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FOOD, and more food!

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100% Natural 2 Ingredient Flourless Pancakes

Seriously, 2 ingredients! Gluten free, flourless, delicious!
2 eggs
1 very ripe banana
** Beat eggs. Smash banana well. Mix together. Cook on greased or sprayed  griddle or frying pan heated to med-med/high.
Note: For these to cook properly the banana needs to be smashed really well so it blends with the eggs.
The bottom left photo shows them cooked around med/low-medium. The bottom right shows them cooked around med-med/high.

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Just some healthy foods

Last week I was on an apple, tomato and boiled egg kick.
The odd photo is fish with baked sweet potato chips and broccoli.

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Plain Greek yogurt, smashed banana, cinnamon.

A very ripe banana works great for this.
Smash a banana until there’s hardly any chunks. Mix in with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt. Top with ground cinnamon.
THE best way to enjoy yogurt is to add your own flavors! Controlling ingredients is so important!

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Organic Brown Rice Quinoa, Eggplant, Zucchini, Bell Pepper

My healthiest lunch ever!
I sauteed all the veggies in extra virgin olive oil. Placed them on top of a serving of organic brown rice couscous. Yum!

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Easiest Pancakes Ever!

This recipe is so easy, and very tasty. Great for a quick breakfast!

1 packet Quaker Weight Control instant oatmeal, I used maple and brown sugar, my son had cinnamon
1 egg
**Beat egg. Mix in oatmeal packet.
Let sit 30 minutes while you get ready for work, go for a jog, whatever.
Cook on heated, oiled skillet. Don’t attempt to flip until the first side has set.
Serve with peanut butter and syrup, just syrup, peanut butter and honey, sliced banana or plain.
Having them plain makes these a perfect on-the-go breakfast. Make one larger pancake rather than two small ones. Wrap it in a paper towel and take it with you. Enjoy on the way to work.
Note: I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m thinking of kind of combining this recipe with the above pancake recipe. Like this:
2 eggs
1 well smashed banana
1 serving (1/2cup) quick oats

What do you think? That sounds to me like a perfect all natural breakfast!

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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars don’t last very long in my house. We all love them! 

1) 2 cups oats
2) 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (less if you prefer less sweet)
3) 1/2 cup wheat germ (can be substituted with another dry ingredient like quinoa flakes)
4) 3/4 tsp cinnamon
5) 1/2 cup flour
6) 3/4 cup raisins
7) 3/4 tsp salt
8) 1/2 cup honey (I ran out and used syrup, super tasty just not as healthy)
9) 1 egg
10) 1/2 cup oil (no thanks! I used peanut butter)
11) 2 tsp vanilla
** Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13×9 baking dish.
** In a large bowl, mix first 7 ingredients. Make a well in the center, pour in honey, egg, oil, peanut butter. Using hands, mix well. (If using peanut butter instead of oil I don’t recommend using hands. It’s just too sticky.) Pat evenly into pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then cut into bars using pizza cutter.
Do not allow bars to cool completely before cutting. They will be too hard.

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100% Natural Pancakes Recipe – Gluten Free, Flourless, Low Calorie, Easy | Blogilates

I have so much to blog about and so little time! I promise I will get you all updated soon! This is our first week back to school so we’re all trying to adjust to the routine again. When I came across this post I just had to share it! These pancakes are totally worthy of a super quick blog post to share the awesomeness. Enjoy! http://blogilates.com/recipe-index/100-natural-pancakes-recipe-gluten-free-flourless-low-calorie

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Back-to-School Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Why buy prepackaged bars when you can make these?! This is a super easy, super fun, and super tasty recipe.
My daughter starts high school this year and I’ve been looking for ideas to help ensure she gets some nutrition in the morning. I understand how hard it can be to eat so early. I wanted something she could grab on her way out the door and eat when she was ready (probably on the bus).
After browsing lots of recipe sites, and coming across Udi’s Granola at the local discount foods store, I put this recipe together to test out before school starts next month.
This one is definitely a winner! May I present you with:

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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:
1 package Udi’s Natural Artisan Granola (I used Hawaiian)**
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 tsp honey (optional)
pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Set oven to 350*F.
Remove nuts and fruit from granola mix and crush/ chop, return to granola.
Mix peanut butter and mashed bananas until well blended and paste-like.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Spray muffin tin (12) with non stick cooking spray. Fill each cup with mixture.
Bake for 18 minutes.
Cool completely, then wrap individually in plastic wrap. Keeps in refrigerator for about a week.

