Hey punkins! Hope everyone’s day has been bangin’ and didn’t have too much trouble getting back to the bump-n-grind of work, if you’re like me!
Naturally, mine wasn’t so bad since that also meant I was to be reunited with my lover.
I was so ready for mango-raspberry-coconut oats this morning. One day without is far too many for this chicka! I’m a little ridiculous, I guess you could say.
The base this morning? Oh, well, since you asked…
- equal parts oat bran and Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain, + 1T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. almondmilk, 1/2 c. brewed coffee
- trail power
- vanilla extract, agave nectar
- 1/4 of a diced mango
- 1 t. golden milled flaxseed
- 1 T. chia seeds
- chia-acai icing
- slivered almonds
- crystallized ginger
- Dundee ginger jam
- Artisana coconut butter
- and a compote of ~1/4 of a diced ripe mango, a couple frozen red raspberries and shredded coconut, in almond milk and agave.
…because mango is just that good. I’ve started mixing the flax in with the base the past two times – Saturday, I couldn’t tell much of a difference – but today it was almost glutinous. Which, makes sense – it is used as an egg replacer, after all. This is what I thought would happen, and why I would usually just sprinkle it on top. It wasn’t too weird – but I think tomorrow I’ll use more liquid.
Although, really – I’m not sure if there’s much point to using flax when I use so much Chia Seeds? Do you use both flax and chia, or has one or the other sort of “eased out” of your food as the other has eased in? I am interested to hear thoughts!
I had the weirdest sleep last night. I went to bed sort of early – and woke up ready to be basted around midnight. I know, no one wants to know that. It was gross. And yes, I also use the phrase “ready to be basted,” whenever I am remotely warm. Regardless – I still felt pretty rejuvenated when I woke up until I saw the weather forecast: rain all week. Yuck. That’s not supposed to happen. All random-ness aside, my morning snack consisted of a lovely banana and an equally as lovely mixed bag of dried organic apricots, Sahala Snacks valdosta pecans, and sea salt almonds.
Gahhh – see? I wasn’t lying last night when I said that loaded twice baked sweet tater was so good I made another right after I finished eating my dinner. Unfortunately – I ran out of almond mozzarella, so instead used a little bit of feta. It’s a pretty mellow feta, so it still worked – but I did miss the cheesiness of the one I had for dinner! Otherwise – exactly the same. Minus the fact that this sweet potato was gigantic so I just took half. And was full.
Funny side note? When I took off the lid of the kale and apple sautee I thought to myself “huh, that’s funny – I don’t remember putting ham in that.” I thought the apples on top were ham! They look it in the photo, too. Shnoopsies.
I also grabbed my almost forgotten about second Kombucha I bought a little while back. So excited to try this flavah-flav!
Gahhh – this Gingerade GTs Kombucha was fan-freaking-tastic. I am not kidding you. It definitely exploded a little bit in my bag (Nicole – I may or may not have spilled a little on your box!) but thankfully, it was just a small amount and I still got to enjoy its’ gingery deliciousness. I was a little concerned it would be too much ginger (hello, 100% pure ginger juice, goodbye any form of sweetener) but that was not the case! If you like ginger ale, definitely give this kombucha a try. It’s like ginger ale…except way, way better. If only it wasn’t nearly $4/bottle 😦 I just drank half – the other half is waiting for me for Wednesday!
Another victim of the Kombucha leak?
Everytime I’ve seen these Luna Protein Bars reviewed – they seem to be either loved or hated. I’ve had this one sitting around for a couple weeks – and finally decided to put it to the test myself!
After scoping out the ingredients after picking it as my choice for the day – was not impressed that soy protein was first in the ingredients list. I’m still not super paranoid about non-fermented soy in my diet, but I’m also going to avoid it where possible, at least in large quantities. I’ve noticed it’s far more prevalent than I ever would have thought!
But anyways – the bar. Not too impressed. Too candy-like for me, and honestly – my jaw got tired of chewing it. It didn’t taste so bad, especially if you like cookie-type bars – but it’s just not for me. I would love to try the other flavors, but then there’s the issue of the soy protein and chewy texture. So, I think I’ll be passing. Sorry, charlie.
Luckily, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth in the morning (says the girl with fruit oats every day) so resisted any taste-test prior to 3:30 in the afternoon! I just wanted a shot of the bar itself – I was looking for some action shots before I finally made the purchase and couldn’t find any. So, if you’re like I was – here ya’ go. This meant that it was tossed in my bag partially wrapped and some Kombucha leaked onto it. hah.
Simple dinner: but I was soooo craving ham, eggs, and waffles! So – I of course made what I craved and got to test-drive my Bob’s Red Mill cookbook too! Well, sort of. That whole “gahhhh I can’t follow recipes” issue sort of reared its head. Sort of.
I realize this dinner is not aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately for you, I like burnt broccoli and eggs. And Buckwheat waffles. Which – though delicious – are funkay lookin’.
My cheeseless self put nooch to the ultimate test. I wanted cheesy ham, broc and eggs – and only had nutritional yeast! I burnt the broc first with some balsamic and then sprinkled some nooch over while whisking one egg + one egg white, almond milk, maple dijon mustard, s&p, and nooch. Poured in, scrambled, and was quite surprised at the cheesy like goodness that resulted!! Coulda fooled me. Oh yeah, and I added some ham, but you knew that.
And le waffle?
Buckwheat goodness: buckwheat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, molasses, flax egg, milk, and a drizzle of olive oil.
The molasses = perffff. The Buckwheat = perfff.
I just love experimenting with different flowers, and their different tastes!
The rest of the mango, some Brown Cow greek yog, and an oat chewie. With a lovely drizzle of honey, of course. And now I have blogs to read! And a day off tomorrow 🙂 Thinking I’ll go to Hannafords and the co-op, though. I’ve got a list made up after browsing my cookbooks! Rut-roh, rorge…
Do you use any random, strange, or unique phrases? Ready to be basted, pickin’ up what you’re puttin’ down, I don’t even know what else!
What is your favorite kind of flour to play with?