Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

I have been making breakfast recipes this week that I can store or freeze for a quick on-the-go healthy breakfast when I start work. Today I made healthier versions of Egg McMuffin sandwiches that you can freeze and just reheat in the microwave on a hectic morning. I used egg whites instead of whole eggs and 100% whole wheat english muffins. I had to use american cheese slices today because that was all we had in the fridge, but usually I would use cheddar cheese slices because I feel like that is less processed and tastes better, in my opinion. I topped them off with a slice of ham instead of bacon. I calculated that it is about 235 calories for one sandwich. Not bad at all! Here is the Recipe:

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Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

Recipe adapted from The Yummy Life

Ingredients:

6 whole wheat english muffins

18 Tablespoons egg whites

6 slices cheddar cheese

6 slices ham

salt

pepper

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

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2. Toast all english muffins either in a toaster or under a broiler.

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3. Spray 6 ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.

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4. Measure 3 tablespoons of egg whites into each ramekin and season with salt and pepper.

5. Bake the egg whites in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

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6. Build 6 sandwiches by layering the egg white, cheese, and ham onto english muffin.

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7. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze.

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To eat, just reheat sandwich and enjoy!

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Homemade Granola

At home I miss the yogurt and granola that was offered at the cafeteria at school. Now that I am home, I can cook again- YAY! So I decided to make my own healthy granola to eat with plain Greek yogurt. The recipe I used has all-natural ingredients and tastes great!

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Homemade Granola

Adapted from Today’s Mama

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first set of ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the oats, almonds, and pecans. Mix well and spread out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes to prevent burning. Once baked and cooled, mix in cranberries or other dried fruit of your choice and chocolate chips. Store in a closed container.

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Of course there are lots of possibilities of nuts, dried fruits, and other mix-ins to make this recipe your own. I just used what we had on hand in the pantry, but other options would be: chopped walnuts, dried cherries, banana chips, raisins, shredded coconut, or substituting maple syrup for the orange juice.

WIAW: Breakfast Edition

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homemade stuffed french toast with whipped cream on top

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french toast, eggs, and sautéed spinach and mushrooms from Whole Foods

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yogurt, granola, strawberries

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egg and veggies scramble with peanut butter on a whole wheat english muffin

I love breakfast! It is my favorite meal of the day and I could eat breakfast foods at any time of day, for every meal. As a bonus, I don’t feel guilty consuming the most calories at breakfast!

End of Freshman Year

Finals are over and graded, beach week is complete, and now I am home to work for the summer. Looking back at the purpose of this blog and where I started at the beginning of my first year of college, I have made progress. I accomplished my goal to reverse the “freshman 15” losing around 12 lbs and I managed to find healthy options at college while remaining active to manage stress. I notice a difference in the way some of my old clothes fit and I can run faster more easily. Yet, I still would like to move forward. I still have issues with overeating and eating too many sweets.

My next goal is to be at 120 lbs. by my 20th birthday in July, and part of that accomplishment will hopefully come with my new half marathon training. I really can’t believe that I will no longer be a teenager in a couple months. I feel even more pressure as I grow older to have a boyfriend, and I think it would help if I lost about 10 more pounds. Now I know that that sounds pretty bad and shallow and some may say “but its not all about looks or how skinny a girl is that gets boy’s attention!” and I get that, but at the same time I have to be realistic. Guys do notice a girl based on looks at first glance, and I would have more confidence in myself if I get to what I feel is a more healthy weight for my body type. Its not a bad thing to want to eat healthy and exercise is it!?

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Half Marathon Training Plan Link

Today was Tuesday of week 1, so I went on a 3.22 mile run this afternoon. It felt good, but I am definitely out of shape. I am pretty happy with my time, averaging about 9.5 minutes a mile. I’m not really going for speed, more the endurance and distance.

