Happy Friday everyone!!!!
I think I must be the luckiest girl ever because today I got another delicious baked good in the mail!!! (note: if anyone ever has any extra baked goods sitting around their house, I will more than happily take them off their hands!! hehe)
Gina’s raw coconut macaroons!!!!!! I first tried these babies when I first met Gina last fall and fell in love with them. Since then, I have tried to recreate them at home but somehow they always taste better when someone else bakes them for you! 🙂 I’m so lucky because not only is Gina a fabulous food blogger, but she also has become a great friend! Thank you Gina!!
This morning started really well because I found a new early morning snackie….
All I can say is YUM about the new Pepperidge Farm Fruit & Grain bagels!!!! They are 100% whole wheat and contain a variety of yummy and healthy ingredients such as ground flax, sunflower seeds and chewy dried cherries (no hfcs either!). And, they are only 160 calories and contain 8 grams of protein! Usually bagels are more like 250-270 calories so this is perfect for my morning snack.
I used a tbsp of this cream cheese:
This snack with its great combo of carbs/protein/fat definitely kept me going until I took my breakfast break at 8:00. Then, I got to unveil my yummy Gina inspired breakfast cookie, which I had been looking forward to eating all morning!
This was a rather massive form of the traditional Fitnessista cookie…..I needed it to keep me full for about 5 hours!!! So, I used 3/4 cup oats, 1 mashed banana, 1 huge scoop almond butter, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein and a little silk light vanilla. You can read exactly how to make Gina’s cookie here.
The verdict? It did keep me full and it did taste AMAZING, but I was a little snacky regardless! I think its a volume thing…I get more satisfied when a HUGE bowl of hot oatmeal is placed in front of me rather than something flat on a plate, even if the same ingredients are used! Anyone else the same way?! Around 11:00 I had half of a tiny slice of sunflower flax bread to keep my mouth happy. This breakfast was so easy to pack and take on the go though, so I definitely will have it again to keep some variety in my work morning breakfasts!
When I got home from work I made a classic soup & salad combo for lunch. I wanted to get some greens in because tonight Ryan and I have a PIZZA date and we have been looking forward to it all week long!!
So, I had a huge plate of romaine and raw broccoli topped with two big scoops of Sabra’s roasted garlic hummus
As well as a can of this soup—
And, last but certainly not least……
The soup was just meh though. I wouldn’t buy it again. It was sort of watery and not all that “hearty”. I’ll probably be hungry for a snack rather soon! 😉
So, today being the first Friday of Meatless in March, does anyone want to share their favorite vegetarian recipe of the week??? If so, please leave it in a comment form on this post and this afternoon/evening I will go through and make one long document out of all the recipes and post it with my dinner tonight! That way everyone can get inspiration and new meal ideas from each other! It doesn’t have to be your own recipe but if you use someone else’s, please cite that person or cookbook! Also, you could just put in a link to that recipe if you got it off the web.
I’m off to Whole Foods to do my traditional Friday afternoon/ring in the weekend grocery shop. I really don’t need much of anything, I just like to wander aimlessly and today is a rest day from exercise. Tonight Ryan and I are going to Greenwise for pizza, and I am SO EXCITED because this morning I made my crust!!! Yep, I made a little 100% whole wheat pizza crust and I set the dough ball baby in the bakery fridge so that tonight when we go order our pizzas, the pizza guys can just use the crust I prepared to make a perfect mini size pizza just for for me! =)
Last but not least……..HAPPY 27th ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!!!! I love you guys!