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WIAW #30 – Orange You Glad it’s Fall?

Happy October, peeps!

Actually…I guess “ghouls” would be more appropriate for this month, now that I think about it, since peeps are Eastery.

Meh…no bigs.

It’s pretty early by me, and I’ve been up since five with the peanut, so Imma get right to it. Here are my eats from yesterday…and you’ll notice there is lots of orange and fall-y goodness. Twas a good day!

Thanks, as always, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting this What I Ate Wednesday link up!!!

Breakfast: For breakfast I had my usual giant mug of English Breakfast Tea and a “Banana-Oat Energy Bar” which, yes, sounds like just about every other oaty bake or muffin I’ve made in the past, but this was actually a recipe from The Runners World cookbook. It was quite delightful. Emma photobombed.
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Snack: My first orange treat of the day – I mixed a big ol’ spoon of pumpkin into some vanilla greek yogurt and topped it with with cinnamon, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. This is probably going to be my new go-to morning snack. So easy and sooooooo delicious…and fally. Nom.
pumpkin yogurt
Lunch: On Monday I made and enjoyed a mushroom, baby kale, and swiss fritatta. I ate half Monday and ate the other half for lunch yesterday all wrapped up in a warm whole wheat tortilla with half of an orange bell pepper and spicy chipotle hummus on the side. Yum and a half. I’ve also been grilling up chicken for the hubbys lunch during the week and I maaaay have snagged a bite of it while I was slicing it up and putting it away. I couldn’t resist, it was all pesto-y and delicious.
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Snack: So as a former Starbucks barista, I can admit that the Pumpkin Spice Latte and I have a complicated relationship. Delicious? Of course!!! But it’s also fiiilllllled with sugar and a bunch of other crap not even remotely reminiscent of actual pumpkin (I’m sure we’ve all seen the infographic by now). My homemade pumpkin spice latte gives me the same warm happy feeling without making me feel guilty OR like I’ve just consumed a month’s worth of sugar. I simple brew a pumpkin spice k cup (I love me some Green Mountain Coffee) and I warm up some almond milk (or regular skim milk…depends on my mood) for about 30 second in the microwave and I whisk whisk whisk it until it’s frothy and delightful. Pour in coffee. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy.
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I also snacked on an apple drizzled with some melted pb and sprinkled with cinnamon. I sprinkle cinnamon on everything throughout the year…but ESPECIALLY in the fall.I nommed this apple while watching the season 10 premier of Bones on Hulu since I missed out….any other Bones fans out there??? Did you catch the premier?? Well…my heart is broken and I hate everything…thanks season 10 premier…thanks for that. Meeeh…
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Dinner: For dinner I made one of my cozy cold weather favorites. Mini Turkey Veggie Meatloaves…with mashed potatoes and peas…because meatloaf is always best served with mashed potatoes and peas. (Tell me this when I was a kid and I would have lost my mind….ARE THEY TOUCHING ON THE PLATE?! Yes, Lil’ Jen, and one day you’ll love it…I’d tell myself.) I’ll share my recipe for these lil’ loaves later
this week!

mini loaves
Dessert: Easy peasy one here, just two squares of Wegmans dark chocolate with almonds while the fam sat down together and watched a few episodes of Once Upon a Time. Emma wanted some chocolate, but I told her she’s gotta wait till she’s older. Mammas gotta lay down the hammer sometimes…amiright?
Emms and chocolate

What’s your favorite orange treat?
Did you ever have a time in your life where NOTHING on your plate could be touching?
Favorite fall TV show??

Real Food Recipe Roundup # 4 – Apple Flax Muffins

Good morning, all!!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!! Happy First Day of Spring!!!

Does anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend??

We’re finally painting the nurseryyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Eeeeeee!!!!!!!

Seriously, this pregnancy is going by so fast. Today I am officially in my third trimester!! WTF?!  (I’ll be posting a bUmPdate tomorrow for anyone interested.)  Little miss Emma is going to be here before I know it and I genuinely cannot put into words how excited I am to meet my little yogi! 😀 😀 😀

Today I’m pleased to share with you a super delicious muffin recipe I came up with this week that tastes just like the fall…right in time for spring!! Ha. Oh well. It was so rainy and chilly at the beginning of the week that I felt like the warm spices would do me some good…and I was right…because these muffins rock. They’re dense and chewy from the oats with a tiny bit of sweetness from the apples and brown sugar. You’ll notice that there is no butter or oil or added fat at all in these muffins either! That’s because flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids (which, as a momma-to-be, are essential to my diet!)! I promise these muffins are still perfectly moist without any additional fat. I guess, technically, these are more like little baked oatmeals than muffins but tomato-tomatoe. I’ve also included some alternative ingredients to keep these both gluten free and vegan if you so desire. Please note, though, that the nutrition facts I’ve included at the bottom are for the recipe as it is written below.

