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Chocolate Casein “Ice Cream”

CICI spent 3 years working at Coldstone Creamery.

CSNot-so-fun-fact: The brownies are shipped in.  We used to bake them in store…no more!

I used to eat ice cream for dinner.  It was disgusting, but I didn’t exactly know (or care) about meal prep, so I would sleep after class, go to work at 7:00, eat ice cream, and eat more ice cream.

I (thankfully) don’t do that anymore, but eating all that Coldstone made me now only want ice cream with other things in it.  If I have ice cream now, it has to have cookies, or candies, or syrup, or something extra.  The more flavors the better.

I adapted this recipe a little from Savannah’s Sludge recipe.  I had made that a few times, but since I’m so picky about my sweet tooth, I didn’t like it plain.  Throw a few extra things in…and yum!  You can be extra creative with this, which makes it more fun.  Add whatever you want – fruits, nuts, sweets.  The consistency isn’t really like “ice cream” but more like a thicker pudding.  Either way, if you get a craving for a cold, sweet treat, this will work perfectly!

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Chocolate Casein Protein Powder (you can use any flavor, but I like chocolate the most)
  • 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. crushed pecans (I took my pecans and broke them into pieces)
  • 1 tsp. honey (if you like it extra sweet!)
  • 1 tbsp. whipped topping (I had to)
  • A few dark chocolate chips for good measure
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

How to Make

  1. Throw all the dry ingredients (protein powder, cocoa powder, pecans, chocolate chips) in a small cup, and mix it till they’re combined.
  2. Add the honey and almond milk, and mix well.  You may need to add some more milk if the consistency is too thick.  Don’t add too much at once, because the mixture will get too soupy and it won’t freeze right.
  3. Pop it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.  I usually take mine out halfway through and stir it up.
  4. Add your peanut butter and whipped topping, and mix it all up.  Enjoy!


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Five Things Friday: Pinterest Chef

I’m a huge Pinterest lover.  Huge.  My only regret is not knowing about Pinterest back in college, because MAN we would have had the craziest themed parties of all time.

Oh well, no point in looking back and wishing.  For now I use Pinterest for recipes.  I love how you can literally look up anything and you’ll find something.  I tried to teach Mom how to use it, but I don’t think she’s quite gotten the hang of it.   I usually cook Friday-Sunday night for us, and Pinterest has been an absolute lifesaver.

Here are five recipes I’ve found this week that I have to make soon.

  1. Portobello Pizzas by Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth
  2. Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats by Mimi’s Fit Foods
  3. Parmesan Vegetable Tian by The Comfort of Cooking
  4. Quinoa Veggie “Fried Rice” by Damn Delicious
  5. Inside Out S’mores Bars by Inspired Dreamer(for work, of course!)

Do you use Pinterest?  What are some of the best recipes you’ve found there?


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An Exciting Announcement!

I am very excited to announce that I have been selected as one of the first members of BibRave Pro!

bibraveWhat is BibRave?  It’s only the coolest site for runners, because it lets you check out races before you register.  After you run the race, you can submit a review for your fellow runners and vote on things like the expo, swag, course difficulty, and parking availability.

Have you ever heard of a race, but didn’t want to register because you didn’t know how it was?  I heard about a race called the “Drenched 5K” last summer, where they promised lots of water and foam but I didn’t register because I was a little weary about how it was going to go.  I ended up reading a race report that called it a huge disappointment, so I was very happy that I didn’t spend my money registering for it.

BibRave is a way to read all those race reports in one place, so you don’t have to question if the race you’re running is a logistical nightmare or not.  It’s awesome because it makes race organizers have some accountability, and gives race participants an opportunity to give their two cents.

Signing up is very easy, and you can add/review any race you want to!  The site is still growing, so we definitely need your input to capture as many races as we can!


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April Resolutions & Dares

daresApril Fools!

I got nothing.

I used to be so gullible on April Fools Day when I was younger.  One year, my mom woke me up for school and told me it had snowed and school was cancelled.  I was so excited…till she told me she was kidding.  Biggest letdown ever (or at the time at least), and I was so mad that I fell for it.  Lately I feel like the only April Fools jokes we get are fake engagements and weird website jokes.  Boring!

Since it’s April 1st, and the start of another 1/4 of the year, I thought I would post some goals I have, plus a challenge from one of my college friends.

Goals

  • Refocus my running to include more speed work
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Blog more
  • Be more social/outgoing…and not just online
  • Listen to more music that isn’t already on my iPod
  • Stop spending money so freely

Dares

My friend Vanessa posted this back in the beginning of January.  Its her 2014 Wins + Dares idea, which I absolutely loved when I read about it.  The problem is, I did what everyone else does when I see something cool on a website/Pinterest that I love – I forget about it.

Since we’re in a new quarter, I figured I’d actually do it.  I printed out the sheets from her website, cut them into strips, and tossed them in an old oatmeal container.  The challenge now is to actually do them.  I’m aiming for 1-2 a week, and we’ll see where we go from there.

Do you celebrate April Fools Day?  What are your goals for the next few months?


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Grading 2014 (So Far)

When I created my “New Year’s Resolutions” post for this year, I was very clear that I wasn’t going to set resolutions like “lose weight” or “save money.”  My main resolution was to look at any problem and ask, “What are you going to do about it?”  I knew I would have to actually look back to see if I succeeded.  Usually I wait until mid-December and complain that I didn’t accomplish anything.

2014 is 1/4 of the way over so far, and I’d like to think I’ve done a good job in sticking with my resolution.

