What I Ate Wednesday #37: Powerbowl A Day Challenge

I think I’m beginning to see the end in sight! Weekend wedding errands have slowed down and the little pieces are finally falling into place. It’s such a relief to know that all of this crazy is, in fact, coming together. It’s going to be an awesome wedding, if I do say so myself!

In the meantime, last week finished up another #plantPOWER challenge hosted by the wonderful Kasey of Powercakes and Heather of For the Love of Kale. I really enjoyed this challenge the first time around, and while I didn’t participate quite as much this time, I enjoyed it just as much. It really has introduced me to so many options in the world of plant-based food! And since Kasey can’t sit still ;), she’s started another challenge which I am equally in love with; Powerbowl a Day! This challenge just started on Monday, so there’s still plenty of time to join and I would highly recommend you do. [Don’t know what a powerbowl is? Check out Kasey’s tutorial!]

And it happens to go perfectly with this month’s WIAW theme.. go figure! 😉

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Going Green Powercakes Powerbowl a Day Oikos Key Lime Carrots N Cake Slim Down Sweet Breakfast Scramble Cashew Butter Good N Natural

[Breakfast]
Slimmed down sweet scramble.. gasp! But I do have a little surprise for you.. I’ve been topping my scrambles with homemade cashew butter. Look for the recipe this Foodie Friday!

[Lunch]
Powerbowl #1: spinach base with beets, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, tomato, 2 veggie patch falafel, 1/2 avocado, roasted garlic hummus, and baba ghanoush. It was awesome. And it was devoured!

[Dinner]
I was definitely feeling a big bowl of veggies for dinner so I knew a warm kale salad would be perfect! Enter powerbowl #2: kale base with sweet potato, roasted broccoli, beets, and Kasey’s creamy tahini nooch sauce. It was epic. And I had leftovers for lunch yesterday too!

[Snacks]
– Key lime pie greek yogurt [more green!!] with coconut.. I’m thinking tropical. Take me somewhere warm!
Good N Natural Peanut Butter bar. I believe my tweet said something along the lines of “natural and SO good!” Thanks for the insight.. happens to be the name of the bar. Duh. But definitely check these out!
– Peanut butter. Yep. I mixed a little old fashioned smooth with a little white chocolate wonderful and popped it in the microwave for 10 seconds for dessert! I added a few blueberries and some dark and white chocolate chips too 🙂

Food for Thought

Are you a powerbowl eater? What are your favorite toppings?

White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Cookies

The holidays are a time for baking and I’m always looking for new cookie recipes to try. I’ve recently seen tons of cookies with dried cranberries but in my house, we’re big dried cherry fans. They’re bigger, juicier, and more flavorful than cranberries so wherever I can substitute, I do!

White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Makes 20-24 Cookies
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Barr & Table Christmas Holiday Cookies Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chunk Dried Cherry Macadamia Nut

Ingredients
1/2 cup unbleached cake flour [I use King Arthur]
1/8 cup vanilla protein powder [I use PlantFusion]
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup Brummel & Brown
1/4 cup xylitol* [You can sub regular white sugar or other sugar substitute]
1/4 cup demarara sugar* [You can sub regular dark brown sugar]
1 egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup white chocolate chunks [I use Ghirardelli White Chocolate]
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries

*These ingredients can be found on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

Barr & Table Christmas Holiday Cookies Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chunk Dried Cherry Macadamia Nut

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream Brummel & Brown, xylitol, and demarara sugar until light. Add egg white and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Finally, gently fold in oats, white chocolate chunks, macadamia nuts, and dried cherries.

Roll dough into 1″ balls, place on baking sheets, and flatten tops just a little. Bake about 12-14 minutes until slightly browned, turning halfway through. Let cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Nutritional Stats
Per cookie

75 Calories  /  3g Fat  /  9g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  4g Sugar  /  2g Protein

Food for Thought

What is your favorite holiday cookie?

Foodie Friday: Hail Merry Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Bites & a Giveaway!

Yesterday, I was so excited to share with you the wonderful world of Hail Merry snacks. Today, I’m even more excited to not only share with you a delicious treat that I created using their raw, gluten-free macaroons, but also host a giveaway!

