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Well loves if you read my last post, you know how I feel about today.

Is it Friday yet?

But you also know there is a part of Wednesday that is a bit exciting.

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You guessed it.

I actually have eaten some amazing food, no thanks to my cooking skills, but Matt and I had been invited to one of his co-workers for dinner. Since he is still new at the job and this was the first time I met them, I decided to not take any pictures.

But let me tell you. The meal was amazing.

Cowboy caviar (which is seriously crack in a bowl – heeellllooo avocados), grilled zucchini, grilled portabella mushroom topped with garlic spinach and cheese, artichokes, oven roasted potatoes, and bbq chicken. Seriously all cooked to perfection. I ate so much food, but I seriously could not stop, it was so good. It was a fun night overall and we had a great time.

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But since I can’t show you any of that deliciousness, I have a few things that I can show with you.

Oatmeal has came back into my life. It tends to happen when I have these laying around.

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I actually stole this jar from work.

I made a base of vanilla cinnamon overnight prOATs and topped it off with some frozen banana, local granola, shredded coconut and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Because we all need a little chocolate in the morning.

This got me on an oatmeal kick, so I had them again the next day.

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Since I was still kind of on a coconut kick I added coconut butter and shreds not only while cooking, but also another huge spoonful of Sweet Spreads cinnamon roll butter and more shredded coconut.

(side note: this was transferred into a jar for travel convenience shortly after)

And to keep trucking with coconut…

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It kept coming with my waffles. Since we’re not actually getting any snow in Arizona, I like the effect shredded coconut gives my food. Kinda like snow right?

Ok, maybe not at all, but we can pretend. It still tasted pretty dang delicious.

Then I started getting lazy with my breakfasts, but sometimes simple is the tastiest.

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Because sometimes a bagel with cream cheese and jam is all you want. And sometimes you don’t even make it pretty.

It’s not all breakfast around here though.

I did manage to whip up a simple tuna veggie nori roll that was pretty tasty.

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This was later doused in tahini. I’ve been obsessed with the stuff lately!

And for dessert?

Well even though my poppy seed cake wasn’t a total success.

It also wasn’t a total failure.

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I mean someone had to eat it. Might as well be me!

Speaking of dessert.

This happened tonight.

And it was pretty wonderful

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Proof I do eat things other than frozen yogurt.

Well loves, I hope you all have a great week.

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What are some eats you’re enjoying lately?

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Happy Wednesday loves!

Today is a big day for me! I take my VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination) test today. It’s basically what RN’s have to take to become licensed nurses, but in the veterinary world.  You’re actually not required to have it in Arizona to work as a veterinary technician, but I obviously just wouldn’t be a certified veterinary technician. It is required by law in other states and some clinics will also pay more if you have your license.  My school actually pays for the exam, so it doesn’t hurt me to take it and I may need it in the future. So wish me luck!

But before I go and do that I of course have to participate in What I Ate Wednesday. I have some tasty treats to share with you.

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No surprise I have some delish breakfasts to share with you.

Even though I don’t have a lot of time in the morning, it tends to be the meal I put most of my effort into. Not only do I need to make sure it has enough staying power to get me through my day, but I even try and make it a bit presentable even though it tends to end up in a portable container anyways.

Overnight TVP/prOATS have made a come back into my breakfast rotation.

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This simple bowl of cinnamon vanilla prOATs was topped with Love Grown Raisin Almond Crunch granola and a splash of Silk vanilla almond milk. I seriously forgot how good oats swimming in almond milk was.

I also finally decided to try another recipe from the beautiful Meg that I had been eying from her Instagram pictures.

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Since I had such great success with her protein sweet potato smoothie, I decided to make a version of the chia puddings she had been making.

Mine of course was of a chocolate variety, topped with shredded coconut and a local seed mix.

Simple, but satisfying and filling. I love chia.

(let me know if you want the recipe)

I then decided to combine the two.

I wanted oats, but also had some leftover chia pudding.

