Baked Peaches

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been totally awol lately. I’ve been busy with graduate school and exploring the wonderful city that I live in. However I’ve still kept ya’ll in mind and have tons of restaurant reviews, adventures, and recipes to share with ya’ll. For today, I have a delicious healthy snack. Baked peaches. Pretty much it tastes like a donut, but instead of the millions of calories and tons of fat, you are getting nutrients while eating something sweet. So lets get cooking!

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Baked Peaches

3-4 peaches, cut in half and seeds removed
4 tsp of butter/margarine
4-6 tsp of brown sugar
sprinkle of cinnamon
optional: ground almonds and dates

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1. Preheat oven to 375. Split peaches in half, remove the seed, and place in a 9 by 13 or 8 by 8 pan depending on how many peaches you have.

2. Place a small amount of the butter or margarine in the middle of the peach, where the seed used to be.

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3. Top each peach with a heaping of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You can add as much as you would like. It depends on each individual’s taste preference.

4. An option topping is to grind almonds and dates in a food processor. This gives a streudal like topping, which you can place on top of the brown sugar.

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5. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Once they are done, let them cool down and enjoy!

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The dish is best served warm. The sweetness that comes out from every bite is amazing. The butter is what makes it taste doughnut like as well as the brown sugar. The combination bakes into the skin and inside of the peach, making it soaked with sweet flavor. It is one amazing dish. Each entire peach (consuming both halves) is only around 95 calories, so compared to a doughnut, which can be around 300-400 calories plus tons of fat, it is a much better option. In my opinion it is very tasty too. The peach with the almonds and dates is also incredibly delicious. The almonds provide a nice crunch to the soft sweetness of the peach. It is a perfect dish to serve after a dinner or to have on a cold day.

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I definitely recommend making this dish! Peaches are probably going to be very hard to come by pretty soon, so you better go make this dish immediately. Otherwise you will have to wait until the summer to have this delicious treat. Anyways I’m off to go do more graduate homework and study for my midterms! Wooot! Grad school life. I do have some other exciting news though. For one thing, it is my birthday tomorrow, so maybe I’ll do a fun post about myself because let’s face it, I think I’m pretty awesome! Other news is that next week I have a job interview for a really awesome opportunity being a nutrition educator for youth! I hope all goes well! Have an awesome Friday, I’ll be spending mine studying and finishing assignments. Nerd session!

What is your favorite fruit to bake with?
Would you rather have a peach or a doughnut? What is your favorite doughnut?

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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?