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Blueberry Muffin 1

Too good to be true?

Nope. After hours of searching the Internet I finally found a 1 point blueberry muffin. I wanted to use the blueberries that I got for super cheep at Trader Joes before they went bad and I thought muffins would be perfect. If I could find a recipe that was healthy and low in points I could freeze them and pop them in the microwave on those days when I am running late. I was a little skeptical going in so I tweaked things, (well thing). I added flax meal to the wet mix just to make sure everything would bind.

The original recipe came from fatfree.com. The link is here.

Blueberry Muffins 2

1 Point Vegan Blueberry Muffins

12 Servings
1 Point/Serving

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ¼ cups water
½ cup applesauce
1 Tbsp ground flax meal
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine water, applesauce and flax in another bowl allow to sit a bit until for the flax to do its thing.
  4. Add the blueberries to dry ingredients and mix to coat.
  5. Add water mixture to dry ingredients. The batter will be somewhat thick.
  6. Spoon the batter into non-stick muffin tins sprayed with vegetable oil spray.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from muffin tin.

I am so excited to have one of these with eggs tomorrow. I also think they will make a great pre-run snack. I hope you give them a try.


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Dinner for One

David officially started Law School today. It was so cool to get up early together. (Usually I am alone at that hour.) I went for a run while he was in the shower then…
First Day of School
Yep I made him pose for a picture before he left. Ha! I am so annoying.

Well David is now upstairs reading and I am realizing that we will be having most of our meals separately for then next few years. I am looking forward to seeing him at Thanksgiving.

Tonight I made my favorite solo meal…Breakfast!

Erica’s Egg White Omelette

1 Serving
2 Points/Serving

butter flavored Pam
¼ bell pepper, diced
1 Trader Joe’s Canadian bacon round, diced
2 green onions, sliced
1 cup spinach
3 egg whites plus 1 drop of a yoke
1 pinch of salt
½ oz soy pepper jack cheese, shredded
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped

  1. Spray a nonstick pan with Pam and heat over medium-low heat.
  2. Don’t wait for the pan to get hot! Just start adding the bell pepper, onion, bacon, and pepper.
  3. Cook until the bacon begins to color and the onion is soft.
  4. Add the spinach and wilt.
  5. The trick with egg white omelets is to whisk the eggs until they get nice and frothy and adding a pinch of salt before you start to whisk.
  6. Spread the ingredients out evenly in the pan and add the eggs.
  7. Move the egg around in the pan a little until it starts to set then sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  8. When the cheese melts carefully fold the eggs over and cook a little longer.
  9. Slide the eggs on to the plate and top with a few leftover green onions, tomatoes, and more salt and pepper.

The amazing thing about the Trader Joe’s Canadian bacon is that three slices = 1 point!! That means I can have the other two slices on the side. Served with an English muffin spread with Smart Balance this is the perfect 4 point meal.

Breakfast for Dinner

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P6120003Jogged for 12 min straight and lived to blog about it!!
This morning I woke up to do week 4 of Couch to 5K for the third time. I was feeling good because I took Friday off. I wanted to wake up earlier and go to the trail a few miles away to try the jog there but the bed was holing on tight this morning. At the end of the podcast after my fourth jogging interval I was instructed to walk for a cool-down and I didn’t want to stop. I just kept running and ended up running all the way home. I jogged a total of 21 minutes this morning!!!

When I got home I was so gross and I needed a shower before I could do anything. After a quick stretch out I jumped in the shower and then I was hungry. Time for another green monster.


This one turned out very brown in the beginning but it got greener as the morning went on. I should have taken another picture.

I think I have this shake thing down now. I have a recipe I really like. So here it is you try it and let me know what you think.

Green (Brown) Monster

½ frozen banana
3 frozen strawberries
¼ cup frozen blackberries
½ serving of Organic Hemp Shake Berry Pomegranate
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup Soy Slender Vanilla

  1. Blend well and enjoy!

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Green Monster 2

Okay, I liked the flavor but it was way too thick. The spinach was not noticeable and the chocolate banana combo was good. After my walk/run it was just what my body was craving. I am still trying to workout the details but we are getting closer.

