I don’t remember the last time I was able to post in the afternoon on a weekday. I ❤ Spring Break. I don’t know that I’ll be able to go back to my regular school/work schedule after this amazing week of being able to do whatever I please. Good thing Summer is right around the corner!!
I was feeling patriotic for breakfast this morning, so this happened…
I brought back the oat pancake of deliciousness. It is free of anything artificial, per my new artificial sweetener-free plan, yet still full of natural flavor. Super easy, too!
Just combine 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup egg whites, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and a pinch of baking powder. Cook it up on a skillet and top with plain greek yogurt and fruit. Simple and delicious.
The weather is AWESOME again today and I couldn’t wait to get out in it. Right after breakfast, my dog Jaci and I headed out for a nice long walk. Enjoying nice sunny weather while spending time with my favorite pup = my favorite form of cardio.
I wanted to share with you guys my newest supplement addition. I did a post a while back on the vitamins/supps that I take HERE. I have been doing some reading and decided to try out something to increase my energy levels…
Vitamin B12 supplement
I have a pretty hectic schedule with juggling school and work every day and have felt really worn down. I did some looking into the matter and read great things about the benefits of B vitamins and energy levels, specifically B12. This one, I got at Sams Club, which was a 2 pack (400 doses total) for around 15 bucks.
Benefits of B12:
- helps treat chronic fatigue
- helps with memory loss
- ease of depression symptoms
- better sleep
- prevent nerve damage
- maintain fertility
I have been taking it for about a week now and can notice a difference in my energy. I am not as sluggish and lazy. I WANT to be up and doing things as much as possible. I can go longer in my workouts. So far so good, b12! I am definitely going to continue my use of this to help get me through the rest of the school year.
Last night’s dinner was amazingly tasty:
Vegetarian Protein-Packed Polenta Lasagna
This recipe is courtesy of Oxygen Magazine, with my substitutions in parenthesis.
- 15 oz lowfat ricotta cheese (cottage cheese)
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 package firm tofu, drained and mashed
- 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and dry (fresh spinach)
- 1 jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped (omitted)
- 1 jar low-sodium marinara sauce
- 18 oz tube of pre-cooked polenta, sliced into 18 rounds
- sea salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400*F. In a large bowl, mix together ricotta and parmesan, set aside 2 tbsp for topping. Add tofu, spinach, and bell peppers and gently mix to combine
Layer 1/2 cup marinara on the bottom of an 11X7 inch glass baking dish. Place 6 polenta rounds over sauce.
Top with half the cheese mixture. Pour 3/4 cup marinara over cheese. repeat layering polenta rounds, cheese mixture, and sauce.
Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and set oven to broil. Cook for 4 more minutes, or until the cheese starts to turn golden. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings (or 4 huge servings, if you’re like me!) at about 221 cals each, according to the mag.
SO GOOOOOD. This is a great meal to get protein in without meat.
Tonight I’m watching The Social Network with friends.
Who has seen it? I have been wanting to see it since it first came out. Hope it’s good!
What is your number 1 supplement that you take, if any?
Have a wonderful Tuesday!