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Guest post: Kristy’s pantry essentials

Hope you all enjoyed Lee’s curry recipe yesterday. As you read this we are on a plane heading home, so until we make it back safe and sound, I leave you with one more guest post from another fellow Atlanta blogger.

Kristy is my home-town running hero. Girl eats miles for breakfast, and maybe sometimes some overnight oats. ūüėČ Thanks Kristy for this wonderful guest post!

Hey, Y’all! ¬†This is Kristy from KristyRuns.com.

Big thanks to Alayna for allowing me to do a guest post for her!  She rocks.

Alayna and I share a love of eating and cooking whole, nutritious foods…although her cooking is, like, phenomenal. ¬†Mine’s more like throw it in the oven and let it bake for 30 minutes. ¬†:)

Since I’m a runner [and always hungry], I keep my fridge and pantry stocked with delicious, healthy foods. ¬†Let’s take a peek inside them, shall we?

Some things I always keep on hand:

Nut butter. ¬†Almond, hazelnut, peanut…you name it, I love it. ¬†Whether straight out of the jar, slathered on a ‘naner, or mixed in a smoothie, the protein plus healthy fats make a satiating and tasty combo. ¬†Love.

Oatmeal. ¬†I can’t even remember the last time I ate this stuff cooked! ¬†I love to make overnight oats with them! ¬†My new favorite way to eat them is with yogurt, chopped almonds, and sliced banana. ¬†Oatmeal is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and iron. Hello, awesome snack!

‘Naners. ¬†I always have several bunches of bananas on hand. ¬†Between smoothies, yogurt/oatmeal bowls, and slathering them with almond butter, I go through a lot of ’em.

Spinach and carrots. ¬†Speaking of smoothies, you’ve tried a green monster before, right??? ¬†So. Good. ¬†My standard recipe includes spinach, carrots, banana, frozen berries, and almond milk. ¬†Since I’m a vegetarian, I give these smoothies all the credit for keeping my iron levels at a normal level. ¬†The vitamin C in the berries helps your body absorb more iron from the spinach. ¬†I can almost hear my body thanking me when I guzzle down one of these babies.

Yogurt: ¬†I used to avoid all animal products before I went to Europe a month ago. ¬†After that trip, I realized that I could eat dairy and eggs in an ethical, responsible way. ¬†Fortunately in Atlanta, we have several local companies that produce quality organic dairy products. ¬†Calcium plus protein? ¬†I’ll take it!

But hey, sometimes you just need some gelato. ¬†ūüėČ

What are your favorite healthy foods to keep on hand?

 

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A date with the hubs

It’s been a good day. I mostly sat around the house, wrapped some presents, did some cleaning, nothing special.

I’ll be really honest, this breakfast was not from this morning. Today I had pancakes, but we all know how photogenic those turn out so here’s a picture of a bowl of yogurt with granola, pecans, buckwheat, pumpkin butter, and apple butter instead…

As long as we’re being honest, this salad was also from yesterday’s lunch…

Aren’t those bean sprouts the wackiest things ever?!? They look like little alien hatchlings stretching squiggly tentacles out of their newly-cracked shells. Ok, that was gross, I don’t want to imagine that the next time I’m eating them. Too late I guess.

On to stuff that actually happened today!

We hit up Java Monkey in downtown Decatur for a coffee date. Here’s my swirly soy latte which was so creamy and delicious!

And Jeff is giving me that snide glare that says “Are you taking a picture of me?”

No honey, never.

After that we revisited Ma Li for a tasty thai dinner. We started with a refreshingly springy seaweed salad dressed in toasted sesame oil.

And had an obligatory sushi appetizer of an Amsterdam Roll and two pieces of inari. Mmmm….fried bean curd and teeny fish eggs, two of my loves.

I got spicy basil tofu which was delicious but face-meltingly spicy.

And Jeff got his favorite red curry duck.

We had a fabulous date together, I always love going to Ma Li.

Now we’re gonna finish the night by cracking open a few beers we picked up at Ale Yeah! and watching some Neflix streaming under a fuzzy blanket.

Ahhh…I’m all warm and toasty just thinking about it!