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 #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?

A Two for One Special

Hey ya’ll! I’m so thankful that the week is almost over because that means that I’ll be moving and I only have one week of summer school left. So happy that I’ve survived. Anyways for today I thought I would give you a two-for-one special, which means that I’ll be posting two recipes on one post. I thought I would share the love today plus I just “love two-fers”. Both of these recipes are on Your Healing Diet plan because they are grain only recipes with fruits added in!

Black Forest Pancakes
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c. Unsweetened Almond Milk
3 tbsp of egg white substitutes
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet of stevia
handful of chopped cherries
1 packet of 20 calorie hot chocolate
handful of chocolate chips (go crazy if you want)

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl (this includes the cocoa mix).
2. Add in all the wet ingredients, the handful of chopped cherries, and the chocolate chips.
3. Using a 1/3 c. pour out batter onto pre-heated pan.
4. Wait until bubbles arise in the batter and the edges puff up, then flip pancakes to other side.
5. Remove from pan once lightly browned.
6. Stack pancakes then top with more chopped cherries and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

These are ridiculously good. I’m not even kidding. I love all things cherry related because cherries are my favorite fruit, but combined with chocolate it is like one awesome sweet kick to the mouth. I was pretty depressed after I devoured this entire plate in like 30 minutes – that is something I need to work on, eating slower. Oh well, I just enjoy food in my mouth.

So for my next recipe, I’ve been telling ya’ll that I would post it, so finally I’m posting an oat recipe. I know ya’ll are probably shocked I haven’t posted one since all I used to talk about what oatmeal and all I eat mainly is oatmeal. Well here it goes:

Apple Pie Cheesecake Oats
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. water
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 packet of stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
1/4 c. fat free cottage cheese
1 microwaved banana
1/3 c. sugar free apple pie filling

1. Place oats, water, and milk into a microwavable safe container, and heat for 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
2. Pour cooked outs into a bowl, add stevia, vanilla, cinnamon, cottage cheese.
3. While doing step 2, place sliced banana into microwave and heat for 1 min and 30 seconds.
4. Mix in “melted” banana into oatmeal.
5. Heat up the apple pie filling for about 2 minutes.
6. Add hot apple pie filling to oats.

One lesson I learned about this bowl of oatmeal is that you should cut up the apples after you cooked them that way there are more chunks in the bowl. Plus eating scalding hot apple slices is not so pleasant on the mouth at like 7 am. This bowl of oats will definitely help you get through a long time of the day because the grains are very filling and the cottage cheese provides a small amount of protein!

I’m preparing for a crazy week. In about an hour and a half I have an accounting exam on taxes that I have to take online. The good thing is I only need 30 more points to get an A in the class, which will be easy because I have this exam and an assignment left to do! Three cheers for not having to take a final. Also I’m super pumped about moving, but it will be some work. My apartment is sort of a disaster right now. Meh. Nothing I can really do about it until I move. I hope everyone has a great day, and just thinkĀ  tomorrow is FRIDAAAAAY!!!

I’m also entering a giveaway at Healthy Helper’s blog for a conscious box! I know conscious cravings definitely needs a conscious box. I think it would be a perfect fit. Wish me luck!

Do you have problems eating to fast?
What have you done about dealing with that?

Banana Splits for Breakfast

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone has had a pretty great week. I have almost survived summer school. Only two weeks left. I’m pretty excited. For today, I argued with myself over what I should share with ya’ll, and finally decided to give you another breakfast recipe. I love breakfast, okay. Yes, I had banana split for breakfast, but not the kind you are thinking of. I’m really on a pancake kick right now, so I decided to make banana split pancakes. Best breakfast choice ever.

I know, what a beauty. I feel so decadent in the morning when I eat something like this. I just love that this is on Your Healing Diet too. You can’t go wrong with whole grains, almond milk, and some fruit. Lets get to the recipe, so ya’ll can enjoy this for breakfast too.

Banana Split Pancakes
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c. Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp egg substitutes
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 packet stevia
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa
1 packet of strawberry shortcake icing flavor
1 banana
some chocolate chips

1. Mix all dry ingredients (except cocoa and strawberry flavoring) in a large bowl
2. Add in all the wet ingredients and mix well.
3. Then separate 1/3 c. portions into separate bowls.
4. In one bowl add the cocoa powder, in the second bowl at the strawberry flavoring, and in the second bowl add half a banana that has been smashed.
5. Place each serving on pre-heated pan and wait for bubbles to appear in top of batter.
6. Flip over and cook until done.
7. Place banana pancake on bottom and then cover with remaining banana slices.
8. Next place on the strawberry pancake and top with strawberry slices.
9. Then place the chocolate pancake on top and place chocolate chips on top.

