good morning! 🙂
before I share with you the Peanut Butter Banana Protein Soft Serve I had last night (woof thats a mouthful of a title right?!), lets look at some eats from yesterday!
PUMPKIN SPICE IS BACK-in case you didn’t know..which you probably did. I’m more a fan of the hot pumpkin spice lattes then the iced but it was 90 degrees and humid yesterday (wtf?) so I couldn’t stand the thought of drinking a hot latte
during the school year i try REALLY hard to not buy coffee and make my own at home but when pumpkin spice season comes around its a little harder to resist!
yesterday’s lunch was a salad with avocado, tomato, scallions, goat cheese, a trader joes salmon burger, and a fried egg on top
i set off the fire alarm trying to cook my salmon burger..that is the 3rd time since I’ve been at school that I’ve set off the alarm. ooopsie
last night for dinner I tried another new recipe! my friend Amy from Mac and Cheese and Peas (best blog name ever right?!) posted a recipe for israeli couscous with roasted eggplant which I bookmarked last week and made last night for dinner! SO delicious..there is cinnamon in the dressing which makes it a little sweet and savory at the same time
i had one of the leftover spinach feta turkey burgers alongside
after dinner last night I digested and went to Zumba! I have rekindled my love for Zumba since I’ve been back at school..its such an amazing work out and so much fun to do!
lindsay and I meant to take a sweaty selfie afterwards but we forget..ugh. next week we will!
after Zumba I came home hungry and decided there was only one thing I wanted
Peanut butter Banana Protein Soft Serve
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 packet sweetner of choice (I use truvia)
- splash of almond milk (if needed)
- place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until everything is incorporated.
note: I used a mini food processor so I had to add a splash of almond milk to get things all blended together (maybe because the blade on my food processor isan’t as sharp?) but a blender would work just as well!
I’ve seen so many versions for banana soft serve around the blog world and I can’t believe it took me so long to make a version of my own
now i have the urge to go out to the store and buy about 20 bananas just for freezer purposes..
time to go get some school work done!
I hope everyone has a great day!
and for all the college students reading (TGIT-thank god its thursday!!!)
Questions for ya!: Have you ever tried making banana soft serve?
Are you a fan of Zumba?
its finally September (and pumpkin spice is back at starbucks EEK) so time for a new WIAW theme!
this month’s theme is about setting goals to try and establish healthy habits for the month (and hopefully continued on throughout the winter!)
I’m not normally one for setting goals, but in the spirit of WIAW i guess i’ll go ahead and list a few!
- not skipping my Friday 9am class (failed at this one last week but I’m going to hold myself accountable from now on..damn you thirsty thursdays lol
- Plan work outs for the week and stick to them! I know this summer I neglected my work out log but at school it works best for me to plan ahead for the week so I hold myself accountable! So click here if you want to see my work out’s for the week!
- Try new recipes! (the amount of recipes I have bookmarked is insaneee) already doing well at this one! (see below)
- try to only eat out once a week..this doesn’t include my bagel a week on the weekends 🙂
I’ll post these same goals every week and keep you updated on how well I’m doing!
now onto yesterday’s eats!
hot oats and coffee are making a come back!
starbucks blonde roast with almond milk and truvia
1/3 cup rolled oats cooked in 2/3 cup almond milk and one sliced banana..topped with maple almond butter and cinnamon sugar grinder from Trader Joes!!
I got busy reading for class and then realized I had about 10 minutes to get dressed, make lunch, eat lunch, and leave for class..
so the fastest thing I could think of was a turkey wrap
in the wrap went turkey, hummus, honey mustard, lettuce, and avocado..all of which I inhaled in approximately 3 minutes but it was tasty!
I always come back at 3:30 on tuesday’s and thursdays starving because I have class from 12:30-1:45 and then another class from 2:00-3:15
my second class is actually Jazz Dance so its not a bad work out!..and maybe that’s why I come home so hungry!
I had 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese with red grapes and some trader joes crackers on the side
after this i also had a small piece of leftover vegetable frittata
1 hour of kickboxing that KICKED my booty. (thank you Lindsay..) I actually looked like I had just taken a shower after the class was over..tmi? maybe.
