Nutty For… [9.26]

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This is VIP: tomorrow these two cool cats celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary! Thanks for being the goofy, loving, wonderful parents you are, & thank god for the elevator you first met in back in the day.

PS I promise my dad doesn’t have three chins when he’s standing normally.

I’m nutty for those guys ^^. Here’s what else I’m  nutty for this week!

Nutty For… Veggies!
Have you ever asked someone in the grocery store, “how do I pick out the perfect [x vegetable]?” only to realize that they have no idea… even if they work there? Ponder no further: this is the only chart you need.

Nutty For… Hip Openers
I’m not sure if it’s that I run or if I’m just an 80-yr-old in a 22-yr-old’s body, but my hips are always so tight! I love these top hip opening yoga poses.

Nutty For… Arm Balances
Did I tell you about the last time I tried to get into crow pose at yoga? Either I’m totally doing it wrong or I have super bony elbows because I had two huge bruises on my arms the next day! Maybe these pointers will help me??

Nutty For… #truth
Let’s get real: we all know there are both up and down sides to blogging. Lauryn covers some of the hard truths in this post — I was shaking my head yes for the whole read.

Nutty For… Muscle
Do you know the difference between muscle building and muscle toning? Honestly, I couldn’t have completely spelled it out myself. Now I know thanks to this post.

Nutty For… Fall Foods
#sorrynotsorry. Free People covered some of my favorite fall foods & why you should eat them this week. In a word… squash.

Nutty For… Food
Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
Curried Pork and Quinoa Stew
Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola
Roasted Broccoli Chickpea Burgers with Spicy Cashew Mayo
Sausage, Garlic and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
Arugula and Goat Cheese Portobello Pizzas
Fall Harvest Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Blondies

Past “Nutty For…” Posts
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Nutty For… [8.29]
Nutty For… [9.5]
Nutty For… [9.19]

Questions of the Day:
>> Can you do arm balances, handstands, headstands? I can feet stand.
>> What’s something interesting you heard this week?

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Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life


Recent Eats [8.26.14]

I haven’t done a recent eats post for a solid month! I can promise you that I still ate a lot of the same stand-by foods [i.e. oats, avocado toast, chicken salads, etc.]. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, amiright?

Regardless, I’m here to share with you some of the food that’s been making me happy and full.

I’ve been trying to sneak more meatless meals onto my family’s dinner plates as of late. One of the meals we enjoyed was Oh She Glows three bean salad. We had baked potatoes on the side.



I made an AMAZING bowl of chocolate zucchini oats recently. It then appeared in at least one or two breakfasts per week for the last few weeks. All I did was add two tbsp. of dark chocolate cocoa powder to my oats. The coconut on top (and the fruit) balanced out the hint of bitterness of the chocolate… which I liked anyway, since I love dark chocolate.


My brother is a bit of a picky eater, so sometimes I try to keep things simple for him (important: sometimes). I knew that he would love Lexi’s zesty chicken bites, and he definitely did. In fact, I put the seasoning on chicken legs for him recently, too.


One morning I made my own cereal. I’d run out of slivered almonds, which I usually use, so I decided to use sunflower seeds instead. It was a good sub!


This is an example of a time that a pizza crust simultaneously failed but also succeeded. My dad and I were home alone one night, so I made us some pizza (his with pepperoni). I wanted to grill the pizza, but as soon as I put it on the grill it totally broke apart. I made the crust with oat flour, so that’s probably why. I decided to bake it, we ate it with forks, and all was well.


After yoga and before work one morning, I nommed on peach overnight oats topped with almond butter. Peaches and AB are a great combo unless you think you have salmonella tainted almond butter.



I went out to Shady Grove with friends one evening, and look! No salad! We were going to have drinks afterward, and I felt like that wouldn’t be a fabulous combo. I opted for a veggie wrap. It was great! The fries tasted pretty good, too. 😉



Chipotle!!! I had this twice last week because it’s been a crazy month at my part-time job. I also felt lazy and not like making dinner. Hence: this huge bowl of salsa and gauc.


