Hi! My name is Jamie, and welcome to my day-to-day journey in finding balance in life. Although there are many surprises and challenges in our every day, I believe life can be made easier by controlling what we can. By eating real, honest, wholesome food, living an active lifestyle, and looking at things optimistically, we can feel free to attempt the impossible: take chances, make mistakes, yet still find our way back to balanced.
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I’M TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP!
Ok, I’m actually getting really tired, but I gotta get one last post in before SUMMER CAMP tomorrow!
So this morning I woke up and was just in the mood for pancakes…again.
So I made these!
^^I give them A- consistency, B- Flavor^^
^^As you can see, they were very fluffy^^
BUT I think they needed…less baking soda? I can’t explain what was wrong with these…not horrible by any means but I have to change something next time.
Anyway, here’s my recipe:
Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes:
1/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
1/4 cup Oat Bran
1 TBS wheat germ
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbs Baking Soda
1 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tbs vanilla
Heat skillet over medium heat. Spray.
Mix all ingredients, do not OVER mix.
Use 1/4 cup measurer (hey, it’s already dirty!) to spoon that much batter on the skillet.
^^This allows more even cooking.^^
When you see bubbles on top, FLIP!
Ok you probably knew how to make pancakes, but whatever…
I then did some pilates (I really like THIS video on Demand.)
So then I went to work, and we ordered Pita Inn today as an office.
What a treat!
^^I got the vegetarian combination plate^^
It was good.
After work it was all about getting ready for Summer Camp tomorrow.
I headed straight to the grocery store(s) to buy some snacks and stuff.
Then I had to test my tent then drop it off at my friend’s house.
Got back home and started prepping the food for the weekend. So I wanted to pack things that were first of all easy to travel with, were healthy and refreshing (gonna be out in a field in hot sun for hours on end!), and that everyone (or most) would like.
Here’s what I decided on:
^^Chopped some veggies (pepper, cucumber, carrot) for dips^^
Dips include but not limited to: hummus (plain and greek olive), salsa (black bean and regular/mild), and…
^^This Edamame-Guacamole hybrid from this recipe^^
But I added Serrano pepper due to my dad’s request.
Spicy is always better in my book!
So then I wanted to try out a quinoa recipe. I think things like quinoa salad, cous cous salad, etc. make great traveling dishes. They can be hot, warm, or cold…and are so healthy and transport-able.
At Trader Joe’s I saw 2 kinds of Quinoa.
Left to right: Regular and Red Quinoas.
Naturally I bought both.
^^See the differences? I’ll have to let you know if I notice a difference in taste…^^
I made a quinoa salad from this recipe…with my variations 😉
^^Red Quinoa, pesto, asparagus, baby artichoke, cherry tomato, chickpeas^^
As I was cooking I munched on everything, testing it of course!
And these veggies my dad had made for dinner…
^^Eggplant and asparagus (well actually I roasted the asparagus^^
I also was busy making a Blueberry banana bread with my variations per usual.
Instead of sour cream I just did 1 cup full fat yogurt. And I did 1 cup WW flour and just 1/2 cup white flour.
^^Cross section…cause my mom just had to have a slice…ugh ;)^^
**Coating the blueberries in flour like the recipe says allows the blueberries to stay put and not sink to the bottom**
^^Came out pretty nicely!^^
Lastly I made some homemade cinnamon maple almond butter since I was all out!
^^I imagine this will go quickly this weekend :)^^
So I packed it all up to go…
^^Some apples, dates, grapes, and sliced mango added to the bunch.^^
(I also got a lot more stuff, stuff that required no prepping…)
After like ~3 hours…I was spent!
Needed a quick snack…
^^Ruby Red Grapefruit^^
And now off to bed! Leaving bright and early tomorrow.. and I’m sneaking in a 5 mile run tomorrow just so I don’t get too behind on my training. Whew!
Have an awesome weekend 🙂
I challenge you to do a new or different form of exercise this weekend.
A new fruit, vegetable, or grain.