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The most important meal of the day

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. My favorite quick breakfast is eggs and bacon. Mmm . . . love. But when I have the time I love pancakes, waffles and French toast. Don’t ask me which one is my favorite. It would be way too hard to decide.

Today’s tip for National Nutrition Month is to eat breakfast. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast consume fewer calories during the day. It also boosts your metabolism and increases your energy levels. Today’s tip comes at a perfect time since I have two new breakfast recipes to share with you. They are both healthy, delicious, and a little indulgent as well.

The first recipe is one that I made this morning. It is decadent and I’m sure it’s healthy because it has blueberries in it. And who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast?

Stuffed Blueberry and White Chocolate French Toast (serves 2)

4 slices whole grain bread
2 egg whites
1/3 c. nonfat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
1/4 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons white chocolate chips

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and set aside. Spread  1 tablespoon cream cheese on two of the slices of bread. On top of each of the cream cheese slices, top with 1/8 c. of blueberries and 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips. Cover each with another piece of bread to make a sandwich. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture and cook on medium heat about 2-3 minutes per side, or until bread is golden brown and chocolate is melted. Serve with maple syrup or any other toppings you may desire.

The second recipe includes one of my favorite foods: peanut butter. Peanut butter and waffles are a great combination. Trust me. And if you don’t trust me, trust the good people of the Peanut Butter and Company. :)

BTW: I’m sorry about the lack of pictures for these waffles. For some reason, the only pics are the waffles with hot apples on them. Trust me when I say they are light and fluffy.

Peanut Butter Waffles – adapted from The Peanut Butter & Co. cookbook

2 cups flour (I used half white and half wheat)
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 3/4 cup nonfat milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter, sugar and peanut butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour 1/2 c. batter into center of each waffle iron and close. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until waffle is crisp and golden brown. Serve with maple syrup or other toppings of your choice. Makes 8 waffles.

I love these waffles topped with hot apples, cinnamon and a little maple syrup. Yummy!

What is your favorite breakfast?

Sugar Overload

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. :) Mine was pretty great. Corey and I wanted to keep things kind of low-key because of our budget. But who says you can’t have a great day even though you don’t spend a lot of money?

The day started with a trip to Starbucks. I completely forgot that I still had money left on my Starbucks gift card from Christmas! I purchased my new favorite drink: a skinny latte with a shot of white chocolate mocha syrup.

I also bought a piece of their pumpkin bread.

It was a delicious way to start the day. For lunch, I had some leftover buffalo chicken pizza. Corey and I ordered pizza from Mellow Mushroom last night.

I had never tried this pizza place before. This is my new favorite kind of pizza. The crust was so buttery and garlicky. The pizza came with Mozzarella cheese, buffalo chicken, buffalo sauce, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and a little ranch dressing. It was really tasty. Salty, but delicious. It is official: I will eat buffalo sauce on anything.

I worked today and work went by fast. Before I knew it, it was the end of the day. I picked up a tired Callie from doggy daycare and when I arrived home from work, Corey had these post-its all over the house.

Seriously, they were everywhere. He put them all over the television, the mantle, the bathroom . . . he even put one on the toilet. :)

The rest of his gifts to me were food related. He is such a food pusher. He bought me a couple of organic dark chocolate bars from a chocolate shop in Atlanta.

I love these things! He got me a couple of small bars because too much chocolate = a headache. But how could he pass up getting me some kind of chocolate on Valentine’s Day? I ate a couple of small pieces to make sure I wouldn’t get sick.

He also bought me some macaroons from this little French pastry shop near our house.

Every time I have a macaroon, it takes me back to our honeymoon in Paris.

me and Corey in Paris!

These macaroons were so good! He also bought me some white chocolate covered strawberries from the same shop.

Maybe it was because the strawberry was covered in sugar, but it was the best strawberry I have tasted in a long time!

I’m not really any better than Corey. I also am a food pusher. I bought Corey some workout pants and I also bought him Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of a heart and a huge box of Milky Ways.

Corey will always eat like a twelve year old boy and there are very few things that I can do to change it. And I don’t try. Corey does eat healthy enough because we do cook fairly healthy on a regular basis. But if he wants a candy bar, who am I to stop him? :)

I desperately needed something fairly healthy to balance out the sugar. Because we were keeping things fairly simple budget-wise, we went to Jason’s Deli for dinner. I have become addicted to this place. I ordered tomato basil soup (duh) and a roast beef on whole grain with organic greens and Italian peppers.

The soup was delicious (as usual). I ate the soup and I saved my sandwich for later. The sugar had left me with not much appetite, but at least I got some veggies in.

