FINAL FOOD FRUSTRATIONS

As my days at school before summer break are dwindling down, so is my food supply. With nothing more than odds and ends, I’m struggling to pull anything together to make an edible, not to mention cohesive, meal. I REFUSE to go grocery shopping, so I’m working with what I got, and surprisingly, I’ve come up with a few combinations that aren’t too bad!

In need of a filling breakfast to power me through finals and faced with a packet of original bland oatmeal. It was my goal to not only make it edible, but enjoyable. So here’s my solution:photo copy 11

3 Minute Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of original instant oatmeal
  • Half a medium banana (sliced)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • A  few drops of agave nectar for taste
  • A handful of raisins (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Follow instructions on package of instant oats (concerning how much water to add, and time microwaving). After water and oats are combined, mix in cinnamon and agave.
  2. Microwave the instructed time.
  3. Remove from microwave. While still hot, add in raisins and banana slices.
  4. Let cool and enjoy!
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Spice Up Your Study Snack!

This week I was at the library longer hours than I found myself sleeping. So wrapped up in my countless final projects and paper, I forgot to eat, so when I’d return to my room at night, I was ravenous for food! Looking for something a little sweet and a little crunchy, I grabbed a bag of pop corn, popped it into the microwave and within minutes the greatest study snack of all time was created!

By drizzling a little bit of agave nectar onto my freshly popped popcorn followed by a heavy sprinkle of cinnamon, I created the study snack that dreams are made of!

Popcorn is a simple and healthy snack that can be easily kicked up knock by adding season or spice!

 

PUT IT IN THE PIZZA

It’s almost finals week and I’ve come to the point in my night, or even in my semester where I’ve hit the wall. Almost delirious and running on nearly zero point zero hours of sleep, I’m in need of a study break and a little bit of humor right about now.

SO, I decided to bring back this oldie but a goodie to bring me a few laughs while I’m going on my seventh hour at the library.

 

Any lover of pizza or classic 90s Mary Kate & Ashley will find this enjoyable. Actually anyone should find this enjoyable! FOOD HUMOR LOL 

 

That’s a Wrap: Breakfast Edition!

So on the last edition of That’s a Wrap, I gave you a recipe to my italian twist on a quesadilla.

STILL having plenty of whole wheat wraps left over and needing breakfast, I decided to take a shot at making a breakfast quesadilla with peanut butter and apples! (It should be obvious that I am a big fan of the quesadilla concept).  The recipe is as follows:

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  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 apple (I used granny smith)
  • 2-3 tbsp spoons of peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of honey

Instructions:

  1. Wash apple, then cut entire apple into slices (as seen in the picture above)
  2. Set aside half of the apple slices, then take the remaining apple slices and dice then into small pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the diced apple pieces with cinnamon and honey
  4. In a frying pan on medium heat, add the diced apples mixture and sauté until softened and caramelized, usually 2-3 minutes. Then remove from heat and set aside in a small bowl.

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    Caramelized cinnamon honey apples

  5. Then spread peanut butter throughout the wrap, leaving about a half inch from the edge plain, without peanut butter. Then arrange apple slices on one side of the wrap (See picture for how I assembled it).                                                    photo 3 copy 2
  6. Return frying pan to medium heat and place the dressed wrap flat in the pan. Allow to heat for about 2 minutes, or until peanut butter begins to melt/liquify.
  7. Scatter the previously sautéed cinnamon honey apples on to the wrap.
  8. Fold over the side of the wrap without apples. Leave it heated on this side until the wrap reached desired crispiness. Then flip and repeat.
  9. After your quesadilla is cooked to your liking, remove from heat. Let cool for a moment and then enjoy the peanut butter goodness!

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TIPS&HINTS:

  • I used granny smith apples because they are sour, which is a good complement to the sweet and saltiness the peanut butter brings. However, any apple of your preference would work.
  • As for peanut butter, I prefer Skippy Natural, but any peanut butter of your preference would do the job. I bet this would be great with crunchy pb or even almond butter for an even healthier alternative.
  • Although, I made this on heat you could make this cold if you are on the go or to take for lunch.

Being a lover of peanut butter, this warm mix of peanut butter and apples was a perfect and tasty breakfast! With the apples and the whole wheat tortilla as a source of fiber and peanut butter for protein, this breakfast quesadilla has all the nutrients to start the day off right! And with the added cinnamon and honey to add a depth of flavor, this sweet “quesadilla” is a sweet and satisfying meal.

That’s a Wrap

Being a college student on a budget, I gotta work with what I got. And as the weeks approaching spring break are dwindling down, I’m trying to use all my perishable food before I leave to make sure nothing goes to waste.  Luckily on my last trip to the grocery store I bought a package of whole wheat tortillas, which are extremely versatile and can be used for wraps, quesadillas,chip and the list goes on.

