Berry Muddy

Based off of my Black and Muddy recipe, I started the day with a Berry Muddy Shake:

frozen mixed berries

1/2 pkt Nature’s Plus Spirutein Cappuccino protein powder

2 Tbsp Chocolate PB2

1 Tbsp sugar free Torani Raspberry

Franks consisted of both vanilla and chocolate protein powder, bananas, and blueberry preserves.

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That Berry Muddy is pretty dark, huh? And VERY peanut buttery!

The rest of that day, was once again, a lazy one. I randomly snacked on things like pickles, crackers, and cantaloupe until it was time to head to work. I couldn’t quite figure out if I was hungry or not today, but I kept the snacking in check and drank plenty of water!

I arrived to work to find I was assigned to work at the desk tonight. As the clerk, it was a relatively uneventful evening and I could not wait to curl back up in bed!

Since I was feeling quite bloated today, (I drank a TON of water), I opted for a guilt-free soup, although I’m sure the sodium content did not help with the bloating issue. I refer to it as guilt-free because I can eat the whole can of soup for a measly 100 calories! Thank you, Progresso French Onion!

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For a snack to hold me over, I brought half a large cucumber! I love cucumber! Especially during the summer. They are so crisp and refreshing,and oh so guilt-free! I tried an interesting combination, I will admit. I had a small pack of strawberry preserves, and dipped a slice of cucumber in it. I was surprised with the refreshing, moist, and mildly sweet treat. (I’ve warned you many times… I’m a weird one.)

To finish my night, a Special Dark Chocolate Hershey Miniture and some nutella and Suzies!

Another good eating day! Thank you blog world! You make my mind right!

I’ve always wanted to try making homemade French Onion soup! I love making soup! What are some of your favorite soups to make?

Recipes

Recipes!

Apple Cinnamon Oats (crock pot)

Apple-Cranberry-Pear Walnut Coffee Cake

*Amendment: dice apples finely and stir into batter, rather than layering apples. The dough becomes much more moist and flavorful.

Double Apple Bran Muffins

Apple Peach Pumpkin Pie (dad’s birthday pie)

Apple Pie Jam

Bacon Bread

Sweet Bacon Rolls 

Beef and Barley Vegetable Soup

Beef Stew (crock pot)

Christmas Biscotti

Blackberry Lemon Protein Pancakes (2 recipes)

Blueberry Banana Chia Muffins

Blueberry Beet Pancakes (They’re pink!)

Blueberry Goat Cheese Torte

Blueberry Jam

Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Waffles

Bran Crackers

Broccoli Rabe Frittata

Broccoli Salad

Fluffy Brownies

Butterfinger Krispie Treats

Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Cebollitas (scallions)

Chicken Apple Soup

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken and Barley (Noodle) Soup

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken Garam Masala (crock pot)

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Salad with Dill

ChiliJamb (crock pot)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

Corn, Black Bean, and Avocado Salsa

Mexican Chicken (crock pot)

Mixed Berry Cream Cheese

Creamsicle Protein Pancakes

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Eggplant Parm

Eggplant Pie

Eggplant and Barley Risotto

Fig and Walnut Christmas Cookies (a Sicilian classic)

Fish Sandwich

Flax Crackers

Frittatas

Gingerbread Snap Cookies

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Cookies

Gnocchi

Golumpki (Stuffed Cabbage)

Honey Mustard Sauce

Hot & Sour Soup

Jalapeno Cheddar Soft Pretzels

Lean Lasagna

Vegetable Noodle-less Lasagna (eh… what the heck… throw in some noodles!)

