So, judging from the responses to my morning post, a lot of you are addicted to coffee, too!  Your other addictions include:

 

  • Tea
  • Booze
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Diet Soda
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Bread
  • Sugar Free Gum

 

I want to point out that I think these *addictive* foods are completely awesome (well, some in moderation).  I would really never want to go through life without any of those treats.  And I strongly agree with the CHOCOLATE and BREAD addictions!

 

A Healthy Lunch

 

In comparison to our favorite "bad" treats, my mid-morning snack and lunch was quite healthy! I had another True Delights bar for my snack.

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And lunch featured my favorite healthy combo:  sweet potato and black bean!

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I mashed 1/2  cooked sweet potato with 1/2 cup black beans to create a burger, which I think cooked on the stovetop.  I added some cheddar cheese on top – yummmmmm!

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With a delicious romaine salad with cucumber and sun-dried tomatoes.

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Maggie says, "Hello, everyone! I’m cold!"

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Interview!

 

Jess at Run Girl Run "interviewed" me.  Here are her questions and my answers….

 

1. How do you come up with the creative foods you always feature on your blog and do they take you long to make?

 

I find cooking inspiration from other blogs and from restaurants.  First, other blogs have introduced me to so many different types of foods (like quinoa, tofu, oatmeal) that I never tried before or enjoyed.  Secondly, I love reading restaurant menus and trying to recreate something similar (and probably healthier) at my home.  Although Healthy Tipping Point focuses more on fitness, I am definitely a HUGE foodie, and I really appreciate culinary creativity.

 

BUT, I do not enjoy spending tons of time in the kitchen.  I try to make simple meals that can be put together quickly.  Casseroles are one of my favorite types of meals because it’s usually just chop, mix, and bake.  I would say I spend about 20 – 30 minutes a night prepping and cooking dinner.

2. In terms of running, what is your favorite distance and where is your favorite place to run?

 

I would say my favorite distance is either 5.0 miles or 8.0 miles.  5.0 miles seems to be the perfect training distance for a "quick" run, as it takes me about 2.0 miles to start feeling good and actually enjoy the run.  I really hate running 6.0 miles for some reason.  8.0 miles is a nice "long run" distance that doesn’t wear me out like a double-digit run does.

 

My favorite race distance is definitely a 15K (9.3 miles).  I feel like this is a distance in which I can excel because I’m not super fast, but I do have endurance and can out-last other runners.

 

My favorite place to run is at my in-law’s house on the coast.  They live near a nature preserve, so my runs take me through mangrove swamps, over boardwalks, along the ocean…. it’s great!

 

3. If you could spend two weeks visiting any place in the world without having to worry about cost or travel details, where would you go?

 

If money and time were no object, I would definitely go to Australia.  If I have to be a little more realistic, I would want to go to London with the Husband.  He’s British and misses the Motherland very much!

4. What is the best part and what is the most challenging part of being a newlywed?

 

I love being a newlywed!  I would say the best part is the quiet contentment that I share with Husband.  I have a great deal of peace in my heart.  The most challenging aspect is…  his serious obsession with sports challenges my patience sometimes, but that was always a sticking point. šŸ™‚ Husband is wonderful, and he is the light of my life.

5. You feature delicious looking oatmeal pretty regularly. Why is that such a staple to your diet and where do you get ideas for your toppings?

 

I actually didn’t like oatmeal until about 1 year ago.  Kath got me into banana oatmeal.  I eat it so much because it really holds me over through lunch, and I like adding in different toppings or mix-ins to change it up.  When I’m at the store, I find stuff that I think "this would be awesome on oatmeal," and I just stock up.  Every morning, I open my fridge and pull out about 2 to 5 toppings and just add it on.

 

If you are a blogger and want to play along:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."  If a few people want interviews, I will randomly pick 2.
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

 

Have a great day!

{ 43 comments }

 

  • Emily February 4, 2009, 10:50 am

    Long time reader, first time posting…I too love your healthy food creations/options. You LOVE your oatmeal and mentioned not liking it before. If you don’t mind sharing, what oatmeal brand do you prefer?

  • Kelsey February 4, 2009, 10:51 am

    Interview me! šŸ™‚

    I’m a new reader and subscriber and I LOVE your blog!

