put a pin in it

Happy Friday everyone! I am currently still in Texas and absolutely loving it. Shout out to Alex. I’m totally jealous of your home state.

So far I have really liked all the schools I’ve seen. It’s gonna be a tough decision that’s for sure. But I guess that’s better than not liking any 🙂

I fly home tomorrow but I really don’t want to go back. Oh well. Luckily I already had this post made. It’s all my favorite pins from my Pinterest folders. And yes. I have a lot of folders.

Cute: I die!

Ideas: Add sprinkles to clear nail polish. Why didn’t I think of that?!

Tips: Cornmeal to get grease stains out.

Health: One of the many reasons to love exercise!

Workouts: I am totally going to do this. I definitely don’t stretch enough.

Running: LOVE this response.

Posters: Yes. Yes you are.

Food-breakfast: Whole wheat chocolate chip sweet potato pancakes.

Food-side dishes: One pot quinoa and kale

Food-entrees: Green pea pesto ravioli.

Yeast bread: Whole Wheat Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Crusty Bread

Quick Bread: Healthy Banana Bread.

Food-vegan entree: Cauliflower millet mash with a mushroom gravy.

Food-snacks: Homemade coconut luna bars.

Food-dessert: Chocolate bottom macaroon cookies. Drool.

Food-baked goods: Lemon olive oil muffins. I’ll take the whole batch thank you very much.

Dorm Food: “Flaxmeal Banana Nut Bread: Mix 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal, 2 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, a tsp cinnamon, one small banana mashed, one egg or two egg whites (even optional!) and 1 tablespoon of walnut halves. Mix the dry ingredients in a mug. Add the wet, mix, nuts, zap in the microwave for a minute 30.”

Raw Recipes: Raw Churros with Rawtella Drizzle.

Recipes to make NOW!: Vegan Samoas. Oh snap.

Food-decorations: “Flower cookies – so easy, so cute! Roll dough ball in colored sugar. Snip it in half w/scissors, snip half into three petals. Gently spread petals apart and lay flat.”

Cooking/Baking Tips: Use a heating pad to help bread rise faster.

Fashion: Monogram bracelet. So simple yet so cute.

Fashion-DIY: Draped skirt.

Products I Love: 🙂

Gift Ideas: Homemade sugar scrub. Gift to myself perhaps? 😉

Favorite Places and Spaces: I have no idea how much this costs but I want it. But I would have to get a pool then too…that could get pricey. Oh well. It’s worth it.

Books Worth Reading: I won’t say The Hunger Games because that’s like, duhhh. Tuesdays with Morrie is amazing! Great life lessons.

ED: Love your body. It’s the only one you’ll ever get.

My Style: Hunger Games themed fingernails. Heck yes.

For the Home: Hanging mason jar for flowers. What can’t you use mason jars for?

DIY: I would still probably mess this up.

Wedding: Love the back of this dress. LOVE.

Photo Help: 15 photography tips photographers wished they learned sooner.

Hot Actors: Josh Hutcherson. Swoon.

Haha: Meow.

So True: Oh Michael. I miss you.

Quotes:

Confidence:

Life: Thank you.

Need!: Darn owls. Why must you be so cute?

And now let’s end on a good note… 😉

Bucket List: Please and thank you.

almond joy cereal

Who doesn’t love cereal? If you don’t like it, then you aren’t human. Just kidding. But how can you not love cereal?? There are so many different kinds. There is bound to be a brand and flavor you like.

I always love homemade anything. So homemade cereal would be just up my ally…right? Right 🙂

Almond Joy Cereal
adapted from here

  • 1/2c garbanzo/fava bean flour
  • 1/2c buckwheat flour (can sub any gluten free flour)
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2Tbsp sugar (depending on your sweetness level)
  • 1/2Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4c water
  • 1/2Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3Tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 4Tbsp sliced, raw almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, salt, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, and 1-2Tbsp sugar.
  4. Melt the coconut oil and add it to the dry ingredients along with the vanilla extract and water. (The batter DOES NOT taste good! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
  5. Pour the batter onto the baking sheet and spread it into a thin layer.
  6. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder evenly on top.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, combine the shredded coconut and sliced almonds.
  8. Sprinkle the coconut/almond mix over the batter. Pat it down into the batter to make sure it sticks.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-27 minutes.
  10. Once the middle starts to crack and the outer edges become brown, take it out of the oven.
  11. Cut into square. You can make them as big or small as you like, depending on your cereal preference.
  12. Spread the squares out on the baking sheet and put back into the oven for 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway.
  13. Once they crisp up, take them out of the oven and let cool.

