Try, try again!!
My multi-grain hot cereal came out a lot better this morning! I believe there are three key reasons for this successful turnaround:
1) I used less liquid.
2) I added a pinch of salt for the first time ever.
3) I made it on the stove! This last reason is key.
I used 1/2 cup of the dry grains, 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, and a pinch of salt. Even though the oatmeal box SAYS to use salt, I never thought to actually do it until I read Kath’s post from a few days ago, when she said it made all the difference. This bowl definitely had more flavor to it!
Coupled with flax and wheat germ, the rye, barley, oats and wheat had a lot of chew! I also added some sliced banana about halfway through the cooking process – they melted into tiny “marshmallows” I enjoyed this multi-grain version very much – and got a great tip from “A” that I will use next time: 1/2 old fashioned + 1/2 multi-grain. Thanks!
I ate the oats with a spoonful of Better ‘n Peanut Butter from Trader Joe’s.
I’ve actually had this before. It definitely does NOT taste like peanut butter, and it’s definitely not better ‘n it (haha), BUT I do like it and always appreciate some variety It’s got a whole different set of nutritionals too – 100 calories for 2 tbsp. with less fat and sodium, but a bit more sugar than regular PB.
On the side, I had 1 cup of Rainier cherries – my FAVORITE! I love when these are in season – they have a sweet and sour taste to them!
Plus some Coffee Cocoa, for good measure.
I brought a juicy red pear with me for a snack today. I knew we were having lunch catered, so I didn’t want to fill up with a Clif ZBaR. Fruit keeps me satisfied, but still hungry for a big lunch an hour later!
Oh boy. I was one lucky duck for today’s lunch – catered by COSI!! Why yes, I did have Cosi for dinner last night. But offer it to me for free? The way to my heart!
Unfortunately, they only ordered the rustic white bread. But you know it was still mm mm good! I chose the Sesame Chicken sandwich – chicken, lettuce, shredded carrots, and sesame dressing! I didn’t snap a picture because we were in the meeting, but here’s my mom’s from last night again, because I’m all about the visual representation!
The only differences here are that 1) it’s a completely different sandwich and bread and 2) there were no baby carrots this time. Other than that, it’s completely the same (aka nothing about this picture is similar other than the Cosi logo, haha).
Since I didn’t have baby carrots, I had to get my vegetables in another form:
Yes, potato chips. Haha – you thought it would be a real vegetable? Yeah, I wish! But I don’t have chips often (if at all!), and these were portioned out, “kettle baked” and tasty – so I went for it. I had the baby carrots in my sandwich 😉 – so no worries!!
So my stomach wasn’t really cooperating with me this afternoon. It just felt kinda funny – not really sick, not really in pain. I decided to try some tea to see if that would help. I found Celestial Seasoning’s Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride in our office kitchen – speaking of Christmas 😉 I brewed it up and it smelled A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. – like fresh sugar cookies straight out of the oven!
But then I started drinking it and it was…I don’t know…too sickly sweet? It actually started to smell buttery, it was really odd! So unfortunately, my stomach was saying “nuh-uh” and I couldn’t finish it.
When work was almost over, I finally started getting a little hungry again. I knew dinner wouldn’t be for another hour at least, so I broke out the final piece of my Cosi lunch box:
Can you say chocolate CHUNK? It was awesome! I only ate half because I wasn’t sure how my stomach would react to the chocolate/sugar overload (given the experience with the tea). But it was well worth every bite!
I took some tilapia out of the freezer this morning, inspired by Chandra’s quesadilla from last night! We had a bunch of spinach to use up, so Bobby and I made two huge salads with tilapia, mushrooms and a drizzle of Annie’s Woodstock dressing.
I cooked the tilapia in a pan on the stove with some cooking spray and a lemon pepper marinade from Newman’s Own. It turned out great – a delicious way to end the evening!
After dinner, I did a workout on my new BOSU ball! It was invigorating – but I didn’t get super sweaty like I usually do. I know that sounds gross, but it’s kind of how I measure the strength of my workouts. I think I’ll use it as a supplement to cardio from now on – unless anyone has any ideas on how to pump up the intensity??