    I have to admit, you’re slowly enticing me to give oatmeal another shot. I’ve not had a bite since the little packets when I was 14. blech.

    I’m not sure how I’d cook it, how long it takes to heat up… and what if I don’t want a hot cereal!?

    šŸ™‚

    Anyway, your salad looked great today, and reminded me I’ve got to grab some sundried tomatoes at the store this week. šŸ˜€

    Cheers,
    Kels

    My Blog

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 4, 2009, 10:52 am

    emily and kelsey – hey girls! i make my oatmeal on the stovestop. from what i know about microwaving oats, it taste just as long, and stovetop tastes a lot better!
    I use this kind of oatmeal: http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/qo_ourProducts/quakerOats/product.cfm?productid=3 It’s virtually “instant,” but its not 1 minute oats, which I think get really mushy and gross. They only take 5 minutes to cook. I make mine with equal parts oatmeal, milk, and water (1 serving = 1/2 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1/2 cup). And then of course, I add lots of toppings!

  • Rose February 4, 2009, 11:02 am

    Ohh, what a fantastic idea! Interview me šŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl February 4, 2009, 11:03 am

    I had a sweet potato & black beans as part of my lunch šŸ™‚

    An interview would be fun!! šŸ˜€

  • chasedaylight February 4, 2009, 11:05 am

    Mmmm that burger looks amazing! Especially with the melty cheese!

    Great answers to your interview…great idea! I’d love to be interviewed šŸ˜€

  • Meg February 4, 2009, 11:09 am

    I wouldn’t mind doing the interview thing…I loved reading your answers. That burger looks scrumptious.

  • chandra February 4, 2009, 11:14 am

    Oh fun!! Pick me, pick me! (for the interview that is) I love answering questions (and talking about myself! LOL). šŸ™‚

  • jane February 4, 2009, 11:20 am

    yay interview me!

    oh shoot, i’m not the only one who said that… šŸ˜‰

  • Victoria February 4, 2009, 11:20 am

    That is a fun idea. I’d want to be interviewed too! šŸ™‚

  • Sara February 4, 2009, 11:22 am

    Your lunch looks great! I’m going to have to try the sweet potato/black bean combo…it sounds so good.

  • mytastytravels February 4, 2009, 11:23 am

    Interview me, that sounds like fun! I just have to get enough readers to keep the circle going haha

    -kristen

  • The Healthy Hostess February 4, 2009, 11:23 am

    I would to be interviewed on your famous blog!! You are great!
    Also, on the addiction discussion – you know you are addicted to caffine when some days you chug tons of it cold and a day old (no time!) because that is the better option than going without it for a day…

  • Chic Runner February 4, 2009, 11:32 am

    loved learning more about you and your inspiration for food. I’m going to have to try that black bean thing you got going on too! šŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth (thelongweigh) February 4, 2009, 11:35 am

    I loved your interview. I sometimes have a hard time with my husbands addiction to sports too. He’s a fan of almost every sport and does fantasy leagues with all his buddies. It’s an obession. I guess I just came to realize there’s a lot worse things he could be doing as a hobby and if he loves it, then he loves it. The joy of men!

    Oh, and thanks for the running tips! I will try it out for sure.

  • Erin February 4, 2009, 11:38 am

    Ooo yum! That may become my dinner. I have half a sweet potato to use up tonight!
    Oh, and interview me!

  • brandi February 4, 2009, 11:39 am

    I’m up for an interview!

    that sweet potato/bean burger looks SO good with the melty cheese šŸ™‚

    My dog’s puppy has the same blanket maggie has!

  • Maggie February 4, 2009, 11:48 am

    Oo interview me! Great questions šŸ™‚ (email – magpie707 at gmail dot com)

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 4, 2009, 11:50 am

    I’d love to be interviewed!
    That sweet potato black bean burger is another simple yet brilliant idea!

  • kath February 4, 2009, 12:08 pm

    Cute Maggie!!!

  • Bec February 4, 2009, 12:46 pm

    what a great idea for a burger!

  • MyRunningJourney February 4, 2009, 12:47 pm

    I’m another oatmeal hater, but your oatmeal makes me want to try it again!

  • Meg February 4, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Oh! Interview me! šŸ™‚

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 4, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Interview me! Though it might be boring b/c my answers are a lot like yours!!!

