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What I Ate & An Amrita Bar Review

It feels like an eternity since I’ve devoted a whole post to What I’ve Been Eating (Wednesday), among other days. I’ve definitely had some rushed breakfasts the past few weeks since life has been rather crazy. But two days were some pretty and tasty oat combinations I remembered to capture before consuming them.

Blueberries and Pecans Oatmeal and Strawberries with Protein Cream and Almonds (reicpe for protein "frosting") | fridaylovesong.net

Two of my all time favorite oatmeal combos are the above: Blueberries with pecans, and Strawberries N Cream Oats. Without fail I always get questions about how to make my protein cream. It’s simple and it’s not really a recipe per say you just mix the following:

  • A little plain greek yogurt
  • A little unsweetened almond milk
  • A couple sprinkles of vanilla protein powder (I use Cellucor Whipped Vanilla)
  • A few drops of stevia if you’d like. These are my all time favorite Stevia drops
NuNaturals Stevia Drops

Anytime my family has hamburgers for dinner I get le hubs to grill me up a few extra turkey burgers to keep in the fridge for later eats. Sometimes they get chopped up, and thrown in with some lettuce, tomato, and mini bell peppers for a leftover hamburger salad.

Left Over Hamburger Salad | fridaylovesong.net #wiaw

AmrtiaThe other week I had a nice little package of new-to-me energy/snack bars show up from a company called Amrita. Amrita bars are made with things like: organic dates, dried fruits, coconut, and superfoods like maca and chia.

According to their website, “Amrita energy bars are ideal for anyone who is looking for delicious and nutritious snacks that are gluten-free, peanut-free, treenut-free (besides coconut), dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, egg-free. Amrita bars are ideal for athletes who want to consume balanced nutrition without the common side effects of bloating, sugar spikes and lack of digestion”

Amrita Review | fridaylovesong.net

The texture of the bars are very nice and soft. It’s nice when you can see ingredients in bars ya know? They come in the following flavors: Chocolate Maca, Mango Coconut, Pineapple Chia, Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Raisin, and Apricot Strawberry. Now it may just be my personal taste buds but I had a hard time differentiating a distinct difference between the flavors. The most distinct flavor and my personal favorite of the bunch was the Apple Cinnamon. I could really smell the cinnamon when I opened that one up, and I adore cinnamon.

It may not be entirely strange that I had a hard time discerning flavor differences because the bars across the board are mainly comprised of date paste, brown rice protein, sunflower seed butter, and sunflower seeds as a base. I do appreciate the thoughtfulness of a brand aimed at people that have nut allergies (like my son!), so these bars may be good option to those who can’t ingest a lot of bars on the market for that reason.

The Amrita folks are sharing a nice coupon code with you today – the code TAKE20, which ahem – takes 20% off your order on their website.

WhatAboutYou
What was something super tasty you ate in the last week?
Have any Easter treats?

Go link up with Jenn @ PeasAndCrayons and share your eats too.

Overnight Oats and French Toast

When Saturdays start with overnight oats in a leftover peanut butter jar, it’s kinda a big deal around here. I mean I tell le hubs often “Hey I know this peanut butter jar is seemingly empty, but don’t you dare throw it away”. Because this magic happens when I have an almost empty jar:

Overnight Peanut Butter Oatmeal | fridaylovesong.net

This beautifulness was brought to you by this awesome peanut butter which is a current obsession from Trader Joe’s. Yeah, no big deal it just combines three of my favorite things: peanut butter, chia seeds, and flax. Talk about healthy yummy fats.

A current obsession. Chunky salted peanut butter with chia and flax from #TraderJoes  | fridaylovesong.net

Unfortunately the last two times I’ve gone to Trader Joe’s they’ve been out of this gem. I’ve put it on my to do list to make my own.

But before my awesome breakfast was had there where 3 chickadees to be fed. They had french toast this morning. I went a little extra fancy and bought texas toast earlier in the week especially for french toast. Yes, that’s fancy in this house.

French Toast | fridaylovesong.net

When le hubs found out that he missed out on french toast this morning because he had to work, he was a little peeved – but he’s a big boy and he will get over it ;) Of course when there is syrup and the minime in the same sentence, we also get super fancy with our hairdo’s to eat said breakfasts.

