WIAW Back to the Party

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I was gone for so long, but I decided to take a mini vacation from my responsibilities (lets be serious, blogging is my only one right now haha). I’m back again because I have so many wonderful posts of restaurant reviews, recipes, and other great surprises for ya’ll! Guess who’s blog is almost one year old? MINE! That is exciting. In the mean time I’m going to celebrate my favorite weekly party WIAW, which is hosted by Jenn. Seriously love it. It always puts me in a better mood to stare at beautiful pictures of food. Not that I’m in a bad mood because I killed my biochemical nutrition paper and the final. 4.0 for my final semester and Dean’s list yet again. Go Lindsay! Lets get it started in hurrrr (oh god I am not that lame)

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Introducing one of my favorite combinations, cake batter oatmeal. You seriously can’t go wrong with anything that is cake batter flavored or themed. Plus the pile of sprinkles adds a happy cheer to this bowl of deliciousness. I had to top it with peanut butter for a creamy texture. It was definitely a good decision. Just looking at this bowl makes me happy. It is really hard for me to decide if I like oatmeal or pancakes more for breakfast, so I think I’m just going to say it is a tie. I have a ton of oatmeal recipes in my brain right now, so get ready in the next month for some epic, scrumptious recipes that will make you drool and run out to go buy oatmeal immediately. Score.

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What is this? An apple? No. Um what? Yes, this is a pear. It is called a papple. Did I buy it partially because of the name? Yes, but also because I love pears and the fact that it looks like a freaking apple. My mom and I were at Central Market to get apples and some fresh fish when we ran across this interesting specimen. We decided to get one for each of us to try. The texture was very odd, but delicious. It was crisp like a pear, but had a crunch like an apple. The flavor was not overly sweet with a small amount of tartness to it.

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I go weak for a good salad. This is my healthy version of a Chinese chicken salad. I left out the unhealthy fried crispy strings. It has avocado, mandarin oranges, sliced red onion, carrot sticks, grilled chicken, lettuce, and a nice sesame thai sauce that is slightly drizzled over the salad. Winner winner healthy chicken dinner. I love making popular salads a lot less calorie packed. I’m going to do an eat this, not that post in regards to my recipe redux of fatty salads that people consider healthy at many popular restaurant chains.

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This sort of looks like a pile of mush, but a really delicious pile of junk. Don’t worry I didn’t eat this all in the same day. The base of this entire box of goodies is lettuce. It is topped with onions, mushrooms, carrots, edamame, curry chickpea salad, tofu in pesto, broiled cauliflower, sauteed mushrooms, a little piece of salmon, some grilled zucchini, and some black olives. This was one of the most filling meals I’ve ever had. My favorite thing in this box of whole foods salad bar goods was the curry chickpea salad. It was not over powering with the curry and it had a sweet flavor with the mango and edamame in it. Yum. I love the salad bar.

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Every since my mom’s birthday, we have been on the look out for the black forest parfait at Whole Foods. However THEY HAVEN’T HAD IT. Seriously depressing. We decided to try this lemon berry parfait instead. However since we are total idiots, we didn’t realize that the lemony goodness was on the bottom of the cup, so we were eating it and being like WHERE is the lemon dang it. Once we discovered the lemon it was like ooooo that is good, but still not as great as the black forest one. That is just my favorite. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherries. Noms.

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Barf in a bowl? It sort of looks like it, but instead it is my delicious creation with my left over spaghetti squash. It is the healthy version of mac n cheese. It is crazy good. I know it looks disgusting to look at, but trust me when you have a bite it it just cheesy goodness that melts in your mouth. I will definitely have to take more pictures and make this recipe again, so I can actually share it with you. It came to me on a whim when I got home from volleyball practice. I was in the mood for cheese (my favorite food group – you are obviously sick if you don’t like cheese), so I was like hmm mac n cheese, but let me make this healthy.

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Healthy snacks by Lindsay. I am getting good at this. I am definitely going to add this to my snack post that is coming real soon. This was homemade cinnamon chips topped with chopped strawberries and a little sugar free chocolate syrup. Dessert nachos. This is the way to go. It was cinnamon sugar that is dusted on the tortilla. It makes for a subtle sweet flavor. I definitely can’t wait to make more of these with different toppings.

