A return to Oatmeals (the greatest breakfast spot)

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been gone all weekend, but I decided I needed a weekend of rest. Plus I’ve been working hardcore on my review paper, which I think is going to be pretty awesome! Carrianne and I had a really chill weekend. We fought with time warner cable online, we did some light shopping, and we returned to our favorite breakfast spot. Ya’ll know breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so when we were in the West Village I had to go back to Oatmeals. Oh how I love you Oatmeals. A shop dedicated to my favorite breakfast item: oatmeal.

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This was Carrianne’s bowl of heaven. She ended up getting the Canadian, which sounded really tasty. It had cinnamon roasted apples, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, maple syrup, and sea salt. Seriously one of the best combinations ever. You can never go wrong when you get bacon. It adds that crunch along with a salty smoky flavor. The maple gives it a little sweetness to bring in the roasted apples. The cheese becomes melty when you mix it in with the hot creamy oatmeal. This was definitely a very inventive bowl of oatmeal. I would have never thought to put all of these things in together.

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Carrianne isn’t a big fan of cooked apples, but she said that in this dish it was perfect. The apples were soft, but provided a nice texture along with all of the other ingredients in the bowl. Her favorite part was definitely the maple syrup. She thought it provided a nice taste to the array of flavors going on in the dish. She liked the sweet, yet savory idea behind it. She is more of a savory taste person while I am a sweet, so this was a nice balance in her opinion. I definitely will be getting this one sometime soon because it looked amazing and she gave it two thumbs up.

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I ended up getting one of the Happy Endings, which means it was a sweet based oatmeal. This one was the S’mores. Ya’ll know I can’t resist s’mores. It had dark chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham crackers, and a chocolate syrup drizzle. Oh man this was a bowl of sweetness. I was in oatmeal heaven along with s’mores heaven. I think that is the best type of heaven to be in. The dark chocolate was so rich. When you swirled it into the oatmeal, it just became a creamy melted chocolate pond. The marshmallows were really cute. They reminded me of the ones that you find in a hot cocoa mix. They melted too in the oatmeal, which enhanced the creaminess of the oatmeal even more. I love the taste of marshmallows.

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I really thought the graham crackers were interesting. I was expecting the classic large square chunks of graham crackers or I thought they were going to be crumbled over the oatmeal. I actually enjoyed these. They were really cute and provided a small amount, not overwhelming, of graham crackers. Graham crackers are my least favorite part about s’mores, so I was glad that they were really subtle. The chocolate drizzle was a nice touch too. It wasn’t drenched, which I appreciate. Overall it was another amazing oatmeal experience. I’m so sad that I don’t live closer because I would probably go here at least twice a week for breakfast. I think my wallet is happy though that I live far far away.

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The best surprise was this oatmeal cookie. The guy working convinced Carrianne and I that we needed to try this. Not that we really needed much convincing because look at it. It is just calling out for you to take a bite out of it. At first I thought it might be a little hard, which I hate. I was wrong. The cookie was so soft. It was chewy and delicious. The icing was perfect on top too. It wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t too thick. I could eat a ton of these things. Actually they are huge, so I probably could only eat one by itself. I would definitely recommend getting this if you ever go here! Such a good treat.

Have an awesome Monday! I’ll be tortured in class for hours upon hours. Yay for 6 hours of straight class.

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S’mores Banana

Hey ya’ll! Today is such an exciting day. We had our first “snow”. Technically it was only snow flurries, but it was still exciting to wake up and see it snowing out the window. I’m lucky because I get to stay inside, enjoy the weather from the window, sip on my hot chocolate, and study for my advanced nutrition exam. This makes me one happy camper! It also is getting my really excited for the holidays. I can’t wait for Thanksgivukkah! Also as an avid shopper, I’m looking forward to Black Friday, but enough about that! Onwards to the delicious recipe that I’m about to share with ya’ll: Banana S’mores! A healthy alternative to my favorite treat.

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Banana S’mores

1 banana
10-12 mini marshmallows
a sprinkle of chocolate chips
aluminum foil

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.. Unlike how I did it in the picture, you want to peel your banana first before placing it into a sheet of aluminum foil. Once you peel the banana, place it in the aluminum foil, wrapping the foil around the sides of the banana. Then make a deep slice into the banana, so that it spreads open a bit.

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3. You then want to stuff the banana with your marshmallows and chocolate chips. This is the fun part. You can either just do marshmallows and chocolate chips or you can get really creative, such as adding nuts, dried fruit, etc. You can also either limit yourself by only putting a few or you can add a lot.

