Undercover Blogger

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Good morning!

Yesterday, I played the role of an Undercover Blogger as I spent all of my ‘blog time’ working behind the scenes answering emails and I did not have a chance to post. I am sure you all appreciate a break from my ramblings now and then! I know I do. I am about 90% caught up on my emails now, so I will ride this high as long as I can! I also updated the Green Monster Movement with wonderful reader recipes.

Some food highlights of yesterday…

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My healthy spelt pancakes for one that I doubled for Eric and I.

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Mmmmmmmm!

After digesting, Eric and I headed out for a very humid Brick workout! I skipped my Brick on Friday so I decided to make up for it Sunday morning.

The bike leg:

  • Distance: 5.55 miles
  • Time: 31:44 mins
  • Avg Pace: 5:43 min/mile

 

It was a great bike ride. We did mile 2 on the trail and I took the lead and did my fastest trail ride yet! I was going fast over the rocks. It was exhilarating!

Eric didn’t come for the run portion because his knee started bothering him a bit. My transition was a quick one…just over 1 minute and I was up and running!

The run leg:

  • Distance: 2 miles (mile 1 = 8:27; Mile 2 = 8:14)
  • Time: 16:41 mins
  • Avg Pace: 8:20 min/mile
  • Max pace: 6:18 min/mile (sprinting last 300 metres)

 

This run was super challenging! My legs were tired and I pushed myself to maintain under an 8:30 min/mile pace. I kept saying, ‘Feed The Warrior!’ and before I knew it, I was turning back after 1 mile and just had to make it home. I love out and back runs so much because the run ‘back’ always feels easier!

When I got home I needed to Feed The Warrior…this time with food!

Lunch was a huge, delicious mixed baby green salad with chickpeas, green onion, tomato, etc.

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With a generous amount of my Better than Balsamic salad dressing!

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It’s official: Green onions are my new favourite thing to top a salad with. It gives the salad so much flavour!

By the way…check out DAY 3…

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Craaaaaazy!

Another obsession as of late…the open-faced sandwich!

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Berries for dessert…

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Sadly they do not last long in this house!

Afternoon snacks..

Chickpeas + Cheeze sauce from the other night + EVOO + vinegar + pepper:

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And a Liberate Glo Bar!

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We went over to my Aunt and Uncles for dinner and had such a nice visit! I didn’t take pictures of dinner as I was OFF DUTY! I forgot how nice it was to sit down to a meal and not whip out the camera!

After spending more time on the laptop, Eric found me like this around 11:30pm…

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Good times.

Breakfast was an ‘open-faced’ bowl of Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats

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I made Cherry Bomb Banana Soft Serve using 1 frozen banana and 6 pitted cherries.

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The layers:

 

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Love, love, love.

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Today’s question: Do you take pictures of what you eat? If so, how much to you photograph- everything or just once and a while? Do you take pictures at restaurants or when visiting family or friends? Are there ever days when you are ‘off duty’?

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Have a great day. I will see you tonight!

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Courtney @ Three Months June 28, 2010

I do take pictures if it’s a new recipe. I usually don’t document everything I eat – just not my style. If I’m out at a restaurant and the presentation of the food is really unique, I’ll snap a picture. Your cherry banana soft serve looks so refreshing! :)

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Danielle June 28, 2010

I love food photography! I am not much of a photographer but I love browsing pictures of food (probably because I love food so much). I take pictures of food when A) I am impressed with the presentation at a restaraunt, B) the spread looks beautiful at a party, or C) when I make something new or am going to share pictures with friends. I would find it exhausting to photograph everything, no wonder you need an off-duty day! I am glad you do though because I enjoy them a lot!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 28, 2010

I am so into green onions as well these days, maybe I’ll try sprouting my own as well. Congrats on powering through your admin stuff yesterday. Man before you know it you are going to have to hire a general manager!

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Jessica @ How Sweet June 28, 2010

Very rarely do I take pictures of what I eat. Sometimes I blog about it but its very rare. I don’t think I could ever remember to take a picture of everything!

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Michelle @ Hit the Bricks June 28, 2010

Aren’t green onions the best? So easy to cut up, too!

I just started blogging, so I haven’t been brave enough to whip out the camera at things like kid’s birthday parties, etc. I’ve been taking pictures of my food for a couple of years though, I have an album on Facebook dedicated to my food pics from Italy ;) There are definitely certain people who understand blogging that I feel more comfortable taking pictures of food around.

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andrea @ a cake for a wife. June 28, 2010

Gosh, your “cherry bomb” breakfast is making me want to lick my computer monitor. :D

I sometimes photograph my food, but usually only for set periods of time — like I’ll have a one week challenge to myself to photograph and blog everything I eat. But other than that I only take pictures if I make something interesting or am trying out a new product/recipe and I know I want to blog about it.

