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‘Tis The Season

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It’s that time of year again!  This weekend, I put away my summer dresses, shorts and tank tops, and pulled out the cashmere sweaters, corduroys, and boots.

Along with the clothing change, my food choices transition, too.  Smoothies lose their appeal, cold, raw veggies become less appealing, and even fresh melon isn’t nearly as tempting.  When the temperatures drop, my body craves warm comfort foods like roasted vegetables, soup, and oatmeal.

Brussel sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, parsnips, sweet potatoes, red peppers, broccoli, & squash

You name it, I’ll roast it

There are some wonderful fall recipes floating around the blogworld already that I’ve got on my “to make” list:

Janetha’s Sweet Potato Shephard’s Pie

Caitlin’s Pumped-Up Corn Casserole

Katie’s Almond Coconut Macaroons

Meghann’s Brie, Apple & Pecan Pizza

Allie’s Chickpea Blondies

This weekend, I kind of cheated when prepping for our family reunion…boxed soup mixes are always so convenient, though!

I picked this up at Target awhile back and decided it was finally time to try it out. 

I liked the nutrition stats… 7g protein, 7g fiber

And the ingredients list was pretty wholesome!  All recognizeable, simple ingredients.  All I had to do was add some chicken stock, which I found at Target as well, simmer it on the stove top, and let it work its magic.

I made some of my own additions too, including some baby spinach, chopped up okra from the farmers market, salt, pepper, and Coleman Natural Italian Parmesan Chicken Meatballs.

 What’s on your to-make list for this fall? 

Any cute clothing trends that you’re all over?




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I found myself belting out this song on my way to work today 🙂  Whether it was because I got a full 9 hours of sleep last night (after being deprived for the past three nights), or the fact that I was juiced up on a bangin’ breakfast, I don’t know, but here it is…

“You are strength in my weakness and you are the refuge I seek,
You are everything in my time of need, You are everything,
You are everything I need”


Yesterday, however was a different story.  There was no belting…I had NO energy.  As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I really enjoy two part breakfasts.  Getting the best of both worlds is always a WIN in my book.

(1/3 C. oats, 1 mashed banana, 1/4 C. peanut flour, sugar-free vanilla Torani)

That’s not all!  I went to bed last night without much in my belly, mainly because I was too tired to put any effort into a well rounded meal.  Since I had already burned a good 800 calories (probably more, but that’s I have on record from my HR monitor), I couldn’t stay full for long.  There were many mini meals eaten throughout the day to keep my metabolism pumpin’.

Breakfast part II was a handful of Quaker caramel corn cakes dipped in Honey-nana Kids’ Chobani! 


 Being a walking zombie is no fun…let alone trying to get through a 2 hour basketball practice feeling like one.

(2 slices Arnold 10grain bread with 1 egg+1white and Forty Spice Hummus)

 It helped a little bit that I was properly fueled, though, for sure.  If I learned anything today, it’s the fact that the “dippy” part of the egg is highly UNDERRATED.  I know a lot of people get grossed out because it’s gooey and slimy, but the yolk taste MADE this sammie…it’s also got a lot of nutrients!

(Romaine shreds, broccoli, cucumbers, orange pepper, shroomies and Mardona cherry balsamic glaze)

And you know I had to have some greens on the side.

I don’t even remember what else I accomplished at work.  Honestly, everything is so hazy from exhaustion…and to think at this point, my day wasn’t even close to over yet.

Before practice, I had some Chocolate & Banana Nut Cheerios mixed (1/2 C. of each).  Sure there’s a bit of sugar in the ingredients, but I love dry cereal…I figure if that’s the worst thing I eat during the day, I’m doing alright 😉

I also munched on some frozen grapes…because everyone knows the cure to tiredness is sugar, right!?

Turns out I had enough left in me to put out 738 calories at practice!  I did a little bit of ab work with my friend, Steph in the gym beforehand, too.  *Mental note: trying to take a snapshot of your heart rate monitor while you’re in your car leaving the parking lot will get you a few funny glances.

