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February 16, 2014 February 16, 2014/ Morgan

Powdered Great Stuff vs Adam’s Natural Peanut Butter

Both GREAT options but powdered is better as far as calorie density goes!

Whenever I ever heard anyone talking about powdered peanut butter I always thought “yeah right, whatever… I don’t need that…” mainly because it was some fitness “guru” talking about how it saved their life or something silly. It’s not lifesaving unless maybe you throw it at a crazy dog that was chasing you that loves peanut butter! I WILL SAY that it is amazingly delicious and I’m beyond happy that I finally broke down and bought some. I buy this Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter and it is outrageously good! Besides loving the taste I really love that it miraculously only has 1.5 grams of fat per 2 Tablespoons versus 16 grams in regular peanut butter (or 45 calories vs 200 calories!) It does have some sugar in it but I’m not going to nitpick it – I’ve searched for sugar free and from what I can tell it doesn’t exist. 

note: in the comments below someone wrote “rolled oats have no nutrition.” Let me clear that up here for you as well as down there for them. Steel cut oats and rolled oats have virtually the same nutrition. You can look it up anywhere but I did this one for you. 
100 grams of steel cut oats has 386 calories, 7 grams of fat, 66 grams carbs, 11 grams fiber, 16 grams protein, 45.5 mg calcium and 4.1 mg iron. 
100 grams of rolled oats has 379 calories, 7 grams fat, 69 grams carbs, 10 grams fiber, 13 grams protein, 52 mg calcium and 4.3 grams iron. 
Plus they have other vitamins and minerals that I don’t have to compare here because I’m sure you see the point from this – steaming and rolling a grain does not take away the nutritional value so eat up my lovelies! Oats are good for you be it steel cut or rolled! 

February 16, 2014/ Morgan/ February 15, 2014 February 15, 2014/ Morgan

I don’t have much to say today – just get up and get moving! This is a longer routine than I usually post but it’s a good one. Just another totally different example of kinds of workouts you can do – for free – from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!

February 15, 2014/ Morgan/ February 15, 2014 February 15, 2014/ Morgan

Get ready to wake up to another mouthwatering breakfast -chocolate covered strawberry overnight oats! For breakfast?! Loving this! You’re getting fruit, oats, chia, sweet potatoes and a good dose of happiness all in one jar. You can even make these several days in advance so you can just wake up, grab it, run out the door and eat it at work or wherever you’re on the way to! I’ve even eaten it while driving though I don’t highly recommend that (I felt distracted!) 

If you thought that having a plant strong vegan breakfast would be just boring old bowls of oatmeal or just tofu scrambles you have got to try these out. You’re going to be jumping out of bed extra early just to eat it! (Okay, maybe you won’t but I’m always excited when I have breakfast waiting for me in the morning.)

one huge serving

Blend the strawberries and soy milk together with an immersion blender or regular blender. Stir in the oats, chia seeds and sweetener to taste. Put in the fridge and leave it overnight to thicken up. 

In the morning layer your bowl or container (I like to use wide mouth mason jars!) with chocolate sweet potato pudding, sliced strawberries and the strawberry overnight oats. Devour! Think what breakfast would be like without the option of having chocolate … yum!  

February 14, 2014 February 14, 2014/ Morgan February 14, 2014/ Morgan/ February 14, 2014 February 14, 2014/ Morgan

So while working on ANOTHER recipe I accidentally made cake! Oops! Who accidentally makes cake?! Haha! (Maybe accidentally on purpose eh?) What a beautiful and delicious accident. 

Of course you could make cupcakes with this batter but I am feeling like cupcakes are SO played out. There’s something so satisfying about a slice of cake  – maybe because it has become more of a special occasion thing than a cupcake. 

This cake is so chocolately and delicious that it doesn’t need a thick layer of frosting masking the cake. Just a bit of homemade unsweetened vegan  yogurt and some pomegranate seeds were all I needed to turn this simple cake into an elegant affair. I swear pomegranates fancy up any meal! Strawberries, raspberries, or really any berries would be absolutely lovely on this. 

Also this happens to be so fun and easy that you could get your kids involved! Plus with vegan cake they can lick the spoon with no fear of salmonella or other ickies! 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×9 square cake pan either by using parchment paper to line it or just use a non-stick silicone pan like this one. You can also use a circular cake pan if you prefer! 

Blend the sweet potato, soy milk, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla together in a blender or with an immersion blender. 

In a large bowl mix the pastry flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Stir in the chocolate mixture until combined. Do NOT mix the flour in with a blender!!! Just gently fold it together with a spoon or whisk. Pour into your baking dish. 

Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

Let cool completely before serving. I love it served with just a dollop of unsweetened vegan yogurt and fruit! Powdered sugar would be good as well. You could also drizzle some warmed up jam or preserves on top or even spread on some chocolate pudding! 

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