It’s All Good

by Holly on April 29, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,PROJECT CLEANOUT

Yesterday, I dug deep into my Everythingtarian soul and found out why I was feeling so stressed.

The million dollar answer? Because I let myself.

I often put too much pressure on myself to do anything and everything and freak myself out in the process. My kitchen’s a mess (yeah, still haven’t done those dishes…), clothes are strewn about my small bedroom, May’s bills are stacked in a haphazard mess on a side table and my current to-do list needs some major checking off.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Instead of chew my poor nails down even farther, I decided it was time to have some fun up in here. Because at the end of the day – despite my large afro, Diet Coke-stained sweater, penchant for forgetting to think before I speak and dirty apartment – I still need to laugh. Preferably lots.

This morning started with what was supposed to be a 60-minute spin class at 6am. I fueled up with my last Healthy Breakfast Bar slathered with 1 T peanut butter and off to the gym I went…on time of all things. However, Steph read the schedule wrong and spin was actually at 6pm.

No worries!  We hit up a 60-minute yoga class instead before I came home to enjoy this…

1 cup organic skim milk
1 frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen cherries
1 heaping T brown rice protein powder
1 heaping T cocoa powder
splash of vanilla
splash of POM juice
1/4 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola

Luscious. Seriously, that was the only word that came to mind when eating this.

I did a mini PROJECT CLEANOUT for lunch today by taking everything in my fridge that could be shoved in a tupperware container and whippin’ up one lean, mean and green junk salad.

2 handfuls baby spinach
2 T spinach artichoke hummus
1 grated carrot
1/2 diced avocado
2 T slivered almonds
1/3 cup corn kernels
1/2 T nutritional yeast
juice of 1/2 lemon

Kashi Heart 2 Heart cereal was the obvious carb accompaniment.  Because I firmly believe salad ALWAYS needs some kind of carbage to go along with it.

Afternoon snackage was 1 cup of 0% Greek yog, 1 T raspberry jelly + 1/3 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola

All hail the Greek yog mess! It’s protein-packed goodness never lets my hunger or satiety down.

Since my workout was done for the day, I sauntered home at 5pm excited to have the WHOLE NIGHT to fill with whatever I want.  Even though the list does include some cleaning (I loathe dirty kitchens), I was most excited to concoct this lovely dinner…

Sundried Tomato, Spinach + Goat Cheese Pizza (!!!)

It was so easy, I would be embarrassed to even think about giving it a recipe page.  I took one FlatOut multigrain wrap and spread 1/2 cup garden vegetable marinara sauce on it.  Then, I topped it with one small handful spinach, seven sundried tomatoes and one ounce of goat cheese.  I popped ‘er in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, and voila!

Amazing. I wanted about six more of them.

However, not as amazing as Chunky Monkey Banana Soft Serve.  Yeah, you read that right: Chunky. Monkey. Banana. Soft. Serve.

2 frozen bananas
1 T peanut butter
2 squares dark chocolate
lots of cinnamon

(insert sound of angels singing)


Sometimes, all it takes is a dang good day of delicious, healthy eating to take the stress out of the girl. Now excuse me while I go tame my mane, change into a clean shirt, shut my mouth and get cleaning. If I accomplish it all, I may even watch this week’s Glee as my reward.

Because at the end of the day, no matter what happens – it’s still all good.


Erica April 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

oh girl! My to do list causes me way too much anxiety sometimes and I have to step back and tell myself to breathe. I mean …whats the worst that is going to happen if I don’t pick up dry cleaning? How awesome does that pizza-ness look? I hope your relaxing tonight and I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned

Evan Thomas April 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

This monkey wants some chunky banana soft serve STAT.
I love the project cleanout salad. I had one of those Tuesday, drizzled it all in maple syrup, and voila! It all matched

Jenna April 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I hope you soak up your evening tonight for all it’s worth! You deserve it. :) Clean that kitchen and hopefully relax a bit. And holy smokes lady, you outdid yourself with your chunky monkey soft serve! That is a MUST TRY! :)

Lauren April 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

So true Holly. It’s amazing how stressed I can become when I feel like I have no control over the situation at hand, but then I realize that I do have control over how stressed I am making myself so why not start there!

Glad you are feeling better today. And with those eats, how could you not?! :)

Have a fantastic night love.

Katie April 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Glad you are doing better love!!!!

Ahhhhhhh that dessert is divine!!!!!!!!!!


Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food April 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Glee is such a great show, isn’t it! I feel like it’s been a little sub par this season…but I still watch it! Matthew Morrison is such a dreamboat! Have a great night!

