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April 15, 2011

The Best and The Worst

Hooray Friday πŸ™‚ I love everything about Fridays… I think it’s the anticipation of a fun-filled weekend that excites me the most! My girlfriends and I are headed out of town for a couple of days to celebrate a last fling before the ring. We have a lot of activities planned and I think this day will be moving verrrryyyy slowlllly.

I was doubly excited this morning when I knew that I had plans for a delicious breakfast!

Chocolate & PB Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk – Unsweetened
  • Handfuls of Spinach (you can’t taste πŸ™‚ )
Directions
  • Place Spinach in blender first and add all remaining ingredients.Β 
  • Blend well
Choc + PB = Love
Speaking of breakfast – I’m glad you all liked my post about balance! It seems like a lot of you have the same trigger foods – Including CEREAL! What is it about cereal that just makes people want more? I found a list on Women’s Health of the 24 Best and Worst Cereals so I thought I would share them with you.

The average American consumes more than 160 bowls of cereal a year, so picking the right box could mean knocking 15 pounds off your waistline yearly and infusing your diet with massive doses of vital nutrients. Use our bowl-by-bowl breakdown to find the perfect cereal for you. Our criteria: the highest ratio of fiber to sugar, along with a respectable calorie count. Sidle up and grab a spoon!

Best: Fiber One Original

Great: Kix, Cheerios, Grape-Nuts, Kashi GoLean, Shredded Wheat Original, Organic Smart Bran

Good: Life Cereal Original, Corn Flakes, Kashi Go Lean Crunch!, Wheaties, Kashi Autumn Wheat

Fair: Quaker Natural Granola, Smart Start Strong Heart, Rice Krispies, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Raisin Bran

Bad: Honey Smacks; Lucky Charms; Froot Loops; Trix; Frosted Flakes with Fiber, Less Sugar; EnviroKidz Organic Koala Crisp

Worst: Golden Crisp

Unfortunately a lot of my favorite cereals as a child are on the bad list! Lucky Charms, Froot loops, Trix and Frosted Flakes to name a few πŸ˜‰ But, fortunately my adult favorite made it in the Great category: Kashi Go Lean! I am a fan of Kix cereal so I’m happy to see it on the great list as well – I’ll have to buy it next time.
The weather has been beautiful here…I’m hoping it stays this way for the rest of Spring! Yesterday it was 70 degrees and straight sunny. The girls and I took it as an opportunity to spend the day outside around DC. I’m quite the tourist in DC these days πŸ˜‰
We also went to Whole Foods and made edible birds nests – $5 for a craft, fruit, coloring books/crayons, smoothie from juice bar, pizza, cookies, cheese, clif bar and gelato.
Why did I ever want to grow up?
I’m off to work – Please day go by REALLY fast!! Have a good weekend everyone πŸ™‚

QUESTIONS: Are one of your favorite cereals in an above category? Plans for the weekend?

April 11, 2011

Chocolate Blueberry Granola

Clearly Friday didn’t follow my rules because Monday came WAY too fast. The upside of this Monday? It’s 88 degrees!!!! Over the weekend the sun was basically non-existent so today is a real treat!

Saturday morning I woke up early and headed to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I never take advantage of being a tourist in my own city and there is SO much to see. I’ll definitely be taking another trip when it gets warmer!

Look at that sky… Gloomy! After walking around the parade (so we could see it faster) we were frozen cold. So cold that we thought our feet would shatter like glass every time we took another step. (We’re not dramatic or anything) We decided to head into the Smithsonian of NaturalΒ History to warm up – which is free = score! I haven’t been here since I was 10 years old so we defrosted in the cafe before choosing what exhibits to explore.

Cherry Blossom Cookies

Umm i forget what type of animal

This was all made from yarn!

How do people survive shark bites!?

Seriously… I want to know how anyone has ever survived a great white shark attack. That mouth is twice the size of my entire body! Our favorite exhibit had to do with diamonds… Diamonds really are a girls best friend πŸ˜‰

The Hope Diamond – 45.5 Carats.

Hello 1000 diamonds…700 carats! I wonder how much this thing weighs? I would be willing to wear it to test it out πŸ˜‰

Walking around for 5 hours in Tory Burch flats was a horrible idea. I guess I didn’t learn from my mistake in Boston. Seeing the historic landmarks, cherry blossoms branches, and enjoying my day off from the gym outside was all worth it.

By the way – have you ever been to corner bakery cafe? Apparently I’m the last person to experience it. I’m obsessed. I enjoyed half of a grilled vegetable Panini and a cup of chili. It was realllllly filling but my sweet tooth got a hold of me so I ordered an oatmeal raisin cookie. Sweet tooth 38 Alyssa 0.

Sunday I started my morning with a good sweat from a 60 minute spin class so I could spend the day with my favorite 4-year-old! We got manicures/pedicures, bought new makeup, went to Trader Joe’s, got some new baby doll’s and did lots of snacking! It doesn’t get any better than that πŸ™‚

Seriously, how cute is she!? I hope one day I have a daughter as pretty and fun to be with as her!

When I got home I decided to whip up some granola… This was my first time making my own! I’ve really been moving out of the cookies/cake/cheesecake sweet phase and into the granola, dark chocolate & yogurt covered pretzels stage. Β I go through stages of eating the same thing over and over until I get bored and move on to the next thing.

The granola is SO good, SO healthy and SO perfect to use as a topping on anything (like frozen yogurt πŸ™‚ ). Or just to eat handfuls of… I wont judge since I will be doing anything and everything possible with this.

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Granola

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 3/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 of a 73% dark chocolate bar chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 heaping tbsp of natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Directions

  • Combine dry ingredients (first 8) in a bowl

  • Combine wet ingredients (last 5) in a sauce pan and simmer until melted

  • Pour wet ingredients into dry while still hot and mix well

  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spread granola mixture evenly across

  • Bake in 250 degrees for 60 minutes turning every 15 minutes

I ate a piece straight from the oven and burnt my mouth…i couldn’t resist! I love how crunch this turned out – it’s sweet but not too sweet. Make sense? I also quickly put some in a bowl and poured milk over it (lactose intolerant who?) because it seemed like the right thing to do. I was right…100% the right thing to do.

This made so much I might have to start gifting it! Anyone want some? πŸ™‚ Available to Maryland residents only.

Sorry for the picture overload but some were just too cute not to share – Get out and enjoy an activity outside tonight…Who knows how long Mr. Sun will stay.

 

QUESTIONS: Do you ever play tourist in your own city? Have you ever made your own granola?