Workout motivation of a different nature

I’ve posted on workout motivation before… But this is a whole different kind of motivation. In order to eat these tasty treats, I feel the need to workout first.

Today, I was lazy enough to skip the gym all together and just search delish food blogs, instead.

Please vote in the poll for one of these recipes and I’ll make the winner this month! That especially means my friends that read this blog!


Oreo Cheesecake Cake from Erin’s Food Files

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes c/o Food Snots

Strawberry Shortcake Sushi created by Take a Megabite

Pizza Bites from Annie’s Eats


Banana Bread Scones w/ Brown Sugar Glaze via The Kitchn

Hot Corn Dip created by Gina Marie’s Kitchen

Chicken, Bacon, and Cream Cheese Taquitos from Mommy I’m Hungry


protein brownie cake for one!

I am obsessed with these little cakes! This recipe started when I found this recipe from Raspberry & Coconut and has changed over the past few weeks that I’ve been making it! I have also found that I can eat half as part of my breakfast and put the rest in the fridge for another time. One day I’ll try and make a whole cake stemming from this recipe, but for now these individual ones are perfect!

The recipe below includes banana which so far has been my favorite, as opposed to applesauce or pumpkin.

Protein Brownie Cake for One

  • 1 T coconut flour (I have not tried subbing any other flour)
  • 2 T whey isolate (chocolate flavor; I have also used regular, not isolate, powder)
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 3 T coffee (you can use water or milk instead)
  • 3 T banana puree (I use older bananas – you could also use baby food, pumpkin puree, or applesauce!)
  • 3 T egg whites

Spray microwavable dish with nonstick spray; microwave for 2 minutes and then flip the cake and microwave for another 1 minute.

Eat and enjoy! I like mine for breakfast with tons of strawberries on top or for a snack with a scoop of ice cream or yogurt!


Oatmeal Banana Bread

After a late night with friends last night (where we watched Rum Diaries…lame…), I was not too eager to get up this morning to go to the gym. I hung out in bed for awhile and then moved my booty out and decided to make some banana bread and do some kind of workout at home.

I decided on doing Jillian Michael’s “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” 2 times and make this banana bread:

Oatmeal Banana Bread [my original recipe]

  • 1 C sugar (or Splenda)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 C applesauce
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 C flour (I used wheat)
  • 1 C oats
  • 1/2 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C flax meal
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 C almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 C walnuts (optional)

Do this: preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour one bread pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, wheat bran, flax meal, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; set aside. In food processor (you can use a stand or hand mixer or blender) beat eggs and sugar together; add vanilla, applesauce, coconut oil and combine well. Add bananas. Pour wet ingredients into dry and add milk and nuts. Stir only until combined.

Bake for 50 minutes; let cool.

cold day run and cookies

Saturday night I got in bed and thought to myself, “tomorrow I will sleep in as long as my body allows!!”

Wouldn’t you know my body allowed me to sleep until around 7am. I stayed in bed for awhile and then made myself one awesome breakfast before getting ready to head to Caribou Coffee to study a bit, sip some green tea, and then get my day going!

waffle, cinnamon syrup, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries; coffee

I ran around, did some stuff and returned home to eat a really random lunch…

TJ's roasted red pepper soup, broccoli and carrots, 1/2 pita pocket and a Cutie. Very orange. Very odd.

Then… I headed outside in the cold to attempt a run. I’ve never run in the cold like this – nor did I ever think I’d try. But I was challenged yesterday to run a full marathon at the end of April and I figured I better just start suckin’ it up when the sun’s out and r-u-n. Other motivation included a hot bowl of chocolate oatmeal and baking something sweet upon return. I’ll run fast for those two things!


I actually enjoyed the run… I can’t decide if I enjoy the cold or warm weather for running more… It wasn’t so bad, like I expected!


The rest of the day I just did a lot of studying, eating those cookies, pizza, and more studying.


I did get to hang out with a few friends for about an hour later in the evening. That was a much needed break. Fellowship with friends is always a good change of pace!



it’s so snowy outside, so stay inside and workout!

How about that for a title? Today we had our first real snow! I did make it to the gym, but surprisingly the roads were a little rough. It’s not that much snow… But if you don’t want to brave the cold or the crazy drivers, keep reading for a workout you can do in ya house.

Happy, beautiful new year!

How about this killer Florence + the Machine to inspire you to kick 2012’s butt? Make this your best year to date, okay? I’m planning to do just that.

I have a new workout for you so you can work on that resolution to workout more! Instead of a “Monday Move” you can have 20 Monday moves. Get on it!

2012 workout = 20 moves, 12 times each

[do each move for 12 reps, no rest in between, and then repeat all at least once]

  1. right leg forward lunge
  2. mountain climbers (12 each side)
  3. left leg forward lunge
  4. burpees
  5. squats
  6. straight leg lift and lower (lower abs)
  7. pushups
  8. bicycle abs (12 each side)
  9. triceps dip
  10. squat jumps
  11. right arm bicep curl
  12. laying, leg-raised scissor-kicks (12 each leg)
  13. left arm bicep curl
  14. floor jacks
  15. supermans
  16. forward/back jumps
  17.  plie squats
  18. tuck jumps
  19. roundhouse kick, right leg
  20. roundhouse kick, left leg

If you want to make it challenging do the whole set 5 times (2+0+1+2)!  Let me know how it goes!

I’m going to go work on improving this already delectable yummy treat.

20 miles and banana muffins

A year ago today, I ran my first (and only so far) full marathon. It was glorious. Really. You hear all these horrible stories about running marathons, but mine couldn’t have been better.

I couldn’t run a full today but my friend who I ran with last year ran one! Go Jess, go!

courtesy of Tiff Todd on facebook 🙂

I love her. And I wish I could have been there running with her.

