Please Sir, Can I Have Some More

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Bailey is so funny during the day. He just moves from spot to spot, finding a nice place to snuggle up.

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As he curled up, his foot was right in his face. :lol:

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I used a slice of lemon to encourage me to drink more water for Project Hydrate. It worked! I downed 3 of these glasses today – that’s like 2 “cups” in each glass (estimate).

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I broke into my new Tulsi tea flavor – India Breakfast. Mmm…so tasty with some sugar and milk.

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I decided on an organic hummus sammie for lunch. Perhaps because yesterday’s was so good?

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I had leftover fingerling potatoes from last night’s dinner as a side.

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As for the veggies – I really piled those on! Cucumber, red bell pepper, spinach…

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So refreshing. I love eating lots of veggies. I know a lot of people aren’t fans, but honestly, I LOVE vegetables! I haven’t always loved veggies, but over the years, my affection for them has really grown.

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Bailey was hungry for more food, too. I could almost hear him saying, “Please Sir, can I have some more?

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I’ll pose real cute for youuuuuuuu?

We should never have taught him how to pick up his food bowl. lol

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I definitely gave him a wee bit more food.

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I took a 15 minute break when a phone conference ended early to go outside and get some fresh air.

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Hubby took Bailey out to play frisbee.

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You gotta click on this photo to see the bigger version. I totally caught Bailey mid air. The frisbee had just gone by his head so he was trying to turn around to get it.

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That’s my boys. :)

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I had an afternoon snack.

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Dakota toast with my homemade dark chocolate almond butter (click for recipe).

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After work, I had some fun plans – a bloggie get-together! I love getting together with blog friends in real life. More on my bloggie get together next post.

Till then, did you see that The Chic Life is now on Facebook? Will you be a TCL Facebook fan? Please? :mrgreen:

And, if you can’t eat meat for Lent Friday, check out the guest post from Angela of Oh She Glows – her famous In a Jiffy Spelt Burgers (click for her recipe and guest post)!

Make Your Own Dark Chocolate Nut Butter

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I love my Dark Chocolate Dreams PB, but honestly…I like almond butter than peanut butter.

I haven’t seen chocolate almond butter (I’m sure it exists somewhere, but I haven’t seen it yet), so today…I decided to make my own. Why not, right? :mrgreen:

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(Most) ingredients gathered: nut butter of choice (mine is Barney Butter), unsweetened cocoa powder.

This recipe should work with any nut butter – sunflower butter, peanut butter, etc. Use what is your fave.

Small, microwave-safe bowl and spoon needed.

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Add nut butter to bowl.

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Add cocoa powder. Mix just a little (you probably won’t get far because of the consistency).

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Add sweetener of choice (I used a combo of organic cane sugar and agave syrup) plus a bit of milk.

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Microwave for 10-20 seconds to get ingredients to mesh easier.

At first, the mixture will look odd – a lump of nut butter and a lot of liquid. Keep working the mixture until it comes together.

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Voila! Dark Chocolate Almond Butter. Mmm…

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I enjoyed mine over basic oatmeal (with flaxseed and chia seeds) and hot coffee.

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So creamy, so heavenly!

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Stirred up…yum!

My batch made enough for toast later!

Dark Chocolate Nut Butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice (Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, etc)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (use more of less depending on how chocolate-y you want yours)
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (cane sugar, agave, etc) – add more to your preferred sweetness level
  • 1 tsp milk (I used organic skim milk)

Direction:

  1. Add nut butter to a small microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add cocoa powder and mix lightly (you don’t have to completely combine).
  3. Add sweetener and milk.
  4. Microwave mixture for 10-20 seconds until it’s easy to work with.
  5. Stir/combine mixture until it has come together to an even consistency.
  6. Enjoy!

NOTE: store in fridge in an airtight container.

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Nom nom nom… :)

M4L Guest Post: Oh She Glow’s In a Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers

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Need an idea for a meatless Friday meal during the Lent season? Here’s a wonderful recipe from Angela! Get your ingredients tonight so you’re ready to go tomorrow. I can’t wait to try these myself! :)

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Hi everyone!

My name is Angela and I am the writer of Oh She Glows and Green Monster Movement. I was delighted when Diana asked me to do a guest post talking about one of my favourite meat-free recipes. I knew immediately what I would select.