Mmm . . . so good I want to lick the bowl!

I did have a couple of the potato chips that came with the sandwich.

As if Corey hadn’t had enough sugar, he had some free soft serve.

This was probably the first time ever that I turned down the free soft serve at Jason’s Deli. I was on sugar overload and I knew that Corey had given me another gift: ingredients to make homemade cupcakes! On the way home, we stopped at Red Box to get a movie to watch as well . .  . a love story in honor of Valentine’s Day. :) The best part was that I had a coupon code for a free rental that was good only for Valentine’s Day.

Corey had gotten a couple of recipes for homemade vanilla cupcakes and homemade caramel frosting. Since I can’t have a lot of chocolate, these cupcakes were perfect because we could both eat them. And it doesn’t hurt that Corey is obsessed with caramel cake. The recipe that we used for the cupcakes can be found here and the recipe for the frosting can be found here.

I have to say that the baking was way more fun than the eating.

Yes, we are using a Christmas themed spatula. That's just how we roll.

Corey and I had great fun baking together and laughing. It was a great way to spend the day. It was nice to spend some quality time together. Of course Corey was laughing because I was so busy taking pictures of everything that I didn’t help with the baking that much. He called me the paparazzi. :) At one point, he actually told me to take a picture of the butter because it was sexy. He is such a goof ball.

Check out that sugar!

The cupcakes were really rich, but good. The frosting was so incredibly decadent. I could actually only eat three quarters of the cupcake.

It also took both of us about half an hour to form these cupcakes in the shape of a heart. We had lots of fun doing that.

Of course we could not leave Callie out. I got the feeling that she was sad because no one was showing her enough love today . . . as if we don’t spoil her all the time anyway. ;) We bought her a little duck and some rawhide that had little hearts on them. They were a big hit!

Corey and I ended the day by watching Going the Distance. It stars Drew Barrymore and it is about a couple in a long distance relationship. It was really funny and a pretty good movie.

Corey and I had a pretty great day. I hope all of you had a great day as well.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Today has been a good day.

My husband offered to make me breakfast this morning. I didn’t take a picture, but he made me a tasty breakfast sandwich. The sandwich consisted of multigrain bread from Whole Foods, one “fried” egg, bacon, and some cheese. Oh, and hot sauce of course. ;)

Corey and I decided to exchange presents this morning since we were going to be with family for the rest of the weekend.

We didn’t want to get each other anything big because the iPhones we bought ourselves recently were our Christmas gifts to each other. But since my husband just has to get me something for Christmas. we decided to get each other something small.

My wonderful husband got me 2 gift cards.

Itunes and Starbucks, here I come!

I am so excited to use the Starbucks one. I see a Gingerbread Latte in my future. :)

He also got me candy that I can actually eat!

He said it was unbelievably hard to find me candy that I can eat. Since I can’t eat chocolate (due to migraines), that cuts out most of the Christmas candy that is available. But these white chocolate covered pretzels look delicious . . .  and very festive! :)

Best of all, he got me a new lunch tote for work! I carry my lunch to work every single day and my old lunch bag was feeling the wear and tear.

I love my new bag!

Corey loved his gifts. I also gave him an Itunes gift card. I gave him some Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of Christmas trees (he loves those things). I also gave him a funny T-shirt.

He hates pickles . . . really, he despises them. So when I found this shirt, I knew I had to get it for him. And he loved it!

We also gave Callie one of her presents too. I think she was feeling a little left out of the Christmas fun.

Callie's new toy!

After the joys of opening some gifts, we decided to watch Elf. Neither one of us had seen it. We both thought it was really funny.

The rest of the day was spent in a mad scramble to pack for our trip. We are spending the night with my family tonight. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be leaving for Alabama to see his family and we won’t be back until Tuesday.

Yes, I know this is a lot of stuff . . . and this is just for me and Callie! I have my suitcase for my clothes and the blue duffel bag has food and toys for Callie. I also have a bag with the candy Corey gave me, along with a couple if books for the road. Also, I packed a bag with some water bottles (because our filtered water really is the best) and some healthy snacks to take to Alabama. Last time we went to Alabama, I was not happy with the fact that I ate junk food the entire weekend. This time, I am being proactive and taking along some grapes and pears. I need some fruit to balance out all that junk food! :)

And what day would be complete without a stop at Whole Foods? That place was packed! Yesterday, I tried their pecan pie cookies for the first time and I had a major craving for them. Since I had a sneaking suspicion they would be gone after the holidays, I wanted to get my fill now!

These cookies are so freaking tasty. Believe it or not, I took a picture of the ingredients.

