WIAW: Snack Plate Perfection

Hiiiiiiiii there :)

After missing last week’s WIAW party due to vacation, I’m back in full swing this week and excited to show you guys what I’ve been munching on. Let’s just get down to the nitty gritty of it all, shall we?WIAWbutton

Breakfast has been a bit of a different experience for me lately. Upon arriving home from Texas, I dug into my cupboard for my bag of unsweetened coconut and blended myself up some coconut butter. There really was no specific purpose in my mind, other than wanting to inhale some coconut. I may or may not now be in some kind of love triangle with nut butters and coconut butter. Who to choose…who to choose…

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Nut butter + coconut butter + toast = on repeat. When will it stop? Now isn’t that the million dollar question….

Lunch time is literally the bane of my existence, as you guys probably know, which is why I have perfected the snack plate. Ok, it’s not an exact science or anything, but whenever I make a snack plate I never find myself grazing an hour after, so that must mean I’m doing something right.

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The trick to a good snack plate is to make sure you’ve got all the bases covered.

Fruit? CHECK! Carbs? CHECK! Protein? CHECK! Veggies? CHECK! Healthy Fats? DOUBLE CHECK!

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I mean, come on. Don’t these plate look better than any boring salad or sandwich? Although I suppose it depends on the day…some days all I want is a hearty grilled veggie sandwich loaded with cheese. Or a hefty chicken salad doused in croutons. Mmmm….

Dinners on the other hand, are always an organized affair, but even more so now that Sissy and the two little nuggets are here with her!

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And veggie tacos…

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And a meal or two cooked up at home…

IMG_6555balsamic apricot chicken with taters and broccoli

Things have been pretty tasty on the food front lately, although I am missing my time spent creating. I feel the need for some baking coming on!

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What is your current food obsession or meal you can’t get enough of?
Favorite way to eat coconut butter?

Garlic Peanut Sauce & Soba Noodles

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Hope you guys remembered to wear your green. I painted my nails green, although personally I feel that I should be allowed a free pass on St. Patty’s Day. I’ve got red hair, freckles, and green eyes…I might as well be a dang leprechaun! There’s no way I’m not Irish…unless of course you include the fact that I hate corned beef and hash. Bleh!

And while I don’t have an Irish dish for you today, I do have a recipe with some green in it, so that makes it totally acceptable, right? ;)

Garlic Peanut Sauce & Soba Noodles
My old recipe, revamped to contain less fat and boost up the protein!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/3 Cup veggie stock
  • 4 T peanut flour
  • 1 T light soy sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 2 stalks green onions, chopped
  • steamed broccoli (optional)

Cook your soba noodles according to package directions. Once done, drain and toss back into the empty pot. Whisk together the garlic, stock, peanut flour, soy sauce, and honey until well mixed. Dump sauce over noodles mixture, stirring well. Top chopped green onions.

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Peanutty. Garlicky. Deliciousness

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I’m going to be honest with ya’ll here…the only reason why I used peanut flour instead of the usual natural peanut butter in the sauce is because I ran out of peanut butter. GASP! I know…it threw me for a loop as well. I had almond butter and all sorts of flavored nut butters, but no plain peanut butter. I thought my craving for this dish would have to wait, until I saw my trusty bag of peanut flour.

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After making this recipe with the peanut flour however, I don’t think I’ll be going back to the traditional. The peanut flour helps up the protein content a ton, which is good, seeing as how I always keep this dish vegetarian. The sauce is just as creamy as when it’s made with natural peanut butter, and there’s no sacrifice of flavor. I’d say it’s a win-win situation in my book!

So while this ginger leprechaun may not be indulging in corned beef today, I will be eating my weight in peanutty noodles while flashing my pretty green nails around. I’m pretty sure that’s got to count for something….

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Do you ever revamp or re-work your old favorite recipes?
Are you a corned beef and hash fan?

Thinking Out Loud #11

There’s no place like home!

