Normal Routine.

I think it goes without saying that I’m pretty jealous of everyone at the Healthy living Summit right about now. I hope everyone’s having a blast!

While we’re all stuck in our “normal routine,” though – might as well enjoy some bangin’ eats, right?

Banana Bread Buckwheat Waffles

The second I saw Sarena post about banana bread pancakes, I immediately questioned why I hadn’t yet made banana bread waffles. I think the fact that anytime I put fresh fruit in my waffles they stick to the iron had a lot to do with it – but this morning, I was brave.

They're not very attractive - but the right toppings can help, right?

And since I like cool things like alliterations, of course I had to make buckwheat banana bread waffles. Buckwheat banana bread biscuits would be way cooler, though.

Buckwheat Banana Bread Waffles (for one!)

Combine dry:

  • 1/4 c. buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 c. puffed grain cereal
  • 1/8 c. quick oats
  • 1 T. wheat germ
  • 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ginger
  • 1/8 t. nutmeg

Combine wet:

  • 1/2 a large ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 2 T. vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 T. milled flaxseed (not wet – but you get the point)
  • optional: honey or maple syrup, or some type of sweetener. I opted out since I was planning on topping them with the sweetness.

And then together!

Make sure you spray/grease your iron well, and leave them on a little bit longer than the light tells you to. They’re very moist and dense, not like a typical waffle.

I topped it with some icing, a drizzle of honey, a melted banana, pecans, and some raisins.


Since today was Teddie and I’s photoshoot – I had some time to kill in the morning since it wasn’t until late morning that I’d be going to the barn. I needed some yogurt and general grocery items, so decided I had just enough time to take a quick trip there.

And let me tell you: it was nice to go in and not be rushed. lately I’ve been stopping real quick on my way home, and I just. want. to get. home. Today I was able to go up and down the aisles, and even picked up a couple of foods that I’d forgotten my love for – as you’ll soon see πŸ™‚

Cake batter?!

When I got back, I hardly had time to put stuff away, much less grab a snack. The solution? A big punch in a small package – brownie batter! Except, I’ll call it cake batter – as it was much more like a vanilla cake. I used ~1/2 scoop Bourbon Vanilla Tera’s Whey, spoonful of cacao bliss, and a splash of water.

Teddie was good! I’ll take anything after Saturday, haha. But he was a good boy. He tested me a couple times but this time instead of saying “F-you,” he said “ehhhhhh…..okay.” like Tuesday, Β haha. I can’t wait to see the pictures!!


Mozzarella was one of my “old favorites” that I spoke of. I think I’m feta’d out – I’ve been eating it like crazyy! I was actually going to welcome mozzarella back into my life but then my mom surprised me with two containers of feta when it was buy one, get one free. There’s still a container in the fridge – but it’s unopened and the date is far away yet, so I had to have some mozzarella!

Toasted triple wheat bead with a garden plum tomato, fresh basil, smoked mozz, s&p, and balsamic.

When I saw Gabriela’s post yesterday featuring a tomato sandwich, I realized it’s been far too long since I’d had one!

I’m not too sure why I was so set on getting the smoked mozzarella braid rather than the zesty herbs braid that I know I love – but I’m not 100% sold on the smoked flavor. I think it’s a little too…I don’t know…meaty? maybe? for me. It’s not bad – just a littleΒ overpowering! Ah, yes – that is the word.

Regardless, it did not ruin the lunch – this bread is definitely stealing my heart.

rounded out by a "small" green monster

In the blender:

  • two big handfuls baby spinach
  • vanilla chobani
  • almond milk
  • an unripe peach (that sort of ruined the texture – the blender couldn’t get it very smooth!)
  • flax oil

I think I need to start toting my blender and produce to and from work with me – smoothies are so refreshing!

I resorted to being a total bum all afternoon, and actually enjoyed it! I’m not one to nap – but it was rather nice outside (not gross hot and sticky like it has been) so I laid down on our little bed-hammock thing and got quite comfy. Never dozed off (mainly because the four leggeds kept neighing at me to feed them – they weren’t due for dinner for three hours, though) but I was so cozy sprawled out with a cat by my side! And I think I’ve earned a naptime this week πŸ˜›

I could eat this snack all. day. long. Banana bread, peanut butter, and honey.

Finally, though, I couldn’t put off their calls to me any longer, and brought them a bit of hay to occupy them while I mucked them out before their dinner.

Greedy animals.

And took a walk through the garden!

The first "lemon boy" tomato. My mom and I had never grown yellow tomatoes before - but when we bought the plants, a woman could not stop raving about them. We decided - why not?!

I thought this guy was funny looking! Like a little nose!

I decided that these tomatoes would pair perfectly with my new/old food loves that I’d picked up today…how about polenta caprese bites?!

I made these as appetizers for us tonight. So delish, even though I should have added the basil last πŸ˜›

Sure – polenta is fun to make on your own. But buying a premade tube makes pan-frying it so much easier, and I just love the crunchy-meets-chewy texture that it gets.

