Posts tagged ‘national peanut butter day’

January 26, 2011

Operation NICE

I stumbled upon this website today (thanks to Self Magazine) and it really caught my attention. The website is called Operation Nice and it simply encourages people to be proactively nice. There are a lot of positive upbeat stories about how an act of kindness affected them and “assignments” for you to do every couple of days.

Wouldn’t it be great if EVERYONE in the world was nice? I can’t stand when I go to the grocery store or the MVA and someone miserable/rude checks me out. If you hate your job that much find a new one…and if you’re in that bad of a mood go home and take time to yourself, don’t try to bring me down too :)! Monday was “Pay a compliment day” – since I was too busy celebrating “National Peanut Butter Day” I missed it… So I am going to do it today! My goal is to compliment 5 people today – I am kind of shy so this will be a step out of my comfort zone but I am up for the challenge! I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ™‚ If you want to try it too and can’t think of anything nice to say (which I’m SURE you guys can!!), just head to this website for a list full of compliments.

Yesterday’s eats were simple – but every single one tasted SO good. I don’t know if I was starving by the time I finally ate them or if they were really that good but I was a happy girl come bed time πŸ™‚

Breakfast – PB&J Oats

1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp Better n Peanut Butter, 1 tsp Sugar free Strawberry preserves and a handful of blueberries

Lunch: Apple & Avocado Spinach Salad

1 apple, 1/2 of an avocado, 1 1/2 cups of spinach – Balsamic Vinaigrette

Snack: Home made Protein Granola Bar

Dinner: Buffalo Chicken, pepper jack cheese and spinach Panini

Dessert: Vegan Chocolate Chips – I swear…after this bag is done I’m not buying these!!! For 2 weeks, maybe πŸ™‚ I left my Peanut Butter at work… this could be a good or bad thing. Good that I wasn’t able to mix my chocolate chips in and scoop them out and bad if this snow keeps up and I cannot get my peanut butter fix today.

Buffalo Chicken Panini

Ingredients

  • 1Β lb of natural chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 block of pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • Bread of choice (I used a wheat sandwich thin for myself – white for the 16-year-old)
  • 1 cup Franks red hot buffalo sauce
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Marinate the tenderloins in the buffalo sauce for 30 minutes. Spray skillet with Olive Oil cooking spray and heat on medium high. Saute tenderloins for 8 minutes or until cooked throughly.

Transfer to plate.

Turn on Panini maker on low (200 degrees or so) and start stacking your sandwich. Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread, add 1 1/2 – 2 buffalo tenderloins and top with spinach. Top with other slice of bread and place on panini grill…

Cook for about 3 minutes.

Inhale. Easy and delicious, no better combo than that…besides choc and peanut butter and maybe pancakes with bacon – but you get my point.

I should’ve never used the Breville Panini Maker because now I need one…and I don’t have $180 for one. Sigh.

Workout for the day was a Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown video. My back was still sore so I decided to take it easy…but this video was everything BUT easy. I think I’m ready to get in a good run today!

I’m going to a girls night out on Saturday in DC (finallllly, much-needed) with some of my best friends and I need a cute dress to wear so I was going to take the girls to the mall but it’s icy so I’m going to have to look online. I found this one…

Thoughts? It may be too “wedding”ish.

Also yesterday at the grocery store I got a HUGE bag of twix and an even bigger bag of Valentines M&Ms – I want to make a fun dessert out of them…Any ideas/requests?

I’m going to post a new challenge tomorrow that seems like a lot of fun!

Happy Hump Day!

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.Β  ~John Wooden

 

January 25, 2011

3 brownies – 1 pan

First of all, I totally forgot to wish you all a happy national peanut butter day yesterday. Did you get your fix in? Of course I did… 3 times πŸ™‚

My morning started off a little stressful… I am still house sitting and getting a child off to school, feeding dogs and doing the rest of my morning routine was a little much for me. I forgot to pack my breakfast and after I dropped the boy off at school I was so hungry i thought my stomach was going to eat itself. Somehow I made it back and was able to make a quick breakfast.

See, I told you I was hungry (half eaten apple before bagel popped out of the toaster) Cinnamon Raisin bagel thin *new obsession* – one side with better n peanut butter and strawberry sugar-free preserves, the other side with goat cheese.

Work consisted of ballet classes, crafts and birthday party planning! We made a Β Valentine Day wreath… They love their crafts πŸ™‚

Lunch for Meatless Monday was a whole bunch of veggies stuffed in a pita and a side of cottage cheese with blueberries.

Drizzled with some hot sauce – This might be my new favorite go to lunch. I have been obsessed with pitas lately!

I skipped my workout to watch Oprah and because my back was in a lot of pain from the weekend workouts. Did anyone watch Oprah? I occasionally tune in when I have time but yesterday’s show was a good one… It was sad yet happy – Does that make sense? If you saw the episode you will know what I’m talking about.

The 16-year-old that I am watching while house sitting had a long day at school so I decided to make him some brownies πŸ™‚

Those looked kind of boring to me so I decided to try and make 3 different types of brownies in this one pan. Double Chocolate, Smores and of course Peanut Butter Chocolate.

Did you know the average brownie has almost 400 calories!? Ugh…sorry to be Debbie Downer. While browsing through Cooking Light magazine I saw this recipe and made a few changes – These brownies are about 145 calories each…Much better than 400 and still just as tasty!

Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used ghiradelli)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • All natural Peanut Butter
  • Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips
  • Graham crackers (1/2 sheet), crushed
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with whisk.

  • Place butter and chocolate (dark, chopped) in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir until smooth and set aside. Cool slightly.

  • Add 1 cup sugar, milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, egg yolks and egg; stir with a whisk to combine. Add butter mixture to flour mixture stirring just until combined.

  • Pour batter into an 8 inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray.

  • Take a knife full of peanut butter and swirl it through 1/3 of batter

  • Take crushed graham crackers and SOME of the chocolate chips and swirl through 1/3 of batter with knife.

  • Last but not least add chocolate chips to the last part of batter and mix in with knife.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  • 2 minutes before the brownies are done sprinkle marshmallows on top of graham cracker section and place under broiler to melt/brown.

Yum πŸ™‚

Peanut Butter section

Smores section

Double Chocolate

I tasted every single one but I couldn’t pick a favorite! I liked that these had a nice crunch to the top and a fudgy mid section (without giving me a pudgy mid section πŸ™‚ )

Since it WAS National Peanut Butter I had a square or two of the dark chocolate topped with some better n peanut butter.

Cheers!

QUESTIONS: Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter day? If so, with what? Have you ever made a low-fat brownie? Could you tell the difference?