Saturday, September 13, 2008

First Day

Gotta make this quick! I've gotta boogie on outta here ASAP!

I was reading Sammie's blog the other day, and her post reminded me that I hadn't had Peanut Butter Puffins in ages! It also reminded me how in love I am with Puffins. At the grocery story yesterday, I had planned to buy a box of PB Puffins, but the store was all out! (How tragic!) Instead, I settled on the Honey Rice flavor. 

For breakfast this morning, I wanted a meal with staying power since I won't get to eat again for 6+ hours. I decided on a container of vanilla Chobani with honey Puffins and a sliced nectarine. 

Cocoa Brownies

Shape's Cocoa Brownies came out great! I can see this recipe becoming a favorite! 

Instead of chocolate chips, I used a mixed bag of peanut butter and chocolate chips... and I added in a little more than the recipe called for! :) 

Sorry that I don't have the recipe to post-- I searched it on the Shape website, but I couldn't find it. The recipe is in the current issue of Shape (September 2008), if you want to seek it out. 

I'm off! Wish me luck!

P.S. I'm taking an iced coffee with vanilla hemp milk to go! 


Danielle said...

Good luck today :) how exciting!

VeggieGirl said...

GORRRRGEOUS nectarine and brownies - yum!!


mkt610 said...

Good Luck today!! I'm sure you'll do great :-D

Anonymous said...

Wow, those brownies look good!

Good luck on your first day! EXCITING :)

Melissa said...

Good luck today! Nodt to be a downer, but I cannot even imagine how sore your feet and legs are going to be- Yikes!

Melissa said...

Opps, I was confused... I was thinking that your marathon walk was today.

Catherine said...

Those brownies look so dense and chocolatey, more like fudge! Wow. If you happen to find the recipe online, pleeeeeeeeease share!

Laura said...

Good luck!

The brownies look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

PB Puffins are good, but I love the original flavor best...mmm now I need to go buy some!

Kelly said...

Good luck with the new gig. Healthworks is fantastic so I am sure they will treat you well. :-)

HangryPants said...

Good luck Tina! You'll be great.

WHy are those brownies so dark - almost black?

Royal said...

Yay I totally think i found the recipe for the yummy goodness!

Recipe taken from shape magazine September 2008 issue


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons espresso
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil; spray foil lightly with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt,and baking powder. Set aside.

3. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar at medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until combined. Add egg, egg whites, vanilla and coffee. Continue beating until incorporated.

4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and reduce mixer speed to low. Slowly add flour mixture to the bowl, followed by yogurt, and mix gently until combined. The batter will be thick.

5. Stir in chocolate and walnuts if using.

6. With a spatula, spread mixture evenly in pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of pan comes out dry. Cool on a wire rack before removing from pan and slicing into 16 squares.
Recipe makes 16 2-inch by 2-inch servings.

Number of Servings: 16

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user EMURPH2.
Number of Servings: 16

sweetpotato said...

The brownies look SO GOOD! The chocolate looks intense.

Fit 2 Wed said...

Yes, I'm so glad you made these and liked them. I've been wanting to try them out. Now I will.

Anonymous said...

6 hours w/ food? Rough! I can only do that if I'm sleeping. :)
You'll do awesome!

hk said...

wohoo!! good luck :)

Meg said...

Hope you first day went well!

Those brownies look sinful!

Amanda said...

Royal - Do you have nutritional info on that recipe?


Anonymous said...

You can find the recipe and nutrition facts here:

I think Self magazine published a similarly lowfat/healthier brownie recipe recently, as well, and it's on their website.

sportsnutritionliving said...

I hope you had a good first day... I went to school for exercise science and spent a lot of time interning in the gym and different facilities and it was not my calling and that is why I decded to go back toget my masters in Nutrition. Both fields are great because you really have the ability to make a change in peoples lives and they see your passion and they love it!