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Chocolate for Breakfast, Please & Thank You

Well hello there!!

What’s it been? 7 months? Yikes!

The hiatus was definitely necessary. Not because I DON’T enjoy blogging.
But because I DO enjoy being a Mom!!
Time has gone by so, insanely fast it’s hard for me to believe!

mom and em

At 10 months old, my sweet little Emma Bear has finally almost fallen into a routine!

HUZZAH!

This means a few things:

  1. With naps a part of the every day I have more me time – for things like exercise and blogging;
  2. Without being latched onto me 24/7, I am finally starting to have the time to experiment with new recipes instead of just making the same old all the time;
  3. Sleeping through the night may not be a thing yet, but we’re getting close! A well rested Mom and Baby are a much happier pair!

There are soooooo many different directions I feel like I could take this post. I could talk about the attempted face-lift I’m giving the blog. (It’s still a work in progress – so please forgive the ever changing layouts as of late. I’ll find something I like soon, I’m sure. You’ll also notice a name change! Twenty-Something & Starving has become Mommy Runs for Food! I’ll explain that later, too!) I could discuss with you adventures in breastfeeding and un-planned bed-sharing. I could talk about my latest workout routine, PiYo, and my conversion to being a team beachbody believer. But for today, I think I will stick with the classic quick and easy recipe!

In a perfect world I would eat chocolate every single day without consequence. (The same goes for peanut butter – but I’ll save that for another day.) There may have even been a time not too long ago when I did, in fact, eat chocolate every day. Ooopsies! Now that I’m really back on board the health train, I limit my chocolate intake to a few days a week and mostly have it in the form of protein, Shakeology, and dark chocolate on occasion. So having chocolate for breakfast is kind of my jam!

Now that it’s finally not freezing outside, overnight oats are a staple breakfast for me. At night, once I put Em down to bed, I usually have some decaf tea and get my hubby’s lunch together for the following day. While my water is coming to a boil, it’s soooo easy to just throw some ingredients into a jar and have breakfast ready and waiting for me in the morning. I’ve been experimenting with a few different recipes for overnight oats – but these ones may be my new favorite. Packed with protein and tons of chocolate flavor for a sweet addict like me – waking up has never tasted so good so fast.

Toasted Almond Chocolate Overnight Oats

In a mason jar or container with a lid, mix the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats (I used steel cut, but rolled would be great, too!)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Set in the refrigerator and breakfast is waiting for you in the morning!

Serve topped with 1/2 of a sliced banana, a few chocolate chips, and some toasted slivered almonds!

 

toasted almond chocolate overnight oats

 

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.
naner  bake

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.
wrap
chicken
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.
pspice
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…
apples

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??

WIAW #25 – Asian Foods and Chocolate Balls

Hump Day?Lolz. I hope you’re all having a nice week so far! I can’t complain about mine, really, but obviously I’m looking forward to the weekend! We’re hanging out with Ashley and Jared (and their new fire pit…with s’mores) on Friday night and Ashley and I are taking a barre class on Saturday and hitting up the farmers market and I can’t wait!!! As for the rest of the weekend, I like to think I’ll be spending an equal portion of it relaxing and simultaneously being productive. Hopefully we’ll get the last little bit of the nursery together so that I can start to decorate and get everything in order.

Eeeeeeeee.

I can’t believe how fast this is all going!! I’m 34 weeks pregnant tomorrow!! I really need to post a bUmPdate sometime soon, too. Perhaps this weekend!! Lol.

Anywho, time for the food party hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week let’s take a look at my Monday eats!!