I am so so glad to be back in Cali! While Texas was tons of fun, there’s just no place like home. I’m a total comfort-zone person though, so I guess that could be it. It could also be the whole getting woken up at 5AM due to a certain Little Nugget crying…

Let’s recap for this week’s Thinking Out Loud shall we?!

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1. I am never EVER flying again. Did I say never? Because I mean it. It’s pretty bad when your 6 year old nephew has to hold your hand when your on the decent and the turbulence is starting to get a little rough. It also doesn’t help that we were on a straight up puddle jumper. That plane held like 60 people at BEST! Not ok people. NOT. OK. I was fine the entire flight until the turbulence picked up. My goodness I was freaking out and T was next to me saying, “it’s just like a roller coaster Auntie KK!” To make matters worse, Sissy and Mom thought it was beyond hilarious, and are probably going to make fun of me now for the rest of my life. Awesome.

2. Have you heard about the scrunchy face? It’s all the rage for 1 year olds apparently. Ok, maybe only 1 year olds named Linc…

IMG_6601 I know right? Cutest. Kid. Ever.

That’s the face of a kid that knows he’s got his auntie whipped…

3. Speaking of whipped, T has one heck of a backhand. I got the privilege of sharing a bed with him, until I learned the hard way that my nephew likes to swing his fist around in the middle of the night. Cue left backhand to the face. Literally SMACKED me right in the face. It’s not like he meant it or anything, but I have enough issues with insomnia as it is, so I had to kick Big Nugget out of his bed for the remaining nights. He got to sleep with mommy and daddy though, so I don’t think he minded too much!

4. By the way, in case you were wondering, my nephews are not only the most adorable little nuggets in the universe, they are also crazy talented.

T is learning to play Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes for a concert in May. This is just a small snippet of the song, but you get the point. While his learning to play this song is pretty awesome, the fact that he hums it non-stop is not so awesome. I couldn’t sleep one night last week because I couldn’t get that darn song out of my head…

Linc may not be playing in a concert anytime soon, but he’s still learning!

Let’s do it together…”Awwwwwww!

5. Is it just me, or do these kids look nothing like me? Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing, I’m just sayin’. I was hoping they would look more like me so it wouldn’t look too suspicious when I kidnap them…

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6. No vacation is complete without a little sugar, am I right? Tuesday just so happened to be Sissy’s birthday, so we made sure to celebrate it with some cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory!IMG_6599 Sissy and I split this hunk of diabetes, and it was totally yum. Worth every ridiculously sugared bite. While I’m not usually a fan of sharing my dessert, I’m fairly sure I would have up-chucked had I eaten this entire thing on my own after the lunch I had. Although later that night I realized that I could have just taken half home and had an entire slice instead of half….

7. Do yourself a favor. Hit play on the song below, close your eyes, and get lost in the lyrics. My girl Haley sang this in church the other week, and after I got done bawling my eyes out at how proud I was that she was leading worship in service, I listened to the words she was singing and began crying for an entirely different reason.

I chose the lyric video so that you can see the lyrics along with the music, to really understand what is being sung. I know it’s a long song, but I promise you it’s worth every second.

So I will call upon your name

And keep my eyes above the waves, when oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours, and You are mine

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Does anyone in your family play an instrument? Daddy plays guitar, Ninja plays a bit of everything, and of course my nephews rock out on the drums!

Thinking Out Loud #10

HOWDY HO!!

Mom and I made it out here to big bad Texas, with me only having one or two panic attacks on the plane. I’d say that’s a success! Not looking forward to the flight back though….I’m thinking it’s going to be a while before I take another plane trip. I just can’t handle that crap!

Thanks to Amanda for still doing the link-up even when she’s in gorgeous Hawaii!!

1. It had been 5 years since I had been on a plane last, and while the flight was just as terrifying as I remember, the airport food has improved a TON. I was incredibly impressed with the options available to us. I remember only having McDonalds and Starbucks available, so I was beyond ecstatic to find several little café’s with plenty of options, most of which were fairly healthy!

