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My Oatmeal Troubles

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
n-overnight-oats/


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?

  
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HONKEIE 5/24/2010 12:44PM

    I eat oatmeal 3-4 times a week, with just some Equal. I love plan oatmeal, I really do not like adding stuff to it. And the funny thing is I am usually big on adding things to food.

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NORASPAT 5/22/2010 9:30PM

    I eat oatmeal every day in winter . My recipe is simple. I USE 1/3 Cup Old FAshioned oats.
1/3 cup unsweetened Apple juice
1/3 cup water
Microwave on high in a microwave pan for 3 minutes Mine never boils over but watch it since I do have the perfect pan for this.
Out of the over 1 add 2 tablespoons milled flax seed and since I am diabetic and want protein with every meal i use 1/4 cup of cottage cheese added to the mix.
Some days i eat it with 25 raisins, or 4 big strawberroies or half a banana.
Thats my Oatmeal and i do love it.
Pat in Maine. Grew up in England where we call this Porridge!

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AUBREYINGMAN 5/21/2010 12:50AM

    I really don't like oatmeal. But this one was tasty with bananas in it.

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DNJEN471 5/20/2010 6:41PM

    I so love almond butter!

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DOLLBABE56 5/20/2010 6:13PM

    I just like oatmeal. I like old fashioned oats the best. Raisins and brown sugar, or, butter and nuts, or sugar, or just about anyway. :)

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*AMBER512 5/20/2010 4:45PM

    So an update:

I just looked at them now (after 1 pm) and they are they perfect consistency. So maybe I just need to make my overnight oats WAY in advance to give it time to soak up all of the liquid?

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/20/2010 4:24PM

    I use quick cooking oatmeal - 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup dried cranberries and a scant cup of water (about 7/8 cup) and nuke it for about 4 minutes. I let it cool somewhat and then eat it plain. Since the dried cranberries have sugar added, I don't add any to it, also no milk in it, drink the milk on the side. Next time I buy oats will try old-fashioned the same way. Not sure where to find steel-cut oats in Montana, but sure not around where I live...
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MDTWEETY 5/20/2010 2:15PM

    I like mine runny. :-)

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SHELLEY202 5/20/2010 1:34PM

    I also like the refrigerator oatmeal (and like you, I prefer it to be a little thicker). However, I've found that I still have to pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to heat it just a tad or it's just too cold for me to eat.

I like just a little bit of brown sugar or maple syrup, or a little agave syrup with non-fat milk. Some dried cranberries also make a great topping.

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Getting Older

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?

  
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DNJEN471 5/16/2010 1:57PM

    Seriously... Sweet Tomato's is like my all time favorite as well! It's a vegetarians dream come true, LOL! I love that they put out signs letting you know what is vegetarian and what is not. It's amazing how many soups you'd think would be vegetarian that are not. They had a tomato soup once that said non-vegetarian.. and as much as I was bummed that I couldn't eat it- I was very appreciative that they let me know :)

P.S. My birthday was on Thursday... have we discussed before how close our birthdays are? Probably.. but that is funny! :)

Comment edited on: 5/16/2010 1:58:32 PM

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TINK9305 5/15/2010 10:52AM

    Happy birthday!!!! Our family loves sweet tomatoes and DDR. We even have the metal DDR pads at home :-). Sorry to hear things aren't going to well, but I'm very glad to hear your birthday went well. Hugz your spark friend , Amy

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MDTWEETY 5/14/2010 10:21PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sweet Tomatoes! We had it in Arizona and now I live in Baltimore and no ST here. I miss it so much! Happy Birthday! Looks like it was a wonderful day.

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PAG2809 5/14/2010 5:51PM

    There will always be some people in our lives who aren't supportive, but isn't it great to have so many who are? Sounds like a great day!

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Fruity “Ice Cream”

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:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2900090

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,



peaches,



or grapes,



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 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?

  
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LITTLEWIND53 5/16/2010 1:31PM

    You can also "stew" the other fruit and spoon a teaspoon or two over your "ice cream". (I love "stewed" strawberries over ice cream.)

I also have an ice cream maker so I can make my own concoctions using only fresh ingredients. It has a cylinder that you freeze, then add ingredients, set on the base and turn on. I stopped using it for awhile, but have recently brought it out of hiding and plan on using it again instead of buying that chemical stew they sell in the stores!

Next time bananas are on sale, I am going to freeze some and try this ice cream. Thanks for sharing....

P.S. Love the idea of preportioning into the freezer. Not such a temptation to overeat that way.....