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 28, 2010

Food photos make me so happy! Seriously- if I’m in a bad mood I check out new healthy recipies online — ohh yeah I’m cool like that : )

I love open face sandwiches! So delicious

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Kristina June 28, 2010

that salad looks FABULOUS! I love green onion on salad… FLAVOR MADNESS ! look at your onion go! YAAY!

that pancake stack looks delicious…

we went to dinner the other night for Jason’s birthday, I didn’t bring my big Nikon but I snuck photos from my cell phone. FIRST TIME in a restaurant ! :) I guess I’m officially a blogger now…

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Jenny June 28, 2010

I take occasional photos of what I eat, I forget a lot!

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Daniel June 28, 2010

Usually I take pictures but I’m far too lazy to upload them all because I find it a hassle at times to resize everything.

Green onions are also one of my favorites! I love to cut the tops off and put those in my salad and then dip the white parts in hummus as a snack.

And your pancake photo with the bananas in between each one is sensationally perfect! I love it!

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Marina June 28, 2010

Amazing looking pancakes!
I do take photos of what I eat, but only when I’m alone or around my bf. People would look at me like crazy, and I’m not ready to share that I have a blog :)

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Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 28, 2010

I think that my family would enjoy me taknig a night off here and there from photoblogging lol.
From your previous post, that is great on Eric to be such a great supporter! Brownie points indeed. After having been away working for 10 days and our upcoming anniversary, I was planning in buying my hubby a router too lol.

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Amanda June 28, 2010

Those pancakes look amazing!

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Noelle@Opera Singer in the Kitchen June 28, 2010

Ha ha ha ha! I like that picture of you zonked out on the couch. Great looking overnight oats too! I have to try that sometime!

As for the camera situation, I always have it with me in case of anything and I usually DO take pictures of what I eat. I want to remember especially if I was to replicate it! :)

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Jocelyn June 28, 2010

Great pictures! And good job for making up that workout :)

I take pictures of my main meals.. I pretty much NEVER take pictures at restaurants..I just like to enjoy it when I’m there and write about it later :)

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Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 28, 2010

I’m impressed that only six cherries made the banana soft serve that pink! I have been hoarding my cherries with the hopes of freezing them. Don’t think they will last me very long though!

I am new to food blogging, so I am still getting used to taking photos of everything I eat. I still find it embarrassing when I’m out in public. When I try to explain why (food blog), I get weird looks. Some people just don’t get it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

yea the cherries were SUPER juicy and fresh!

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Olivia @ Blissful Runner June 28, 2010

I can say with a certain level of conviction that I wouldn’t last two days as a food blogger – I just don’t have the patience! I can barely keep myself away from the food long enough to get it from the pot to the plate, let alone pause (multiple times?!) to snap photos. Kudos to you and all of your kind! :)

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Becki @ HikeBikeEat June 28, 2010

I started blogging a month ago and I’m still trying to remember to take my camera out each meal. Once I start ignoring all the strange looks I get, it’s enjoyable, but I definitely don’t feel bad if I miss a picture. And thanks for putting up my GM on the website :)!

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Michal June 28, 2010

I take pictures most of the time – sometimes I don’t plan to but I see an amazing shot so I run down for the camera :-p
But I stopped posting them regularly because my Mum got tired of the food photos! A lot of them of them go on Facebook. Some just live in my computer photo album, languishing for attention… :-p
Though I must admit – the one thing I might never post a photo of is a Green Monster. I love them, but I can’t pretend they look pretty. I was thinking about that this morning – “hmmm, what are my kids someday (and their friends) going to think about these green drinks?”

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 28, 2010

Most of the time I do take pictures of everything I eat, even at family gatherings. But when I’m out with my friends I usually don’t. And some days, like yesterday, I just took a breather and didn’t take any pictures. I almost felt guilty?! But it was also kind of refresing.

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Maria @ A La Mode Please June 28, 2010

I’m a new blogger, so I haven’t gotten in the grove yet of photographing everything I eat. I will probably only photograph the interesting stuff and things that I have something to say about. I think off-duty days will come just the same as workout rest days…when they are necessary and there just isn’t enough time or when I’m traveling.

I know one thing, I must must must start trying VOO with soft serve! But I am sans a food processor. Does soft serve work in your standard blender?

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Lindsay (Summit Sandwiches) June 28, 2010

I try to take photos of my meals if they’re particularly pretty or if I’m using a new recipe. I rarely take pics of my boring leftover meals or snacks. I figure if it’s something I’d rather not take a picture of, then why force it? The whole taking a picture of everything you eat thing is also too OCD for my lifestyle. It’s nice to set the camera down every so often and just enjoy your food! I will take pics at restaurants if the presentation is really pretty…

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Megan June 28, 2010

I can’t wait to read the new GM recipes, I’m actually sipping one right now!! And I must say, I am loving your “I heart yoga” water bottle :)

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 28, 2010

I love that warrior quote when you’re running – I think that might be my new inspirational quote:)
I photograph everything, except like, the odd apple or piece of fruit, or things that appear every day. And I do restaurants and family too :P I think I’m pretty dedicated!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

The quote is from Lance!