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner April 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I love that pizza! I’ve been having a similarly stressful week….good eats make everything better :-)

Matt April 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I gave you an award :)

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks April 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Mmm, your smoothie looks really good. Never tried adding cocoa powder to a a smoothie, but I will now!

Madeline @ Greens and Jeans April 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm

An episode of glee is the greatest gift of all… I hear you on the stress thing, why oh why do we freak out about the things we can’t control? I will meditate on this while I eat popcorn and watch Buffy tonight

Maya April 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Chunky monkey banana soft serve! Yum! Like the Ben and Jerry;s flavor! Only I would have HUNKS of dark chocolate, because that’s the best part of the Ben and Jerry’s version for me! I’ll definitely have to give that a go. (And yours ultimately wins because Ben’s does not have peanut butter in it!)

mary ann April 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

you said recognize… and i love you for it. Also, being a born and raised VTer, im lovin the nod to such a classic B and Js flava flave. work it girl

Danielle (Coffee Run) April 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I let myself get stressed too :? Maybe it’s a type A personality thing? But then again, you said your kitchens a mess haha, so maybe not

The C.M.B.S.S. & the sun-dried tomato pizza look amazingggg

Andrea@WellnessNotes April 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Glad you had a good day. Life can overwhelm you if you let it! (I should remember this more often…).

The banana soft serve alone would put me in a better mood! :)

I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend!

Ildie April 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Chunky Monkey Banana Soft Serve!!!!!!!! I’m ALL over that…. Making it this weekend! You brilliant little thing you!

Mama Pea April 30, 2010 at 12:13 am

You know what you could make with that Kashi H2H…PB&J cereal mix. Just sayin’. Happy Friday!!!!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 30, 2010 at 1:15 am

That may be the best banana soft serve ever. I never thought to add pb. How could I not?!?

Allie April 30, 2010 at 1:31 am

Lol! I’m still on April’s to-do list, at least you’ve made it to May!

Erica D April 30, 2010 at 2:00 am

We all have those days; I’m in my last class of the semester (we take them one at a time) and even though it’s not too much work, it takes up so much time in my day that I feel like I’ve been on a treadmill all day long! This is what I’ve taken away from today:

1. Coffee is essential to remaining awake in class after a morning workout
2. Don’t try to get oral surgery while at college, because you just don’t want to miss 3 days for post-sedation recovery
3. Sometimes the stars do align, and you win the lottery for a kick-ass apartment next year
4. Being straight and sober comes in handy when dealing with my belligerently drunk rugby teammates
5. Enticing your crush with elementary-school level chalk drawings makes for dirty thoughts about hooking up in the studio
6. Salads are too complicated to eat after a good cry
7. A long meal and conversation with girlfriends is the best kind of therapy
8. With respect comes chivalry (which is why I currently have two men’s rugby jackets in my closet)

Less than 2 weeks until my summer starts :)

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 30, 2010 at 6:16 am

I love this…you are so right. A day of good food (and lots of laughter) is the key to ridding the stress. :D

Oh, and I’m definitely a firm believer in having some sort of carb with salads too. It’s a must! :D

Katrina April 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

Everyone feels that way sometimes. Last night, I had a couple of little cry sessions. I just felt so overwhelmed. When my fiance asked me what wrong I said that I was tired, fat, and poor! When really, I was tired but mostly overwhelmed aboout everything that I felt HAD to be done. I’m in my healthy weigh range, I’ve just gained some weight (probably because of my desk job). I’m not poor either; I just had to do a lot of unexpected things with my cheque this time. So, really it’s all going to be fine. It’s all about your perspective :)!

Kacy April 30, 2010 at 7:27 am

I’m craving yoga right now. Sounds like a great way to kick start the day! I rarely workout in the mornings, but it’s so amazing to get off work and be able to lounge around the house all afternoon.

Hope you got around to that Glee watching, ma dear!

Abby April 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

At first I read it as, “However, not amazing was Chunky Monkey Soft Serve” and I started freaking out, reading the ingredients over and over to find out what made it NOT amazing. Good thing I’m an editor with a careful eye for detail, eh? Upon further review, i would have to agree that it does indeed sound amazing…must recreate sooner than later ;)

Lauren (Health on the Run) April 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

You are DEFINITELY not the only one. I’m currently on this “kick” where I constantly tell myself that I’ll use the weekends to catch up…and then the weekend comes and I’m just as stressed because I’m not catching up and the piles just get larger. Ahhh…oh well. Thank goodness for the power of good, healthy food. Making pizzas on pita/flatbread/wraps is one of my all-time favorite things! And that soft serve looks amazing. In fact, I’m 99.9% sure I’m going to make it tonight! ;)

Therese April 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

I had that exact same revelation this morning! I have depressed and down all week, stressed and feeling sorry for myself and why? Nothing really was THAT much different than last week (some things were but nothing earth shattering) but I seriously was just LETTING myself get into a funk. No more!

