How To Stop A Meeting Mid-Discussion – EAT MY SNACKS


I have to say “thank goodness for snacks” today.  Seriously – I slept for poo last night and didn’t have the energy to cook.  I had a BAS for breakfast (for newbie readers that’s a Big A$$ Salad) and have basically been living off my snacks the rest of the day.  Morning snack?  Pretzels with my spicy cream chz dip from yesterday’s post.  Lunch?  Potato samosa pot pies from Monday.  So yay snacks!  They’ve got your back in a pinch!

So you must be wondering what today’s snack is!  It’s an edamame-inpsired cauliflower and carrot popper snack.  I’m sure you’re wondering how the heck it was edamame inspired when there’s no edamame in it, right?  Vegas baby.  Last Saturday night we dined at Yellowtail at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  One of the appetizers we ordered was a duo of edamame – one being some amazingly fantastic chili one that was sweet and spicy at the same time.  I wish I had paid more attention to the ingredients so I could replicate it, but alas – I didn’t.

Instead, I made up something and decided to roast what I had on hand – cauliflower and carrots!

Crissie’s Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower/Carrot Snack Poppers


*1 cup small cauliflower flowerets

*1 cup baby carrots that are cut in half

*1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil

*1 /2 tsp chili oil

*1 tsp mirin

*1/2 tbsp maple syrup

*pinch of sea salt


*mix all the ingredients into an oven-safe dish

*preheat the oven/toaster oven to 375 degrees

*roast for 40 minutes, stirring after 20

veggies I prepped on Monday for the week (awesome veggie keeper containers courtesy of my Aunt J!!!)
my made-up marinade ingredients – it works!
my “before roasting” picture. Totally forgot an “after” picture because I threw it in a container and left!

That’s it.  Aren’t snacks easy?  Eat warm or room temp or cold.  Doesn’t matter as it’s all fantastic.  Or be like me – eat them in a meeting and have everyone stop the conversation because they’re more interested in your food than talking about anything work related.

On another note – here’s the link to all the MoFo posters this  year!  We’re talking hundreds of vegan food bloggers from around the world.  Seriously – how cool is that??!?!  Check it out – there’s really something for everyone.


So I had a strange experience today.  I met with a personal trainer early this morning who runs a gym only 2 minutes from my house.  D and I are both interested in working out with a professional for a few months, so I thought I’d go check him out.

I will say that I had a billion red flags going off in the hour and a half we spoke.

On the positive side, he had a nice physique and has been running his own gym for 13 years.  He seemed positive and encouraging, which is always something you want in a trainer.  That said, I was disturbed by a few things…

1 – I asked what his certifications were, educational background in exercise science and nutrition, and what his continuing education was.  His answer was that he found certifications to be a waste of time and that he doesn’t need it.  His experience is all that I should worry about.  He trained under “old school former military types” and learned all he needed to 20+ years ago.  That will work for some people, but it doesn’t for me.  If I’m going to PAY you, I want to know you have the backing of some type of education behind you and not just a good body.

2 – he feels that my Vegan diet is a problem and that I could never be truly athletic/lean/have muscle.  I argued with him and he just kept saying “it’s the science”.  But since he doesn’t keep current on innovations and discoveries about nutrition, I know he’s full of BS and his science is crap.

3 – he persistently spells my name wrong in emails over the past few days.  Pet peeve of mine (no, I didn’t make up the spelling of my name) – if I write it in an email and you can’t be bothered to notice how to spell my name (especially since it IS my email address), then you lose points with me.  It’s the small things that can make a big difference.  If you think I’m going to pay you $500 a month and you can’t get my name right, you have another thing coming.

4 – he admitted he doesn’t keep current information on his website because everything he loaded there 8 years ago is so rockin and perfect, nothing needs to evolve.  Yeah.  I’m a tech person by profession and that’s just lame.

In other fitness news, I wanted to cry when I put shoes on today (dumb blisters), but when I finally got running I didn’t notice.  No skin graft needed.  I seriously would make a fortune if I could create a company that made killer hot yet comfy shoes.


Last night was a rough one.  While I went to bed at a fairly decent hour (11 ish), I was up at 3 and couldn’t fall back asleep no matter what I tried.  Bizzare dreams and regular old crappy insomnia and I were getting well acquainted at ridiculous hours this morning.

Sammie feels the same way about crazy early mornings as I do. NO THANKS!

Most of the day I’ve been fine since when I work, I get focused and don’t think about how tired I am, but those moments between meetings were tough today!

Tonight is R’s swim team and then straight to bed for me!  I really want to take her since D does most days of the week due to my schedule.  Wednesday nights are really the only time I can go, so I don’t want to miss out on watching her practice.

On a fun note, D took the kids to the used book exchange when I was in Vegas.  It’s amazing the literary differences between my youngest child and my husband…

these look like the books of a young child right? NOPE. This are D’s new books….
this stack is R’s 🙂


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “How To Stop A Meeting Mid-Discussion – EAT MY SNACKS

  1. That trainer sounds like a dodgy mega-fool! Give him some websites of vegan body builders like Billy Simonds who have won big titles. I’m vegan, I do body building/weight training (I’m female) and I can assure you I’m growing big guns and super strong legs! In fact my training buddy (also vegan) and I have a bit of reputation there for working harder than most of the men and for being the strongest women 😉 Gahhh people like this trainer guy need to educate themselves!

    Boo to your crappy insomnia, I hope you feel rested soon 🙂

    1. Oh, this is so awesome! Thanks for the reply. Question for ya….how did you learn about weight lifting and bodybuilding? I’m seriously trying but finding it hard to know when to eat, what combos of food, and which exercises to do!

      And I’m hoping I sleep we’ll tonight. Alarm is set for 430 so I can hit the gym….sans dodgy trainer dude!

  2. Love the combo of the cauliflower and carrots. And seriously, that guy??? Um, no way would I pay him to try to train me. And there are too many professional athletes and even body builders who are vegan. So to come in with that arrogant, old school mentality? move on move on! 😉

    1. Thanks! I was trying hard not to go to the grocery store yesterday!
      No kidding, I was totally floored. It was sort of like watching a disaster on TV…I couldn’t change the channel. Hard to believe I spent nearly an hour and a half talking/arguing with him. Kinda scary! Definitely moving on.

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