Lemon Cupcake Pudding Protein Pancakes

Limoncello (Sicilian Moonshine)

Low Fat Macaroni and Cheese

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (shh… its cauliflower)

Lean Meatloaf

Nutella

Orange Marmalade

Pear Spice Bran Muffins

Spice White Pear Pancakes

Bourbon-Spiked Sweet Potato (Butternut) Casserole

Sweet and Sour Pork Stir-fry

Pizza

Pumpkin Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns (crock pot)

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes

Sweet Pumpkin Quiche

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Raspberry Grapefruit Bread

Roasted Vegetables (crock pot)

Seaweed Salad

Shakes and Smoothies

Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir-fry

(Not So)Split Pea Soup

Strawberry Jam

Stomboli (Low-Carb, Cauliflower Crust)

Spiked Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Tamale Pie (crock pot)

Tofu and Eggplant Stir-fry

Tomato Pie

Pesto Turkey Salad

Venison (crock pot)

Walnana Mini-Muffins

Walnut Cream Cheese (Healthy Panera copy-cat)

White Turkey Chili (crock pot)

Winter Veggie Casserole

One for the pups: Salmon Patties

Videos!

Forming and Shaping Gnocchi

Tomato Pie

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RIP Bullet

Today began in mourning. The catch on the MagicBullet cracked right in half!

WP_002860Luckily, I had a spare in the cupboard to make shakes! I made Frank and dad a Black and Muddy shake using soy nut butter and peanut butter, while I went with an Irish Creme shake, using my Da Vinci sugar free Irish Creme syrup and Cafe Latte Herbalife powder.

After shakes, Barry came over for a shooting date! He had some work done on his rifle and it was time to test it out!

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I think my aim is getting better… well… I hope it is, any way  😛

We stopped at the Dairy Palace on our way back to fix Barry’s craving for a blueberry shake. I enjoyed a Dannon Light & Fit Greek Pineapple yogurt with chia seeds back at the house.

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When we got back home, I prepared some food and realized I didn’t want it anymore… so I gave it to Frank for dinner. Instead, I wanted something to hold me over…

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Yes, its Gerber. These things are 70 calories, and I topped it with chunky marinara sauce. Its perfect enough for when I’m not really feeling up to a full meal!

Zumba came to the rescue, yet again, tonight. I LOVE ZUMBA!

In other news, I thought I’d share my Tomato Pie with you today. The key, is the sauce. A mildly sweet and garlic-filled sauce on a firm, crispy soft crust!

Easy Tomato Pie

2 tubes Pillsbury Pizza crust (I like the thin crust and the Artisan whole grain)

garlic powder, dusting

2 Tbsp minced garlic

1 can crushed tomatoes in puree

3 Splenda packets

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano, plus more

crush red pepper flakes, optional

Heat a pot to medium heat and add the minced garlic. Once the garlic has heated for about 30 seconds, pour the tomatoes in the pot a stir. Follow, by adding Splenda and herbs. Continue to prepare the crust, while stirring sauce occassionally.

Preheat oven according to package directions. Spray baking pan with non stick cooking spray and roll out dough. Use fingertips to finger and press the dough to the edges to create a small crust. Dust the dough with garlic powder and bake for 8 minutes.

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Remove from oven and pour about 1 cup of sauce (gravy, as its called in these parts) in the center of the dough. Spread the sauce evenly over the dough, sprinkle with additional oregano, and red pepper flakes for a kick. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or more until crust is crisp, but soft.

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Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy! Mangia!

*Remember: if you’re using fresh herbs, as opposed to dried, its 1 Tbsp fresh= 1 tsp dried.

Playing Catch Up

This rainy Tuesday morning (3/12) started out with a shake and hot tea. The Black and Muddy recipe calls for chocolate shake mix, coffee syrup, cappuccino mix, peanut butter, and chocolate pudding mix. I dumbed it down this morning:WP_001516

1 Cafe Latte Muscle Milk Light
2 Tbsp ChocolatePB2
1/2 Tbsp sugar free Chocolate pudding mix

I must say, it was very similar to the original and I got my chocolate fix early in the day.
Speaking of chocolate and peanut butter, I also got a fix with a 90 calorie chewy Fiber One bar! Mmmm! Chocolate and Peanut Butter… Is there any better combination?

