If I have to work, I’ll do it on my own terms, thank you very much.
Me, my awesome new outdoor recliner, shorts, flops, highlighter, and *nerdy* science paper had a super afternoon yesterday. I ended up having to get up and go inside far too often to actually get anything done. (Note to self: need a table for water bottle, refreshments, and various outdoor accoutrement.)
To the nerds reading: do you ever feel like you are trying to make something out of nothing? I have analyzed all my data, and several people (including my advisor) have told me there isn’t anything else for me to do. Yet, I keep scheduling meetings and reading papers, hoping for an aha moment where my entire dissertation will suddenly make sense and the story will be obvious and I will become a famous ornithologist and live happily ever after. No, nobody else. (Note to self: stop doing this.)
Maybe I am alone in the whole “my dissertation sucks right now, but I will make it into something awesome and news-worthy, mark my words” world, and that’s fine. But I happen to know for a fact that I am surrounded by friends in the “I love brownies and want some now and could they be semi-healthy too?” world. What’s that? You want to join me in my alternate universe? Come on in. We welcome all brownie lovers here.
I randomly came across this blog post a couple days ago. I’d never heard of Blog Bites before (ah, alliteration, there you are again…), but this month’s theme is “Adaptation”. This not only appeals to my inner science nerd (adaptation….evolution…get it?) but also to my cooking style. I love using other peoples’ recipes as inspiration. From the hosts’ mouth:
In ecology, adaptation is the way organisms learn to fit in better with their surroundings. In the home, adaptation helps the cook to do their best within the environment of their own kitchen. So choose a recipe from another blog and give it your own spin.
Finally some instructions I can follow.
My inspiration: Chocolate Covered Katie’s Chocolate Protein Cake (which I call brownies because mine turned out more brownie than cake)
1. I used an egg white instead of egg replacer. 2. I used almond milk instead of water. 3. I used 1/2 a banana instead of pumpkin puree.
Like Katie, I topped mine with whipped topping (Rice Whip in my case…meh, it’s only ok) and also added a raspberry for aesthetic purposes. These are the brownies that I was referring to on Monday. I baked it in a small loaf pan and called it two servings. Both of which I ate in one day (does that make it one serving?)
Yesterday I made more. And to show that I even adapt my own recipes, I used vanilla protein powder, and added 1 tsp maca powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
They look like a funky color because, well, they are a funky color. I used Rainbow Light vanilla protein powder which has spirulina in it, hence the green hue. I used Jay Robb for the chocolate brownie, which not only tastes far better, but also bakes up much better. I am going to try the maca vanilla brownies with vanilla Jay Robb next.
These are a great source of protein (each serving has about 20 grams!), which was one of my goals after my first month of P90X. I’d much rather eat these than some overly processed post-workout bar that costs $2 and has who knows what in it.
Do you buy a lot of packaged granola/nutrition bars? I used to buy them all the time, but I haven’t in forever. Most have gluten or dairy, and those that don’t taste like cardboard.