Posts tagged ‘Coconut’
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So…is it you?
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Anyway, I had a pretty uneventful SUNday. The sun came out as promised, and as a result, the pools were hopping with happy students, teens, and children alike. It’s interesting how the weather can turn from low 80’s to rain in a day or two…but that’s the plan.
I need to do something about my alarm clock pronto because it hasn’t been doing it’s job all week! Luckily I didn’t have a hot date at 8:00am this morning because I would’ve stood them up. When I awoke from my slumber a few minutes shy of the 9 o’clock hour, I made oats. I know…no ‘extravagant’ weekend breakfasts. You can never go wrong with oatmeal though. I’m sure many of you are just as crazy about it as I am. After all, it is the breakfast of blogging champions [a.k.a. Jenna, Kath, and Tina].
1 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 banana – cooked
1/2 T ground flax
1/2 T brown sugar
1/2 T unsweetened coconut
1 T pecans
If you pay really close attention, you might have noticed I’ve reduced my oat measure from 2/3 cup to 1/2 cup. I don’t know why, but I’ve been all about the low and slow, creamy oats lately. I wanted to make another bowl of this sweet heaven – no, Hillary, no.
I’m not oblivious to the fact that the number of breakfast photos heavily outweighs the photos of any other eats, including: my lunches, snacks, afternoon coffee and chocolate attacks, and Iron Chef dinners. What can I say, breakfast is my favorite and gets an unfair amount of attention.
What’s your favorite meal and WHY? I like breakfast the best because 1) it marks the beginning of another healthy day full of delicious eats, 2) I love love love baked goods such as scones and muffins and other traditional breakfast items such as pancakes, waffles & French Toast, and 3) it fuels my body with energy to make the most out of my days!
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Sunday Sweat Session:
15 minutes arms & legs
1 hr. sprinty spin class
1 mi. indoor track run
abs & stretch
Then there was a fiber-FULL dinner & fro yo with my roomie. Yes, that sums it up.
Boy, oh boy… I think a quiet Sunday morning accompanied by an extra scrumptious breakfast is deserving of a spot on my Top 10 Favorite Things list…if there was such a thing ; ) The fact that one of my roommate’s guests was asleep on our couch wasn’t going to stop me from getting into the kitchen to make waffles at 9:00am. I made a variation of Sinless
Saturday Sunday Waffles:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 T ground flax
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 mashed banana
…topped with a dollop of 0% Greek, coconut, toasted pecans & real maple syrup.
In other news, I made enough bread to end world hunger in my Elementary Foods lab Thursday. I got a few puzzled looks from passengers as I rode the bus home with a backpack full of Honey Whole Wheat Bread, perspiring the scent of sweet yeast.
Speaking of Elementary Foods…I have my second exam in that class tomorrow. I feel like all I ever talk about is test, after test, after test – story of my life. Monday is going to be a killer day:
10:00am: Organic Chemistry
11:00am: CA Cultural Landscapes
[Lunch + Study]
4:00pm: Food Safety & Sanitation
7:00pm: Required lecture about safety I must attend before registering for classes – ugh.
Doesn’t look like there’s going to much time for exercise, so I better get in some moves today. Just 4 days remaining of my Move It in March CHALLENGE!
Let’s talk breakfast!
- What’s your favorite breakfast?
- Do you have savory or sweet a.m. taste buds?
- Coffee? Tea? Juice?
- Little meal? Big meal?
Shower me with visions of
sugar plums pancakes and pastries dancing in my head…
I wanted to challenge myself to write a post this morning before heading to school, so here I am. I may have gotten a head start last night (procrastinating O. Chem), but whatever works…right? =]
1 cup water
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 almond milk
1 T unsweetened coconut
1 T agave
1 tsp. vanilla
I seem to have totally forgotten about Goal #7 for 2010: “Visit Starbucks less frequently”. I have been so determined to reach the Gold Level by accumulating 30 stars, that my Starbucks habit has turned into a more frequent occasion than not. I want to challenge myself to not go to Starbucks this entire week. The only coffee I will allow myself to have will be made at home. Hopefully this snippet will keep me accountable…
Your Questions Answered
1) I want to know how you budget to shop at Trader Joe’s so often! I am jealous!
Growing up, my family did not put a strict budget on the grocery bill. Feeding my brother and I whole, natural, and usually organic foods was more important to my parents than saving a little bit of money from purchasing processed foods. Fortunately, I was raised in an area rich in fresh produce, seafood, organic dairy, and local cooperative markets to do such; however, that didn’t always mean cheap prices. I clearly obtained the same belief that quality (food) is better than quantity. There isn’t a Trader Joe’s near my hometown, so when I went away to college I thought that their prices were incredibly reasonable — $0.19 for a banana! I understand that what may be cheap to one may be pricey to another, but shopping at TJ’s works for my healthy lifestyle on a college budget.
2) I have a question regarding college… I have a test coming up next week for my nutrition class and I have no idea how to study. How do you memorize everything?
Despite the gazillion quizzes & exams I’ve taken in my lifetime, I still have not mastered a studying technique. I always do the practice exams/study guides if they are assigned, and attend any extra review sessions that are offered. Memorizing is something that does come fairly naturally, but when I have a ton of definitions to cram into my brain, I whip out the 3×5 cards. Sorry for such a generic answer. Good luck!
Yes, that’s right. I have a blog…almost forgot. I hope you managed without your daily Nutrition Nut news for the weekend. I needed a weekend away from the blog world…and time to enjoy the real world with real friends. Unfortunately, the chest cold that arrived Wednesday put a bit of a damper on my weekend festivities. I was so bummed that the one weekend I had guests, I didn’t feel 100% =[
My chest cold has now migrated to my head. However, after a ton of sleep and gallons of water and tea, I’m feeling on the mend. It’s an absolute gorgeous day here in NorCal. I would do anything to be outside in the sunshine running (or washing my car), but alas…I have my first O. Chem exam to study for. Instead, I slipped on a pair of flip-flops and studied at Starbucks with an iced latte. I hope to be able to enjoy the sunshine at some point week – 70* weather is in the forecast =] Spring is in the air!
I took a study break this afternoon and made my 2nd batch of Humboldt Honey Granola. It was a bittersweet meal eating the last of my homemade granola. I don’t know if I could have survived without it much longer. I cut the original recipe “in half” today:
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 T vanilla extract
- sprinkle of salt
It came out of the oven just in time for snack hour.
2% Greek & Granola is back!
Speaking of granola, many of you asked if my mom would share her recipe for the granola bars she sent me for Valentine’s Day. I asked her where she got the recipe, and no surprise, it is one of Sarah’s @ In Praise of Leftovers. You can find the recipe here.
Alright…going to give O. Chem a couple more hours of my time and then relax with the usual Monday night trash TV.
See you again soon,
Just a reminder: If you have any questions for me about college, cooking, exercise, food, life, etc…don’t hesitate to ask! =]