** You can create your own mixture with oats, dried fruits, and crushed nuts. Just make the mixture amount to 3 cups. I’d use at least one cup of oats, but I’d prefer more oats to fruit/nuts.

If you make these let me know with a comment! I’d love to hear others’ additions and substitutions!

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Yellow Watermelon (yes, it’s actually yellow), and a little fitness and diet update

This is just going to be a quick little post. I purchased a yellow watermelon from my locally owned produce and discount grocery store. I LOVE this store. I have tried so many new things since I started shopping there, and the owners are super nice. That’s always a plus. 🙂 So I basically try to purchase as much as I can from there to shorten my list and reduce my costs from the big chain grocery store.
Yesterday I brought home a yellow watermelon!

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Yellow Watermelon

For those who have never heard of such a thing (I hadn’t until they brought them in a couple weeks ago), they taste pretty much the same as a red watermelon. I didn’t notice any difference in texture, either. It seems to me it’s all about hype with this unusually colored fruit. But hype is cool, and everyone loved seeing it was actually yellow! We are now stocked up on yellow watermelon…

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Does it look like I'm a watermelon hoarder?

**Fitness Update:
     I have one day left of the BodyRock February Challenge, and it’s my final fit test. I can’t wait to see my scores! I feel so much stronger, and proud that I actually committed and completed a full month’s program! My weight hasn’t really changed, but I’m pretty sure my snacking choices and inability to limit myself are to blame for that. It’s a work in progress.

**Diet Related:
     We have started implementing rules for choosing breakfast cereals. It’s actually a little test I learned from another site. There’s three requirements a cereal must meet to be considered; first ingredient must be whole grain, it must have at least 4g fiber, and no sugar (or other forms of sugar) listed in the first three ingredients. We’ve done well so far. Our first trip to buy cereal was a huge success. My son was very avid about following the rules. He checked every label and ultimately made a great choice which led him to trying something new, something that he liked, too. My daughter made an excellent choice and picked shredded wheat. Other than the fact that it’s one of the healthier choices by far, it’s a cereal that you can add your own flavor to. A little chocolate, a little honey, some fresh fruit, or even just a little sugar. The possibilities really are endless.
So we’ve made a deal: if everyone keeps their meals as healthy as possible, I’ll give a little on the not-so-healthy snacks. The balance has worked out nicely. 🙂

*Question*
1) How is your fitness coming along? Have you tried anything new lately? As I’m coming to the end of this challenge I’d love to hear of some new ideas. 

2) What things do you do to keep the household happy in the food department? Are there special rules for certain foods or meals? I’m sure we’d all love to have a few more tricks up our sleeves for getting the kids and spouses eating better.

Nothing but Raw, Fresh (fruits and veggies)

I decided I was only going to consume raw, fresh fruits and veggies today. Yes, that’s right, only raw fruits and veggies.  Other than my two cups of coffee with almond milk and stevia, my one cup of Badia Natural Herbs tea with 1tsp honey and my 4oz of water every half hour, that’s exactly what I’ve done.
For breakfast, along with the coffee, I ate a red grapefruit. That’s it. I don’t have a big appetite in the morning.
I was thinking of having a smoothie for lunch. Except this would have to differ from my usual standard recipes, meaning no soy/almond milk and no Greek yogurt. I thought about it and chose OJ as my substitute. Add in banana, strawberry and peach and it sounded pretty darn good! And guess what? It was!

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Perfect!

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My son liked the smoothie drip and snapped this photo.

Recipe:
1 cup OJ
1cup sliced banana, partially frozen
1 cup sliced strawberries, frozen
1 peach with skin, cut into small pieces

Place oj and banana in blender, blend.
Add strawberries, blend.
Add peach pieces, blend.
Viola!

