Thursday, August 18, 2011

Update: Hump Day

I haven't done a post in a while where I share with you guys how exciting my day was in terms of what I ate. So I'll do today's.

I taught Cycle Monday and Tuesday and I'm teaching RIPPED (yay!) tomorrow, Cycle Friday, Kickboxing Saturday and Cycle Sunday. I just wanted to let you know that before you judge me for not working out today. Today was my only day off! lol.

Now, this breakfast is going to make you say 'Ew! That sounds awful!' But, you'd be wrong. Because it was the opposite of awful. It was delish.

-1/2 Frozen Banana
-1/3 cup Frozen Cherries
-1/2 cup Fresh Spinach (I swear, you won't even know it's there!)
-1 cup Original Almond Milk
-1/2 Tbs Natural Skippy Peanut Butter
-1/4 Tbs Milled Flaxseed

Calories: 226
Carbs: 38 g
Fat: 8 g
Protein: 7 g

I was on campus alllllll day today. 10am until after 5pm. Therefore, I brought my lunch with me.

-2 slices Whole wheat bread
-3 slices Tofurky Peppered Deli Slices
-1 tsp Mustard
-2 slices fresh Tomato
-1 cup Red Grapes
-1 small Slice Mama Pea's Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
(I added another small slice as a snack later, so I just added those extra calories here, therefore lunch Calories are a bit higher than they actually were...)

Calories: 500
Carbs: 75 g
Fat: 13 g
Protein: 20 g

-Daddy Pea's Jambalaya (Will post recipe soon!!!)

Calories: 400
Carbs: 55 g
Fat: 10 g
Protein: 25 g

-1 Banana
-6 oz light cranberry juice

Calories: 135
Carbs: 35 g
Fat: 0 g
Protein: 1 g

Total for the Day:
Calories: 1261
Carbs: 203 g
Fat: 31 g
Protein: 53 g

I count walking a million miles around campus as a workout though, don't you?

Recipe: The Most Amazing Cookbook You Will Ever Buy (& Chocolate Zucchini Bread)

I got the most amazing cookbook this week. You should have seen how giddy I was when I opened it and started looking at the recipes. DH just laughed at me because I hardly ever get excited about anything. I got my sticky tabs and started marking recipes that I liked right away. By the end, DH said 'Why didn't you just mark the whole book? You basically did.' Whatever, DH. I didn't mark EVERY single recipe. Okay, almost. But, not really.

*Holy music plays*

I must give credit to Sweet Tater Blog for introducing me to this book first. I have seen her mention it and I thought I would give it a try, but wowzers! I didn't expect it to be so great. The recipes are simple, they are easy and they taste GOOD. I have already done two recipes and even DH has marveled at how good and easy they were.

My first endeavor was her Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (What? I have a bread obsession. Leave me alone.)

 Blurry, but still yummy

This bread is seriously GOOD.

Here is what I did: (You can find a similar recipe for muffins here.)


-2 1/2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour (Yes, you read that correctly)
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-~1 tsp salt
-2 heaping tsp cinnamon (because I love me some cinnamon)
-~2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 cups Shredded Zucchini
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
-~1/3 cup oil (I only have olive oil...sooo..)
-1/2 to 1 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
-A handful of chocolate chips (or however many you can sneak in)

-Preheat Oven to 350F
-I basically combined all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, and all of the wet ingredients in another bowl
-Then I combined them all together in one bowl and stirred until it was just mixed.
-I cooked this for about 48 minutes in a dark pan (directions say 50-60 minutes).

And if you don't think this bread is amaze-balls, then I just don't know what is ;)

Update: If You Like Pina Coladas...and Getting Caught in the Rain...

I haven't posted in 16 days! Want to know why? Because I was at the BEACH! Yes, the one and only week of 'vacation' I had from school and work and I went to awesome Destin, FL. Loved it! We got a great condo and it was nice to finally get away and relax. Everyone needs a break every now and then! We had a bit of stormy weather, but that was okay because we were still at the beach!

