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Our Weekend in Pictures

9 Dec

Happy Monday.

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Smoothie.

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Catching Fire.

 

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Shredded Kale Salad.

 

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Happiness.

 

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Coconut Chobani.

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Starr Hill IPA.

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Sweet potato fries.

 

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Sunday morning waffles.

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Relaxing yoga.

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Kitty Snuggles.

We hope you have a fabulous week!

Sister Chili

9 Aug

Over the course of the last few weeks Devon and I have come to the conclusion that cooking by ourselves just isn’t as much fun as cooking together.

The worse part about cooking by yourself is the fact that there’s nobody to help you wash the dishes after. Lets be honest, washing the dishes sucks. Life would really be perfect if we could all just buy robots who would clean up the kitchen after us, right?

That’s why we decided to “cook together” half way across the world style by making the same meal for dinner this week! Although it’s 95 degrees and sunny in Pennsylvania, it’s about 50 degrees in Australia which is where the dinner inspiration came from…chili!

Chili is awesome.

Chili is easy.

Chili is delicious.

[Although we do realized that we cannot actually “eat” this meal together unless one of us wants chili for breakfast]

Sister Chili (Serves 2; huge McKain sized servings)

Ingredients:
1 can of Red Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of organic corn kernels (or fresh depending on the availability)
1 tsp. of chili powder
1/2 red onion, chopped.
1 can of diced tomatoes

Directions:
1. Throw ingredients in a crock pot or low for 4-6 hours OR combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15.
2. Serve with avocado and tortilla chips for dippin’

Devon added some summer squash to her’s because she had a bunch leftover that she did not want to go to waste. She also forgot to pick up some red kidney beans, so she subbed white ones instead!

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Kayla followed the recipe posted above and topped her chili with leftover brown rice and avocado!

 

 

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Although we’d much rather be eating together, this is definitely the next best thing.

WIAW Australian Style

31 Jul

Happy Wednesday!

It’s Kayla checking in again. Devon and I thought it would be fun to feature a WIAW post Australian style.

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To be honest, Australian food is pretty American. Despite the occasional kangaroo burger you may find in the grocery store, it’s mostly filled with typical American food.

While making the decision to study in Australia I knew I would be living in a dorm again. Although I am not a huge fan of dorm life my favorite part about this program was the fact that I was not required to have a meal plan. Instead, each dorm is equipped with industrial kitchens so that students can prepare their own food.

Although we have community refrigerators, I opted to purchase my own bar fridge for my dorm room. What can I say, I like my food right where I can see it.

Although at home I prefer to eat at least one salad a day, sometimes that isn’t possible here. Instead I try to fill my plate with a huge serving of vegetables, some type of whole grain, and a protein. Meat is pretty expensive here, so it is good I am not a big fan. Instead I have been surviving off of tuna, canned beans, lentils, and brown rice.

For breakfast I usually have either oatmeal with fruit and peanut butter or cottage cheese with fruit and nuts.

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Sandwiches for lunch have been super easy as well as filling. My favorite combinations include:

Scrambled eggs, feta, mixed greens, and hummus

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Tuna and hummus

Smashed chickpea and avocado

Cottage cheese and tuna

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Hummus, feta, and mixed greens

I always pair my sandwiches with carrots and some piece of fresh fruit.

Last week I visited the Victoria Market in downtown Melbourne and was able to score tons of cheap fruit including 5 pink lady apples for 90 cents as well as a huge bag of Australian oranges for $3, amazing.

Veggie burger salads have been my go- to dinners. They are simple, quick to throw together, and super filling. I found Australian chickpea and sunflower seed veggie burgers at the grocery store. They rock.

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Huge bowls of random goodness have been enjoyed a lot as well. This one includes brown rice, cauliflower, kidney beans (they are there-I promise) and avocado.

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I have not been able to find any granola bars I like lately so I’ve been snacking on nuts and fruit as well as yogurt topped with raw oats and buckwheat groats.

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Eating out in Melbourne is expensive. Yet again, everything is pretty expensive in Melbourne. So far I’ve tried to limit my eating out to once a week if at all possible. Most of my friends are broke exchange students too, so that works out nicely.

Finally, our school provides a bus free of charge on Saturday morning that runs from campus to a local shopping center. The shopping center has a large grocery store as well as an Aldi. I’ve tried to buy the majority of my food fresh and here is a picture of my latest grocery haul!

