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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!!!

 

Coulda Been Worse – What I Ate Wednesday #12

Hey Dudes! I hope you’re all swell.  We made it to Wednesday!! (Thank, goodness!!)

I swear I’m already just having “one of those days.” You know the kind I’m talking about. I’ve been lovingly referring to them as “pregnancy days.” Where all I want to do is cry for no reason whatsoever and everything that comes out of everyones mouth sounds stupid and makes me want to punch them in he head. Doesn’t matter what they say. “Hey Jen, look at this puppy!” *punch* “Hey Jen, I  ended world hunger!” *punch* Moody McMooderson today. C’est la vie. At least it’s a little cathartic just to type it all out and share my crazy with all of you. 😀

Oh! And just in case you haven’t had the chance to check it out…we found out if Baby Yoder is a boy or a girl over the weekend!!!! CHECK OUT MY AWESOME POST ABOUT IT!!!

Anywho, on to the foods! Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting another week of the party.

PreGym Snack: So Johnny and I decided that this week we are going to give morning workouts a try. We’ve never really done it before, and we have no idea what our routine will be like post-baby, so we figured why not give it a whirl! I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying it more than I am, but he also doesn’t have hair to dry and makeup to put on in a locker room. We’ve been up by 5:35 and out the door by 5:50. I don’t want to get up earlier, but I think we may have to if we keep it up. This means we’re at the gym by 6:00 and I need to be in the locker room ready to shower by 6:45 so that I’m ready and raring to head to work by 7:20. I’d really like to be able to get in a full hour. *Sigh* Lots to figure out.  I’m really not super hungry when I get up in the morning, but I know I need to get something down. Yesterday I went with a piece of whole wheat toast with a schmear of smart balance and a schmear of strawberry jam. I poured myself that milk, didn’t drink it, then used it for tea for the rest of the day at work.

toastBreakfast:  Even though it was only 8 degrees out yesterday I still went with a cold breakfast. An icy cold banana (because it was sitting in our 8 degree car while we worked out) with some plain nonfat greek yogurt mixed with a tablespoon on peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey, and a dozen chocolate chips. Cold, but flippin delicious!

breakfastSnack: I definitely could tell that I worked out in the morning, as I was much hungrier than usual after that breakfast. Around 10 I nommed on a hard-boiled egg, some triscuit crackers, and a french onion laughing cow cheese wedge. (French onion are my favorite! Do you have a favorite laughing cow cheese?!)

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Lunch: I was thrilled it was finally time for lunch. I don’t often have Lean Cuisines anymore, but when I do, the Tortilla Crusted Fish is one of my favorites. It’s only 300 calories with 14 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat.  I actually cooked this up and steamed a cup of  some fresh spinach in the microwave at the same time. I mixed the rice with the steamed spinach for an extra dose of veggies and I topped the fish with some fresh avocado. I think that when you do have frozen entrees, serving them with a little something fresh in a bowl or on a plate (not the plastic tray it comes in) definitely makes for a much more enjoyable eating experience. I munched on this for lunch while Johnny and I caught up on some Parks & Rec on Hulu+. I love how Chris and Anne are having a baby this season!! They’re so silly and perfect together!

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Snack: Me and my Luna Bars. Chocolate peppermint stick is just too delicious for me to stop myself. I could certainly have worse addictions! I also had a string cheese on my way out the door at work…but I figured you guys have seen enough string cheeses for a while…so I didn’t take a pic.

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Dinner: Dinner time was fun last night. I’d never made white chicken chili before and I decided it was time I give it a whirl! I sauteed a white onion and yellow bell pepper in just a wee bit of olive oil just until they were soft.  I added about half of a chopped up rotisserie chicken, 2 cans of white beans, 2 cans of green chilies, a can of hominy, and half a box of chicken stock. I seasoned it with 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of oregano. I also added the juice and zest of half of a lime. It was amusing, because of our AM workout Johnny was like “I don’t know what to do with my time!” so  he started helping me with dinner by stirring the pot while I added everything to it. Then he was like ” I don’t know how you do this every night…it’s so boring!” Oh, my love bug. What a nut! I also whipped up a quick batch of biscuits with some Bisquick Heart Smart Baking Mix. Just the baking mix and some skim milk whipped up together, dropped on a sheet pan, and baked for 7 minutes at 450. Done and done. Topped my chili with a wee bit of cheese, sliced avocado, and a squeeze more lime. It was delightful!!

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Dessert: It’s funny, I look at my day of food and I’m like “Good job, me. You worked out. You ate well. You’re a rock star.” And then I’m like…oh wait you’re pregnant…go ahead and have that cookie.  Heh – just one though! And some skim milk. Definitely could have been worse, right? 😉

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So, do you prefer AM or PM workouts? Why do you prefer them??
What’s your preferred frozen entree if you resort to them??
Are you watching Parks & Rec this season?
Do you ever have a day of eating well and then finish it up with something less healthy?