You can either have them plain or in a bowl with your favorite milk. Whatever it is, enjoy 🙂

 

WIAW on the road

I am currently in Illinois! Exciting stuff I know. I’m (re)looking at schools to transfer to next year and this is our first stop. Then Texas on Thursday. And Seattle next week.

P.S. I am using the WordPress app on my phone so if things look a little funky, blame the app.

Breakfast
This morning started wayyyy to early. I like mornings and all but a 3am wake up call is something nobody wants to hear. When we got to the airport, I got some food at Starbucks: banana chocolate protein smoothie and oatmeal with raisins and nuts.

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Then we had the 4 hour flight to Chicago. I spent 75% of the time sleeping so it was pretty uneventful.

Snack
Snack was consumed on the plane:
Banana and almond butter (both brought from home)

Lunch
When we got off the plane, both my mom and I were ready for lunch. Chipotle to the rescue! Vegetarian bowl with brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, mild salsa, corn salsa, lettuce, and guacamole. Hit the spot.

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We made sure to leave some room for dessert because after seeing iCream on Food Network awhile ago, I knew I wanted to go. Basically you choose everything you want in your ice cream and then they mix it together using liquid nitrogen. I got soy milk ice cream with coffee and pecans. So good! I will be back for sure.

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Snack
B-a-n-a-n-a

Dinner
My mom and I decided to forgo going out to dinner and get some stuff at the market instead. We got crackers, carrots, a cucumber, hummus, and apples.

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Come back tomorrow for a delicious recipe! I’ll be off enjoying beautiful Illinois 🙂

why i’m not vegan

Before all you vegans start getting mad at me or unsubscribing, hear me out.

During high school and my recovery, I tried to find an eating plan that worked for me. One of those was veganism. I loved the idea of not eating any animal products and the benefits it would have on the environment and on my body. But at the time that I made this transition, I was also playing basketball, competitively. I played two games while being vegan and they were probably the worst two games I had ever played. One morning, I went to breakfast with my coach and guess what I did…I ordered eggs. That’s where my vegan streak ended. Plus, my coach was basically going to talk me out of the whole vegan thing because of what it was doing to me anyways.

So I ate the eggs and at my game later that afternoon, I played 100x better. It may have been mental, it may have been the protein, but whatever it was, it worked.

I still wouldn’t eat chicken at this point though so I was technically vegetarian. Fast forward a couple of months and my depression worsened. That’s when my mom suggested I try to reintroduce chicken back into my diet. She even promised to buy organic. And I ate it.

Protein has really helped with my depression and I can still feel the affects when I don’t eat enough of it. Everybody is different and every body is different. And I guess my body really needs protein. I would say I eat vegetarian 90% of the time but I incorporate in organic, cage-free chicken whenever it’s available.

If I were not as active as I am and not had a history of depression, you bet I would be vegan. There is no doubt that there needs to be a change in the meat industry. That’s why I eat organic chicken. The chicken are allowed to roam free (hence cage-free) and they are not mistreated like too many of the animals are. (P.S. If you want to watch a movie on the meat industry, watch Earthlings. You will cry and you will cover your eyes. But it really opens your eyes to the meat industry and how mistreated the animals are.)

I know it is possible to get enough protein in a vegan diet but my body did not respond to it well. If it responds to your body, perfect! That’s what works for you. But like I said, every body is different.

