Category Archives: Cooking + Food
My kiddies were home from school today. Snow day! It’s a little odd because there was indeed not a drop of snow on the ground this morning, although there’s come cover that accumulated later in the day.
Since the kiddos were home they had to do the: go in the other room and not kill each other for awhile while momma work outs. My hammy’s were screaming today still despite yesterday being my rest day, so I opted for a short cardio with a 20 minute Turbo Jam workout and P90X chest, shoulders, and tris.
If I haven’t mentioned on the blog lately, I have Raynaud’s in my hands, as well as carpal tunnel. The colder months really take a toll on me – especially in my workouts, and my work (on the computer). My husband picked these up for me and I’m hoping they made relieve some pressure off sensitive spots on my hands when doing push ups. I think they may have been somewhat helpful in today’s workout. I think I’ll need to use them a few more times before I make the final verdict though.
Now I don’t need snow as an excuse to enjoy some good coffee – but I have been enjoying my own version of a tasty peppermint mocha at home. No big deal to me, like I’ve said before, not a Starbucks fan here. So here’s the nutrition stats for a 12oz Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. 42g of sugar?! No thanks.
Some days I get a little cray and put some whip on mine – but most of the time I forego it because I don’t feel like I need it. But it’s a nice little treat every now and again.
- Brew yourself a strong cup of coffee. I use a Keruig and use a smaller cup size brew than I would normally choose.
- Mix 1-2 teaspoons (to taste) of unsweetened cocoa powder into about 4 oz of unsweetened almond milk. My current favorite cocoa is Hershey’s Special Dark. Heat this in the microwave for about a minute to warm the milk.
- Add sweetener of choice to your coffee – my favorite is NuNaturals drops and a tiny amount of peppermint extract. This stuff is very strong. A few drops is more than enough.
- Combine your coffee and milk. Boom.
Add some whip if you want. You could also make it a little richer by using some milk that has some fat content. Sometimes I use coconut milk. This is so not original. It’s not rocket science. But you know what? It sure is good. I possibly needed more than one to get through this snow day. And perhaps maybe even one of these:
These are good! Way more minty than a york peppermint patty. The filling seems a little thicker too, and I like the candy cane bits on the top. I thought they might even be a little strong on the mint for my kids, but they thought they were tasty as well.
How’s the weather where you are? Wintery at all yet? Are you a peppermint fan?
If you’re not new to this blog, you’ll know I’m partly orange (aka – carotenemia). I don’t care what my pal Heather says, I’m determined to be a ginger one way or another! Ok, I’m not really orange, although my insides might be.
I just really like pumpkin, and I’m fortunate that it’s available year round in the stores here. I had quite a few people (domestic and overseas) that they can only get it in their area around the holidays! Le gasp!
This isn’t a new recipe, it’s actually one I’ve had on the blog a long time, but didn’t have decent photos of, so I thought I would share it again for those of you are who are just a little more seasonal with their food.
- 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tea. baking soda
- 1 tea. baking powder
- 1 - 1 1/2 tea. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tea. cinnamon
- 1/3 cup granulated sweetener that measures like sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut or brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 tea. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil melted
- 1 Tbsp. molasses
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. In a separate medium bowl, mix your wet ingredients.
- Let mixture sit for about 4-5 mins before transferring into lined or sprayed muffin pan.
- Bake for 22-30 mins until muffins are set, and spring back when lightly pressed in the center.
Now about that orange glow, I know I’ve told a few of you, but my son actually did suffer from carotenemia all joking aside! He has very bad allergies to this day, but they were even worse when he was a little guy. He was allergic to tomatoes, wheat, green beans, milk, eggs, peanuts and a ton more. Oh vey. So yeah, he ate lots of sweet potatoes and carrots.
I mean come on, everyone should look THAT happy while ingesting fine orange fleshed veggies don’t you think?
Are you able to get canned pumpkin year round where you are? What’s your current favorite pumpkin recipe? (links encouraged of course)
Disclaimer: I am reviewing and being compensated for taking part of the 12wbt fitness program as an acting Girl’s Gone Sporty Ambassador. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.
I was pondering what I wanted to share this week about my journey into Michelle Bridge’s 12 Week Body Transformation Program. There’s so much to talk about! But this time around I figured I’d ask what you wanted to hear via my facebook page. And you wanted to hear about food. So let’s talk about some food.
Since this is an all encompassing exercise and nutrition plan, both of these aspects are laid out for you in the beginning of the program when you decide what variation you will be following. You get your recommendation of caloric intake based on the program you choose and your gender. Here’s a peek at mine:
But most of you who are going to be doing this program will most likely be falling into the following allowances: for females 1200 calories and 1800 calories for males. (yes dudes this program is for you too!).
Here’s a peek at a day of my personal meal plan from this past week:
So if you’re monitoring your caloric intake, the meals are figured for you. The only thing you need to make sure you’re keeping track of would be your snacks, and your beverages. This is something I’ve told people many a times – it amazes me how many calories people ingest in their drinks alone! So keep that in mind.
Michelle reminds everyone to keep the following in mind when you are choosing your snacks. I think it’s a great thing to remember overall when choosing most of what you eat.
The menu items aren’t set in stone. Say on this particular morning you didn’t feel like muesli, you can go into the dashboard and switch it out with another menu item of your choice. This is great if you run out of a certain ingredient mid week, or just want something different. Also, this program does have vegan, gluten free, and lactose free options. They are tagged so you can choose what you need. Obviously you can alter recipes to suit your personal diet specific needs. Just don’t go turning a healthy for you recipe to crap! You wouldn’t do that though right?
Other tools that are available to you nutrition wise are as follows:
- printable recipes
- printable shopping lists
- a recipe index
- caloric lookup
Also just like the exercise program, you are not set in stone here. I can go in and change my plan to “regular” and it will adjust the calorie limits to suit the change. It’s also helpful that you get your nutrition and your exercise plans before the week starts. This gives you no excuse! Give yourself the time to shop for what you need, plan your workouts, etc. The forums are also very helpful. The staff is always on the ball for answering questions and concerns of the members.
And here’s a confession for you even though I already dropped a bomb on friday. No, I haven’t really been following the eating plan. Le gasp. I would like to think I eat about 80% clean as is. I’m not trying to lose weight right now – but for this next week I am going to be trying to test out some of the recipes.
Although I think I will start tonight with some Huevos Rancheros for dinner tonight.
Do you meal prep? Do you think only having to figure calories for your snacks would help you stay on track? Is food the hard part for you?
You can find my other posts pertaining to this program here.
screenshots are from the Michelle’s 12 Week Body Transformation Program and the content is copyrighted. Except Homer of course