My Strange Habits

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Last year, I lived by myself, and most of my meals were consumed by myself, on the couch. (That sounds super depressing, but I swear, I had a social life!) Now, I live with two roommates, (and there is this boy who seems to be over a lot these days…) which made me realize how strange some of my habits are to the “ordinary” person.

Yep, these things are strange… even for the blog world.

I eat with kiddie spoons

For two reasons: 1. I tend to be a SUPER fast eater. So a smaller spoon helps me slow down and let myself feel full before I’ve shoveled in so much that I feel like I’m going to burst. 2. I make so many things in my vitamix, and the rubber/plastic spoons work a lot better at scooping things around the blades, rather than a big metal spoon. (For the recipe above, click here!)

Oh yes, the boy thought this was the weirdest thing ever. Pretty sure he was uncomfortable. Sorry.

I keep the Peanut Butter Puffins waaaaay on the top shelf of the kitchen.

See them way up there? This is because I couldn’t walk by the cabinet without grabbing a handful of cereal. And this happens, oh, 87392 times a day. Cereal didn’t last more than a few days. Oops. Now that I have to drag a chair over climb up on the counter top to get it, I’m a little more mindful of what I’m eating.

I freeze soy milk into ice cubes

I like my smoothies to be super thick and creamy, and if you freeze your soymilk in ice cube trays, it makes your smoothies (like the one above) more like a milkshake! Warning: When someone thinks they’re getting ice our of the freezer, they’ll probably tell you that there is “something wrong with your ice”…

Trust me. The list could go on.

Sometimes I forget that my habits aren’t exactly normal. But everyone has their own ideas of normal, right?

What are some of your weird habits?

What I [Now] Eat Wednesday

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I used to be the pickiest eater ever.

Breakfast was Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Lunch was Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Dinner was (hopefully) pasta, with just a little bit of sauce, followed by a package of ritz crackers for a snack.

Uh, carbs much? But  I didn’t care. Not to mention I was an active kid, who was always small for her age. Ah, how I’ll miss that metabolism 😉

That, my friends, is the face of a little carboholic.

I guess I’m still rocking the bangs.

Random photo courtesy of the Mac Photo Booth… moving on.

Well I’m still loving CTC, but now it’s more of a “treat” than a breakfast food. And, well, you know how I feel about Kraft now. Pasta for dinner just doesn’t happen that often, unless it’s loaded with veggies. It made me realize that there are so many foods I used to hate, that now I can’t imagine living without. So I can’t imagine what WIAW would look like when I was young. Oh how things change.

I used to hate yogurt.

My mom begged me to eat it because it had calcium in it, and since I refused to drink milk (ok, some things never change) it seemed like a good source of calcium. Well it is. The difference is, now it’s hard for me to go a single day without yogurt! Hence, today’s breakfast.

I didn’t like almonds. Or cashews. Or nuts in general.

My dad used to always eat a handful of cashews when he came home from work. My mom was more of an almond girl. I liked neither. Yet today, I can’t go a day without nuts, normally in the form of nut butter!

I didn’t like anything new.

Now I’ll try anything (*with the exception of meat I suppose).

Kombucha– check

Chia seeds– check

Pluot– check!! (yes, its a plum and a apricot!)

Oh and I definitely wouldn’t have eaten a green smoothie

This was a banana, soy milk, ice, stevia and a large handful of spinach… topped with granola. Holy yum!

How have your tastes changed as you’ve grown up?

Cranky Cookie Cravings

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I wasn’t even cranky. I swear.

Although normally, when someone denies being cranky, they just sound even crankier. (It’s similar to someone saying “I’m really not drunk.” It’s basically a sure sign they are.) But unlike the pissed off oatmeal cookies, these cookies didn’t come out of negative emotion. These cookies spawned from my desire to basically eat everything in sight. Maybe I should call these PMS cookies, as that’s a little more accurate. The problem is, most cookies are, well, cookies, and not exactly full of nutritional value.

Did I mention these cookies are only 37 calories each?

I saw these on Lift To Run‘s blog (apparently they were on Oxygen magazine) and decided I must make some! However, I have to be honest. The first batch was kind of a fail. I omitted the carob chips, because I didn’t have any.  But I didn’t make a substitution and the result was just meh. So I ended up doing quite a bit of tweaking, and I eventually came up with something I feel good sharing!

Cranky Cookies

Cookies for that time of the month. Or anytime of the month.
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 3 packets of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Mix it all up and bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. These cookies are really light (as in, they don’t weigh much) because the egg whites make them puffy. They’re cakey, but not dense, if that makes sense. It made 12 cookies for me, and they were small tablespoons of dough. If I’m 100% honest with you, I’ll tell you these aren’t the kind of cookies I would take to a party. They don’t taste buttery and moist (I hate that word) but they do satisfy a cookie craving.
Uh, and yeah, they’re only 37 calories. Dig in.

Nutrition Facts

User Entered Recipe
  12 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 37.6
  Total Fat 1.6 g
  Saturated Fat 0.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g
  Cholesterol 5.1 mg
  Sodium 14.3 mg
  Potassium 35.7 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 3.5 g
  Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
  Sugars 0.9 g
  Protein 2.7 g
These are actually pictures from the first batch, before I added in the chocolate chips. You can see their not huge, but not tiny either!
I still think they could use a little something. Maybe some pumpkin would make them a little more dense? Maybe some banana? It’s the kind of recipe you could tweak 1,000 different ways.

What do you crave when you’re feeling cranky?

Let Us Break [Garlic] Bread Together

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There is something I love about eating dinner with people.

Which is actually kind of  weird, because I’m usually so picky about my food, but I really love having a feast with friends. Maybe it’s because I miss dinners with my family, but I just love having a house full of people! Lucky for me, some friends and I get together every Thursday for a potluck.

I was hosting this week, and the theme was Italian!

I kicked around some ideas of what to make. I was just going to do a basic pasta + marinara + cheese kind of combination, but I wanted to do something a little less… expected. But I’m also not brave enough to try a totally new recipe when I have a houseful of people. Thankfully, I remembered the Pasta Puttanessca dish I learned how to make at the Mise En Place cooking school!

I’ll re-post the recipe, in case you missed it. (I also made some tweaks, so it’s a little different than the last time.)

Pasta Puttanesca
A twist on the previous recipe from the lovely ladies at Mise En Place

  • 16 oz of linguine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup parsley (or you can substitute 1 tbsp of dried parsley)
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives
  • 4 tbsp capers
  • 1 qt cherry tomatoes (halved, about 2 cups)
  • 2 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium flame. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add the parsley, olives, capers, oregano, red pepper and saute for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 min. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt.

Then just add your cooked pasta and cover with cheese.

We also had garlic bread, salad, & dessert. Not to shabby!

Now I’m just celebrating the fact that it’s Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like this week has dragged on a bit. I’m ready to go out! I have basically nothing planned… so I’m hoping to find some adventure!
I have a workout with my trainer this morning, so that means I can go out tonight guilt free tonight, right? 😉
Can someone please make the weather be like this again? I’m tired of grey skies.




Sunshine maks me happy. 


What do you like to make when you’re having a lot of people over? Is the sun shining where you live?