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 😛

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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 😛

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

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 😛

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Chocolate Cherry Protein Waffle

Well folks, here I am again with yet another waffle recipe! Today I did a HIIT workout at home and I planned to refuel with a protein waffle. Starting last night I was trying to decide what kind I would make. For some reason I was having the hardest time, but I finally settled on Chocolate Cherry since we have home-dehydrated cherries in the freezer and fresh cherries in the fridge!
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The funny thing is that I used to never like cherries. I only liked cherry flavored things (like fruit snacks). But I finally tried them again a few weeks ago and discovered that I like them!

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Recipe:
•1/4 cup Oat Flour
•3 tbsp + 1 tsp Chocolate Protein Powder (I used whey)
•1 egg
•1 tbsp Coconut Water (or just a tad but more if you’d like)
•2 tbsp Dehydrated Bing Cherries (I used ones that my dad dehydrated [which means no yucky additives!])
•A couple drops of Cherry Flavoring (extract or essential oil)

Directions:
1. Turn on waffle iron to preheat.
2. Mix together all ingredients.
3. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray).
4. Pour batter into iron once preheated.
5. Top with toppings of choice! I topped mine with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, some fresh Bing Cherries, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, and Hemp seeds! (I forgot to add cinnamon — gasp!)

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Lemon Chia Seed Waffle

Hi there, everyone! 🙂

Last Sunday I was feelin’ a lemon flavored waffle, and so the Lemon Chia Seed Waffle was born! 😛 The one I made last Sunday wasn’t too bad flavor wise, but I needed to work on the texture a little bit. I’m putting 99% of the blame on my waffle maker though, because it didn’t beep when it was done (only the “ready” light came on) and I was in the other room trying to do my typical multi-tasking. So that is why I do put 1% of the blame on myself! 😛

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This morning seemed like the perfect morning to do a second trial of these waffles because Sundays are rest days for me and I had plenty of time to slowly roll out of bed when I was ready to, and start tweaking the recipe for and remaking the Lemon Chia Seed Waffle! Man, am I happy that I changed up the recipe! I actually only just tweaked it a tad bit, but it sure did the trick! This waffle is perfectly moist on the inside and golden to perfection on the outside. Not to toot my own horn but TOOOOOOOT! You should probably need to try these waffles!

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So without further ado, the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Oat Flour (I grind up my own oats in our Ninja)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 5 tbsp + 1 tsp Coconut Water
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • approx. 8 Drops of Lemon Stevia (or stevia of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Desired toppings (I’ll post what I used for mine below)

Directions:

1. Turn on waffle iron to preheat.

2. Mix together all ingredients.

3. Pour into waffle maker once preheated.

4. Once your waffle iron beeps or says it’s ready, leave waffle in for another minute or so, but keep an eye on it.

5. Top with desired toppings. I topped mine with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, Halo Top Creamery Lemon Cake Ice Cream, and Chia Seeds!

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Let me know what you think! I hope you’re all enjoying my waffle creations! If you have any flavor suggestions, I’d be more than happy to try them out! 🙂