happy thanksgiving: {pumpkin muffin recipe}

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today I am thankful for so many things.

My family, friends, pets, health, etc. etc. etc. … the list could go on forever! I am literally SO blessed.

Post Turkey Trot!!!

I am SUPER thankful for…. ALL of you guys!!! To show you how thankful I am… I have a delicious, healthy, protein packed recipe for you!!!!!

Pumpkin Oat Flax Muffins

1 can pumpkin
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tbsp almond milk
6 oz 0% plain greek yogurt

*To make this into more of a dessert, add dark chocolate chips.

**Serve warm with a spread of almond butter, yum!!

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Then, mix all wet ingredients and add in dry ones. Next, bake for 15 to 20 minutes. This recipe makes 12 muffins. Serve warm.

mimm: {pictures from our weekend}

Hi friends!

How are you?! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was so much fun. I will give you a little recap:

{As always, thanks Katie!!}

Dinner at Saint Ann’s with best friends… breakfast at Whole Foods… run on the Katy trail… lunch at Company Cafe and East Hampton… Kite and Key formal… driving back home… cuddling with my bestest furry friend.

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Check back with you guys soon.

tuesday thoughts: {the future}

Hey friends!

So what has been on my mind lately? The future. UGH. Graduation. JOBS. Trying to decide what I want to do with my life.

This is a really anxious time for me because I am such a planner and neeeeed to have everything planned out perfectly, the uncertainty of what I will be doing and where I will be living in May is stressing me out to the max. Can’t I just live in the Kappa house with all of my besties for forEVER??

Stress for Anne = overeating, grumpy mood, not sleeping, no motivation to work out or do anything productive for school, etc. AKA not cute.

Last night two of my best friends and I had a forever long life chat. It made me feel so much better to talk about it and know I am not the only one freaking out. Here are a few thoughts I need to continue reminding myself:

I know God has a perfect plan… I just need to be patient (which is not exactly my strong suit ;).

Have a happy stress-free Tuesday!!

Question: Do you find yourself worrying about your future?

 

foodie friday: {thankgiving inspired breakfasts}

Hi friends!

So you guys probably remember that I made a lot of yummy food this summer when I had a kitchen. Unfortunately, I do not have a kitchen at school because I live in the Kappa house. NOT that I am complaining at all that I have all of my meals made for me… I still really miss being in the kitchen.

I will be home the whole week for Thanksgiving and you better believe that is where I will be living. Sorry mom and dad… I know you love when I cook all day 🙂 And because I naturally have to pin every single recipe I see, I have quite an array of different options to make.

I have been on a giant recipe searching “bread-y” breakfast kick. I have been craving spice bread. Pumpkin muffins. Apple muffins… any and all things that smell and taste like fall.

Come on… you know there is absolutely NOTHING better than a warm piece of yummy bread and coffee to start your belly off happy for the day.

Some of these recipes are healthy. Some are absolutely not.

What do you think I should make?

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Marshmallow-Buttercream FrostingMini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping

Easy Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Pull Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Mini Cinnies-Bite Sized Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Happy fall y’all!

Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?! TELL ME!!

take my words back tuesday

Oh well hello there friends!!

So remember when I left you on Friday and I told you I was going to eat super clean all weekend… HAHA. #planfailed

Oh well… it is a new week and all I can do is start fresh. But we did have a GREAT weekend!! It was honestly so much fun.

Here are a few pics for ya:

The Snow’s!

Alright… so what is round 2 of my plan?

Well this week is crazy I have to tell you… and I am leaving town again on Friday!!

We are covering the election tonight for SMU so I will be up ALL night long in  the journalism school but I really could not be more excited about it!! #SMUvotes

As far as working out goes, I have no idea what my schedule will look like. So clean eats are a must!!

Here is what I am hoping to squeeze in:

And I ALSO wanted to show you what P made me! How cute is this?!

We will see how it goes!! I hope you guys all have a GREAT week. Leaving you with this face. How could this not make your day better?

Happy Tuesday!!

Question: Are you cleaning up your eats this week?

wiaw: {healthy eats come back in my life}

Hi friends!

Long time no talk. When I left you on Friday I was headed to Vegas and then to Cali to visit my sister. It was a whirlwind of 5 days but it was SO much fun!! I am still putting together all of our pics, etc. so I will have a FULL recap super soon.

Today let’s talk about getting some healthy food back into my life. In Vegas I basically ate whatever and whenever. We really didn’t even eat all that much, it was just a bunch of junk whenever I did sit down to eat (if you can imagine!!). However, it was an awesome 3 days with amazing friends and I wouldn’t take back a single morsel of food or beverage I consumed.

