smoothies galore!

I’ve been on a “diet” of sorts for almost a year now.  This “diet” is not really a diet, its just me trying to watch what I put in my mouth.  I eat a lot of sweets if I allow myself, and so I started by just cutting down to one sweet-type thing a day.  And from there, it’s just been a process of trying to cut things like fast food, highly processed food, and just stuff I know is bad for me.

I got a magic-bullet type blender for christmas, and since then, I like to make myself smoothies.  If you use the right ingredients, it can be a pretty fulling meal.  Most of the time, I just throw a bunch of stuff in and hope it tastes good (which with fruit it normally does) but sometimes it’s good to take cues from actual recipes.  Here are smoothies that I personally like:

  1. Peanut Butter–Apple: Blend 1 chopped peeled apple, 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 1 1/2 cups each soy milk and ice, and honey to taste.
  2. Peanut Butter-Banana: Blend 1 banana, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup non-fat milk, and ice
  3. Mocha: 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 shot of coffee, 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, ice
  4. Whateverihaveinthefridge: splash of milk, some vanilla yogurt, fruit, ice

Here are some links to other smoothies that I’d love to try:

http://justeatyourveggies.tumblr.com/post/11108525480/slimtastic-smoothies-20-nutritious-and-delicious

http://weightloss.allwomenstalk.com/smoothies-that-aid-in-weight-loss/

http://laceyinloveblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-smoothie-packs.html

In a hurry during the day?  Spend some time, when you have it, and make little baggies with all of the ingredients.  You can freeze the yogurt in muffin cups, then freeze it all together and throw it in with the milk when it’s lunch time.  Definitely going to have to do this all the time this summer!!

-Meghan

chocolate peanut butter crescent rolls

I have no photos of this, sadly, because I took all the photos with no card in my camera.  But it tastes amazing and is so easy!!!  They would make a great snack, something to make for when your friends come over, or I personally made them as a meal.

First, you just have to buy the crescent roll stuff that comes in a tube.  Take it apart, and cover the inside of each roll with a spread of peanut butter and a small handful of chocolate chips.  Roll as usual, and bake as per the instructions on the container.

If you don’t eat them all in one sitting (like I didn’t) make sure and pop them in the microwave to warm them up again.  They taste much better with the peanut butter and chocolate chips all melted.

I’m going to try and make these again sometime soon so I can post photos of the steps and how it all turns out.  Sorry I don’t have them now!! Continue reading

almost instant muffins

When I was going through my cupboard and found this mix for muffins.  I’m honestly not sure where it came from, but I noticed a muffin mix that was in a plastic tube, instead of the usual box.  I pulled it down, and after reading the instructions decided I might as well make them.  I have no idea if they are going to be any good but I made them anyway.

The instructions are as follows:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Shake well for 15 seconds
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water
  4. Shake well for 60 seconds
  5. Pour into cupcake pan (that has either been sprayed or has liners)
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes
  7. Done

This entire thing took me 20 minutes, tops, and most of that time I was off doing other things while they were baking.  Now, while I was pouring batter out of this plastic tube and into my pan I thought about this process.  Sure it was quick, and easy, but was it really something I wanted to do all of the time?  Part of the reason I love baking so much is because it’s fun to do the process start to finish.  Not to mention, I feel like I’m cheating.  Pouring water, and shaking, does not constitute baking in my mind.

I’ll be giving these to my sorority sisters when I see some of them tomorrow.  I figure if they’re bad, they can just not eat them and I don’t be upset about it.  I might try one first, just to make sure.  I’ll keep you posted 🙂

-Meghan

UPDATE: so these actually turned out to be pretty good.  And I saw the mix at Walmart the other day!  Definitely worth it for some quick muffins 🙂

cake batter brownies

I have been eyeing this recipe on Pinterest for a very long time.  I finally decided I was overdue on some baking time, and I already had all of the supplies I needed to make these delicious brownies.  I do need to give credit to where I found this recipe though, another blog by the name of Girl Meets Life.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the cake mix and sprinkles in a large bowl.  Then mix in the oil and egg.  Add the milk slowly just until the batter is combined – you want it to remain as dense as possible.  Place better in a greased 8×8 pan or 8-inch cake pan (I didn’t have any non-stick spray, so I personally used margarine).  It is going to be super thick when you pour it into the pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or just until the edges turn golden. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting because the gooey center needs to set.  The result will be a decadent, cake-batter texture.

The cake box and the sprinkles.

What it looks like before adding milk.

You can see how think this is!!

These are seriously so good!  I gave them to my fiance and his friends the next morning, and they devoured them 🙂  The few in the very middle were super gooey, but I attribute this to the fact that I used a casserole dish (I couldn’t find my cake pan) and my ridiculously bad oven.  They still tasted amazing though!!

-Meghan