Healthy Office Snacks + WIAW

My office is a bar.

A snack bar.  The brewery is next door.

Eating healthy on the job doesn’t have to be hard… or boring! I keep my office stocked with a few things that can accent any meal I bring (or buy, in an emergency).  

Healthy Eating on the Job
  • Flavor Shelf – red pepper flakes, cinnamon, NuNaturals cocoa syrup, nutritional yeast, coffee, and solo cups.  (The cups are my boss’ – I keep my Georgia Tech Tervis on hand.)
  • Water – I drink at least a gallon a day
  • Snack Basket – stuffed with Quest bars (got the boss hooked), roasted chickpeas, jerky, and EmergenC
  • Fridge – tupperware meals from home, mustard, more of the Oatmeal Cookie Protein Balls, and almond milk*
  • Other things I keep around: nut butter, hot sauce, rice cakes, and an “emergency” frozen meal.
*The coffee is a great pick-me-up treat when combined with the chocolate syrup, cinnamon, and almond milk!

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This WIAW is my version of fast food.  I meal prepped on Sunday.  Since I couldn’t stand very long on my blackened ankle, I knocked it out quick and easy. #twss

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Chickpea Protein Pancakes

These pancakes are sort of socca.

 

Or socca is sort of pancakes?

Either way, it’s a strange but delicious thing to have for breakfast!  I actually used to make these all the time, but I couldn’t find chickpea flour for a while at the farmer’s market and kind of forgot about ‘em.  On a particularly fun trip to restock after being out of town, I located the flour and remembered the breakfast version of socca.

The chickpea flour resulted in a fantastic cake-y texture and the flavor didn’t overwhelm at all!  I added vanilla rice protein powder for a little more of a protein punch.

Chickpea Protein Pancakes

 

I’ve also added gelatin.  I’ve been incorporating it in my morning meals for it’s digestive benefits.  If you’re interested in learning more about it, Lindsay did a great post on it’s benefits.  Totally works for the “regulation” (read: helps you poop like a champ).  If you don’t have gelatin, just add a tablespoon of protein powder or coconut flour.

In a happy accident, my mini “tester” pancake looked like a thought bubble.

Chickpea Protein Pancakes

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Chickpea Protein Pancakes

Chickpea Protein Pancakes

  • 2.5 T chickpea flour
  • 1 T (15g) protein powder (I used Growing Naturals)
  • 1 T gelatin
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white (or flax egg)
  • 1/4 C water
  • Stevia or other sweetener, to taste

In a small bowl, combine the chickpea flour, protein powder, gelatin, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Mix until combined.

Whisk egg white with water.  Stir into flour mixture and add sweetener to taste.

To cook, pour 2-3 T batter into a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  It’s time to flip when it begins to bubble.  Cook until lightly browned. 

Plate and top as desired.  I used sugar-free syrup and fresh raspberries.

Makes 1 serving.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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These were so #strangebutgood I made them two days in a row!

Have you ever made socca?

What’s your favorite pancake topper?

#MoveHappy 4: Fudgy Plantain Protein Muffins

I’m high on my #MoveHappy this week!

 

I’m in Colorado… what were you thinking?

This week I get to do my #MoveHappy challenge with Heather in Colorado!  In case you missed it, Heather and I are co-hosting a challenge to have FUN with fitness in July.  You can read the details here.  We have a lots of prizes and 5 chances to win some of our favorite fitness-related items.  Last week’s prize was announced on Heather’s blog, and this week I have the goods again!

First let’s talk about how awesome is is to be here for Heather’s 2nd bikini competition!  She decided to start competing almost a year ago this week when we were on vacation in Napa.  I told her if she did, I’d come to Colorado and do a competition with her… this time she’s competing in a different organization and I’m taking a year off, so I came to spectate.  Doesn’t she look great? 

We celebrated a great show with lot of tasty food at Session Kitchen.  The server was amazing – she even brought out a special dessert for Heather!  Chocolate Chip Blondie S’mores with streusel sucre and White Russian gelato.

