WIAW#7 – Busy Bee

The great thing about school is that there are so many people out and about and so many things to get involved with that there is no opportunity to be bored.  That is of course if you decide to sign yourself up for practically everything like I did. However, this presents the not so fun part where I am so busy running around (sometimes literally) that I don’t get to experiment that much in the kitchen and all my meals end up looking the same. I do choose to be this busy and so it comes down to how I manage my time.

Luckily I took the time to make some chia/oat puddings for breakfast along with some lunch/dinner bento boxes.  I’m hoping that after recruitment wraps up and I finally get the hang of my school schedule, I’ll be able to try some new things.  Then again, this is the quarter system.  I just hope I can manage to find some quick fixes other than grilled veggies and chicken.  Suggestions?

So, a day in the life of a college student…Woke up around 7 in order to bike at the gym while finishing up my reading (Fast Food Nation). I had wanted to try out a free spin class, but since I didn’t go to bed until quite late, that didn’t seem very fun.  Thank goodness for my oats preparation, because per usual, I was cutting it late to class.

 Berry Oat Pudding
½ cup oats
1 Tbsp flaxseed/chia
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (best if it is: peach, cherry, blueberry)
½ cup frozen berries (thank goodness for Trader Joe’s)
1/8 cup skim milk (helps to move things around but will create a thinner consistency)
¼ cup walnuts (optional)

Scoop all the ingredients into your choice of container and stir around.  Take your frozen berries and mix them into the pudding.  Put in the fridge overnight.  When ready to eat, feel free to add some broken up walnuts on top for extra crunch and brainpower 🙂

Snacks throughout the day consisted of apple and almonds/pistachios during my classes and a tasty Chewy Bar to bring back my childhood days.  This was compliments of Alpha Delta Pi representatives.  The two lovely ladies dropped off this care package for our recruitment counselor meeting.

 Lunch lunch lunch.  Not exactly my favorite time of day, but it’s necessary, especially if I am going to work out later, which I did. I packed one of my bento boxes made Sunday – quinoa w/ pesto & feta, grilled zucchini/eggplant/brussel sprouts (so addicting, I swear!), and TJ’s chicken sausage.

We began our Triathlon Club Practices today, which is perfect for this month’s theme of “Good Habits.”  In previous quarters, I would attend the first few practices, but later fail to attend as the quarter progressed.  I prefer working out in the morning because it wakes me up, allows me to take one shower (rather than 2 or 3), and allows me to block out my afternoons for homework.  But…I WILL BE GOOD and attend practice.  It is a social event after all 🙂

I’m a huge fan of coconut and have been searching out alternative foods/bars for before exercising.  I am trying to gravitate towards more whole foods, so while wandering through Target the other day, this caught my attention.  I only ate half before practice and the dense combination of coconut and nuts seemed to hold me off without providing a belly ache.

I decided upon a very early dinner since our recruitment counselor meeting was smack dab in the middle of dinner time (6-9), logical, I know.

So sometimes people ask me why I like to run.  Well, besides the fact that it makes me feel extremely accomplished, ups my self-confidence, it also allows me to do the following.

Yep, because when I returned from my meeting, my friends were watching Ides of March, with one of my favorite men alive, and a few slices of cheesecake to share.

I’d say that’s a pretty solid way to end the day.  What are some of your good habits?


8 thoughts on “WIAW#7 – Busy Bee

  1. I need to start bringing my bento box to school. Love it! And recently I bought some quinoa so I am going to try and make a fancy salad like a see so many bloggers do! My in-progress habit is getting in more walks (besides the ones taking me to class).

    • I love taking walks! It was great when I was abroad because my walks to class happened to be about 1.5 miles and would take me about 30 or so minutes (depending on how much time I gave myself) 🙂 Plus it is a wonderful way to explore what is around you and actually spend time outside.

    • I’m going to try to find some more of those! I keep experimenting with my lunches. Whether I make meals or different energy bars. It stinks because at home I live down the street from a Sprouts and at school, we have Trader Joe’s down the street but no Whole Foods or Sprouts close by.

  2. Your breakfast pudding sounds great! I make something similar with oats, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and frozen blueberries. The oats get so doughy after sitting overnight. Good stuff!

    • I absolutely adore the texture of pudding, so this breakfast is one of my favorites right now. It’s not for everyone, that’s probably why I haven’t used cottage cheese yet. Good idea though! I’ll test it out 🙂

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