As you may have noticed, I have not been posting as often lately. What happened?? School happened. I’m in classes most of the day (with a workout in there somewhere), then I come home and either have homework, or just want to chill. This is not to say that I am giving up the blog – I could not bring myself to do that. Writing here is a release, and it makes me happy. So I’m not gone, and I am definitely keeping up with reading blogs and commenting as much as I can. But I probably won’t be posting two days in a row – unless I have something really pressing to share.
I wish I had more time to bring blogging into my everyday life, but I can’t let this take over and get in the way of getting my school work done. So expect posts about every other day, and almost always on Wednesdays (WIAW) and Fridays (discoveries/favorites).
Until then, this week’s discoveries (basically my version of friday favorites)!
1. Carrot Cake Oatmeal! [[inspired by Angela’s recipe]]
2. They sell Pulsin’ (UK) products at my whole foods!
I’ve tried them all except the brownie – so tasty, and filling too. My favorite is the bliss bar, it’s got a super-rich bitter chocolate taste. The maple peanut one is my second have, but it’s borderline addicting – probably a little too sweet. The goji-raspberry bar is really good as well, but the whole goji berries in there throw me a bit. Can’t wait to try the brownie!
3. The greenest smoothie ever!
I got my hands on some spirulina powder for the first time (thanks, Nicky!) and decided to use it for a little greens boost in my after-workout smoothie. I love it! I only used about 1 tsp, and the sweetness of the fruit masked the flavor pretty well. Also, I like the grassy ‘green’ taste, so I didn’t really care about flavor cover that much.
4. The best way to speed up banana-ripening
In a paper bag, sealed, with an apple. I took this picture yesterday – banana bread will be made tonight.
5. The protein muffin/mini cake. Why didn’t I do this sooner?
Makes one protein-packed, huge serving.
Giant (Gluten-free) Protein Cake
As this recipe is based on several different ones, here is a template for the basic protein cake. (serves 1-2)
- 2 egg whites
- 2-3 T pumpkin
- 1T peanut flour
- 2T carob powder
- 1T cocoa powder
- heaping 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp peppermint (or vanilla) extract
- sweetener – I used 1 stevia packet
Lightly spray a ceramic bowl or muffin pan with cooking spray (I use coconut oil spray) Whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Then, you have two options: 1. Microwave for 3-4 mins or 2. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
[[substitution notes: feel free to use whole eggs, but you may want to adjust the flour portions. You can use any starchy purée for the pumpkin (mashed banana, applesauce, sweet potato). Coconut or rice flour will work well for the peanut flour, but I would not recommend oat or wheat or spelt – too thick. Feel free to play around with the flour/powder combos – even replace the cocoa or carob completely with flour. Use any flavored extract you like, I was craving a chocolate-mint type thing. And of course, sweeten to your liking 🙂 ]]
I was really hungry, so I stuck mine in the microwave for 4 minutes – college dorm, the nuke machine is not very powerful.
5. Burt’s bees makes all natural (read: icky chemical free) throat drops.
Yes, I did say I was feeling better, which was not a lie – but I now have no voice. It’s quite pathetic-sounding.
6. Trader Joe’s makes non-dairy cheese sub?
I didn’t buy it this time, but if I’m in need of a high-protein, non-dairy cheese alternative, I will definitely keep this in mind.
7. The cutest tea ever.
Given to me by a lovely friend. I get all her flavored teas the she doesn’t drink 🙂
8. Light reading.
And thus begins the junior year of the physics major. Yup, that is what I have planned for the weekend. School is definitely back in full force, and not going anywhere anytime soon.
Spirulina in smoothies, yay or nay?
Have you ever tried the protein cake or something similar? Thoughts?
Are you back in the swing of things at school/work after summer? Updates!