Weekend Waffles (vegan)

Chances are you’ve probably already eaten breakfast today, but I’m going to share these waffles with you anyway. You could always plan to make them next weekend. Hell, they’re really so easy that you can eat them any day of the week.

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(shown here with 1 tbsp. peanut butter & 1 tbsp. agave syrup)

Whole grain, vegan waffles. Yum! You’ve seen a very similar variation with my Vegan Protein Waffles but in case you’re the kind of person who doesn’t have organic brown rice protein powder just lying around…here’s the “normal” version for you.

Vegan Weekend Waffles

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or flour of choice)
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Mix-ins or toppings of choice
  1. Mix together flour, milk and baking soda. If using whole wheat flour, be careful how you measure it or your mixture can become super thick. I find it’s best to spoon the flour lightly into the measuring cup. You don’t want to just scoop because that’s a lot of extra flour packed in there tight…trust me this does not a good waffle make. If your mix does become too thick, just add more milk and stir until it’s the desired consistency.
  2. Cook in a waffle maker. Done and done.

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Bare bones, this waffle will run you about 250 calories or so. The variation above (my favorite, made with organic soymilk) is about 430 calories – but keep in mind it contains 14 grams of plant protein! It also has complex carbohydrates for energy and healthy fats for satiety.

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I like to mash in a banana and a chopped up piece of dark chocolate from time to time. I did this once and actually input the information into a calorie counting app (keep in mind I was heavy handed with the PB) and that sucker was over 600 calories! Whoops, that’s a bit too much for my liking. Well, unless it’s a special occasion or exam day. ;)

The variations are endless. Serve plain or with your favorite fruit.

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I started my day with an absolutely amazing walk. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, and it just felt so perfectly perfect outside. Then I looked at the temp and it was only 34! Man, am I a Coloradoan now or what.

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Y’all have a fabulous day. I’m off to work to get ahead because it’s gonna be a s

Veggies for breakfast, ice cream for dinner

So it’s no secret that my diet has been atrocious lately. There is no better word to describe it than that.

I often skip lunch or dinner and end up just snacking on junk food. A lot of the time it’s just pure laziness because I have no energy at the end of the day.

I’ve been trying to work on it (as best I can) this week by eating veggies for breakfast. I figure if I start out the day with veggies at least I know I will get some in that day. But this has also led me to eat ice cream for dinner too…hey, I’ve already eaten my veggies, right? At least it’s a healthy ice cream that is made from whole, plant foods with no added sugars.

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I thought I’d pop in to share these ideas with you. I know I’m not the first person ever to eat banana ice cream but I know there’s a few of you who haven’t heard of that yet (hey mom) so it’s worth a share!

Veggies for breakfast: tofu scramble tacos

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First, I toast two corn tortillas over my gas range until perfectly warm and crisped. Then I spread it with pre-made guacamole (ultimate lazy person move, but it’s really good!), top with some shredded spinach and a veggie tofu scramble and finish the whole thing off with salsa verde for a little jazz. Sweet potatoes on the side.

This meal is awesome because I make one big scramble on Sunday and can enjoy it 4 or 5 days!! All I have to do is re-heat. This meal is completely vegan (which I love) but you could do the same thing with eggs if you’d like. You can eat this whole plate for only about 350 calories or so! Wowza. It’s got complex carbs, protein and healthy fats to keep you going all morning long.

 Ice cream for dinner: banana ice cream!

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Simply add some frozen banana into a food processor with a touch of almond milk. Whirl until soft serve consistency. I topped this delicious bowl with some dark chocolate sauce (raw cacao + maple syrup), a chopped up dark chocolate piece and chopped peanuts. When I’m trying to be a bit healthier I’ll add in some protein powder and top with hempseeds + coconut. You can see my original protein soft serve here and the amazing Cherry Garcia soft serve here

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Anyhoo…just a little pop in to say hello! I’m on my 13th straight day of work+school stuff so I’m really looking forward to SLEEP tonight. Before I go, here’s a picture of a Franco walk for my Aunt Nancy (careful what you wish for…there’s a million more where that came from!).

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And a picture of Sampson in the wood rack. He loves it in there.

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Have a great weekend!

This is why I’m tired

I want to preface this by saying that Nursing School isn’t really that difficult (maybe it’s just easy because I’m so interested in the information we are studying?) and it’s not necessarily stressful (I’m only really stressed about working enough hours each week), but it is BUSY. Very very busy. I thought I’d give a snapshot of 3 days to show you why I am always so tired. Buckle up folks, it’s a long one.

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THURSDAY

5am – alarm goes off. I hit snooze. I don’t really need to run today anyway.

6am – alarm goes off. I get up this time and do a quick kettlebell workout (that will leave me sore for DAYS). Franco can’t be bothered to exercise so early in the morning.

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Get ready and eat breakfast. I’m really loving this veggie egg scramble concoction over crisped tortillas. Easy way to eat veggies with breakfast.

