I was amazed when I heard about Michael Phelps (Ha – have I mentioned him in every post since the Olympics started? Hmm…almost!) having water in his goggles and the fact that he was STILL able to win the gold and beat the world record! I can understand his frustration (or, as a couple of you pointed out in the comments, his perfectionist mindset that told him “good enough is not enough”) over not getting the time he wanted. But he still did a great job and, as I’m sure you’ve seen in the news, is now considered the best.Olympian.ever. Wow!
On another, slightly less cheery note, I was very saddened when I saw the story about the little girl who was forced to lip-synch during the opening ceremony. Leslie from The Weighting Game talks about it in her post today – check it out.
Not really sure how to transition to food…
So let’s just not 😉 How about this: I’ll start from the beginning.
I tried out a new Chobani Greek yogurt this morning – the vanilla flavor. I know some other food bloggers have commented that they thought this particular flavor tasted either too sweet or too disgusting. I’m here to tell you that they are all crazy entitled to their opinions, but I personally thought it was excellente!
By the way, totally kidding about the crazy joke 😉 I think the reason I like it is because I have such a sweet tooth, so adding a little bit of sugar to the plain yogurt did wonders for me. Now I really want to try the fruit flavored Chobani yogurts – I’m thinking a big Chobani buy at the grocery store this weekend!
Anywho, I added some goodies to the yogurt: 1/8 cup old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup TJ’s High Fiber stix, and 1 tbsp. ground flax. Here it is all nice and neat:
And now here it is all mixed up and creamy:
Yum. I got the idea to add oats to the yogurt from Heather over at Hangry Pants. I love the way uncooked oats taste when mixed with something creamy – it brings on an entirely different flavor!
I finished off breakfast with the usual.
Can’t. Get. Enough.
BREAKFAST – TAKE TWO?
I tried something a little different today. Even though my breakfast was pretty filling, it was slightly smaller than usual in terms of its caloric fuel. The reason for this was because I was toying around with the idea of splitting breakfast into two parts – one at home and one right when I get to work. My thinking went something like this: I usually arrive to work hungry (after walking several blocks), but I tell myself to wait it out until a certain time for my official “morning snack,” simply because it was ingrained in me that meals should be split a certain number of hours apart. But that completely defeats the idea of intuitive eating, right? So I decided that instead of waiting for the morning snack, I should just split up breakfast into two parts and have the second half of my breakfast immediately after I get to work, thereby diminishing the real need for a morning snack and listening to my body more intuitively.
So what did I choose for my second breakfast? Why, a new Larabar, of course!
I’ve been hearing rave reviews about the banana cookie flavor. Since I pretty much love banana-flavored anything, I decided to give it a go I’m so glad I did!
This bar definitely smelled like a banana cookie, with a hint of dates (obviously, since that’s one of the other ingredients)! It’s a soft and chewy bar in that it’s easy to bite into, yet there was a lot of crunch throughout from the nuts, which made eating it much more fun from a textural standpoint. In fact, it tasted more nutty than anything else. There was definitely a hint of banana, but the nuts overpowered it. I didn’t mind that though, and was actually even a little glad because otherwise I think it could have been too sweet. But overall, it’s another winner from Larabar – I’m glad I gave these another chance!
Since I didn’t make a big trip to the regular grocery store over the weekend, I’ve been buying my lunch this week (overall it adds up to roughly the same as my grocery bill). Today I got a HUGE Mediterranean salad from an Italian café near my office called Soprafina.
This salad boasted some very impressive ingredients: cucumbers, green and yellow peppers, kalamata olives, feta, red onions and sliced tomatoes with a Lemon-Athenian dressing.
I just love packing all the veggies into one fresh, crisp and satisfying meal.
I tried a new flavor of Honest Tea today – Peach Oo-La-Long. It was definitely not as sweet as the berry flavor, but still good. I wonder if they sell these in bulk somewhere…anybody know?
The guy at Hannah’s Bretzel knows me by now from the various trips to get skim mochas, Honest Tea and bretzels. I asked for a whole grain bretzel because I was feeling in need of a carb energy boost. He gave it to me with the tea but when he told me the total, I looked at him kind of funny but didn’t say anything. Turns out, he gave me the bretzel for free! I guess it’s because they were already done making them for the day and would have just thrown the leftovers out, so he felt bad charging me for it? Either way, I was pleasantly surprised, though I didn’t realize it until afterward so I couldn’t thank him! But it definitely put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!
And now for some actual cooking on my part – hurray!! I’m pretty proud of what I came up with tonight, featuring these:
There are two servings per bag, but I used both servings because there really is nothing to these noodles! I combined the bag with 1/2 cup low sodium tomato soup and a Quorn chik’n cutlet in the microwave to create this delectable outcome:
It was SO.GOOD. The tofu noodles are definitely a little slimier than regular pasta and they don’t have a very distinct taste, but combined with the tomato soup and chik’n cutlet, they were outstanding. Plus I crumbled a little goat cheese over the top – can’t go wrong there, right?
After that delicious bowl, I treated myself to a rice pudding cup with some Bear Naked blueberry granola on top. I ate it with a mini spoon to get the most enjoyment out of it I love them!
I went to the gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical and a bicep/tricep/shoulder workout. Then I came back and had a square of dark chocolate – double dessert!
I also snacked on some frozen grapes while I was writing this post, but that’s becoming as much of a given as my Coffee Cocoa!
Another great night of Olympics watching. Hope everyone has been enjoying it