I am definitely a creature of habit. Most of my food choices today are repeats of items I’ve had all week. So to not bore you to tears challenge myself, I’m posing a simple question at the end of each meal: so what’s new? Here we go!
BREAKFAST: PARTS ONE + TWO
Part one of today’s breakfast consisted of a packet of Kashi Honey & Cinnamon instant oatmeal mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 scoop whey protein powder.
Pretty basic, huh? Plus there was the usual Coffee Cocoa, but that’s a repeat on any day.
And when I got to work, I just couldn’t help myself with part two: Hannah’s Bretzel. I know, you all must think I’m nuts by now considering my obsession with these things. But I can’t help it They are just so good, and although they look really big in the picture, they are actually the perfect size – much like two pieces of toast, only 1,000,000x better.
So what’s new? Well, first of all, I had a new flavor of Honest Tea to go with the delicious bretzel.
The pomegranate red tea with goji berry is my favorite so far. It also happens to be the flavor with the largest amount of added sweetness. Are we seeing a connection here? 😉 I think so.
But let’s back track for a moment, shall we? Really, the most novel (in other words, my fancy way of saying new) thing about breakfast was the fact that the picture of the oatmeal only represents 1/2 of its oat-y potential. The other 1/2 ended up here:
This picture represents why I hate dislike microwaving oatmeal 👿 Stove-top oats give me the option of leaving the room for a few minutes, without worrying about a mini explosion in the kitchen!
I had the same salad from Ponte Fresco that I had on Tuesday. I ate it outside again today, but unfortunately the benches were super crowded so I didn’t have enough room to really spread out and get a good picture. I would have had to take it in my lap, so I decided that the picture from the other day was just much prettier to look at.
So what’s new? Well today, I ate this salad while being cornered by the two P’s on all sides: people and pigeons. Now I generally like people, don’t get me wrong, but I do NOT like pigeons. They scare me because they seem so completely comfortable with walking up to you and brushing up against your leg. Ick. Plus, they let their bodily fluids flow freely with no regard for the sidewalk or car windshield. I mean honestly, show some respect pigeons. Don’t act like this guy:
Ok, I really don’t think pigeons can control where they decide to relieve themselves. But I’ve spent too much time on the subject, so I’m going to move on.
Today’s afternoon snack was a Larabar.
So what’s new? Well, I tried another new flavor: Coconut Cream Pie!
Let me preface this review by saying that I didn’t think I cared much for coconut when I bought this, but I was willing to give it a try.
And wow, I’m certainly glad I was open to experimentation. This bar was awesome. If you like coconut, you will love it. You could taste the coconut pieces in every bite! This bar was quite a bit softer than the banana cookie (not as much crunch from the nuts this time). It really filled me up all afternoon!
Finally, we come to the last meal of the day. I started out with some microwaved poached egg whites with goat cheese.
And the second part of my dinner consisted of a lot of orange: sweet potatoes and a gigantic carrot!
So what’s new? Well, the carrot was topped with PB…that’s not new…although doesn’t that PB look like a scoop of ice cream? Yum. But no…that’s not it…wait, what is that on top of the sweet potatoes? Ketchup? NO!
Barbecue sauce!! That’s right, I tried out a new topping and I really liked it! The sweetness from the sauce went perfectly with the sweetness of the potatoes. There’s a chance that ketchup has met its match!
After dinner, I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, 15 on the stationary bike, a leg workout and a little bit of ab work. It was intense! So when I came back, I refueled with some rice pudding and blueberry granola.
And now I’m watching the Olympics (duh!) and snacking on some frozen grapes. Thanks for bearing with me on my monotony of eats. I hope I made the process more enjoyable – albeit dorky and corny – for you!