WIAW: Marinated Veggies + Motivating Productiveness

by Laura Agar Wilson on July 10, 2013

in WIAW

I can’t not mention it, so I might as well start by talking about the weather! How fabulous has it been here in the UK? It’s clouded over today so it’s a bit cooler, but it has been so lovely to feel the sunshine on my skin! Hope you are all enjoying it. Fingers crossed it will last until the weekend!

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These are my eats from last Thursday. I was working at home on Uniquely Healthy stuff, last week was my first week being part time! Since I managed to photograph everything I thought I’d do a different day for a change.

I started the day with warm water and lemon and apple cider vinegar in water, plus my supplements before making a gorgeous breakfast trifle!

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Well, kind of a trifle. I crumbled a couple of home made vanilla protein muffins in the bottom of a bowl and poured over some strongly brewed cinnamon and cardamom tea so that they absorbed the flavour. Then I added a layer of quark and some strawberries:

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It was delicious and mega filling! I also had iced coffee with almond milk:

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I had an errand to run after breakfast, and then swung by the supermarket for a few groceries. I got settled in at my desk and started working on the Uniquely Healthy Newsletter. Mid morning I snacked on a sliced apple with a spoonful of the most amazing raw crunchy chocolate hazelnut butter from Raw Nibbles:

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I don’t think I possess the vocabulary to describe how good that stuff is. It’s like the inside of a decadent raw truffle in spreadable form. Yum!

A little later I got a bit experimental and made some iced tea with blueberries, basil and cucumber. It tasted fab and was so refreshing as it was a warm day:

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I decided to include it as this months recipe in the newsletter. I cracked on with a few more jobs, and without even realising it was almost 3pm before I remembered to have lunch! I decided to have a baked sweet potato topped with a couple of fried eggs and some spinach:

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Simple, yet perfect meal!

I let that digest and then did some yoga. I did the 30 minute intermediate strength video from Yoga Studio on my tablet:

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I’m really enjoying that app at the moment!

For dinner I made my favourite veggies of the moment – marinated! Here’s how I make them:

Easy, Delicious Marinated Vegetables (serves 1)

  • 1 pepper
  • 1 large courgette
  • 1 red onion
  • 1-2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • pinch of salt

Slice up the veggies into chunky pieces and put into a plastic food bag. Add all the other ingredients and smoosh about a bit. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Heat a frying pan, or preferably a griddle pan (a George Foreman grill would also work) to a high heat. Pop the veggies into the pan and cook each side for 3-4 minutes until seared. I prefer not to cook them for too long as I like the veggies to stay crunchy rather than go mushy. Serve immediately!

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I had mine with some strips of Turkey that had been left with the same marinade. These are just perfect for this time of year!

I tried to crack on with a bit more work after dinner, but then I decided to call it a day and make some utterly amazing protein fluff:

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I am addicted to this stuff, I would eat it every day but I think that would be a little excessive ;-)

I have to admit I loved working at home and being able to plan my day as needed. To motivate myself and make sure I don’t get distracted I set myself a to do list in the morning and make every effort to work through it before the end of the day. I love that feeling of productiveness! It’s also great to have a complete day to be able to focus on tasks that require a bit more in depth attention, I don’t tend to work as well when I have lots of things happening and prefer to have my time in chunks, rather than broken up by different events.

How do you motivate yourself when it comes to getting things done?

What is your favourite way to eat vegetables at the moment?

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Christine@ Apple of My Eye July 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

I love the idea of soaking muffins in some delicious concoction and including it in your trifle! I might just have to steal that one from you ;). And chocolate hazelnut butter? Sign me up!
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:01 am

Oh you go for it, so delicious!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

A to do list is definitely up there for me for being productive. I do love a good list! That protein fluff looks a bit like my marshmallow smoothies that I discovered by mistake by leaving the blender on for too long! I’m loving roasted veggies right now. I might grill them for a change.

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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:02 am

Haha me too, I was just looking at my new floral printed to do list note pad, such a geek ;-)

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sara @ fitcupcaker July 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

that protein fluff looks amazing. I cant wait to try it. I love protein pow!
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:03 am

Oh definitely give it a try, addictive!

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kristen | verbs and vignettes July 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

your breakfast trifle looks delicious! i’d never think to do that. love the idea of putting tea over the muffin. i bet it would work with oats, too.
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:05 am

It’s great with oats! Making them in some brewed tea is a great way for adding lots of flavour!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple July 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I adore trifles. They’re like my secret addiction. I don’t try and have it that often as honestly I can’t be stopped. Once Ben and me bought one from Sainbury’s and I think we ate it between us in two consecutive days. But your breakfast trifle looks far more healthy but still extremely tasty!
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:07 am

Oh I didn’t know that about you! haha, gotta love a good trifle! my Mam makes a great trifle, I’d actually love to experiment with the concept of them more, I’m thinking cherries and coconut whipped cream with almonds or something :-)

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Victoria July 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Those veggies look, and sound, delightful! Balsamic vinegar is so wonderful with summer vegetables.
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

Thanks, I am addicted to balsamic!

