Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{WIAW} Exhausted.

I don't know what happened to me, but yesterday I was just plain exhausted allll day. I desperately wanted to crawl into bed and sleep the day away, but my to-do list was calling my name. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the weather since I feel as though I have a mini- cold too. Whenever the weather changes as drastically as it did yesterday, I always seem to get a cold or a bad headache. Speaking of the weather, I went for a run in shorts on Saturday (!!!), but woke up yesterday morning to SNOW on the ground. I could not believe it. This has been the worst winter... and it's spring.

Anyway, I say we move on to yesterday's eats because that's more run, right?!
Thank you Jenn for the link- up fun!
I started my day with breakfast before heading off to class and went to get my usual Kashi Go Lean cereal and the cafeteria was out! I stood in front to the cereal dispenser trying to figure out what to do. I always have that cereal for breakfast in the cafeteria. I settled for a toasted sandwich thin topped with peanut butter and jelly along with a green smoothie (banana, mango, spinach, & almond milk). And, of course, coffee with a splash of almond milk. I missed my cereal, but it was still a yummy start to my day!
Between classes I snacked on a few pretzels. After my first class I was already feeling extremely tired and knew I still had a long day ahead, boo!
Once I was done with my two classes for the day, I headed over to the cafteria to grab lunch before a meeting. I whipped up a salad topped with a majority of the salad bar, vegetarian vegetable soup, and pita bread with hummus. The sign said roasted red pepper hummus (which is my fav), but I am about 99% sure that was spicy hummus and I am not a fan. 
I was feeling so tired though my whole meeting and once it was over I headed back to my dorm room to get started on my day's work and sipped on some green tea in the hopes it would give me some more energy. Nope. 
I was starting to get hungry so I snacked on a few graham crackers topped with sunflower butter and continued working on my homework up until dinner time. 

Dinner consisted of salmon, green beans, and a side salad. I am in love with topping my salads with tuna fish! Pretty soon I can start adding back meat though!

I went to a church service for the evening and it was beautiful. Holy Week is my favorite time of the year and the whole service was incredible and it made me thankful to be able to attend church regularly when I am away at school. 
After a busy day, I just could not muster up the energy to workout. I didn't get back from church until later, so I decided it was for the best to take the day off of working out. My body needs rest and I need to get better at understanding that. I got ready for the night, had a bowl of skinny pop, and caught up on blogs and such before calling it quits for an early bedtime.

Here's to hoping I have more energy today! It is another long day!
The sun is out, so I already have a smile on my face :)

Thanks Jenn for another great link-up!
Join in on the fun at Peas & Crayons!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black Bean & Quinoa Power Bowl

As I prepare to move into an apartment next school year, I am working on creating recipes that will serve just one person. It takes practice figuring out how many of each ingredient to use so I don't end up wasting ingredients because of poor planning. I recently made this Black Bean & Quinoa Power Bowl because of how much I love the Chipotle burrito bowls, but don't want to spend the money on buying one too much! This power bowl is packed with protein from both the black beans and quinoa, my two favorite non-meat protein sources as well as great flavor. It is easy to double if you are looking to serve more than just one person, but it is a great option for those of you cooking for one!
Black Bean & Quinoa Power Bowl // Serves 1

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Black Beans
1/4 cup Quinoa
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Olive Oil
1/2 clove of Garlic
Salsa
Guacamole
Chili Powder
Lettuce
Cilantro
Cook the quinoa
For a how-to on cooking quinoa check out this post from Chocolate Covered Katie (adjusting for serving size)
 Heat a saucepan on medium heat with 1 tsp. of olive oil
 Once the saucepan is heated, add in the black beans

 After the black beans have cooked for a few minutes add in a few shakes of chili powder (it really depends on how much chili flavor you want)
 Also add in a 1/2 clove of garlic

Let the black beans continue to cook, stirring occasionally
 To prepare the bowl, add lettuce
 Then add the cooked quinoa
 Then the black beans!
 Now it's topping time...
 Add in salsa, guacamole, lemon juice, and cilantro!

Cooking for one isn't too bad when you plan ahead and figure out how much of each ingredient you need! Plus you can add in whatever you desire, without having to adjust for another person. These power bowls are great since you can make them separately if you are cooking for another person and add in your toppings to yours and their toppings to their own!

What are your favorite one serving meals?
Please share!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Liebster Award

After a wonderful weekend I am getting back into the week and pushing through this week so I can enjoy this upcoming weekend- Easter weekend! I am so excited go home for the weekend to spend the holiday with my family. Once I get back, it will be non-stop studying for finals, so I am looking forward for a weekend with my family before the craziness begins.
Last week I was nominated by Melissa at Nourish by Melissa for a Liebster Award. Let me start off by saying, I love Melissa's blog. Every recipe she posts makes me want to get into the kitchen and start cooking. Vegan Banana Flax Bread, Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and more! I was so honored to be nominated, thank you Melissa!

