Life Update…and Brownies!

23 Sep

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my serious lack of blogging the past few weeks…

It’s been a crazy start to the year so far, but I have lots of news to share (as well as a delicious, chocolaty creation)

Today marks a milestone that I have been working towards in one form or another since I was four years old. After weeks of essay-writing, editing, studying for the GRE, and filling out forms until I couldn’t see straight…I finally submitted my applications to veterinary school! More so than the possibility of being accepted (which is basically zero), I know that this is one step closer to my future career and to the dream I have hoped to pursue since I put on my over-sized scrubs for the first time so many years ago.

Other news of the past few weeks…

  • I tried out for a competitive Latin dance company called Paso de Oro (Steps of Gold)…and somehow made it onto the team!
  • I had the opportunity to hear Walt Cunningham, an Apollo 7 astronaut, speak about his journey to the moon
  • I became an account signer for USC Marathon Team…officially in charge 😛

On the running front, things have been a little shaky, and my knee is acting up again :(…so I’m taking it easy right now and hoping that it will be better for the start of the season next month. PLUS, I got an awesome new pair of shoes, and I’m dying to try them out on an actual long run. I’ve been wanting to go the minimalist route for quite a while now, but I have heard mixed reviews on the stability of the trendy Vibrams that seem to show up on every other page of Runner’s World. After trying on all of my options, I settled on the Minimus by New Balance, which has a Vibram sole but more stability and protection. They’ve only gone on a few short runs so far, but I absolutely LOVE them (even though they look a little like elf shoes). I also got a pair of Asics minimalist racing flats, and they just so happen to be the shoes that Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall wore during his record marathon finish.

Minimus by New Balance

Since running hasn’t been an option for the past few weeks, I needed another stress-reliever… so that’s where the brownies come in 🙂 Meet the newest rendition of my Pumpkin Protein Bars… CHOCOLATE Protein Brownies (picture coming soon).

Chocolate Protein Brownies


  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 2 T. coconut sugar
  • 2 T. granulated erythritol
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 T. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 T. dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine spelt four through salt
  • In a separate bowl, add remaining ingredients, except for chocolate chips
  • Add wet to dry, and mix until just combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Pour batter into oiled baking pan, and bake for 18 minutes

Makes 8 brownies

Nutrition Info:

Calories – 90

That’s all for the moment…happy first day of fall! (well, second now since it’s 1:40 am)… 🙂




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