Scrambled eggs, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese in a tortilla with guac and sour cream

Doesn’t that tasty? I would’ve preferred a whole wheat tortilla, but beggars can’t be choosers! Mom and I split this and it was MORE than enough for the two of us.

2. My nephews are beyond adorable. Talk about two distinct personalities! Obviously Linc is only a little over 1 years old so he isn’t talking yet, but he is such a little flirt! And T of course is just a spunky little kid. I can’t get enough of either of them!

Linc is a Booty lover!! We hit up Costco when we got here on Tuesday and I introduced the kiddos to the awesomeness that is Pirate’s Booty. Both of the kids are hooked, of course!

Big T is a picture lover, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot more of him up on the blog soon! I’ve got to get as many pictures of him as a can while he still enjoys them. Who knows when he will get to Little Bro’s stage of "I never want to smile for pictures," so I’m going to keep snapping away until he begs me to stop!

3. This is the 1st trip I’ve taken in a long time where I actually haven’t been stressed about food. Sissy likes to eat healthy like I do, so she and I wrote up a big shopping list and got all the things needed for healthy snacks and meals. It’s such a relief when someone else likes what you do! I’m so used to being the one who has to try to fit in with other people’s lifestyle, so it is really nice to have some support.

  1. Babybel cheese, hummus and carrots with an apple, crackers & PB, grapes & almonds, chicken fajita

This is just some random food from yesterday, but it’s all exactly what I would eat at home, so my tummy has been alright and my ED has yet to rear it’s ugly head, which is always a good thing, but especially when I’m on vacation! The last thing I need is to have a meltdown and be distracted when I’m supposed to be visiting and enjoying time with my family.

4. I’ve decided that my Sissy is Super Mom and no other mom comes close. Yesterday, she not only taught her oldest child school (he’s home schooled) but then she also put her youngest down for a nap, helped make breakfast, did laundry and the dishes, then got her oldest to tennis followed by drum lessons all before packing the kids up again for church group at 7pm at night. Somehow she managed to keep them all fed and happy too. Anyone else stressed out just thinking about all that? Because I tagged along in the car, and I was sure stressing! Talk about non stop go go go!!

5. Just for fun, check this little gem out….Sissy got this for her Christmas white elephant gift last year. While I’ve never had Spam before (nor ever wanted to) this little can had be squealing. I mean how hilarious is this?!

Magic in every bite!

Excellent source of sparkle!

I’m actually slightly offended when I think about the fact that they are advertising the death of a Unicorn as a joke, but hey, not everyone is as obsessed with the elusive creatures as I am I guess!

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Anyone ever had Spam before?
Does everyone’s airport have such impressive food?

Double Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Confession: I’m a chocoholic.

IMG_6520 There, I said it, so just go ahead and point and laugh at me now. Start up those rumor mills and begin passing the news around. Shun me and turn away whenever I walk past you.

Or, jump on this tasty little train with me and let’s take a ride ;)

Double Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Simple to make, quick to grab and tasty to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • 1/4 Cup flaxseeds
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
  • mashed banana chips [optional]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, melt your peanut butter and honey. Pour in the oats and flaxseeds. Stir well. Add chocolate chips and banana chips if using and stir to combine. Dump into a well oiled 8×8 baking dish and press into pan firmly. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then place in the fridge for 15 minutes to let them harden nicely. Cut into 8 large bars.

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chocolaty, peanut buttery goodness

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The banana chips don’t change the flavor immensely, but they do add that little “SURPISE” pop of flavor when you get to a good chunk. I made these bars with both the addition of the banana chips as well as without and thought they were great both ways. And yes, that means I have already gone through two entire batches of these bars…by myself. Chocoholic remember?IMG_6538 
I keep these bars in the fridge as they tend to be just a tad crumbly, which isn’t a bad thing, I just like the solidarity that the fridge provides I suppose. Either way, I have been enjoying at least one of these bars a day, like the true chocoholic I am.

