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Hello Again, Spring!

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[sung to the Hess truck song]  The Hess truck SUNSHINE is back and its better than ever for Christmas Spring time this year, the Hess truck SUNSHINE is here. 🙂 Perfectly cheesy.

How appropriate is today’s Verse of the Day, being that it’s April Fool’s Day!? I ♥ Biblegateway.com.

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”- Psalm 14:1

Anyway, last night was a yawn for me.  Except the fact that I finally made a protein cake that I LOVED/was successful.  My camera’s battery was on the charger when it was done nuking, and I didn’t want to eat it cold, so I don’t have a final picture, however I will show you the ingredients!  Minus an egg white 😉

 

 

Dixie Diners' Carrot Cake Muffin Mix!

 

 

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Banana Nut Protein Powder!

2 Tbsp. Carrot Cake mix + 1/2 scoop protein powder + 1 egg white + splash of water.

And for icing?

Milk Chocolate Oats & Whey Protein Optimum Nutrition Protein.

I just took 1/2 scoop & mixed it with a splash of water to make it a little pudding like for the chocolate icing!  I know the flavors may seem a little odd together, but TRUST me, it was AWESOME.  Chocolate covered banana + carrot protein cake?  The carrot cake had coconut flakes in it too!  It was tropical & heavenly.

After my fueling experiment [foodie success!], I went downstairs to bike for awhile.  I had missed the first two episodes of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, so I watched them online while biking.

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It was excellent!  I can’t wait to watch some more.

I was home by myself because my Mom had a softball game & my Dad went to watch.  My youngest sister is a manager for the team, so she was along too.  I was crazy bored so I just kept biking and biking, reaching a total of 600 burned calories.  Sometimes I wonder if the calorie counter on the bike is correct?  Anyway, after that I did 3 sets of 50 “in & outs” from the ab ripper moves.

Afterward, I showered up and made something new to eat!  It was a success and VERY easy.  It’s going to sound gross, but I promise, it was delish.  I swear by Sugar Free Syrup.  It’s good in ANYTHING!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag Steamfresh cauliflower
  • 1/3 C. Sugar Free syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Steam the cauliflower in the microwave (in bag) for 4 minutes.
  2. Once steamed, tear open the bag and empty into a blender cup.
  3. Add syrup to the cup along with cinnamon.
  4. Blend on high until cauliflower is purreed and syrup & cinnamon are thoroughly mixed.
  5. Enjoy!

It reminds me of sweet cream of wheat, but it’s an easy way to get in some veggie power!  The entire recipe contains approx. 130 calories and TONS of vitamins & minerals.

Along with this bowl, I had:

wrapped in this:

Light Flat Out & Laughing Cow.

 And one of these babes:

Musselman's Blueberry Pomegranate Healthy Picks Applesauce!

Then I decided since I’d need to clean up soon, I had better get my lunch packed so that everything was spic & span when the fam got home.

Lunch.

I decided on some sweet bean dip (mashed navy beans + sugar free syrup) for dipping my huge tub o’ veggies & a light flat out with Sonoma Jack’s Pepperjack Cheese. 

I love all the colorful veggies! It brightens my day.

Toldya it was a huge tub!

It’s got baby carrots, orange bell pepper slices, cucumber, & tomato in the mix!

Breakfast has been the same thing almost every morning.  I can’t help it!  I look forward to the flavors everyday.  Optimum Nutrition has me sold on its protein powder.  The official review will be very soon, but for now I’ll leave you with this shot of my pre-made breakfast:

Chocolate Mint Protein Powder!

In the mornings, I blend this with about 4 ice cubes and 1/3 C. water (120 calories)!  Then, it’s like a chocolate mint malted milkshake!  T.D.F.  Then, for staying power, I stir in 3/4 C. Fiber One (75 calories) which also provides a nice CRUNCH.  It’s like eating cereal with chocolate milk!  I eat it straight from the blender cup.  Why waste a clean dish?! Haha. Classy, I know.  My prep the night before saves me about 15 minutes of extra sleeping time, which I’m allllll about 😉

Today is the last day to enter my AURORAE YOGA MAT GIVEAWAY!

HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY! 

What’s the best April Fool’s joke you’ve ever played?

Once when I was little, I begged my teacher to write me a “fake pink slip” so that I could fool my Mom into thinking I got into serious trouble at school.  It may not have been a HUGE deal, but I thought back then it was SUCH a good trick!  Haha. What’s yours?!

PS- Check here to enter an AWESOME vegan giveaway!

Already Hump Day?!

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 Where did the first two weekdays go?! I’m not complaining, that’s for sure!

Verse of the Day:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”- Romans 6:23

I love starting my days off with Bible verses.  It helps me keep my outlook somewhat positive the rest of the day.  No matter what happens or goes wrong, we can find comfort in the fact that we’re not going to be on this Earth forever.  It’s hard to keep things in perspective sometimes because the world tells us that THIS is life, but in the scheme of things, this is only the beginning 🙂

Drizzled with sugar free honey & sprinkled with cinnamon.

Last night upon my arrival home from work, I made myself a sweet potato baked in the microwave for some complex carbs to fuel my bike workout.  I also had a banana for a snack.

I'm loving the natural lighting!

After I biked off about 500 calories, I did a little ab work and took a break to eat dinner with the family.  My Dad made chili, so I figured I’d make my own version 🙂

Broccoli slaw, light ragu, & fat free cottage cheese.

Not exactly the most photogenic meal, but it’s beautifully colorful!  The taste of this dish reminds me of the sweet lasagna that my Aunt Sandy used to make when we came to her house.  It was AWESOME. 

Close up.

You’d be surprised how well the textures come together, too.  The process is pretty quick to make.  Just steam the bag of broccoli slaw in the microwave, combine 1/2 C. Light Ragu with 1/2 C. fat free cottage cheese, and pour over the slaw when finished steaming.  It’s really yummy because the cheese gets a lil’ bit melty.  Kind of the way it does in stuffed shells!

I also had a Flat Out Light wrap with Sonoma Jack’s cheese & Splenda to round out my meal and add some whole grains.

Flat out.

These Flat Outs are so doughy!  I can’t get enough.

After dinner, I packed my lunch for today

Strawberry Oikos with Fiber One topping and broccoli slaw with Sonoma Jack's and mustard.

The broccoli slaw may look nasty to you, but I promise it’s good!  I steam the broccoli slaw, mash in a cheese wedge, mix in a little mustard, top with salt, pepper, & a little bit of minced garlic.  Holy flavorful.  If you’re a savory fan, you should try it!

Nom, nom.

After the lunch packing was finished, I showered up and brewed some more coffee for refrigeration and iced coffee making.  For my dessert last night, I had an apple with cinnamon & raspberry peanut butter, topped with some more Fiber One! YUM.  Sorry it went unpictured.  It was down the hatch before I could snap a photo 😉

Make sure you check out Jen’s first giveaway of some cool workout tools!