more strange spreads

I love Friday’s.

Not only for the obvious end of the week start of the weekend reasons, but because it’s time for Laura’s #strangebutgood spotlights.

Why do I love this so much you ask?

Because it’s a time for my normal to me, but strange to others eats to be celebrated.

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As we saw last time, I love my spreads and dips.

Well this week is kind of no different.

I had gotten an avocado and kind of forgot about it.

Whoops.

It got a bit ripe.

So what is one to do?

Maybe a normal person would make guacamole or something, but not this girl.

She  took half of it and added unsweetened cocoa, chocolate protein powder and a few drops of SweetLeaf Vanilla sweetdrops  to it and called it delish.

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I then proceeded to take a piece of Ezekiel bread, spread some home made blueberry jam on it and top it with my new avocado concoction.

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#strangebutgood? Maybe to some. Completely normal to me.

So you may be thinking and asking what I did with the other half of that avocado.

If you’re not, I’m going to tell you anyways.

I made another spread/mash out of it.

To this one I added peanut flour and a splash of maple syrup.

What did I do with this one?

Well I made a sweet potato sandwich out of it of course.

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Next time it may be smarter to cut the pieces smaller, as this sandwich was kind of chunky, but I made it work.

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Now I don’t think all of these things combined is so strange. Well ok: avocado, peanut flour, sweet potato…maybe. But I swear it works!

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This probably would have been even more amazing toasted and made into a panini.

Dang it, why didn’t I think of that earlier?

Next time.

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One more thing before I go since we’re on the topic of spreads.

This combination is not strange. It is however good. Nothing too spectacular to really deserve much of a spotlight, but it was good enough that I feel like I have to share.

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Whole wheat toast, peanut butter, banana mash, honey drizzle.

Simple. Yet amazing.

Why are the simple things in life sometimes the best?

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What’s your favorite simple meal?

 

breakfast wrap obsession

Heyyyy my lovlies. It’s Friday! Woo-Hoo!!

Now that I have Friday’s off, they are just that much sweeter for me. I love having three day weekends, although today I am so busy it really won’t be a day off. I have a hair cut appointment,then I have to go straight to an appointment with my nutritionist and then I have to run Delilah to the vet right after that.

It will defiantly be a go go go kind of day. But don’t you worry, there is still something I have time for.

Some #strangebutgood eats time.

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Sprint 2 the Table

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Be sure to head over to Laura’s to check out some other crazy concoctions. Gotta love us foodies and our strange ideas.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know my breakfast has been pretty repetitive lately with my protein breakfast wraps.

I know not the weirdest creation I’ve put together, but like I always say, when the fiance gives a weird look when I’m making something, I think it’s worth mentioning.

And since I am seriously obsessed with them, I’d thought I’d share the goodness with you all.

My latest creation got a bit out of control and my wrap turned more into a pita due to the wrap splitting from being so full (of goodness).

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A lot of people have been asking what I put in my wraps, and even though they differ everyday here is the main gist of what goes into them.

Breakfast Protein Wrap

– 1 tortilla (I typically use Flat Out Bread Multigrain with Flax)

– 1/2 banana (I will throw in other random fruit that I happen to have, but a banana is always a must!)

– 1/2 scoop protein frosting (my favorites are Plant Fusion and BSN Lean Dessert)

– 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)

You can play around with these and really add anything you want.

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Fresh raspberries and blueberries on hand? Throw them in.

They may be ooey and gooey, but seriously they are so delish.

Too bad I have to eat them in my car and they aren’t that photogenic, but they taste amazing and that’s all I care about.

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Have some extra strawberries? Throw them in there.

I seriously do not get sick of these things. I’m thinking it might be starting to be a problem

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The messier the better.

Yup. Obsessed. Obviously.

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You know what else I’m still obsessed with and also might be a slight problem?

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At that price, I couldn’t say no.

And one of course got instantly roasted that night.

