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Getting a Bad Wrap

So last night, after a class of Bikram Yoga, I walked into the grocery store next door to pick up a few items. That’s when all of my dreams came true!

Okay, this may be a slight exaggeration, but this was still awesome!

No you are not reading that wrong… My FAVORITE hummus brand was buy one get one FREE…Where has this sale been all my life?!

If I weren’t moving out tomorrow, I am not kidding you, I would have probably emptied the shelf, but I used the strongest of my self control and just got two tubs – one 4 free!

It was around midnight when I got home last night (I took the 9:30 p.m. yoga class), and I am always pretty hungry when I get home from yoga, but oddly enough, I was not craving my newly purchased hummus. I was craving a little midnight salad: ( I really wanted something sour.. – as in the lemon in the dressing 🙂 )

Romaine, cabbage, tomato, cucumber nutritional yeast + lemon, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. And lots of pepper!!

And for dessert I had some salted chocolate/ nut butter covered popcorn: So GOOD! I still need to tweak this a little so I will post the recipe when it’s PERFECT! K?!

I just love pop corn!

I think the comfort of having two fresh hummus tubs in my fridge and a full tummy contributed to me sleeping like a baby hibernating bear last night. I am pretty sure I woke up in the same exact position in which I fell asleep – Love those nights of deep sleep!

This morning… I had a bad wrap (physically speaking)… It was all torn and broken, but I wanted to use it up! But I guess it’s not the physical appearance that truly matters in the end, it’s the way the wrap tastes that really counts…right?!

Out of this bad wrap I made a wonderful breakfast pizza:

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza!

For the crust: “bad wrap” brown rice tortilla.

For the sauce: 3/4 of a scoop SunWarrior Warrior Blend Vanilla protein powder + 1 heaping tablespoon sunflower seed butter + almond milk + a little maple syrup.

For the toppings: Thinly sliced Fuji apple, cinnamon, sliced almonds.

I love breakfast for pizza. 😉

Here are some questions that this post has brought up in my mind: feel free to enlighten me if you know….

Why is it that when you sleep really well you say “I slept like a baby?” – Don’t most babies wake up 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night?

Is it pop corn or popped corn? Or either?

Is it bad wrap, bad rap, or bad rep? I actually couldn’t resist in Googling the answer to this, and found a very detailed explanation of all these possibilities and why in the end it is bad rap. Click here to find out why!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday…

Today is one exciting day for me, I’m going to one of my favorite places of all time…

COSTCO!!!

🙂 Lata Gata,

Ellie

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Let’s Go to the Tropics!!

With this tasty

Tropical Orange Mango Fennel Salad w/ Toasted Almonds

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced onions
  • 1 small pit-less orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1/3 cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup blanched diced almonds

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs melted virgin coconut oil
  • Tabasco sauce (last minute add in – unpictured)
  • salt and pepper to taste!

Procedure:

1) Finely slice the salad components like so:

2) Place in a medium mixing bowl

3) Put the almonds in a pan on medium heat and stir until they go from this:

To this:

(Once the almonds are golden – remove from heat immediately – they burn quickly!)

4) Add the almonds to the salad and toss in the coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste!

The tartness from the vinegar in contrast with the sweetness from the fruit and oil with a little kick of spicy from the Tabasco really works! Very tropical!

Just a little note: If you refrigerate the salad, the coconut oil kind of “hardens” and makes the salad not look as pretty – but it’s still darn darn tasty!

I love the licorice-y taste of fennel! I know some people absolutely cannot stand this taste – what are your thoughts on fennel or licorice? Is it a yay or nay in your taste bud department?

It’s a big YAY for me…

Plus it’s super healthy and has great health benefits. Click here to read more about how great fennel is for ya body!