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Heaven in little squares? You bet. I have one fatty awesome treat coming for you all in the next few weeks. These are petit fours filled with Bavarian cream and lemon filling. I know you are all now drooling. I have more pictures, but I’m definitely going to have to hold back on ya’ll for the meantime because you will be crying and yelling at me to give the recipe to you immediately. These things are fantastic. My mom and I made them for my volleyball team, and we are getting ready to make some more for a wedding shower. I think I should just quit at life and open a bakery. Food truck maybe? If life doesn’t work out then maybe that will be the plan.

I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday. I’m currently working on some diet plans for a client I have. If this is a success, I’m totally going to use this person as my business card for my future nutrition practice once I get my license. Also I have tons of artwork I’m doing plus I’m working on tons of scientific papers for my professor. I’m out on the job hunt too, but it isn’t looking good since I’m going to Europe for two weeks. Oh well, those people are losing out because I’m awesome.

Would anyone be interested in doing guest post for me in June?

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WIAW (I’m Back)

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been MIA from the blogging world. Lets just say I have a knack of misplacing things in my room and stuff. For the past week and a half, I haven’t been able to find my camera charger. Uh oh. That means no new photos for the blog since they have all been hanging out on my camera. Thankfully when I was home this past weekend, I found my charger in my backpack that I took to Boston. My bad. So now I’m back and just in time for my favorite day of the week: What I Ate Wednesday. Thanks to Jenn for hosting my favorite day of the week!

Hello to a breakfast of champions. Sometimes when I go grocery shopping I eyeball certain things, like these Vans lite waffles, and debate if I really need them. I then come up with amazing breakfasts like this one to justify why I really need to buy these. Heck plus they were on sale, so it was calling to my Jewish nature.

This lovely creation was two Vans lite waffles, a sliced banana, strawberry slices, fat free vanilla yogurt, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips.The only thing I thought was missing was some dark chocolate sauce. Oh well, I definitely will be putting that on top next time. This was the perfect breakfast and it held me over through the morning until I ate my lunch after back to back classes.

Smoothies are one of the best snacks out there. You can totally customize them to your preferences and they are very filling if you put lots of fiber, like I do, in them. Mine was a chocolate pineapple smoothie topped with some fat free whip cream and dark chocolate sauce (I love my dark chocolate – who doesn’t).

My mom and I went on a little shopping spree the other weekend, and ended up at godiva because a couple of new flavors were out. We ended up getting an 8 piece box of chocolates – total score in my mind. The flavors are birthday cake, chocolate chip cookie dough, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice, walnut brownie, and pineapple hummingbird. So far the birthday cake is my favorite. I pretty much love anything birthday cake flavored, so throw it in a chocolate and I’m yours.

Since I have class literally all day pretty much, I have been needing to pack lunches that fit into my backpack and are easy to eat throughout the day. This means tons of salads. For this day in particular, I had a hamburger salad. I did meatless crumbles, shredded lettuce, sliced red onion, sliced pickles, mushrooms, and it was topped with mustard. Oh man. This was actually really good. I was impressed. Especially because I threw this right together before I had to go to class. Skills.

My mom and I are obsessed with Halibut. When we were at Central Market we saw some fresh fillets of halibut that were really thick, so we decided to get it and make fish tacos with. We were originally going to marinate it in some hatch chile soy sauce, but my mom realized that she had thrown it away. We ended up just tossing some olive oil, salt, and pepper on them.

The fish turned out amazing. It was flaky to perfection. We just ended up throwing them on some corn tortillas that we also got at Central Market, and topped them with diced onions and tomatoes. This was the perfect dinner.

Froyo is always the best night cap in my mind. You can’t get anything better than some low calorie frozen yogurt with amazing toppings. Definitely will have to do a review of the local froyo places in San Marcos sometime soon – I won’t complain about that!

Hope everyone has an amazing Wednesday! I’m dying because I just had my intermediate volleyball class, and I swear all we do is run instead of actually play volleyball. I’m ready to play!

Leaf (A Restaurant Review)

This week I had the pleasure of going to lunch with my grandparents and dad at one of my favorite places in Austin: Leaf. Leaf only serves salad and soup, which I think is great because when you want to be healthy it is a good choice for a lunch break. It is a build your own salad place and they have a menu called the Big 12 with their salad creations on it. I always choose the build your own salad.