Are you vegan?
Have you tried something that your body doesn’t respond to well?

single serving pumpkin millet pancakes with caramelized bananas

I never knew how much I loved pancakes until I headed off to college. No kitchen=no pancakes. So sad, I know. Whenever I’m home, I am sure to eat pancakes at some point. Heck, last time I was home, I ate pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t judge. They were delicious.

So I love pancakes. I also love leftover grains. I will cook some quinoa, wheat berries, brown rice, millet, whatever and then have some leftover. Last night, I made dinner and was sure to cook extra millet.

I love pancakes + leftover millet=Millet Pancakes. Sounds good to me.

Single Serving Pumpkin Millet Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas 

Pancake Ingredients:

  • 1/2c cooked millet (can sub any cooked grain you have)
  • 1/4c canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3c milk of choice
  • 1Tbsp protein powder (I used vanilla whey)
  • 1Tbsp psyllium husks (can sub ground flax seeds)
  • 1tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Optional: sweetener (if you aren’t making the caramelized bananas or like your pancakes sweeter, add stevia, agave, maple syrup, or any sweetener of choice)
  1. Mix all the ingredients up.
  2. Cook like a pancake!

    Easy peasy 🙂

Caramelized Bananas:

  • 1/2Tbsp coconut spread (can sub vegan butter, coconut oil, or regular butter)
  • 1Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 banana (one with brown spots works best)
  • 1/2tsp pumpkin pie spice
  1. Slice the banana and then set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the coconut spread. Move it around the pan so it melts and covers the surface.
  3. Add the brown sugar and using a spoon, mix into the coconut spread. It will become a caramel color and smell good.
  4. Once the brown sugar and coconut spread are combined, add the banana.
  5. Continue to stir until the caramel coats the banana.
  6. Add the pumpkin pie spice and stir some more.
  7. Continue to stir until the you can smell banana and everything is mixed together.
Topping:
  • Pumpkin seeds
  1. Stack the pancakes.
  2. Top with the caramelized bananas.
  3. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds on top.
  4. Enjoy 🙂
They weren’t good or anything 😉
I have more millet so you bet I will be making these again! And by again, I mean tomorrow.

better late than never

First thing’s first. Who has seen The Hunger Games? As my single photo post showed yesterday, I have! Midnight premiere babyy. Go big or go home. If you have seen it, what are your thoughts?? I really liked it. Of course, nothing compares to the book but I was very happy with how everything and everybody was portrayed.

Okay now onto WIA(F). I didn’t post WIAW this week so it’s What I Ate Friday. Just roll with it.

Lunch
Since I was up late last night (I didn’t go to bed till 3:30am!), I woke up at noon. That means no breakfast for this breakfast-loving girl. But a good lunch with friends makes up for it! I met up with a few high school buddies at Shwack Beach Grill. I got the veggie burger with no cheese, arugula, or shwack sauce and then I topped it with mustard.

Then I got some frozen yogurt afterwards. Vanilla and coffee flavors to be exact 🙂

Snack 1
Strawberries and a Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Chobani

Snack 2
Unpictured Mary’s Gone Crackers and peanut butter.

Afterwards, I got my sweat on with my favorite Insanity workout, Max Interval Circuit. Very insane indeed 😉

I had some plans for dinner but I didn’t have all the ingredients so I took a bike ride to the supermarket. I got my beach cruiser last year for my birthday and I have been in love with it ever since.

It’s got a basket and a bell! All decked out.

So I put on my high socks and rode down the street for the goods.

my socks aren't dirty. they're just permanently stained from basketball. lovely, i know

my socks aren't dirty. they're just permanently stained from basketball. lovely, i know

Dinner
I told my mom to sit back and relax because I took the reigns for dinner. I’ve had my eye on Oh She Glow’s Cozy Millet Bowl with Mushroom and Kale for awhile, so that’s exactly what I made. I served it alongside steamed brussels sprouts.

My mom and I really liked it! Definitely a go back 😀

Dessert
Dessert hasn’t happened yet but I’m thinking strawberries and granola. Sounds good to me 🙂

If you’ve seen The Hunger Games, what are your thoughts??
Have you tried any good recipes lately?