6.25.2013

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie


It’s crazy town around here right now. After I got home from Florida, I got a call from my property management company saying the owners wanted to move into our house.

What?! 

Meaning we had to get out! 

Talk about unexpected.

Ugh...the life of a renter.

Of course, that same day I got the call we had to move out; I went on the hunt for a new place immediately.

After many hours on craigslist, hotpads, and padmapper, I found a place last week that is right up the road from where we live now. Oh, and Friday they told me we could move in on the 28th! In a week - wait at this point its like 3 days actually! AHHHhhhh - mini freak out.

When change happens, it happens FAST!

So, needless to say, I’ve been a packing fool.

Our house is a hot mess. It may not look that bad, but it’s bad for me! I can’t find anything I am actually looking for, and look at poor bailey, she has no clue what's happening.


So, in an effort in minimize what we have to move, I’ve stopped grocery shopping and I’ve been trying to use up all the stuff in the pantry and fridge.

This morning I was craving something refreshing and filling, but something that wouldn't weigh me down. So I grabbed a bunch of stuff that was laying around, just waiting to be used up, and came up with this smoothie. 


It’s full of stuff that sticks to your bones to help keep you full throughout the morning. You start out with a nice sweet, ripe banana. If you have a frozen one, even better because you can omit the ice listed in the recipe. I added oats to make it a little hearty, but not over the top, the chia seeds are full of omegas and help to thicken everything up, but if you don’t have any don’t worry – you’re not losing any flavor. I used a bit of non-fat plain greek yogurt for some extra protein and creaminess, then threw in some vanilla extract and cinnamon to help spice it up. Then I blended it all with peanut butter and plain almond milk. Because everything is better with peanut butter. 



Action shot - like I needed more stuff on my counter at this point.

Any way, its yummy! This smoothie will be going into the weekly breakfast rotation.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie
Serves 1
1 banana (frozen or not)
¾ cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons rolled old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter
½ tablespoon chia seeds
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup of crushed ice (if you aren't using a frozen banana)

Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until combined. Serve immediately in whatever container you haven't packed yet (in my case an empty jar) and enjoy.


Cheers to our next adventure in a new house! 

Erica


6.17.2013

Travel Food.



Last week I was in Florida for my 10 year High School Reunion! I had so much fun. Way more fun than I thought I would at least. We had an amazing turn out and it all felt like we never left. We were all just hanging out at the bar, catching up on old times. I loved it. I don't know why more people don't like them or don't want to go. You should go!


That's my best and our moms! Reunion for everyone. :)

Any way, my post today isn't about my reunion, its about food for travel.

Since moving to the west coast, my air travel times seem to take up the entire day. I have to get to the airport an hour early and the airport itself over an hour train ride after a 30 minute drive to the train station. Then once I get to where ever I am going, there's usually a good drive before I get to my final destination.

It is a very full day.

And I very get hungry.

When I get hungry, I get super cranky. Like a kid. My friends and family to attest to this fact.

Also, I hate airport food. It's over priced. Full of salt. And usually not tasty (unless you are in Terminal 2 at SFO, which is my only exception).

So, I pack my own.

I've been gathering some traveling snacks/meals and tips and wanted to share with you. I also included what I just packed for myself on my most recent plane trip.

Some tips:
  • Keep it hearty, healthy, filling and simple. Everything's got to be sturdy and transportable as well as taste good. 
  • Pack hard fruits like apples and oranges. Some people suggest bananas, but personally, I hate my bananas bruised and they usually get all knock around during travel before so I've taken them off the list. Or you pack a cut up fruit salad in a tubberware for easy transport and to help protect the fruit
  • Think of the crumble level. Let's face it, crackers or chips aren't the best option because one bump on the train or in the airport and you are in crumb city. Go for some pita bread, trail mix, dried fruit, or granola bars.
  • Can it stand room temp for a while and not get too soggy? Unless you pack a little lunch box with an ice pack, you have to consider how long it will last without being in a fridge. Hearty greens, hard boiled eggs, even hard cheeses are some good examples of things that will last. 
  • Sodium level. Too much salt will make you feel bloated and gross. Keep it low
  • Drinks! Pack a reusable water bottle. I always get so mad when they don't give me the full bottle of water. Seriously, it's like a sip! Easy solution, bring your own and fill it up when you pass security

Here's what I packed on my most recent trip:



We've got my water bottle to fill up after security. Dates stuffed with peanut butter - my favorite snack right now, almonds, blueberries, lara bars, roasted chickpeas, an apple, some chia bread, and my strawberry kale salad. Seems like a lot of food... I know. Don't worry I didn't eat it all (I ate just about half of it) But I had it all just in case!


Peanut butter stuffed dates are my new kick. Love them! They are sweet enough to curve my chocolate cravings and super filling with the peanut butter in the middle.


I bough this powdered coconut water to try - and hated it. Don't bother. If you want some flavor, cut up some lemon or other fruit and stick it in your bottle.



Salad in a jar.


I had some strawberries to use, so I made my strawberry kale salad sans avocado because I thought that would get mushy. I dressed the kale before I packed it in the jar and layered everything else. When I was ready to eat it, I just shook up the whole thing and it was good to go. I washed the jar at my parent's house and made a simple salad for the way back home.


I love these. Roasted chickpea goodness. They have a salt and pepper flavor too that is amazing. 

I packed a couple lara bars one for extra energy. I knew we were shopping in Orlando and may need an added boost. I saved the other for the plane ride back. 

As with all planning, packing food for air travel takes a little bit of time. But in the long run, my body doesn't hate me and I save money. Win, win.

Some other easy ideas: PB&J, veggies and hummus, instant oatmeal - just ask for hot water in the airport or on the plane, bagel and cream cheese, popcorn, or some of these.

Do you ever pack food for air travel? Have any tips or food suggestions?

Happy Summer and Happy Travels!

Cheers,

Erica

6.03.2013

Apricot Rosemary Quick Jam


I have a bit of a problem at farmer's markets sometimes. I can't not buy things. Especially when they are the first of the season. 

Right now is heaven for me. Cherries, strawberries, stone fruits, asparagus, corn! Oh my. 

And those little samples they cut up...I can't stop/won't stop.

Then, I hear myself saying "I'm already down $20, but I definitely need those plums over there. What's that you saw Mr. Farmer, you saved some asparagus for me? Of course, I'll take some of apricots, its only $1 a pound. It's totally OK, I'm helping out the local economy...."

See what I mean. 

In all seriousness, I shouldn't be buying a ton of fresh food. I'm trying to use all I have in preparation for my mini vaca to Florida this week. 

So what's a girl to do with too much fruit? 

6.01.2013

May Adventures!


May was so much fun. I wanted more! Then the month suddenly ended...I can't be too greedy. I guess.

Here was life for me this month.

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