Apple Pumpkin Bowl

I was cravin’ something sweet and crunchy for lunch today.

I figured a random concoction using cottage cheese, pumpkin, sweetener and an apple would hit the spot.

Crisp and Crunchy Apple

I stirred together the pumpkin, sweetener and cottage cheese before topping the mixture with a chopped cold and crisp apple.

Monday Lunch

It looks kinda gross, but it was tasty! Sometimes I just want something sweet for lunch and a wrap or salad simply won’t do. Combining several of my favorite ingredients to create this lunch bowl satisfied my sweet craving in a nutritious and delicious way!

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Usin’ Up Stuff

I hate wasting food. I think that’s why I tend to be a proud member of the clean plate club.

Before I go out of town for the weekend, I rummage through the fridge and pantry for any foods that might go bad and feel the need to save them from perishing by eating all of them. No food left behind!

Today my lunch made use of canned pumpkin I had sitting in some Tupperware and cottage cheese that was skirting on expiration. Is your mouth watering yet? 😉

I blended the pumpkin and cottage cheese with some pumpkin pie spice and sweetener to create a HUGE bowl of pumpkin pie-tasting slop.

Could there be a less attractive word than the word slop? I don’t think so.

What words do you absolutely hate? I can’t stand the word panties. I think it’s creepy. I still have to call them underwear.

Anyway, back to lunch…

I topped the pumpkin slop (ew!) with half of a Honeycrisp apple and a handful of sliced almonds.

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Pumpkin, Apple and Almonds

This bowl was HUGE. Don’t believe me? Just look:

big lunch

Wowzaa!

Get in mah belly!

Lunch was good. That’s all I have to say about that. 🙂

Four C’s Breakfast

Today’s breakfast was a 4-C super meal: cocoa Cheerio cottage cheese! I could really get crazy and add in “crunchy” and “creamy” but let’s not take it too far. 😉

The base for my mornin’ meal was no salt added cottage cheese (terrible on it’s own, but delicious when blended) blended with sweetener and cocoa powder.

cocoa cheese pre blended

Pre-Blended Cocoa Cottage Cheese

cocoa cottage cheese

Blended Chocolate Bowl

I used about a tablespoon of cocoa powder in this mix, so it was super chocolatey. Just the way I like it!

I then added a cup of Cheerios to the mix for some whole grains and that crunch I adore.

cheerios

The One and Only Cheerios

cocoa cottage cheerios

Four "C" Delight

Creamy, crunchy and filling. Agreat Wednesday breakfast.

Workout

I have been attending BodyPump classes Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for a while now. I usually try to trade out one day of the class for my own total-body weight routine to keep my body guessing, but I was enjoying the Pump so much that I haven’t done that in a while.

Enter: this morning! After 25 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical (while browsing through The Popcorn Factory’s holiday catalog and salivating at every item), I hit the weight room for a total-body weight routine. My workout today looked like this:

  • Step ups: 30 lbs., 15 reps per leg, 3 sets
  • Shoulder raises: 20 lbs., 15 reps, 3 sets
  • Deadlifts: 60 lbs. 15 reps, 3 sets
  • Bicep curls: 30 lbs., 15 reps, 3 sets
  • Tricep extensions: 20 lbs., 15 reps, 3 sets
  • Side bends: 30 lbs., 15 reps each side, 3 sets
  • Hamstring exercise ball curls: Body weight, 20 reps, 3 sets
  • Abdominal work
  • Leg extensions: 40 lbs., 15 reps, 3 sets

(Note: The weight listed is the total amount of weight used. For instance in the Bicep curls, I used a total of 30 lbs. with 15 lb. dumbbells in each hand.)

It felt good to change it up a bit!

What’s your favorite body part to work out in the gym?

My favorite is probably my shoulders or my abs. I really don’t like working out legs! Ughhh.

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Lavash Chips

Since I opened a can of pumpkin for my breakfast this morning, I wanted to use the “fresh” squash in my lunch today as well. There’s no such thing as too much pumpkin for this gal.

Last night in preparation for my pumpkiny lunch, I made cinnamon and sugar Lavash chips. I started by cutting up a Joseph’s lavash bread into pieces. I placed them on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray before spraying the chips lightly with the spray as well. I dusted them with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar and baked the chips at 350 for approximately seven minutes.

lavash chips

Cinnamon Sugar Lavash Chips

They came out crispy and sweet! I snacked on a few before baggin’ them for today’s lunch.

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Bag o' Chips

(Truth be told, I burnt my first attempt at these chips. Apparently cooking dinner, putting away dishes and prepping for today’s meals makes it easy to forget about some little chippies baking in the oven.)

I’m a big fan of chips and dip, so I used pumpkin to create a sweet dip for my chips. I blended equal parts pumpkin and cottage cheese with a little sweetener, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

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My Lunch

Who says chips and dip for lunch isn’t healthy???

chips and dip

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What’s your favorite kind of dip?

Breakfast Bomb

Not every random breakfast concoction I make is a success. Today’s breakfast would be a prime example of a breakfast bomb.

It wasn’t so awful that I didn’t eat the entire thing, but it wasn’t amazingly delicious either.

I started with cottage cheese and applesauce.

apple & cottage cheese

Cheesy Apple

I blended the two together with lots of cinnamon.

apple & cottage cheese blended

Cinnamon Apple Cottage Cheese

The flavor was great, but the texture was all wrong. I think it would have tasted ten times better if I would have skipped the blending.

I topped the cinnamon apple cottage cheese with Kay’s Naturals apple cinnamon protein cereal.

apple cinnamon cereal

Kay's Naturals Protein Cereal

apple & cottage cheese breakfast

Added Crunch

The tasty little o’s definitely saved this breakfast mess.

While I was quite disappointed with my sorry attempt at a innovative breakfast, my mood remained positive because I was greeted with a wonderful little surprise when I opened the fridge to pack my meals to take to work today.

i love you note

Who Doesnt' Love a Love Note?

I have one heck of a fiance! 🙂

Soft Serve Bananas

I am not the proud owner of a food processor. I want one, but haven’t decided which one I should purchase (recommendations welcome!) and my mom let me borrow hers until Thanksgiving.

Using my loaner food processor, I was anxious to make the soft serve bananas Gena blogged about, saying they would “change your life.”

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Frozen Bananas

I started by placing chunks of two frozen bananas in the food processor.

I let them blend away for several minutes until the bananas were creamy and totally blended.

banana softserve

Soft Serve Bananas

I cannot believe how delicious this is! It honestly tastes like creamy banana gelato. I was so impressed.

When I brought Ryan his bowl he loved it and asked what was in it. He was shocked when I said that bananas were the only ingredient. If you haven’t already, you must try this!

What is your favorite healthy dessert?