Apple Flax Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    (you can use oat or almond flour to keep this recipe g-free)
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 large apples, grated
    (skin and all)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
    (I added these strictly to add some more protein to these muffins. If you’re vegan go ahead and leave these out and these muffins will still turn out great!)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
    (optional, but I love walnuts in my apple muffins!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, flax meal, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, spices, and walnuts (if using). Whisk well to combine and set aside.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together the grated apple, almond milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg whites (if using).

Add the apple mixture  to the oat mixture and stir until just combined.

Scoop mixture into a muffin tin prepared with a bit of nonstick spray.

Bake muffins at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Let cool ten minutes before removing to a cooling rack and serving!

Nutrition (calculated on myfitnesspal.com) Per Muffin:
Calories: 156
Total Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 20 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Sugars: 8 grams

apple flax muffins

These muffins freeze really well, too! Just pop it in the microwave to thaw and heat through and you’ve got breakfast in no time!! I’ve been serving mine up this week with some cinnamon cream cheese wedges from the laughing cow. I’m obsessed. They’re 35 calories of delicious, cheesy, noms!!!

Also, you may be wondering why on earth I’d photograph my breakfast on a Pampered Chef catalog? Silly me. That’s because I’ve started my own Pampered Chef business!!! I was a consultant a few years back and I loooved it, but I had a hard time keeping in touch with my recruiter who was based out of Baltimore. Not convenient. I just kind of decided on a whim that now is as good of a time as any to start throwing parties for people and earning them free and discounted products…because come on now…who doesn’t love free stuff?! Especially free KITCHEN stuff. OOoooooo man I’m just too excited. I know that I’ve already picked out at least a dozen products that I can’t wait to earn for myself…and I’m looking forward to helping other folks do the same!! (My mother-in-law is dying for the executive cookware set!) If you’re in Central PA and you’d be interested in hosting a show – please feel free to contact me!!! If you’re not in Central PA and you’d like to host a catalog show – go ahead and contact me, too!!

Last, but certainly not least,  don’t forget to grab a badge and link up with your favorite real food recipe, today!!

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The Last WIAW of Winter!!

stitch say hi!
Hehehehe. Gosh I just love, Stitch! He’s my fave! He reminds me of my husband and my dog if they were combined into a single being…take that however you want it. Ha!

Anywho, I’m so happy it’s finally Wednesday!!! It’s been a pretty productive week for me so far, which is probably why this is my first post of the week!! Oops!! I had a loooovely weekend in New Jersey, a doctor’s appointment on Monday. (I took my glucose test and they took some of my blood and I DID NOT pass out. That’s two times in a row now where I’ve gotten my blood taken without passing out. I may very well be an adult just yet.), and had a pretty solid workout on Tuesday night. In fact, I’ll discuss that a bit more in a few because this week I’m sharing my TUESDAY eats!

Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the link up party!! Here’s to the last What I Ate Wednesday of Winter (because it’s officially Spring tomorrow no matter what the weather man says)!!! HUZZAH!!!

Breakfast: Breakfast for me yesterday was the same Berry Ginger Chia Smoothie I linked to a few weeks ago. It’s so effing delicious I didn’t care how cold it was outside. I enjoyed it with a big old mug of decaf green tea!
smoothie to go

Snack: My first snack of the day was an Apple Walnut Flax Muffin (recipe tomorrow!!) and I had it around ten. It’s soooo perfectly moist and nutty and cinnamony! I was hungry again around 11, so I nommed on an apple, served on my belly which seems to be getting bigger every day! I will be 28 weeks pregnant tomorrow and that is so crazy!!! I’ve even started to notice my belly wiggling around like jello when the little munchkin in there does her kung-fu! It makes me giggle. Every single time. Even if it’s inappropriate. Like in a meeting at work. Oops! If I don’t make eye contact hopefully no one will notice my giant goofy smile!
apple flax muffin
apple

