Hey lurvesss, hope everyone’s enjoying their holiday weekend with friends and family.
Is it sad that I’ve been waiting quite a while to have some sort of oats that wouldn’t clash with a blue bowl? I’m not joking. I knew eventually, however, my love and craving for blueberry oats would come back and everyone would be right at home with blue all around. This big ol’ bowl was a supah stunnah today!
- oat bran, Bob’s 5 grain, wheat bran
- 1/2 brewed coffee, 1/2 So Delicious Coconut Milk
- 1 t. milled flax seed
- vanilla extract, agave
- frozen blueberries
- 1 T. Chia Seeds
- and a big spoonful of cottage cheese, stirred in towards the end, until the curds disappeared.
- chia-acai icing
- Dundee ginger jam
- slivered almonds
- shredded coconut
- Yogi Blueberry Flax Granola Crisps
- Artisana Coconut Butter (uhh, toasted coconut butter, I should say.)
- and a compote of frozen blueberries, some frozen sweet cherries and shredded coconut in coconut milk and a bit of agave.
Seriously good bowl right thurr. I hate tooting my own horn and think I come off as doing it way too much on this blog, but I don’t think it’s any surprise that I just love a good bowl of oats. And the coconut butter? It actually tastes fine (not going to lie – tastes like toasted coconut. I kinda like it. And I’m not just covering up my whoopsie, either, hah) but it lost all its’ drizzle-ability!
Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry Vanilla latte! Blueberry is the only K-Cup I have a large amount of. If I was really slick, I would have brewed some for the oats! It’s just way easier to steal some of my mom’s coffee from her coffee pot. Henry doesn’t like good coffee so she still brews some the old fashioned way every morning. Okay – not hating on traditional coffee pots. But I do love my Keurig!
As mentioned, I had to work today, so I went about my morning same as most. It was already so gorgeous out by the time I left. Love! As weird as this may sound, it feels so good to simply be able to drive a car without a whole bunch of bulk. As in – huge hoodies and winter jackets. And looking out my window without looking through glass. Yes, please!
I almost enjoyed having to work today – it gave me a chance to drive by the lake on this beautiful morning. I just love how the sun shines over the tree tops, and with all the gross weather we’ve been having, it’s been a while since I’ve seen it.
Other reason I didn’t mind working, even though it was truly gorg out? Everyone’s in a good mood when the weather’s this nice, so it makes for a fun environment.
So, about this operation I put into action?
Well, remember how I mentioned this morning was a “big ol’ bowl“? I meant it! Introducing Operation: Eat More Food!
I’ve run into two people I hadn’t seen in quite a while, and both asked if I had lost a little bit of weight. They weren’t saying it negatively necessarily, but I didn’t really like hearing that. (I’m kind of gawky to begin with.) I hadn’t noticed anything myself and nor has my mom, but I’ve been thinking about it, and realized I often times opt for foods that aren’t so calorically dense simply because that’s what I prefer taste-wise – and could stand to up my portions. In addition, i’ve never been a “big” eater. As in, I’ve never really necessarily eaten what I would consider “a lot” of food – I simply eat when I feel hungry (or want an extra piece of biscotti!) and what I want. Since I’ve been a lot more active recently, I think I could stand to up my calorie intake. I think I’ve been pretty good with my micros & macros – so I’m not too worried about the comments health-wise, nor have I noticed any change in weight,mood, or energy personally. But, I’m going to only be getting more active with this weather, and hopefully start riding soon – and so eat more I’ll do!
Sooo – I will be making sure I sit down and eat snacks, rather than grazing through them whenever, resulting in sometimes not getting to them. I think this is a healthier habit to have, anyways. I developed the grazing habit from working so much – I didn’t like being seen as “slacking on the job,” but really – no one cares!
So, there’s my quick little spiel for today! I’m not trying to gain weight, necessarily – and am looking at it as more of just getting myself into healthier habits. I still won’t be calorie counting and this blog isn’t going to change a bit. But, just wanted to let you guys know!
Sooo, after my power packed breakfast, I packed a lovely lunch of tempeh, Rumi’s, and plum jam on a Joseph’s flax & oat bran pita. It wasn’t my best effort – that Sarabeth’s Blueberry Cherry Jam was just so amazing with it – but it was still quite tasty toasted. And enjoyed with a lovely spinach salad with feta, red pepper, red onion, hardboiled egg, and humnut dressing. And Snyder’s pretzels!
I got “released” early today (and Saturdays in general) so was able to clean the office and hit up the grocery store for a couple quick essentials (helllooo again, Silk PureAlmond!) before getting home. Unfortunately, I missed our Easter dinner since my sister is leaving tomorrow afternoon (typically, we would have had ham tomorrow night) and they wanted to go to their Saturday night auction. No biggie – our thing is more Easter brunch, anyway. While I’m not a huge ham fan, I do enjoy a good ham every so often, and so I was thinking about a grilled ham, apple, and mozzarella panini all the way home! I was also dreaming of sauteed kale with apples in a sweet potato, but my mom nuked some frozen broc and I figured rather than add to the leftovers in the fridge, I’d just finish it up.
Panini? holy yum. Sweet potato? never fails. Frozen brocs? huge fail. I thought broccoli was broccoli. It was…kind of gross, actually.
But the panini?
Ohhh, the ‘nini was divine. I feel like sometimes, food you’re not necessarily a fan of is just necessary. I mean, it’s tradition! Ham on Easter. And, I will admit – paired with almond mozzarella, sliced apple, some spinach, and maple dijon mustard, the ham was really splendid. Yum!
mmmm, nanner softserve! Even more amazing with some coconut butter. Er – toasted coconut butter, if you will.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and each of you get to spend some quality time with those who mean the most to you. Appreciate and cherish every second of it!
And a random question: Does anybody have any tried-and-true bread recipes? I’m looking for a truly stellar whole wheat, multigrain, something yummy & healthy – bread recipe. I looked at the grocery store for some good bread (after getting a taste of that delish bread from my lunch out the other day!) but their wheat bread looked like a serious joke. The multigrain looked okay – but I’d rather make it myself, anyway!
I’m sure I’ll do some recipe googling – but I’d love to hear your guys’ opinions. Because I trust your opinions, and I don’t mess around with good bread. I kind of fail with yeast, and if I do again, I’ll cry.