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Happy Saturday. I slept in this morning, which happens to be one of my most favorite things to do. I took my time getting out of bed. With the weather being so cold and the furnace running what seems like non stop, my throat and skin feels dry so I thought I’d make a nice thick breakfast smoothie.

Making a fast filling smoothie is so easy with the Oster Smoothie Maker. You just have to add the liquids first and then layer the fruit and ice cubes and the smoothies come out perfect.

I always have cut up bananas and berries frozen year round, so I can whip up a smoothie on a whim. When a banana is ripe and not going to be eaten all you have to do is peel, slice and bag, then you have it on hand when you need it. I do the same thing with berries.

Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, peeled, cut into chunks (mine were frozen prior)
  • 6 medium strawberries, cut into chunks (mine were frozen prior)
  • 1 cup skim milk or soy/almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1  ice-cube

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Serve.
Did some boring housework and laundry, although I really wanted to read magazines and download new music to my GoGear so I could have some new tunes to listen to while I work out.
My cardio today was a 30 minute elliptical workout.  I alternated incline and resistance every 3 to 5 minutes, it ended up being a very sweaty and fast workout. Then I did the Lean Arm Pyramid Circuit, I am in love with this workout, it really is challenging.

Lean Arms Pyramid

  • 10 Push-ups (can be on knees!)
  • 20 Dips (on edge of chair or bench)
  • 30 Bicep Curls (light weights or water bottles)
  • 40 Seconds Plank on hands 50 Tone It Up Tummy Tucks!
  • 40 Seconds Plank on hands 30 Bicep Curls (light weights or water bottles)
  • 20 Dips (on edge of chair or bench) 10 Push-ups (can be on knees!)

Next thing you know 3 hours had passed and it was time for lunch, I had one thing on my mind a crunchy panini.

To make I used 2 slices of sourdough bread and I spread hummus on one of the slices, then layered on 8 thin slices of oven roasted turkey breast and a slice of deli cheese. I also had some roasted red pepper slices so I tossed them on too. I spray each slice of  bread with canola oil and grill on my panini maker for about 6 minutes. They were delicious with a side of kettle chips.

My husband and I watched the Paranormal 2 DVD I received from Netflix while eating lunch, it is a very scary movie, I saw the first movie and could not wait to see this one. Well it did not disappoint.

For a snack I had this;

Yummy Skinny Cow

Not sure why I’m wanting ice-cold food when its freezing out, but I went with it.

Dinner was too easy, it was all my leftovers. I was not too hungry but I like to eat every 3-4 hours and thought I’d eat what I could and Jeff would eat the rest.

Leftover tortellini with meatless meat ball, and a quarter slice of a quesadilla, I ended up eating it all, I guess I was hungry after all.

So to finish the night, I did a few more chores and made this yummy Saturday Sipper.

Saturday Sipper Ingredients

So easy to make:

3 Ounces of Diet Ocean Spray Juice Drink

3/4 Ounces of Vodka

Squeeze of Lime or Lemon

Lime or Lemon Garnish

Shake ingredients, except for garnish, until cold, in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled glass, Garnish and sip away.

This Cosmo Saturday Sipper is only 50 calories!

I have a Hot Date. A Cosmo to sip and Bridesmaids DVD

Two movies in one day, now that’s what I’m talking about.

Have a good night and I’ll check ya later.

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Fitness Friday

Fridays are my favorite, well so are Sundays, and I do like Mondays, well I like them all but there is something about the work week ending and having some quality time at home to do what ever I want. I know I’m going to be watching my new Bridesmaids DVD this weekend! I also love Fridays because I start my planning and prepping process for next week, I like to look at recipes, review workouts and get a jump on planning out the next week. I also like to be lazy and sleep in, and I have the next 2 days to do just that.

Fitness Friday looks like this. I keep finding tons of workouts like this on Pintrest, and I want to try them all. So I’ll be experimenting with these over the next few weeks, I have already found a few that have become part of my training rotation.

Fitness Friday

Keeping things easy today was my plan, so I had a really taste hummus and sprout pita pocket for lunch.

