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My Life According To…

Y’all.

I super duper owe you an apology for being m.i.a. too often this past week.

I will try to show up here more often with ramblings about my life and lots of food of course!

I’ve got a recipe for you tomorrow.

🙂

I have been balls to the wall this past week with school.

A 5-week chem class…what was I thinking?

I haven’t really had time to breathe.

Buttttt…last night…I set aside the books and got into some Real Housewives of N.J. and The Next Food Network Star.

Thank goodness I was able to nourish myself this week.

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Carbs on carbs.

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Oh, and lots of snacks.

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My faves.

Get ready.

I’m coming for you this week. 🙂

Hippie Food.

I’m totally waist deep  in Chemistry homework right now.

Seriously…I hope this first chapter about math is just to scare the hell out of me.

If so…mission accomplished.

No more numbers. 🙂

Obviously, I haven’t had the time to bake 3 layer cakes and cook a four course meal.

I’ve been eating kale chips and cookies at dinner b/c I haven’t had the time to actually cook real vegetables.

Whoa is me. 😉

Let’s talk hippie things.

I totally wanted to be a hippie when I was little. I think it all started with the movie “My Girl.” Vada Sultenfuss was my idea of a hippie…clad in paisley white tops and bell-bottoms.

Obviously, there was a different definition back then.

The word hippie today is used to describe a slew of different groups of people.

I mean, I think I went to school with people who refused to wear shoes.

I don’t know if that is a hippy-ism, or just a form of rebellious expression…or bad hygiene.

Some might refer to today’s hippies as “hipsters,” which to me, are guys who wear skin tight pants and girls with jet black flared eyeliner who attend concerts in the smoldering heat, otherwise known as Coachella, South by Southwest, etc. etc.

But what do hippie’s eat?

Let’s go with vegan things.

I’m just going to throw that out there.

Stuff with a lot of seeds?

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It’s pretty much a seed extravaganza…hemp seeds (that’s like super hippie…Bob Marley hippie even), flax seeds, and chia seeds.

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I’m just gonna let that triple seed extravaganza blow your mind for a bit.

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Then I’m going to tell you that these muffins are chock full of protein.

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Yes, vegans…it is possible to get protein in your diet.

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I feel like so many people who are on vegan diets stick strictly to vegetables.

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You can’t get all of the nutrients you need from a stalk of celery, people!

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Nope, this muffin is where it’s at.

You know it wouldn’t be a party without my beloved coconut butter.

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Just slather it on.

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I just hippie-fied your food.

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Who am I?

Hippie Protein Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins, Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2
 
A melt in your mouth muffin packed with good for you ingredients like hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flaxseed. 14.4 g of protein in each muffin with 9.8 g of fiber!
Ingredients
  • 2 T. brown rice protein powder
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 2 T. ground chia seeds
  • 1 T. hemp seeds
  • 1 T. flaxseed meal
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. baking powder
  • ½-1 t. granulated stevia (or coconut sugar)
  • ½ c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • slightly melted coconut butter, for topping
  • extra toppings: hemp seeds, chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two small ramekins with cooking spray.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, coconut flour, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder, and stevia.
  4. Add in the almond milk and mix until smooth.
  5. Divide the batter evenly into the two ramekins.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely before turning out.
  8. Top with coconut butter and extra seeds if desired.

Nutritional Facts (per muffin): Calories: 218.4, Total Fat: 9.8g (0.3 saturated fat), Total Carbs: 20.6g, Dietary Fiber: 9.8g, Sugars: 1.7g, Protein: 14.4g

MANGIA!!!

Peeve.

I’m going back to school today.

I’ve been kinda keeping this a secret for a bit.

I’m going to get another degree.

Because, ya know…one Bachelor’s degree wasn’t enough for me.

Nope.

I’m an overacheiver.

I’ve decided to become a nurse.

Yep.

You heard me right.

More details on this exciting new venture for me later.

It’s gonna be a good one.

Let’s talk about things that drive me insane.

I recently blew up at my mom for eating about 3/4 of a fresh banana and putting the remaining 1/4 in the refrigerator.

Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if she ate the remaining 1/4 of the banana.

Instead, each day she gets another banana and does the same thing…over and over again.

Until…..there are like five 1/4ths of uneaten bananas rotting away in the refrigerator.

Probably shouldn’t have blown up at her.

After all…she did birth me.

Don’t worry, I apologized.

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Another pet peeve…using 5 different dirty dish towels to clean things in the kitchen.

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We only need ONE DISH TOWEL, PEOPLE!

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One last peeve…take-out containers.

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I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love ordering barbecue from my fave restaurant or a large pizza for a movie night.

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But, seriously…is it necessary to leave 3 cartons of almost finished potato salad in the fridge?

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I’m talking like a thumb’s worth of potato salad in each container.

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Not to mention, potato salad that is about 5 weeks old.

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But of course no one is going to want to eat 5 week old potato salad, right?

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WRONG!

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The second I toss it in the trash of course either one of my parents will come looking for it.

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The conversation usually begins by them asking me where the 5 week old potato salad went, me telling them that I trashed it and then…

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a minor hissy fit ensues with one of them ending the convo with “I can’t believe you threw that out…I was totally going to eat that! What a waste!”

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SERIOUSLY?

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WHEN WERE YOU GOING TO EAT IT?

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When hell froze over, that’s when.

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🙂

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Oh, yea…if you are wondering what this is…

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they are banana pineapple hummingbird mini loaves.

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You should be making these right now. 😉

Tell me about your pet peeve(s).

Banana Pineapple Hummingbird Mini Loaves
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Recipe type: Bread, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 20
 
Melt in your mouth mini bread loaves chock full of banana, pineapple, and topped w/ coconut and a zesty coconut yogurt lemon glaze. Gluten-free/paleo/vegan/and refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • For the loaves:
  • 3 T. ground flaxseed meal + 9 T. water
  • 2 small, ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. fresh pineapple, finely chopped
  • 4 t. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 6 oz. container So Delicious No Dairy Greek Style Coconut Milk yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 t. coconut sugar (or granulated stevia)
  • zest of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 mini-loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 5 minutes until a thick, eggy consistency is reached.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flaxseed mixture with the bananas, evoo, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add in the coconut flour, baking soda, and cinnamon, mixing until smooth.
  5. Fold in the pineapple.
  6. Distribute the batter evenly between the four loaf pans.
  7. Top each of the loaves with 1 teaspoon of the shredded coconut.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean.
  9. Let the loaves cool completely before turning out and glazing.
  10. For the glaze, whisk all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  11. Top the cooled loaves with the glaze.

Nutritional Facts: Calories: 78, Total Fat: 4.1g (1.2g Saturated Fat) , Sodium: 44.9mg, Potassium: 65.6mg, Total Carbs: 9.9g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 4.8g, Protein: 1g

MANGIA!!!

My Life According To..

 

Happy Sunday!

I totally got exactly what I wanted today…

RAIN!

I did my rain dance yesterday.

It just makes my Sunday absolutely perfect.

Yesterday, my weekend started off perfect with a 20 mile bike ride w/ my dad around the lake.

 

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Yep, pretty dang sure we are a couple of nerds.

I finally went over a huge bridge that I have been afraid to ride across for a long time.

TOTALLY OWNED IT!

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This jam is my life right now.

Muffin mania happened this week.

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I can’t even deal with this obsession.

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Did I mention my Friday started off epic?

Breakfast @ 5 a.m. w/ my dad at Frank’s.

 

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It’s better and better each time I eat there.

I’m totally in to nautical prints right now.

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Probably always be obsessed w/ that trend. 🙂

Tell me something new 🙂

MANGIA!!!