So that was lunch…
Here’s dinner. I like to call these Salad Wraps (my husband says Salad Rolls). Eating raw and fresh means no dressing on my salad, which meant it sounded extremely boring. I needed to get creative. This is what I came up with:

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Dawn's Salad Wraps, pre-wrapped

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Let’s wrap up all the salad ingredients into a large romaine leaf! Fun!

Recipe:
2 romaine leaves, rinsed thoroughly and patted dry
1/3 cup sliced/ chopped carrots (1 medium carrot)
1/4 chopped cucumber
5 slices zucchini, chopped
2 tbs diced tomatoes
2 tbs diced bell pepper (I had green)

Wrap all veggies in romaine leaves.

A fun new way to have salad!

Snacks have consisted of bananas, cantaloupe, and pineapple. I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve resisted every temptation today! I might even do it again tomorrow! Well, until dinner. I might eat dinner. We’re having One Dish Chicken and Rice. It’s a new recipe and I want to try it. 🙂

On a short little fitness note, my husband surprised me last night with a weighted hula hoop. Yay! I’ve been wanting one ever since I first heard of them. I always loved hula hooping, now I get to hoop, tone muscles, and burn extra calories! Win win win!

Smoothie Lovin’

Smoothie success is happening! Maybe not financially, or famously, but in my home. Yesterday my daughter asked if I’d make her one for breakfast when I made mine. Then, after telling that to my husband he asked me to make him one, too! I haven’t even been able to get him to taste one! Getting that man to eat breakfast can be difficult. When I’m able to he usually wants a bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich, or a classic egg breakfast with bacon and toast. Drinking fruit and yogurt for any meal seemed less than appealing to him, I think. You can imagine my surprise when those words crossed his lips. So today I kept the smoothies basic; strawberry banana. Everyone loved them (my son tasted his sister’s) and asked that they have them more often. 🙂

Husband’s Smoothie To-Go


Yes! Sweet, sweet victory!
This one actually follows another victory from the night before. We ate grilled chicken salads for dinner. I do this quite often, and my daughter also loves salad as the meal. My husband, however, has always looked at salad as a side to the main course. Several nights ago he ate his salad first and was surprised to learn that he was quite satisfied and really didn’t even need anything else. He proceeded to tell me that he may be ready to try grilled chicken salad for dinner. That makes me a happy girl! I LOVE hearing my family make healthier choices on their own.
Last night was the night. I sent him a text asking if he was ready and he said yes.
Hours later: Dinner time! I cleaned and cut the boneless chicken breasts. I started filling up four big bowls with different veggies depending in who’s bowl was who’s. Everyone received fresh shredded romaine and cucumber. Some had sliced zucchini and squash, tomato, red bell pepper, green and black olives (I also like to slice carrots but we were out.
When the salads were mostly put together I started heating up the George Foreman. That thing has become a staple in my kitchen since I started changing my diet (and I remembered that we owned one). Now the chicken is cooking, everyone has their bowls and is throwing on their last few items; shredded mozzarella, bacon bits, croutons, and of course getting choice of dressing. Chicken is done in minutes and I’m bringing it to the table. Well, after I measure out my serving so I can accurately log it on Lose It!.
Everyone enjoyed their dinner!! My daughter, who’s working towards becoming a vegetarian, had hers without the chicken, my son took his chicken on the side because he likes to dip it in ranch dressing, my husband and I actually had grilled chicken salad, and he loved it!
So two victories, two meals in a row. Woo woo!

I have to briefly talk about the smoothie I made yesterday. I decided I wanted to try a smoothie with cantaloupe. I started out thinking just cantaloupe and banana would be good. Shoot, I probably wouldn’t even need the sweetener packet! (I went ahead and froze the cantaloupe the night before. It was very juicy and I didn’t want it thinning down the drink any.) I wasn’t too fond of the flavor without the sweetener so I added that. Then it was too sweet and missing something. I added some sliced strawberries. That was exactly what it needed! This turned out to be one of THE best smoothies! Recipe? Sure thing!