Polenta Caprese Bites

  • 1/2 tube pre-made polenta, slices into 1/2″ slices
  • 1 medium tomato
  • sliced mozzarella
  • garlic salt, salt, and pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil
  • olive oil/cooking spray
  1. Drizzle enough olive oil in your non-stick pan to thinly coat the bottom. Heat your pan, and add in the polenta slices, sprinkling with garlic salt. Fry until golden and crusty, and then flip.
  2. Top the rounds with a small piece of mozzarella (to act as glue) and then the tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper as desired, and top with mozzarella. Cover the pan and turn off the heat.
  3. Once cheese is melted, plate, and top with fresh basil.

My mom and I both loved – and the lemon boys are so good! They are just like a regular tomato – but without the slight acidity that red tomatoes can have. A very mellow tomato flavor. I am a fan!

Dinnah! Summer on a plate, if you ask me!

I also baked up the chickpea cutlets I made on Tuesday. I’m not sure waiting to bake them was such a good idea! They’re not bad – but both my mom and I agreed that they’re not as good as they usually are. Mind you, I also slightly overbaked them – but I don’t think that was it.

Regardless, I had it on top of a grilled balsamic & evoo marinated portabella cap with some smoked mozzarella, sliced tomato, and fresh basil. And, of course – leftover corn on the cob from yesterday. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t mind it day-old! Ironically – Henry brought home more today, and there’s another one leftover. Guess what’ll be making another appearance again tomorrow….?

Onto another subject, though:

While watching The Today Show this morning, there was a news segment that really irked me. Well, actually the Today Show always irks me because they make it seem like girls getting hit by foul balls because their boyfriends dodge it is the only important thing happening in America at the time. But I digress. What irked me most was a segment on “low cal breakfasts on the go.” It was all about eating out and eating breakfast, and the woman highlighted “good picks,” most of them being not necessarily filling and healthful – but low in calories! I mean, I was jumping with joy when I learned I could eat three french toast sticks for just 150 calories! Not. I don’t think three french toast sticks would keep me content for five minutes, much less hours. How about a bowl of oatmeal for the same, but with a whole lot more nutrition?

I’m not going to get too in-depth because Rebakah actually talked about it last night, and I can never say stuff as elegantly as her. But she brings up a great point, and 100% echoes my food philosophy – real foods provide us with nutrition, energy, and keep us going – something those diet foods can’t.


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18 responses to “Normal Routine.

  1. I am usually a Today Show fan…I actually don’t even know why I didn’t watch this morning, but that is just wrong. Way to encourage unhealthy eating habits for viewers, especially young ones. Same here, 150 cals for brekkie would keep me content for less than an hour! Grrr I could just slap Matt and Meredith and Al!!!! lol

    But anyways, your banana bread waffles look so good. holy yum!!!

  2. A 150 calorie breakfast? I don’t even think that would put a dent in my morning hunger, much less tide me over for any extended period of time. And starting the day off with ridiculous fake diet foods? That’s a great way to ensure that you have a good day… /sarcasm. Your breakfast, on the other hand, looks and sounds delicious. I definitely wouldn’t mind starting my day off with banana bread waffles… or filling it with banana bread topped with nut butter and honey (which is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it too!).

    Have a great evening, girl! ❀

  3. Mozzarella cheese really does make everything taste better!!!! Nothing beats a fresh tomato sandwich in the summer topped with fresh basil and cheese!!! I love yellow tomatoes – they are so sweet this time of year.
    Their even better when they are home-grown !!y
    I can’t believe that the TOday Show would have a segment on 150-calorie breakfasts – breakfast is the most important meal of the day – so upsetting to hear that everything you hear on the news always has to be low-calorie – it totally gives out the wrong message to viewers!!
    Happy almost Friday – aimee

  4. If we (read: society) would just be a bit more active and eat foods that aren’t always from a box (because in reality, there are times when people really don’t have the time to make something) and we wouldn’t have to resort to “Ooh, a quick-easy-no-cook-10-cal breakfast for on the go mornings! You can have 1/2 a blueberry and some Splenda modified food-product to top it off!” 150 calories? And then what? Are you saving room for a 900 calorie dessert? Are your other meals going to be as bleak so you can continue with your desire for instant gratification and no sense of balance so you can justify some kind of dessert you’re going to mindlessly consume later that evening because you’re starving due to lack of adequate food…?

    Sorry, I’m done ranting. Nice post and pictures, the tomato-polenta bites look fantastic and I love fresh summer tomatoes. πŸ˜›

  5. I love snacks, it’s a little taste of everything.

  6. The Today show is crap! I only get mad when I see any pat of it! On to the waffle…I was going to use buckwheat too! I thought it would be perfect…and it was apparently! I am totally going to do this! YUM! Your bread really does look beautiful!

