Thanks to Jenn for hosting, as always :).
For whatever reason, this week I was trying way more recipes from other blogs than I was making recipes up. I am always trying out other people's recipes, of course, but I literally don't think a single recipe was my own this week! Too funny how that happens.
But that's great, as I figured I could post my thoughts on the recipes I tried in today's WIAW!
I have been on a major breakfast cookie kick since realizing that I had never gotten around to trying the Fitnessista's breakfast cookie.
It had been on my Pinterest board for ages and yet I had never actually made it. Well, now I realize what I've been missing out on! I made an oatmeal raisin cookie version, stirring in 1 T unsweetened coconut, 2 T raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon to her base. I topped it with 2 T of nonfat Greek yogurt stirred with 4 drops of lemon stevia (that makes an AMAZING lemon-flavoured yogurt, I can't get over it!).
(PS. I also tried her cookie dough cereal after a couple of you recommended it, and I enjoyed that too, but the breakfast cookie wins in my heart!)
It's been warm, so I'm sticking with my iced tea now! This is my 'homemade' iced passion tea lemonade, a la Starbuckers:
- I bought some iced passion tea bags from Target last time I was over the border, and some of the Vitamin Water Zero lemonade (we don't get the lemonade flavour here in Canada - whatttt??? I know).
- Brew it with the amount of hot water the box says, but instead of topping it up with cold water, use the lemonade! Refreshing and delish.
I accompanied this with some berries (unpictured) as I went berry picking at the weekend and have tons of fresh delicious berries!
A huge honkin' salad (sorry for the slightly blurry pic. I was hungry and get the shakes when my blood sugar is low - seriously!).
Nothing I crave more when the weather is nice! And avocadooooo...galore!
I may have had one or two of Katie's protein cookies (which I finally made!) afterwards as well...
Afternoon snack:A PB & J sandwich - using low-sodium Better 'n Peanut Butter and Trader Joe's organic fruit-sweetened raspberry jam - sooo good!
*NOTE: I usually use organic regular peanut butter in my PB & J sandwich to insert some protein and healthy fats there, but I was all out of it :(. I really recommend not skimping on the regular PB when it comes to a PB & J!
I tried Dashing Dish's Loaded Mashed 'Potato' Bake (she uses cauliflower instead of potato) and omitted the bacon. Amazing! Loved it. It's probably supposed to be a side dish but I just had a huge serving and called it dinner - it was SO filling. I was literally stuffed after a big portion of this! Yum.
Sorry I forgot to take a pic of it nicely plated before eating, so I had to take this shot of our leftovers!
So I was creative here... I made my usual vanilla protein shake (cottage cheese, vanilla protein powder, vanilla extract, ice, almond milk, stevia), and thickened it up really well with some xanthan gum so it could be a smoothie in a bowl (or, in this case, in an ice cream sundae glass!).
Then I used Chocolate Covered Katie's recipe for healthy cookie dough ice cream and made just the cookie dough portion. I dropped small parts of the cookie dough into my smoothie and enjoyed the most delicious protein smoothie ever - cookie dough protein smoothie, boo yah!
To provide the 'fitness' part of this month's WIAW theme of "Fun, Food and Fitness", here's what I've been up to fitness-wise this past week:
I mentioned yesterday that I'm feeling really low-intensity in my fitness right now. So no running (my knee doesn't like it, still) and not as much time in the gym weight training or doing HIIT. I do some plyometrics and push-ups/tricep dips/sit-ups/squats/lunges at home to keep the muscles working, but mainly I've been hitting up Zumba classes and taking lots of long walks outside in the sunshine. I have to say, I'm really loving it. It's nice to know you can get a move on and feel like you're doing some good without sweating your butt off!
I've been wearing my heart rate monitor and although I'm not logging too much time in the 'vigorous activity' mode, the amount of activity and calories burned are totally on par with (and sometimes more than) when I would just do 30-60 minutes of intense exercise per day, so I'm not worried. I'll wait this low-intensity phase out and enjoy every minute of it!
- Any great recipes you've tried out from the blog world lately?