WIAW #64: Grapes, Grapes and More Grapes

Another Wednesday calls for another WIAW! If you are new to the What I Ate Wednesday party, head on over to Peas and Crayons for all the delicious d[EAT]ails.For breakfasts, I have been enjoying the french toast on most occasions. But my favorite has been some oats, honey, chia and flax seeds with cranberreies and peanut butter.For snacks, you know grapes and almonds were involved. My lunches have been pretty small and quick (and times two). One this week was a bit of salad, nuts & seeds, flax crackers, laughing cow and a turkey burger.Since I still had money on my Starbucks gift card, one of my dinners at work this week was this protein bistro box and a soy latte plus extra organic grapes on the side from Trader Joe’s. I don’t know why but the grapes from there are amazing.I’ve been desserting on yogurt lately. I have this massive craving for ice cream and yogurt, plus chia seeds and peanut butter seem to satisfy that craving. Sometimes I throw in cranberries. I know, sugar overload, but I don’t add the granola since it has corn starch.
Or maybe even some chocolate, peanut butter and chia seeds, plus more chocolate. Oh yes!Question: What have you been craving these days and how do you take care of them? Big ones for me this week have been ice cream and sometimes pizza but I have not satisfied that one yet. Boo; note to self… go find pizza asap!

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WIAW #58: 600th Couldn’t Be Sweeter!

Happy 600th post to yours truly, Sabrina aka Nutritiously Sweet!

It just so happens to fall on a What I Ate Wednesday (brought to you by Peas and Crayons). It’s my last day in Florida and I have to show you some delicious sweets I had been chowing down. wiawphotobuttonFor breakfasts, its the usual chia/ oats business but on a couple days I had a little bit of this delicious coffee by Godiva. Hands down my favorite flavored coffee out there that isn’t Green Mountain Coffee.Allan took me to both Universal Studios and Downtown Disney. It was a total blast! I even got me a Mickey shirt. #KidAtHeart!First sweet is a Brazilian coconut kiss, which is there version of a truffle. You’ve seen it before and you’ll see if again in the future because they are just so good.Allan cooked lunch, Brazilian style. I literally had this plate twice.Then we went to downtown Disney and walked around. It was super hot outside and we needed to cool off with something delicious. How about a Ghirardelli expresso sundae; dark chocolate sauce, dark chocolate chips, expresso ice cream and dark chocolate square. Enough said.When we were at Universal Studios, we went to a candy shop and got a bunch yums like dark chocolate covered toffee, maple, almonds and such. Allan got some random things too.After our adventures in both downtown Disney and Universal Studios, we went to a Brazilian buffet called Vittorios on IDrive in Orlando. I had this plate three times. Just don’t tell anyone ok?They even had a multitude of desserts; I got the coconut pudding with caramel and rice pudding. The rice pudding was my favorite. It was absolute heaven!After we came home, Allan surprised me with a caramel apple. As if I need more sweets? I only had a little bit of it because the caramel does have corn. None-the-less it was quite delicious.Question: Ever been in a sugar coma? Because… that is totally me right now!

Vegan/ Acid Reflux Update + Ranting

I just don’t know. This week? Okay, I am going to get open and personal here. This week hasn’t been the greatest. A ton of things happened between dating, over training and me practically breaking myself at work. I feel like I don’t deserve all this annoyance, but I know it happens to best of us, even the nice ones.

I haven’t really took the time to focus on me. I’ve been busy focusing on training myself for the personal training exam, trying to get back in the dating world (which has been a complete an utter f$#%ing disaster) and falling down the stairs, messing up my elbow and burning myself three times a work. Yeah.

And then there is me being acidic, bloated and looking four months pregnant. It’s been embarrassing but I can pinpoint some culprits, which is good. Between cutting out dairy, attempting vegetarianism again and diving into veganism, I am finding what foods are happy for my tummy and which completely suck.

