So, today marked the first day of me being back on track. And I was successful.
What am I talking about? Well – I’ve realized that somewhere along the line, I stopped packing myself good lunches and snacks for work, and snacking during the day. It wasn’t a conscious restriction – but moreso, I’d be either too busy (if I was home/at the barn) and wasn’t really hungry. But – all this led to being hungry all night long. So last night, I paid extra attention to snacks and meals when I packed my lunch. No more “eh, I’m not too hungry, I’ll pass on snack.” No more “but I’m full with just a sandwich!” I’ve been more active lately, and ironically – less hungry. And since I get full really quickly and don’t like large meals anyways – I need to just be uncomfortable for a couple days until my body readjusts to what should be my normal intake.
Can anyone believe that up until today, I’d never tried a breakfast cookie? For some reason last night – I didn’t feel like making the typical overnight oats. Add to that, the fact that when I get stuck on one flavor variation (re: oatmeal raisin) I will see how many times I can have that flavor but in a different way.
My cookie contained:
- 1/3 c. quick oats
- 1 T. chunky peanut butter
- 1 T. Bourbon Vanilla Tera’s Whey
- generous pinch of cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg
- ~1/2 sliced & mashed banana
- 1/8 c. almond milk
In the morning, I mixed together some vanilla chobani with almond milk and chia seeds and spooned it on top of the cookie – along with the rest of the banana, wheat germ, slow roasted pecans, and a drizzle of honey.
Verdict? It was a lovely change – but the first impression was that it was much softer than I thought it would be. My next thought was “this would be so good pan-fried like a pancake!” Thinking about it now, I think it would probably be too sticky for that, but it may well be worth a try 🙂 I’ll have to try freezing it for a few minutes before eating it, too.
Have you tried a breakfast cookie? What’s your favorite combo?
I totally forgot about the hardboiled eggs my mom had boiled up this past weekend. Once I could finally get the durn thing peeled it made for a great snack! I can never get her to salt the water – makes them so much easier to peel.
Lunch today was heavenly, and I was very grateful for the gorgeous weather that blessed us all day long. I was able to enjoy it all while soaking in some rays, and miraculously – not melting at the same time!
This was a whole lot of carrot. I left some (half?) that I’ll probably have on Friday. (the 13th – eek!!)
This lovely combo reminded me not to forget about plain chobani – with a drizzle of honey, it is just as lovely as the vanilla chobani I’ve been pounding through like crazy lately.
Sorry I left you all hanging as to how the bread came out yesterday. I was on such a pony update roll that when I tried to weasel a verdict in there it just didn’t fit.
My first impression last night (cut while it was still so hot it about burnt my hand, mind you) was that it was just okay. Afterwards, I had another slice – toasted with some jam.
And my opinion started to turn around.
And after this lunch? It’s pretty darn good bread, especially for me! Being the self-proclaimed bread snob that I am, I can’t say I would be head over heels for it without it being toasted or panini’d – but once that’s been done to it, it has a great taste and lovely texture. Yes, it’s dense and has a thick crust – but still moist and chewy. I did make a few small changes to the recipe (I was playing it safe, remember) so here is the recipe.
Triple-Wheat Bread – for the bread machine
for a 1-lb loaf. Add to machine in this order (or as your specific machine calls for)
- 1 c. warm water
- 1 T. olive oil
- 2 T. molasses
- 3/4 t. salt
- 1/2 c. bread flour
- 3 T. bulgur wheat
- 3 T. wheat bran
- 3 T. oat bran
- 3 T. wheat germ
- 3 T. quick oats
- 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 t. bread machine yeast
Not saying these taste bad – but I am just watching my soy protein intake. These bars are actually pretty tasty. And crunchy. Heh…I wonder why they’re called tasty little crunchies? Okay, and I love that there are two to a pack. Because there was more surface area to spread peanut butter on. You know I had to.
Driving home, I had a dinner plan all set – but when I walked in the door and saw more corn on the cob, I gladly set them aside to be replaced by a repeat of last night since they didn’t quite mesh with corn on the cob.
Apparently, my mom is as obsessed as I am! This was a great ear, and the best part is that there’s one left for tomorrow 🙂
Corn sort of gets a bad rap since it is so starchy. You guys know I love my carbs, so that isn’t a huge turnoff to me – but in case you’re worried, don’t be! It is still full of nutrition. Not only has regular consumption of corn been associated with better cardiovascular healthy – but due to the thiamin content, it is also said to help aid in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Thiamin is also really good for your memory! Dang – maybe that’s why I’ve felt so sharp lately? 😉
Anyone else see lasagna in the above picture instead of strata, or is that just me? 😛
Hope everyone else had a lovely day! I know mine ended on the right note – weedwacking (re: grazing the ponies 😛 )