Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

June 23 is National Pink Day!

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Last summer, I fell in love with smoothie bowls.  Every Saturday as soon we we were released from media and cleaning duties, my camp compadre drove us to Nekter Juice Bar for acai bowls piled high with strawberries, granola, and bananas.  She always purchased a berry-laden bowl, but I sampled every option.

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Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

It’s September, and you know what that means.

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WIAW – Snackin’ Sunday

WIAW – Snackin’ Sunday

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Once again, I am sharing my spiritual and physical food by linking up with Jenn (peasandcrayons), Laura (sprint2thetable), Arman (thebigmansworld) and Meghan (cleaneatsfastfeets) for What I Ate Wednesday.

This week, I am showing a full Sunday of eats.

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Spiritual Food:

This week, my church elected a new pastor (which means that neither the old pastor nor the new pastor preached).  Instead, the president of my college spoke in my church’s Sunday morning service, and he shared a message that he had recently given in a school chapel service.  Although I had heard the sermon before, there were some applicable truths.  Using Acts 9, he urged the church to be a congregation of “Barnabas”s–Sons of Encouragement. After Saul’s conversion, Christians were still afraid of him.  Yet, Barnabas rescued him.  Barnabas saw the life change he had experienced and encouraged the disciples in Jerusalem to accept Saul.  Later, in chapter 13, Barnabas accompanies Saul on his missionary journeys.  This story does more than show us the importance of being an encouragement to others.  Each of us need to find a “Barnabas” to hold us accountable and keep us spiritually on track.  Even Paul, who is considered a spiritual giant, learned from the humble friendship of Barnabas (compare Acts 15:36-41 and 2 Timothy 4:11).

God does not expect us to live in solidarity;  He created companionship and community.  Whether it be a family member, friend, teacher, co-worker or fellow-blogger, have someone to regularly encourage you and check your spiritual health.

Physical Food:

My Sundays are pretty simple, and this one was no different.  I wake up like a normal school day so that I can take my time getting ready.

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This week, The Oatmeal Artist’s weekly theme is red.  I tried to make a beautiful apple peel rose on my cinnamon peanut butter oatmeal, but I was not too pleased with how it came out.

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I snacked my way through the morning: a pumpkin square after my run, another pumpkin square as “dessert” after breakfast, and a graham muffin right before I left for church (with hopes that I would make it through the whole service without getting hungry…it didn’t work 🙂 ).

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I ate lunch (stew with rice, grilled vegetables, yogurt with granola, and a super-ripe banana) in the college cafeteria. This isn’t a typical Sunday lunch for me, but I don’t know what a typical Sunday lunch actually is.

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Before choir practice, I ate a plate of my mom’s meatloaf, blue potatoes, and butter beans with corn that she sent back to school with me after a quick trip home on Saturday afternoon.  Originally, there were red potatoes too, but I got hungry while working on schoolwork, and I ate all of the red potatoes around 2 o’clock.

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Dessert was a cereal bar topped with peanut butter because I am classy 🙂  (Side note: I go through about 2 jars of peanut butter a week, so I taste-test a lot of brands. This was my first sampling of Peter Pan Simply Ground.  It was good, but it will never compare to The Best Nut Butter I Have Ever Tasted).

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For as long as I can remember, I have eaten a bowl of ice cream every Sunday night.  Our church had a prayer service tonight instead of our typical worship service, and it went a little late, so I knew that just ice cream was not going to satisfy my hunger.  I topped the bowl with peanut butter and protein granola…and then I ate some a lot more peanut butter and granola (imagine about 4 oz. of peanut butter and 1.5 cups of granola) because I was still hungry. (Side note: don’t try to save money by buying Aldi-brand strawberry yogurt and protein granola [their regular granola is fine, though].  It is worth the extra $2 for Breyer’s and Nature Valley.   Trust me.  I learned the hard way).

Before bed, I ate an undisclosed number of pumpkin bars. Hint: Pictures don’t always tell the whole story 😊

 

Questions for you:

  1. What did your pastor preach about on Sunday?
  2. What is your favorite nut butter?
  3. What foods do you always buy name-brand?
  4. Bonus question:  I ate oatmeal at every meal today.  Can you find the oatmeal in the supper that I ate before choir practice?

 

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Dorm Life: Apple Granola

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Admit it fellow college students.  You have the tendency to snatch packets of peanut butter, cups of applesauce, fresh apples, and bags of oatmeal from the cafeteria on occasion.  I understand; it’s a hungry life for some of you.  I have good news!  With just these ingredients, you are almost completely prepared to make a yummy snack.  All you need to add is an oven (which is likely located in the communal kitchen down the hall) and you are set!

Apple Granola

Ingredients:

  •      1/2 apple, skinned and diced into miniscule pieces ( I use Red Delicious)
  •      1-2 Tbs. Peanut Butter (it really depends on how much of a peanut butter flavor you want)
  •      1/4 cup applesauce (approximately.  I use 1/2 of an individual container)
  •      1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

Directions

  •      preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  •      mix the applesauce and diced apple
  •      melt the peanut butter slightly in the microwave (about 30 seconds) and stir it in
  •      add oatmeal and stir until all of it is coated with the apple-peanut butter mixture
  •      bake approximately 12 minutes or until granola is light brown
  •      allow to cool on pan and continue crisping up
  •      eat and enjoy!