Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! This is my second 'Daily Dish' post, and I must say...I am actually having a lot of fun taking pictures of everything I eat in a day! I hope you are enjoying this section of my site and are getting inspired to live a healthier lifestyle, (and have fun doing it)! :)
So, here is how I start my day EVERYDAY (meal-wise that is!) ...Sorry if the pictures of the shakes for breakfast get repetitive, but I think it goes to show they are mighty delicious if I eat them every day!
This shake was a peanut butter shake (made with Fitnutz) and a peanut butter/chocolate chip granola bar on top, (and of course mixed throughout!) Check out those mini chips! :)
Note: The pictures of this shake are not that great, and it was a bit icy because I was in a rush and barely had time to mix it up! :( It was still amazing though!
Here's the granola bar I used (I use half in every shake) .... It's a Chewy Bar with Added Protein! They have 100 calories per bar, and 6 grams of protein. It's like having granola without all of the sugar and calories!
I also had coffee made with my wonderful Keurig maker. I got it for Christmas this year, and I must say, it has made my life a bit easier in the mornings! The only down fall is you have to order K-Cups to use with it, (but they do have a little add-in you can buy so you can use regular coffee too!)
If you ask me though, it has been totally worth the money for both the machine, and K-Cups, because I use it everyday, about twice a day! I think it's my favorite kitchen appliance, next to my blender of course!
And here is the hubby with 3 cans of whip cream for my coffee! (Can't run the risk of running out!) :) Haha... No but really, this lasts us quite a while, and I generally only use it on my coffee and desserts. We buy it at Sam's Club because it is only $6.00 for 3 cans, as opposed to around $4.00 a can at the grocery store!
For lunch I made my Infamous Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Pancakes!!! Oh my gosh, I wish I could eat these every day! I usually eat 'breakfast foods' for my lunch on Saturday's because of the fact that my breakfast is always a shake.
I like to 'immersion blend' my ingredients to get a quick and smooth batter!
Here they are cookin' away! :) Look at the fluffiness! Coconut flour rocks my socks off! I haven't found any other 'low carb/high fiber' flour that get's pancakes so fluffy! (I will be posting the recipe this week!)
Of course I topped them with some low sugar syrup and whip cream! :)
My sister was with me, (we just got done working out, so she came over for lunch). So she made her 'own batch' with blueberries! She opted to top hers with frozen Cool Whip!
And of course we gave Zoey a little taste while they were cooking!
Those pancakes are VERY filling (and only around 300 calories for like 10 of them!) So for a snack I just had some refreshing watermelon! I love fruit when it's in season, because you don't have to sweeten it with anything, it is ACTUALLY naturally sweet... imagine that!
For dinner I had my very own 'spaghetti squash pie' (recipe to come!) I started by popping the squash in the micro for about 10 minute, and scraping the 'spaghetti' into a bowl.
I added cottage cheese, 2 egg whites, feta, Parmesan, and some spices. (I never ended up using the spray butter, because it didn't need it).
I put it in a baking dish, and baked for about 20 min at 450 degrees.
The cheese turned out DELICIOUSLY brown and wonderful on top!
While the squash was cooking, I cooked up some meatless 'spaghetti sauce'. I used Boca meatless crumbles, because they're a quick alternative to lean ground turkey or beef. (They only take about 3 minutes to cook up!) I used some garlic, salt, pepper, and tomato sauce along with 1/2 cup of the Boca crumbles for the sauce to go with my 'spaghetti pie'.
Here is what the Boca crumbles look like..They are super tasty and have a great meaty flavor, but you could also use any lean ground meat of your choice!
This is what the finished product was! I had 1/2 of the 'spaghetti pie' with the meatless crumbles, sauce and Parmesan to top it off! It was so tasty and only about 350 calories (and very filing) for the whole thing!
For dessert I had a wonderful treat that is often my 'go-to' when I'm craving something cold and sweet! I use frozen strawberries, (cut in half and sprinkled with stevia), and top it with a bit of whip cream and light Hershey's syrup. I generally top it all off with a few crushed peanuts as well, but I ran out! :)
This Dessert Rules! :)
I hope you enjoyed my Daily Dish! Be on the look out for the pancake and spaghetti squash pie recipes! :)
Posting this dessert made me wonder, what do other people grab when they are craving something sweet... yet healthy!? I'd love it if you shared some of your ideas so others (and myself) could get some new inspiration for healthy and quick desserts! :) Thanks everyone!