Strange but Good Eats #2

Don’t you love Fridays? It doesn’t even matter if you didn’t get sleep last night. It’s still refreshing knowing it’s Friday, and the weekend is here.

I have to admit I’m a little happier than normal though. I think this  baby of mine has finally found a sleeping routine. We’re getting 6 or 7 hours of solid sleep every night. Thank you sweet child!


I worked out this week. Did you?

I’ve only been fitting in 2 or 3 days of work outs which is fine by me right now.

Those darn herniated discs of mine are flaring up so it’s probably a good thing I’m going slow.

The day after a work out I am extremely ravenous. It never fails. You’d think I would learn to adapt to this by now but no. I worked out Tuesday. Wednesday all day I was doing awesome but had to take Gavin to the doctor so was home early for the day and my hangry self kicked in. I started eating and couldn’t stop. It was all healthy foods but it was not calorie friendly [enter: 4 tbsp of cracked nut butter]

Then a chicken breast, a baked potato that was bigger than my chicken, and some grilled zucchini.

Ok, I admit. The butter wasn’t healthy. #noshame

Ah well. I’m on a big kick of fueling your body with what it needs. Apparently I wanted fats so I had them. It doesn’t help that the nut butter really does live up to it’s name: crack.

Yesterday a friend and I got together {finally!} for sushi! I haven’t had sushi in about a year. A year people. Ridic. We’ve been trying to get to this new place in town for a little over a month now but couldn’t ever get our schedules to click. Until yesterday.

Isn’t it adorable?

It’s so chic. It’s in a strip mall and a hidden gem if you ask me. I will be back for sure.

We split four rolls.


Chicago Bears

Sweet potato


The superman was my favorite. It even had mango in it, but it wasn’t overpowering at all. So if you see a roll with mango, don’t shy away from it. It could be the best you’ve ever had. The sweet potato ranked second for me, which I was surprised. No fish. Just a sweet potato and it was delish.

Other randomness. Check out this cute onesie Gavin got.

I referred to him as Baby T several times before he was born so one of my best friends got him the proper attire :) Thanks Steph! ps – obviously he wanted nothing to do with my the camera last night.

And now for another round of #strangebutgood eats!

I’ve been eating this every day for a snack. Sometimes twice a day. The original prep is the most work and it’s mixing two ingredients then popping it in the oven.

If you like pumpkin and peanut butter, you must make it. Ps the combos are practically limitless.

Pumpkin Cake with PB Vanilla Protein “Frosting”

– 1 spice cake box mix
– 1 can pumpkin (not pie filling)
– 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
– 1 tbsp peanut flour*
– 1 tbsp designer whey French vanilla protein powder (or vanilla powder of your choice)
– 1 tbsp natural peanut butter

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Lightly spray two 8 inch round cake pans with nonstick spray.
– Put the spice cake mix and pumpkin in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Do NOT add the other ingredients on the cake box. Just the dry mix and the pumpkin.
– Separate the batter equally into the two cake pans and spread out evenly to the sides.
– Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pans half way through.
– Allow it to cool completely then cut each pan into 8 equal pieces.

– In a small bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, peanut flour, and protein powder.
– In another bowl, put one piece of cake. Top it with the protein frosting (can blend if you want a smooth texture instead of seeing the cottage cheese chunks) and then the tbsp of peanut butter.


*Get $5 off your first purchase from iherb with coupon code COZ833.

Try mixing up the protein powder flavors. Don’t have vanilla? Use chocolate. Or peanut butter for double the buttah love. This morning I tried a cake batter flavor. Words can’t describe how amazing that was. I was *this* close to licking the bowl.

As for the peanut butter, you can change that too. Try almond, sunflower, cashew, or dare you try the crack!

Approximate nutrition values:
385 calories
14.6g fat
36.2g carbs
4.1g fiber
19.3g sugar
28.7g protein


What’s your favorite way to eat pumpkin?

Well I love this cake because it’s only 2 ingredients. SUPER easy. But I love love love my great grandma’s pumpkin muffin recipe that we have for Thanksgiving. It’s not healthy but it’s darn good!


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4 Responses to Strange but Good Eats #2

  1. Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-DisciplineNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite way to eat pumpkin is pumpkin and kale soup. I used to love pumpkin pie, but alas I don’t eat grains, dairy, or sugar anymore so that’s out.

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