Hail Merry Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Bites

Makes 12 Bites

Barr & Table Hail Merry Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Bites

Ingredients
6 Choco or Blonde Hail Merry Macaroons
3 tbsp peanut butter [I use Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator]
1 small banana
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips [I use Ghirardelli]

Directions
Slice each macaroon into so you have 2 coin-shaped pieces per macaroon. Slice your banana into 12 1/4″ pieces. Top each macaroon coin with 1 tsp peanut butter and then with a banana slice.

Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes until bites are set. Once set, melt chocolate chips and dip half of the bites in the chocolate. Melt peanut butter and drizzle on top of each bite.

Place in the freezer for another 15-20 minutes to set again. Let sit out for a minute or two to warm up before enjoying!

Talk about melt-in-your-mouth, these bites are decadent but light enough that you can indulge without the guilt.

Nutritional Stats
Per bite

61 Calories  /  4g Fat  /  7g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  3g Sugar  /  2g Protein

Hail Merry Macaroon Giveaway

The wonderful people of Hail Merry have offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win some delicious macaroons! The winnings include:

They’re both amazingly delicious, but if I had to choose a favorite, I would go with the Choco!

How to Enter

You have up to 5 chances to enter! Be sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, December 6th, 11:59 pm EST. A winner will be chosen on Friday, December 7th.

1. Leave a comment telling me which flavor you’re most excited to try. (Mandatory)

2. Follow @HailMerryLLC and @BarrAndTable on Twitter and leave a comment telling me. (Optional)

3. Like Hail Merry and Barr & Table on Facebook and leave a comment telling me. (Optional)

4. Follow Hail Merry and Barr & Table on Pinterest and leave a separate comment telling me. (Optional)

5. Tweet “I entered to win #glutenfree, #raw @HailMerryLLC macaroons from @BarrAndTable and you can too! http://wp.me/p2mo7x-cy” and leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet. (Optional)

*Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Winner has 48 hours to contact me and claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

What I Ate Wednesday #20 – Fly By Food

I cannot believe it’s already time for another WIAW (and I even missed last week!) Is it just me or have the days been flying by faster than usual recently?

Let’s get back into the swing of things..

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Hersheys Oikos Dannon GTs Kombucha Salmon Salad Dominion Beer Chicken Homeslyce Baltimore Maryland MD

[Breakfast]
I had a revelation. I always put raisins in my oatmeal because I love dried fruit. So why not do that with my protein pancakes? BUT I decided to step it up a notch. Dark chocolate cherry protein pancakes. To die for and the recipe will be posted on Friday! You don’t want to miss this one.

[Snack]
Organic pineapple Oikos greek yogurt. I always get whatever yogurt is on sale, and 9 times of out 10 it’s fat free. The organic pineapple, however, is 1 1/2% fat and it’s so tasty! It has an extra creaminess to it that you definitely miss with the 0%.

[Lunch]
Leftovers. I have so many leftovers! Not that I’m complaining because the leftover salmon, roasted red pepper hummus, and caramelized onion hummus has been delicious on my salads. I also recently ordered some nutritional yeast and have been sprinkling that on top of my salads and it is very tasty! It has a little bit of a nutty flavor and adds so many nutritional benefits. I also topped off my lunch with a mini Intense Dark Chocolate Espresso Escape Ghirardelli square. YUM!

I got mine from iHerb.com and if you use code ZAF482 at checkout, you can get $5 off your first order!

[Snack]
Guava goddess kombucha. It has to be my most favorite flavor and definitely hit the spot. And I followed that up with a mixed berry granola bar from Eat. Think. Smile. I’d never had their bars before but I would definitely go back for more. It was light and tasty and had just a hint of berry flavor, which was great because the rest was delicious cocoa!

[Dinner]
LivingSocial is our friend and we cashed in! I treated myself to a Old Dominion Octoberfest beer and some amazing homemade baba ghanoush before diving into my salad. I almost couldn’t finish my salad because the app was so tasty, but don’t worry.. I managed 😉

I’ve found that Nathan and I both prefer baba ghanoush over hummus. Thoughts?

[Spooky Snacks]
I’ve not done a great job of actually making spooky snacks for you all, but I did find out that my office is having a Halloween pot luck, so over to Pinterest I went! I found this little gem and they’re just too cute! I hope I get the chance to make them for the party!

