Cookies N’ Banana Oats

Do I have a delicious, mouth-watering breakfast for you! Happy Tuesday!

Before we get to that, let’s recap a few things.  Last night I got home from work late and was not super hungry.  I opted for a small dinner and a little dessert.  I topped a Morning Star Tomato and Basil Pizza Burger with my dairy-free cheese.  I added some cherry tomatoes on the side.

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For a little sweetness before bed, I had a Paleo Brownie.

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It’s amazing how after a weekend of treats and overeating, what one day of clean eating can do.  I felt like a whole new person after getting back to my routine of working out and watching what I eat.  This feeling really contributes to my desire to become a dietician, because food is everything when it comes to our body!

This morning I was at the gym by 7:30am and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I cranked up the resistance this time so I was really sweaty by the time I got off.  After a nice stretch-it was time for Leg Day! Yay for Leg Day! It was full of squats, lunges, and leg machines.

Now for the real exciting part of my morning: Cookies N’ Banana Oats.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oats ( I used gluten-free and dairy free oats)

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons honey (brown sugar or sweetener can be used)

1 tablespoon Cookie Butter

Now this recipe requires a little prep work the night before.  Mix all the ingredients together and leave overnight (refrigerated).

In the morning, add a bit more almond milk to stir everything up and top with a banana.  It is cookie heaven in your mouth! I thought about adding cinnamon but did not want to take away from the delicious cookie and banana flavor! I test tasted a bit before I cut up my banana and my mouth began watering for more!

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On another note- our Florida tickets are bought! So it is official, we are going.  This means 62 days of clean eating and hard-core workouts.

Now off to class.

 

Questions of the day: Favorite way to prepare oats? How do you prepare for a vacation?

 

Thin Mint Protein Shake

After my shopping trip yesterday I was a little too excited to start making new things with all my delicious ingredients.  First on the list- A chocolate peppermint protein shake.  It ended up tasting like a Thin Mint cookie- my favorite Girl Scout Cookie! In drinkable form- it went down so smoothly. So I renamed it and called it the Thin Mint Protein Shake.

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of spinach

1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (only this amount-its really strong!)

2 cups vanilla almond milk

ice

blend all together.

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Don’t judge a shake by its color- this was a nasty green color but a lot of flavor!

Before making my protein shake, I hit the gym early to get in an intense workout.

I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill doing interval runs to complete 3 miles. Then I decided it was an arm day and created this circuit.

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I repeated it twice, using 10 lb dumbbells. I felt the burn.

After showering for the day and drinking my Thin Mint Protein Shake, I spent the morning studying for an exam.  To relieve me from the books, my friend Stephanie came to visit for an hour so we could catch up and chat.  I used this opportunity to snack on my new coconut milk yogurt and some Gluten-Free Chex Cereal I picked up!

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This is Stephanie 🙂

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And this is my delicious snack!

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Blueberry Cinnamon Chex Yogurt Goodness!

Happy Monday!

I’m off to work!

Fruity Friday!

I’m back!

Sorry for no post yesterday but sometimes nursing school just takes up way too much of my time. However, I have a delicious protein shake for you to make up for it.

This morning I started the day early at the gym (yes I did wake up this time). I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill doing a 3 mile interval run. It left me sweaty and feeling good. I switched between a jog at 6.9 and 8.5 for my sprints. I would jog for 2 minutes and sprint for one. I also added a brisk walk at the beginning and the end at 4.0 speed.
After a quick stretch and some abdominal work I headed home for some breakfast.

I refueled with an Apple Cinnamon Protein Shake

Ingredients:
1 apple
1/2 banana
1 cup vanilla almond milk unsweetened
Handful of spinach (always have to get my greens in there)
1 scoop designer whey vanilla protein powder
Few ice cubes
2 dashes of cinnamon

Blend

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It turned green from my spinach but it tasted like apples and cinnamon!

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Yum!
While I prepared that I snacked on a few of these:

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I guess I was in a fruit mood today because for my afternoon snack I had an apple as well- sometimes I just can’t get enough.

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Hope your Friday is fruity and fun! 🙂

Seasons Confused

With the Chicago weather going back and forth between spring and winter, I woke up thinking of fall. (Strange I know) Breakfast was a little creative and a lot of flavor! I toasted some gluten-free waffles and topped them with a pumpkin sauce and cinnamon apples.

