Chocolate Pumpkin Bowlcake

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I am a HUGE fan of mugcakes! I love them warm, cold, but of course covered with toppings! But sometimes, a mug just isn’t big enough for me. I made this amazing big “bowlcake” that made the perfect night snack. I also like eating these for breakfast if I don’t want to make pancakes or waffles.

Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup oat flour (can sub all-purpose or whole wheat)
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 T greek yogurt
  • 3 T egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Optional: cinnamon, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the wet and stir until no clumps.

Microwave for about a minute or until it looks cooked through. Don’t overcook!! I personally recommend leave the middle a little under cooked so it becomes like a soft, molten cake 😉 The best topping you can find is some kind of nut butter. It is the icing on the cake! Hmm, I am feeling like cool whip or ice cream would be amazing too…. The options are endless!

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Just look at that those melted kisses…. ❤

 

Nut Butter Nation Peanut Butter Review

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What can I say about peanut butter? Well, you can do pretty much anything your heart desires. From bagels, oatmeal, baked goods, parfaits, or simply just straight out of the jar, peanut butter has made it’s way into my life for good. I recently stumbled across this brand in particular and my jars are literally emptying by the minute. The wonderful flavors I have tried are the Honey Vanilla and Brown Sugar Cinnamon – both of which I have an addiction to.

Honey Vanilla

I had high expectations for this one, and it did not let me down! I first had it on a toasted english muffin and my heart flipped upside down. Not literally but I died and came back it was so good ❤ I HIGHLY recommend this flavor not only for the perfect balance of honey and vanilla but also for it’s extreme smoothness to have the ability to drizzle 🙂 I also had them on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and it completes everything in that meal.

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10/10 for sure

Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Do you like cookies? I’m talking those warm snickerdoodles straight out of the oven. This peanut butter and you are soul mates. If I were to pick a favorite, I would probably say this is the one and that’s why I’m trying so hard not to eat it all too fast. Liquid cookies. Just by opening the jar I could tell how much amazing was inside. I don’t think I have had a peanut butter be so good to be honest. But I am a huge cinnamon lover and have a sweet tooth so this definitely satisfies me. But don’t worry, it’s not OVERLY sweet where it’s sickening. It’s perfection in a jar.

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100/10

The other flavors I have not tried yet are the Dark Chocolate and the Traditional peanut butter but I have high hopes for them as well and will get around to them shortly. If you try them, please let me know what you think! 🙂

This brand has NO:

  • GMO’s
  • artificial sweeteners
  • tons of added sugar

But they do have:

  • Amazing taste
  • Natural ingredients
  • Good Source of Protein and Potassi-yum
  • Love ❤

You can order them using this link:

http://nutbutternation.com/emmy

Cinnamon Apple Jelly-filled Muffins

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Recipe:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • apple butter or jelly
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T sugar
  • more cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 F. First, make sure that the milk is either warm or at room-temp so it doesn’t harden the coconut oil. Combine melted coconut oil and milk and whisk together. Add brown sugar, egg, vanilla and whisk until smooth.

Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and all spice and stir.

Grease muffin tins and add half mixture into each. Then add about a tablespoon of jelly into the middle and spoon the other half of the mixture on top.

**This is optional but highly recommended!!!! ❤

Melt butter in the microwave. Add 2 T sugar and cinnamon to make a cinnamon sugar topping and glazed over the tops of the muffins! You only need a little bit but it goes a long way 😉

Bake for about 15 minutes and walla! These were a hit in my house and taste amazing warmed up or straight out of the fridge.

Don’t forget the love ❤

 

Bad Body Image Days

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Bad body image days, we all have them. You may wake up one morning and feel completely dissatisfied at the person you see. Something as minor as the way you see yourself may subconsciously or consciously effect the food you eat, the amount of working out you do, how social you are, the way you act towards people, stress level, etc. I know because I struggled with this all the time, and still do sometimes. What has changed dramatically are my actions that respond to my feelings. I’ll give you an example:

Before: Wake up. Feeling bloated. Forget that dress I was going to wear, hoodie it is. Might as well not bother with makeup either. I think I’ll just have a protein bar and a piece of fruit instead of the french toast I know I’m craving… My brother is in the kitchen and it drives me CRAZY! Why do I feel like he’s staring at me all the time. I just want to eat in peace. *Snaps at brother when he says something* He leaves and I feel better. Since I have the day off, guess I better go to the gym and see how much I can sweat. It will make me feel SO much better about myself and then maybe I can treat myself. But then again, I am already bloated so that means I have gained weight and don’t need to eat anything remotely “unhealthy”. Oh well, I’ll feel better if I stay away from that. At least for now… *Checks body in the mirror every 30 minutes* Body image is getting worse and worse and I just wish today was over. Instead of watching TV with my parents or making plans with my friend tomorrow, I need to be alone. Alone. So I can be “in control” and so no one has to see me. Tomorrow is looking pretty similar.

