Listening to Your Body

I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to what your body is telling you. It’s talking, you just need to listen!

Last night, I went out with my closest friends. I’m hesitant to drink on the weekends because I know that it’s terrible for me. But everyone deserves to go out and let loose and have fun, so I went. Well, let me tell you- it was worth it. It’s really all about balance. You can’t expect to see the results you want if you’re going out 3 times a week and drinking your weight in alcohol, but I love having a couple drinks and going crazy every once in awhile. My legs are killing me after all the dancing we did. So much fun!

Its nights like this that make me feel some anxiety about graduation. I may want the exams to be over and to be back in my own house with my family, but I don’t want to leave the good times and all the amazing people I’ve met. It’s definitely bittersweet.

WELL, I don’t know if it’s because I had a few drinks last night, but when I woke up this morning I had some weirdddd cravings.

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I opened my refrigerator and a million things seemed to call to me. So, what did I do?

I listened.

1 egg + 2 egg whites, whole wheat toast with sunflower seed butter, sweet potato mashed with tahini (and a little drizzled on the eggs) and a dollop of pineapple salsa. Definitely a sweet and savory combo that I loved

photo_1I ended up making mini sandwiches by smashing the potato onto the bread, putting a piece of egg on top and then adding a little salsa. It satisfied my cravings and even though it was small, it didn’t leaving me going back to the kitchen because its what I wanted!

Sorry for the pictures by the way- a growling stomach + bad early morning lighting= crappy iPhone pictures taken .2 seconds before devouring.

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Curried Pumpkin Spice White Bean Hummus

Well, isn’t that a mouthful. I’ve been on a roll this week with coming up with recipes. You could call it productive… if it weren’t because I was avoiding doing the school work I have to get done. Whoops.

I’ve had some white beans (I think they were Great Northerns?) in the freezer for awhile now. I cooked a bag of dried ones, and froze the ones I didn’t think I’d use right away. The food processor was already out so I figured, what the heck?100_1464

It started off innocent. Just some plain ol’ beans in a food processor. But then I spotted some pumpkin puree I had in the refrigerator, so I dumped that in.

THEN I went to the cupboard and found the tahini. And the curry powder. Then I thought hmmm.. pumpkin… pumpkin pie? pumpkin pie spice?

So yes, I came back to the food processor and dumped all this in and away they went.

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A little strange, but maybe, possibly, strange but good?

Sweet and savory for the win!

Curried Pumpkin Pie Hummus

  • 2 cups white beans
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 T tahini
  • .5 t minced garlic
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice

In the food processor it all goes! Blend until smooth

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Garnish with more pumpkin pie spice if you do so desire
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Eat with carrots, pretzels, pitas, dare I say apples?

Also, go follow me on Instagram! I’m starting to post obnoxious amounts of food pictures that my friends will probably hate, but you can see all my clean eats, not just the ones on the blog!

Intuitive Cravings

There will be many times where you see something I’m eating and think, “What in the world is this girl thinking?!”. Today is one of those times.

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Behold what I like to call my Sweet and Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl. I took a close up so everyone could see exactly what’s going on it there.

I’ve been seeing a lot about intuitive eating lately (like here and here) so I’ve been trying to really pay attention to my cravings. This results in some pretty out there meals, like today’s lunch.

Into a bowl went:

  • 1/2 cup of 1% Cottage Cheese mixed with ~1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • About 1/3 of a cucumber, cubed
  • 1/2 cup broccoli slaw
  • The rest of my left over chick peas (probably about 1/4 cup)
  • Topped with a tablespoon of flax and a drizzle of pure maple syrup because, why not? I was craving it.

This combo was oddly delicious and satisfying. It was also a little on the lighter side because I have a terrible shove as much food as possible into my mouth snacking problem and ate a bunch of broccoli and sweet potato slices when I was roasting them earlier. Whoops.