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Cleaned Up Coconut Rice Pudding

So here is one of the recipes I promised the other day –  a cleaned up version of a comforting favorite 🙂

*I will totally add pictures tomorrow as I am currently at the boyfriend’s house and without my camera cord – womp womp* Edited to add: Wow … thought I snapped more pictures than I did … I guess I was too focused on eating the end product. Oh well 🙂

Coconut Rice Pudding

Yield: 6 – 1/2 c servings

prep time: ~45 minutes (if cooking rice)

total time: ~60 minutes (if cooking rice) or ~20 minutes if using leftover rice

What an awesome way to make use of leftover plain brown rice! Enjoy for dessert or as a great alternative to your bowl of oats in the morning. Feel free to substitute any of your favorite whole grains!

Ingredients

1 c brown rice

1/2 c sugar

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1/2 can of light coconut milk

splash of vanilla extract

1 serving of Vega Vanilla Chai

2 oz of coconut flakes

sprinkle of cinnamon

chopped almonds

Instructions

1. Cook brown rice per instructions or use 1 cup of leftover brown rice

2. In a medium saucepan combine almond milk and light coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and whisk in sugar and vanilla extract.

3. Add the brown rice and continue to cook for another 10 minutes to soak up all of the coconutty goodness 🙂

4. Once the rice mixture has reached your preferred creaminess remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Mix in the Vega Vanilla Chai, coconut flakes, and cinnamon.

Edited to add: *WARNING – The Vega Vanilla Chai will give your final product a slightly greenish hue so if you are color sensitive with your food feel free to substitute your favorite vanilla flavored protein powder*

5. Garnish with chopped almonds and enjoy! 🙂

This recipe reminds me of my grandma’s arroz con leche she would make for us during winter … but more exotic and vegan 😛

Green but good 🙂

Now to finish the night with some The Biggest Loser and a #fitblog chat. Have a lovely evening!

What’s your favorite childhood dessert?

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That Pesky To Do List

Sorry for the disappearing act – I was in quite a funky mood on Monday … I guess a lot of things are finally setting in. Thanks to the boyfriend for a hibachi dinner to lift my spirits.

With a laid back Monday I had that ever-present to do list to attend to.

The day included a trip to the gym, some grocery shopping, researching at the library, and some kitchen adventures with Live Fit Recipes from Jamie Eason.

Italian Turkey Zucchini Burgers

Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread

Eats were pretty clean throughout the day with a focus on refueling my body after starting the 2nd stage in NROLW (and I can definitely feel it especially in the bum)

Eggrito with coffee and milk

A CranRaspberry Protein shake with a side of edemame

Mixed greens with tuna and tomato basil hummus and pita

But after a dinner of lentil soup and chicken snacking set in and in a big way… I think night time snacking especially when Im feeling stressed is going to be an issue I need to tackle.

Today started off a little later than I wanted and with a scratchy throat I definitely didn’t want. I grabbed a banana on my way to the gym to tackle a 5 mile tempo run but quickly went back home because the place was absolutely packed.

With a combination of sore muscles, scratchy sore throat, and lack of motivation that 5 miles quickly turned to 2… I WILL finish out the rest of the run after lunch.

At the point the stomach was growling so next up was breakfast: some oats with chocoalte protein powder and almond butter (the best reese’s substitute ever!) and some TJ’s vanilla cinnamon tea (just what I needed to soothe my throat)

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! Only 4 more days til Christmas!

Anybody else break up their workouts? I feel like I couldn’t have finished the run strong but I still want to get the miles in so I figured why not – we’ll see how it goes.

Long Run Sunday and At Home Yoga

Good Morning All!

Today started off right with an epically successful 9 mile run. I fueled up with a NutriGrain Eggo topped with almond butter, and half a banana.

It was chilly starting out, but I loved how quiet the streets were. Of course on my way back everyone had woken up and gotten started on their day, making for more traffic to dodge than I wanted to. I finished strong and am very proud for sticking/increasing my pace 🙂

I came back and needed a good stretch so I whipped out my mat and this awesome little book detailing stretches and routines for specific for athletes – runners, cyclists, etc. I ended up following their 20 minute post run stretch routine: lots of pigeon and some interesting lower leg stretches. (achilles stretch? ok!)

I haven’t looked too much at the Women’s Health/Tara Stiles yoga how-to but I ended up picking both books up ages ago at Borders (RIP) so with the yoga and pilates classes on hiatus at my local YMCA I thought I would give some at home practice a try. I’ll let you guys know how these two books work but so far I’m really digging the Athlete’s Guide to Yoga.

After stretching it out I needed to fill my belly fast. Kodiak Cakes to the rescue!!!

This is my first time trying out the mix but since Kath raves about them I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Well… I did… Love the whole wheat aspect of the mix and flavor but man they were realllyyyy  thin. I will definitely cut the water in half next time to have a richer fluffier pancake.

The fact that they came out like crepes did not stop me from scarfing these suckers down. I added a sprinkle of chia and the rest of my banana to half of them then smeared some almond butter and apple butter on top. For some added protein I fried up a couple eggs. (Yes I did drink from the Pyrex measuring cup… and was promptly made fun of by Dad… but who needs to wash another cup…)

And now with a full belly I’m off to clean up and tackle some housework and errands for the day 🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday so far!

Monday Monday

Hello all!

I hope everyone is having a good start to the week.

My Monday off consisted of

A kind of failed attempt at protein pancakes. I’m in love with the flavor but need to work on the texture (recipe coming when I’ve worked out the kinks)

House cleaning – kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms all got hit.

Strength training at the gym.

Taking this one on a park adventure. She’s not a pup anymore and totally tired herself out so she’s currently snoring away at 4 pm like an old lady.

Now I’m watching the premiere episode of Ellen (woo!) and waiting for my lovebug to get out of class so we can meet up with some friends for dinner and a concert.

Hopefully it’s not too late of a night, this party animal has a core conditioning class at the a**crack of dawn 5am tomorrow.

Have a lovely evening!

Anyone have a protein pancake recipe to share?

Move it Monday

Hello all!

Holy crowded gym Batman! I guess everyone’s trying to get their sweat on before Labor Day festivities.

I did another weightlifting session from the NROL4W. As a gym newbie I usually stuck with the ellipitical and weight machines not even thinking about stepping into the free weights area. After reading this book I felt like I knew the why and how to change my body.

The writers for the NROL4W layout an easy to follow plan to get you into lifting (and lifting heavy) with confidence. Divided into stages, alternating between a workout A and workout B, you can choose to lift either 2 or 3 times a week depending on your schedule. I enjoy that I can push myself with weights but not feel so wiped out that I can’t incorporate running and spinning.

Workout plan for the week includes

Tuesday – Yoga

Wednesday – NROL1B

Thursday – Spin

Friday – NROL1A

Saturday – Spin

Breakfast was not the prettiest but a tasty mix of kale, zucchini, 1 egg, and 2 egg whites smothered in ketchup 🙂

Now I’m off to cook & bake up a storm for some Labor Day feasting!

Any fans of the NROL4W program? Any other fitness books worth checking out?