Heehee! Now that annoying song stuck will be stuck in your head for the rest of the night! Can you believe it came on my Pandora station in the middle of a workout the other day? I have the station set to Dynamite by Taio Cruz! Weird, right? I had to change it, but not before the super catchy lyrics engraved themselves into the inside of my head!
Last night I was a little blue. Remember when I said I was on call at the hospital until 7am Monday morning? Welllllllllllllllll, the night shift tech found out she had pink eye so I was called in to work an overnight shift at 8:00pm…with no forewarning…and no nap! I was really surprised that I was able to make it through the shift without collapsing on the floor but fornutately(?) it stayed busy enough that I didn’t really have time to think about my lack of sleep. Haha, take that old pessimistic attitude! Another bright side…time and a half! Chaaaaaaa-ching!
Elise would agree with me 100%, working a night shift does weird things to your body. During a shift, I can go from fine to starving in like 20 minutes! Luckily I was able to grab a few snacks for the night before running out the door: banana, apple, sample pack of Barney butter, a big baggie of puffed wheat, and a butt load of herbal tea! By the end of the shift I had eaten all my snacks and drank about 283 cups of tea. As soon as I got home, I was hungry again!
Enter my go-to “I am brain-dead from being awake for 24 hours” meal:
Ancient Grains Cereal topped with dark chocolate almonds & bloobs
Then it was off to bed! I slept from 7:45am-11:15 and not surprisingly woke up with a huge appetite (told ya, weird!).
Obviously my pre-bed breakfast didn’t satisfy my craving, because the first thing on my mind when I woke up was blueberries, but instead of just popping them in my mouth straight out of the package, I whipped up a little something for Pancake Sunday!
Blueberry Almond Flax Pancakes with Coconut Cream: (serves 1)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tablespoons almond flour (or finely ground almonds)
- 3 tablespoons flax meal
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 8-10 drops Stevia (I used the vanilla cream drops)
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together the wet ingredients.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.
4. Allow batter to rest for about 5 minutes.
5. Pour batter into greased skillet over medium heat (makes 3 medium pancakes).
6. Top batter with blueberries and allow to cook until batter starts to bubble on top.
7. Flip pancakes and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes until done.
Top with Sarena’s famous coconut cream (deeeeelicious) and unsweetened coconut shreds.
And with that, the bloob craving was satisfied!
I’ve been wanting to try Sarena’s coconut cream for a while now. I finally got my hands on some coconut flour last week and knew that would be the first thing I had to make with it! The second thing? Elise’s Vegan Cheesecake!
I spent most of the day lounging on the couch in my pj’s and doing some blog reading. Before finally peeling myself from the cushions and getting in a much needed workout (nothing like a good sweat sesh to make you feel alive again), I made myself a little snack.
I don’t know why, but I’ve never thought to top an English muffin with cottage cheese and honey before seeing it on Lauren’s blog. I also threw on a few raisins and after taking a quick pic, I added a sprinkle of cinnamon for good measure. Mmm-azing!
After working out and shower time, I made myself a little something quick and easy for dinner and then I realized that my go-to comfort food must be breakfast foods because that is all I’ve wanted today!
Egg white omelet stuffed with spinach, Daiya cheddar, homemade pizza sauce, and Christin’s dill pickle dip, topped with more sauce and cheese, and a whole wheat bagel thin with whipped butter and cinnamon/stevia combo.
You were right Christin, the addition of the dip in the omelet was perrrrrrrrrrrfect!
And then, an encore by the bloobs:
1/2 cup frozen tropical fruit mix, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum topped with bloobs and eaten like ice cream since the gum made it SUPER thick! 🙂
Hmm, maybe the title of this post should’ve been “I’m Bloob Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die!!” Lol
Well, I’m off to bed…3 1/2 hours of sleep only lasts so long!
Have you ever HAD to stay up for 24 hours or more? How did you fare?
mmmm you still managed to make your food gorgeous though despite the cracky wacky shift! Go Heather!
We call them boo-berries… and now I want to make the frozen bag in my freezer into a midnight smoothie snack!
Did you see my tweet? <3
Haha, thank you! I’m actually surprised the pics came out decent…I barely remember taking them!
I DID see your tweet and you are amazing! Love ya!
No, I’ve never managed to stay up for a full 24 hours at a time. I would totally freak out!
Your pancakes look to die for! 😀 YUM! 🙂
Do you think it is possible to make your own dark chocolate almonds?
Hmmm, good question! You’d need something to help the cocoa powder stick…maybe a spritz of cooking spray?
