Category Archives: Breakfast

Foodie Friday: Who Says Pumpkin is a Fall Food?

Seriously? Its Friday?  That seems super strange to me.

Since I haven’t worked all week. I’ve kind of lost track of the days. (You can be jealous, just don’t drop kick me, please.)

I worried that I would not have enough time to whip something up for ya this Friday. But, since my internal clock is readjusting still, I had a burst of energy and decided I want to use that energy in my kitchen! :0)

A couple of weeks ago when I was visited my parents, I saw this coveted, precious item on the shelves.

Ahhhh. Canned pumpkin puree.  It is always VERY hard to find puree pumpking (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX) in the store at this time of year. (Well, at least in this area of the country).

Week after week, I stroll down the baked goods aisle..just in case they found an old can on a shelf in the dungeon of the store. (Yes, I would still eat it).

Apparently.. an hour up the road.. there is no such “pumpkin shortage”

So, last night, when I was rummaging through my rather empty cabinets.. this can of pumpkin puree was just staring me down.. begging to be used.

Being the sweet, nice girl that I am, I honored the request of this little can of pumpkin and made a treat.

Actually.. it is more then a treat. It can accompany a breakfast, lunch, dinner. It can be used as a snack.. as a dessert.  Pretty versatile, don’t ya think?!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Squares

Makes 24 squares

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. cashews (ground magic bullet)
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut (optional – I used unsweetened reduced fat)

Preperation
  • Preheat Oven to 350*
  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl (except for coconut)
  • Pour batter into a 13 X 9 inch pan (previously sprayed with non-stick)
  • Sprinkle with coconut if desire
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes

These are not too sweet – but I don’t need my pumpkin goods to be sweet. I bet they would be great crumbled into yogurt!

I’ve been on a kick of entering my recipes into Sparkpeople. And I am never disappointed when I see the nutriional information.  Especially when I concoct a baked good that uses healthy ingredeients.. and is something that I actually enjoy!

Once again, the nutritional stats do not disappoint. Below  – find the stats for a the sqaures made WITHOUT using coconut on top…

Check out that Vitamin A 🙂

And here – the squares with my reduced fat unsweetened shredded coconut:

Just a 3 calorie difference 🙂

I made both – I spinkled a small amount over a portion of my goodies – so I can experience the best of both worlds!

I am totally for eating foods when they are “out of season.” Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to eat.. not in the fall. I am pretty sure I will be enjoying some pumpkin pie oats pretty soon. as I do not want to let a drop of this left-over pumpkin go to waste!!

Any other suggestions for some great goodies I can make with pumpkin!?  Great links?  Feel free to share.. I am in a baking mood!

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Back To Life..Back to Reality

I am kind of back to reality.

By reality.. I  mean home. Because summer is not really reality for a teacher I suppose.

 

By reality.. I mean cooking my own breakfast…

Oh yes.  You see that properly. I did not have oats this morning. I had oats every morning on vacation.. and was not feeling a hot bowl of oats today.  Instead, I had some egg whites, spinach, broccoli, and salsa.  This delicious egg connection was accompanied by Kiwi and Ezekiel Bread with Cranberry Apple Butter.

 

By reality .. I mean getting back to the gym.

After hanging around waiting for a phone call until about noon, I was finally off to the gym. I was so excited to have all of the equipment that I desired at my fingertips.

Todays cardio workout looked like this:

In 32 minutes, I covered 4.12 miles. I pushed it really hard at the end and felt amazing.

Then, it was time to hit the weights.  I did 2 sets of each of these exercises

  • Around the world lunges (with curls, presses and tris)
  • Sumo Squats with curls
  • Over the Head Russian Twists (Standing)
  • Firemen Squats
  • Side Bends/Windmills
  • Flys on Bench
  • Chest Press
  • 25’s (ab crunches with weights on stomach)
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Plank (60 seconds)
What a great burn! I was feeling more then great when I walked out of the gym. Felt great to be back!

By reality, I mean no more sunny skies.. humidity free 70 degree days.

California weather was amazing.

Connecticut weather.. is not.

It has been raining all day. At times.. torrential down pours.  It began pouring while I was at the gym. I was wearing a white tank top.

After sprinting to the car, my tank top was no longer white.. but rather see-through. Good thing I was wearing a bright yellow sports bra.

 

By reality, I mean a trip to the grocery store in said pouring rain.

When you return from vacation… well.. there is no food in the house (Not much worth eating, anyway).  All of our perishable items that had the possibility of stinking up the fridge while we were gone were tossed.

No fresh fruits. No fresh veggies. Nothing for lunch.

Despite my state of wetness, I sat in the parking lot at the gym for a good 10 minutes debating in my head whether I should go home and put a dry (not white) shirt on.  I eventually decided to go to the store. (Who wants to go back home.. then back out.. when they are already out. Sorry. I am too lazy for that).