Today I just decided I was going to be happy and what do you know! I feel much better! Us middle children can be such drama queens :)

Angharad April 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

Ohh you know I suffer from this shiz as well. I have an evening of mad cleaning in store and chores galore. I know how to rock out on a Friday night, do I not?! If you’re home: call me!

Oh and fyi, if you don’t feed me that chunky monkey business when I come to mad town then our friendship is over. Just saying. No pressure.

samantha April 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

glee! the best reward ever!

i have a weekend full of so much cleaning i don’t know what to do with myself, but i’d so much rather be hanging with pals. come to think of it, hanging with pals trumps laundry. MAN!

runnerforever April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I swear, I always stress myself out way more than anyone looking at my situation would deem reasonable. Self-destruction for sure!

Erin April 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Somehow I read “garbage” instead of “carbage.” Garbage is probably not a great salad accompaniment. Now carbage, I can go for that! :-)

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover April 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Hahaha, YAY for glee!
Seriously the best reward ;)
It´s all good.. Have a great night, love!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Katherine April 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

girl, you leave those dishes. at the end of today: ITS THE WEEKEND!
enjoy it!

susan (stepping off the coaster) April 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

oh holy moly… i’m contemplating skipping my flight after work just so i can go home and make that soft serve… YUMMMMMMMMM

have a most excellent weekend!!!!!!

Special K May 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

That word in the middle
I think sometims we get into a FUNK of EXPECTATIONS. We expect to FEEL this way, or a person to do THIS thing, or a food to TASTE this way, or a hunger to be satisfied THIS long. I think of these as mental TRAPS, that defy our ability JUST TO BE.
Give it up girl, and live your life LOUDLY and BIG.

Christina May 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

glad you are feeling better holly!!! I had the same type of day yesterday (was mainly brought on by not enough sleep and failing my physics final NBD! haha) so I went on a run, drove to panera (windows down, music playing) to sit there alone and enjoy a nice dinner and study by myself. being alone makes me feel so much better- i came home a changed person and feeling 10x better. so I am glad you figured it out by the end day, too!

P.S. that pizza looks fantastic…kudos to your cooking skills! haha ….. i have a semi obsession with goat cheese- cant get enough of it!

Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas May 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

You’re too funny. I had to put you on my blogroll.

I think I qualify as an everythingtarian, too. I’m glad I finally have a name for it, because people keep asking.

Jenny May 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Just recently I’ve come to terms with the realization that WE have the power to control our emotions. We can choose to place ridiculous pressure on ourselves. We can choose to sweat the small stuff. Or, we can choose not to. Empowering stuff, no?

anyhoo – I love you my Holly-bear. So much so that I would come clean your dishes for you if I could. That’s saying a lot, doing dishes soooooooq.

muahz x’s 10 milly <3

Lynn @ The Actors Diet May 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

i need to use up some sundried tomatoes! why do they just sit in my cupboard when they’re so darn delicious?!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) May 2, 2010 at 12:05 am

That pizza seriously owns.

Yeah, haha, I ALWAYS stress myself out WAY more than necessary. Best thing for me is just to shut my mind down by blasting music and singing for a few minutes. It stops the cycle of “somuchtodosomuchstressAAAHnotdoinganything!!!”

Faith May 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

I get stressed out over everything I have to do too…it’s so hard not to. I try to just take it one thing at a time instead of focusing on the whole (never-ending) list.

Your eats are pretty fabulous, Holly! That flatout pizza looks amazing. And chunky monkey banana soft serve??? Oh my…I need to pick up some bananas. :)

Jessica May 4, 2010 at 2:13 am

Oh miss Holly….please remember to give your fab self a break every so often! You deserve it miss thanggg :)
I too, am overly hard on myself and it gets TIRING! But, it’s amazing when we remember to cut ourselves some slack, laugh (a lot), eat some good food and/or get a kick a$$ workout in! Am I right?!

Let me just say….this day of eats = a day of eats I’d want to have! Ya dig?! From the granola-topped smoothie, salad (+ necessary carbage– kashi and mary’s gone crackers have been my go-tos lately!), that flat out pizza (mmm cheese!) and the home-made soft serve! Ba bam. Totally drooling over here!

Hope you’re having an amazing week! We need to catch up more asap so that I can get an update on yo’ life! I accidentally did all the talking today….whoooopsie :) xoxoxox

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