Know Your Roots Salad & June Goals

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 2, 2011


Good morning to you!

On Tuesday night, I made Kath’s Know Your Roots Salad which features golden beets, wheatberries, sunflower seeds, beet greens, and sweet potato. Eric and I both went crazy over it. Golden beets are one of my favourite vegetables! If you have not tried them I highly encourage you too. They are sweeter and milder than red beets and even Eric who is not a red beet fan, just loves golden beets.

I made a few modifications based on what I had in my kitchen, but for the most part I stuck to the original recipe.

  • I didn’t have any sweet potato, so I used a butternut squash. It went quite well flavour-wise, but I think I would have preferred the sweet potato as it firms up a bit more when roasting and the butternut was mushy.
  • I also used kale instead of the beet greens because my beets were in the fridge for over a week and the greens wilted on me (whoops). The kale was a great sub in a pinch!
  • I added some Navy Beans for some extra protein. Navy beans are great because they blend in well to the flavours in most dishes.
  • I used speltberries instead of wheatberries


The delicious recipe can be found here.

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June Goals

Thanks for sharing your goals in yesterday’s post! I enjoyed reading them. I’ve come up with a few goals myself.

Goal #1: Core Work via Whittle My Middle, TWICE a week

I’m bringing back Whittle My Middle core work into my workout routine on a regular basis. I’ve been doing it on and off all Spring, but I really want to get consistent and stick with it.

My goal is to do Whittle my Middle twice a week. Each session takes about 7 minutes of actual core work. I like to rest about 30 seconds in between exercises if necessary. I grab my Garmin and time each exercise.

Here are the exercises I will be doing twice a week:

1) Front Plank with fully extended arms: 60 seconds



2) Side plank with bent arm: 60 seconds per side



3) Torso Twists (see here for instructions) 60 seconds


Note. Instead of a medicine ball you can use hand weights or a large soup can/other heavy object.

4) Plank-Ups: 60 seconds

Start in plank position on forearms, legs extended behind you, resting on toes; raise right leg a few inches off ground, toes out (as shown). Keeping leg lifted, straighten right arm, then left, coming into a raised push-up position. Reverse motion to return to plank. Repeat, alternating lead arms.

Note: If this exercise is too difficult for you, try keeping you leg on the ground and just focus on raising and lowering your arms.



5) Boat Pose: 60 seconds

Begin in a seated position with your knees bent and your feet resting lightly on the ground as you balance on your sit bones. With your core engaged, lengthen through your torso and recline slightly, avoiding any rounding of your back. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, then extend your legs, creating a V-shape with your torso and legs. Breathe comfortably throughout the move.

Note: Instead of just staying still the whole time, I prefer to bring my knees in to my chest and extending them back into boat pose (one rep, hold for 1-2 secs), all while keeping my feet off the ground. I find this challenges the abs more as you have to stay balanced while moving.



6) Bicycle Crunches: 60 seconds


I did this workout after my cardio this morning and my abs wept! I admit, I couldn’t do the full 60 seconds for a couple of the exercises, but I hope to get stronger as I go. As long as my abs are weeping, I will be improving. :)

Be sure to always consult your doctor before beginning any workout routine to make sure it is right for you!

Goal #2: Hot Yoga 1-2 times per week

My $40 unlimited monthly pass is almost up at my Moksha studio, which unfortunately means that I won’t be able to go to yoga as frequently as I have been going because it is so expensive! When the intro pass runs out, I hope to go 1-2 times per week, as my budget allows.

Goal #3: Try Spinning Again

In university, I took a couple 3-month spinning classes and I just loved them! My current gym offers spinning so I really want to try it out again and see if it’s something I’d like to add into my routine. I would love to do spinning once a week if I still enjoy it.

Goal #4: Structured meals and Limit snacking

As I mentioned yesterday, I did not accomplish this goal in May. I snack a lot and I really want to break this habit and focus on having larger structured meals, instead of smaller ones that leave me hungry in an hour or two! Along the same line, I need to make the time for proper sit down meals. I often eat lunch in a matter of minutes, or even while standing up when I’m busy (so bad!), and I really need to break this habit. Has anyone transitioned from several smaller meals & snacks to 3 squares a day + 1 snack? I’d love to hear your tips!


Well, those are my goals for June…I hope it is a great month! It’s such a love-hate relationship, but I feel so strong when I’m rocking out the core work. A strong core also helps with everyday activities and will help prevent lower back pain that I sometimes get from sitting at my desk. Let me know if you’d like to join me!

