After eating lots of fries, buckeyes, potato chips, and cheese galore, I was ready to get some vegetables and other nutrient-dense foods inside of me! That’s the cool thing about our bodies- when you listen to them, they know what you need. I am so glad I enjoyed my vacation and ate what I wanted, but now I am back to craving wholesome goodness.
Luckily, my weekday daytime job is done for the summer and I’ll return once the school year starts again. I woke up at a leisurely 8:00 am and made breakfast for myself.
Breakfast: Pancake made from 1/2 a mashed banana, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoon flax meal. Blob of peanut butter. Two cups black coffee.
I’ve found that there a lot of single serve pancake recipes out there and many of them are easy to modify. I used Fannetastic Food’s flourless pancake recipe and halved the banana and added more flax. The result was less sweet and more nutty, which I really liked.
Of course, breakfast was finished with a piece of 70% dark chocolate. This was from Aldi’s Moser Roth line. For $1.99, I’d say it was quite the deal!
Later in the morning I did some recipe testing for some pumpkin granola bars. Taste testing was necessary. I think they are a winner, so I will share the recipe sometime soon!
After an amazing Zumba work out, I came home and fixed some lunch for Terry and I.
Lunch: Huge salad consisting of iceberg, spinach, tomatoes, mini bell peppers, carrots, sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a big scoop of salmon salad.
After lunch, I saw someone share a recipe for a homemade frappe, so I decided to whip up a version myself. In went 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 4 drops of vanilla extract, 1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules, stevia, and a big handful of ice.
It was quite good! One of the reasons I am not a fan of Starbuck’s version is I think it tastes watered-down. For a coffee lover, that’s a no-no. My version had a very strong coffee flavor.
I had to go into work at 5:00 pm, so I ate a smaller dinner before going in.
Dinner: White cheddar rice pasta (from Aldi’s LiveGfree line, basically a knock-off Annie’s) with green beans, parsley, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese.
This dinner was sadly disappointing. I’ve had this pasta before and enjoyed it, but I think mixing in the green beans made the cheese sauce even more scarce.
At work I had another one of my pumpkin granola bars to hold me over until closing time.
Snack: Plain kefir, blueberries, and cornflakes. I missed my kefir while on vacation. I really do think it makes a difference in how I feel, gut-wise.
Happy Wednesday everyone! Enjoy every bite today 😀
How do you spice-up boxed mac n’ cheese?
Have you tried kefir? How do you enjoy it?