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Blueberry Cake Protein Shake and A Winter Park Boat Tour

This morning I actually got up and went for a run. It started off a bit rough, but ended strong. Not such a bad run and it felt good to get it out of the way.

When I got back, I mixed up this UNBELIEVABLE master piece. It tasted like Blueberry Cake. Legit. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Scoop Cake Batter Protein Powder 1/2 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
3/4 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

That simple. Just put it in a blender and blend until smooth. I am beginning to absolutely love this cake batter protein powder because I feel like the options are endless with it. You can really turn anything into a sweet cake flavored treat and mold it into what ever kind of cake flavor tickles your fancy.

Anyways, the rest of the day was just work work work. When I got back, Brent and I went on a fun little tour! Not too crazy or anything but entertaining. It was the Winter Park Boat Tour. It leaves just about 2 blocks away from my house and is 12 bucks a person. You just ride a cute little boat around the lakes in Winter Park and learn all about the history of the area.

To be honest, being from Boston, I didn’t think that Orlando had such a rich little history, but it turns out Winter Park is more influenced by the north than I thought!

We run past these little canals connecting the lakes and it’s really just so pretty.

Some of the little interesting facts about Winter Park:

  • A whole bunch of land was purchased by a man who lived in New England. He named it Winter Park in hopes of drawing more northerners to the area for the summers.
  • A few years later, the northerners in the area decided they needed to build a school and Mr Rollins donated 50,000 dollars of the 100,000 needed to start the school, and it was named Rollins College.
  • Mr Cornell was actually a huge contributor to the school and has several buildings named after him. This is the same Cornell that start Cornell University in upstate NY.
  • Rollins is the only university in Florida to have a Noble Prize winner alumni.

My favorite fact of the ENTIRE ride centered around this house:

This was the first Mr Roger’s Neighborhood! THE MR ROGERS attended Rollins college and was assigned a dorm. But he couldn’t fit his grand piano in the room so his parent found a room in this house for him to rent out. Definitely room for his piano in here.

I LOVED Mr Rogers as a kid! I always think of my brother when I think of that show. It was definitely a fav of his too.

WIth that, I leave you with a good night!

What was your favorite show as a kid??

There are so many goodies that we forget. Hey Dude. Pete and Pete. Angry Beavers. Ren and Stimpy. I really think that cartoons of today have NOTHING on what we had back then.

Paleo Oatmeal and an Interval Workout

This morning I woke up and ran off to the gym to do my 3 mile run as scheduled. Upon walking through the kitchen, I noticed my bananas had literally peeled themselves. Bananas for breakfast it is!

Haha! How funny is that?! I laughed out loud when I saw that. Before I gave into my bananas, I went off to the gym.

Per the usual, I hate running on treadmills for a long period of time, I came up with another interval workout. This time, with distance and speed as opposed to a timed workout. So here’s what happened this morning:

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump off a time or two towards the end for a real quick breather. This run really had me going, and I am still recovering from it.

And then, we were back to the self peeling bananas. I was trying to come up with a unique way to cook up these bananas, because clearly, these were not normal bananas. I found a recipe on several blogs for Paleo Oatmeal, which is really an oatmeal without the oats! Say what? I ended up choosing this recipe from OnaPinkTypewriter.com. The recipe was changed up just a bit from what she originally did, but follows the same guidelines.

Looks just like real oatmeal doesn’t it?!

Ingredients:

2 Eggs 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseeds 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Banana, mashed 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together the eggs, and almond milk in a small bowl. Then stir in the banana, flaxseed, vanilla and cinnamon. Make sure the banana is smooth in the mixture.

2. In a small saucepan, heat up the mixture for about five minutes until you get the texture that you prefer. Just make sure you don’t leave it too liquid because there are eggs in there!

And Finito! Just put it into a bowl and top it off with anything that you like. I added more banana, because I had two self peeling bananas! and some more cinnamon. I could definitely see sliced almonds working well in this as well.

The texture is a bit different than anything else. It’s very fluffy. Add some granola or anything else crunchy if the texture gets to you a bit.

For lunch, I made some pasta because I was again, starving! SImple, Easy, Delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Serving Whole Wheat Penne 1/4 Cup Tomato
3 Chopped Basil Leaves 1/4 Cup Red Pepper
Tablespoon Fresh Paremsan Cheese 2 Tablespoon Catalina Dressing
2 Tablespoon Fresh Chives

No directions needed, just cook up the pasta and throw the rest on top! So easy! It was really light and filling at the same time. Just to give you an idea of HOW MANY VEGGIES I PUT IN THIS THING…

OH yea, I went nuts.

Brent had asked me to bring him by some lunch as well. But he didn’t want any of this “healthy” stuff. He wanted something SPICY! So I made him a quick, spicy pasta.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Garlic and Onion Ragu 2 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
1/4 Cup Jalapenos 1/4 Cup Fontina Cheese

Really, nothing crazy at all, but much healthier than the Mac N Cheese covered in hot sauce that he wanted! Just adding the hot sauce to something that was already fully flavored and could handle a little spice made this pasta just that much better. Don’t be afraid to take those pre-made pasta sauces and turn them into something unique. Think of them as a starting point instead of the main attraction.

What are some other ways that you can dress up pasta quickly and easily?

Tomato, Basil and Garlic Sauce

This morning I literally ran out the door to get to a meeting and didn’t have much time to think about breakfast or anything else for that matter. So instead of staring at my refrigerator for a solid five minutes just waiting for something to jump out at me, I went to the freezer and grabbed the bananas I froze earlier this month. Banana Smoothie Tuesday it was. Normally I throw some combination of milk, yogurt, ice and fruit into the blender. But with two of my my ingredients on the dairy list…I had to quickly rethink what I was making. Instinctively, I grabbed my Almond Milk and Silk Soy Yogurt and added them to the mix. Next came the banana and a splash of cinnamon. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was delicious.

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I am going to have to tweek this one a bit to get it perfect but it was a good start. The flavors are a bit more tart and less creamy than the yogurt and milk I am used to.

After my meetings, I stopped off at the supermarket to pick up a few things for lunch. And I was STARVING by this point. Everyone knows how you really shouldn’t walk into the supermarket when you are starving because you will end up buying out the place…well going in there and saying no to the Apple Streusel samples and the freshly baked bread samples, WHILE STARVING, heart wrenching. I am glad that I walked away, but talk about restraint.

For lunch, I ended up making a yummy and healthy Veggie wrap with Red Pepper Hummus. Loooooved it.

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This was actually unbelievably low in calories and really satisfying. The wrap itself was only 90 calories. When you add all the veggies and the hummus, you are looking at about 200 calories TOTAL! You could always add some grilled chicken, or sliced turkey to this to really amp up the wrap.

For dinner I decided to have a go at making my own red sauce. No instructions available. The sauce has an extremely strong flavor to it so you really don’t need to add much to your plate to have something packed with flavor. So! For my Tomato, Basil and Garlic Cream Sauce:

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Ingredients:

1lb of Pasta, Rigatoni 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil, Drained
3 Cloves of Garlic, Chopped 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped
2 Tablespoon Balsalmic Vinegar 1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Chopped
4 Tablespoons Water

Directions:

  1. Cook your pasta. In a small container or a small blender add the Sun Dried Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Pepper, Salt, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, and water.

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2. Blend everything together until it is smooth. There is going to be a small amount in the container, but it WILL COVER all of your pasta. You can also add a bit more water if you want to lighten it up more. The sauce has a ton of flavor in it and you don’t need much to get the job done.

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I ate the pasta just like this. I would definitely add some chicken to this if you like chicken. It goes really well with the sauce. You can also add some artichoke hearts to it as well. They would compliment the flavor of the sauce. I could also see some ground beef adding to this dish quite a bit too. This only took me about 15 minutes to make (the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta). So it would be perfect for a quick dinner after word.

I loved it. This will definitely be making an appearance for lunch tomorrow….maybe in a sandwich?!

I am off to Naples for the night to help Brent’s parents move around some furniture. Let me know if you try my pasta sauce and if you added anything to it! I would love to hear about it!

Happy Eating!

Banana Blueberry Muffins, with Wheat Flour

This morning, I am struggling. Brent was dying to go out to the Batman movie and has literally been trying to drag me there ever since it came out. We ended up going to a 930 showing, which let out just after 1230. Just late enough to make the morning a little more difficult to get up and going.

So a muffin, the perfect pick it up and go breakfast. This blueberry banana muffin is definitely a heartier flavor with the whole wheat flour, but it really makes you feel satisfied after 1 muffin. I also LOADED on the blueberries, to the point that several of the muffins had just blueberries on the bottom stuck together with batter. My favorite.

So let me know what you think!

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Canola Oil                                                         3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar

3/4 Non-fat Buttermilk                                                    2 Eggs

2 Large Ripe bananas                                                   1 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1 Cup All Purpose Flour                                                 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda                                            1/2 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon                                                1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 Pint of Blueberries

Directions:

1. Set your oven at 400. Mix the buttermilk, brown sugar, oil and eggs together. Then add in your mashed bananas.

2. Mix your dry ingredients, whole wheat pastry flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Then add them to your wet ingredients and stir it up.

3. Now add your blueberries. I added a pint, but if you don’t want that many, just cut a couple out.

4. Pour the batter into a muffin tin with paper or foil liners.

5. Bake them for 20 minutes. They should be a golden brown and you can test if they are done with a toothpick.

The batter only makes 12 muffins, even though it looks like a lot more. These are yummmmmyyyyyy. They round out to be about 225 calories each and about 40 grams of carbs. This is probably the highest number of carbs that I would recommend eating in a meal. I always aim for 30-40 per meal and 15 per snack.

Put your pastry flour in the freezer until you use it again. you don’t want it to go bad and the majority of people don’t use it very often.

The buttermilk is a good option that I know many people don’t use very often. Here, it makes the muffin have a bit of a tang. It is also going to reduce the amount of butter and oil that you need in a recipe. Give it a try for a different take on your muffins. Plus! It only gives you an excuse to make home made buttermilk pancakes for breakfast! Can’t let the buttermilk go to waste 🙂

Let me know what you think!!

Happy Eating!

Banana Apple Streusel Muffins!

I brought these along on my trip to Boston and they were a huge hit. They didn’t exactly look all that great when they got up there because the cat seemed to find the bag with the muffins in them to be a great place to sleep the whole way up, but they still tasted great!

The fam voted that these were the best of the two (the Blueberry Banana were a bit heartier tasting because they are made with whole wheat flour). They are really moist and can serve as a light breakfast or a nice little dessert. One great substitute to bring the calories down and make them just a bit healthier is to add applesauce instead of oil. In this recipe, you can use chunky applesauce to add to the apple streusel flavor, but which ever applesauce you have in your house works great!

 

Apple Streusel Banana Muffins:

 

Ingredients:

2 Ripe Bananas                                                 1 Cup Applesauce, can be chunky

1 Egg                                                                     1 1/2 Cups Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder                                        1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon                             1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoon Melted Butter

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375. Mash the bananas and add applesauce, egg and melted butter. Mix it all up.

2. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Then pour the wet mix, into the dry mix and combine the two.

3. Pour the batter into your muffin tin, with paper or the foil cups. If you want to add the crumbly top, combine:

1 Tablespoon Cold Butter                                        1/4 Cup Sugar

3 Tablespoons of Flour                                            1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

In a small bowl. It will come out lumpy, and just add that little mix to the top of your muffins.

 

Bake it for 20 minutes and you are good to go!

There’s only about 150 calories in 1 muffin. And only 15g of Sugar. Not too bad for a nice little breakfast.

Whenever you have bananas that are past ripe to eat normally, ALWAYS freeze them (peel off the skin first) because there are so many things that you can do with ripe bananas. Smoothies and muffins are just the tip!

Let me know what you think!

 

Happy Eating!