Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is almost here – can ya believe it?!
Well, unlike some of my other breakfast endeavors in the kitchen, I tried something new for Thursday morning’s breakfast – and got it right on the first try! So what was it, you ask?
That’s right – I finally rememberd to soak them last night. It’s so darn easy (berries + water + bowl), I should have been doing it for months now! Oh well. I soaked about 1/4 cup of red wheatberries (also known as “groats”)in cold water overnight. Then this morning, I added them to a pot of 1/4 cup of multi-grain hot cereal and some water + salt.
While they were cooking, I was looking through the fridge when a foodie thought occurred to me – rice pudding! I usually think of pudding as a snack or dessert, but this morning I thought why not add it to my oats?! So I did I poured out most of the liquid from the oats and made Groat Pudding!
The verdict? I am definitely having wheatberries as often as possible. Period. They are chewy, filling and went perfectly with the rice pudding and multi-grains – a combo I will make again soon!! I can’t wait to start varying the toppings with this dish.
I finished off breakfast with Coffee Cocoa in a new mug that I got at Caribou Coffee over the weekend. I simply love their slogan: “Life is short. Stay awake for it.” So true!
I had my usual mid-morning snack at about 10:30 am. I tried something new today – a Clif Mini Bar!! I’ve read about these on other blogs for quite a while and kept looking for them at Target, but they were always out of stock…until last weekend!
I tried the chocolate chip flavor. It was really good! It’s not as big as a Clif ZBar, but it’s good when I’m looking for a somewhat smaller snack/boost of energy.
I met up with Bobby for lunch today! We both packed lunches but decided to eat them together We found a food court about halfway between our offices, so it worked out great. I started out with my sandwich – two slices of Arnold Flax & Fiber bread with turkey, honey mustard and spinach – classic!
I also had one of the juiciest red pears I’ve had all year. It was so easy to bite into, and juice was getting all over me – but I consider that a good thing, because it was extra sweet!
I also had some more of the barbecue soy crisps that I bought from Trader Joe’s.
And last – but certainly not least! – Bobby and I got the urge to go into the McDonald’s in the building and get ourselves a treat. We split a vanilla ice cream cone!! Oh did this hit the spot.
Lunch kept me going for a while. I knew that Bobby and I were planning on playing tennis and eating dinner later though, so near the end of work I made myself a bag of Pop Secret 100-calorie butter popcorn.
It was a good pick-me-up! Although all the popping in the office got me a few stares!!
DINNER + DOWNPOUR!!
But when I left the office – it was raining! And lucky me, I left my umbrella in the wrong bag! Considering I have quite the walk, I was literally soaked by the time I got home! So…tennis was clearly out! I was still getting hungry enough for dinner, so it was time to eat instead I started out with some microwaved egg whites with goat cheese, feta cheese and spinach mixed in – great combination!
Then I had a spinach salad drizzled in Annie’s Woodstock dressing and topped with a huge serving of whipped cottage cheese. I definitely got some protein and fiber in this meal!
A view from above:
After dinner, I went to the gym and did 35 minutes on the elliptical, plus an arm machine workout. Then I came home and snacked on some blueberries and cherries while watching Lost – a perfect way to end the evening!!
Have a GREAT Friday everyone