Pancakes and Cupcakes

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was nice :) Got to hang out with Delilah who gets funnier every day. It’s crazy how smart and funny this kid is. Didn’t get pics though, sorry! Funny thing that did happen was I walked into my brother’s house and wandered into the living room looking for everyone and there was a big bunny house thing in the corner! The cutest bunny was in there and I was so confused and excited because I love bunnies but never heard anything about them getting one. They are pet sitting the bunny for the week. He is so freaking cute!

Before I get into what I did today, I totally forgot to tell you guys last week that my trainer no longer works for my gym :( I’m super sad about this because we had a really good rapport and I am not really interested in training with anyone else there. I’m kind of trying to figure out what to do. I’m thinking I may join a different gym that has classes so I can get different workouts without having to pay for a trainer. I have a gym in mind and the funny thing is that one of my former trainers heads up the personal training there and he is an AMAZING trainer so when I’m ready to get back into the personal training I’d be so happy to have him training me again!

So today I would normally go grocery shopping but I still have plenty of stuff from last week so I spent the day in and did a little cooking. Here’s what I made!

This first yummy summer treat even looks pretty waiting to be blended.

I finally got to try the Strawberry Watermelon Slushie I mentioned in a Fun Friday post a while back. It was just as delicious as I imagined it would be :) Very refreshing!

I also finally got to make the buckwheat pancakes I’ve been meaning to make. I used this recipe but instead of poppy seeds I added blueberries because that’s all I had. They taste pretty good but next time I’ll probably use a cup of oat flour and a half cup of buckwheat flour. I’m still getting used to the taste of buckwheat so this was a little overpowering but they are still pretty tasty. The batter was very thick too and I didn’t know if that is normal since I rarely ever make pancakes.

Finally, on the heels of my gift themed Fun Friday post, I have some pretty new cupcakes to show you! Another year has passed and the same friend that received the pretty pink cupcakes in my header is the birthday girl again. I decided to try and make a two color swirled look and for the three you see here in front it worked out pretty well. I need to perfect my frosting transfer to piping bag since the first three cupcakes came out pretty much all pink. Oh well. I added some of the glitter flakes to these as well for a little extra sparkle :) I’ll be dropping off these cupcakes this evening with a bottle of wine for her to enjoy!

Finally, for all of my fellow seasonal allergy sufferers, did you know that what you eat can exacerbate symptoms? Apparently there are certain foods that can cross react because of allergenic proteins and cause you to have oral allergy symptoms? Read about it here, here, here, and here. Interesting huh? I’m still having a hard time with allergies even though I’ve been taking my antihistamine. It’s getting annoying lol.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I hope that your Monday has treated you well! I’m hoping to pop in again sometimes before Friday :) Have a great week if I don’t!

Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Well everyone, this is it. My last day before starting the Crazy Sexy Adventure Cleanse for 21 days and possibly adopting a new lifestyle. They say it takes 3 weeks to create new habits so maybe this cleanse is exactly what I need to get in the wellness game for good.

As planned I started off my day shopping for groceries and also a water filter. I know I know, I should have had a water filter all along, but it just was never something I really gave much thought to. I decided that if I was going to do this cleanse I needed to really dive in which mean getting a filter.

I didn’t take a picture of my groceries because I was a little overwhelmed by them! First, it was really great, about 70% of my groceries were green :) I expected my bill to be HUGE but it was pretty much exactly the same as my regular shopping. The only difference is I walked out with twice as much stuff. Go figure!

Since I didn’t take a pic, I figured I’d list out what I got so you can get an idea of my haul (everything organic):
4 stalks of broccoli, 1 bunch green swiss chard, 1 container mesclun greens, 1 huge container of baby spinach, 8 carrots, 4 zucchini, 3 english cucumbers, 2 avocados, 7 carrots, 1 lg bunch basil, 7 limes, 3 lemons, 3 heads garlic (small), 1 package shiitake mushrooms, 4 pears, raw agave, toasted sesame oil and a small container of mellow white miso.

Yeah, that’s a lot of produce! I can’t wait to cram it in my face ;)

So, now that you have a little peek of what’s to come, let’s check out what I ate on this last day before my cleanse:

For breakfast I had two of my Carrot Cake Pancakes and a banana.

