Jammed Packed Weekend, Recipes and WIAW

Hope you all are having a wonderful week! It’s Wednesday so you know what that means… WIAW with the lovely Jenn from Peas and Crayons!

The theme is still “Fall into good habits” so I am going to first talk about how I have been doing with my goals.

1. Limit my intake of fruit. I just eat way too much! I think yesterday I consumed 4 or 5 bananas? Totally unnecessary. Instead, I am going to try to snack on more vegetables. This has been so-so. I’ve been eating less bananas, which is great. But I’ve also been eating more pears and grapes. A lot more pears and grapes. I think I am still eating less than I was before though, so this habit is aΒ WORK-IN-PROGRESS.

2. I am going to go on walks just β€œto go on walks.” Not for any classes, and not because I am going to a dining hall. I am going to walk just for fun. For me and my health. Hmmm… last week I called this an EPIC FAIL. Well, it still is an epic fail, so today I am going to make conscious effort to walk for 15 minutes for no-reason-at-all. Baby steps.

I’m also going to add a third and fourth habit to this list that I recently have been struggling with:

3. I need to get more sleep. Every morning I wake up at 6:00 or 6:30 and have not been going to bed at an appropriate hour. Unless I am studying or doing homework for a class, my goal is to get 8 hours of sleep most nights.

4. I am going to stop snacking so close to bed-time. The general rule is 2-3 hours before bed, you consume no food at all. For me this would equate 7:00 or 8:00.

So, with that out-of-the-way, here is what I ate. It will be a combination of food I made over the weekend, pictures from when I was home, and food that I have been eating at school.

Breakfast

I made a microwave banana protein pancake inspired by the Fitnessista’s gluten-free, high-protein pancakes.

Microwave Protein Pancake

Gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, high-protein, high-fiber, sugar-free

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 scoop brown rice protein powder (15 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder (corn and sodium-free)
  • Optional: stevia
  • Water

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients and add water as needed to make a smooth batter. Top a plate with a piece of wax paper and spread out the batter into a circle. Cook for 1-2 minutes depending on microwave strength. Remove from wax paper, decorate and enjoy!

I topped my pancake with the remaining 1/2 banana, mashed.

Snack

A lovely, lovely pear!

Lunch

In between classes the other day I filled a bowl at the salad bar with lettuce, grapes and cucumbers. Then I brought it back to my room and added a can of low-sodium tuna. Then I studied!

Haha. Tuna can PHOTO BOMB!

Snack

Over the weekend I made banana bread! It is completely allergy-free, contains no oil, and tastes delicious. Check out my recipe.

Dinner

The classic grilled chicken and vegetables. I just can’t get enough!

I also had some a lot of grapes and some unpictured steamed white rice.

Snack

Missing my banana bread from home, I decided to make a microwave version in my dorm room:

I almost forgot to mention… I got this pin at fair booth this weekend. BIG BANG THEORY rocks!

Microwave Banana Bread (Protein)

Gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, high-protein, high-fiber, sugar-free

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 2 scoops brown rice protein powder
  • 1 tbsp quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 packet stevia
  • water as needed

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients and add water as needed (make it a little lumpy, no need for over-stirring!). Microwave for 1-3 minutes (it really DOES depend on the strength of your microwave. Also, how much water you add makes a big difference).

And a pear makes another appearance! SHOCKER.

This one was not at all good. It was really hard, so I attempted to make it into a microwave bread by steaming and mashing it. Not that great!

The Saturday after I got home, my mom and I drove up in the morning to meet with my naturopathic nurse. All of the supplements and vitamins that she is having me take are really working! My stomach doesn’t hurt as often, I don’t feel bloated all of the time, my feet and hands aren’t as cold and I have more energy. Plus I am digesting fat a little better!

I went in with a headache, sore throat and achy ears though, which turned out to be about a gazillion bacteria that I picked up in college. Her recommendation was to stop drinking the school water and bring my own bottled water. She said the she had never seen so much bacteria appear in a person all at once. YUCK!

And by her approval, I attempted over the weekend to eat a few fats again. Previously I had been just taking a flaxseed supplement because my stomach hurt whenever I ate anything high in fat, especially nut butters!

So my mom and I stopped by Whole Foods on the way home and I picked up some Sunbutter to try. Sooo…. good! I missed my fats!

Sadly my second try wasn’t very successful though and my stomach started rumbling and got very very bubbly. No more fats for me for a while!

Also at Whole Foods I picked up some protein powder, baking powder, some pears (they are just awesome) and my mom bought this huge muffin:

I believe it was a Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor…. Does that sound familiar to any of you?

I don’t know, but it smelled delicious and looked amazing! My mom said that it wasn’t too sweet, but very good and very moist (<<< LOVE LOVE LOVE that word!).

On Sunday my whole family went to the local county fair where we looked at some of the booths and watched my brother play in the Parade of Bands. Our band (of course) was great and got a standing ovation!

Sadly the only picture I got wasn’t of the band, animals or quintessential fair food, but this:

My new friend at college is obsessed so I sent her this picture. I haven’t even seen the movie! (But she is very keen on changing that in the near future).

And that concludes my WIAW for this week! I hope that you try out some of my recipes, especially my banana bread!

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How are your fall habits coming along? As you can see, mine are going alright, but there is definitely room for improvement!