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Hummus Sprout Pita

Pumpkin Millet Muffins with Chobani yogurt for breakfast. I had this batch of muffins in the freezer already. I store them in a large ziplock bag and whenever I want any I just pull some out and let them thaw, which really does not take long at all. They still look as good thawed as they did freshly baked. I have even taken them out frozen and put them in my lunch bag in the fridge over night to thaw and that worked out well also. They keep their texture and flavor.

Here’s the Recipe for the Pumpkin Millet Muffins that I found on the Whole Foods Website, I did adapt it a bit, I substituted unsweetened applesauce for butter.

Ingredients:

Makes 12

These muffins offer an intriguing crunch, thanks to the toasted millet. Savor them warm from the oven, or freeze a batch to have on hand.  Allow muffins to cool completely before transferring to freezer bags. Thawed muffins may be reheated in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes or microwaved for 15-20 seconds to give them a little warmth.

Ingredients

1/2 cup millet
1 egg
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup soy or coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (to replace butter)
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
8 Packs Splenda
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Method

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin pan; set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add millet and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and just beginning to pop, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer millet to a plate to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Greek yogurt, soy milk, applesauce (to replace butter), pumpkin, Splenda packets and brown sugar; set aside. Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cooled millet in a medium bowl, then gently fold into egg mixture until just combined. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Allow muffins to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Here’s some other Healthy Baking Substitutions you can bake with.

  • 1 cup whole milk = 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk = 1 Tbsp vinegar OR 1 Tbsp lemon juice + enough skim milk to make 1 cup
  • 1 cup heavy cream = 1 cup evaporated skim milk OR 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt + 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream = 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup cream cheese = 4 Tbsp margarine + 1 cup dry low-fat cottage cheese (+ a little skim milk if needed)
  • 1 cup butter or oil = 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg = 2 egg whites
Tonight’s dinner was easy, it is left over ingredients from Wednesdays dinner which was my version of a Deconstructed Enchilada. From that I made Quesadillas with guacamole and a side salad that I threw together using salsa as the dressing, I added a cubed avocado, black olives and some shredded cheese. Mix the salad well to blend and get ready for a really taste salad.
It has arrived. Today’s weather was cold here in the Mitt, we work up to 4 degrees this morning,  it got up to a high of 17 degrees, but now that the sun is down its gonna drop back down and its going to drop fast. It’s days like this I have to be on guard when letting my dogs out, they are little guys so they can’t be out for long and there are times I have to run out and pick them up and carry them in, the little pads on their paws start to freeze and it causes them pain and they just stop and stand. So I’m always at the door with my boots on in case I need to make a rescue. I always have a blanket ready to wrap them in, they really don’t have much hair to keep them warm.

Warm Blanket for Killian

Warm Blanket for Stuart

I’m hoping to try out a few new recipes this weekend.  I also have a really good recipe for a Skinny Cosmo I plan on making and enjoying while I watch the  Bridesmades DVD.
Check ya later

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Today’s routine started different. Most days usually start with me just getting ready for work and hitting the road, but today started this way. I worked out, I rarely workout in the morning, I just prefer to do my workouts after work. I have a dentist appointment this afternoon so I did my Elliptical workout first thing rather than making an excuse after my dentist appointment not to work out. I have issues with the dentist, I had a root canal go wrong a few years ago, and an odd anxiety surfaced after that  problem. So now when ever I have actual dental work done, I end up getting a tension headache and just want to lay on the couch. My dentist is aware of my anxiety and assures me it’s really common.

So I did 45 minutes on the elliptical, I have a Proform Elliptical Trainer and today I did one of the programs, it was killer, the incline and resistance really pushed my limits, but I thought it would help keep my mind off my pending dental appointment.

Here’s whats in today’s Breakfast and Lunch Bag

Today's Bag

It’s a mixed bag, for breakfast I have Pineapple Chobani, with Kashi Berry’s Blossom Cereal, I also shake on chia seeds and shelled hemp seeds, the hemp seeds really give it a nutty flavor, I also add hemp seeds to salads. I also eat an apple every day with my breakfast I’m in love with the Fuji variety, they are so crisp, plus it’s packed with fiber.

