Posts tagged ‘apples’

January 28, 2011

Funfetti Pancakes & Favorite Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by fast =) I love when that happens… Remember when we all used Myspace and people would send you Happy Friday comments? 

Sometimes they’re good for a smile.

Yesterday I woke up to 10 inches of snow on the ground! Yay for a snow day… I decided to make myself a yummy breakfast since I wasn’t in a rush for once. If you know me, you know I’m OBSESSED with funetti cake/cupcakes/cookies. I make them once a month and always have a spare box in the pantry. So, this morning, I ripped open the box in an attempt to make Funfetti Pancakes…

Mission Accomplished. I love incorporating one of my favorite things into breakfast because breakfast is my favorite meal so it’s bound to make for a wonderful day! Oh and these weren’t just regular pancakes, they were packed with protein and made with whole wheat 🙂 Give them a try, you wont regret it.

Protein packed Funfetti Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown rice protein
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp funfetti cake mix (or more if you’d like)
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients – protein powder, flour, oats, flax, baking soda, sprinkles and funfetti mix.
  2. Mix wet ingredients – almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla and egg whites.
  3. Combine together.
  4. Heat a skillet with cooking spray to med-high heat. Drop the batter into 3 portions in skillet and heat for 3 minutes on each side. Make sure you press down after flipping the pancakes the first time.

5. Transfer to plate and top these however you would like.

I topped mine with frozen blueberries that were defrosted in the microwave. We were out of sugar-free syrup and I didn’t want to use regular. (Sugar free has 30 calories while regular has 210!) I’m still thinking about these pancakes because that’s how much I loved them.

Good thing I had a hearty breakfast because I was headed outside to shovel for my first time! Apparently I have OCD and couldn’t stop shoveling because I ended up shoveling the road… Ridiculous, I know. I was all about the calorie burn so I just kept going… I shoveled for about 2 hours and let me tell you that I’ve never been more sore in my life. Who would’ve thought that shoveling snow would’ve been the best workout I’ve ever had?? There is not 1 muscle in my body that isn’t achey today…

We had the cleanest sidewalk/road/driveway in the neighborhood and burned about 600 calories while doing it 🙂

After I got showered and warmed up I was hungry again! I decided to make a cheese”burger” out of last night’s Sweet Potato TurkeyLoaf.

Stuffed it in half of a pita with some spinach and it was goooood!

I love creating new meals out of leftovers.

During the day I also snacked on some watermelon slices and of course a protein granola bar. Those will finally be gone tomorrow! Need to think of a new snack to make 🙂

We had A LOT of fresh veggies on hand so we decided to go the stir fry route for dinner

Stir-fry is probably one of my favorite dinner choices!

We broiled some salmon and threw it into the veggies with brown rice, drizzled szechuan sauce and topped with sesame seeds. 15 minute meal – 6 ingredients – Rachel Ray & Claire Robinson would be proud.

Even though I am out of Vegan Chocolate Chips I still managed to have dessert…Imagine that. I received this candy bar 2 weeks ago and have been saving it for the perfect moment.

Which was clearly, now. I broke off 3 squares, topped them with marshmallow fluff and placed that on top of 1/3 of a piece of graham cracker.

I love mint, I love chocolate and I love anything that resembles smores so it’s only fair to say that I love this dessert as well. I didn’t even miss my chocolate chips. Did you notice I went an entire day without Peanut Butter? Weird, hope I’m not getting sick 😉

Onto Favorite Friday… I made a list of my top 10 favorite foods that I could NOT live without. Ready…

10. Green Beans – By far my favorite vegetable. I love them szechuan style the most!

9. Avocado – looks like greens will be at the top of the list. I love that you can add this to a lot of different dishes… But sometimes I just scoop it out with a spoon 🙂 

8.  Goat Cheese – On pizza, salads, quesadillas or the simple way with crackers

7. Pancakes…hence why i make them at least once a week

6. Apples – Honeycrisp to be exact. Of course they have to be the most expensive 😦

5.  Mac & Cheese… I’m sure you all agree

4. Strawberries – I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy these

3.  BACON! I feel like the dog on the commercial when I say that.

2. Ice Cream – Tasti D Lite is the best EVER. They need to open one up in Maryland ASAP

1. Peanut Butter… any type. I currently have 5 different jars in my cabinet. That’s true love.

What are the top ten foods you cant live without?

Day #2 of my blog challenge – Meaning behind your blog name

Fashion – Fitness – Foodie – Staying fit while eating good food in stilettos.

I wish I had some awesome story or could tell you that there was a deeper meaning behind my name – But it’s just 3 things that I’m passionate about… Fashion (shopping) Fitness (working out and being fit) Foodie (food – healthy and not so healthy!) I was introduced to blogs by a friend who wanted me to make a recipe from someone’s website and I quickly became sucked in. I jumped from blog to blog reading about people’s daily eats, workouts and recipes they’ve created. After 2 weeks of basically stalking people I decided I would try one out myself…and now here I am testing out the waters. It’s only been a little over a month but I enjoy writing, thinking of new recipes and of course reading all of your blogs too 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

QUESTIONS: What is the meaning behind your blog name? Weekend plans? What is a food you CANNOT live without?