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I just can’t help myself.

Honestly, may be a problem. I know I get into food ruts and it seems once I get out of one I just get into another.

I really need to work on variety in my diet.

But for now I’m happy with my little obsessions.

So until next time my loves, stay strange.

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Do you get into food ruts?

What food are you currently obsessed with?

soccer, beer and oatmeal

Well loves, it’s that time again.

Time where we moan and groan that our weekends are over and it’s back to the daily grind of life. We call this Monday.

But thankfully the beautiful Katie gives us the opportunity to find beauty in this day with Marvelous In My Monday.

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I love having my weekends off, but I actually find that they are so uneventful.

Not having money will do that to you.

I also have the laziest fiance ever who finds nothing wrong with sitting on the coach all day and watching TV.  Trust me, I like to relax just as much as the next person, but sitting around for that long drives me a little crazy.  But with this insane Arizona heat (hello 110 degree days) and not having any finances, it kind of hinders any extracurricular activities and daily outings.

We make it though and find some fun things to do.

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Matt is on a soccer kick and really wanted to watch the USA vs Jamaica match on Friday, and since soccer isn’t huge out here and we don’t have cable we had to find somewhere to go watch it.  Knowing us, we can not go to a bar without ordering at least one drink, and really, it’s not too polite to take up a bar seat and not give the bartender some business. Solution? We cashed in our coin jar! Woo-hoo $25!

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Just enough for two drinks for each of us!

(I know, we’re such big spenders, but you gotta work with what you have!)

We do what we gotta do to make it an enjoyable night! And really, when we’re out together, we make fun happen!

And USA won! Yay! (I actually could care less about soccer, but we’ll pretend)

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See, look how fun we are.

(go with it)

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One thing I do however love about my lazy weekends is I actually get to prepare and enjoy breakfasts!

I know I will crave oats at least one day, and probably get a little too excited over it.

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I was craving my Berry Lemonade Overnight PrOATs like crazy. And lucky for me I had some berries that were on the brink of death that needed to be used. So glad I discovered this flavor combination because it is so delish.

Another predictable marvelous thing that happened this weekend was…

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Yea. It was bound to happen. I had told myself I was going to take a break from kabotcha because I seriously have no self control when it comes to eating these things, but when I went to the store and saw it…I just had to get one. Or two. (I guess this just proves the no self control theory) But only two!

Of course this happened that night.

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I was going to eat it plain and just roasted in the oven, but then I just couldn’t resist the melty peanut butter drizzle I love so much. Then more peanut butter happened… It’s a problem, but a problem I am ok with.

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Well loves, other than that my weekend was pretty boorr-ing. So I don’t have much else to report.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great week!!

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What do you do on your weekends? Do you try and stay busy or relax?

october foodie pen pal reveal

Ok seriously. Tell me it’s really not already November.

Where has time gone?

This whole last year has seriously flashed before me and I don’t know where it has gone. I’m not sure if it’s school or all the other drama, but geez louise.

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One good thing about the end of the month though is Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

Yay!

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I say it every month, but seriously guys, check out the program if you haven’t already. It’s good times. I promise.

So without further ado, let’s check out the goodies I got this month. I think I say this every month too, but I always seem to get so lucky with my matches.

This month, by fate I tell you (my original match dropped out), I ended up getting paired with Tami from Journey To A Healthy Life.

This lady is a doll let me tell you and she spoiled me way beyond what she should have.

I made two suggestions and in my mind was thinking either or.

She got me both.

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I had suggested the PB2 Chocolate because I can’t find it anywhere and the Earth Balance coconut and peanut spread.

See what I mean about her being a doll? Because she got me even more.

Spoiled I tell you. I am truly spoiled.

Also included was Clover Honey (I need recipes guys!! I’m not a honey person so I don’t know what to do with it!!), two more small sample packets of PB2 and PB Thins (omg was so excited to try these!) (they were good, and quickly gone), snack nuts (my fiance thanks you), and the cutest cards! She sent me some blank ones! So cute.