One of my goals is to try new recipes so tonight for dinner I made Eat, live, Run’s spinach and feta turkey burgers
with some roasted veggies on the side and I topped my burger with avocado and sriracha
the burgers were SO delicious..I will definitely be making them again! my mouth was also on fire but I do it to myself with my sriracha addition so its all good
and I also have to mention Jenna’s book White Jacket Required..I pre-ordered it off amazon and read it in 2 days. it is definitely a MUST read and filled with a bunch of delicious recipes!
apple microwaved and topped with cinnamon sugar and maple almond butter. I will be repeating this for the next several nights in a row.
part 2 was a rice cake with peanut butter which I failed to take a picture of..clearly I have a nut butter addition!
time to go to my first class of the day!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Question for ya!: Do you normally set goals for yourself? If so, what are some goals you have for the upcoming month?
good morning! how was everyone’s long weekend?
this past weekend I watched about 30 episode of The Hills re-runs on MTV
i wish I was exaggerating.
but come on don’t you just hate to love that show? The episode that makes me most angry is the finale when they show you its ALL scripted. I mean obviously I thought their weekend trips to cabo, cancun, vegas, etc were just all planned themselves cause they were all such GREAT friends..
and I never understood the whole Audrina and Ryan Cabrera relationship so I hope that was all scripted
but moral of the story is that if any reality tv show is interested in filming my life at school and paying for me to go on weekend getaways with my friends just LET ME KNOW..cause i would totes be down
okay that rant is over..moving on to FOOD
I put a few of my trader joes goodies to use and made semi-homemade mac and cheese with peas and chicken sausages
i bought a box of the white cheddar shells from trader joes and then added in spinach and feta chicken sausages(from costco) , frozen peas, and some shredded mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy and delicious..i love jazzing up boxes of mac and cheese!
and last night for dinner made trader joes butternut squash ravioli (SO GOOD HELLO FALL I LOVE YOU)
i cooked the ravioli according the package instructions and in a separate pan melted some butter and cooked up baby spinach and frozen peas with a pinch of nutmeg, salt, pepper, and red pepper flake. I added the cooked ravioli to the spinach and peas and voila! Topped off with a little bit of honey goat cheese from trader joes..YUM
I also made this Vegetable Frittata
I’m going to share the recipe with you but its SO easy and SO adaptable so its more of a method than a recipe
Start off by gathering together about 4-5 cups of raw chopped veggies of your liking
I went with 1/2 red onion sliced, 1 clove garlic, 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow zucchini (how cool right?!), and 1 cup mushrooms
in a medium non-stick skillet heat 1 tbsp of olive oil OR coconut oil
I like to get the onions and garlic cooking first but if your feeling lazy and want to cook all the veggies together go right ahead!
i let the onions and garlic cook for a couple minutes and then added in the zucchini and red peppers
stir consistently for a few minutes and then add in the spices
spice up your life! or your veggies, or a combination of both. in the pan went 1 tbsp red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp italian seasoning, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt
mixed all together and then I added in the last two vegetables: the mushrooms and a cooked diced sweet potato
allow this all to cook for a couple more minutes while you prep your eggs
3 whole scrambled eggs + 1 cup liquid egg whites-you could go ahead and use 8 whole eggs instead it was just what i had on hand (note to self..buy more eggs!)
pour the egg mixture over the veggies
i added a few baby spinach leaves on top for some added color (totally optional though)
I also added 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (which i don’t think should be optional BUT its totally up to you)
I would also recommend goat cheese, gouda, feta, cheddar, pepper jack..the list can go on and on!
I placed the whole skillet in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes..just until the cheese is melted and the eggs are cooked through
So delicious and so easy! Molly (my roommate who gets spoiled by my cooking 🙂 ) and I had no problem finishing most of this off for lunch on Sunday..And since its so healthy you can eat large portions 🙂
this was one of my 3 servings
and I obviously added sriracha sauce post picture..:)
Easy and Healthy Vegetable Frittata
Servings: 3-4 main servings (or 6-8 if your serving it alongside something else)
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 4-5 cups chopped raw veggies of your liking (i love zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers, onion)
- 1 small sweet potato cooked, peeled, and chopped**
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup liquid egg whites
- 1 cup shredded cheese of your choosing (mozzarella, goat cheese, pepper jack, gouda, etc)
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- in a medium sized non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil or coconut oil
- add in the garlic clove + veggies and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently
- to the pan add the italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and stir to combine
- add in the cooked sweet potato
- in a separate bowl combine the 3 scrambled eggs with 1 cup liquid egg whites
- pour the egg mixture over the veggies and sprinkle cheese on top
- place the whole pan in the oven for 5 minutes (until cheese is melted and eggs are cooked through). Serve Warm
**note: to cook the sweet potato poke holes in the potato with a fork and place in the microwave for 7 minutes on high
this is also a great make-ahead meal to have on hand for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for the week!
time to go read for marketing and accounting class..YAWN
its a good thing MTV isan’t still playing The Hills episodes
i hope everyone has a great day!
