Thanks for all the well wishes for my mom’s birthday yesterday! She doesn’t know about this blog yet, but when I get around to telling her, I’ll be sure to pass along all the compliments. For the record- I have no idea how she looks so young. If video did not exist of my birth, I wouldn’t think she was old enough to be my mom 🙂
Baked applesauce oatmeal is the best way to start the day, especially when you have an appointment to give blood later in the day!
I took a picture and it’s gone. Don’t worry, it didn’t look different than the last 30 times I made it 🙂
Before my appointment, I hit the gym for another strength training session- my second of the week! That means that for this week, I’ve met my strength training goal. I also did 60 minutes on the elliptical. I didn’t even break a sweat- I kept it easy so I wouldn’t have to wash my hair. I’m disgusting, I know.
My appointment wasn’t until 2, and I was craving some chocolate to go along with the peppermint ice cream that’s lurking in my freezer. Well, not exactly lurking. I just got it yesterday and it seems to have mysteriously shrunk in half. Who’s fault is that? I claim no responsibility 🙂
Enter… bean brownies! I’ve made black bean brownies before, and I’ve also made pumpkin bean bars with white beans. Even though I have black beans on hand, I have a recipe I’m saving them for, so I tried my hand at making chocolate brownies with garbanzo beans.
Chocolate White Bean Brownies
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 banana, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into either an 8×8 pan or ramekins and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
My goal was to make these as simply as possible and with no added sugar. My banana was super ripe, so it adds just the right amount of sweetness. Dare I say these are actually healthy? Just look at the ingredient list!
Don’t get me wrong, they’re great plain… but sometimes you just have to add ice cream.
Oh yes I did. Look at the way the ice cream is seeping into the cracks on top! It doesn’t get better than that.
There’s a reason dessert is supposed to be eaten after lunch- so you don’t eat so much that you’re not in the mood for real food. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to me today. I’m trying to convince myself that my ice cream brownie combination counts as both a main dish and a dessert. It sure was filling! I guess that’s because although you could probably make 8 brownies… I ate poured the batter into two ramekins and ate the entirety of what’s pictured above 🙂
All that iron couldn’t have hurt, because my finger prick at my blood donor appointment revealed something I never thought I would see. I am one whole point ABOVE the iron limit! Say what?! The friendly phlebotomist informed me while she was squeezing my bloody finger that my blood was nice and dark and getting thicker (I had my head turned away… I hate blood!), which is apparently a sign of a decent iron level. I went through the whole process, sat down in the chair…
…and no one could find a vein to take blood out of! Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened. I made sure to drink a lot of water this morning, because that’s supposed to plump your veins up, but for some reason, my veins don’t show up that well in my arm. The last time I got blood drawn for a doctor’s appointment, it took 45 minutes to find a vein. My sister has the same problem- she’s had to get blood drawn out of her wrist and the top of her hand (ewwww!)
So, sadly, I was turned away from donating. I was pretty bummed, considering that I had a decent iron count, but I’m going to try again soon. In the meantime, I’m going to keep eating iron rich foods- it’s obviously working!
I made the mistake of not eating a snack today, so when I got home at five, I inhaled pumpkin yogurt, an apple with peanut butter, and my favorite ‘oh my god I’m so hungry I’m going to eat my arm’ salad.
In a fit of hunger, I threw black beans, refried beans, Fritos, and Greek yogurt on top of some spinach. At least I had the decency to wash my spinach- no e. Coli here! I’m usually not a huge chip fan, but my mom makes really awesome taco salads with Fritos on them, and they add a great salty and crunchy element. Now I’m seriously full!
Do you have any horror stories involving needles or giving blood? My mom said that when my brother was a baby, a nurse was trying to draw his blood and couldn’t find a vein, so she started moving around the needle INSIDE HIS ARM! Isn’t that gross? I hate veins!