Chobani Topper

For lunch I have a whole wheat pita pocket that I’m gonna stuff with Sabra hummus and sprouts. A cheese stick, some grapes and a side of pretzels I am gonna dip into some guacamole. Not to be left out my one a day hard-boiled egg and some lemon wedges for my water.

Fresh fruit are a must for me but I know that they are sprayed with pesticides and I don’t like that one bit, so I really wash all my fruits and vegtables before I eat them, I think that’s a given for anyone. I have been using this fruit and veggie wash and I really love it.

Your Soaking In It

Veggie Wash

How does Veggie Wash work?

Veggie Wash uses natural cleaners from citrus, corn and coconut to break up the wax, soil and agricultural chemicals on fruits and vegetables so that it can be easily and safely rinsed away.

Why should I use Veggie Wash?
Modern produce is kept healthy, bountiful and fresh by a variety of agricultural chemicals and waxes. If not properly removed, however, these chemicals can create both known and unknown health risks to consumers. Even organic produce has been shown to carry some chemical residue. In addition to agricultural substances, your produce can carry the ‘fingerprints’ of 20 or more people who may have handled it between the field or orchard and your table.

Veggie Wash safely and effectively removes wax, chemicals, ‘fingerprints’ and soil – leaving behind only fresh, delicious produce and the peace of mind that comes with feeding your family the very best.

Why is Veggie Wash better than just water?
Most agricultural chemicals and waxes are designed to be waterproof, so that rain and irrigation do not wash them away. Water alone does not penetrate or remove these substances. Veggie Wash safely removes them.

Why can’t I use soap on my produce?
Substances like soap, bleach, and other chemicals are not made with food-derived ingredients, and they are not designed (or safe) for use on food. The residue from these substances can not only affect the taste of your food, it can lead to illnesses such as vomiting and diarrhea, even in very small quantities.

Here’s a list of the Dirty Dozen and the clean 15.

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Dirty Dozen
Buy these organic
1
Apple
Apples
2
Celery
Celery
3
Strawberries
Strawberries
4
Peaches
Peaches
5
Spinach
Spinach
6
Nectarines
Nectarines
– imported
7
Grapes
Grapes – imported
8
Red Pepper
Sweet bell peppers
9
Potatoe
Potatoes
10
Blueberries
Blueberries
– domestic
11
Lettuce
Lettuce
12
Kale
Kale/collard greens
Now here’s a list of the cleanest produce
Clean 15
Lowest in Pesticide
1
Onions
Onions
2
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn
3
Pineapple
Pineapples
4
Avocado
Avocado
5
Asparagus
Asparagus
6
Peas
Sweet peas
7
Mango
Mangoes
8
Eggplant
Eggplant
9
Cantelope
Cantaloupe
– domestic
10
Kiwi
Kiwi
11
Cabbage
Cabbage
12
Watermelon
Watermelon
13
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
14
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
15
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
Tonight’s menu is Meat Tortellini with Meatless Meatballs, and a piece of garlic bread.  Now garlic bread is a must have for Jeff, whenever we have a pasta dish, and who am I to disagree. We enjoyed Brussels Sprouts as our veggie. I had left over pasta sauce from Tuesdays dinner so I had to use it up. I love left overs but I don’t like them back to back , weird right. Well anyway if I have leftovers I always have a meal between them so I don’t get bored, or I use the ingredients to make a similar dish, it just has to have a day between them. So on Wednesday we had the Deconstructed Enchilada’s, I plan on making quesadilla’s on Friday with the filling from that meal. It’s a win, win really.
The tortellini are made here in Michigan, they are so good. Pierino is made in the town right next to where I grew up. I love to buy foods that are local and this is a great product.
So goodnight, I plan on catching up on some TV and keeping warm.
Check ya later.

