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Eating on the Go! December 23, 2010

Filed under: breakfast,coffee,lunch — ansauls @ 8:32 am
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It seems like we’ve all been traveling a lot the past few weeks, so I thought I’d like to post on how I eat on the road.

1. Have gift cards from your Mom so that you can stop for coffee in case you aren’t staying in a hotel ūüėČ I splurged on Christmas blend…so good!

2. Take your tumbler to save $0.10 at Starbucks and to go green! Plus, it keeps your coffee warm and prevents spillage in the car.

3. I like to pack meals in containers that are almost empty¬†(i.e. yogurt¬†container below for breakfast) so that you can throw them in the recycling¬† and not have so much stuff in the car to wash when you get home…plus, it saves so much money.¬†Grocery stores are great to stop at too, if you don’t have any almost empty¬†containers at home, so you can buy a small portion size.

4. Save spoons from fro¬†yo or soup spoons when you go out or get take out to re-use them for times like these ūüėČ The fro yo ones are usually pretty colors! Hey, I have to have fun dishes for the road!

I just used the end of a greek yogurt container, crumbled up 2 “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” muffins and a banana.

5. ¬†Again, hummus is an easy container to pack, and I packed carrots, edamame, and celery in a container to munch on for lunch. These foods are easy to eat and not really messy.¬†It helps use the produce so you don’t leave it at home to go bad. Luckily, this time of year it’s cold enough to leave this goodness in the car; however, in the summer make sure you pack a freezer bag or ice pack, and I always pack extra plastic silverware so I can throw it away as I go, unless I have somewhere to wash dishes.

5.  Apples and Larabars = snack lifesavers!

I tried to have fun backgrounds for the photos…you have to get creative in the car ūüėČ

6.¬†Always pack dessert ūüėČ

Do you have any other ideas?


Assembly Required December 19, 2010

Hey y’all! Happy Sunday! I woke up this morning, had a great quiet time, and came downstairs to make some coffee and watch the news. I’m headed out of town for a few days, so I decided to bake some hostess gifts. I rolled semi-homemade and baked Santa cookies (red velvet with white chocolate chips) and gingerbread men.

The breakfast inspiration continued with a couple of posts this week from the Fitnessista and Pure2Raw. Then, this happened…Bananas Foster Protein Pancakes.

To make this happen, you just layer pancake, creme filling, banana carmelized in pan with pancakes, cacao nibs…REPEAT twice ;)!

In the pancakes:

  • 1/4-ish¬†cup¬†old-fashioned oats
  • a flax egg (1.5 Tbsp flax meal mixed with 3 Tbsp almond milk)
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • sprinkle of Truvia and¬†cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • almond milk, to thin it out

In the creme filling:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water and almond milk for desired consistency
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch lemon zest

Blend till creamy in your blender. (I just have a regular blender but desperately want a VitaMix. Maybe I’ll save enough one day. ūüė¶ )

It was a little bland, so I added a drizzle of maple syrup…fa drizzle! It was really yummy, not too filling! I had some creme leftover…what in the world will I do with it ;)?

My workout today was 50 minutes of cycling and an hour of power yoga. I was really tired today. I think I’m in need of a rest day soon because my workouts have not been as efficient because I am feeling weak and tired during the workout. Rest day coming soon for sure…decision made!

After exercising, I made some lunch…a slice of multigrain boule withorganic¬†spinach and an egg and some cheddar-style Daiya,

and some carrots, edamame, and celery with Moroccan¬†hummus that I got on sale at Harris Teeter. The hummus was really tasty…it had kind of an¬†Indian flava!

Yummy, colorful, texture-ful lunch!

I had  a sweet Fuji apple (also on sale from the Teet) for dessert. I love crunchy apples!

Off to watch some football! WOOHOO!!!!