The place is pretty small, but the atmosphere is awesome. You get to choose what type of lettuce base you want, you get 6 toppings (you can get more for extra), a dressing (theirs are amazing and really creative), and a type of protein. The staff are very eclectic too, which makes the whole experience better.

For my salad, I choose baby spinach leaves as my base for the salad. Then I had a strawberries, mandarin oranges, edamame, walnuts, red onions, cranberries, and avocado slices in my salad. For the dressing I chose to go with a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette, and for my protein I went with tofu. Usually I’m sketched out by tofu at times when I’m not the one cooking it, but this tofu was actually pretty amazing.

This salad was HUGE. I hate when people complain about others that love salads because they can actually be really filling and delicious when you fill it with tons of goods. I wasn’t overfull after the meal, but I was satisfied which is the perfect thing to be after you eat a meal out. I hate that feeling when you eat too much and you want to puke. I’ve had to learn how to limit myself over the years because it makes me sick when I eat too much. Although I still have this problem when I eat dim sum or Tomo Sushi (not that I’m complaining though because that is amaaaazing).

If you are ever in Austin you should definitely go to Leaf for a light lunch. Also it is on 2nd street, which is a great place to walk around and look at little boutiques. There is even an Urban Outfitters, which is less crowded since it is downtown.

Hope everyone has an amazing Friday!

A Hectic Weekend

Hey ya’ll! This weekend is a little bit crazy for me. I am currently in the process of moving apartments. While I’m only moving a little ways down from where I live now, I still have accumulated a ton of junk. I’m not sure where it all came from because my current room is a small little hamster cage. Also this next week is my last week of summer school! So excited. I need a mental break. Even through all this stress, I had a pretty good saturday.

I woke up that morning and decided to have chocolate covered strawberry oats. They were pretty delicious and filling. That is one of the good things about oatmeal. It is filled with tons of fiber, so it keeps you full longer than other breakfast options like cold cereal. I couldn’t find the chocolate chips, so I sliced up a Hershey kiss instead.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oats
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 1/2 c. water
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa mix
1 c. sliced strawberries
handful of chocolate chips (I sliced up a Hershey kiss)
1 tsp vanilla
1 packet of stevia

1. Pour oatmeal and water into a microwaveable safe dish and heat for 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
2. Once cooked, add in vanilla and stevia.
3. Then place in cocoa mix, stirring well so that all of the oatmeal is chocolate.
4. Add in strawberries and chocolate chips, mix well.
5. If you want, add a little more for on top.

I was the first one up in my house (I was at my mom’s), and I ate this while I waited for everyone to wake up, so we could do some errands. Then my mom woke up, and we watched Serena’s Wimbledon match. It was pretty intense, but good thing she won. Next we ran some errands, and I found sound pretty great things.
Yes, I found Harry Potter in Hebrew at the library down the street from my mom’s. I was there returning some books, paying some fines, and I found this wonderful gem in the teen section. I guess it is because I live in a Jewish neighborhood, but I laughed and snapped a pic with my iPhone.

After all my errands, I ended up meeting my dad at the Whole Foods downtown in Austin. This is the greatest Whole Foods in the entire world. I’m not kidding. Since Austin is Whole Foods Headquarters, we have one of the greatest ones. We decided to sit at the fish station for a healthy and nutritious meal – since I’m pescatarian.

For my appetizer, I had a blackened tilapia taco. It was probably one of the best fish tacos I have had. The fish was crispy and flaky, the taco shell was crunchy, and the aioli sauce that topped it was spicy and rich. It was the perfect way to start the meal.

For my entree, I had scallops. They were placed over a bed of quinoa, kale, and roasted tomatoes. This was the first time I’ve ever had kale, and now I’m going to go out and buy a ton of it to eat. The kale was cooked in a bit of olive oil, which gave a nice flavor to the dish. The roasted tomatoes were great when I would put them on top of the scallop. Only sad thing was that I wish they placed more scallops on it. I love me some scallops. The even gave us a free square of chocolate because they gave us the wrong plates.