SOO… now let’s talk about how I am getting back on track/ planning to STAY on track for the next week!! Thanks Jenn for hosting this!

Even though I was traveling yesterday and was in the airport, my body was craving healthy eats.

Workout (8:45 am):

I started the day with a 40 minute sweat session in the basement gym of my sister’s dorm (I want a basement gym!!!) while she was in class.

Breakfast (9:45 am):

I forgot to snap a picture of breakfast but it was a banana + bite of scrambled eggs (way to buttery for me!!) + fresh pineapple.

Lunch (12 pm):

For lunch I grabbed a chopped salad from Subway before my flight.

Shredded lettuce + spinach + turkey + olives + tomato + pickles + balsamic vinegar. I got in some much needed veeeegggiiiieesss.

Snack (2 pm):

As a snack I had some sliced apples and dipped them in my Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter Packet. This almond butter tastes like candy. So, so, so good.

I also had a couple of handfuls of almonds between flights!

Dinner (8 pm):

Mallory picked me up from the airport and we went to Central Market to grab dinner. I wasn’t starving so I had the spring rolls! Delicious.

Bedtime snack:

When I got back, I had a couple of squares of dark chocolate while unpacking. This is my new favorite brand! Amazing.

Today I am planning on cleaning up my eats even more… I started with some egg whites and spinach and am currently snacking on a grapefruit trying to decide if I should go on a run?!?

Ohhhhh…. and I am taking a personal day. #notsorryaboutit.

See you guys soon!! Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Question: Does your body start to crave healthy foods after a few over indulgent days!?

mimm: {randomness galore}

Hi friends!

Hope you guys all had a beautiful weekend. Mine was awesome! It was really, really relaxing and a nice change of pace compared to the craziness of last week. Except for not getting to spend the day with this guy on his birthday.

Is it Monday already?!? What kind of marvelousness have I been up to? As always, thank you Katie for hosting this!

Friday night I went to dinner at Mi Cocina with my godmother Kate and her two cute friends. I had a mambo and guacolmole with chicken fajitas! Mico hits the spot every. single. time.

I should have NEVER posted about my fall favorites on Friday because I am pretty sure that I cursed myself. It got so cold here this weekend. I woke up Saturday morning and was in a wretched mood. I hate to be cold. My plans for a nice long run went out the window almost immediately.

After lounging around for like ever and getting some homework done, I finally convinced myself to go to the gym. The gym. The dreaded place that I hate. Okay, I do not hate it… I even kind of like it once I am there… but the gym at school just reminds me of winter and I really don’t like winter. I LOVE doing interval runs outside here and then just doing some little free weights in my room. But since I would rather die than be cold, it looks like it is time to get back to the gym.

I babysat most of the day on Saturday…. Did I mention that I am the world’s coolest babysitter and the real reason I like to babysit is to play with the family’s dogs? It’s fine and normal.

Then we went to grab drinks for Hillary because she finished the LSAT!! YAY CONGRATS! GO HIL!!!!!!!!

Sunday morning I went to a new workout class with Mary Kathryn and then we had a 2 hour coffee date. The class was at Tread Fitness and I reaaalllyyy loved it. Expect to see more almond milk lattees around here… it was amazing. It was the perfect Sunday morning!

Mal and I went to the Galleria to shop for a bit but I did not get anything becaussseeee… MY MOM is coming TUESDAY night!! WOOHOO!! Can’t wait.

My parents are usually in Dallas quite often but with Rollins in California, since I am supposed to be like some old senior or something that doesn’t get homesick… they have had to split their time 😦 But I can not wait for her to come so we can shop, shop and shop.

I am in major need of a few things…especially for Vegas this weekend!!

What did I say.. VEGAS??!?!? Yes! I am so excited. Well, kind of. I am not sure if Vegas is really my scene (hence all of my really wild weekends ;)) but I think we are going to have a blast. Mostly all of my best friends are going and a ton of other friends from SMU! I know it will be great once I get there.

Well now that you are all caught up on my life.. because I know you guys anxiously sit around and wait for my Monday updates… I am off!!

Have a happy, healthy, yummy Monday!

foodie friday: {why we decided not to go paleo}

It’s Friday!

How pumped are you guys?! ME TOO!

I am so excited for this weekend. I honestly plan on doing nothing!! I am in the mood to just chill, hang out with my friends and be productive. I found this picture and unfortunately feel like it describes my life.

Haha moving on…

Today I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit about the paleo diet.What is it? Read this article for more!

I actually have been doing a ton of research on this and Parker and I have been going back and forth for the past few weeks on whether or not we wanted to try it out. I would NOT call this a diet. Diets do not go over well with this girl. Most people go paleo as a lifestyle change. I think it is awesome! It focuses on eating real, whole and natural foods. Some even call it a “caveman diet”.