The only normal thing to do is combine them.

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I was actually out of frozen banana (blasphemy!) so I topped my prOATs with chocolate chia pudding, slices of frozen grapes, a granola sprinkle and of course some cinnamon love.

This bowl was pretty amazing.

The next delicious-ness that I have to share with you is another thing I have been drooling over on Instagram.

Healthy Pop Tarts.

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They have been sweeping the Instagram-land and for some reason I never made them.

It’s kind of like all of my Pinterest boards. I totally have the intention of making the dish, but when it comes around to it, I just always fall back to my routine meals. I need to get out of that habit, and add some variety to my meals.

Well I finally did that and decided to switch up my breakfast.

Thus my healthy pop tart was born.

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Healthy Pop Tart with Marshmallow Protein Frosting

Healthy Pop Tart with Marshmallow Protein Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 tbsp oat flour (ground from raw oats)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean )
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk
  • 5-7 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Instructions

  1. Grind oats into flour
  2. Mix together oat flour, coconut flour, and protein powder
  3. Add almond milk and stevia and mix - add more milk to desired consistency
  4. Place in the middle of tortilla and fold all four sides like a pop tart
  5. Place on heated panini press and cook until warm and toasted
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Sometimes I kick myself for waiting so long to make certain recipes. This was one of them.

To make the protein frosting, I just took plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani) and I added 2 drops of Capella Marshmallow drops.

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I really loved how dense the filling was, but coconut flour is amazing for that. It is defiantly an ingredient I don’t cook/bake with enough.  Another thing I love about these pop tarts are there are endless possibilities for flavors with not only the filling, but the toppings. You guys know me and my love for protein frosting.

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Well loves I must leave you and I am off to take my exam!

Ahh wish me luck!!

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How often you actually make recipes you pin from Pinterest or see on Instagram?

never too busy to be marvelous

Long time no talk huh?
Things have been kind of busy around here and I think are only going to get worse.

I have a very long work week ahead of me, one day off for Thanksgiving, which let’s be honest since we’ll be driving to and from Matt’s parents for the day, won’t really seem like a day off.  Of course it will be great to see them and spend the holiday with them, but I really wish I had more time off to actually relax and be able to enjoy the holiday. I had the opportunity to take Friday off, but since I was sick last week and missed a day, I really need the hours.

Whoa is the life of an adult and having responsibilities like bills and stuff.

Boo.

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But since today is Monday, let’s focus on being marvelous shall we?

The beautiful Katie reminds us there is always positiveness in our lives and that is what we need to focus on.

So let’s begin.

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Marvelous Is… making cakes for co-workers birthday’s.

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And writing ridiculous inside jokes on them.

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Marvelous Is free Starbucks.

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A Christmas blend peppermint mocha to be exact. I wanted a stronger coffee, but am obsessed with the peppermint mocha, so I asked my barista what she recommended. I seriously love my regular barista’s. They deal with my high maintenance drinks and still recommend new high maintenance requests for me. What’s better than that?

Oh yea. The fact that it was free. One of our doctors called off sick and the other doctor bought all of us Starbucks so we would “be nice to her” that day. Meaning not make anymore appointments and try to cancel as many as we could that were for the other doctor. She is probably my favorite doctor anyways, so I would have done whatever I could to make the day go by smoother anyways. But like I’m saying no to free coffee. That’s just crazy.

And on the topic of work.

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Marvelous Is… the cutest puppy ever

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Ok seriously? Doesn’t get cuter than that.

It took a lot not to steal this puppy.

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Marvelous is… creating beautiful healthy breakfasts

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Chocolate sweet potato protein smoothie topped with cinnamon, chia seeds, granola mix, hemp seeds and raw oats.

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A much thicker chocolate sweet potato protein smoothie topped with shredded coconut, acai powder, and granola mix.

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Overnight cinnamon vanilla TVP/prOATs topped with 1/2 frozen banana, trail mix, shredded coconut, KIND granola, and hemp seeds.