P.S. I’m leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to spend some time in Texas with Sissy! I’m going to do my best to blog, but when I get around those two little nuggets of mine (aka nephews) I get slightly distracted. Also, please pray that I don’t have an epic panic attack in the airport….I hate flying!!

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Do you make homemade granola bars?
What’s your favorite brand name granola bar (or protein bar)?

From Exercise Addict To Fitness Lover

Oh Friday how I love you.

First up, a huge thank you to all of you who took the time to not only read but also watch my vlog. I know it was kind of a mouthful of stuff, but I think I made my point pretty clear in the end :)

I actually wanted to piggy back on yesterday’s post just a bit, to kind of share with you guys how I went from an extreme exercise addict to just a lover of fitness. It’s quite the transition when you really think about it. And yes, it took years for me to get to this point, so if you are struggling with this area of abuse, please give yourself time. Be patient. It will come, I promise.exerciseaddiction

For my own journey, I went from Phase 1 to Phase 4 in like, a week. By this time however, I was already fully consumed by my disordered thoughts. I was cutting back food, counting calories and hating myself each and every moment of every day. Throwing in hours of exercise to what I was already doing was almost like a last ditch effort. I tried the diet pills. I tried purging. I tried to skip going out so I wouldn’t feel pressured to eat by my friends. None of that was helping me to “achieve” my goals of being someone else, so I started running myself into the ground. Literally.

How I felt on a day to day basis:

  • Exhaustion. I was always tired. So much so that I can remember almost falling asleep when I was driving sometimes. It was like no matter how much time I spent in bed, I never felt rested. I moved in a constant fog.
  • Broken down. I was sore all the time, and not the good kind of sore that comes from a killer workout. My shins were constantly riddled with shin splints, my knees would sometimes give out when I stood up and I was going to the chiropractor once a week to try to straighten out my back.
  • Depressed. I couldn’t understand why my hours of workouts weren’t changing my body. I didn’t get why I wasn’t the best player on the field. After games or tournaments I would often sit on the floor of my shower and just cry.

Now to the turning point. Like I mentioned in my vlog, I really don’t know when it all came to a head. I think it was just a normal day in the gym and after yet another exhausting workout, I finally just realized that I needed to stop. I was just sick and tired of being sick and tired, and the source of all of that was my own doing. I kind of just took a step back from myself and looked at the reality of it all.

And that reality was ugly.

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It scared the CRAP out of me when I started toning down my workouts. At first, it lead to a stricter (and more restricted) diet. I counted everything. After a year of that though, I recognized that I still wasn’t getting any better. I was still punishing myself with workouts if I went over my calorie budget. I would workout when I got home from work and then when Ninja went out for karate, I would jump back on the treadmill for round 2.

So I ditched the calorie counting app, switched to eating more intuitively, and dropped the cardio bunny act and picked up the weights. I haven’t looked back since.

I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s been all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a constant battle. But after I stopped forcing myself to workout, and instead started to look at fitness as an outlet and an enjoyable activity, I actually realized how much I was really in love with it.

There’s been some encouraging changes along the way too, that have really helped me to stay motivated.

I’m no longer a cardio bunny. I truly believe my exercise addiction is to blame for my hatred of running. That’s all I did back then. Come home from soccer practice? Go run. Finished shopping at the mall? Go for a run. Run run run run. Granted I still run twice a week to keep up my stamina for soccer practice, but it’s not for an hour. It’s for 20-40 minutes tops.

exerciseaddict1From just a flat tummy to some actual muscle….

I fell in love with lifting. Dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, medicine balls…if it’s heavy, I want to lift it. I think I just got tired of being weak. I got tired of being sick and unable to walk up a flight of stairs without getting dizzy. I’m no longer on that mission to be an itty bitty thing now. I want to be strong, and able, and fierce.

