First Day of Blog Posts... Ever.

As embarrassing as these are, I felt like I had to include my first day of blog posts. Apparently, I had a lot to say... 

August 6, 2011

POST 1:

So today was a big day. Last day as an intern and first day as a blogger! Since May, I've been working as a policy intern at a non-profit environmental organization which worked mostly with land preservation and acquisition, water quality, and community greening. Although not a conventional legal internship, it gave me a great insight into how to use my law degree in a different way. However, I am so excited to be done!!! I have two whole weeks until classes start again!

Since my boss (who works from home on Fridays) said she wouldn't be at her desk until 9, I decided to take advantage of the late start and go for an early morning run! I pulled my IT band a few months ago and haven't been able to run until this week! I've been DYING to get back into it, especially with the great weather! So when I got up I threw on my shoes and the AMAZING shirt my friend Maddie gave me and headed out for a 2-mile run, which I finished in just over 18 min.

When I got back I showered, got dressed, and packed up my bag for work. For breakfast I had a bit of a mish-mash: 6 tablespoons of egg-whites scrambled with pepper, a small bowl of Puffins Cinnamon cereal with sliced strawberries, and a little bit of cantaloupe. I hadn't decided to start my blog at this time, so no picture. But here's the cereal!

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I like the cinnamon flavor, but the peanut butter that I tried at my friend Maddie's apartment in Denver was amazing!! Sadly they didn't have it at Trader Joe's this week. Cereal is probably one of my favorite foods, and I tend to hear that a lot from people! Perhaps it's the childhood memories? Maybe the ease of pouring a bowl? Or is it just that darn good??? What's you're favorite kind of cereal and why?

POST 2:

During my internship, my organization hosted an intern lunch series where every Wednesday interns from various environmental organizations were invited to bring a brown bag lunch and listen to speakers from certain fields, most having to do with the environment. One of my favorite speakers was Florian Pfahler, who started a fast-casual restaurant in 2004 called Hannah's Bretzel, with the intention to show that fast and casual dining could also be tasty and healthy. Everything that Hannah's uses are biodegradable and most of their business practices, from cleaning supplies to choosing vendors, are green and sustainable. Hannah's also uses foods that are organic, unprocessed, local family-farmed, naturally raised, sustainable and nutritious. And let me just say, it pays off!

After hearing about Hannah's Bretzel so many times from my co-worker, Tina, I asked her to go there for lunch with me today. I was so impressed with the speed of service and the overall look of the dining room that I completely forgot to take a picture of my food! I ordered half of Hannah's Club sandwich with an organic mixed salad, and I have to say that I have rarely eaten such fresh and delicious food. Poor Tina had to put up with my raving about the lettuce; that's right, LETTUCE! The salad didn't even need dressing it was so good and it was mostly mixed greens! I'll have to find out where they get their greens from... The sandwich and Bretzel bread were also to die for. It had turkey, bacon, Swiss Gruyere cheese, red onions, romaine hearts, avocado, tomato, and sprouts.

One thing that Florian said while speaking to our intern lunch group was that we vote with our wallets. I thought this statement was very interesting and very true. Yes, Hannah's Bretzel was more than I would normally spend on a lunch, but how I am supposed to expect more business to use green principles if I don't spend my money at the ones that already do? One more reason to shop at Whole Foods!

What do you think about the concept of "voting with your wallet"? Do you try to implement this idea and support what you believe in by supporting those who are taking action?
 

POST 3:

As you may have already noticed, I have a friend. Her name is Maddie. We tend to talk... all the time. She's actually the person who forced, I'm sorry, encouraged me to write this blog. She lives in Denver, working at an art museum and starting a masters program in art history this fall.

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Maddie also loves trying out new recipes (don't tell her I said this, but she's a much better cook and baker than I am) and today she wanted to share a recipe that she invented! You may eventually notice that Maddie loves cheese. Basically, if it comes with cheese on it, or is cheese-flavored, she will quickly say "Absolutely I do!" (a new catchphrase of ours). She also loves peanut butter... but we'll save that for another day.

Here is Maddie's recipe for Chicken Under Cheese (creative title...):

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Chicken Under Cheese

What to make when you’re in need of some protein, have limited ingredients, and want to attempt to eat healthy…all while needing to curb major a cheese craving.

Serves 1 (easily increased to serve more)

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast

pinch of salt & pepper

dash of cayenne pepper

dash of Italian seasoning

3 c. fresh spinach

2 tbs. Sundried Tomato Tapenade (store-bought)

¼ c. shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season chicken breast with salt, pepper, cayenne and Italian seasoning. Pan sear chicken breast on stove—2 minutes each side on medium-high heat to brown, then lower heat, cover pan and cook through, about 10 minutes. Check for doneness.

While chicken is cooking, wilt spinach in pan over medium heat. Season with salt. As it wilts, the spinach will decrease in density. Set wilted spinach aside until chicken is done.

Put cooked chicken in oven proof dish. Top with wilted spinach, tapenade and mozzarella. Heat in oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Can be served atop pasta or alone. Enjoy!

POST 4:

Four posts in one day! Whew! Hopefully keeping up with this won't be as hard as starting!

So after lunch I headed back to the office, finished up some projects and said my goodbyes! After work I had intended to use my free week pass to Core Power Yoga and try out their power sculpt class. However, I was feeling pretty sore from my workout yesterday, so I decided to head to the gym to end out the afternoon with a little cardio. Before my workout, I had a GNU bar and half an apple:

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I did 25 min on one elliptical, 15 minutes on another (I get too bored on one type of machine the whole time...) and then ended out with about 20 minutes of light biking while reading my book, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See.

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So far I'm enjoying it, her writing is beautiful! I'm a big reader and will hopefully be sharing some book reviews soon! After my workout, I snacked on the second half of my apple while I perused World Market and Marshalls for some cute bowls, plates, or placemats for food photos but came up empty-handed. I then went to GNC to re-stock on protein powder. This is my old kind:

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Which I liked because it's very low in fat and sugar but has 30g of protein for 140 cal! Also, it made my smoothies very thick when I blended it long enough. However, the GNC employee convinced me to try a new kind:

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It had slightly less fat but was otherwise the same. I can't say I'm a fan. I got a bag of Vanilla and Strawberry since it was buy one get one half off, and tried the strawberry. It definitely didn't produce the same thick, mousse-like quality. Any suggestions?

In my smoothie, I added about 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, half a banana, some frozen strawberries, a Stevia packet and the protein powder. I ate it with a ramekin full of Trader Joe's Bran Flakes.

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I was still hungry after dinner (and dehydrated!) so I had half a cantaloupe and then finished my meal off with the little bit of plain non-fat greek yogurt I had left over with a scoop of sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix! I discovered this recipe on a week ago on Peanut Butter Fingers and have been obsessed! So delicious! Also munched on some strawberries.

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I hope you all are ready for the weekend because I sure am! BEDTIME!!!