All the Food

Well hey there!

Long time to no chat! I had the best of intentions of becoming a regular blogger over the summer but between graduation, trips to NYC, hanging around town and getting ready to move to California, my little corner of the internet was forgotten. I have actually been toying with the idea of rebranding/shifting towards a different focus as my interest has hanged since I started this blog. More to come later but there are going to be some changes.

Lets catch up on more important matters, delicious food. I got this idea from Imma Eat That – highlight some of the amazing meals/snacks I’ve been muchin’ on throughout the week.

Weekly Noshes

Udis[Udis Broccoli & Kale Lasagna, Trader Joe's Mahi Mahi Burger & Spiralized Zucchini]

English Muffin[Whole Wheat English Muffin, Whole Foods Cashew Butter, Banana & Cinnamon]

Dinner Spriral[Spiralized Zucchini, Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, Massive Japanese Sweet Potato]

IMG_1642[Thickest Greek yogurt]

IMG_1635[My favorite protein bars]

Highlight:

IMG_1608[Lightly Salted Rice Cake, Peanut Butter & Unsweetened Carob Chips]

Right now I am flying from LAX to Connecticut. I am working on the new blog changes which I hope you will all enjoy!

What have been your favorite eats lately?

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

After 5 blissful weeks hibernating in New England (seriously – what was up with that weather?!), I am back in Blacksburg to finish up my senior year.

I’m not going to lie, I blatantly told my parents they would have to drag me kicking and screaming to the airport. For some odd reason I am not ready to be back at Tech. I feel like I had just gotten home and then was being put back on a plane. Thankfully I have a really awesome friend who met with me for Starbucks 1 hour after I got to campus. Combine that with a Macados tradition & Pitch Perfect and I am finally feeling ready to finish this year out with a bang! (Side note: how awesome is Fat Amy!?)

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However, when I was home I rekindled a breakfast favorite. Well actually, it was never a favorite. I always sprung for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal and cereal before french toast. For some unexplained reason, I went on a major french toast kick and nothing could stop me.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

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Serves 1 hungry runner

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 Tbsp of Cinnamon Swirl Peanut Butter
  • 1 packet of splenda
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • heaps of cinnamon
  • splash of milk

Directions:

  1. Gather ingredients & preheat a frying pan to medium heat
  2. In a large bowl, combine extra large egg, vanilla, splenda, cinnamon and milk
  3. Beat mixture until thoroughly mixed
  4. Dip slice of bread to coat each side evenly
  5. Add to pan
  6. Cook until golden brown
  7. Repeat with remaining slices (I usually fit 2 in a pan)
  8. Top with peanut butter
  9. Enjoy :D

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Now that is a fabulous way to start the day!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

….to buy copious amounts of seasonal foods :)

I’ll be the first to admit I hate pumpkin. I think the actual squash taste disgusting and I would rather enjoy acorn, buttercup or carnival squash. But if you turn that orange veggie into a highly sweet and refined bread product, well I am down with that!

Gingerbread on the other hand…well I have always loved my Aunts homemade gingersnap cookies, but other than that it wasn’t my go to flavor (Chocolate Peppermint – that is a whole other story)

However, food companies this year seem to be bringing Gingerbread back. During every other time of the year I just pass on by the fresh fruity flavors that debut because artificial fruit flavored products don’t give with me. Holiday spices…well I have no control. Now every time I go to Walmart or Target I somehow  end up spending WAY more than I wanted to on holiday products but I’m 99% sure I am not the only one…

Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread Swirl Bread

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Hidden gem in the bread department at Walmart. Ladies and Gentlemen I am happy to report this bread is a phenomenal treat. The perfect amount of sweet and spice without being overwhelming where you feel like you just ate a sugar. No, this was nicely balanced.

gingerbreadEven though I haven’t mentioned running in a while, I am still running high mileage and enjoying the freedom of not training for something. I’ve played around with different fuels before my runs and have found simple, quick carbs do the best at giving me energy (hello increased times)  with minimal GI upset. Win Win.

pbbread[Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread Swirl Bread + Skippy Dark Chocolate PB]

Yum. Yeah – perfect combination. Happy belly, happy runner.

What is your favorite holiday flavor? Any products I should be on the look out for – healthy or not?

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Before the Hype

Before the recent hype of all things coconut, I was already addicted. It’s true – ask my roommate. In fact, she even said that’s one thing she thought was “cool” about me (Yes, I took this as a high compliment considering we had a love/hate relationship at the time). Ever since the boom of coconut as a healthy saturated fat, everything now comes in coconut flavor. I can’t complain – it just allows me to get my coconut fix multiple times throughout the day. For instance, I can get it at breakfast

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or for snacks

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as a mix-in

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for pancakes…

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In a nutshell, I find a way to eat coconut every day. It is truly one of my favorite flavors.

