WIAW: More Nut Butter Creations

Happy Hump Day!

I figured I would do another WIAW hosted by Peas and Crayons, since last Wednesday’s was so much fun. For the both of us, I hope.

I had some oatmeal (unpictured…WIAW fowl) with peanut butter, almond milk, and LOTS of  flax. Let’s just say one too many protein shakes too close together isn’t too great for the digestive tract.

Since I had a lot of homework to do, as Wednesdays are my schoolwork days, I got right to that (after a little vitamin D sesh ;)).

Lunch:

Spicy Grilled Chicken Spinach Cheddar Quesadilla

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  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Grilled chicken slices
  • Lots of spinach
  • Chile pepper seasoning
  • Medium chunky salsa

I really need to start incorporating black beans into more of my mexican stuff…I miss them.

And back to my Econ chapters I went. I was finishing up my last chapter, Chapter 19, on the foreign exchange market! Funzies.

Of course any hard working student needs a little break though, and what a better study break than a little study snack?

Study snack:

Almond Butter Blondies

These were literally out of this world good. They’re a crumbly melt in your mouth type of goodness. AND with such simple ingredients!

The original recipe….

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Then I got creative.

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Pre-oven:

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Post-oven:

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Pre-mouth:

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  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Handful of dark chocolate chips
  • Handful of chopped walnuts
  • Flax meal (your discretion..I used A LOT)
  • Chia seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Coated baking dish with coconut oil. Baked in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Warning: this recipe does use an entire jar of almond butter. Sad days.

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Mid-afternoon snack:

I hadn’t had a big orange in forever, but this one definitely hit the spot. So juicy and flavorful! Right up my alley.

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Dinner:

I met my good friends Katie and Bong for dinner at Vapiano in Reston Town Center, a trendy urban Italian restaurant with simple ingredients and great taste.

I love the design of this restaurant, with such high ceilings and an open floor plan. A definite plus in its likability factor for me. And we all know I’m one of the most highly esteemed food critics in the area, so bravo to Vapiano’s design team.

Brushetta Pizza

Mozzarella, tomato, basil, arugula, parmesan

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Yes, this was very hard for me to go ahead and order the pizza knowing there was no healthier crust substitute, but I guess the original white flour is alright every once in a while. Womp womp. Vapiano obviously needs to step up their whole grain game. Disappointed.

It was pretty tasty though.

Afterward, we walked around Reston Town Center and into some shops to let our food digest. I’ve never thought about the importance of proper digestion as much as I have in the past few days. Ay yai yai.

Before bed:

The night ended like this. Thanks to my generous friend Bong helping a sista out.

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Well, we’re halfway through. Only 2 more days left of this week, and then it’ll be the last weekend of June! Woah there…how the time has flown!

Well good night my dears! Stay healthy. Be happy.

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