If you know P and I, we are kinda all or nothing people. And we also love food. Like a lot. When we first started thinking about it, it sounded really appealing. There are definitely things we could both do to clean up our eating habits and thought this would be a great way to start.

WELL… the more we started thinking about it, the more we realized that it is actually very unrealistic especially while we are in college. The main thing that got both of us is the no grains and the no dairy.

For us, at the stage of life we are in right now, cutting out one or more entire food groups just does not make sense to us. For example, last night I went to a meeting that lasted until 9 pm  and there was free dinner and all they had was pizza. Well I was not going to not eat the pizza. It was my only choice for dinner and I was starving. I came home and ate my favorite KKG desert ever, caramel ice cream loaded with butter and sugar. This is in no way paleo!!!

I’m sorry but I LOVE a good bowl of wheat pasta, quinoa or a gigantic bowl of cereal. I love a piece of cheesy ooooooey gooey pizza or a turkey sandwich. I could live off of sushi with rice. I like cream in my coffee and I really like a gigantic bowl of ice cream or slice of chocolate cake. I am not about to spend my last year of college avoiding alcohol or the deserts at the Kappa house.

I think Gina does a fantastic job of explaining what we we feel are the pros and cons of the paleo diet in this post: Focus On: The Paleolithic Diet.

However, we did sit back and realize that a lot of our meals could be considered very paleo-ish. I find myself eating a piece of meat or fish with vegetables all the time. But I also find myself eating sweet potatoes ALL the time which are not considered paleo and I LOVE a sweet potato. In the mornings, I need a piece of toast with my eggs or an english muffin with my almond butter.

Maybe one day when we have our own kitchen and have more time to prepare and plan meals this would be awesome to try! For now I think we are just going to focus on cleaning up some of our eats and incorporating more paleo-ish style meals into our daily diets, but we definitely do not want to do this right now.

For those of you that are paleo, more power to you!! This is TOTALLY just my own personal opinion about it. I think it is AWESOME that you have this much will power. Send some our way?!! 😉

For all of you crossfit lovers, check out my article for The Daily Campus this week-Crossfit: a unique fitness program and the paleo diet. I also did a blog post for The Fit Mustang with a few of the paleo recipes I want to try- Paleo recipes.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Just something a little different to talk about?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

Question: What are your thoughts on paleo?!!!??

It’s Friday: {Fun reads, chocolate diet and inspiration}

It’s Friiiiiiiiidaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

Fun reads:

Want some fun little reads for today?!! I found these for you guys to check out!

1. I can not lie. There is nothing better than getting in a good run on the weekends. Spice up your play list with: Pump-Up Playlist: Run 3K in 30 Minutes

2. Jennifer Hudson’s Fit Philosophy: I love Jennifer Hudson. I think she is amazing, normal and could not be any more realistic about healthy living and weight loss. She is not obsessed by any means and just does what she has to do.

3. Tone It Up! Fine Toning Arms Routine.  Can we just take a second to talk about how much I love these girls? AKA my DREAM job! They are AMAZING. All of their workouts leave my muscles shaking!!

4. Packing lunch for work or class? Me too! Check out: Healthy Lunches to Bring to Work

5. I know you guys already know how much I love this girl! Today she posted all of her single serving recipes in one post. She is a saint. Chocolate Covered Katie’s Single Serving Recipes.

6. Eat Your Way to Health and Happiness: I think this title describes it enough. Life is TOO short to be obsessing over food. Eat what you know makes YOU feel the best!

7. Bethenny Frankel’s Sunny New Life: Oh… someone else I want to be. Bethenny Frankel. I think she is a genius. I love everything single thing about her. Don’t judge. She had a goal in mind and went for it. She is so driven. Maybe one day they will hire me to do all of their PR??!?!?!?!?! 😉

8. Get better sleep: What else are the weekends for?!!!!? Catch up from this week!

Chocolate Recipes:

This is the story of Parker’s life.

You guys didn’t honestly think I was going to give you all these healthy reads and leave you without some decadence in your life for this weekend did you?!

Listen up. Here is what I need all of  you to do. Make these recipes. Package them up. Ask me for me address. And send me one! Easy enough?! You can even make all of them… I won’t judge. Let’s be real… if you know me well then you know my weekend diet is 80% chocolate and 20% real food ;).

20 minute chocolate crossiants

How to make ice cream sandwiches

Oreo truffle brownies

Mini nutella cookie cups

Inspiration:

Ever find yourself feeling down about something? Comparing yourself to others? In a funk? Me too!

Maybe you need some inspiration today and I hope these little sayings will give that to you!

Have an amazing Friday my sweet friends! I love you guys 🙂