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What I Ate, Shopped, and Baked
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
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?