WIAW #14 – Fighting for What You Believe

This could be for friends, love, food, or even state parks.  Yes, you heard me right.  Last night I attended a showing of “The First 70.” This is an inspiring journey that takes the viewer through the California state parks that are slated to close due to budget cuts. I could not believe that we are planning to shut down over 70 state parks.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life” – John Muir.

At the end of the documentary, I was so inspired to take action, I considered every way I could get involved. Many of these places I have never had the opportunity to visit. There is no way I can visit them all in the next month, let alone the next year.  But I am going to do my best to stand up for what is right, stand up for the state parks, and do my best to enjoy the beautiful nature around us.

So, instead of spending a lazy day around campus, I’m going to put together a list of the California State Parks, near and far, and check them off, one by one.  Interested in learning more? Check out Save Our State Parks 🙂

Now, here is a food goal.  I have heard a lot about this “whole” foods eating thing, along with the Paleo Diet.  I already don’t eat a lot of breads and grains (ok in the past few days, it may seem so), but I think I am going to give the paleo diet a shot.  More to find an even healthier lifestyle and it could be a unique adventure.  Might be a little difficult with all the different carb/sugar fests holidays coming up, but it’s worth a shot. I’ll be sure to break this idea/goal down soon. Stay tuned…

Now, onto the real reason you clicked the link to my blog…to find out what I have been eating 🙂

Breakfast puddings and overnight oats can become a little mundane.  Or I just find that I have run out of ingredients.  In that case, I changed my breakfast pattern and enjoyed some eggs, Tapatio, plumot, and vegan pumpkin muffin (no idea how that is possible, but according to the farmer’s market, it is)

Lunch, as you may know isn’t my favorite meal of the day.  Sure, I’d love to have the time to whip up a salad with as many greens and vegetables as possible, but since my four-class schedule doesn’t always allow for that, here are a couple of options:Spinach, tomatoes, chicken, feta, salsaSnack: wheat tortilla, PB2, jelly, and banana Pumpkin Smash Smoothie Light (yes, it is sort of an issue) but SO delish! Plus I got a couple of scratchers that could maybe offer me free smoothies for a year! Yeah, realistically Jamba wouldn’t do that, so instead I have two coupons for “$1 off baked goods.” Would be great if I liked their baked goods.  Boy, I am going to miss this pumpkin smoothie.


Overall, the food was good.  We had rotisserie chicken (no turkey for us), and a hodgepodge of other goodies provided by a very few number of people. I experimented with some garlic green beans, but adored the brussel sprouts that someone brought. As for desserts, there was no pie to be seen.  Instead we had three different types of cake.  Really, I didn’t know the Native Americans and Pilgrims had boxed Betty Crocker Devil’s Food cake and frosting.

The goal for the week?  Minimizing my sugar intake.  How’s that going, Kaitlin? Well, better than expected but still, after dinner, I was craving something to “cleanse the palate” and no I’m not talking tea or rose water.  Sure, we had leftover red velvet cake in the fridge but that would leave me feeling guilty and wide awake from all the sugar.  So, I created the perfect snack, pumpkin cake/brownie for one 🙂 Check it out!

Pumpkin Cake for One
2 Tbsp wheat flour
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
1.5 Tbsp Chobani Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp chocolate chips (optional…adds an extra punch)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pop in the fridge for about 45 seconds and enjoy!

Not the best photo, but make one for yourself and you will agree it’s mighty tasty and mighty healthy.  Just look at the ingredient list!

What sorts of things do you like to do on the weekends?

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir 


8 thoughts on “WIAW #14 – Fighting for What You Believe

  1. As a fellow Californian, I’m definitely going to check out the links on saving our state parks, Thanks for the info.! 😀 Oh, and that jamba smoothie sounds super tasty!! I haven’t been there in a while so I didn’t even realize they have holiday-flavored smoothies.

    • Oh, like I said, the pumpkin smoothie has been an issue with my wallet 😉 I’m addicted to it. There is also an eggnog flavor, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. Once the holidays are finished, I will test out the green tea one!

    • Oh, you know I love smoothies too 🙂 The light is good because I can tell it doesn’t have as much sugar! The little cake is perfect too because it doesn’t feel that unhealthy 🙂

  2. So I will be making that pumpkin cake for one…tonight. Just put up a recipe with pumpkin in it, and you can bet I will be making it within the next 24 hours. I’m curious to see what your plan is for trying paleo! I have never even considered grains are such a big part of my diet (and yogurt) so I don’t even know what the heck I would eat if I gave those up. Maybe it is something I will try to do at some point, but for right now it isn’t something I would whole-heartedly attempt.

    • 🙂 I’m glad I could be of service in your love for pumpkin. Yeah, the paleo should be interesting. I’m going to have to steadily work into it. My friend suggested going step by step and I will need to do this since I have issues going cold-turkey. Also, not so sure it will work out with the dairy aspect, but if I start to cut grains out, that might be good. We shall see, everything in moderation.

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