  7. teenagehealthfreak

    yeah…it’s so funny how people think they are ”healthy” when in reality..they’re eating nothing but a bunch of low-cal empty carbs! ha..”100 calorie packs”…100 calories of air and fake junk. And I’ve never tried mozzarella like that before….i may have to splurge on it next time i remember! ((Scottie did good today…showed him the air-conditoner…aka his big scary monster that makes noise…I’ve got a pic on my blog of him finally.))

  8. I think it is so sad to see all of these terribly unhealthy food items being touted as “healthy” simply because they don’t have many calories. Gum has less than 5 calories a stick, but we certainly wouldn’t call it something that was great for our bodies. I’m glad I didn’t see that segment…I would have been mad too!

  9. Haha… three french toast sticks sounds pretty pathetic to me. Seriously, without a decent balance of fats, proteins, and carbs my stomach doesn’t even respond in the morning! I think it’s safe to say that America needs a food-perspective makeover.

    I am so glad to hear that Teddie was behaving himself a bit better today πŸ™‚ Hopefully it will stick this time… plus, I CAN’T WAIT to see the pictures!!

    I think you’ve convinced me to make another batch of Amanda’s banana bread. It’s just amazing, isn’t it? Lady knows how to bake!

    … and oh my gosh those little polenta bites looks wonderful. Someone suggested to me that I should try polenta, and seeing as I love all things cornmeal I think it would be a real winner for me. I also bought bulgur which I swear I am going to try. What’s your favourite way to eat bulgur, m’dear?

  10. Urgh I hate all the fake products out there pretending to be healthy and low calorie when all we’re doing by being fooled by these products is giving our bodies nasty chemicals and alsorts of junk! In my young teenage years I fell into the trap of thinking ‘low calorie’ meant healthy and now looking back I’m disgusted at what I was eating!
    Oooh you’ve given me another polenta idea!! πŸ™‚ And I just happened to have bought mozzarella for the first time in years yesterday!! Wooh!!
    The banana bread spread with PB and honey sounds like a good combo, never thought of that one so I will definitely try πŸ™‚
    And I totally agree, whilst everyone is at the HLS we should enjoy our own yummy foods πŸ™‚

  11. Problem with society nowadays is that they STILL think “low-cal” means “healthy.” You can have a diet coke for zero calories but at the same time ingesting lots of chemicals and who-knows-what. Plus, the fake sugar in “diet” items just make your body crave for real sugar later on, and the binging begins.

    On the happier note, mozzarella is THE BOMB! Besides Brie of course πŸ˜€ I love putting mozzarella in pastas and in tomato salads (er..mozzarella and tomato salad?).

  12. You have 2 recipes here I need to try asap. What could I use instead of buckwheat for the waffles? I mean I COULD just go out and buy some..but if I didn’t. I also need to get polenta in a tube, I literally said “aw” outloud to those. I missed that segment on the Today show. I agree, people don’t get it about eating real foods. I would have been equally as frustrated!

  13. I wish I could make my own waffles. Unfortunately I can’t. But I’m definitely going to try the polenta bites. I’ve been craving polenta for ages and it’s about time!

    A 150 calorie breakfast is not a breakfast at all. My smallest breakfasts are about 250 cals and I barely survive until lunch. I would also go for the bowl of oats instead of trying to live off air and chemicals πŸ™‚ .

  14. i would love to hear your thoughts too girl! you have amazing observations πŸ™‚

    and i always am hesitant to post numbers (read: calories) on my blog because i don’t want anyone to be triggered, but i think i should so people can see how many calories it takes to be active. calories aren’t scary!

    i’ll be the odd one out here in the comments and just say my breakfasts are about 600-700 calories and i can’t function on less. i eat a huge snack around 9, and sometimes another snack before lunch. i’m also the thinnest i’ve ever been = active people NEED FOOD, y’all. don’t be scared!!!

  15. Haha! 150 calorie bfast? No thanks, I prefer a good thousand million calorie bomb full of awesome fruits + grains any morning. How is 150 s’possed to fill anyone up, let alone give them energy?

    Oh my gosh girl! You made some amazing eats today! bananas in the waffle batter, an amazing green monster looking as thick and bright as avocado (I thought it was guacamole for a sec!) and those polenta beauties… so motivated me to cook the second I get home! πŸ™‚ Have a happy day!

  16. You seriously need to write a cookbook devoted entirely to waffles! You have so many creative recipes! I love the look of the banana bread ones. πŸ˜€

    That segment would have really irked me too if I had seen it. First off, I hate sources that promote such low calorie meals like that! It instills the idea in people that 150 calories is normal for breakfast and just sets them up for future problems with restrictive eating! Secondly, I hate the emphasis on such fake products. All those chemicals and fake sweeteners are so much worse for us than real sugar and real fat!

  17. I gotta say- I’m just a taaadd bit jealous of everyone at the Summit, too. Next year, though- next year!

    And I hate stories like that..on TV or in magazines. Why not fill a huge bowl with nutritious veggies and some healthy protein for the same amount of calories as two cookies? Honestly..

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