I wanted to share some of the yumminess we partook in during our trip. I didn't take pictures of my food at the restaurants because, again, I don't want to be TOO much of a weirdo ;)

You know me, I have to have an awesome breakfast

We went to the grocery store the first day and bought a lot of yummy stuff. The bacon looks funky in these pics probably because it is turkey bacon. It was decent, but when we got back to Georgia I bought a different brand (Butterball) and it is MUCH better. 

I forgot to buy Pam, so the eggs stuck a bit :/

I cooked biscuits at the beginning of the week and they lasted us all week for breakfast every morning.

I also bought orange juice, which I hardly ever buy. I typically like to stick with water or hot tea at breakfast, but I decided to change it up a bit.

I bought Trop50 which has less sugar and calories and I mixed it with half water. So...Trop25, yes? It still tasted good too, I promise!

We took lunch and snacks with us to the beach everyday to a) save money and b) not have to leave the beach and go back to the room.

So most days we had sandwiches and we had lots of grapes, carrots, strawberries, apples and also goldfish crackers..mmmm. DH had his own...'choice drinks' which I won't post here because I'm classy like that. 

My MIL also made us the most amazing pasta salad and we devoured it in about 2 days. Speaking of...I really need to get that recipe from her.

We also went.....PARASAILING!!!

See those wee little specks. That's us.

This is us after being dunked in the water. And I do mean dunked.

If you have never gone parasailing I HIGHLY recommend trying it. I am deathly afraid of heights (as in I have never, and will never, ride a traditional roller coaster), but this is not scary at all. You don't even realize how high you are and the whole experience is very eerily calm and soothing. It's relaxing to be up in the sky with nothing but the wind blowing and the water around you. I promise. Would I lie to you guys? ;)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Recipe: Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Can I just say that I am a master procrastinator? I should be studying for my two finals this week...However, the amount of other crap I get accomplished during this time is pretty impressive. I did mine AND the DH's laundry this weekend. I also cleaned the apartment, baked fresh bread TWICE and cooked dinner most nights. I also did all that another naggy stuff, like pay tuition, pick up medicine, make appointments, and you know, go to work.

OH. AND I finally finished my online class lessons! WOO HOO! (I've been working on this class for a year...) I made myself sit down for 6 hours on Sunday and just do them ALL. I was so sick of thinking about how I needed to do them. So, boo yah.

On to the pumpkins.

so stinkin cute

If you know me, even just a teeny bit, you know that I love Fall and Winter. Something about it being cold outside and me being all snuggly in a hoodie and a blanket with a hot cup of tea and my spiced candles burning is just so amazing to me. I LOVE it.

I am obviously going through withdrawals at this point because it has been Summer here for about 3293879285 months already. So, I decided to pretend and I made Pumpkin Yeast Bread the other day.

I would have taken a picture of it for you, however, seeing as I have already ate half of it...yeah...
I pretty much just have it as a meal...breakfast...lunch..dinner..dessert. It's very flexible.

I got the recipe from The Domestic Vegan and I'll share it with you here. (You can also find it here.)

-¾ cup canned pumpkin, pureed
-½ cup Almond Milk (may need more, just watch the dough)
-¼ cup Earth Balance nondairy butter, melted 
-1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-⅓ cup brown sugar, loosely packed (I used Splenda)
-2 ¾ cup flour (I used White Lily Bread Flour)
-2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten (optional, but I suggest it)

-I used probably 2-3 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice or you can use the following:
--1½ tsp ground cinnamon
--¾ tsp ground nutmeg
--½ tsp ground ginger
--¼ tsp ground allspice
--1/8 tsp ground cloves

-¾ tsp sea salt
-1 packet active yeast OR 2¼ tsp

-I used my Bread Machine again.
-Wet ingredients, Dry Ingredients, Yeast (in a well) and then choose your settings! (I choose basic and a medium crust)

Mine basically looks like this; but, you'll never know...muahahaha