All were beautiful. All were delicious.

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Marvelous Is… amazing new food finds

Of the alcohol variety.

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A kombucha pale ale.

Two of my favorite things combined. And it is ah-mazing.

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Well loves, as you can see, even when things get crazy, there are still many things that make life marvelous.
You just have to find them.

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What made your weekend marvelous?

food lately

It’s been awhile my loves and I apologize.

But I’m not that sorry, because I have been having a really good few last days.

A few personal things happened that I haven’t really shared on here, so to not go into a long back story, let’s just say things are going really well around here!

So I am typically pretty bad at following the What I Ate Wednesday rules, and this week will be no different.

One of these days I really will document a whole days of eats, but I just really like to link up, touch base, and participate so I hope another round of food’s lately are ok with you guys. And ok with the wonderful Jenn who hosts this get together for us every week.

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I haven’t been too lucky lately in having any legit almost empty jars to use for my overnight oats so I’ve been making due with what I do have and making my own.

I did happen to have an almost empty jar of homemade maple pumpkin puree.

Gotta work with that you have and it was a nice addition to my overnight prOATs.

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Overloaded and topped with 1/2 frozen banana, chopped nuts and hemp seeds.

All out of once filled jars, I just created my own.

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Just a boring empty jar filled with chocolate coconut overnight prOATs topped with mixed berries and chopped walnuts (a few white chocolate chips may or may not have been slipped in there).

Might be a little bit boring, but was still pretty delish.

I soon got sick of being boring and tried to spark things up a bit the next time around.

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Pretty sure chocolate and sprinkles makes everything better.

I added a healthy chocolate sauce swirl on the jar, filled the jar with banana cream prOATs  and then topped it all with more chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, trail mix and sprinkles!

It just makes breakfast a little more fun.

Then it’s off to crazy work.

Things have been a bit hectic around the clinic lately… luckily for me I have a few stress relievers within arms reach.

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It’s a blessing and a curse having a Starbucks right next door to our clinic. But red cups have been getting me through my work days like no other.

(Ps. peppermint mocha’s with soy are the best thing ever.)

And co-workers who bring in bagels are the devil and angel in disguise.

This was totally a second breakfast by the way. No shame.

Dinners have been needing some assistance lately.

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Take out seaweed salad. I wish it was more sushi, but this was a great appetizer while I cooked up some dinner.

Does anyone else go out for a food they were craving only to want it even more? That’s how I am with sushi. Once I have it, it’s all I want.

Another problem I have is I go to a place with one intention, but something else always seems to happen.

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I swear we went for just a beer.

But I just love chips, salsa and guacamole.

We weren’t even hungry and probably ate the whole basket of chips in 5 minutes flat.

And just in case you were wondering. The beer did happen. (like you had any doubts)

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(Matt said he is Jesus in the picture due to the crazy intense sun coming in the background. I just let him think what he wants.)

‘Jesus’ wasn’t able to help the Colts that day though. Horrible horrible game.

But moving on.

I actually made a fun dinner one night too!

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It’s amazing how the simplest ideas are something times the best.

This is just a simple BBQ chicken and veggie quesdailla drizzled with more BBQ sauce and Daiya cheddar cheese shreds.

Deeeeelish.

(Trader Joe’s Bold and Smokey Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is the best BBQ sauce ever.)

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Well loves I actually have so much more to share with you, but it will have to wait until a later time.

So until then, have a wonderful rest of your week.

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What food/meal do you constantly crave? Seriously, I could eat sushi every day and never get sick of it. No really. We’ve already gone twice this week.

an almost wordless wednesday

Happy Wednesday my loves!

I am going to try something a little bit different for this round of What I Ate Wednesday.

For once I have a lot to share with you.

So even though I love to talk and tell stories and give you guys tons of pointless details behind my meals, I am going to make this an as wordless post as I can.

But I’m going to be honest, I like to talk (type?) so we’ll see how that goes.