Ingredients:
3 waffles
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of pumpkin spice
1 apple
2 tablespoon honey

Heat the pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, honey and pumpkin spice together on stovetop until melted into a nice cream sauce.

While that is simmering, cut up apple and mix together in a bowl with 1 tablespoon honey and a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin sauce should be creamy but not very thick. Do not bring to a boil. Add more milk if very thick ( I’m taking a guess as to how much milk I used- I really just poured it in until it was the consistency I wanted)

Top waffles with sauce and apples for a fall flavored breakfast!

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This was just enough to get me going for a day full of classes!

Sausage and Salad!

With a Florida vacation on the horizon, I decided to kick up my workouts but also clean up my diet too.  I have been eating clean most of the time but there is definite room for improvement.  I want to be in swim suit shape in 2 months! When I woke up to my alarm this morning, of course I had a craving for pancakes.  I wanted to make sure I was getting my protein in though so protein pancakes it was!

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1/2 cup gluten-free flour

1 banana

a shake of cinnamon

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The pancakes cooked quickly and were actually light.  I topped them with some honey for sweetness.

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They really hit the spot-without making me too full.

I spent the afternoon in class with the promise to hit the gym later that afternoon.

Once I got to the gym, I realized I really need to start going back in the morning.  It was packed with people and I had to wait for machines.  I spent 30 hard-core minutes on the treadmill and then went upstairs to start a circuit workout.  I stretched and then got to work.

I was all over the place with my circuit workout- I was really making it up as I went along but it was intense!

Set 1:

20 sumo squats

1 min plank

20 sumo squats

1 min side plank

Repeat.

Set 2:

50 crunches

15 leg raises with stability ball

leg press

Repeat.

I did a few more leg machines before calling it a night.  I just have to say one of my biggest pet peeves is people at the gym who are not really there to workout.  People today were sitting on the machines, not really working out, for much longer than they needed to chatting with their friends.  I don’t mind socializing at the gym- but actually workout.  Don’t just sit on the machine and pretend your working out your legs while watching some guy on the otherside. I would have probably stayed later but I was getting too frustrated.

Anyways. on a happier note-DINNER!

My sister and I had a craving for meat.  We mixed together polish sausage (we are of polish descent) and a Morning Star Mushroom burger, sautéed with some bell peppers and a dash of salt.

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We added some salad on the side for a vegetable.

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I ate every last bite! The salad was really refreshing and crunching.

Hope your Monday was a happy one!

Chocolate and Strawberry Oats

After class, I needed some dinner to bring with me to work. Working at a department store, the food options are anything but healthy. Most of the time, I end up bringing my lunch or dinner. Today I decided I wanted breakfast for dinner! Actually the oats were just staring at me and I wanted to try a new recipe with them- and I could put them in a container. I ended up making Chocolate and Strawberry Oats.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oats (mine were gluten-free and dairy free!)

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon cocoa

mix and heat in microwave for 3 minutes until the oats are nice and steamy!

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I cut up some strawberries to top it off. It tasted like chocolate covered strawberries with some oats on the side 🙂

These were yummy and portable.

I swear I do my best thinking in the car, especially at night on the way home. As I am driving home, I was seriously thinking about how I can amp up my clean eating. I am really trying to go as unprocessed as possible- without being a freak about it. However, I need things that I can take with me to work or class.

Any ideas? What foods can you not go without?

The other thing that has been on my mind- NASM. I really want to do it! I am going to kick up my workouts and do more research on the certification. I am really interested in what jobs are available once you are certified or what opportunities open up because you have the certificate.

 

Let’s Go!

Good morning!!

So this morning, I stayed in bed and contemplated about going to the gym.  My bed was just so cozy it was hard to leave- but I did. I hit the gym at 7 and my day took off!

I started with an interval treadmill workout:

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I repeated this twice for a total of 20 minutes.  Then I hit the elliptical for another 10 to finish off the 30.

I followed with an intense arm workout that made my arms feel like jelly (the best kind of workout).

Walking back from the gym, my thoughts were on breakfast. I wanted something new but in pancake form (of course!).

Chocolate was the decided flavor. So I created Paleo Chocolate Protein Pancakes- what a mouthful!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup gluten-free flour

3 eggs

1 tablespoon cocoa

2 tablespoons of chocolate almond milk

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

The batter was really nice for a paleo pancake.  They came out to be super light and thin without being too chocolatey rich.

