Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quickest Post Ever (Not Really)

The other day I was reading through some old Live Laugh and Eat posts.... (I read through old blog posts like back issues of magazines!) and I saw a post where she travelled to C-Ville to celebrate a Kath's birthday on Kath Eats. In the post was a picture of Kath at her "blogging station" and Allie mentioned that she finds it really interesting to hear how other bloggers go about writing their posts... And how quick they are.

Ahem. I am not the quickest blogger in the world. In fact, I am probably one of the slowest bloggers you will ever meet. It's not that I can't find any topics to write about, it's just that I write them, but either due to not having downloaded the needed pictures yet, or what I will affectionately refer to as my ADBD (Attention Deficit Blogging Disorder).

This is the main reason why I have been uploading so few posts recently. I have A LOT written! Due to lack of pictures or my feeling that they are not "just right," I have not published them for the general public- AKA- you all.

And after rambling about random nonsense which a normal person probably wouldn't understand (but I hope some fellow bloggers do!) I will get to the real purpose of this post. Another WIAW.


Breakfast: Oats in a Jar
  • Banana Oatmeal Mixture in a Utopia Nut Butter Jar (made with edamame instead of nuts).
  • Topped with frozen raspberries, fresh strawberries, ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp homemade granola, ground cinnamon. And some unsweetened almond milk for good measure. 
  • Paired with a (tiny!) patty of lean ground turkey.

Boring in color, but so delicious

Lunch: Packed Salad

Salad made with ground turkey, lettuce and baby carrots. Side of 2 extra large strawberries and some homemade gluten-free bread topped with (more homemade) sunflower seed butter.

And my snack of edamame on the side!
That bread and sunflower seed butter satisfied my sandwich craving.
Snack: After School

Half serving of Roasted Edamame, lightly salted

Dinner: Microwave Turkey Meatloaf 

Basically I combined 6 oz leand ground turkey with 2 tbsp quick oats, 2 tbsp applesauce, 1 tbsp tomato puree and a whole lot of garlic/onion powder and pepper. Then I put it in a small rubber loaf pan and microwaved it at different temperatures until it was done!

Paired with tomato puree for dipping (This is half the recipe).

I also made some lowfat meatloaf for the rest of my family. Yum :)

For some reason I didn't get a "finished" pic... Strange!
Snack: More Oatmeal

Banana Oats with strawberries, cinnamon and 1 tsp of two different nut butters (sunflower and roasted almond).
My apologies for the grainy pic.

How long does it take you to write a post? From writing to clicking the "publish" button....

Have you visited Kath Eat's blog? It's awesome!

In your comment give me a link to your favorite recipe!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WIAW- I Promise...

Thanks my lovely readers for all of you warm wishes on my last WIAW (During My 18th Birthday Party)!

I think I should give up doing regular posts and turn this blog into a complete WIAW site, because that's all it seems I can post (insert frowny face here)!

This next week, I am making a vow to you that I will write two other non-WIAW posts.

What should I write about? I can think of a million things, but what do you want to read? Let's see... homemade pizza recipe, homemade nut butters, should I do a FAQ? (but to do that I would actually need questions.... hm..). Dilemas Dilemas!

Enough with the chit chat and confusing parentheses! Let's get down to WIAW, or What I have been eating recently.

Note: Due to recent comments on my past WIAW's, I feel the need to tell you that most of the time my WIAW's do not include everything that I eat in the day, and most of the time the pics are from separate days (because let's face it, I forget to take pictures!)


Breakfast: Oats in a Jar REVAMPED
At the beginning of the week I mix up this recipe, while a little complicated, is actually quick and perfect to add to my breakfast bowls.

In the mix:
1/3 cup oatmeal (combination of quick and rolled for texture)
1/2-1 cup water
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Almond milk
1 banana
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup egg beaters
baking powder (or salt for the normal people out there)

  • 1. Heat up a cup of water in the microwave until it is boiling. Add slowly to your 1/3 cups oats and chia seeds until reaching desired consistency. Microwave for another minute, then add almond milk to thin out and add creaminess.
  • 2. In a separate bowl mash your banana and combine thoroughly with the egg beaters and coconut flour.
  • 3. Add liquids (banana mixture) to (kind of) solids (oatmeal mixture) and stir. Spinkle salt or baking powder in for added flavor.
  • 4. Let set overnight or for a few hours until the oats, chia seeds and coconut flour thickens up. Use more almond milk to break it up.
  • 5. Keep this in the fridge and use 1/4 - 2/3 cup for morning oatmeal. You've got fiber, flavor and protein!

