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March 4, 2011

Oh, Oh, Oh…It’s Magic

Happy Friday girls (and guys)! The weekend is here, the weather is warm (50 degrees means windows down) and I’ve got lots to accomplish! My weekend should be anything but relaxing…but such is life!

This morning I wanted to test out my first Chobani so I reached in the fridge with my eyes closed and out came a Honey Flavor.

all of my pictures of shadows today…not sure why!

I knew I wanted to do something more than just eat yogurt out of the container so I went on their website and found a recipe for Honey Scented Blueberry Muffins. I changed around a few things to make them even healthier than they already were and they came out fantastic! No oil, eggs, or added sugar which is always a plus! I tallied up the stats for you, but only because it’s Friday and I’m in a good mood ๐Ÿ™‚

Calories – Serving size 1 muffin: 104 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of protein

I’ve always loved muffins but after seeing the stats for them at a chain breakfast drive-thru *coughDunkinDonutscough* (470 calories, 17 g of fat, 73 grams of carbs, 38 sugars) I’ve decided that I will no longer be ordering one of those… I’m just as satisfied with my color changing muffins! OK, I’m sure you’re all hoping I shut-up now and show you my magic muffins…so here you go ๐Ÿ™‚

Magic Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C whole-wheat pastry flour, plus 1 Tbsp flour reserved
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 6 tsp NuNaturals Stevia Fiber Baking Blend
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp iodized salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp + 2 tbsp warm water EnerG Egg Replacer
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 C Honey 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 C blueberries, frozen
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375ยฐF. In a small bowl add Ener-G and warm water and set to side. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, Stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In another bowl, whisk together egg mix, applesauce, vanilla and Chobani.

In a small bowl toss the blueberries with reserved flour until lightly coated, add to egg mixture.

are you tired of my winnie the pooh spoon yet?

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, using a spatula fold ingredients together just until dry ingredients are moistened. Be careful to not over mix the batter, as it will cause the batter to be slightly stiff and not smooth.

Purple Batter!

Violety-Gray batter?

Line muffin pans with paper muffin cups, spray lightly with non-stick spray. Fill muffin cups half way and place in oven.

BLUE batter!

Bake at 375ยฐF for 12-20 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

Green Muffins!?

Excuse the 100 year old muffin pan.

It’s a green monster muffin!

Serve with a dollop of Chobani Honey Greek Yogurt or The Bees Knees Peanut Butter.

These were so good I decided to have one for breakfast and one for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ I love living solo but I now have 10 blueberry muffins and 3/4 of a banana bread loaf in my freezer because I bake faster than I can eat (well really but not really). Anyone wanna come over for breakfast? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Call me crazy but I wanted to try another Chobani flavor for a snack today… I grabbed the Black Cherry and did a little taste test. I used half a container of the Black Cherry Chobani and half of a homemade protein granola bar. This particular one had fruit on the bottom so I did a quick mix before scooping it into a separate bowl. 3 words – Smooth and Creamy. To be honest, I’m not even a cherry kind of girl and I really enjoyed this! I think adding the granola was kind of like having a dessert – Cherry Cobbler maybe? Healthy pie… I might be on to something here!

Lunch was a can of tuna, a green apple and a handful of raisins mixed and placed in lettuce cups. I’m finally out of bib lettuce – The container lasted me 2 weeks! Every timeย I make tuna at work the cat rubs against me until I share. I never knew cats were table beggers!

Gym consisted of 30 minutes on the arc trainer (SO HARD for me!?) and 10 on the stairmaster plus 10 minutes of abs when I got home. I hate doing abs at the gym because there is never enough room so I stick with my on demand videos.

Time for my favorite FRIDAY!

3 of my favorite YouTube videos I’ve seen this week… If you are looking for a good laugh definitely check these out!

Funniest video I’ve seen in a while!

The obvious… Such a joke. Yeah, I’m on a drug – It’s called CHARLIE SHEEN!

