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Brown rice protein powder muffin top

Happy Sunday morning!  Yesterday was my day off from the gym and relaxing is an understatement for the day.  It basically consisted of a slow day at work, sleep, froyo, and this…

Hello hello favorite nighttime snack.  I adapted the recipe from my favorite blog mama StuftMama, whose recipes are always beyond delicious and nutritious.  I decided to knock out the flour and add a little protein powder from her Calm me Down Low Carb Cookie.

Brown Rice Protein Muffin Top

2 Tbsp pure pumpkin
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white (3 Tbsp egg whites)
1 Tbsp chocolate brown rice protein powder
cinnamon
packet of stevia
splash of almond milk
Microwave for 4 minutes.  Top with melted dark chocolate and almond butter.  

So, so good.  I always try to get in a protein and fat source about 30 minutes-1 hour before going to bed.  Because 1) I can’t go to bed hungry.  And 2) I wake up before the crack of dawn and don’t want to have to eat a HUGE meal before heading over to the gym.

I’m off to church and then doing a back & chest workout later this afternoon with some incline walking/sprints.  Switching things up again to keep the bod guessing.

Have a fantastic and restful Sunday!

 

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Savory Pancakes

If you like weird foods, this is the pancake for you.  Now that I’m used to “cooking” I typically throw a few ingredients together and say a little prayer that it will come out edible.  Pancakes for lunch midday snack?

I sincerely apologize for my lack of photography skills!  My camera is MIA-what else is new-so I’m left just my phone.  Yes, it looks like it came straight out of a baby’s diaper but I promise it doesn’t taste like so 😉

Spinach in my smoothies is not okay with me [unfortunately] but spinach in pancakes is my new fav addition.  I topped these with pumpkin butter because the thought of not having something sweet at a meal scares me.  Without the pumbutter, they are the perfect savory pancake and were so wonderful with a side of eggs & sauteed veggies (that may or may not be going old.)

Savory Pancakes

Blend 1 serving of protein powder [I used chocolate rice protein powder], 2 Tbsp quick oats, 1/2 tsp baking powder, dash of sea salt, hunk of cinnamon, 1 egg white, 1 cup spinach and enough milk to get the right “pancake” consistency (~1/4 cup).

Cook like pancakes and top with whatever!  Cottage cheese/salsa mixture? Nut butter? Greek yogurt? or anything you can possibly think of.

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My tests are THROUGH so I’m ready to enjoy the weekend!  Tonight I’m having much needed girls night at the mall & watching Bridesmaids, midnight yell and tomorrow I’ll be at the A&M-OSU game!  Then I’m headed home to reunite with my brother and get in some sweet fam time.  Enjoy your weekend! 😀

What are your weekend plans?
Best part of your week?

 

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iRealized:

I realized that bowls (and the bullet cup) and I are bffs, as in I can’t even remember the last time I ate off of a plate.

spinach, tuna, avocado, cottage cheese, spicy mustard, honey *don't knock it til ya try it!*

I realized that I eat too much broccoli after being nicknamed ‘the Broccoli Queen’.

broccoli, spinach, black beans overdosing on red pepper flakes, mama miaaa

I realized that I don’t like pumpkin.  Oh the horror.  I’ve tried in every way possible, but unless it’s baked into banana pumpkin bread or in the form of pumpkin butter, then get outta my pantry.

<– total winner status”] I realized that I really miss running.  Basically I miss doing cardio in general.  The next three days are ‘off’ days which means me and the elliptical, the parks, and my running shoes are all having a huge reunion.  Hopefully there is rain involved.

I realized that the rule “don’t eat any carbs three hours before you go to bed” should go to hell.  Bowls of cereal are what keep me going at night when my bed literally has my name written all over it.

 

I realized that these muffins are the bomb, I feel like a 90 year old eating a bran muffin, but Amanda is a genius for creating them.  I also realize every muffin I’ve ever posted on the bloggy has been in these dang red muffin liners.  Hobby Lobby needs to hook me up with some new colors sooner rather than later.

