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A Holiday Pick-Me-Up!

February 11, 2012

Good morning everyone! Today’s my long run day, so right now I’m fueling up, downing some water and coffee and getting ready to head to the gym!

So you know how yesterday I showed you all the cauliflower “rice” recipe? Well I made it again for lunch yesterday with a slight variation.

This time, I added some chopped up brussel sprouts to the veggie mix (in addition to steamed kale and mushrooms) and for the sauce I mixed together 1 T of nutritional yeast, 1 T Greek yogurt, garlic powder and flax milk to thin it out. Topped again with my turkey muffins! The creamy sauce when really well with the cauliflower “rice”, getting it to stick together nicely!

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Once again, I would have loved to try this on a skillet, but I had just gotten home from class and was absolutely famished! Trust me, it’s a miracle that I didn’t just grab a salad to go from my favorite Greek place, Tzatziki. But I have so much produce in my fridge I felt way to guilty not using some of it! Plus I only get carry-out food once a week, and since I wasn’t craving it I decided to save it for another day.

One thing I’ve been meaning to share with you all but keep forgetting is my new favorite cocktail! I’d heard a lot about making Apple Cider Vinegar drinks, and I’d tried it a few times using ACV, stevia, lemon juice and cinnamon.

However, the cinnamon was just messy since it didn’t mix in well. When I saw that Clare made hers in a wine glass to make it more fun, I decided to try that and leave out the cinnamon. And you know what? It was so much better!

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*Edited to Add: Recipe: 2 T ACV, 1 T lemon juice or juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 packet stevia (2 if you need it), and water!

I probably have at least 2 glasses of this every day. It’s supposed to be good for digestion, but honestly, I just love sipping on it! It keeps me from getting “snacky” and is a much cheaper option than buying my beloved Kombucha.

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Plus, zero calories, unlike Kombucha and the coffee drinks I’d love to order at Argo Tea. It’s a win-win situation!

So remember how one of my February Goals was to NOT hate on Valentine’s Day this year? Well so far I have had one success. I went to Starbucks to get some work done and ordered a tea. I’d seen these cups on blogs before, and thought, oh gosh, V-Day is everywhere! But you know what? It made me smile.

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I mean come on, how cute is this cup? I’m all for themed anything! Definitely more fun than their plain old white cups. I wonder if they’ll come out with anymore holiday cups this year!

Oh, and isn’t my Valentine looking beautiful?



Well I’m off to run 12 miles… Haha wish me luck!


If you could pick any holiday for Starbucks to make a cup for, what would it be?


What would you mix into your cauliflower “rice”?

The possibilities are endless!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2012 7:38 am

    Good luck on your run! I haveyet to make any of the cauliflower rice – I’ve heard it’s great though!

    • February 11, 2012 8:03 am

      Thanks! Waiting for the gym to open right now… no way am I running in snow/11 degrees…

  2. February 11, 2012 7:50 am

    Good luck today! Do you mind posting or sharing your recipe for the Apple Cider Vinegar drinks? I’d love an alternative to Kombucha!

  3. February 11, 2012 8:05 am

    I’ve been really wanting to try cauliflower rice! I would love to make raw sushi with it.

    Have a good run!

  4. February 11, 2012 9:46 am

    Have fun on your run! I think they should have a different cup for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  5. February 11, 2012 10:52 am

    I am not a fan of stevia-I wonder if you can add some agave nectar instead? I might try that today. Good luck on your 12 miles!

    • February 11, 2012 12:53 pm

      I’m sure any sweetener could work. Maybe sugar in the raw? I just wonder if the agave would mix in since it’s a cold drink. But worth a shot!

  6. February 11, 2012 12:02 pm

    That cup is cute! I got Starbucks yesterday and they just had the regular old cups :(.

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    February 11, 2012 1:38 pm

    Those cups are cute! I never would have seen them because I haven’t been to a starbucks in years. I used to always look forward to the holiday cups. Hope your run was great!

  8. February 11, 2012 3:40 pm

    Good luck on your run (although I’m thinking your done by now)! Do you do long runs on the treadmill a lot in the winter? I used to do them outside no matter WHAT, but now I’m a baby and almost always stick to the treadmill if the weather is below freezing and windy.

    • February 11, 2012 6:17 pm

      I’ve actually done my past 3 long runs on the treadmill and I’m definitely loosing my mind with it, but I agree, I just can’t handle under freezing. But the gym isn’t too bad because people watching is plenty entertaining!

  9. February 11, 2012 11:10 pm

    I have a crush on your Valentine 🙂 My pup is sleeping right next to me and I’ve decided to make him my Valentine this year too. PS: I secretly adore the Starbucks Valentine’s Day cups. They were a total surprise when I ordered my last cup of coffee and made me smile 🙂

  10. February 16, 2012 2:57 pm

    I’d really like to try califlower rice. I made mashed califlower over the weekend and it was delish. Your Valentine is the cutest. I had a golden for 13 wonderful years (and through law school). She was the sweetest and best stress reliever ever,

    • February 16, 2012 9:24 pm

      Awww, I love goldens! Molly is great, and I had one growing up, she was also a great dog.

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