But before I bombard you with my eats lately, head over to Jenn’s and thank the beautiful lady for being such a great host.

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Breakfasts may be the same, and sometimes brown and boring, but I love my breakfast wraps.

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Sometimes it’s fun when I am low on stuffing supplies. Random things like KIND bars, nuts, energy bites, kamut puffs, cereals and basically anything I can find I’ll stuff into these things.

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Some pretty delish OIAJ have been happening too.

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Hemp seeds have been a new addiction. I actually think I got them in a sample box and it took me forever to use them. Such a great nutty flavor. I love them.

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This jar was very hard to say goodbye too. This is seriously one of the best peanut butters ever.

Earth Balance’s Almond Butter with Flaxseed is still by far my favorite, but oh so expensive.

#poorgirlproblems

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And  you better believe I scraped every.last.bit. of that jar. So good.

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Proof I’ll use about any jar.

Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter is too good to waste any little bit.

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And when I don’t have an empty jar, I make my own.

Parfait style.

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And as shocking as it is, I have actually made some pretty delish dinners lately as well.
I can’t believe it, but I think I am finally getting out of my cooking slump and am wanting to create new things.

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Simple pasta, but not made with just any ole sauce. When we were in Los Angeles our friends made us some home made tomato sauce to take back with us. Let me tell you, it was amazing. Home made is always so much better.

New Trader Joes finds also made new dinners easy.

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I forgot how much I loved my spicy peanut chicken. So easy to make. So delicious.

(Verdict on the seaweed salad: Meh. Not the best I’ve had, but not horrible either)

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And this plate of amazing will be getting a post all of it’s own.

Spicy Thai Chicken Stir Fry.

This was amazing.

And since I always like to end with something sweet.

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I had told a co-worker I would bake her some cupcakes.

Really any excuse for me to make sweets I’ll take.

It’s not just coincidence there is enough left over batter for a few to stay home.

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Well loves I actually have more delish dishes to share with you, but a few that deserve spot lights of their own, so make sure you check back.

It won’t be a shocker to what it is.

But here’s a sneak peek.

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I know I know, more plantain bread. But as simple as this batch may look, the flavor was out of this world good.

I can’t get enough. And I think you’ll like it too.

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What have you been having for breakfast lately?

Any fun grocery finds you would recommend?

living a 80/20 life

Happy Wednesday my lovies.

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My week was a little different this week, I had yesterday off as opposed to my typical Monday off, but I think I actually like having a random day in the week off. Three day weekends are great don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to have it switched up a bit.

Having Tuesday off actually gave me a chance to get my What I Ate Wednesday post done a little bit more on time other than just recapping on what I’ve been eating lately. Although in typical Debbie fashion, I don’t have a strict day of eats to share with you, but more or less highlights.  Gotta give you guys the good stuff right?

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I’m starting to introduce and be more comfortable with sharing my weird habits with my co-workers. I’m a pretty outgoing open person to begin with and people usually figure out pretty quickly how bizarre I am. No shame.

When a co-worker was scrapping the last bit out of her huge peanut butter jar, I quickly took advantage of the situation and asked her for her empty jar. -Insert weird look-. I don’t blame her, I mean who asks for an empty peanut butter jar?

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People who like to make oatmeal in a jar. I know you fellow foodies understand me.

She did give me the initial odd look, but once I explained to her what I was going to do with it, she was actually intrigued by the concept.

Since this jar was huge I did my best to make voluminous overnight oats in attempt to fill it.

I’ve been out of TVP for a few weeks now, so I feel like now when I make my oats, it is such a hodge-podge of random things I throw in, for no real rhyme or reason.

This batch had about 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1tbsp quinoa, and 1 tbsp creamy buckwheat cereal.

See? Totally random.

I just want them to grow and plump as much as possible overnight.

I also added in about 1/2 scoop of Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean protein powder and my random spices.

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I think I did a pretty good job at filling this monster.

I topped them with the usual frozen banana and granola sprinkle.