Here are some of my other recent eats:

for breakfast this morning:

Cinnamon Apple Oats: Heated in the micro wave and topped with maple syrup! MMmmm!

recent snack:

Chilled Peanut Butter Green Protein Pudding - 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 tbs peanut flour, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbs chia seeds, 3/4 cup water, a huge handful of spinach. All blended together in the magic bullet and placed in the freezer for about 35 minutes. Realllly good! Tastes like dessert!

recent lunch:

Veggie burger topped with a boat load of toppings: avocado, hummus, ketchup, mustard... I love ketchup! With this beet salad on the side.

Today is going to be a study day for moi! I want Saturday to be here. SUMMER BREAK IS. SO. CLOSE.

🙂 Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tootaloo!

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A Pizza Kinda Morning!

Hello!

This morning I was craving a PIZZA. More specifically, a breakfast pizza!

And since I’m moving out of my campus residence soon, I’m on “operation use up everything in my fridge/freezer mode.”

So a breakfast pizza was the perfect choice!

I was able to use up some frozen fruit, a brown rice wrap, and some frozen banana that have been hanging out in my freezer for a while!

I am not kidding you, I think I ate this in 30 seconds flat. I DEVOURED it. It was THAT good!!

Mmmm!

Here’s what my Breakfast Pizza consisted of:

Crust: A brown rice tortilla wrap

Sauce: 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder+ 1 tbs sunflower seed butter + 5 drops liquid stevia + almond milk = the perfect pizza sauce!

Topping: Sliced frozen banana, frozen blueberries, shredded coconut, and cinnamon!

***Procedure: Construct pizza and place in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 5 – 7 minutes (until all warm and perfect!)

Seriously delicious, and seriously filling! But not too serious… we like to have fun around here 😉

Here are some of my other recent eats:

Baked sweet potato topped with coconut butter and cinnamon, then refrigerated until coconut butter is hardened! This combo is SOOO good!

Cooked Kale topped with nutritional yeast, falafel, avocado hummus, and ketchup!

Chocolate Protein Pudding! (1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2tbs cacao powder, 1 tbs coconut flour, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1 tbs buckwheat groats, 5-8 drops liquid stevia, almond milk) Mixed together and refrigerated for a couple of hours! Really really good!

Quinoa cooked in tomatoes and spices with peas and kalamata olives.

Baby carrots, lots and lots of baby carrots!

Homemade Iced Tea (great to use up all that loose leaf tea I have!)

and LOTS of these:

Hope everyone has a lovely Thursday! It’s almost the weekend!!!!!

My dad comes in town tomorrow 🙂 I’m excited!

xoxo,

Ellie

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? Nothing…It’s All About Options!

Bon matin tout le monde!! (Good Morning Everyone!!)

Yesterday’s studying was pretty productive!! (especially since I was well prepared with my study snacks!)

Today I’m back at it again! The library: here I come!…

With snacks of course.

Snacks… and Options, lots of options!

I prepared my library snacks last night so I wouldn’t have to stress this morning… Along with options though, love does have a lot to do with it (the title of my post lied!)

I love preparing and packing snacks/ meals to go. There is something I find so charming about perfectly packing foods into their own little dedicated container…. I find it fun. And don’t get me started on the containers themselves…. Bring me to a container/jar store and I would have a hoot and a half! I love containers.

Oh, and I love snacks too.

When I pack snacks I like to have LOTS of options…

How do I know what I will feel like eating at that moment when my face is planted in a book and the belly monster begins to slowly creep up and suddenly….HUNGER STRIKES!

Will I want something sweet? Something salty? Something sweet and salty? Neither? Will I want crackers? Will I want rice crackers or Mary’s crackers? What if I just want chocolate?!? Or oatmeal?!?!

For Pete’s sake, I GOTTA have options, ya know?!

So, here’s what I prepared for my study snackin’ for today!…

Apples with cinnamon in a jar... And a new concoction I stirred up! It is green because the dip is made with pumpkin seed protein powder (which is green) and peanut flour mixed together with H2O.

My mom recommended this pumpkin seed protein powder to me, and when I saw it was on sale, I thought it to be a golden opportunity for its purchase! I really love it and am SO glad I bought it… Mama knows best..(Usually) 😉

A kitchen device I would rather not have to live without!! The apple slicer - The symmetry of the slices are not always spot on - but that's okay! I eat the little ones first and save the best (big slices) for last!