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Talk about gloomy. Today was dark, cold and downright sad, then out of no where, I swear I saw the sun. Well it only lasted for a few minutes, but at least it made an appearance.

Sometimes you have one of those days that just fly’s by, I had one of those days today. While at work I remember looking at the clock and it being 10:00 am, later I glanced back up and it was 11:55 am. I usually take lunch at 1:00pm, so I just got back to work and wham it was 1:20 pm by the time I looked back up.  Kinda shocked that my stomach didn’t give me a shout. So I stopped and opened by bag.

Bag Breakfast and Lunch

Tuna wrap has been a favorite of mine lately, it really holds me over until dinner. I try to mix up my lunches, but sometimes you just get a favorite and you have to ride it out.

After arriving home from work I gave the doggies some love. It’s such an amazing feeling coming home and having such a happy welcome home.

Welcome Home

Today’s workout was a total body workout, this DVD is so good, Jillian really works you out.

Jillian

I was really feeling this by the end of the workout, but that’s just what I needed.

Then it was off to make dinner, I made a stacked corn tortilla deconstructed enchilada.  I didn’t have a recipe for this I just added what I like and baked it on 350 degrees for 25 minutes, here’s what I did.

Mix up Ingredients

2 Chicken Breasts Shredded

Can of Black Beans

Can of Corn

16 ounce Jar of Salsa

Then I took 4 small corn tortillas and heated them in a pan until they got golden and kind puffed up. I lightly spray the pan with canola spray.

Deconstructed Enchilada

Corn Tortilla

Then I topped the 1st. tortilla with the filling and added the 2nd. tortilla on top of that and added more filling to the top and added a pinch of shredded cheese.

Layer the Tortillas

Baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Once it was plated, I added black olives, and a side of refried beans and Wholly Guacamole.

Dinner is Ready

Guacamole is a big favorite of mine, I think of it as a staple item. I use it on panini’s, tacos and anything else I think might taste good.   Wholly Guacamole is always in my fridge or freezer, yep you can freeze it! So this is my version of a deconstructed enchilada, its low in fat and high in protein. Plus it’s easy and you can add anything into it that you like. I always heat the corn tortillas up in a pan lightly sprayed before I serve them or before I bake them. I prefer the corn tortillas to the flour ones, but they are delicate and tend to crumble if not heated up.

Wholly Guacamole and Corn Tortillas

Now I plan on watching the season premier of Justified, oh Raylen how I’ve missed you. It was on last night, but it comes on at 10pm so I have it set to tape on my DVR. I can’t wait to see where this season takes us.

Have a great night and I’ll check ya later.

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Lucky Day

Today I had a Lucky Day. On my lunch hour I went to Staples to get some photo paper and noticed an end-cap with the Soda Steamer Products on it, well as it just so happen’s, my CO2 canister just ran out yesterday while I was making my fizzy water with Lemon. I disconnected it and put it in my car so that I could hit Bed Bath and Beyond for a refill canister sometime this week, but here they were right in front of me at Staples. So I grabbed my photo paper and headed to checkout to ask how to exchange my empty canister for a new one. The manager came over and he pulled out his instruction sheet, as I am the first one to exchange at his store, they just got the products in last week. While he was reading his instructions I ran out to my car and got my empty canister and by the time I got back he had it figured out and I paid, I saved time and money by not having to drive another 20 miles to Bed Bath and Beyond! Bonus.

Right next door to Staples is a JcPenny’s that has a Sephora in it, so I grabbed my free sample coupon I got in the mail the other day for a Peter Thomas Roth skin care item, I also needed an eyeliner so in I went,  I asked for my sample, grabbed an eyeliner and asked the beauty consultant for a sample of the Murad Age Spot Remover and paid, they will give you a sample of any product they carry in the store, you just have to ask. I was out and back in my car and back to work within my allotted hour lunch break! Now that’s a Lucky Day. It’s the little things like this that make me happy.

