- lose 6-8 lbs
- make appointment with plastic surgeon and GP about getting extra skin hacked at.
- eat 10% less sugar
- learn how to properly swear in Mandarin so that I have some grip on what my grandmother-in-law is saying on the regular
- say one nice thing about a stranger every day
- say one nice thing about myself every day
- learn to play mah-jong and get better at my poker face or aforementioned grandmother-in-law will mop the floor with me
- jump rope for 10 minutes straight
- get better with knives for upcoming audition
- retain all digits and appendages
- try not to cry when dropping the Captain off at his first drop-off Kung Fu class
- memorize every moment I can of these last few months before pre-k.
- diligently track food and exercise
- get a facial
- plan a trip to DC with the kiddos
- in general: kick ass.
- oh, and drink more water. (always on the list)
I so far have no plan on how I will accomplish these goals. This month is about to get cray. My husband’s work is going to be bananas, my work is going into overdrive, auditions are flying like pigeons around a fast food restaurant, everyone and their mother are training for SOMETHING, and I have no less than 4 work trips. I think number 13 will be the most important of all goals. Number 13 and number 4. Swearing is usually important. Just ask my dad’s printer, because apparently, that is how you fix the ink. First, you call it a slew of profane names in such a cadence that it would make Chris Rock blush; if that doesn’t work, resort to violence.
I have a plan for number 3. I need to make smaller desserts, so packed with flavor and nutrients, that I don’t think to myself, “I bet I still have a Trader Joe’s bag of jelly beans somewhere!”
In come the balls.
The balls I made yesterday, while looser than most, and a bit more tricky to get to tighten up, fit both categories. Nutrients AND flavor. MMMM. They have protein, magnesium, healthy fats, vitamins A and E (fat soluable, by the way) and damn, are these some good balls.
Almond Protein Balls
Almond Protein Balls
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3-1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, I use Optimum Nutrition performance whey
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
combine all ingredients and stir, if it is too loose to form into balls, add a bit more protein powder and quick oats, too firm? add more milk.
form into balls and freeze immediately.