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious June 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

That salad looks so good! I’ve been wanting to try golden beets, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere.

My goals for June are: (1) cut out after dinner snacking; (2) start my outdoor running program so I can run a 5K in September; (3) make weekly meal plans and stick to them; and most importantly (4) start brainstorming about what my “passion” is and how I’m going to incorporate that into a new career path. I always start out well, but the tough part is sticking to these goals for the WHOLE month!


Amy June 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

I’ve been doing this recently and it seems to keep me from being hungry at night:
lg breakfast, med snack, large lunch, med snack, smaller dinner
I find by dinner time I’m not as hungry as usually and am pretty satisfied with having a light dinner…with a small treat! :)


Meaghan June 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I do almost the same thing as Amy above. I try to really pack up breakfast when I can, and progressively get lighter through the day. It’s scary because you feel like without a big dinner to look forward to you’ll end up hungry at the end of the day, but I’ve found the opposite to be true.


Jin June 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

I do this also!!! Having two large meals for breakfast and lunch and then having a snack at around mid-afternoon seems to help with dinner=time hunger pangs. I gain weight easily when I eat after dinner so I have been sticking to this for the past month or so. It worked for me before so I’m sure it will again!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

That salad looks absolutely divine! The colors are amazing. I’m happy you pointed it out, I must have missed it on Kath’s blog. I’ve looked for golden beets in the past and have been so ridiculously unsuccessful. I actually had a couple of grocery clerks tell me they didn’t exist :|
Way to go on your goals! You’ve got some heavy core work, way to go! Those twists are one of my favorites.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I got mine at whole foods but cant find them anywhere else!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Man, we really need a Whole Foods in Alberta. I’ve been to the one in Vancouver a bunch of times. It’s so much better than Planet Organic. One day, one day. Thanks Angela :)


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

I’d like to do planks where ever she is in that picture!
I don’t remember that salad either from Kath’s blog, looks delicious though.


kate June 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

mm golden beets! i never think to buy them, but that’s a great idea! my roommates and i were discussing our love of beets yesterday! that salad looks awesome, thanks for the inspiration!

i think i’m going to join you on the ‘whittle my middle’ challenge for june! i’ve got a bunch of other stuff going on so i think i’ll try to do it just once a week! but again, good inspiration!

now here’s some for you – i just started spinning again this week! i went to a class on monday and again yesterday! i too used to go in university and loved it but found it really tough to get back to a class. DO IT!!! Oh my gosh it’s AMAZING! And it’s such a nice change from running (don’t get me wrong, i adore my runs) and such an incredible workout. DO IT!! I swear once you get to your first class you’ll be smiling and wondering why you’d been away for so long!

Hope you have a great month, your goals are awesome!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm

That makes me excited! I used to crave spinning when I was taking the courses…it was a great way to start the day. And oh do I love to sweat.


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

Great goals for June. I’m definitely going to try some of those exercises — thanks for sharing!


marla June 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

This root salad looks great – the other great thing about yellow beets is it keeps the kitchen, clothes & hands from looking like a massacre hit ;)
That workout looks awesome – love core- centric exercises.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

That version of the salad looks delicious! I also love golden beets but so rarely find them.


Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! June 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

Salad looks delicious–I’ve never tried golden beets before!

Good luck with your goals! That is a lot of core work–you are going to have some awesome abs when you are done!


Carolyn June 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’m struggling with getting back on track too. My goals are:

1. Run more. Been sidelined with some hip issues and getting back to running SLOWLY like I’m supposed to is killing me slowly instead. I want to run 6+ miles, not the 1-2 I need to. Baby steps.

2. Yoga. I bought a yoga for runners DVD that should get here today. Yoga, from what I’ve been researching, will help me with my hip issues and strengthen my body.

3. Strength training. I’m going to do more of the Nike Fit (Free iPod/iPhone app!) routines and I think I’ll integrate your ab routine into my running days too!

4. Food. I had my very first VOO for breakfast today and I made the lightened up protein goddess bowl last night for lunch/dinner today. With the VOO, I think I might halve the recipe, because I end up with a LOT of breakfast! I too have been snacking WAY too much and now my pants don’t fit. Reading that you’re struggling too helps me get through it – we’re all human! I also think I’m going to eliminate dairy from my diet and see if that helps with my energy levels. I suppose that’ll help my snacking too (I LOVE cheese!)…lol.

Thanks for all you do, Angela!