 

 

Winnning (Football AND Breakfast)

THE FALCONS WON!!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! Playoff game in the books! I have never in my life felt so excited about a football game as I did during today’s game.  In large part most of the pressure I felt was due to the fact that if they DIDN’T win my husband – well – I’m not sure how he would have reacted, but his sister did remove anything he could potentially throw and break from his vicinity during the second half. But also – ah – it was just great. Tony Gonzalez’s interview at the end of the game literally almost brought me to tears. I am SO effing excited – for the Falcons AND my husband. Ha.

Anyway – now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…how was YOUR weekend??? Do anything exciting?

Mine was pretty low key actually, which I can’t lie, is how I prefer things. I got to both of my Zumba classes which – literally – had me jumping for joy. It’s crazy how great shaking what my (also Zumba loving) momma gave me puts such a big smile on my face and energizes my entire weekend!

In the spirit or shaking it, last night I popped on some No Doubt radio on Pandora and shook things up again in my kitchen and I made some super tasty Spinach Lasagna Rolls inspired by Skinnytaste.

If you’ve never checked out Skinnytaste you totally should – fyi. It’s a great resource for healthy recipes that are usually pretty simple to whip up!

I love when I have enough time to cook something elaborate or, ya know, something that takes me more than 20 minutes to throw together like most weeknights! Weekends are always best for cooking, wouldn’t you agree?

Weekdays are always tricky – trying to balance time between work, the gym, and home. Weekday mornings in particular I find it almost impossible to “make” anything. Sure, I can toast up an english muffin with some pb&j or mix together some greek yogurt with fruit and nuts, but it’s a rarity to actually have time to prepare a warm and nutritious breakfast before I’m out the door. When I DO have an extra five minutes or so, though, I’ve recently found myself experimenting with mug recipes and this fantastic recipe is the result! It’s warm and nutritious and it feels like you’re having dessert for breakfast! In my experience, any morning I can start off with chocolate usually winds up okay. 🙂

According to the calculator on myfitnesspal.com this breakfast cookie will only set you back 218 calories, which is perfectly acceptable for your first meal of the day! It’ll also fill you up with 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein!

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

serves 1

  • 1 small, super ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons quick cooking oats
  • 1 splenda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 walnuts, chopped (I just crush them up in my hands for this recipe…saves time and cleaning a knife)
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate chips

In a microwave safe mug or bowl, mash up the banana with the milk and vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well until everything is combined, making sure to scrape the sides well as you go. Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes until set. Let stand for one minute to cool. Remove from mug or bowl and enjoy!! (You could enjoy it in the mug, too, if you’re not running out the door!)

Microwave Banana Oat Breakfast Cokie

Banana Nut Granola

Here is a quick, easy and rather healthy granola recipe I came up with this week. I used less oil than most granola recipes call for, which I think made it less chunky, but I’m willing to sacrifice a chunky granola if it means my tummy won’t get chunky from eating it! Feel free to alter this recipe to suit your tastes. I’m a banana nut lover so I thought the addition of banana chips and cinnamon to this granola made it top notch. In the fall I bet apple chips would be sensational! I’ve been mixing this in my yogurt all week! 🙂

Banana Nut Granola

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed nuts, chopped (almonds and walnuts are my fave!)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • A hefty sprinkling of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large (microwave safe ) measuring cup, combine the oil, honey and vanilla. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds or until warm and pourable.
Combine all but banana chips and raisins on a large sheet pan in one thin layer.
Pour the honey mixture evenly over ingredients. Mix well so that everything is thoroughly combined.
Bake for 10 minutes, remove from heat and stir, and bake for 10 minutes more.
Let granola cool completely before adding the banana chips and raisins. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy 🙂

    Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend at home with my family which, I must say, I do not get to do often enough and admittedly I had a jolly good time.
    (Happy Mom? :))

    I was also pleased because I was able to pick up a brand spankin’ new cookie sheet while out shopping at  The Christmas Tree Shop .

    So upon my return to school, cookie sheet in hand, I knew there was only one thing left for me to do – bake! I scoured my kitchen for inspiration. What kind of cookies should I make?

    *Zoom in on my basket of overripe bananas.*

    Banana cookies????

    WHY NOT?!

    Banana bread has always been one of my favorites, so why not make it in cookie form? I looked through my pantry to see what else I could add to this already interesting sounding cookie. Oats, chocolate chips, walnuts – I was beginning to get excited!

    I checked my handy little recipe book for my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe as a base, made some tweaks (as usual) to try and make it a little bit healthier, and Voila!

    Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    • 2 cups rolled oats
    • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 c white sugar
    • 1/2 c brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 overripe bananas
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup applesauce
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
    3. In a separate large bowl, mash the two bananas with a fork.
      Mix in the egg, oil, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Gently fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
    5. For large cookies – drop tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
      For small cookies – drop teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet
    6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the edges are browned.

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