Recent Eats & Shopping for a Cause

When it comes to breakfast, I’m a creature of habit. Anyone else? It’s one of the few meals that I can eat the same thing, or nearly the same thing, day in and day out and not get sick of it.


My Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal (<– click for recipe) doesn’t photograph nicely, but it sure does taste good, and it’s been my favorite as of late. This morning I topped it with some blueberries and cottage cheese, as per usual. If you like cottage cheese and haven’t tried it in my oatmeal recipe yet – do it. It’s SO good. Just stir it in after cooking! I also threw some ground flaxseed into the mix for some healthy fat.


Fun random fact: did you know that nutmeg and milk foam don’t get along? Try sprinkling some nutmeg onto foam, and you’ll see what I mean. ;)


Tomorrow maybe I’ll get crazy and mix it up and bring back my Protein Breakfast Pancake, which is my other standard favorite. I know, I’m really living on the edge here.


In other recent eating news, a few nights ago Matt and I enjoyed this:


My friends at Sizzefish sent me some fish to enjoy, and this was the first of it. If you haven’t heard of Sizzlefish before, it’s an online home delivery company that ships you pre-portioned (in exact USDA recommended 4-oz servings), high quality seafood. The fish is shipped flash-frozen and arrives packed in dry ice. I loved this because that meant I could just throw it straight into the freezer, and then take it out to thaw whenever we were ready to use it!


Sizzlefish was started by a fellow runner, Rob, who said he came up with the idea while out on a training run, since omega 3 fatty acids (which fish are a rich source of) are so beneficial to athletes. I will definitely buy some more for us when our samples run out – I love that it’s pre-portioned and ready for the freezer, and sealed so it won’t get freezer burned. Grocery store fish that I freeze always seems to end up freezer burned! Rob said they’ve been careful to choose the best suppliers in terms of not only fish quality but sustainability, too, which I love.

For the rainbow trout, I coated it in a simple mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt & pepper, and tossed it on the grill pan. A few minutes on each side and voila! Dinner was ready. That was easy.


I threw the cherry tomatoes into the pan too, so they would get nice and roasted. To get in a little more green, I added some peas into the mix, and then served it all atop some leftover Quinoa Salad with Pecans & Cranberries (<—click for recipe).


To round out this random post, I wanted to share a Christmas gift idea that is for a good cause. A few weeks ago, my blogger buddies Kath, Tina, Emily, Caitlin, Meghann, Theodora, Monica, Gina, Julie, Janae, and I were all chatting and came up with the idea to make t-shirts that would not only send a nice message but also raise money for charity. Here are the shirts we came up with, and 100% of the profits from the shirt sales will be donated directly to LEAP, which stands for the Ladies Empowerment and Action Program.  

shirts for a good cause

LEAP is an innovative 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that helps to prepare incarcerated women to re-enter society and make positive life changes through entrepreneurship training, education, and post-release support programs.

From the organization:

LEAP serves as a beacon of hope and support for these women who have very little encouragement or help. The endurance of the human spirit is surprising when just one person believes in you. Instilling a spirit of confidence and belief in these women that they can defy the odds and create an independent meaningful life for themselves is the heart of LEAP’s mission.

Click here to buy one of the shirts, if you’re interested. They would make a nice and meaningful stocking stuffer for a friend or family member and they come in both women’s and men’s sizing. I’ll be buying one for myself today!

Do you know of any other good “holiday gifts for a cause”? Please share them in the comments – I’d love some more ideas! I’m also planning to buy some of my gifts this year through fashionABLE, whose mission is to create sustainable job opportunities to help empower African women.


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    I LOVE the shirt idea!!!

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    that fish looks so amazing! and i’m totally a creature of habit when it comes to lunch. i never get sick of a hugh jass salad!

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    Headbands of Hope! For every headband purchased, 1 is given to a little girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

    I’m a rep for the company so if you would like to try one out, let me know and I can arrange it :) [email protected]

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    So far, I have seen 3-4 differing views on how the “idea” for these shirts came about. One blogger says she was contacted and then asked all the others to join; while;e a few of you say you all came up with the idea on your own accord while chatting. It makes me wonder what the real story is.

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      Kath was approached by the company that is hosting the selling of the t-shirts and then we all came up with the idea for the design/theme and which charity they should benefit together. None of us are making any money or being paid in any way. Hope that clarifies it!

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    I love this idea- super cute and creative :D

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    Yumm! I really need to start incorporating berries into my oatmeal. Right now its Almond Butter and a Banana… such a good way of getting berries into your diet! :)

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    I eat the same breakfast almost every day, as well. I don’t think I could ever get sick of PB&J on toast.

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    I eat overnight oats for breakfast every day of the work week. It’s easy and delicious, and I never get sick of it.

    A few years ago, I asked relatives to buy me Kiva credit ( to support small business owners in developing countries. It feels really good to loan money to those people (I tend to pick women-owned businesses) and have your money returned to you after they pay back their loan so you can donate again.

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    I just love your blog! Those oats look fantastic! I think the picture looks pretty, don’t worry:) Oats are my favorite breakfast lately. I don’t get sick of them either, and I like mine pretty simple when it comes down to it:)

    I’ll have to check out the Sizzlefish! Fish is one of my favorite foods and especially trout:) Thanks for sharing:) Have a great week!

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    definitely know what you mean with breakfast, it seems like I cycle the same two breakfasts for weeks

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    Oatmeal, pancakes, cereal! I’m a breakfast lover and could eat it in every meal :D Sometimes I can eat the same one for at least one week, then I’ll switch it! I’m the kind of person who needs breakfast in the morning, or will turn into some monster :D

    The idea of the shirts sounds great! Helping others feels so good!

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    Love the shirts! Saw them on Kaths blog…and they deliver internationally!

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    I love the shirt so much! Such a great meaning behind the saying. Your dinner looks just like our dinner from the other night, but we coated the tilapia in some almond meal and coconut oil. Delicious!

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    What a great program! I love the shirts and what they stand for. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Roadrunner says:

    Looks deliciious — and well done on the shirts!

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    I think gifts for a cause are a great idea. Cute shirt and great cause!

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    Anne — Since you’re a former North Carolina resident, another great holiday gift for a cause that I know you’ll appreciate is the 2014 Art Calendar by Chapel Hill textile artist, Elaine O’Neil. Elaine has raised over $23,000 since 2010 to support the N.C. Cancer Hospital through her beautiful calendar sales. I encourage your readers to check it out, and purchase a calendar to support cancer research!

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    I love the idea for the shirts – just bought one as a treat to myself :). One “shopping for a cause” that I can recommend is World Vision, which offers “gifts” of donations to those in need. For example, last Christmas, my sister bought “me” some fruit trees to be donated to an impoverished community, and bought my husband some soccer balls for the kids to play with. It was personal (since I’m passionate about nutrition and he about play/ outdoors/ exercise), but also really meaningful – much more meaningful than a trinket or something I wouldn’t use. I plan to buy some of these gifts this year! (And I’m not affiliated with them in any way, by the way).


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