Ahhh – so enjoyed reading your “this grosses me out but I love it” woes. I’m glad I’m not alone in my…welll…loopy-ness. Hey, as I say often – us foodies aren’t the strange ones, we’re the normal ones. Why doesn’t everybody savor oats – or, at the very least, breakfast in general – on a daily basis?!
I never could understand why my mother is not a breakfast person. I live for mornings like this. Well, every morning, really, but this morning’s blueberry-cherry-almond bowl was especially wake-worthy.
En La Base:
- 1 T. oat bran, 3 T. Bob’s 5 Grain plus Flaxseed, 1 T. wheat bran
- 1/2 c. brewed coffee, 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power
- 1/4c. ea: frozen blueberries, frozen sweet cherries
- few chopped dates
- 1 T. chia seeds
- almond extract
On the top:
- strawberry-banana chia-flax icing (!!)
- toasted slivered almonds, toasted coconut
- crystallized ginger
- Dundee’s ginger preserves
- Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter
- and some frozen blueberries and frozen sweet cherries, simmered in some almond milk
Enjoyed with Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s Rain Forest Nut. I like to save the rain forest while I eat my breakfast! Their Wildlife Blend does the same. I love that Green Mountain supports wildlife, fair trade, and organic processes.
I caved and picked up some of the Barlean’s Omega Swirl Flax Oil at the co-op yesterday. I don’t think it’s as beneficial as true flax oil based on quick comparison – but it’s still got enough omega-3s and nutrition that I opted for flavor over function 😛 I was surprised that it doesn’t taste artificial at all – I’m usually really sensitive to overly sweetened, incredibly artificial-tasting food, especially when it comes to strawberry flavored things. But this just tastes like fresh strawberries with a hint of banana! Being able to sample this really sold me – if those sampes weren’t available from the co-op, I never would have bought it. And I think you can get some, too – from their website, here! In addition – I did the icing a bit differently today – I just used chia seeds, milk, and flax oil – and omitted the greek yog. I probably won’t do it often, since I enjoy the little bit of extra protein I get from the greek yog, but it does still work! And you get more “chia seed per square centimeter” 😉 I am a dork. Will you consume something that doesn’t taste good, just because it’s good for you? I believe that healthy doesn’t need to be painful – so if I don’t like something that’s good for me, I won’t force myself to have it. Rather, I’ll find other ways that I do enjoy.
A cinna-raisin date ball and another cup o’ joe later, I was on my way…do, do…to start another day…
…and a long one, at that. This morning dragged by! Honestly, I can hardly even remember what happened at work this morning. It feels like forever ago. Anybody ever have those days? I prefer fly-by work days. I managed to keep dreaming about horseback riding, and getting some deja vu. It was so gorgeous out today!
Being rendered banana-less, I opted again for a caramel Oikos and a banana-date oat bran muffin for my mid-morning snack. Once again, this combo owned. I try to eat it when no one else is around though – I am not ashamed of the ugly muffins, since they taste so good…I just get tired of getting what on earth are you eating?! comments…and ugly muffins are likely to generate many 😉
I was also looking forward to trying the sundried tomato & pepita pesto I processed up yesterday, and put it to good use, if I may say. I almost packed two slices of dakota loaf with some shredded almond mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato and tempeh to panini at work. Did I mention the other day how psyched I am that someone finally cleaned up their mess of the panini maker? Yeah, I am. All the butter/dried grease what-have-you started to mildew. Normally, I don’t have a prob cleaning up messes. But it would have been a pain to bring upstairs, find a clean sponge and soap, and it wasn’t any of my doing. Uh, anyways – once I put the whole dang thing together I realized how ridiculously colossal it was, especially paired with all my other snackage. That being said, half was left for the madre. Thank heavens – half was plenty! Do you ever get eyes bigger than your stomach? I did allll the time as a kid – now I’m pretty good about it, though!
Here’s a shout-out to George Foreman grills, though – definitely prefer those types of grills over a panini maker because they lock in the heat and are more apt to thoroughly heat and melt the cheese. Just throwing that out there for anyone waffling between a Foreman-esque grill and a true ‘nini maker. By the time my bread was perfectly golden, my cheese was hardly melted, and I actually had to nuke it. No me gusta.
I paired this lovely combo (these past two work lunches have made me wish I had my camera at work – they’re been masterpieces!) with a plum and some cottage cheese mixed with some Oikos plain greek yog, frozen blueberries, and a little bit of the flax oil, as well. Not sure if the yog-cot cheese combo grosses anyone out, but I actually like it, hah. Not sure if it’s weird or not. Rounded out, of course, by a date ball – this one was of the non-messy variety 😉
I grabbed another Gnu Bar for mid-afternoon snack. I was browsing through all the flavors I have left to sample, and peanut butter immediately jumped out at me this morning. I love when there is no indecision, you just know. It was incredibly difficult to package it without sampling this morning, I will say that! I honestly cannot get over how fresh each and every single one of these bars has smelt and tasted. And you can find that out for yourself, too – if you enter for the chance to win the killer giveaway! But back to the bar – gotta say, I was expecting more peanut butter 😦 I always do this with peanut butter flavored things, though – I pretty much expect pure peanut buttery taste, when really; that rarely happens. But, it makes sense – there’s not actual peanut butter in the bar – just peanuts! So – if you don’t like a strong PB flavor, this is your guy. If you’re like me, you may prefer the banana walnut or cinnamon raisin, which are both equally astounding.
Somtimes, I wonder if my co-workers/bosses wonder where I store all this food. They must think I never stop eating. I think I’m the only one who snacks throughout the day. Although, I take that back – I make it a point to stop and snack now, whereas they are prone to just mosey back to the candy & choco bin and grab handfuls of m&ms…
Finallly it was time to go home – and saw a bunch of foxies while driving, too! They are too cute. And random – I never see foxes, and all of a sudden, three different spottings in one night?! The babies were awwwwdorable. Uh, end of random fox story. How about some eggplant naan pizza? I love me some naan pizza.
On half a whole-grain naan, I spread some tomato paste and garlic hummus, and sprinkled with some nooch. Imagine a cheese ravioli. Now imagine that sandwiched between naan and red pepper, spinach, and eggplant. Uh, that’s a lot like what the tomato paste-hummus-nooch combo tasted like. It was heavenly. I also used some shredded almond mozzarella and topped with some crumbled garlic and herb feta. To. Die. This really hit the spot! While I sauteed the eggplant, pepper, and spinach in balsamic and garlic, I also panini’d the whole thing after.
Dinner: Accomplished! (side note: can anyone say “pahsta” after watching dinner impossible, or do you have to say “paaaasta” like robert irvine?)
And for some general bloggy housekeeping – I’ve been getting lazy with posting “recipes” lately (well, for dinner at least) – does anyone want me to go back to giving a general recipe, rather than just a name listing the main ingreds? Or are you like me, and you start developing ideas from just a picture? I’d love your thoughts – I’m happy either way! Part of me thinks I should be more descriptive, just so I have a log.
And – I’m trying to get better about including helpful nutritional tidbits & stuff – but lately, it just hasn’t been happening! Forgive me? I’ll try to get better about it. Additionally, do you guys find it better for one mass post, like this – or should I break it up into breakfast and then a lunch and dinner one? I have time in the mornings to blog (I actually write everything until dinner while I eat breakfast) but don’t know if I should bother breaking them up. I personally prefer reading one mass post – otherwise I’m apt to miss stuff! But, I realize I talk pretty excessively, heh…Thoughts welcome 🙂
Buttt – I’ve got some quick schoolwork I should do just to get out of the way. I hope everyone had a great day and has an equally great night!