Here are a list of foods that make my tummy happy and unhappy. Now most of these foods are because I eat them, daily/ weekly. I don’t know about other foods, but here is what I know for me:

Happy Tummy Foods:

  • Baked/ Grilled Chicken (despite the fact that I really hate chicken for some reason nowadays)
  • Green/ Red Leaf Lettuce (found on accident, there was no spinach available for my sandwich)
  • Small Handfuls of Cashews
  • Soymilk/ Soy products (sorry iron absorption)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • White Rice/ Potatoes
  • Pears, Bananas (In moderation, however), Apples and Blackberries

Unhappy Tummy >.<

  • Carbs in EXCESS (especially oats, red potatoes, brown rice/ brown rice products)
  • Beans in EXCESS (especially red and black)
  • Red Meat (not the sausage!!!)
  • Spinach, Broccoli, Kale (accident too, because I ran out for a few days then re-ate it and omg bloat!)
  • Grapes, Blueberries Strawberries, Pineapples, and pretty much all other fruits
  • Pumpkin Seeds and Flax Seeds/Milk
  • Dried Cherries and Blueberries
  • Eggs (I don’t know why?!)
  • Nut Butters in EXCESS (since the fat content is way higher then if I just eat a few nuts)
  • Dark Chocolate in EXCESS (1/2 ounce is okay a day, but more then that I feel bloated and acidic)
  • All cheeses and butter products
  • All DAIRY (even fat-free, which makes me feel worse guess because there is either more sugar or salt to compensate for fat-free taste)

Then it dawned on me… why did I have my flattest stomach almost two years ago? I wasn’t eating much veggies, dairy or brown rice products and you know what? I have read about this, people who have a hard time digesting these things. The less greens I eat in a day, the better the tummy. I was pretty much eating a lot of bananas, apples, oats, chicken and soymilk.

Since I haven’t been feeling well because I am over-trained and broken, I’ve stuck to fresh fruits, nuts/ seeds, beans, mashed potatoes, organic soymilk and oatmeal and my stomach has been pretty much “unbloated.” That is until I devour chocolate r dried cherries or have a green smoothie because I am too lazy to cook.

I can’t do that anymore. I have to pay attention even if it kills me to not eat a vegetable at lunch or dinner. I try to be a good blogger (and health coach) and eat my veggies, but if it’s doing more harm then good, perhaps I shouldn’t over do it? I should go with what is good for my body, especially since my digestive system is super sensitive as ya’ll already know.

I hope this little list I put together helps some of you guys experiencing the same issues.  Right now for lunch I had a little chicken, a little beans and green leaf lettuce and I feel okay. Let’s keep experimenting and I will be sure to keep you posted!

Question: Any foods that your tummy just can’t stand that is not an allergen?

WIAW #48: Down To The Wire

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Thanks Jenn for hosting this food party.wiawphotobuttonIt’s time to get cracking! I have one month until the conference and it is time to kick it into high gear. It’s down to the wire now; cleaner eats and less sweets. *cringe*

Breakfasts: Breakfast cakes again! But for this one I took out all the sugar except for maple syrup. I’m trying to cut back on “adding sugar” to things. Topped it with some pumpkin seeds and the Nature’s Path granola I found. I was seriously hungry.IMG_20130430_084259For snack, it’s some variation of fruit and nuts or cheese and nuts. 532302_10101549381459000_596674822_nLunches have been some homemade black bean and quinoa burgers topped with more black beans and some spinach with an olive oil drizzle.163577_644189342261296_1807677602_nI normally don’t do an after lunch snack because lately my lunches have kept me full and I have an earlier dinner. This ones was delicious; egg white omelette with Kerrygold gouda cheese, black beans, almonds, strawberries and yes… more spinach!100MEDIA_IMAG1180For after dinner, I have a trail mix of pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds and a few chocolate discs. Since I have one month until my personal training conference, I’m buckling down.nutsQuestion: How do you eat “cleaner” for events? I definitely like to cut out the dairy, get in my protein, fruits/ veggies and lower the carbs a bit. 

WIAW #47: Grocery Edition

It’s that time again.