In my jar:
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter (sometimes I'll use an empty jar and replicate this by spreading nut butter on the sides)
  • Layer of frozen raspberries
  • Layer of 1/4 cup Oatmeal mixture
  • Layer of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup cereal (Special K Protein- Love this stuff!)
  • Cinnamon on top
Here is a better picture when I made OIAM (... in a mug). Equally good.

The background of this picture is the deck my Dad is building! Yay!

*I also had a piece of grilled chicken on the side because I wasn't in the mood for egg beaters or turkey.

And to keep me entertained while eating said oatmeal in the morning, I read the back of my brother's Kookie Cereal Box. And you can bet money that I did the maze and which-picture-is-different games!
Lunch: Sweet Potato Salad with Tuna (Veggie-Loaded!)

Sometimes I get bored with my plain 'ole sweet potato, tuna packet and pistachios, so this weekend I searched high and low across the blog world for a new idea for sprucing up my insane sweet potato addiction. And I found one!

In the bowl:
  • Garden Mix lettuce- Did you hear about the Dole recall? SUPER SCARY! Thankfully I didn't buy Dole this week but an off name brand.
  • Diced onions
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet pepper chunks
  • Tuna in sunflower seed oil (Yuk, I had to drain this ALOT! I really don't like oil based tuna...)
  • Half cooked, cubed sweet potato

I derived this idea from Sarah Fit. The combination of the sweet veggies and salty tuna was nice, and I'm glad I tried it because this salad was very refreshing and packed FULL of veggies. I'm not sure if I will make it again though, because I have to admit... I really like eating plain sweet potatoes the best, skin and all. (By the way! That other half of the potato? Totally ate it 30 seconds later like it was my job. Lol)
*Edited to add: I actually made this for my packed lunch today, with the sweet potato on the side. Totally awesome :D
Snack #1: Wheat Toast with Pecan Butter and Egg Beaters

This week I really tried to up my protein, so I started including a source of protein in all my meals and snacks (chicken, ground turkey, egg beaters and edamame are a few examples).

Dinner: Bunless Burger Stuffed with Veggies; Steamed Broccoli on Side

For this meal I took some lean ground beef and mixed it with diced up tomatoes, sweet peppers and onion. Then I grilled it on our George Foreman. On the side I had some raw broccoli stolen from my mother's stash as she was steaming it (I couldn't wait! Shh....)

The burger kind of got destroyed when I removed it from the grill, but it was still tasty and oh so juciy from the added veggies!

Snack #2:

Alright, you are probably all tired of hearing about my poor stomach! Actually though, it hasn't been bothering me recently and is not nearly as bloated. I think that this could be one of three things (or combination thereof):
  1. I have stopped taking my antibiotic that I had for my acne.
  2. I completely removed dairy from my diet. Whenever I ate whey protein powder or even carob chips (which has milk powder in them... UGHH) my stomach would become instantly bloated and bother me for days. Since I have removed dairy- Nothing!
  3. I have set down a time at night where I stop eating. Before I used to bake at all hours, even past midnight occasionally! Now I try not to eat after 8:00 or 8:30 so my stomach has an hour to rest before I go to bed. I think that this has really helped!
 As a result of #3 above, my snacks have gotten a wee bit smaller, but no less delcious. I am also eating more in the day now, to compensate for what I'm not eating at night.

Homemade Peanut Butter
Basically I took two cups of roasted, unsalted peanuts that we bought at Aldi's and whirled them around in our big food processor. This created a big ball of thick peanut butter, which I then added salt to. The salt helped it get a bit more creamy, but it was more of a no-bake cookie texture than nut butter! At this point in time I was freaking out (mainly because we were already of peanut butter and this was my last resort...) In a pure stroke of genius I pulled out our peanut oil and added a tbsp or two. Voila! Peanut Butter.
It's really light and color. No idea why?

Sugar-Free Sweet Potato and Apple Oatmeal Cookies
What a mouthful! I was craving some cookies last night, but didn't want all of the added sugar. After a previous failed attempts earlier this week, I finally remembered a saved recipe I had on myfitnesspal. With a few alterations I used up a sweet potato and some leftover applesauce all in on sitting!

Recipe makes 10 cookies, around 40 calories apiece.

  1. 1 Sweet Potato, mashed (approximately 75 grams)*
  2. 1/4 cup Unsweetened applesauce*
  3. 1/4 cup egg beaters*
  4. 2/3 cup oatmeal (combination of instant and rolled for texture)
  5. 1 tsp sodium-free baking powder
  6. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1 small apple, peeled and chopped (60 grams)*
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together your wet ingredients then add dry ingredients and combine.
  3. Add diced apples last.
  4. Use a tablespoon to measure out cookie dough. Place on nonstick or greased cookie sheet in mounds.
  5. Flatten with your fingers to spread out.
  6. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes depending on desired texture. Enjoy.
I had two for a snack topped with nut butter and cinnamon. On the one I used homemade almond butter and the other peanut butter. I actually liked both a lot, but the peanut butter probably wins out (like always!)

