WIAW and Cherry Scone Recipe

Hi, friends!

Happy Wednesday, and of course, WIAW hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.  A big thanks go to her for throwing this party every week!

Like many other bloggers, I recorded my eats on Tuesday.

Breakfast at 7:00am

Per usual, I prepared overnight oats knowing I’d be running in the morning and be rushed to get out the door on time. My perfect combo: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk (coconut this time), 1/2 cup yogurt (plain nonfat), spoonful of chia seeds, honey, strawberries, shredded unsweetened coconut (new addition), and a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.  Iced coffee with coconut milk accompanied the oats.

Lunch @ 12:45pm

This salad included leftovers from the fridge (roasted curry cauliflower and chicken from the grill) and some fresh veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, and mushrooms). Topped with TJ’s spicy peanut dressing, this salad was delicious. I also had a dark cherry chocolate granola bar and watermelon. I restrained myself and did not raid my coworker’s chocolate and candy drawer. I would like to cut down on the excessive sugar in my diet and break my habit of eating chocolate after meals will help.

Snack @ 4:30pm

On Monday I made scones (recipe and photos farther down) and I was hungry after school and ate two. The first one I topped with a little sunflower seed butter. I always crave carbs after school – at least these have lots of protein in them.

Dinner @ 7:30pm

*I realize Moose and Frankie are not dinner; while looking for a past picture of naan pizza, which was likely taken on my iPad not on my camera, I came across this photo.  Such funny dogs.

I had prepped chicken and veggies for kabobs, but Brody had a rough first day back and had no energy to man the grill. The kabobs were put on hold (more time to marinate) and we fell back on the pizza we had planned on making another night this week. My personal size pizza included spinach, roasted red peppers, and cheese on naan. I ate half and saved the rest for Wednesday’s lunch. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I had more watermelon.

This was kind of a boring day of food and quite repetitive. Let’s hope for a more interesting display next week!

Scones. Buttery, flaky, not-too-sweet breakfast pastries. I had never made scones, but when I saw Janetha’s recipe for blueberry lemon scones that use Plant Fusion protein powder, I knew I would no longer be a scone-baking virgin.  Instead of stealing her recipes, please just visit her blog for the full deets.

Following Janetha’s instructions, I mixed the wet ingredients together and then the dry together.  I didn’t have blueberries or lemons, so I mixed it up and used dark sweet cherries (frozen, but I thawed them before mixing them in).  Besides the cherries, I made two other substitutes: 1) She used oat bran, and I am lazy…so I made oat bran by grinding up oats.  Is it the same thing?  I think it worked.  I am cheap, what can I say. 2) I do not have agave so I used honey.

After carefully kneading the dough, I used a rolling pin to flatten it and a pizza cutter to make the triangles.

I baked mine for about eleven minutes, but if I were to make these again, which I will be doing, I would leave them in for another minute or two.

I was very happy with how they turned out.  They’re not too sweet and have good flavor – you can definitely taste the protein powder but in a good way.  They were quite cake-like in consistency, and I wonder if baking them longer would’ve firmed them up or if I maybe overworked the dough.  As you can see on Janetha’s post, the stats are great.  I guess they’re not as good when you eat two… :)

Have a great Wednesday!

What I Ate Wednesday

Welcome to Friday…uh, I mean Wednesday. It feels like Friday to me because I am taking two personal days, so I am D-O-N-E for the week! A college friend is getting hitched, and Brody and I leave for Maryland tomorrow morning. Just to throw another wrench in the confusion of days, I recorded my day of eats yesterday, Tuesday.

As always, a big thank you goes out to Jenn for organizing WIAW. I always love browsing through a handful of new-to-me blogs, and once summer comes, I know I’ll be adding a few more to my Google Reader. Yah for summer break! I have less than twenty days, in case you were wondering. But onto my food!

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BREAKFAST: Overnight oats

No surprise here. The standard mixture. It’s strange; sometimes I can go on the oats until lunch without my tummy rumbling and other times I am starving by 9:45am.

LUNCH: Salad and strawberries

This salad was the bomb, mainly because of the roasted veggies. Because I was too lazy to put salad dressing into a container, I brought the hummus and used that as dressing. Strawberries and a few unpictured mini-chocolate bars rounded out the lunch.

