Monday, September 24, 2012

Blueberry Muffin Milkshake

Is it time for the Olympics again? 

I am literally obsessed with them and once every four years is not enough. I love watching amazingly talented people and when that much dedication and time is put towards one thing it is impressive. 

I am nowhere near talented. I took piano lessons for about 8 years but rarely had motivation to actually practice, I did gymnastics for a few years but still can't even do a proper cartwheel, and I like to paint but always forget about it so I only do it a few times a year. 

To celebrate my untalented self, I made a Blueberry Muffin Milkshake.

Blueberry Muffin Milkshake

1 large frozen banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp granola (I used my Addicting Everyday Granola)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. It's that simple!

Do you have any talents?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Addictive Everyday Granola

While looking through my posts, I found this one that I never published. I'm a huge fan of granola and its so easy to make your own! 

I slept in today because it was supposed to rain all morning so I wouldn't be able to go for my morning run. I woke up to a beautiful day and not enough time to run. I wish meteorology was an exact science.

I did, however, have time to make a batch of this granola and it is sooo addicting. I may or may not have eaten most of it already =]

Addicting Everyday Granola

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp salt (generous)
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the first 6 ingredients. In a saucepan, gently heat up the honey and oil over medium-low heat until smooth and combined. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir. Spread onto a lined baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy over soy yogurt, with almond milk and fruit, a topping on ice cream, or just with a spoon! (like I do)

What's your favorite way to enjoy granola?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fitness Friday Motivation

Happy Friday, everyone! 

I couldn't be more happy that the weekend is here, even though I only had a three day week. Isn't that sad?

In honor of Friday I thought I would make a quick post with some fitness inspiration. 

I have a whole board of these that you can find on my Pinterest

P.S. I made these absolutely amazing Secret Peanut Butter Cookies from Chocolate Cover Katie a while ago and I'm craving them so badly right now. I hate not having direct access to an oven =/

Have an awesome Friday and kick some butt!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What I Shouldn't Have Put on Instagram

Fall is officially closing in on us. 

How do I know that? Because the other day I enjoyed one of these:

Yep, that is a pumpkin soy latte from good ol' Starbucks. A girl can never have too much pumpkin. I just wish I had some Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal to go along with it.
 *insert drool*

If anyone follows me on instagram (@honeyandnectar) or twitter, you probably would have seen this post about my usual breakfast lately:

I feel like I should explain myself, haha.

 I am always the first person awake in a suite of 7 people and I feel really bad if I use the microwave in the mornings and it starts beeping. I started putting uncooked oats in the bottom of a bowl with about 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp chocolate Sunwarrior protein powder, and a few drops vanilla creme liquid stevia. Then I put 6-8 oz of water in my Keurig and just dispense the hot water right on top of the oats. 

I affectionately call it "Oatmeal Soup" since that's basically what it is. Weird, right? 

I've basically come to the conclusion that I will eat anything that includes chocolate in it.

One thing I ate that didn't include chocolate was this salad with lots of raw veggies =] a.k.a my lunch every single day. I should probably branch out a bit. 

I am also excited because the fitness classes at my school's athletic center have finally started. I have the schedule printed out and highlighted already. Looks like I'm doing yoga 4-5 times a week =] 

And speaking of yoga, I have to go to a class now. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

Happy September! 

Fall is by far my favorite season and I'm so happy that it's almost here. I think we should all celebrate with a little breakfast. 

It's amazing what a great breakfast can do for your day. Especially a warm, fresh out of the oven breakfast. 

Last year, I was staying at a friend's house and she told me that we had to make  "boatmeal." I had never heard of baking oatmeal but I was such a fan of the regular stuff anyway I figured it had to be great. I was not disappointed. 

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp maple syrup 
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
optional: add craisins, pecans, or chocolate chips! I choose craisins.

Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a 1 cup ramekin or other baking dish. baked for about 18 minutes until firm then broil on high for 2-4 minutes until a golden brown crust forms. 

Wait for it to cool down a bit enjoy! 

I always end up flooding oatmeal with almond milk. It's like breakfast soup. 

I sat in the backyard and ate while listening to the birds sing. My dog was eyeing me suspiciously the whole time. 

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