Breakfast Cookies

Hey ya’ll! It is Sunday and I’m currently dying. This will probably be my last post until Wednesday because I need to focus on my paper on the biochemistry of type 2 diabetes. I need to really rock it out and study for my biochemical nutrition final/all my other finals. Senior problems, but really. I have the worst case of senioritis, which is not really beneficial at this moment in life. I just need to make it to Wednesday and I can be done with undergrad life forever! Since I’m on a break from working on my paper, I thought I would share a delicious recipe with ya’ll! Cookies for breakfast? Umm yes, you heard me right. This is a super low calorie recipe that provides a ton of functional aspects with the oatmeal, bananas, and cinnamon! You can actually eat these anytime during the day, but I call them breakfast cookies since the ingredients are typically what I eat for breakfast.

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Breakfast Cookies
2 extremely brown bananas
1 c of old fashioned oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
1-2 sprinkles of chocolate chips

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1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Take two bananas (make sure that they are brown or starting to brown because it is easier to mash super soft bananas) and mash them in a small mixing bowl until it has reached a smooth and creamy consistency.

3. Add in the oatmeal, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.

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4. Take a spoon and make a small dollop of mixture on a baking sheet. If you do a small-normal size, it will make around 12-15 cookies. My batch made 15 cookies with some being on the larger side, so it could potentially make up to 18 cookies if they are all small.

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5. Place in oven for 15 minutes and cook until brown. You may want to cook them a little longer if you want them crispier because when I cooked them for 15 minutes the bananas still provided a small amount of mush, but I like that. If you don’t, just cook for longer.

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This is such a healthy and nutritious snack to keep around your house or apartment. I placed two-three cookies in a snack size ziploc bag to carry around in my backpack to class. It is such a good idea to do since this recipe contains a lot of fiber, which helps keep your stomach full. The oatmeal provides a ton of functional benefits such as increasing appetite control hormones so you don’t get hungry right after eating, the beta-glucans in the oats improve immune system functions, they can potentially help decrease type 2 diabetes through lowering insulin resistance, and they help control blood pressure. Now you know why I always try to start my day with oats! If you consume more functional foods in your life, you will live a happier, healthier, and potentially longer life. Bananas have a ton of functional benefits too such as protection from cardiovascular disease due to potassium and fiber in bananas, protection from the development of ulcers, and promote kidney health. Finally cinnamon provides a ton of benefits. You definitely need to use more spices and herbs in your diet because they have tons of hidden functional properties. Cinnamon helps lower your cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar thus impacting diabetes, plays a role in cancer prevention, it is an anti-bacterial and an anti-clotter, it helps relieve joint pain from arthritis, and works with brain health. Wow, cinnamon you rock. Sorry to get all science nerd on ya’ll, but functional foods was one of my favorite nutrition classes. Plus I work for my functional foods professor now in her lab studying tomato and broccoli’s effects on prostate cancer cells. It is pretty awesome!

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Enjoy the cookies and have an awesome Sunday! I am going to go coach at volleyball practice right now. Then I have a ton of work to do after that. My never ending life.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Do you consume a lot of functional foods in your diet?

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A Late Night (WIAW)

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I have been all over the place, but school is crazy right now. I have two labs where I have to go in later in the week in order to check on bacteria growing. Maybe I just love bacteria cultures so much that I actually do this for fun instead of for class? No, just kidding. I’m not that nerdy. Anyways it is time for my favorite day of the week: What I Ate Wednesday. Shout out to Jenn for coming up with such an awesome idea!

Look at those bad boys. Pumpkin Belgium waffles. Yes, I definitely scored that morning before class. My amazing roommate has a waffle maker! I just recently found this out even though I’ve been here about a month. How slow am I? Obviously I am definitely going to be taking advantage of this. I realized I didn’t have a lot of ingredients though, so I threw these waffles together.

Nom. These were amazing. I used some bisquick gluten free pancake and waffle mix, threw in some almond milk, egg substitutes, and canned pumpkin. Topped it with some banana slices and sugar free syrup. Delicious. I was so full that I didn’t have to come home in between classes to make myself a snack. Success.

For lunch I had a black bean burger that had black beans, garlic, red pepper, oats, onion, and a few other goodies. I placed the patty on top of some chopped lettuce and topped it with some dijon mustard.

This was a delicious meal. Due the large amount of fiber in the burger because of the oatmeal and beans it was super filling. It had the right amount of spices added to it, so it wasn’t just a plain tasting burger. I will definitely have to make these again sometime soon and topped with onions, tomatoes, and avocado. Mmmm. Can’t wait.

