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Why Good Food “Works”

I was absent from blogging yesterday, but I am back! School is finally picking up and my workload gets a little worse everyday. Last night, for instance, I remembered about a Spanish composition that was due at 8AM this morning. I figured this out at 11 pm. Ouch.

Breakfast this morning helped my sleepy disposition.

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Protein pancake with raspberries. LOVE this combo. Sugar free syrup on top!

Last night, while I was care-free and homework free I whipped up a recipe from Real Simple magazine that I found while pinning away on Pinterest.

Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta

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Ingredients
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into eighths (roma)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1  pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup reduced fat Feta, crumbled

Cut the tomatoes into fourths. Place in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper. Place in the oven on the top rack. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

When the tomatoes are done, pull them out and stir in the shrimp, parsley and lemon juice. Top the entire dish with the crumbly feta. Place back in the oven for another good 15 minutes until the shrimp and pink and everything is bubbly and delicious.

I served my shrimp up plain last night, but today at lunch I had it with some rice. I forgot how good plain old rice is…

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Some of you..mostly college friends…may think why or how does Morgan make all of these complicated recipes. It’s because I care about food. Why throw a pop tart in my mouth when I can make egg whites or a protein pancake in under 10 minutes?

You see, food is energy and in order to feel my best, I need a lot of quality food sources. Yes, it costs more to eat shrimp instead of lean cuisine for dinner, but at least I feel like I am full and happy instead of unsatisfied and miserably tired.

Take the time to try out a new recipe next week. All of my recipes, especially my entrees are affordable and savvy on time. I challenge you to make an entire meal by yourself. You will be proud of yourself!

Good food just works for me. It’s as simple as that.

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Redemption Run and Weekend Recap

This weekend absolutely flew by!

After my unmotivated run on Saturday, I headed home to hang with the fam for the weekend.

As always food was involved, but sadly I wasn’t in the mood to get out the camera much. Blogger fail. I feel like I am still nervous to be looked at and questioned every time I pull out my camera at the table…sorry people, just tryin to share the experience Smile I have readers to tend to…

Last night, before my roommate and I drove back to Athens, my family and I tried a new restaurant in Lilburn called, Three Blind Mice. The place was adorable although, the menu left a lot to be desired. For such a cute trendy place, the menu was limited to what I would call fancy bar food. Where are the salads, people? I ended up settling for a burger with a side salad. At least half of my meal wasn’t greasy. Can’t win them all.

Via Google

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Overall, I loved the look of the place, but their Sunday night menu could use a facelift. It’s worth a try to go when they actually offer their normal selections.

In other news: I RAN 6 MILES!!!!!

Before church, Hannah (my aunt) and I set out to get in a solid 6 miles and we did it in a about an hour or so. Her neighborhood runs will now be known as the “hills of death”. A mile and a half in I was already exhausted and still feeling a little unmotivated from Saturday’s attempt. I paced behind her for most of the part and took several walking breaks to regulate my breathing. Just glad I made it through. Seriously, camelback hills are horrid things….

I am happy that I set a new distance! I am almost half-way through the half!

This morning…

Now that recaps are over, let’s talk breakfast.

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Tone it up Protein Pancake….Not as good as Fitnessista’s, but I just realized I forgot the half banana. woops. I topped it with a smear of peanut butter. I also had coffee in my CPC mug.

Pre-Breakfast I went to the gym and did some cardio. I warmed up with 20 minutes on the cross-trainer before sweating it out on the treadmill with 15 minutes of sprints. (1 minute sprint at 8.0, 30 sec rest) repeat 15 times. Sprints are so hard…they are fast and dirty. Whew!

I’m off to shower…gotta get ready for the day! Happy Monday!

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Awesome August

Gina over at the Fitnessista had the most fun list of her top ten ways to make the best of the month ahead…August!

I am stealing her idea and making my own list!! So here it goes…Morgan’s list of ways to make August awesome 🙂

1. Try a new recipe. How good does a platter of the famous PF Changs lettuce wraps sound?! I have found the recipe via Pinterest and can’t wait to try it. New recipes make me happy.

Holy Yum!

 2. Go out with friends. I have been missing my roomates like crazy! Mary has been living life in Australia with her boyfriend while Rachel and I have been busy running around away from the apartment. I can’t wait for all of us to be back together. I was thinking we should go try Artini. Art and Martinis!

Me, Mary and Rachel

3. Organize! It’s important to me to keep things neat and orderly in the apartment. I’ve already begun thinking about organizing the pantry and deep cleaning the apartment. Clean=happy.

Homeade Orange Vinegar Cleaner

4. Get back to Bodypump! After traveling for the last month, I have missed my beloved Bodypump classes! I want to incorporate at least two classes a week into my half marathon training.

You can't beat the pump!

5. Scope out Fall clothes. I REALLY love fall. Cozy scarves and boots are my favorites. Again I have been “pinning” some of the looks that I hope to re-create when I do some fall shopping!

Comfy and Cute

 

6. Make these little energy bites. I think these will be great to take to class for snack!

No bake bites.

7. Create a new goal. I started training for my first half-marathon! I want to keep my head focused on building mileage, but trying to have fun while I’m at it by running with friends! Here’s to running in the hot Georgia heat!

So true.

8. Go to the lake. My grandparents just moved to their lake house and now that it is their permenant home, I can’t wait to visit!

Cozy Lake House....the perfect getaway.

9. Spend time at the pool. Before classes get too crazy, I want to spend more time at the pool! I haven’t been in Athens to do so in forever!

10. Spend time with the ones you love! On Wednesday, I’ll be flying to Pittsburgh to spend close to a week with Michael. Can’t wait…we have to celebrate his birthday!

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In other news….I had a rather tasty lunch today. Roasted teeny tiny potatoes from trader joes and shrimp! I tossed everything in olive oil, rosemary and other spices and threw it all in the oven! Simple…with some green from a lovely kiwi!

Satisfying lunch.Shrimpies for protein!

 This lunch didn’t have much green, so I added a little kiwi. Guess tonight might be a salad kind of night!

Pretty kiwi.

Today is my last day of house sitting before I have to head home to pack!!

Off to tidy up!

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