The downside to my weekend was an accident while tubing for the first time. I was thrown from my tube, and since I am an utter IDIOT, I didn't wear a life vest because I was hoping to catch some late-summer sun by wearing a bikini top. If you remember, I am not a strong swimmer. Like, at all. I never really learned and while I've tried to teach myself a bit, I can't go for long by myself in the water. So after being thrown from the tube and grabbing it back before it floated away, I was pulled down the rapids and my roommate had to come rescue me because I couldn't get myself up onto the tube. It was probably the scariest thing that's happened to me in a long time, even if in retrospect my life wasn't actually in danger... it was hard to think that when I kept getting banged on rocks and inhaling water. I'm pretty bruised up today, too, and my back is in a lot of pain.
Definitely grateful we decided not to drink while on the river (though we saw LOTS of people breaking that rule), and that my roommate had tied her tube to mine so that I didn't get too far away from everyone.
I'll go tubing again, but I'll check my vanity at the door and wear a freaking life vest next time.
Aside from the bruises, I'm almost more distraught that my phone, which had a "water proof case" on it in my backpack (which apparently wasn't so waterproof) is on the fritz and now I am dreading that I'll have to get a new phone which I cannot afford. Add that to the fact that my laptop needs a new battery, AND I already spent my "extra money" this month on my trip to Austin... oof. When it rains, it pours, right? And it certainly doesn't rain money. Oh well, c'est la vie, your 20's are all about being broke anyway, right?
Anyways, this was what I made for breakfast that day. I've been trying to stick to the diet of "just meat, veggies, fruits, and nuts" in an attempt to shed some poundage, but I really REALLY wanted waffles for breakfast. So, I found this recipe for gluten free, almond flour based waffles that were just incredible. You won't miss the gluten, promise.
Paleo (Plus Chocolate) Banana Waffles
Adapted from Joyful Abode
- 2 cups almond flour
- 5 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed or pureed until mostly smooth but a little bit chunky
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbs honey
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
-Preheat your waffle iron to its desired setting. I set mine to the highest.
-In one bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. In a stand mixer, mix together all wet ingredients. Slowly add the dry to the wet, until well combined. If mixture seems a bit too runny, add a little more almond flour. It should be the consistency of pancake batter.
-Grease the waffle iron with oil of choice--if going Paleo, coconut oil works best. Since I'm only sort of doing that, I used spray oil.
-Drop the batter by the ladleful (~1/2 cup) into waffle iron wells. If your waffle iron has a timer, check after timer goes off. These take longer than traditional waffles and will not develop as crisp of a crust, but an extra few minutes in a heated oven (~350 degrees F) should crisp them up a bit. Gently remove from waffle iron, top with pure maple syrup, fruit, or honey.