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I wasn’t quite in the mood for a workout, but not working out all weekend was really starting to  get to my head. I figured this would be  good way to clear my head and prepare for endless studying! However, I feeling rather uninspired. Thank goodness for Courtney, who asked if I wanted to do today’s circuit. I asked if I could share it with you and without further ado…

Courtney’s Total Body Circuit: complete 1 minute of each, following the laps

4 laps around the gym (basketball court)run backwards

plank extensions

heel to the heavens, with exercise ball

360 degree shoulder raise

2 laps runningjumping jacksbicep curls with isometric hold, alternating sides

elbow to high knees

chest flies

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3 laps runningside shufflesquat press

mountain climbers

standing incline chest press

fast feet

1 lap running

1 lap walking

 

I’ll tell ya, out of everything in this, I felt the Heels to the Heavens burn the most! Intense! (Definitely use an exercise ball to feel this one!) By the end of this workout, I could could feel the sweat dripping down my nose! It was just what I needed today: something quick and something to burn!

After a much needed shower, I hit the caf to enjoy my dinner, a salad and post workout orange. The tempeh really stole the show on this one! Wowzah! It added so much flavor and texture to the salad!

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After a few hours of learning about traumatic brain injuries, I headed to practice. To hold me over I tried a new yogurt: Fage flip Orange Cinnamon. When I saw it, two things popped in my head a) must add flax, and b) I hope it doesn’t taste like potpourri. I know thats a weird thing to think, but its the first thing to pop in my head.. hello.. orange… cinnamon… fall… potpourri…

Anyway, I rather enjoyed it.

So I’ve been referring to “practice” for the past few weeks now, and I suppose that since this week is the big event, I should come clean…

I am in the Vagina Monologues! I saw them last year and felt so empowered, so invigorated . I needed to be part of this. Today was a dress rehearsal and I can not believe how fantastic it has come together!

PS. My eating was fan-freaking-tastic today! Not too much, not too little! Things are definitely turning around! Yay!

Friday:

Over the next few days, nothing but studying was endured. In fact, I could not make it to dress rehearsal for the Monologues and they almost cut my out of the show! I know, crazy, right.

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Test Day breakfast: Peaches and Cream Oatmeal with flax and a cup of tea

Sometimes in life, you need to make a judgement call. I stand by mine. As much as I love the show, my education comes first! Luckily, God blessed me with both! I passed my exam, and last night was opening night of the Monologues! It was a brutal exam and an excellent show! For the next few nights, I will be in the show! All the money we raise goes to Project Life Line, and organization aiding rape victims and those victim of sexual abuse or assault. It covers a wide variety of problems, and its an amazing feeling to know that I am helping bring awareness to such issues.

during intermission of opening night

during intermission of opening night

Have you ever had to make a judgement call? What was it? Did if have the desired outcome? 

or

What kind of events have you participated in that support projects you are passionate about?

After the show, I went straight to work… talk about dedication! Just kidding! Yay for 7-Eleven and the endless supply of coffee and mixed fruits!

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Since I ate “dinner” Friday morning, it was meat free. I love Amy’s meals for a meat free option! This morning I ate Amy’s Mexican Tamale Bowl. I WP_001545always add a decent amount chili powder and hot sauce to spice it up! I split a veggie omelette with a friend at work and made it like a huevos ranchero with the tamale pie! Genius!

As I came home from work this morning, I could not decided whether to hit the sack or indulge my growling belly. Belly it was and I dug into a big bowl or assorted cereals (Cheerios, Kix and the like) and a fruit salad!

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I have to say though, one of my favorite things I ate this week was called a Crazy Apple. They are apples that have been flavored. I tried out the Pomegranate Grape and couldn’t get enough. It wasn’t an overwhelming overly sweet grape flavor like I was afraid of. I can’t wait to try the Tropical flavor!

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