4. Then place in the oven on a baking sheet. You can either let it cook for 12 minutes or just keep on the oven light and monitor it for when the marshmallows get toasty. I prefer the second option because I get to make it as melty as I want.

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5. Remove from the oven, let cool, and eat out of the aluminum foil wrapper. Enjoy.

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This treat is so delicious and really low calorie. If you are having a sweet craving, but don’t want to spend all the calories in something super fattening then this is the way to go. It provides you a ton of fiber from the banana base and you get the sweetness from the marshmallows and chocolate chips. If you really want it to be s’mores like, you can crumble a graham cracker along the inside of the banana before you place it in the oven. I didn’t miss the graham cracker part because my favorite part of a s’mores is the way the marshmallow gets crispy on the outside, but is extremely soft and melted on the inside. This sort of reminded me of a campfire treat and you could actually make these while camping. Instead of placing them in the oven, you just put them over the fire.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this recipe because my stomach sure did! I can’t wait to get creative and make all kinds of combinations with my bananas. Now it is back to studying for nutrition. Fatty acids are on my mind. Nerd out.

What would you put in your stuffed banana?
What is the best s’mores flavored treat that you have had?

Stuffed French Toast (Healthy Version)

Hey ya’ll! I am writing this from my bed because I’m so sore. I have started the Insanity workout program and oh my, it is not for the weak. I’m totally weak plus I’m sort of out of shape since I haven’t exercised a lot since I’ve been having problems with my arthritis. However I have been feeling better, so I thought why not do this? Well it is insane, literally. It is such a good workout though. After every video, I feel so refreshed and exhilarated that I survived the day. This leads to a sore Lindsay. Totally worth it though. Today I have a delicious recipe for you and a healthy swap.

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I have made you guys a stuffed french toast recipe. Ihop serves a wide variety of stuffed french toasts that are packed with a ton of calories and fat. The combo at Ihop contains around 1450 calories and 76 g of fat. WOW. Now that is almost the average woman’s entire day of calories. Obviously that isn’t going to fill a person for the entire day, so it is definitely a waste of calories. Just the french toast only has around 490 calories and 39 g of fat. That is still a ton of unnecessary fat in a dish. Therefore I decided to make ya’ll a low calorie option that is just as delicious or maybe even better.

Elvis Stuffed French Toast

2 slices of 45-50 calorie bread (I used Nature’s Own)
1/2 c. of liquid egg whites
1-2 tsp of cinnamon
1-2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tsp of fat free milk
2 tbsp of prepared PB2
1 banana
a sprinkle of chocolate chips
1 tsp of sugar free chocolate syrup

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1. In a small bowl, mix the egg whites, milk, sugar, and vanilla.

2. Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat on medium.

3. Dip the bread into the bowl until both sides are covered with mixture. Then place the slices of bread into the pan. You may have to do one piece at a time if your pan is too small.

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4. Prepare the PB2 as the bottle instructs. I usually do 2 tbsp of powder then 1 and a half tbsp of water. That makes it more runny, but if you want it thick only use 1 tbsp of water in the mixture.

5. Spread onto one slice of the french toast. Then slice up a banana and place the slices on top of the peanut butter. I like mine orderly, so I make it 3 by 3 then just layer the extra bananas on top of the bottom slices.

6. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the bananas then top with the other slice of bread. Place the sugar free chocolate syrup on top of the bread lightly and enjoy.

You can put syrup on it if you want, but I don’t have sugar free syrup at home, so I just decided to opt without it. The dish is really rich without it, plus you have the syrupy effect from the creamy peanut butter and the chocolate syrup.

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Yes, this is the new breakfast in bed I’ve decided. Someone needs to make me healthy stuffed french toast to deliver to me in bed. I know I have big dreams. It’s okay I’ll just make it myself and bring it back to bed with a cup of tea. Who needs anyone when I have my amazing self. This dish only contains 275 calories with 3.5 g of fat. Whaaaaat?? Such a better option than eating out at Ihop in my opinion. I know the butter and fat taste delicious, but there is no nutrition there. With my healthy stuffed french toast, you are getting a healthy serving of fat from the peanut butter, good fiber from the bread, and a serving of real fruit (because lets be honest, you know Ihop uses packaged/processed fruit).