Food for Thought

Does time fly faster for you as the year goes by?

What’s your favorite Halloween treat?

What I Ate Wednesday #16 – Oatmeal Obsessed

It’s true, I’m obsessed. Oatmeal is by far one of my most favorite breakfasts and if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve noticed!

What can I say? They’re warm and sweet and delicious! So I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find that not only am I including them as part of my WIAW post (again!), but I will soon have a new recipe for you! You just wait.. I’ve hopped on the Fall train and am taking you to a pumpkin paradise.

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Pumpkin Spice Latte Coach's Oats Oatmeal Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread Oikos Greek Yogurt Gnu Fiber Bars Salmon Salsa Guacamole Protein Plus Fluff[Breakfast]
Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Oatmeal (protmeal, if you will). Yep, I went there. I couldn’t handle all of the pumpkin recipes I’d seen popping up on Pinterest, so I had to hop on the bandwagon! Also had a side of the always wonderful Tone It Up Bombshell Spell out of an old coconut oil jar. What, you don’t reuse your jars?

Look for my protmeal recipe this Foodie Friday! 🙂

[Snack]
I know everyone raves about Chobani, but I have to admit, my favorite Greek yogurt is Oikos. Blueberry, to be exact.

[Lunch]
Salad monster! Romaine and spinach topped with green peppers, cherry tomatoes, grapes, cucumber, chicken, and a packet of 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole. That stuff is great!

[Snack]
Gnu Foods Espresso Chip Bar. I recently won a box of these from Anjali at The Picky Eater and lately they’ve been my go-to snack bars on non-PM workout days. They only have 140 calories but 12g fiber and 4g protein! Not to mention, they’re delicious!

[Dinner]
Romaine wraps with quinoa, roasted salmon, pineapple chunky guacamole, & salsa plus corn on the cob. A tex-mex inspired meal and I was a happy camper!

[Snack]
Cottage cheese, cinnamon, dark chocolate chips, and protein fluff.

[Goals]
Last week I mentioned wanting to get my race time faster for my next 5K on October 21. Well, people, things change. My next 5K is this Sunday! Ahh! So now I’m pushing my goal up by, oh a month and a half, and testing myself this weekend. To finish in under 26:08.. gotta do it! Wish me luck!

Speak Up!

What goals are you setting for yourself this week?

Chocolate Pudding and Giveaway Winners!

I have a serious sweet tooth so I’m always looking for ways to satisfy that without going calorie-overboard. I’ve seen tons of chocolate avocado pudding recipes all over Pinterest, so with some wonderfully ripe avocados sitting in my fridge, I figured now is the best time to try my hand at my own creation. And I have to say, I was quite pleased with the results.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Makes 3, 1/2 cup servings

Barr & Table Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients
1 medium avocado
1 medium banana
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp agave
2 tbsp semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Directions
Put all ingredients, except chocolate chips, into a food processor and process until smooth. Scoop into a bowl and stir chocolate chips in. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes until chilled and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Sliced almonds
Whipped Cream

Nutritional Stats
Per 1/2 cup serving

232 Calories  /  14g Fat  /  37g Carbs  /  8g Fiber  /  18g Sugar  /  4g Protein

Giveaway Winners!

I chose my 5 lucky Premier Protein giveaway winners using random.org.

Kate says : September 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm
i’m starving right now so chocolate pb sounds faaaaaantastic

fromicecreamtoamarathon says : September 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm
I want to try the chocolate peanut butter protein bar!!

runningeater September 7, 2012 at 7:42 am
I followed you

Shannon (@caloah) September 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm
Hello.. my name is Shannon and Im a Protein Baraholic. (Seriously not even joking tho!) The Chocolate Peanut Butter sound right down my alley! Would love to try it out. 🙂
This one cracked me up! I can totally relate.

alw6ys September 8, 2012 at 2:42 am
Yogurt Peanut Butter Crunch protein bar!

Congrats to all five winners! Please contact me at brittany.barr@gmail.com with your address so I can send the info on over to the wonderful people at Premier Protein!

Finally, a big thanks to Premier Protein for sponsoring such a great giveaway!

*Winners have until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, 9/11/12, to respond. If I don’t hear back from you, I will be choosing a new winner.