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A cashew, almond, hazelnut & coconut cereal, pearl barley, balsamic vinegar, mixed grain bread, mixed greens, spinach, bananas, carrots, apples, avocados, chickpeas, rice cakes, greek yogurt, cashews, hummus, lentils, cottage cheese, tofu, tuna, sardines, and a Chobani greek yogurt (sadly at $2/piece they are a luxury item).

Although I definitely prefer my American kitchen with a fully stocked pantry and fridge, i’m definitely getting by just fine!

Do you have any questions about my stay in Australia that you would like for me to answer? 

A Marvelous Family Road Trip

8 Jul

Happy Monday!

Today we want to share with you a recap of our fabulous 4 day road trip to our Aunt Dawn’s house in the form of pictures we snapped over the past few days.

Surprisingly, our iphones take some pretty marvelous photos.

We started off our road trip Wednesday morning with a peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl.

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After we loaded the car we snapped a quick pic!

 

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We only managed to get five hours of sleep the night before so not far after we left a pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts was much needed. Blueberry iced coffee for the win.

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We arrived at our cousin Katelynn’s house around noon to find this beautiful set up! She is seriously the greatest hostess ever. On our bed was travel sized shampoo and conditioner, a fun TJ Maxx reusable bag, the new allure magazine, gum, and coffee!

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After lunch we headed to our Aunt’s house. Check out this Fairy Garden she made for our cousins Katie Scott & Liza. She is so talented!

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The greatest thing about having family down south is definitely fresh Georgia peaches.

 

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For dinner on Wednesday we threw together a bunch of stuff. Aren’t these bowls awesome? They have mixed greens, tofu, avocado, yellow peppers, and carrots with Annie’s Gingerly dressing.

 

 

 

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July 4th

We are huge fans of July 4th! It may just be because it’s our half birthday…we love birthdays. Especially because we are officially closer to being 21 more and more every day now.

We started off our holiday with a huge bowl of overnight oats.

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A on-the-go salad that was pretty similar to Wednesday night’s dinner.

 

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Our family had a pretty typical fourth of July spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, and picnic salads. Our Aunt Dawn picked up some black bean burgers for us and we enjoyed them with some fresh watermelon and a massaged kale salad!

 

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Crazy McKain girls

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Fresh flowers from our aunts garden.

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More flowers, our aunt definitely has a green thumb!

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As well as picking up black bean burgers, our aunt also grabbed a huge tub of plain Chobani greek yogurt. For the past few days we snacked on greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola….aka the best summer snack ever!

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Friday

Breakfast at our cousins house before we went shopping. Hot oats with cottage cheese, chai seeds, fresh Georgia peaches, Trader Joe’s sun butter and Kind granola.

 

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Friday night we threw together another salad. Leftover massaged kale salad with black beans, pineapple, peppers, and carrots.

 

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Saturday

Why do days off from work seem to go by so much faster? We didn’t want to leave!

After leaving our cousins’s bright and early we enjoyed a yogurt parfait on the go!

 

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Once we got home we unloaded the car, unpacked, and made a quick lunch before we had to work. Tempeh and fresh fig sandwich with grapes and peppers on the side.

 

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Hope you enjoyed all our pictures from the past few days. Family time is always the best!

What was your favorite thing about your 4th of July weekend? Did you get together with family or friends? Attend a fabulous picnic or host one of your own? 

 

 

 

 

WIAW Blueberry Edition

12 Jun

Happy Wednesday! We are pretty happy it’s already Wednesday considering we have fun plans for today! We both have off so we filled our day full of fun activities including 5:50 am Muscle Pump, cleaning the house (okay not so fun but much needed), a mother-daughter-grandma lunch date at one of our favorite local restaurants, and an afternoon poolside.

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Thanks to Jenn for hosting another fabulous WIAW Wednesday. This month’s theme is sensible snacking and lately we’ve been snacking on tons of fresh fruit, vegetables with hummus, smoothies, Berry Blast Simply Real Pro Bars, cottage cheese, and cashew energy bites (recipe coming soon!).

On Sunday we picked up a huge carton of blueberries at Cosco so we’ve been adding them to everything lately!

Yesterday Eats

Breakfast
Breakfast cookie topped with plain greek yogurt and blueberries with blueberry coffee on the side.