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I added a bowl of strawberries on the side and some honey on top of the pancakes.

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yum! 🙂

It was a chocolatey morning and now for class….

Hope your having a great morning!

Deep Thinking

So many thoughts today! Do you ever have a day where you just are constantly thinking about the future and things you want to accomplish! I have never been this motivated in my life or curious about all the things I could do! Blogging, eating clean and working out have created this desire in me to make nutrition and fitness a bigger part of my life. Anyways before all this deep thinking started, I had breakfast.

I woke up and immediately grabbed a banana before heading off to the gym with Mike.

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2 miles on the treadmill went quick and I followed it with some arm work.

For lunch, we stopped at Panera and I chose the asian sesame salad for some lunch!

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Before I headed to work, I make a peanut butter chocolate protein smoothie!

Ingredients:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 banana
1 tablespoon of cocoa
1 tablespoon almond butter (you can use peanut butter)
1 cup vanilla almond milk
Ice

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This one was great for a chocolate craving! Next time I would add some spinach-just because it makes me feel better knowing there’s some green in there without tasting them.

Soo, back to this deep thinking. As if Nursing school isn’t enough- I just have to add more onto my plate. I’ve been seriously considering becoming NASM certified. I’ve done some research and feel pretty confident in my ability to pass the test. It would be a huge accomplishment for me to say that I was certified and the possibilities with a certificate are unbelievable!

For those of you who are NASM certified, do you love it? What have you done with the certificate? How has it impacted your life? Do you recommend that program? Have you gotten a job with it?

Please let me know!

….Almost Starbucks!

Good morning!

Once again I did not wake up to do my workout- but by choice! I’m really enjoying the afternoon workouts-so one will be posted later today.
For breakfast this morning, I really had a taste for sausage and eggs. I took a look at the ingredients in the fridge and decided on scrambled eggs with tomato, spinach and a side of turkey sausage!

Ingredients:

3 eggs
cherry tomatoes cut in half
handful of spinach
3 turkey sausage links

Start the sausage first and then scramble the eggs. Add the tomatoes and spinach last.

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I paired it with a banana.

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I love coffee, especially those high in sugar and calories lattes and fancy drinks at Starbucks. White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha is a Christmas favorite of mine. However my wallet and my body does not appreciate too many of these. Anytime I can make something similar (and healthier) at home- I’m all for it! So this morning I made a delicious coffee drink with my new milk frother! I brewed a cup of hazelnut coffee. I added the vanilla almond milk to the milk frother as well as some pumpkin spice seasoning and a dash of cinnamon. Then I let the milk frother do its job and viola!

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It was delicious and frothy! It’s as close to Starbucks as I can get.

Have you ever tried experimenting with coffee at home?

Cinnamon and Some Arms

What a day! Let’s start with Breakfast. It was all about the cinnamon this morning! Here’s what I came up with:

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup of oats

1/2 cup of milk ( I chose vanilla almond of course!)

1 1/2 tablespoon of apple butter

2 teaspoons of brown sugar ( I used honey as a substitute)

mix ingredients all together and leave in fridge overnight

In the morning:

splash oats with a little more milk to get everything moving

Cut up 1/2 an apple, add as topping

sprinkle cinnamon to finish!

 

The apple butter really gave the oats a nice flavor, I would also suggest using peanut butter! The oats were yummy and filling! I paired the oats with a delicious cup of coffee topped with foamy almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon (to go with my cinnamon kick!).

Oats will definitely be a regular breakfast food- you can do so much with them!

I spent the entire afternoon in class so an on-the-go lunch was necessary. I packed my beautiful new almond milk yogurt vanilla flavored.

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I was really surprised at how filling this was. I paired it with some organic banana chips and a protein smoothie.

The protein smoothie was really simple:

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1 cup vanilla almond milk

lots and lots of ice

It was more of a slushy!

For my afternoon workout, I wanted to work my upper body to give my legs a rest! They have been doing a lot of work these last few days! Especially after my Abs Glutes and Thighs workout!

My workout started with 30 minutes on the elliptical and then a nice S-T-R-E-T-C-H. I followed with this:

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It was quick but it did what I needed it to- to work out the arms!

Hope your day was productive!

 

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