This smoothie was one of the most satisfying breakfasts I’ve made for myself in a while. I haven’t had a chance to make smoothies too often this summer because I haven’t wanted to wake my family, even on weekdays, so I jumped at the chance to make this one twice in a row. It’s so simple: coconut water, almond milk, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, chia seeds, spinach, almond butter and ice. I topped it with Cascadian Farms Honey Nut O’s.


Getting chocolate chip pancakes with my brother at a local joint is one of my favorite things to do. Now we’re limited to weekends, since he’s starting up school. It’s weird this year since it won’t be the one time per few months that I really get to see him – I’m not going anywhere this fall! (Oh, and on that note, yes I’m sad I’m not at OU right now.)


THIS SALAD. It’s everything. I know it looks a lot like the powerhouse salad I made,


This past weekend, I hung out with Cassie all Saturday. We got manis and pedis, walked around Pittsburgh, and eventually ended up at Il Pizzaiolo, which I’ve been dying to go to. The waiter explained to us that they make their Neapolitan pizzas in an oven that takes like 90 seconds to cook the food through and has rocks from Mount Vesuvius in it.


This combo … it’s just a lot of yes. Sam posted about it last week (and a few other times, too), but I actually remembered to make it this past weekend! Oh. my. god. Dippy egg on top of PB&J oats?! She’s a genius.


My brother, mom and I went to Panera over the weekend before we did a little school shopping. I was hungrier than usual, so I ordered the power chicken hummus bowl and a cup of black bean soup




Questions of the Day:
>> What do you usually order at Panera?
>> Ever tried an egg ON oats? I’ve had them in, not on, until now!
>> Fave thing you’ve eaten recently!

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
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Nutty For…


I used to do Friday Favorites all the time. I thought it was fun to feature great posts, stories and recipes I saw throughout the week. I stopped for a while because I thought it was an overdone post topic, but I’ve decided to bring them back… with a new name: “Nutty For…” This was basically staring me right in the face – no idea how it took me this long to realize it. I’m working on some ideas and ways to make my blog even more “me” and more harmonious.

So yeah. Welcome to the first official Nutty For…!

Nutty For… Skinny Jeans
I’ve been wearing skinny jeans almost exclusively since 9th grade, so when I saw that skinny jeans are apparently on their way out, my heart almost stopped. What am I going to wear?!! No pants, I guess. Who needs ’em anyway?

Nutty for… No Photoshop
One of my favorite brands, Aerie, already made this pledge a few months ago, and now Modcloth is hopping on the ‘real’ train. This comes in accordance with a pledge to keep advertising more true to life, especially when young people are more likely to see it. I love that.

Nutty for… Writing
Let’s go back to our elementary days and work with an “if, then” statement for a minute. “If I have a blog, then I probably like to write.” Mind Body Green posted a list of awesome tips to streamline and improve your writing this week.

Nutty for… Morning
I really believe that your morning can set the tone for the rest of your day. Example: get in a good workout and have a delicious breakfast, and you’ll be more likely to have a positive day. What’s your morning routine? Here’s what 10 successful people do to start their days.

Nutty for… Fitness
Heather over at Fit ‘n’ Cookies started a YouTube channel with a pretty comprehensive video encyclopedia of basic exercises. Search Google no further! Tell me that’s not the coolest thing.

Nutty for… Food
Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese and Honey Drizzled Tarts
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
Raspberry Orange Smoothie
Creamy Maple Roasted Almond Butter
Vegan Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Banana and Fig Chocolate Chip Muffins

Read up & have a fab weekend!

Questions of the Day:
>> Photoshop for brands: yay or nay?
>> What’s your usual morning routine?
>> What cut of jeans do you like?

More places to find me:
Twitter: @angiggy
Facebook: nuttylifeang
Pinterest: Ang @ Nutty for Life