When you are nominated for a Liebster Award, you are given 10 questions to answer in a post. So, here are Melissa's 10 questions and my answers!

1. What was your first ever post about?
My very post was a {ME} at the moment post. I discussed why I was starting Lean, Clean, & Brie and went on to introduce myself by sharing some of my favorites. Looking back on that post, I have seen how much I have changed as a blogger in just under a year. Lean, Clean, & Brie will be turning 1 in June and it is crazy looking back on my first few posts and how I have changed, and how the blog has changed as well!
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2. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Why?
Greece. I have always wanted to go to Greece and visit where my ancestors lived. One day I know I will make it out there and visit all of the famous tourist spots as well as visiting small villages too.
3. What do you do to take a break when you are stressed out?
I love reading blogs when I am stressed out! I always open up my Bloglovin app and read a few posts to help destress. Reading other blogs always puts a smile on my face and it helps me relax and take a break.
4. What is your all time favorite food?
Ice cream! The hardest part about eating a dairy-free diet is not being able to have ice cream often. I guess that's a good thing because I used to eat so much ice cream before I started going dairy-free. I have found great alternatives like sorbet and coconut milk ice cream, but every once in a while I have to indulge in a bowl of ice cream and deal with the consequences later. I'm not picky about flavor either.
5. What is one habit you have that you wish you didn't?
I have a habit of always arriving every where early. I get major anxiety if I am running "on time" for something and it's even worse when I am running late. It's a good habit since I am rarely ever late, but it's bad because I get such bad anxiety when I run late and sometimes arrive awkwardly early to events and just have to stand around and wait until it is an acceptable time to arrive.
6. Where/ when is your favorite place/ time to blog?
Right now, I love blogging from my desk in my dorm room. I can always get so much work done on the blog and I feel more professional sitting at my desk. When I am at home in the summer, my favorite spot to blog is outside in the backyard with the sun shining. My favorite time to blog is usually in the morning. I draft a lot of my posts in the evening and publish them in the morning and pump them out on social media right after. I definitely enjoy getting my morning workout in, cooking up breakfast, and getting right to work on the blog.
7. What aspect of your blog are you most proud of?
I am proud of the relationships I have formed through blogging. Prior to starting my blog, I had no idea there was this whole other world of blogging. It has been amazing to connect with bloggers all over the world and create these friendships that I just can't explain to non-bloggers.

8. Juices or smoothies? Why?
Smoothies! I don't have a juicer so I haven't really gotten into juicing, but I absolutely love smoothies. Green smoothies are definitely my favorite, but I love coming up with all different types of smoothie combinations and blending away.
9. Are you a morning person or a night person? Favorite meal of the day?
I have definitely become a morning person within the last year. I think it has to do with working out in the morning and getting my day going. I love working out in the morning and getting more accomplished before 9am than just climbing out of bed. I love waking up to the sun coming out and getting my day going with a nice run, breakfast, coffee, and catching up on social media. Yes, I realize I am not your "normal" college student. I hate sleeping in past 9am (on most days).
10. Lastly, why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as an outlet for my passion for living a healthy lifestyle. I wanted others to have a place to go to to find inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle. I do my best to share how I eat clean and workout in college and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

As part of the Liebster Award I am supposed to nominate 10 bloggers to continue the award, but today I'm breaking the rules and I am nominating all of YOU! My blog has grown so much because of each and every one of you and I want to learn more about you. So here are 10 questions, answer one question, answer five questions, or answer them all, it's up to you! Just respond in the comments below so I can see your responses! :)

1. What is your favorite piece of advice someone has ever given you?
2. What is your favorite form of cardio?
3. What is your favorite way to eat chocolate?
4. What is your favorite race that you have participated in or want to participate in?
5. Kale or spinach?
6. When is your favorite time to workout?
7. What is your current favorite workout song?
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
9. What is your favorite spring time activity?
10. If you could buy anything right now, what would it be?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap

Good afternoon! I have had a wonderful weekend and am ready to start the week ahead. My parents came up for church this morning and we headed to lunch right after along with stopping at some stores to shop around. Lunch was shrimp fajitas that were beyond amazing. This whole lent I have been craving shrimp and shrimp isn't served very often in the cafeterias so when I saw that fajitas on the menu I knew I had to get them! We also stopped at Dick's sporting goods and I picked up a pair of running capris since I didn't have a good pair of running capris before (crazy, I know). I just got back and have a little bit of homework to finish up then I will head over to yoga.
Palm Sunday to start off Holy Week 
A fit girl's shopping trip
Can I just buy everything please??

Friday, April 11, 2014

{Friday Favorites} 4/11

Good morning and TGIF! How was your week? Mine was pretty good, not too much stress from school for once, so that was really nice! And the weather has been great which always brightens up my mood too. The weather is looking beautiful for this weekend and I have my fingers crossed it will be beautiful next weekend as well for Easter. A busy weekend ahead, but I am going to try to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather as much as possible! 71 degrees is on the forecast for tomorrow and I could not be happier!

