chia pops

Does anyone have a Royalgirl Grarrl up for trade or adoption?  Can offer wn Mutant Poogle or tingles the baby aisha. If I could do a custom I would make one myself ;_;. I do have a magical pepper chia pop and a jetsam trans potions if you’re interested in that. Feel free to inbox me =).

Ever since I drew one for the random contest I became obsessed with them. Think of all the princess art I could draw. Tons, freaking tons.

Been Snacking Off A Lot Lately...

One of my favorite nighttime movie snacks? Popcorn!  I like to make my own in my air popper, but sometimes I’m way too lazy. As you all know, I’m a fan of Chia Pop, Skinny Pop, and Boom Chicka Pop! This was my first time trying the lightly sweet flavor of Boom Chicka Pop. It reminded me of a lighter version of the kettle corn you get at fairs! It was a perfect treat. I topped the popcorn with a crumbled cinnamon roll quest bar and chopped walnuts. Popcorn is high fiber, low calorie, and surprisingly contains antioxidants. Who would have thought?

One of my favorite afternoon snacks? Yogurt, fruit & cereal! If you do not like soggy cereal, I would highly recommend eating it with yogurt. It stays crunchy a lot longer. Although, I have to admit…I’m sort of a fan of soggy cereal, especially Shredded Wheat! 

Favorite snack right before a workout? Anything rice cake! I usually wait 45 minutes after eating anything heavy before working out. Sometimes I don’t have time to wait, but refuse to work out on an empty stomach. Some people can do it; I however, cannot. Rice cakes are my go-to when I do not have time. I like to top my rice cakes with hummus, cream cheese, lettuce, and turkey! I have more rice cake ideas here. 

Favorite snack before bed? Yogurt! It’s important to eat when you are hungry. If your body is trying to tell you something; listen to it! Last night, I woke up around 3 am and gobbled a spoonful of peanut butter because I was hungry. Ignoring the pain will just keep you up, and possibly make you extra tired in the morning. I used to think it was a huge no no to eat before going to bed. People used to tell me that my body won’t burn calories and it’ll turn to fat blah blah blah. Well, they were wrong. A calorie is a calorie no matter what time it is. Now, when I’m hungry before bed, despite what I ate during the day, or how late it is; I choose yogurt! 

Favorite snack any time of the day? Fruit! It has so many vitamins and health benefits. It’s much better than diving into a bag of candy. (obviously) I stock my fridge with tons of fruits. I don’t care if it’s winter; I still eat as much as I want. Add fruit to salads, smoothies, yogurt, cereal, or bake it! I like to cut mine up and have it ready to go. 

Favorite snack all day long? Vegetables! I can’t get enough. I remember when I HATED vegetables. It would take about three tbsps of ranch on one carrot to get me to eat it. Oh and celery? I’d drown it in peanut butter, lick the peanut butter off, and secretly feed the celery to my cat. He didn’t eat it either. Pickles and onions on my McDonalds hamburger were considered too many vegetables for me. It’s crazy how far I have come. It took me about a year to experiment with vegetables before liking them, but now I can eat them in almost any form. Just don’t give me mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, or olives. I’ll pass. 

I like eating my vegetables with hummus. I tried hummus for the first time a couple years ago and fell in love. I like roasted red pepper and roasted garlic the best. 

This morning, I had a giant plate of fruit with my cinnamon vanilla Greek yogurt dip! All of the fruit and fresh foods lately are getting me excited about spring, summer, and farmers markets! 

This was definitely one of the best green smoothies I’ve had! Made with a frozen banana, half a mango, baby spinach and coconut water and topped with strawberries, the rest of the mango, coconut, chia seeds, popped quinoa and a mango lucuma blend! :)

Weekend Recap: Brunches, Lunches, & More!

It’s -11 degrees and feels like -36. We have no water because the pipes are frozen, and Grumples has to wear socks to go outside. On a positive note, it’s the perfect time to catch up on blogging. I have a lot of organizing to do with some older posts.

Wherever you are today, stay warm! 

Saturday night, Jeremy’s parents and I headed over to the Charity Room for dinner. We were still celebrating Jeremy’s birthday. I started out with a house salad and ranch on the side.

For my entree, I ordered pineapple glazed grilled chicken with mashed redskin potatoes and the steamed vegetable medley. 

Later that night, we all headed over to our favorite spot, Terry’s Terrace for drinks. I was he voluntary DD that night and was 100% okay with that choice. It was freezing cold, and all I wanted was to warm up with some hot lemon tea. 

On Sunday, I woke up early and had breakfast. After Cindy, Jeremy’s mom, got up and around, we went out in the snow apocalypse for a little shopping date. 

The roads were starting to get bad by the time we got home. We were supposed to meet Jeremy and his Dad at the Brazilian Steakhouse for dinner, but we didn’t want to risk our lives out on the Interstate. 

To warm up, I made a little coconut latte. I usually make these with coconut milk, but didn’t have any in the house. My coconut latte had: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 pump coconut syrup, and 2 shots of ILLY espresso with coconut sprinkled on top. 

I also had a bowl of popcorn with my latte. I found my new favorite popcorn brand. I’ve had Skinny pop and Boom Chicka Pop and absolutely loved them! But I gotta say…this one tops the cake! It’s called Chia Pop and I found it at Kroger. I know it’s sold at Whole Foods, too. 

For dinner, I made a wrap. I stuffed the wrap with avocados, iceberg lettuce, spinach, turkey, and a slice of mozzarella cheese. 

I’m obsessed with these wraps. They are Low-In-Carb Tumaro’s tortillas. The ones I used were 8" multi-grain. Tumaro’s has tons of different flavors of wraps. I need to find some of them. They are only 60 calories with only 100 mg of sodium (Most wraps have 300 mg +) 6 grams of protein! 7 g of fiber, 2 g fat, and 11 grams of carbs. I love the taste of them, too! I’m going to make enchiladas with them Thursday night! 

Jeremy’s parents were snowed in with us. They decided to stay another night and I was pretty excited! Jeremy drove into work on Monday and I spent the day with his parents. 

Jeremy’s dad went out for breakfast up the road at a little lakeside diner while Cindy slept in. I made a quick brunch for myself. It was a repeat of yesterday’s lunch. I added boiled eggs to this wrap, tho. 

Folding up wraps restaurant style is simple. First, you lay the lettuce on top of a flat wrap, and then the rest of the toppings. Fold one side into the center of the wrap. Make sure it’s folded all the way over so you can’t see any of the fillers and then fold the other side on top and do a quick flip over. Use a sharp knife to cut the center.

 I’ll most likely have to do a tutorial video because explaining it sounds much harder than it actually is. 

Around five pm, Jeremy’s mom and I had a quick bite to eat. I know I said I was sick of salads, but I didn’t want anything to filling because we were going out to dinner later that night to watch the Auburn vs. Florida game. (Not that I really cared about the game) I’ve had enough football for one weekend. 

Of course we went to Terry’s Terrace. I’m not kidding when I say it’s our favorite. My parents are hooked and now Jeremy’s parents are too. First, we started out with a Team Platter. It came with potato skins, beer battered shrimp, spinach artichoke dip, and chicken fingers. We also had a side of mussels. I had tried them before, but couldn’t convince myself like them. The texture and appearance freaks me out. They didn’t taste bad last night, but they still gross me out. I just can’t. 

My meal also came with a side salad. 

I ordered the salmon with redskin potatoes. As usual, it was perfect!

And now that the weather is unbearable, I have been doing inside workouts with the Xbox. My favorite is Just Dance and the Jillian Michael’s. What types of workouts do you like to do in the winter?