Today was simply awesome. There’s a lot to talk about, so I’ll get right to it!
I tried out a new hot cereal this morning. I found it at Whole Foods yesterday and thought I’d use it to mix up my breakfasts a bit. It’s called Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Gluten Free Hot Cereal. Whew – that’s a mouthful;)
I combined 1/4 cup of the hot cereal with 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk and 1/2 sliced banana. I cooked it on the stove over medium heat until it started bubbling. I stirred and stirred and stirred - it took a while for it to get a thicker consistency! Finally, I added in about 1 tbsp. of ground flax to absorb a little more of the liquid.
The result? I really enjoyed the taste of this hot cereal! It actually tasted a lot like mushy oatmeal - I know that might sound gross, but honestly there wasn’t much of a difference between this and oatmeal other than the actual texture. I added some white chocolate chips on top to make it sweeter. I will definitely make this again, and can’t wait to vary up the toppings, just as I do with my oats. I also have to point out my new bowl – courtesy of a gift card to Urban Outfitters
I sipped a mug of Coffee Cocoa to round out the morning. I found the 365 Brand Organic Hot Chocolate and while it is slightly more expensive, it doesn’t have the sucralose and other crazy ingredients, so it was worth it. But I have to ask…
What’s your favorite brand of hot chocolate?
The rest of the morning was spent lazying around watching television and doing laundry. Oh how I love Sunday mornings with nothing to do!
I told you the sweet potato would become a staple in my diet:) I had another one for lunch today with some sliced turkey.
And for an extra treat, I had fresh & frozen blueberries + whipped cream!
But my sweet tooth just wouldn’t quit, so I ended up having a square of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate – the one that’s 60% cacao. Delicious!
After lunch, I headed to the gym with Bobby. I did 30 minutes on the Stairmaster, 10 minutes on the stationary bike and my leg workout. Great sweat session I came back and made myself a shake…
Which you will see in another post – coming soon! Can’t wait to show ya…
EXCITEMENT + DINNER
And now for the best part of today! Originally I was planning on eating an omelette for dinner (a Sunday night trend), but Bobby and I got out and walked for a bit instead. All of the sudden, we ran into this:
Um, woah! I did NOT realize there was a bike race going on! Craziness. It was insane to see how fast this huge peloton (group of bikers, Bobby says) were going. There was a car out in front that would clear the way and then ZOOM! they came racing through. They must have done close to 100 laps, because they had 57 to go by the time we got there!
While we were walking around, wouldn’t you know we came across a Whole Foods booth! Turns out, they were one of the sponsors for the event. And I came home with…
FREE LARABARS! In flavors I have never tried before, too – I’m going to give them another chance:)
So in seeing the Whole Foods, we decided to scrap the idea of omelette night in favor of going to the actual Whole Foods location for…the hot bar!
I got myself some Greek salad with red and green peppers and tomato, corn salad with zucchini, bean salad with red beans and garbanzos, red potatoes, roasted garlic, artichokes and tofu!
It was so fun to get out and see something that really only happens during the summertime. I felt like it was really one of the first nights I enjoyed being in Chicago for the summer and taking advantage of one of the many things there are to do in this great city. Cheesy, I know – but it was fun:)
And now the week begins again with an early meeting with the alarm clock tomorrow.
Snooze button, anyone?