“One way to get healthy is to re-establish a purpose in life. You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”

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By Becca

Food Blog!

Hi Friends!

It’s been a long couple of weeks months and this post is way over due.

Friends its Foodie Pen Pal time! 🙂

 

My package apparently arrived on the 27th and until I opened my mailbox (yesterday) I didn’t see the UPS note.

Since when do they return packages back to the post office? I’ve always had them turned into the clubhouse, but at this point I expect nothing less.

This morning as soon as I got out of class I rushed to the post office to retrieve my package.

The anticipation was killing me!

As soon as I got home I ripped open the box to reveal all the goodies.

My foodie pen pal is Veronica Golden from Massachusetts. She’s a lovely historian and the theme of the package was regional. Everything inside was locally “grown” from a little historian village.

Inside I found:

* A very sweet detailed letter explaining each item

*Mother’s Maple Pumpkin Butter (this was the first thing I dug into)

I LOVE seasonal food items!

*Home Made Hickory Smoked Gourmet Almonds

* 3 Vermont Smoke and Cure “Real Sticks” without hormone or perservatives

* Handmade Pure Beeswax Birthday Candles (so pretty)

The pumpkin butter was amazing and I cant wait to try it on EVERYTHING!

I’m so excited to try the rest of the items and I plan on using the candles for my birthday in December.

This was such a great first time foodie pal experience and I’m so lucky to of had such thoughtful items from a thoughtful person! Be sure to check out her blog as well as the foodie pen pal program! 🙂

By Becca

Still Searching For That Balance

Hey Everyone!

I have not written an updated blog for quite some time now and to be honest I’ve really missed it.

Life has been really crazy this summer with two classes, a full-time internship and Starbucks. (It’s going on eight years at Starbucks..time to graduate already!)

Over the spring I trained hard for my first half marathon, and on June 3rd I ran in the Sunburst Race on Notre Campus. My goal was to finish under two hours and I finished at 1:55. Finishing this race gave me such a sense of achievement, self-worth, and motivation to continue running. Running gives me the escape I need from all the chaos in life and I just love being physically active.

I also started interning at Purdue’s Ismail Center, the staff and graduate gym on campus. I am a facility manager and Silver Sneaker Fitness Instructor.
I sometime work 13 hour days and then train for my races at night. Life has really been crazy and exercise is the least of my worries, but my eating habits have really been offset. I eat a clean and healthy diet about 80% of the time but my problem is over consumption of these healthy foods. Believe me, it does happen!

I really need to get in check with myself and stop binging at night. Binging in general no matter what kind of food is not a healthy way to eat and leads to unsettling thoughts and emotions. I really need to find a balance.

I have maintained my weight for the last couple of months but I’d really like to drop some more body fat. I’m not so concerned with my numbers but more so my appearance. I have the tools, the mindset, and the education to be successful and now I just need to follow through.

Wanna know something exciting?

Regardless of my crazy schedule I decided today to sign up for my first FULL MARATHON! This upcoming January I will be running in the Carlsbad Marathon in California and I can not even contain my excitement! I’ve made this commitment and I plan on sticking to it so the least I could do is feed my body with the rights foods at the right times.

How was your summer? Not long enough?

Any goals or commitments you have coming up?

What are your thoughts on calorie counting? (I hate this mindset)

Click the comment bubble at the top to give me your thoughts 🙂

Thanks Friends ❤ Xoxo

By Becca

“Healthy” Cookie Dough Pie

Healthy cookie dough pie, is there even such a thing?

Chocolate Covered Katie seems to think so and I couldn’t have agreed more. Katie makes wonderful recipes that are full of flavor, creativity and healthy ingredients. Check out her amazing blog for the original recipe!

I decided to take on the  challenge of making my own version of the cookie dough pie and the results were astounding.

This may be one of my new favorites! 🙂 Okay enough teasing here’s the recipe:

“Healthy Cookie Dough Pie” (gf. & df.)

1 can of  garbanzo beans

1/2 cup of  quick oats (gluten free)

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tb brown sugar

2 Tb stevia

1 Tb chia seeds

4 drops vanilla stevia

1/2 cup of chocolate chips ( I used Enjoy df & gf ch.chips)

Directions

Turn oven to 350 degrees

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor except for the chocolate chips.

Once blended stir in chips, and then add to a  well sprayed pie shell pan. ( I used a 9 inch pan)

Cook for 35 minutes and then let sit for ten minutes before serving.

Kenny and I tried it warm and cold the next day. Both ways were amazing but I especially liked it cold because of the resemblance of  raw cookie dough.

🙂

YUM!!!

The whole pie is around 1270 calories but divided into 6 servings:

Nutritional Information (Per Servings)

Calories: 211.6

Fat: 8.5

Carbs: 27.6

Fiber: 5.6

Protein: 5.6

By Becca

Raw Agave Almond Butter

I have been wanting to make raw almond butter for a long time and with my new food processor I decided to get it a try.

Raw. Simple. Delicious.

Ingredients:

  11.5 ounce container of unsalted almonds (salted optional)

2 Tb. Agave

Yup, that’s it kids just those two ingredients. 🙂

Start by dumping in the entire container of almonds into your food processor. Leave out agave until the end.

Keep in mind that while the ingredients are simple the entire  process takes about 30 minutes.

LOTS of blending with occasionally scraping down the sides of the food processor. Turn on the processor once almonds are added and away they go!

This is about half way through. 15 minutes

You’ll notice a flour type substance that the almonds start to create, continue  to scrape down the sides of the food processor and then back to blending.

Eventually you will get a liquified substance.  30 minutes

Now look how easy that was! 😉

Scrape down the food processor and add almond butter to original container.

You can now stir in agave and enjoy.

This was so tasty but very addicting! The serving size is  2 Tb. for the same nutritional information on the side of the container (about 1 oz of raw almonds). 5 points plus

By Becca

Healthy taco pie!

Hey guys! Super bowl is tomorrow and I have an awesome dish to share. It’s a gluten/dairy free taco pie!

After getting 3 hours of sleep last night I needed something super yummy and very easy.

This is dish is full of flavor and takes less than 40 minutes to make.

Oh My! Taco Pie (Gluten and Dairy Free)

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By Becca