*Note: If you don't have sweet potatoes, applesauce or egg beaters, you can replace those ingredients with a total of 3/4 cup fruit puree. Banana or pumpkin, or all applesauce/sweet potato would be great! You can also replace the diced apple with about 1/3 cup fruit, dried, frozen, whatever you want. For added protein and fats, you could even mix in some nuts or edamame!

Tell me one thing that you eat everyday! I'm needing some good ideas... lol. This sweet potato habit has got to stop :)

What has been your favorite veggie so far in this month's WIAW?

Do you have a set time where you stop eating for the night? If so, why?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WIAW (During My 18th Birthday Party)

"Whhhaaatt? You're how old?"

Okay. So no one else actually said that to me. But I was totally saying it to MYSELF!

If you read my last WIAW (When I Gave Blood), then you'd know that April 1st was my 18th birthday. To some of you, I may still seem like a baby, a child, a *shudder* "teenager." And I guess in your own way you would be right.

On the other hand... I'm officially an adult. Soon I'll be heading off to college, getting a real job, making money (and with that paying bills... ugghhh) and also having the opportunity to travel and gain new experiences.

First experience: 18th Birthday Party!

Now, for starters, some of you (oh so few but faithful) readers will know that I gave up sugar for this year's lent challenge, and as such I knew a birthday cake would be a little hard to come by. Here is my first chocolate birthday cake before I gave up sugar. Since then I have experimented and made probably a dozen cake recipes. Most of them were adaptions of other blogger's recipes. For note, I experimented with Chocolate Covered Katie's Healthier Chocolate Cake, Live Laugh Eat's Carrot Cake, Healthy Indulgence's Healthy Chocolate Cake and Kat's Chocolate Date Cake (just to name a few more successful attempts). My main method was to replace the sugar with natural sugars like dates and to replace the oil with bananas, applesauce, nut butters, etc. I also used almond milk in place of any dairy ingredients.

So... I don't actually have any recipes to share for this particular subject, but I will say that CCK's Healthier Chocolate Cake (with substitutions) came out the best, and Healthy Indulgence's came out brownie-like. All are great recipes as-is; I just can't leave anything alone!

Never fear though! (I realize now that I use this phrase A LOT!) I did bake a cake to enjoy with friends and family. It was not sugar free or all that healthy, and I didn't have a bite, BUT I do know that it turned out fabulous. So I'll share some pictures anyways :D

Looks just like a regular cake (albeit with lime green frosting) right?

Well, you would be wrong!

This cake is beautiful INSIDE and OUT! Taste the rainbow :)

I kept on dancing around like a little girl asking, "Can we cut the cake now?" And when all of my friends asked WHY? I simply replied, " You'll see.... IT'S AWESOME!" (Yes, a little egotistical on my part, but... Isn't it awesome?)

Blowing out candles. Make a wish!

Awkward smile.

Can I cut it NOW?
Directions on how to make this cake can be found here. I personally used two box cake mixes and liquid food dye. Pillsbury whipped vanilla frosting.

And at least for me, all of my parties have to have a theme. This year's theme was Scooby Doo.

Last year, it was Phineas and Ferb. We still have some napkins left over:

And no, I didn't eat those starbursts.... Sugar :(

For supper we had pizza from Dominoes (my favorite!). I did have a few squares of the thin crust pizza, minus the cheese and toppings as dairy is still bothering my stomach. That crust was awesome.

As you can see, this is not a Dominoes pizza.
It is actually a homemade Chicken and BBQ pizza. Maybe I'll share the recipe with you?

Then we made a craft, another essential part of a birthday party.

There were about seven of us sitting around this small little table!

This was the hit of the night. We made paper beads from this tutorial that I found on Pinterest. Great, right?
My mom had us "pose" for this picture. Too cute!

As you can see, one of my friends wasn't into the craft and only made a ring.

Since my party I have constructed 3 bracelets (2 for myself, 1 for my aunt) and a necklace.

*Note: Each bead is 1/2 inch wide, so the average person at my party needed 14 or 15 beads. We also used clear stretchy cord to make the bracelets. One of my friends also made a ring from six or so beads (she wasn't as enthused with the craft as the rest of us!)