Messy Hair Don't Care | fridaylovesong.net

Elegant? No. Couture? No. Able to keep syrup out of kids hair while she’s enjoying her breakfast? Yep. Not to mention durn cute if I don’t say so myself.

WhatAboutYou
Do you have a favorite nut butter?
Do you have a Trader Joe’s where you live?
What did you have for breakfast?

I Love Breakfast

I can easily eat breakfast for every meal of the day. Even if these particular eats weren’t ingested on the same day, I’m neither confirming or denying that breakfastallday has or has not happened.

Blueberry oatmeal with pecans

with warm wild pj bottoms of course

Some breakfasty oatmeal with “melted” blueberries and pecans. One of natures perfect oatmeal topping combos. And FYI, “melted” blueberries are simply frozen bluebs that I nuke for a min or two and make a lovely syrupy kinda consistency on their own.

Confetti Cake Protein Mugcakes

This morning I had some breakfasty protein mug cakes – even if they do resemble biscuits and gravy with sprinkles I assure you they’re not. These were made from my confetti cake protein pancakes. Someone said this was a genius idea today, honestly for me, it was just called being lazy. I didn’t feel like pulling out my griddle so they became mugcakes. :)

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Egg White Breakfast Bake | fridaylovesong.net

A savory breakfasty item I had was something I prepared over the weekend to keep for fast eats. A egg white breakfast bake with: kale, yellow peppers and onions. These heat up rather nicely actually so they are something that I enjoy prepping ahead to have some breakfast meals on hand.

And yes, I hear deem breakfasty a word.

WhatAboutYou

What are your favorite breakfasty items?
What was the best thing you ate this week?

My Favorite Oven Roasted Carrots

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve partaken in a What I ate Wednesday post. This probably has a lot to do with that thing called summer. When I have a little more alone time that means I get some more time to take random photos of food I’m ingesting – instead of hearing “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMM”, or “he got more than me!”. Yay school!

Oatmeal with blueberries hemp seeds and pecans | fridaylovesong.net #wiaw #oatmeal

That means I get a little more peace and quiet to eat my breakfast. It’s funny because I’ve found myself eating breakfast now after my kids are out the door. Maybe perhaps because I can sit down and enjoy it a little more once I know everyone is settled and on their way. This particular morning I had oatmeal with bluebs, pecans, hemp hearts, and a smidgen of sugar free blueberry syrup.

These are my favorite hemp hearts by Manitoboa Harvest. People tend to ask me what they are when they see them on my oats. They are yummy tidbits that are full of good for you omegas.

My favorite hemp hearts | fridaylovesong.net #wiaw #healthyeats

Sometime during the last week I had a load of carrots in the fridge that needed to be eaten, so I roasted them up in my favorite fashion. My son whom really isn’t a carrot fan said these were good and that they “tasted like candy”. This is pretty much the way I like to roast a lot of root vegetables actually. So although there not so much a recipe, here’s the how-to.

Oven Roasted Carrots with Thyme | fridaylovesong.net #wiaw #myffmeal

Oven Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or oil of choice)
  • Dried Thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 420
  2. Wash, peel, and chop carrots into coin sized bits (however many you wish)
  3. Throw carrots on a baking sheet
  4. Dose with a couple shakes of oil
  5. Salt, pepper, and thyme to liking - toss with carrots (I use my hands)
  6. Roast in oven for about 20 mins. (not your hands, the carrots)
  7. Pull them out give them a toss with a spatula and place back in oven for a few more mins until they are done and roasted to your liking.
http://www.fridaylovesong.net/favorite-roasted-carrots/

And other than the carrots that tasted like candy last week – there was some actual candy going down. In the way of some froyo I had been craving. I had some pralines and banana froyo (mixed) with reeses pieces, heath bar pieces, cookie dough bits, and some sprinkles. I like the candy toppings obviously.

Froyo with all the candy | fridaylovesong.net #wiaw #myffmeal

WhatAboutYou

Do you like roasted vegetables?
What’d you eat that was yummy in the last week?
What’s your favorite froyo topping?

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