I knew waking up this morning that breakfast was going to be a hit or miss. I used something other than almond milk for my liquid for the first time, and tried coconut water instead. Mixing them last night had me worried. I thought for sure I would miss the creaminess that almond milk gives them – adding coconut water would be like adding regular water…would it be too runny? liquidy? not-creamy?
You never know until you try.
- almost 1/2 c. quick oats
- chopped dried papaya
- 1/2 c. Taste Nirvana Coconut Water
- 1/2 T. chia seeds
- a couple blueberries (mashed up a bit)
In the morning, I mixed in a big spoonful of vanilla chobani and topped them with:
- wheat germ
- pear-almond jam
- marcona almonds
- and a boatload of blueberries (some mashed) nuked with maybe 1/3 of a banana
I challenged myself to keep my toppings simple this morning…and sure, I think I succeeded (for once) but I so wanted to top it with shredded coconut, too (duh!) but completely forgot until I was just about done – in fact, this chicka reminded me with her beautiful bowl of mango coconut barley!
The coconut water in the base wasn’t too runny at all – and in fact, it was still surprisingly creamy! And the slight sweetness from the coconut water (even though unsweetened) was enough for me – which is why no honey or maple syrup joined the party this morning.
Today was back to being stupid humid and I was pretty grateful to be working in a cool place. In fact – it was so cool that I had goosebumps all morning! I was able to warm up after enjoying my lunch in the sauna. A.K.A. outside.
There is a gas station directly across the street from the area I sit to eat lunch, quite visible to the man who runs it. Cars seem to come in waves – and I always wonder what he thinks about my sloppy eating ways when he catches a break and is sitting outside. I am quite a sight with this sandwich – as you can imagine, I had yolk and bits of carroty spread falling everywhere. Not to mention this bread isn’t as moist as it usually is, so that was crumbling, too.
Probably should go back to eating everything with a fork and knife, huh?
Of course, it’s rather vein of me to think he’s watching me eat lunch, but I know if I saw someone sitting down and feasting while I was sitting in my own sweat and pumping gas into cars, I’d be pretty interested in what this little girl across the street was eating 😉
This is probably not a surprise to any of you – but I was so excited to try one of my bars sent to me from Nikki! In fact, I actually picked it out last night so that I wouldn’t waste ten minutes debating this morning 😛 I finally settled on this Wallaby Bar.
I’m not sure if it’s weird or not – but I love looking at the labels of food from places other than America. Even American products with different labels for different countries. But I think it’s too cool that these bars list percentages, too! For instance, macadamia nuts made up 19% of this bar, and cashews 17%.
And the fun comparisons didn’t stop there – of course there was taste, too! I just loved it. It was definitely different than I was expecting – a lot of bars I find are held together by something sweet be it date paste, agave, brown rice syrup – that sort of thing. Not this one! It was all nuts, and had only 7g of sugar, all of it natural. I loved how it just let the nuts be the flavor, nothing sweet, but still had that subtle, lovely hint of vanilla. And great chew vs. crunch factor 🙂 All in all – big win for Australia. Thanks, Nikki!
While I was working today, I had to run some errands for us – one being getting one of the new fruit smoothies from McDonald’s for my boss. Anybody tried them yet? I haven’t but I think my boss is practically living off of them and his kids love them too.
I tried finding ingredients just now, and instead found myself mesmerized by this.
back on track, though – I was just wondering if there’s a catch and there’s more in these smoothies than they’re letting on? I mean, I think it’s great that they’re getting a lot of hype – we all know people aren’t going to give up McDonalds, but if these smoothies are one of the healthier ones out there (some are like tricks, aren’t they?) they seem way more kid-friendly. I mean – I keep seeing my boss or one of this kids sucking on a smoothie rather than a soda or coolatta.
Moving on to dinner – I used to be against leftovers, but lately I’ve been loving them. Because leftovers don’t need to be boring! Since I’m usually the only person I cook for, rarely do I make “extra.” This is out of not wanting leftovers, and not sure how it’ll turn out. Lately, though, I’ve enjoyed making enough for two nights, or pre-roasting or baking a bunch of veggies to use throughout the week. Especially handy lately has been making something like beanballs or salads that can be used in multiple different ways, so I’m not having the same. exact. thing. every single night.
And then, of course, there’s Millet and Black Bean Gratin – which is just fine on its’ own two nights in a row 🙂 I paired it with some farm-stand corn on the cob (with parm cheese! have I told you all how lovely some parm cheese is on corn on the cob?!) and a little bit of Ragu.
…And now it’s all gone. But I definitely need to start packing in the corn on the cob before it’s all gone! I think I’ve still got a while left – but you never know! What’s one thing you’re making sure to get your fill of while it’s fresh at the stands/market?
P.S. Teddie and I have a surprised for you tomorrow 🙂