Question for ya!: Did you eat anything delicious over the labor day weekend?
Anyone with me on watching The Hills re-runs?
I’m not even really sure how its already Sunday but I’m even happier that I don’t have class tomorrow
i think it should be a long weekend every weekend..no?
anywho sorry I’ve been kind of MIA but here’s some of what i’ve been up to this weekend
i’ve been going out and daging (aka going to day parties )
me and mollz
me norman and mollz
and obviously still taking selfies
me and lindsay!
oh and since Lindsay is a fitness and zumba instructor we did a zumba and strength work out this morning!
that is after we went to Trader Joes!!!!!!
there is a trader joes about 25 minutes from my school so its not that realistic to go grocery shopping there all the time but Lindsay and I decided we would go and stock up on all our favorite goodies!
this is just a small glimpse of all the loot i got..i was really upset trader joes doesn’t have their pumpkin butter in yet but the lady told me they would have it by the end of september..WHAT i really have to wait that long?!
but I’m excited to try the fig butter and the mini banana chocolate chip protein muffins I got!
i also got some frozen veggies, hummus, almond milk, salmon burgers, veggies, fruit, chocolate chips, cinnamon sugar grinder (SO excited to try this!!), and other things i can’t remember..but it was a LOT
i’ve also been eating some yummy food (obvsss)
2 eggs scrambled with spinach and cheddar cheese and topped with avocado and salsa..SUCH a good combo
sushi..spicy tuna roll and shrimp tempura roll with avocado on top
and my first time trying Ritas! we don’t have Ritas near where I live back home in MA so I was excited to see what all the hype was about..i got ice coffee water ice with chocolate custard..SO good. the custard was a little over kill (too thick and creamy for my liking) but the ice is SO good..I definitely want to make it back to Ritas before it closes for the season
i made a delicious vegetable fritatta for lunch today that I’ll be sharing the recipe for soon!
i hope everyone has a great Labor Day tomorrow!
Questions for ya!: Have you ever tried Ritas?
Any fun plans for Labor Day?
1. So for whatever reason when I’m at school I get on a crazy overnight oat kick, or just oatmeal kick in general..note my past 2 breakfast’s
OOIAJ=overnight oats in a jar
RIP to this jar..definitely my favorite Justin’s almond butter yet..it literally tastes like frosting..i don’t know how else to describe how magical this is
in the mix
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 up plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp sugar free raspberry preserves
I wish I left more almond butter at the bottom of the jar 😦 It was just too good I couldn’t resist eating it by the spoonful
this mornings overnight oat creation
overnight oats are what gets me out of bed in the morning..that along with coffee
in the mix
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- pinch of cinnamon
- topped with justin’s maple almond butter..on sale at target for 5 DOLLARS. I should of stalked up.
2. Yesterday’s lunch was a delicious turkey wrap
in the wrap went turkey, plain hummus, avocado, roasted veggies, spinach, and goat cheese..placed in the panini press (literally the best thing to have in your kitchen..especially as a college student!) eaten alongside a few berries and 1/2 a banana
3. I think yesterday was my first time trying Oikos brand flavored greek yogurt
I picked this up at the store with one of my coupons I got in my Swag Bag at HLS. It was really good but I still prefer chobani 🙂
4. Dinner last night came together in about 10 minutes thanks to some meal prep and a delicious marinade!
i cut up chicken tenders into small pieces and marinaded them for about 3 hours. Marinating chicken makes SUCH a difference in the flavor!
i cooked up the chicken in a pan and then removed the chicken and cooked up some veggies in the same pan with the remainder of the marinade
stir fry’s are the best healthy and easy meal..I normally make about a stir fry a week at school
eaten over brown rice (we bought a big pack of the microwaveable brown rice at costco which has 2 servings per container..perfect for Molly and I to share!) and topped with sriracha sauce of course
5. So totally not food related I am SO SORE. I took a Step and Sculpt class at my gym yesterday and it was really really really really hard. like really hard. I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my whole life (yes I exaggerate ALL the time but i promise this time is no exaggeration). I’m hoping to make it to body pump today but I don’t know if my body is up for it! we shall see
6. and also not food related..TGIT..thank god its thursday!
yes I have a 9am class tomorrow and yes I still plan on going out tonight because I’m a junior in college and that is what I like to do
and also.. 3 DAY WEEKEND. let the fun begin!
I hope everyone has a great day!
Question for ya!: Any fun plans for the long weekend?
so summer for me is officially over and I had my first day of classes yesterday!
so here was my day yesterday!