This has some dirty words so beware…

I’ll just be organizing/cleaning tonight and staring at this appliance waiting for it to magically fix itself… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

RIP Ice Cream Maker

Zumba and Body Pump or Spin and Body Pump tomorrow morning?? Decisions, decisions…

Questions: Do you have any good recipes that include Greek Yogurt? If so link them! What are your weekend plans?

PS: I get a lot of random searches that lead people to my blog but today I had one that said “Hot teenage girl runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere” UM WHAT!?

January 12, 2011

Fishy

Happy 1.11.11! This will only happen 2 times in our lifetime (2.22.22) so I guess it’s kind of special… I’m still waiting for that snow they promised us. They even called early dismissal on our County’s school’s with not ONE snowflake on the ground. Looks like another false alarm!

I tried another new breakfast today.. Banana Pudding Polenta! Luckily this one was A LOT better than yesterday’s. I got the recipe from Jenny and switched it around a little bit. Overall I really enjoyed this but it took over an hour to make! So I suggest it for a weekend or a day where you don’t have to be at work by 8am.

Whoops… I was a little excited to dig into this after waiting over an hour so I took a picture after my serving had been tossed into a bowl.

It had a nice creamy consistency like pudding but there was a little crunch on the bottom which made it even better.

Topped with Yogi Blueberry Granola Crisps, the rest of the Almond Butter from yesterdays meals and some blackberries. I’m sure everyone has a favorite granola but this is by far the BEST I have ever had. It taste like candy to me… I wouldn’t be surprised if you caught me in the kitchen pouring this bag straight into my mouth.ย 

Add this to your shopping list. Now.

Banana Polenta Pudding

For the Polenta:

  • Mix together 1/2 cup corn flour with 1/2 cup water
  • Add mixture to 1 cup boiling water + pinch of salt

Simmer and stir for about 10 minutes until the mixture absorbs all the liquid and thickens

For the pudding:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 flax egg ( 1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp hot water)
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

To assemble:

Layer a greased ramekein with banana slices and top with polenta mixture. Blend together pudding ingredients and pour over banana and polenta.ย Bake at 325 for about 45 – 60 minutes.

It’s worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

The girls and I went to the library for Penguin Day…crafts, songs, games and stories. I checked out a couple of things – A new dance workout video, Vegetarian Lunchbox recipes and a Princess Party Planning book. The 5 year old’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks so we are trying to get some idea’s together! We looked over all the books while snacking on Buffalo flavored Hummus… Yes, you read that right. This tastes exactly like Buffalo Chicken Dip. They also have one that tastes like Crab Dip. SO good… A little pricey, but a little goes a long way.

Lunch was pre-made. Thank you Whole Foods.

Brown Rice Sushi w/ Spicy Tuna & Cucumber – Side of green grapes. I love Whole Foods Sushi. It always tastes so fresh and not many places offer brown rice!

I headed to the Spa for some beauty maintenance after work – Longgg Overdue. Then I hit the gym…I had ALL of my clothes, shoes etc and I was on time. Hmm…must be my lucky day (1.11.11). Even though I accidentally grabbed this classy shirt instead of a workout tee.Oh well, that wasn’t going to stop me. I did the stairmaster for 20 minutes and then took the boot camp class(finallllly!!). I love that class – 5 minute warm up, 25 minutes of intense cardio, 15 minutes of weights, 5 minute cool down and 10 minute abs. I guarantee I’m sore tomorrow since I haven’t done this class in a while!

Dinner was fish tacos – First time I’ve had these! The recipe is very simple and only has a couple of ingredients. I also made a fresh avocado sesame spread that added a little more flavor.

Fish.

Sesame Avocado Spread

Assembled with a dollop of greek yogurt and red cabbage on a brown rice wrap.

I was always nervous to try a fish taco because fish + tacos just didn’t seem right to me. I now approve.

Dessert was my banana soft-fro-yo. I am in love with this combination.

Time for bed and to sleep with my jammies on inside out in hopes for the snow to finally make its appearance! I also just realized I had a lot of fish today… Hope I don’t turn into one.ย