Vegan Black Bean Tostada


I’m still battling the pollen (today’s pollen count is over 2000!) so it’s something I just have to deal with. To help breathe better I’m still forgoing dairy because it does cause more mucus. I was so exhausted from working an 8 hour shift not being able to breath that I really needed something quick and easy to make. I looked in my fridge and realized that I had all the ingredients I needed to make something hispanic inspired. Each tostada is 150 calories so you can make it as a snack or make more than one for a meal.

Vegan Black Bean Tostada

Ole Brand Corn Tortilla

Wholly Guacomole (1 tbs)

1/4 cup cooked black beans (with 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 garlic)

Fresh Cilantro (to taste)

1/8 cup lettuce

1 Tbs chopped tomatoes

Fresh Lime


1. Using a non-stick pan, heat the corn tortilla until it is crispy on both sides. ( I cook it for a minute or so and then flip it — if you use a non-stick pan you don’t need any oil.)

2. Spread guacamole on the toasted tortilla.

3. Top the guacamole with tomato, cilantro and lettuce.

4. Squeeze fresh lime on top.


If you want you can easily add cheese and or sour cream to the tostada :)


Brussels Sprouts and Veggie Burger


I’m back from vacation and ready to rumble…except for CRAZY allergies. To help with my symptoms, I am cutting out dairy for the next few days. So, after work I braved the Masters traffic and hit the grocery store. Luckily I was able to find a few things that sounded good.I always meander in the produce section to see if anything is on sale. Today I lucked out and found brussels sprouts on sale that were already chopped and seasoned. I just cooked in a tiny bit of olive oil and called it a day. I added an Amy’s California burger on the side with no bun or cheese. My meal was 300 calories, 12 grams of protein and only 5 grams of sugar. 



Turning a Setback into a Comeback


Life has been crazy lately. I’m not trying to make excuses, I’m just stating a fact. Another fact is that when everything went insane I did not maintain my focus on fitness. I still ate well (for the most part) but I did not continue to exercise. I’ve lost all the endurance I had earned. But, I’m back. With a partner. Ashton and I are both putting an emphasis on our health and already (about two weeks in) it is making a difference. It’s easier to cook healthy when both people are trying to. We encourage each other and we are trying to be more active.

I am the one who cooks and does the grocery shopping. I get off work earlier than he does and I HATE going when there are a lot of people. I don’t go on weekends and I don’t like going after 5, so it makes more sense for me to go when I’m off earlier than he is. He is also is still learning more about nutrition. 

I created a couple of documents to help me with our nutrition. I’m currently trying to lose about 5 more pounds before I go into maintenance. My current caloric range is 1,200-1,400 and when I hit maintenance time it will be closer to 1,400 -1,600. Ashton gets to eat a lot more. I usually cook a large dinner and portion them out leaving enough for lunch the following day. I plan my meals for a week based on what is on sale at the grocery stores I frequent. It is important to watch for sales/coupons when eating healthy because it can be very expensive.

The first one I’m showing is the weekly plan. We eat the same thing on Tuesdays and on Fridays every week. Tacos on Tuesday and Pizza Friday. We love it.


The second one is a daily food journal broken down into calories. At the bottom of the page you also track your water intake and your exercise of the day. (It is today’s so it isn’t completely filled out yet…)


If you are interested in either one feel free to e-mail me at

Vegan Black Eyed Peas


This is a quick and easy one person meal that I created for my lunches. Growing up in the south, I LOVE comfort food. Mashed potatoes, fried okra, macaroni and cheese, collards, black eyed peas, etc. However, since going vegetarian finding black eye peas hasn’t been easy. In the south it is usually cooked with bacon or ham and served with a corn muffin. The bacon isn’t vegetarian and corn muffins usually are not good for you. So, I came up with this simple dish.

Vegan Black Eyed Peas

1 cup cooked black eyed peas* or 1/3 cup dry black eye peas

1/3 cup matchstick carrots

1/4 cup diced onion 

1 tsp better than bouillon vegetable base (I use low sodium)

2 cups fresh spinach

* it is important to note that if you are using cooked black eye peas make sure they are not seasoned – many are seasoned with meat


1. (I cheated and use black eye peas.) In a crock pot, combine black eye peas, carrots, onion and vegetable base.