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These veggie burgers are the best veggie burgers I have ever tasted and are a hit among everyone who tries them out. My own meat-loving husband goes crazy over these whenever I make them. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we do! Just be careful…they are gone in a jiffy too!

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In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chick peas (of beans of your choice)
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 1 small sweet onion, peeled and chopped up into large pieces
  • 1/2 Red pepper, chopped into large pieces
  • 1/4 cup spinach, washed
  • 1/2 t dill (dried or fresh- I used fresh pureed dill)
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/4 t fine grain sea salt
  • tiny dash of cayenne
  • 1 clove minced garlic, optional
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (so amazing in this burger!)
  • 1 T pumpkin seeds (pepita)
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour (or flour of your choice)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with oil). Place all ingredients except the seeds and flour into a food processor. Process until mixture is blended well, stopping to scrape sides if necessary. Remove mixture and place into a large bowl. Add seeds and stir well. Now add the spelt flour (or flour of your choice) in 1/4 cup increments, stirring well until blended. Shape patties and bake for 15 mins at 375F, flip and bake for another 10 minutes.

Makes 8 small patties.

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[Recipe adapted from Diet, Dessert, n Dogs. For nutritional info, see here.]

Thank you Diana for allowing me to share my recipe on your fabulous blog.

Have a great day everyone!

Angela

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Thank you so much Angela for sharing your recipe with us! I hope lots of people try this one out. I know I will! :)
Photo credits for this post: Angela / Oh She Glows

The Chic Life is on Facebook – Become A Fan :)

I’ve been keeping something from you guys….

The Chic Life blog is now on Facebook!

Ok, so The Chic Life has been on Facebook for a few weeks now, but I’m finally ready to let you guys know!

Oh, and I may have told my tweeps last night. Follow my tweets @thechiclife to get the inside scoop. Facebook fans will have access to inside information, too! Facebook fans will get heads up about giveaways and other goodies. Oh yea!

Click here to be my fan and gain access to extra photos, posts, links, and to participate in discussions with fellow fans :)

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Head’s up….another Meatless 4 Lent Guest post coming at you later today! Check back soon!

You can also check out my Vegetarian and Vegan categories for other meatless meal ideas. ;)

“Green” Eggs + “Ham”

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Did you remember to wear green? I did – a lil green for each outfit change. You’ll see…

And before I forget, sorry for not responding to comments the last couple days. I’ve been staying up late just trying to get other things (like taxes…ugh) done, so I’ll get back to them asap. :) I read them all I just haven’t had the chance to respond!

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I’ve decided that I need to start earlier on Project Hydrate. I usually don’t drink anything but coffee (which I only have 1 mug of in the AM) before about 10 or 10:30am. That’s roughly 2-3 hours of time I could be hydrating but am not!

This morning, I started with water first thing. Ok, first, I got my coffee brewing (priorities people!) but while my coffee brewed, I downed half a cup of water. I think the water helped wake me up better than the coffee!

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I was down to the last of my Barney Butter. Most people get excited about Oatmeal in a Jar.

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Here’s how I like to clean out my nut butter containers. heehee :lol: Get it Bailey!

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I’ve been running late all week, so Power Toast is my quick go-to when I’m short on time.

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AB+J Power Toast!

(almond butter + jelly)

Toppings:

  • Barney Butter
  • Earthfare Organic Pomegranate jelly
  • flaxseeds
  • chia seeds

Such a great way to start the day! I think I need to re-create this for lunch some time.

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I wonder if drinking lots of water makes you want to drink more water?

Normally, for Project Hydrate, I finish my first 4 cup water bottle around 2pm with a cup or two of hot tea. Today, I finished my pink bottle, a yerba mate latte, AND that cup from this morning by 1pm! I was an hour earlier with the pink bottle, plus I had an extra cup of water to tack on to my total.

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I went out for lunch again. :( I’ve been eating out way too much lately! Too much for my liking at least. I think b/c this week has been so busy and I missed my prep day this past Sunday.

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Today for lunch I had a hummus sammie…

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…and some Vibrance tea and fresh fruit. My lunch was very healthful, but pretty pricey, too.

Note the 2 extra cups liquids…yay!

