WIAW #6

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been absent from the blogging world. I just have so much going on right now. My volleyball team and I leave this Friday, so I’ve been having last minute practices, dealing with volleyball team drama, and convincing some public school volleyball coaches to let my girls miss tryouts to come with the team. Luckily everything has worked out so far! Also my internet is very bad, so it is pretty hard to write posts too. It takes me a couple of hours to get things working unlike at my apartment where it takes me at the most about 30 minutes.

Enough with all the drama! It is on to my favorite day of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Thanks so much to Jenn for hosting this day. It is a once a week event where bloggers can share what they have been eating in a friendly and awesome environment. I love it. It always gives me a lot of great ideas about what to cook.

Lets see what I have been eating lately in my absence.

I’ve been eating a ton of eggs. I just love omelets. It is something about the gooeyness of the cheese with the soft texture of the eggs and the crisp vegetables. Eggs are great because they are a great source of protein and it is a really filling breakfast that will last you for a couple of hours. This is important because it keeps you from snacking throughout the day, and by eating a healthy breakfast it keeps your metabolism going.

I have an extremely large sweet tooth. One thing I can’t resist in life, even though I eat really healthy, is candy. Recently I have rediscovered the greatness of Jelly Beans. My older brother had gone on a business trip near a Jelly Belly factor, and picked me up a bag of Snapple Jelly Bellys. That was the start of an addiction. Thank you. This is a mixed bag of jelly beans for my trip, but I have been sneaking a few out every day. Lets just hope I don’t eat them all before I leave on Friday.

Another snack I’ve been enjoying are these Lemon flavored meringues. I got them at Sprouts Market the other day when I was there with my mom. Not only are these pretty low calorie, but they are also gluten free (I’ll go into the importance of this in a couple of days). They are a really tasty snack, and the lemon flavor is not too subtle or too strong.

For lunch, a Whole Foods salad. I’m sorry, but not sorry that our Whole Foods is supreme to all other ones. Not only do we have one amazing Whole Foods, but Austin is currently in the process of building another one the exact same size near my mom’s! So excited. Anyways, the downtown location has the greatest salad bar ever. There is about 4 or 5 long buffet style stations filled with delicious goods.

In the salad was spinach leaves, balsamic roasted tofu, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, quinoa, edamame, raspberries, and blueberries. I love fruit salads, so this was a perfect lunch to have. It was huge too. A refreshing lunch.

I know this looks really disgusting, but it is actually crazy good. It is pan fried tofu with a eggplant and vegetable sauce. My mom and I had gotten an eggplant at Central Market a while ago, and were wondering what to do with it. She decided to make a sort of chunky sauce with it. The sauce had tomato paste, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and red onion in it. I then added my tofu in it, and it lead to an amazing dinner. It was sort of an Italian tofu dinner.

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately. I can read about two or three books a day when I have the time to, which is pretty nice. These are the current ones I have checked out from the library. If you liked The Hunger Games then you should definitely check out the Divergent book series (Insurgent is the second book) and the Matched series. I have finally gotten Fifty Shades of Grey from the library. I requested the book two and a half months ago. It is about time.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday, and hurrah for it almost being Friday!

Do you have any good book recommendations?

WIAW #4: The Breakfast Club

Hey ya’ll! It is that awesome time of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Shout out to Jenn for hosting such an awesome blog link up party online. While everyone else is having epic Wednesdays, I’m sitting around my apartment all day waiting for the energy company to come hook up the gas. Yeah, no fun. Luckily I have my computer, books, and my roommate’s cat to keep me entertained. Let’s get to the good stuff. Today I’m doing a post all about breakfast. Seeing as it is my favorite meal of the day, I thought it was appropriate. However, I’m also going to give you a little nutrition lesson too.

Black Forest Oats Parfait

Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day because it gives you a healthy start to the day. Most people think that by skipping breakfast, they will be able to lose more weight. However this is actually a myth. Eating breakfast actually increases your metabolism, which in turn helps you lose weight quicker. Also, if you don’t eat breakfast by the time lunch rolls around you are hungrier and therefore more inclined to eat more food than you would have. This leads to more weight gain. Obviously the key point here is to eat breakfast, but there are also many other benefits that can be connected to eating breakfast.

Studies have shown that breakfast has a huge impact on cognitive function. Most studies have been done on school aged children showing that by eating breakfast they perform better on tests and in school. However this information can be used for adults too since our brains need fuel to function properly. Breakfast is also connected to concentration. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have an easier time focusing on the task at hand compared to those that do not consume a morning meal.