1c frozen cantaloupe
3/4c sliced banana
1/2c sliced strawberries
1/2c Oikos nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2c Silk Original Soy, Light
1packet Stevia sweetener

Calories 256
Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 98.8mg
Carbs 53.1g
Fiber 6.3g
Sugar 35.9g
Protein 15.6g

Tuesday Morning Mess

Happy May everyone!! This is a busy month for us. We have Mother’s Day of course, our daughter’s birthday, our 10 year anniversary, my daughter’s freshman orientation, my son has 2 field trips, and then there’s Memorial Day. And you thought the holidays were bad. 😉 Anywho, I hope this month is good to you, it’s one of my most treasured. Now on with the post!

Now, I don’t claim to be a great cook. In fact, I kind of suck at it, that is unless I have directions or a recipe. I’ve never been able to just throw things together. As I embark on this smoothie making time in my life, I have to try to use my imagination (and Google) to try new combinations of fruits. Take the mango for instance; I don’t particularly like mango. I don’t even enjoy their aroma. Yet I tried one in a smoothie and it was fabulous.
This brings me to today’s Smoothie…
I walked over to the produce place yesterday to purchase some fruits. I wasn’t sure what they had in but I knew I wanted to try something new. Turns out they were almost out of all their fruits. There were a few kiwi, which I don’t like and already have a couple in the fridge for my son, mango, oranges and apples. This wasn’t looking too good. As I’m listening to the man tell me tomorrow (now today) is produce day I’m thinking mango and orange sounds like a tasty combination. I already have a few apples at home and the kiwi, so I purchase one mango and four oranges (I know at least one of the kids will want one, too). Once home I do a little online searching to see if others make smoothies with mangos and oranges and if so, is there a good way to go about the prep. Well, there are tons of recipes using these two beautiful fruits! And it seems prepping the oranges is as simple as peeling and removing seeds! Several recipes instructed me to prep, then freeze the fruits, but I decided against doing that. I had plenty of other thing to do yesterday.
Now here we are, Tuesday morning. I’m getting hungry and I’m ready to get started putting together a flavor that is brand new to me.

Mango and Orange

Doesn’t that look delicious? Another great combination of flavors. Besides the oranges and mango, there is a tiny bit of banana. My daughter wasn’t able to eat the whole thing this morning so I threw that in, too.

Here I’ll list all ingredients, then I’ll tell you what went wrong, what went right and what I’ll do differently next time.

4 ice cubes
2 fresh oranges, peeled and seeds removed
1 mango, pit and skin removed
About 3 tbsp banana
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos nonfat Greek Yogurt, plain
1/2 cup Silk Original Soy milk, light
1 packet Stevia sweetener

Oh boy, now this was an interesting morning. Peeling and removing the seeds is much more work than you’d think. I made a mess of the first orange by peeling it, then trying to dig the seeds out and remove some if the thicker, white, skin stuff. The second orange went much better. I cut it in half, then halved the halves. I was able to easily cut away the stuff I didn’t want. Had this been tangerines, I would have had it right the first time.
Then the mango… I like to call it the massacred mango. I’ve only once before cut up a mango, and I guess I forgot how. Not that I did that great of a job the first time. I did, however, figure it out half way through when I realized how flat the pit was and in which direction it sits inside the fruit. I wish I would have gotten pictures of the sad state I put my fruits in. It was pitiful. Poor things.
The wrongs: the ways my precious fruits were treated.
The rights: I did finally “get it” so next time they will be treated with the care they deserve.
What I would do next time: take the advice of all the recipes out there saying to prep and freeze. These fruits need much more time than bananas and strawberries to get ready for the blender. It would be wise to prepare the night before for a quicker breakfast. All the counter time and handling warms them up, too, so freezing would’ve been a great way to make this an ice cold smoothie. I’d also be sure to remove thick skin and stringy things from all of the orange pieces. It was a little too chunks for my taste.
Flavor wise it was out of this world! I love how they keep getting better the more I try new things. 🙂
I can’t wait for the produce guy to get back with his fresh load. I’m hoping he has something I’ve never had before!
That’s enough rambling this morning, I have work to do! I hope you have an amazing Tuesday!

P.S.
My daughter is now adding zucchini and squash to her salads and even trying to like bell pepper! She wants me to make her salad the same way I make mine. 🙂 She aspires to become a vegetarian when she grows up so she says this is her way of preparing.
I love my kids!