What I Ate Wednesday

Hello! How’s it going? Hope everyone is having a splendid week so far. We just got back from a quick little visit to our college town. It was weird but also a lot of fun to be back in Saratoga Springs (we went to Skidmore college). It seemed to be a lot colder than I remembered, but we made up for it by eating lots of soup and other yummy things. Speaking of food and yummy things, I am here to share what I ate yesterday. Keep on reading if you want to know!

IMG_4169Breakfast: Greek yogurt with pomegranates, banana, strawberries, and granola. I’m so excited that pomegranates are in season! They add the perfect crunch and sweetness to my breakfast. I topped this with the original ancient grain granola from Purely Elizabeth. I love this stuff; it is too good.

IMG_4181 Lunch: Quinoa and kale salad with roasted veggies and chips and hummus on the side. We did some meal prep on Sunday and roasted up cauliflower, carrots, sweet potato, zucchini, and yellow squash as well as making some quinoa to throw into salads for the week. This spicy yellow lentil hummus is super delicious and also super spicy for my delicate mouth. I drank two full water bottles after this lunch because my mouth was on fire!

IMG_4186Snack: Kind peanut butter and dark chocolate bar. Gotta have something to keep the hunger away between lunch and dinner and it’s just an added bonus that it has some peanut butter and chocolate in it 😉

IMG_1512Dinner: Crisp kale and brussels sprout tacos with avocado and white bean creama These tacos are freaking delicious! We’ve had them before – in fact this is an old picture as it gets dark at 4pm here and that means weird shadows and odd looking food. I could eat these tacos for days, the white bean creama is excellent and the brussels yum! I’m already excited to have these again as leftovers.

IMG_4201Dessert: Tea with a cookie. As it gets colder all I want is tea tea and more tea. In fact, not pictured are the 3 cups of tea I drank between lunch and dinner (I have a problem). You’d think I would be too water logged to want even more tea after all that but nope bring on the tea (and pee)! This tea is my absolute favorite and I went on a wild goose chase trying to find it in stores. Luckily once I found it I stocked up. These cookies are amazing. They are chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips in them yum yum yum.

Mmm that is all I have to share with you today. What have you guys been munching on late at night when you know you should go to bed? Anything you love to eat once the weather gets a bit cooler? Do you have any favorite holiday teas you like to drink?  I’d love to know; comment below!

As always, thank you Peas and Crayons and Clean Eats, Fast Feets for hosting!

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What I Ate Wednesday 9/16/15

Hi all! I’m here sharing a what I ate Wednesday for you. I thought it would be fun to show you what a typical day of meals for me is. Plus, who doesn’t love stalking what everyone else is eating??

Greek yogurt bowl

Greek yogurt bowl

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt with figs, strawberries, blueberries, ground flax seed, and Mamma Chia cinnamon pecan clusters. This is one of my go to breakfasts because it is quick, easy, and filling. I usually throw in whatever fresh fruit we have and top with my favorite granola or cereal – the more the better!

Quinoa salad with a side of grapes

Lunch: Salad with quinoa and roasted veggies with some cotton candy grapes on the side. Lately I have been trying to roast or stem a bunch of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini) on Sunday so I can throw them into my lunches for the week. I also have been making a big batch of quinoa on Sundays. Can we talk about something for a second? Cotton candy grapes. Like what? How? Yum? These things taste exactly like cotton candy it is kind of crazy and you kind of need to try them. Okay done rant.

Luna bar

Snack: Luna Protein Bar. I like to have a snack around 3:30/4pm to tide me over until dinner. I had a meeting at this time so I had to grab something quick and this protein bar definitely did the trick. Plus who doesn’t love some cheeky afternoon chocolate?

Cuban salad bowl

Mind the messy avocado..

Dinner: Cuban Salad Bowl from Simple Roots. We love love love this salad bowl. We bought some plantains last week and needed to use them up so we whipped up this delicious bowl of goodness.

Tea and chocolate

After dinner treats: Celestial Bengal Spice Tea and some peanut butter chocolate. I love ending my day with a warm cup of tea even if it means I pee 9428 times in the night. I also got to have something sweet to go with it!

I hope you enjoyed peaking into my food life. Comment below what you ate today too!

Thanks Peas And Crayons for linking up!

Update on cutting out processed sugar

Hello!

For New Years we decided to cut out any processed sugar from our diets. It has been about two weeks so we wanted to give everyone an update on how we are doing and some go to snacks and treats we have been enjoying. To begin with, we are healthy eaters in general and try and make good decisions in terms of what food we buy and what sweets we allow ourselves to eat. But, after doing some research and a few trips to the grocery store, we were both shocked by what we would normally deem healthy, actually have a lot of sugar.