So of course when I opened the package this quickly happened.

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I don’t even want to acknowledge the amount I ate right then and there straight out of the jar.

It’s seriously a little bit embarrassing.

So embarrassing I told everyone about it.

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Clearly I wasn’t that embarrassed.

 So overall? Ah-mazing. I loved everything. Thank you so much Tami!

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Wanna see what I got my foodie pen pal? Check out Sarah Jane’s post!!

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Are you interested in joining yet?

I thought so.

Here’s the rundown:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your pen pal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your pen pal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your pen pal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Pen pals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your pen pal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

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Do you have any recipes using honey?

wiaw #46 – sprinkle love and peanut butter goodness

Happy Wednesday loves!!

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Ok I feel like I have been way super chipper lately, but I really can’t help it.

Not only did I become an aunt, but I am also in an audit class and do not have the stress of school. It is so relaxing I can’t even describe.

If you’ve read a few of my other posts, you know how crazy stressed I was about school. So glad to be able to let my brain relax.

Along with the relaxation time, this girl has gotten back into the kitchen!

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So let’s get on to What I Ate Wednesday

(Jenn I want to give you a quick shout out of how happy I am your marine is home!! ♥)

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And for once I can actually show you some complete eats!

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Breakfast started out pretty epic.

I took my new gorgeous PowerCake and added a little celebratory goodness.

Everything is better with sprinkles right?

I think so.

I’m not going to lie, these PowerCakes do not get old. And now I keep adding to the goodness. I do think I need to branch out and maybe try some new flavor combo’s. Now that I have the time the possibilities could be endless!

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And I actually  got a little creative with dinner. It is so nice not having to rush the dinner process so it doesn’t cut into my studying time. What has my life become?

I took a spin off of Meg’s Peanut Chicken and made this amazing dinner.

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I had bought a pack of yam noodles at the Asian market and have been dying to try them. They are similar to the tofu noodles I’ve had before so to cook them I threw them in the steamer with my broccoli and cauliflower. I marinated it all with some Braggs Amino Acids and crushed red pepper.

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Here is what I put into my peanut sauce.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Sauce

-2 tbsp peanut flour

2 tbsp water

-sprinkle of cinnamon

-squirt of sriracha

-sprinkle of sweetener of choice

(don’t you guys know sprinkles and squirts are legit measurements?)

Basically season to taste.

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I cooked the chicken and at the end poured on the peanut sauce and cooked for a few more minutes to thicken.

It was amazing.

Matt had dodge ball that night, so he was home late, but as soon as he let me know he was on his way home, I quickly informed him I would have dinner waiting for him. Yes, he got the same thing. No, he was not disappointed.  This is a dish that will be repeated.

I am thinking next time I want to either make it with tempeh or tofu. I have been craving tempeh lately!

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Well loves I actually have more new goodies to share with you, but I will save it until next time.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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Have you tried any new products lately?

Have you made any new dishes lately?

And a shout out for some help! I just bought coconut flour and need some recipe ideas. Any suggestions?

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One more side note. The winner for my Good Bell Giveaway has not contacted me. The new winner is:

Renata please contact me at debbie(at)accidentlydelish(dot)com

time flies when you’re…studying hard

Hello my loves.

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Um wow. So first let me apologize for my absence. But my days/nights/everything, have looked a lot like this again.

And that was just the beginning. It’s never ending. Trips to the library have also returned.

Ugh. My hand was killing me. Painful memories.

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This has turned into my meals being not so pretty and quite quick.

But none the less I had a few tasty ones. And some hard decisions to make!

Decisions. Decisions. That morning was a tough one.

Chia Charger won.

(PS, I had a few people ask where I got this nut butter. I  ordered mine on OpenSky, which if you’re not a member I highly suggest you join. It’s awesome and you can find some really amazing products at great prices. Check it out here.)

