Posts tagged ‘clementine’

February 23, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday friends! It’s almost the weekend which makes us all very happy 🙂 So, this morning i had my first OOIAJ experience.. I must’ve been really excited because I  woke up an hour before my alarm went off! I went downstairs to check them out and they looked interesting… Not sure about cold oats but I’ll give it a shot. Took my first bite (without toppings) and it was surprisingly good! I’m not going to lie though, I did stick them in the microwave for a quick minute to warm them up a tad. It was too cold outside to eat cold food. Forgive me?

Pre-Microwave OOIAJ

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 sprinkles of chia seeds
  • spoonful of plain greek yogurt

Post-Microwave OOIAJ

topped with other half of banana and vegan carob chips

45 seconds later: I’d say I enjoyed it?

I’ll be sure to start making these when I know I will be running low on time! Which seems to be every morning…How is that even possible?

For lunch I planned on having a new soup I picked up at Whole Foods

Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder… sounds good right? I thought so, and apparently so did the cleaning ladies because after they were done their duties it was nowhere to be found. Since I was in the mood for soup I had to settle for this

It reminded me of being a kid! Nothing crazy exciting.. But satisfied my craving.

After work I headed to see my good friend Jim. I jumped on the Adaptive Motion Trainer (i have no idea what these are called?) for 30 minutes and did some abs workout.

Help a girl out – What is this machine called? Whatever it is…It had me huffing and puffing after 2 1/2 minutes!

Dinner was an easy no cook/no clean type of meal.. Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Sage & Butter sauce. Seriously? Phenomenal. If you have a TJ’s near you go pick this up ASAP for dinner. You can thank me later 🙂

After dinner I realized I was sort of in a cooking rut.. I hadn’t really made anything in a couple of days which is not like me so I decided to make a snack for the week!

I’ve made protein bars before but I wanted to try a no-bake version for time-saving purposes. Success! I picked a bunch of random things out of my cabinets and voila. Easy, quick and delicious.

No Bake Protein Bars (i think they could be vegan as well??)

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana – mashed
  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup vegan carob chips (use chocolate chips if you want)
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw agave
  • Yogi Granola Blueberry  ( i only had a little bit left so I just poured it in but i suggest 1/2 cup)
  • 2 scoops of protein powder (I used brown rice protein – vanilla flavored)

Directions

  • Mash banana

  • Add oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, protein and granola

  • Add raisins and chocolate chips

  • Add the peanut butter

  • Add agave, cinnamon and vanilla

  • Mix until combined

  • Pour into 8×8 glass pyrex dish lined with parchment paper (no clean-up!)

  • Freeze for 2 hours (at least)

  • Cut into squares, bars, circles, hearts – whatever!

  • Wrap individual squares in saran wrap

  • Store in fridge for week

Better for you then luna,clif, zone etc… and probably a WHOLE lot cheaper. In my opinion they taste better as well but I could be biased 🙂

While I was waiting for my oatmeal raisin peanut butter chocolate chip protein bars (longest name ever) to harden up in the freezer I melted my last two pieces of dark chocolate and peeled a clementine… Obviously, I dipped the clementine into the dark chocolate and called it dessert.

I should do this more often instead of pouring chocolate chips into the peanut butter jar. I’m sure it’s healthier!

Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in

Annapolis, Maryland – Somehow I found a picture that didn’t include my friends and I stumbling around causing trouble 🙂

Now onto something a little more serious… Are you aware that it is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? 30% of women feel stressed about food EVERY.single.day. and 5% will be diagnosed with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Life’s sweetest memories and toughest struggles revolve around what goes into our mouths. Crazy, but true. Some even compare their relationship with food as a dysfunctional romantic relationship. However, there’s always that option to walk away from those – but you and food? You’re stuck together forever. If you think about it almost everyone has food issues… Whether it’s under/overeating or caving in to cravings for things we know aren’t good for us, or even avoiding foods with certain texture/color and cringing at the site of vegetables and meat touching. A piece of chocolate could be a sin, a reward or comfort…or all three to you. One minute we love food and the next minute we hate it. Once we finally have a clearer picture of what shapes our eating behavior we can enjoy our food a whole lot more. (Side note: What I am striving for with this blog!) Here are some tips to help you befriend food again.

