Blissfull Fridays :-)

Bonjour!  French toast, anyone?

In a bowl, mix:

  • 1 whole egg + 1 extra egg white
  • splash of milk
  • cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • 1 T. crushed flax
  • 2 T. raisins

Then throw in a slice of bread, douse it around a little, flip it over to soke the other side, and throw it on a hot frying pan coated with cooking spray.  Repeat with another slice. 😀  When underside is brown, flip over and keep on medium heat until fully cooked.

I wanted almond butter, but I also wanted jam, so I had both.  With an orange on the side.  It was pretty much perfect. 😀

I was having a mental battle with myself this morning: do I go out for a run today?  Or do I take a day off and wait until tomorrow’s long run? 

Checking the weather channel is what made my decision.  We’re expecting snow, snow, and more snow tomorrow!  So I decided to rack up some of tomorrow’s mileage by splitting it with today’s mileage just in case I feel like wimping out tomorrow. 😉  I’m really glad it turned out this way, because today I felt like superwoman.  Not even the big, bad hills could get me down.  A 4-miler to be remembered. 😀

Pre-run snack: red anjou pear and a cheesestick

Lunch was kept simple, as I ran around the house, trying to get ready.  My brain was much too busy to be overly creative, so I went with the first thing that popped in my head. 😉

  •  mixed greens
  • carrot
  • cucumbers and tomatoes
  • red onion
  • 3/4 c. garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 avocado
  • splash of oj and balsamic vinegar

+ kashis on the side…c-r-u-n-c-h!

Medical Nutrition Therapy was super interesting today.  We had a guest lecturer, an RD who works as an oncology (cancer) dietitian and counselor.  I felt so captivated by everything that she was talking about, because it was all so fascinating.  When she asked if this is an area that any of us were interested in, I raised my hand even though I had actually never thought about it before…haha.  It just seemed like such a challenging but rewarding job, all at the same time. 

In between the lecture, I snacked on a cortland and some almonds.  Almonds never fail to tide me over for dinner.  Love that!  Such a powerful little snack. 😀

By the time I came home, I was more then happy to jump into the leftovers.  Same as last night’s meal, with a sprinklin’ of sharp cheddar cheese…

Chili is the epitome of coziness in a bowl. 😀

Then it was time for dessert…

A little while back, Kiley from Coconut Bliss was kind enough to send me some free coupons to be used on their organic icecream.  I was more then excited to sample their Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge flavored icecream.  And tonight, with an intense, PMS-related chocolate craving, I decided to try it out. 😀

The icecream is made from coconut milk and is dairy, soy and gluten free, and sweetened with agave syrup.  Good news for people with celiac disease or lactose and/or soy intolerance!  I don’t happen to have any of these things, so most of my judgement, I already decided, was going to be based on taste. 😉

Let’s dig in!

I know myself and chocolate.  We like each other quite a bit.  So I pulled out a little ramekin and my tea spoon to enjoya sample.  Speaking of ramekins, I thought it was interesting to see Health have a little blurp on how ramekins make a nice portioning tool.  It’s very true.  You can only fill it up so much, and it’s great for desserts or night-time snacks if you don’t want to overdo it. 😀

Okay, back on topic…

Oh. my. goodness.

It was absolutely delicious!  I’m not even kidding when I say that I literally licked this bowl clean.  It was full of chocolate swirls and hazelnut chunks.  The real test will be tomorrow when I have my parents try it…bum, bum, bum *drum roll please.*  But based on my own tastebuds and love for chocolate & icecream, I give it 3 thumbs up.  My tastebuds were blissfully happy. 😀 

It being Friday night and all, I think I should end with a fun question:

How do you feel about using food as a reward?  Do you think it’s ever OK, or do you avoid it altogether?  Do you have any alternatives to food that you use as a special treat or as a way to reward yourself?

Share your thoughts! 😀

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Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a 30 something year old who loves Jesus, nutrition, green tea, my family and my tuxedo cat named Humphrey. I enjoy photography, cooking and working at the local hospital as a Registered Dietitian. Thanks for stopping by!

13 thoughts on “Blissfull Fridays :-)

  1. I think food can be used as a reward, so long as you aren’t truly restricting yourself to a miserable point otherwise.
    That Ice cream sounds awesome, but I’d rather have the french toast 🙂 It’s been sooo long

  2. thats my fave ice cream ! mmm, i cant control myself around it though haha i only get it when i have the money though so its not a real problem 🙂

  3. I think food can be used as a reward as long as your relationship with food is healthy. I eat what I am craving, so I never really do that. To each their own right?

    That french toast looks really good 🙂

  4. That’s a really interesting question. I do use food occasionally as a reward, like when working out. Kind of like a carrot held in front of a horse to make it go! But usually I get in the zone when I work out and I don’t need to think about rewards. Sometimes if I hold off on eating something until the end of the day I’ll give myself a small portion as a reward, like desserts. But I think when it comes to things like doing well on a test it’s better to reward yourself with other things, like a small purchase or a movie with a friend, etc.

  5. Your leftovers look too good to be “leftovers” 😉 As a rule, I try not to use food as a reward, but sometimes, it’s inevitable. For instance, if I’ve had a particularly rough week or I just finished an incredible project at work – rewarding myself with food usually comes to mind. Often times, this is the least expensive reward when you compare it with buying a new pair of shoes/purse, etc.

  6. Mmm your french toast looks great! And so does that ice cream 🙂

    I use food as a reward sometimes! Not in a restrictive way, but if I’ve worked out really hard I sometimes let myself have a little extra treat!

  7. That coconut ice cream looks SO good. After I finish off the sorbet in my freezer, I’ll be going on a hunt for that brand.

    Also, I second your thoughts on chili’s coziness. It never fails to hit the spot on a cold day…or any day, really.

  8. Hi Sarah,
    We’re having a very rare cold streak here in Oregon and I feel you on the being out in the cold. My puppy thinks frost on everything is the best thing ever, my opinion slightly differs… Luckily no snow yet!

    Thanks for the wonderful review, I’m always happy to provide people with their first taste of Coconut Bliss and would love to know what the rest of the family thinks.
    Blissful Regards,

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