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

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