I also find it humorous that my breakfast travels in my car arm compartment.

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They may not be the prettiest, and I may have eaten them in the car, but I will tell you they were still delicious. And that’s all that matters.

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I also managed to make a pretty delish dinner the other night too.

Which is an accomplishment with as lazy as I have been with dinners lately.

But I can’t really take credit for this dinner.  It goes to Trader Joe’s.

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I love to cook all my meals fresh trust me, but I have no shame eating pre-made meals either. And this Trader Joe’s general tso’s chicken dish is seriously amazing. I am always blown away by Trader Joe’s pre-made meals and have not had a bad one yet.

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I’ve also been demolishing some other new to me goodies that I feel like I have to share with you guys.

I am a sucker for trying new, random products. If it is different, intrigues me, I love to at least try it once.
Some are winners, some are losers.

This one. Is a huge winner.

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I don’t know why, but vegan cooking and baking has really intrigued me lately. I honestly don’t know where it came from, maybe because vegan cooking can tend to be #strangebutgood if you will, so with me, the more strange it is, the more I tend to like it.

When I came across Nacheez, I knew I had to try it. It is a non-dairy style cheese that is made from blended cashews and red bell peppers. It’s 100% vegan and definitely more healthy than your typical cheese sauce. This stuff was out.of.this.world.good. I’m telling you it tastes better than any real queso I have had. I kid you not. You can not tell it is dairy free.

I’m pretty sure I demolished half a bag of pretzels and half this jar in one sitting. Again. No joke. I am totally going to make some nachos with this stuff.

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Speaking of demolishing things, I have been enjoying lots of sweet treats lately too.

I am a firm believer in balance. Healthy living to me is not eating a 100% clean diet. Yes, I like to eat healthy, but I also like to enjoy my life, never restrict myself, and never feel guilty about anything that I choose to eat or drink. Life does not revolve around food.  This is something I struggled with in the past, but have finally accepted.

With that being said. A lot of this has happened lately.

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Paradise Bakery chocolate chip cookies.

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Starbucks salted caramel cake pops

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Loopy Pineapple birthday shots.

One thing I feel the most accomplished with in my life lately is being able to go with the flow, eating what I want when I want, and not giving it a second thought. It’s all about 80/20 people and I’ll be honest, sometimes my life is a little more 70/30, and I am perfectly ok with that.

So on that note, I leave you my loves. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.

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And remember there is still one more day to enter my Extend Nutrition giveaway. Hurry for your chance to win some delicious snacks!

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Do you believe in the 80/20 rule?

What are some of your favorite pre-packaged meals?

 

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Happy Wednesday my love doves.

First things first, if you haven’t entered my giveaway for Extend Nutrition snacks, head over and do it now! It’s too good of a prize to pass up!

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I know last week I promised to try and create some new dishes.

I am happy to report that I did not completely fail you.

I had my fair share of repetitive eats. But that is just me, when I get on a kick of a food I like, I tend to eat it until I’m sick of it. And with me, well sometimes that takes awhile.

So this What I Ate Wednesday has a little bit a lot of old and a little bit of new.

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It’s really not all my fault though. I blame my schedule for week day breakfasts. My Protein Breakfast Wraps are just so convenient. And I seriously do not get tired of them.  It doesn’t hurt that I have like 10 different protein powders that I make protein frosting with, and since we have an amazing client who brings so much fresh fruit every Tuesday (that I of course fill a tupper ware container full of to take home) my wraps are never the same.

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My one constant though is a banana. There has to be a banana.

I love my banana’s.

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And then when my weekend’s roll around, trust me I really want to try new breakfasts. I have been itching to make a version of protein french toast, I have about 10 bread recipes I want to try, and drool worthy protein pancake recipes that flood my Instagram have been tempting me too,  but with only two days to make prepared breakfasts I have been falling back on two classics that I know will not fail me.

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Seriously, my Protein Plantain Pizza has not gotten old yet. And as you can see, my topping possibilities are endless.