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Just looking at this makes me drool and get hungry. Except not really because I’m full from eating it. I love healthy filling breakfasts. It helps you start your day on a good note, plus it kick starts your metabolism for the day. If you have problems eating breakfast in the morning, you probably need to make it more enjoyable. This is definitely an enjoyable recipe to try out. It only takes a few minutes to make too. The longest part is mixing the PB2 and dressing it up. You could probably make the french toast the night before, warm it up the next morning, and just put your toppings on in the morning. Time saved. I’m a genius. I just now how rushed a lot of people feel in the mornings. I experience that quite a lot especially when I’m running behind to go to school. None of that anymore…oh wait yeah graduate school haha. I guess I have mastered the morning rush though. I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday. I’ll be doing my Insanity workout a little while later and I’m going to add in some hip hop abs and pop pilates. Working out is so great, maybe I’ll do a nutrition fact Friday on exercise. Brain is churning.

What is your favorite breakfast food?
What would you like your french toast stuffed with?

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?

Brownie Batter Oatmeal

Hey ya’ll! I have a recipe for you. It combines some of my favorite things in life: brownies, oatmeal, and chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe. Just make sure that you don’t overload on the chocolate because then it can turn this healthy dish into a sweet fatty overload. Lets get this chocolate party started.

photoIngredients:
1/2 c old fashioned oats
1 packet of 20 calorie hot chocolate
1 1/2 c water
1/4 c fat free cottage cheese
a couple of Ghiradelli chocolate nibs
1/4 of a brownie (broken into pieces)
1 banana

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2. Microwave for 2:40-3 minutes in the microwave.

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4. Add in cottage cheese and stir well so that it is spread evenly throughout the bowl.

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6. Add a couple of chocolate chips (6-7) on top of oatmeal.

photo(1)Enjoy this chocolatey bowl of goodness. You definitely won’t regret it. Plus you are getting a sweet treat while getting a healthy dose of fiber. Oatmeal is a great breakfast because it is super filling, provides you with a variety of health benefits, and you can make some tasty combinations.

Pancakes Without Flour?!

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday, which is my favorite day of the week for obvious reasons. I don’t have class on Fridays. Thank god. I deserve it as a fifth year senior! Also Thursday means celebrate. Tonight I’m having homemade enchiladas and some ice cold margaritas. My roommate and I know how to throw down on a Thursday night. Last Thursday night we made vegan chocolate cupcakes – scrumptious!

Anyways today I’m posting about pancakes. Flourless pancakes. Yes, you heard me. No flour. Just two ingredient pancakes. I creep on Pinterest on a regular basis, so I saw this idea a lot on various boards.

DSC02723This looks absolutely disgusting, I know. When I was first mixing it I was like oh god this is going to be a hot mess. I wasn’t even sure if this was going to be edible. I was convinced that it was going to turn into an omelet or something since one of the two ingredients was an egg.

DSC02724When I poured the batter onto the pan from a 1/4 cup then things started to look. Okay, these somewhat are starting to resemble pancakes. Do they have a weird color? Yes. Do they look super runny? Yes. Are the typical bubbles appearing? YES. That means it is a success, at least in appearance wise. As I was flipping and turning them, the pancakes became soft and browned on each side like a normal pancake does.

DSC02729One mashed banana and one egg stirred together led to this beautiful plate of fluffiness. Yes, they look like real pancakes. They also tasted like real pancakes. It was incredible. Pinterest definitely knows its stuff when it comes to recipes. I’m glad I have discovered this recipe because I can’t wait to turn it into crazy typical Lindsay recipes like my other pancake ones that have flour in them.

DSC02730Flourless Pancakes:

1 Banana
1 egg

1. Mash banana into a small mixing bowl until there are no chunks.
2. Add in one egg.
3. Mix well until there is a liquidy smooth consistency.4. Measure out 1/4 c. at at time onto a pan.
5. Wait until the top of the pancake bubbles then flip over until lightly browned on both sides.
6. Serve with whatever toppings you desire (I put bananas, chocolate chips, and syrup on mine).

DSC02731Seriously this is my new favorite recipe. Probably not, but it is definitely healthy and really easy to make. If you want to make more, you can just double the recipe. Also another healthy option would be to switch out the entire egg and just place in 4 egg whites. I can’t wait to get creative in the kitchen with these bad boys.

DSC02728Sorry for overloading ya’ll with pancake photos. I’m just in love with them. It is ridiculous. I actually took about 10 photos of the pancakes, so ya’ll are lucky that I’m only showing you this many. I hope ya’ll have a fantastic weekend. I know mine is going to be filled with tons of stuff. Tomorrow we are celebrating my cousin’s birthday, then Saturday is mother’s birthday, and Sunday I have volleyball tryouts for my Maccabi Volleyball team. I’m so excited!

Have ya’ll ever had flourless pancakes?
If so, what do you think of them? Any cool recipes using them?

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!