Quote of the Day! 2/8/16

Hey Everyone!
Happy Monday!!! I know that everyone’s favorite day is probably Friday, but today is Monday so lets smile and get our week going with this quote of the day!

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~~Katharine Hepburn~~

 

So for today I have chosen this quote by Katharine Hepburn because I feel like it is a good quote to start a Monday off with. We all have had those Mondays that we wish didn’t exist and for some that may be because of those around us. Katharine implies in this quote that you can’t please everyone and she is 100% correct. We will never be able to please everyone all at once, it will just never happen and that is no way to spend a Monday. So for today, take a lesson from Katharine and make this Monday a great one!

 

~Molly

Quote of the Day! 2/7/16

Hey Y’all!

I thought I would start a new series of posts today with the hopes that the quotes I will post will help start your day off right and inspire you to be happy! I know that I have some tough days, weeks…..months, but my family, friends, and Pinterest (specifically the quotes and food sections) help me get through it. So now I am here for you all with my first post in the series Quote of the Day!

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Life is tough indeed!

 

I chose this quote because I know there are people out there who are going to have a tough week next week. Believe me when I say I’m in the same boat with you. Out of the 6 classes I am taking this semester, 5 of them are having tests next week all within 3 days. It’s going to just be oh so much fun! But I know I will being trying to embrace what this quote says and have faith that everything is going to be okay because in the end Whomever said this is absolutely correct.

There have been times in my own life when I have just had to take this card and have faith that everything was going to be okay. Mostly this happens for me when finals week rolls around and I don’t have enough time to do all of the studying I would like to do. I usually do as much as humanly possible and then for the rest, I put the faith in myself that I know what I’m doing and that I will be okay.

So for today I hope that no matter what challenge y’all face that you will remember to have faith that everything will end up being okay. You might be surprised what will happen when you don’t sweat the small stuff.

 

 

~Molly

 

 

Flourless Pancakes!

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Hey Y’all!

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! Last week when I decided to give up bread for a week, I really got a craving for pancakes! After some time searching Pinterest I came to the conclusion that the only way I was going to get pancakes without any flour at all was to use bananas and eggs. Now I’m not a huge cooking-with-bananas type person. I don’t like banana bread, banana nut muffins, and sometimes I don’t like banana pudding (If its made correctly its great, but that’s besides the point). I was scared to use my scarce food resources here at school if I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to like what I made. But the craving got the better of me and so I decided to do it, and boy am I glad I did because they were delicious!!! I would honestly make these in place of normal pancakes. They were tasty and they had lots of health benefits, like being relatively high in protein.

Now when I was researching this topic online, most people just used bananas and eggs. I ran across one that had some baking soda and vanilla in it too. And because my mind runs a thousand miles a minute, this got me thinking about the science behind baking. I did a little bit more research about the difference between baking soda and baking powder, the effect Greek yogurt has, etc, etc. In the end, I decided to freestyle-it and came up with the following recipe,

Flourless Pancakes:

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Makes about 6-8 5″-6″ diameter pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana (online it said for them to be ripe, however my intense need for pancakes couldn’t wait another day for my bananas to get riper, so I used one that was yellow with just a few spots).
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4C Greek Yogurt (I used Siggi’s vanilla)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (if you couldn’t tell, 1/4 tsp was the only measuring spoon I could find at the time 🙂 )
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Sugar (I added this because I was slightly scared of the banana taste, so I thought this would even it out. You could leave it out and they would still be fine)

Directions:

  1. Put all of the wet ingredients in the blender and blend until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  2. In a small bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients.
  3. Pour dry ingredients into the blender with the wet ingredients.
  4. Blend until thoroughly mixed. Batter will be thin and the smell reminded me of a banana smoothie my mom makes.
  5. Cook on a greased pan on medium to medium high heat until top and sides begin to bubble. This is where I messed up, I didn’t grease my pan before cooking because I have a non-stick pan. However, because these pancakes are so thin, and because they don’t have any flour in them, they kind of stuck to the pan slightly and I had a really hard time turning them over. The next time I make them I will definitely be greasing my pan. If making these in a college dorm, I also suggest bringing a plate with you to the community kitchen to put the pancakes on, because you know I managed to forget that to 🙂 .
  6. Once all the pancakes are cooked up, top with butter and syrup and enjoy!

