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Costco Craving Curbed!

Hey All!

Hope you’re having a great day!

My posts have been slightly random lately due to the fact that I am in mid- move. I haven’t been able to cook as much as I’d like to since a lot of my stuff is packed up! I am moving in to my new place on May 1st, so my food and cooking experiments should resume once I’m settled 🙂

My trip to Costco was amazing… I seriously love going to Costco!

Here are some of my purchases:

My all time favorite crackers! Had to get 2 boxes!! I go through these like nobody’s business!

Some Amy’s Lentil Soup – Really like this soup!

Tru Roots Quinoa and a three bean mix that I haven tried yet!

Simply Natural Tomato Sauce:

My FAVORITE purchase! This HUGE tub of hummus!

Falafel Republic’s Falafel: I had to try this after reading Elise’s Review on these!

Almond Breeze of course!

Yummy Guac!

And Finally, some coconut water!

I love the prices at Costco! And their products.

Upon returning home, I made a lovely lunch with some of my Costco purchases!

Falafel, Hummus, Guacamole, Carrots, Crackers

The Falafel was really good flavor wise, a tad dry though, but that’s where the hummus and guac came in! Moistened those Falafels right up! Such a good lunch!

Sorry for the blurry pics! They were all taken with my phone so not the best quality!

What are your favorite Costco purchases?

Ellie

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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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How’d You Get So Smooth!?

Hey there!

It’s that day again, Monday!

And let me tell ya, I do not mind one bit!

Why, you ask?

Because of this:

The creamiest…

Most dreamiest…

Smoothiest… Smoothie EVER!

Now I know exactly why they are called SMOOTHies….

That smoothie may not look like much- but, it’s much!

Secret ingredient?!

Hint: It’s green!

And no, it’s not spinach!

Rymes with “mavocado” –

Yep, that’s right! There’s avocado in this baby!

I have been reading a few blogs that have posted smoothie recipes with avocado in them, and I decided that I just had to try it for myself!

In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop almond milk yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

And blend away!

What took it over the top was:

The blueberry muffin i crumbled over the top.

I highly recommend trying avocado in your smoothie if you haven’t!

Avocados are filled with healthy fats (which are highly benefecial!) And boat loads of potassium! (more than bananas!)

Plus they taste delicious…

You can EVEN put them on your face!

And let me tell you all, I thoroughly enjoy putting food on my face!

Pumpkin Puree Facial

And in my tummy, of course!

Speaking of facials – here’s a cutesy cartoon I found:

Haha, I thought it was quite funny!

If you want to make some other delicious non-smoothie recipes that include avocado, check these out:

But I can hardly go a post without talking about chocolate!

I made this recipe yesterday – DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Are you an avocado advocate? A chocolate lover? Both? Neither?

Have a lovely Monday!

Ellie

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Mexican Sushi

Happy Friday to YOU!

I’ll start you off with a fun recipe to fiesta with this Friday!

If you like sushi and Mexican food – You will LOVE this!

If you DON’T like “traditional sushi,” but like Mexican food – You will LOVE this!

Seriously, this is some of the best “sushi” I have ever had…. no lie!

See, a few months ago, I had sushi at a restaurant and got really sick afterwards… I haven’t touched the stuff since!

Until this MEXICAN SUSHI:

Makes 2 rolls (12 sushi pieces) This is vegan – and gluten free!

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of low sodium brown rice and beans from a can (or home-made brown rice and beans)
  • A tomato
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1/4 of a lemon
  • some onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 2 nori seaweed sheets

Procedure: (I struggled a bit with the wording – so if the procedure needs clarity in any way, let me know!)

1) Slice the avocado into big long chunks. Squeeze with lemon to prevent from browning.

2) Slice some onion and tomato into long julienned pieces. (For the tomato, only use the skin and not the mushy/liquid interior)

3) Assemble the sushi. Place the nori sheet on a flat surface, spreading half of the rice on the sheet, leaving a one inch strip at the top. Then add the avocado, tomato, onion, and cilantro.

4) Wet the one inch strip with water or lemon juice.

5) Roll the nori sheet (starting from the bottom..opposite the one inch strip) – enveloping the interior filling.

6) Repeat steps 3-5 for the second sushi roll.

7) Individually wrap the rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 to 25 minutes.

8) Take the rolls out of the fridge, unwrap them from the plastic wrap, and cut into one inch segments (6 pieces per roll) using a sharp knife.

9) Enjoy right away – use salsa for dipping! (the spicier the better!)

SO good- I LOVED the huge chunks of avocado too!

Have a great Friday!!

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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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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