Then on my way home from work I took the long way because it’s been raining all day and is turning to snow and the roads were getting really slippery. My typical route home is all back roads that are unpaved, and those road’s are getting so wash boarded out with huge potholes.  I’m so glad I did because I stopped into Blockbuster in town, they are going out of business and are having a liquidation sale. There on the counter was the movie Bridesmaids, new for 40% off. I grabbed it and paid, I didn’t even look for other movies that’s the DVD I wanted.

Then I got home and found in my mail was a free sample of Olay Luscious Embrace Soap, a double pack at that, I registered at the Proctor and Gamble website a few months ago and they sent it to me for taking a few consumer surveys. I love free samples and I’m always registering for them on free sample sites. So enough tooting my own horn, TOOT  TOOT. Here’s  the good’s.

The Good's

When I arrived home I gave the dogs some outdoor time, which didn’t last long because of the rain/snow, they came in for some love and dinner, then I got right into my Treadmill workout, I did a really good walking pace for 60 minutes, followed by 4 sets of 12 reps on my leg press machine.

Treadmill and Leg Press Machine

My treadmill is an older model and the readout does not work, but I love it and it still gets me sweating and provides a great workout.

Here’s what Killian and Stuart are doing while I’m working out.

Dogs Version of a Workout

Focused on their Workout

Today I wanted to share the Lean Arm Pyramid, this is a great circuit and again it’s from one of my favorite sites http://www.toneitup.com. So here’s how it goes:

Burpees:  I have been doing 10 sets of these a day, I really am trying to concentrate on my form as I do them, I noticed that when I get fatigued I tend to bow in the middle when doing step#2, so my focus is keeping my core tight and straight to get all the benefits of the exercise and to prevent injury.

Burpee Instructions:

1. Drop to a lower squat position.

2. Kick your legs out, extend your arms, and do a push up.

3. Tuck in your legs as you rise from the push up and get into a lower squat position.

4. From that squat position you’re in now, jump as high as possible.

5. Come down into a lower squat position.

Repeat. I’ve been working from 10 sets and trying to add up as I go.

Now to dinner, I didn’t have a ton of time so I went to an old stand by that I can get done in under 30 minutes. My version of Chicken Parmigiano with Roasted Cauliflower and a side of garlic bread. I am not a vegetarian, but 90% of the meals I prepare are vegetarian, I just tend to crave them more often than meat.

Ingredients

The patties are Vegetarian, they are made by Quorn,  they are meatless and soy free, and loaded with protein.

Chik'n Fillet

then;

Add Eggplant Cutlets

I use the Trader Joe’s, Italian Cuisine Egg Plant Cutlets, they are so good, they come in a 1 lb box and I end up getting 5 or 6 portions out of it.

then;

Add any pasta sauce and top with shredded Italian cheese, it’s quick, it’s easy and it tastes so good.

The cauliflower was roasted at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes, sprayed with canola cooking spray, then just shake on some spices, I used Garlic Salt and Garlic Gold Parmesan Nuggets

Spices

Garlic Gold has some amazing products, I purchased a sampler pack from Kath at Kath Eats on the Open Sky website. I have been using them on everything.

Well I’m gonna call it a night, I’ll check ya later.

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Today I’m really excited, almost giddy. Starting this blog has really got my creative juices flowing.  My mind is running over ideas, recipes, photos, and things I want to post and discuss, even though I feel like I’m fumbling through it. It’s like that with everything I guess, being unfamiliar with the set-up, possibilities and the language of a new program.

I love Mondays, to me it’s like starting fresh, don’t get me wrong weekends rule no doubt about it, I love sleeping in and hanging out in my pj’s all day if I want,  but I also need and crave the structure that the work week holds for me.

Elliptical, in my cramped Laundry Room

After work I got home and did 45 minutes on the elliptical, then went right into my new favorite workout. I’m kinda obsessed with it, and you can do it anywhere. I found it on http://www.toneitup.com it’s a site you must visit, they have tons of circuits and workout ideas, they also have a Bikini Blast Program you can follow and they give motivation, support and videos of their workouts.