I wanted to “do things.”  Mom and I went to see Billy Joel, her first concert in about 10 years.

BillyI wanted to travel, so I went to New Orleans and took part in Mardi Gras.

MGI wanted to run more, and I shaved some more time off my half marathon PR.

halfmedalI wanted to leave the house more often, so I started volunteering.

Has it been a tough year so far, with all the awful things happening?  Of course it has.  But I think I’ve done a great job of keeping a positive attitude throughout everything.  So far 2014 has been a success in that light, and I’m hoping the next few months are just as successful.


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Oh, Self…

This morning I was scanning through Facebook when one of the fitness pages I follow posted a link to a website slamming Self Magazine for something that was posted in the newest issue.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, here is the excerpt in question:

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The Huffington Post summed it up pretty neatly: Monika Allen was asked by Self if they could print that picture of her running in a tutu in their issue.  She agreed, not knowing what it would be about, and was pretty shocked to see that she was on the BS Meter page, where the weird and ridiculous “fitness trends” are discussed and made fun ot.  I don’t have the issue in question, but it looks like Allen and her tutu share a page with a dog, a woman in a weird helmet, and a coat of armor.

What Self didn’t know is that Allen is a cancer survivor who founded a tutu company.  She was running the LA Marathon with her friend and company co-founder.  It was her first marathon since she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and her tutu company donates a lot of money to charity.

Self’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Danziger, issued a public apology, saying she was “personally mortified,” and that, “I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn’t have run the item.”

I have a few issues with this whole thing…

  • I’ve seen a lot of people wear tutus at races, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.  I think they’re fun, and even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t make fun of them.  It’s like how I never race in costume, but I love seeing other people do it.  Why be so negative in the first place?
  • I really find it hard to believe that a Photo Editor at a major publication saw a picture of a runner with a bib labeled “Die Tumor Die” and didn’t question it at all.  Also, they apologized because they didn’t know she had cancer.  Would she have gotten an apology if she didn’t have it?  How about an apology for mocking the girl in the first place?
  • I repeat my first question: Why be so negative in the first place?  This whole thing is even worse because of the fact that Allen is a cancer survivor, but what if she was 100% cancer free?  It’s still really messed up that a women’s magazine is even ripping on a tutu like she’s doing something wrong by wearing it.  The few times I’ve read the +BS Meter page, it has ripped on things like eating weird vegetables or doing spin class in a 100+ degree room.  That’s all fine and good, but why are we pointing fingers at what people are wearing during a race?  Shouldn’t we be building up people?  Should I be afraid to run a race because I’m not wearing designer running gear?
  • The people who wrote this page obviously aren’t real runners.  Why?  Because real runners don’t slam other runners.  If you’re running a marathon, I don’t care if you’re dressed in a chicken costume, burlap sack, the oldest sweatpants in the world, or a custom Nike racing outfit – I have nothing but respect for you.  During the Donna half, I saw a guy wearing a tremendous pink bra.  Did he look ridiculous?  Yes.  Did it make him run faster?  Probably not.  Did it matter?  Absolutely not.  He was out there running with the rest of us, and that alone made him awesome.  Tara and Monika are awesome for just getting out there, tutus or no tutus.

What do you think?  Does Self deserve all the controversy?  Are they really sorry?  Do you wear a tutu when you run?


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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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I probably should have posted this for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s just as delicious a week after!

On Sunday I knew I had to cook something for dinner for Mom and me, but I didn’t know what.  I spent some time on Pinterest and had no “Oh man!” moment.  We had a few bags of sweet potatoes that were about to go bad, and there was a lot of leftover ground beef that hadn’t been cooked yet.  I had an idea to make a quick Shepherd’s Pie to use up the beef, but I didn’t know how it would taste with the sweet potatoes.

The verdict?  It was great!  Usually Shepherd’s Pie is made with regular potatoes, but the sweet potatoes gave it a little bit of a health kick.  I also ran out of potatoes (whoops!) so I didn’t have enough to add a top crust.

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Ingredients (Serves 6, or 2 with lots of leftovers!)

  • 1.5 pounds of ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 oz) corn
  • 1 cup crinkle cut carrots (if they are frozen like mine were, you’ll want to heat them up a little before you add them to your beef to make sure they are cooked through and soft)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Seasonings: Cayenne pepper, chili powder, onion powder, salt & pepper

How to Cook

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Add sweet potatoes to a pot of water and bring to a boil.

3. While potatoes are cooking, add ground beef, onions, and garlic to a pan.

4. Cook beef/onions/garlic until the beef is cooked through.  Add corn, carrots, and tomato paste.  If you drained the fat from the pan, you’ll want to add about 1/2 cup of water to make it easier to mix everything together.

5. Add the seasonings and mix.  Feel free to taste test the beef to make sure it’s seasoned enough.

6. By now your potatoes should be boiled enough that you can mash them.  Drain them from the water and add them to a bowl.  Mash mash mash!

7. Spray an 8 inch pie pan with some nonstick cooking spray.  Spread some of the sweet potatoes into the pan so that it covers the bottom and the sides.

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8. Add enough of your beef mixture to fill up the pan.  I had some extra, but I had more than 1.5 pounds of beef to work with.

9. If you have enough sweet potatoes, add a top layer.  I went topless and it came out just as good.

10. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes, I took mine out and added some cheddar and mozzarella cheese, then baked it for another 5 minutes.

11. Carefully (it will be hot!) slice like a pie and enjoy!

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