Focus: Turn off the TV, computer and sit at the table

Don’t be hypervigilant: Being too aware of what and how much you eat can turn into a food obsession. Not to mention having a mind-set of “If I walk two miles, I can eat this many chips” is a terrible way to live.

Don’t say NO: Deprivation diets set you up for failure. Moderation is key.

Listen to your gut: If you like steak, order it. Even if everyone else is having salad. Don’t take on others’ emotional static.***

Everyone Can Do...Just One Thing

If we all do just one thing, together we’ll have a huge impact!

1) Host or sign up to be a NEDAwareness Week Volunteer Speaker/Presenter

2) Help spread the word…get the Workplace Kit: Put up the posters and create a take-one table for How to Help a Friend pamphlets, Helpline cards and NEDA pens.

3) Join the Media Watchdogs: The more people that write a letter of protest or praise, the louder the Media Watchdog voice! A great youth activism activity.

4) Donate Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! to a local middle school: Get this fun, engaging tool into the hands of your local educators.

5) Maximize the power of your social networking sites: Post facts about eating disorders, tweet the Helpline number, and encourage your Facebook friends to learn more at myneda.org.

6) Leave a pamphlet: Put a stack in your doctor’s or dentist’s office, in the library or in a community center. Choose one or get all three: How to Help a Friend, Do I…Am I…, What is an Eating Disorder?

7) Make it a movie night: Choose a film from the provided Film List and watch it with friends and family. You can use the discussion guide to talk about the issues raised in the film.

8) Disseminate free NEDA Toolkits: Download and give out the Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit, Parent Toolkit or Educator Toolkit to coaches, gyms, school personnel, and parents.

9) Recognize NEDAwareness Week at your school: Download the free Educator Packet for resources, activities, films, discussion guides and handouts to educate faculty and students.

10) Choose an activity or event from the Resource and Planning Guide CD-ROM: Organize an activity, event, art project or fundraiser for NEDA to raise awareness in your community.

All of these guides/pamphlets can be found on their website. You never know if someone close to you is struggling…Do what you can to make a difference!

For day number 4 of my self-love challenge I didn’t stress about anything I was eating, how many calories were in what meal and just enjoyed my food to the fullest!

QUESTIONS: Have you ever made protein bars? Dipped clementines in chocolate? Are you doing anything to make a difference for NEDA week?

***March 2011 Women’s Health Magazine

 

February 2, 2011

Sweet Teeth

Best news ever: Spring is coming early! Not sure how Punxsutawney Phil would have seen his shadow in all of this rain anyways… But I’ll take it 🙂

I’m home sick today… But while I sit here and watch Regis & Kelly, Rachel Ray and other shows that only you lucky stay at home workers get to watch I figured I could update my blog! I’m a great multitasker.

By the way, thank you for all of your sweet messages on my post yesterday about being sick. Hopefully just one more day and I’m back to normal!

I’ve made some amazing breakfasts recently…one of them has become my new favorite. Thanks to Olivia for giving me this idea!

Oatmeal Fro-Yo Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced

Directions

  • Prepare Oatmeal (1/2 cup oatmeal + 1 cup almond milk)
  • While Oatmeal is cooking slice banana and add to food processor w/ 2 tbsp of almond milk
  • Blend until banana becomes the consistency of frozen yogurt
  • Layer it in a glass
  • Eat your dessert for breakfast 🙂

Sorry, but you’ll be seeing A LOT of this breakfast in the future.

Another blueberry concoction…

Tofu Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces silken tofu
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2 -3 ice cubes, optional

Directions

  • Mix everything in blender until smooth
  • Top with some blueberries

OK, last breakfast recipe and then onto dessert 🙂

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter

Directions

  • Prepare oatmeal (1/2 cup oatmeal & 1 cup almond milk)
  • While oatmeal is thickening slice 1/2 banana and add to food processor with a Tbsp. of Peanut Butter

  • Once smooth add the cooked Oatmeal to the food processor

  • Blend everything together.
  • Pour into bowl.