Lunch: For lunch yesterday I heated 3oz of shredded chicken in the microwave until it was nice and warm and then I mixed it up with about 1/3 of an avocado and a squeeze of lime juice. I smushed it all in a toasted whole wheat pita with some thin sliced red onion and crisp romaine lettuce. I’m usually all about spinach, but I really wanted the texture of the lettuce in this! Ya gotta change things up a little here and there, right? Right!
avocado chicken pita

Snack: So thanks in large part to some fabulous strawberries I had over the weekend (that Susan so kindly provided me) – they are all I want to eat lately. I pretty much invented the best snack ever yesterday with some strawberries I had. I spread them with a cinnamon cream cheese laughing cow cheese wedge, and then rolled them in crushed pistachios. Sweet. Creamy. Salty. Perfect. Seriously. It’s going to be an issue if and when I run out of these ingredients.
the ingredientsperfection

More Snacks: Well my tummy started rumbling agaiiiin around 4, so I had some roasted garlic hummus with about 8 baby carrots and 3 triscuits. I brought more with me, but after munching on all of that I decided that my belly was happy and I tucked the rest away for another day.
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Dinner: I had a pretty decent workout last night, focusing primarily on my biceps and back…but I threw in some random chest presses. Oh well. I also did a 20 minute walking interval on the treadmill. Sigh. I am really looking forward to being able to run again this summer! I wanted to make sure I got my protein on when I got home, but also didn’t feel like making a big elaborate dinner. Lately, when I’m doing my meal planning, I always have an “empty” weeknight slot where I just make eggs and toast. Last night was that night. Johnny gets 2 whole eggs plus 2 egg whites, 2 slices of american cheese, and 2 slices of whole wheat toast with some smart balance with omerga 3s. I made myself an omlette with 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites whipped up with some skim milk with red onion, portobello mushroom, spinach, and 2% mozzarella cheese. I had it with 2 slices of smart balancy toast, too. It was exactly what I needed!!
spinach, portobello, and mozzarella egg white omlette

Dessert: Of course my life isn’t complete without dessert these days!I’m really hoping to break this habit once baby is born and I’m less hungry all the time. Of all the desserts I could have though, I don’t feel bad about this one…particularly because sometimes I eat it for breakfast!! It’s just 1/2 cup of plain nonfat greek yogurt with 1 (okay 1 HEAPING) tablespoon of peanut butter with some chocolate chips on top!! I love everything about it!! And obviously I’m feeding my muscles with more protein…and my baby with chocolate chips. Nom!!
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So dudes..what’s the BEST thing you ate this week so far? I’m still reveling in my snack invention glory.

What’s your favorite omelet filling?

I Am A Snack Machine – WIAW #14

Hello, friends. I have a confession to make today. My name is Jen, I am 25 years old, and I am a snack machine.

I can’t help it. This silly baby is growing inside me at a rapid rate annnnnnnnnd all she wants me to do is nom nom nom on everything I see!!

Oh well, at least it’s finally Wednesday!! Huge thanks, as always, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for making midweek more bearable with her fabulous link-up party!! Don’t forget, tomorrow I will be hosting my very first link up, too!! I shared the deets in last week’s WIAW post, so please check them out! Now it’s time for my What I Ate Wednesday Monday noms!!

Breakfast: Breakfast Monday was a serving of my Scallion & Red Pepper Frittata with a super toasty half of a Wegmans brand whole wheat english muffin with 1 tbsp of smart balance and decaf tea. Scrumptious!

frittataSnack: My first (of many) snacks on Monday was an ounce of pepper jack cheese on 6 triscuits and a clementine. Gosh I effing love cheese. We bought a food scale over the weekend to help with our portion control and apparently, I already portion control like a boss!! My first attempt at slicing an ounce of cheese was PERFECT! Woot! (It’s the little things in life, right?)

cheese and crackersLunch: I’m really trying to do what I can to get my veggies on this week. This weekend was certainly not the healthiest (such is my life lately) so I’m trying to make sure that during the week I’m a good girl and eat some salad. So I did! It was spring mix with orange and yellow bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers with a tiny bit of balsamic and olive oil. I also had two of my Turkey Meatloaf Muffins that I prepped over the weekend! They’re super moist and delicious – though they probably would have been a little better if I added some salt when I made them. Oh wells! Next time, Jen!

