Breakfast Cookie Sundae

Good morning!  This is my last monday here in Atlanta.  This week will be a week of a lot of lasts.  All this means, however, is that the days left till I go to France are dwindling down.  No problems there.  Since I’m returning my borrowed fridge in two days I can’t go to the store for anything new..welcome to the life of peanut butter and oats.  I am suprised at how creative you can get with these two ingredients.  It is a world of possibility.

~ The Breakfast Cookie Sundae ~

~ muesli ~

~ Chia Seeds ~

Wrapped into a lovable cookie shape

Halloween had nothing to do with this breakfast theme.  Honest.  Why this looks incredibly like a bat is beyond me.  Stuck with using up the barren remnants of my food supply, this turned out rather well.  Topped with creamy banana cacao soft serve and raspberry jam [this stuff can make anything a magical experience] This was a breakfast of champions.

Breakfast Cookie Sundae ~
1/2 cup raw muesli
1 tbsp of chia seeds
splash of vanilla extraxt
dash of salt
lots of cinnamon [just use your preference]
1 tbsp of almond butter
splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Mix everything together in a small bowl.  Press it into a cookie shape and wrap in plastic wrap.  I like to stick mine in the freezer the night before though the fridge would be fine.
Soft Serve ~
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp cacao nibs
Blend till it resembles speckled ice cream bliss.
Top it all off with a spoonful of jam and a sprinkle of shredded coconut.

Almond Butter, Honey, Coconut Balls

~ ALMOND BUTTER, HONEY, COCONUT BALLS ~

I came home from work wanting one thing.  A cookie.  Since I live in a tiny 15 x 15 ft room, with no kitchen, my choices were limited.  I decided to make a freezer cookie ball.  I don’t think those words can ever go wrong 😉

I started off with 1/2 a cup of almond butter, and a 1/4 of a cup of honey.   mmmmm……..

These 2 ingredients were then stirred together with love.  My forms of measuring are pretty hilarious, I have nothing to measure with but an old single serving apple sauce container that I know holds 4 ounces [a.k.a = 1/2 a cup]  so everything I make is gauged off of this.  Rockin’ it in style in the dorm room.

Then 1/2 cup of raw oats, + another 1/4 cup was stirred into the mix.

Lots of cinnamon

A dash of unsweetened shredded coconut

Mix.  Mix.  Mix.  Scoop out.  Roll into balls.  Roll then said balls into more shredded coconut.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Place in fridge, or freezer.  Lick the spoon.  The other spoon.  And the bowl.  Done.

I was so excited to have something turn out after my treacherous pumpkin breakfast.

I ate one before it had settled in the fridge long enough, but it was still very tasty.  Coconut butter and/or dark chocolate chips would be a nice future addition to these. 😀

I can’t wait to try one from the freezer tomorrow.  There are rewards for patience 😉

Recipe:
Almond Butter, Honey, Coconut Balls ~
1/2 cup of almond butter
1/4 cup of honey
about 3/4 cup of raw oats
lots of cinnamon
spoonful of unsweetened shredded coconut + extra for rolling balls in
Mix almond butter and honey together first – then add oats, cinnamon, and coconut.  Mix and roll spoonfuls into balls.  then roll in extra shredded coconut.  leave in fridge or freezer for a while before eating.

Question: Favorite ‘no bake’ goods/recipes anyone?

Yogurt Bliss

This morning was something new for me…. Trader Joe’s Mango Apricot greek yogurt.  A wonderful flavor. 🙂

Layered with chia seeds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, almond butter, brown rice puffs, and Udi’s granola.  And a dollop of raspberry jam on top, of course.

This kept me full for hours!

Lunch was a veggie wrap from publix

Every veggie they offered [minus jalapeno’s plus provolone cheese] on a sundried tomato wrap.  This was alright, I made the mistake of putting oil and vinegar on it which made everything a bit of a mess.

