Before I get into today’s post, I just have to brag that I actually went to a yoga class yesterday- which is something that I haven’t done in almost a year! Don’t get me wrong- doing a DVD or Podcast at home is great- but there’s nothing that compares with taking a class with a great yoga instructor that can help you with your form and positions- and give you encouragement.
I did a 75 minute Prana Flow (Level 1/2) class with the Groupon that I bought (5 classes for $25) yesterday morning- and loved it! The instructor was incredible (she’s also the owner of the studio) and I’ve definitely got to look at the schedule to see when she teaches throughout the week. I love Flow Yoga, because I really feel like it gives your muscles an intense workout, but you get a good stretch at the same time. And it always goes by so fast! I was a sweaty mess ten minutes into my practice- but I’m not complaining about that. Here’s my deal with going to take a yoga class- it’s hard for me to actual make myself go- but when I’m there, I’m golden! I actually tweeted that I was going to go the night before so that I had some sort of accountability. That being said- MAN are my hips sore today!!
Anyway- onto today’s story: I’ve got some news for you. I have a bit of a sweet tooth.
I know, you’re shocked, right?
Luckily, I’m able to keep my sweet tooth satisfied with “healthy” sweets, like smoothies made with fruit and plain Greek yogurt with fresh berries, or some good quality dark chocolate. While I know they taste good, heavy pastries, cakes and things of the like just don’t agree with my stomach, so I mostly stay away from them. Ice cream on the other hand… give me that any day of the week!
I will always stand by the fact that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Lunch and dinner can be anything- but breakfast… breakfast is special. And I think this is because breakfast is the only meal where it’s acceptable to disguise a “dessert” type food as a proper meal. Think about it. The most common breakfast foods for me are oatmeal (duh),
and more oatmeal
Green smoothies (always served in a bowl with a spoon)
Protein muffins with fruit and Greek yogurt
You get the idea. Though I love savory breakfast items like runny eggs, frittatas, bacon, etc., I’d much rather have them for lunch or dinner.
Breakfasts and snacks (for me) are almost always sweet. I woke up the other morning, worked out, and went into the kitchen to make breakfast. I didn’t really have anything planned out (which is odd- I almost always know what I’m going to have for breakfast the night before!) and just started combining random ingredients. I came up with this:
It’s a “layered bowl” of sorts. The bottom layer is egg white protein powder, peanut flour, chia and banana mixed together and heated up. The next layer is 1/4 c cooked oats, and then it’s all topped off with more peanut flour and chia, coconut flakes, a little Uncle Sam cereal and blueberries. To me, this is normal. And it tasted great! I posted the photo on Instagram with the caption “I love that there’s a whole population that think it’s perfectly normal to call this breakfast.” (And I’ll tell ya- it tasted delicious!!)
I’m going to assume that the general population does not think it’s normal to eat like this. I’m sure there’s quite a few other healthy living bloggers that think this is weird. But then I also know that some of you are looking at that photo and reading the ingredients and thinking “Damn. That sounds good. I can’t wait to make it!”
And that makes me happy.
I only discovered the land of healthy living blogs a little over a year ago. One day I randomly stumbled upon Lee’s blog, and was immediately sucked in. I had been an oatmeal lover for years- and pretty much ate it for breakfast every morning since I graduated college in 2002. I never realized that it had become a trend- and that there were entire blogs dedicated to different types of oatmeal.
I remember seeing her post recipes for overnight oats, and part of me thought “what the heck is that? That sounds awful!” But a bigger part of me was intrigued. (And for the record, I love overnight oats now- especially when eaten from a nearly empty sunflower butter jar with some crumbled protein muffin on top!)
When I started my blog last September, it opened up an entire world of new recipes for me. I discovered that the way I hate been “baking” for years wasn’t necessarily that weird- and that there were thousands of other bloggers that made things just like me! As time has gone by, I’ve discovered some many different recipes for healthy desserts and snacks, and continue to be inspired on a daily basis.
I’m sure you all know the mother of healthy desserts, Chocolate-Covered Katie. Though I haven’t made too many of her recipes, I pretty much drool over every single one she posts.
And then there’s Powercakes, the goddess of chia and the “Powermeal.” I love the way this girl eats. I would hire her to come cook all of my meals for me in a second.
The ladies that are pretty much right on my wavelength are Laura, Heather and Kristin. I constantly drool over the photos they post of their creations on Instagram. The three of them seem to have the same philosophy as me when it comes to breakfasts, snacks and desserts: it has to be high-protein, delicious, and there has to be a lot of it.
I’m making my way through many of Kristin’s recipes right now, and made her amazing 3-ingredient fudge yesterday
except mine has 3 more ingredients: chia and almond milk to bulk it up, and a little sea salt sprinkled on top. And oh man- it’s good.
I’m dying to make Heather’s almond butter granola bars… it’s on my to-do list for the weekend!
Does that photo make you drool a little bit?
And Laura is the queen of smoothies and protein muffins- she even had a recipe for a chocolate cake yesterday that has over 24 grams of protein and under 150 calories!
That’s my girl.
While I’m on the subject of protein muffins (because I eat some variation of one pretty much every day), I must share the recipe for this amazing, fantastic (maybe my best one ever?) muffin that I made yesterday.
Carrot-Zucchini Protein Muffin
1 small carrot
1/2 small zucchini (about 1/4 c. chopped)
2 T applesauce
1 T pumpkin puree
3 T liquid egg whites
1 T almond milk
1 T each: vanilla protein powder, oat flour, coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
a few raisins and chocolate chips (optional, but recommended!)
sweetener to taste (I used a little stevia)
Grate the zucchini or carrot (or throw into a blender at low speed for a few seconds like I did). Combine the zucchini, carrot, applesauce, pumpkin, egg whites and almond milk into a bowl and stir. Add in the dry ingredients and mix together well. Microwave for 3 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
I actually divided my batter up into two small bowls, so that I could have one muffin for a snack in the afternoon and another for dessert later on. I also topped mine with a mixture of Greek yogurt, chia and vanilla stevia. I am definitely going to be making to this recipe again (and again and again….).
I’m heading out the door to teach Bodypump (and my sore muscles are trying not to think about the fact that I have to teach it again this afternoon… along with Spinning….)- but will be thinking about the awesome breakfast that will await me when I come home. I’m thinking it’s a green smoothie kind of morning…
Have an awesome Friday! Cheers to the weekend!
What do you think- are these kinds of foods “weird” or “normal” to you? Do you have a sweet tooth?