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After a morning of margarita oats – not really, but the bowl was pretty awesome – I headed to the pool to catch some Vitamin D. Trust me, with the Chicago winter we went through, I had a major deficiency 😉 When I got back inside, I made myself some “ice cream” in the Vita-Mix.
It looked and tasted just like sorbet! I combined 1 cup of frozen “festival blend” fruit – pineapple, papaya and mango – with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 a banana and 6-8 ice cubes. The ice bues really kept it frozen and gave it the sorbet consistency. Yum!
Eventually, I got hungry for a little something more, so I made a breakfast repeat from yesterday.
It was the same combination of 1 cup Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt and 1 cup Kashi Go Lean, with just blackberries this time. Still deliciously creamy.
[Lunch Net Sugar: 6g]
After lunch, I chatted on the phone with Miss Sarah, which is always great She has been baking up a storm today, and as soon as I got off of the phone with her, I was inspired to whip up something in the kitchen myself!
I have been meaning to try out Maggie’s Oat Bran Mini Scones for a while. I didn’t have any brown rice syrup this time, so I substituted in 1/8 cup brown sugar in her recipe. I kept everything else the same, with one minor addition…
Instead of raisins, I smashed up 2 servings of TRADER JOE’S PEANUT BUTTER FILLED PRETZELS! Oh yes. I got the idea from VeggieGirl, who uses the pretzels in own her delicious goodies. I put the pretzels in a bag and smashed them by hand, then added them to the batter.
I then shaped the batter into a ball and spread it out flat on a cookie sheet until it was roughly level and formed a circle.
I then baked the scones at 350*F for 25 minutes and cut them into 16 even triangles.
Nutrition Information (per slice):
- 82 calories
- 3g fat
- 12g carbohydrates
- 2g fiber
- 1g sugar
- 3g protein
These make a great snack with hardly any added sugar 😉 I had one with Coffee Cocoa after my afternoon run. I went roughly 3.5 miles up and down the mountain. It was a challenge in the hot sun!!
[Snack Net Sugar: 7g]
Dinner tonight was a fantastic Papa Bender creation!
He’s goooood. The bright sauce was his take on curry, which consisted of equal parts chopped green onions, apples, and light butter heated on the stove for 4 or 5 minutes. Once the ingredients are heated and softened, you add in equal parts light whipping cream and chicken broth with roughly 2 tbsp. flour, 2 tsp. curry powder and a dash of lemon juice. Continue heating the ingredients until they thicken and voila! The man is a genius. I put a little on everything, which included a small piece of sockeye salmon:
A small piece of chicken cordon bleu (ham + swiss cheese) and steamed broccoli:
And last but certainly not least, steamed bok choy!!
It was so so good! Great combination of flavors, as always I had a glass of vino alongside the meal.
[Dinner Net Sugar: ~2g? Although really, there wasn’t anything added to this meal]
After dinner, we immersed ourselves in 24 (amazing!!) and CSI: Miami (my brother loves it). I went back for another oat scone and topped it with some PB + grape jelly for dessert.
[Dessert Net Sugar: 7g]
Combined with breakfast, I was right at about 25g of added sugar today. As the days go on, I’m finding that it’s pretty easy to avoid added sugar in my diet. I was really eating it out of habit, even though I enjoy foods without added sugar just as much. I haven’t felt like I’m giving anything up at all, which is key to sustaining this habit for the future.
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