Wow. That was like reliving something very personal and kind of sad to me. That was my life. Restriction, exercise, thinking about food all day, and distancing myself from people that loved me no matter what I looked like. Just because of the way I saw myself. The horrible thing is… I was very underweight and didn’t see it. Body dismorphia is REAL and can still happen if you are at a healthy weight but see yourself as “too big”. I think I may still struggle with it, but let’s take a look at how I react to body image currently.

Today: Wake up. Skip the body mirror, maybe take a long pee. Go downstairs for a yummy breakfast that I want. After breakfast, either wait to go lift or take a nice hot shower. I may look at my body in the mirror (don’t we all) and I may notice that I’m bloated. But I just had breakfast, and where does the food go? To your belly. So, that’s human right? Right. Food is going to your stomach to nourish your body and give you energy. I mean, if you don’t wanna bloat, might as well remove your vital organs… Oh wait…

I still tend to choose looser shirts or a hoodie but right now it’s winter and I’m all about comfort. In the summer, I aim for a tank top usually. If I’m feeling it, later on in the day I may take a walk around my neighborhood (which I would assume is a mile maybe..?) or if it’s too cold or I’m tired, I’ll take a nice nap to refresh myself. I actually think napping helps with my bloating (you can read about here). I still eat my 3 meals and 2-3 snacks every day no matter how I am feeling. It keeps my blood sugar normal and prevents me from obsessing about food as much. Plus, I LOVE snacks!

If I want pizza or ice cream, I let myself have it if I truly want it, no matter if I think I am “fat” or bloated or yadda yadda. All those feelings are temporary and you may feel completely different the next day! Exercising to make yourself feel better is only a temporary coping mechanism that really won’t fix the way you perceive yourself.

I’m telling you that no matter how much weight you lose or how much you run or how little you eat, it DOES NOT change the problem. Loving your body at it’s healthiest weight (getting your period and normal vitals) is what is going to change your life all around. You’ll argue less, have motivation to go out and dress up, and eating foods that you WANT.

Obviously, this is a process that takes hard work. I like to make a list of all the things that being at a healthy weight will bring me. I choose to tell myself that I AM beautiful when I may not feel like it. Surround yourself with people that make you feel like the ray of sunshine you are. Do things every day that make you feel happy! Take on a new hobby that you never thought you would enjoy. Take a friggen nap!

I have this hanging in my bathroom and see it every day:

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Tell me something you love about yourself!

What is your favorite way to cope with body image?

 

Pumpkin Double Chocolate Squares

I am one of those typical white girls that loves anything pumpkin. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin errything! So why not combine pumpkin and chocolate for a yummy snack? 😉 I even added oats…. ya know fiber.

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 T flaxseed (whole or ground is fine)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • about 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • white and dark chocolate chips

Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 F.

With a mixer, combine pumpkin and sugar until pasty. Then add flax, vanilla, spices, salt and beat again until fully combined.

Now sift in the oat flour, oats, almond flour, and nuts and mix until there is no clumps.

When you transfer the mixture to the lined pan, make sure to press down on it so it’s nice and even. Top with white and dark chocolate and lightly press it into the dough.

Bake for about 15-17 minutes. (depends on the oven)

Cool at least for 20 minutes in the pan before cutting. 🙂

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Link Love 1/8/16

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Oh man, I cannot remember the last time I did a link love… Sorry for my lack of love!! I just have been so busy with school that I forget these things. This week I have gathered several great reads for you all that I hope is helpful!

Recovery:

The Truth About “False” Recovery – Strong Steady

My dear friend Jordan really gets deep and real with this one. Everyone should definitely read this…. GO!

Spontaneity With Food and Exercise – Blissful Lyss

Alyssa has such a way with words, oh so true. Life doesn’t need to be perfectly planned out.

Weight Gain Reflection – Oatmeal and Optimism

This is a really eye-opening and realistic post about college. I love Alicia’s honesty and realness. ❤

NOMS:

Vegan Chocolate Crunch Bars w/ Peanut Butter Drizzle – Oh She Glows

Oh, now I see why she glows…. cover me in peanut butter ❤

Pumpkin Mug Pie w/ Toffee and Caramel – Yammie’s Noshery

I can’t even. No words. I’m hungry just looking at this. (I just ate)

Chia and Flaxseed Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola – Hungry Girl 325

Sorry for all the peanut butter in this post… Actually, i’m not sorry. This granola sounds BOMB!