On Monday it was Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year. I spent it having a nice meal with my dad’s side of the family at my grandparents new house. It was actually really delicious. I mean the chef was beyonce’s chef for the summer in Marfa, TX. Obviously I’m a true diva now. He also cooked for Johnny Depp, but Beyonce is just way more fab.

Since I’ve gone vegetarian, I could not eat any of the meat that the chef had prepared, but I did not really care. Instead I had a pile of vegetables and a rice dish. The vegetables included grilled eggplant, squash, onions, some broccoli, a salad, a carrot pudding, and some peppers. The eggplant was by far my favorite thing. I really want to get the recipe to recreate it because it was just that good.

I even made my own gluten free challahs to bring for myself to eat. Obviously I didn’t eat two entire challahs. I brought one to the dinner and I froze the other one to bring to my apartment. I ended up eating about 5 pieces to go with my vegetables, so I would have a substantial meal. The challah actually turned out pretty great too. My mom and I were worried about how it would come out because the flour is completely different than regular flour, but I thought it was quite delicious. I’m still enjoying the challah right now, microwaved, and topped with raspberry jam. Delicious.

Hope everyone has survived halfway through the week! I can’t wait for the weekend, but not really because I will be doing a lot of studying. Anyways I have to get back to writing my epigenetics paper. Boo.

 

Chocolate Madness (Chocolate Muffin Recipe)

Hey ya’ll! So happy it is Thursday because that means that I have survived yet another week of my senior year (second senior year) of college, and I’m just one step closer to graduation and my post graduate plans (still working on those). I have a great recipe to share with ya’ll today. I sort of adapted it from a pinterest recipe, and it came out amazing. I even took it to a Student Nutrition Organization potluck dinner, and they went away in about 1 minute.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

1 box of sugar free devil’s food cake mix
3/4 c. mini chocolate chips
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
2/3-1 c. water
1 banana (mashed)
1/4 c. egg white substitutes

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all ingredients in kitchen aid or by hand.
3. Pour into a lined cupcake tin (should make 24-26 cupcakes).
4. Cook for 25-27 minutes, depending on how done you want the cupcakes.
5. Wait till cools and enjoy.

These muffins are seriously amazing. They are so rich with chocolatey goodness, and they just melt in your mouth. The best thing to do is reheat them for about 15-20 seconds in the microwave whenever you are going to eat them, and it seriously tastes like it just came fresh out of the oven.

This is also the perfect healthy treat. You are really getting a tasty low calorie snack with these muffins. You are getting a source of vitamin A, some potassium, and chocolate is healthy (well okay, maybe if it is a high % of cacao), but anyways make these when you are craving something sweet, but don’t want to blow your entire days worth of calories.

Hope ya’ll have an amazing rest of the day, and I’m going to be featured on a nutritionist’s blog in a few days, so I’ll share the link with ya’ll when that goes up!

What I Ate Wednesday

Man, oh man. It is time for another What I ate Wednesday post thanks to the amazing Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. This has been a crazy week for me. I finally have started back in school. FINAL YEAR. Yes, this will be my second senior year. I’m just glad I still have more time to figure out things for my post-undergraduate life such as, finally deciding to get my masters in sports nutrition, where I’m going to apply for grad school and RD internship, and random goals for myself. Blah blah blah. Okay, I’ll get to the food pictures.

I am back to enjoying pancakes in the morning! Lately I’ve been trying to eat completely gluten free (Obviously someone didn’t get the memo while in Boston), so when I found out that Bisquick has made a gluten free pancake and waffle mix I grabbed it off the shelves to sample. It is actually pretty good. Being typical Lindsay, I have to spice it up by making creative pancakes, so I threw in some pumpkin, chocolate chips, and banana slices to complete the meal. Only 1/3 c of the powder makes about 5-6 pancakes, so it is pretty impressive and low calorie.

How that I’m back in school, I have to start planning my meals and packing my lunch ahead of time. On Tuesdays, I have class from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. It is definitely going to be a long day on Tuesdays, but with packing a healthy filling lunch I know I will be able to get through it all.

For my Tuesday lunch this week, I had a tofu stir fry with broccoli, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. It was all served on top of brown rice. For a side I had a sliced granny smith apple. This meal definitely held me over until I finished Advanced Food Science and headed back to my apartment.

For snack I’ve been munching on these amazingly low calorie sugar free chocolate pumpkin muffins. I will definitely be sharing the recipe in the next week are so, but these things are DELICIOUS. I like to heat mine up in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and it tastes like it just came out of the oven.

