Beating the Soon-to-Be Winter Blues

Winter is getting ready to show her ugly face here in Nebraska soon.

As in tomorrow, soon. BLAH!!!

Knowing my window of opportunity to ride was quickly closing, I text my girl Tyree yesterday at 3pm and we were on our bikes and in the wind by exactly 4:45pm.

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Impromptu ride…. And soooo worth it. Totally needed that open crisp air in my face. We rode for a while and then made a pit stop at The Rusty Nail for some dinner and a cocktail.

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I chose a mushroom Swiss burger and Tyree had the burrito plate. Warm, delicious and filling. Vodka and sugar free redbull also made its way onto our tabs. Wonder how that happened…

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Perfect little evening if you ask me.

This AM I woke up and whipped up an oatmeal pancake. First time making something like this and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I think I will continue to tweak ingredients as I go, but for the first one, I was impressed.

Oatmeal Pancake

1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup egg whites
2 Tbsp. PB2
1 Tbsp. Plain Greek yogurt
1 packet of Stevia

Mix, spread on heated griddle, lightly brown each side, soak in syrup, enjoy!

This recipe was 264 calories, 35 grams carbohydrates, 24 grams protein.

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I have a full day at work today. Hello meetings!!

After work I teach TurboKick at the Y from 4:30-5:15 and then it’s off to In This Moment concert at Sokol with my girl, Tyree!!

Eek!!!

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Have a Great Day, all!!

Healthy Apple Crisp

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Don’t mind the awful color to the pictures.  I am signed up for a Photoshop class this coming Saturday.  Also on the list is a ‘Sony DSLR for Dummies’ Class in the very near future.  I wonder where I can find one of those….

Better For You Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples- sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3 packets Stevia

Cut apples to bite size pieces.

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Mix all ingredients (minus apples) into a gallon size zip-lock bag.  Once liquids, sugar and spices are all mixed together, add apples and massage until fully coated.  Pour ingredients into a square baking dish, sprayed with a light coating of oil.

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Now for the crumbly topping.

Oatmeal Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal for food processor
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar Stevia (or 1/2 cup light brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

In a glass measuring cup, melt butter, set aside.  In a food processor, grind 1/2 cup oatmeal to consistency of flour.

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Mix ground oatmeal, 1/2 cup whole oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar into butter.  Drop by tablespoons on top of apple mixture.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Enjoy!!

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