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Comfort Food!

Life has been crazy busy!  For those who have noticed I haven't had a blog post since August.

So what am I up to?

Ran the Surftown Half Marathon in September and I'm training for my first marathon in Philadelphia  PA to take place November 18th.  I'm a part time student studying Health and Exercise Science - taking 6 credits and being a mommy to a 3yr old and a 7yr old.

So what does my typical day look like?

5:30 am breakfast and coffee with half and half. Breakfast now a days is a piece of Ezekiel 4:9 Raisin Bread toasted w PB2 and 1/4 of a banana sliced on top. 4 WW Points Plus

6:30 am workout (5-6x a week mostly running, sometimes biking and 2x a week I weight train in combo with calisthenics and core work.)

8 am second breakfast or sooner depending when I get done with my workout.  Second breakfast is chocolate oatmeal :-) - Mix/mash together 1/2 banana, 1/3c rolled oats, 1c 40 calorie almond milk, 2TB cocoa powder (dutch processed and regular), 1/2tsp vanilla, 12 drops Stevia extract. Microwave for 4 minutes.  3 WW Points Plus

10:30 am snack. Apple slices with sprinkled cinnamon and 1 TB of walnuts. 1 WW Points Plus

Insert here: class time and study time while kids are in school.

Lunch at 12 pm. Wrap with a mixture of: 4 TB of hummus with 2 TB of buffalo wing sauce and 1 large carrot shredded.  Add some greens and English cucumber.  6 WW Points Plus.

More homework/studying/reading.

Snack at 3pm. Chocolate Oatmeal :-) w some PB2 mixed in or 1 TB of walnuts. 4 WW Points Plus

Kids come home and I help with homework etc...

Cook dinner, eat, clean up then get in jammys and get kids ready for bed.

Evening Snack around 8:00pm. Apple with cinnamon and 1 TB walnuts 1 WW Points Plus

Study or do homework and if I'm lucky some one on one time with my husband.

Lights out by 9:30pm......

Next day do the same.

I feel like I'm constantly running figuratively and literally.  Not to say that I'm complaining as everyone has a busy life but I notice a stark contrast in being a college student now as compared to 20 years ago.  Now I'm very serious about my studies and yet I have less time than ever!  It's funny when I was younger I thought I had no time then. Boy was I wrong!
Now onto the subject of comfort food :-)

Lots of apple chunks and chocolate chips.
Sounds like a weird combo but tastes delish!
Especially right out of the oven :-)

This time of year brings back memories of my grandmother and her famous Apple Cake (and her apple pies of course).  My grandmother had an amazing garden and in it a few Cortland apple trees.  Cortland apples are my absolute favorite and make the best apple pies in addition to my grandmother's apple cake!  Today I was thinking of my grandmother with the fall weather and how much I miss her.  She passed away when I was a young teen and I hold some very fond memories of her.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my grandmother experience with my 3 year old today (I don't have a pressing test or exam and feel like I'm caught up with my reading) and decided to whip up my grandma's apple cake with his help :-)  I looked at the recipe and noticed that there is a good amount of oil in it and not to forget a lot of sugar (the last time I made this was about 2 years ago?).  I decided I was going to modify it to have less sugar and very little fat if any.  The fat would come from the eggs and I decided to not use any vegetable oil.

Here is my grandmother's original recipe:

Apple Cake (The flavor of this cake reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie :-)

2 c flour
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 c vegetable oil
2 large apples cut in chunks (cortland)
1/2 c raisins
1 c chocolate chips

1. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls then mix together.
2. Bake in a greased tube pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Here is my skinny version of grandmas recipe:

Apple Cake (skinny version)

2 c white whole wheat flour
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c stevia
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

1 c unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 c of unsweetened almond milk
2 large apples cut in chunks (cortland)
1/2 c raisins
1 c chocolate chips

1. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls then mix together.
2. Bake in a greased tube pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

My family loved this!!!  I sliced it into 8 generous servings, 9 WW points plus per serving.  Yummy with a glass of almond milk!

I hope you love this cake as much as my family does!  Happy Fall!


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