There is just something so satisfying about OIAJ. I love them. A lot.

Topped with half a frozen banana and some Enjoy Life Trail Mix.

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Which by the way.

I figured with it being Friday and all (omg times flies) I figured I would do a few Friday Favorites.

So with Enjoy Life fresh in your mind, let’s check out the recent goodies they sent me.

(This company is way too good to me)

Check out their new Seed and Fruit Mixes.

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These things are tasty! I’m typically not a trail mix type of person, but the Mountain Mambo (which has chocolate chips in it) is so addicting!

After making a huge dent in this bag strictly from snacking on it (oops) I decided to incorporate it into my breakfast.

Wow no surprise with my PowerCake huh? But I will say I love adding that little crunch on top and this seed and fruit mix was awesome for that.

I am a big fan of sunflower and pumpkin seeds and not a lot of mixes have those, so again, shocker, Enjoy Life did not let me down with their products.

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Another product I recently tried that was a hit with me was Balance Bar’s new Blueberry Acai Balance Bar.

Um. Ok. I like bars. I really do.

But this thing. Was Oh Em Gee tasty.

I mean look at that yogurt goodness.

This was just the right amount of sweet, blueberry and yogurt taste. All in a perfect little bar.

I know it’s just a bar, but golly gee this one was good.

Like I wish I could have an endless supply good.

I would love to try their other flavors, because if they’re even half as tasty as this one, I’m sure I would love them.

So look out for them in your stores. (And send me a few if you find them!) (kidding. kind of)

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Well loves, I know this is short and sweet, but this girl has more reading to do.

Yay. School is fun.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! Enjoy and relax (for me).

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Do you like bars? What’s your favorite?
What’s your favorite kind of trail mix?

july foodie pen pal reveal

Hello all!

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I have some fun stuff to share with you today.

If you haven’t already heard of Lindsay’s Foodie Pen Pal program, you probably should.

The Lean Green Bean

It’s pretty neat. And pretty fun. And you usually end up with some pretty sweet treats.

I have had a great experience participating in it!

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Here’s a little bit of a low down of what the program is.

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

Simple enough right? It is.

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This month the lovely Xenia (don’t you just love that name) was who was sending to me.

She did not disappoint.

She had asked if I had a Trader Joe’s near me and even though I do I told her I was a Trader Joe’s addict.

(I mean seriously. I think I did a post for their ketchup. I’m obsessed)

So I told her to feel free to send me some of her favorite goodies from there because there were still 8932748324 things I wanted to try.

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Here is an overview of what she got me.

The girl hooked me up.

Let’s start with the Trader Joe’s goodies: Honey Apple Butter (omg one of my favorites and I’m out! perfect.), Banana Chips, Chili Spiced Mango, Roasted Seaweed Snack, and Cinnamon and Sugar Pita Chips.

Other goodies: Coconut Pudding, Tajin Cajun Seasoning, Korean Kim Chee seasoning.

I love that she gave me a mix of flavors.

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So of course per usual, I wanted to rip open every single package and taste them. You all will be proud of me. I restrained. Mainly because I was about to start cooking dinner.
So I decided to incorporate one of my goodies into my meal.

Ok, I seriously love that is says “this is not candy” on the lid.

(please ignore my thumb wound)

I added this stuff to my roasted broccoli I was making. I love spice. This was a nice kick. I can’t wait to add it to other things.

(i know you’re looking at my thumb wound because i told you not to)

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The next thing I was intrigued to try was the Chili Spiced Mango.

I like Chili. I like Spice. I like Mango.

These were interesting. I liked them. Didn’t love them.

Who did love them?

Matt.

So still a win in my book because that kid has been devouring them. It’s such an interesting taste I still find myself nibbling on them.

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I wish I had a picture of me devouring the banana chips. Sadly those were the first things gone.

I love banana’s. I love banana chips. They were yummy.

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Another very yummy thing were the Pita Chips.

