Some of My Current Favorites

Woofta! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here! I’ve been pretty busy with classes, work, physical therapy, and observing at physical therapy appointments for the past month or so. But good news — I graduated from Physical Therapy a few weeks ago, and I can no officially run pretty much pain-free without a knee brace! (For those of you who don’t know, I injured my IT Band back in November). Anyway, there have been multiple instances where I had plenty of time to at least do a quick post on here, but honestly I am always to lazy #collegeproblems πŸ˜›

Today I figured that I should probably really get on that, so here I am! I don’t really have an actual plan or something, like a recipe, to post about, so I just decided to post about some of my recent favorite food/health products!

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We’ll just start out with this picture above because they look cute. πŸ™‚ These are some pancakes I made yesterday before my workout! (Check out my post about these on my Instagram page: @laurensfitlife)! I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: I have a waffle/sandwich/panini make in my dorm. Illegally. Haha! I got it about a month and a half ago, and it was so worth it! I mean, I know I’m not going to get caught or get in trouble because the “health and safety” checks they do at my dorm building are totally lax. The RA literally knocks on the door, opens it, checks to see if the light on the fire alarm is still blinking, and then leaves. So I figured it wasn’t too risky to bring this into my dorm room. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I used Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix for these waffles. IF you have never heard of these, check them out at Target or online! I have used this mix a lot and I definitely swear by it! It makes the fluffiest yummiest waffles (or pancakes!) and they’re very versatile! You can just make them as it says on the box, or you can add your own touch to them too! I love doing both!

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Next on the list of some of my recent favorites are these! Okay, I won’t lie — this popcorn has been one of mine (and my mom’s) HUGEST weaknesses pretty much since forever! I there are several different brands of bagged popcorn (all with minimal ingredients) that we both love! These are the really big bags that you can find at Costco! Confession time: I can finish off one of those bags by myself in three sittings (probably in a shorter amount of time if I let myself! haha).

Also, I am super super pumped about French Toast Crunch’s comeback! I would ramble on about his too, but I think you pretty much get the idea. πŸ˜›

And don’t get me started of that peanut butter. Salty. Caramal. Jif. Whips. That it all. πŸ™‚

And lastly in that picture, I also enjoy me some Cellucor C4 Fruit Punch preworkout on those days where I’m not feelin’ it! I love the flavor and it definitely gives me the tingles to make my workout that much better!

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The last thing I’m going to post about today is Boom Chick A Pop Sweet Barbeque popcorn. Since I already talked about my undying love for popcorn, I won’t say too much about this. Usually I just stick with the regular popcorn flavor, but this flavor sounded pretty good, so I gave it a go! Boy, am I sure glad I did! This flavor combo is absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend you try this flavor, especially if you’re a barbeque fan!

Well, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this random, pointless post! Haha πŸ˜›

Baked Textured Vegetable Protein Crisps

Well, here I find myself at the last official day of Winter break. I knew this day would come way too fast. Am I ready to go back to classes? Heck no! But I’m excited to see what my new classes will be like! (Hopefully easy πŸ˜› and interesting, of course)!

One thing that is a little on the unfortunate side is that I have to go back to using my dorm’s kitchen. Nothing wrong with that — just that I have to rent out pots. pans, etc if I want to use them. Not to mention the fact that I don’t have all the baking and cooking essentials on hand in my dorm room like my parents obviously do in their cupboards! But the good news is that I go to school in town, so if I ever need anything, it’s not too far away. πŸ™‚

Last Sunday was just kind of a lazy relaxing day for me, but I was itching to make something new for lunch for myself. As in making up a new recipe! So this is when my TVP Crisps were born!

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Now, what exactly is TVP, you may ask? TVP stands for Texture Vegetable Protein. It’s basically just dehydrated soy! You can get super creative with it and really you it for whatever you can dream up! I’ve even simply just rehydrated it with Veggie Broth and topped it with mixed or stir fried veggies!

Let’s cut to the chase and get to the recipe, because I really don’t have too much else to say! πŸ˜›

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Baked TVP Crisps

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup TVP
  • Vegetable broth (or water or other type of broth) — measure according to package directions
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Kale, packed
  • 1 tbsp (additional) Veggie Broth
  • 2 tbsp Oat Flour
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Trader Joe’s 21 Salute Seasoning (or other seasoning of choice)
  • Garlic Pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Rehydrate TVP using Veggie Broth, according to package directions.

3. Combine all ingredients listed above.

4. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and scoop mixture from the bowl with a spoon and place on the baking sheet in small rounds. Press down on the rounds a little bit.

5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, depending on your oven. Flip the rounds halfway through.

