Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans

Snow day in NYC baby!

Honestly though, it's like nothing.  Anywhere else and this would be no big deal.  NYC though?  No one plows the roads and most people don't know how to clear their sidewalks.  They even shut down subway service and put a curfew for cars last night.

People panicked and bought everything possible to prepare up for this "snowpocolypse".  I saw several 6-packs being carried on the subway on the way home.

Me?  I did food prep on Sunday so I'm all set for the week- no worries here!

Last night (and this morning on our way to the park) the dogs and I had fun running around in the middle of the streets.

Empty streets are my favorite.  I love walking when no one is out and everything is quiet.  It's relaxing to be in a quiet city.

Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans

Right now though, I just have to make sure to not eat everything in sight.  Like this awesome popped amaranth I made over the weekend.

You heard right- popped amaranth.

It's a thing.  

It can be a nightmarish thing to do though.

Or at least, I went through several attempts before I didn't completely burn all of it.  And then I learned how to do it right.

But in all seriousness, this stuff is delicious and full of healthy fruits and nuts.

Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans
Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans

Om nom nom.  

I love making breakfast cereals and oatmeals and stuff like that.  I like keeping the sweetness in my control so it's just right.  And no white sugar here!

Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans
Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans

Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans

Serves 3-4

1/4 Cup Amaranth

1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries

1/4 Raw Pecan Pieces

1 Medjool Date

1 Clementine

Honey (Or Agave)

Almond Milk

Heat a small pot on high.  Allow it to get hot and add amaranth in small batches.  You only want a single layer to cover the bottom.  Put a lid on and shake pot around to keep amaranth moving until it all pops.  Pour into a bowl immediately and continue in batches with the rest of the amaranth.

Remove pit from date and chop.

Peel clementine, remove seeds and chop.

Combine amaranth, cranberries, pecans, chopped dates and clementines.

Serve with some milk and honey.

Popped Amaranth Cereal with Winter Fruits and Pecans

Sunday Links

Wow this week went by fast- I don't even know where to start!  I mean I guess, to be honest, not too much happened but it was an enjoyable week nonetheless.

Today also marks the end of my first week of prep- 11 weeks (or 75 days) to go!

I learned a lot this week.  People that compete regularly often say that each prep is different and as I have found so far, this time around is very different than last year.  I'm trying to have more fun with it and I have to admit, I feel weird to be eating things that actually have flavor (sometimes).  Been doing a lot with spices and herbs and that certainly helps a lot!  When everything has to be so exact, it's sometimes much easier just to keep thing very plain.  But obviously, that's very boring so I've been trying to be more on top of things this time.

I have concerns because I haven't lost much this week, and my coach still has me pretty high in carbs but hey, I'll trust her and take things one step at a time.  No use stressing so soon!

Anyway, I've continued to live vicariously through other people's recipes. So it's time to share some of my favorites with you all!

Peanut butter and cookies certainly held my heart this week with delicious Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Lovely, Healthy Peanut Butter Pancakes from Heather's Dish, Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Whipped Marshmallow and Bananas from How Sweet Eats (which is totally becoming the cake I make for my birthday), and finally, ROCCO's (aka: Raisin Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut Cookies) from Yummy Beet.

I also kinda lost it when I saw this recipe for Cheesecake Stuffed Waffles with Berry Syrup by A Duck's Oven.

On a (slightly) healthier note, This Rawsome Vegan Life was on top of her game, as always, with a delicious Life Changing Marzipan Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae...If I'm careful, I might even be able to get that to fit into my macros!

I was definitely feeling a Japanese theme over at The Kitchn with their posts about the importance of having dried shiitake mushrooms in your pantry, ways to use miso pase (beyond just for miso soup!) and how to make miso broth. Oh yeah, love that umami goodness!

And to finalize that Japanese theme, I'll finish with this amazing recipe from Dolly and Oatmeal for TURMERIC-MISO SOUP W/ SHIITAKES, TURNIPS + SOBA NOODLES.

Om nom nom nom y'all.

Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer- Feel Better ASAP!

I'm the worst. I totally meant to get this posted hours ago but kept getting distracted by some serious food porn and recipes that I found floating around the internet. Yup, guess I must really be in competition prep if I'm spending hours looking at super-delicious, super-unhealthy-can't eat them-for-12-weeks, recipes. You may notice my Pinterest page becomes flooded with these sorts of recipes over the next few weeks. Don't be alarmed!

But I would totally love it if you decided to follow my Pinterest page.


But here- see-I'm totally making a healthy "recipe" for you today!  Whenever I start to get sick, I jump into action and make this immediately.

And it totally helps!

But just for good measure and to be safe I'll add in my little disclaimer- I am not a doctor! (duh)  If you are seriously ill, go see your doctor immediately!

Now with that done and over with, I swear by this drink.  I try to drink it right when I start to notice I'm feeling off and will usually drink it a few more times over the next few days (once a day for the next 2-3 days) and it really really helps.

The key ingredient is garlic.

Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer

And let me tell you- that stuff is rough when you deal with it raw.  

Ginger is also incredibly important but I love ginger.  

A little too much.  But if you aren't into raw ginger, again, this drink is going to be rough.

Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer
Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer
Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer
Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer
Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer

When I get ready to make this, I always try to get the ingredients organic, or as many as I can get organic.  After all, why add extra toxins to your body when you're drinking this to get better?

Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer

Garlic+Ginger+Lemon Elixer

Makes 1

2 inches of Ginger

1-2 Garlic Cloves

1 Lemon

Cayenne (optional)


Peel garlic and remove outer peel from lemon.

Juice ginger, garlic and lemon.  Sprinkle cayenne on top, if using.

Take as a shot and follow up with a big glass of water!

Feel better!

Life in Brooklyn

Don't worry- I promise I'm in the process of coming up with a new recipe for you all which should hopefully be posted tomorrow of Thursday.

January has been a slow month for me and, from what I'm seeing from the blogs I follow, most everyone else as well.  

And that's totally cool.

I think because I haven't started my spring classes yet, I'm still in my lazy mode.  I'm either crazy busy all the time, or completely lazy and don't want to do anything.  I don't really have a middle ground.  Slowly getting busier though....

I started competition prep this week!  So far it's been fine- fairly high in carbs so I've been pretty full and all that but I'm still in the sugar addiction mode.  I totally want to snack a lot and I definitely want lots of sweets.  I'm hoping to be over it by the end of the week.

Only time will tell!

So anyway, I wanted to share some pictures I took around the end of the year last year.  Brooklyn is getting extremely trendy and has so many "hot spots" and cute locations and shops- and I love this, but I also love the grungier areas of it.

I love walking through these areas because I feel that it really is the heart of Brooklyn.  Not the coffee shop that just opened down the street, or the fancy condominiums that went up several years ago.

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