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Homemade Granola & A Soy Debate

I haven’t posted in a couple days, I’ve been busy :/

Yesterday I had a chance to make some homemade granola due to an overripe banana that I felt I just COULDN’T waste:

I first combined:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • pinch sea salt
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 overripe mashed bananer

and then combined in a separate bowl:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Then I combined both together until well mixed.

As usual, I forget to preheat the oven so I had to weight a few minutes while it got to 375 degrees.

Then I layed out the mixture on a foil covered pan and baked for 40 – 50 minutes, carefully mixing the mixture every 10 minutes so that it was evenly baked.

Yum, yum, yum!!

Breakfast this morning was overnight oats:

This concoction featured a new product, Vanilla Hemp Milk, that I was sent coupons for from Living Harvest

The hemp milk has a great flavor, much better than Almond Milk.  I used to be a complete soy girl– soy yogurt, soy milk, soy chai lattes, boca burgers, soy protein bars…. you name it, I ate it.  The low fat high protein soy sources were a great addition to my diet as a vegetarian/pseudo-vegan and until recently I ate no dairy.  Recent research on soy that I’ve read has caused to me eliminate processed soy from my diet and reintroduce dairy.  Although there are conflicting arguments on whether or not it is good or bad, I choose to eliminate processed soy from my diet and keep fermented soy in.  

Here’s an article on fermented vs unfermented soy.

Here’s an article titled “The Truth About Unfermented Soy & It’s Harmful Effects”

Do you eat soy?  What soy products do you eat?  What’s your position on this issue?

I think my wisdom teeth are infected :/  On the lower right molars in the back of my gums I’ve had pain for a few days and a nasty taste in my mouth from it, I think it’s an infection (pericoronitis?) but can’t get into the dentist until Tuesday.  Any thoughts on what I should do??

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I Hate Mondays

I think the title of this post captures my mood right now 😉

I had overnight oats & coffee for breakfast and opted to not bore you with MORE overnight oats pictures, but if you’re interested in seeing some click here and here.

I found this little baby on youtube:

Who knew you could make oatmeal in a coffee pot when you’re in a crunch at a hotel?  I might have to try this when I go on vacation next week!  The herbal tea addition also sounds like it would be delicious in the oatmeal.  Have you ever tried this before?  Was it as good as it sounds?

I roasted pumpkin seeds this weekend!

I took:

  • 2 cups raw pepitas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

& roasted them at 200 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.

I also used these GU gels on my run yesterday in preparation for my half marathon next Sunday:

I technically only used the Espresso Love but brought the Mint Chocolate to taste as well.

The verdict?  Well Espresso Love was great, had an awesome taste, the caffeine really PERKED me up, and left no awful taste or upset tummy.  Mint Chocolate tasted fine as well and although it has no caffeine, I assume since it has the same ingredients as Espresso Love that it works the same.

I also picked up some of these babies at TJ:

I’ve only had dates in Larabar form so I am very excited to try them, stay posted for a date tasting later this week!

& because I have class until 3 and don’t have time for a proper lunch in between, I snack on larabars and fruit in between classes

Questions:

I’m also interested in trying out some almond butter, are there any recommendations for brands and/or styles?  Raw or roasted?  Salted or unsalted?  I’m lost!

What’s your favorite bar to snack on when you don’t have time for a full lunch? Larabars all the way for me! 

How do you cope with the dreaded Mondays? A strong cup of black coffee (or two) for me 🙂

 Also, check out a chobani giveaway here

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TGIF B-Fast & Pancake Roll-Ups

Today has been a good day so far!

I’m planning on participating in an archaeological field school in Peru this summer and I got a letter from the Anthro department at my school that I was awarded a $500 research scholarship! I am incredibly happy about it- field schools are expensive and this will be tremendously helpful with funding.

Also, I went to a really cool lecture today about Underwater Archaeology in Ghana. I decided last minute to go and I’m very glad that I did. While underwater archaeology is something that I would NOT want to pursue (it involves scuba diving and I would not be comfortable doing field work under water!) it was very interesting to learn about because I really knew nothing about it before the lecture. The archaeologist that came to speak, Dr. Kira Kaufmann, is involved in historic archaeology and the time of European colonization in Africa, which is also something I’m not too familiar with. Most of the archaeology classes I’ve taken have stopped at the historic period and only cover prehistory.

I fueled this day of classes & lecture with overnight oats for breakfast!
A little different than my usual, they contained

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup Oikos
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp flax

Twas DELISH!

I eat a lot of fruit a day and rarely post pictures of it.. So here’s a couple oranges that I had with breakfast 🙂

Katie is having a Pancake Roll-Up Contest and I was thinking long and hard about what kind of pancakes I wanted to make…..

After hours and hours a while of thinking, I finally decided what to make for a late lunch/early dinner.