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Courtney June 28, 2010

I always feel that way on out and back runs too! As soon as I turn around, and feel like now I am running home, it somehow ends up being shorter, and faster!!

PS Whenever I go to bed first, my husband comes and finds me in the weirdest positions sleeping, my arms are always splayed or tucked up under me, so weird! When we go to bed at the same time, I fall asleep like a nomral, non-double jointed person!

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Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 28, 2010

Um, yeah. The first photo is like food porn. I love it!

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Sarah for Real June 28, 2010

I take pictures if I am at home. I only rarely take photos at restaurants because I don’t want to make a spectacle of myself. I also don’t take photos if I’m with friends or family because not everyone knows about my blog yet.

I also don’t take photos when I forget! :D

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Heather (Heather's Dish) June 28, 2010

angela, i made a new vegan concoction that i think you might like…i’ll send you the link when i post about it tomorrow!

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Wei-Wei June 28, 2010

I think that your break was well-deserved. I wouldn’t be able to take pictures of everything I eat – my mom wouldn’t like it. She specifically said, “You already eat so little, what’s the point of taking a picture?” Plus I think it might just increase my fixation on food… which isn’t that great for my recovery. :(

But… those pancakes and VOO both look absolutely fabulous. I wonder why I’m always just commenting on your breakfasts? ;)

Wei-Wei

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Callie June 28, 2010

That stack of pancakes look so good. :) I’m loving the bananas in between them.

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 28, 2010

Okay, those pancakes look like they should be featured in a magazine. Beautiful!

Love the couch face-planted picture. That’s me every night, ha!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 28, 2010

I take pictures at least once a day of what I eat. I usually take 3-4 of each dish to make sure I get a good shot. After a year of food blogging I’m not shy about pulling out my camera anywhere anymore!

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Megan June 28, 2010

I take pictures if:

A) it’s a new recipe or something I know I will want to blog about
B) it’s a new/special restaurant, but only if I can do it inconspicuously!

Taking pictures also requires that I get to the food before my husband does!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 28, 2010

Your pancakes look so cute!! When I started blogging I always forgot to take pictures of my food, but after a while I got used to it. (Still a little uncomfortable whipping out the camera in restaurants though, so I keep that to a minimum!)

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bitt June 28, 2010

I don’t take pictures of everything I eat, but sometimes I will do a full day for my blog. I was just doing interesting or super fancy stuff but then I wanted to give people an idea of what a real raw foodist eats all day long. But I can’t keep up with it everyday at this point. I worry about eating to blog rather than blogging what I eat. I think at least a day off is really important, please feel free to do it! I am trying to take weekends off the computer myself.

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Mary June 28, 2010

I don’t blog about everything I eat, but I do blog about all of my new recipes. Sometimes I like an ‘off duty’ night where I just whip out a pile of ingredients and don’t measure one thing. It’s so relaxing… cooking for the sake of cooking. It took me a while to really get the hang of cooking with exact measurements for the sake of the blog. Sometimes on those nights when I’m not feelin a food photo shoot while trying to cook a fab meal ;) … Brian will ask, aren’t you going to take pictures of this…? Then I explain how sometimes, it’s nice to not have to think about measurements/ pictures/ steps to a recipe and just cook because I love it and enjoy how relaxing it is to chop veggies w/o trying to hold the camera in the other hand ;) So in answer to your question, yes… I love taking some off duty nights.

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Madeline June 28, 2010

Oh my goodness…funny you should mention food photography. I JUST posted yesterday on my blog http://www.spidatter.com about trying to make vegan pesto after being inspired by YOUR blog post about your garlic scape pesto.
I ADORE food photography and do it every time I create something new to eat, but my only complaint is that it ends up taking FOREVER to cook anything b/c I’m always pausing and styling something, shooting it…and then continuing on with the baking.
How do you make it less time-consuming?!

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greenbean June 28, 2010

What’s the deal with the green onions? I have some bulbs that I’m about to throw away. But it seems I can keep them and they will keep sprouting…?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

yup!

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Amy Ramos June 28, 2010

Hi Angela:
wow, what a busy day you had!
I want to ask a question-when I read your blog, I am on the west coast and by the time I read about your deals on your glo bars-they are gone. Is there any way you can split it up to where you offer a morning and an afternoon deal?
I have missed out on so many deals b/c I am on the West Coast. :-(

Just a suggestion. Thanks.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

Great suggestion!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie June 28, 2010

Open-faced sandwiches rock- I find they’re so much more fun to eat :)
I do take pics of my food, mainly for the blog, but I don’t stress if I’ve missed something, especially if it’s something more generic like an apple or a pb & j sandwich.
I’m still not 100% comfortable taking pics at restaurants or in front of some friends and family. Though, luckily my fav dining partner, my b/f, knows and supports the blog and mockingly objects if I don’t take pics which is encouraging :)

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