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Banana Oat {20 calorie} cookies

Need a Monday pick-me-up?

Boy, do I have a {healthy} treat for you! Yesterday I was bumming around and suddenly had the urge to bake. (This happens far too often…) Not having exact ingredients for a lot of elaborate baking recipes, I decided to rummage through my pantry and make due with what I had. And well, that didn’t take long. I pulled out all of FIVE things. Yep. That’s it. AND, I guarantee that you all have them in your kitchen at this VERY moment.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (to taste. I only had about 1 tbsp left in my bag)

Plus whatever else you’d like to add! Next time I think I’ll add raisings, white chocolate chips, and maybe some dried cranberries. These are so versatile, easy, and HEALTHY.

Each cookie is ONLY 20 CALORIES.

Low calorie, full of nutrients, and super simple to make. What more could you want? 🙂

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A breakfast kind of day

So, last night my friend Keith made us the most incredible dinner ever….

mushroom filled potato ravioli…

FROM SCRATCH!

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He comes from a long line of italians who looove to cook, and has grown up on homemade pasta. So, as this didn’t seem like a huge deal to him, my jaw was practically dropped to the floor the entire time I watched his beautiful pasta making in progress. It was as delicious as it looks! And definitely makes me want to attempt my own at some point. Image

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Deeeelish!

Training Day 2: when I hopped on the treadmill this morning I did not think there was ANY way I’d be able to run 3 miles… I was feeling tired and unmotivated, but once I started going I quickly got into a grove and kept going with it. Although I was a little bit slower today than yesterday, Im still just proud I kept going!

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I followed my run with 15 minutes on the elliptical and a 7 minute circuit found on a new app I just downloaded called 7-minute workout! It’s a great one! It runs you through a series of 12 exercises, 30 seconds each. Its nice because you aren’t stuck doing the same thing for too long. Which if you’re anything like me, is very important. I get so bored so easily! So this workout was fabulous.

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I headed off to work, coming back home around 12:30 to eat lunch. Yes, this photo is of my lunch, not breakfast. Do you ever have days where you just crave certain things? Well, lately it has been cinnamon life. I am a huge cereal lover, and sometimes you just gotta listen to your body. So, breakfast for lunch it was!

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When I got home from work I was starving. I wanted something fast, easy and healthy…sooo…what do you know?! Breakfast again! I love brinner. So much. I scrambled up some egg whites & spinach, with a side of some carrots, celery & hummus. For a sweet treat I concocted together a sweet greek yogurt dip and dipped apple slices & strawberries in it. Yum!! Then obviously I mayyy have just had to have half a slice of the banana bread I made this weekend 🙂 It all hit the spot.

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Greek Yogurt dip:

  • vanilla greek yogurt
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • honey
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Let the training begin…

Happy Monday! Hope that extra hour of sleep has you feeling energized & ready to go! 

My monday started off freeeeezing. I forgot that I turned my heat off last night, so when I woke up the temperature in my apartment made it THAT much harder to get out of bed. Despite barely being able to move, I geared up and headed to the gym!

Over the weekend I signed up for my VERY FIRST 5K! I’ve never been much of a runner. In fact, I really never ran distances until last January, after making running my New Years Resolution. I started slow, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2, etc., and now I feel like I am ready to tackle my first 5k! I love how free running makes me feel, and I’m hoping that this run will start my love for races! 

I am doing the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in December, and I am SO excited! Image

This morning I began my training on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles starting at 6.5 and making my way up to 7.0. I walked the other .1 mile! 

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Following my run was 15 minutes on the elliptical for a cool-down, and then my own circuit which included:

• crunches

• mountain climbers

• burpees

• exercise ball crunches

• pushups

• planks

• russian twists

 

Breakfast

lately has been Cinnamon Life. I used to eat this cereal EVERY day in high school, but really havent had it much since…so I just knew I had to buy it when I saw it at the store the other day. Its been hittin’ the spot! Topped with 1/2 a banana. Nom Nom Nom. Favorite breakfast… also mayyy have been my dinner last night… 🙂  No shame! 

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Lunch 

is a snacky one. Carrots, celery, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 2 tbsp hummus, and an apple. 

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I’ve been tracking my calorie intake and workouts on “My Fitness Pal app.” I love it! It helps keep me organized and on track. If you’re trying to watch your caloric intake, or just like to keep track of your workouts,  I definitely advise this app! 

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7 things I’m Lovin’ Lately

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re enjoying yours thus far, and hope this “falling back” has given you more time to relax! I honestly didn’t even remember that we fell back an hour last night until a few hours ago….wooops. Shows you how much I pay attention to the clock on lazy Sundays 🙂 

Here’s 7 things I’m lovin this week: 

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1. Fall scented Candles. I’m a sucker for all candles, really. Specifically ones that make my apartment smell like I just made a batch of homemade cookies! I’m really diggin’ the pumpkin spice candles! They make every room so cozy! 

2. Great Lakes Christmas Ale. It’s baaaaaack! This ale is by far my favorite beer, probably like, ever. It really tastes like Christmas in a bottle. 

3. EOS Lip Balm. I just love this! I love that its in a round little ball, and it makes my lips sooo soft! It comes in a bunch of different colors/flavors. Definitely my new favorite.

4. Justin’s Almond Butter. GAAAH. Words cant even express how much I love this stuff. I love topping my oatmeal with it, making almond butter & banana sandwiches, and topping a banana with it. So yummy! Obsessed. I need to try the other flavors! 

5. This Desktop Wallpaper. I found this beauty here: http://sunshine-bloggers.blogspot.com/2013/10/wallpaper-hello-october-2013.html. I love turning on my computer and being greeted by such a fun wallpaper!

6. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. I love coffee. I love pumpkin. I LOVE PUMPKIN COFFEE.

7. Nike Training App. This app is amazing. It gives you workouts to complete, shows videos and times you as you’re doing it. It’s the best, especially on mindless days where you don’t feel like making up your own workout! 

{Skinny} Banana Blueberry Chocolate Chip Bread

I. Love. Bread. 

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No really, if I had to choose 5 foods to live on for the rest of my life, it’d be towards the very tippy top of that list. What’s better than a piece of warm, gooey bread? Especially when it’s lower calorie! This bread is amazing. I feel like when I put fruit in anything I make, it automatically makes it healthy, but this recipe has a few swaps that make it healthier than your standard homemade or store bought bread, and it tastes just as delicious!

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What you’ll need:

  •  2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans (or whatever nut you like, this is optional I just like a little crunch in my bread)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • tbsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dark chocolate chips

mix together & bake for 40-50 minutes at 350˚

And viola! Beautiful, delicious bread!

Skinny {Olive Garden} Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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You know when you eat something reallllllly good? And for the whole entire week you can’t get your mind off that one thing? Welp. I had a baaad case of that. My boyfriend & I went out to dinner at Olive Garden on Tuesday and he ordered Chicken Gnocchi Soup with his meal, and naturally I stole a few, errr maybe 5, bites (mostly of the gnocchi, yum!) I’ve been dreaming of this soup ever since! So, thanks to good ol’ Pinterest (so obsessed. It’s a problem) I found a great copycop recipe that is healthier than the original recipe. Happy day!

I’m not much of a pasta fan. Every once in a while I’ll crave it, but other than that I could probably give it up altogether. (Don’t worry, I dont even have an ounce of Italian in my blood.) HOWEVER, I absolutely adore gnocchi. It’s something I just recently discovered existed a few years ago. Isnt is weird that some people are SO familiar with some foods that other people haven’t even tried/heard of? My friend and I were having a conversation about her favorite childhood meals, and one of hers was Stromboli. I found this so funny because I didn’t try my first Stromboli until I was in my 20’s! But it was totally a staple in her childhood. So funny!

This soup is delicious & really wasn’t hard to make at all.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 -4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups half-and-half
1 stalk celery, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 carrot, shredded
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
16 ounces potato gnocchi

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1. Saute the onion, celery, garlic, carrot in oil over medium heat until onion is translucent.
2. Add chicken, chicken stock, half and half, salt and pepper, thyme. Heat to boiling, then add gnocchi. Gently boil for 4 minutes, then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add spinach and cook for another 1-2 minutes until spinach is wilted.
4. (Heat to boiling and add cornstarch dissolved in 1-2 Tbsp water at this point if you want a thicker soup.).
5. Ladle into bowls and serve!

Sunday Roundup!

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope your weekend is going well! 

This weekend i came home to visit my dad for his birthday! Some relaxing time at home with the family is exactly what I needed. Ice cream cake + pumpkin coffee + my puppy Moe makes for a pretttty wonderful Friday 🙂

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One happy birthday boy! IMG_7555

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Have you guys seen these?! My dad got a Keurig for his birthday and we’ve all been obsessed with it since. He bought 18 pumpkin spice K-cups, and I think I maaaay be responsible for the majority of them being gone already! GIMME ALL THE PUNKIN!

 

I didn’t have many crazy plans this weekend and i was toootally okay with that.

Saturday started off with a shhhweaty workout at my favorite LA fitness gym. I was feeling a little A.D.D. so i played musical machines!  I jumped from machine to machine, doing 10-15 minutes on each before switching to the next. I started with a warmup mile run on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the stairmaster and 15 minutes on the elliptical alternating between resistance 10 and 12 every few minutes (while watching the miley cyrus story on MTV. While I wouldn’t have watched this outside the gym, Im not even gonna lie, it really kept my attention and made my workout fly by. Ha!)

IMG_7554 I followed my 30ish minutes of random cardio with strength training circuits. I started with this wonderful workout I found online. I love it! It was fun, challenging, and kept me going. I felt it heavy on the abs, but I liked that about it! This is definitely a workout i will do on off-days from the gym.

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Last night I had a great time catching up with my college roommate, eating pizza & drinking wine. Although I am sad I didn’t have a wild halloween party to dress up for, this is definitely my ideal chill saturday night 🙂

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Today I decided to try out a few recipes i have been meaning to try for awhile!

PESTO HUMMUS

Just to let you know, I am addicted to hummus. No, like…really addicted. I have 2 tubs of it (usually family sized) in my fridge at all times. Like, no matter what. I put it on everything, including just eating it by the spoonful. This recipe will be eaten the same way! I love pesto, I love hummus, why not mix the 2? It turned out wonderfully! Simple, 3 ingredients, cant go wrong!

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All you need is:
• 1 can chickpeas
• 2 tbsp pesto
• 1/4 cup tahini sauce

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ALMOND BUTTER

I recently discovered Justin’s almond butter and my life hasn’t been the same since. I have always been a huge peanut butter lover, but holy cow — almond butter!? Does it get any better than that? I think not.

I tried my own by simply roasting 2 cups of raw almonds (I seasoned them a bit with cinnamon & salt first) for 10 minutes then placing in a food processor.

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I had to split the recipe in half and do it twice because my processor is small, but it all worked out! Once the almonds were starting to get grainy and more liquidy (is that a word?!) I added honey & cinnamon.IMG_7583IMG_7585 IMG_7593 IMG_7598

Mixed it all up for about 10-15 more minutes and voila! Almond butter! It is sososos delicious, and i cannot believe how easy it was! I want to try different variations of flavors next.

Now time to finish up some laundry and make my journey back to my apartment to get ready for this week. Have a great, lazy Sunday!