I don’t think there’s any better feeling in the world than waking up absolutely ready to start the day. Not tired in the least or wanting to hit snooze. That’s how I was this morning…though I’m not sure why.
I mean, it’s not like I caught up on sleep this weekend or went to bed extra early. But, I won’t argue. And to keep my morning up-to-par, I had a lovely bowl of Project KISS oats; banana-fig oats with the addition of mas honey-roasted peanuts. And, all was right in the world. Now, if only we could get a move on with that oil spill.
- 2 T. Bob’s Grains & Seeds, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 c. almond breeze
- 1/2 thinly slice banana, 1/2 dried chopped fig
- drizzle maple syrup
- 1 T. chia seeds
- chia-flax icing
- honey roasted peanuts
- Naturally Nutty Mocha PB
- and a mix of the rest of the banana and fig, chopped and simmered in some almond milk and maple syrup.
Does anyone remember Project KISS from grade school?! Of course, looking back at that now I think it’s a little condescending to tell a sixth grader to “keep it simple, stupid.” but…at least it’s stuck with me through life? Actually, that’s a lie – I’m always making things more difficult than they need to be. But lately, I’ve been telling myself to keep it simple. Except, leaving off the stupid part. What’s a random grade-school memory of yours?
I enjoyed this lovely, as always, bowl of oats with some Green Mountain Southern Pecan. Pecans are a little pricey, so I opt for them in coffee-form, I guess. Unless I’m feeling splurgy; lately I’ve only felt splurgy enough to buy peanuts, though.
For this morning’s snack, I KIS(s)ed again, and sipped on a Tera’s Whey Bourbon Vanilla protein shake, made with almond milk and a probably not quite half a scoop of powder. Anyone noticing how I really do forget about muffins/baked goods when I freeze them?! No fear – as I realized this, I think I’ll have one for dessert 🙂 Instead I paired the shake with a date and fig ball.
Lunch was a tricky choice today; I’ve got so much to choose from all of a sudden, it seems! Seitan, tempeh & jam, fig & goat cheese spread, roasted red pepper & hummus sammie, leftover black bean burger…what to have?! I was going to go for a leftover black-bean wrap, but decided that would make for a quick but delicious dinner, instead. Okay, that and when I remembered the fig & cheese spread I made yesterday, I decided I had to have it. So, I went for a fig & goat cheese spread on dakota loaf. I panini’d it at work and it turned out heavenly.
I grabbed a caramel oikos and a Gala to round out the meal. Perfect lunch! I should add that some of the apple slices made it onto the panini. It was a match made in heaven.
Work stayed pretty consistent today, so I was busy for the most part. I was relieved, let me tell you! hah. I sent through some 8x10s for my portfolio, too So, I should be all set for my Photo final – unfortunately, though, my World Regions final is at 8am tomorrow!
I was interested to see if I would be hungry for an afternoon bar, or if Friday would be a repeat and the hunger would never come. I packed an apple pie Larabar, and luckily, I was more than ready for her today.
…and I tell you what – it definitely made me HUMM! I honestly wasn’t sure I’d care for this bar – apple pie is just an okay flavor for me, for the most part. (except, surprisingly, is my favorite Clif C Bar flavor) I wouldn’t have gotten it had it not been for the 10 for $10 sale, but figured heck, why not try it? Glad I did! My beef with most apple flavored things is that they always seem to taste artificial. Same goes for cherry. I knew that wouldn’t be the case here, since there’s obviously nothing artificial about a Larabar, but since I’ve steered clear of apple and cherry for so long, it was still odd to be buying it! My worries were eased at first taste, however. Tastes better than an apple pie! Of course, take that for what it’s worth since the only apple pie I like is my mom’s.