Oh my. I was soooo pleasantly surprised with these.

And I made an amazing combination.

Cinnamon Sugar pita chips dipped in PB Crave Cookie Nookie.

Genius.

(try it. you’ll thank me later)

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The only things I haven’t tried yet is the coconut pudding and the Kim Chee seasoning. However, I have plans for the Kim Chee seasoning! I bought special noodles and stir fry veggies just for it and just have to not be lazy and make it. I am excited for it though!!

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So overall, I scored some great things this time around, thank you so much Xenia! You made my (and Matt’s) belly very happy!!

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I would ask the per usual question of have you joined Foodie Pen Pals. And then yell at you tell you to check it out if you haven’t. It’s really such a great program and so much fun.

So seriously. Check it out already.

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powercake obsessed

Hello my dearies.

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I feel I have been slacking a bit in the blogging department, but I have been so busy studying my little butt off.

I am happy to report though, that it has paid off!

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If you remember if my last few posts I had mentioned I had not done as well on my tests as I would have liked. Well, I pulled through these last two weeks! My grades improved dramatically and I am happy to report that I got an 89% on my final! Which is so amazing, such an accomplishment, and definitely showed my hard work paid off.  I would have been happy with that grade on it’s own, but I also heard and saw that others had not done as well. Not that I don’t want others to succeed, but I think we all have that twinge of self-satisfaction when you know you did better than others. Wow, that kind of sounds horrible as I type it out, so let’s leave it at, I am just very proud of myself for bouncing back these last two weeks.

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Now on to the dreaded pharmacology. Dun dun dun.

Yes I have already started reading ahead.

(how I spend my Saturday’s)

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So if you follow me on Instagram, you are probably sick of seeing my latest breakfast obsession.

I blame Kasey.

Insert my obsession with powercakes.

(this one was topped with peanut butter, homemade berry jam and a sprinkle of Enjoy Life’s new trail mix (review coming soon)

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I’ve basically mastered (to my preference of course) my mix for the powercake and typically make the same base, but always try to change up the toppings.

A few people have been asking my modifications, so I thought I would just do a post and tell you guys what all goes into my powercake.

It’s pretty amazing. And I highly recommend it.

But please head over to Kasey’s site and check out all her concoctions, because she has a ton!

But here is what goes in my powercake

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Pumpkin Chocolate PowerCake

(topped with Trader Joe’s Fig Butter, peanut butter, Enjoy Life’s chocolate granola and a sprinkle of Sarah’s peanut butter and jelly granola)

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup liquid egg whites

1/2 cup pumpkin

1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

6-8 drops liquid vanilla Stevia (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)

dash of cinnamon (to taste, can omit)

(feel free to add in any extra spices, I’ve sprinkled in some ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice to give it a kick)

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

Pour into an oven safe container (I actually use my small skillet)

Let bake for 30 minutes

You can either eat these warm or I like to put mine in the fridge for about a half hour and eat it chilled.

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And the toppings are seriously endless. I am having a great time making new ones.

(topped with cookies and cream protein frosting, fresh bloobs, and a sprinkle of granola goodness)

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Some of them don’t turn out so pretty, but I promise you they are just as tasty.

(topped with a swirl of apple butter and my chocolate protein dip)

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Some of them come out quite pretty.

(topped with my green chia protein frosting and homemade jam)

Weird looking? Maybe. Delicious? Absolutely.

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Overall, these have made quite a few repeat appearances in my breakfast rotation and I apologize if you are sick of seeing them, but I sure am not sick of eating them.

Especially since I am now doing most of my strength training in the morning, these are a great way for me to re-fuel and to get some good protein in me.

So I think they will be sticking around for awhile.

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Do you stick to the same breakfasts or do you like to switch it up? I must say I do like variety and I think variety is good for you, but I’m not going to lie, when I find something I like I tend to repeat it. And that’s the same with breakfast, lunch and dinner.