Song for thought:

“Knights at Cydonia” by Muse

Pad See Ew Please

So This morning started off with a long awaited Green Monster!  An Almond Butter, Banana, Pomegranate green monster to be exact.

Last night was amazing, I had some great dances and even did a few moves … IN THE AIR … I will definitely be finding that partner again 😀  Needless to say I slept well afterwards.

I awoke ready to get my green on.

Almond Butter, Banana, Pomegranate Green Monster :
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
lots of cinnamon 😉
2 extra large handfuls of fresh spinach
frozen banana – broken into pieces
1 tbsp almond butter
4-8 ounces pomegranate kefir – depends on desired consistancy
topped with a swirl of almond butter and Udi’s artisan granola

This was like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in liquid form.  It was a heavenly combination, refreshing, party in my mouth.  I will be making this again soon! 🙂

Song of the Day:  “Elephant Gun” by Beirut.

I came across this band a little over a year ago and fell in love.  They are without a doubt on my list of bands to see live.  This particular song was the one I chose for my reel on my website as well.

At work today I came across a photo link from a performance I did back in February with my college’s swing dance group.  I didn’t even know these existed!

BSA Dance Photos

I am the one wearing the tiny black hat. 😉 Kind of weird to be browsing through videos on you tube and come across a slideshow of yourself, though …

Lunch and dinner were Pad See Ew.  I waitressed at a family owned Thai restaurant for 2 years and got to eat for free while working!  I was spoiled rotten in the category of Thai food.  So I was so excited to go for Thai with the office.  The portions were so big that I easily made dinner out of it.  Two birds with one stone 😉

I asked them to make my tofu ‘soft’ tofu – which means they cook it with the rest of the meal instead of deep frying it first.  I like the tofu better this way, it takes on a bit too much of a spongy texture when fried + is better for you.  Two stones again? 😛  It was just the way thai noodles should be with a good bit of vegetables in the form of broccoli, cabbage, onions, and bean sprouts.

After a 45 min trip to the gym I had an amazing apple.

A very photogenic apple 🙂  Do you find that an apple sliced thin like potato chips is more appetizing then one normally??  I found it to be so.  A thin, crisp burst of apple goodness with every bite.

Still Craving something else I turned to the mini peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Trader Joe’s organic creamy peanut butter with apricot jelly on small rice crackers.  Why I love small rice crackers? – The serving size is about 35-40 crackers!               .. in love –

You can eat them open faced…

Topped with dried cranberries…

Or as an actual sandwich 😉

PB & J can be too much fun, on your night off.

What’s your favorite way to eat Peanut Butter and Jelly?  Do you prefer a different nut butter?

Granola Morning

I am sticking to my goal of less reading/more sleeping this week.  Problem – I’m still not getting into bed early enough due to non reading business.  Never fails I guess.  Next week…I’ll catch up on sleep then 🙂  I didn’t even have time to get on here yesterday but breakfast was a good one.  Trader Joe’s honey greek yogurt was a blessing to a time-crunched morning.  Topped with almond butter and Udi’s granola I was ready to start the day.

I wish I could share crazy fun adventures that occur between meals, but I am sitting in front of a computer.  The epitome of non-excitedness.  I have been on a brain freeze lately concerning my most recent project which doesn’t help matters.  One thing I can say, however, was how awesome lunch was.  I picked up this frozen meal from trader joe’s and was excited to give it a whirl.

*Note – I am sans kitchen this summer and doing the best I can with only a fridge and blender at my disposal.  I usually am not a fan of frozen meals, I find them to be rather bland and watery.  This was AMAZING though.  I was quite surprised.

The sauce was so flavorful and spicy, rice was fluffy and perfect.  I was in shock, definitely getting again.  This is a combination not to miss out on.