meatloaf muffinsSnacks, Snacks, Snacks: Boy do I snack a lot lately. Not gargantuan amounts of food, clearly, but in the afternoon I feel like I’m almost always munching on something. First,  I had 4 of these little banana protein bites I made! They are essentially the same thing as my banana oat protein bars, only I ground the oats into oat flour and didn’t use any baking mix and added 1 tsp baking soda instead. And I made them in a mini muffin tin so they are perfectly snackable. These little guys are sooooo delicious and addicting and have 3g protein each!! Johnny loves them, too, which makes me sooooo happy!! Maybe an hour later I had an apple. I was so hungry I almost forgot to snap a picture, which is why there are a few bites taken out of it. OOPSIES!! Then about 30 minutes later I had a handful of raisins, and another 30 minutes or so later I had some carrots and roasted garlic hummus! SNACK MACHINE!

protein muffins

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Dinner: I’m doing quite well sticking to my meal plan so far this week! Monday night we had a pretty late dinner, actually, because Johnny and I had to attend out Baby Pre-Hospital-Admission class right after work. In addition to filling out a bunch of paperwork now (so we don’t have to do it when I’m in labor) we got to learn about car seat safety and shaken baby syndrome. Not gonna lie… was noooot expecting that. It was a little heavy for me. But ya know, I took no shame crying about it in a room filled with other pregnant women! Even Johnny was like “Welp – I guess we’re never letting anyone else watch our baby…ever.” Heh. We’re also taking a Child Birth Prep Class in March, a Breastfeeding Class in April, and a Baby Boot Camp Class! I’m really looking forward to learning more. But ya know…that has nothing to do with my dinner…which is why we’re here after all, yes? Dinner was Minestrone Soup (based on the recipe in the link – minus the ravioli) with the other half of that english muffin from the morning rubbed with some garlic with some melty mozzarella on top. In lieu of dessert, but needing something sweet like the crazy preggo I am,  I opted for a peach mango sparkling juice to go with my dinner. By the time I ate, cleaned up, and got our lunches together for Tuesday it was 9:30 annnnnd I was sleepy. So I put on some pjs, snuggled with Q and my book (reading Allegiant right now) and fell asleep by 10!

minestroneSigh. I’m so irritated by the lighting in our kitchen. I’ve been meaning to construct a light box to improve my photos at home. Granted, I take my WIAW pictures on my camera phone for ease and the ones I take with my camera come out much nicer. But the perfectionist in me is always super annoyed when I see how nice all of my daytime pictures come out and how my dinner ones always look like butt. #FoodBloggerProblems.

What are some of your most obnoxious #FoodBloggerProblems?!

Are you reading anything good right now? I would LOVE a few recommendations! 

Do you food prep and meal plan? Send me a link to some of your ideas!!

Don’t forget my Real Food Recipe Roundup starts tomorrow!! I hope you’ll join me!!!

 

My Brilliant Idea & What I Ate Wednesday #14

Hey Ya’ll! Happy Wednesday!!

Are all of you East Coasters hunkering down for the next storm we’re supposed to be getting tonight?? Maybe I’ll actually have a snow day tomorrow??? I won’t hold my breath, but a gal can dream, can’t she??

Anywho, I had a brilliant idea this week and I’ve decided to share it with all of my favorite What I Ate Wednesday Bloggers.

For a while now, I’ve looked forward to Wednesdays more than any other day of the work week because of the What I Ate Wednesday link up!! Jenn at Peas and Crayons is awesome for having started such a simple thing and having acquired so many participants. I love spending my time going through blogs, drooling over delicious looking food, finding inspiration in others, and interacting with the WIAW community.

Although I love sharing what I eat in a day, my primary focus when I started Twenty-Something & Starving was not just to share my eats, but to share recipes!! I still do, of course, as often as I can anyway. Sometimes, though, convenience outweighs creativity. For the last month or two I’ve found myself stuck in a sort-of-but-not-quite-rut using the same few recipes in rotation every week.  After a long day at work and a super sweaty workout I really just want to come home and put food in my belly as soon as I can. My staples, as of late anyway, include things like Chicken and Black Bean Fajita Burritos, Sesame Chicken Stir Fry, Tilapia Tacos, and Tortilla Pizzas. Johnny and I both enjoy them, they are quick to throw together (always important for me) and they are nice, healthy post-workout meals.

So where’s the brilliant idea?? I’ve decided that I am going to start my own link-up party! One where other healthy living bloggers can share recipes for some of their favorite things using real foods. I shall call it  – Real Food Recipe Roundup with Twenty-Something & Starving!! It’ll be a Thursday thing, so as to not take away from What I Ate Wednesday, which I love so very much. It also gives anyone who chooses to particpate until  Thursday to have their recipe together. I know personally I’ll make something on the weekend and be lucky to have it ready to go for Thursday.

