‘Stuffed’ Once More

Happy Mothers day to all you fabulous mothers out there, including mine!! ¬†I didn’t get to spend the day with my momma today since she’s out of town, but we’ll celebrate when she gets back ūüôā . ¬†I plan on baking something fun and momma-ish. ¬†I have no idea what, but I’ll think of something sweet and delicious that just screams out momma.

Still on a ‘stuffed‘ roll since yesterday, I started my lovely day with a stuffed buckwheat bake.¬†¬†I ¬†followed Kath’s recipe, this time making sure to halve the ingredients for 1 serving, and took out the cocoa powder and maple syrup, and subbed unsweetened berry applesauce for the banana. ¬†Than I poured half of the batter into a ramekin, added 1.5 teaspoons of low fat cottage cheese, spread it out a little, and added a dollop of sunflower seed butter, then topped it with the remaining batter. ¬†I started with 1 min 30 seconds in the micro, but the batter was still gooey so I added 15 seconds, and than another 15 seconds for a total of 2 mins. ¬†The cottage cheese bubbled up and ran down the sides so I suggest putting a plate under the ramekin. ¬†But it made for an even more doughy bake than usual. ¬†Score! ūüėõ ¬† ¬†I know you’re probably thinking that may just be the oddest combo ever. ¬†But don’t knock it til you try it! ¬†Although I do have to admit I have some pretty different taste buds than many people…

I topped the bake off with strawberry banana soft serve (1/2 frozen banana, 2 frozen strawberries, and a tiny slash of almond milk processed in the vita mix).

Isn’t the pink just so suiting for mothers day? ¬†I felt like it was missing something though…

There! ¬†Some toasted coconut…Much better.

What a breakfast.  The contrast of the cold soft serve with the warm bake was just fantastic!  It was the perfect start to my glorious day.

It powered me through my paper and before I knew it, it was lunch time.  I was feeling sushi today and that is exactly what I had.  Some brown rice salmon avocado sushi from Whole Foods.  My fave.

Followed up with some of Barbara’s newest puffin cereal, peanut butter and chocolate, for dessert. ¬†YUM.

And you know what else made my day so glorious?? I finished and submitted my last paper and presentation of the semester. ¬†I’m officially¬†FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!! ¬†Well, for two weeks. ¬†But I’m going enjoy these two weeks like no other.

To celebrate finishing the semester I broke out the food processor and whipped up a batch of cashew butter (my current fave ūüôā ) ¬†and some chocolate chip cookie dough balls by the brilliant Angela of Oh She Glow’s.

These dough balls were perfect in my leftover strawberry soft serve which I had after my Pei Wei dinner.

Btw, did you know that you can get your protein steamed at Pei Wei? ¬†I use to hardly ever eat there before because their foods were so heavy on the sauces and everything was basically fried. ¬†They now offer the option to get your protein ‘stock velveted’ where they swap out the oil and cook it in a stock. ¬†I love spicy foods and always get the ‘Pei Wei spicy’ with shrimp and brown rice. ¬†I ask for my shrimp to be steamed and for the sauce to be on the side. ¬†It may seem like it would be tasteless, but it is the opposite. ¬†The shrimp is really sweet and I can dip it in the sauce if I feel like it. ¬†That way the rice and shrimp are not literally swimming in the sauce and you can save over 250 calories. ¬†Its a win win.

I’m off to enjoy my first night of post finals freedom! ¬†I sense a mini spoonful or two of cashew butter in my near future ūüėČ ¬†Toodles!


Just Can’t Live Without Ya

Due to some mis-reading of the buckwheat bake recipe yesterday, breakfast today was an exact repeat.  But no complaints here :).  In fact, todays breakfast bake turned out even better than yesterdays.  I had, by accident, made two servings of the buckwheat bake yesterday morning and with no one to share the second serving with I decided to just cover it with saran wrap and leave it in the refrigerator for today.  So todays breakfast came together in a matter of minutes.  I transferred the dough from my saran-wrap covered bowl to a greased ramekin and microwaved for 1 min 30 seconds.  The dough had actually firmed up quite a bit overnight, but it just made for an even more doughy texture that I so very much enjoyed this morning with a nice steaming hot cup of joe.

See?  Exactly the same as yesterday.  Even down to the strawberries.

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As I was taking a snack break earlier today and reading up on some blogs, I came across Averie’s post¬†and realized what a serious case of the munchies I’ve been having lately. ¬†I don’t know whats gotten into me, but I can’t stop snacking, especially after dinner. ¬†I think I need to work on my self control. ¬†Pronto. ¬†But it got me thinking about what I can’t seem to go a day without eating.

