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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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Today’s Gluten Free Finds from My Favorite Place to Shop

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I actually found these items a couple of days ago, but thought I should wait to post a blog until I’d actually tried them.

Let’s start with the marshmallow treats. While edible, these were not all that great. That being said, I believe it was the flavor; peanut butter caramel. Had they they stuck to one or the other, peanut butter OR caramel, these probably would have tasted better. As you can imagine, they are not as sticky and mashmallowy (yeah, I just made that up) as your typical marshmallow treat, either. Neither of my kids were too fond of them, although my son’s friend thought they were tasty.
Consensus: Likely to not purchase again. (Luckily I found them at the discount store for cheap.)
Now on to the crackers. I actually really like these crackers. They have a very different, distinct taste that I just love. They are super crunchy, which is extremely important and the serving is 40 crackers! At 120 calories I’m pretty happy with this product. My daughter, on the other hand, does not like the flavor. I believe “weird” was her word of choice in describing them.
No one else has tried them.

I have to tell you, I LOVE having a discount store nearby! It has been a great help to our food budget and introduced us to many different things that we wouldn’t have otherwise tried because it’s just so expensive in the grocery stores. There’s also a bonus that comes with ours, they carry fresh produce, eggs and other locally produced goodies like honey, jams & jellies and salsas!
They just celebrated their 1 year anniversary last month and I hope they get to celebrate many more! DWP’s Facebook page keeps us updated on new arrivals, produce days and specials. Go check them out!
I encourage you all to find some place similar where you live.
Support small business, buy local!

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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.