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I am currently working on a Master's Degree in Nutrition and requirements for Registered Dietician R.D. I plan to run my first full marathon in 2009. This blog is about everything I learn, eat, and do along the way. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Okay yall, I moved!


Everytime I see a comment, I am over-joyed. I love hearing from everyone and appreciate every reader that I have. I hope that you can update your links, blogrolls, google readers, yada yada etc. etc. so you can visit me at my new site. !

I decided to switch domain's so that I could expand my pages, keep myself more organized etc. I hope you enjoy the new site.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Whole Wheat "Buttermilk" Pancakes on a SNOW DAY!

Whole Wheat "Buttermilk" Pancakes!!
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I have been meaning to make pancakes for so long- I ate pancakes ALL the time growing up and in college ALL the time too. I think that is part of my lack of motivation for making them now. Plus, I have never liked maple syrup much ( no, not that real stuff either). However, Jeff and I both have a SNOW DAY! 4 inches overnight and it is STILL coming down! Over 800 schools are closed! Guess what the funny part is, friday it is supposed to be back up to 60* . I am so happy for Jeff ( who never really gets to see snow because he grew up here) and especially his neice and nephew who have literally NEVER seen it snow! They got sleds for christmas on the chance it would snow. We might take Lurlota over there today to watch them play! Here is our backyard and a random dog that escaped its owners- now we know how others feel when jack does this to them. We tried to get him so we could take him home but he just thought we were playing chase and ran away from us..
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Back to Breakfast... so I wanted pancakes and eggs. I found a recipe on cooking light (of course) for whole wheat buttermilk pancakes. In my Southern Living Cookbook, it notes that you can use plain yogurt as an appropriate substitute for buttermilk. So, that is what I did! Here is the recipe link http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=571883

I made lots of adaptions to this Original Recipe,
Original Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt


  • 3/4 cup Nonfat Greek Plain Yogurt ( I used TJ, in place of buttermilk)
  • 1 tablespoon oil ( smart balance)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • Milk as needed- I used about 1/4 cup


Combine everything in a bowl- Just started at the top of the list (dry) and go down through all the wet until the milk. I stirred in the milk as I needed it to get a pourable but NOT runny consistency. I used a whisk to stir until the milk, then I used an angled rubber spatula ( for scraping the bowl)

Heated a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Poured about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle. Turn pancakes over when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. This made 10 good sized pancakes- I had 3 just fyi- and they were incredibly filling!

I gathered the nutrition info on a recipe analyzer site- I used nutritiondata.com. I had to register but it was super quick to register. The whole batch (with no add ins) was 42 grams of protein, 106 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fiber, 9 grams of fat. Calorie total for the whole batch: 673 total. So, about 67 kcal per pancake. Not too shabby!

OH MY GOSH!! These were phenomenal in my opinion and easy- none of the measure with a knife combine stir, add from this bowl to another bowl to another mess. I wanted pancakes and I wanted them now! I reduced the sugar from the original, they actually came out quite sweet with the reduced sugar anyway. The yogurt I used had more protein and no fat compared to low fat buttermilk.

I added Reese's Pieces to Jeff's after the bubbles appeared, then flipped. For 2 of ours I added frozen blueberries, frozen- just before the bubbles appeared.
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Smile! SNOW DAY!

I topped one with a little smear of peanut butter, had scrambled eggs on the side and a glob of yogurt with a speck of maple syrup. My favorite topping is warmed frozen fruit- which I also had, along with coffee ( Jeff made it today!).
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Like that mug, "Waste Not Want Not" great phrase.

Off to literally play in the snow all day!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Food Post Monday

Steel Cut Protein Oats

I made a smoothie using pineapple, blueberries, ground flax seed, organic milk and vanilla protein powder ( about half my normal size).

Then I used some of that smoothie and mixed it with quick cook steel cut oats and water- microwaved that and sliced a half banana into it. Of course peanut butter on top. It is just so delicious, smooth and salty with the sweet banana and chewy oats !
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lunch : quick ( and weird, i know) version of an omelet
I took frozen broccoli, asparagus and brussel sprouts and heated them thoroughly. I added three egg whites then microwaved that until the eggies were cooked. On top, I put some leftover tomato sauce and hot sauce and a little sprinkle of cheese.
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On the side I had a piece of cinnamon sugar toast
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Afternoon Snack
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Strawberries, Blueberries and Mango with Cabot Cottage Cheese and nonfat greek yogurt..

Semi-Homemade Dinner
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Sweet potato fries ( frozen at TJ), asparagus spears (frozen at TJ) - baked in my toaster oven for 20 minutes
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and pork tenderloin ( with a little hot sauce for a kick) cooked in the real oven for 20 minutes and Kashi rice pilaf ( instant package, cooked in the microwave for 90 seconds and I added red pepper flakes for another kick!)...