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Close up shot

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Lunch
Whole wheat tortilla topped with 2 scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato slices, mixed greens, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Paired with a big bowl of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and mango.

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Close up shot #2

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Naked Green Machine juice on the side.

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Afternoon Snacking
Devon snacked on a Roasted Nut Roll Uber Lara Bar and grapes while at work.

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Kayla snacked on a piece of whole grain bread topped with peanut butter.

We both enjoyed lots of grapes too!

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Dinner
Baked chicken, asparagus, and a side of Blueberry Bulgur Wheat Salad we were just dying to make from yesterday’s post.

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Late night snack

Homemade Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding (2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of PB2, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 sliced banana) topped with homemade Coconut Whip Cream, blueberries, and extra banana slices.

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We are loving summer and all the fresh produce that comes along with it! What’s your favorite summer produce item?

Crockpot Meets Curry Powder

31 May

Curry powder has intrigued us for far too long.
We hear so many people raving about it.
And we hear so many people dissing it.
We needed to try it out for ourselves.
So we went to the grocery store.
Bought some curry powder.
And searched high and low to figure out just how to use it for the first time.
We searched, and we searched.
And then…
We found it.

Cauliflower Crockpot Chickpea Curry
Adapted slightly from Kath Eat’s

Ingredients:
3/4 of a head of cauliflower, cut into pieces
1 large sweet potato, cubed
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
2 large carrots
2 pieces of celery
1 can of muir tomato paste
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Throw everything into a crock pot on low for 3 hours. 30 minutes before serving, turn to high.
Pair with a serving of bulgar wheat, toasted coconut, a dollop of plain yogurt, and cashews.

We want to know, have you ever experimented with curry powder before? If so, what did you make that is worth sharing?

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Mid-Week Visit

22 May

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday we were delighted to have our cousin Marissa visit us on one of her days off! She is a flight attendant and when she isn’t spending her days working on a plane she is usually a passenger flying somewhere gorgeous. She has basically been everywhere…India, Japan, St. Thomas, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Andaman Islands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, Argentina, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel…you get the picture. We’re slightly jealous but glad she found time to come visit us with her crazy schedule.

She loves to cook just like us so we had tons of fun! We spent the first half of the day grocery shopping and cooking and spent the afternoon at the matinee showing of The Great Gatsby! It is such a good movie and even better that it only cost $6.50 to see it! The price of movie theater tickets kind of disgusts us, but matinee showings are usually much more reasonable! If you haven’t seen it yet…go right now.

Here’s yesterdays eats in picture form!

Breakfast started off with coffee made with our French Press for the first time! The french press is cool but we definitely love our coffee pot more. It may be nice if you only need to make a single cup of coffee but it probably will not become a everyday kinda thing. We’re too hooked on the perfect 10 cups of coffee our pot brews.

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We had a delicious breakfast of hot oats one last time before the summer heat makes eating hot oats impossible. These were made with banana + cottage cheese and topped with buckwheat + coconut + almond butter

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Lunch was a salad topped with Trader Joe’s Multigrain bread + avocado + corn + peppers + carrots + cucumber + and leftover grilled chicken with cherries and pineapple on the side

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We just had to share with you all how perfect our avocado was! Does anyone else get anxiety before cutting an avocado? We are alway soooooo nervous it won’t be a good one…good thing we got lucky this time! Our avocado picking skills are getting much better thanks to this Pinterest find here.

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This was our cousins lunch plate: cherries + spinach + avocado + indian chickpeas + a sliced pear

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The Great Gatsby was a pretty long movie so we snuck in some snacks to hold us over! A fruit smoothie + some extra pineapple and cherries to snack on held us over until dinner

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Dinner was a delicious crock pot creation inspired by Kath’s recipe here! We love cooking but sometimes it is just awesome when the crock pot does all the work for you. This was made with chickpeas + sweet potato chunks + cauliflower + tons of indian spices.

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We served this amazing creation over bulgar wheat with yogurt + chopped cashews + shredded coconut was added after this picture was taken!

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The rest of the evening was spent doing a one hour intense yoga session, relaxing, and enjoying each others company! After an hour of sweaty yoga our late night snack was a yogurt parfait with buckwheat granola + blueberry preserves + banana slices

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Along with yesterdays eats, here are a few pictures of things we are loving lately!