Doc (The Healthy PhD) June 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

This might be too intermediary for your tastes, but for lunch I tend to bring a lunch and if I’m having trouble taking time out for myself, I break it down into mini meals. That way I know what I’m eating and am eating somewhat mindfully a square meal, but I don’t eat the whole meal at once.


Ashley June 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

Love this salad! It looks so colorful and full of delicious flavor:)
Some of my goals for this month are: 1) eat better lunches! I always do very well at eating a good breakfast and good dinner, but for some reason, lunch never fares as well. I’ve really been wanting to get into eating leftovers, or salads, but for some reason, I never want the leftovers or salads! And then I find myself starving before dinner and then snacking, on not to healthful snacks. Ugh. Any suggestions?
2) More writing/blogging: I’m a writer a heart and can’t go a day without it, but sometimes I find myself rushed to enjoy writing and blogging. I’m going to try and carve out more time for it:)
3) I work from home, so most of the day consists of me sitting in my desk chair in front of my computer. I find myself much to sedentary, so my goal for June is to get outside, and to exercise more:) My boyfriend and I are going to St. George, Utah to housesit for 3 weeks this month, so we’re planning on doing lots of outdoorsy stuff, including hiking in Zion:)
Your goals sound great! Thanks for sharing them with us:)


Lauren June 2, 2011 at 11:22 am

I need to work on my core as well – I have the worst posture! I go to the gym but am not working specifically on my core when I’m there, just arms and legs. Maybe I’ll put these exercises on some notecards and do them while I’m watching TV!


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

I love the addition of the beans to that dish – I wish my grocery store had yellow beets in stock more often! Ab work and spinning are two mainstays in my normal workout routine! :)


Greta June 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

Angela, your goals sound great! I will be joining you in the Whittle My Middle, aiming for 2x/week. I’ve also committed to yoga classes this month and purchased a package at my local studio.

Re: going from snacking to meals, I have actually done this! I never felt satisfied eating 4-6 small meals, as some people recommend, so I decided to take on my own agenda. For me, the key was increasing the density of my meals, so I wouldn’t feel the physical need to snack, and making sure to *schedule* my meals. At this point, I have things down to a routine: breakfast around 8:30, lunch a little before 1, PM snack around 4, and then dinner between 7 and 8. Is it sometimes a pain to be that structured? Absolutely! But the benefits for me are that I don’t think about food as often, and if I get the urge to snack, I’m usually not actually hungry, so I can ask myself what the motivation is behind it (emotional, mental, etc.). Good luck!! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I totally agree that time frames are needed sometimes! Its hard for me to have structure working from home, but I think I can create it!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

Angela, I was religiously doing your Whittle My Middle workout this winter and LOVED it. It really helped as I was getting “back on track.” Right now I’m working my to 100 pushups. I’m up to 75!

My biggest hold up right now is eating habits. I’m working to gain weight in a healthy way after breaking my jaw and it is a struggle. Today I’m making a commitment to give up fried foods and give IN to more avocados. :)


O.C. June 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

I do hot moshka too! And I absolutely love it.
Those are some really great ambitions and goals for the month. I love setting goals so I can feel really accomplished when I meet them but I always have to remember to live my yoga and be patient with myself!
A few of my goals:
Drink more water
More real meals and less unstructured snaking
Eat when I’m hungry and not feel guilty. I gotta listen to my body!
Ditch my scale!
Start running more and for longer distances.


cathy June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

i love setting monthly goals and also reading other people’s goals – thanks for sharing yours, angela!
i made a concerted effort a few months ago to strengthen my core (using many of the exercises you noted, above) and man, it’s made a real difference in my running. no more achy hips! you’ll see the payoff very quickly, i bet!
too bad you cannot get that super-great yoga deal permanently!
enjoy today’s sunshine! and no humidity!


Jess June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

That salad looks delicious!

This is terrific timing!! I’ve been doing your Whittle My Middle as a personal abs challenge for the last five weeks! :D I set out to do it five days a week for six weeks, so 30 times total. (Increasing time/reps each week.) I have four more to do this week. :) I’m going to keep doing it 2-3 times a week. It’s intense!!

Though, I’m having trouble with boat pose now. My tailbone has hurt when pressure is on it for the last couple of days–presumably from how I’m sitting and possibly from doing the pose for so long (on carpet)? Do you think I’m doing the pose wrong?


