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˜›

Pumpkin Tofu Mousse

Tofu Mousse. Should those two words really be used in the same sentence? Surprisingly, yes! They actually should be used together! And why not add Pumpkin into the mix?!

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I’ve been seeing the whole craze over tofu mousse lately, and I was a little hesitant about it at first. But I figured what have I got to lose? The next step was getting un-lazy (is that a word? :P) enough to actually make it! The other day I walked past some silken tofu in the store and I remembered the tofu mousse, so I went ahead and grabbed some!

The other day I finally decided that I was going to make some for breakfast before my workout. I was looking on both Pinterest and Instagram for the perfect recipe, but I didn’t find anything that I was specifically looking for at the time, so I decided to make my own recipe! Although I am now eager to try out all sorts of recipes for the glorious tofu mousse!

So, if you like pumpkin and if you like mousse, this recipe with surely not disappoint!

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Pumpkin Tofu Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 block (6oz.) Extra Firm Silken Tofu
  • 1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2tbsp Egg Whites
  • 2tbsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup (or other brand of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp each of Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Ground Flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Maca Powder (optional)
  • A couple drops of Stevia (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small-medium size bowl.
  2. Blend in the bowl with a handheld immersion blender. (If you don’t have one, you can put it in a regular blender or food processor, but you may want to double the recipe to make it easier to blend all ingredients together).
  3. Top with your toppings of choice!

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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™‚

Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Okay, okay, I know what you may be thinking: Sweet Potato Oats? What is she thinking?!

But wait! These oats turned out even better than I thought they would. I figured they’d taste good but not the-best-oats-I-think-I’ve-ever-made-good. And might I mention that they left my dorm room smelling all delicious and autumn-like! πŸ™‚

These oats are ooey, gooey, voluminous, and any other good words you can associate with oatmeal. πŸ˜› I made these oats on another chilly morning, so they were also that much more perfect!

So I’m not going to keep you waiting any longer for the recipe, because I really, REALLY want you all to try it!

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Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • Β½ cup Rolled Oats
  • Β½ cup milk of choice (I used Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
  • 3 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 pack (71g.) Sweet Potato Baby Food
  • 2 tsp each of Chia seeds and Ground Flaxseed
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Vanilla Stevia Drops, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Microwave for about 90 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave.
  3. Add in last three ingredients, and then toppings of choice. I topped mine with unsweetened shredded coconut, Goji Berries, and sprinkles!

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What’s your favorite cold weather comfort food? (healthy or not!)

Pumpkin Spice Proats

If you didn’t already know, I live in Minnesota. That being said, you should immediately infer from that that the weather here is dumb and unpredictable. πŸ˜› For the past few days have been perfect sunny and 70s days. But then today came along. Rainy, cloudy, and getting cooler by the hour. It is currently dreary and 54 degrees. Not exactly what I want this time of year. But hey, you win some, you lose some.

Today’s weather being what it is, I came straight back to my dorm after classes and put on some comfy sweats and a baggy sweatshirt. I am now cuddled up on my futon watching Harry Potter, and just woke up from a quick, refreshing nap. πŸ™‚ I decided to post my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Proats now because what’s better than warm oatmeal on a cool/cold day?!

I made these oats a couple weeks ago to fuel up for the day. For this recipe, you do need pumpkin spice flavored protein powder, but if you’re not too worried about your oats being pumpkin flavored you can use whatever flavor protein powder your heart desires!

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Pumpkin Spice Proats

Ingredients:

  • Β½ cup Organic Rolled Oats
  • Β½ cup Milk of choice
  • 1 Scoop Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice Jif Whips Peanut Butter
  • Chia seeds, Flax seeds, and Cinnamon to taste

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Directions:

  1. Combine oats and milk, and microwave for 90 seconds.
  2. Add other ingredients to the bowl and mix!
  3. Add toppings of choice, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and don’t forget to check out my other recipes too! πŸ™‚

Carrot Cake Overnight Proats

Hi everyone, I’m still alive and well! I’m just really busy with classes and homework and stuff, so that has really limited my time to do extra stuff. But here I am with a few minutes to spare before my last class of the day, so I decided to post one of my recipes from the list of them that I have yet to post! So here it goes!

Before I get to the recipe though, let me just tell you that these overnight oats are easily one of the best I’ve had! Not to toot my own horn, but TOOOOOOTTTT! πŸ˜› Anyway, I had made these a couple weeks ago for either my first or second day of classes (I can’t remember which haha) and it was the perfect way to start the day. Also, this was my first time trying baby food in a recipe. I’ve seen many people use it in various recipes and I’ve been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon for some time now, so here I am! And without further ado, here’s the recipe for my Carrot Cake Overnight Proats! πŸ™‚

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(Bad quality picture, I know. But I just wated to get a close-up for the full effect πŸ˜› )

Ingredients:

  • Β½ cup Organic Rolled Oats
  • Β½ cup Milk of choice
  • 1 pack (99g.) Carrot Baby Food
  • 2 tbsp Egg Whites
  • 1 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp Butter Extract
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • Stevia (or sweetener of choice), to taste
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Toppings of choice (I topped my oats with unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, and sprinkles)

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Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients (except toppings) together in a jar or bowl and cover overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to eat your oats, add your toppings and enjoy!

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Maple Protein Oatmeal

Well, this is it! My last day of teenage life. :O I can’t believe that tomorrow I will officially be 20 years old. It just seems too weird!

This past week has been fairly busy for me, as will be the coming week! I moved into my dorm for my sophomore year of college on Tuesday and I have had stuff going on pretty much ever since! Except yesterday afternoon/evening was a self-declared lazy day. πŸ™‚ We all definitely need those sometimes! Anyway, I am a transfer student at a local college this year and I had transfer orientation the other day. And guess what?! I actually wasn’t super awkward and I made a friend! haha. I also have been talking to some girls on my floor too! I’m trying to get better at this whole being outgoing thing, and so far it’s going pretty darn well if I do say so myself! πŸ™‚

Classes start this coming Monday, so I’m trying to prepare myself so that I don’t get too stressed out, because every year without fail I manage to stress myself out (over pretty much nothing) after the first day of school/classes. So here’s to breaking the trend!

Now here’s the part you all are probably waiting for: my recipe for Maple Protein Oatmeal!

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I made it probably a week or two ago, and I’m finally getting the time to post it on here! Despite the fact that I had them kind of awhile ago, I can still taste it and all of its mapley deliciousness! I had this post-workout, so of course I want to up the protein and carbs, which naturally means that proats are a given πŸ˜›

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If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it!! I love to hear feedback. πŸ™‚

Ingredients & Directions:

  • 1 Ripe Banana, mashed with fork
  • Β½ cup Organic Rolled Oats
  • Β½ cup Milk of Choice
  • A few drops of Maple Extract
  • 1 tbsp Jif Whips Maple Brown Sugar

–Add the above ingredients to a microwave safe bowl.

*Microwave for 90 Seconds*

  • 2 tbsp About Time Cinnamon Swirl Whey (or protein powder of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • Toppings: Cinnamon, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, and sprinkles to taste

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