Cinnamon Bran Muffins
I followed the exact recipe, except used quick oats instead of rolled, extra cinnamon, and omitted the raisins. 

I realized that I’m off to my very first big girl job internship interview this morning.  Scratch that, I have two interviews.  All the nerves of this week have finally taken their toll and I’m ready to crash as soon as they’re over.  Have a safe and beautiful Friday night loves!

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What’s your opinion on eating starches/carbs before bed?  And just eating before bed in general?  

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Cookie dough for breakfast <3

I can’t believe it’s another Monday!  Ready for a new week?  This is my last *free* week before the first round of tests so I’m taking advantage of extra relaxation time and plan on going to the mall, watching some trash TV and hopefully whipping out some new recipes.

Weekend confession: I’m starting to like country music thanks to Ziegfest 2011.  Even a month ago, I never imagined those words coming out of my mouth.  Apparently there is hope in the world.

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Let’s start this week off on the right foot shall we?  With a cookie dough smoothie?  This filling breakfast has been rocking my mornings and I may or may not break 54 traffic laws on my way home from the gym just to dig into it.  While I don’t advise breaking any laws, please indulge yourself.

Cookie Dough Smoothie
(based off of Kath’s Dough Boy Smoothie)


The night before, combine:

  • 1/3 cup oats (quick & rolled both work)
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • lots of cinnamon
  • Optional: add a scoop of protein powder – I’ve used whey and rice and both make it taste like ice cream.  If you do add extra dry ingredients, make sure to bump up the amount of liquid you use.
  • Cut up a banana and freeze overnight.

When you wake up fungry, blend up the overnight oats with a frozen banana and a spoonful of nut butter. [Add a tad of liquid to get things moving if needed; the less liquid you use, the more doughey it will be.]

Mondays are my busiest day, which means my love for Monday has decreased significantly.  I guess I should practice what I preach and make the most of it.  Smile, encourage others, and call someone just to tell them you loveee them!

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Best part of your weekend?  Spending all day Sunday watching romcoms [hello Princess Diaries x2 and 27 Dresses] & Ziegfest.

If you had to choose, cookie dough or cookies?  Cookie dough baby.

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I put mayonnaise & butter on my cornflakes y’all!

Phew, I survived my first day of classes…not that there was much to survive through.  There was alot of this:

Reading and snackage.  And not a whole lotta work.  Done at 1:30?  Yes please. Although I know later in the semester the afternoons will be reserved for study time and such, it was nice to come straight home, prop my feet up and relax.

Besides the dogs peeing multiple times on our new carpet, and waking up super early only to  realize I didn’t actually have a class at 8:00 AM, the morning started off swell:

Enough about school.  On Saturday, I was able to go to a private pastry-making class where I learned all the dirty tricks and tips that real bakers live by.  Thank you Sur la Table!

Personal apple pies (fall, come now), blackberry & nectarine galettes, and macadamia nut brittle were on the menu and in my tummy.

macadamia nut brittle - reminds me of Christmas

the galette - SUPER DELICIOUS

We learned to make the perfect pie dough and made all of our goodies from the same recipe.  The class definitely peaked my interest in baking professionally even more.  I’ll be posting the pie dough recipe soon because everyone needs to try it.  It might rock your world.

Naturally I have to [quickly] relate this back to recovery. 😉

1) Butter is not only OKAY but it is GOOD.  Give me olive, coconut, sunflower seed oil, but don’t touch me with a stick of butter.  I don’t even remember the last time I cooked with butter-sad!  Sometimes you have to go all out and have the real thing (in small quantities of course).  Besides, butter is what makes the consistency and flavor of real pastries so perfect.  I realized it’s time to get over my incessant fear of using that creamy substance because we used a boat load. My homegirl Paula Deen would have been proud.

2) The class interrupted my mid-afternoon snack.  Crazy right?!  I snuck a bag of kettle corn in from home just in case, but how disgusting would it be if I was shoveling food down my throat and then digging my fingers into a community pastry?  I started feeling faint, fungry, and famished…which got me thinking…how in the world did I ever live like that on a daily basis?  How did I survive while denying my body food?  There are still days when I’m tempted to eat less or not at all, but that was a huge wake up call.  It. was. miserable. to not have food in mah belly!