Mariah (picturespupsandpies) June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

This beet salad post is perfect timing- I just received some fresh garden beets from a friend and hadn’t been inspired to do anything with them yet. This will be perfect (I think I even already have all the ingredients in my pantry/fridge- even more perfect!) Thanks!


Emily @ One Sweet Vegan June 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

I’d love to try some Whittle My Middle exercises. My problem is that I have the back of a 90-year-old lady. I’ll need to start out just doing a little and build up from there, but I’m definitely all for strengthening my core, so I’m going to give it a go. :-)


Julie @ Shining From Within June 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love spin! I just started doing it a couple months ago and it has helped me tremendously with running. I am totally feelin’ ya with the snacks.. I don’t think I eat enough and then I just end up snacking which is not what I wanna do. ;) I love doing ab work’s weird lol. I recently started doing booty exercises and THAT is what I have a love-hate relationship with.. owwww


Gina (Yogattude) June 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

I think I bookmarked Kath’s recipe and forgot about it…so thankful you brought it back to my recipe priority! I’m actually starting a 21-day detox this weekend (similar to the one Ashley from Edible Perspective did) and this salad will be perfect for it! The detox is through my yoga studio, so I am also planning a 21-day yoga challenge to go along with it (Baptiste Power Vinyasa based studio…but less cheese than his videos). I’ve never practiced more than 6 days in a row, so this should be a fun challenge!


Gina (Yogattude) June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

Ps…maybe you can work out a deal with your yoga studio as a karma yogi. Most studios offer this program where you exchange service for yoga…whether it be cleaning the studio a couple times per week…or maybe you can offer to write a blog for their website 1x per week?


Meredith June 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Yes, this is definitely a program that Moksha offers! I take part in it at the studio in Halifax, and it’s great! In exchange for a 4 hour cleaning shift, you get all the yoga you can do!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Oh cool! I didnt know that…will look into it. Thanks!


Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

This month, I want to focus on maintaining some level of fitness because I’m taking a break from running until July when I start training for marathon #10 in November. I need a psychological break from training, and I’m sure my body would appreciate it, too. I think I also want to give blood again while I’m on this break, so keeping myself healthy is also a goal.


Lizzie June 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

I am VERY excited about this post and will be joining you for the whittling :) I had actually gone back into your archives and looked for previous ones a couple of weeks ago to start doing something for a few minutes in the evening, if I happen to be watching some TV. I agree with the strong core and have never really reached the goal I wanted with this, so it’s a timely reminder!


Holly @ The Runny Egg June 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

That salad looks delicious! I love the gold colors.

Goals for June: finish strong at my marathon on June 18th, continue to run and work my core (I’m doing something similar to what you’re doing!), and just ENJOY life more. I tend to rush around so much and I am trying to focus more on creating time to just BE.


Lisa June 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

Not sure where you live in Canada, but if your gym has BodyPump which I think it does, you should ask if they are going to get CX30! it’s Les Mills new core conditioning class. I am an a CX30 instructor (just launched here in the US) and it’s just awesome!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

thanks I will ask!


kris (everyday oats) June 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

That salad looks perfect for welcoming summer :)
I loved reading about your June goals. Makes me feel more motivated to set and achieve my own goals too!


Kelly @foodiefresh June 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’ve gone back and forth between smaller meals and three square meals. Currently I’m doing three meals + 1 snack in the afternoon, just before I workout after work. Making my meals more substantial and making sure stay well hydrated really helps me cut back on snacking. This might mean actually doing some calorie counting to make sure you’re eating enough or just adding one more thing to your meal that you wouldn’t normally eat.


Beth June 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hadn’t heard of golden beets before. I’ll look for them on my next trip to the grocery store.

Boat pose: any time I have done this one in yoga class we didn’t extend the legs – looks like I would have to work up to that ;)

Abs: For core work I try to keep them engaged during my bus commute. Don’t always succeed, but it is a good challenge since the bus tends to take sharp curves and banks.


Heather (heathers dish) June 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I would do just about anything to get my hands on a $40 unlimited pass! 2 times a week is definitely great for hot yoga though :)


Jazz June 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Hmmm, I have 3 meals but I also have snacks.. which I think is ok! I get hungry at 10 and have an apple, and I have my bedtime snack/ dessert an hour or two after dinner..


Stefanie @TheNewHealthy June 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

That salad sounds amazing!!

I agree that core work is a love-hate relationship – but I need to get back on the love side so that I’m feeling strong! :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Great goals Ange! I posted mine today as well. If you want some more core workouts, check out the Workouts page on my blog. I agree with you, I feel so much better when my core is good and strong!

