The Beginnings of Fall

25 Sep

applepicking

To celebrate the beginnings of Fall we went apple picking this weekend.  Such a good time with my absolute favorite guy and one of my very dear friends.  It’s one of our traditions that I hope to keep going for years to come!

Now to come up with some recipes for all of those apples.

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What I’ve Been Up To

21 Aug

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We recently went on an impromptu road trip to Maine and spent our time exploring Acadia National Park. It was quite the adventure. It was a little rainy and foggy but the views were still breathtaking (in person). Story and more pics to come!

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

26 Jul

A different twist on your boring bowl of oatmeal in the morning. These pancakes are not only healthy but easy to make and with 18 grams protein, they keep hunger at bay until lunch.

 

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 container natural unsweetened applesauce (with a toddler we have these on hand but it’s a little less than 1/2 a cup if using a applesauce in the jar.)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese or 1 scoop protein powder

1 whole egg (or 2 egg whites)

 

Directions

1) Combine all the ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth consistency. Spoon onto a hot skillet or griddle.  I sprayed mine with a bit of cooking spray.

2) Cook 2 minutes or until edges firm up then flip and cook another 2 minutes. 

 

Note: I find that four smallish size pancakes come out the best. Larger ones burn before the inside cooks through. 

Enjoy with a bit of maple syrup, agave nectar, yogurt or whatever your heart desires on top!

 

And for the calorie conscious:

Cals: 318

Protein: 18g

Fiber: 6g

Fat: 8g

 

*This recipe is toddler approved!

My Favorite Healthy Snacks

18 Jun

 

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt – sprinkle cinnamon or honey and top with fresh or frozen fruit.

Raw Veggies – carrots, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes. All great for dipping in hummus, Greek Yogurt or Peanut Butter.

All Natural Applesauce cups

Low Fat Cottage Cheese – lots of protein which will keep you full.

Raw Almonds – packed with protein and are extremely portable. I keep some in my purse just in case I feel hunger coming.

Unsalted Peanuts – again packed with protein which will keep you satisfied.

Boiled Eggs – Gasp! I eat the yolk too.

Fruit – this is kind of like duhhh. I usually keep an apple or orange in my purse because they don’t bruise easily. I also love apple slices w/ peanut butter or almond butter. The added protein from the nut butter keeps me satisfied longer.

Edamame w/ a sprinkle of sea salt – portable and fills me up the most. I can’t finish an entire bag which contains 13 grams of protein. I buy the steam in the bag kind from Costco.

 

LaraBars – something I keep in my purse in case hunger strikes and I’m on the go. These bars are made with dates and nuts and come in a variety of flavors. I always get them from my local grocery store or Target. My favorites are Peanut Butter Cookie and Lemon Bar. I also like the Roasted Nut Uber bar which is made by Larabar

Reduced Fat String Cheese

Healthy Summer Treat: Yogurt Pops

18 Jun

After seeing yogurt pops popping up all over pinterest the past few months I have been dying to make them. They are definitely a healthier alternative to your typical summer ice cream or frozen yogurt and the protein in Greek yogurt will keep you satisfied longer.

 

Ingredients

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Directions

1) Add the Greek Yogurt and banana to a blender and blend until there are no longer chunks of banana. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds.

2) Next add fresh strawberries to the blender and do a quick pulsate. I added a bit of fresh squeezed lemon for a brighter/fresher flavor. Add the blended strawberries to the popsicle molds and use a spoon (I used a butter knife due to the size of the molds) to swirl.

3) Drop in blueberries and then freeze for at least 4 hours.

 

Get creative use different fruits and flavored yogurts, try sweetening with honey or agave instead of banana. Have fun!

 

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Got My Booty in Gear

25 May

With school out I’ve finally got my butt back in gear when it comes to working out. For weeks I’ve been a hermit who just stayed inside memorizing bio terms and working out chem equations. I didn’t feel like working out when I was sleeping, eating, and breathing science. All that work definitely paid off for bio, chem was a little shaky but still good.

Anyway, I’m back to running. I changed my route to avoid the house with the pit bull and so far everything has been bueno! Right now my routine has been run 3x a week, zumba 2x a week, and sometimes I’ll throw in a random DVD workout on the remaining days.

I’ll just leave you with a look at what I’ve been up to so in recent weeks:

3 mile run

Post Workout Smoothie

Roasted Potato + Salad

 

Reason why I love my heart rate monitor. Iphone app 301 cals burned. HRM 401 cals! 10:10 mile. avg pace 10:30 definitely need to get my speed back up.

 

Shrimp & Veggie Stir Fry

Fresh green beans w/ earth balance garlic & almonds.

Subway = Food on the go! Turkey w/ tons of veggies & a little mustard.

Just an Idea

8 Apr

Happy Easter!

The Bunny was extra nice over here! Little Man was excited about his new trains and even I made out good with some twizzlers and new workout clothes.

Easter 2012

I’m hoping to keep this post short as I have a TON of studying to do in a short amount of time. I was trying to do a little each day and some during breaks at work but I’m still not all the way comfortable with the material.

I just wanted to say I’m alive. I’ve been trying to come up with new recipes but I don’t have time. Actually, in the spare time I do have, I like to sleep and or stare at the wall. My idea though is to start posting the snacks and lunches I bring to work and school. I thought it might be helpful for people who are on the go and still want to be healthy.

People joke about what I bring to work but it saves me from being tempted to put in for Dominos or breakfast at McDonalds, or eating massive amounts of candy (which is used to keep people alert), It also saves me from the Five Guys on campus since the smell of the fries seems to waft through the air.

I hope to start posting the snacks and lunches on Tuesday so look out for that and a post about what I’m doing while my Zumba class is on hiatus.

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