Day 3 of the No Label Challenge + Getting Creative in the Kitcken

A few hints of my cooking creativity: chocolate acai. 1-ingredient cookie dough. This was indeed a very happy day for my tastebuds and stomach! I have yet to make my healthy Halloween candy and will find recipes very soon, but this time I indulged in my “failure” which turned out to be even better than I originally wanted! You’ll find it in my food log, of course, along with the other delicious meals I ate today!

DAY 3 FOOD LOG

Breakfast: I decided to jam the boring food in first because it’s a Wednesday morning and I have no time to capture beautiful food photography! Bye bye, mixed berry bowl! Now I can make any other smoothie I want! Should it be almond butter bliss or pineapple paradise in the sun? Decisions, decisions as I finished my Fage like an ice cream pint…

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I decided to chop up an apple and throw in a teaspoon of almond butter too! #sorrynotsorry

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Oh and don’t you dare resist your mother’s homemade oatcakes! Mine were specially stuffed with raw slivered almonds! Crunchy with a hint of coconut from the healthy oils and no syrup or honey needed! It broke while I was running to the car to go to school and therefore looks a hundred times less appetizing than it was 😦

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Snack 1: Aah, this was taken right at the nick of time before class! I had a small raw strawberry salad! Luckily my English teacher allows me to eat in class so as long as I don’t chew too loudly! Thank goodness I didn’t pack celery sticks this time!

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Sorry for the terrible quality of a picture, but don’t the strawberries look so vibrant and pretty?

Snack 2: I was such as typical Asian and packed some edamame! Here’s a surprise: I left it in the fridge overnight, frozen as it was, and took it out of my lunchbox with all the water melted away! Bonus: they were not soggy at all! Now I love edamame even more as a pick-me-up high in protein and low in calories and carbs!

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Lunch: Kale and I reunited in this heavenly autumn salad. It was a beautiful date for him and I. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say goodbye–I ate him all up! 😛 The salad also had a perfect mesh of creamy avocados, moist chicken breast, crunchy cabbage, pepper, pumpkin seeds and a balsamic vinaigrette. Mm! I thought kale would be over by now, but he found a way to my stomach heart…

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And please ignore that pre-calculus worksheet under this beautiful concoction of superfoods. Math should never interfere with enjoying a meal, but I had a test coming up. Studies are a huge priority in my book!

Snack 3: Like the typical student, the first place I went to once I got home was the fridge. To be honest, I had no idea what to make, so I had breakfast for a snack. No joke. You’ll get what I’m saying when you see. While I waited for my pan to heat up, I chopped this gigantic banana in my kitchen! It looked as it it were bursting with sweetness and creaminess! Wait until I make some nana ice cream! Hee hee!

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On to my “breakfast”! I cracked two eggs on a pan and heard that amazing sizzle as they cooked. Sadly for me, the yolks were yellow which meant one thing: they’re not pasture-raised!!! I made an epic fail of a flip, but they actually looked cool in the end, like they were poached!

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Paired up with some leftover homemade tomato sauce and microwaved eggplant!

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The other exciting part!!! I made my first acai bowl! But it’s not just any acai–I added chocolate and other superfoods! Chocolate acai together? It’s been done before, but I haven’t had acai in ages and wanted to try it with a completely new twist! This Sambazon packet was bought in bulk from Costco–10 packets for $10! A seriously awesome deal where a juice bar sells acai bowls for about $8 or more! And I feel as if a lot of those places add waaaay too much granola. So much I can barely taste the smoothie!

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Along with cocoa powder I also added a bit o’ banana, coconut shreds, frozen mixed berries, raw honey and some coconut milk from Trader Joe’s!

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Blend blend blend! (it looks gross, but...)
Blend blend blend! (it looks gross, but…)

Look at that color and consistency! It’s so creamy and frosty-like! I was extremely pleased with myself, and for the first time using a frozen acai packet! I felt super accomplished. Can’t wait to eat this tomorrow!

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Dinner: Remember that ridiculously chunky peanut futter (butter and flour? I know, I’m weird :P) I made the other day? It became my 1-ingredient cookie dough!!

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1-Ingredient Cookie Dough?! Yep, you heard me right! Not to mention it’s RAW, LOW CARB, DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, DATE-FREE and INEXPENSIVE! Because it looked kinda gross in the container, I thought of making peanut butter. Naw, cookie dough sounded way cooler! I was more in a coconuty mood so I added shredded coconut, almond butter, goji berries and cinnamon instead of old chocolate chips. This is why I could never become raw vegan…
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This is perfect for a post-workout snack or can be a topping for anything! And it’s so quick to make!
My actual dinner was super yummy tofu, broccoli, onions, peppers and scallops! A very Asian-fusion and decadent dish for the entire family to enjoy. I in particular added some avocado on top. Plus I ate the rest of it in its shell with a spoon.
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Even though it does have a lot of sauce in it, my mother said there were no weird ingredients in anything she used. I trust her! 🙂
Overview
At first I felt a little guilty after eating the pancake because I feared it would digest into fat very quickly. I actually used to be a carbophobe, always following a “no bread after 2 PM” rule until I started working out at night and realized the carbs I ate digested as energy right away then. However, breakfast is usually a fruit binge for me, even when I don’t exercise in the morning. Yep, I’m still all for carbs for breakfast technically, just not grains! Overall, today was the best day in terms of cooking! Not only did I get rid of my peanut butter cookie dough, which I gladly ate in front of my relatives looking at me weirdly, but I mixed two different foods together: a fruit and candy! Well, I’d think chocolate is more of an antioxidant plant now, come to think of it. So as long as you eat it dark and unprocessed.
The real moral of the story I learned today is: “If it has fat, it’s most likely delicious.” – Can I tweet that please?? ❤
Cassie

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