In terms of meal eating, I eat 6 meals per day: Breakfast around 8, snack at 11, lunch at 1, snack at 4, dinner at 6ish, and pre-bed snack at about 8:30 (to prep me for my early morning workout). It’s taken a while for me to make the switch from 3 square meals but I far prefer it this way!

Ooh and PS – you’re ALWAYS welcome at my spin classes!


Tatomme Flanagan June 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I made your red quinoa and bean salad yesterday for a potluck…It was amazing! I used garbanzo beans and parsley instead but it was a hit. Thank you for your creative and well-balanced meals!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Glad you enjoyed it!


Michele Sparrow June 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I think that having 3 meals a day and sticking to it is more about planning than about satiety. Clients of mine who are habitual snackers are typically eating that way due to being busy and/or laziness! :-) However, if after the time is spent to making sure you have in the house the needed ingredients for good meals 3x/day and you STILL are not satiated, then I think it is important to look at WHAT you are eating because there should be satiety and energy after a meal, not hunger and/or cravings and fatigue. Often, I have found, smaller meals (even though only eating 3 in a day) help to maintain satiety more than larger meals in order to “stave off” hunger later on! :-) Again, it’s what the meal consists of…


Emily E. June 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I’d love to try your Whittle My Middle Exercises! I tend to avoid core work because I get discouraged when I feel like dying after five sit-ups, but I think it’s a weakness I’m willing to work on this month.


Emily June 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

That core workout looks tough! I think I might try it :)!


Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) June 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Great goals again! I have to say that eating a big meal three times a day isn’t something that really works for me. I’m on this routine now but every time I’ve eaten lunch or dinner, I feel very tired… It’s no fun because it takes about an hour ’till I’m on my feet again. I just think you have to see what works best for you on that matter.

That salad looks good btw, I didn’t notice the recipe, so glad you shared;)


Carissa McRae June 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hi Angela,

I’ve been a “secret” reader for quite some time now, and just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog :) I really enjoy every post and the combination of your day to day work/renos/etc along with all of the fabulous recipes! I know it must be a lot of work to post so regularly, and just want to say thank you! I’m getting married next Friday (AAAH – so excited!!), but am still going to try to join you throughout June to “Whittle My Middle” :)

Thanks again!


Grace @ Healthy Dreaming June 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

That salad looks delicious! I’ve never had golden beets before! Thanks for the new workout poses! I’m definitely looking to change up my routine recently! Good luck with your June goals!


Shelby June 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

That salad looks DELICIOUS!

I loved reading your June Goals!! :-) I am really trying to be a mindful eater and just really pay attention to the texture and taste of my foods. It’s hard but so helpful. I need to slow down when I eat too and need to not feel so rushed.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

same here!!


Meredith June 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

That salad looks awesome! I’m a huge beet fan, but I’ve never had the golden variety. Definitely will have to try that out!

My goals for June are:
1) to complete a 30 day yoga challenge at my local Moksha studio! I’ve done one before and completed 30 classes in 30 days and I hope to do that again! It really helped me stay on track with my eating, and I found it very centering.
2) As part of the 30 day yoga challenge, a large group of us from the studio are completing a 21 day cleanse (guided by one of the teachers, who is also a holistic nutritionist). This involves us cutting out all animal products (I’m already vegan so this part wont’ be hard :) ), sugar (except maple syrup), gluten, alcohol, caffeine, food preservatives & colors, & MSG. Although I have a pretty healthy diet as is, my hope is that this cleanse will make me really aware of all the places that sugar and gluten can sneak into your diet!
3) Set up an easy to follow study plan for my GRE, that I’m writing at the beginning of July
4) because I’m going to be doing so much hot yoga this month, I need to really focus on staying hydrating and eating lots of water rich foods (like that cucumber salad you posted yesterday!)

Good luck meeting your goals :).


Nichole June 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I like it! I’m trying to do more ab work too.

I want to do:
-Pilates 2x a week (about 10 minutes or so)
-Whittle My Middle 1x (I need to incorporate more planks into my life)
-Yoga 2x a week
-Run 2x a week

AND I want to at least try hot yoga. After reading about your experience, I’m so interested in trying it!


kaila @ healthy helper! June 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Sounds like a great plan for June! Good luck with your goals! :)


kate June 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

great goals, I need to focus on my core too… its much easier when you have a laid out workout…. I need to quit snacking too I always taste test everything I make for the blog a little too much!


