Category Archives: chocolate

Smoothie, Omelet and That’s a Wrap!

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I’ve always been a breakfast eater.  My single, working mother made my brother and I breakfast every morning.  It really is the most important meal of the day.  Most mornings, I either want a protein shake or eggs.  This morning, I wanted both.

Breakfast #1:

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Chocolate Berry Smoothie:

  • 50 grams frozen blueberries
  • 50 grams frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Breeze
  • one diet hot coco packet
  • handful ice + a little water

Toss it all in my Vitamix and voila!  I got a new smoothie cup yesterday.  I already own 2 Tervis/Fiesta cups.  They make so many designs.  I would like one of each, please. 😉

Breakfast #2:

(about 2 1/2 hours later)

Ham & Cheese Omelet

I used 1 egg + 1/3 cup egg substitute, 1 oz nitrate free ham, and 1/2 oz of Colby Jack cheese.  I made the omelet at home and then just reheated it at work.

Lunch consisted of a turkey wrap with spinach, tomato, and a Laughing Cow garlic cheese wedge.  Yum!

Turkey Wrap --Unwrapped

I resisted the goodies at work today.   I work at a cardiology center which means lots of drug reps come to visit.  They are supposed to bring heart healthy food for our group.  That rarely happens.  This morning was pastries and bagels.  This afternoon was ice cream.  But I resisted temptation all day!  (Including the peanut M&Ms one of my coworkers brought.)  Woohoo!

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Brownies for Breakfast

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I woke up this morning with the baking bug.  Some days I just need to bake something.  Actually, I would love to bake every day, but I don’t always have time.  Plus due to my ginormous sweet tooth, it wouldn’t be a good idea to have all those goodies in my house.  But this morning I had to bake brownies for my stepdad.  He’s been doing me quite a bit of favors lately, so I figured I owed him a pan of brownies.

Rich and Chewy Low Fat Brownie

  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar with a stand or hand mixer.  Add egg whites, applesauce and vanilla.  Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients just until combined.  Do not overmix!  Pour into a prepared 8×8 pan and bake at 350 F degrees for 35 minutes.  Once cool, cut into 25 servings.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 25    Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 106.7
  • Total Fat: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
  • Sodium: 5.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 21.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g

These brownies turned out very fudgey and ooey gooey chewy!  I might experiment next time and decrease the sugar to 1 cup.  They were pretty rich.

I only had one with my breakfast.  Licking the spatula doesn’t count.

I’m a big Mexican food fan.  I could live on refried beans.  For lunch, I made myself a bean and cheese quesadilla made with a whole wheat tortilla by La Tortilla Factory.

The quesadilla was paired with a cup of grapefruit.  Wierd combo, I know.  But supposedly grapefruit really does have compounds in it that help you shed fat.

Off to the gym!  Gotta do a killer leg workout.  My legs haven’t felt like jello in a while…

Celebrity Bakery Lunch

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Another perfect morning to walk my puppies.  My mom said that Rizzo had on his bling.  He was ready to go.  Always waitin’ on his momma.

 

Later in the morning, a guy from Closets by Design came over for a free consultation.  I have already gotten a quote from California Closets to do my master closet, so I really just wanted to shop around and get some different ideas/prices.  Well, 3 hours later, I put down a deposit and picked out my closet design!  It will probably be another month before they can install it.  I will be in closet heaven!

My mom and I went to Celebrity Bakery for a late lunch.  It was a toss up between a turkey club or a cobb salad.  I went with the Cobb.


It did not disappoint.  They make their own ranch.  It is delicious.  Something is different about it, but I can’t quite figure out what they do differently.  Anyways, since I was at a bakery, you know I gotta get dessert.  They didn’t have any carrot cake!   How terrible is that?  So I let my mom pick the dessert.  She chose a slice of black and white cake.  Not really a slice, but more like a slab of cake.  It was really tasty.  But I’m an icingoholic.  The icing to cake ratio was totally off.  We ended up leaving about 1/3 of the naked cake on the plate.  I have friends that don’t like icing.  I just don’t understand how that is humanly possible…



Just Another Monday

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I woke up this morning wanting chocolate.  No, needing chocolate.  So I whipped up a chocolate banana smoothie.  At the last second, I tossed some peanut butter in the mix.  It was delish!  I could actually taste it!  Which was wonderful, because I’ve been sick the past week and haven’t been able to taste much of anything.

Chocolate PB Banana Smoothie

Chocolate PB Banana Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Breeze, almond milk
  • half of a frozen nanner
  • scoop chocolate protein powder
  • one packet diet hot cocoa
  • 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp chocolate PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • handful of ice

However, that was the end of my smelling/tasting for the day.  I am now completely congested and have had a major headache all day.  Yuck.

I was supposed to do some cardio today after work.  I had planned on doing a HIIT workout since I haven’t kicked my butt with a good workout in a week due to the whole being sick business.  But, since I’ve been dragging all day, I decided to take it easy again today and skip the sweat session.

I love salads.  I crave salads.  I can’t go more than 2 days without having a salad.  So I usually have one for dinner.  Sometimes it’s my entree.  Sometimes I just have a side salad.  Tonight I made a Southwest chicken salad.  A little romaine and spinach, broccoli slaw, salsa, grilled chicken all topped off with a greek yogurt ranch dip.

I put about 1/4 cup of salsa to serve as my salad dressing.  I’m a bit of a weenie when it comes to spicy food.  I thought maybe this would help open up my sinuses.  I was wrong.  My tongue was on fire, but I still couldn’t breathe.

Please drop something!

Please drop something!

Rizzo always waits patiently for a bite.  He like romaine.  I gave him a few bites BEFORE I made my salad.  I’m going to go take some cold medicine and go to bed.  Hopefully tomorrow I can breathe.