No recipe today because it was not thin enough. I did want to share the pictures because of the interesting color. I will definitely get the chocolate HempShake again. I’ll keep you posted.

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Raw Oats 2 Mixed

My second try at raw oats occurred on Friday. I must say they looked better with the cranberries and almond butter. They weren’t so monochromatic and stark white as the first batch. The flavor was wonderful and I woke up this morning disappointed that I hadn’t prepared any for this morning. I also changed the proportions around a little. I used less oats and yogurt and more soymilk. As far as the filling factor I think the first batch was more filling but I felt good ‘till about 11:30 on Friday.

I strongly recommend trying these oats. I was talking to a few people about it and I think it will make a great breakfast on those hot summer mornings that are about to be upon us any day now.

Raw Oats 2 Premix

Raw Oats Take 2

Serves 1
4 Points/Serving

¼ cup rolled oats
¼ cup Fage fat-free Greek yogurt
½ cup Soy Slender Vanilla soymilk
½ small banana, sliced
1 Tbsp dried cranberries
1 tsp raw almond butter

  1. Combine the ingredients and stir. Place in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy the next morning.

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Green Monster

After my walk/run this morning, I came home and made my first breakfast shake. I have been reading a lot about these “green monsters” lately and I wanted to give it a try. I also heard that your body metabolizes a shake better than food. It was not as filling as the raw oatmeal from the day before but I was good today until about 11am.

So the thing about the green monster is that it has some sort of greens in it. Most of the recipes I have seen have spinach. I agree it sounds suspect but I’m a risk taker. So I blended and gave it a shot.

Okay, I am going to be honest with you…I made a little mistake. I wanted to have frozen banana in my smoothie but I froze my banana half with the peal on. Well, I am sure you know where this is heading the banana and the peal were fused together and so I left it out.
Hemp Shake

Erica’s Green Monster

1 Serving
3.5 Points/Serving

1 serving of Hemp Shake
½ cup frozen whole strawberries
1 cup Soy Slender Vanilla
½ cup Fage fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup baby spinach

Not Very Green
The versions I have seen on the internet some how look greener but I think the strange look had something to do with the lighting in my kitchen. When I walked into the living room I noticed it was defiantly green. I could tell the spinach was in there but it was still good. I also think it would have been better with banana.

The verdict: I will try it again but do the banana thing right. I am not totally sold.

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Raw Oats, Hmmm.

Kath of Kath Eats Real Food has inspired me to try Raw Oatmeal for breakfast. I have soaked my oats overnight in the refrigerator and now I am going to dig in.

Here are the oats just out of the fridge.
I’ll be the first to admit not very appetizing.
Raw Oats 1
After a quick stir things were looking better.
Raw Oats 2
The flavor is great! They are rich and creamy with a wonderful cinnamon-banana flavor. The mixture is very thick and rich. I have a feeling that this meal will stay with me for a long time. It is 7:20 now lets see how long I can go before my snack. I‘ll keep you updated.

Update: I was satisfied till lunch!!! I am usually hungry at 9am on the dot and then again at 11:30am. I was fine all morning and at noon I was ready for lunch but not ravenous. I am amazed.

I read a suggestion to nuke the oats for 30 seconds in the morning to take the chill out. I liked it cold though. Don’t be scared just give it a try.

I think next time I will do ¼ cup of each and stick with ½ a banana to lower the points so I can afford some toppings. I’ll try again tonight and see what happens tomorrow.

My Recipe for Raw Oats, Take One

Serves 1
5 Points/Serving

½ cup rolled oats
½ cup Soy Slender Vanilla Soy Milk
½ cup Fage fat-free Greek yogurt
½ small banana, sliced
1 dash ground cinnamon

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix to combine, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Stir and enjoy.

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