Threadbare Gypsy Soul

by Holly on July 20, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch

Got myself a threadbare gypsy soul
Likes to dance and drink and go wherever the wind blows
Gotta little threadbare gypsy soul
Gotta little threadbare gypsy soul…

A lil’ Pat Green anyone?  One of my fave songs :).

I have to say, I’m definitely feeling especially quite gypsy-like these past couple weeks.  Between all these weekend getaways, running here and there, barely having time to get all my ish done (much less train for a marathon!) and workin’ the 9-5, this gal wants nothing more than to put on a headscarf and bejeweled sarong, sing “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” and dance my way to Europe.  Ahhhhh….if only….

It’s probably a good thing that it was only the “Men Tell All” for The Bachelorette tonight.  My to-do list is a gazillion things long and watching pointless, dramatic, trashy reality TV that’s totally awesome can wait another week.

Breakfast was a bowl of Overnight Oat Bran a la Snackface

1/3 cup oat bran
1 (4-oz) container Yo Baby Pear yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk
1 sliced naner

(soaked overnight)

1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup Zoe’s Honey + Almond granola
blob o’ AB 


Bluenanapear Overnight Oat Bran

Then I ate my afternoon snack mid-morning because I was feelin’ snacky (to the tune of “Bossy,” of course) – Zoe’s Peanut Butter bar with PB frosting and topped with a flair of creativity…

I heart food art.

I heart food art.

Last week, I went administrative assistant turned nutrition counselor when Bryan, one of my co-workers, needed a dessert recipe that was chocolate & dairy-free for a BBQ he was heading to.  After a bit of scouring, I found a recipe for Lemonade Cupcakes from MyRecipes.  FYI: the recipe is not remotely healthy – it’s a BBQ people!

Well, Senor Bryan saved me a cupcake from the weekend since I gave him the ingenius recipe.  Turn down a cupcake?  Virtually never.

I also heart cupcakes.

I also heart cupcakes (even if it's just 1/2).

Some berry love munched on while running lunchtime errands…


Strawberry lovin' - similar to McLovin, anyone?

Warning: most rando salad combo eva ahead!  Weirdly enough, some of the strangest combos seem to be the most satisfying…hmmm…I might have to raise the eccentric stakes for next salad…

baby spinach
cauliflower/broc/carrot mix
1 box raisins
TJ’s AB+PB+J trail mix
Newman’s Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette


A salad for afternoon snack? YES AGAIN.

Dindin was quite glorious, if I do say so myself. Let’s just call it healthified Eggplant Parmesan!


Two slices toasted Ezek, 2 Dominex Eggplant Cutlets, marinara sauce + sprinkle of Swiss cheese = HOLY YUM.


A buttery croissant (courtesy of my sister's dinner) to sop up the rest of the sauce...

CIMG4316 chicken/veggie kebob (minus the shrooms for me), also courtesy of sister Katie...


...finished up with a lil' AB+PB+J+chocolate chips trail mix foe somethin' sweet.

I was most def about 7 months preggers after this meal.  However, I didn’t feel gross full – just contently full of delicious, nutritious and fabulous eats.

Finishing up the night, I headed out for a 6-mile run, which I finished in just under an hour.  Since my marathon training is a bit off (due to the past week’s vacay getaways), I am planning my long 12 mile run for tomorrow (to make up for the weekend), taking Wednesday or Thursday off, then hopefully resuming the norm Hal Higdon plan.

Gotta go take care of my cousin’s beast of a dog – pics to come tomorrow.  Seriously dudes…Angus (the dog) is a BEAST!

Peace out peeps.


leianna July 20, 2009 at 9:40 pm

may have to try overnight oats this weekend. they look really yummy in your picture.

Angharad July 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Ace idea! Let’s do it. Friday works best for me although I do have my 10K Saturday a.m. so I can’t get buck wild (I know you were planning to, don’t lie). Are you working or free all day?

If you’re free lunchtime we could go to Lucia’s To Go – ever been? They have awesome salads and sandwiches and the yummiest vegan chilli ever. And a cute lil patio.

If it’s to be after work I would be down for a walk round one of the lakes or coffee or a quick bite…Aldrich and Lake puts you right by Bryant Lake Bowl, no?

Lemme know your thoughts….and good work on getting a run in before this downpour!!