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Around 3pm, I realized I’d only consumed roughly 800 calories for the day. I’m not counting, but I like to keep a rough guess-timate. Typically, I’m concerned with not getting enough food. I’ve had issues with restrictive eating before (more on that in a future post/page).

Anywho, factoring in that I’d be burning roughly 500-600 calories in zumba class later with a net total of 200-300, I realized I needed to eat more food to fuel up for zumba.

Kashi crackers were my answer.

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Plus an organic apple.

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As for my green – here’s my half-a$$ attempt – a pale green scarf. I was already dressed when I realized I needed to wear green and didn’t feel like changing. The scarf was my greenest accessory.

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More zumba fuel on the way to class – a GREEN Amazing Grass Chocolate food bar.

Oh and do you see my green pants in the background?

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Yup, when I packed for class, I remembered to bring green – my bright green zumba pants that is!

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I had some really great ideas for dinner tonight. I wanted to make a tofu or tempeh Shepherd’s Pie…alas, I didn’t leave zumba till about 8pm, so a slow-baking dinner was not in my cards.

So, instead of Irish-y eats, I went with green eats. I thought…what about Green Eggs & Ham with pesto and spinach and a non-meat “ham”? I didn’t feel like buying all the ingredients to make pesto mostly because it’s kind of expensive, so I had hubby pick up some pesto. I’m not sure how much it cost but he said the ready made pesto was expensive, so I may have been better off making it from scratch.

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This pesto was not very green. :( But it tasted pretty good at least :)

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So we went “green” for the eggs festive in color and with “potatoes” to be festive in flavor. I saw a sign at Trader Joe’s saying something about getting potatoes for St Patricks Day. It seemed like a good idea.

Dinner cooked up quickly, which I was thankful for since I didn’t get home till closer to 9pm.

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For my “ham”, I used Morningstarbacon strips” (since hubby and I gave up meat for Lent).

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So, my eggs didn’t turn out green, even though I stirred in some fresh spinach. But like I said, it tasted good. :) I even liked the bacon broken into the eggs. I was surprised at how crispy the “bacon” got.

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Yummers.

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OJ to drink.

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Hubby got us cupcakes to celebrate St Patricks day. He got the vanilla and I got the chocolate.

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Not only were the cupcakes delicious, they were festive, too! Perfect with some skim organic milk.

Speaking of cupcake eating…do you have a style or pattern you follow when you eat your cupcakes?

Here’s how I eat mine.

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If the cupcake has a lot of icing, I like to level it off (by licking off the icing of course…no sense in putting it to waste).

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Then, you peel off the wrapper (not all the way) and bite into it, making sure to get some of the cupcake and some of the icing in each bite.

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When you get to the last couple bites, you can discard the wrapper.

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The last bite is quite possibly the best! (the only competition is the first bite…yum).

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Done-zo! :)

How do you eat your cupcakes?

Project Hydrate Day #10

Tidbits: I’ve received comments that it’s hard to stay hydrated when you’re cold. This is a problem for me, too, because I’m ALWAYS cold at work! So, I totally feel your pain. Truly.

My solution if coldness keeps you from hydrating:

  • Drink hot tea (try to use as little sweetener and milk/creamer as possible – I like a little but it can really add up if you’re drinking many cups of tea) – added bonus – the hot tea will help keep you warm and many teas have good nutritional benefits.
  • Stay warm – I keep a blanket and extra jacket at work to help stay warm. I even have leg warmers for emergency situations and yes, I have used them at the office – click for proof.
  • Drink hot water with a squeeze of lemon – I’ve heard a lot of people drink this in the morning instead of coffee. I’ve only done this a couple times just because I prefer tea which has more flavor.
  • Suck it up – hydration is important.
  • Maybe try room temp water? That way it won’t make you colder?

I think starting first thing this morning with water was a big key to my success today!

Consumed:

  • 1 cup water first thing this morning
  • 1 pink bottle ~4 cups finished by 1pm
  • 1 yerba mate latte finished
  • 2 cups worth iced, unsweetened Vibrance tea
  • 1 turquoise bottle ~3 cups

How are you doing with Project Hydrate? Do you need any tips? Leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Plus, I’d like to hear how you guys are doing. Updates please! :)

Remember my random reader question – how do you eat your cupcakes?

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