I went to my favorite store:

And came home with some bananas, carrots, apples, egg white salad, more ezekiel bread, peanut butter, apple sauce.. and my favorite snack bar.. PURE BARS!

 

These bars are really one of my FAVORITE snacks.  Trader Joes sells the chocolate brownie and the cherry cashew.. and these are so tasty. I could probably eat them every day if I wanted!

 

By reality, I mean eating my all time favorite lunch..prepared by me..not by someone else!

 

As you know, I’ve been eating out quite often. But being home, means making my own breakfast, lunch and dinner again!  This makes a happy Cait!

Today’s lunch was a usual lunch consumed at home:

Turkey, Apples, Mozzerlla, Mustard on Ezekial, 1/2 Banana with PB, Other 1/2 of apple, and some carrots (with extra PB).

HIT THE SPOT!  I missed this lunch while I was away.

 

 By reality, I mean massive loads of laundry.. washing, folding, the whole 9 yards.

This.. is just my laundry from the trip. I washed everything. Even if it wasn’t worn. (Especially since it was all soaked at some point).

I am not ignoring Justin – but he was a trooper and actually went to WORK today – and didn’t do anything with his suitcase. Some of his shirts go to the cleaners.. so I will let him tell me what needs to be washed.

I decided to throw ALL of the unfolded laundry on the bed – so I have to fold it before going to bed.

When Justin came home from work.. exhausted and feeling sick.. he moved the clothes to my dresser to take a nap.  I asked if it could occupy a small corner of the bed .. so I could follower through with my plan.

He let me because he is such a great guy! Woke up, I folded. And MADE myself put it away too – or else it would have just sat there.. perhaps for the next month.

By reality.. I mean lots of mail.. with lots of goodies!

Justin and I forgot to put a stop on our mail. WOOPS.

But thats okay.. because we were able to see everything that came while we were gone at 3AM instead of having to go to the post office to pick it up!!

In the mail – was this beautiful necklace from LISA @ Fishyface Design.

This is the necklace that was up for grabs during the Baking for Boobies sale.. that Justin donated to win!

 

I also received these yummy probiotic bars from Annelies at Attune Foods.  I am going to eat one every day for 2 weeks – in hopes of helping out some digestive issues that I have been battling for quite some time now!

I will be giving a full review of the product once I finish them – and will also explain a little more about my ongoing battle with my stomach!

 

I also want to give a special shout out and a HUGE thank you to Lisa @ Healthy Diaries, Lisa @ Healthful Sense, Laura @ Sprint to the Table,  Char @ Char on a Mission, and Vivianne @ Greek Yogurt  for their AWESOME guest posts! I know I sure loved reading them all – and I know that you can all agree with me! Very fortuante to have such lovely blog friends to help me out while I am traveling 🙂

 

SO – How do you snap back to reality after being away?! I guess I do it in a pretty boring way 🙂

** Hope you checked out my recap of Muir Woods/Wine Country ... will be posting more tomorrow afternoon .. after my FOODIE FRIDAY post in the morning…**

WIA — In San Francisco

Happy Wednesday! Hump day for all of you that are working (and for those who aren’t.. like me.. you probably don’t even know what day it is 😉 )

There is no way I wanted to miss WIAW by Jenn – so I’ve compiled some of my eats while I’ve been out here in Cali!!

So – going away on vacation for me – does not meet giving up my healthy habits.  I try to keep myself eating healthy – even while away and even if I have to eat out for many of my meals.

So – how do I stay healthy?!  Well, the first thing that I did when we got to San Fran… was hit a up a local little market to pick up some essentials.

I knew that our room had a fridge.. and that there was a microwave available for use – so I could have Organic Instant Oats w/ a sliced banana and the protein powder that I brought from home for breakfast…

I had this oat mixture (here with Strawberries that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market..) for most breakfasts.. while Justin hit up Starbucks for bagels.

I also picked up some carrots – and some goldfish for snacking.  Additionally, I had the chocolate cherry snacks, some (luna, clif, bora) bars, and a supply of apples as well.

Here are a few of my eats from when we have been out!

Yes, this is recycled.. sorry. They were just that good!

Steel Cut Oats made with water.. topped with fresh fruit (and I added Sun Warrior 😉 )

A turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato from Working Girl’s Cafe

AMAZING Hummus Platter – Sun-dried Tomato Hummus, Kalamata Olive Hummus, and Traditional Hummus with cucumbers and flat bread for dipping:

Plain Grilled Veggies with Brown Rice – and a Balsamic Glaze Dipping Sauce on the side.. (Both of the above mentioned dishes were from Daily Grill )

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt from Ice Bee … on multiple occasions..

They may look the same.. but that is ONLY because it tasted SO good, I got the same thing both times! 🙂

This is .. of course.. no where near ALL that I have eaten while in San Fran.. but I am not one to picture all of my meals!!

I do induldge as well.. don’t you worry! I just want to make sure that I keep myself energized and feeling like myself through the whole trip!

What do you do to keep your healthy life-style while on vacation!?