Sneaky, I know. I’ve never created a cookie recipe before but I think I will have to recreate this as best I can when I get a chance. They are so good!

My husband and I now have to leave for my family’s place. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with them (and eating the steak that is on the menu). But first . . . I have to try out my new gift card for a Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks. ;) I hope everyone else is having a great Christmas Eve!

I should feel bad . . .

I should feel bad that I did not have one piece of fruit today.

I should feel bad that the only “vegetables” I ate today were the ones in my leftover Pizza Pot Pie . . .

as well as the baked fries I had with dinner.

I should feel bad that I bought some Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Chocolate because eating it may or may not give me a headache.

I should feel bad that I used two Pecan Pie cookies from Whole Foods as shopping fuel.

I should feel bad that I did not exercise today.

But it’s hard to feel bad when the gifts are all wrapped.

And the stockings are filled.

And I FINALLY found Gingerbread Spice tea!

And it’s Christmas Eve Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! What do you refuse to feel bad about today?

Lazy Sundays

First, I just want to say that I love my new header! My wonderfully, technologically savvy husband took some ideas that I had and did exactly what I wanted. I have no clue how to use Photoshop, so I didn’t know where to begin. I think he did an AWESOME job!

I always intend for Sundays to be much more productive than they are. But today was kind of a lazy one. Although I did get a lot of working out done.

My husband does enjoy making me breakfast, so this morning I had him make me some blueberry pancakes from a recipe that I saw on Health.com. The recipe is one that combines oats, cottage cheese, vanilla, and eggs . . . and blueberries, of course! The pancakes came out very moist and super tasty!

First, you mix some oats, cottage cheese, eggs, and vanilla in a blender.

Then stir in some blueberries . . .

Then you fry them up and this is the final product . . .

Of course I just had to fry up some bacon to go with them!

And no, I didn’t eat ALL the pancakes! I just thought they looked pretty this way. :) I will have some good leftovers a couple days this week for breakfast. That’s why I love pancake breakfasts!

Corey and I decided to go for a run right before lunch. We are actually trying to sell our house (we have been trying at that for quite a while now) and someone wanted to come see it today, so we had to go away for a while. We were planning a 4 mile run, but somewhere along the way I got a headache that was threatening to turn into a migraine. Maybe it was dehydration or the heat or something. So we had to cut the run in half. I’m hoping to go for a 4 mile run tomorrow. Long runs don’t have to be on the weekend, right?

The rest of the day was spent going to the Farmer’s Market, which was super crowded and where we spent a lot of our food budget on fruits and veggies. Everything looked so good though and I should have plenty of good snacks for the week.

Dinner was simple hamburger steaks with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Can you believe I never tried asparagus until a year ago? And I have never actually cooked it for myself. I have always been afraid to do that, afraid that I would screw it up. My dad gave me a kind of fool proof, tasty recipe. I pretty much just drizzled it with a little olive oil, sprinkled it with a little cajun seasoning and then tossed it around on a baking sheet to make sure it was evenly coated. Then, bake for 15-20 minutes and voila! Tasty asparagus. And it was super tasty. It’s not easy finding a vegetable that I like and that I can cook, but I like asparagus.

I even got Corey to try it as part of his trying something new.

Corey trying asparagus while making cupcakes

He said the taste was okay, but he wasn’t sure about the texture. I swear, whatever new thing he tries, it’s always a texture thing with him. Always.

And speaking of cupcakes, Corey has been craving cupcakes for over a week now. We had a box of cake mix in the cabinet and we bought a box if chocolate frosting over the weekend just so he could make them.

Apparently, I have a really hard time with the whole “balance” thing . Before he started making them, I was telling him ways he could make them healthier (such as replace the oil with applesauce). He didn’t want any part of that. Then I told him the cake mix has trans fats in it, which raises your chances of heart attack by some outrageous number. I think I made up the number I actually told him. Seriously, what was I doing? I am supposed to believe in balance and giving in to your craving and the man has been craving a cupcake for over a week. Maybe I still have problems with eating foods that have always been on my “forbidden list.” I still feel guilty about it. My husband actually said to me, “You’re ruining cupcake day.” I just had to laugh at that and I stopped myself at that point and just let him have his fun. Let him have his cupcake. And I may have snuck one too.

Asparagus on one hand and chocolate batter on the other . . . that's what I call balance!

delicious, creamy cupcake

The day ended on a great note with a Jillian Michaels workout, followed by fifteen minutes on the elliptical. So all in all, it was a pretty good day. And maybe one of these days, I will work on the balance thing and the guilt that it produces.