Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chocolate banana oat treats

I can tell it's Autumn because I have been feeling a growing need to get my bake on...that and the cravings for chai spiced hot beverages and just about anything pumpkin flavored which have hit me full force. But can I just say for the record, what in the heck happened to summer??? Fall is upon us and Halloween is TOMORROW!!! Yikes!

As the weather begins to lower my need to increase the temperature in my kitchen is justified...Lately I have found myself very motivated to try some of the recipes that I have been finding on Pinterest! Yes, I am a fan of Pinterest, and you don't need to judge me because I am totally judging myself enough for the both of us....Anyway, I began to get a little annoyed with myself in that I don't want to just dream about experiencing the things that I pin...instead I am actually attempting to do them...especially when it comes to the mouthwatering recipes that I have come across!

One occurrence that I am extremely annoyed by is letting food go to waste... food being thrown away is literally money going down the drain...or in this case being thrown in the garbage. There is no excuse for this waste and because of this, I am often trying to find recipes that help to get rid of fresh produce before they get past their prime...

In this case I needed to get rid of some bananas and wanted a wholesome and healthier sweet treat.

I found and followed the recipe from The Simple Veganista that would allow me to avoid flour, additional sugars/sweeteners, eggs (since I was out and didn't feel like going to the store) and bananas. I am delighted to say that it is such a simple, quick and easy recipe!

 You will need the following 4 ingredients...yes you heard me right, only FOUR ingredients!

2-3 ripe bananas (the riper the better!)
1 Cup of rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of dark chocolate baking chips
Optional: 1-2 tsp vanilla!

 Mix all ingredients into a bowl, then place about 1 1/2 ish Tbsp sized dollop on your cookie sheets. They won't spread out when baking so make sure you press them down a bit and shape them with your spoons.
 Yum!!! They already look good enough to eat!

 Ready for the oven! Bake them for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

 The perfect snack for a hard working student!

 A little almond milk to go along with it and his tummy was a happy camper. These would be perfect for breakfast too...if I could get them to last that long!

Nom nom!
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Happy snacking!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

W.O.W Garage 23, Leesville LA

I was fortunate enough to be able to cheer on and support my sister in person as she participated in her first Women Only Wod (W.O.W) fundraiser at Garage 23.

We arrived early enough where I got to check out the gym before they prepped the space for the WOD (Workout Of the Day) event.

Some of her Fort Polk ladies, coming to support her and cheer her on!

A few more lady participant friends.

Prepping for her WOD...wrist wraps and taping up.

I feel so blessed to have been able to capture this moment for my sister.

 She is such a strong woman in so many ways and I am so inspired by her various levels of strength. These pictures obviously show the amount of time she reserves to taking care of herself physically.

Hydration station

Quality vs quantity. She kept amazing form throughout these sets.

Don't forget, this is supposed to be FUN!

How she manages to look so angelic and serene while sweating up a storm is beyond me!
She is definitely out of this world!


Kettleball overhead swings! Yikes.

Remind me not to challenge her to an arm wrestling match!

Keeping a good attitude despite the physical pain.

I love this girl!

Digging deep! Last set Shawna!

Three sets of 6 different moves and as many reps of each move in a certain amount of time (2 minutes I believe) ...

Yay!!! And you're done! You survived and thrived!

That is one tough circuit...but she is one tough cookie!

 My beautiful sister, still smiling and on her feet...I'm pretty sure they would have had to wheel me out of there on a gurney, complete with oxygen mask and chest compressions! You are such a motivation and inspiration for me!