Posts tagged ‘oatmeal’

August 17, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: Simple Eats

I know today is “What I Ate Wednesday,” but I have to share a wee bit about yesterday.  I swam laps in the morning, and that made me sooooo hungry and tired for the rest of the day.

Speaking of tired, I got the kitties new toys last night, so we played like champs.  Leia was totally tuckered out by bedtime.

Okay, now on with the eats…

Breakfast this week includes half a banana before my workout, then 100 calories of oats + 80 calories of protein, and the other half of the banana once I get to the office.  Soooo hungry by the time I get there!

recycled pic

Lunch is boring but wonderful.  No new veggie bowl recipes this week!  It’s a turkey wrap with lettuce, mustard, and leftover shredded carrots.  I pair that with tart, green grapes.

it's a wrap

Snack has been good, but it was too small Monday and Tuesday.  I had carrots with 1.5 servings of hummus.  I am bringing a couple extra crackers for the other days this week.

Sorry – no snack pics.  Then again, do you really need more photographs of yummus?  I think probably not.

Dinner has been excellent.  I’m the queen of simple meals, and Monday’s was pretty much perfect.

Dessert included two graham crackers (not pictured).   Tuesday’s dinner wasn’t bad either…

Of course, cooking meat for dinner draws extra attention to the dinner table.

table shark

I promise I don’t drink a beer every night with dinner.  It’s actually very rare that I drink mid-week at all, but these were just hitting the spot.  Plus, they’ve been in my fridge for months, and I’m sick of looking at them.

What is the best thing you’ve eaten recently?  Do you think other people’s eats are interesting? 

I like checking out other people’s healthy meal ideas.  Check out all the great eats at Peas and Crayons’ weekly WIAW post:

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July 7, 2011

Yogi Bear Tiff

I did more yoga yesterday and today.  Yesterday morning, I finally tried one of the workout videos Jeannette Jenkins sent me from Cali.  It was her Power Yoga video, and it definitely had a kick to it.  It’s not nearly my fav yoga routine, but I liked how quickly she went through all the poses.  That warmed me up enough to get a deeper stretch.  She says “inhale… exhale” for ever pose change, which is good, but I felt like I would hyperventalite if I actually breathed that quickly.  Maybe it works if you get out of breath doing her workout?

Anyway… today the running buddy and I went for a run.  It was quick but not fast, and it was not our typical three-mile jog.  I think we only went about 2.25 miles or so, but that’s good for me.  I’m feeling better, so there’s no use hurting myself.

Upon my return, I did this awesome Post-run Yoga Flexibility Routine from Runner’s World.  I do this alllll the time.  Then, I finished up with this super simple (and short) pilates workout from Exercise TV.  Oh, and I also had coffee brewed at home – yay for non-office coffee!

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I Break for Coffee

Although today I’m sticking with my Love Grown Foods granola n’ blueberry parfait (never gets old), I’d like to share a recipe with you that I made for breakfast last weekend.  I was thinking about it today since I’ll probably make it again this weekend.  I’m already excited about it, and frankly, being this excited about oats is kind of odd. 

The Maine Attraction Oats (get the name?  pun intended – these oats have more blueberries than the state of Maine – well… not really, but it still reminds me of  a Maine classic: blueberry pie!)

Ingredients: (I wish I had measured, but sorry, I didn’t – this is what I think I used)

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • approx 1/2 cup water (but it depends how liquid you like your oats)
  • 1/2 or 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 long graham cracker (mine had one bite taken out, but you can approximate)
  • 1 or 2 (or 4) tsp maple syrup

First, gather up some goodness, and wash your berries.

goodness

Cook your oats, water, and half your berries for one minute in the microwave on HIGH.  This makes a couple berries squishy, so don’t worry, that’s a good thing.  You could also add chia seeds here, but I didn’t have any at the time.

Stir in the cinnamon, all of part of the syrup, and the remaining berries, and crumble the other half of the cracker on top.

yumness

It’s not a measuring spoon, but this isn’t rocket science.  Microwave for another minute on HIGH.  Keep in mind that your oats might overflow, so keep an eye on the bowl! 

oats 1

You might think that looks good (it totally does), but it’s not the finished product.  We still have more graham (and possibly more syrup) to add.

pie

Ta-da!  Who says pie isn’t for breakfast???

Do you like sweet or savory breakfasts?  What is your favorite way to dress up plain oats?

May 10, 2011

Small Things Make Me Smile

This morning was pretty darn pleasant, and three little things all helped get me in that happy state of mind. 

First, I had a good run on the treadmill.  Normally, treadmill = baaaad, but it helped me manage my speed intervals today. The run looked *something* like 4 minutes at 6.5 mph and 2% incline, followed by 4 minutes at 7.5 mph and 2% incline for 28 minutes.  It didn’t look *exactly* like that because I needed a 2-minute breather of 6 mph after one of my speed intervals, and I dropped the incline to 1.5% during the last 6 minutes.  I still got sweaty, and I’m still proud. 

The other two good things are nude pumps and oatmeal.  I got my Jessica Simpson nude pumps at DSW, which fit so much better than the cruddy ones I ordered from Target.  (Note to self, quit buying crap online!)  Others have had similar epic missions finding nude pumps, such as Julie over at PB Fingers.  Let’s just say this pair was worth the quest; they make me happy.  So does oatmeal… as you can see from my goofy photo.

Oats + Pumps = Smiles

 I’d like to take another minute today to discuss something else that made me happy this weekend – Blowing Rock Ale.  According to this article, Boone Brewing Company labels this beer as an American Pale Ale.  I love those!  Breweries are focusing so heavily on the IPA that I feel the good ole’ PAs are getting the shaft.

Blowing Rock Ale had a hint of bitter, which is typical, but my friends and I did not get “bitter beer face” from it.  It certainly did not taste as bitter as your typical IPA.  It had a great flavor and decent aroma.  There was a great hoppy taste with caramel malt undertones, but the good flavors lacked complexity.  I can’t say much to the color or head since we enjoyed a six-pack of bottles, but I can say that it paired excellently with our grilled summer squash and spicy Trader Joe’s sausages.  Mmmmm!

I would definitely buy this beer again, and if it is under your six-pack price threshold, I recommend it.  (I don’t recall it costing much relative to other craft brews.)  It’s a must for anyone who loves PAs or is just getting into IPAs.  It’s not my favorite pale ale, but it was definitely a keeper!  For those who are interested in further and more detailed reviews, the brew is listed at Beer Advocate, where it currently holds a rating of B-.

  1. 1. What small things made you happy today?
  2. 2. Do you like American pale ales?  If so, do you have a favorite?
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