Ooh I need to try out this cereal!
Sorry you had to go in when you weren’t prepared, but I’m glad you survived! 🙂
Sooooo good! Definitely worth trying!
All the bfast food- yum! I want those pancakes! Pandora gives me some randoms sometimes too
WHY DOES EVERYTHING YOU EAT LOOK PERFECT AND SOOOOOOOO FREAKING DELICIOUS. Serisouly, your the only blog I go to where I just want to shove my mouth in the computer screen and eat your food allllll day long. It makes me anrgy 🙂 I want. your. food. You had me drooling sooo hard over those Blueberry Almond Flax Pancakes with Coconut Cream girl. Where do you live?
Haha! Thank you Carlee! I’m in Clarksville, TN. Drop by whenever you like…I’ll make you pancakes!
Um am I the only one seeing a face in the omelet? lolll
uh now I really really want blueberries… JEALOUS. i’m glad you survived your shift, that sounds exhausting!
Haha! I had to go back and look at it! I totally see it…where the bagels are the eyes? Too funny!
So many bloobs in one day! Yummy I gotta have my nanner and bloobs everyday. And I can’t stay up for 24 hours lol My body would hate me too much
Never and I think I would die, much respect! English muffin, cottage cheese and honey is totally one of my favorite snacks! Actually a PB-cottage cheese-honey sandwich is my favorite sandwich combo and I had an omelette for dinner too! Eggs are the best!
That sounds delicious! I’m definitely going to try that combo soon!
YES! I’m glad you agree about the dip… totally amazeballs!! 🙂
Props for getting through your night shift, hon! I’ve had to stay up for over 24, and I’ve found the world gets a little bright and weird at that point. I hope you sleep well tonight! xo
Staying up for 24 hours?
I take my third graders to the zoo and we stay the night. It’s fun, but every year, something happens.
One year one of my kids was scared of the dark and stayed up with her.
The next year, I was up all night dealing with the behavior of some pretty rowdy boys.
Then last year, all my mom helpers kept talking to one another. It was ridiculousness. Usually it’s Thursday night, so I have the weekend to rest up! 🙂
After seeing your omelet, it’s going to be a little breakfast for dinner at my house one day this week!
Oh wow, that sounds like quite the adventure! I can’t believe the moms gave you the most trouble last time…how funny!
All of your photos are seriously so gorgeous!! I’ve actually wanted to try that cereal for awhile now. And those pancakes… YUM!
Thank you! The cereal is definitely a keeper! Loved the crunch!
I once stayed up for two days while waiting outside of Best Buy for my Xbox 360. I will never do that again.
Oh my gosh! I can’t even imagine being outside the whole time! That’s pretty hardcore!
aHAHAH I’m bloob da ba dee.. LOVE THAt.. and that song was like my childhood song for sure- memories!! OUCH OUCH i would be ONE CRANKy gal if i had to work a nightshift.. major props to you!
my good friend is a labor and delivery nurse and works the night shift. You gals amaze me! I would collapse! I think your body needed that fuel for sure. Rest up and hope your monday is an off day!
I could not do it. When I’m tired, I have to go to sleep. My friends all call me Sleepy Lee.
My husband works the night shift sometimes. I think he just drinks lots of caffeine.
Those pancakes look heavenly!
I’m very new to blogging and just stumbled across your blog–so glad I found it! Your food looks great! 🙂
P.S. I don’t know how you do the night shifts. I would not handle that well!!
I havent had BLOOBS in forever! I cant wait for summer berries.
That cereal looks like it has some NICE crunch! I want blueberries now!
I would not do good staying up for 24 hours. I need my sleep!
LOVED the cereal…awesome flavor and SUPER crunchy!
I worked an overnight shift once in retail, and it was hell! I hate throwing off my internal body clock, because I couldn’t sleep at all the next day.
I so wish I had some cottage cheese to put on an English muffin! What a good combo 🙂
That’s the worst part…getting back to normal!
Seriously good combo! I think another one is gonna find it’s way into my breakfast tomorrow!
I work night shifts too! I completely understand about nights being hard on your body. I am a craaaazy late night snacker on night shifts! I’ve been up for 24 hrs a lot but I can barely function, let alone do a blog post!
Oh I know! After being up that long, don’t even try to ask me what 2+2 is!
a) that cereal is the best, like, ever.
b) way to rock through the delirium!
c) youre gonna LOOOOVE the cheesecake 🙂
Yes, this cereal is definitely going to be kept in stock in my pantry! Love it!
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