I’m just gonna throw this out there: Sunday nights are the worst. There you are, wide awake because you’ve done nothing all day, just trying to will yourself to sleep at a reasonable hour since tomorrow’s Monday and you’re back to the routine of getting up early. (Okay, so I always wake up early…but isn’t there something so different between having to be up early and just waking up early?)
Anyways, that being said – it’s always a relief when you finally doze off and all of a sudden it’s Monday morning.
And the promise of breakfast. More importantly, Oats. And most importantly of all, mango-cranberry oats. Because you know what? Sometimes you’ve just gotta go there.
- 1 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal, 3 T. Bob’s 5 Grain + Flaxseeds, 1 T. wheat bran
- 1/2 c. ea: brewed coffee, almond milk
- drizzle of honey, splash vanilla
- 1/3 of a mango, chopped + frozen cranberries
- trail power
- 1 T. chia seeds
- flax-chia icing
- toasted macadamia nuts & coconut
- crystallized ginger
- Naturally Nutty White White Choco Coconut PB
- and a quick lil compote of mango & cranberries in almond milk and a drizzle of honey
Ohhh, because if the sun’s not shining through my window, at least it can shine in my kitchen. Accompanied by the one and only Green Mountain, of the Rain Forest Nut variety. I felt it went with the tropical vibe, you know? This was also accompanied by an article entitled “Help! My Mom’s a Cougar!” My mom’s not actually a cougar, but who doesn’t read an article with that headline?
I’ve had this insane craving for peach oats lately, but the nectarines & peaches in the store are really bad lately. I had to stop buying the nectarines because every time I’d bite into one, it would be bruised on the inside, even if it looked fine on the outside. Mangoes haven’t been so hot lately, either. Bummer. What’s your favorite fruit? Likewise, I love peaches but only once they’re peeled and cut. I hate biting into the fuzzy skin. And I just got reminded of fuzzy navels at Denny’s. I’d always laugh because I’d think of fuzzy bellybuttons. I think it’s actually called a fizzy navel, but that’s no fun. Sometimes it’s more fun to remember things as they are in your head. Sort of like pepitos vs. pepitas.
I know, I know. Where am I going with this?
If you stayed with me through that, here’s a Pumpkin-Raisin Brekafast Muffin for you, the same as the one that I had for a snack today along with a banana. Oh, bananas, how you steal my heart and I haven’t shown you near enough love lately. You know what else has stolen my heart as of late? These muffins – whether they’re apple-date oat bran, banana-date oat bran, or these whole wheat pumpkin-raisin…I’m sold.
Work was super busy today, since my main boss is out. It was nice. So was my leftover lunch. Yeah, I knew dinner was going to be so good that I planned to make leftovers. Fancy that! A part of me was pained, however, as that beautiful loaf of 9-grain bread stared at me as I packed a lunch sans bread. I just gave him sad eyes and said I’d make up for it at dinner. (What, you don’t talk to your food? Okay – maybe that was a lie.)
Sometimes I feel weird eating something that hits everything I need. Protein? check. Grains? check. Veggies? check. I always feel like I need pieces-parts. Do you like one meal that takes care of everything, or a meal that comprises of a couple parts to get your protein, fiber, grains, etc? I paired it with just a plum. A honkin’ big plum.And dessert, of course. And a new Kombucha: Katalyst Kombucha ginger power.
This may just be my favorite yet! I think I really prefer the Ginger-flavored Kombuchas. I haven’t tried too many others, granted…but each ginger one I have loved, whereas the others have been good but not ginger great. Actually – I forgot about the cranberry one…That one was really good, too!
You know what else I did today? Cut a mango properly for the first time. Apparently I took the long route previously, by peeling then slicing. After seeing everyone do the nifty “turn the skin inside out so you get funky cube things” I finally tried it. Is it ironic that I was finally motivated to try this after watching Food Network last night, and seeing someone cut themselves using this very method? Luckily, I didn’t cut myself, but I did cut time. Although I feel it’s a bit more wasteful. Do you ever find yourself making things more complicated than they need to be? I’m so guilty.
For le snack de afternoon I continued on Operation: Weed Through Bar Stash and grabbed this Bear Naked granola bar. Chocolatey Cherry, in fact. From my easter basket! Probably not a bar I’d actually pick out for myself to begin with (sorry, mom – the others were a success, though!) just because (and I hate to say this) it’s pretty…full of empty calories, shall we say – and not much protein to speak of. It’s also got a lot of added sugars. Granted, they’re all natural – date paste, honey, maple syrup, etc. But, still – if you read the ingredients, I’m thinking it’s a little overkill.
Sure, it didn’t taste awful. Luckily, there was no chocolate flavor to speak of (yes, I realize it’s best-by date was in February) but it didn’t have much flavor to begin with. It just sort of…was, I guess. That being said, this did nothing for my afternoon appetite, and I was more than ready for dinner an hour later. Which meant I snacked on some almonds I had in my car since I still had two+ more hours until dinner.
Mango made a second appearance in tonight’s dinner, and I went with a Tempeh-Mango Curry salad, paired of course with that bread. Lightly toasted for just enough “crust”. I’d also chopped up some carrots and parsnips this morning, and as I was leaving work phoned home to kindly ask my wonderful mother to pop ’em in the oven for me. By the time I got home they were perfecto!…if by perfecto you mean burnt. Hah – apparently, 45 minutes is a bit too long. My mom felt awful – which made me feel bad! I was able to salvage half – and she only did what I so kindly asked. no biggie! We’ll know better for next time!!
By the time afternoon rolled around – the skies were giving way to a beautiful blue, and sun was shining. It went perfectly with a fresh mango curry salad 😉 And earth day tomorrow! Our campus is going to have tons of cool vendors, apparently! Can’t wait to scope it out. Is anybody doing anything for Earth Day?