Last month it was smoothies and juices from my vita mix.  This month its been cereal and granola with strawberries and bananas.

I may or may not have run out of bowls and had to jam everything into a small bowl…

I had pretty much the exact same thing yesterday expect in a larger bowl.  (And I was either severely dehydrated and needed all sorts of drinks or I was sitting there doing some intense paper writing for wayy too long.)

I just can’t seem to get enough of this cereal and fruit goodness. ¬† But i realized the one thing I truly CANNOT live without is my beloved almond milk. ¬†I go through cartons like its going out of fashion bad. ¬†I used to drink unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, but I recently discovered unsweetened pure almond by Silk.

This stuff is off-the-chain-good. ¬†It’s creamier than almond breeze but somehow 5 calories less per serving. ¬†…Not that the 5 calories is what got me to make the switch. ¬†It was just the creamier and fuller texture (is that the right word? – it just seems odd to say texture when referencing milk) that got me hooked. ¬†So much that I gave up my beloved vanilla flavor that I oh so love.

You know what? ¬†A nice cold glass of almond milk sounds pretty good right now. ¬†I think that’ll be the perfect end to my evening. ¬†Especially now that I have one less essay to worry about. ¬†I finished my 12 page paper a couple hours ago! ¬†Just one more paper and one more exam to go!! ¬†Catch ya later oaties ūüôā


To Breakfast or To Work-Out

Afternoon Oaties!

So lately I’ve been seeing an increased number of articles about the benefits of working out before breakfast and as someone who usually works out after eating breakfast, I was intrigued. ¬†Apparently working out in the so called ‘fasted state’ coaxes the body to burn a greater percentage of fat for fuel during vigorous exercise, instead of relying primarily on carbohydrates (according to the NYtimes). ¬†I’ve been eating breakfast before working out for such a long time, I wanted to see the effects of no breakfast on my body when I worked out on an almost empty stomach. ¬†I say almost because this morning before I headed off to the gym I couldn’t help but grab a mini peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bite. ¬†What can I say…I’m just not used to no food before leaving the house. ¬†I wouldn’t say todays workout of particularly intense, but it was a good enough workout to say that I can still function just as well without breakfast. ¬†But I guess I should continue for a couple more days at least before I am so positive to say so.

So after my quick run + flexible strength class, I headed home for some breakfast. ¬†On todays menu…chocolate banana buckwheat bake (minus the maple syrup). ¬†FINALLY, I had the chance to try it! ¬†Thats one of the major perks to eating after a workout. ¬†I actually have time to make whatever breakfast I want. ¬†And that makes me one happy camper :).

Check that out ^. ¬†This is one breakfast totally worth waiting for. ¬†Not that I had to wait that long though, since it requires less than 2 minutes of cook microwave time. ¬†It actually takes longer to prep than it does to cook. ¬†It’s actually pretty amazing the result you can get with such a short prep+cook time. ¬†I enjoyed my bake topped with bananas and peanut butter drizzle (peanut flour mixed with water), with a side of strawberries for an extra pop of color.

I poured on more peanut drizzle halfway through.  Check out that waterfall and puddle of peanut butter oooooze.

The peanut butter drizzle was just calling out to me and I ended up just dunking the last couple bites into the bowl I had mixed the it in.  Gotta save the best for last ;).

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Remember the sugar free ketchup I found at Whole Foods that I was talking about yesterday? ¬†It’s by Westbrae Natural.

It’s not as sweet as the usual ketchup, but it’s still delicious. ¬†Check out the ingredients…

Only 5 calories per tbsp versus the usual 20. ¬†I love ketchup and can use it on pretty much anything so I prefer the unsweetened version. ¬†Anyways, if I wanted it sweeter I could make it sweeter myself by adding honey or agave. ¬†Easy peasy lemon squeezy. ¬†Or I could go all out and make my own homemade ketchup. ¬†I don’t see that happening in the near future though. ¬†I just see lots of face time with Microsoft Word and lots of bluffing typing.

The day is still young, my friends. ¬†I’m hoping to get in a nice and easy bike ride later this afternoon as break from my new bff (aka my laptop). ¬†I realized I’ve been spending a lot more time with it than usual during this finals period. ¬†I even used it as my tray to carry my breakfast to the table this morning. ¬†After this week, we may need to spend a little time apart so I can actually see some other bffs :).

Make sure to do something active this afternoon. ¬†You’ll just feel so much better afterwards. ¬†I promise! ¬†And if its as gorgeous as it is out here in Texas today, do something outside, even if its just walking around the neighborhood. ¬†Have a great one oaties!