Archive | May, 2014

Day 2/3: Road Trip!

18 May
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Road Trip: Day 1

18 May

Peanut Butter Chocolate (and coconut!) Granola Bars! ( Road Trip Post #2)

6 May

Well kind of Road Trip Food! I’ve been busy getting healthy snacks ready for the road trip!

First of all I paid a visit to bulk barn, and purchased snacky items such as: unsalted almonds, unsalted pistachios, yogurt covered pretzels, bits & bites, trail mix, and dried fruit. Once home, I looked all the items up on bulk barn’s website, and got the calorie info for all the items. 

I then weighed, and portioned all the items according to calories and serving size. 

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It’s not very environmentally friendly, but it’s better than eating 700 calories of trail mix and thinking you’re being healthy right? 

I should note – it is SO important to see the serving size & calories! When it’s just nuts and dried fruit, the calories add up quickly!

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But they are just so yummy looking!

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A sample of what I portioned and labelled.

 

Then it was onto the Granola Bars…

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Here’s what I did: 

2 cups quick rolled oats
1 cup rice krispies
1 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded)

Toast lightly in frying pan (don’t go overboard). Put in a bowl to the side.

In the frying pan, mix

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon(or splenda)
1/2 cup peanut butter
and 2 tablespoon

in pan and cook until bubbling. 

Add the quick oat mixture to the pan, and mix. Pour into pan lined with parchment paper (I used 9×13, and my bars are quite thin. could use smaller?) 

Line parchment paper on top of pan and squish granola so it’s compact. I used a rolling pin to help. 

Once it was finished, I used a pizza cutter to cut into pieces.  it was soooo peanut-buttery, I melted 1/3 cup of chocolate in a heavy bottomed pan, and brushed it over the bars, and then drizzled the remainder for cosmetic appeal.

There are so many of these missing from our house it’s not even funny! So amazing! The coconut really sets this off… My husband isn’t a coconut fan, so he doesn’t know there’s coconut in it!

I was able to get 30 (small) bars from this, at 98 calories/bar. 

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I couldn’t help but include a picture of this adorable bunny I found of my camera (well – my husband found the bunny in our backyard… he took a bunch of great photo’s!) 

Road Trip Craziness (post 1)

2 May

I’m ahead of my plans to blog every day (and the week before!) the road trip! We leave in 1 week, and 1 day. So exciting! So crazy! I think I’m going to have to start making some lists. God I suck at lists! 

So this is what the plans look like so far… all but 1 night has been booked for hotels & camping. We are Camping 3 nights down (1 night in each WA, OR, & CA, 4 nights at a vacay rental in San Fran. Then 1 night camping interior OR, then 1 night hotel in portland and 1 night hotel in Port A (So we can catch an early ferry). 

The most major change to our trip has been our venue in San Fran. We’ve gone from a hotel that would require busing to tourist attractions, to a rental that is 1 mile from our attractions, which means I’m guaranteed a 2 mile bonus for walking each day :). Oh an it’s on the top of telegraph hill, which scares me a little bit, probably in a good way. 

I’ve hit 52 lbs of weight loss this week, and I’m really hoping I hit 55 before we leave. That being said I have no intention of starving myself, and I’ve missed a week of activity because of a miserable ear infection. Either way, I didn’t reward myself for my 50 lbs, so there’s some rewarding to be had. Also, husband & I are doingaeighed in, in a week – apparently the hockey playoff beer is winning). 

So I’m planning on stocking up on shoes (athletic types!), some camelbaks & maybe even some new clothes! 

I created an activity passport to fill out throughout the trip. I bought the smallest, cheapest, tiniest notebook ever, and it still has many empty pages. I think it will be my “thing” to create one on each trip, kind of like a memento. 

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 Yes, you could call me a nerd, but I’m totally digging this. I would like to have a reward for completing the passport at the end, but I haven’t come up with a good reward. Being healthy is part of the reward, anyone else have any ideas?

I didn’t think to take a picture of the cover, it’s a leather type, with pink ribbon binding. 

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I added some things special for our trip – ie: walking to lighthouses, walking across the golden gate bridge, etc. Anyone have any other suggestions?