Ok Mr sun, you can stop sucking up now.
I wonder where I should eat brekky today? The possibilities are endless:
Yep, right in the middle looks right.

2. Something else that impressed me this week was this strawberry:

That is probably the most perfect strawberry ever created. Probably.
It's just the typical strawberry you only see in cartoons. Then it was like, 'Hello there! I'm real!' and I was all like, 'Nom.'
Tasted pretty good too.

3. Probably not as good as coconut butter though, because on my top 10 foods list of top 10 awesome-ness, coconut butter is probably number 3, behind nut butter, bananas and sweet potato (and possibly some other foods that have slipped my mind) and thus I have been eating a lot of it lately.
Mainly on top of chocolate oats.
I just don't understand how taking something as dry as dessicated coconut and whazzing it up to an inch of it's life, can create liquid ecstasy. I just don't get it.

4. Of course when consuming something so rich and decadent and fudgey and somebody stop me quickly... you need something refreshing and equally as tasty to balance it out. Enter fro-yo... of the green variety:
This fro-yo was not only green-ified through the use of frozen green grapes (a handful) but also a small handful of spinach added into the mini food processor with 3 big scoops of greek yoghurt:
Hello Shrek coloured fro-yo.
5. Also- does anyone else colour code their dishes?
Purple and blue to me indicate chocolate. Thus the chocolate oats in the purple cup and the blue spoon. Fruity yoghurt is a bright colour, maybe even a rainbow, represented here in the spotty cup and the light green spoon.
If there are berries involved the spoon will be pink. Mango= yellow and so on and so forth. Makes sense right? I'm not going to lie to you- I swear it tastes better in it's respected colour. I could never be one to try green tomato sauce it seems.
I still can't believe Heinz actually did this.

6. Nope, the only green sauce-type thing I will permit is pesto. Because pesto is liquid ecs... bliss. There cannot be two different liquid ecstasy's.
Which is why it is my topping of choice when making delicious veggie packed pizza!
I generally make pizza about once every fortnight and it is literally my favourite night- the kneading, rising, rolling, spreading, sprinkling, cooking and EATING is so much fun!
I did plan to make my typical pumpkin pizza base pizza this particular night, although I got caught up working on an assignment, ran out of time to chop, steam, mash and cool some pumpkin, so I simply made a plain spelt base and loaded up with some steamed pumpkin, parsnip, chopped capsicum, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, vegan cheese and pesto!

I think pizza night is also a type of therapy for me. The extra time involved and then ofcourse the eating of it just sort of relaxes me.

7. On the topic of pizza toppings, it's a question that has passed many lips when talking to me about what I can actually eat (people seem to believe that cutting out a bit of wheat and dairy consequently cuts out every food on the planet) that being; 'So you can't eat pizza?'
Actually I can. And I do. Probably more frequently than you. It is good stuff.
And who needs cheese when you have pesto?

So much love.

What about you?
Feeling random today? Just me?
Ever have to chase the sun when trying to photograph your food? (that is if you photograph your food. *cough*)
Pizza- cheese a necessity or simple choice of condiment?

If your mind is still running after that explosion of awe-inspiring literature, then head on over to Spoons to see what everyone else has been thinking out loud about!
Bye for now folks! :D

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WIAW #46 Delicious food!!

Happy Wednesday friendly friends! Middle of the week! It's only downhill from here- in a good way!! (I'm so inspiration, hey?)

I love this running quote... however I think it also applies to Wednesdays
Any who, Wednesdays are for food and therefore I will give thee food! In the form of What I ate Wednesday! Thanks to the wonderful Peas and Crayons for hosting this link-up!

Breakfast: 7:15am
So this particular day is a feature of a wonderful Tuesday full of deliciousness!
Starting off this deliciousness (after 2 super-fun Purely Twins workouts), quite fittingly, with the best. sandwich. ever.
The toasted PB and banana sandwich... with a side of peach fro-yo (1/2 chopped frozen peach with 3 big blobs of greek yoghurt whazzed in a mini food processor until smooth)
I'm not sure how many times I've sung this sandwich's praises... but seriously- warm ooey gooey peanut butter rippling between gooey, sweeter banana, encrusted in a crispy case of carby goodness. It doesn't get much better than that.
Yes, a close-up of that magnitude was necessary.
 The peach fro-yo is pretty necessary for the down-right delectation of this brekky as it's fresh creaminess cuts through the rich fudgey toastie. :)
 Happiness in a sandwich.

Snack: 11:00am 
Phew, after that description of breakfast, my morning snack just cannot compare.
It was peas in a pot. Shocked?

Lunch: 1:40pm- school lunch times are cruel
After surviving another 2 hours of awesome school-ness (it actually was awesome because we got to go to the beach in PE) I was hangry for lunch!!