Do you like making recipes in the microwave? Sometimes I like making food in the microwave even more because if it is going to be a failure, I’ll know in like… 2 minutes! Whereas with an oven it may be over an hour before I know that my recipe is still a gooey mess πŸ™‚

Have you seen The Lord of the Rings? Are you excited for the Prequel?

Don’t you just love county fairs? Hopefully this weekend I can go home again and check out the animals!

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40 thoughts on “Jammed Packed Weekend, Recipes and WIAW

  1. I love the “go on a walk” goal. That’s something I need to do more. It’s a nice way to decompress from the day … and it’s easy exercise too!

    Girl, I swear by the microwave. I can’t remember the last time I turned my oven on. Maybe when it gets cooler I will. But I’ve been using the microwave since June!

  2. Oh my goodness, that giant muffin looks incredible! Have to say, I’m not such a fan of the word “moist”….haha. ha.

    I actually haven’t tried microwaving many things! Back in college, we would make “muggins” which were waffle batter in a mug, microwaved, and then topped with whipped cream:)

    • Ya. I think a lot of people don’t like it… but I do! Haha.

      “Muggins” sound totally delicious, but at the same time a hazard to my waist-line. Lol. Only in college!

      You should definitely try some microwave recipes. Once you start, you’ll never look back πŸ™‚

  3. I think those are great goals. I definitely want to start getting more sleep! Now that I am working different hours, I want to get up early and get my workout out of the way! More sleep will make that much easier πŸ™‚

  4. I actually just talked a little about your habit #3 in my WIAW post too – I need to get more sleep – I just don’t seem to get myself to bed early enough 😦 Also I should stop eating so much before bed too… I tend to snack A LOT at night because my last few meals are usually cramped in 2 hours or so and then I go to bed… not so smart πŸ˜‰ I need better time management. So how are you gonna make sure to get more sleep? Maybe we can do this together πŸ˜‰ PS if you have a minute you have to check-out my baby eggplants – I have a picture in my WIAW post πŸ™‚ They’re so cute, I just have to share it with you πŸ˜€ XO

    • How many hours are you aiming for a night? I think I am going to try 8 hours a night. That means getting up at 6:30 and… Going to bed at 10:30. That’s in two hours! (Haha.)

      We should totally do this together! Do you have any ideas on how to accomplish it? I think I’ve read that turning off electronics before going to bed is best. That’s going to be so hard!! πŸ™‚

      • I’ll try for 8 hours as well. I work late shifts so for me that means going to bed by 2.30 a.m. and getting up at 10.30 a.m.

        I’ll read the article you sent me! I love reading in bed so I think I’m going to make it a habit to read for half an hour or even an hour before sleeping. I don’t have a laptop in my bedroom, nor do I leave on my phone.. so that covers the electronics πŸ˜‰

        So my only strategy for now is getting myself in the shower by 01:30 with a good book next to my bed so I can drink a cup of tea in bed reading my book. Maybe once that becomes a routine it’s easier to get to bed early and fall asleep?! πŸ˜‰

  5. I prefer fruit to veggies too and could definitely not cut down on my intake haha. Definitely trying out your banana bread – it looks fantastic. Anything that healthy has got to be brilliant! And I love LOTR. You should definitely watch it! πŸ™‚

    • I know, I know. That’s what everyone keeps telling me! I even bought all three at big black Friday sale (sale after Thanksgiving-Holiday). Link up or comment here again if you make it. I’d love to hear what you think! Also, don’t be discouraged if it turns out so-so the first time. It took me two tries to get the liquid-to-dry ratios right πŸ˜€

  6. Love county fairs! Something about all the fun, family and fantastic games just gets me GOING! I made it a goal to stop eating fruit after 4 PM and to lower my intake to just two pieces (one in my smoothie and one for a snack) and it was easier than I thought! Give it a try! It will help you a lot on your goal especially if you have veggie snacks around to grab instead! My favorite is carrots, celery, broccoli and green peas in salsa. Love and Shine CourtStar

  7. OMG that muffin is HUGE!!!! Hahah! And I also find it really hard to snack on veggies….I always lean to fruit as well. Lately I have been loving baby carrots with those little to-go hummus packets and they are awesome!

  8. Nice to find someone else who struggles with food sensitivities/allergies as well. I wish I could snack on more veggies too, but fruit is always my go-to and when I change it, I always end up back with the fruit. I love apples like you love pears…yum! Oh and sleep, I wish I could get more of that too!

    • I love it when I find other bloggers with food allergies! Thanks so much for commenting!!

      I used to love apples so much, but then one time my stomach reacted really bad… I think it was the wax. And then just in the last month I discovered the glory of eating whole pears!

      Hope you come back soon πŸ™‚

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I really wish I could be eating the food that all of the other students eat though. Not just the unhealthy stuff, but oatmeal, yogurt, granola, hummus, pita bread, pasta, cereal, muffins, the list goes on and on. Lol. And let’s not forget fro-yo!!

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  14. I like that microwave protein pancake idea! That is awesome. The fruit is one of my habits too. I don’t eat an excessive amount but enough where its causes my stomach to hurt. I love the walk one. I need to do this too. I find walking so relaxing.

    • Thanks! I haven’t made it since this WIAW, but I think I should try it out again. It was good! Sometimes my stomach hurts from how much fruit I eat too. And I did really well for walking during this WIAW habit week, but now that it’s getting colder I’m obviously slacking.

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