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Coconut Date Energy Bites

17 May

As of this morning, we have successfully competed our first full week of Body Pump classes! There is no greater feeling than getting in an awesome work out before most people have even rolled out of bed.

Body pump is a barbell class that sculpts and tones your entire body! It focuses on low weight loads with high repetition movements to help you burn fat, gain strength, and quickly produce lean body muscles.

We are loving this class and if you think it seems like something you’d enjoy too, you should check out this website to see if there is a class taught in your area!

Although 5:30 am is a little too early for our typical big breakfast we still like to at least put something nutritious in our body before our workout. Late Sunday night we were brainstorming what we could make to grab quick in the morning before our first Body Pump class. With a container of dates that needed to be used and inspiration from our favorite food bloggers Kylie from immaeatthat and Emily from the Daily Garnish these were created.

Coconut Date Energy Bites (makes 23 tablespoon sized bites)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of almonds
1 cup of rolled oats
10 dates, pitted
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
2 tablespoons of ground flax
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of textured vegetable protein (TVP)
8 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut (reserve 2 tablespoons for rolling)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of water

Directions:

1. Pit your dates and chop them into bite sized pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor, excluding water and 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut. Allow the mixture to blend for a minute or so to break down the ingredients.
3. Once the mixture is slightly dry and crumbly slowly add in 1/4 cup of water and continue to mix or blend together until the mixture becomes sticky and wet.
4. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll them into balls.
5. Roll balls in shredded coconut and place in refrigerator or freezer.

These bites are super easy to make and you can basically substitute any ingredients for ones you have on hand. Any type of nut, peanut butter, or dried fruit would be a great addition to these energy bites. These are perfect to grab on the go and average about 65 calories per bite with almost 2 grams of protein! We usually grab 2-3 bites before our work out! These are definitely a new staple in our house.

A close up shot of these babies, yum!

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What is your go-to snack before you workout?

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What a Marvelous Family Weekend

25 Feb

We have something marvelous to share with you on this beautiful Monday morning. It is our exciting weekend with our family! They came between 2-5 hours away to see our new apartment and visit us! Spending the weekend with our family was such a blast. We have the details below.

First, we are linking up with Healthy Diva Eats! Her page features tons of blogs who link up to share their favorite parts of the weekend with readers. You should definitely check it out and share what was marvelous about your own weekend!

http://www.healthydivaeats.com/

Our family arrived Friday evening bearing gifts to make our apartment just a little more “homey”. They all were beyond perfect. We have come to the conclusion that there is just something about both of our Aunts that help make everything feel a little bit more like home. We think it is because we find such a comfort in their homes because we spent so much time there as kids. Whatever it is, we are thankful they have brought some of it into our home.

Our Aunt Tracy got us a beautiful bunny rabbit to watch over us. We think our dad was reincarnated into a bunny rabbit. We were the first to discover a bunny rabbit watching over us and appearing places where we least expected it. Soon after the rest of our family started noticing bunny rabbits in their lives. Now everyone has a ceramic bunny rabbit somewhere at their house to remind them of our dad. It is comforting for us to see our dad in the form of a bunny rabbit but the feeling cannot be explained unless you have experienced it yourself after the death of a loved one.

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A homemade picture to hang in our living room. It matches perfectly!

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Homemade coasters. Our Aunt Dawn is so crafty. They are perfect for our dining room table. Every time we use them we are instantly reminded of her.

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You can put them all together for a centerpiece when you are not using them! We would of never thought of this! Thanks Aunt Dawn!

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We also received another set of funky bowls from our Aunt Tracy because she knows how much we love unique kitchen bowls. Of course we used them for breakfast the next morning! They are perfect for oatmeal.

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Here are some more details from our weekend with a few of the photos that helped capture the moments.

Friday nights dinner before our guests arrived was a spinach salad with white beans, sprouts, cucumbers, fresh salsa, greek yogurt, raw crackers, freekah (it’s kinda like brown rice but better) and a drizzle of fat free balsamic dressing.

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Fun drinks (Alcohol free due to our no alcohol policy during the pledging process)

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Refueling during our shopping trip at Panera. Panera is usually our favorite lunch option whenever we go shopping with our family. This is the second time we got the Chicken Hummus Power Bowl off of their hidden menu. For less than $8 this is the perfect bowl filled with the best hummus we have ever tasted. Seriously, we  were licking the bowls by the end because it is that good.

