First off, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING! Now, by the time most of you read this I will still have YET to take a final. Ok, not entirely true as I presented a number of final projects and papers last week, but my first official test will be tonight at 6:30. That being said, let’s jump into what most of you are here for…FOOD.
I think Jenn would be proud to see the incorporation of green into every meal. I didn’t use spinach in the pancakes, although blending that into the mix might make things interesting. I’ll have to experiment. One thing I did overload on is Chobani yogurts.
Breakfast rendition #1 – a little Chobani with my maple-coconut quinoa granola . For #2 see below
No, not trying to do a shout-out, they just have all the perfect flavors and sizes to match my hunger levels or snacking levels. Let’s see, I topped my pancakes, ate them as snacks, frozen snacks, and as dipping sauces for dinner.
Starting with the most important meal of the day…BREAKFAST. I had to follow up Sunday with a green rendition (green due to the powers of food coloring, nothing weird). I had done this for Valentine’s day, but really, doesn’t green look funky? In a good way 😉
(for a smaller serving, divide ingredients in half)
Optional (slightly necessary): Vanilla and cinnamon
Extras: blueberries, fruit, Greek yogurt topping, syrup, nut butter, banana slices, food coloring, sprinkles…seriously, it’s your breakfast – go to town.
1. Mash banana in a bowl with a fork
2. Add egg and mix together w/ addition of vanilla, etc.
3. Spoon part of the batter into a pan and let it cook like a normal pancake (~2 minutes on each side)
These were surprisingly filling so lunch didn’t come until later in the day. False, there was a snack/treat of Starbucks to speed up the morning, or rather just my heart rate (does caffeine do that to anyone else?) along with apple slices and the Hawaiian favorite – li hing powder. Noms
Afternoon snacks included a Chobani Bite – Dark Chocolate & Coffee (frozen for the best experience…almost like ice cream). Then because my friends were having a “Poptarts Party” or rather munching on pop tarts, I thought it sounded like a good idea. Eh, somehow didn’t match my expectations but then again maybe I overdid them in high school. I swear, every day during sophomore year, I would have a packet of Poptarts from the vending machine before soccer practice. Talk about snack of champions. Needless to say, my soccer career didn’t go far. 😉
Between snack time and dinner, there was some studying, a trip to Target, and a free yoga class at the gym (if you are a follower of this blog, you will have seen this recap on Tuesday). You know, I don’t think I ever breath correctly in yoga. I somehow seem to mix up the breath in and breath out or really just hold it in without realizing it. Anywho, my dinner plans this week are to use up everything in my fridge that might go rotten over spring break.
Result again included Chobani, this time as a plain dipping sauce for my sweet potato fries and grilled asparagus and steamed artichoke. Usually my grandparents serve artichoke with mayo, but that’s not available in this household and I’m much more of a fan of yogurt. If only Lent was over and I could whip up some bomb desserts with some yogurt. Well, we are almost there!
On a random note, I realized as I was running this morning, that I could live my life to the soundtracks of Train. Ever have those moments?
“No more countin’ down the hours, no more wishin’ you were here, I stopped believin’, although Journey told me ‘don’t’. Before I call it a day, maybe this’ll be my year” – “This’ll Be My Year” by Train