If you want you can top it with a cherry or chocolate sauce or whip cream. In my opinion, it should be all three. Those items, well minus the cherry, really aren’t on the diet plan. It doesn’t matter that much though because it is such a small amount that it will not really effect my healing process. I definitely recommend that you go out and make these right now.

Not only do these pancakes taste crazmazing (yes, I just made up a word that combines crazy and amazing – I’m lame, so I’ll stop), but these also have some great health benefits. From my previous post on pancakes, we already know the benefits of bananas and whole wheat, so I’ll focus on strawberries and chocolate (yes, that is right, chocolate is good for you):

Strawberries: They provide anti-inflammatory (good for arthritis) and antioxidant properties, they help aid in cardiovascular health, they contain some anti-cancer benefits, aid with blood sugar levels, and have showed in recent studies to help with certain age related diseases.

Chocolate: Chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, decreases the risk of stroke, it increases insulin sensitivity thus reducing the risk of diabetes, and it protects your skin from UV damage.

I hope everyone has a great night! It is finally Friday tomorrow. Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday….with my textbooks since I have an accounting exam and an agriculture exam on Monday. Three points for summer school making my life awful! Hopefully everyone else will have an awesome weekend though and I can live vicariously through them!

Do you enjoy banana splits?
What is your favorite part of a banana split?

Breakfasts Are For Champions

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday. I had an accounting exam today. Gross, I know. Anyways since Your Healing Diet is based on a mainly plant based diet that means you can consume a lot of whole grains since you are not consuming all the calories from protein. To me this means AWESOME breakfasts. As most of you know from Surviving Candyland that I love eating breakfast, especially whole grains like oatmeal, so this is one of my favorite parts of following the diet. Also in general it is advised to eat breakfast daily because it helps boost your metabolism in the morning to help you lose weight!

So, what did I eat for breakfast on Your Healing Diet? You are going to be shocked because it isn’t a bowl of oatmeal. I made PANCAKES. Not just regular pancakes either, but Elvis pancakes.

When something is described as Elvis it means that it has chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. I made chocolate peanut butter pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips topped with a drizzle of peanut butter and bananas.This is definitely one of my favorite combinations because the natural sweetness in the bananas gives a nice balance to the saltiness of the peanut butter. Plus chocolate chips in anything is pretty great in my opinion.

Elvis Pancakes:
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c + 1-2 tbsp of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
3 tbsp egg whites or egg substitutes
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 packet of stevia
2 tbsp. Chocolate PB2
Handful of gluten free, dairy free chocolate chips
Half of sliced banana

Toppings:
Other Half of Sliced Banana
2 tbsp PB2 + water (enough to make it runny)

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl.
2. Add in all of the wet ingredients + chocolate chips + slices of banana.
3. Mix well together.
4. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, portion out batter onto frying pan (usually makes about 3-4 medium pancakes).
5. Flip over when upper side has showed bubbles in the batter and the bottom is lightly browned.
6. Cook until done.
7. Layer the pancakes on the plate with one on bottom, then slices of banana, then another pancake, etc until you are at the top drizzle the PB2 sauce over it.

These pancakes definitely made waking up at 7:30 am on a Saturday so much better. Not only are they delicious, but it pretty much follows a healing diet. Even the peanut butter is on the plan because the only ingredient is peanuts that have been crushed. I love one ingredient lists on food labels! The only thing that isn’t on the plan is the egg whites, but it is such a small amount that it should not effect my diet that much. I love that Your Healing Diet is more of a lifestyle rather than a strict diet plan. I love that I get to enjoy healthy delicious food while attempting to heal my body.

Yes, I cleared my plate. That is how good these are. Filled with tons of flavor and beneficial ingredients:

Bananas: Not only do bananas provide a large amount of Potassium in the diet, but they also offer a substantial amount of energy. provide bowel health, and help reduce the acidity in the stomach that may have been created by other foods.

Peanuts: Peanuts are great for hearth health, provide a source of antioxidants, and help reduce the risk of stroke.

Whole Wheat: Helps reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, lower type 2 diabetes, lessens chronic inflammation, and assists with bowel health.

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the day!

What is your favorite flavor of pancakes?
Have you ever had anything elvis flavored?