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Breaking Out of My Food Rut

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I havenít been blogging as much as I used to, mostly because I havenít really been making anything new lately. Especially with Aubrey working so much, my food has gotten very repetitive. And it certainly isnít interesting to see the exact same meals and snacks all the time.

I finally decided I had to try some new things and did them all pretty much the same day.

The first thing I changed up was my breakfast. Ever since I figured out a way to enjoy oatmeal I have stuck with my same recipe the whole time.

1/2 cup (40 grams) of oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 (50 grams) banana
1 tbsp (5 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop (8 grams) pea protein

I blend up the banana with the water, pour it over the oats and cook in the microwave. When it is done I add the protein and cocoa powders and mix in. Then I let it sit for a bit to harden up for a texture similar to a soft oatmeal cookie. I love topping it with some peanut butter!! I can eat a bite of oatmeal and then get a little peanut butter too. It is so good!

As you can see in the pictures, it is thick enough that I can break off a piece with my spoon. I could even pick it up with my fingers. My favorite part is when Iím all done and I eat the leftover peanut butter. I try and sneak just little nibbles the whole time so I can really savor a big hunk of peanut butter!

The first oatmeal switch idea I had was to make a strawberries and cream version. It turned out entirely too mushy for me.

It had 1/2 cup of oats, a few fresh strawberries, and 1/2 a tub of vanilla Greek yogurt. I think it was just too much yogurt for the amount of oats.

I did try again though! This time I just cut the strawberries in half, and had them on the side instead of mixed in. I still had the other half a tub of vanilla Greek yogurt, so I split that in half. I mixed half with 1/3 cup of oats and let it sit for 10 minutes (un-overnight oats!). I added a sprinkle of cinnamon in there as well. I kept the other half on the side.

What I hated about the last time I had un-overnight oats
is that it really made me crave yogurt. So I had to make sure I had some yogurt by itself. I would eat a strawberry half, take a bite of the un-overnight oats, and then a scoop of yogurt. Finally, the best part, a nibble of dark chocolate peanut butter.

This was an amazing mix of stuff and I can definitely do it again if I actually ever get sick of my usual oats routine.

For my snack I decided to try and clean up my bar obsession (you can see evidence hereÖ

And hereÖ)

Instead, I tried a Larabar.

I actually have tried one before, but I didnít find it to be filling at all. Especially with how many calories they are! The peanut butter cookie one has 220 calories. This time I had a green monster first.

This one had spinach, banana, mixed berries, cocoa powder, protein powder, dark chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate Amazing Meal.

Yum! Super chocolatey.

The BEST part of a Larabar? The ingredients list!

Look at that! I absolutely love that. I just wish I liked the texture better. (Donít mind the bite I took before the picture.)

While it tasted good, the texture was just too mushy for me. I liked the chunks of peanuts, but there just wasnít much to chew. The Kashi bars, the go lean rolls especially, are super chewy and I LOVE that! It helps the bar last longer, and I get something that I can easily travel with if need be.

Speaking of which, Iím going out of town soon for a family reunion (Iíll be meeting family Iíve never met before!). I have absolutely NO CLUE what my eats will consist of. We are packing a cooler for the trip with snacks and stuff, but as for the meals there, I have no idea what will be available. Weíll also be spending about half our day in the car, so Iím hoping I can find some healthy food and take some breaks to get out and get my blood pumping.

I have some other foods Iíve tried recently, but this blog is probably long enough! So I just have to ask. What have you been eating? I need new recipes!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AUBREYINGMAN 6/18/2010 11:21PM

    Now that I am gone all the time I don't get to try your yummy creations. They look pretty tasty.

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DNJEN471 6/13/2010 6:38PM

    The other night Jeff really wanted a white pasta sauce- he is going back to his Vegan ways- so that makes it a bit difficult. I have tried making it from scratch using silk, etc. but you end up using so much processed food to make it happen. So I found a recipe on the food network website- Rachael Ray made it. It was a whole wheat pasta with cauliflower sauce. Essentially the sauce is olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 onion, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 cup vegetable broth and rosemary. I don't have all the directions in front of me to share- but I am sure you could find it. You basically mash the cauliflower so it ends up saucy- it was actually really good. The recipe called for cheese to be tossed in- which we skipped.

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CAMELA_55 6/11/2010 7:39AM

    Yummy stuff there! Thanks for sharing that!

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DENI_ZEN 6/10/2010 11:13PM

    I LOVE your chocolate-y, peanut butter-y creations here! They satisfy that desire for creamy, rich, peanut butter-y and chocolate-y nicely, I would think!You're very creative :) - Sandi

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