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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!) 

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Exciting! Road Trip Blog :)

15 Apr

I have not had any motivation to blog lately… probably because everything has been good, and stressful at the same time! I think when it comes down to it I haven’t had inspiration to write about anything, because I couldn’t think of a good topic that I felt I could write a good post about! 

So today, while driving home I was thinking and planning our upcoming road trip! I’m super excited about this road trip for a few reasons:

1. I’ve never been to California, San Fran, or even the coastal side of Oregon/Washington (all destinations on this trip).

2. I will have been living this “lifestyle” for 6 months when we leave for our trip. I’m excited to trial it outside of my regular comfort zone (we’ve had lots of trial-runs). I’m planning on making, portioning, and bringing special snacks along, as well as making smart decisions on the go.

3. These are the best places I can think of to keep active and maybe even LOSE weight on Vacation! (Could I be the first person to say this?) 

So, I started thinking, to keep myself extra accountable, maybe motivate someone else to turn their road trip into a “road to healthy trip” (haha so cheesy!), and an excuse to share funny moments, trials, successes and some pictures, I’ll do a road trip blog series! 

This is the plan:

The week before the road trip: May 4 -10th I’m going to post 4 or 5 posts, including some yummy recipes for road trip (or living room) friendly snacks, organization planning, etc. 

Then the week of the trip, starting the night before, and ending the day after we return home, I’m going to keep updating this blog… specifically each day I’ll share where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and specifically, the healthy food I found (as well as any indulgences – every vacation has to have SOME indulgences!), and how many miles we’ve travelled, and how many miles we’ve walked. In the spirit of spending over a week in the USA, I’ll be switching to miles! I’m not sure how I feel about having to walk farther to complete “1” but it’s in the spirit :). 

Here’s hoping I get to post another blog before we leave, but if I don’t you can for sure look for this 🙂 

Any West Coast Road Trip Tips? San Fran Trip Tips? 

 

You can’t fall off!

10 Jan

I’m having a crappy day today. There’s no reason for it, nothing bad has happened, or going to happen, I’m not sad, mad, or frusterated, just feeling a little blah. It hit me yesterday right before work. My day was going completely as planned, walked in the pouring rain, ate good clean food, and then BAM. I felt useless. I might be catching a bug, could be T.O.M, or not enough sunshine, who knows. That’s not the point of this post though.

I’ve had bad days before while dieting, and as I’m sure many of you will agree, they are pretty much detrimental to your success (well they were to me anyways.) In my experience, on a diet, fad, trend, whatever you’re going to call it, a bad day means several things:

1. You revert to your old ways of eating

2. You don’t even attempt to follow your diet (and if you do it’s gone by Lunch).

3. Your power bill increases by $20.00 that day because you’re standing in the fridge door all day grazing.

4. Your so stressed or upset that you can’t make lunch, so Fast-Food Drive-Through it is,

5. Cooking supper is out of the question, so you either eat out or order in.

6. You feel as motivated as a snail, so dishes pile up, your once clean kitchen a nightmare.

7. Working out? Out of the question!

8. Tomorrow… you dread because now you have to get back on the wagon. The routines & plans you set have failed you, they didn’t work as you planned, and now you have to start over (and face the scale!)

It’s a good thing we aren’t on the wagon to start with right?

You can’t fall off a wagon (diet) that you weren’t on.

You can’t get back on a wagon (diet) that you weren’t on.

You can’t fail a diet you aren’t on.

You can’t cheat on a diet you aren’t doing.

I don’t like the word can’t, but to me, today, this is so powerful.

I started off my morning on the wrong foot. I had it in my head that I was going to have a bad day (trailing on from yesterday). I slept in half an hour. Got up anyways, weighed in, got dressed. I looked at the bed and though “I’m allowed to have a bad day, I could just leave it…” Then I thought, tomorrow I’ll be pleased I did it. So I made the bed. Then I did some work, looked at our kitchen which was a bit of a disaster from the previous day. So I cleaned it up, vacuumed and got our entry way looking all nice. Then I played around with some kinect fitness stuff. I ate breakfast according to what I had planned the day before, and same with lunch. I decided to be creative with supper, still staying within my limits. When noon came around, which is when I go for my daily walk, I thought, I’m not in the mood… but I did it anyways, a bit slower, and and a bit more forced but I did it. I did some work from our couch which is coincidentally 5′ away from our kitchen/refrigerator. I haven’t even looked at that fridge all day except to get my meal food out of it.

This is so revolutionary for me! I can’t even believe these two bad days came from the same person!

I’ve said this before: My bad days now, are so different than my “old” bad days. I should learn to not call days like today a bad day. It could just be a regular ordinary day, nothing amazing about it, but really, nothing bad?

So, while I was on my walk today, I was thinking about this, and wondering why I haven’t fallen apart today and binged my way through the day. The answer was almost immediately clear. You can’t fall off of something you weren’t on to start with.

When I’ve dieted, I’ve allowed myself a “cheat day”, or just let things go too far (or forgotten to take the pills, drops, powder, whatever) and felt like a failure. I had failed – I failed the instructions that I was told, or read, and in addition to that, I knew the next day I would have to struggle and find my way back onto it.

But today, my journey is that of a lifestyle change. When you’re on a diet and you “fall back” to your old ways, you’re just going back to the lifestyle you are used to. So on my bad days, I live the lifestyle I’m used to, which is a healthy, positive one.  I’m learning it’s just as easy to stay on track in a healthy lifestyle, as it is to fall off onto an unhealthy one.

So tomorrow, I’ll wake up, make the bed, weigh in, and go on with my regular, every day lifestyle, and today will be in the past, without any thought in my mind 🙂

Peace Out! ❤

My 3 Favorite (uber healthy) Recipes!

13 Apr

In celebration of Summer, I thought I’d start with a yummy Iced Tea!

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– 6 Cups of Cold Water
– 1/3 cup of loose tea (I break apart tea bags to get the 1/3)
– Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed!) To Taste

Put the water in a pot with the tea, stir, and let sit overnight (or about 8 hours). You can add fresh lemon slices as well, or squeeze the juice in.

After the time is up, pour into container using coffee filter.

Sweeten by the glass using your sweetener/sugar of choice, so everyone gets their desired sweetness!

 

 

(Is it?) Cream of Chicken Soup1 Serving (Double for 2)Image
1 garlic cove
1/4 cup onion (chopped)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup of chicken broth (I use reduced sodium)
3.5 oz chicken breast, precooked.

Boil vegetables in chicken broth, adding  chicken when the veggies start to soften.

Simmer until the veggies are soft, but not soggy (usually 10 minutes).

Remove from heat, and pour into blender, holding the lid down & on the lowest setting at first (very important or your soup will end up on your ceiling!) Once it gets going, use the highest setting for 1 minute.

Pour soup into bowl, garnish with fresh parsley or dill, and of course salt & pepper to taste!

ImageBruschetta (2-3 servings as a meal, up to 4 as a snack)
3 Tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/4 of a large onion
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Parsley
Basil
Oregano
Rosemary
Nutritional Yeast (…. or Parmesan)
1 tspn Olive Oil (totally optional!)

Chop veggies up finely, add liquids and spices, as well as sweetener if you wish, I bake for about 10 minutes at 350, and serve with Crackers (Or Melba Toast – This works nice in Lettuce Wraps!) 

The Soup is by far my fave, although my boyfriends fave is the Iced Tea!

Happy Friday the 13th!