Taught a spin class.
Ran 6.99 miles on the treadmill afterwards while watching The View and trying to look at this US Weekly magazine I found lying on the gym floor.
I’m pretty sure that magazine is a couple months old. Dang it, getting that magazine every Friday used to be the highlight of my week. Oh how life has changed. I didn’t even know Jennifer Garner had a baby. Hello.
I’ve still been doing the ginormous breakfast salad thing. Yesterday it was a combination of the sweet potato breakfast salad and the ultimate pear breakfast salad with a little extra cinnamon and chia seeds on top.
After all that I was still craving bread so I had to have just a few slices with some different nut butter combinations.
How’s that for Paleo friendly. Ha ha.
Oops. I can’t help it, I crave bread like no other. Speaking of, if you haven’t tried this whole wheat Pain Pascal bread from Trader Joe’s yet, you really need to. It’s only $.99 and fabulous.
Went to bed at 12:30 am last night. Dumb.
At 1:30 am was talking Joaquin into getting back in his own bed.
Then woke up at 2:30 am sleeping in Joaquin’s bed with him. It’s still a blur how I got there. That’s right though, we both fit in his toddler bed. I think I may have done some permanent damage to my left foot and his stuffed moose doesn’t even begin to compare with my Technogel pillow.
By 3:00 am I was back in our bed.
At 3:30 am I was escorting Judah to the potty and then almost tripped on Joaquin who was sleeping on our floor.
By 5:00 am when I was approached yet again, I gave up and let Judah “cuddle” with me in bed.
I needed caffeine in the worst way this morning.
Now I know pumpkin is everywhere already. You’re seeing massive amounts of pumpkin recipes all over the darn place. Heck, I pretty much use it daily already in my GNC protein goo or pumpkin protein cookie dough.
I could try to be different and boycott the whole pumpkin thing, but hey, I’m just not that cool.
Canned pumpkin is too awesome. There is so much you can do with it. Yesterday I made a super think GNC protein mocha smoothie with it.
Recipe coming tomorrow for that bad boy along with a little protein coconut cookie dough crumble.
Oh yes I did make a protein version.
This morning I had the bright idea to add a little pumpkin goodness to my mocha.
You can pretty much add 1/2 cup pumpkin to just about anything for 40 calories and some really great nutritional benefits. Not to mention it makes whatever it is a little heartier. It’s also easy to sneak into toddler smoothies and treats.
I wanted my mocha thick since I woke up starving and needed it to tide me over for a bit until it was breakfast salad time.
This turned out so much better than I thought. It was so thick and rich and just darn delicious.
The Pumpkin Mocha
1-2 servings brewed espresso or other strong coffee
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
sweetener (1-2 tablespoons sugar or sugar free flavored syrup)
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
I used my stovetop espresso maker to brew up some Starbucks espresso. Then I added the cocoa powder and sweetener (I used 2 tablespoons sugar free Torani almond syrup). Then I heated up the pumpkin and almond milk separately, added the pumpkin, frothed the milk and created this heck of an amazing fall pumpkin mocha.
The addition of coconut oil and cinnamon just makes it that much more spectacular.
You’ve got to try it friends.
Okay I’m off for one heck of a busy day. Life just does not slow down does it?
Oh and speaking of pumpkin inspired recipes, check out this protein packed pumpkin muffin. I just may be seeing my little “friend” who makes an appearance in that post tomorrow.
On last little “date”.
Have a good day!
What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin?