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Chocolate Coconut Water Love

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After teaching spin, doing a bit of a shoulder, workout, and calling my new boss so that I could find out details of my new job (I start next Tuesday!) it was time for lunch.

Sometimes, I feel like I could go through I head of lettuce in two days, other times it takes me a bit longer.  When I was home not too long ago, my mom gave me some artisan lettuce as a special treat.  While I have not been skimping on using the lettuce, somehow I still have it!  So, I cleaned it up, and made myself a delicious salad full of cauliflower, onion, broccoli, celery, and tuna topped with a combination of homemade hummus and salsa.

Lately, I have been absolutely loving the combination of salsa and hummus as a salad dressing.  It is slightly spicy, and the hummus adds a nice creaminess.  Delish! 😉

New Obsession

When I went grocery shopping for the week, I purchased myself a little treat.  Zico Chocolate Coconut water.  I had tried the original coconut water and loved it, but heard rave reviews about the chocolate.  To be honest, I was a little nervous about trying it because I like the original so much, but as soon as I tried it I was in LOVE!

It is seriously delicious, and oddly tastes kind of like chocolate milk.  When I tried it on Saturday, I immediately got the urge to experiment with it…so I made a smoothie.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Coconut Water Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Zico Chocolate Coconut Water
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful of kale (spinach will work fine too, or you can omit!)
  • 1 Tbsp of natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 packet of splenda
  • 4 ice cubes
  • a splash of regular water (as needed)

Combine all ingredients in the blender and enjoy!!  Seriously, this is one delicious, sweet, nutritious treat 🙂

A Missed Holiday

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Good Afternoon!

I realized this morning that I missed a holiday yesterday…National Chocolate Chip Day, which would have been a great excuse to bake up some cookies.

Because I missed this holiday, I immediately wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss another yummy food related holiday.  So, I googled “National Food Days” and I found the jackpot.  According to this website everyday is dedicated to some food item.

I was planning on writing special days in my calendar, but I didn’t realize that it would be such daunting task.  I don’t even know what some of the foods are that are being celebrated, but literally there is a special food for every day.

It just goes to show that there is always a reason to celebrate 😉

Breakfast

This morning after teaching yoga sculpt and a 4 mile run, I attempted to make some protein pancakes again.  This time I omitted the protein powder completely.

I am still not ready to share the recipe yet, because I need Brian to taste them.  Whenever I make something new, Brian usually has a pretty big say as to whether or not the recipe is a success.  I tend to like things that can taste a bit too “healthy” for the normal taste bud.  Where Brian is not picky, but he just likes things to taste “good.”  Thankfully he will try almost anything I make 🙂  It usually works out in his favor.

If you are wondering what is on top of the cakes, I mixed 1 Tbsp of Pb2 Chocolate with 2 Tbsp of Greek Yogurt and a little bit of water.  It was a tasty pancake topping, if you ask me!

Lunch

I then spent the majority of the morning working on Body Pump (I have to be ready to teach a full class soon and make a video!) and applying for full time jobs…the next thing I knew it was time for my midday meal.

Tuna salad made with a little Greek yogurt and cottage cheese mixed with carrots, onions, celery, garlic salt, and pepper over a bed of lettuce.  On the side:  celery sticks (my fav!) and cold baked sweet potato (from yesterday) with a little bit of ketchup.

The perfect fuel to get me through the afternoon.

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Friends and Fish and Fries

Good evening!

 

Brian and I had an unexpected visitor tonight!

One of his great friends from childhood, Renee, who currently lives in LA is in town visiting her family.  They have been friends forever, and I have heard many many stories of Renee and Brian’s adventures yet I have never met her until TODAY!  Brian picked me up from work and surprised me with Renee in the car.  Because we had a special guest, we of course offered her dinner!

 

Tonight’s menu was a new recipe…Tuna Croquettes inspired by Hungry-Girl with a small side salad and a side of Butternut Squash Fries.

Tuna Croquettes (supposed to yield 2 servings of 4 croquettes, but I was able to stretch it to 3 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 6 oz can of chunk light tuna in water
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 3/4 cup Fiber One cereal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp Hellman’s Dijonnaise 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preparation:
Place Fiber One in blender and add salt and pepper to taste.  Blend until breadcrumb like consistency.  Place half of the crumbs in a small bowl and set aside.
Place the second half of the crumbs in a mixing bowl.  Add tuna, onion, egg, dijonnaise, lemon juice, and salt.  Mix all together thoroughly.
Form tuna into 8 mounds on parchment paper.  Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.  Cover all sides of the mounds in the fiber one crumbs.
Bring a large nonstick pan to medium-high heat.  Cook the croquettes on each side for 3 minutes.
Butternut Squash Fries (Yields 3 large servings)
These are so simple and tasty! To me, butternut squash is such a fall staple.  I am so excited to finally be able to use it in recipes again!
Ingredients:
  • 1 butternut squash
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Seasoning of choice (salt and pepper, seasoned salt, cinnamon and sugar, garlic salt, etc…)
Preparation:
Cut the butternut squash in half.  Scoop out the seeds and “guts” like a pumpkin with a spoon.
Then, peel the squash with a vegetable peeler.
Cut the squash into french fry shaped pieces and place on a greased baking sheet.  Make sure to blot the “fries” with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid (if this step is skipped the fries will be soggy!!)
Toss with spices of choice.  Place in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, flip the “fries” and place in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Remove and serve with ketchup for dipping! (if you want 😉 )
Tonight’s meal:  Tuna Croquette’s with Butternut Squash Fries
and a side salad
Brian literally just whispered in my ear “I really like it!” referring to dinner.  Glad I could please him!!