But I couldn’t. So I started out this morning at the same time as the marathon and ran 20 miles. I just kept going, and figured at most I had done 15. Then, I looked at my good ole Nike+ app when I finally finished and saw I had run 20 miles in 3 hours, with average speed of 9:24/mile.

Shoot dang.

After some food and a shower, I studied with my friend Michelle, who ran her first 11 miles yesterday! Get it girl!

And then, despite all I needed to do, I made these:

Make these:

Banana Nut Muffins [my recipe]

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C oats
  • 1/4 C flaxmeal
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 C chopped nuts
Do this: preheat oven to 350. Smash up those nanners:
Add egg whites, vanilla, water, and applesauce.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, flax, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
Add nuts and then scoop into lined or sprayed muffin tins.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Eat and enjoy (no really, they’re tasty and guilt-free!).
Nutrition Info (for 18 muffins)
75 Calories
1.8g Total fat
2.7g Protein


I love days with no plan. Love them.

Today I woke up pretty early and just layed in bet until all the infomercials were over and real shows were on.

Did you know Pioneer Woman has a new show on Food Network? I recorded it but wasn’t home to watch it.

Where was I, you ask?

I made a 2 white, 1 yolk omelet for breakfast and read some Proverbs.

No, no. I didn't put milk into my omelet. I just needed a chocolatey, protein pick-me-up!

Then, I packed up and headed to the trail to run 12 miles.

A glorious 12 miles, it was.

There were so many people there running! More than I’ve ever seen (besides the time there was some race there, or when the middle school CC team practices there…) Usually, there are a lot of dog-walkers there… Not today! There were more runners than walkers, and most were friendly enough to say “hello” or “good morning!” My favorite.

I ran into a good friend’s mom, whom I just love. That was nice.

I love the opportunity to clear my head, pray and think, while on the trail runnin’. My dearest friend, Jess, knows this passion but also knows how well I learn through metaphors. God taught me through a metaphor while running today.

Jess and I after our 2010 Marathon

There are all these people out there, and I sometimes get embarrassed by my speed towards the end… and the amount of sweat. No one knows what point I’m out in my run. I could be at mile 1 or mile 12. They have no idea. Sometimes I wish I had a sign or something so the dripping sweat would seem more normal (not normal, just more normal).

Anyway. I realized, we have no idea what point in the journey anyone’s at. On the trail, on a run, in life. Stop assuming things about people, stop judging someone’s position, stop being jealous of others’ lives. You don’t know where they are at on the journey, where they have been, or where they are going.

Also, don’t worry what they think about your point in the journey. They have no idea you just ran 11.88 miles and have .12 to go. They have no idea. Don’t worry about their perceptions, judgements or ideas. Just keep running.

The end. I then went to Hidden Valley Fruit Farm and just looked around. Didn’t get a dang thing.\

The girl at the register was buying a box of 24 apple fritters and also some more (that she hadn’t pre-ordered). She told the cashier that she used to live near the farm and ate those all the time, but has since moved a few hours away. She’s getting them to freeze. And enjoy until her next visit home. And some for the car ride. Good girl.

I should’ve tried one…

I then drove around some small towns in the area. For fun. No purpose.

Ugh. Finally, I made it to Health Foods Unlimited where I was incredibly overwhelmed by all they had to offer me. I only bought Chia Seeds. I’m a Chia virgin but am excited to try them. I keep reading recipes and blogs using the things. It’s about time I try.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be able to report on these babies. Seeds. Nuggets. Chia pets.

Smelly and gross, unshowered and nasty, I went to the new Gap across the street from my dwelling before actually going home. I needed wanted to buy work clothes and everything was 50% off today.

I soaked up some rays for a couple hours while working on some art projects.

Then there was some laundry. Some cleaning. Some salmon/corn/salad dinner. Some carrot cake.

Then I made some more banana cookies. And ate a great number of them.

Watched my favorite boys, the Reds.

And then some girlfriends.

What a good day.

this post is bananas!

I have been on a banana KICK! lately.

Tonight, I made some sweet potato fries and breaded eggplant for dinner. And then some banana bread and banana oat cookies.


banana bread


And I’m doing dishes and laundry.

Oh, and I just took my last final for the quarter. 1 full year of grad school – D-O-N-E!

Now, I’m sitting watching the Reds play some ball.

I went to a Reds game last week and my friend asked me why Drew Stubbs was my favorite player. I told him to just look at him. You can also take a look:

Photo from

Anywho. On to more important things. Like baking. And bananas.

I used my own Banana Bread recipe, but once I put the batter into pans, I realized I forgot all the sugar. [And, by the way, I left in the middle of my making the bread to go to the store just to get the sugar!!!] I made it anyway, and I think it turned out just fine. Phew. Safe.

But these Banana Oat Cookies are something else. You should probably try to make them. I also messed up and used 1 full cup of mashed banana… I don’t know what was wrong with me. But once I realized I did that, I had to add more flour and oats, but I have no idea how much more I added. Oh brother.

School’s out and I’m losing my mind.

Banana Oat Cookies [original recipe from Kate @ Cookie+Kate]

  • 1 C wheat flour
  • 1/2 C flaxmeal
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 T Applesauce
  • 1/4 C Splenda baking blend
  • 1/4 C Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C mashed banana (or in my case, 1 C + extra flour and oats)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 C chocolate chips
Do this: Preheat oven to 325. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, mashed banana and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir well. Mix in oats and chocolate chips. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, removing from baking sheet onto wire rack immediately.
I’m tired.

But before I go… I turn 25 a month from Saturday. I’d like to do/try 25 new things before then.
Any suggestions, friends?