SNACK: Plant Fusion protein shake and granola

I wrote about this new liquid in my life yesterday. With a half cup of Love Grown Carrot Cake granola on the side, I was ready for a jaunt at the dog park with my friend Jena. This granola is SO good, and I find it difficult to not go back for more.

DINNER: Sandwich, mango, and two squares of TJ’s dark chocolate with sea salt

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Because of a late meeting, Brody and I didn’t eat dinner until nine – very late for us. We threw together sandwiches and I finished my meal with frozen mango and two squares of chocolate. This gourmet meal was eaten while watching the finale of The Voice. I thought Juliet Simms with her unique and gritty voice was going to win, but no dice.

Not sure what my blogging opportunities will be like for the next four days, but you can bank on having a few posts about our trip to Maryland at some point. See you again soon!

Questions:
What or where should I eat while in Maryland?
If you watched this season of The Voice, who were you hoping would win?

What I Ate Wednesday

Yesterday would’ve been a much more interesting day for my What I Ate Wednesday, but I failed to bring my camera or iPad to school yesterday to take a photo of my lunch. But I think the point is to show just a normal day of food and to share food ideas and recipes.

Last night, when I was planning my meals though 4:15pm, I actually took into account Jenn’s monthly theme of an extra serving of veggies. At 9:30pm, I felt lazy and considered making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich which would’ve meant no veggies so far in my day. Thanks to Jenn for being a positive influence on my food choices today!

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After a big dinner meal, like so big you have a food baby, do you ever wake up starving the next morning? I do. Even in the middle of the night I woke up to intense hunger pangs. I also woke up to Moose licking my face and Frankie’s panting; both behaviors were due to thunderstorms. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to eat my overnight oats on my drive to school, so I adjusted my morning meals.

Breakfast #1 @ 6:15am
I have been thinking of the Trader Joe’s fig jam in my refrigerator since I bought it on Saturday. Let me tell you – it paired perfectly with goat cheese on toast. Mmmm…

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Breakfast #2 @ 7:15am
Half of my overnight oats were consumed during my drive. Into the oats I mixed very cherry blend from TJ’s, plain unsweetened fat free yogurt, coconut milk, chia seeds, and honey. I swear I had a picture from Tuesday that I took in my car with my oats in my lap, but it is no where to be found.

Snack @ 9:15am
I finished my oats at my desk while doing work.

Lunch @ 12:45pm

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Putting together this salad was totally worth it. I love cold roasted vegetables on a salad! My “dressing” was horseradish hummus and cottage cheese. For dessert, I had a few mini-chocolate bars (Mr. Goodbars are currently my favorite.).

Snack @ 4:15pm
Copp’s had these bars on sale for 50% off, so I took a chance. Although all of the unpronounceable ingredients freaks me out a little, I still bought it and obviously ate it.

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It was okay but tasted pretty fake. I think it had pretty good stats: 190 calories, 15 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 26 grams of carbs.

Pre-dinner snack @ 7:00pm
Brody was at a social gathering, and I knew we wouldn’t be eating until after 8:00pm. Instead of going for the pita chips in my pantry, I had some almonds and chocolate chips. Whole Foods had their Synergy kombucha on sale 2/$5, so I stocked up on four. This strawberry flavor is one of my favorites.

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Dinner @ 8:30pm

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Once that goat cheese passed by my lips at breakfast, I had to have more, and since Brody doesn’t care for it, I knew there was only one meal that would work: pizza. My personal pizza on naan included Di Salvo’s pizza sauce, spinach, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, five cheese Italian blend, and Garlic Gold Italian blend. I ate half and will eat the rest tomorrow for lunch. After dinner, I also had some frozen mango.

And that’s all she wrote…or ate.

Have a nice evening!

Questions:
Do you bring your lunch or go out?
What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Two “Yah”s and Two “Boo”s

Yah for four miles and ready to go by 6:30!

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Now that the light from the rising sun starts to shine by 5:20am, I want to try getting my runs in before school outside (instead of on the treadmill). A neighbor is running the Monona 20K and the Chicago Marathon, so she is working on building her running base. We set out for four miles this morning and finished in under forty minutes. I didn’t wear my Garmin, but according to Teresa’s watch, our first mile was under nine minutes. Holy speedy! When it is dark out, I always thought I ran faster, and I guess I was right. Why is that? This weekend, Mel’s husband, Tim, said it’s because you lose some of your senses, which makes sense. Slight pun there with the two meanings of sense. Sorry, I couldn’t stop the English teacher in me from not taking advantage of a teachable moment. My secret to getting ready so quickly involves a lot of night before prepping, a headband, and a shower cap.

