Monday, March 15, 2010

Where's the protein?

Here's my first daily food post. 

Matt and I started the morning off with a trip to Cora's for brunch. I got the French Toast topped with a mountain of fruit and Matt got the western omelette with Multi-grain toast (no pics of his food).

(I had already started eating when I remember to take a pic).

Since we had such a large brunch I didn't eat much during the day. Maybe snacked on a couple more cookies (see pics from my last post). 

Before dinner I decided to make some more homemade granola bars. I made some of these last weekend and they were so good I needed to make some more. I'm using the recipe from Love Veggies and Yoga's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars. I followed the recipe except made the following changes: I used Dried Cranberries instead of Raisins, I used honey instead of Maple Syrup (I used the Syrup last weekend) and I didn't add the protein powder.

Here's my recipe:

1 Ripe Banana
1.5c of oats
1/2c of unsweetened coconut
1/2c of dried cranberries
1/2c of chocolate chips
1/2c of honey
1/2c of peanut butter
2 tbsp of flaxmeal
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1.5 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions: Mash up the banana, add in all the ingredients, mix together, put them in a freeze friendly pan/container (I put plastic wrap on the bottom to make for easy clean up) and stick them in the freezer for a few hours. Take them out and cut them into 10 bars, wrap in plastic wrap and stick them back in the freezer for a great bar on the go. I was really worried the first time about all the flavors mixed together, but they are delish. Give them a try.

All my ingredients...

The dry ingredients...

Wet ingredients added in...

A few hours in the freezer...

Nom, Nom

Dinner was something simple. Cheesy pasta. Some Ziggy's Cheese Tortellini, any pasta sauce and some cheese. Basic directions: cook the pasta, mixed with the sauce, top with grated cheese and cook in the oven for about 20 mins. (The following picture serves about 8 meals)

Served in a bowl with a glass of milk (I have a glass of milk every night with dinner)...

Around 9 I realized that I hadn't made it to the gym (I was too busy starting my blog) so I decided to pop in Jillian Micheals Yoga Meltdown and do a quick 35 min intense yoga session. This dvd is defiantly more then just a yoga dvd. It's cardio and strength training using yoga moves. I was a sweaty mess afterwards.

After my shower, I needed to refuel (and realized that I didn't have much protein or any veggies throughout the day) so I made a plate of roasted garlic hummus, multi-grain tostitos, carrots, yellow and red peppers and some greek yogurt for dipping. I ate those along with a large sippy cup of water.

I instantly felt much better.

I'm on March Break this week (I'm a teacher) and so I should be able to get some good posts in this week so please keep checking back. Also, any comments are always welcome.

~ Katie :)

Anybody have any other homemade granola bars recipes to share. I'd love to try some other ones. Please post links in my comments section or e-mail me at: katieshealthydiscovery (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jaime over at Embracing Balance is giving away some very yummy looking Crofter's Superfood Spreads. I have been eyeing them for a little while. Here's the link: Check it out. I really wanna win some yummy looking spreads.


Jessica said...

I love those decadent chocolate chips you have! They are my favorite, especially since they are dairy free!! :)

Jaime said...

thanks for the shout out! those granola bars look yummy!!

Rachael said...

That protein bar recipe looks so easy and good! The best part? I already have almost all of the ingredients!!

Enjoy your spring break! What do you teach? I'm a K-8 Spanish teacher. Mine isn't for another couple of week!

Katie said...

Rachael, the granola bars are super easy and very yummy. You can add or take out whatever you want. Give them a try sometime.

I teach grade 8 and 9 English and Social Studies.

hrclark said...

Welcome to blogging, I look forward to supporting you on your quest!

Those bars look yummy!

Taste of Beirut said...

sounds like a very good day!

Nicole said...

That Yoga Meltdown is pretty intense! I have to try those granola bars, they sound great. I made these goji berry ones a couple of weeks ago, they were great!