So utilizing my wraps and some produce and other ingredients I had in my fridge, I made my own version of a quesadilla. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients: 

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Measured out spinach, tomatoes, and cheese.

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 hand full of raw spinach
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 spoonfuls of diced tomatoes
  • teaspoon of olive oil
  • pinch of salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. In a frying pan on medium heat, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and spread throughout pan.
  2. Then add raw spinach to the pan and sauté until all is cooked, adding as much salt and pepper as desired
  3. photo 2 copyRemove the pan from heat and set aside cooked spinach in a bowl and mix with the diced tomatoes.
  4. Place the pan back on medium head and place whole wheat tortilla  flat into the pan.
  5. Add a layer of the cheese (about half) on to one side of the tortilla. Then add mixture of tomato and spinach on top of the cheese. Then add the remaining cheese on top. ( seem in the picture)
  6. Before folding the bares side of the tortilla over, let the top cheese melt almost completely. Then you should be able to fold it with a spatula. After you have folded the wrap so it is quesadilla like, you can remove from heat or keep in pan and flip until the wrap has reached its desired crispiness.
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I added a half of a grape fruit to finish off a delicious and nutritious meal!

This meal is definitely an alternative to your traditional quesadilla. By adding spinach and tomatoes, and using mozzarella cheese, it strays far away from the traditional Mexican flavors and instead incorporates some added Italian flair (we all know how much I LOVE  Italian food). This recipe can manipulated and changed effortlessly by incorporating different ingredients, or by adding a little more this and a little less of that it really gives you the opportunity to make it your own. Over all this meal took me about 15 minutes to make, together with prep and cooking (and probably less time to eat it).  So simple,easy, and pretty darn healthy! 

If you like this recipe, have longer time to cook and want to greatly develop the Italian flavors of the dish, check out Giada De Laurentiis’s version of an elevated Italian quesadilla.

In Need of a Little Motivation…

Even as much as I love working out, and I really find it to be a soothing and freeing experience, with the semester progressing and the workload for all my classes piling up, I find it a struggle to get to the gym, or find enough time to get the workout that I’d really hope to get.  ALSO the weather has been very unfavorable (tomorrow morning’s weather report is showing less than ten degrees WITH WINDCHILL), making the trek from my dorm to the gym very undesirable. Honestly, I find myself more and more wanting to stay in and consume as much food as my cabinets can hold. Which I will admit, I have done more often than not this semester….

HOWEVER, I know this is simply detour in my journey and I hope by voicing it on here that I will start to get back on track! Gotta stay positive and motivated! I mean, spring break and summer are quickly approaching.

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My beloved beach cruiser (left) on one of my many bike trail adventures.

SPEAKING OF SPRING and the promise of warmer weather there are a few things I CANNOT wait to do  including:

  • RUNNING OUSIDE. There is nothing like running outside on a beautifully sunny spring day (ideally with a slight breeze). With a park with a great variety of running and fitness trails located within minutes from my house, I spend a lot of time there when the weather is warm.
  • BIKING. I love biking, more so for leisurely fun than intensive exercise. On spring and summer mornings, my best friend and I will ride on the 30 mile bike trail that ends at the beach. Conveniently, our favorite ice cream place is located right off the trail, and after biking 30 miles, I feel much less guilty about eating my vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles!

What are some of the ways you stay motivated? What can’t you look forward too about the summer? Reply in the comments!

Emergency Crunches

emergencyAs a college student, I look forward to the weekend from the moment I walk into my 8 am on Monday morning.  The weekend is the time to be lazy and a little bit crazy. Whether it be hanging around campus or going out with friends to dinner, a party or a bar, a girl always wants to look her best.  However, we all know the horrid feeling of not looking/feeling our greatest before we leave the house for a night out. Maybe your shirt-pant combination is really highlighting your waist in all the wrong ways, or you are still feeling the bloat from that burrito you ate earlier.  We’ve all been there. This unflattering feeling can totally put a downer on your entire night!

BUT don’t fear because I have found the solution to this menace. And it’s what I like to call the emergency crunch.

Basically whenever you are feeling this way before you are ready to go out you simply do a 3-10 minute sequence of your favorite ab routines (the amount of time is up to you, I personally do my emergency crunches for about 5 minutes).

Not only do emergency crunches make you feel better physically, but they can mentally makes you feel happier.

Emergency crunches are my solution to this problem; however, you can transition this to any body part you wish to accentuate. Emergency squats? Emergency dumbbell curls? THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY GO TO ROUTINES FOR EMERGENCY CRUNCHES:

Any suggestions? What are your favorites? Leave a comment!

DISCLAIMER: This may not work for everyone. However, I am a firm believer in emergency crunches.

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