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03
Mar
11

PB2 makes my day

You already know I love this stuff and the awesome creations that come from the jar –

So I pulled out a new jar to whip up one of Tina’s recipes, with some modifications.  Her original recipe is here.

PB2 Bars

 
1 1/2 C rolled oats
1/2 C flour
1/3 C agave nectar
1 egg
3 Tbsp PB2 (chocolate, regular or peanut flour is good too) mixed with 1/4 C water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8″ baking dish with foil.

Throw all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

 

Press mixture into baking dish and bake 15-20 minutes, until top is golden brown.

Let cool several minutes and remove from pan, peel foil off and cool completely on rack.

 Stats (with 16 servings):  74 calories, 1 g fat, 14 g carbs, 2 g protein

 I was completely OK with enjoying these today.  I haven’t had a good workout in several days, but was forced to pull out the summer clothes in preparation for Florida.  I am SO glad that everything still fits really well, bikinis included.  Whew…

Planning a good workout session tomorrow with my parents and then  mom & I are getting our toes ready for sandals!  I absolutely cannot wait for 80-degree temps.  It didn’t go over 40 here today and that’s just wrong since we were in the 70s last week.  Boo to you, Virginia!

I need warmth.. and peanut butter!


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02
Mar
11

Hideous and Delicious

I’ve somehow managed to make the ugliest, yummiest drink that I have ever tasted.  I was set to blend up a green monster this morning.  I ended up making more of a brown monster than anything green.  It probably won’t be made again on St. Patrick’s Day, but I might have to drink it daily between now and then.  I think a certain Chocolate-Covered girl would be proud! Behold..

 Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brown Monster:

  • 3 oz. frozen chopped spinach
  • 3 oz. frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa (or my new favorite.. shown below!)
  • pinch of xanthan gum
  • pinch of guar gum
  • 1/2 serving protein powder (I used Syntrax Strawberry Mousse)
  • Stevia and lots of water to desired consistency and sweetness

It made a giant blender bottle + 1 full glass of smoothie all for a grand total of 103 calories, 0 g fat, 14 g carbs and 15 g protein!  That one full glass had my tummy bursting. 

I used a new find

I LOVE this stuff, despite the fact that it turns a pretty green drink brown.  I have been a dark chocolate fiend for years and this satisfies my cravings.  Forget the milk chocolate.  I need dark, delicious decadence!

I have plans this afternoon to whip up a recipe, with a few minor adaptations.  Stay tuned!

25
Feb
11

Countdown to beach days..

I’m just over a week from boarding this

with these lovely people (yup.. all of them!)

 

to head here

where I will sit by this

see the talents of this team

have a blast at this park

 

and take after my husband (in fewer clothes and more sunscreen).

Time to get my butt in gear with some of these

and some time on this.

Better get started – beginning with BodyStep tonight and a huge leg session!  I’ll be in that bikini sooner than expected.

17
Feb
11

volume eating and new dietary rules

I have a problem..

(source)

I’d actually refer to it as an addiction.  Hello, my name is Heidi and I am addicted to nighttime snackage.

It’s a habit – every night at 9:30, I pop a HUGE (seriously.. we’re talking multiple quarts) bowl of air-popped popcorn.  I top it with a dash of nooch and some salt and for at least an hour, I eat.  I’m not quite sure why I am so obsessed with having my bowl o’ corn every night.  Could it be ..

A: The crunch?  B: The saltiness?  C: The fact that I can eat for an hour straight and not feel guilty?  I’m gonna go with D: All of the above.

I am a volume eater.  I LOVE to feel like I am getting a lot of food accompanied by as few calories as possible.  Anyone else in that boat with me?  For that reason, I switched up my breakfast today.  Every morning, I had been eating a bowl of oats with 4 egg whites, half an apple and cinnamon alongside a 1/4 C plain greek yogurt sprinkled with granola.  Every morning.  I consume about 325 calories every morning with this meal.  Religiously.

Today’s breakfast looked like this:

Egg whites + spinach & broccoli; 1/2 FlatOut with Chocolate PB2; Red pear + cinnamon

215 calories and incredibly filling!  I was excited to not only change things up, but to get more bang for my caloric buck. Check out that variety and the addition of greens.  Apparently, I never knew what amazing green things I was missing..

Frozen spinach + Dole Antioxidant Berry Medley + Ground Flax

So why the self-assessment on eating methods?  Not sure if you have heard the news, but the dietary guidelines have once again been amended.

I’m partial to the 2 major tenants related to calorie consumption seeing as they support my reasoning for eating more nutrient-dense foods (can you even fathom how much fiber is in a big bowl o’ corn?!) and, as someone recovering from an E.D., I often need to be told that balance is key and that a little piece of dark chocolate once in a while won’t kill me.  Anyhoo, here’s what USDA now has to say:

  1. Balance calories over time to reach and maintain a healthy weight –   I LOVE this idea, especially because I go way over my calorie budgets some days.  Who cares if I hit 1,800 calories yesterday.  I’ll balance it out with a lower calorie day today and try not to stress about it (which, I admit, is really difficult sometimes). 
  2. Get most daily calories from nutrient-rich foods – Spinach and broccoli for breakfast?  Berry smoothies for lunch?  I definitely ate more fruit than vegetables in the past, but I like incorporating those veggies into a sweet treat.  Did I mention I have a huge sweet tooth, thanks to my Italian roots?

Those Buonocore’s.. well, it used to be coffee and coffee cakes daily!  Hey, I’m all for a good coffee cake in moderation.  I’m just glad Uncle Sam agrees!