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I learned to appreciate what my body can do for me. I used to hate everything about my body. Literally, everything. Now though, I have an appreciation for all the things it can do for me. Even after all the abuse, my body still works for me, and I can’t be thankful enough for that.

I love challenging my body. The best part of this fitness journey hasn’t been the drop in pants size or the number on the scale, it’s actually been watching my body take any challenge I’ve thrown at it and overcome it. Do you have any idea how empowering it is to overcome a physical challenge? I couldn’t do 2 pull-ups and now I can almost do 5. I could only do 10 push-ups and now I can do 30. I literally just have so much fun with fitness now. It’s like a constant search…what can I take on now?!

The fact is that fitness is no longer a chore or an obligation. It’s always sad when something you love turns into something you can’t stand, and that is what my addiction did. But now? Fitness is a constant in my life for an entirely different reason.

I love it. I love getting sweaty. I love struggling for that last rep. I love increasing the weight I’m lifting. I love laying on the floor after a workout completely spent.

And none of that is part of an addition.

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Give me your thoughts!

Thinking Out Loud #9: Celebrate The Little Victories

Alright peeps, we’re getting seriously here again today for Thinking Out Loud, on account of Amanda suggested it (and who doesn’t listen to the link-ups creator?) AND it’s a topic that is close to my heart.

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For those of you who aren’t aware, this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. I know I don’t talk too much about my ED, but it is something that was a huge part of my life and my battle and recovery has shaped me and help make me who I am today. I think maybe I don’t talk about my ED as much because I feel like mine was such a lesser version of what most ED are. Don’t get me wrong, any eating disorder is a horrendous thing, but mine was so different to me than the usual.

My goal was never about getting super thin. It was all about my sick obsession to be something I wasn’t. It was all about my search to find myself and love myself. Sure, those years were filled with food deprivation, binging and purging as well as plenty of self-hatred, but my ED was really all about my exercise abuse. I just felt so unworthy of everything, that I would just drive my body into the ground, thinking that maybe if I was just faster, fitter, thinner, than maybe everything else would be ok. It started out with just wanting to be a better soccer player and developed into such a horrible addiction that by the end I had doctors, coaches and my mom begging me to stop.

At 25 years old, some of those thoughts and tenancies still creep in. If I’m not on constant guard, it’s easy to slip back into that old comfort zone of mine. It’s weird considering an addiction to be a comfort zone, but it really is. That’s where I had control. This new life of letting my body decide whether or not I work out or how hard I go at it is unfamiliar to me.

Which is why I’m all about celebrating the little victories and accomplishments. Any time I allow myself a rest day, or any day that I tone down my workout because my body is asking me to, is something that I celebrate. Sure in terms of recovery, it may not be that big of a deal, but to me, these little victories are ammunition. I stock pile them for the days that I need extra help. I keep them within reach for those days when I feel myself slipping and need something to fight my way out.

Little victories are reminders of the accomplishments you’ve had. ED sufferers tend to only focus on the failures and struggles. Why don’t we instead look to celebrate the victories?

I’m hoping that if I keep trying, one day I might get a bit better at this whole vlogging thing. Yikes…

Just because I don’t talk much about my disordered past, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a huge part of me. It’s why I care so much about working out now. I want to build my body instead of break it down. It’s why I care so much about proper nutrition. I want to learn to feed my body the fuel it needs to thrive.

Regardless of how my ED tried to break me and destroy me, the fact is that it didn’t. It left me beaten and broken sure, and left me with tons of scars and issues, but I’m still standing. At the end of the day, whether it be a good or bad one, that fact alone is enough to keep me fighting.

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Thoughts on exercise addiction?
Do you forget sometimes to celebrate the little victories?

WIAW – All the changes

Happy WIAW!

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In honor of NEDA, or National Eating Disorders Awareness week, I thought I’d use this WIAW to reflect a little bit on all the little things that have changed in my diet since joining the recovery road. Some are more extreme than others, but regardless, each and every change deserves to be recognized and celebrated in my eyes!