2. I allowed mine to cook on low for about three hours allowing the carrots and onion to cook thoroughly.

3. I created a bed of spinach and put the black eye peas top.

When it was time for my lunch I simply put in the microwave to heat it back up.

Calories:  287


Protein: 19 grams



Cinnamon Latte


I don’t know if it’s come up in this blog before but I’m a barista. I’ve been employed at Starbucks for over three years so coffee is now a way of life. Cheesy, I know. But true. It’s kind of a problem. Two Christmases ago I was blessed enough to get an espresso machine as a gift from my wonderful fiance. Seriously, I’m a little spoiled.

With school, work and life in general sometimes you just need a latte. If you drink coffee you get it; if you don’t you don’t. Kind of like Fight Club. Back on topic. Tonight was one of those times. So, I made a latte. I feel like I enjoy drinking the lattes I make at home more than ones from work because I get more control over what goes in them. This delicious latte is only 50 calories. What? Yeah.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to duplicate without an espresso machine. However, you can make a pretty sweet misto with the same ingredients. It’ll just be more coffee :)

Cinnamon Latte
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used Kroger Brand Organic Truth but there are other brands)
2 shots of espresso
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
Stevia to taste (I’m a black coffee kind of girl)

1. Start steaming the milk.
2. Pull the shots.
3. Add the steamed milk.
4. Stir in cinnamon and stevia
5. Enjoy!

To make a misto you want to brew a cup of coffee (your choice) and add the cinnamon and stevia. To heat the milk, just boil it on the stove. Add and enjoy!

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For me, blogging has been an outlet of sorts for a while. As someone born into the technological world of today, I grew up using Xanga, Myspace, Facebook and Tumblr. On most of these, I used the blogging options to express myself. As I’ve grown older, I kept my personal information to myself but still need a creative outlet. So, here it is.

I’m a twenty-something student teacher who was born and raised in the South. Living in the south is more than a geographical location, it’s a lifestyle. So, here are my struggles and triumphs as I begin this roller coaster of a career.

Welcome, I hope you enjoy.

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Baby Steps


So, this last week has literally been a whirl wind. We have a new addition to our family as I mentioned before. She’s so precious and SO full of energy. She is wearing me out keeping up with her. Between preparing to move and working on potty training/not chewing I’ve been doing poorly at keeping this updated - and staying motivated. I have still been watching what I eat (kind of – more watching calories more than content) and been working out other than playing with the pup. I can’t wait til she’s a little bigger and we can take long walks.

However, accountability partners – I’m back. I haven’t noticed an weight difference but my pants are a little bit looser and Ash says that I’ve lost weight. So, yay?

I feel off the no-cheese wagon and my phlegm came back so I’m off it again until I really do get this allergy butt kicked – plus they say cellulite is made worse by milk products and I do want to look great at the Bachelorette Party. Just like the shirt says, “I’m NOT tying the knot, buy me a shot!” Perfect and kind of true, right?

So, here is today’s log in so far.

Breakfast was my Starbucks non-dairy usual. It’s pretty limited here, but it IS a quick and cheap place to get a breakfast without cooking. We are working on our socialization skills, so Beej (yes, I do shorten names of everything and everyone) and I went through the Drive Thru and now we are sitting outside so she can make lots of new friends. She’s getting so used to all the attention that when someone doesn’t pet her she’s highly offended. This little girl knows how cute she is. She even capturing the attention of the drive thru lane. Here are the stats for breakfast: 285 calories and 7 grams of protein.

I’m going to have Red Robin To Go for lunch. My friends were headed there and are being nice enough to order me something to go when they head back to Starbucks. I have a usual burger but I do cycle out my sides depending on how indulgent I feel. I order the Keep it Simple Burger with a whole grain bun and a veggie patty. I just top it with mustard, ketchup, extra pickles and lettuce. The same way I eat my burgers at home.  My burger itself is 401 calories and 9 grams of protein (the original weighs in at 561). For my side I’m having a double order of freckled fruit salad which is 97 calories a serving. So, my meal is under 50o calories and delicious!