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Take Franco for a walk….or try to at least. He’s been exceptionally bad lately. The only person/dog/animal in the whole world that he thinks he is the alpha of is me. This is the face of a very bad boy. (and yes it was snowing on our walk!)

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815 head down to Bayfield to meet up with my home health nurse that I’m following today. (realize that I look just like my mother!)

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This is the latest I’ve been able to leave my house for anything all semester. Amazing. I follow her around and meet patients until about noon. She has a long lunch planned so I run up to work for 2 hours.

Lunch is a toasted English muffin with hummus on one side and guac on the other. Carrots and grapes on the side.

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At 2 I run to go meet the nurse again for another patient. This RN has only been out of school for a year but is so smart and good at her job that it give me reassurance that one day I will be like that too. I really liked her.

Head to starbucks for an iced soy latte. Coffee, I love you. (note that as a full time student/part time employee I really don’t have the budget for Starbucks but I go there all of the time anyway).

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Back to work. I’m there after “closing” time and feel a bit sorry for myself until I realize that I actually like working alone more. Head home to a FREEZING house. When is it going to be summer again? Work on building a fire.

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Walk Franco again. MUCH better this time. Realize that while Steve will always be the alpha, I can get Franco to do what I want with positive reinforcement. He loves when his momma is proud of him. I’m glad that he was better because I need walks just as much as he does. They are really my zen time.

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Finally get in some study time. Glad I made this study guide over spring break last week because this is the first I’m actually having time to sit down and focus all week. Read over for about half an hour.

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Eat 3 oreos for dinner…that’s all I have the energy for at this point. Bring the house up from 59 to 69 before bed. Wake up and it’s back to 60. Oh well.

FRIDAY

5am alarm goes off – I get up no problem. For some reason it’s never an issue to wake up on a Friday. I have a good little routine going. Franco, however, is not a morning person

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Get ready and then make the most important meal of any day….coffee.

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Breakfast is a vegan waffle with banana, chocolate and peanut butter. Input information into myfitnesspal and realize it’s over 600 calories! Whoops.

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Study for the test for another half hour or so. Rockie loves to help me study on Friday mornings.

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Head to school early and ask my teacher if I can take the exam early. Please oh please I need to get to work. She agrees, yay!! Get done with it before the test was even scheduled to start. Head to work for 3 hours. Stuff my face with a mozzarella-tomato-basil sandwich.

Check my grades obsessively….this happens every Friday.

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Whoop whoop!

Head up to the hospital for an orientation – we are doing labor & delivery there in a few weeks! Get out early. Head home desperate for a nap. It’s 57 degrees in the house so a fire is priority. Get a good one going and fall asleep only to have my husband and his family get back from Denver. He’s been gone for 2 days. I missed him!

Luckily I’m a smart cookie and new that there’s no way in hell I’d want to cook. Pizza it is. Pepperoni for him and onion for me.

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Contagion on TV and then an early bedtime.

SATURDAY

515 alarm goes off. This is NOT cool on a Saturday. Hate life for a bit. I volunteered to work a Health Fair in Pagosa Springs (over an hour away). Why did I do that again??

Get ready but am unable to mask how tired I am.

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Get my liquids ready and head out the door (water, coffee, banana protein shake).

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Pick up classmates for carpool. Come {thisclose} to hitting a deer on the way (complete stop and everything). Thank god I missed it.

Get to the health fair at 7 and get thrown right in. Seriously we walked in the door and they said “are you ready to start drawing blood yet?” I’ve only drawn blood once (but I’ve done 10-12 IVs). Not too confident. I actually miss 3/5 of the first blood draws. I have a mini panic attack and almost give up and go do weights or blood pressures or something easy. Take a deep breath. Don’t let them rush me. Go slow. Start to get all the blood draws. WHEW. I did not feel prepared for that. Poke people with needles for 5 hours. Feel much more confident in my abilities by the end of the fair.

Head to lunch with the girls (veggie burger) and then on to the hot springs!!

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This is much needed relaxation. Take a very long dip in the springs. Run and dip in the river (in Colorado, in the mountains, in April) and get back in the hot springs. What a rush.

Drive home and try not to pass out. Stop at the True Value for a splitting maul (WTF is a splitting maul?) cause that’s just the thing I want to do at the end of a long day.

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Get home, eat pizza and candy (my diet is a disaster these days) and then get a little delirious. Go to bed very early (seriously, about 830). Franco is always ready for bed.

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Sleep 11 glorious hours. I feel human again.

And now…it’s Sunday morning and I’m sharing this with you over a cup of coffee and a Reese’s peanut butter cup. So maybe this should really be called “Mile High Eatin’ Candy All Day Erryday?” I promise I will go eat something remotely healthy.

On the docket today is: make MedSurg notecards for Friday’s exam, clean a bit, plan the meals for the week/grocery shop/meal prep, workout (maybe strength training?), catch up on the bills and do some laundry. Oh and work from home for 8 hours somewhere in there as well. But first….A Franco walk.

Catch ya on the flipside.