On a side note, if you love healthy eats, swing by Friends for Weight Loss and enter the giveaway for an awesome cookbook!

28
Jan
11

Shortcut? Not quite.

I love to bake breads.  Crusty artisan breads. Flavorful quick breads. Traditional holiday breads.  So I guess I sort of took a short cut when I whipped up something from a frozen bread dough.  I wouldn’t quite consider this a true shortcut, however, because it was equally as complicated labor-intensive as any of the aforementioned recipes.  The only downside to this dough was that it was so glutinous that it resisted rolling, but it finally caved to my intentions.

Truth be told, I really just waned to see if it came out as good as my own, kneaded bread.  I’ve only attempted 1 recipe, but it was so much fun that more will surely follow.  And yes, the bread itself might just be made (and then frozen) by someone else!

Cinnamon Nut Twists

 1 loaf frozen white or whole wheat bread dough
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 Tbs ground cinnamon
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C walnuts or pecans, chopped
 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Defrost bread loaf. Roll into a rectangle, approximately 8" x 12".

Brush dough liberally with melted butter, reserving about 25%.

 

In small bowl, combine cinnamon, sugar and nuts. Sprinkle over dough and press down firmly.

 

Fold dough in half and pinch edges to seal. Press down firmly again on entire half.

 

Cut dough into 12 slices with a sharp knife or pizza cutter (You will get spillage at this point - don't worry!).

 

Twist each slice twice and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush with remaining butter and sprinkle with any nut mixture that may have spilled.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and serve warm!

I wish I could say that was my serving, but I reserved those for my parents.  It was cinnamony taste and aroma heaven and totally worth the little shortcut.. or as I like to think of it, alternative method of baking!  Most of the twists ventured into work for a surprise breakfast for the girls and they got raves.

I skipped indulging in this one.  My stomach was full of another version of some green stuff.

1 1/2 C spinach, 1 small apple, 1 small carrot and 1 serving lite silken tofu. Nom nom nom!

I’m fully energized from my cardio and shoulder workout this morning.  No shortcuts there!

27
Jan
11

My heart belongs to the green..

This green

How I do love just staring at him.  Tom Brady who?!  I am pretty darn excited about staring at him on February 6th too!  Yay Packers!!

But that’s not the “green” I am really in love with.  It’s this one –

That would be my first ever Green MonsterAngela very recently celebrated her 2nd anniversary and I decided to celebrate right along side by “attempting” to make one.  As a fan of spinach in both raw and cooked forms, and an expert on the taste of spinach, I was definitely not convinced that a shake containing so much spinach could mask that flavor.

I stand corrected.

Heidi’s Original Green Monster

2 servings lite silken tofu (192 grams of Nasoya)
3 C fresh spinach
1 small carrot (about 35 g)
1 small Fuji apple (about 90 g)
1/2 C water
1 dropper of liquid stevia

Throw it all in a blender.  Turn it on high and let ‘er rip.  This part required patience as it took a few minutes to come together.

Holy greenness was this AMAZING?!  I liked the little bit of richness and extra protein from the tofu. It stuck with me all afternoon too.  Yes, it looks quite icky, but all I tasted was the sweet tart apple and carrot combo.  The Green Monster is here to stay!  In fact, I picked up half of Trader Joe’s spinach supply today.  True story.

I had an awesome cardio, chest and back workout today so I do believe I need some recovery nutrition .  Forgive me for being brief, but I crave some green.  Since it likely won’t be in the form of Aaron Rodgers, a Monster will just have to do!

19
Jan
11

Cats & Crunch

I get to spend this week with 2 little rascals –

I’m watching Norris & Jack while my parents enjoy the sunshine and warm breezes of the Bahamas.  Lucky them.. but lucky me too!  I love these guys.  They’re almost like dogs trapped in cat bodies.  I’d love to have some cats at our own place, but the pet deposit is ridiculous.

In any case, me + 2 cats mean that I am making a lot of single-lady meals.  For the past 2 nights it’s been easy throw-together stir fry.

A bit of chicken breast, a whole bag of spinach and Trader Joe’s Hodge Podge frozen veggies.  Yum!  I can’t complain about single meals and the kitties to keep me company while I’m away from the hubby.

Of course, I have to keep myself busy and that involves lots of cross stitching and a bit of baking.  I whipped up something this morning to appease my coworkers.  Rumor has it that they were getting antsy for another baked good.  I got my fill of cookies at Christmas so coffee cake it was!

Cinnamon Crunch Coffeecake

Cast of Characters

3/4 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 C all-purpose flour
1 C plain nonfat Greek yogurt
Streusel:
3/4 C brown sugar, packed
3/4 C chopped pecans (or walnuts)
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
In large bowl, beat butter, sugars, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla until well combined. 

Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Then, beat in flour and yogurt, alternating additions.

Spoon into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. 

In small bowl, combine streusel ingredients and mix well.  Sprinkle over top batter.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until topping is dark, golden brown.

Let cool slightly.  Slice and enjoy!

Crunchy and soft – 2 very good things!  I think the girls at work will be pleased.




Hi Ya’ll!

Hiya! I'm Heidi, a 28-year-old "retired" student living in Virginia. I am a newlywed and currently on the hunt for a full-time job that will use either my Biology or Secondary Education degree. In the meantime, I work in retail and at an event venue part-time. When I'm not working, I love to kill hours at the gym, scrapbook, and act as a domesticated diva to keep my hubby happy!