It's Friday and that means another round up of my {Friday Favorites} and a link up with Heather from Housewife Glamour!
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Homemade Almond Milk?! Yes please! I could only imagine how delicious strawberry almond milk could be!
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Spring is here and for me that means allergy season is here. These 12 tips for running through allergy season from Run to the Finish are great!
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I just discovered the Body Department last week and I love it! It was started by Shawn Johnson (love her!) and is a great source of workouts, recipes, and more fitspiration. Seriously, go check it out!
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After professing my love for Scandal, I was told to start watching House of Cards. I am only a few episodes in and so far so good! I think it will take me a few more episodes to get more into it, but I do like it so far! Thank you to everyone who recommended that I start watching this show!
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I love the MSU community for all coming together in the wake of the death of Princess Lacey. For those of you who do not know about Princess Lacey, she became a good friend of MSU basketball star Adreian Payne and had battled cancer since 2011. She passed away of Wednesday and it broke my heart to hear the news, but everyone has been beyond amazing in their support of Princess Lacey and the battle she fought.
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Read more of the story here

Also, have you checked out the new Tone It Up apparel?! Obsessed!

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather and I will be back on Sunday with a Weekly Workout Recap!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

{April} Workout Playlist

I am seriously obsessed with this weather. I could be having a bad day and as soon as I walk outside into the sunshine, my mood is instantly lifted. Campus is alive again and I love it, even if that means I have more people to move around while running. I have been taking my runs along the Red Cedar River on campus lately and it is so nice. 5 miles later and I have gotten a great workout in!

Not only has the weather been great over the past few days, but I have been updating my workout playlist and there are some great workout jams out there right now. Here's a few of my favorites:
Happy is definitely one of my most played songs right now. I danced to it on the Dance Marathon on Saturday and I seriously love it!

I am off to spend the afternoon with my mom and cousins and I am so excited. I can't wait to show my cousin around on campus and spend a girl's afternoon together. It's been quite a while that I have gone out shopping along Grand River (other than for textbooks) so I am looking forward to the afternoon ahead. With the sun out, my capris on, and my sunglasses ready, I am good to go! My mom is also taking my first load of my dorm room home. With just a few weeks left of class, I am slowly starting to pack up my dorm room and first items to get rid of- winter jacket and boots!

Favorite workout song at the moment?
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?

P.S.- I just noticed that Counting Stars was in my {December} Workout Playlist, I can't believe that song is still so big right now! I love it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{WIAW} Meatless Meals

Good morning and a happy hump day to you! In the usual hump day manner, I have another round of What I Ate Wednesday for you filled with yummy eats. As usual, I am linking up with Jenn from Peas & Crayons (thanks for hosting!) and sharing yesterday's eats with you.

Let's get right to it, shall we?
My day started off bright and early with breakfast. I filled up with Kashi Go Lean Crunch, a banana, and peanut butter & raspberry preserves on sandwich thins. For some reason I was craving this when I woke up, so I decided to add it into my breakfast. It was definitely a bigger breakfast than usual, but it filled me up until lunch time! Oh, and a cup of coffee with a splash of almond milk of course!
PB & J never gets old, am I right?
I only had one class today and a writing consultation for an essay due Friday. Once I finished up I headed back to my dorm and got started on my to-do list with a cup of coffee mixed with half a packet of stevia.
Around 12:30 I took a break for lunch and enjoyed steamed rice, broccoli, and stir fry sauce with an apple on the side. Lacking on the protein side, but it tasted good and filled me up!
Later in the afternoon, my stomach was ready for a snack so I grabbed a few peanut butter cracker sandwiches as well as some raisins to hold me over until dinner.
It was time for dinner before heading to a meeting so I headed to cafeteria and enjoyed a piece of fish. I was happy to have something other than a salad since I feel like this whole lent I have been eating salad after salad since I am not eating meat (and don't eat dairy). A piece of fresh tilapia with a side of asparagus and a baked potato. Let me just say, I could have had triple that amount of asparagus. I love asparagus and was disappointed to only have a few pieces. Oh well!
I had planned to workout following my meeting, but some friends and I decided to hang out for a while after the meeting, and well, the workout never happened! By the time I got back to my room it was too dark to run outside and I just wasn't feeling the workout room. It is actually good that I ended up taking a rest day since I am really bad at incorporating them into my workout schedule and haven't had a full rest day in quite a while (whoops!).
So, once I got back to my dorm room I snacked on some superfood trail mix and worked on the blog.

All in all, a very productive day and filled with good eats! Just about a week and a half until meat can come back into the picture. I am not the biggest meat eater, but it is difficult to find non-meat protein sources in the cafeteria a lot of the time.

Have a wonderful rest of your day! 
I look forward to checking out everyone else's eats over at Peas & Crayons!