Daily Eats [2016]

I was asked to post a bit on my daily eats.

For the most part, breakfast and snacks stay consistent. Since I have been on the go for most mornings and don’t have a microwave on hand (I had cold oats), I’ve been doing cereal (Fiber One Honey Cluster, Total Whole Grain, Special K) adding a little fruit/ nuts/ seeds mixture plus some fat-free milk. Some days I do soy. This plus my morning coffee keep me going for a few hours. I usually munch on more fruit, a string cheese or a Kind Bar for a snack. The bars come in if I have a long day of teaching. Lunches I keep it to sandwiches or Boca veggie burgers. My favorite sandwich combo is turkey, Swiss, cucumber, tomatoes and spinach on wheat bread. As a side I will have pretzels, baked Lays or Late July tortilla chips. They are delish.If I am home for my “mid-afternoon” snack, I will have a smoothie (protein powder, some fruit and maybe almond/ soy milk). My on the go version is some Greek yogurt. Noms!Dinners vary and sometimes look the same as lunch. Pat and I eat dinner about 3-4 nights together depending on our schedule. I love this chili recipe from Vegetarian Times! I use ground turkey to make it non-vegan and nix some of the spiciness.When I’m solo, I will do either a sandwich/ veggie burger or any leftovers that I froze from previous dinners. This one below is a combo of a previous dinner and veggie burger.After dinner, I’ll sometimes munch on a cookie or a little dark chocolate. All things in moderation right?  😀

Question: What are some of your daily go-to’s?

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Thinking Out LOUD #25: Microwave’d Pancake

Ever have those times where you just feel plain lazy?

Not to toot my own horn but it rarely happens to me. I’m the go-go-GO type. But with work, family and the babe… sometimes being lazy is easier! I made a microwaveable pancake, similar to this recipe from way back in the day.This one was “lazier” then the first.

It’s 1/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix, 1 Tbsp quick oats, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, dash of Stevia and liquid til desired consistency. Microwave for 3-4 minutes and top with your favorite thangs. 😉

I’ve been wanted to make a good latte but I just waited for a freebie. #ventigoodness.Lunches have also been easy peasy. This veggie burger n’ stuffs is still my go-to!I’ve been teaching more classes, including a Barre “Bootycamp.” I needed more workout clothes, so my brother got me this shirt on Etsy for Christmas. Samantha went to her first little shindig at my friend’s house for the game. While she is quite adorable, I am just not a football fan. Baseball on the other hand is a different story. Talk to me in April! Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking Out LOUD Thursdays. Sabrina, OUT. 😉Question: What’s your favorite sport?

If you don’t have a favorite, what is your favorite event that occurs on the tube?

Thinking Out LOUD #23: “Good Morning Smoothie”

Good [THINKING OUT LOUD] morning friends!

I’m sharing with you that “Good Morning Smoothie” I shared on Instagram.The recipe goes:

1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (of choice)
4 oz. of light orange juice or 1/2 cup of orange sections (peeled duh)
1/2 Cup of frozen Peaches
1/2 of a Banana (slice some up and freeze before hand)
8 oz. of Ice Cold Water
1 tsp of Chia OR Flax Seeds
(Add a handful of spinach or greens for a nutrition boost!)
Handful of Ice

Through everything into a blender, mix and enjoy!I tried this other day and it was pretty delicious! Thinking there will be more of these in my future for sure. Oh and it was a whole EIGHT degrees the other day, then it was up to 45 the next. What’s up weather?Of course I’d bundle up with some iced coffee. #Starbucksloves. However, this here Starbucks swag from the hubs is for those days that I DO enjoy me some hot coffee. Samantha had her first day of “school” this week. It’s a one hour development class for babies.  She has a blast!Mama is trying to get her Yoga smarts on too with a side of chocolate. Noms!That’s a wrap for this edition of Thinking Out LOUD.Thanks Amanda for hosting!

Question: What DO YOU bundle up with when it’s cold outside? Book, Blanket, Coffee… all three?

Work It Out Sunday!

Happy Sunday folks!

I just wanted to say, I have been loving THIS song by DNCE. It’s just my jam at the moment.

I am dropping in to share a workout with you guys exclusively from my Bootcamp program. This workout is from week three of the program and is designed to get that heart pumping!

After you complete the workout finish off with 30 minutes with 30 minutes of cardio, whether it’s a running, walking, spinning, Zumba, you name it.

The holidays are upon us and there are goodies everywhere, not to mention high stress levels. Stay focused with a good workout.

This workout can be done at the gym or at home.

Back/ Biceps (Week 3)

Pulldown (cable or dumbbells) 3 Sets of 10

Squat to Upright Row 3 Sets of 12

**Spiderman’s 3 Sets, One Minute Each Set

Frontal Raises 3 Sets of 10

Bicep Curls 3 Sets of 15

**Mountain Climbers 3 Sets, One Minute Each Set

Seated Row (Or Bent Over) – 3 Sets of 12

Alternating Hammer Curls – 3 Sets of 12

One minute rest, then repeat two more times!

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Don’t forget to get it while it’s on sale 😉

** Cardio Burst!

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)

MIMM #37: Marvelous, Lately

Happy Monday friends 😀

Today, I am sharing some things I am finding marvelous lately [like this tea]. And these marvelous pancakes. Did you see them yesterday?Some of my favorite snacks lately.How about this marvelous find?This morning, I have my 40Week appointment. 

I am beyond ready to meet Samantha and start mommy life, as you can see.I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday, thanks for hosting 😀Question: Any marvelous things you’ve spotted lately?

Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes {GF Recipe}

I’m almost always making protein filled pancakes.While they are very delicious, sometimes you just need a heartier pancake.

I am sharing with you one of my favorite oatmeal recipes that is perfect for your family’s Sunday morning breakfast. I usually make these for my fiancé and I on the weekends.

I like to prepare the batter over night (you made need to add just a smidge extra liquid in the morning) or wait about 30 minutes before cooking so the oats can absorb all the liquid. They are very nutritious and filling. 

These do still have protein powder, just not as much. If you want, you can even omit the protien powder* all together and just add another tablespoon of flour. Simple.

Feel free to double (or triple!) this batch for a bigger crowd or why not save some for later? These pancakes freeze well once cooked and last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes (serves two)

  • 1 Cup GF [Quick] Oats
  • 2 Tbsps GF Flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 tsp Stevia (or sugar of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg, Whisked
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)

Take first four dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Take the remaining ingredients and whisk together; add to dry ingredients and blend well. On a low-medium flame, cook pancake on stovetop.

Wait until pancake bottom is golden brown to flip and repeat cooking on other side. Remove from stove top and let cool, repeat til batter is done (makes about 4-5 pancakes).

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For a vegan take, check out my vegan oat waffles recipe here 😀