7AM – Pre-Run

During my ED, one thing I would have never done was consume any calories before trying to work them off. That just seemed so….counter productive to me. Now a days however, I can’t do the whole work out on an empty stomach thing. It leaves me dizzy and flat out grumpy. Whose got time for that?!

IMG_6538 double chocolate peanut butter granola bar – recipe coming!

I downed this bar before my morning 3 mile run. I can still remember the days of running on an empty, grumbling stomach. Talk about miserable….

Breakfast – Post Run

Two meals before 10AM? Oh no that was something that most definitely did not occur back in the ED days. I would come home from soccer practice at 6:30 at night and only eat dinner if my mom made a comment about it. If she didn’t, I just showered and went to bed on an empty stomach. Why would I put food back in my body after I just burned it all off? Well, as you can see, those days are long gone…

IMG_6298 egg white oats with flaxseed & a mashed naner topped with bloobs & dark chocolate dreams

Oh another thing, peanut butter was something I went without for about two years. TWO. YEARS. I make up for it now though. Nut butters definitely make up a good chunk of this girl’s diet!

Lunch

Diet Coke and an apple. Or half a turkey sandwich with some grapes. My excuse was that lunch was only about an hour before soccer practice and I didn’t want to get a cramp, but we all know that was a BIG FAT LIE. While lunch is still the one meal I continually struggle with (because I’d much rather snack my way through it) I do make a conscious effort to at least get some sort of meal in me by the time noon rolls around.

IMG_6545 whole wheat bread, 2 eggs, tomatoes and cheese with grapes

Two eggs AND a piece of cheese? Wow, living it up over here. No but seriously, I cut cheese out back in the ED days also due to the high fat content. Which is amazing considering that my nickname growing up was Rat. It’s so sad to think about how many foods I gave up that were utterly my favorite things, simply because I deemed them “unhealthy”.

Snack

Another thing I skipped out on in the ED days was snacks. I stuck to three little meals and that’s it. Snack led to binges for me seeing as how I was always so hungry, so I just stayed away from them in general. Not anymore! Snacks are literally what keep me going throughout the day now. It’s like a little reprieve or reward for me for making it to 3 o’clock :)

IMG_6046 plain greek yogurt, granola, bloobs and coconut

I feel the yogurt obsession coming back guys. The weather has been sunny, which only feeds into my desire for more yogurt. Although now I’m in some serious need of my favorite cereals. Is there any better topper to yogurt than cereal?

Oh and another note, if I was eating yogurt back in the ED days there were never any toppings. I couldn’t add more calories!

Dinner

Dinner was pretty much the only meal I ate on a consistent basis because my mom would bring it to me in my room, which was something that I really hated. I was in my room to avoid the food, not have it brought to me. While I might not have always appreciated it then, I can appreciate it now. My mom didn’t have to come home at 5 o’clock every night and make me dinner, let alone bring it to my pathetic butt in my room, but she did anyway. The more I reflect on it, the more that small gesture means to me.

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soba noodles with garlic peanut sauce and broccoli

After breakfast, dinner has now become my favorite meal simply for the fact that I get to cook it for Ninja. I enjoy providing him with a nutritious meal, especially when he’s had a long day at work. I guess maybe that has rubbed off on me from all those days that my mom brought me my dinner in my room.

Looking at all this food used to make me cringe. In fact, I can tell you exactly what I would be doing if I would have eaten all of this, and it wasn’t pretty. When I look at this food now though, I don’t feel bad at all, in fact, I feel just the opposite. I feel proud.

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Are there any foods that you used to cut out from your diet completely due to them being “unhealthy” in your eyes?

Currently Loving

Is it really Monday already? Boo to that.

Ninja and I were up at the awesome time of 5:45am in order to help my mom with the antique fair she runs a booth at once a month, so we basically only had Saturday to sleep in. Not that either of us did. I woke up early to watch the US get their butts handed to them by Finland and Ninja was off to work by 7:15. Think we can get some kind of weekend re-do or something? Cause this one was just flat out lame!