Paired with an ice cold organic carrot juice and I was set. 🙂 🙂

After work was a combo of racing around, with a peanut butter chocolate chip larabar, best new flavor!  And fighting my was through a 20 min monsoon.  One minute a perfectly fine sunny afternoon, then right as I begin to look for parking a complete downpour.  I found the smallest umbrella known to mankind in the car and made my way through streets with literal flowing rivers on either side, to meet a friend for dinner.  I became stranded at the end of the last street and found myself with no other choice but to walk straight through an ankle deep puddle.  Non-water canvas shoes and all.  This made for a rather delightful mood I assure you.

Dinner was a slice of fresh spinach, mushroom, and black olive pizza.  It was amazing as you can see from the picture.  I was in such a distracted/I’m soaking wet daze that my mind overlooked the need to take pictures 😮

Let’s hope tomorrow is a tad more dry!

Wednesday is dancing – 😀

Question:  What extreme weather conditions have you been caught in lately?

I Won’t Get Out of Bed

So this morning was one of those mornings.  Starting the day was the last thing on my mind.  Second to last thing..making breakfast……First thing?   Eating Breakfast.  Don’t you love that combo.  The need to get to work on time resulted in a yogurt bowl.  For me this is emptying a container of yogurt into a bowl and covering it with any and all at hand.

This morning was a vanilla Trader Joes greek yogurt, with ground flax, raspberries, kashi cereal, granola, almond butter, and shredded coconut.  This was amazingly tasty and kept me full all morning!

For Lunch today I had leftover pizza from last night 🙂 and an organic plum.

Something to note about my current living conditions, I ended up interning this summer at the last minute about 4 hours from my hometown.  This resulted in me being lucky to snag a dorm type room which = no kitchen.  I don’t even have a microwave.  I have a fridge with a freezer that allows me to freeze one, maybe 2 if I’m lucky, banana’s at a time.  And my magic bullet.  This is what I use to come up with meals everyday….don’t get too excited!  So for dinner tonight I had vegetable soup, from a can.  The epitome of gourmet.  I doctored with spices and accompanied it with crackers and hummus.

Let me just say that this hummus tastes like a pizza in a container, it’s AWESOME!  I couldn’t believe it the first time I tried this.  Trader Joes white bean and basil hummus.  I had it the other day in a sandwich with spinach and tomato paste and it was like eating pizza, I swear.  Try it.

Then it was ‘mini’ peanut butter jelly time.

Did anyone out there have to deal with dorm cooking?  How did you cope?

Drinking Kale … For the Very First Time

After my lunch, breakfast I decided to make a Green Monster.  Now, so far I have only been using spinach but I’ve read so many stories of venturing past the now seemingly common veggie to more adventurous greens.  KALE.  Now I know this doesn’t seem that out there to some but for me it is a first.  I had no idea how it was going to turn out.  I also used some of my fresh fruits, a.k.a. raspberries, strawberries, and some banana.  And WAIT, another first here, raw cacao nibs.  These were my recent splurge from whole foods and I was itching to try ’em out.

Kale Green Monster:

1 tbsp chia seeds
lots of cinnamon
2 large handfuls of ripped up kale
2 large frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
handful of raspberries
about 8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
topped with a spoonful of almond butter and cacao nibs.

I blended this all together in my magic bullet and was surprised by the taste.  It was very refreshing.  I will definitely be using kale more often.  Topped with a bit of almond butter and some cacao nibs was a crunchy creamy energy concoction!  Only problem was that the bottom pieces of the kale did not blend very well.  Do you remove more of the stem?  Or maybe my magic bullet is aging…

Along with the kale GM I tried one of the new larabar flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Best yet, I am in Love.  I ate half and put other half in freezer for an amazing snack tomorrow.  If you haven’t tried the new flavors yet you need to.  NOW.  😀

For dinner I met my Grandma for pizza!

A wonderful greek salad + tomato, tofu, pesto pizza.  Doesn’t that combo make your mouth water?  And good news is there are leftovers for tomorrow.