9:00am-wake up and eat breakfast!
in the bowl went about 4oz passionfruit chobani (forgot how much I loved the flavor YUM), half a banana, half a cup of blueberries, and a sprinkle of granola
9:30-11:30-essentially sat on my couch and red blogs this whole time..i have a problem
in the mix
- mixed greens
- roasted veggies
- cottage cheese
- balsamic vinagrette
12:30-1:45: Marketing class..sounds like it’s going to be a mix of an interesting class and a tedious one
2:00-3:00-Jazz Dance Class! I’m so excited that i’m able to take a dance class as my creative arts gen-ed requirement!
i was starvingggg..all of this walking around at school is making me hangrry
6:00pm -Kickboxing Class at the gym (1 hour)..my best friend Lindsay teaches work out classes at the gym and HOLY COW it was hard. I wasn’t expecting her to make the first class so challenging by it was!
a version of Mexican Sweet Potato Bowls
I already roasted the sweet potatoes in advance, and I wanted to have dinner ready the second I got back from the gym (cause I knew I’d be starving and when i’m hungry I’m like an impatient 2 year old) so I put all the ingredients I would cook on the stove in the recipe link above in the crock pot on high for 4 hours.
i love my crock pot. it gets a lot of use when I’m at school!
i also ate one too many tortilla chips along with dinner
9:00pm-write this post 🙂 I also ate a piece of dark chocolate and a clementine
11:30pm-BED..while watching teen mom..I take it I’m the only one who watches this show right?
time to go read some blogs then go to class!
I wrote a guest post on Ashley’s blog today so don’t forget to check it out!
Questions for ya!: Do you own a crock pot?
Have you ever taken a kickboxing class?
so before I tell you about my meal prep suggestions..I need to tell you what I did last night..
got fro yo DUH. I’m going to try reallllly hard to limit my fro yo consumption this year (damn you yogo berry and all your flavors and topping choices)..but I’ve been craving it for the past few days and when my roommate agreed to go with me I couldn’t turn it down
i got a mix of cheesecake, chocolate, and coffee flavored fro yo and had an assortment of pb chips, white chocolate chips, mini m &m’s, and fruit. amazing.
now onto meal prep..I know that life as a college student, full time employee, etc gets extremely busy and I think one of the key’s to keeping a healthy diet is taking one day out of the week to do some meal-prep
two of my favorite healthy foods to prep for the week are a batch of roasted veggies and a batch of roasted sweet potatoes
yesterday after my grocery shopping trip I made a batch of each
for the veggies I did 3 zucchini and 1 red onion chopped up and tossed in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp red pepper flake (optional but recommended!)
roasted at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes (stirred every 15 minutes or so) until slightly browned
Now you just have to resist eating the whole batch in one sitting
Here are some of the ways I love to incorporate the roasted veggies I make
- cooking up some grains (pasta, quinoa, cous cous, brown rice) and mixing in roasted veggies with some marinara sauce and goat cheese
- eating alongside protein of choice (grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp..also great to prep-ahead on the weekends!)
- eating with 2 eggs over easy and roasted sweet potatoes (see below)..this has become my new favorite meal!
- as a salad topping
So versatile and so healthy! veggies can be annoying to prep on a daily basis so prepping them in advance is so important to make sure you are still eating healthy on a busy schedule!
now onto the roasted sweet potatoes
4 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped) and tossed with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp red pepper flake..roasted at 425 degrees F for 35-40 minutes..stirring every 15 minutes until brown around the egdges
(other delicious spices to add: a pinch of cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, paprika..if your feeling fancy!)
Great ways to eat the taters during the week!
- alongside eggs and roasted veggies! (my dinner last night! see below)
- on top of salads
- mixed with 1/2 cup cottage cheese and some hot sauce
- alongside protein of choice (chicken, fish, steak, turkey burgers) with some barbecue sauce
- incorporated into mexican sweet potato bowls ..my dinner tonight! (so I prepped ahead..see what i did there? 🙂 )
dinner last night=my favorite meal ever
1 cup roasted sweet potatoes, 1 cup roasted veggies, 2 eggs cooked over easy (drippy yolk is da BOMB), 1 oz goat cheese (or maybe a littttle more..) and sriracha hot sauce
I recommend adding avocado on top of but I was feeling lazy last night..I know cutting into an avocado takes SO much effort…
so to all you college students out there who say they don’t have time to cook..if you take 1 HOUR out of your Sunday to prep these 2 recipes you will not be sorry!
and speaking of college..today is my first day of classes! i have marketing class at 12:30pm and Jazz Dance at 2:00pm
yup Jazz Dance counts as a 3 credit class..boo yah!
wish me luck on my first day of class!