Old Bay Zucchini Chips

Whenever people ask me whether I have a sweet tooth or a salty tooth, I look at them in disgust.

Who would choose cake over potato chips? When I was little (OK…maybe I did this last week) I would snack on dill pickle after dill pickle. The thing I probably crave most when I’m eating clean is potato chips. BBQ Utz Ruffles are my kryptonite.

I’m not a huge fan of kale, so I haven’t caught on to the kale chip craze. But I do like the idea of a healthy snack that is crunchy – and most importantly, salty .

These Old Bay Zucchini Chips will do the trick!  My version of the chips were inspired by Mary at 17 Apart.

Makes 2 small servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh zucchini
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 225°F.
  • Line the baking sheet with foil.
  • Slice the zucchini and place evenly on the baking sheet.
  • Lightly spray tops of zucchini slices with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning and salt.
  • Cook for 50 minutes.
  •  Take out the pan and flip over each slice. Then spray with cooking spray and salt/season this side.
  • Cook for 45 more minutes.

Let the chips cool for awhile – this will dry them out and make them crunchier!

Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday! 

Do you have a sweet tooth or a salty tooth?

Souls, Hearts, and Heaven

What an awesome weekend.

Though my healthiness level dropped a shit ton, it was totally worth every sip of wine and bite of cake. This weekend was healthy for my soul.

Sorry for the cheesy mention of my soul. I think I’ve been watching too much Long Island Medium. I discovered this show on Sunday and cared to spend my entire Monday night watching every episode and sobbing. Not a good look.

The wedding I went to this weekend took place at Prospect Hill, a bed and breakfast on an old plantation in Central Virginia.

The whole inn had a really antique-y feel to it and the trees/rolling fields were gorgeous. It looked like something out of The Notebook. My bridesmaid BFF (Strobes) and I stayed in the Overton Room.

I am a terrible blogger and forgot to take pictures of everything – alright, I forgot to take pictures of anything. I was busy having too much fun!

On Friday night after the rehearsal dinner, we went into Charlottesville and hung out at all of our old stompin’ grounds, including my favorite place in the world at 2:30am: Christian’s Pizza.

I used to have mad skills at getting free pizza.

Please help me decide: is it sad or amazing that all of the staff at the late night pizza joint remember me by name and give me hugs two years after graduating?

I go back and forth.

For breakfast all weekend we had Bodos galore, Southern grits with cheese, and homemade waffles with cranberries and walnuts. Typing this is making me hungry.

I promise to have more pictures eventually of the wedding once I force other wedding-goers to share theirs with me!

The bride was beautiful, the reception was full of shenanigans, and my heart is full of love!

OK, seriously…no more Long Island Medium for me.

A Weekend Away

Four-day weekend for me! Woo hoo!

I’m headed down to central Virginia today for the weekend. One of my best friends is getting married! It’s going to be a fun time catching up with girlfriends, getting pampered, and celebrating.

Eating and drinking gluttonously is most certainly going to accompany the celebrating. I’m going to relax and enjoy eating everything in my sight this weekend, but I’m also arriving stocked with healthy goodies so that I shovel them into my mouth as opposed to seven Bodos bagels.

A cooler is a must-have in order to clean eat on the go. I’m stocking up my cooler and bringing:

Have a great weekend!

Do you have any plans this weekend? What are you up to?

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

So, I have a problem.

I am addicted to these tasty little treats. I eat them all day long – at my desk, on the metro, during movies. Ob. Sessed. Last week I tried out this recipe for Book Club and promptly made two more batches the next night.  They are seriously little energy balls that are good for a melty dessert or when you want to grab a sweet and crunchy snack out of the fridge or freezer.

You can find the original recipe (along with other healthy recipes) at How Sweet It Is.

Makes 12-15 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds

Directions:

Mix oats, chopped almond slivers, salt, cinnamon, flaxseed, and chia seeds in a large bowl.

In a smaller separate bowl, melt peanut butter in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Allow it to cool slightly for a few minutes, then stir in the honey and  vanilla extract.

Pour over the oat mixture and mix well. Once everything is mixed together, fold in the chocolate chips.

Roll dough into balls, then roll the balls in ground almonds.

Tuna says, “it tastes like a Reeses Cup!”

Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday! 

Homemade Green Machine

I woke up on Saturday morning in the mood to run! My a cappella group was singing at the National Mall in the afternoon, so I only had time for a quick 2.5 mile run outside.

Fall is the only time of year I really enjoy running outside. It’s too hot in the swamps of DC to run outside for most of the summer, too icy and freezing in the winter to get my butt out in the cold, and I have terrible pollen allergies in the spring. I was glad to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather on Saturday!

After my run, I had to quickly get ready for the gig. I didn’t have enough time to slowly munch on a salad for lunch, so I multi-tasked and dried my hair while sucking down this smoothie:

I’ve tried Naked’s Green Machine smoothie before but didn’t really like the taste. And I always see bloggers’ green smoothies online but green smoothies look kind of gross, don’t they? But since they swear you can’t taste the added spinach, I figured what the heck.

The bloggers were right – you definitely can’t taste the spinach! My homemade Green Machine tasted like a regular chocolate milkshake. It’s magic.

Homemade Green Machine

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 1 cup fresh spinach

Directions:

Blend all of the above ingredients in a blender.

*****

The smoothie kept me full during the gig. It sure was a perfect afternoon in D.C.

What is your favorite healthy smoothie combo?

Do you put spinach or other veggies in your smoothies? What kind of veggies do you add?