What I Ate Wednesday is here! Head on over to Peas and Crayons to join this crazy awesome food party. For this edition of WIAW, we are going to go a bit into some groceries I bought this week.wiawphotobutton My breakfasts now have consisted of the non-chocolate version of this recipe with a drizzle of maple and sprinkle of trail mix. Oh my heaven!48069_10101552179406890_150544226_nOn to some groceries. Now of course, I do have things already in my pantry/fridge like black beans, organic burgers, flours, etc. I went and grabbed organic soy milk, coffee, pears, nuts/ seeds, organic oats, a Luna bar and chocolate. Can’t forget the chocolate!417787_10101552179352000_1612962632_nOh and this loaf by Ener-G actually tastes good untoasted. Not like that other one. Just ew.IMG_20130415_134605Okay… can you see what I am seeing? Quinoa burgers that are corn and gluten-free! I hope these are good. The other brand I tried was good, but needed to be cooked on the pan. These say I can put them in the toaster. Much easier option.537863_10101552179356990_546462330_nAlong with the burgers, I got some potatoes, string cheese (hormone free!), spinach, eggs, kiwi and ice cream. By the way I found the ice cream in Dollar Tree for… yep. $1.00! I would have bought the five that remained, but I restrained myself. Trust me, was very hard.48038_10101552179347010_1181992886_nMost of my dinners have consisted of black beans, some veggie, potatoes and a protein which usually is an organic turkey or beef burger. I’m back into my black beans and potato phase. Yum, yum!

Question: Any repeats on your menu lately? What are some staples you typically always tend to get everytime you go grocery shopping?

*Last day to enter giveaway (plus adding a goodies not shown) is tomorrow*

Just Some Chocolate Cake!

I love the original recipe, but I wanted something different. This one calls for a bit more ingredients then the original  but I feel that it makes all the difference into tasting even more like a dessert. But yet you can still eat it for breakfast. Guilty, I just did, but not a chocolate one.

For a vanilla version of this recipe, sub the cocoa powder for more flour and increase the vanilla extract to 1/2 tsp. You can even use your favorite vanilla protein powder. I’ve actually used unflavored whey (plus increasing the vanilla extract to 1/2 tsp as well) and it comes out delicious.

This recipes makes two servings, but you can easily eat the whole thing for around 200 calories (with flax seeds, minus chips and frosting). Enjoy!58183_10101550900240350_747036023_nChocolate Cake Ingredients (Inspired by this recipe)

  • 3 Tbsps of [GF] Oat Flour OR All -Purpose Flour (Note: You can use rice flour, but it’s comes out a little more dense)
  • 1 Large Egg’s Egg White
  • 1 Tbsp of Non-Dairy Milk (I used unsweetened vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 Tbsps of Earth Balance Butter, Melted (Or Applesauce, or Oil)
  • 1-2 Packets of Stevia
  • 2 tsps of Pure Maple Syrup (or try agave, honey)
  • 2 Tbsps of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 tsp of Ground Flax Seeds (Optional*)
  • 1 Tbsp of Dark Chocolate Chips (Optional* – mix into the batter before microwaving)
  • Toppings: Chocolate Fudge “Frosting,” chopped nuts, coconut, etc.

Place all wet ingredients into a blender and blend well. The slowly add dry ingredients. Blend again. If you want to add the flax seeds or dark chocolate chips, stir in after blending. Then divide spray down two small microwave safe bowls, mugs or ramekins (I used silicone cupcake liners) with non-stick cooking spray and place cake mixture into sprayed bowl.

Place each bowl in microwave for about 45 seconds- one minute (depending on your microwave). Once done, remove cake from bowl and let cool for about two minutes. Then top it with your favorite frosting or use my chocolate fudge frosting subbing the cocoa powder for chocolate protein powder.

Or if you are making a non-chocolate version, use vanilla or unflavored protein powder. Top with your favorite chopped nuts or coconut flakes and eat!
I even made mini cake pops with this recipe! Simple crumble up the cake, mixing in 1-2 Tbsps of “frosting.” Make into 6-8 balls and add a tooth pick or wooden stick. Melt 1-2 ounces of dark chocolate (or your choice) and dip teach cake pop into chocolate.

Leave cake pop as is or roll into chopped nuts or coconut flakes. Place in fridge for about 30 minutes to let it cool and firm. Remove from fridge and enjoy!

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat cake; slice, cupcake or cake pop? Or do you just skip it all together like my mom and go straight to the frosting?

