Thursday, May 20, 2010
I have been having oatmeal for breakfast every morning these last couple of weeks, except for a few mornings where I had cereal instead because I have been trying to perfect Angela’s vegan overnight oats.
If you haven’t read her blog Oh She Glows, check it out here ohsheglows.com/ I have linked to her green monster website greenmonstermovement.com/ before, but I don’t know if I have mentioned her blog. She comes up with some great recipes!
Her vegan overnight oats pictures are totally drool-worthy, but I just don’t like mushy oats. That recipe is here: ohsheglows.com/2010/04/08/easy-vega
I wanted a chocolate version, so I used the idea from this blog (scroll down) ohsheglows.com/2010/04/17/tea-vs-co
ffee/ But I just added my usual pea protein and then cocoa powder.
Since these are overnight oats, you're supposed to mix everything together and let it sit overnight. The oats are supposed to soak up the liquid and be YUMMY! It is a way to enjoy oatmeal during the summer since you eat it cold.
My first attempt I lowered the liquid from 1 cup to 3/4 cup. It was oatmeal soup in the morning!
I cut it back again to 2/3 cup. Still soup!
I figured if I was going to keep posting about my troubles, I should really post some pictures so you can all understand what I’m talking about!
So first, is the oatmeal that I have been having lately. I make it in the mornings an cook for about 4-6 minutes. It looks disgusting (as do green monsters!) but tastes amazing (just like green monsters!)
This recipe took me awhile to perfect as well. The first time I made it was a TOTAL fail.
I think the cocoa powder burnt. All I know is it was the worst smell in the entire world and took forever to leave the apartment!
When I made it again I used 1/3 cup of regular oats and half of a green monster.
My chocolate green monster recipe is here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=3066365 ) But I left the cocoa and protein powders out (I don’t know which one doesn’t like being heated, but I wasn’t taking any chances!)
Then I added the powders…
…and just mixed them in.
Then I top with a nut butter. I had never tried almond butter before, so I got a packet of Justin’s almond butter at New Seasons. It was tasty.
But I think peanut butter will continue to be my absolute favorite!!
So basically I like oatmeal that is more like oats in a thick pudding versus oats in milk. I want thick and chewy, not liquidy and mushy.
How do you like your oatmeal? What toppings do you enjoy?
Friday, May 14, 2010
I haven't written a blog in a long time! I haven't wanted to continue to bemoan the things that are continuing to go wrong in my life right now. But I do have things that are going right, so I will try to concentrate on them. One of the great things that happened recently was my fun birthday!
My 27th birthday was on Wednesday and I had a blast. I got to hang out with my best friend and my husband who are my two favorite people in the entire world. We started with a great lunch at my favorite restaurant.
This place is seriously awesome. A huge selection of prepared salads, lettuces, and toppings beyond my imagination.
I tried to get a picture, but this can’t even begin to explain the assembly line of veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, dressings, etc. etc.
Since you go through the salad line once, I always grab two plates and pile them high.
My best friend’s salad turned out so pretty she let me take a picture of hers too.
The bean salad was the best. It had pinto, black, and garbanzo beans in a cilantro dressing. Absolutely amazing. I also had some cheesy bread on the side. I looked through the line of soups, but none jumped out at me. The pastas taste too salty to me, so I usually skip those. And the baked potato bar! So many toppings. I didn’t get one this time, but after we had left I really wished I had!
Then I had dessert. Well phase one of dessert. Their low-fat frozen yogurt is so creamy. Topped with some caramel and Oreos it is so good!
I also crumbled some of this chocolate muffin on top.
After we ate we stopped by my mom’s bookstore so I could see her, my step-dad, my grandpa and my uncle. They decided it would be fun to sing happy birthday to me…LOUDLY. Hey, isn’t this a place of business? Crazy family…
They have a friendly squirrel that hangs out because they continue to feed it!
It was then time to go to Bullwinkle’s for arcade games, go-karts, and miniature golf. We also took a dangerous turn at DDR. Although we’re okay now, I learned one must wear the proper attire!
So no shoes that can come flying off or flare pant legs that can be tripped over. Then again, we’re not very coordinated, so maybe Aubrey and I would have stunk either way.
We all headed back to our place to watch Glee, which had a great episode this week!
Although I was disappointed that my birthday was ignored yet again by a certain family member of mine, I think I might have come to terms with the fact. There’s nothing I can do about it, so I choose to not let it get to me.
I have been trying some new recipes lately, so I will definitely have to post again soon to share. I hope you all have had a great week and are gearing up for a fun weekend. It is SO nice in my town right now. How’s the weather where you are?
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Happy May Day! It is a brand new month. The best month of all, considering it has my birthday in it. =) I hope you all had a fabulous Saturday!
