Long Days and Big Blessings

So, I had a long day. There may have been a tear of frustration or two. Although, that’s not saying a lot. I cry pretty easily. Regardless, by the time we headed home for the evening, my back was hurting and I was tired. Really tired.

I wasn’t planning on posting tonight. I fully intended to watch TV and go to bed early. Like 7 o’clock early. But alas, I thought it would be nice to share my cures for a bad day. Because let’s face it, we all have them.

What makes me feel better is…

Coming home to an amazing and supportive family

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And baking up a storm

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ImageNow if you’ll excuse me, I need to go kick Dan’s butt in Mario Kart.

Reader Question: What makes you feel better after a long and less than perfect day?!

 

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Friday Night Protein Bites

Growing up, I was hardly a 3 meals a day kind of girl. If I’m being honest, I was more of a 1 meal, 10 snacks a day kind of girl. My mom would joke that my dinner lasted between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00. By the time the rest of my family ate a ‘real’ meal, I was already full on cereal, granola bars, yogurt, and some form of chocolate, or frosting, or both. 

I am happy to say that with age, I have developed more of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Today, I will gladly sit down to a supper of vegetable soup and bread.

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That’s not to say that I don’t still love my snacks, because, let’s face it, snacks are amazing. However, I have managed to trade my Dunkaroos for Protein Bites. Partially because I can no longer find Dunkaroos at the store, and partially because Protein Bites seem to fill me up and leave me feeling fuller longer.

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Dan and I stopped at the grocery store on our way home tonight to grab the ingredients for nachos. Ever since reading the recipe De posted last week, I have been having mad cravings. While at the store, I decided to stock up on the ingredients for chocolate peanut butter protein bites as well. If you’re feeling like getting creative in the kitchen and could use a post-workout or midday snack, here is the recipe I use-Image

  • 3/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

 I mixed all my ingredients and let chill for 30 minutes before rolling these bites.

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Reader Questions: Have you ever made protein bites? What are your favorite snacks?

Comfort Food at its Finest

I am all about healthy substitutes, whole wheat over white, skim over whole, grilled over fried, light over heavy…

With that said, sometimes a girl just needs a cookie. A real, old fashioned cookie. Complete with butter, sugar, flour, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. 
ImageWith the season premier of the Bachelor set to DVR last night, I made my way into the kitchen, rolled up the sleeves of my robe-who needs an apron, anyway, and proceeded to empty out the contents of our cupboards. Luckily, with a sweet tooth like mine, I almost always have the ingredients on hand for a dessert of some sort.
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ImageWhat you will need to make these mini monster cookies: 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter (gasp)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter m&ms
*Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes
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Reader Question: What is your all-time favorite comfort food?