Archive for March, 2011

Did you press the snooze button today??

I didn’t! In fact, I woke up 1 minute before my alarm went off.

Today included waking up bright and early to run 5 miles. You can see the rest of the workout here.

It was pretty cold outside so I wore pink gloves (It was 30 degrees farenheit). I listened to my ipod half the time and the rest of the time was silent, but my thoughts were not quiet at all (I’m always thinkin‘).

Some of my thoughts are that: I’m glad that I received the dorm room that I requested for my senior year in undergraduate school this September 🙂

After my run, I quickly showered, and attended class all day. Tonight, I have to complete different homework assignments.

I previously posted that I would post a healthy chocolate cupcake recipe for ya.

Here it is:

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes












Moist: Check!

Sweet: Check!

Delicious: Check!


  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used white whole wheat however you can also use all purpose)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond nut-milk)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (you can try subbing agave if you wish)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used milk but dark would be just fine)

Simple Instructions.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, and stir until combined.
  3. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers and fill them with the batter.
  4. Bake 16 minutes or until done.

You can top them with:

  • coconut butter for a chocolate-coconut flavor
  • peanut butter for a chocolate-peanut-butter flavor
  • coconut shreds
  • marshmellow spread
  • banana for a chocolate-banana flavor
  • raspberry jam for chocolate-raspberry cupcakes

Enjoy making these 🙂 Have a nice Tuesday evening!

-Michelle Alexandra

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Sweet potato fries

Today included attending class, an afternoon run/workout, & laundry along with other things.

Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries












  • 3 or 4 sweet potatoes
  • dash of cinnamin
  • scant salt
  • 5 or 6 tsp olive oil (I used extra virgin but you could sub coconut oil)*
  • 2 or 3 tsp sugar (you could sub agave or maple syrup)
  • optional: coconut shreds, brown sugar, and/or marshmallows

*Let me know how you think these taste if you decide to sub the coconut oil


1.Slice and soak the sweet potatoes in water for 15-30 minutes

Soaking Sweet Potatoes Fries













2. Preheat oven to 385 degrees, mix everything together, and lay the fries on the pan.

Pre-cooked Fries











Bake 20-30 minutes, turning halfway through (bake longer or shorter if needed)

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries











Some notes:

They taste wonderful plain, however I served mine with microwave oatmeal mixed with maple syrup and vegan butter.

Oats n' Sweet Potatoes












You could serve them with things like: ketchup, mustard, applesauce, yogurt, marshmellow spread, maple syrup, agave nectar, melted coconut butter, etc.

I drizzled mine with a drizzle of maple syrup, which I found makes a little bit of a difference in taste.

1. What are your favorite sweet potato recipes?

2. What are your plans for Saturday?

Enjoy your weekend!

-Michelle Alexandra

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Today my day included homework, a fashion meeting, class, a morning run/workout, washing/drying/folding laundry, and other duties.

My post workout meal looked like this

Hot dog with eggs & cheese















This meal includes a hot dog, a scrambled egg with a slice of American cheese, roasted cauliflower with olive oil, and these condiments: salsa, ketchup, and mustard.

Fast, simple, and delicious. That’s my style.

Have a great Thursday!

P.S. I’ve been updating more often!!! Feel free to comment 🙂

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Hi everyone

Last night (Sunday) consisted of unpacking, organizing, watching MTV, talking on the phone, and completing homework assignments.

I’ve decided to go to the gym/for a run every morning instead of during the evening. This method allows me to check something significant to me off my to-do-list first and get that sense of accomplishment feeling. (This change is known to be correlated with naturally choosing healthful meals and snacks throughout the day instead of packaged chips and a candy-bar for lunch.

For instance, you can put together a fairly quick and easy

Taco salad

Taco Salad


  • salsa, mild or medium
  • lettuce
  • 1 serving black beans (a handful or a half cup)
  • 5 tablespoons shredded cheese, cheddar (I used regular)
  • 2 T greek yogurt or sour cream (I used greek yogurt)
  • canned corn
  • 10 crushed tortilla chips
  • ranch or southwestern dressing
  • scant salt and pepper
  • optional: warm chicken, fresh mozzarella, guacamole, etc.
Taco Salad


  1. Place the lettuce on a plate, and add everything except the chips and salsa.
  2. Mix everything (except the chips and salsa)
  3. When all is combined top the salad with the chips, salsa, and optional add-ins.



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Sunday morning

There’s nothing like a Sunday morning waking up to a loving boyfriend and then going for a nice run outside with the sunny New York weather.

This morning was also the last part of my university spring break. This means class and homework is all back- you gotta do what you need to do basically.

Chocolate Green Monster

Tasty Green Monster














I was pleasantly surprised with how this monster came out, especially considering that I used a traditional blender without any thickeners.

I was feeling creative and whipped these few ingredients together:

Smoothie Ingredients

  • scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 refridgerated banana
  • small handful spinach
  • 3-4 tsp each: chocolate syrup, crunchy pb, and chocolote chips

That is it. Delicious protein.

Find my other shake and smoothie recipes here, here, and here.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

You can also check out my workout page.

That is it for right now, see ya later

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I feel guilty that I can’t blog nearly as often as I would like to, considering I am a FT college student, girlfriend, runner, family member, etc.

Maybe one day I will find the time to blog everyday. Until then, every so often will have to do!

Open-faced bagel, Serves 1.

Open-faced bagel with cheese









Just easily top ½ a regular bagel with mayo, cheese, spicy (or sweet honey) mustard, and Italian cold-cuts. You can use all vegan products if you wish (vegan slices of cheese, faux ham, Nayonaise, etc.)

As you can see, I paired mine with some avocado-cucumber sushi

Any weekend plans? Have a good one!

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I got my belly button pierced Monday!!

This week at school I had lots of homework and exams, more than usual. I think I did well on them.

Unfortunately, my turtle died this weekend

RIP Pistachio












On a positive note, my weekend was pretty fun-filled.

Sunday night, my boyfriend and I watched the movie Couples Retreat & I loved it.

Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Raw Vegan Cheesecake














  • 1.5 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water
  • pinch of salt


  • 1 cup (or about 130 grams) raw cashews, soaked for 1-3 hours
  • 1/2 teaspoon or 2 grams vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • optional: shredded coconut, banana, peanut butter, chocolate chips, etc.


  1. Blend the ingredients from the crust together in a vita-creamer or blender until smooth.

Raw Cheesecake Crust












2. Form the crust in a dish and blend the ingredients in the filling very well, until smooth.

Raw Cheesecake Filling












3. You can either eat it right away or freeze for later.

A Bite of Raw Vegan Cheesecake!












Tonight, I will be watching Jersey Shore, have a fun Thursday night everyone!

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