JB July 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm

love your name on the peanut butter bar! very cute. and i agree about odd combinations. your salad looks/sounds delicious! can’t wait to see some pictures of that beast of a dog! haha.


Anne K. July 20, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Your overnight oat bran looks delish! I’ve only ever had overnight oats. I love your pb writing on that bar. You’ve got skills, girl!

insideiamdancing July 21, 2009 at 12:03 am

I vote “YES” to dancing to Europe…more specifically, Scotland. We can eat cupcakes and crazy salads together and party like it’s 1999?

Love the food art- do you have a PB pen? :O

janetha July 21, 2009 at 1:25 am

ahh i am loving the name tag, everyone better back up off that bar! lemonade cupcakes? holy moly. those look divine! and sound refreshing, a nice change from all the rich flavored cupcakes out there. i dont know if i should or shouldnt click that link though…ok i clicked on it. shit.

DOG PHOTOS?! I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

p.s. congrats on the healthy baby you are happily carrying!

buffmuffy July 21, 2009 at 2:00 am

OMG yummy! The cupcakes esp … And the eggplant parm with the croissant? yum yum yum!
Good for you running 6 miles after feeling 7 mo preggers! LOL!

Alison July 21, 2009 at 5:35 am

Overnight oat bran is total yum! I’ve only recently tried it and me likey.

So how was the cupcake?? Looks delish, my mouth just watered a little.

Good luck with 12 today!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 21, 2009 at 6:38 am

Ahhh…theres so much good stuff going on in this post.

Major yum to your breakfast! I have yet to make overnight oats this year, but once it starts warming up I’ll be all over it. :)

I’m a huge fan of all things lemon, so the lemonade cupcakes sound (and look) amazing.

AND, last, but not least, the egglplant parmesan really caught my eye. Can you believe I’ve never tried it before? I need to make some!

Have an awesome day! :)

VeggieGirl July 21, 2009 at 7:21 am

Haha, love your “name tagged” afternoon snack ;-)

Whit July 21, 2009 at 8:01 am

Yum to all of the above. It seriously looks so good, and I heart your food art!

Mary July 21, 2009 at 8:13 am

hahaha i love how you wrote your name on your bar! Which Novice plan are you following by Hal Higdon?

Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) July 21, 2009 at 8:26 am

That eggplant dish looks amazing!! Love the PB decoration on your snack too! ;-)

caitsplate July 21, 2009 at 8:29 am

HOLY MOLY! Your oats kick my oats butt!! And HAH! I LOVE the decorated Zoe’s bar! I totally have to do that soon!

ksgoodeats July 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

Gypsys, tramps, and thieves – haha, oh Cher! I love your food art! Anything that has my name on it in PB would be gobbled down in a heartbeat :)

That croissant and sauce combo is PERFECT!! I want it in my belly! Can’t wait to see the beast!

Lizzy July 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

That eggplant parm look sooo good! I love eggplant and thinking up new ways to use it is delish. have you ever tried just grilling it with salt and pepper and EVOO? so good! I hope your long run goes well. i begin my training soon. i’m so scared! ahh!

runnerskitchen July 21, 2009 at 9:12 am

mmm, buttery croissant! whole grains be damned, give me some of that! i have a fresh baked baguette waiting for me at home…can’t wait till dinner time!

caitsplate July 21, 2009 at 9:17 am

PS – I died laughing at your Dwight quote on Kath’s breakfast post. HAH. Love the office!

lowandbhold July 21, 2009 at 11:01 am

Love me some Pat Green! I saw him over 4th of July!

The eggplant looks amazing! My mouth is watering. Time for lunch!

Evan Thomas July 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Food art like that takes mad skillz

Katharina July 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Wait a minute! Do you not like mushrooms? GASP! Just kidding ;)

Your rando salad and food art are my faves!!! Lemonade cupcakes sound so yummy and summery.

Busy gypsy! Soon enough you’ll have some time to wind down.

Faith July 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm

That salad looks great, I love all the different flavors and textures going on!

April (Foods of April) July 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Those overnight oats look amazing! I’ve never made them with oatbran.. good idea!

That eggplant parmeson looks yummy too!!

Jenny July 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm

dang girl you have seriously mastered PB art — today’s masterpiece took mad skillz!

can’t wait to see angus — he sounds like a killer!

totally missed the bachelorette last night :( i give up!

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