I’m really sorry if you’re sick of seeing pictures of this, because I am not sick of eating it.

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You know what else I never get sick of?
Overnight prOATs.

I bet you guessed that one too.

And I’ve been really lucky and have had some empty jars to fill lately.

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Peanut Butter. Jam. I don’t discriminate with my jars. They all work for me.
Bowls work too I guess.

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So what was this not completely failed part I mentioned? Well. I am going to be mean and tease you with this.

Chocolate Protein Cake Bites

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I have probably pinned about 87347234 of Anna’s recipes over at Protein Pow(d)er, but as per usual me, never got around to making them. My excuse it always “will I eat all of it”. Since I am on such a tight budget, I don’t like to use ingredients if I’m not going to consume the entire batch.

But I finally decided to take the plunge and make one.
Oh goodness. So glad I did.

I of course tweaked it a bit and made some modifications, but you know me, I can never follow a recipe 100%. But I followed this one pretty closely and I will say it is a winner.

But I’m going to make you wait until I share my recipe. Don’t worry. It will be soon.
So make sure you check back. You won’t want to miss this one!

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What are some of your recent repetitive eats?

How do you solve the problem of eating an entire batch of something you cook?

repeat eats

Hello my luffs and happy Wednesday!

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I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. I am still sleepy as ever, but I am hanging in there.

Work was crazy yesterday and we ended up having an emergency surgery so it was a 12 hour day for me.  But faces like this make it worth it.

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Reminds me of why I love my field and let’s be honest, this face can make any day better.

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With it being What I Ate Wednesday and all, I am going to apologize ahead of time and say that my eats are still pretty repetitive and pretty much the same. Boring I know. I am such a bad blogger.

In the past are the days when I was creating new recipes daily, so I apologize for that, but with the change of a lifestyle comes a change in the way I blog. I hope you all will still stick around.

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As per usual make sure you thank the lovely Jenn for hosting this event, I keep hoping it will give me inspiration to be more creative in the kitchen, but usually what it does it make me wish some of you would come cook for me.
Any takers?

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Even though the meals may be the same, they are still super tasty and worth sharing.

Repetition #1.

Protein Plantain Pizza

I just had to grab another plantain for the weekend so I could make this. Seriously one of my favorite breakfasts as of late.

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And since I made four different toppings, it is just an amazing diversity of flavors.

For the base:

- 1 medium plantain

- 1/2 cup liquid egg whites

- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

- 5-7 drops liquid vanilla NuNaturals

- dash (downpour) of cinnamon

Toppings:

- Plant Fusion chocolate protein frosting

- Click mocha protein frosting

- BSN Lean Dessert Banana Cream protein frosting

- homemade banana coconut butter (best coconut butter ever)

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This is seriously such a great and filling breakfast. I usually pair it with a yogurt, because if you guys know me, you know my obsession with dipping things, so I like to have something to dip my bread pieces in. I have weird food habits I know.

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Since I only have a few days off to actually make breakfast and not have to eat it in the car, I am always planning ahead for things that I don’t typically make. One thing I always make sure I eat on the weekends are my overnight prOATs.

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oatmeal

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For once I did not have an abundance of fruit in the house.

Blasphemy, I know.

So this bowl toppings wise was kept very simple.

I topped my cinnamon lemon overnight prOATs with 1/2 frozen banana, Love Grown granola, raisins and a cinnamon sprinkle love.

Simple, but delicious.

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I do feel like I need to redeem myself in my oatmeal decorating skills, so let’s actually take a look at a bowl I made last week that I never shared.

Just for good measure.

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oatmeal

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That’s a bit better.

Pretty fruit and a chocolate drizzle? Yes please.

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Loves, I’m not going to lie, my recipe creative juices have been diminishing over the time, so as much as I would love to promise you something new and exciting next week, I make no promises or guarantees.

Regardless, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.

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Do you find at times you lose your creativeness in the kitchen?

How do you re-kindle it?