Another good way to top these pancakes if you don’t like syrup is just with peanut butter. I know it may sound weird, but like with eggs and ketchup, don’t knock it ’till you try it! You can also cook this batter in the microwave for even faster cook time! I microwaved some of the leftover batter I had on high for about a minute. Let me know what you think of this recipe!

Enjoy!

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out! Final Day

Hey Y’all!

I made it through my final day of cutting bread out yesterday! I feel very accomplished! Overall, the experiment I believe was a success and in the process I found out a lot, especially in my experience today when I slightly reintroduced bread into my diet. When I started this self-experiment I decided to keep track of three major things, what I ate, my weight, and my nail growth.

Overall, I did a pretty good job of keeping track of what I ate everyday. For the most part I ended up eating under 1500 calories a day because I was eating food that was so high in protein all the time. There were days when I hit over 100g of protein and I believe I read that the average human should try to strive for around 80g per day.

On the weight front, the only reason I kept track of this was because I am within the range that would be considered healthy for someone of my height (5’10”). When I started last Sunday I weighed myself at 168.5 lbs and when I weighed myself this morning before my workout I weighed 162.5 lbs (a difference of 6 lbs for those like me who don’t feel like doing mental math 🙂 ). So not a drastic change which is good (too much weight loss in a short period of time is definitely not good).

With regards to my nails, they did get longer in the week that I did this. They all grew in pretty evenly (give me a few more days and they’ll be all jagged again, but for now they look good! 🙂 ). Here is a picture of the before and after. The nail down by the cuticle feels a little bit stronger than the nail up by the tip, however, this may not be caused my my weekly change of eating habits.

As for today, my first day able to eat bread again, it’s like a double edged sword. I craved pizza all week last week and when I was able to eat it today, it was sooooooo good. However, any other kind of bread just seemed kinda, meh. I didn’t really want it as bad as I had in the past. I also found out that after I ate my pizza for lunch, that it made my stomach hurt (probably because my stomach hadn’t had it for a week). Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that I probably won’t be eating as much bread as I did before because I now know what it feels like to not be weighed down by it. Also, after going through this experience I found that the pizza I had for lunch today tasted so incredible (even though it was just pizza from the dining hall). Who knows maybe I’ll start making some days where I eat bread, some days where I don’t so I can start to enjoy my food a little bit more.

Overall, it was a successful self-experiment! I thank all of those who were supportive during the process and for following along with me here at College Girl vs. The World!

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out! Day 6

Hi Everybody!

I hope you all had a great start to the weekend! I made it through day 6 and am now on my final day of Cutting it Out! It makes me incredibly happy that I made it through to the final day! Yesterday was interesting in my exercise because it was so nice here in Alabama that I was able to go for a walk and wasn’t freezing to death! This is why I moved to Alabama for school, so I could wear shorts and a t-shirt for a few days in January! Yesterday I also attended a social dance with the ballroom dance club I am a member of here on campus. I forgot how much fun triple-step swing, foxtrot, tango, and all of the ballroom dances are! If any of you ever get a chance to learn ballroom dance, I highly recommend it!

Here is what I ate yesterday during day 6 of Cutting it Out!

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I know they look a little dark, but I promise, they weren’t burnt, I’m just not the best pancake maker in the world 🙂

Breakfast:

  • Homemade flourless pancakes (the recipe to be shared in another post, they were so good!)
  • 3/4 serving of Land O’Lakes spreadable butter with olive oil and sea salt
  • 1/2 serving of Aunt Jemima syrup

Lunch:

  • Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar – Peanut Butter
  • 1 Gala Apple

Dinner:

  • 4 pieces of Kirkland fully cooked bacon
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter

Evening Snack:

  • 2 cups of air popped popcorn

And here’s my calorie breakdown for the day,

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With tomorrow being my last day, I will wrap up all of the observations I have seen in myself over the past week and I will make some conclusions about this experiment of mine. As I’ve been keeping track of what I’m doing this week, I’ve observed some things I think you all will find interesting 🙂 .

I hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday! And I will post that recipe for flourless pancakes soon!

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out! Day 5

Good Evening Everyone!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Friday! I cannot tell y’all how happy I am that it’s the weekend! Overall, today went really well for me as I continued on my journey to cut bread out of my life for a week. Like I said when I started this, I really just wanted to test my willpower to reach a goal and so far I have been impressed that I made it this far. Friday’s are probably my favorite day of the week exercise wise because that’s when I get to do a group exercise class at the student rec center called Power Daze. It’s a combination between dance cardio and weights and it is amazing! Doing it makes me sooooo happy! And it’s that little boost of happiness that is going to get me through to Sunday!

Here’s how the breakdown of my meals went for today,

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For whatever reason, this breakfast was insanely delicious this morning, could just be my love of bananas and peanut butter though 🙂

Breakfast:

  • 3/4 C honeydew melon/cantaloupe fruit salad
  • 1 Red delicious apple
  • 1.5 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Banana

Lunch:

  • 1 Gala Apple
  • 1 Ground beef patty (93%,7%)

Dinner:

  • 1/2 C Lentil vegetable soup
  • Small salad (Romaine lettuce with cucumber and carrots, topped with Caesar dressing)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Golden Delicious Apple
  • Approx. 2.5 Tbsp peanut butter

Evening Snack:

  • 1 Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream cup
  • Whip Cream

Daily Breakdown (anyone else feel like that’s the name of a playlist??)

I also figured out how to measure how many miles I walk per day on the health app my phone has and apparently I walked 8.52 miles. Additionally, I figured out the average distance I walk in a day to be around 6.65 miles. Just something I found interesting as I sit here and write this. Tomorrow I believe will be the first time since I’ve been back on campus that I haven’t gotten up to an alarm going off 🙂 . Well I will keep you all updated and I hope that you have an incredible weekend!

 

~Molly

 

Cutting it Out! Day 4

Hey Everyone!

I have officially made it through day 4 of what I like to call, Cutting it Out! It was another good day despite the fact that I didn’t feel very good. I was very productive and because of that, I will have an almost completely free weekend (besides the French project I have to do, but hey I’m in college right, wouldn’t seem right if I didn’t have work 24/7).

Today, I was happy with what I ate, mostly because for dinner I made a pepperoni and mozzarella stuffed burger. It took like an hour and a half to cook, because go figure I bought the wrong kind of meat. I bought 93%,7% when I quickly realized I should have bought something with a slightly higher fat content. What I found funny about this, was I remembered I had done this before and my mom said that was what I needed to do. Mom, you were right 🙂 . However, once cutting the burger into thirds, and cooking it on it’s side, my friend and I were able to get it cooked, and it was delicious!!!! I also made a few small cheese chips with a slice of pepperoni on top, also delectable!

My meals for the day are as follows,

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Breakfast:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon
  • 1 serving Heinz tomato ketchup
  • 3/4 of a Breakfast Burrito (w/eggs, cheese, & ham)
  • 2 Sausage Patties

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Lunch:

  • 1 Power Bar Triple Threat – Peanut Butter Caramel
  • 1 serving of Siggi’s vanilla yogurt
  • 1 packet of Nestle fat free hot chocolate

Evening Snack:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 serving of natural pressed peanut butter

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Dinner:

  • Turkey Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Ground Beef (93%, 7%)

 

Other than that, I have nothing else to say for today. Tomorrow I know I will have something slightly better because tomorrow I get to go to Power Daze! Yay!!! I hope you all have a great day tomorrow (or today I guess, since it’s after midnight) 🙂 .

 

~Molly