So last night I got cookin’ in the kitchen. After seeing Abby’s post a few days ago about making homemade peanut butter, I decided to give it a try!
It was so easy. I had extra peanuts that I wanted to use so I tried to make Lara Balls with raisins instead of dates.
I would definitely recommend sticking with the dates because the raisin consistency didn’t work as well. Next, I made some soup.
Finally, I decided to get my life together even more and make breakfast for the next 2 days.
This morning’s breakfast came together so easily. Almost too easy because I ate right when I woke up and skipped working out.
After eating, I got back in bed (with my pillows propped up so I didn’t fall back asleep of course) and read. It was so nice. I don’t remember the last time I had a leisurely morning. I’ll have to do this more often. 😀
Have a great Thursday!
What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned or made since joining the blog world?
On Tuesday, we went to Mas to celebrate our anniversary. Mas is one of the few Spanish tapas (small dishes) restaurants in the area and it’s quite tasty. We wasted no time and began drooling over the menu, picking out tons of creative dishes.
The food was delicious. My favorites were the salad, the artichoke dip, and the octopus. Lee and I both agreed that we ate a little too much but with all the tasty plates, it’s hard to resist.
Since we had such a delectable night out, I got up the next morning to hit the gym. I jumped back on the same treadmill from the day before, hoping to get some inspiration to complete the beast. Later in the evening, I did some yoga videos with my roommate on our DVD player.
After getting our zen on, I called it a night and did a little reading before falling asleep.
This morning, I woke up and headed to the gym for some treadmill incline walking. I woke up at 5:30 AM which I think might be the magic hour to wake up if I want to workout. After the gym, I had extra time (a first!) and enjoyed a few Lara Balls over some reading.
Are you a morning person? If so, have you always been or have you had to train yourself to be one?
Here’s a great post on techniques for waking up in the morning. Have a good one!
Last night was a cooking kinda’ night. I wanted to make some things that I could snack on for the week that were healthy and tasty so I opted for some homemade popcorn (if you can call popcorn homemade) and LaraBars (definitely homemade).
For the popcorn, I just popped the kernels in canola oil over the stove and added garlic salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan cheese. I’ll snack on this for a few days but the only problem is that after the first day, the popcorn gets a little soft but it’s still good. (Low budget, low standards for me!)
The Larabars were a little bit more of a challenge because I have a very small and weak food processor so you could say I got a workout in during this cooking session. 😉 These balls are just 2 cups of dates combined with 1 cup of peanuts. (I accidentally started with a 1 to 1 ratio and had to add a few more dates and raisins to balance out the texture- oops!) After combining it with a food processor
1,000 times you roll the dough together and form little balls. I added some pumpkin and cinnamon to a few of mine.
And there we have some snacks for the week- success!
It’s crazy how easy it is to use up the foods in the pantry. I am definitely well over due a grocery shop but I can still get by just by using what I’ve got. I do plan on going shopping this evening to get produce and such.
I had some vegetable soup leftovers for dinner last night that I made on Sunday evening.
I used frozen broccoli, frozen carrots, 1 onion lots of red pepper flakes, pepper, sriracha, chicken broth, and coconut milk. Next time, I’ll add less chicken broth and more coconut milk to make the soup a little thicker.
Lots of good eats on a low budget from a kitchen noob.
After the cooking sesh, I headed over to the gym for a second workout of the day. I double blasted as my Mom would say. 🙂 My Hawaii trip is just around the corner and I’ve got to get beach body ready. I completed 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by an upper body workout. It was later in the evening and I didn’t finish my workout until 9:00 pm, definitely a little late for me, and I felt sleepy this morning. Hope everyone is off to a good week.
Have a good Tuesday!
Question of the day: What are your favorite homemade (or store bought) healthy snacks?
‘As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.’ ~Buddha