A Weekend Off-line

I don’t do it too often, but this weekend I decided to just unplug and take some time away from my laptop. Sometimes it’s nice to be internet free and just enjoy life without constantly going online and facing that computer screen.

I’ll admit I didn’t go 100% computer free. It was actually a lot harder than I thought! I ended up checking a couple emails and ordering some textbooks for my upcoming school semester. But it was still nice to spend so much time away from my computer, especially now that I’m in between semesters and theres no school to worry about.

Since I got most everything I needed to do finished earlier in the week, it was nice to just hang around with no plans, see friends, watch some tv, read, and just do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.

My weekend started off with a lovely bowl of pb and jelly. In smoothie form.

I just blended together some frozen blueberries and cherries (I froze some fresh ones the other day – those are the best!) with a cup of unsweetened almond milk, ice cubes, 1/2 T peanut flour and the outcome was this pretty purple smoothie. Topped it off with some blueberry muffin pieces and a light sprinkle of peanut flour.

I think by now, most of you know that I have a slight obsession with pb + jelly and will eat it in any way shape or form. From cookies to oatmeals to smoothies 🙂

It was one of those weekends this weekend. Where my stomach was a bottomless pit and just couldn’t be satiated no matter how hard I tried. I finally decided to just listen to my body, so this weekend was full of good eats 😛

Some foodie highlights this weekend:

Lots of grilling

Yummy baked goods

Many(!) handfuls of fun snacks

Even though I was technically ‘unplugged‘ over the weekend, it didn’t keep me from thinking about moving to a self-hosted site. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and I’m still fairly new to the blogging world and not all that tech savvy so any advice would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

Alright, the day is still young and I ‘ve still got a couple things I want to do today so I’ll catch you all later! Have a great Sunday 🙂

Do you ever take time away from your computer? 

What do you love to do on the weekends?

Any advice on self-hosting a blog?


Smoothie Magic and {Not So Much} Muffin Tops

I’m on a smoothie roll!

Lately I just can’t go a morning without them. This morning I probably had one of my favorite ones yet and all it took was that one magical 1/2 tablespoon of peanut flour.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Rainer Cherry Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • a couple frozen rainer cherries
  • 9 ice cubes
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder (I use true vitality)
  • 1/2 T peanut flour
  • 1/8 t xanthan gum

I’m also on a baking roll. (Successful bakes are a whole other topic ;))

Every once in a while I catch the baking bug and it comes down to how much time and motivation I have.

Time was on my side the other day and I was craving muffin tops so I got baking.

Remember that really flat looking thing I had yesterday morning?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need a muffin top pan.

That way my muffin tops can look like this…

rather than this…

It’s a sad looking thing, isn’t it?

I had a brilliant plan to use an ice cream scoop to scoop out little mounds so that they would miraculously bake into fluffy little muffin tops.

Couldn’t have been more wrong. As usual.

Apparently runny batter spreads when baked. I’m sure the whole world knew that. Yet I thought for some reason mine wouldn’t.

But’s its all good, because in the end all baked goods taste the same whether they’re flat, puffy, or in muffin form.

And these turned out pretty tasty.

{Not So Much} Chocolate Muffin Top

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oat bran (or 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour if you don’t like the crunch of oat bran)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup sucanat
  • 2.5 T chia seeds
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 2 T dark cocoa powder
  • 1.5 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
*Mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl.
*Pour wet into dry and stir to combine.
*Place bowl in refrigerator for 10 mins.
*Meanwhile, preheat oven to 35o degrees.
* After 10 mins, scoop mixture out with ice cream scoop into whatever pan floats your boat 🙂
*My muffin took about 17-20 mins to bake while my {flat} muffin top took 10 mins. 

These are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. They’re just as great eaten straight out of the fridge, which I’ve been doing. Literally.

I don’t know how many times I catch myself standing in front of the fridge eating who knows what with the door ajar. I guess it’s a win-win. I get extra AC plus my hunger is satiated 😉

What’s your favorite muffin flavor? If I HAD to choose, I’d say I love a good classic blueberry muffin.


Beating the Heat

I think today is our 38th consecutive day of triple degree weather and according to weather.com, it’s not ending anytime soon. At least not within the next 10 days…

So all I’ve been thinking about lately is how to beat the heat.

Lots of smoothies, iced teas and coffees, and water consumed lately. Gotta stay hydrated!

And now that I finally have ice (!), I tried a new [iced] roasted green tea.

Perfectly refreshing. You know what else is refreshing and a great way to beat the heat?

Popsicles!

And you know what’s better than popsicles?

Homemade popsicles.

Two days ago I received this gift for my birthday…

Obviously, I absolutely loved it! I mean, who doesn’t love popsicles?? 🙂

It required 24 hours in the freezer before use so I waited patiently all throughout yesterday and was more than ready to make some pops today.

Today I just pour in my flavor and fillings of choice…

And bam! In under 10 mins I got these tasty pops.

Apparently this pop maker works best with natural liquids and fillers which is perfect since I like to keep things less sweet and more natural. I chose to make mine with orange juice, almond milk, chocolate almond milk, yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Since it was my first time making these pops I kept it pretty simple with some faux fudgesicles.

And faux orange creamsicles

The outside is just orange juice and the filling inside is plain yogurt mixed with a splash or two of almond milk.

This zoku pop maker has to be one of the easiest ways to make a quick, refreshing, and healthy treat!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to finish off this creamy chocolaty pop before the heat gets to it first.

What’s your favorite popsicle flavor?

What flavor popsicle would you create?



August Brings the Heat

I can’t believe July is already over…Happy first day of August!