2014 WBFF Denver… 

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Kabocha Apple Breakfast Bowl

Squashes make great bowls.

 

Ohhhh… wouldn’t a cereal bowl of squash be cool?!

I make batches and batches of squash each week.  Usually kabocha.  It’s a problem.  Or it would be if it wasn’t also healthy.  I’m not orange yet!

Kabocha

 

I roasted the above at the beginning of the week so I could use it for a quick, homemade breakfast.  All I needed to do was put the kabocha in the over under broiler while I whipped up the eggs, apples, and peanut sauce.  All of these things are delicious, but maybe a little strange to eat together and for breakfast.  Or maybe not.  The moral of the story is that it’s really good!

The best thing about this creation is that It can all be done simultaneously, so even notoriously late to work people (not that I know anything about that) can have a fancy start to the day!

Kabocha Apple Breakfast Bowl

The apples and cinnamon made it feel like pie, but the peanut butter made it divine.  The only way this could have been better is if I’d had bacon.

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Kabocha Apple Breakfast Bowl

Kabocha Apple Breakfast Bowl

  • Chunk of kabocha (or other squash), pre-roasted
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple, dices
  • Peanut flour sauce (or nut butter)

 

Place kabocha in the over to re-heat and crisp up.

Sauté apples in a small plan.  When softened, remove from pan and set aside.

Scramble eggs (or egg whites) with cinnamon and 2-3 drops of stevia, if desired.  When almost done, add apples.

Remove squash from oven.  Top with egg-apple mixture and peanut sauce (or nut butter).

Enjoy! 

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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Annnnnd I’m in Colorado!  Wheeee!

Do you pre-make food for the week?

Do  you eat the same thing for breakfast everyday or shake it up?

 

Starbucks Record & Illegal Birthday Eats

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like free.

 

Or cold, hard cash.  Either way.

By now we are all aware of the free Starbucks drink on your birthday.  Even though I didn’t get an offer this year – wtf?!  People like to make a game of how much they can get – whether its a birthday freebie or just to pay too much for already over-priced coffee.  The previous record for ONE drink was $54.74.  Child’s play!

starbucks epic order

A Florida woman managed to order a $60.58 Frappuccino.  According to Consumerist, the drink consisted of 60 shots of espresso, matcha powder (gotta stay healthy!), and caramel, white mocha, and hazelnut syrups. She even brought along a jug for the barista so it would all fit!  I’m assuming she didn’t drink it all… I didn’t see any follow up reports about her having a caffeine-induced heart attack.

Yet another way to order obnoxiously at Starbucks.  You’re welcome.

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This WIAW is a birth-day east celebration!  Actually, it was pretty mundane until dinner… I was busy at work and I knew what was coming to me for dinner!

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Elvis Jicama Porridge

The King needs no introduction.

 

That’s code for “I couldn’t think of anything cleaver.”

Seriously though.  How can you go wrong with peanut butter, bananas, bacon and chocolate?  Maybe if you’re vegan… but you could add TVP bacon or salted nuts instead!  The key is the sweet and the salty.

Elvis Jicama Porridge

 

You see the good, so where’s the strange?  I’m assuming some of you will think the jicama is (still) strange.  Think of it like chicken.  Or oatmeal if you want a more breakfast-y analogy.  It takes on any flavor.

What results is a bowl of creamy, peanut buttery porridge topped with sweet ‘naners and chocolate with salty deliciousness.  Mmmmm… bacon…

Elvis Jicama Porridge

I need a cold shower…

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Elvis Jicama Porridge

Elvis Jicama Porridge

  • Jicama porridge
  • 2 T peanut flour (or peanut butter)
  • Banana slices
  • Bacon pieces
  • Chocolate Syrup

 

Prepare jicama porridge according to these instructions, adding peanut flour at the end.

Top with desired amount of banana slices, bacon “sprinkles,” and chocolate syrup.  I made a quick syrup using cocoa powder, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a little stevia.  