    Boo for those midrange 6 milers…I hear ya!

  • Jen February 4, 2009, 1:24 pm

    The black beans and sweet potato burger is a great idea!!!

    I loved the interview:)

  • ttfn300 February 4, 2009, 1:27 pm

    neat šŸ™‚

  • Husband February 4, 2009, 1:54 pm

    Give me some Sports Sports Sports and some more Sports!

  • Kelly February 4, 2009, 2:43 pm

    I LOVE black bean burgers. I should try to add some sweet potato to it.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK February 4, 2009, 2:49 pm

    how fun, interview me:)

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 4, 2009, 2:49 pm

    Hi maggie! I’m always cold too.

    Love all your creative meals because they’re quick, easy, AND healthy. Thanks Caitlin.

    I didn’t know the Husband was British.

  • Thinspired February 4, 2009, 3:04 pm

    It was so fun reading your interview! I had no idea your husband was British, but thinking about it I should have picked up on that…beans on toast?! Hehe. Do you mind if I ask, was he born there or here? We are going through the visa process right now so I was just wondering if he had to go through it at all. Yay for British husbands!

    I really want to do one of your SP + Black bean combos. I like the idea of a burger, or don’t you sometimes just do a baked SP with black beans and cottage cheese? I’ll have to try that soon šŸ™‚

    I’d love to be a part of the blogger interviews!

  • One Healthy Apple February 4, 2009, 3:12 pm

    That lunch looks great! Interview me!

  • emily February 4, 2009, 3:39 pm

    I’m game, interview me! šŸ™‚

  • sweetandfit February 4, 2009, 3:40 pm

    i’m loving the black bean and sweet potato burger – i have both of those things and need to use them up before they go bad! oh, and I would love to be interviewed! =)

    PS – I just sent you those doggie treat recipes

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 4, 2009, 4:44 pm

    thinspired – he moved here when he was 16 and has a green card. šŸ™‚ he’s not a citizen though!

  • ksgoodeats February 4, 2009, 4:45 pm

    Oh what a fabulous interview!!

    Sweet potato, black beans, AND cheddar – yum!

  • Lauren February 4, 2009, 6:57 pm

    Hi Caitlain!
    I just stumbled across your blog and fell in love! As a fellow blogger, newlywed and runner, I feel that we have much in common and I am definitely hooked to your great posts…thanks so much for sharing.
    Anyways, I do want to ask you how you got involved in your current career and with the blog business? I graduated with my BS in English/Humanities and currently work in the HR department of a financial institution as a Training and Development specailist. I love my job, but my one true passion in life has always been and will be writing. I think you are living out my dream job and would be so grateful to gain some insight on how you began and got to where you are now.
    Thanks again! šŸ™‚

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 4, 2009, 7:07 pm

    Lauren – you are so sweet!! i dont blog fulltime, you realize that? i definitely do NOT make enough from advertising to pay rent — i make enough to pay for my utilities and cable bill, though! šŸ™‚ i work as an urban planner/technical writer and i write legal documents for a company in california full-time

    if you want to get advertisers on your blog, you can contact foodbuzz or blogher and try to become a featured publisher. to do this, you’ll want to have a blog with a certain type of content.

    if you are a creative writer, try to turn your blog into something you think other people would be interested in – it doesnt have to be about food or fitness, it could be fashion, books, movies, whatever.

  • HangryPants February 4, 2009, 7:30 pm

    That’s so fun! I loved reading your answers. I am happy you have peace in your heart.

    Interview Me!!!

  • talesofexpansion February 4, 2009, 7:32 pm

    oooh, interview me!

    i was not so impressed with the cashew/mixed berry bar. it only had cranberries! i was hoping for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.

  • Angie Eats Peace February 4, 2009, 9:23 pm

    Interview me šŸ™‚
    angelinalanderos at gmail

  • Elina February 5, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Ooh, I’ve been procrastinating with this one and now it sounds like I have some serious competition! I’d love to be interviewed if you’re going to expand beyond 2 people… sounds like you have more than that already!

  • L. Elizabeth February 5, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Love your bloggity Blog!

    Interview me! šŸ™‚

    Pretty Please.

    lovejackson.blogspot.com

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