6. Take out of the oven and let them coll for a few minutes, and enjoy!

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These are the crisps pre-baked.

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Andddd post baked!

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I enjoyed mine by dipping them into Oikos Cucumber Dill Greek Yogurt Dip! Along with the rest of my lunch. πŸ™‚

Let me know if you give this recipe a try! πŸ™‚

Single Serve Kodiak Cakes Breakfast Cake

Cake. Who doesn’t like it?! In most cases it is not something considered to be healthy in the slightest. And don’t get me wrong — I like my share of unhealthy things. I have gradually learned and reminded myself that it is totally okay to indulge every once in awhile. But getting back to the point of this post (man, I’m good at going off on little tangents πŸ˜› ), I wanted to make up my own recipe for something for breakfast this morning. I typically like to start my days off with a breakfast that’s generally almost fully healthy. It just gets be started on a good note for the day. So alas, my single-serve breakfast cake was born!

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About a year and a half ago I bought a little ramekin so that I could bake single-serve things for myself. You’d think that by now, after having it for awhile now, I’d have made a ton of different things with it. Wrong. This was actually my first time using it. Please don’t judge me. But on the bright side, I now see myself using it more often!

If you frequent my blog and have read my last few posts (thank you so much, by the way, if you do!), you’ll know that I can ramble and make my posts much, much longer than they really need to be. With this being said, I am simply just going to make this post more simple and sweet! So without further ado, the recipe!

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Single-Serve Kodiak Cakes Breakfast Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix (found at Target)
  • 2 tbsp Oat Flour
  • 1/4 tsp BAking Powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut water (or liquid of choice)
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/8 tsp (or more) Butter Extract (Next time I will probably use more than 1/8 tsp)
  • Desired amount of Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients on a small to medium sized bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix.
  3. Grease a ramekin with coconut oil or other cooking spray.
  4. Pour mixture in the ramekin and bake for 25-28 minutes depending on your oven. I used the toothpick trick. You may want to keep an eye on it and do the toothpick trick as well!
  5. Once it’s done baking, top it off with you favorite toppings! I topped mine with chia seeds, some banana coins, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, and I also added more cinnamon after I took the pictures! πŸ™‚

Naturally Sweetened Peanut Butter Banana (Superfood) Granola

Hello all! πŸ™‚

Guess what?

Today I have a pretty dang nifty recipe to share with you. πŸ™‚

Who likes bananas? Or peanut butter? Or granola? Well how about a granola recipe that includes bananas and peanut butter?! Nothing better, right? Well actually there is! Not only does this recipe have bananas and peanut butter, but it’s also healthy, naturally sweetened(!!!), and even contains some superfood ingredients! But wait for it, it also tastes fabulous without sacrificing nutritional value.

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If you’re like me, you can eat copious amounts of peanut butter, bananas, or pretty much anything with those flavors. Is it weird that I used to not be able to even stand bananas, yet now I would not be able to live without them? (I’ll answer that for myself: yes).

I’ve been wanting to make some homemade granola for months now because it’s been so long since I’ve done so. The other day I came across the perfect opportunity to create my own granola recipe (which I’ve never done before — I’ve only gone off of other recipes). I was scrolling through Instagram and found a post for a “Mystery Ingredient” Challenge (hosted by @f00dventures and @eatprayweights and sponsored by @monkeybutterpb). The mystery ingredient was none other than bananas! The reason I found this as the perfect opportunity is that I knew I wanted my granola to be sweetened with bananas. So I got my creative juices going today and I definitely had some fun!

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Here you have it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed with fork
  • 3 Β½ cups Organic Rolled Oats
  • 3 tbsp Krema Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 3 tbsp Home Dehydrated Banana Chips, broken up (optional)
  • Additional Coconut Shreds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 375Β°F
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mash bananas with fork. Add the next 6 ingredients and stir.
  3. Spread granola mixture out on parchment paper lined pans (I used a total of 3 pans). **Make sure to spread the mixture very thin/spread out so that is toasts correctly.
  4. Bake for 13-16 minutes, rotating/mixing halfway through.
  5. Once the granola is done baking, add in broken up banana chips and more unsweetened shredded coconut. My banana chips were home dehydrated by my dad, so they’re naturally sweetened (no additional ingredients, just banana)! So if you use store bought dehydrated/freeze dried banana chips, make sure the only ingredient is banana.
  6. Place in an airtight container (make sure the granola has cooled off before doing this).
  7. Eat as cereal with some milk, top yogurt with it, eat it by the handful, or any other way you can think of!
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What’s your favorite way to use or eat granola?