Devour.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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Don’t forget to record your #MoveHappy workouts here for a chance to win this week’s prizes from Quest and Nutrix Hawaii!

Are you a fan of the King?

What is your favorite oatmeal topping?

 

Bread, Breakfast, & Jackson Pollack

Weekends are for wandering.

 

But don’t get lost.

I did lose a car key… but I had a spare!  I have no idea where it is.  This is not at all relevant to this wandering post.. My weekend started out strong with an attempt at homemade bread on Friday morning.  I had bookmarked Sarena’s gluten-free bread recipe when she shared it on Lindsay’s blog weeks ago.  I have a fear of making yeast bread, but I’d had bread made by Sarena before and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

The flavor was great, but I think the chef was to blame for the too-dense texture.  Sarena’s recipe says to use a mixer.  I used my hands.  Next time I’ll try whipping the eggs first to get some air in!  Or I may crash my mom’s house to use her mixer. ;)

Gluten-Free Bread

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Brinner of Champions

I’m a sweet and salty girl.

 

Literally and figuratively.

bacon and peanut butter combo may sound strange to you, but they are are soul mates in my book.  Unfortunately those two alone do not a dinner make.  I came home after a beer or two with my boss in need of treat-tooth satisfaction.  Bacon and peanut flour* sauce were an obvious choice, but I needed protein and carbs.

*I order my peanut flour from iHerb.  It’s my favorite because there are NO additives – just de-fatted peanuts.  Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!

Brinner of Champions

 

Brinner is the best of treats.  All the sweet and savory you can eat!  I put my bacon in a pan to cook up slow and crispy while I prepped the rest.

The prep was easy.  I stuck my cocoa-cayenne-cinnamon kabocha under the broiler to bake while I mixed up the peanut flour sauce.  Next I whisked the eggs with maple extract.  Then I changed a light bulb… and by that time the bacon was done.  I reserved the grease for a later TBD use and cooked the eggs in the pan with the salty bacon remnants.

Brinner of Champions

 

Are you disgusted yet?  I’m not.  I layered it on a plate, crumbled my bacon like sprinkles, and topped it off with shredded coconut.  There weren’t real measurements, just a pile-on of satisfaction.

It was the Brinner of Champions.  I was disgusted that it had to end.

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Brinner of Champions

Brinner of Champions*

 

Cook bacon over medium heat.  Be patient – the slower you cook it, the crispier it gets!  Meanwhile, prep the kabocha, mix peanut sauce, and whisk eggs with maple extract.

Plate the eggs, top with kabocha, bacon, peanut sauce, and coconut flakes.  Devour.

*There are no measurements to this.  Make as much bacon and eggs as you’re hungry for!

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


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I’m co-hosting a challenge with Heather for the month of July!  Stay tuned for details next week… there are going to be some awesome prizes from a few of our favorite brands.  Get excited, y’all. ;) #movehappy

Do you like a sweet or savory brinner?  I clearly like a combo.

What is your Brinner of Champions?

 

Spirulina Cherry TVP Oats

Green is so easily considered strange.

 

So this recipe feels like a cop-out.

These green oats are legit strange though!  It’s not the green you’re expecting, and it’s not really even oats.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I have a thing for TVP oatmeal.  TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein) is like chicken.  Or tofu.  It tastes like whatever flavor you apply to it.  A sweet bowl of TVP oats isn’t hard to make good!

Spirulina Cherry TVP Oats

 

Now for the green part.  It’s spirulina.  Heather repped Nutrex Hawaii at the Blend Retreat this year and generously shared a few samples with me.  To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with it.  I knew it’s healthy.  Spirulina is a microalgae that grows naturally in healthy bodies of water.  It’s good for energy, immunity, cellular health, and cardiovascular, eye and brain health.  It’s also high in protein and Vitamins A, K1, K2, and B12. 

