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˜›

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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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Vanilla Protein Smoothie Bowl

So here we are, coming to Summer’s close once again. I’m starting to get teary-eyed. πŸ˜› Just a few days from now I will be moving into my dorm for my sophomore year of college! And not only that, but a week from tomorrow I will be turning the big 2-0!! Where has the time gone and how are my teenage years possibly almost over for good?! I definitely do not feel like I will be exiting my teenage years in a few short days — I mean, I’m pretty darn positive I just turned 16 like a year or two ago. πŸ˜›

Although I’m starting to feel more and more like an adult because I’ve been working a pretty fair amount in the past few weeks! But I’ve been lucky enough to have a few days off this week, so naturally I have been having a heyday in the kitchen. I’ve been really having at it and loving every single minute of it! I’m also taking advantage of it because I’ll be in my dorm starting next week. But luckily my dorm is just a short 2-3 minute drive from home. (Is that a good or bad thing? :P) Well, it’s a good thing because if I run out of food in my dorm I can just quick go home and raid the pantry and fridge haha!
But I digress.
Today’s recipe is something that didn’t really have much planning going into it. I just kind of threw a few things together (with a general idea of what I wanted) and voila! The other day I received a sample of NuZest protein powder (a clean protein powder!!) in the mail and knew I wanted to try it as soon as possible! So I figured I’d include it in my post workout snack today!
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So without further ado, I present to you: Vanilla Protein Smoothie Bowl!
Ingredients:
β€’1 pack of Smooth Vanilla NuZest Protein powder (20g.)
β€’1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
β€’1/4 cup Cottage Cheese
β€’Cinnamon, to taste
β€’Ice Cubes
β€’1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
β€’Toppings of choice — I topped mine with cinnamon, unsweetened shredded coconut, raspberries, and last but not least, sprinkles! πŸ™‚
Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor (a blender should work fine too).
2. Put it in a bowl! I also put mine in the freezer while I cleaned my Ninja!
3. Add toppings and enjoy!

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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:
β€’1/4 cup Oat Flour
β€’3 tbsp + 1 tsp Chocolate Protein Powder (I used whey)
β€’1 egg
β€’1 tbsp Coconut Water (or just a tad but more if you’d like)
β€’2 tbsp Dehydrated Bing Cherries (I used ones that my dad dehydrated [which means no yucky additives!])
β€’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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