LEAN-LEGS Pyramid

Do this in your living room, at the gym, in school, at the office

  • 20 Squats
  • 30 Lunges
  • 40 Toe touches (head forward, legs straight, bend down & touch your toes)
  • 50 Second wall sit (sit up against a wall, legs at 90 degrees and hold it!)
  • 100 Seconds jumping jacks
  • 50 Second wall sit
  • 40 Toe touches
  • 30 Lunges
  • 20 Squats
The first time I did this I wished I would have stretched out better, I had really sore hamstrings for a few days, but I loved it. I also added a set of 10 Burpess, also loving.
Today is also Meatless Monday, which happens to be my favorite meal right now. Soy-Lime Roasted Tofu with Roasted Broccoli and Asian Thai Noodles, I’m so glad my husband loves any and all foods because I make this a lot.
You take this; and press out the water

Nasoya Tofu

The Tofu Press is amazing, it rids the tofu of all the excess water it’s packed in, so you can marinate it and really get the flavor to absorb in the tofu, I also use it to press out the water in spinach after I thaw it.

Tofu Press

Flavor with this;

Marinate for 1-4 hours

and then eat.

Meatless Monday - Dinner is Done

Soy-Lime Roasted Tofu

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm, water-packed tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

PREPARATION

  1. Pat tofu dry. Combine soy sauce, lime juice and oil in a medium shallow dish. Add the tofu block. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 4 hours, gently stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Remove the tofu from the marinade (discard marinade). Slice into long slices and place on a large baking sheet, making sure the slices are not touching. Roast, gently turning halfway through, until golden brown, about 20 minutes

Beverage of Choice

I roast the broccoli on 425°F  for 20 minutes, I add a little canola oil and shake on a favorite spice, today I use the following;

Nori and Seaweed

I found these at Whole Foods and I use them on lots of  foods like you would any other spice.

Tuesdays Breakfast and Lunch Bag

I have a tuna wrap in the tinfoil, which I’ll unwrap and add the lettuce I have bagged up when I’m ready to eat!

Packed and ready to go

Happy Monday and I’ll check ya later!

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It’s 10 degrees in Michigan and I only ventured out of my house this weekend to get the mail on Saturday and today I took out a bag of trash, it is bitter cold out there. I love winter because I get to catch up on projects. Being a scrapbooker and an avid photo taker, I have lots of albums so today I did some organizing, which I love to do. Yesterdays post I told you about my photo collage project, well it got me thinking, I don’t ever want to lose any of my old photos so I thought I would scan pictures that mean everything to me, I have too many books to do them all, so I got right on it after breakfast. I do hope to scan all of them in the future, but for now I like my priority process.

So back to breakfast I made a Protein Pumpkin Breakfast Cake. I found this recipe months ago on Sweet Tooth Sweet Life healthy living blog.  She has so many great recipes.

Fresh From The Oven

Protein Pumpkin Breakfast Cake

Topped with vanilla yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup, this is both filling and full of protein.

Here’s the recipe

Protein Pumpkin Breakfast Cake

Makes 9 servings @ 180 Calories Per Serving

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups liquid egg whites
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 packets Truvia
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2-2/3 cups slow cook oats
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 medium apple, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp pecan pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients in blender except apple and nuts. Fold in apple.

Spray a 9×9 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mixture evenly in pan and sprinkle with nuts on top.

Bake 50 minutes or until center of cake is dry.

Now since I baked this morning I thought lunch and dinner are going to be easy by cleaning up leftovers, I like to start the week with a fresh menu plan. So the rest the day will be me relaxing and having a much-needed rest day. Although I do have  just one more chore to do, I have to prep my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. I always prep the night before. I eat both my breakfast and lunch at my desk Monday-Friday, I tend to eat the same breakfast and lunches all week but I try to mix it up so I get a variety of nutrients. Here’s what my bag looks like.

Breakfast and Lunch on the GO

So to complete the hate portion of my title on today’s blog, I hate winter because on certain days you really don’t want to go outside, but being from the mid-west we do get use to the cold and the snow and the ice and we suck it up and go out, we don’t have a choice really, we have to get groceries and go to work!