Did I mention it’s super-green?  It begs for #strangebutgood applications.  You want a bite, I swear…

Eat Me

 

Also found at Blend was a shiny new bottle of Cherry-Vanilla NuNaturals Liquid Stevia.  I’d had it before and loved it, so I was excited for the refill.  Of course, I mixed in my Growing Naturals vanilla rice protein (don’t forget about the freebie code!).  Gotta keep fueling the muscle growth!

Protein powder adds stay-power AND a fantastic creaminess to your morning bowl of deliciousness.

Spirulina Cherry TVP Oats

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Spirulina Cherry TVP Oats

Spirulina Cherry TVP Oats

  • 1/3 C TVP
  • 1/4 C oats
  • 1/2 C water + 1/4 C
  • 15 grams vanilla protein powder (I used 1/2 scoop of Growing Naturals)
  • 1/4 C cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract (optional – you can also use vanilla or almond)
  • 4-5 drops Cherry Vanilla Liquid Stevia (or preferred sweetener)

 

Add the TVP, oats, and 1/2 C water to a small pot, stir, and bring to a boil (you can also microwave it like oats).  

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 10 mins, until mix softens and thickens.  

Stir in protein, cherries, extract, and stevia.  Add more water as needed (~1/4 C).  Allow to cook for 2-3 more mins. The mixture should be silky smooth.  

Scoop into bowl and add your favorite toppings.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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I’m back from my NYC adventures (check out Instagram if you’re curious) and SO ready to get back in the kitchen!  More recipe are sure to come! :) 

Have you ever had spirulina?

 What is your favorite oats mix-in?

 

Blend Your [Growing Naturals] Protein

My Blends are Strange.

 

But oh-so-good.

Today I am in Utah for the annual Blend Retreat!  I look forward to this retreat all year… and I feel especially lucky because I get to represent Growing Naturals again this year.  I wish I could share them with everyone (but scroll on down for a sweet freebie offer).  You should all come to Blend next year!  If you can’t be there this year, be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for the live action.

Last year they were a huge hit with the other bloggin’ ladies, but here are a few reasons I personally love them:

Reasons I love Growing Naturals:

  1. Not chalky
  2. Great flavor (not fake-tasting)
  3. Super-clean (vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free!)
  4. Low in sodium, sugar, and carbs
  5. Their staff rocks – they are passionate about their product and committed to health!

 

Growing Naturals truly is my favorite protein to use. I love to use it in all the things!  It’s fantastic raw in smoothies like my favorite Mocha Beet Frapp and Carrot Cake Batter Shake, or baked into Plantain Ginger Bread.

Plantain Ginger Protein Bread

 

Rather than one of my own #strangebutgood creations this week, I wanted to feature some favorites from my Blends who use Growing Naturals!

My “original” Blend, Sarah, is the first blogger I met in real life.  We will miss her this year, but will celebrate her strangeness today with her Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie:

Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie

 

Strange creation #2 comes from a Blend who I basically invited myself to visit… having never met her… in Switzerland!

Lucie is one amazing woman.  I wish she could make it to Blend, but I guess coming from Europe would be a little pricey.  Instead, we should all make her Green Protein Pancakes in her honor! ;)

Green Protein Pancakes

 

Last (but certainly not least) is a Blend I will get to see tonight!  My brother from another mother, Lindsay!
This lady knows more about fueling with food and gut health than anyone I know.  I’m so glad she’s agree to share 3 strange but healthy recipes today!

Grain-Free Superfruit Bread

Superfruit Bread

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

 

Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Balls… errr… Bites

I have made these, only I subbed sunflower seeds for the walnuts.  They rocked my balls off.

Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Bites

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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Want to try Growing Naturals for yourself?  Sign up to be a Growing Groupie and enter discount code sprint2thetable at checkout for a free bottle of Simply Soapberry (their natural laundry detergent) and a free 1lb container of protein powder. Offer expires 09/06/2014.

What is your favorite protein powder recipe?  

What was the last recipe you tried from a Blend?  (Blend = Blogger + Friend)