Happy Friday to you! It’s time to get back to those Friday Finds and Faves… Luckily, I’ve now had some times to accrue some new favorites to share with everyone!
Arctic Zero Snickerdoodle Dandy
Last week, my friends at Arctic Zero sent me a fabulous care package with some of their new, fit dessert flavors! (If you follow me on Snap Chat you know I was beyond excited to try out these frozen wonders!) Immediately, I was drawn to the Snickerdoodle Dandy flavor, since I absolutely love snicker-doodle cookies. Per the directions, I let the pint sit for 20 minutes before digging in (this is super important to achieve the most creamy texture possible). The hint of cinnamon coupled with cookie chunks made for a top-notch dessert. As someone who enjoys a sweet something, particularly ice-cream, at the end of the evening, this is a fabulous option…GMO free, lactose free, and only 75 calories a serving… this is one dessert not to fret over.
Here’s some honesty…you know what’s easy? Going to the grocery store and buying a bag of granola. And… to make store-bought granola even more tempting, the brands I usually scoop up are darn delicious. But, here’s the thing…my favorite granola brands also come with a price tag and I just cannot indulge in these bags week after week, as convenient as it might be. So what’s a granola gal to do? Whip out the measuring cups and make your own, of course. It had been awhile since I’d baked up a batch of this sweet, crunchy treat and I was quickly reminded of how simple it is to do. Plus, it’s always nice to have an extra breakfast or snack option on hand. I figured I’d share the recipe I use, which I don’t take credit for since it’s a pretty standard granola recipe (sort of the base for most of the granola recipes I’ve seen on Pinterest)- I just swap out certain ingredients or incorporate add-ins to make it fit my taste preferences.
- 2 cups rolled oats (I use the Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free kind)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 generous tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp maple extract (I found mine at Whole Foods)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
Preheat oven to 300. Spray a baking sheet. Heat peanut butter in microwave for about 30 seconds so it mixes evenly with the other ingredients. Mix all ingredients besides the oats together in a large bowl. Add oats, making sure that all oats are evenly covered in the peanut butter mixture. Thinly spread the mixture across the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping the mixture half way through. Once you remove the granola, allow it to cool (It’s during the cooling process that it hardens and clumps solidify). You can add in fun extras like dried fruits or slivered almonds to this base to make it more interesting, but I promise it’s good on it’s own!
Some ways I use granola to spice up my breakfasts:
Add it to yogurt to make a perfect parfait:
Top it on a smoothie for extra staying power
And of course, you can always just eat it on its own as a snack, or pour a bit of almond milk over it! Hope you enjoy!
On to the next…
Capri Blue Candle
These candles are dynamite. I love having candles burning, doesn’t matter the season, I just find it brings a sense of warmth and comfort to our home! A couple weeks ago, I was on the fence about purchasing pumpkin scented candles since I knew it was a bit “too soon” for all things fall. So I was pumped when I saw these Capri Blue Volcano candles at Pure Barre! Didn’t have to make the trek to Anthropologie and this scent is a perfect option to hold me over until official fall candle debut time.
Ezekiel English Muffins
I’ve always enjoyed Ezekiel sprouted breads, but for whatever reason, never thought to grab the English Muffins…now, I feel like I’ve been missing out! I’ve been enjoying the chewier texture of these muffins, that also seem to have a nuttier taste than the bread. My favorite topping? Mashed avocado. Throw a tomato on top too, if you’re so inclined.
Mark Twain Quote:
On the plane ride to New Orleans, I was sifting through some inspirational reads, and I came across this quote…if this doesn’t light a fire under you, well then, I don’t know what can.
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream, Discover, Explore.”
I think I’ll frame this quote and keep it on my nightstand as a constant reminder…and, it’s pretty fitting for my life right now as I open a whole new chapter, breaking my way into the fitness and blogging world after 6 years of teaching. But here’s the thing, we’ve got to have a sense of urgency in life, am I right? So if there’s something you want to do, do it. If there’s someone you need to go visit, get up and go. Nurture your passions, fight for your dreams, learn from others, ask questions, read, travel, and stop playing it safe. Take chances.
That’s been my life the last year…taking chance after chance, and I have to say, all these chances paid off. In a few short weeks, I’ll be heading out to Denver for my Pure Barre instructor training…something a year ago, was only a thought…but, by choosing to dream and having the willingness to put myself out there, that thought is about to be my reality. Pretty darn amazing. When I read this quote, I thought, “heck yes!” I can’t imagine the regret I would feel now if I hadn’t listened to that inner voice inside my head saying, “GO FOR IT.” Allow me to be that voice for you today…whatever it is that you want to do…GO. FOR. IT.
Sorry to get all deep on a Friday, it’s kind of how I roll. One minute talking scented candles, the next, pouring out intimate thoughts…It’s called balance, eh?
If you missed my New Orleans post, check it out here – http://activebyannie.com/2016/09/new-orleans-weekend/
Wishing you a fantastic weekend!
Question of the day: Any new finds or favorites for you this week?