Spring Break Recap!

It has been WAY too long since I finished Spring Break. However, I went back to work and life just got CRAY-CRAY. I swear, work is nothing but IN THE WAY! Can’t I just stay home with Stanley, cook, watch TV, and create recipes? Is that too much to ask?

Anywho… Here are the goals I set for myself and how I did…

1. Finish the last paper of my first year of my Masters degree–one year left!!! DONE!!! and I passed 🙂

2. 6am CrossFit–call me crazy but I am a morning person 110% DONE!! I kept at my 4-5 times a week as seen HERE and HERE

3. See the lady doc–sorry guys Did it! – Ladies:: did you know we only have to go once every THREE years now? It was news to me!

4. Make an appointment to get acupuncture–I will try anything once Sadly, I didn’t make the appointment. I was on hold one day, lost my patience, and made an appointment for a massage–which turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed.

5. Try recipes that I have marked “to try”
Paleo Strawberry Shortcake Once word: delicious.

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Microwave Protein Carrot Cake Yummy (subbed pumpkin for apple sauce). I topped mine with a mixture of cottage cheese and SF syrup.

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Brownie Pancakes Still on the to-do list.. I need to buy apple sauce
Sweet Potato Banana Bites Good– especially topped with peanut flour!

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Paleo Girl Scout Tagalongs To die for. The recipe made 9–The BF ate 7.

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6. Take Stanley to Fiesta Island–a huge off-leash dog park on the beach I never made it to Fiesta Island (FAIL)–but we did go to the dog park 3x a week. Does that count?

7. Reach my CrossFit goal–one strict pull-up HECK YES I DID!! 🙂

8. Create 5 new recipes
Nutty-cocoa-nana Protein Shake
Ground Chicken Taco Salad
Apple Chips
Wasabi Peanut Spread
Ground Chicken Breast Patties

9. Replace the battery in my watch–it’s been forever! Yup–as evidenced in the pic.

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10. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy–I am behind FIVE episodes.. whoops! I caught up–but then got behind. I just can’t win!!

All I know if I cannot wait for SUMMER BREAK… and I think this little guy agrees with me!

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xoxo, Haley

I must say that I am pretty proud of myself for keeping to these goals. I guess making them public held me accountable… hmm.. What to do next??

Question: do you find that telling someone your goals keeps you accountable??

 

WIAW: give me a shot!

Welcome back for another view of what I ate.. Whether you care or not (most likely the latter), I have a tasty recipe for you!

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Head over to Jenn’s blog to see what else is being cooked up today…

My day started, as usual, at 5:15am when I got up and chugged some water. For reason I was parched! I changed outta my PJs, ate a carrot, shared a bit with Stan the Man, and was off to CrossFit!

Got home, showered my sweaty-betty self (shuttle runs got me), and made the protein shake I teased you all with on instagram on Monday.. hehe

Behold.. The Buttery Nipple Protein Shake!!!

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I had to turn this alcoholic shot into a shake. It brings back ridiculous memories of my 21st birthday in Las Vegas. It was, after all, my first LEGAL shot!

In the shot comes Butterscotch Schnapps & Irish Cream. Healthy? No. Delicious? HECK YES!

The shake turns out sweet, creamy, and even has a hint of rum. hehe 😉 (recipe at the bottom)

The shake was consumed with a glass of Silk Almond Milk (yes, the sweetened kind-sometimes you just buy what’s on sale!), coffee, and 2 (or 3 or 4) tablespoons of Justin’s Almond Butter. Straight from the jar. Classy.

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Lunch was a #strangebutgooddelicious mixture of shredded cabbage, low sodium turkey meat, and YELLOW MUSTARD!! The tangy mustard is like a party in my mouth. I swear, it’s like crack to me.

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…with a side of carrots and an orange. Orange you glad I had my fruit and veggies? (I’m so lame.)

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Dinner was #UGLYbutGOOD!

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Sauteed cabbage with a chicken breast from a juicy & tasty rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club. I was lazy and didn’t want to bake chicken, so we bought one. Don’t hate.

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Strawberry Protein Fluff made with cottage cheese. I die.

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Buttery Nipple Protein Shake
-1 cup almond milk
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4t butter extract
-1/4t rum extract
-1/4t vanilla extract
-7-10 ice cubes
-1/4t xantham gum

*Blend everything but the ice and xantham gum. Once mixed, add in remaining ingredients & enjoy!
–So yummy but don’t blame the rum-tasting burps you have for a few hours. 😉

I hope you had a fabulous WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY!

xoxo, Haley

Question: What was the BEST thing you ate today??

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

Since trying to build muscle, upping my protein is required.  After tiring my muscles out at 6am CrossFit, I need to refuel with a protein shake.

The milk and powder thing works, but I like to jazz them up… So…

I’m back with another YUMMY protein shake!

It may not be ice cream flavored like the last one, BUT it is definitely one of my favorite desserts turned healthy 🙂

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CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES!

The chocolate brings out the subtle strawberry flavor–and amazingness happens.

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Ingredients:
-1 cup almond milk
-1 handful spinach (optional)
-1 scoop chocolate protein powder
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 handful frozen strawberries
-1t vanilla extract
-1/2t xanthan gum

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Directions:
1. Put milk, spinach, and chocolate powders in blender. Blend until spinach is liquified.
2. Add in strawberries and vanilla. Blend until mixed.
3. Add in xanthan gum to thicken things up. Blend, blend, blend.
*The longer you blend, the fluffier it gets!

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Enjoy!

xoxo, Haley

Question: What’s your favorite dessert?  I just may make it into a shake 😉

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread… with Chobani!!

This week is full of recipes.. and here is another featuring CHOBANI! On Monday I posted the recipe for my Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins. (Hope ya liked ’em).. Today it all about the strawberries and the nanners.. mm mm good.

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread… with Chobani!!

Ingredients:
-ripe banana
-6 strawberries
-1/4 cup pumpkin puree
-1/4 cup honey
-2 eggs
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 1/2t baking soda
-1/2 t salt
-1t vanilla extract
-1/4 cup flax meal
-6 oz. Strawberry & Banana CHOBANI 2% Greek Yogurt

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Directions:
~Preheat oven to 350.
1. Combine pumpkin, honey, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.
2. Chop strawberries and place in microwave safe bowl with banana. Microwave for 1 minute to aid in mushing.
3. Stir fruit into wet mixture.
4. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
5. Combine dry into wet mixture. Stir.
6. Add in flax and yogurt.
7. Grease 9″ circle pan (or loaf pan). Pour batter in & bake for 35 mins. Check for a clean toothpick.
8. EAT!

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*It’s delicious warmed up. It’s delicious cold. Either way, it’s delicious.

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ENJOY!!

xoxo, Haley

Question: Do you have a favorite Chobani flavor??

Strange but Good: Strawberry Cheesecake Oats

I’ll be honest.  I am not a fan of cheesecake.  I don’t know if it is the actual flavor that I do not like… or the fact that chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pie, or anything else chocolate steals the show for me.

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One thing I do love though is oatmeal.

Most of the time there is apple cinnamon or brown sugar flavors.. BORING.  While in my laboratory (aka my kitchen), I decided to embrace the cheesecake.  Love the cheesecake.  Accept it for its creamy goodness…

I searched around amongst my tools (aka food in fridge) and came across some juicy strawberries and the creamiest of cheeses, Laughing Cow.  This combo in oatmeal deserves a #strangebutgood

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I knew Laughing Cow would be the perfect addition to oatmeal.  It has the creamy taste of cheese without the extra calories!

Many thanks to Laura for the super fun STRANGE BUT GOOD linkup!

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