Thinking Out LOUD: Day of Eats!

I know my posts have been quite inconsistent but I am still getting the hang of Miss newborn. She is 10 weeks today, where did all the time go?

I think after three months that’s when things get better and more predictible. She is almost on a proper nap shedule, which is great!

I start out my day usually between 7-8am. She wakes up for her first feeding. Now, she does still wake up between 1-2 am.

We’ve gotten use to the broken sleep so I don’t wake up too tired anymore; most days ;-).Days vary with breakfast but I’ve been doing either oatmeal with frozen strawberries or grabbing one of these granola cookies with some natural peanut butter and grapes.Mid-morning snack tends to be a banana or an apple. We still have plenty of apples left from apple picking.Lunch? Turkey sandwich with swiss on whole grain bread. Sometimes I make it a Boca vegan veggie burger if I have the extra few minutes to microwave.Another coffee is in order at some point in the day. Sometimes in, sometimes out. Iced coffee and soy please! Mid-afternoon snack is Shakeology. Current mix of frozen strawberries, vanilla Shakeo and a pinch of vanilla almond milk.Dinner depends on how baby girl is behaving. From 6-8pm seems to be her “terror hours” so I try to cook before then if I can. It varies but we do pork chops, homemade pizza, pasta, wraps or breakfast if we are just too tired! Dessert? I tried out these the other night from my mom and boy are they delicious and deadly!That’s a wrap for today! I’m linking up with Amanda today for thinking out LOUD Thursdays. Thanks for hosting!Question: What’s your current favorite snack for munchin’?

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Nutty Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Happy Sunday! 😀

I’m dropping by today to share a delicious fall treat for y’all – Are you a cookie monster like me?

If you’ve ever heard of the 21 Day Fix Plan or read about it, you’ll recognize these cookies. I decided to do a Fall twist to them. This batch makes 16 small cookies and a serving is 2 cookies (one yellow container treat). 

If you are NOT doing the 21 Day Fix or want to add some “protein pizzaz” to the cookies, I added 2 Tbsps of Vanilla Protein and they tasted pretty bomb. But trust me, these cookies are delicious on their own. 

They also can be made gluten-free and vegan by using appropriate oats and chocolate chips. Yummy as a snack or for a quick breakfast, enjoy!Pumpkin Spice & Nutty Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seed pepitas*
  • 1 Tbsp toasted pecans*
  • 1 Tbsp almond slivers*
  • 1 tsp of maple extract*

Oven goes to 350 degrees; preheat. Combine oats, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl. Then add in applesauce, chocolate chips and nuts/seeds and mix well.  

Drop tablespoon sized cookies on a baking sheet, bake for 14-16 minutes. BOOM you are done!

(*Original recipe has 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of toasted pecans and no vanilla)

Greek Yogurt & Chia Power Smoothie!

If there was a smoothie that gave me POWER post workout, I’d have to say it was this one.

Behold the Greek yogurt & chia power smoothie.

It has everything: protein, healthy fats (and a little omega 3’s), a little carbs, electrolytes.Ingredients {Serves One}

  • 1 Non-Fat Container of Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 oz. Coconut Water (plain or flavored)
  • 2 oz. [Regular] Water
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 Packets of Stevia (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • Handful of Ice
  • Scoop of Glutamine (optional)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (optional)

Place everything into a blender and mix well.

Drink and enjoy the Greek yogurt, chia and goodness boost!

Question: What’s your favorite smoothie combos?

Thinking Out Loud #14: Summer Vibes

Where has the week gone?

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. PiYo anyone?This week has been wonderful. From celebrating our anniversary. Having our 38 Week check-up. To some sweet packages. Plenty of smoothies have also been enjoyed. And lots of bunny funnies in between.Today I am linking up with Amanda for Thinking out Loud. Thanks for hosting!Question: What’s on your mind? Any weekend plans?

WIAW #127: Anniversary Sweets.

Good morning y’all!

Today, I am linking up with Jenn today for WIAW.It’s an extra special one because yesterday was Patrick’s & I’s anniversary. We had such a lovely day and delicious eats, so let’s get to it, shall we?Breakfast: I had a banana before I did the Lower Fix from the 21 Day Fix, after I refueled with some chocolate Shakeology mixed with strawberries, unsweetened coconut milk, water and tons of ice!Brunch: We went to a little dinner near our house for brunch. I had a mean craving for French toast and blueberries.Snack #1: After brunch, we dived into some cake.And a bit of the brownie truffles I made him.Snack #2: I munched on some pretzels and before my 38 week appointment, we stopped at Starbucks.We stopped at Salem Willows after the appointment for some arcade fun.Snack #3: And some fried dough balls with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Dinner: After the Willows, we ordered a pizza and watched a movie.It was nice to spend the entire day together on such a beautiful day. Love you Patrick to the moon and back

Question: French toast or pancakes?

Chocolate or vanilla cake?

S’mores Brownies {Recipe}

Love s’mores?

How about brownies?

Why not combine BOTH and turn it into a “better for you” treat? Today I have for you a flourless and gluten-free White Chocolate S’mores Brownie recipe that uses my flourless protein brownie doughnut recipe. Enjoy!White Chocolate S’mores Brownies (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Up Dark Chocolate (I use 60% or higher)
  • 1-2 Tbsps White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp of Creamy Peanut Butter (or your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or your choice)
  • 1 tsp of Pure Maple Syrup (or Agave, Honey)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Packets of Stevia
  • 2 tsps of Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein
  • 2 Large Egg
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • [Optional] Add In’s: 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips, 1/4 Cup of Marshmallow Pieces
  • Toppings: 1 Tbsp of White Chocolate Chips & 1/4 Cup of Marshmallow Pieces
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the first three ingredients and melt in the microwave for 30-45 seconds (depending on your microwave). Once chocolate is melted, add in the remaining ingredients except for the egg and sea salt.
  2. Once everything is well mixed, place the brownie batter to the side and whisk the egg with sea salt. Then mix into batter and mix well.
  3. Now you can finally add the batter into a small square pan (I used an 8×4 inch loaf pan or try a cupcake pan). Top batter with marshmallow before placing into the oven.
  4. Place brownies into oven for about 10mins (again, depending on your oven). I usually like to check at the 8 minute mark just to be on the safe side. You want the center to be slightly firm but not over (or under) cooked.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and let them cool for about 15mins, then eat up!

Question: How do you do s’mores?

I once had a s’mores ice cream and I must say, was pretty delicious!

MIMM#33: Random “4th-ness”

What a weekend!Starbucks anyone?This weekend I did have to work, but I requested to.I also enjoyed a marvelous BBQ dinner at the in-laws and saw this crazy cat.I ate some marvelous treats. Found some sweet deals – $4.49 for all 7 at Target.And had a little play time with Bun-Bun.Even a marvelous stroll in the park with my love ❤That wrap up my little marvelous weekend. I have some special things in store for y’all this week (even a GIVEAWAY), so stay tuned. Thanks to the lovely Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!

Question: How was YOUR 4th of July?