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Mother’s Day

I am home from college for the summer and yesterday we had a wonderful Mother’s Day. We went to church and then to a Mother’s Day brunch. It was so delicious and I wish I had taken pictures. The tables were all decorated with pink and flowers. I had salad and vegetables from a salad bar, an omelet with everything in it, sausage, fruit, chicken with a mushroom sauce, and just a taste of a rich chocolate cake that my brother got. Yum! The rest of the afternoon I was lazy and tried to catch up on 10+ episodes of Revenge since the season finale was last night. I didn’t catch up in time, so I will be watching the recorded finale today or tomorrow. Here is a pic of my set up: iced coffee, bracelet making, and a book if I decided to do some reading.

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Revenge[1]

such a good show!

My sister and I made lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and iced with buttercream frosting for Mother’s Day. Here is the process of making them:

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I haven’t been running much this past week or so because I decided to give myself a mini vacation as the start to summer and it was a way to make myself stop feeling guilty if I don’t exercise every single day. Instead I focused on eating healthy and being happy and thankful for my body. Now I am ready to get back into running and today I am starting a generic training plan for a half marathon. I haven’t actually signed up for a half marathon race, I am really just doing this because I want an exercise goal and I really want to be able to say that I can run at least 10 miles straight by the end of the summer. Maybe in the end I will find a race to complete and a friend to run it with! Running a half marathon is on my bucket list.

This is the link to the plan that I am following is from Fitness Magazine online and you can download it here:

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/running/training-schedules/5k-10k-half-marathon-training-plans/

Spring Break Pics

 

Sorry for the long break from posting! I’m back and have just a few pictures to share from spring break. We stayed in a beautiful house right on the beach. The view was gorgeous, though the weather was just a tad still too cold for my taste. I never went in the ocean further than sticking my feet in (and even after that I felt like they had frostbite!), but it was warm enough that I could go for a run to the pier and back in shorts and a t-shirt. I absolutely loved running on the beach! It was exactly 2 miles out to the pier and 2 miles back, so I got a good 4 mile run or walk in every day. It made me feel very accomplished and peaceful.

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We did community service at local places throughout the week. I helped at a zoo one day, which is why I have a picture of a goat. It reminded us of the Taylor Swift screaming goat video. There were actually some really cool animals there and it was a fun day!

I hope everyone had a good Easter! I am already getting summer fever with just about a month left until finals!

WIAW + Whole Foods Discovery

I will start off with some WIAWs from the past week:

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Egg white omelet with chicken, olives, spinach, and cheese with side of fruit

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First time I have had the banana flavored Chobani. Sooo good for an afternoon snack.

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Casual breakfast between classes this morning. I brought what looks like mush to go from the cafeteria along with some fruit and bought a hot french vanilla coffee while I did some work on the computer. The mush is actually yogurt mixed with granola, raisins, and chopped walnuts. It turned out to be what I would think overnight oats are like (though, I haven’t ever made those) because the granola absorbed the yogurt and became soft.

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A couple runs outside on my Nike app. Today I ran three miles in under 29 minutes (the pic on the right). I think that is my record 3-mile time so far!

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I also ordered a new water bottle because my old one kept getting mold in the nozzle and it was getting gross and annoying to clean, so I splurged and went for this purple filtered water bottle. Fancy huh? I find that I drink a lot more water when I have a fun new cup or bottle, which is what I did all day today. So. Much. Water. But, it is so good for you! Yay for being hydrated!

Finally, I am going to talk about Whole Foods. I know that in the food blogging world this store/healthy food heaven is mentioned a lot, but sadly I had never actually eaten from their cafe until tonight. I have to say, I now understand the excitement over this place. I ate roasted squash, steamed carrots, Brunswick stew, and mac & cheese. We have a Whole Foods literally right off of campus, so now that I have discovered the hot food and salad bars, it is going to take some self control not to blow all of my money there. It is so sad that Whole Foods doesn’t accept college food points. Oh the struggles of living in the real world and having to use real money.