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The item we were most shocked by was Greek yogurt. We occasionally have this for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack. But we hadn’t actually realized how much sugar is hiding in most Greek yogurts, mainly the flavored ones. They can have more sugar than a bowl of ice cream. We used to eat these for breakfast, which is to say we were basically going over our sugar limit first thing in the morning. Here is a website that we looked at that gave us better insight into what is in Greek yogurt and which brands/types are better for you. Instead of buying flavored Greek yogurt we now stick to plain and add fruit or a dash of honey to sweeten it naturally.

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Another food that we swapped with a healthier alternative is cereal. We switched to granola or muesli. Cereal again has a lot of sugar, but is worse at hiding it, as it was usually the second ingredient listed on the cereals we like (even the ones that claim to be healthier). We have been trying to buy granola that doesn’t have too many ingredients and is sweetened with agave, maple syrup, or honey. These are the ones we are currently enjoying.

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Lunch and dinner haven’t been much of a problem for us as we typically cook our own meals and use whole and natural ingredients. The one thing we switched was what bread we were buying to make sandwiches since some brands do contain processed sugar. We try and look for bread that is made with 100% whole wheat and that doesn’t contain any processed sugar (high fructose corn syrup, sugar). We’ve been eating the Ezekiel sprouted grain bread and have been enjoying the more natural taste it has. Here is another website that was helpful when choosing which bread to buy.

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The hardest part of this challenge was our love for an after dinner sweet treat. We haven’t exactly cut it out completely, but we have had fun in the kitchen experimenting with adding unrefined sugar (agave, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar) to different cookie recipes. At the beginning of the new year, we gathered up any cookies, chocolate, and crackers that had a lot of sugar or used processed sugar and put them away in the closet. We haven’t dipped into the bag yet, and by making our own treats we have been able to satisfy out sweet tooth without breaking our resolution. It’s surprising that after doing this for a while, we’ve really stopped craving some of the processed snacks we used to enjoy.

IMG_4728You can check out my Pinterest board Sweets and Treats for some recipe ideas (not all of them use unrefined sugar so just be wary! We’ve been trying to sub in unrefined sugar) Our favorite has been these peanut butter and coconut cookies from My Happy Place.

Check back as the month goes on for more updates and possibly some recipes using unrefined sugar. We encourage you all to try out some recipes subbing out processed sugar for unprocessed, and to look carefully at the ingredient lists on your favorite foods– you never know what you might find. These past few weeks have really made us more critical in what we buy and snack on. We will continue to update you as we learn more!

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M&M Monster Cookies

IMG_2763We are back with another fall/halloween inspired recipe for you! This one features an ingredient that seems to be quite abundant once the first signs of fall hit: pumpkin spice. At the food store, I eyed a new Chobani seasonal flavor in you guessed it – pumpkin spice! This yogurt is very spicey on its own but put into these delicious cookies there is less of a strong taste to it.
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These cookies were inspired by Yeah…Immaeatthat‘s healthier m&m cookies. We changed a few ingredients mostly based on the fact that we never seem to have eggs in our house. As a side note, why is it that when you buy eggs you never use them until they go bad, but when you decide to not buy any eggs you always need them? Or so that’s how it goes in our house. Instead of eggs we added more Greek yogurt and an extra dash of coconut oil. The added Greek yogurt definitely gave the cookies that unmistakable Greek yogurt taste, but it also made them more cakey as well. So if you don’t like the taste of Greek yogurt, then these cookies may not be for you. But, if you like pumpkin spice and m&m’s and everything nice then give these cookies a try!

IMG_2428We couldn’t resist buying these M&M’s when we first saw them at Target a few weeks ago. Since then we have been munching on them and adding them to our cookies. They are so delicious! I usually don’t like just plain M&M’s, but when they come out with any seasonal flavor, I gotta buy and try them all! Don’t even let me get started on the Easter carrot cake M&M’s… we’ll get there when easter comes around. We also bought, but haven’t opened, the candy corn flavor. I’m sure we will end up trying to feature those in a fun fall recipe as well.

IMG_2742 IMG_2744So instead of using plain M&M’s like the original recipe called for, we just had to sneak these guys in there. I mean how can you resist? Double pumpkin spice M&M cookies – too good to be true! Plus they are healthy enough to not feel bad after eating a lot of them in one sitting. Which may or may not have happened… Yum!IMG_2785

Okay, enough rambling about pumpkin spice flavored things. Now onto the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice greek yogurt
  • 2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A splash of vanilla almond milk if the batter is dry and the ingredients won’t mix easily*
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice M&M’s (or if you are like us, just pour as much as you want in!)

*this batter is a more dry batter, so don’t add too much milk, just a splash or two to get everything to mix together

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 ºF. Also, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour to baking powder) in a large bowl. Mix together evenly.

3. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (greek yogurt to vanilla extract) and mix together.IMG_2705

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until a big dough ball forms. You may need to add a splash of almond milk at this point if the mixture is too dry and not combining.IMG_2708

5. Add in the M&M’s and mix together!

IMG_27096. Roll the dough into roughly tablespoon sized balls and place on the baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

IMG_27207. Enjoy with some ghoulish friends!

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