Snack: sugar snap peas + Trader Joe’s cilantro hummus

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Smoothie: frozen banana + blueberries + grapefruit juice

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Now head on over to Peas and Crayons to join the party and see what everyone else is munchin’ on today.

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Peanut Noodle Stir Fry

16 May

Lets be honest, peanut butter rocks.

There is something about a huge spoonful of peanut butter that just seems to make life so much better.

Peanut butter on oatmeal.
Peanut butter on yogurt.
Peanut butter on toast.

You get the picture.

We decided peanut butter on noodles would probably be pretty delicious too; we were right.

Peanut Noodle Stir Fry (serves 2)

Ingredients:
2 servings of whole wheat pasta
1 12 oz. bag of stir fry vegetables
6 asparagus stalks

Peanut Sauce (serves 2)

Ingredients:
4 heaping tablespoons of PB2
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon of lime juice
6 tablespoons of water
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

Directions
1. Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
2. Steam asparagus in microwave wrapped in damp paper towels for 1-2 minutes.
3. Steam stir fry vegetables in microwave for 3-4 minutes, or according to package directions.
4. Wisk peanut sauce ingredients together and heat in a small saucepan on medium-low heat.
5. Once the sauce is hot, toss with cooked noodles. Then add in steamed vegetables and toss to combine.
6. Serve topped with toasted sesame seeds and extra red pepper flakes!

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This looked and smelled amazing and we almost didn’t want to stop and take a picture…but we decided it was too good not to share.

Sweet Potato Pancakes & WIAW

15 May

Having all this extra time on our hands is kind of dangerous. So dangerous, we had enough time to make pancakes. And not just ordinary, plain old pancakes. We made sweet potato pancakes! No worries WIAW readers, we are here to share the details with you. Inspired by Grace over at www.wholesomeandnutritious.blogspot.com, we decided we needed to take our love for sweet potatoes to the next step. What is even better than sweet potato pancakes?! The fact that these babies are 100% vegan! We have complete respect for all those vegans out there, and if it wasn’t for our love of greek yogurt we would probably be with ya!

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Serves 1

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oat flour
2 tsp baking powder
large pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cooked sweet potato, mashed
1/2 cup milk of choice (we prefer unsweetened almond milk)
coconut oil, for cooking purposes

Directions:
1. Mix all dry ingredients together. Then add in mashed sweet potato and milk.
2. Cook pancakes on medium heat in coconut oil or other oil of choice. Then layer pancakes with fruit of choice.

Enjoyed with a large cup of coffee mixed with truvia and International Delight sugar free coffee creamer. We finally finished off our peppermint creamer, and are out of luck until we can grab another bottle when it debuts again around the holidays. We spread raspberry preserves in between the pancakes and tipped them with a sliced banana and buckwheat groats. They were good but next time we would definitely spread some sun butter or peanut butter on top instead!

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They were so filling we actually did not even finish the last few bites! We will definitely be making these again soon. Although we are big Greek yogurt and oatmeal fans it is fun to change up breakfast every once in a while.

The morning was filled with a trip to the grocery store! We love grocery shopping together. The best thing about our eating habits is that we both love 99% of the same foods. It makes grocery shopping so easy because we both want the same things! Grocery shopping with a friend is a great way to make good purchases. Next time you go grocery shopping bring a long a friend to support each other with choosing healthy things to put in your grocery cart!

Another important grocery shopping tip is to never grocery shop hungry. We curbed our mid-morning hunger with a PB filled date.

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If you have not tried this easy snack yet, we think you ought to give it a try!

After grocery shopping we made a huge salad with some of our grocery store purchases. This yummy salad had leftover turkey (thanks mom), cherry tomatoes, strawberries, brussels sprouts, mozzarella cheese, and Maple Grove Farms Raspberry Balsamic. This dressing is a little on the sweet side, but we love our balsamic so we thought we would give it a try.

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We also re-stocked our fridge with cottage cheese! We are obsessed and were craving some ASAP. We decided our afternoon snack needed to be cottage cheese topped with a little bit of all the fresh fruit we picked up today. Mango, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, and almonds!

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Dinner was consumed on the go for Devon at work and at home for Kayla! Recently people have asked us why we always eat the same things and wondered if there was anything that one of us liked that the other did not. We usually eat the same things because it is so easy to make two of everything. Another reason we eat the same things a lot is because a lot of things come in pairs of two! Have you ever noticed that before? We do not always 100% of the time eat the same things. Kayla hates chocolate, but sometimes Devon makes her smoothies with chocolate soy milk instead of plain or vanilla. Just one example of how we mix it up without others even knowing it!