Random Reads:

27 Ways To Decorate Your Home That Is Actually Inspirational – Buzz Feed

I like this, I like this a lot 😉

DIY Canvas Wall Art Ideas – Crafts By Amanda

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE crafting! It’s a great stress reliever and a good way to start a new hobby 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIAW + Casual Sunday Nothingness

With me trying to cut back from my social media use, I have been posting less every day eats on Instagram for the sake of my own mental sanity. I love being able to support as many people as I can but it can be really draining always feeling like I “need” to post. That’s why I’ve put together a full day of eats for you all that took place on Sunday!

Breakfast: Sundays are for resting, sleeping in, and enjoying time with my family when they don’t have to work. It’s funny to think sleeping in for me is 7:30 am…. I blame school and my internal clock. Nevertheless, if I get tired later on I make sure to take a nap 🙂 Luckily, I prepared some yummy coconut overnight oats the night prior and they were SO THICK! I got the recipe from a good friend of mine (Abby you know who you are) and I will for sure be making these again. Topped it with blueberry hemp granola and a dollop of white chocolate coconut cashew butter.I also had some bread n butter because I am trying to increase my intake and every little bit more to meals counts 😉

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Since the weather has been sunny and strangely not super cold, my mom and I ventured to a trail not too far from home and took a nice walk. Being outside and getting fresh air really clears my mind and just makes me feel great!

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Lunch: After our walk, I really wasn’t hungry but knew I had to have lunch regardless. Settled for some cold pizza that my fam had the night prior and to be honest, cold pizza isn’t too bad. I am definitely more a fan of it hot but it reminds me of my childhood 🙂

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I got my hair all did after lunch…. Let’s just say I’m not a fan and will spare you all the picture (didn’t even take one) Not that it’s so terrible but they never seem to get it right. I like my hair tousled and wavy but they do the opposite….

Snackyy: I was craving something sweet (which I usually do for snacks) so I had a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal squares with “protein milk”. I haven’t tried this before but people give it a lot of hype and it wasn’t bad. Also two cutie clementines straight outta the fridge.

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For the milk, just mix 1 cup milk with a scoop of whey protein powder of your choice. I chose vanilla 🙂

Dinner: I have had a recipe for Garlic Tomato Chicken meatballs for a long time but hadn’t tried it yet. I’m always so skep about trying new ones not knowing if it will turn out okay and having my family eat it! But these were DELICIOUS! Both my brother and my dad complimented it and they are just so picky. I paired it with a big heaping of quinoa chickpea blend with sauteed spinach and veggies. I love meatballs 😉

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Nightly Snackin: For the longest time, I have ALWAYS had a night snack. It helps me sleep better and I have been in recovery on and off for 5 years… so snacks are needed and my body likes the fuel. I know even once I am fully weight restored, I will still eat the same way I do now. Perks of speeding your metabolism up 😉 I more often then not end it with a sweet tooth so I made a yogurt bowl with chia seeds, more blueberry granola (seriously addicted right now), sliced banana, and a big spoonful of almond butter! I may have snacked on some buttersnap pretzels as well because my mom loves those and now I can see why!! ❤hhh

Do you have a favorite granola brand?

Sweet or Salty foods?

 

Sit back and RELAX

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If you don’t know by now, I am a college student and my major is nutrition and dietetics. I have recently been studying A LOT about the body and its functions. Why I am no doctor or specialist (yet) I wanted to share with you all some of I have learned and how it may be pertaining to an uneasiness you may feel.
For instance, having tummy troubles after you eat? Of course this could be numerous things but have you stopped to think about rest?

Let me break it down like this:
Our nervous system contains a visceral motor division composed of: a sympathetic and parasympathetic division.

The sympathetic division arouses the body and accelerates the heart rate/resting rate. While doing this, it also inhibits (slows down) the digestive tract. Exercise and even stress or anxiety kick starts up the sympathetic division.

On the other hand, parasympathetic is just the opposite. It calms the body, slows heart rate, but STIMULATES digestion. This is what happens when we sleep or are sedentary.

Many people struggling with an eating disorder or over exercise in general have trouble giving themselves rest, especially after a “challenging” meal. This may lead to behaviors that are meant to burn off whatever made that person feel anxious.

I cannot emphasize enough how very important it is to take some time every day and RELAX. If I didn’t have classes after lunch, you bet I would be taking a nap.

Napping after a meal allows your body to digest food properly without feeling like you have a big ole knot in your stomach. That’s no fun at all.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t move after you eat but what I have studied and have experienced myself is that you do not digest food as well  while you are running or doing high intense workouts. 3/4 of your blood is being pumped into your muscles for endurance and circulation, leaving only 1/4 for your other organs such as the digestive tract.

Ever notice you feel hungrier on days you don’t workout? As I’ve said before, rest is a GOOD thing and should not be avoided. So don’t be afraid to be a little chill some days and take a nap!

Be like this guy….

Funny Cat Pictures : http://www.funnycatsite.com/

Anyone experience tummy troubles when they are stressed or after working out?

Do you like taking naps?