I also roasted the rest of the purple potatoes from the market, with broccoli, garlic, rosemary, and nutritional yeast. All coated in a little grape seed oil.

After roasting the broccoli and potatoes, I added some raw sliced red pepper, kalamata olives, salt, pepper, and some apple cider vinegar.

I packed the mixture up in this handy container and topped the veggies with some falafel and avocado hummus.

All in all: I packed…

  1. Cinnamon apples with pumpkin seed/peanut flour dip.
  2. A bag of baby carrots.
  3. Crackers… (2 kinds: Mary’s and brown rice)
  4. Trail Mix
  5. Dark Chocolate
  6. Roasted veggies w/ falafel and hummus.
  7. Apple cinnamon oatmeal (in almond butter jar)
  8. An orange
  9. 2 Larabars
  10. And brewed herbal tea in a jar.

Is this too much? No, it is not…

Not only will I not let myself go hungry, I refuse to let my study partner go hungry as well. Or anyone in the library for that matter…

Sharing is caring 🙂

There is a very high probability that I won’t eat ALL of these snacks… But at least I got me some options!

Plus, I know that I am not packing too much food when…

It all fits into my FAVORITE lunch bag! I can still close it and everything!

Have a happy and love filled day,

Ellie

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Lip Smackin’ Study Snackin’

It breaks my heart a little that I’ll have to limit my time in the kitchen for the next couple of weeks….

Classes are officially over for the term. Now I’ve got to spend time studying for finals!

Here are some of my favorite/easy/ healthy/portable study snacks:

I know I’m not the only one that’s got to get their study snackin’ on! These are some ideas for YOU too 😉

Apples sprinkled with cinnamon dipped in nut/seed butter! (this happens to be a combo of almond butter and sunflower seed butter)

Just squeeze some lemon juice on the apples to prevent browning and you're good to go!

Any fruit dipped with nut butter! (a chickpea accidentally fell into the nut butter) woops!

These are great frozen!

Protein Smoothies!

Veggies and crackers dipped with hummus! I just made this hummus this morning! IT'S DA BOMB! Avocado hummus - this recipe!

That's what I call a portable healthy snack!

Oatmeal in a jar! Just screw the lid on tight and throw in your backpack! Yummy study snack/meal!

Dark chocolate and trail mix..

And last but not least:

Tea, tea, tea, and more tea!

What are your fav study snacks? Or favorite snacks in general?!?

Happy Studying!!! and/or Happy Snacking!

Ellie

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You’re SO Granola! and…Rock Chalk!!!!

Yesterday, I had a paper to write, laundry to do, and a nap to postpone.

Well,

I didn’t end up postponing my nap, I headed straight to bed and passed out for about two hours. From 7 to 9p.m. – It was much needed and I felt super energized afterwards! (Although I always am a bit thrown off when I fall asleep while the sun is out and wake up to the darkness of the night)

My nap gave me the motivation to do laundry, and finish my paper procrastinate!

When I want to procrastinate while still feeling semi-useful – I cook! We all need to eat, right?!?

I made granola instead of writing my paper… 🙂

I never really fully understood why people used the term “granola” to describe those who eat super healthy and “hippie”esque… Saying “granola” almost as if it was an insult… NEWS FLASH: granola is amazing!! Especially home-made granola!!

Just watch out! Not all granola is healthy! – a lot of store bought brands have a TON of added sugar and sketchy oils (so read the ingredients carefully!) When I buy granola (which is rare).. I make sure there are minimal ingredients, and that it’s sweetened with a natural sweetener, such as agave nectar or maple syrup.

My favorite so far is this brand!

Before making my Apple Cinnamon Hemp Seed Quinoa Granola, I made apple chips first! So easy and so yummy!

All you need is: 2 1/2 smallish apples (I used Granny Smith, and Cinnamon!)