Monday I’m going to be posting a workout I am obsessed with.

Check ya Later

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Balancing Life

Today was one of those days that was filled with both laziness and productivity. I am addicted to movies so when I received the Planet of the Apes from Netflix yesterday I knew that is what I wanted to watch when I woke up. We enjoyed our breakfast watching it, we each had a bowl of vanilla yogurt topped with some pumpkin millet bread that I crumbled along with some frozen blackberries which I sprinkled with cinnamon, it was perfect. I make the pumpkin millet bread ahead and saved it in the freezer. I slice the loaf  prior to freezing into chunks so when ever I’m hankering I pull out a few chunks and add away.

Pumpkin Millet Bread with Yogurt and Berries

Then once the movie ended I got prepped to do my workout, I power walked 60 minutes on the treadmill, I am not a runner, I am a power walker.  For some reason walking makes me very happy, I find that when I jog/run I get to hot and my hips really bother me so I listen to my body and I power walk. Every now and then I’ll add a sprint to my walk.

When my walk was done I stretched and got right into leg presses. I did 4 sets of 12. I also did a set of 10 burpees, which I’m really loving right now, when I first saw them on other people’s blogs I didn’t think much of them, but gave them a try anyways and I love how challenging they are.  I also completed a small circuit of abs, which I hate to admit, I normally never do. Trying new workouts is my goal this year.

Lunch was thrown together after my work out, a quick one it was, I was starving. So I grabbed a piece of pita bread sliced it open and stuffed it with hummus and apple slices, I also had a mozzarella cheese stick on the side. With that done I sliced up a lemon and added it to my tumbler of water and ice.

After lunch I got back on tract on a project I have been working on, a photo album that is made up of collages of all the vacations I ever taken, it’s a really big project, because 50% of the vacations were before digital cameras so I have been scanning pictures out of my albums in chronological order by date. What a process this is, but worth it. Tonight I am proud to say I completed 90% of said project. I have some pictures I need to get from my mothers albums and I can scan those and print out those collages to be caught up to date.  I have kept a travel journal since my first trip in 1982, I was 13 years old and I flew to California by myself to spend the summer at my cousin’s house, she gave me the journal when I arrived and I have been journaling in it for each and every trip since.

I was getting a bit stiff from sitting so I got up and started dinner. I found this great recipe on the Nasoya website that I been anxious to try, I purchased all the ingredients earlier this week so I was prepped and ready to go.

Mexican Egg Rolls

 Servings: 25, 1 per serving

Dish Type:

Product Type: Egg Roll Wraps

Diet Type: none

Recipe Source: Nasoya

 Ingredients:

1 pkg Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps
1 (20 oz.) ground turkey
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained & washed
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 can rotel, drained
1 (8 oz.) pkg monterey jack cheese
handful chopped cilantro, chopped
1 egg, beaten
olive oil cooking spray

Preparation Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook ground turkey on medium heat. Mix together in a large bowl corn, black beans, rotel, spices, cheese, and cilantro. Spoon 1/3 cup of mixture in center of egg roll wrapper. Fold top corner of wrapper over filling, tucking tip of corner under filling; fold left and right corners over filling. Brush remaining corner with egg and tightly roll filled end toward the
remaining corner, and gently press to seal. Grease baking sheet with olive oil. Place egg rolls on baking sheet and spray tops of egg roll with olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 18 minutes or until
golden brown.

I loved them, I also made a side of refried beans but we hardly ate them, I packed them up for tomorrows left overs. So I’m off to relax and watch some TV, and complete the cycle of today’s theme, Balancing Life.

Think I'll eat the rest of my apple from lunch while I watch TV

Goodnight and I’ll check ya later

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So here I go.  I’ve wanted to jump into the blog world for over a year, I have an obsession for reading food and fitness blogs and I realized the need for bloggers in their 40’s.

Cooking

Working Out

Cooking healthy meals and working-out are a priority for me so I hope you join me on my quest to stay Fit in my 40’s.

I’m very excited to make this leap from avid blog reader to blogger.

Check ya Later

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