(Handful frozen spinach, 3/4 C. Almond Breeze, 1/8C. peanut flour, sugar-free Vanilla Torani)

When I got home, I just wanted to crash…but I knew I’d hate myself in the morning if I didn’t eat anything for dinner, and soon my appetite caught up to me, giving me all the motivation I needed to throw some things together.

I roasted parsnips, yellow pepper, butternut squash, and baby bellas at 420° for 17 minutes (all except the bnut was sprinkled with Nutrasalt & pepper.  Bnut was splenda & cinnamon) with reduced sugar ketchup for dipping.

Dessert was after cleanup (meaning my shower & dishes).

(1/4 C. peanut flour, 1/3 C. oats, 1/4 C. Udi’s cranberry granola, sugar free vanilla Torani to taste, cinnamon, 1/4 C. fat free cottage cheese)

It seriously tasted like peanut butter cheesecake!  ❤  NOM.

Lots of you are asking me about what I will do with the TJ’s peanut flour being discontinued…Truth be told, I live no where near a Trader Joe’s, unfortunately, and have been ordering mine online from Southern Grace Farms!  Check it out!  I’ve found these to be the best prices with shipping taken into account. 

What do YOU do with your peanut flour?  I like to use mine for peanut flour pancakes and peanut paste!  I have yet to try baking with it, but I can’t wait to experiment!

Any exciting plans this weekend?  I will be spending most of my time with D, hopefully!  Class and practice on Saturday and church & Superbowl on Sunday! Who are you cheering for?! My Daddy is a STEELERS fanatic, so I will be in black & gold!


When Everything Falls Apart…

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“You said, You’d never leave or forsake me
When you said, this life is gonna shake me
You said, this world is gonna bring trouble on my soul
This I know…When everything falls apart
Your arms hold me together
When everything falls apart
You’re the only hope for this heart
When everything falls apart, and my strength is gone
I find you mighty and strong, You keep holding on”

Breakfast lately has been enjoyed at my desk, while I’m enjoying YOUR wonderful comments.   Thanks so much to those of your who have decided to join the Bible Challenge with me!  It’s nice to hear your thoughts on daily scripture reading.  It’s also great that we can hold each other accountable to set aside time to do it.

base: 1/3 C. oats + 1/2 scoop AM Vanilla Chai + 1/4 C. unsweet almond breeze + 1 tsp. chia seeds + 1/2 smashed nanner; toppings: sliced nanner, 1 spoonful Better N’ PB, & 1 raw Hail Merry choco macaroon

Today’s chapter comes from the Book of James (chapter 1) and actually contains one of my VERY favorite verses.

“2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

4 Veggie Patch Meatless Meatballs, roasted kale, red pepper, yellow pepper, zucchini, carrots, and onions.  La Tortilla Factory wrap slathered in 1.5 tbsp. FF strawberry cream cheese for lunch dessert.

and later in verse 22…

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

There is SO much to learn in JUST this chapter.  It tells us a lot about what God expects of his followers, to find JOY in trials because ultimately, they will draw you closer to God, and to not only read the Bible, but to APPLY it to your life…In verses 19-21 it reminds us to be SLOW TO ANGER as well ( I REALLY need to work on this…I tend to get defensive and up in arms at the littlest things, sometimes!)

1 small chunk of Manna Organic Sunseed bread + 1 spoon BN’PB

You should know, I don’t have these posts planned ahead of time.  Call me unorganized, scatter-brained, or irresponsible, but I pray and ask that God would show me what he wants me to write about each morning and leave it all up to Him.  Sure I always incorporate my yummy eats and workouts, but they’re NOT the most important things in life.  That’s what I love about blogging…the freedom!

Sure, you’ll still see my breakfast, lunch, and dinnersand of course you’re still free to ask questions about my eats, but I get REALLY excited when you ask questions about my daily verses! 😉

I’m a little more concerned and interested in spreading the good news and sharing God’s word than I am with the shotty lighting in my foodie pictures anymore…

I still plan on writing about daily events as well, but when I feel like God is calling me to write on a certain topic, I get excited to share it with you all…As I’ve said before, it’s not about religion

What do you think?  Anyone want to share the chapter of the Bible that THEY read today?