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We cooked a healthy dinner together after our long day of shopping. When we say long day we mean really long day. We did not get to eat dinner until after 8PM! We were all starving at this point and really enjoyed what we made.

We stuffed chicken breasts with 1 herb laughing cow cheese wedge, spinach, red onion, and salt/pepper. This was so easy and with our combined team work came together really quickly. It was cooked at 425 until we were done shopping. Estimated time: 1 hour but you can adjust temperatures based on your own schedule. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through completely.

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Fresh brushetta had tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper

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Finished product! We added the brushetta to the tops of 1/2 of them with 7 minutes remaining

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Yesterday’s Breakfast was Greek yogurt with a banana, 1/2 clementine, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cinnamon spiced almonds, chai seeds, and fresh granola from Dessert’s Etc. (HEAVENLY)

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Yesterday’s Lunch was a salad with a little bit of everything (literately). Spinach, mixed greens, 1/2 orange, strawberries, blue cheese, peppers, onion, cucumber, carrots, Canyon veggie chips, 1/2 black bean morning star burger, and Panera’s fat free poppyseed dressing.

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We had time for an afternoon study snack. We spent almost the entire day catching up on school work and studying for our French Exam. Kayla also has a literature exam today too.

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We did find a little time to update Dev’s bathroom though. The new shower curtain adds so much color into the small bathroom and reminds us of spring. Please come faster!

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All this leads to the closure of our weekend. It was fun but boy did it go by fast. We have just one more week of classes before we get a week off for spring break! During our break we are looking forward to staying in NYC, meeting up with friends who are home for the break, cooking, and relaxing!

What did you do this weekend? Did you go shopping? Did you spend it with your family? We would love to hear your favorite part.

Marvelous Meal Prep

11 Feb

Today we’re linking up with Katie’s blog and going along with her Monday theme of Marvelous in my Monday! #MIMM We would love to start this marvelous Monday with the details of our weekly meal prep and parts of our exciting weekend!

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For our birthday we were each given a gift card to Hershey entertainment and we knew right away what we wanted to spend it on. Can you say Devon’s Seafood! So we took our mom and step dad out for lunch this Saturday to celebrate all of the wonderful things happening in our lives recently. Kay and I knew what we wanted before we even got there. Atlantic Salmon! Paired with a delicious hot roll straight from the oven, asparagus, and roasted cauliflower. It was our first time having purple cauliflower. Of course we loved it but we thought it would taste a little different! Our mom ordered one of their power lunch specials (a roasted red beet salad and 1/2 crab melt) and our Step Dad got their troeg’s beer battered fish. It was such a great lunch!

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Isn’t it just beautiful?! Almost too good to eat. But no worries, our plates were completely cleared at the end.

Mid-day Saturday we needed some caffeine. We decided to hit up Dunkin Donuts for our favorite coffee. Hot blueberry coffee with Splenda and a splash of skim milk. If you haven’t tried it yet we recommend doing so! Let us know if you do or your favorite kind of flavored coffee!

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Now onto our meal prep for the week. Fail to prep and you’re in trouble. That’s our motto. If you have been keeping up with our blog posts lately then you have probably realized we’re crazy busy with school this month. Our “new member” Phi Sigma pledge process is going great so far! We kinda love being this busy because there is always something to do even if we are exhausted by the time we get home late each night. Our sisters bring so much happiness into our lives. With required study hours in the evening we have more free time during the day since we might as well be studying during our time in the library. Although they are supposed to be M-TH and SUN, we got out of Sunday study hours because we’re commuters. (Woo-hoo for commuter status at moments like this) This gives us a full day to do whatever we wish instead of being tied up in the library from 3-5pm. For us, we used this time to meal prep for the upcoming week. We decided on both new recipes and old time favorites!

We chose to make enough food to get us throughout the week. We made two soups, sunbutter, roasted squash, bean burgers, taziki sauce, and falafel balls. We will list ingredients and directions below for the lentil soup and minestrone soup we made. We have a product review coming up later this week as well featuring baked falafel balls and a separate post for the sunbutter. It was a busy day in our kitchen!