Now, I know there are loads of different ideas as to what constitutes “real food” out there.  What do I mean when I say “real Food?” The way I see it is that real food isn’t complicated. As a woman who, more or less, considers herself a healthy living blogger, I think everything is about balance. I cook with loads of veggies and lean protein, but I also cook with butter and cheese. What I’m looking for in this Real Food Recipe Roundup are real foods made with real ingredients. Other than that, the sky is the limit!! For round one of this round up – which will be next Thursday – let’s start with a recipe in your repertoire that you make again and again and it never fails you! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert doesn’t matter!! Let’s all just share our recipes!

Now, FINALLY, let’s get to What I Ate Wednesday Monday!

Breakfast: I’m sure you’re shocked by my banana/chocolate chip/oat combo. If it ain’t broke, right?? Anywho, this is actually a new recipe I tried out and it’s quite simple. It’s 2 super ripe bananas (mashed), 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I used Vanilla Almond Designer Whey), 1/3 cup of whole wheat baking mix, 1 cup of lite vanilla soy milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Mix it all up and bake it at 350 for 35 minutes or until it’s set. Let it cool for 15 or 20 minutes before you slice it into 8 portions. Each portion (according to the calculations on MyFitnessPal) is 206 calories, 33g carbs, 4g fat, 11g protein, 4g fiber, and 8 g sugar. I was actually surprised this was under 300 calories, but I’m totally cool with it, because that leaves more room for the calories in the peanut butter I smear all over the top of it.  I enjoyed this with a mug of decaf earl gray. Noms!

proteinoatsSnacks: Monday’s AM snacks were simple. I had a gala apple and some triscuits with a french onion laughing cow cheese. The triscut picture is recycled because I’m lazy and reallly just wanted to munch.

applesnack2Lunch: Since Sunday wasn’t the healthiest day (though it was quite delicious) I made sure to get my veggies in for lunch Monday. I had a nice big spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, and black olives with a wee bit of italian dressing. I also has a leftover turkey burger with some 2% american cheese on a toasted whole wheat english muffin. Beige food is so unphotogeneic. Oh wells, it was so tasty either way. I load my turkey burgers with garlic, garlic, and more garlic. It’s impossible for them to taste bad OR take a good photo.

salad turkey burger

Snacks: Afternoon snackage included a spoonful of Mighty Maple…which I need to replenish my stock of very shortly as I am scraping the jar. Annnnd about 1/2 cup of chocolate cheerios with some skim milk…which I proceeded to drink when I finished the cheerios because calcium and who doesn’t love chocolate milk?! And later I had some carrots with chipotle hummus…which I will also need to resupply with soon. *sigh*  I feel like my appetite is really starting to kick into high gear these last few days what with this whole baby growing inside me thing. I also has two hershey kisses when I got home, which are unpictured…because I was preparing apple crisp for our dinner later on.

 

pb cheerios carrots and hummusDinner: For dinner on Monday we finally got the chance to check out the brand new home of our friends Ashley and Jared. Their house is perfect and adorable and I love it!!  Ashley made a suuuuper yummy white pasta fagioli soup, which I’d never had before and LOVED!! Really any soup you can top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes is a winner in my book, but this was so tasty. And as it is still FREEZING outside soup for dinner always makes me happy! We also had salad with some avocado and mushrooms and apparently (this totally blew my mind) there is a mix available for purchase to make your own Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits. Well… we had some of those, too. And they were amazing. And I ate two of them. Because I love them.  We brought Quincy with us to play with Oliver and they were running around like little crazy men while we ate. They are too cute for words!

Ashley's soup and salad

the babiesDessert: Since I threw dessert together in 20 minutes before we left to head to their place I decided on my Honey Walnut Apple Crisp. I pretty much followed my recipe exactly except I had to use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil and I added a wee bit of brown sugar to the mix just for fun. Johnny and Jared are really cut from the same cloth, as they were more excited for the Ready Whip that went on top than the were the crisp I think. Silly Boys.

apple crisp

So there you have it!! I hope you’ll choose to partake in my Real Food Recipe Roundup next week!! Do you have any fun plans for Valentines Day this year?? Do you even like Valentines Day?? Johnny and I are just staying home, snuggling up with some movies, and making a “fancy meal”. I’m pretty sure shrimp scampi for dinner and crepes for dessert are what’s on the menu, but who knows!! Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!