It’s Gotta Be More Like Falling In Love

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“Give me words, I’ll misuse them
Obligations, I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free, it’s gotta be
More like falling in love than something to believe in
More like losing my heart than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out, come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love,
Deeper and deeper
It was love that made me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me”

-Jason Gray 

½ C. pumpkin, ½ C. fat free cottage cheese, ¼ C. oats, ¼ C. sugar-free syrup 

So many people think that “religion” is just a set of rules that we have to live by; making us “slaves” to our faith, but what they don’t understand is how freeing having a relationship with our heavenly Father really is.  It’s the total opposite of what nonbelievers think, in reality. 

Jesus FREES us from our sins; He doesn’t tie us to them.  He took our punishment so that we wouldn’t have to perish!  No one except a perfect Son of God could’ve done that for us.

The only reason God gives us guidelines and things to live by is for our OWN benefit.  Realizing the He works for the GOOD of those who LOVE Him, it only makes sense that the things He writes to us in His word will enhance our lives, not prevent us from living them.  It’s all about losing our hearts to Jesus, the only one that we can ALWAYS count on in this life.  He will never leave us or forsake us

½ C. chickpeas, ½ chopped cucumber, ½ diced tomato, 2 baby bell peppers, 2 tbsp. avocado hummus, atop a bed of roasted kale 

He loves us more than anyone can even imagine.  Who else do you know of that would die for a complete stranger on the cross?  Do you know that even if it were JUST YOU that needed saving, Jesus STILL would’ve died.  He loves you THAT much.

Religion in general also gets a bad rap because many Christians are thought of as hypocrites.  And believe me; I know that it isn’t uncommon. 

La Tortilla Factory ww wrap with 1 tbsp. Better N’ PB

But guys, we’re ALL sinners.  Holding our Christian friends accountable for their actions ISN’T wrong or hypocritical.  It doesn’t mean that we won’t probably screw up too. 

I know that God is merciful and loves us unconditionally.  That means He KNOWS we’re going to continue to make mistakes and sin against Him…that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our absolute BEST not to, though. 

1 ripe, sweet peach

This song was playing on the radio this morning on my way to work, and I just felt like I needed to share it.  The lyrics really spoke to my heart, and I hope they can get to you in a similar way.  It’s so easy to make praising God and living for Him routine, but our relationship with Him should be about so much more than that.  It SHOULD be like falling in love


1 Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I should be able to call Jesus my best friend.  Think about the person that you spend the most time with, know the most about, and enjoy their company the most…isn’t it amazing to think that that person COULD be the God of the Universe?  After all, if God is for us, who could be against us? 

Roasting vegetables (red pepper, yellow squash, red onion, zucchini, and eggplant) coated and tossed in a zip lock baggie with sugar-free syrup & reduced sodium soy sauce + chili powder

One thing that I really need to work on is my dedication to reading God’s word.  I used to have daily devotionals that I did every single day, to set aside time just for me and God.  I feel like I’m so far away from Him sometimes, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I don’t make it nearly as much of a priority as I used to. 

Sure I could tell you tons of stories from the Bible, but I would love to be able to quote scripture the way some people can.  The only way to do that is to keep reading and continue to grow closer to the Lord. 


Things seem so much clearer and in perspective when you’re in a close walk with Him.  Not to mention, I want to regain my passion for Him.  I want to be totally on FIRE for my Savior.  I’m challenging myself to read just ONE chapter of the Bible per day.  I know that I’m insanely busy, but I’ve come to the conclusion that having a 6-pack isn’t going to get me anywhere in Heaven 😉 

 Tanka Bar

This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working out, or that I’m going to end my love affair with nutritious foods that I love to conjure up by any means.  It just means I need to refocus again on what’s important.  What my goals are in life, and what kind of person I want to be, shining like a light for God.

Want to join me in the Bible challenge?