January 8, 2011

My gym smells like BACON

You know what’s cool? My gym is surrounded by restaurants… PF Changs, Brio, Japanese Steakhouse, Philly Cheesesteak’s, Cadillac Ranch, Gordon Biersch and some other Mexican restaurant I can’t remember how to spell. So when I leave the gym and I smell bacon, fajitas and fresh bread I daydream about strangling whoever thought it would be a great idea to put a gym in this type of environment. OK maybe that’s a little extreme – But I would like to give them a little piece of my mind.

While at the bacon infused gym I tried a new class (new years resolution)! Unfortunately, I was not a fan – but stuck it out for the full 60 minutes. Do any of you take Zumba? Maybe I didn’t enjoy it because I was the youngest one there by at least 20 years… It was a Friday night at 5pm so I guess people my age had better things to do (enjoy a cold beer & bacon cheese fries from Cadillac ranch). For those of you who have never tried Zumba it’s a latin aerobic dance class. The instructor was a little cooky… and everyone in the room just looked so uncoordinated. Basically we were all just flailing arms/legs, “popping the booty” and “doing the hoochie mama” for 60 minutes. Yes, my 50-year-old instructor was using these exact terms. If you all have had positive experiences PLEASE let me know and maybe I will try another instructor. But, for now I can say I’ve tried it and I don’t plan on going back! After my Zumba session, I forced myself downstairs to the cardio room to run. I like to feel sweaty when I leave a gym so I ran for about 25 minutes and then headed out back into the bacon-y breezy parking garage.

Yesterday I promised a NO oatmeal breakfast day… I added a teeny tiny bit of oats. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist! I got the idea from Chocolate Covered Katie to make a breakfast pizza or a “pizzert” as she calls it. This was soooo incredibly delicious! If you’re looking to get out of your normal breakfast rut, I HIGHLY suggest you try this. Here is my version of the pizzert.

Breakfast Pizzert

Serves 2

  • 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • sweetener (i used 2 1/2 packets of splenda)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg (any spices you want)
  • A handful of blackberries (or whatever fruit/nut/chocolate choice you would like)

To make:

1. Mix everything together and pour into an olive oil misted pan.

2. Cook in a UNpreheated oven at 420 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

3. Decorate your blank canvas!

Better ‘N Butter Peanut Butter with sliced banana.

Good thing I live by myself (this week) because I have the other half for tomorrow morning! I’m thinking of toppings now…

When I left the house this morning…It looked like a snow filled sky.

But, we barely got an inch. Boo 😦

The girls and I watched Toy Story 3 today. I love Disney movies but this is by far one of my favorites. I let them make their own pizza for lunch (my breakfast inspired me!) while I snacked on carrots and hummus – and that was about it…Easy Breezy Friday.

Lunch today:

Brown rice, black beans, sautéed spinach, green beans, zucchini and sliced tomato. I was bummed I forgot my avocado this morning to add to my bowl but I’m sure I had enough healthy fats in the Olive Oil I used to saute my veggies (not to mention the PB i eat on a daily basis).

Since I was early to Zumba, I stopped in Anthropologie (which is also in the shopping center). This is always bad news and I will admit I was afraid once I stepped in here I would never make it to the gym. All of their kitchen items are SO fun and pretty!

Everything is so perfect…and expensive! See those Flower measuring bowls? $48! I clearly couldn’t afford those so I headed over to the sale section.

I ended up with these two… It doesn’t excite me as much as my new lasagna pan – but I only spent $8 so I’m content. You can never have too many pretty dishes 🙂

Does anyone eat the shirataki tofu noodles? They look like this.

The entire bowl has 30 calories and 2 carbs or something crazy like that! I get my noodle fix, my thighs don’t get any extra carb cushion and we’re all happy 🙂 You can buy these at Whole Foods near the Yogurts. Tonight I made an easy “Spaghetti and Meatballs”

The “meatballs” are from MorningStar – I honestly can’t tell the difference between these and the real ones. The sauce is just some crushed tomatoes and basil. I think everyone should try these noodles at least once – Can’t knock it until you try it!

Dessert was another handful of these.

I wonder if they have the white version too…I’d like to mix them together!

I think I’m going to do a “Favorite Friday” every week. Since this is my first week I’m going to start off with 10 of my recent Favorite’s instead of just a couple.

This weeks Favorite Items:

Fruit: Honeycrisp apples – I’m usually a fuji girl but these have been on point lately!

Workout: Zumba… kidding 😉 Spinning – I always enjoy a 60 minute spin class (as long as there is good music!)

Shoes: Bailey 3 button Uggs – This week they have to get the award… They have kept me warm and dry and are reliable unlike my missing running shoe from yesterday’s workout debacle.

Website: Shopbop.com – Even though I can’t afford anything. I like to just add things to my basket to make it feel as if I’m shopping

Movie: Life as we know it. Well, I only watched one movie this week… But, I’m a sucker for romantic comedy’s and I would see it again. Plus, Josh Duhamel is HOT.

Grocery Item: Better n Butter Peanut Butter – SHOCKER!

Store: Anthropologie – Obviously.

Workout Clothes: Under Armour Capri Tight – love love.

Cookbook: Cooking Light – Serves Two

Song to Run to: Bob Sinclair – World Hold On. This is always my favorite 🙂

What are your current weekly favorites!?

I’m going to end tonight’s blog with one of my favorite quotes…

“It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there…If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is… all around.” – Love Actually

Even in potatoes 🙂 *picture courtesy of my dad*

I’m off to the Georgetown vs WVU game with my brothers and cousin in the morning… GO WVU! I hope everyone has had a great start to their weekend. ♥