Catching up

I haven’t blogged in a while, and found lots of photos on my phone that I need to share!

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Thursday (9/15 – the night we had bean burgers) After dinner we made smoothies! We just put a bag of frozen strawberries in the blender with a little water and raw sugar. They weren’t amazing, but were great for our after dinner sweet tooth! I had mine in a bowl, more like sorbet than a smoothie.

After I got my portion out, Blake added a banana to the blender and his was more of a smoothie consistency.

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Saturday (9/17) Our ‘cheat day!’ After all our talk about how horribly we were planning to eat, we didn’t do too bad! For lunch we had salads from Chick-fil-A. We got two entree salads, one with chicken and one without. We split the chicken and ended up with 1.5 chicken strips each. There was also a small amount of shredded cheese on the salad. I knew the salad dressing was AWFUL and I didn’t even want to look at the ingredients list. (I got the Berry Balsamic and Blake got Ranch.) It was very good, but we both felt guilty the whole time we were eating.

I don’t have a photo of our dinner from ‘cheat day.’ After church on Saturday nights we always go out to dinner with my family. They chose Marco’s which is a fairly new Italian restaurant downtown. We both planned to continue cheating through dinner, but Blake ended up with a soup & salad and I had eggplant parmesan. My eggplant did have some cheese on it, but it was a much better choice than the chicken parmesan I was planning on! And oh my goodness, it was SO good! We will definitely be going back to Marco’s!

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Tuesday (9/20) – I took photos of my breakfast, snack and dinner but for some reason never posted. Surprise, surprise – for breakfast I had oatmeal and fruit!

I’ve been eating breakfast so late that I usually don’t have lunch. Just breakfast, snack and dinner. I know I need to be eating more often, but I have to wait a while after I wake up to eat breakfast and by then it’s almost lunch time! That day I had an apple and some Justin’s honey almond butter for a snack. I am LOVING the almond butter! To me it tastes like the candy Mary Jane’s.

For dinner that night we had boring spaghetti and a spinach/romaine salad.

We found a great brand of dressing, Drew’s, that meets most of our requirements! We have three flavors in the fridge. This was our first night trying out the Rosemary Balsamic flavor – I’d give it a 7 out of 10. We don’t really have many other salad dressing options so I am going to learn to love it πŸ™‚

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Wednesday (9/21) – I had my usual oatmeal for breakfast, apple for snack and went out to dinner with my Dad. There are no photos from breakfast/snack because I’m lazy and there are no photos from dinner because I didn’t do very well πŸ™‚

And that brings us to today! There were no clean pans for oatmeal this morning so I broke tradition and just had lots of fruit. Now it’s time to clean this house – I’ve got company coming this weekend! Eek!

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Melted brown sugar oats

I’m sure there will come a time when I’m sick of having oatmeal for breakfast every single day. Today is not that day πŸ™‚

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I forgot to stir in the vanilla and brown sugar at the end of cooking today, so I just sprinkled a little (too much) brown sugar on top. I loved the melty brown sugar goodness! Hopefully this keeps me full through my very busy day.

Pumpkin Oats | Recipe

I love all things pumpkin, and after seeing this and lots of pumpkin oats here, I knew I had to try adding pumpkin to my oatmeal! I used the Classic oats method shown in the video on Kath Eats (second link above) and adding the banana definitely helped make the oats more creamy/fluffy. I apparently wasn’t in the mood for exact measurements, but today’s bowl included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • About 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • Splash of vanilla (I made myself, so no worries about HFCS)
  • Organic Turbinado raw cane sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cinnamon

I’m shocked to say I wasn’t thrilled with it 😦 Even after adding more sugar I couldn’t finish the bowl. It kind of felt like I was eating baby food! Haha. Not sure if I added too much pumpkin or not enough cinnamon or what. I will probably give it one more try using a bit less pumpkin, but looks like we will be having pumpkin muffins this weekend (on our ‘cheat’ day) to use up the rest of the can!

More oatmeal

Today’s breakfast was the best so far! Towards the end of cooking I added a splash of vanilla and about a teaspoon of brown sugar to the oatmeal. I topped it with some new date & raisin granola I picked up at Earth Fare yesterday. So good! And note to self: add raisins to the grocery list.

I think they tasted even better because they were in my favorite bowl πŸ™‚

I felt pretty full after eating the oatmeal and fruit, so the almond butter will end up being a snack for later.

September 12, 2011 – Breakfast/Brunch

I can definitely feel the effects of our old food habits. I am a cherry Coke lover and boy do I have a headache today! I didn’t feel very hungry when I woke up this morning, so breakfast was more like brunch.

I had a bowl of Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats with a drizzle of local, raw honey. I also had some organic strawberries and blueberries on the side. A few weeks ago my oatmeal would have brown sugar & cinnamon flavored, from a packet, and I would have added sugar. Even if I had made ‘real oatmeal’ on the stove, I would have added butter and sugar. I think I’m going to experiment with oatmeal toppings like Kath because today’s was a little bland for me. It could just be that it will take a while for my taste buds to adjust!

Having an apple for a snack and figuring out which recipe to try for dinner. Trying to remember to drink my water!