Breakfast: Breakfast on Monday was my go-to bowl of banana chocolate chip oats with some flax topped with peanut butter. It’s really what I look forward to most on the mornings that I have it lol. I also had some *gasp* caffeinated English Breakfast tea because I was all out of decaf. (FYI – Twinings English Breakfast Tea contains approximately 40 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz cup. According to my doctor and every other thing I’ve read about caffeine consumption during pregnancy – 120 mg/day is considered perfectly safe…so I’m good, man.)
oats

Snack: Snack time on Monday was a hard boiled egg and a string cheese. I didn’t snap a picture of the string cheese, but I’m sure you all know what it looks like. Either way, noms!
egg

Lunch: Lunch was leftover Chinese food!! Leftovers are totally the best part of Chinese food, right? We tried out a new place on Sunday night that just opened by us that actually delivers!! That’s pretty amazing for central PA. I’m still sad our favorite place closed down, but I actually really enjoyed this new one! My personal go-to pretty much anytime I get Chinese (and I’m not with people who like to share) is Chicken and Broccoli with White Rice. I like to add just a litttttttle drizzle of soy sauce to my white rice, too. Johnny was a little sad this place doesn’t have Boneless BBQ Spare Ribs on their menu, but he settled for Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice. He liked the chicken, but the fried rice didn’t win him over. No fried rice will if it doesn’t have egg in it! Either way, I was pleased to have enough left for lunch on Monday. Next time we order from them I need to try their Wonton Soup – that’s the true test of a good Chinese Restaurant!
chicken and broccoli

Snack: My afternoon snack was 1/2 cup of plain, nonfat greek yogurt with about 1 teaspoon of honey in the mix, 1/4 cup of frozen mixed berries, and about 1 tablespoon each of walnuts and chia seeds. Gotta get my omega-3s on for Miss Emma’s lil baby brain development… annnnnnd because they’re delicious. Two birds, amiright?
berries and yogurt

Dinner: Well we got take out on Sunday because I reallllly didn’t feel like going to get groceries, so we HAD to get them on Monday night. We opted for a quick Wegmans dinner so I snagged an Avocado Summer Roll and a Spicy Shrimp Summer Roll. They’re probably two of my favorite things Wegmans has to offer in general food wise. Their sushi bar is soooooo fabulous and I love that I have so many options that aren’t raw (for now…muhuhaha). There was SO MUCH avocado in the avocado one it was perfect!! I also felt like I had eaten a lot of beige throughout the day, and I wanted to get my veggies on.
avocado and shrimp summer rolls

Dessert: I finally decided that Monday was the night I would make my own homemade chocolate chip peanut butter larabars/date balls/energy bites/whatever you wanna call em. I took 12 medjool dates, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of water, and a handful of mini chocolate chips and whizzed them all together in the food processor. It made about a dozen little balls. I rolled the little balls in some more crushed peanuts just for funsies, too. I wound up munching on two of these. I also wound up taking the tablespoon I measure the peanut butter with and I accidentally dropped it into a jar of nutella…so I had to eat it…obviously. I also did not take a photo of the glass of orange juice I had later on in the evening whilst watching Couples Retreat…which I effing love and watch every time it’s on!!
chocolate pb date ball

So folks…
What’s your go-to for Chinese take out??

What is your favorite weekday breakfast??
Have you ever made date balls? What’s your favorite combination?

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

I’m not sure if you’ve gathered this about me by now, but I’m not really much of a baker. I can safely say this is the truth for a few reasons.

First and foremost, I’ve always been more of the “creative” type in the kitchen and I always have a very hard time following recipes. It’s not that I’m incapable of doing so. It’s just that baking is so exact that, personally, I can never get that excited about it.

What’s so exciting about following directions??

Nothing, I say!

That’s what I’ve always loved so much about cooking. Sure, there are techniques that I may need to know or ratios that are important but, ultimately, every time I whip something up in the kitchen the best part, for me, is that I don’t need to think about measuring or having things precisely a specific way and I know that whatever I make will still turn out delicious!

Another thing about baking is that the result of baking is so rarely healthy that I can’t  justify even bothering to bake something. Sure, there are some baked goods that I adore. I love a buttery croissant or cheese danish, I swoon over carrot cake, and I have a hard time saying no to brownies (especially if there are nuts in them!). Luckily, though, it’s always pretty easy for me to refuse a slice of chocolate cake, apple pie, or a big deli blueberry muffin.  As someone who typically advocates eating healthy, when I DO bake it’s usually something  like my banana oat muffin/bars or something similar, where there is no white flour or butter to be found!

