good things : weekend peace

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{ Friday Night Light }

There’s almost nothing in the world I crave more than time spent sitting outside on warm nights, reading magazines and listening to good music. It’s magically restorative.

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{ Truth }

“Whatever we focus on, whether it’s positive or negative, tends to come true for us. That doesn’t mean if we expect to win, we’ll always win. Or that everything we fear will eventually happen. But there’s a general pattern: when we focus on what not to do, we often end up doing that. But if we can envision what we want to do, we have the motivation and the faith to see it through until it happens.

We need to discipline our thoughts to accomplish the things we dream of and the things God has called us to do. He wants us to do our best and use the gifts He has given us to achieve extraordinary results. In order to do that, we have to believe what He believes – that we can. It’s hard, if not impossible, to achieve what we dream while focusing on all the reasons we can’t. When we focus on the obstacles in front of us, they seem to grow larger and larger until we give up. But if we focus on what God can do through us – and on His promise that if we delight in Him, He will give us the desire of our hearts – we become confident and able to achieve whatever we were designed to achieve.”

The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker

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{ Breakfast }

DIY Chocolate Greek Yogurt // Sliced Strawberries // Oatmeal // Golden Roasted Flax Seeds // Cacao Nibs // Cinnamon // Agave Nectar

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good things part III : DIY chocolate greek yogurt

Would you like a snack that tastes like dessert and has 0% fat and at least 15 grams of protein?
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Me too!

That’s why I created this:

DIY Chocolate Greek Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 Container Greek Yogurt (I used 0% fat but feel free to go crazy and use 2%! I would have if I’d had it on hand!)
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Toasted Walnuts
  • 1 tsp Honey

Directions:

Stir the yogurt and cocoa powder together until completely blended. Top with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and honey. Enjoy!

(And yes, you can just buy flavored Greek yogurt. But it’s always filled with so much sugar! Even though this version is sweetened by honey I still feel better about it because the honey is a secondary ingredient, and one of only a few ingredients total. It’s so much better for you!)

beka stays healthy : spiced greek yogurt muffin jars

Some days, I want a pretty layered breakfast in a Mason Jar. It feels like the right way to start a day.

Most days, I want other things for breakfast than items that typically go in Mason Jars. Like oatmeal. Or cereal. Or more oatmeal. But on this particular day, the item I had in mind was one of yesterday’s Pumpkin Applesauce muffins.

But how to combine the two? Other than sticking an unwrapped muffin in the bottom of a Mason Jar…which lacked some of the appeal I was going for.

Enter: greek yogurt and bananas. The ties that bind. Here’s how I wrangled this breakfast into a jar:

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Spiced Greek Yogurt Muffin Jars:

  • 1  Pumpkin Applesauce Muffin
  • 6 ounces, weight Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1  Banana

First, I gave the plain greek yogurt a little makeover. I added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and gave her a stir.

Then the layering began.

First, about 1/3 of a sliced banana. Then a layer of spiced yogurt. Then a hearty squeeze of honey, since plain greek yogurt tends to be a bit on the tart side. Then half of a Pumpkin Applesauce muffin, crumbled. Repeat layers once and top with the remaining third of the banana.

I discovered that the top layer was good, but the bottom layer was best. So letting this sit for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle and the muffin to soak up all of the yogurty, bananay, honey-y goodness would probably work well.

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Muffins in Mason Jars. It CAN be done! Next up: oatmeal in Mason Jars. It’s so happening.

(You can also find this recipe here, at Tasty Kitchen!)

the dailies : 10.18.11

the daily word: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  – Romans 8:38-39

daily sweat: working a 13 hour day = workout

daily dish:

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Greek yogurt parfait with pear spiced sauce and granola from breathe…LOVE this!
daily mile:

the dailies : 9.13.11

daily word: “And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there.” 1 Corinthians 7:17

daily sweat: 60 minute Cardio Kickboxing Step Aerobics class. Kicked my rear…literally and figuratively. I can’t wait to do it again next week!!!

daily dish:

breakfast:

Greek yogurt with banana, triple berry jam, pineapple, walnuts, and honey. Odd, but good.

lunch:

Spinach and arugula salad with white beans and hummus. Tis the season for sides of applesauce…and all things spiced! This gingersnap Larabar was amazing!

dinner:

No documentation, but dinner was a warm quinoa and bulgar salad, Italian style. Tomatoes, cannellini beans, olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. With a Kashi dark chocolate coconut bar on the side. And caramel corn!

daily mile:

Day 9: forgetting football and floating the flathead