S’mores Oats

Another reason that breakfast is an important meal of the day is because of energy. By eating breakfast, we are supplying our bodies with nutrients and substance. From this, our body gets energy. When you sleep at night, the body goes through seven to eight hours without eating, so it is important to eat breakfast. Otherwise you will lack the energy needed to get through the day. No one wants bad grades or to get fired, so EAT Breakfast.

Pistachio Pancakes

A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to take long to make or be super fancy. All you need is plenty of fiber and a healthy source of protein. These are things that help you stay satisfied for a long period of time, provide a good amount of energy, and keep your metabolism going. For fiber, one can consume whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For protein, there can be a variety of sources based on the diet. Obviously you can have meat, but other choices include beans (for vegans and vegetarians), eggs, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or tofu (I saw a great recipe at Jenn’s for Tofu french toast – definitely going to try it out soon).

The lesson is you need to eat breakfast. I find that breakfast is fun. Don’t worry. I will share all of these recipes pretty soon! I wouldn’t show you pictures without telling you how to make it. I hope everyone has an awesome Wednesday. I’m just hoping that the energy guy comes soon, so I can finish unpacking and doing stuff that I need to do.

What is your favorite breakfast?
Do you ever skip breakfast?

WIAW #3 – The Party of The Year

Hey ya’ll! Happy Independence day and WIAW! While most of you will be eating, drinking, shooting off fireworks, I’ll be finishing my move and starting my research paper that is due on Friday – uh oh. Yes, I probably shouldn’t have left that till last minute, but I think that some of my greatest work comes from that sort of pressure – like that time I wrote a ten page single space paper on green tea. Oh yeah good times. Anyways lets get to the fun part of today, What I ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn.

I had pumpkin pie pancakes. These were delicious. I was wondering what kind of pancakes I should make as I was looking through my fridge. I then saw some canned pumpkin that I had leftover from my pumpkin pie cheesecake oats (recipe will come soon). I was like oooo that would be delicious in pancakes, so I went with it. It turned out pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c Almond Milk
1/3 c. Canned Pumpkin
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 packet of stevia
1 tsp of cinnamon (add as much as you like)
1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Add in all wet ingredients and mix well.
3. Place on preheated pan using a 1/3 c to scoop out batter.
4. Heat until bubbles appear and flip over.
5. Cook until lightly brown.
6. Top with whatever you would like – I put banana slices, chocolate chips (gf/df), and sugar free syrup on top.

These were yummy in the morning, and I had so much batter that I ended up making extra to eat again. Success!

These are my typical class snacks. I get a bag of red cherry tomatoes and yellow grape tomatoes. I have a bag of cherries, blueberries, and blackberries. Then I have a piece of fruit on the side like a peach, pear, or apple. This day it was a peach. I like to mix that up. Also I tend to throw in a kashi granola bar, but since I’m in the moving process right now finding all my food is hard.

For lunch I had sushi. When I was in Austin this past weekend, I ended up going to How Do You Roll to get my brother some food and when I was there I got a free roll on their new card system. I ended up saving mine since I was going to have lunch with my dad. I decided to cash it in yesterday. I got a roll with brown rice, tofu skin, avocado, cucumber, and topped with spicy mayo. Oh man tofu skin. It is amazing. I am now getting it in pretty much every roll there. It is sweet tasting. Not what you would expect. I also got a free thing of edamame with my roll. It was awesome.

After lunch lately, I’ve been enjoying smoothies to keep me cool in the hot weather. This one is a Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie. It just has chocolate powder, water, tons of blueberries, and ice. It makes a pretty large smoothie, which is awesome.

For another snack, I munched on some Chobani. It was Blood Orange. I seriously love this flavor because it is so tart and sweet. It probably is one of my top three flavors. This is a great snack to have because it contains a high amount of protein and is very filling. A good idea for those vegetarians out there needing to get protein without eating meat.

Brinner. Breakfast for Dinner. That is my kind of meal. I had an omelet with onions and mushrooms topped with salsa. A bagel thin with cinnamon laughing cow cream cheese and banana slices. A grapefruit. This was definitely the way to go. I was pretty satisfied and pretty full after this meal for a queen. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so if I could eat it all the time I definitely would.

I wanted to try an omelet with cheese to see what it would be like. It was actually pretty great. Plus I discovered salsa on top of eggs. Mmmm. So good. I’m definitely going to be doing this for a while now. I like to switch it up every once in a while.

My fitness is moving boxes all day, but I don’t have any photos of that. I will definitely take some of my new place – more specifically MY CLOSET!

Happy WIAW! Hope y’all have a fantastic time on the 4th!

What are your 4th of July plans?
Any special food items you will be consuming on the 4th?

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?