A big ol' salad with spinach, cucumber, carrot, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, avocado and lime juice with some awesome oven baked beans tossed in right before heading off to school.
The beans guys. The beans! The were simply a small tin of mixed beans and lentils rubbed with cinnamon and ginger and baked until all popped and crispy (not crunchy- just crispy outside)
Snack: 4:00pm
Post-homework and pre-flute lesson snack:
Chopped pink lady apple with small, sweet green grapes and the last drops of soy milk from the carton.
Energy restored.
Dinner: 6:45pm
Feeling a tad low on whole grains (in the form of pasta ;) I decided to cook up a big bowl of.... PASTA!
Steamed veggies (pumpkin, parsnip, swede, sweet potato and beetroot) with some cooked rice and quinoa pasta, wilted spinach, grilled tempeh, all stirred together with a few big blobs of hommus and nutritional yeast.
Hit. The. Spot.
Could you tell I was in a bit of a cheesy, comfort food-y mood?
Minus the cheese and uncomfortable belly afterwards! :)

Aaaandd.... thast's what I ate. Every single morsel of food!

Your turn:
Favourite toasted sandwich? I'm sure there are crazier people out there than me who put wacky stuff in between their bread slices prior to grilling!

That's it for today folks- tune in tomorrow for a wacky, random, silly Thinking Out Loud! For more eats head on over to Peas and Crayons! Bye!! :D

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Me complaining.. Again.

You're probably getting sick of me complaining about having zilch/ naught/nada/no time.
So with that in mind.....
I feel like it is a very typical teenager complaint (and probably an adult one too... I'm not sure, I'll have to wait until I become an adult ;) but trying to squish in school, homework, extracurricular school activities, flute lessons, acrobatics, a job, a blog and a social life (remind me again what that is?) leaves very little hours in the day. Unless I give up sleeping. Hmmm...

 Ok, sleep can stay. For now. ;P
Any who, where does a girl-full-of-beans who wants needs to burn off all her buzzing energy, find the time to run for her desired 1 hour and 30 minutes?
Why she wakes up before the sun has even considered stirring, laces up her running shoes and pounds that pavement! (It sounds so much cooler put like that!)
Even then- that early in the morning- leaves roughly 30 seconds to prepare breakfast. Enter pre-prepared deliciousness:
These round spherical objects that appear sort of white (however they are simply icy) are vanilla peanut butter protein balls, defrosting slightly from their overnight stay in the freezer.
They are so good for quick throw-in-your-gob brekky, made the night before and simply left out for around 15-20 mins to soften= perfect!
To make simply place about 1/3 cup rolled oats, 2 big tablespoon flax flakes (or some crumbled cereal of choice), sprinkle of chia seeds, scoop of vanilla protein powder, dash of cinnamon and some wholegrain cheerios (optional... but sort of not:) in a bowl and stir to combine.
Heat a heaped tablespoon of peanut butter in a small container with 2 tablespoons of milk of choice (I used macadamia milk) in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir into dry mix. Add more milk if necessary and form into balls. Place on a plate lined with baking paper and pop in the freezer until required.
So simple- which is why I didn't bother creating a proper recipe. :D

However, for some unforeseen reason, I awoke extremely early this particular morning and managed to make it back in time to make a little extra something to go with these awesome protein bites.
Yep- I made some strawberry banana ice cream and it was... majestic.
Simply 1 chopped frozen banana and a small handful of frozen strawberries whazzed up together in a food processor until, smooth and creamy and luscious. Yes, this ice creamy was both majestic and luscious. I may have been slightly over hungry. Either way it was good!
Perfect post-run brekky:
Check out how pretty the ice cream looks:
Starting to think I have a small fetish towards this ice cream. No shame.
I thought as I was chomping through these rich and fudgey bites that I should take a pic of the inside, so I took a bite, flicked on my camera, peered through the eye piece thingo and...
Hello Mr cheerio!

The best part about this brekky is just how filling and nutritionally beneficial it is. It packs a powerful punch in every aspect- which is great for fast refueling after an intense workout. You've got complex carbs, healthy fats, nutritious fruits and so. much. yumminess!

In case you were interested in what I whip up when I have slightly longer than 30 seconds, like on the weekend, then here you go:
A huge, delicious smoothy bowl.
And if you think about it, it's quite similkar to my quick brekky, just prepared differently. The oats (and cheerios!) are rubbed with pb and then baked in the oven for 15 mins, the fruit (frozen banana and frozen mango) is whazzed up with some spinach, kale, greek yoghurt, chia seeds and water and then they are both plonked together in a bowl.
I always crave the smoothies and ice cream (banana ice cream that is;) after my runs and then I realise I'm quite hungry so I throw in the oat aspect!
And then I also realise I've overestimated the capacity of my bowl...
Boy, that was a close one!

What about you?
Do you wake up early to fit in a workout?
Do you prepare food in advance for busy days or just grab convenience foods?
Cheerios- thoughts? I love cheerios :)

Now, what other things do I need to get done before my free time runs out once again! TA-TA for now! :D

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