I loved reading the comments on my Apple Pie Ice Cream Cake and bike ride to wine tasting! I also enjoyed finding out what your safe, go-to place is when you’re in a funk. So many of you agreed that a good hike, run, or outing in nature does the trick. Must be all of those endorphins! Love those little guys!
And doesn’t fate just work in mysterious ways… this morning, after reading through all of your great comments, I got this quote sent to me in my Runner’s World Daily Kick in the Butt (quote):
“With a body made joyous through movement, the mind is able to relax. With mind/body balance, we can take the power of feeling good and generate compassion.” -The Sakyong, Jamg?n Mipham Rinpoche
This is exactly right. In every way, shape, and form, exercise creates stability, a sense of calmness, and a way to work through all the junk in your life. Exercise, I love you.
Onto the food! What kind of cookie is your favorite? Mine… um… anything healthy and anything raw. And, it just so happens that my raw snickerdoodle ball recipe is Mama Samaan’s favorite. And since I’m not a follower (of recipes that is) I threw some of the following ingredients into a bowl, mixed, and balled (… formed into balls… come on…).
- sprouted buckwheat
- vanilla extract
- lucuma powder
- flax seed, ground
Process all ingredients together in a food processor and form into balls or cookie shapes. Then, if you’re feelin’ fancy, roll the balls in the ground flax seed for a “crust” texture. This recipe is super easy, fast, and delicious.
After dessert… ok, BEFORE dessert, we have dinner:
Super pretty, huh?! We got edible flowers from my boyfriend’s Grandmother’s house. Above is our green salad with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and white onions soaked in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, white vinegar, agave, salt and pepper. Then topped with fresh baby arugula, microgreens, and beautiful edible flowers.
On the side, is boiled russet potatoes topped with “green sauce.” This is a traditional German dish. The green sauce includes, hard-boiled eggs, chopped, dill, parsley, green onions, lemon, olive oil, and sour cream (although I subbed mine with greek yogurt).
And for lunch we have a super-charged salad (Mmmm, my favorite!!)
A dressing of avocados, miso, tahini, lemon, and spices mixed with greens and tomatoes, atop chickpeas and sided with homemade Kim Chi. Delish!
And a beer.
Ok, so this was really one of my past dinners but for this blog post’s purposes, it’s my lunch. Just go with it…
And what would dessert, dinner, and lunch be without breakfast??
Spinach, broccoli (don’t knock it til you try it!), banana, blueberries, brown rice vanilla protein powder, ginger, and lime juice. Topped with hemp seeds and goji berries.
I SWEAR, it was DELICIOUS!
And after all of that food… I did have a snack…
Banana Chia Protein and Fiber Muffins!
Not the best name for them but that’s essentially what was in them. Gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. These were a loose interpretation of this recipe and this recipe, both by One Fit Foodie. Her recipe, Banana Soy Protein Muffins, was right up my ally but I did change a few things. Here is her recipe with my additions/variations in blue:
- 1 C oatmeal
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- .5 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp cinnamon + more. You can NEVER have enough cinnamon 😉
- 3 scoops protein powder of choice *Vanilla Brown Rice Protein
- 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (will use 3 next time) *Omitted but would probably include next time
- 2 eggwhites (or 1 egg)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 C unsweetened applesauce *Subbed a banana
- 1/2 tsp stevia powder (optional, don’t use if you don’t want them super sweet) *Liquid Stevia drops
- 1/4 C milk of choice *Almond milk, thank you very much.
Naomi also added some frozen berries to her batter… her’s look great!
A must make, in my opinion. They’re pretty good!
Alright, enough for now. Enjoy your Thursday of one-day-closer-to-Friday!
Question of the Day:
Where are you from???? Blogging does not harness limits. There are no restrictions to where you can be to read, write, or comment on a blog… so…. Where do you live?? I live in Northern California, South of San Francisco, near Santa Cruz, CA. Wouldn’t change this for the world. I LOVE living here. I grew up in a VERY small town even more north, near Sacramento, the state capital. Much better here.