Sunday, Sunday…

Warning: I’m going to ramble here!

(Wait for tomorrow… there will be EXCITEMENT)

That’s what Sundays are for. This week was quite a week. Some awesome recipes and yummy foods. Like free cheese. Who doesn’t like free cheese?532239_10101544724686210_1870195383_nAnd with this yummy cheese, I decided to make an egg white scramble on some Ener-G toast with some spinach on the bottom. I like to eat “savory” breakfasts as lunch. Rarely ever as a breakfast.554061_10101544724691200_2080452202_nI don’t know why, but it’s a a quick simple post workout lunch. I had a good leg and ab session that day. I am feeling all sorts of good. A post in incomplete without a mirror shot!559944_10101544724825930_189668492_nI’ve been cleaning up my eats and it feels great. I’m limiting my dairy intake (uh because of bloating and “stuff”) but I had my last Greek yogurt one day with hemp hearts and pepitas. Love me them hemp hearts. Perfect way to get my omega-3′s ’cause fish makes me cringe. As you can see, I’m going back to my “vegetarian roots.” Like I said, just doing what works for yours truly. I made some “mac n’ cheese” with none other then spinach on the bottom. Surprise, surprise.558972_10101544724865850_984213104_nOh, I also got a couple of new goodies. I wanted a bar to stash in my bag for emergencies and I found the chocolate chip cherry torte from Larabar. I despise Larabars except for the coconut cream pie and chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe this one won’t be so bad?525411_10101544724781020_1575227794_nAnd for when I am on the go, some organic instant oatmeal packets. You know I got maple. I’m a maple addict if you couldn’t already tell. 558873_10101544724696190_1046059398_nSpeaking of on the go (don’t ask me why I just said that) I have a little “nutty and healthy” giveaway coming for you within the next week. Just gathering the last few touches, so stay tuned.

Question: Are you a Larabar fan?

Like I said, I only like two flavors, but I barely tried many except for cashew cookie, blueberry muffin, apple pie and chocolat. Any suggestions?

Vanilla & Almond Protein Squares (or “Truffles”)

I was craving a vanilla almond Luna bar and a Rise almond honey protein bar all in one. Don’t ask me how that craving came about, but I know I wanted them both. I decided to take one of my “truffle” recipes and came up with this yummy thing.IMG_20130403_122135This recipe is gluten-free and can be vegan if you use Earth Balance and a vegan protein powder. It literally took me under 10 minutes to make. It’s even faster if you already have caramel sauce in the fridge. You know I have some ready; you just never know.IMG_20130403_104948Vanilla & Almond Protein Squares/ “Truffles” Ingredients (Inspired by this recipe)’

  • 1 1/2 Tbsps of Almond Butter (I used Justin’s Maple)
  • 1 Tbsp of the Homemade “Caramel” Sauce (makes all the difference! Or try 2 tsps of coconut oil. It may change the taste, so beware! Or do an oz. of melted dark chocolate (pictured first and it’s really good!).
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp of Pure Maple Syrup (or Agave)
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Filling (optional): sliced almonds, dark chocolate chips, etc.
  • Coating: Roll truffles into vanilla protein powder or your choice*

Prepare the “caramel” sauce before making this recipe. Place nut butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds if you need to softened. Then mix the first five ingredients to form a soft “cookie” dough, that can be made into a square or ball either using your hands or melon scooper.

If too thick, add more “caramel” sauce. If too liquid-y, add more protein powder. Then add your choice of filling, if you want an extra crunch. These pictured don’t have anything inside, I just ate then with almonds on the side.

Then take the mixture and make into two squares or four truffles and roll in your choice coating*. I used vanilla protein powder, but have fun with it. Make it your own. Maybe even try and dip it into dark or white chocolate for a decadent treat!IMG_20130403_104917Question: What’s you favorite Luna, Rise or protein bar?

I’m going to say Luna’s vanilla almond (duh), the Rise almond honey protein bar (duh x’s two) and thinkThin’s dark chocolate. I just can no longer eat that one because of the peanuts. Boo.