For Easter this year, though, when I decided to make breakfast for the family I knew that I wanted to have something sweet to accompany the quiche I was making and although fruit is delicious (and was had in abundance) I decided to give baking  something a whirl.  Another pastry that I enjoy and my husband in particular loves is coffee cake. Nothing too crazy about it. Not some fancy, fruity, glazed nonsense.  Just a lovely cinnamon swirl coffee cake.

I found a fairly basic recipe for a standard classic coffee cake and spruced it up to make it my own (because I just can’t help myself). The batter is spiked with lemon zest and cinnamon and uses white whole wheat flour to get some fiber in your diet! I also used plain, nonfat greek yogurt to replace the traditional sour cream used in most coffee cake recipes and this recipe turned out perfectly moist and tender.  The cinnamon swirl contains oats and walnuts to bulk it out because I wanted as much swirl as possible without adding anymore sugar to the recipe.  The resulting coffee cake was delightful, especially paired with a steaming hot cup of English Breakfast Tea with milk and honey (or ya know…coffee…if you’re like most people.) I hope you enjoy this recipe!

coffee cake

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

For the Coffee Cake
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt

For the Cinnamon Swirl
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×9 inch baking dish with some nonstick spray and set aside.

To make he cinnamon swirl: combine the sugars, oats, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small dish. Add the vanilla and the softened butter and, using your hands, smush everything together until the butter is distributed and the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer if that what you’ve got) cream together the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes on medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and mix until just combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture with your mixer on low speed. Add 1/2 of the yogurt and combine. Add the remaining flour and combine, followed by the yogurt.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the cinnamon swirl mixture. Top with the remaining batter, making sure you spread it out to cover the swirl, and top with remaining cinnamon mixture.

Bake the coffeecake for 45-55 minuets, or until a toothpick (or heck, I always just use a knife) inserted in the center of the coffeecake comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving…preferably to people you love…because you’re not going to want to share this coffeecake with just anyone.

 

Do you have a favorite breakfast pastry??  

Do you prefer coffee or tea??

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WIAW #20 – Monday Noms & My Thoughts on Fiber

Greetings, pals and gals!! Hey, I got 23 cents – anybody wanna chip in for a dog-sled delight?! (I don’t know where all my money goes! A dime here – 15 cents there…)

Oh snap – who can name the movie that’s from?! I’ll give you a cookie! Well, probably not a cookie actually, what with the internet not being the best provider of pastries. But a nice shout-out for being awesome – that I can do!

Anywho, happy Wednesday to all. It’s the first What I Ate Wednesday of Spring!! Huzzah!!

We got a taste of some spring weather over the weekend and it was faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous!!! Of course, it’s about 25 degrees outside today and we got some more snow, but the weekend was perfect. *sigh* I really hope it warms up soon.

At least next weekend I’ll be in South Carolina!! I can’t wait for the mini vaca!! We’re staying with Johnny’s Grandparents and I can’t wait to see them!!  Though, I’m a bit terrified at the thought of how many times I’m going to need to stop to pee on the way. Today, I peed 5 times in less than 3 hours after I woke up. Sure, that may be TMI for a blog post that’s going to talk about everything I ate on Wednesday Monday but I decided to share it with you so I can’t take it back now. And you’ve got to admit…that’s ridiculous!!

On that note…let’s get to the food…shall we?! (Hey Jenn – Thanks for hosting!!)

Breakfast: So I tried changing things up a little bit on Monday and instead of my typical peanut butter covered banana oat cookie/muffin/squishy-delishness I just microwaved myself a bowl of “standard” style oatmeal. Ya know. The creamy kind. In the mix is 1/2 cup of oats, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of flax meal, 3/4 of a mashed banana, 1 cup of almond milk, and some cinnamon. I microwaved it at work for 5 minutes, stirring it up every minute or so. I couldn’t not add chocolate chips to it. It was tasty. Not as good as my peanut butter covered banana oat/cookie/muffin/squishy thing. But good. I also had some decaf green tea with it.
oatmeal and green tea