Want to see some things that aren’t lame though? ;)

Currently loving…Nuts N More nut butters. I got these little babies as a birthday present from Sissy. She went all covert spy on me and was asking me about them the other week and then BAM! A box shows up on my door step. She’s kind of awesome.

IMG_6474 The stats on these babies are pretty crazy. They aren’t just nut butters, but actually have protein powder and flax stirred in as well. This obviously changes the flavor a bit, but I actually really like them on toast and in my oats!

Currently lovingthis smoothie. Got to keep that chocolate flowing through my veins, you know? Actually the weather out here was crazy nice this weekend so I couldn’t help but indulge in a smoothie each day. Plus, after Sunday’s game I was in need of both chocolate and a refreshing smoothie.

IMG_6428 Two birds. One stone. Boom!

Currently loving…Jax. She may be a full grown pup now, but she hasn’t changed one bit. She still knows when mommy has had a tough game and needs some TLC.

jax2 I still can’t believe she was ever that small. I remember wanting her to hurry up and get bigger so I wouldn’t have to worry about stepping on her. Now I just slam right into her instead. I think I miss when she was small….

Currently loving…this shirt Bestie bought me for my birthday! It says “fierce” and is literally one of the softest tanks I’ve ever worn. It’s meant to be a workout tank but I almost feel bad sweating in it! As you can see from the pic, I had a nice sweat sesh in it anyway :)

fierce Post leg day…hence why I’m sitting down….

I may or may not have worn this shirt 3 days in a row now. Don’t judge me. It’s not like it smells…too much.

Currently loving…song remakes. Originals are great and all, but sometimes someone just re-does the song and smashes it. Ever heard Without You by Lea Michelle? She took a fast paced Usher song and turned it into a ballad. Beautiful. This song right here makes me crave a bonfire on the beach with all of my closets friends.

I own the original of this song, but then found this beauty courtesy of Youtube. Colton Haynes and his ridiculous jaw line kills me. Actor, model and singer? That’s just not fair….

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What are you currently loving?
What song remake do you like more than the original?

[Super] Thick Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Is it possible to die from chocolate poisoning?

IMG_6418 Because straight up, my chocolate consumption now takes up at least  40% of my daily intake. Yikes people…yikes. It’s a good thing I don’t eat too bad in any other areas. Well, unless you count the amount of nut butter I eat. Oh and the cheese. Ok and maybe the crackers.

But I throw a veggie in my mouth every now and again too, so that counts for something right?

I showed you guys this smoothie in my WIAW post this week, but it’s become such an obsession of mine that I just had to share the recipe with you. It’s become my new go-to post workout smoothie, and I’m probably going to be having it for breakfast tomorrow just because…well because I’m addicted to chocolate.

Super Thick Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
Packed with nutrition but tastes like a treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 Cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder [optional]
  • 1 T flaxseeds
  • stevia to taste

Blend blend blend! Add more milk if you find it needs a little help to get going. I started with 3/4 Cup and drizzled in 1/4 Cup more to help it along. Also, if you have a good protein powder then you most likely won’t need to add any stevia, but if you opt to omit it then you might need to add in a bit of sweetness. Totally up to you though!

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This smoothie is one that will totally have your face in the blender trying to lick every last drop. Unless of course you have class, then I guess you’ll use a spoon or something, but there’s none of that happening in this house.

IMG_6439Those strawberries are from the bottom of the bin, can you tell? Hey, we don’t judge berries by their outer appearance over here!

I’m not exactly begging summer to come, but if it means that I get to enjoy one of these smoothies everyday without socks and a hoodie on then bring on the heat. I also need the summer months to come so the berry prices will drop a bit. Buying berries right now is sort of killing my wallet…

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Favorite smoothie flavors?
Do you like to eat your smoothies with a spoon?

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