I seriously love my roommate. She is such a great person and has a heart of gold. She made some salad (she makes yummy healthy food all the time), and shared some with me. It had spinach leaves, little organic blueberries, pine nuts, and some other things I can’t remember. It was really good and just makes me love her even more that she appreciates healthy food and nutrition.

I’m trying to clean out my pantry right now, so I can make room for a Whole Foods and Central Market run this weekend. That means that I am eating a lot of whole wheat pasta. Oh that isn’t gluten-free. My stomach isn’t a fan, but I just keep telling myself “Whole Foods, Whole Foods, I’m doing it for Whole Foods”. I mix in a little broccoli, garlic, and sometimes some tomato sauce (just not in this picture). Due to the fiber in the pasta and the broccoli, I’m pretty full for a while.

Night Time snack 1: Some cinnamon roll pudding with gluten free chocolate chips, banana slices, and a ripped up chocolate pumpkin muffin. Oh man this sweet treat is definitely the way to go when you are trying to satisfy that late night sweet tooth. This snack has actually inspired me to make some epic desserts in the near future, so stay tuned for a good recipe in the next week or so.

Night Snack 2: Yes, I get the munchies at night time and need to eat like everything. This snack is a Oikos strawberry greek yogurt, 20 calorie cocoa powder, gluten free chocolate chips, and strawberry slices. Seeing a trend here? I like chocolate and pudding like things. This snack is really good. I was hesitant about adding the cocoa powder, but I saw it on another blog somewhere and wanted to try it. It was like a chocolate covered strawberry. You could taste both flavors.

Since school is back in session, I will now be sharing some fashion with ya’ll. I love clothing, so this is a fun outlet for me. I’m wearing a strapless polka dot dress from Shop 344, a black cardigan from Nordstroms, and a necklace & belt from Forever 21. I forgot to show my shoes, which were slightly wedged black glitter gladiator sandals from Steve Madden.

Hope everyone has had a fantastic week so far and Happy Humpday!

Do you pack your lunch for school or work?
What kind of things do you put in it?

WIAW #5 and Trader Joes Finds

WOW! I haven’t blogged in a week. That was like a mini uneeded vacation. I partially didn’t blog because I was in Dallas a couple of days, and I was out having fun instead of having time for my computer. Also this is going to sound totally crazy, but at my mom’s my computer does not work with the internet there, so it is literally impossible to blog there unless I have everything pre-loaded and just hit publish. Obviously I am not that advance, but I am back. It is What I Ate Wednesday, so I definitely had to pop in for that. Plus I have a ton of recipes coming ya’lls way and a trip to this amazing Israeli market in Dallas. Shout out to Jenn for hosting this day, she really is awesome for coming up with this.

Tropical Sunrise Oats. These oats are ridiculously tasty, and the mix of orange, pineapple, and mango definitely gives you a boost of energy in the morning. Of course I had to throw in some chocolate chips to give it that sweetness that I’m always craving.

For lunch it has been my classic peanut butter, raspberry jam, and banana sandwich. This is my go to meal when I don’t have a lot of food in my pantry and I want to eat something that is filling, but low calorie. This always hits the spot to. It is something about that classic combination of peanut butter and bananas. The sweetness of the jam makes it that much better.

Hello favorite snack. Arctic Zero Cookies and Cream topped with gluten free chocolate chips, marshmallows, and banana slices. Oh man. This is definitely one of my top two favorite flavors of this “ice cream”. It hits the spot on a hot day, and you totally aren’t breaking the bank calorie wise. Since the whole pint is only 150 calories, if you gorge down the entire thing it isn’t that bad.

Let me get to the good stuff. The Trader Joe’s finds. Oh yes. It was a glorious moment when I stepped out of the car to enter this beauty. Finally Trader Joe’s has reached Texas. Now I just need one in Austin. Luckily San Antonio is getting one in September, and that is only about a 40 minute drive from my apartment. Success. I will def be doing like monthly drives to that Trader Joe’s and the two story forever 21 (gotta through in some shopping).

Meet my best friend. The falafel chip. I have a deep love for anything falafel, as we can see from my frequent trips to St. Pita’s. These chips are life changing. They actually taste like falafel. It is quite scary actually to imagine how they get all the flavors of a falafel and put it in to a small chip. I’m not complaining though because these are amazing. I’ll probably have to stock up on these when I go to Boston – I can just see myself now, carrying like huge trader joe’s bags onto the airplane alongside a Mike’s Pastry box. Laugh as much as you want, but I will have all the goods.