As I have mentioned before I have been having it pretty rough the last few days. Probably wouldn’t be as stressful to some, but it has been more than I can handle! Thank goodness I have an amazing God who can handle much, MUCH more than I can.
I have been giving in to more emotional eating. Old habits die hard! Even ones I haven’t had for quite some time. But I’m tired of it! So instead of giving in to unclean, unhealthy ice cream, I have made up a few batches of some awesome fruity “ice cream” inspired by Coach Stepfanie and her banana “soft-serve.” I wrote about her recipe before here:
And I have to tell you, it’s pretty darn tasty.
While the banana soft-serve is good on its own, I knew I could take it to another place by throwing some other fruits. Whether I wanted to add frozen strawberries,
to the frozen banana, I could enjoy some extra fruity goodness!
What do you do with all of this frozen fruit? You blend it until smooth, which involves pulsing, and pulsing…oh yeah and it’s going to take a lot more pulsing until you achieve this:
You can then enjoy a serving out of a small dish like this:
Or you can eat the whole batch out of a big bowl like this:
You can even stir in some greek yogurt like this:
Any way you have it you are going to want more! You can make multiple batches of them at once and have your freezer look like this:
Yup! They slide right in there next to the Ezekiel bread and pistachios. Just move over your frozen veggies and you can enjoy many servings of “ice cream” throughout the week.
Do you have any problems with emotional eating? What do you do to lift your spirits that doesn’t revolve around food?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I know Earth Day is long over, but what do you do to celebrate it? Do you do anything at all? And if you do something, is it just for that one day? What about the rest of the time?
I got to thinking about this today as I was looking at pictures I had taken of what I did to celebrate Earth Day.
First off I went to my town’s city hall where they had a ton of booths for different ways to treat the Earth more kindly. The day started out pretty nice, so I was glad we looked around at the booths outdoors first.
Then we went indoors where they had some birds on display.
Then I got my posture checked (I am actually pretty good, I just rotate from front to back for some reason). Then I got to just relax with a massage. I would love to start getting massages regularly, it was definitely relaxing.
I picked up a TON of pamphlets about green cleaners and green living.
Aubrey and I would love to start growing some of our own food once we get a house. I can’t wait!
Then later we went to New Seasons. They weren’t doing a tasting; instead they had free samples of green products.
So now, I have a dining room table full of samples, pamphlets, and other things to go through.
Oh, and I made the BEST salad the other day. It was chock full of all of my favorite veggies.
And, I used up the last of my Oops dressing. I called it “oops” this week because I accidentally dumped WAY more parsley in it than I wanted and it definitely had a different taste than usual.
Luckily, I made up a new batch last night that tastes perfect. I hope you are all having a fantastic Tuesday!
I put the questions at the top this time, so tell me…what did you do for Earth Day?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I hope life has been treating everyone well. Meanwhile, it has really thrown me for a loop. I have been dealing with some unresolved issues in my life and they have affected me even more than I would like. I am not really sure what changed, but I simply stopped being able to handle everything that was being thrown my way.
And it really pains me to admit this, but I have definitely let it affect my food and my fitness. I haven’t wanted to exercise lately and I have definitely been craving comfort food. My calorie intake has been much higher within the last few days than it had been all last week.
Waking up two hours earlier than normal today convinced me to head to the gym. Too anxious to sleep? Fine, I’ll try and work off some of that anxious energy. I have been running for one minute/walking for one minute for awhile, and have started to run for two/walk for one. One day I would love to run a 5k, but I am not there yet. Although, I have noticed that my body is more willing to cooperate with working out than my mind is. I never realized truly how much goes into it mentally for me.
I did finally break my comfort food funk somewhat with trying fresh orange juice in my green monster at the fantastic suggestion of a coworker. Even with the craziness, I have been having a green monster daily. But I had stopped trying new things with it and was sticking to a combination of banana, strawberries, pea protein, flax, and spinach with water.
I was a little nervous to try it as my stomach does not like to handle citrus, but I figured a bit mixed in with everything else wouldn’t be too bad. This orange smelled FANTASTIC.
I used a handy kitchen gadget (someone want to tell me what it’s called?? a juicer?) to get the juice out.
And then I strained all of that silly pulp out.
Lately, instead of buying frozen strawberries I have been giving in to amazing fresh ones. I mean, don’t they look yummy?
I bought four pounds of them at the store and Aubrey helped me chop them all up. It was a fun assembly line we had going on! He was cutting the tops off of them on his cutting board, setting them on mine while I diced them up and bagged them.
I combined the frozen strawberries, frozen banana, spinach, pea protein, ground flax and my freshly squeezed orange juice in my magic bullet cup.
Here it is in the middle of blending.
Then it is finally complete with a straw. Sooo good!
What is your favorite fresh fruit this time of year? My other fave besides strawberries…watermelon! Yum. =)
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