Your turn: what is one flavor you can’t live without?

A “Department” Dedicated to Cookies

Back in May, Akiva from The Cookie Department contacted me to review his cookies. After browsing the companies website I was more than happy to take some cookies off his hands. A company dedicated to cookies the size of your face is kinda epic in my opinion. The flavors all sounded dreamy and happily awaited the arrival. Akiva was more than generous in the supply he gave me. I had plenty to give to friends who gave me their feedback on the taste of the cookies

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Tough Cookie: I had high hopes for this one. It is the peanut butter lover in me, but I was not a huge fan of this one. I don’t know if it was the addition of whey, but this cookie was too dry and crunchy for me. I am not a huge fan of crunchy cookies – I much prefer softer, chewy ones so that could be a reason why. I also found the peanut butter flavor to be off. However, the guys loved the sound of this cookie because of the added protein in cookie form.

Chocolate Chip Nookie: Do you all remember the really amazing subway cookies a few (okay 8-10ish) years back? The really really good ones? I am convinced they used the old recipe to make this cookie because it tasted exactly like those delicious treats. Crunchy on the outside, but soft and doughy on the inside. The chocolate chips were amazing. This cookie was the perfect balance of sweet and chocolatey.

Great Full: This was the only one I didn’t try. Not that I don’t like sweet potatoes or oatmeal (because I do), but rather because I have a thing against dried fruit, especially cranberries and raisins. I just don’t like them so I would already have a biased opinion. My co-worker tried it and reported that the flavors were spot on. The sweet potato flavor was very prominent and paired well with the cranberries. The only thing she complained about was the texture. She said it was a mix between soft and crunchy which was weird to her.

Awaken Baked: A sweet cookie and a cup of coffee? Yeah, winning. Like the Chocolate Chip Nookie, this one was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I was pleasantly surprised that the rich coffee taste was not bitter at all. In fact, it was pretty sweet. The coffee lover in me loved the bold taste.

Snap Back: This was hands down my favorite of them all. So soft, so moist and very reminiscent of my Aunts epic gingerbread cookies. The strong molasses taste combined with the sugar crystals on top was an epic duo. There was a lot of spice to this one, which I adored. Paired with some vanilla yogurt and I was one happy camper :)

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Sadly these cookies are mainly available in California, but check out there website to see if there are any locations near you!

Another epic thing that came out of this contact? I am now the Nutrition Blogger for the company! Major wins.

Check out my latest post about protein!

http://thecookiedepartment.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/why-protein-is-so-important/

Alright, I am off to a mini vacation with my roommate for the weekend!

I Really Love Breakfast Foods

Confession: Growing up, I hated breakfast. When my mom asked me if I ate breakfast, I would lie through my teeth and say yes. Some mornings I even got creative at left a few Cheerios in some milk.

I am glad to report that once I got to high school I learned to love and appreciate breakfast. I’m still not a get up right a way and eat person, but I do always look forward to my morning meal.

After seeing Megan post a gazillon over night oats, I decided to whip some of my own up and add my own spin. Essentially it was a dough bowl for breakfast. I am perfectly okay with that too.

Cinnamon Sensation Cakey Overnight Oats

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Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 Container of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Fiber One Coffee Cake Square
  • Liberal amounts of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Combine oatmeal, chia seeds, cinnamon and yogurt into a bowl.
  2. Stir until everything is mixed together. The mixture should be really really thick
  3. Top with peanut butter and the Fiber One square

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5 minute breakfast that taste epic? I think yes.

Cake for Breakfast?

Long time not chat, eh?

Between getting my hours in at the hospital, working at the running store, writing nutrition articles and working out, I’ve been super busy. Can’t say I don’t mind it though…although my hair says otherwise (I really need a haircut). However, I can make up for my absence by sharing with you all this gem of a recipe. I originally posted this picture on Instagram a while back. If you haven’t noticed already, I kinda sorta love waffles. And Cake Batter. Combine the two and you have a breakfast of champions in my opinion. For all the health nuts – this recipe is pretty healthy, in my non expert opinion.

Funfetti Cake Batter Waffle

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Serving Size: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup Duncan Hines Funfetti Cake Batter flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Butter extract (or vanilla!)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (I used 1 packet of Splenda)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the waffle iron
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder and sweetener) and mix together.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients (egg, oil, milk, butter extract) and mix.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add as much milk for your desired consistency (I usually eyeball this)
  5. Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray
  6. Pour batter into the waffle iron
  7. Cook to your waffle iron’s specific time
  8. Enjoy :)

Lets be honest though – no waffle is complete without some peanut butter topping. Thank you Saratoga Blizzard Peanut Butter for rounding out this meal.

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What are some necessary toppings for you?