Saturday, May 5, 2012

Instant Mini Pizzas

Happy Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day!  Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?  I love themes/ any reason to have a party, and wish I were doing something fun today, but unfortunately exams are standing in the way :(  Maybe next year... or the year after that...

But I'm still finding some small ways to get a few treats in.  With the warm weather, I started off both yesterday and today with iced coffee!

On Thursday evening I brewed a pot of strong coffee and let it cool down, then put it in the fridge overnight.  Then when I got back from the gym yesterday morning (cardio day - elliptical and rowing machine), I enjoyed a refreshing glass of coffee poured over ice, with some added almond milk and a few drops of stevia.  Yum!

Random observation - have you ever taken coffee to the gym with you?  A hot drink is seriously the last thing I would want when I'm working up a sweat, but yesterday when I was on the elliptical, a guy got on the elliptical next to me with a Starbucks coffee.  I saw this happen when I lived in DC, too (there was a Starbucks in the same building as my gym).  First of all, I can barely drink out of my water bottle without spilling all over myself when I'm on the elliptical, so trying to sip hot coffee would be a disaster waiting to happen.  Second, hot coffee is just not thirst-quenching, in my opinion.  But if people in DC and Ohio do it, I guess it's a thing....

Moving on - I've been having a lot of huge salads for lunch lately, which are delicious, but yesterday I was in the mood to switch things up a little bit without spending much time on preparation.  With that in mind, I put together some mini "pizzas," using what I had on hand in the fridge.

I lightly toasted some whole wheat sandwich thins, then spread on a mixture of pasta sauce, tomato paste, and fresh basil.

I added some toppings:  spinach, halved grape tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and nutritional yeast.

Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes.

And that's it!  Super easy, and a great lunch alternative to the usual sandwich or salad.

I enjoyed my instant pizzas with some strawberries and a juicy peach.  So good!

After lunch I was craving something sweet and chocolatey, and I decided to make this chocolate cake batter smoothie by Angela at Oh She Glows.

It definitely satisfied my craving and was pretty healthy to boot!  It contained almond milk, old-fashioned oats, a frozen banana, cinnamon, vanilla, carob powder (you could also use cocoa powder), peanut butter (the recipe calls for cashew butter but I didn't have any, so I subbed another nut butter), chocolate chips, and ice cubes.  The hardest part was waiting an hour for the oats to soak!  It would be easy to add a scoop of protein powder, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese to get in some extra protein, too.

Well I submitted my take-home exam earlier today, so I've got one more exam to go before I'm finished with this year.  So close!  Hope you're enjoying some margaritas/ mint juleps, wearing a fancy hat/ sombrero, and breaking a pinata/ watching the Derby.  All at once, preferably.  Have some extra fun for me!

Song of the day:

"Hey" by the Pixies.  One of my all-time favorites.


  1. Hot coffee in a gym? No thank you! On the other hand those mini pizzas look delightful! I must try those soon! Thanks for the idea. Congratulations on finishing up this semester!

    1. Haha, okay good, I'm not the only one who thinks hot coffee at the gym is crazy! I had mini pizzas again for lunch today - still good :) Hope you like them! Thanks for reading :)