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Alissa - Not Just Apples July 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Sweet potato, eggs and spinach – can’t get simpler or tastier! Strawberries are so good at the moment… loving them :)

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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:09 am

They are great right now aren’t they! I need to make sure I pick up some more from the market!

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Jess July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Well, now that I can get away with eating salads every day (oh, the wonders of medication…glad to be off the stuff for now though!) I can’t imagine having veggies in any other form, particularly given the weather we’ve been having. It’s actually a bit too hot for me – I was okay until yesterday but I started feeling really ill after my run. Luckily I was okay, but when it gets above 26 degrees it’s just way too much for me, particularly as a person who is always warm anyway.

Dammit, I wish my Vanilla Sun Warrior would hurry up and arrive so I can make me some protein fluff ;)

xxx
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:10 am

Glad that your able to enjoy salads again! Yes it has been getting on the side of too hot, especially on Tuesday. I think it’s going to start warming up again though!

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sonja@vesenmork July 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

another great day of eats, of course my eye and appetite is immediately drawn to the raw chocolate hazelnutbutter. looks a little poo-ish ;o) but I can imagine it tastes heavenly.
How do I prefer to eat my veggies? raw, duh. I’m really enjoying the raw rip off of Italian cuisine lately: lots of tomatoes, lots of zucchini, lots of basil, nothing better on a hot summer day (we finally have been getting a lot of sunshine too)
those marinated veggies do look good, I could easily make them and them let them marinate in the dehydrator for a raw version I think.
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:12 am

Haha, yes it is rather difficult to photograph and make look attractive! You should take a look at raw nibbles as they have some gorgeous stuff! I haven’t had a good raw zucchini pasta bowl in too long, perhaps I’ll have one this weekend :-)

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Mary July 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I’m now about to go part time (when the new term begins in September) and am looking forward to getting much more achieved rather than always feeling like I am spreading myself too thin and rushing everything I do!
I love the rememberthemilk.com website for writing to-do-lists out.
I always see new foods I want to try on your blog…am liking the look of the Raw Nibbles products! :)
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:16 am

Oh exciting! Yes that is exactly how I’ve been feeling so far, I seem to be able to manage my time a lot more effectively! I used to use rememberthemilk but now I always just use my Evernote account :-)

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Maria @ runningcupcake July 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Balsamic is the best! I love roasting veggies in some balsamic vinegar- delicious :)
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

It’s lovely isn’t it. My friend at work has some balsamic reduction with pear and walnut which is incredible!

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Kaitlin July 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I love accomplishing things so making a list and being able to check items off motivates me :)

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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

Me too, nothing better than ticking things off a list!

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat July 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Such a beautiful breakfast and it’s looks delish too! I love your experimental drink!!! Looks so refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day!
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

Thanks! It was perfect for cooling off :-)

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Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat July 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I cannot believe how warm its been in the UK recently as well! We are so not used to it!!
Loving the look of all your food; I went through an obsessive phase with protein fluff when I first discovered. I ate it virtually every day for a month..then I got sick of it..think it was a bit overkill haha!
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

I know it’s crazy! I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible as goodness knows it won’t last ;-) I’m having a phase with the fluff, I had it twice on Sunday! No doubt I’ll get sick of it eventually but right now it’s so good!

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AnnaA July 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Oh i love a to do list. But i have realised that the key for me when i’m working at home is not over estimating how much i can get done in a day and getting annoyed with myself when i don’t complete everything. I find it much better to do a smaller, managable list and then i feel good when i cross everything off.

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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

You know you are bang on there. Last week I totally under estimated how much I would be able to get done and found myself getting a bit stressed trying to finish it all. I’m trying to be a lot more realistic now!

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Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake July 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Loving the look of your breakfast and iced tea. Oh and the baked sweet potato topped with eggs looks so good. How did you make protein fluff? I think I need to try that. I have a heart shaped bowl like that, so cute aren’t they?
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:21 am

The protein fluff is fab, it’s just frozen berries blended with a scoop of protein and a tiny bit of milk – you can use a good hand blender – then get an electric whisk and beat it up like you would with cream. Amazing stuff!

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) July 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

The weather is amazing- it is so hot! I haven’t come across that company with the hazelnut butter before, their stuff looks great though! I like roasting or steaming veggies. I’m quite a bad procrastinator, I think lists definitely help
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:22 am

They have some lovely things, I have some of the chocolate to try as well, looking forward to tasting it!

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Tamzin July 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Yummers that protein fluff sounds so good!
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Laura July 11, 2013 at 6:22 am

It’s proper addictive, especially in this weather!

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Claire @ Flake and Cake July 11, 2013 at 8:25 am

That breakfast looks insanely good Laura, such pretty strawberries!
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