Overall the party went swell. We chatted for a long time while making the craft, then we got ready for bed and watched an episode of Supernatural on Netflix. I don't watch this show very often, but it is interesting. Plus, one of my guests is addicted!
The next morning my mom woke me up at about 7:15 am because one of my friends had to leave for a physical (another beauty of housing applications in college). We sat down and talked for a few minutes while she ate one of our complimentary muffins from Buehler's.

After she left my mom and I sat down together at the table and made some more beads/bracelets. Finally some of my friends started waking up (I fell asleep always... so I guess it makes since that I was one of the first to get up). They all got to pick their own ginormous muffin, as well as my brother, mom and dad.

As they ate, some of us started making more beads (those things are so much fun!). Slowly they began to leave in tapers. At about noon we dropped my last friend off and came home.

This is when I ate breakfast. To be honest, I didn't eat a muffin because it had tons of sugar. Last year it was kind of awkward when I made myself something separate, so I just waited. Not good, I know! But I was also too consumed in making beads to really notice or care.

Recycled pic, I know! But I eat this SOO.... often! Actually, this is what I ate five minutes ago too.

Thanks again Peas and Crayons!

So, that's all I have to share with you today! Next time maybe I'll post that delicious pizza recipe? I don't know...

Tons of random Q and A's:

Do you make your own cake or buy it from the store? This cake was last minute, so I used a box mix. Normally we make an ice cream cake or buy a special "theme" cake from the store.

Phineas and Ferb or Scooby Doo? Pick just one. SCOOBY DOO ALL THE WAY!

What is your favorite tv show? Have you ever watched Supernatural?

Have you ever refrained from eating in front of your friends afraid of what they might think?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WIAW (When I Gave Blood)

Okay, has anyone else read this post by Taralynn over at Undressed Skeleton? It's entitled: Is Too Much Fruit a Bad Thing? If you haven't, you should.

Just in case you aren't going to read it, I'll give you a quick summary. According to Dr. Bin Kin, not all of the sugar in fruit is natural... which totally blows my whole "fruit=natural sugar=healthy" thing out of the water! "Nowadays grocery stores offer fruit that has been played with through hybridization which makes the fruit grow sweeter, larger and higher in calories." Taralynn actually did an experiment where she bought an apple from the grocery store and compared its sweetness to one bought from Whole Foods.

Guess which one was sweeter? The one from the grocery store of course!

Now, what does this mean? Well to me it means that organic fruit is less sweet, but much more natural than your regular, "store-bought" fruit. However, the fruit from the store still contains natural sugars. It's not like they could add granulated sugar to a fruit.... right?

This isn't going to change my buying habits whatsoever, but it was still interesting to read and think about.

Last night though I did have a dream about apples.... There was a women up on the stage of daytime talk show (think Dr. Oz or The Doctors). She was holding up an apple and saying how many added ingredients there were in fruit. THEN she preceded to read off the ingredients lists for the APPLE: apple (duh!), ascorbic acid (used in applesauce to preserve color, so not totally random)... then comes the weird part: Salt and sugar. That's right! I had a dream that apples now contain added salts and sugar, and were therefore not healthy to eat.

I must haven't eaten something strange before bed....

Which brings me to today's WIAW eats, with as many vegetables as I can muster (aka- sweet potato, sweet potato, carrots, sweet potato).

 Buckwheat pancakes with peanut butter. Ground turkey patty for protein.

Bento Box: Spaghetti Squash and Ground Turkey. Carrots with Utopia Butter. Popcorn.

Low sodium Tuna Packet. Unsalted Pistachios. Microwave Sweet Potato.
I have this meal AT LEAST three times a week.


Chocolate Protein Cake (Recipe below picture)
Topping made from protein powder mixed with water. Peanut Butter.
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder (I used low sodium)
  • 2 tbsp egg beaters (30 grams)
  • Water to desired thickness
Directions: Microwave for 1 minute or until done. (Undercook for a molten cake)

Chocolate Snack Cake from Spoonful of Sugar Free (made with banana puree and NO WATER)
Broiled for crispiness and topped with peanut butter


 So, tomorrow I am having a birthday party, so look for a post on that in the near future (hopefully).

Also, my stomach problems have returned in full throttle, plus some (I have gained 8 lbs in one day from bloating, etc.... NOT FUN!!)

In matter of good news, last week I finished up 14 scholarship applications, which means that I will have more time to do the things I love: AKA- bake, read, blog.

I gave blood last week... or was it two weeks ago? I don't remember the exact date, but it was the first time not doing it through NHS at my high school, as a lot of Red Cross nurses are on strike! Most of my eats are from that day, as I've been holding onto these pictures for a looonnnggg while.

Look at me with my cool red bandage! Just so you know, I STILL have a bruise :)