Sunday, May 15, 2011

I've moved!

I've moved on over to please check me out over there!  My anal side needed more organization than blogger could accommodate!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Atkins Blueberry Almond Baked Square

I tried the (new to me) Blueberry Almond Baked Square Day Break bar today.  I really like Atkins bars (even though I'm always kind of embarrassed for people to see me w/ an Atkins bar - I don't know why....). 

Anyway, they always fill me up & never seem to make my blood sugar spike.  I have to admit, I was a little shoked at how small this bar was but it's only 130 cals w/ 5g of protein.  Normally, I'd like more protein but this was a good snack for breakfast along w/ my greek yogurt.  Sometimes I just need a little sweet splurge (yes, this is a splurge for me). 

The taste was really good & it was nice and doughy - not too dry.  I probably wouldn't eat it on it's own - probably not enough protein to fill me up - but it's a good option for when I just need a little extra more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to Poach an egg in the microwave

First:  assemble the necessities
  1. egg
  2. microwavable dish
  3. water
  4. vinegar
Crack egg into dish

Add 1 cup of water & a splash of vinegar (i used apple cider)

Cover with a vent
(very important - exploding eggs result in uncovered containers)
Nuke for about 1-2 minutes depending on the microwave's power
Rinse w/ cold water (stops cooking process)

I put mine in a tupperware for tomorrow's salad!
Yeah runny yolk!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

PB Sauce topped Popcorn

This snack was inspired by julie's frozen pb popcorn and angela's abu

I blended 2 Tbsp of sunbutter & 2 Tbsp of Silk Pure Almond Milk (35 cal type).  Then, I realized that sunbutter tastes like popcorn (weird, but true), so I topped my popcorn with it & voila - delicious.  :)

told you i was weird

My Lunch today:

100g steamed broccoli (bottom of the bowl)
85g (2 cups) steamed angel hair coleslaw mix
1 can TJ anchovies
2oz TJ smoked salmon

174 cal, 4g fat, 14g carbs, 25g protein, 5g fiber

only thing that might have made this better would be a runny egg! 
ps - i eat everything w/ chopsticks.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vegan Oatmeal Scones

My mom loves oatmeal cookies & scones so I combined the two for Mother's Day!  Who says I'm not a good daughter.  Hell, I'm an only child - if I don't do something, no one will!  These are inspired by Cook's Illustrated Oatmeal Scones.

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (4 1/2 ounces) or quick oats 

  • 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy yogurt

  • 1 chia egg (3 Tbs ground & mixed w/ water to cover)

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces)

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (2 1/4 ounces)

  • 2 tsp  baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp  table salt

  • 10 Tbs coconut oil (cold), broken into 1/2-inch cubes/balls

  • 1 Tbs granulated sugar for sprinkling

  • 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread oats evenly on baking sheet and toast in oven until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes; cool on wire rack. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Line second baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Remove 1 tablespoon of yogurt to small bowl and reserve for glazing.  Whisk remaining yogurt and chia in large measuring cup until incorporated.

    3. Pulse flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in food processor until combined, about four 1-second pulses. Scatter cold coconut oil evenly over dry ingredients and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, twelve to fourteen 1-second pulses. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; stir in cooled oats. Using rubber spatula, fold in liquid ingredients until large clumps form. Mix dough by hand in bowl until dough forms cohesive mass.
    4. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Brush surfaces with reserved yogurt and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes; cool scones on baking sheet on wire rack 5 minutes, then remove scones to cooling rack and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Serve.

    The coconut oil added a nice tropical flavor.  I think these would be great w/ diced, candied ginger (I'm talking to you ginger-loving, hungry hippie!) and some macadamia nuts.

    Hope you all enjoy!

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Kashi TLC Dark Chocolate Coconut Fruit & Grain Bar

    Just like Jess I love Kashi products so I decided to try a new snack bar from their TLC line.  I picked up the Dark Chocolate Coconut Fruit & Grain Bar because it was pretty low cal with a decent amount of protein ... and seriously, chocolate & coconut - you can't go wrong.  Well, it's great! 

    I used the layer-by-layer eating approach & started w/ the toppings, nibbled off the chocolate, & munched down on the granola base.  Every layer tasted great & totally satisfied my craving!  I'm definitely going to buy another box of these when this runs out. 

    I still rely on my homemade protein cakes for my on-the-go convenience foods but bars like these ease my chocolate cravings and give me a daily sweet.  I don't have a huge sweet tooth and i don't add sweeteners to my recipes but it's nice to have one or two sweet things a day.  I think this really helps me keep the rest of my diet super clean.

    The nutrition stats are pretty great on this bar.  Kashi hasn't done me wrong yet!