Paige is Running Around Normal June 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

That root salad sounds intense and looks amazing! I need to get me some beets:)
Also intense? Those plank get ups ;)


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

That root salad sounds yummy and those moves look so great – I remember being a PRO at V-ups when I was in my gymnastic days…and handstand pushups…god, I was a strong 11 year old.


Katherine June 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I always bring a healthy, substantial lunch to work, but I found myself snacking a LOT out of pure boredom. What I started doing was bringing very low calorie snacks such as cucumber slices and celery to munch on instead of the peanut butter scoops and other high calorie snacks I normally had. Usually, this wouldn’t suffice as a regular snack, but because I knew I wasn’t actually hungry after my hearty lunch, these mostly water snacks helped me.


Moni'sMeals June 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

This salad is killer! I know it would fill me up. That is important for SALADS.

YOUR June goals are fabulous! I like how you put the pictures too. Since I am a trainer, I know what you are talking about, but it is nice for others to see a visual. :)

I love spinning and yoga too. but also weights…My fav. :)


Shelley June 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I love the Whittle My Middle moves. I lead a “bootcamp” class for a few friends during the week and I will definitely add this to our circuts! My goal for June is to become more aware and mindful of my spending habits. I am trying to cut my spending this month and spend at least $300 less in June than in May! Hopefully by the time July comes around I will have a slimmer waistline and a fatter wallet.


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’ve been doing your whittle my middle exercises for a few weeks no! I love it and am definitely seeing results :)

I’ve always eaten 3 square meals, with a couple very light snacks. But I’m definitely starting to eat bigger portions, so my goal is to cut down on portion sizes and eat until I’m full.


Michelle | Gold-Hearted Girl June 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I love your goals! I also have a goal of doing more core work, since I rarely do it now. And getting back into my yoga groove!


Yolande June 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I love hot yoga. It is expensive but moksha usually has 1-2 community classes per week were you pay a five dollar fee per class (rather than the 16 dollars per class) I usually dO the community classes and they are amazing! You can check on the moksha website and the classes will be updated each week to inform you of the community class times :) just thought id let you know , because it can get pricey :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

hmm I didnt see any community classes on my schedule…there is 1 karma class a week for $8 though.


Kelsey H June 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

hey angela!

question: do you just go through each exercise once? or do more than one session?


Greenside June 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I had a huge struggle with the craving for snacks around 6:00 PM and midnight (if I am still up and working). I got rid of the midnight snack craving by eating a banana after my meals and having lots of water after half an hour of my dinner. I am not sure what changed but I don’t crave for snacks anymore now. But I still have a juice or green monster for my evening snack.

Trying to train in aerobic zone could have had an effect on my cravings. This way I don’t lower my sugar levels a lot even after my long runs and hence no cravings for replenishing them as soon as possible and I can wait till I make( and eat of course) a satisfying dinner.


Ashley June 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Love those plank ups!!! I know what you mean about the snacking and it’s hard when you’re at home all day! I end up just taking little breaks of this and that, when I can’t decide what I want to eat…I’m also really bad about sampling while I’m cooking. It all really adds up! Good luck with your goals!!


Samantha June 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Just wondering, but what’s wrong with having snacks between meals? I’m in high school, and finding it hard to go from being homeschooled and able to have a midmorning snack to high school and finding a breakfast that keeps me full from 6:00 to 11:30. This is reminding me though that I should probably do some sort of yoga or strength exercise as well as my usual cardio every day.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Oh nothing is wrong with snacking when you need a snack, but I was referring to mindless eating when Im not truly hungry. :)


Samantha June 3, 2011 at 5:21 am

Oh, okay thanks. That makes more sense.


Leigh Armstrong June 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hey Ange! Just wanted to let you know that there is another yoga studio in town that has a trial period for two weeks for $15. Maybe be fun to try another studio, that’s what I plan on doing after my month ends at Moksha!


