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New Love…

I have a new love. Well, actually two new loves.

1. Banana Soft Serve – Thanks to Gena for getting us hooked!

  • 1 frozen banana – cut into cubes before freezing
  • splash of almond milk

Blend the two in the magic bullet and you are done!

2. Cocoa Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. dark cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp. agave
  • 1 teeny tiny splash of almond milk

Stir together and enjoy with fruit!

The two together:

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Loaf of Heaven

Today was another busy day!  We had a staff meeting after school and then we went to see He’s Just Not That Into You with two of my girlfriends!  I highly recommend it!  I want to see it again.

For dinner I had popcorn (94%ff kettle corn which I ate on the way)  and then when I got home, I had a almond butter and pear sandwich.  It hit the spot.  Last night, I did make time for some baking.

Banana Pear Oat Bread

  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 c. oat (ground in the food processor)
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 3 smashed bananas
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 c. pear cut into cubes

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes

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Enjoy!!

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I woke up this morning and did a quick 30 minute weight circuit at home.  It zapped 200 calories and felt great!  Brady and I are planning on going to the gym later this afternoon for some cardio.

After my mini workout, I didn’t know what I wanted.  Brady made himself 2 eggs with mini whole wheat pitas and some fresh tomato.  It looked great to me, but I wanted something sweet.  I decided on pancakes!  Here is what I came up with!

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1 banana smashed
  • 1 tsp. peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a hot frying pan.  Cook throughly on both sides.  Serve with blueberries, peaches and a little extra peanut butter!

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SOO GOOD!  I can’t wait to make these again!

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** I had this ready to post last night, but it is currently -11 degrees and our cable went out last night!

I got the call last night that we didn’t have school today, and I was so excited! It’s amazing what happens when you are surprised by

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins (adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 1c. whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 tbs. baking powder
  • 1tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (I used Naturally More)
  • strawberry nautral preserves

Mix all wet ingredients (bottom list) together in the Kitchenaid and then add the dry ingredients. Fill muffin cups 1/2 of the way full and add a spoonful of strawberry perserves. Add the rest of the batter on top of preserves. Bake at 350 for 25 min. or until muffins have puffed up turned golden brown.

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Before the oven.

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Coconut Banana Bread (adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 c. 0% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. roasted pecans
  • 1/3. shredded coconut (you could use unsweetened)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Mix all top (wet) ingredients together in the Kitchenaid. Make sure the banana is well mixed and “smushed”. Add dry ingredients to the mix. Mix well. Add to small or regular muffin pans. Bake for 30-45 min at 350.

There is a glaze listed in Cooking Light where you mix lime juice and powdered sugar and a little water and pour it on the bread. I haven’t done that but I plan on it!!

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Homemade Lara Bars

I have been wanting to try these for a while now, and I decided they would be a perfect for gifts!  I didn’t really have a plan when I started but I gathered lots of yummy materials.  They included:

  • dried mission figs
  • California dates
  • almonds
  • peanuts
  • nothing but banana (dried banana from Trader Joes)
  • fresh banana
  • unsweetened coconut
  • dried berry mix (cranberries, cherries, blueberries)

I followed a few ideas that I had read about and otherwise I just started blending things up!  They turned out tasting really good and looking pretty similar to the real thing. I can’t wait to try more combinations!

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I formed them into balls to see if they would stay.  Then I made them into bars and kept them in the fridge.  I need to work on their presentation!

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Better… Better… Great!

This morning for breakfast I wanted to use the rest of my leftover Kashi pilaf.  I didn’t know what I was in the mood for, so I just starting throwing things in the bowl until it tasted good – which took a little while.

Here is what ended going in my bowl, in order:

  • 1/2 c. Kashi pilaf
  • 1/2 banana

Microwave that for 1 min. but it was WAY too boring so I added:

  • 1 tsp of sliced almonds  – they didn’t do anything so I didn’t add more
  • 1/3 c. Ezekial 4:9 cereal – still no new flavor
  • 1/4 c. skim milk – for some creaminess
  • ** frozen blueberries and 1 tbsp. sugar free peach jam (homemade)** this FINALLY made it taste great!

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The ‘Nana Topped Treat

These healthy treats are super easy to make, according to Sarah!  You can vary the recipe according to your favorite flavors or mood!

‘Nana Topped Treats

  • carmel or any kind of mini rice cake
  • peanut butter or almond butter
  • slices of fresh banana  or any fruit would work (strawberries, peaches)

Build the treats and enjoy!

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This morning I got up and got ready for school while Brady was getting ready for work.  It really felt like summer is over.   I had a big bowl of oatmeal which should keep me full for long time while I work on my room!  We ate our breakfast while watching handball.  What a crazy sport!?

Peachy Banana Oatmeal

I tried cutting up my peach and mixing it into the banana oatmeal before microwaving it to see if it would melt like the banana.  It did and it tasted great – sweet and fresh, kind of like Quaker Peaches & Cream but completely nautral and better for you!

  • – 1/3c. oats
  • – 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • – 1/4 c. oat bran
  • – 1 T. ground flax
  • – 1/3 banana sliced
  • – 1/2 peach sliced
  • – vanilla and salt and water
  • – fresh strawberries (added after the mircowave)

So good!

Have a great Monday!

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I just finished one of the best bowls of oatmeal yet!  I don’t know if it was so good because I was really hungry, or because  I haven’t had it in a few days or because this is a delicious combo!  I mixed the following together:

– 1/4 c. dry rolled oats

– 1/4 c. oatbran

– 1/8 c. ( i just filled the 1/4 c. halfway, I don’t really use an 1/8 cup :)) wheat bran

– 1 tsp. ground flax

– 1/2 sliced banana

– vanilla and salt

– 1/3 ish c. water

Microwave for 1 min. then stir so the banana gets all mixed in and melty.  Then add sliced fresh strawberries!  This really tasted good, not like bad strawberry-banana flavored yogurt ( I hate that flavor!).

I enjoyed it outside on the deck.  I am trying to be outside 24/7 until school starts!!

Before breakfast I ate 1/2 protein bar and did the elliptical for 45 min.  Now I am off to plant some fresh herbs – more basil, oregano, and thyme-  and a few new flowers I got on the way home from the gym.

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This morning I wanted to eat something small because I was planning on working out around 9:30am.  I debated not eating breakfast, but knew I would not make it through the workout without something good in my stomach, and breakfast at 11 didn’t sound like a good idea.  I made an easy oatmeal combo by mixing the following:

– 1/4 c. dry rolled oats

– 1/2 banana sliced thin

– 1 T. wheat bran

-1 t. ground flax

– splash of water

– splash of vanilla (the good Mexican kind 🙂 )

I warmed all of it in the microwave for 1 min.  Then I added a splash of sugar-free vanilla coffee creamer for sweetness, and a handful of blueberries!  I am not sure what I am going to eat when blueberry season is over 😦 !

Now, I am off to workout in a little while and keep working on my to-do lists.  I am thinking it’s a pool day if it’s nice out because summer is almost over!

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