  • Feel free to add more toppings (i chose the other half of banana, blueberry granola crisps and some raisins)

All of these breakfast foods are healthy, delicious and easy to make so you’re not just stuck eating plain cereal everyday. Beach season is right around the corner! Make meals that wont break the bank or the button on your jeans 🙂

OK now for some Dessert recipes! These actually aren’t THAT bad for you.. I’m not sure what I am thinking with all of these healthy recipes lately but we will thank ourselves later when bikini pictures are being tagged of us on Facebook!

First up we have Tofu Mousse… Don’t be turned off by the name. It has CHOCOLATE in it. Everyone loves chocolate, right? I’m loving Olivia because I got this from her as well 🙂

Chocolate Mousse (Tofu)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz silken tofu
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 3/4 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum

Directions

  • Blend first 5 ingredients together until smooth
  • Add xanthan gum until pudding becomes thicker
  • Eat immediately… not like  you would want to wait anyways

Oh imagine that… I sprinkled blueberries on top! I’m not gonna lie, I ate this for dinner… It had protein and fiber in it, so it counts as a healthy meal 🙂

Funfetti owns my life. It started off with the pancakes last week and now I’ve moved on to dips, whoopies and lollipops. This box of funfetti mix has come A LONG way.

Funfetti dip

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of funfetti cake mix
  • 2 tbsp of greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of fat free cool whip

Directions

  • Mix everything together….Easy enough.

Dip anything you want… Vanilla wafers, graham crackers or even funfetti cookies if you’re feeling really fun! This tastes just like licking the batter off of the bowl (i have plenty of experience so I should know) but without the raw eggs, oil and butter! Sorry my bowl is so messy… I may or may not have already started dipping before I took the picture 😉

For the next 2 recipes you will use the remainder of your cupcake mix… If you’re anything like me you have a secret stash in the basement so this isn’t too upsetting.

Funfetti Cookie Lollipops & Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

  • Funfetti cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Container of Fat Free Cool Whip
  • Wooden sticks
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Mix together funfetti cake mix, egg and stick of butter until dough forms.
  • Scoop out a generous tablespoon and form into a ball shape.
  • Push wooden stick in the middle of dough ball.
  • Flatten out with a spoon to make the ball flat.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden at edges.
  • Ice, sprinkle, eat!

Not only do these look pretty but they taste pretty good!

  • Scoop the remainder of the dough into a rounded teaspoon
  • Place on baking sheet
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Once cool spread the cool whip onto one cookie and place another cookie on top of that. Roll in the sprinkles. Freeze until ready to eat.

I, clearly didn’t need to freeze mine.

I guess you could eat them as regular cookies too… but who wants to do that when there are so many fun ways you can enjoy them instead.

Now do you believe me when I say I have sweet teeth instead of a sweet tooth? I also ate some regular dinner foods… Not everything had chocolate or peanut butter. (although it’d be great if it did)

Egg Salad Salad (Spinach, cucumber, carrot, egg salad (courtesy of whole foods))
Sesame and Thyme encrusted Halibut with a side of Asparagus

Black Bean and Squash Enchilada

I wont bore you with the savory recipes after I’ve given you all of the sweet ones. Another time…

I finished the goodie bags for the 5-year-old birthday party and also made some paper napkin flowers. 

The party is on Saturday and there is still a lot left to do! I hope being sick today doesn’t leave us stressed for time!

I went to the grocery store on Monday (along with 3 million other people) because we were apparently going to get the worst ice storm of the year… Didn’t happen. But I did find these things that made me HAPPY 🙂

Love edamame… especially if it comes shelled!

I promised I wouldnt buy vegan chocolate chips… But these are carob chips! and they are just like chocolate chips – but healthier. So I’m still going strong with no Chocolate Chips – I think its been a week?

I have been eating these all day… Guess I knew I was going to get sick!

I plan on making a new running playlist tonight so hopefully I can share these with you tomorrow!

Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy

Key West Sunset… I love sunrises and sunsets and this is one of the best places to see them!

Day 7: Favorite movies – mine are completely random.

1. Grease

2. Man on Fire

3. Devil Wears Prada

4. Toy Story

5. Love Actually

6. Closer

7. Mean Girls

8. The Little Mermaid

9. The Town

10. Eat, Pray, Love

This post has exhausted me… Time to rest again!

QUESTIONS: Do you workout when you are sick? What is your favorite movie of all time? Are you hungry when you are sick?