Gym trip was fantastic, about to watch pineapple express... AND there are already a ton of school closings and its still like 43* outside how funny!

**address update**

I opened up a wordpress site but have not fixed it up completely. I liked how other people are able to have tabs at the top for recipes , about me page, etc. I think it will be a much more organizable site. I am not sure when it will be up and going just yet.

Has anyone made the switch from blogspot to wordpress? I would love any tips!

As many of you know my comment name is BHealthy... I started that because I don't like to just reveal my name to anyone and because I truly feel that a main goal of mine for such a long time has just been to "Be Healthy"... whenever you are presented with a food choice or a life choice- just make the decision so that you can be healthy, whatever that means to you.

So since it will be my "second" site.... the address is http://bhealthier.wordpress.com

get it? Be Healthier ...

However, there isn't anything up there yet and I will need to workout details with Foodbuzz etc. Just an fyi to stay tuned so you know I will be switching addresses soon.


Hey yall ! Happy Monday! So one little tidbit of news, I have been searching for a way to keep track of my hits and I saw one on a friend's site:
The Running Addict. She has been having a rough time since hurting her ankle on a run a bit ago- so stop on over and give her some encouraging thoughts! Although she is wordpress, it led me to one simple search and a few seconds later - I have a stat counter!! Hooray! Thanks Friend!

So lets see


Walk with Jack, 1 mile

Heading to the gym in a little while for some circuit training with Jeffrey! I love workouts with him because we have such a fun time and we push each other to keep up the momentum during our sets. It is also a very different workout than say , yesterday's 7 mile run.

*** update: We did 40 minutes of cardio ( treadmill and elliptical and biking) after lifting weights- shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest and hamstrings with jumping jacks, squat thrusts and abs in between each other's sets**

by the way, my knee was incredibly sore last night- not today much - just a few hours after the run.

Reading chapters 2 & 3 of Understanding Food


When I can say "accomplishments" - it just boosts my spirits so here goes


  • Re-arranged our living room furniture ( again!)
  • Swept Living Room
  • Swept upstairs rooms
  • Mopped Kitchen Floor
  • Cleaned and organized kitchen stuff
  • Cleaned hardwood floors in the living room
  • Laundry
  • Blog Stat Counter ! Finally!
  • Took Jack for 1 mile Walk
  • Put in a new wallflower, Black Amethyst

Snow Snow Snow is in the forecast overnight! Only 2-4 inches, but that is the most it will have snowed in the past three years if it comes!

May watch Pineapple Express tonight- did anyone see it? We rented it for $1 at redbox but we don't know if its worth watching?

Food post later this evening!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Steelers Sunday: Pittsburgh's Goin to the Super Bowl!

Watching the steelers game....

fingers crossed

Wooohoo,they won they won they won! Here we go Steeler's Here We Go! I had such a busy time after I got back from my run, finding jack, getting ready and heading over to our friends for the Steeler's vs. Ravens game- I left my camera charging at home.

Our friends made pepperoni bread from scratch ( one of the guys is italian) and it was delicious! They also had a veggie tray and we brought sun chips and sabra hummus. So I had some of all of that while watching the first half of the game!

A few of the others attending were Ravens' fans but I had one fellow Steeler fan to cheer alongside! Jeff was neutral but leaned towards the Steelers because he loves me.

I AM SOOOO EXCITED! I told everyone the Steeler's were going to win ( totally going on intuition and hope) but THEY DID!

What a fantastic way to start off the week, an amazing run and an amazing win! I am really looking foward to the romantic getaway this weekend too .

Good News!!

Okay, I just had to post.

I just got back from the gym, since its rainy and very cold out- I ran on the treadmill after watching a video over at HangryPants. It was regarding this little media clip of women talking about workout gear. If you haven't given your feedback, head on over HERE and let em know what you think. My feedback is B_Healthy.

Part of my comment included that workout gear discussion SHOULD include important topics like dry fit underwear- or any kind of underwear to wear when you run or workout. I don't know about yall but if I run say over 4-5 miles, my undapants get SOAKED! They make dry fit pants, dry fit sports bras, dry fit shirts- what the crap on the underwear?

What does everyone else do? I mean, maybe I missed the boat on what underwear runner's wear. Either way, I'm clueless and slightly uncomfy!

So, speaking of running, I ran 7 miles in 49 minutes! I ran 3.2 in 24 (something), my second 3.2 in 22 ( something), and then finished up to 7 miles total. I bumped up several times to 9.5 mph ( which correlates to a 6:18 mile).

I seriously just had fury inside of me I think. I was angry and upset that Jack ran away. Jeff and I were "not on the same page" about the kitchen and it was stupid but annoying me. I tried to really focus and push myself because "I can"- and I did!

Good news: everything is perfect again and ... we found jack as soon as I got home from the gym.