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HONKEIE 5/7/2010 8:31AM

    Awesome way to handle things. I am an emotional eater, drinker and smoker! I have been under soo much stress these past few months I had to go to see a therapist before I turned into a wild animal. I was able to put the food down, I came to the conclusion that the booze only made things worse so that too got put away but the smoking came back full force. I stopped smoking about 10 years ago, but it never let me go. It was like an old friend that was there when I needed comfort.
But now that a lot of the stress is being lifted off my old friend is being put away again. And as much as I hate to see friends go this is one I HAVE to let go.

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KEYLIME84 5/3/2010 9:39PM

  This sounds so good. I'm totally gonna try this recipe! Does it matter if I use a blender rather than a food processor?

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MDTWEETY 5/2/2010 7:38PM

    oooh, thanks for this blog! I recently tried the banana version and I liked it!! I thought about adding or subbing other fruit but wasn't sure how it would turn out. Glad to see that it turns out good! :) Will have to try it.

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KNICMAN 5/2/2010 6:45PM

  The brain has two primary directives–pleasure seeking and survival. From childhood we have learned to associate food with both. Associated with pleasure are what most call good emotions–happiness, joy, elation and so on. Associated with survival are what most call bad emotions–frustration, boredom, confusion, anger, depression and so on.

Unfortunately most programs to lose weight or deal with binging focus on food and forget the emotional programming.

Focusing on what you do or do not eat to control or lose weight is like trying to fly by flapping your arms. Better to focus on the stress of the emotion whether it be frustration, happiness, upset, anger, joy and learn to take it straight rather than diluting with food.

Yes, 95% of all diets and eating programs fail. Why? For a free report please go to http://www.EmotionalEatingCure.com<
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DOLLBABE56 5/2/2010 9:32AM

    I've been making the banana "ice cream" for years. I found that recipe in one of Victoria Moran's books. I've never tried freezing it though. Does the banana turn brown? Also, I've never thought of adding other fruit. What a great idea!

I've also been having a hard time with emotional eating this past week. It seems I'll be going along great, and then all of a sudden the eating will hit me. I'm really trying to reign it in, but I caved again last night (peanut butter and saltines).

Good luck with your eating today.

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DNJEN471 5/2/2010 12:37AM

    All your frozen 'ice cream' looks tasty!

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TINK9305 5/2/2010 12:30AM

    Aweeeee!!! Aubrey, you guys are so great for each other keep up the great work you two!!!!! My hubby is on here and supportive and adventerous too :o) Hopefully someday in our travels we can meet you guys :o) Happy Sat night!!!

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HOLISTICDETOXER 5/2/2010 12:20AM

    Looks delish!

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TINK9305 5/2/2010 12:16AM

    I eat frozen fruit smoothies alot but you have just inspired me to make some Ice cream to freeze. With the advice of Kryanprincess I just watched Food Inc tonight and wow I'm even more inspired to eat clean :o)

Thanks!!!!

Oh I made a yummy almost clean cabbage salad the other day I will blog about it soon. I'm proud though the dressing I choose I based on making sure NO HFCS :o) not calories. I just use a very small amount (1 tablespoon for a pretty big bowl) and will make it sometime in the future.

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AUBREYINGMAN 5/2/2010 12:12AM

    I really like the taste when you added the fruit to it. I will admit that sometimes I do have a problem with emotional eating. But I find that being with you lifts my spirits more then food.

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Earth Day Celebration / The BEST Salad Ever!

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?

  
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TINK9305 4/28/2010 11:20AM

    I didn't do anything special on that day, but I try every day to make small changes toward living greener and eating greener :o)

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AUBREYINGMAN 4/28/2010 12:54AM

    You know what I did for Earth day, I was with you! Still it was good to see so many people turn out for it.

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Fresh Fruit and another Green Monster

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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TINK9305 4/22/2010 5:36PM

    Hugz hope things get better for you!!!!!

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CAMELA_55 4/21/2010 10:52PM

    Wow! All that looks so good. Makes me want one. Good way to handle a bad situation. Give your body the extra nutrients it needs to handle the stress. Hope it all works out for you.
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AUBREYINGMAN 4/21/2010 3:51PM

    I was wondering why you bought that orange. I was glad that your stomach handled it well.

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DOLLBABE56 4/21/2010 2:39PM

    Yum... looks and sounds good! I love blueberries and strawberries. And bananas, blackberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, kiwi, apples, etc..etc..etc... Okay. I like it all. lol

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JOKNOWS 4/21/2010 1:23PM

    Way to try and get yourself back in the groove. I like grapes this time of year, though my all-time favorite fruit is cherries. Your drink looks very healthy. Congrats too on all the weight you've lost so far. emoticon

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ROCKER1956 4/21/2010 12:41PM

    yea

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