My idea of having a leftover black bean burger in a wrap for dinner abandoned ship about mid-day. I forgot to say yesterday that from that recipe, I ended up with seven perfectly sized burgers. They were perfectly filling, too – we each were fine with one! So, I froze one for a future quick meal, and my mom took one for lunch today. I may freeze another one. So much better than pre-made veggie burgers! (Which – speaking of that, my sister came down for a quick visit Saturday night and I was able to pawn off some food to her. Boca burgers, Q’uorn chik’n tenders from my obsessed days, a frozen homemade sweet potato-quinoa burger, some morningstar farms meal starter crumbles, chocolate brownie Clif bars, a BearNaked bar, Kashi GoLean…and of course half the cream puff my mom made. with how she made out, she’ll be down every weekend!!)
Anyways – I began thinking of ways to finally get to try my seitan, and after seeing a recipe for a seitan and apple salad last night, I thought to just utilize the flavors in lunch for dinner. Has anyone noticed that all of my dinners are starting to look the same? Lo siento. Anyways, I fed my bulghur obsession with another grain salad type deal:
- red pepper
- bulghur wheat
- fresh chives
- chopped gala
and added in some of the goat cheese spread, too. I seriously hate the smell of goat cheese, and melted goat cheese is even worse – but luckily it tastes amazee. And I loved the seitan! It reminds me a lot of turkey, no joking.
Off to study! Later, ‘gater 🙂
On Portion Distortion
Is it weird that one thing that really interests me is portion sizes, and how often people distort them? Or, maybe I should re-phrase that to say how people don’t pay attention to them, or understand them, or are led to believe something is better for them than it is. I feel that if people were made more aware of nutrition labels and serving sizes, the phrase “everything in mdoeration” would be a bit more widely used. It’s so easy to overestimate what a real portion size is – and on the other end of the spectrum, to underestimate! I used to always underestimate when it came to stuff like tablespoons, teaspoons, etc. But did you know that typically, only half a bagel is a full serving? 3/4s of a cup of dry cereal? 1 cup of milk? That your cut of meat should be about the size of a deck of playing cards, and sliced lunch meat (1 oz) about the size of a CD? That a fruit serving is only about the size of a baseball? I don’t know about you all – but I’ve seen some honkin’ big apples and oranges lately. Stuff like granola – easy to go overboard on – is typically only a 1/4 c. serving! And a slice of cake should be about the size of a deck of cards as well. Peanut butter? A golf ball. A serving of nuts is typically about a quarter of a cup, even though ounces are usually listed.
I think around the healthy living community, this information is pretty well known. While I don’t measure stuff constantly unless it’s stuff like grains, oats, etc – I do every so often to make sure my “eyeballing” isn’t getting out of hand. I also measure peanut butter, because otherwise – I won’t give myself enough! Just goes to show that it can work both ways. However – among the general public, I think these portion sizes would be scoffed at if they were served a normal portion size in a restaraunt or the like. Why? Look at the portions people are served in restaraunts. They’re huge! Steak is enough for 2-3 meals, and dressings are multiplied. Drinks are also exploding. I see people pouring on granola constantly, since it’s “a healthy food,” when often times, that can also be misconstrued.
I am not saying that if you use more than a serving size, you are going to become obese. Nor am I saying that no one should live by nutrition labels and become slaves to meaasuring cups. So, what am I saying? I think it should be made more universal as to what a serving is. And make realistic sense! I hate seeing “halves” of things listed. I also hate seeing unrealistic portions. Just give the nutritional info based on what someone will actually eat. People aren’t going to eat a half of a personal TV dinner. And for the love of Pete, get rid of the Big Gulp. Obviously, as portions have gotten larger, so has America’s waistline – and people expect more. Yet, when that nutrition label is read and based off oh, maybe half of what they’re really eating – everything seems at least a little healthier now, doesn’t it?
There’s my rant. Like I said – I’m not directing this at anybody. I’m not saying you should become a slave to the measuring cup or food scale. I’m simply saying I wish the knowledge was made a bit more public, to open up people’s eyes. What’s your thought? Do you tend to eyeball, or do you think serving sizes should be taken more seriously?