Ragnhild June 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

That salad looks so good Angela! I love beets, but havent been able to find golden ones! I eat grain salads almost every day! They are so simple, filling and delicious! My addiction at the moment is to put grilled, marinated artichoes in them. So lovely!
I would love to do more yoga! But memberships at yoga studios is to expencive for me at the moment. I do join one ore two Ashtange yoga classes a week at the gym Im working at. Also I run 4-6 times a week, and have for the last 4 or 5 years I think! I would love to do a little streight training too. But silly as I am, Im scared to bulk up :P


Claire June 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hey Angela!
I was just wondering how you coped with being injured for a month and not being able to exercise as much. I just got a head concussion and need to rest for 2 weeks or more. I feel bummed out and honestly a little anxious at the idea of giving up my usual running, biking, strength training and yoga schedule and just doing…nothing. Tips? :)


Julia June 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I really need to start doing strength work this June…I’m also in a bad habit when it comes to snacking all day. That salad looks good, but I’m a bit scared of beets…


Emma (Namaste Everyday) June 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

thanks for the core workout. I’ve been studying abroad and drinking too much beer – I think I have a mini beer belly! I will definitely be incorporating these moves into my workout :)


Molly @ RDexposed June 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thank you because I should set June goals, too.


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat June 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Glad to hear the golden beets are so good. I haven’t tried them, but planted them this year just because they looked pretty :)


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Yum!!! This looks like such a delicious fall or spring dish — I can’t wait to try it with quinoa!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking June 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Good luck with your June goals!
The Whittle my Middle core workout sounds like something I’d love to add to my exercise routine. Thanks for the idea!!


Sarah June 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I’ve recently gone from 5 small ‘snacky’ meals a day to 3 squares, and I love it! My tip is to simply make sure your meals are big enough. I find that adding things that I would have had for a snack to my meal is an easy way to do this. The best part is that this will actually save you time because you’ll only have to think about eating 3 times a day! It’s so much better.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I remember seeing this recipe on Kath’s blog and I bookmarked it, but then I lost it when all my bookmarked pages got deleted. Thanks for reminding me with this post! It looks delicious!

I need to get back on track with my core work too! I think I’ll join you in your Whittle my Middle challenge! :D


Kathy June 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I definitely need to work on goal #4 too!


Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks June 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Plank-ups are HARD! Gotta love them though. They make me feel strong.

also: the salad sounds divine! i must try making it.


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) June 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

That salad looks awesome. Great photography…so bright, cheery, I love it!

And the Whiddle your Middle…haha! you don’t even have one to whiddle! But if you want to work your core, I can just FEEL my core burning after seeing those planks, plank holds, side planks, etc..burn baby, burn! :)

I think it’s wonderful that you are so open in sharing your goals, Angela! Everything from snacking and structuring your meals a bit differently to your core work to keeping up with your yoga (YAY! for that one!)….I love how honest you ALWAYS are. Thank you for KEEPING IT REAL! :)


Brenda Fisher June 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Love the salad. Getting inspired by all the workout advise! Going to kick my workout into gear starting tomorrow am!


Nikau June 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I read your blog every day but I have never commented before!

You are such an inspiration for me and I adore all of your recipes.

I love that you are sharing your goals because writing goals down is the first step in realising them. So with this in mind I thought I would share mine for this month too!

1. Run twice a week.
2. Do your awesome core work out! (looks amazing) twice a week
3. Incorporate as many veggies in every meal as I possibly can!
4. Make sure I there is a protein in every meal too.


char @ char on a mission June 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I need to do more core (my middle needs whiddled lol) and strength training in general! I see what my June goals are! Also, as of June 1st I’m having the hubby and I write down all of our spendings! This is so we know where we’re overspending, etc.

A great motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, says you should write your goals down everyday in a notebook…I’m still working on getting there!


Cait's a Runnerchick June 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

mmmm, that salad looks super tasty! thanks for posting up your core routine and it’s really funny because i do a core routine (no joke i actually did a post about it a few days ago…lol) that features the plank too. i love it because there are so many ways to modify it; i do front plank, side, and then reverse (facing skyward) and then do leg lifts to throw off your balance and work on all those tiny muscles. ;)

as for the snacking, it does take a bit for your body to ‘adjust’ but make sure that you get a good amount of protein at each meal and that will help fill you up, but duh, i’m sure you already know that! haha. also make sure you don’t skimp on the carbs and healthy fats! best of luck and look forward to hearing your progress! :)


Rebecca June 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I love root vegetables!!! Looks like a great dinner!!


Camilla Jacobsen June 3, 2011 at 1:53 am

Love your blogging…:-))

Joining up for the core work.

Put in plenty of proteins in every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – that keeps the hunger away, and you can cut down the snacks. I prefer the snack in the afternoon, and then a cup of coffee or the in the evening.