Egg White Pancakes Roll Ups with a Portabello-Spinach-Onion-Garlic filling 🙂

For the filling, (I don’t measure out vegetables when I’m cooking them, so I’ll just list the ingredients I used):

  • a hell of a lot of spinach, washed
  • copious amounts of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped (the tears were flowing!)
  • 1 clove of garlic, smooshed and mashed
  • lots of curry
  • lots of paprika

I first sauteed the mushrooms, onion, and garlic in EVOO and then added spinach, curry, and paprika.

Then once the filling was well on it’s way, I measured out 1 cup of egg whites, took 2 small pans with EVOO and put 1/2 cup of egg whites in each pan.

I flipped the eggs over when they were finished on one side & then prepared them in roll-up fashion 🙂

Okay so they’re not technically pancakes, but they’re pancake-like and delicious so who cares?  right?!

Whenever I think of different ways of making eggs (sunny side up, scrambled, poached, over easy, over medium, over hard….etc) I always think of The Runaway Bride and how Julia Robert’s character, Maggie, always said her favorite eggs were the same as whoever she was dating/engaged with and eventually, with Richard Gere’s character’s help I’m sure, figures out how she really likes her eggs:

 “I love Eggs Benedict, I hate every other kind. I hate big weddings with everybody staring. I’d like to get married on a weekday while everybody’s at work. And when I ride off into the sunset, I want my own horse. “

How do you like your eggs? I like them over hard or hard-boiled 🙂

 

By the way, the one truth about me in my “4 lies & 1 truth” post last night was unfortunately #3…  it eventually happens to every runner sooner or later 🙂

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Vegan Pumpkin-Banana-Oat-Flax Muffins

That’s a mouthful, eh?

Well regardless, these VEGAN muffins I just made from scratch are DELICIOUS!

  1. Take the following dry ingredients and mix ’em in a bowl
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

2.  Mix in these wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 whole banana mashed
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

3.  Then after that’s been mixed well, add in:

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and mix well

4.  This makes about 10 muffins.  Bake for 20 minutes & enjoy 🙂

Be sure to check back tonight for several product reviews and a showcase of my highly prized **running gear**
In the meantime, check out my new running page, featuring training plans, articles about running, races I’ve ran/am training for..etc!

Pumpkin is my favorite ingredient to literally put in EVERYTHING!  What’s yours?????????????????????

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Sneak Peak of Breakfast Tomorrow:

No, I’m not eating an entire Banana Cream Pie… but I’m eating it in overnight oatmeal form!

Since discovering overnight oats from Kath’s blog, my breakfasts have been revolutionized!!

I will be taking pictures of it in the morning but if you’re an insomniac like me and thinking of breakfast tomorrow, here’s my concoction:

  • 5.3 ounces plain Oikos (the sole container of Greek Yogurt in my fridge, so sad)
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons ground flax (I mix one tablespoon in with the mixture and then put the second tablespoon on top of everything before I put it in the fridge to create a yummy “crust-like” top)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 banana in thick chunks

First I mashed 1/2 a banana and mixed some cinnamon in and added it to the Greek Yogurt, then I added the rest of the ingredients, chopped a whole banana (yes I used 1 & 1/2 bananas) thickly, mixed it into the concoction, and put the tablespoon of flax evenly over the top to create a crust.  I may or may not have added an additional tablespoon. 

I may or may not have taken a couple bites.  (D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!) 

This has about 400 – 500 calories and should tide me over until mid to late morning for my busy day full of classes tomorrow.

I WILL be posting pictures of it tomorrow morning, too 🙂

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My favorite time of the day!

What’s that you ask?  Breakfast, of course!

Today I decided that 3/4 cup of Fage Greek Yogurt, 3/4 cup of Nature’s Path Flax Seed Granola, and 1 Banana sliced thin would be the perfect breakfast.  (With a cup of coffee to pair it with!)

Isn’t my coffee mug just the cutest?!?!
Here are some close-ups of it:

 

Yogurt & Granola combos are my favorite quick go-to breakfast, what’s your favorite quick go-to breakfast??

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Early Sunday Morn’

I woke up quite early this morning, 7 am, and couldn’t get back to sleep.  So, instead, I decided to brew a pot of coffee and make breakfast!  (I’m always hungry for breakfast!)

My first choice was to make oatmeal but since my bananas were still green, something with eggs seemed to be more fitting.

I decided to make a Sauteed Spinach Scramble.

First, I sauteed spinach (spinach is so low calorie that I don’t ever measure it, I just put a tablespoon of EVOO and pile as much spinach as I can on top)

I saute the spinach until it is wilted down and then proceed to add 1 cup of Southwestern Egg Beaters (the type of eggs depends on what I have in the fridge, I prefer the carton of egg whites but ordinary eggs or egg beaters works, too)

I also toasted a hearty piece of TJ Whole Wheat Naan, which is my absolute favorite.  Great flavor, texture, and goes well with everything!

After plating the eggs, and topping them off with some paprika, the end result looked like this:

& a closer look:

Bon appetit!

250 calorie Naan, 100 calorie eggs, 100 calorie spinach = 450 breakfast!

Well, I’m off to do some studying, here is a glimpse of what I’ll be reading today:

“The Cities of the Ancient Andes” for my South American Archaeology course!

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