Anyways, we made a sandwich with the rest of our brussels sprouts, a slice of harvati cheese, leftover hummus, and power greens!

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Paired with a bowl of our homemade soup! We cleaned out our refrigerator last night by making this soup. Making your own soup is a lot easier than you think! Just follow this simple calculation: protein + vegetables + spinach + spices = a healthy homemade soup!

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You can add in whatever you want! In our soup, we had turkey, canary beans, carrots, zucchini, onion, spinach, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper! Then when people notice how good your lunch smells in the lunchroom, you can brag about how you made it, yourself, with your own recipe!

Our evening snack was whenever either of us felt hungry. More of our favorite things. Yogurt, granola, and fruit! We picked up a box of Ezekiel almond cereal at the store and are loving it on top of our yogurt parfaits! The best part is that it is a complete protein in itself!

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Beautiful food is just so fun to photograph! Who agrees with us?

We love to update every Wednesday to join the fun over at Pea’s and Crayons, and hope to keep the updates going all summer long! Be sure to check out what everyone else is posting about over on Jen’s blog, located here. Last week so many different bloggers linked up to share! If you are new to the blog world, feel free to link up and join in on the fun!

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Speaking of the blog world, we have some news to share with you! We have been making some few changes to improve our blog! We now have our own double take love twitter account! Be sure to keep up with all of our updates and healthy tips by following us at @doubletakelove!

What We Ate Week 19 and the Official Start to our Summer

8 May

Happy Wednesday!

Although our blogging pattern may change this summer, we wouldn’t dare miss a what we ate Wednesday post! We have a little too much fun making and photographing our meals for an entire day.

Breakfasts in the summer are just sooooo much more fun because we usually are not in a time crunch. Our
favorite part of summer vacation by far is being able to wake up and enjoy our coffee and breakfast while hanging on our back patio. It is so nice to be able to start our day on such a relaxing note.

Yesterday’s breakfast wasn’t too fancy, but still amazing nevertheless. We made a big greek yogurt parfait to
start off our day. We took plain Greek yogurt and mixed it with almond milk. Then we topped it with Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, Banana slices, extra raisins, and peanut butter frosting (1 tablespoon of peanut butter mixed with 1 tablespoon of almond milk). Paired with some Folger’s coffee and peppermint creamer (so typical, we know).

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Lunch was a slice of our homemade sweet potato crust quiche (recipe coming later this week) on top of a bed of spinach with extra slices of sweet potato, grape tomatoes, and yellow peppers. Of course we took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed lunch outside on the patio.

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A close up of this banging salad.

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An Fuji apple was enjoyed on the side.

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Look at how awesome this quiche looks cooking away in the oven. We cannot wait to share this recipe with you all!

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It was a rainy afternoon yesterday so we stayed indoors and opted for an afternoon snack of mango green tea and life changing bread with sugar free apricot preserves spread on top. This bread is seriously LIFE CHANGING and we will have another post later this week to show you what exactly what makes it just so life changing 😉

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Being officially done with spring semester means only one thing….celebration time in the form of yummy food and drinks. Yummy drinks include Barefoot Sweet Red.

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Yummy dinner was enjoyed in the form of oat crust pizzas! We topped these with fresh chunks of pineapple, grape tomatoes, onion, zucchini, and spinach. Once cooked we crumbled grilled Boca burgers on top and drizzled them with a balsamic reduction.

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Paired with a side of steamed asparagus!

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The rest of our evening was spent watching a TV series we recently picked up on. It is called Downton Abbey! We came across it thanks to our cousin, Kate! She recommended it to us. It’s starting to get pretty juicy as the drama unfolds! We find ourselves watching episodes late into the night.

Before we went to bed we managed to find some time to whip up some homemade frozen yogurt. We simply mixed together strawberry yogurt, almond milk, and cinnamon and poured it into our frozen yogurt maker and 20 minutes later it was ready! We topped it with fresh strawberry and banana slices and granola. It is officially frozen yogurt season and we are not complaining 🙂

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Now that you’ve seen our #WIAW don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out what Jenn and all the other bloggers are noming on this week. Is noming a word? If not…we just created it.

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What are your favorite frozen yogurt toppings? Our favorites are fresh fruit and granola!