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What I Ate, Shopped, and Baked

Peas and Crayons

My favorite thing of the week – what I ate (Tuesday, but on) Wednesday!  Breakfast was the voluminous oat creation that I mentioned yesterday.  Don’t worry, they taste 103859543890 times better than they look.


Mid-morning snack was a banana with some almond butter.  No, I did not eat all of the almond butter.  Yes, it’s homemade.  Yes, I keep it in my desk drawer.  Yes, I’m an office lady.


Lunch (sorry for lack of a live photo):

I’ve never had a frozen Kashi entree let me down, and I snagged this one at Target last weekend for less than $3.  It’s been in the freezer at work for a day that I was unable to pack my lunch ahead of time (like today!).  Unfortunately it was 340 calories, which was a bit higher than I was hoping for.

2 oclock pick-me-up: Starbucks Iced Venti Passion Tea, no sugar, 2 Splenda.  My calorie free summer go-to.  I work about 20 yards from a Starbucks.  They sent me a gold card with my name on it.  I must go there quite often.

After work I de-booted and drove to gym (then re-booted) and spent 45 minutes with this baby.  My newest love/hate relationship.

I’m so tired of the looks I get from people all day long, and the question – “What did you do to your leg?”.  The “I broke my ankle” story is getting old, so I might switch to “shark attack” and wait for their reaction.  After my airdyne date I hit the Robinson Market District (another love/hate situation) and picked up all these goodies for under $30.  I’ve been couponing like mad and always wait to use them for products already on sale.  The only items I paid full price for were the tea and the life changing peanut butter. I snagged the Oikos and Erewhon cereal for free thanks to Elise’s giveaway.


Other bloggers have raved about Peanut Butter and Co but I hadn’t seen it in a local store until today.  No one said about the amazingly gritty cinnamon and sugary texture of the Cinnamon Raisin Bagel flavor.  I was going to buy a couple varieties, but this one was on sale.  And I wanted to try Sunflower butter, but went with the tub of fresh ground almond butter instead.  I figured 5 jars of nut butter at home was enough (for now).  I also grabbed some sushi for dinner (over priced, but delicious) and steamed some frozen edamame.  I mixed my wasabi with my soy sauce to dip the Cali roll and mixed OJ, teriyaki, and hot seasame oil to dip my edamame pods.


And if that wasn’t enough, I had to try this recipe that I saw on Mary’s blog (her pretty layout always makes me crave cupcakes).  I write down SO many recipes with hopes to try them myself, but this is one that I actually tried the same day.  I’m a blogger with no life, it’s true.  I cut the recipe in half, added some cocoa powder (1 tsp), subbed Kashi for the bran flakes and doubled the walnuts.  Deeeeelish.


Cocoa Chunky Monkey Cookies


1 small banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup)

1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup Kashi GoLean

pinch salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp chocolate chips

1 tsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1) Preheat oven to 350.

2) Combine all ingredients.

3) Form into teaspoon sized balls on a greased baking tray.

4) Bake 8-10 minutes.



Thank Mary for the simple recipe!  My version made 12 small cookies.

Approximate nutrition (per cookie): 60 calories, 3 g fat, 7g carbs, 2 g protein

How ’bout my boy Hines Ward?  We didn’t have any doubt, not for a second.  Another reason to be a proud Pittsburgh chick!

Did you watch the DWTS finale?  What’s your go-to summer Starbucks beverage?

27 responses to “What I Ate, Shopped, and Baked

  1. Daniella @ Runner at Heart May 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I am with you about the love/hate relationship with the bike. I hate doing it but feel so good about myself once I am done.

  2. pawsitivelife May 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Those cookies look so good and healthy! I try to stay away from starbucks but lately I have been loving some iced regular coffee. Im a late bloomer!

  3. Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Glad you tried them! The cocoa version sounds delicious!

  4. Christine (Merf) May 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I love my PB&Co!!! I need to try the cinnamon raisin kind.

  5. kristina@beancakes May 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    oh man, those cookies look so good! my fave starbucks drink is probably just a simple old iced coffee. so refreshing!

  6. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Just FYI: I totally WOULD have eaten all of that almond butter. [And there ain’t no shame in keeping your desk stocked with goodies…you’d faint if you saw the snack drawer in my office.]

  7. Emily May 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Agreed on love/hate with Market District! I just picked up the same tortillas (high fiber).. all the other ones had a disappointing ingredient list with hydrogenated oils :( Oh, Giant Eagle..

  8. Shanna, like Banana May 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Love Kashi frozen meals.

    The PBCo cinn raisin is to die for.

    Fave summer drink: Venti non-fat iced latte with 4 pumps vanilla ;)

  9. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) May 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    The cookies look delish. I love anything from Kashi – especially the frozen meals!

    I didn’t watch DWTS (I know, I’m a bad Pittsburgher). My fave Sbux drink is the same as yours with Stevia. :)

  10. beyondbananas May 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Oats ALWAYS taste SOO much better then they look I don’t know how some bloggers get them to taste SO good.

  11. LizAshlee May 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Either an iced passion tea or an iced soy latte with stevia depending on how much coffee I have consumed that day!

    Cookies look super tasty and healthy…I like!

    Have a fabulous day!!!

  12. Tiff May 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Those cookies look great. By the way, let us know if you ever do decide to say “shark attack.”

  13. Kelly May 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    You’ve gotta try the sunflower seed butter the next go round! I recently purchased my first jar and all I can say is YUUUUUM.

  14. char May 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I keep eyeing sunflower butter too, but haven’t bought it yet…just like you, waiting for the sales. And I totally use the coupons when items are on sale…like my razor yesterday, was on sale, PLUS I had a coupon for another $3 off…love those deals!!!

  15. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    You didn’t like the cinnamon raisin pb?!! It’s my favorite!!! :( Love all the goodies you picked up and those oats for breakfast look super yummy. Those monkey cookies look fantastic!! :D

  16. Amanda May 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I could get lost in the Robinson Market District! I don’t shop there as much because it’s sooooo expensive (I’m not a great couponer – I lack the patience), but I still love it. And their gelato – SO yum!

    I have a part time job at Starbucks and my current obsession is the Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato with an extra shot of espresso. I try to only order it on the days that I work (’cause it’s free ;-) ), that way I limit my calories.

  17. Peggy May 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Looks like a day of delicious eats!

  18. IHeartVegetables May 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I love passion tea from Starbucks!! So refreshing and delicious :)

    Those cookies look awesome!

  19. Annette @EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    great idea for the cookies, thanks! :)

  20. Jenn @ Peas & Crayons May 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I always kept nut butter under my desk and emergency meals in the freezer at work too! It saved my life a few times =) and i’ll totally back up your shark attack story! MWAH!

    Happy WIAW!

  21. rebecca May 26, 2011 at 1:06 am

    lovely and healthy eats thanks for stopping by my blog

  22. McKayla @ Green Groats May 26, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Yum to the cookies. They sounds AMAZING :)

  23. allieksmith May 26, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Isn’t Market District like the most amazing place ever?! I went there TWICE this past weekend. Bye bye paycheck hahaha

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