Yah for overnight oats in Brody’s almost done peanut butter jar!

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Although I prefer Trader Joe’s nut butters, I will not willingly let a peanut butter jar be recycled without an overnight oat treatment. I threw in another small scoop of peanut butter as it was almost completely clean. Another great part about OAIJ? No dishes to add to the pile in my sink.

Boo for the hole in my favorite khakis

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    I cannot recall when this happened, but I noticed it on my drive to school. You may also notice the discoloration, which makes me think bleach ate through it. This is odd because I never bleach my clothes and only use it on towels and sheets occasionally. I have a $10 Gap gift certificate that has been waiting patiently to be used, and I also have a $10 gift card to Kohl’s that expires Saturday. Mid-week shopping?

    Boo for rain and cold temps forecasted on Saturday
    Sunday afternoon, I checked the weather and this Saturday looked good. Sunday night I checked again and it showed clouds and rain. This morning I checked (obsessed much?) and it now says 30% of rain and a high of only 43. Booooo! Lots of people I know are running Crazylegs Saturday morning, including my high school friend Rena. I was hoping for nice temps and sun, but I guess I’ve been too lucky with nice weather for my Saturday mornings runs. The bright side? Running in the rain would prep me for rain on the day of the marathon. The dark side? Goosebumps, chaffing, and squishy socks and shoes.

    Question:
    What is one “yah” and one “boo” for you today?

    What I Ate Wednesday

    Jenn’s idea for this month’s What I Ate Wednesday theme, extra serving of veggies, gave me the push I needed after eating such a bland (but delicious) Easter meal and too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (all Easter candy is 50% off!). Before I share my eats, many of which are green or heavy on the veggies (#veggievictory), I want to thank Jenn from Peas and Crayons for organizing this weekly food festival.

    Breakfast at 6:45am

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    This image kills two birds with one stone; not only does it show my breakfast of overnight oats, but it also fulfills the Instagram Photo Challenge (where you ate breakfast). My oatmeal is very thick, especially since I used Fage Greek yogurt this morning. Often I do not finish my breakfast on the ten minute drive to my coworker/carpooler’s house and polish it off as a passenger. As for my oatmeal, here was my magic formula for today: 1/2 cup oats, tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, large scoop of pumpkin, one small banana, honey, pumpkin pie spice, and a dollop of sunflower seed butter. Does the pumpkin count as a veggie?

    Snack at 9:40am
    This snack happens in anticipation of future hunger. Because of my schedule, I do not have the ability to eat around 10:30am when my breakfast normally wears off. I stick to high protein snacks, like this string cheese stick (which I eat the “wrong” way), almonds, or a hard boiled egg. No picture was taken of this because I ate it while walking down the hall after a meeting two minutes before third hour started.

    Lunch at 12:45am

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    When my mom, sister, and I were out running errands Monday morning, we swung by Aldi’s. Once again, I left with lots of produce. Two of the green goodies I picked up, green beans for 59 cents (I kid you not!) and Brussels sprouts, were roasted last night. The pork is from last week; it had been frozen since Wednesday but I thawed a small Tupperware of it for our Cuban sandwiches. An unpictured pear satisfied my sweet tooth…until I can get home for a Reese’s Egg that is.

    Snack at 3:45pm
    This afternoon I needed a snack before yoga, and this chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar totally hit the spot: protein, texture, and sweetness.

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    Dinner at 7:30pm
    Brody requested a moderately healthy dinner, and knowing I had peppers in the vegetable drawer and chicken in the freezer, fajitas came to mind.

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    I used a liquid fajita sauce that had a very smoky flavor. I topped mine with Wholly Guacamole, Fage 0% Greek yogurt, and salsa. For dessert I had fresh pineapple and a Reese’s Egg.

    I think I did pretty well with my veggies today. In general, I find it a lot easier to eat fruit, but since realizing how much I like roasted veggies, I am getting better.

    I hope you had a good day of eats today!

    Question:
    What was your favorite meal today? Mine was probably dinner (including the pineapple and Reese’s