Of course I couldn’t go to Whole Foods and not buy anything. I was excited because they had a few products that I have seriously been searching for forever. The almond coconut milk was one of those things, and the pineapple upside down larabar was the other. Some other items I got to try were Justin’s vanilla almond butter, chocolate chip cherry torte larabar, halo nutty marshmallow bar, and dr. praeger’s littles broccoli (they are for kids, I thought they were cute). Some of my old favorites are Artic Zero cookies n cream, some rice noodles (I’m gonna be making spring rolls soon), and some puff cereal. I would have raided whole foods, but not on my wallet.

This is currently my apartment. The living room is piled with junk that I have to move into my car and then into my new apartment. Did I mention I live on the third story right now? It is an evil workout.

Since pretty much everything is packed, I decided to go to Which Wich for a salad. I got the Hula, which is ham and pineapple. It was pretty awesome. I got tomatoes, pickles, onions, banana peppers, mushrooms and black olives on top of it. This is a place I am definitely going to have to frequent in the fall. They probably will get to know me and better give me discounts. A girl can hope!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday. I’ll be sweating buckets while I move all my junk.

Have you ever been to Which Wich?
Where is the best Whole Foods you have ever been to?

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?

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?

WIAW on Your Healing Diet

Hey ya’ll! One of my favorite parts of being a part of the healthy living community is the greatest day of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Thank you to the lovely Jenn for hosting such a fun day where everyone shares what they have been eating. I especially love the recent themes of sensible snacking because what can I say, but I love to snack. My brothers call me snacky or snack monster. It is all out of love or at least I hope it is. Anyways lets get to the fun of what I ate while following Your Healing Diet!

Thank god on Your Healing Diet you can consume whole grains because I might die if I was not able to get my weekly bowl of oats (more like 3 times a week oats). For this week I had a typical creative Lindsay bowl of oats that was super delicious. They are Apple Pie Cheesecake Oats. The recipe will definitely be coming soon to an audience near year, but everything in the bowl fit in with the diet since it was just oats, almond milk, water, cooked apples with cinnamon, and some other delicious things. Oatmeal is definitely something great to eat if you need to be full for a long period of time because the fiber in it provides that satiety to keep you going.

Here is my snacking. Since I have class from 8 am to 2 pm every single day of the week, I have to pack a bunch of snacks to eat throughout the day. The taffy isn’t on Your Healing Diet, but I thought I deserved a little treat of an apple and cinnamon flavored candy. My other snacks are a granny smith apple, a pear, a bag of cherry tomatoes, a bag of cherries and blueberries, and a chocolate covered cherry granola bar. The granola bar is a little processed, not on the plan, but it has a lot of fiber and I think kashi is one of the better options out there if you are going to consume any processed foods.

This is my favorite sandwich ever. I love making peanut butter and jellys with fruit in the middle. I used 100% whole wheat bread, PB2, bananas, strawberries, and an organic all natural raspberry jam from central market. Totally on the plan and totally delicious. I eat this as a snack sometimes, but I also have it as a lunch like I did this day. I served it with carrots and celery, which are not in the picture. I guess I like to eat rabbit food.

To be honest, this is not really on any plan. Whatsoever. Do I care? Not really since I was given a box of truffles by a really nice guy. They are lava cake truffles and they are mind-blowing. Seriously. Go out and get one. Godiva offers a free membership, where they give you a card and you can go each month and get a free truffle. Umm helloooo. Best deal. My mom and I go every month together. It is one of our fun mother daughter traditions.

How can you say no to that? When you bite into the decadent chocolate truffle there is a thick creamy chocolate and a liquidy chocolate that oozes out into your mouth when you bite into it. The truffle is also dusted in light powdered sugar. I only eat one every few days, and I justify it on Your Healing Diet by saying that chocolate is good for you. Ha ha ha.

For dinner, I’ve been enjoying a nice tofu stir-fry. This is definitely on Your Healing Diet. Since it is a mainly plant-based diet, if you want something that is meat like then tofu is your way to go. I personally love tofu, so following this plant based diet is not a problem. I just chop up my tofu into small squares, throw it in the pan, dump in the broccoli, and add some type of sauce to mix it up in. I usually serve it over a bed of brown rice or I just eat it all by itself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday and What I ate Wednesday. If you want to go drool over food, I would definitely head over to Peas and Crayons for the weekly food event.

What have you been snacking on lately?
What is your favorite flavor of truffle?