For lunch I finished the last of my veggie soup and blurred out in the background is a slice of millet toast with mashed avocado. This was a really great meal.
For an afternoon snack I had my Cashew Cranberry Orange Zing Bar and decided to try some herbal tea. The lovely Isobelle included some Sweet and Spicy Herbal Tea in my Vegan Care Package and for some reason I forgot about it until now. I know herbal teas are good for you so I decided to give this one a try. OMG it is so good! It is certainly sweet and certainly spicy so drinking it straight up was perfect. I feel like if I added almond milk it would make a lovely chai latte substitute. Hmmm, I like the sound of that! The Zing bar also had a nice flavor…a nice citrus punch and it is much lighter than the rich chocolate coconut flavor. It also has a lovely texture from brown rice crisps that they add. It is very good but I’d probably favor the Chocolate Coconut over this one.
For dinner I had my leftover moo shoo veggies. Very delicious.
OK everyone, that’s all I’ve got. Starting tomorrow it’s alkaline city. I’m actually really excited about it, and I hope that it’ll help me stay healthy and heal quickly. I’m always sore after workouts for longer than I should be and it takes me forever to heal from cuts and bruises. I have 3 bruises that are a week and a half old on my arm that still have a few days left. Totally ridiculous.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’ll check in tomorrow with my Day 1 eats. Expect a lot of green ;)

Happy Friday!

Hey everyone!! We made it through another work week. I’m very excited for my mostly shut in weekend coming up. I say mostly because I’ll still go to the gym tomorrow morning but after that, it’s hibernation time! Very stoked.

Let’s check out my Friday eats!

For breakfast I had some Carrot Cake Pancakes I made the other day. I put all the leftovers in the freezer so I’ll eat it probably one more time before the cleanse and then I’ll save the rest of a treat after. Served them up with an orange…my last one! I’ve read that lemon, lime and grapefruit, although acidic, actually have an alkalizing effect on the body. No word on oranges though. Anyone know?
Here is an Instagram pic of my midmorning snack. I’m trying to be smart this time and I’m weaning myself off of the coffee rather than going cold turkey. I had a small coffee (half regular half decaf) and a pear. Hopefully three days of weaning will be good enough because that is what makes me the most nervous!
My lunch was very random but consisted of exactly what I wanted so I had a slice of gf millet toast with avocado and some stuffed grape leaves with hummus. Very delicious!
After lunch I decided to do my nails. I don’t paint them often enough at all and I got tired of looking at naked nails. I would say 7 out of 10 times I paint them I end up taking the polish off because I become too impatient to let them dry and mess them up. This time they survived! The color looks a little more red in the bottle and brown on but I still like the way it looks :)

After my nails dried I decided to have a Zing Protein Bar in the Chocolate Coconut flavor. It was really really delicious. It tasted like a candy bar and not a protein bar. This is the perfect alternative to the Vega Protein Bar since it is the same exact flavor and I can NEVER find the Vega Bar. Yum! I’ll have to remember this as an occasional treat after my cleanse. 
Dinner was another bowl of that delicious soup from last night. I switched bowls so you could tell I took a new pic ;) Just as delicious tonight! One serving left…will I eat it tomorrow or Sunday? Riveting cliffhanger, I’m sure.
I have only read a few parts of Crazy Sexy Diet (I plan on reading it through this weekend) and I’m completely inspired. Her story is amazing and really truly inspiring. I know that green smoothies are going to be my breakfast for the 21 days so I’ve been looking up alkaline green smoothie recipes and collecting them so I can have a little variety over the three weeks. It is going to be difficult for me to drink my breakfast for 21 days so I figured as long as I have a little variety it’ll be a little easier. I’ll share the recipes as I try them. I found a few that sound really good so I’m excited to try them. I’ll probably stick to spinach as my greens of choice but maybe I’ll be bold enough to try kale eventually.
I should be back to check in throughout the weekend! I hope you all have a really lovely weekend. I plan on resting and cleaning….then resting again ;) Enjoy!

Yummy Tuesday!

Hey everyone! I’m finally back with a full day’s worth of food, including one amazing treat (which is actually pretty nutritious!).

Check out what I made with the carrots I bought yesterday…

Isa’s Carrot Cake Pancakes from the PPK site!! I made mine gluten free by using oat flour and added the suggested walnuts.
So naturally it is no surprise that for breakfast I had…
Instagram pic of my pancakes with blackberries. I ate my pancakes with the tiniest bit of Earth Balance Coconut Spread (I’m talking 1/4 tsp between the two) and 1 tsp of maple syrup. HOLY YUM! These things are SO delicious you must try them. They are also probably the healthiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten with the oat flour substitute.
Lunch was spicy fat free refried beans in a brown rice tortilla with 1/2 avocado. I tried to get a new angle of it today :)
For snack I’m bringing an orange with me to work. Such. A. Citrus. Freak.
I made another stir fry to bring for dinner tonight. This one has brown rice, broccoli, zucchini and tofu. This is going to be delicious!
So that’s it for today! Working 2-9 then hopefully get to relax for a bit. I feel like I’ve been running around cooking all morning! Hope you all have a great day!!