Butter is good.  Food is good.  

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Do you cook with butter a lot?  
Favorite kind of pie?  Cinnamon apple or sweet potato pie.  Ohmygosh I can’t wait for the holidays.

 

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Baking my way out of summer

Today is officially my last day of summer, who’s with me?!  School will probably take its toll on blogging, but I still hope to post on most days.  Let’s face it-the support and encouragement from the bloggy world is unreal !

A failed goal for the summer was baking more.  As a last hoorah I whipped up quite the masterpiece mixing summer and fall, banana and pumpkin.

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Bread

1 egg, beaten
1 cup whole wheat flour + 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup pumpkin
<1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch tube pan (or whatever size pan you’re cooking in).  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In medium bowl, stir flour , cinnamon, baking soda, salt.  In a small bowl, mash banana with a fork.

In large bowl, stir sugar, banana, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin.  Add dry ingredients to the wet.  Use an electric beater for thorough mixing, although I just beat it by hand and it turned out fine.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

Don’t let it cool…eat it when it’s warm and mushy! 

Fact:  I can’t eat the edges on baked bread.

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Cucumbers and pancakes is not the best combo.

Fact:  I have to have something green at every meal, except breakfast.  [Still cannot fathom sucking down spinach in smoothie form.]

This is one serving, yet there is another huge pancake underneath the one pictured.  This is a protein pancake no less.  Due to the lack of eggs and oats in my house, I had to be creative.

Chocolate Protein Pancake

1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
1/4 cup milk
4 T flour (I used whole wheat)
3/4 tsp baking powder
dash of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add wet ingredients one at a time.  Grease a skillet and flip yo pancakes.

Just don’t add cucumbers as your side.

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Today should be required by law to be a day of relaxation, yet I’ll be running around like a maniac trying to get school supplies, finalize my schedule, and try to unnerve.  Enjoy your weekend & if you’re in the path of Irene, STAY SAFE!

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Do you still get nervous about the first day of school?  Slightly yes, more excited than nervous though!
Favorite breakfast for lunch food?  Pancakes all day everyday.

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Post-Christmas blues

So only 5 months until Christmas!  Someone is a little too excited.  Yesterday was celebrated, of course, with Christmas cookies and my all-time fav Christmas CD.  Once December hits, this CD is on repeat all day everyday (and has been for like the past 5 years).

The morning started out with Christmas tree pancakes for the brother.

Post-Zumba last night, we ripped open a bag of sugar cookie mix and became Christmas elves for the night.

Isn’t Kirstyn’s snowman perfect?  Obviously the uglier, messy ones are mine.  No artistic genes reside in me at all.

Seriously, I’m obsessed with Zumba and was able to go back again last night.  Few things could have made last night a better Christmas in July.  Like Jingle All The Way or A Christmas Story.  And hot chocolate.  Except our AC is broken and I’m not drinking a hot drink when it’s 85 degrees inside.

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As I recovery and feel myself getting back to normal (& enjoying life!), I’m more willing to reopen those doors with old friends and to start new relationships that are more than welcome to get in the way of my routine.  And as old friendships take root again, I feel myself healing better, faster.

I always thought the friendships were a burden and a wall that I had to get over to the place I wanted to be.  I didn’t want anyone in my business, didn’t want to be hurt.  Psh, I “didn’t need friends”.

But they’re what always got me through and are helping me to take great leaps now.  It’s not easy after I isolated myself for so long, but I do know that my time will be much better spent pursuing friends than selfishly planning out my days around my own schedule.  God’s grace has been SO evident in this area of my life recently, opening so many doors, and most importantly opening my eyes to the importance of love and friendship.

“When we consider the blessings of God—the gifts that add beauty and joy to our lives, that enable us to keep going through stretches of boredom and even suffering—friendship is very near the top.”—Donald W. McCullough, Mastering Personal Growth 

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