What I Ate Wednesday + Two Tasty Recipes!

Good morning!

It’s Wednesday which  means I’ll be linking up with Jenn for another round of What I ate Wednesday. 

Peas and Crayons

I was much better at taking pictures of my eats yesterday so this should be fun!  Plus, I’ve got a yummy recipe for you guys! 

Yesterday’s morning I was up early and headed to the gym drinking a Fitmixer aminos on the way and while I was there.  I seriously love this stuff and was beyond sad when our supply ran out.  Not only was I missing the yummy flavor and energy burst it give you, but my muscles were much more sore than they had been after a few days of exercise without it.  I’m telling you, this stuff works! 

After the gym, I came home, showered, and whipped up a warm homemade pumpkin spice latte. 

So easy and it tasted just like the higher calorie Starbucks version.  Okay, probably not JUST like it, but very close! 

Pumpkin Pie Latte

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 packet of stevia

1/2 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup of dark blend hot coffee (I used Starbucks Sumatra blend)

In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat.  Add in the pumpkin puree, stevia and pumpkin pie spice.  Whisk until combined well and the mixture is warm and bubbly.  Pour into your mug of hot coffee and enjoy! 

For breakfast I popped a frozen flaxseed waffle into the toaster and mixed up some greek yogurt, almond butter, and protein powder.  I spread that over my waffle then topped it with a few thinly sliced apples and cinnamon.  Yum! 

We had plans to meet a friend at the Fountains to play so we were rushing out the door after breakfast.  I didn’t grab a snack for myself but did have time to run into Peet’s and order a Peppermint Mocha with soy 🙂 

I enjoyed my Mocha, while the Love Nugget played with his friend Keenan at Me Gusta and I visited with Keenan’s mom Melissa.  She has a wonderful blog called Fit ‘N’ Well Mommy and if you haven’t checked it out yet make sure you do, it’s great! 

After playing at Me Gusta, we took a little train ride which is always a hit with the boys 🙂

It was getting late and the Love Nugget was fading so I ran into Whole Foods to grab him some lunch before heading home.  Unfortunately he wasn’t really having it so we packed it up and made our way back home for nap time. 

While he napped, I made myself a simple lunch of Toast smeared with goat cheese and avocado along with celery and sugar-plum tomatoes.  Love that combo! 

It’s time for Foodie Pen Pal so I needed to make a batch of granola to send in my package. 

This is the recipe I wanted to share with you.  So tasty and extremely quick and easy to make! 

So good that I may have snacked on WAY too much of this after it came out of the oven and as I snapped photos of it.  Ooops! 

Luckily I had made extra just in case that happened 🙂

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup coconut (optional but I love it!)

2 tbsp Almond Butter (I used Maranatha all natural)

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer or by hand until combined well and the mixture is clumpy.  Scoop onto a baking sheet and pack down into a large, flat, pile.  I like to do it this way rather than spread it out so that the granola bakes in chunks rather than smaller pieces.  Bake for 10-12 minute flipping halfway through.  when you flip try not to break it apart too much.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before gobbling it up!  Enjoy!

Dinner last night was supposed to be Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie but I switched things up since I had purchased Tilapia at the store that day.  I made this Tilapia recipe and topped it with an apricot dijon sauce.  We also enjoyed some steamed carrots tossed with a little coconut butter, honey and sea salt.  It was tasty! 

 Sorry!  Horrible lighting in our dining room! 

After dinner I fixed a mug of my newest tea obsession.

If you like Sleepytime tea, and vanilla, you’ve got to try this!  So good! 

Later, the hubby and I shared this bowl of deliciousness.   

Non-fat greek yogurt mixed with a tbsp of almond butter, honey, cinnamon, chopped apples and topped with hemp seeds.  Perfect way to end the day! 

 Okay, off to start the day today!  Hoping the Love Nugget will want to go to the gym today so I can take Spin and Piyo.  Wish me luck! 

QUESTIONS –

  • Do you make your own granola?
  • What’s one yummy thing you ate yesterday?
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Comments

  1. fitnessmomwinecountry says:

    I love the recipes thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. The granola looks incredible! It’s easy to see why a little over-snacking may have happened ;). I love the breakfast combo! It looks and sounds really tasty! Do you just mix up the protein powder in the yogurt/nut butter mix? And, do you use a plain of flavored protein powder for this? Thanks! 😀

    • I used Fitmixer Vanilla Protein powder which adds a little sweetness to the plain yogurt. I just mix in about a tbsp with the nut butter/yogurt mixture and viola! It’s flavored yogurt with out a ton of added sugar 🙂

  3. Oooh that granola looks good and crunchy. I love snacking on cereal type foods.

  4. It was great seeing you guys yesterday!Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Your recipes look delicious! I am going to try your latte recipe tomorrow morning! My favorite thing that I ate yesterday was egg whites over fresh spinach mixed with tomato, avocado and oven-baked sweet potato fries. It was the perfect combination of flavors.

    • It was great seeing you guys! I meant to tell you that I used your egg white idea for lunch the other day but I added a handful of chopped spinach to my bowl of egg whites before cooking and topped it with mashed avocado. Yum! I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes right now! Have you tried them with Almond/peanut butter? So good!

  5. Ha Ha, love that we both have tilapia on our posts. I swear, it’s almost like were the same person 🙂

  6. Wow! I wish I was your foodie pen pal 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looking forward to making a batch of my own.

  7. Oh wow, your granola sounds (and looks) amazing! I used to make it all the time, but haven’t made any in months. I was going to make some as gifts this year. Definitely trying this recipe, thanks!

    • It’s a really good one! I’m planning to make some for gifts as well! That is if I don’t eat it all before I can give it away!

  8. I am going to Pin your granola recipe and make it asap! Looks amazing!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Careful, it’s highly addicting! I have a hard time not eating it all before packaging it up for gifts!

  9. Yum! I just made a double batch this morning. I needed a topper for my yogurt, cottage cheese, banana breakfast. Thanks for the recipe, gorgeous photos.

  10. Oh my gosh – I know this is an old post… but I just made your granola – it’s still warm on the pan & I can’t stop eating it. I didn’t have coconut flakes or almonds… so I left them out, and it’s still amazing!