Snacks: Boy was Monday a snacky day. It all started with some strawberries. Delicious, juicy strawberries that I can’t seem to stop eating! I cut these ones up and enjoyed them with a fork instead of making a huge mess all over my desk as usual….
strawberries
About an hour later I was still hungry so I snagged an apple cinnamon rice cake that I smeared in almond butter (Warning: I know I say I have a new snack obsession every week. This one belongs to this week!)
rice cake and almond butter

Lunch: Recycled salad photo!! I said I need to start making this salad more the last time I had it. So I did. Like a boss. Except the one in THIS photo is muuuuuuuch prettier than mine was Monday…because I forgot to take a picture before I shook it all up and it turned to an egg yolky/avocadoy/mess of noms.
salad

Snacks: I told you I snacked a bunch today man. Here is a recycled photo of an apple…because I knew I had one and I was like…gosh I’m hungry I don’t want to take a picture I want to eat. So I did!
apple
Then I ate some pistachios…
pistachios
…and then some decaf green tea…
green tea
…and then some edamame…
edamame
….and then some carrots.
carrots

Holy munchies, Batman!! I realized at this point in time (thanks to my fitness pal) that I hadn’t even consumed 1,000 calories yet in the day!! Thattttt’s why I was starving! With baby on board I try to consume between 1500-1600 on an inactive day and that’s been working really well for me. I don’t track my food every day – but since I was feeling sooooo hungry I decided to check in and see what my numbers for the day were looking like. Lots of fiber, not enough protein.

For me, personally, I find that a diet higher in protein and healthy fats with a wee bit less fiber works to keep my satisfied for way longer than a diet higher in fiber. I was all about fiber until I started running and lifting. Fiber One bars were my jam. I can’t even tell you the last time I had one, now, which is a good thing… because all they do is give me gas and make my belly hurt. It turns out, if you get enough fiber in your diet from natural sources like fruits and vegetables and whole grains your body is NOT happy when it gets extras from additives like chicory root fiber (which, beeteedubs to all my preggos out there, is not recognized as safe during pregnancy but is in LOADS of products. read your labels!) WHODA THUNK?!  Boy, the human body is such a fascinating thing. *STEPS DOWN FROM SOAP BOX*

Dinner: By the time I got home I was soooooooo excited for dinner…for so many reasons!! I was starving…and I knew I was making CHEESE BURGERS!!! It had been a while and it was just on my list of things I realllllllly wanted. For my burgers I use 85% lean ground beef, oats, worcestershire sauce, and looooooads of garlic and black pepper. Topped with some american cheese, romaine, tomato, and onion on a toasty whole wheat bun. Oh goodness. It wassssss perfection (even cooked to well done #pregnancy). I also made some sweet potato “chips” on the side using my brand spankin’ new Simple Slicer from The Pampered Chef that came in my New Consultant Mini Kit!! Oh man, it’s soooooo easy to use (way easier than the Ultimate Mandolin – which it looks a lot like – but I’m telling you it’s a million times better!!), easy to clean (the blade locks into place so it’s nearly impossible to cut yourself or your sponge), and it made PERFECTLY sliced sweet potatoes. I love how it has three different thickness settings. I sliced my sweet potatoes on the second level and I thought they were just the right thickness!!  I just tossed them in olive oil, threw em’ on a sheet pan with some salt and garlic powder, and baked them at 450 for about 30 minutes…flipping them after 15. I sprinkled mine with (probably too much but I don’t care) Cajun seasoning when they were hot from the oven. I need to make these more often. 😀
cheeseburger and sweet potatoes
Dessert: Obviously, a burger and sweet potato chips weren’t enough (jkallday) buuuut I still indulged in some Wegmans brand chocolate frozen yogurt after. I restrained myself, though, and did NOT add a giant spoonful of peanut butter to it. *pats self on back* Johnny went out for a bit on Monday night, so it was just me and the pooch nomming some froyo and watching The Big Bang Theory. I then proceeded to try on a bunch of my “springtime” clothes to see how they fit with my giant baby belly. I may need to go shopping. *sigh*
fro yo

So what are your thoughts on a high fiber/high protein diet? Which works best for you and your body?

Do you have any mini vacations planned soon? What about regular sized vacations?

Are you familiar with The Pampered Chef? What’s your favorite product?!