Happy Friday loves!

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I am actually multi-tasking right now.

I have a huge test tomorrow and I should be studying.

Well, I am actually.  Matt is reading my notes to me as we speak.  What a guy huh? But it helps because look at this.

notice the change of answers? thank goodness for double checking!

This is not only a 100%, but it’s my second 100% this week!

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I think I’ve mentioned, oh probably 18927312 times, how fast paced this program is.  We have a quiz every Wednesday, a practical every Thursday and a test every Friday.  In other words we have three tests a week.  Wednesday I got a 100% on my quiz and today I got this bad boy!  Needless to say, I’m pretty proud of myself.  This week has been a bit easier though because we are only covering one chapter when usually we do at least 2-3, but still, I’ll take it!  Test today and then one more week of Anatomy and Physiology and then hopefully I will have a less stressful month.  My next class is a core class.  I had to take Ecology and I’ve heard it’s pretty easy as long as you do the reading, which let’s be real, I do.

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I have noticed with me getting home late I have definitely been getting in some food ruts that I need to get out of.  I’ve been having a hard time mentally though with my weight gaining process.  I’ll do well one week and gain and then automatically freak out about the fact that I did gain and I see myself going back to “safe” meals.  It’s like I know I need to gain, but I don’t want to.  Since I’ve gotten to my mid-way point, I’m just comfortable with where I am and am afraid of “going too far” or “gaining too much”.  I look at myself and sometimes don’t see a problem with my weight and where I’m at.  Yet, I think I know I still have more to gain.  I guess that just proves my ED is a little bit more present than I want to admit.

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So I have no problem getting my vegetables in, but almost nightly it’s been in the same form of oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower.  So the other night I wanted to switch things up. I added a bit of color to my dinner!

fresh romaine salad topped with lots of color!

Matt has got his cooking bug back (yay!) and the last time we went to the store we stocked up on a bunch of produce.  With me doing quicker lunches and dinners I wasn’t using as much produce as I did when I wasn’t working or going to school, so we stopped buying the things that went bad quickly or that we didn’t use that often.

topped with red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, yellow squash and onion

I forgot how much I actually enjoyed a nice fresh salad. It was quite tasty.

i ended up topping this with a veggie burger to make it more substantial

Let’s be honest. ED eating days are gone and tiny meals don’t cut it anymore. I don’t care how big you make a salad. It’s not filling. Or enough.

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Next is the exciting part.  My breakfast yesterday.

I took the idea from Katie and of course tweaked it a bit, and in the end, had an amazing breakfast.

I love breakfast and love trying new things, but sometimes am a little disappointed. Not today.

 may not be all too pretty to look at, but let me tell you, don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Pumpkin Bread In A Bowl

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/3 cup canned pumpkin

3/4 cup milk (I used almond)

1 cup flake cereal – (here is where I switched it up a bit. I had corn flakes on hand, but to add a little sweetness I did 1/2 cup corn flakes 1/2 cup fiber one honey squares)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup, but you could use stevia, sugar, honey, agave)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together. The cereal will have a thin consistency at first, but if you leave it in the fridge (after blending) for even just 10 minutes, it starts to get really thick!

i was honestly not expecting this to taste as good as it did. The addition of the maple syrup made it just sweet enough and I really think using the fiber one cereal in the mix helped sweetened it up a bit too.

There are also endless additions and toppings you could add to this. Granola, pecans, chocolate chips, peanut butter, the list goes on. I added this wonderful granola that I had left over that the lovely Sam had sent me from over the pond.

bear granola – apple crumble. half made it on the pumpkin bread half made it straight into my mouth.

I’m usually not a huge granola person, but this stuff, I couldn’t keep out of my mouth!

again maybe not the prettiest dish, but totally worth trying

And now that I think about it, adding pumpkin butter to this might make it even more amazing. Next time maybe?

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I have a lot of reading to do this weekend and I am volunteering all day Saturday, so hopefully I’ll have some time to cook up more tasty dishes. Matt getting his cooking bug back has gotten me wanting to spend more time in the kitchen too! So let’s all hope for some future tasty meals that I can share.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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Do you get your daily fruits/vegetables in? I never seem to have a problem getting my fruits and veggie’s in.  I love almost all fruits and veggies and always make sure I have something in the house!

What’s your favorite veggie? Fruit?  Fruit for me. Banana’s. Duh. Apple’s are a close second and I’ve been loving pears lately too. Veggie for me, as I stated I am in a roasted broccoli and cauliflower rut.  I’ve also started roasting eggplant again.  Add some liquid smoke and smoked paprika on top. Ah-mazing.