Flowerless chocolate chip cookies using leftover almonds

I had half a bag of almonds left from Costco that my man didn’t want to eat. He said they tasted stale. Well, I didn’t want to waste them, but I am not a big fan of nuts, so needed some ideas. I did a search on Google and to find ways to make almond butter.  I watched a few videos with a similar machine to mine (Ninja Professional) because I don’t have a Vitamix, and well, it didn’t turn into butter. I waited for close to 15 minutes and it still didn’t turn into almond butter.  I would have posted the video but it wasn’t worth just watching and listening to noise.

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Easy Protein Breakfast Bars in 5 minutes

Easy Protein Breakfast Bars in 5 minutes

I am getting sick of eggs. I was down south on holidays for a week and ate eggs almost every day. So, when we got home, I was definitely not in the mood for eggs. I was going through the cupboards trying to figure out what to make for breakfast without going out and buying stuff, but I also wanted it to be healthy and saw that I could make protein bars in 5 minutes using leftovers.

 

Protein Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

½ cup almonds (use any nuts you want or have left in the cupboard)

1 cup Peanut butter (it was hard as rock so I heated it up and good as new)

10 medjool dates (they look like bugs…but, they taste really good and sweet)

¼ or ½ cup of Water (want the oats and nuts to mesh together)

3 packets or 1 cut of oatmeal (the packages work just as good)

You’ll also need a blender, nutribullet, coffee grinder or a chopper to crush the nuts and dates. It doesn’t really work by hand and chopping them, welllllll, try it if you want, but it will take a long time and will hurt like a bugger.

Instructions

  1. Take your hard as rock peanut butter and poor into a big enough bowl. Put the bowl into the microwave to heat it up so it will be smooth enough to mix with all the ingredients. (ONLY heat up the peanut butter if your peanut butter is hard or if you want to make mixing easier).
  2. Add the cup of oatmeal or whatever amount you have on hand into the peanut butter.
  3. Take a handful of almonds and put in the blender to crush them. Take them out and put them in the peanut butter bowl.
  4. Grab about 10 dates or however many you want and blend them. Take them out and put them in the peanut butter bowl.
  5. Mush all the ingredients together using your hands, not a spoon because it takes too long.
  6. Add some water if it’s not all sticking together. Poor gradually and mush it together until its thick.
  7. If you have some parchment paper, put that down first because it saves you from having to clean the dish after. Hey, I don’t like cleaning, so I try to avoid it…lol
  8. Place in a dish of your choice. I chose glass dish because…that’s the only one I have that will make them square.
  9. Put in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Trust me, it needs a bit of time to stick together. So, don’t try to taste it before. wink wink
  10. Take it out and cut it as desired

If you don’t have these ingredients, use what you have on hand.

Be creative and enjoy the process.

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What exercise program will work for me? UPDATE

As part of my new years resolution, I have decided to go back to working out, which is what I like. I like to lift weights. I am not a big fan of fitness classes because  I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but I am now starting to do hot yoga and OMG, it’s frigging hot:) So for January , I tried an exercise program that I put together and, well, it didn’t work.  For many reasons, mostly because I didn’t commit to it. consistently. I also didn’t do more than 1 set of 12, which is what I was testing to see if there would be a difference. So, this month for February, I am going to try using a stability ball exercise program. I am going to do 3 days a week no matter what. If that means I go later or a different day and it messes with my routine, too bad. I have to do it, or rather I want to do. I found a program with actual images from Runpretty.com. So, for the next 28 days because February is shorter, I will do this circuit program and track my results on my workout log and will report the results on Feb 28.

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Goal #5 – Exercise – There’s a buzzing in my mid upper back

I have been getting buzzing in the right side of my back. It’s like when your hand goes numb when you sleep on it. I would get this buzzing in my back when I played volleyball and dove on the ground because I would push my bones in a way they weren’t supposed to go, but I haven’t played volleyball in 2 months. So, why am I getting the buzzing? Maybe it’s my new workout routine. I started running again, indoors of course. Sorry, but it’s too cold and slippery to run outside. I haven’t ran in over a year because it hurt my knees, but with the new workouts, I’m hoping to rectify that. So, in the meantime, I am running on my “Tonka truck” treadmill as I like to call it at my gym Movati. I go to the one at the trainyards in Ottawa. I’ve heard bad press about them, but I like them. It’s got great yoga classes. I have tried a few and the ones I like are the Hot Yoga, and the Yin Yang.

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