I was up bright dark and early this morning at the unearthly hour of 4:30am. I spent almost an hour reading magazines and watching infomercials/trying to fall back asleep until finally I gave up on going back to sleep and switched over to a news station.

The weather happened to be on and apparently we’ve had 30 straight days of 100+ degree weather and today our heat advisory has officially been lifted and changed to an excessive heat warning. oy vey.

Doesn’t this look like fun? I’ll be spending most of my time indoors this week anyways since I’ll be studying for my finals, but I feel terrible for all those high school kids who start football and marching band practice this week.

With this August heat wave coming in, I kept this morning breakfast on the cooler side.

I would’ve liked to have a similar breakfast to yesterdays, but I didn’t really feel like turing the stove on.

A play off pb & jelly oats – Oats cooked with strawberries, then topped with blueberries, raspberries, and a drizzle of sunbutter mixed with almond milk.

Todays breakfast – Pre-workout

Nature Path’s Heritage flakes and lots of sweet blueberries

I usually don’t eat much before a workout, but since I was up way too early, my stomach was growling and I knew I had to feed it.

Breakfast part 2 – Post-workout

Double Chocolate Milktwice the chocolate, but none of all the added sugar in normal chocolate milk:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • ~ 1 T dark cocoa powder
All blended together for about 20 seconds.

Since I had some loose ends to tie up when I returned home after my workout, I didn’t exactly get in a full post breakfast, but the chocolate milk pretty much tied me over til lunch.

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So what’s the best way to cool off in this heat (other than an ice cold smoothie)?

Iced tea

quick fact: since I took my ice maker out of the freezer to clean, it took two full trays of ice cubes to make this cup of iced tea.

Ice makers > Ice cube trays

I’ve always been more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, just a few occasional cups every now and then, but during my time in Hong Kong I seem to have picked up quite the tea habit.

Since tea is such a popular drink in Asia and consumed with almost every meal (having been part of the british empire, afternoon tea is very popular in HK), I’ve just developed a stronger liking to it.

One of my absolute favorites is Hong Kong style milk tea. It’s basically just black or ceylon tea mixed with evaporated milk.

You can pretty much order it anywhere in HK, anytime of the day.

Although i do prefer drinking it hot, it’s just as good cold.

My second favorite tea is roasted tea, whether it be roasted brown rice tea, roasted green tea, or roasted barley tea. I just enjoyed that roasted taste in general.

This particular bag of roasted tea is my favorite. It’s a mix of matcha green tea with roasted brown rice.

But if nothing else is available, I always enjoy a nice cup of green tea.

Preferably iced though, and sometimes mixed with a tiny spoonful of manuka honey (i promise thats some good stuff – both health and taste-wise!).

I’ll most likely be drinking all sorts of variations of these over the next couple weeks. Guess I better get that ice maker goin!

Do you like tea? What’s you favorite kind?

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

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On another note, I just realized yesterday that some of my photos in my previous posts have gone missing. It may have been because I went through my media library and deleted photos thinking that once I had uploaded them into the post they no longer needed to remain in the media folder. Boy was I wrong. It’ll probably take me a while to re-load and replace them all, but eventually I’ll have all the photos back up!

Also, not that they already aren’t, but my posts may be a bit sparse this week as I’ve taken procrastination to the next level and fallen way behind on my studies. Gotta catch up and ace those finals 😉



What I’ve Been Up To

Yesterday I went to Shenzhen, China for the day and didn’t get home until late and was too tired to write up a post.

I actually haven’t been spending much time at home partly because the space is just so small and also because once I’m out it’s just easier to stay out the rest of the day since I’m walking and it’s not always convenient to just go all the way home.

Heres what I’ve been up to lately:

Figuring out how to use an unfamiliar blender

Making almond milk ice cubes

Drinking chocolate protein shakes

Forgetting that I have no car and that everything I buy here has to be carried home

(Note to selfdo NOT buy huge bottles of water, drinks, shampoo/conditioner, and toilet paper all at once. It starts getsreally heavy halfway home.)

Finding out that one of my favorite soy drinks comes in multiple flavors

Coconut soy milk

Melon, red bean, chocolate, and dark chocolate soy milk

Eating TONS of food

I went to a buffet today and ate more than my fair share of food. I only managed to take a picture of my first and last two plates. Everything I ate in between I forgot to photograph because I was too busy eating…

dragon fruit, watermelon, pineapple, and cheese

tuna, salmon, abalone, and crab sashimi

spinach noodle soup

All the dessert looked too good to pass up so I decided to try it all(!).  I had little slivers of  strawberry mousse cheesecake, vanilla bread pudding, tiramisu, black sesame and banana mousse, pear tart, and gluten free almond and orange cake, plus some pineapple, watermelon, and dragon fruit.

Everything here is delicious, but I’m beginning to miss my usual eats. Particularly oats and waffles.

Drinking my weight in milk tea

Trying new workouts

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

After I saw how much Kalli liked Jillian Michael’s DVD’s I thought I’d give fitness DVD’s a go. I tried it for the first time two days ago and I’m loving it! I love how she keeps the heart rate up and gets through the workout quickly, but efficiently.

The New Rules of Lifting for Women

I’ve heard many good things about this book and I also really enjoyed reading all of Amanda’s thoughts on the book so I bought it before I came to Hong Kong and started reading it yesterday. I got through the majority of the book and started stage 1 of the workout plan this morning. Loving it 🙂

Tonight will be spent packing because I’m taking a mini trip to a beachy place. My next post will be from paradise – at least that’s what I hope it’ll be! I’ll let ya know 🙂

Have a fabulous Thursday!