So I actually have a lot of best friends because these guys are also on the top of my list. Banana slices covered in dark chocolate. You really can’t get better than that. These are one of the main reasons we went to Trader Joe’s. My entire family loves them, and we even finished one box before we left Fort Worth…..we were hungry. If you ever go to Trader Joe’s, I definitely recommend these.

There is a trend here. Chocolate and snack foods. Who needs meals when you have dark chocolate bars? This is healthy. Really though. The higher percentage of cacao the better for you. Chocolate has shown to be very important in heart health, so go out there and buy yourself some chocolate (make sure it is cacao).

These are white something something peaches, but man they are delicious and really juicy. The fruit is one of the reasons why I love TJ’s. You can buy apples for 68 cents a pound! Um what? YES. I think my mom and I got about 14 apples for pretty cheap. Then we got these peaches for like 50 something cents, which was definitely a smart buy. The only other fruit we got were strawberries, and they were perfect.

These were an amazing found. I also got the mahi mahi ones too. Since I’ve gone pescatarian, I’ve been on the search for a good frozen fish burger. When I saw these at Trader Joe’s I was so excited. They are really low calorie, delicious, and provide a ton of healthy nutrients like Omega-3’s.

Welcome to heaven. You can thank me later. This is probably the most amazing discovery in the entire world. Oh god I had some of this on a toasted english muffin. Mind blowing. Seriously, run to your local Trader Joe’s and stock up on this stuff immediately. Oh man I could totally have a cabinet just dedicated to this stuff because it is just that amazing. I can eat it straight out of the jar, on oatmeal, on pancakes, or on top of pretzels. The combinations are endless. You will be so happy you bought some for yourself.

Some of the other Trader Joe’s finds we had were pita chips, rosemary raisin chips, two different types of cheeses, and two buck chuck of course. Can’t go to a TJ’s without getting some of that two buck Chuck. I used to go to Boston, and load up my suitcase with this stuff. Yes, I’m cheap and I like cheap tasty things.

Fourteen Things Friday

Happy Friday, but really today is especially happy because it marks the end of summer school for me. I have somehow survived three demanding classes in a 5 week span. I’m not sure how I did it, but I’m still standing. I was actually going to do this post yesterday, but it was going to be called Ten Things Thursday. However I ended up having to study way more than I thought, deal with apartment things, and finish my research proposal. So now its fourteen things – I know you are excited to learn 4 more things about my life than you were originally supposed to know.

1. I have met my first blogger, and she is the sweetest thing ever. Min, who blogs over at Savor the Rainbow, is actually in my agriculture class (which is an awful class). I randomly found her blog one day, and was happy I did. Anyways to the point, she had made some muffins with the Wild Harvest Product from HLS and she let me sample one. THEY WERE AMAZING. Seriously it was the best snack I have had in class all month long. I was sad when it disappeared.
2. Speaking of agriculture, I’m done with summer school. Hallelujah. Although that final is sort of irritating me because the multiple choice part was a little harder than normal. At least in my opinion.

3. I’m going to Austin tomorrow. This means another trip to the Ice Queens snowcone trailer, and food adventures with my family. I also plan on doing some foodie pen pal shopping.

4. I’m having my first volleyball practice since a while ago on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more excited to see my girls. They are the cutest things ever. I will share a picture soon.

5. I decided to drown my agriculture final sorrows and my excitement for school to be over in some froyo from Crazy Good. I got White Chocolate Macadamia with chocolate sauce, strawberries, pineapple, jimmies, and gummy bears. Best treat for a hot day.
Yes, I have also discovered instagram – months later. Hello new addiction.

6. I have finally completely moved out of my old apartment, and I am into my new apartment Granted I still have a million boxes every where, but the main point is that I have a glorious new closet or should I say closets – as in two.
This photo doesn’t even do it justice because it chops off both sides. Also I have another bar under the clothes on the left for more of my clothing that is still in boxes. Remember, this is just my first closet! I love life.

7. I’m going to start volunteering at the Food Bank in San Marcos next week. I’m super excited to do something worthwhile for once. Also I’ll be researching more opportunities to help out the community in a food and health related way.

8. New snack alert. Normally I’m not a big eater of processed foods, but sometimes when you are sitting in class for 6 hours straight – you need easy snacks. In comes, fiber one cookie bars – SO much better than the brownies.
9. I’m going on a mini-vacation to Dallas with my mom and younger brother. Hopefully I can convince them to go to the Trader Joe’s in Fort Worth, but if not I’ll settle for H&M and a two story forever 21.

