It didn’t taste as good as I remember

Whole 30 – day 31

What was the first thing I ate that was whole 30 non-compliant? Dark chocolate. And although it was good it wasn’t as great as I remembered it. I managed to have just one piece. Didn’t want more than that.

I had some chicken thighs to cook and it was so tempting to just cook up some shake n bake but I just wasn’t impressed with the coating ingredient list. So I turned to Pinterest. And I came across this recipe.

honey and soy chicken thighs

First time in a month that I’ve cooked with soy sauce and honey.
I haven’t tried it yet but it looks absolutely delicious.

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Can’t wait to try it.

For the most part I’ve been eating the same as the past 30 days. Can’t really see myself going back to my old eating habits.

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Peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies (flour less)

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Such an easy recipe and delicious too

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
I got this recipe from another blog, can’t find the link but will add it once I do.

1 cup natural peanut butter
1 ripe banana – mashed
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

Mix peanut butter, banana and vanilla – I just used a hand mixer
Once mixed well add egg and honey until mixed
Fold in chocolate chips

Drop onto parchment lined baking sheet
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes

Recipe makes 12-15 cookies

My favorite cookie

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This has got to be my new favorite cookie. Best part is that it’s so simple to make. I started with the basic banana and oatmeal cookie, and added a few more things. Here’s what I used: 2 small super ripe bananas mashed Approx 1 cup of oats A splash of vanilla Tossed in some unsweetened shredded coconut Also add in some dark chocolate chips Mixed it all together Formed flat cookies on a lined baking sheet Cooked at 350 for 25 minutes So delicious!

Cajun shrimp with peppers and spinach

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This is definitely one of my favorite go to recipes.  I’m sure I’ve posted it before but I can’t get over the simplicity of the dish.
It literally takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.
Shrimp (peeled), peppers (I used yellow and orange), garlic, spinach (added last) and olive oil. All tossed and sauteed in cajun seasoning.

Eat Clean: Day 2 of 55

Good Morning!

My days for the next two weeks are long ones at the office because I am carpooling to work with the hubby.  Which means I get dropped off first (before 6:30am) and I get picked up last ( at 4pm) which means I’m at the office way too long.  This also results in long days where I start losing track of today and yesterday and the day before.

I could’ve sworn my first day of clean eating was Tuesday, turns out that was Monday and I’m on Day 3 now.

Yesterday I had one minor slip up… just when you think all the Halloween candy has been cleared out of the office, my coworker shows up with a huge bowl of halloween treats.  So I had a small pack of fuzzy peaches.  Not the end of the world, but definitely not something that I needed.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all good and also managed to squeeze in a  good shoulder work out too. Yay!

Last night a tried out a new recipe for zucchini crab cakes.

Very simple recipe:  shredded zucchini, crab (I used canned), finely chopped onion, old bay seasoning, a couple eggs and a few tbsp of whole wheat flour.

I followed a recipe online (can’t find the link at the moment) but I cut down on the amount of old bay seasoning, and the crab cakes turned out too salty 😦

I can’t imagine how much saltier the dish would be had I put the full amount of seasoning as listed in the recipe.  So today I’m having the zucchini crab cakes with brown rice.  Hoping the brown rice will help with the saltiness.  Hubby won’t eat any of them, but I’ll have to.  It wont’ be so bad… the doctor actually suggested I increase my salt intake to help increase my low blood pressure.  This dish will definitely help!

Banana oatmeal cookies

The other day I picked up a bunch of ripe bananas. I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for and decided tonight (after alot of online searching) to make banana oatmeal cookies. These cookies are quite healthy and I would probably cut back on the Splenda.

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Ingredients:
1 cup mashed banana
2 cups oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup Splenda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Form into balls and flatten on a baking sheet.
Bake at 320° for 30 minutes.

Next time I’ll add shredded coconut as well. This will be great to bring to work and satisfy the craving that usually hits me after lunch.

There’s hope yet…

I may finally get some relief from this neck/back pain by seeing a chiropractor.

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Went to see the chiropractor today and as he was examining my neck/back he identified all the really sore/tender spots.  X-rays were taken and it was very interesting to see the slight curve in my spine as well as the curve (or more specifically, the lack of) in my neck.  It looks like my desk job and sitting in front of a computer all day is contributing to the neck/back pain.  My running is also contributing to the soreness.  As soon as I get into the office tomorrow I’m going to re-adjust my laptop/monitor and overall desk setup.  I will also be going to the chiropractor a few times a week for the next two weeks to get adjusted.  My neck feels slightly better following today’s adjustment.  In the mean time I’ll take it a little easy on the workouts.

Overall meal planning has gone well this week, with a small indulgence and moment of weakness with a bowl of potato chips.  Tonight I also tried out a recipe for Whole Wheat Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes and Muffins.

Here’s the pancake recipe:

WHOLE WHEAT COTTAGE CHEESE PANCAKES

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups low fat small curd cottage cheese*

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 cup 100% whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup blueberries (or substitute your favorite add-in)

*If you don’t like the consistency of cottage cheese, try blending it first

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except blueberries in a large mixing bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Pour batter by the spoonful onto heated frying pan or griddle. Leave room for spreading. Immediately sprinkle a couple of blueberries onto the top of each pancake.
  3. Fry until golden brown on each side. Serve hot, with maple syrup, if desired.

 

I think they turned out okay.
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It was tough because the blueberries were bursting and when I removed the pancake from the pan the blueberries were a little sticky. I tried one and they’re actually really delicious! Next time I’ll cut back on the sugar. I can’t wait to bring these to work tomorrow for breakfast.

I debated on working out tonight but decided on a light leg work out. Squats, dead lifts, calf raises and hamstring curls. Hoping to make it out for a run tomorrow morning as well. My plan is to the kiddies to bed at 9 pm so I can get a full 8 hours of sleep.
Work is definitely busy so I’m going to need all the rest I can get tonight. Rest and a nice strong coffee tomorrow morning.
Here’s my new favorite coffee:

So bold and delicious!

Banana muffins…

So delicious! and I decided to make them extra delicious by adding pieces of dark chocolate and blueberries.

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I used the recipe found here: awesome banana muffin recipe and modified it by using whole wheat flour and cut back on the sugar (used 1/4 cup). Next time I will probably leave the sugar out completely but will make sure three bananas are super ripe. I did leave the butter in so that’s my little indulgence when it comes to this snack.

It pretty much rained the entire day but luckily the rain hadn’t started when I went out for my morning run. Hubby and the kids were going to McDonalds for breakfast so the plan was to run to McDonalds to meet them there. I finally got to use the  mapMyRun app and it actually works quite well. At the end of my run the app recorded a distance of 4.7kms in 33 minutes. It also records your pace and calculates calories burned. I like the app because I can have it running in the background  and listen to my music. I think the app will work perfectly to track my progress.
We spent a good portion of the day grocery shopping and the fridge and pantry are now stocked with everything I need for my meals for the entire week. Sounds crazy but I’m actually looking forward to having cottage cheese with strawberries tomorrow. I also picked up the Carte Noir Americano tassimo pods so I can’t wait to try it out tomorrow morning.
I love the belong of being prepared for the week.