Have a nice day – Camilla from Denmark


megan @ the oatmeal diaries June 3, 2011 at 2:11 am

Such a beautiful salad!! I’ll have to save that recipe. Love all your goals! Yoga is certainly one of mine too and so far I’m loving it. I also wanted to limit my snacking because it was getting in the way of everyday life! It got to be so annoying haha but basically I just really try to bulk up my meals now, particularly breakfast. I find if I eat a very substantial breakfast (lots of healthy fats plus amping up the grains serving and adding soy milk as well) I tend to be less snacky throughout the day. Can’t wait to hear how your June goals go!


Kristy H June 3, 2011 at 3:27 am

Omg! I am so excited that i can finally do a whittle my middle challenge with everyone. Congrats on making goals for june and encouraging everyone to think about what they would like to achieve. For me it will have to be braving the cold mornings here and running four days a week, a few sessions of yoga and eating well. Looking forward to seeing how your goals go and goals of everyone else.


chi June 3, 2011 at 4:28 am

wowzers, that last plank sequence looks killa illa! maybe one day i can build to that (i have terrible back from car accident). i have a question, that may seem a lil “beginners” – there is no description of the bicycle crunch exercise… how quickly or how slowly do you move through that? how many reps, etc?


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

I believe slow and controlled is usually the way to go with most ab moves. You can do as many as you can. I like to work up to 60 seconds.


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 3, 2011 at 5:42 am

WOW! You have set some amazing goals for June! Good luck with those! :)


Jennifer Drummond June 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

Hi Angela,

I eat 3 meals a day, but the snacking is hard! I made a new rule for myself a couple of weeks ago, no eating after six or no eating 3 hours before I go to bed. So if I snack at 7pm, I can’t got to bed till 10pm. I found my endless snacking of granola, made me gain 5lbs in 2 weeks. I had what is know as an alien baby, a hard bump in the middle of my stomach, all from mindless eating of granola.

I started back up on my core exercises too. My abs were looking good and then I slacked, but now I am back at it again. I love to do Jackie’ Warners Extreme Ab workout. It’s 15 minutes standing and 15 minutes of mat work. When I do her workout, even for 15 minutes, I always see results the next day, you should look into it!

Have a great weekend and happy gardening!!


Kim {Recipes To Run On} June 3, 2011 at 6:41 am

So happy to have found your site! Looking forward to being a regular reader. I’ve just recently started working on my core. It’s very weak! Looking forward to building a stronger base.


Pure2raw twins June 3, 2011 at 7:14 am

I miss hot yoga. I hope to get back into soon.

Love working my core! Planks are great and boat pose is killer, haha


Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers June 3, 2011 at 7:24 am

Those are great goals. They seem positive and attainable. Go for it! :)


[email protected]"N"OATS June 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

ahh im eager to hear how you manage to stick to goal #4 because i have a horrible problem with this. I am such a snacker that by the time i’m done snacking theres no room for meals either that or–like you– I ‘ll eat standing up,in front of the computer, or reading the newspaper.


LizAshlee June 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

I think it SO important to have more structured meals and this is also one of my goals. It seems like lately, with all of the baking & taste testing, I have been snacking too much & not having enough balanced meals. I feel so much BETTER when I limit my snackin’ and have balanced meals!

When I am more aware of what I am putting in my mouth rather than just eating, eating, eating, everything works out much better! I think it is all about being conscientious!

Happy Friday!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

Totally agree with you!


trish June 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Hot yoga is a bit pricey. If you have Groupon and/or Living Social in your area – sign up – your hot yoga studio may offer deals through these companies. I was able to get a couple deals for my local Bikram studio through both LS and Groupon.


Jess @ Fit Chick in the City June 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

I’m actually working on making the transition from grazing all day long to 3 meals and one snack. It’s been harder than I anticipated it to be. However, what’s helped is making sure I start off with a bigger than normal breakfast. That helps me set the tone for the rest of the day an not feel like I need to eat again before lunch. I’m still trying to figure out how to master this so I look forward to seeing what works for you.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 4, 2011 at 7:54 am

I’m glad Im not alone! It is quite difficult…especially, I find when working from home(and being a baker to boot!). I’m confident it can be done though. Yesterday, I upped my water intake. I also drank a large glass of water before each meal (something I hadnt been doing). It helped a bit, but didn’t magically make it easy. My hardest time is the afternoon. I think I need to experiment with bigger lunches and more protein.

It also makes sense to me that my morning and lunch hours should have the most calories because that’s when I workout!


Kath June 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Looks delicious!! I need to make that again – if I can find golden beets soon!!


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