10. You guys must think all I eat is pancakes, but I really don’t. I just eat them on the weekends only. Anyways I’ll post up the recipe tomorrow and just share the picture now:
Lemon Raspberry Pancakes, so delicious with a nice tart taste.

12. I got a 101.6 in Accounting. I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m a nutrition major that is a science girl, so going into accounting I was a bit scared from all the horror stories of the other nutrition majors. However, I was a boss and destroyed it.

13. I have a new favorite snack: Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple with banana slices, mini chocolate chips, and a little bit of sugar free syrup.
This is the perfect snack on a hot day plus it is pretty sweet and very low calorie. I mean the whole pint of ice cream is only about 150 calories.

14. I’m not sure I have announced it on my blog, but I’m going to Boston from August 16th-22nd. I’m really excited for many reason: 1. It is during HLS, so I’ll get to meet tons of bloggy buddies, 2. I get to see my best friend, 3. Best friend and I will go on epic food adventures, 4. I’ll get to pretend I have a fabulous city life for a week, and 5. I get to see someone special. I seriously love Boston, and I’m not just biased from having gone to college there.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend. Mine is going to be filled with food, family, and fun. I can’t wait because I have needed this break for a long time.

Do you have any exciting news in your life right now?
Are you going to HLS in Boston?

WIAW #2 The Snack Attack

Hey ya’ll! It is halfway through the week, which means it is almost over and today marks What I ate Wednesday. Thanks to Jenn for hosting this fantastic day. I really don’t know what I would do in the mornings without having a bunch of food pictures to stare at while I ate my breakfast before classes. WIAW always makes my day so much better. For breakfast, since I woke up at my mom’s place, I decided to have an omelet. Doesn’t that cheese look so oozy and good? It was a pretty plain omelet since she was lacking a lot of vegetables in the fridge, but that didn’t bother me. It was just egg white substitutes, onions, and a 1/3 cup of cheese. The cheese to me is what makes the omelet the best.

For one of my mid-day snacks, I decided on a Kim’s Magic Pop. These can be found in the most obscure places, but I recommend that you go get them immediately. They are a low cal snack, about 10-15 calories, that come in a bunch of flavors. They have strawberry, cinnamon, plain, and onion. I have the strawberry and I topped it with laughing cow strawberry cream cheese and banana slices. It is the perfect snack to tie you over.

For lunch I had a snowcone. Yes not the healthiest choice, but it was about 106 degrees outside and I needed a cold treat. This is from Sweet Caroline’s, which is down the street from my mom’s place. I got the Hulk, which is grape, green apple, and pineapple with nerds in it. It was delicious and hit the spot. I’ll actually be doing a review of New Orleans style snowcones pretty soon!

Cherries are probably my favorite snack. They are so tasty during the summer. The only problem is that they are so freaking expensive. Give us our cherries, but at a discount pretty please. I mainly buy them at CostCo (well my dad does) or I get them on sale at the grocery store. I really wish the other type of cherries would go on sale because I love the white ones.

Man I was totally being a snack monster. It was so hot that I needed to make myself an ice cold smoothie. It was my Very Berry Chocolate Smoothie, which I’ll share the recipe soon because today is just all about pictures and sharing our meals. It really hit the spot and it was also massive. It filled up my longhorn cup. I got to use a straw too, which always makes me happy (You can laugh at me now because I am five years old and love straws – I have a massive bag in my pantry).

Mmmm just look at it, so tasty. If I didn’t have a straw, I probably would have eaten it with a spoon, which is my second favorite way of eating a smoothie or shake.

For dinner, I had a chicken burger topped with jalapeno cheese and caramelized onions and mushrooms. This is probably one of my favorite meals. Mainly because I just love caramelized onions and mushrooms, but also because the spiciness of the cheese gives this meal a little kick. Right now I’m trying to eat all of my meat products, like these burgers, in order to clean out everything but fish products so I can go pescatarian.

The most delicious snack in the entire world. And my brothers wonder why I’m a snack monster? Well when you eat stuff like this obviously you love snacks. This is greek yogurt with sugar free fat free butterscotch pudding powder. Then I add in sliced strawberries and a couple of gluten free chocolate chips. This is the bomb. I usually love to mix up the pudding flavors every week like to lemon or pistachio or chocolate. Everyone should have this as their bedtime snack!

Hope everyone has a fantastic WIAW! We are almost to the weekend and I’m almost done with summer school!!

What is your favorite flavor of snowcone?
Have you ever had a New Orleans style one?