Vanilla & Caramel “Buttercream” Cake

 Since there is white chocolate (and lots of fat about 12-14g) in this recipe  I deam this a treat! If you want to sub the white chocolate for dark or milk, go ahead! I think milk would taste delicious. But back to this cake… Oh my. Pure indulgence.

I think this is one of my favorite non-chocolate recipes on my blog. That says a lot because I am very picky when it comes to calling something my favorite. It’s rich, butter-y and oh so caramel-y. I know there is no real buttercream in this, but it taste like butter and cream.

Or perhaps that’s just me. Any who, go make this cake now because it’s just so darn good! To make life easier, you can use one Lindor Vanilla White Chocolate truffle for each 1/2 oz. Oh and if you want to reduce fat (but won’t taste the same), you can sub the butter for unsweetened applesauce. Enjoy!IMG_20130202_133054Vanilla & Caramel “Buttercream” Cake Ingredients (Serves Two Mini Desserts)

  • 1/4 Cup of  White Rice Flour (or your choice)
  • 1 Large Egg’s White
  • 1/2 oz. of White Chocolate, Melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Brummel & Brown Butter, Melted
  • 1 Tbsp of Homemade “Caramel” Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Packets of Stevia 
  • 1/2 tsp of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Non-Dairy Milk
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Toppings: 1 Tbsps of Homemade “Caramel” Sauce and 1/2 oz. of White Chocolate blended together all nice and warm (Do this first before you make the cake, so it can thicken)

Whisk all ingredients well into a bowl, except for the flour. Once well mixed, stir in your flour. Using two small bowls, plates, ramekins  etc. sprayed down with a bit of cooking spray, pour the “cake” mixture into the bowl. Microwave each cake for about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.

Check at the one minute mark since some microwaves may work better. Once cake is firm to touch, let it stand for about a minute then flip the bowl over to slide out the cake. Top with white chocolate caramel sauce. Maybe add some vanilla ice cream and almonds too? Yum!IMG_20130202_133038Question: What’s your favorite dessert recipe from my blog? And what’s your favorite dessert recipe in general? I want to know, so I can make them and eat them!

WIAW #37: More Veggies Please!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

I have been doing so well as of late with eating according to my “diet.” I am so proud of myself for sticking to it and I have been eating more veggies too. My body says “give me more veggies” and hey I’m not complaining one bit. If you are new to the WIAW party, check it out at Peas and Crayons!wiawphotobuttonFor breakfast (and sometimes dinner), I’ve been doing a breakfast cake with yogurt, pumpkin/ sunflower seeds plus a drizzle of maple syrup. Simply delish.IMG_20130126_202030So I made this little cheesy egg “cake” for a snack. All you need is 1/4 cup of egg whites, 1/2 oz. of cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp of Earth Balance, and 1/2 tsp of GF flour. Just mix it all together and stick into the microwave for about 45 seconds and there you have it! A quick snack that’s about 80 calories and 10-12g of protein, depending on the type of cheese you use, of course.IMG_20130126_203650Lunches have been my biggest meals as of late.. One of the days I had a veggie burger with rice, beans, plantains, greens and a few fries. The lot!IMG_20130125_155025My other favorite lunch was this; a black bean wrap that I filled with organic baby spinach and a side of almonds, [Stonyfield] yogurt and…IMG_20130128_121854A yummy organic gala apple! IMG_20130128_171415More snacks? I’ve eaten a hard-boiled egg with some of these crackers from Blue Diamond. Hands down my favorite of all their crackers/ chip things.IMG_20130126_102316Plus lots of “I need a pick me up at 3:00pm” coffee. I tried Starbucks new blonde roast. Oh my gosh, so good!IMG_20130128_153316Dinners have just been whatever I can think of. The other day I went to the Chinese buffet and grabbed a little fried rice, some steamed broccoli and sugar snap peas. I mixed some plain brown rice and made my own healthier stir-fry with the yummy steamed veggies.IMG_20130128_201411Dessert? I had a few Lindt white chocolate truffles. Vanilla, creamy and dreamy! IMG_20130129_201530Question: How have you been about getting your veggies in? There is something about winter that just doesn’t make me want veggies. All I want is carbs, mostly in dessert form, of course.