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Here’s how our falafel balls turned out! We are going to put them on top of a salad and make them into a wrap this week. We made homemade taziki sauce to go with them that is to die for (1 cup greek yogurt, 1/4 diced cucumber, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and salt & pepper to taste).

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We put together bean burgers with leftover red kidney beans from our soup. Ours have 1/3 cup of beans, diced red onion, diced peppers, red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and chopped spinach. All you do is mush everything together and then cook them in a skillet over medium heat for 4 minutes on each side. They aren’t the prettiest but they make up for it in flavor.

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For the lentil soup we remade a recipe we tried before and loved. We accidentally cooked the lentils too long and they soaked up all the broth but it turned out to be a yummy sort of mush. So we wanted to make it again to put over salads and take to school. If you want it to be more of a soup like consistency we would suggest adding more broth! Here’s a link to the origional recipe as well incase you would like to see how someone else makes it: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2008/02/vegetarian-lentil-soup-recipe-with.html

But here are our ingredients and the recipe serves 4.

Lentil Soup’s Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 medium sweet potato, diced
1.5 cups of dried brown lentils
1 cup diced canned tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
2 cups fresh kale

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat and saute onion and garlic until lightly brown (Around five minutes). Then add in chicken broth, cubed sweet potato, lentils, diced tomatoes, and spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes. Then add in spinach and cook for an additional two minutes. Then remove from heat and enjoy.

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Notice how it isn’t really like a soup at all and all the broth was soaked up by the lentils? This will be perfect on top of a salad or paired with rice for lunch or dinner this week.

The minestrone soup is based almost exactly off a recipe we found on Eat Yourself Skinny’s website. She has so many great recipes and everything we have made so far from her site has been quite successful. The worst part about finding a recipe online is when you try to make it yourself and it’s an epic fail. We modified the recipe to what we had in our pantry! You can compare our version and her’s at http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/

This recipe serves 8 so it makes 4 separate meals for us that is perfect to pair with 1/2 a sandwich, an apple with peanut butter, or some crunchy whole wheat bread.

Minestrone Soup’s Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup frozen green beans
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of chicken broth
3 1/2 cups red kidney beans
1/2 can (14 oz.) of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup carrots, julienned
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 1/2 cups of hot water
2 cups fresh kale
1/3 cup small whole wheat pasta shells

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a small pan and sauté onion, zucchini, garlic, and green beans for five minutes. Then add in vegetable broth, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, carrots, hot water, and all of the spices. Bring this to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about twenty minutes.

2. Add in kale and pasta then cook for an additional twenty minutes.

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In the middle of cooking our minestrone soup!

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The finished result!

We noticed that when soup sits in the fridge for a few days the soup tastes way more flavorful then when it is first made. We are super excited to have this for dinner tonight and are hoping it tastes just as delicious as it looks.

Have a fabulous Monday! Don’t forget to think positive, only 4 days left until Friday!

Simply Made Apple Chips

30 Dec

Thinly sliced apples, lots cinnamon, and a few hours = homemade apple chips

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Such an easy and fun snack to make! Our cousin, Marissa came to visit on her day off and she came up with the idea to make these chips! Kayla and I definitely need to invest in an apple corer and better slicing tool, but we worked pretty well with what we had.

All we did was core the apples by hand, sliced them thinly, laid them on a greased baking sheet, and then sprinkled them with cinnamon! We baked them at 210 degrees for 1.5 hours, flipping once throughout the process. You could always cook them for a longer or shorter amount of time depending on just how you personally like your chips to turn out!

We used red delicious apples because they were on special, but I would love to make them again with a different variety of apples to see if the type of apple would make a difference.

I was surprised at just how easy these were to make! Bring them to your next holiday get together and you’ll be sure to impress everyone!

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I don’t think these will last too long at our house either.. They’re just too delicious 🙂

Quaker Love

18 Oct

We have already established that we have an extreme obsession with oatmeal; any type of oatmeal. We’ve done normal, baked, cold, hot, overnight, and crockpot. We’ve done it all. But as busy college students, some mornings we just don’t have enough time to make our usual breakfast. Skipping breakfast is never an option. Instead, we grab a Quaker Medleys, the most genius creation. This oatmeal comes in a few different tasty combinations that makes breakfast quick, easy, and delicious. All you have to do is add water! If you ever need a quick breakfast, these are a great idea. I’m craving one just thinking about it..