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Lunch!

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Lunch!

Yum!
Sauteed or stir-fried:
Leftover Chicken tenderloins, zucchini, squash, tomato, celery, carrot. Coated lightly with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with garlic salt and wheat germ. Cooked in a pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.

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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 sprayedย  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!ย 

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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Orange Smoothie? No, not the fruit. The color!

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Orange Smoothie

I was feeling a little adventurous yesterday after my workouts and decided to create a new and healthy smoothie. I’ve been making a banana oatmeal smoothie for my husband pretty regularly, but haven’t had one myself in quite some time. I’ve really been enjoying actually eating my food rather than drinking it. My new favorites are oatmeal (with different fruit additions) for breakfast and either fruit and veggie salad or a fruit and veggie plate with a boiled egg.
Yesterday, however, I was thinking yummy smoothie. I call it Pineapple Oatmeal Banana Smoothie. You may be wondering why orange isn’t in the name. I completely understand, I was wondering the same thing! Here’s what I came up with: people will automatically assume there’s an orange in the recipe, and it’ll be fun when I make it for someone and they get the surprise of it being orange!
Now, the first sip was something new. I’d never had this mixture before so it was a little shock to the taste buds. The flavor was good, just unique at first. After a few more sips it was totally delicious! My taste buds have learned to adapt pretty quickly these days, I think. R
Curious about what is in this orange without an orange smoothie? Let me fill you in…

Ingredients:
6 ounces pineapple juice
2/3 cup frozen banana slices
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup sliced CARROT!

Yep, that’s it! Of course you can thicken it up with some non fat Greek yogurt and make it more filling. I was trying to go for a dairy free lunch. I’ll admit it didn’t keep me full for long. I would probably add spinach (I’m completely out), maybe some berries (was out of those, too) to give it more substance for a meal replacement. As is, it’s a tasty and healthy snack or dessert smoothie.

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Healthy Saturday Lunch And Facebook Plug

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Saturday Lunch

Quick and easy, assuming you’ve already cut your cantaloupe and boiled your eggs.
1 extra large boiled egg on top of fresh chopped tomato, 1/2 cup fresh cantaloupe, 1/3 cups sliced cucumbers. Nice, cold, refreshing lunch for a hot summer’s day!
*Be sure to check out my Facebook page for my weekend fitness game. I’ve also restarted the Hundred Pushups Program! You can find the updates on my progress on the Facebook page, also. I’m pretty proud of my new pushups ability!

*How many consecutive good form pushups can you perform? Can you guess my number? Comment with your guess, then head over to Facebook to see how close you were!

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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.ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Mondays… Are awesome!

Yep, that’s right. I said, err, typed it. Mondays are awesome! Personally, I choose to not dread the beginning of a new week, but instead embrace it. It is a chance to start over, to get back up and try again, work off that weekend bbq indulgence, or that night out on the town. For me however, it’s just another day. We’re not weekend party people. We just chill, or not, around the house. Whether it’s cleaning, yard work, whatever, we just stay home.
I’d have to say that the hardest part of my Monday is waking my son up for school. He does not enjoy waking up early. To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t like it either. That’s all changed now, though. Don’t ask why because I have no idea. Sleeping past 8am on Saturday is huge these days! I guess I’m finally growing up. ๐Ÿ™‚
I was very proud of my daughter this morning. She’s almost 14, and sometimes it can be tough to get her to eat breakfast before school. (I’m sure next year will be harder… high school) So I tend to keep quick and easy options around to help entice her like breakfast bars along with the normal breakfast staples such as cereal, eggs, bagels, etc. and always fresh fruit. When she got out of bed and came into the kitchen I went into my normal ramblings, listing all the things I can think of, including but not limited to oatmeal to go square thing, granola bar, cereal… hoping that one of them will sound good enough for her to eat. None of them did. But, as she was walking back to her room she stopped! She turned and asked, “Would you make me some actual oatmeal with strawberries?” I laughed… “actual oatmeal”. I was thrilled, though! I’ll make that girl “actual oatmeal” everyday if it means she’s leaving here with some nutrition in her! I felt victorious, and so did she when it was time to eat and she pointed out how I was leading her to making a not-so-healthy choice and she chose oatmeal and fruit. That’s my girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My son had poptarts that he bought and has stashed in his room.

My Monday breakfast was a new smoothie! I purchased some baby Georgia peaches from the little produce place down the street last week and decided I was going to try a peach and banana smoothie. As it turned out, I sliced too many strawberries for the “actual oatmeal” so I ended up changing my Monday smoothie to a peach, banana, and strawberry smoothie. I have to say that this was by far the tastiest smoothie I’ve made to date. Everything blended perfectly!
I have to apologize, I did not get a photo of this one. It was so tasty that I just drank it up without thinking! I did get a photo of the ingredients in the blender, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Peach Banana Strawberry Smoothie
4 ice cubes
3/4 cup banana slices, frozen
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos nonfat Greek Yogurt
3/4 cup sliced peaches, fresh, with skin
1/4 cup sliced strawberries, fresh
1/2 cup Silk Original Soy milk, Light
1 packet Stevia sweetener

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 265
Fat 1.6g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 104mg
Carbohydrates 53.5g
Fiber 6.7g
Sugars 35.5g
Protein 16.9

Besides having an amazing breakfast, I rode my bicycle to the dollar store for a little shopping. I needed to pick up a couple things and of course bought more than intended. I did get a great workout, though! Round trip to the dollar store is 5.28 miles with a combined time of 31:49. I burned off almost my whole smoothie and got to go shopping. That’s a win for me!
I’m sure you can imagine that I was starving for lunch by the time I returned home. Next to smoothies, my favorite meal includes eggs with onions and bell peppers. Sometimes I make an omelet, but more recently I’ve been having it as a sandwich with 100% whole wheat toast and a little (not butter) spread. It’s been a great lunch for me, keeping me full and helping me to snack less between lunch and dinner. (Today I chose a bagel thin over the bread and had 1/2 cup cantaloupe on the side)

The recipe goes like this:

3 small eggs, beaten
approx 1-1 1/4 tbsp chopped onion
approx 1 tbsp chopped green bell pepper
approx 1 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
1 Thomas’ Bagel Thin, Everything or 2 slices 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread
1 tbsp spread (I only needed 1/2 tbsp for the bagel thin)

Heat small pan on medium(ish) after spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix onion and peppers into eggs.
Once pan is heated pour egg mixture into pan.
I let it cook briefly then I start moving it around to make it small enough for the bread or bagel. I don’t really want to scramble it because all the veggies fall out of the eggs once they start cooking.
While the eggs are cooking you should be toasting your bread or bagel.
After spreading the spread, and your eggs have reached desired doneness, place eggs on bagel or bread.
312 calories
Enjoy!