– I had to repeat this process twice (not all the apple slices will fit onto the baking sheets) Unless of course, you own a HUGE oven and a HUGE baking sheet… (if so, I’m jealous!)

1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

2) Slice the apples as thin as you can and spread them onto baking sheets lined with aluminum…

3) Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon (both sides)…

4) Place in the oven, leaving a small opening to let the moisture out – I used a spoon to keep a small crack in the door.

5) Finally, bake for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours (until crispy)!

After I made these amazing and easy apple chips, onto the granola I went!!

APPLE CINNAMON HEMP SEED QUINOA GRANOLA

I had the idea of putting hemp seeds in them because yesterday I went to Whole Foods ( just to pick up a couple things) and looked through this pamphlet:

And read about how great they are for you! (Filled with tons of protein!)

Don't get too excited!!...."don't expect a high from the Cannabis sativa plant, which contain virtually no THC."

Here are the healthy, nutritious and delicious ingredients for my

APPLE CINNAMON HEMP SEED QUINOA GRANOLA (inspired by this recipe)

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup hemp seed (add in the hemp seeds AFTER baking – this is very important because when hemp seeds are heated the good fats turn into trans fats… a.k.a BAD fats!)
  • 3/4 raw almonds, (chopped or sliced)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup sultana raisins
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • About 3 cups of the cinnamon apple chips (add these in after baking!)

Procedure:

  1. Preaheat oven to 225 degree.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (except for the apple chips and hemp seeds) with the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Stir well – coating all the granola with the maple syrup and coconut oil.
  4. Spread onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 1 1/2 hours (or until golden brown).
  6. Once the granola is baked, add in the hemp seeds and crumbled apple chips.
  7. Voila! YUMMY/ Healthy, granola! (alot less expensive than buying it too!)

This Granola is AMAZING! And this recipe made LOTS!!

YUMMY!

This morning, I used the leftover apple slices to make an Apple Cinnamon Peanut Flour Oatmeal topped with the wonderful granola!!

SUCH yummy eats!

And with my tummy full, I was able to FINISH MY PAPER!! WOOOOO!

And now… I’m ready to watch the big game tonight!!

ROCK CHALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You’ll want to ‘steel’ this!

Hi there! It’s Wednesday! (just in case ya didn’t already know!)

This morning… My breakfast tasted “GORGEOUS!” (thank you Taylor for suggesting this wonderful food adjective!)

You will definitely want to ‘Steel’ this recipe!

Scrumptious Overnight Butternut Squash Steel Cut Oatmeal

I have ALWAYS wondered if overnight oats would work with steel cut oats as opposed to rolled oats.

Not only did steel cut overnight oats work, they tasted amazing! The texture was much more crunchy/chewy than regular overnight oats.. (Which I loved!) I will definitely be making these much more often!

Here is the recipe!!

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup canned butternut squash (pumpkin would also work here)
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1/4 + 1/8 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon

Garnish: 1/2 tbs almond butter mixed with 1/2 tbs maple syrup. + Cacao nibs

Since my banana was frozen, I microwaved the banana and butternut squash together until the banana was soft. Mix in the rest of the ingredients (steel cut oats, chia seeds, milk, vanilla, and spices). Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Do this now! They were THAT good!

I like to make mine in a jar – just cause jars are cute 🙂

The reason I used butternut squash in these oats is because I had left over squash from this amazing recipe that I made last night for my not so cheesy vegan mac n’ cheez! (It’s one of my favs!)

I used these weird tofu/yam noodles that I was curious to try - they were pretty good..Pasta is better!

I love this sauce so much, I use it on everything!

My lunch today:

Cheezy egg scramble with spinach and roasted red peppers.

For lunch dessert I had:

Sliced granny smith apple with cinnamon. Homemade trail mix with salted cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, goji berries, and raisins.

Notice the apple core- I love eating the core (it might be my favorite part).. Just because I’m so hard ‘core.’

Does anyone else eat the apple core?!

I’ve got a busy afternoon ahead, so gotta get a move on!

Tootaloo!

Ellie

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