Good Morning friends!
Baked Oatmeal with Nectarine
I have already accomplished so much today. Steamy, hot temperatures have forced me to wake up earlier to get in training runs. I completed 3 miles and headed to the gym to do a few weights (note: weights before running is always better). My upper body was so tired from only doing 4 moves so I left and headed home to make one of my newest favorite breakfast…baked oatmeal!
Baked Oatmeal Recipe-
Combine 1/2 cup of oats with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of almond milk (or milk of choice). Beat in 1 egg white. Add in a shake or two of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and salt. Add in a serving of fruit (today I used 1/2 a nectarine). Top with a sprinkling of brown sugar and spray with a little butter. Bake for 30-35 min at 350 degrees.
Pinterest- My new favorite way to waste the hours away
Lately I have discovered Pinterest. It’s an online tool that allows you to search, share and save your interest and pin them to categories or folders. Pinterest allows you to pin images from any website and place them into your categorized folders. Once I discovered the little “pinning” tool, I was amazed and began saving all kinds of things from home decoration ideas to recipes to my favorite Fall fashions. It’s insanely addictive, but oh so fun. I’m obsessed. I’m on a Pinterest spree this week!
Some of my favorite pins right now are…
A lovely fall scarf worn by Kate Moss.
Kitchen nook that I'd love to have someday...
Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups...sign me up!
In order to use Pinterest, you have to sign up and wait for a confirmation email. Then, you can create you own categories and start pinning!
I’m off to hang out with this little guy…
I am house sitting this week for a friend and this is Sir Robert Redford…her 2 year old King Charles Cavalier. Catch ya later!
Good Morning and Happy National Blueberry Pancake Day!
Because pancakes are one of my most favorite comfort foods, I felt obliged to celebrate this Friday morning.
Pancakes are some of the most delicious breakfast items and can be very unforgiving in terms of carbo-loading! Not to worry though, these pancakes are completely free of white flour, sugar and fat!
Heart Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes
1 cup of almond milk, skim or water
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup oat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
: the original recipe
called for heating the milk and doing all sorts of extra stuff, but I wasn’t feeling that was necessary. However, you can try it if you’d like!
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, heat pan or griddle to med heat. These pancakes took a little longer to cook than regular pancakes, just watch them closely and make sure the middle is cooked!
Check out these nutritional stats!
Serving size: 5 pancakes,Calories, 313, Carbs 48.8 g, protein 19.5g, Fat 4.5g, Fiber 6.3 g
I served my oat cakes with sugar free syrup! I was amazed at how full I was after eating these. SO good tasted like a warm bowl of oats!!
This morning has been great so far, I ran 3 miles and have been up since 6. I love waking up and feeling productive! Because I have been so proactive this morning, I am deciding to hand out a speech on why Americans should be eating breakfast on a daily basis.
Going without breakfast is like driving on an empty tank. It’s just senseless, people. Many do not realize that eating something light in the morning will actually further fat loss and help you maintain a healthy weight. Adults often feel sluggish and tired upon arriving at their workplace. Try feeding your body a little something to wake up! Oh, hey, parents, why don’t you also try feeding your children something other than processed cereal bars for breakfast?…maybe then they won’t act like lunatics at school (did I really say that?). Not trying to be pushy…it’s the future teacher in me talking.
Oatmeal is one of the best things you can start your day with. Low on the glycemic index and full of water soluble fiber, oats help you feel fuller longer. In my opinion, they are also wonderfully yummy and comforting.
If you have not tried stirring peanut butter into your oatmeal, I am sorry. Not to worry, today, you will now know the wonders of this addition. The oats become creamy and peanuty (my fave). They literally taste like a cookie. Please, get rid of the packet of stuff and feast your eyes on this tomorrow morning.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Boil 2 cups of water.
Add 1 cup of steel cut oats, such as Bob’s Red Mill
Cook for 10- 20 minutes, to the consistency you like
Remove for heat and stir in half of a mashed banana and 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
Add a little agave nectar or honey along with a pinch of cinnamon
I top my oats with a little vanilla soymilk and Uncle Sam’s Bran Flakes for a little crunch.
This morning I woke up and went to walk at Mountain Park with Mary, my best friend and future roommate!!! YES! We walked three miles, which was more than enough to build up an appetite for breakfast. We decided on good old IHOP and called our friend Lisa to meet us, whom I haven’t seen since leaving GCSU. It was fantastic to catch up over coffee and breakfast (for 3 hours). I love lazy mornings with a hearty breakfast! I hope that we can all get together again. I can’t think of a more perfect morning.
After picking up contacts in Snellville, and sitting in horrendous traffic on Hwy. 78, I headed on home to relax and prepare veggies for dinner! Roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes were present as well as these little babies….
Tadaaaa! Roasted tomatoes with garlic and basil!
While things were in the oven, I went outside to take pictures of lovely flowers in my mom’s garden.
And check out this little cutie pie…
Today was such a nice day. It’s the simple things in life!
Today I was up at 6 am and ready to hit the gym. After being crammed with finals and adjusting to my new work schedule, my body has been neglected. Bad, bad, bad. 😦 If I miss more than two days in between gym visits, I am most likely not going back for the week. I need discipline in my life!
So, I woke up early, grabbed a quick cup of coffee and was out the door! I hit the weights (only girl in the weight room with about 5 burly men, awkward!) and did a full body workout. After, I did some light cardio on the elliptical for about 30 minutes. And, by light, I mean I watched Good Morning America. Hey, did you know two of the Dixie Chicks have formed a NEW band called, the Court Yard Hounds
? I love the Dixie Chicks, so I am glad at least two of them are making a come back!
I stopped by Kroger to grab a few things and then headed home to shower and eat breakfast. Today, I decided to re-create a Starbucks Frappucino! A little protein powder, instant coffee (my new fave) and banana….and yippee! A creamy, chocolatey coffee blend. It was so yummy and almost decadent with a kick from the coffee!
Adding instant coffee or espresso to chocolate intensifies the flavor!
1 banana, sliced
2 tsp. cornstarch ( I like mine thick)
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 Nescafe Instant Coffee Single
2 scoops of chocolate whey protein
a little skim milk
Just blend and adjust to your faux-frapuccino needs!
I am off to write my final paper of the semester and watch the Doctors
I hope everyone has a beautiful day.