We have the house open on this beautiful November Saturday! It could be slightly cooler for my liking, but it’s still wonderful 😀
This morning I laid in bed for FOREVER just trying to figure out what I wanted to make for breakfast. I was in a pancake mood, but I don’t have the best recipe…I thought about toast with eggs and fruit, but I will be having that tomorrow after my 11 mile long run…I thought about oatmeal because I never get stove-top oats at school and microwave oats just aren’t as good, but I a big bowl of oats just seemed heavy…a french toast sandwich would be over too quickly…A smoothie was nutritious enough, but I didn’t want anything cold and I have a lot of smoothies at school… I was trying to have something lighter because I had a little too much dark chocolate last night and I really want to be able to fit into my favorite pair of jeans comfortably this winter. I was completely at a loss as to what to make, so I went with my old stand-by that I knew was delicious AND nutritious enough to suit all my needs. Oatmeal! I thought it would be too heavy for my mood, but it turned out being fine.
In my bowl: 1/3 oats, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/2 large banana (I ate the other half while cooking), 1 tbsp flax, 1/2 tbsp chia, apple pie spice (to change it up from regular cinnamon), vanilla. All of that topped with PB2 mixed with 1/2 tbsp of regular pb and agave nectar. This bowl was pretty good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some other bowls. It seemed to go cold faster than usual… I used PB2 instead of regular pb today to go a bit lighter, but I half wish I had just left it off all together. The agave nectar was good, but it got kind of lost and I wished I had used honey instead!
Side story: Whenever someone else has cereal for breakfast I ALWAYS have to have a little bite of it. For example, when Dad gets the box of cheerios out, he automatically pours a tiny handful into my hand. If he has wheat squares, he always finds me a double one and leaves it on the side for me. I don’t know how this started, really, but it is a very pleasant part of breakfast time 😀
Therefore, I also had a small handful of cheerios and 2 hooked-together wheat squares.
I ate that around 8:30am, and around 11am I made a home-made pumpkin spice latte and had some grapes to hold me over until lunch!
Pumpkin Spice Latte:
-2 cups prepared coffee (use whatever your favorite regular coffee is – I used decaf)
-1/3 skim milk – preferably organic (1 or 2% milk would be good in this too, but we didn’t have any)
-1 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
-1 packet of Truvia (more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
-shakes of pumpkin pie spice
Combine the milk, pumpkin, and spice in a small saucepan. Stir it all up until it’s smoothly combined. Heat on the stove until the milk is steamy. Combine coffee and milk. Smile.
I recommend keeping the spoon in the mug so you can stir it. The pumpkin settles at the bottom if you don’t.
I’m down to all decaf now and I think I am officially off caffeine! All I had yesterday was a cup of green tea. I’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see if it makes a big difference in my mood during the afternoon, but I think it has so far.
I worked at drank my latte until 12:30pm when I went to lunch with my best friend!
We went to Island Pasta & Company for lunch. I was looking forward to this lunch because I’d never been to this restaurant before, but I was a little disappointed. I got the grilled chicken entree. It came with grilled vegetables, fried plantains, and a piece of bread brushed with olive oil. It came with a TON of chicken and about 4 thin slices of grilled zucchini. I ate about 1/2 the chicken, all the zucchini, all the plantains, and the piece of bread plus 2 thin slices of pita bread. The chicken was just ok and I would have preferred 10 times as many vegetables. The fried plantains were SO. GOOD. I enjoyed every last bite of them 😀
After eating, we wandered around and spent some time in Joann Fabrics. Sadly, lunch wasn’t very filling so I ate a Lemon Bar Larabar a couple of hours later. That did the trick and was perfectly full. When I got home a few hours later, I was really tired and crashed on the couch for a half hour. Then we did some house stuff and I ate a snack at 6:30pm of pretzels (about 12), a few popchips (about 15), carrots, and hummus. It was so good and the perfect size “meal” after my late lunch/snack. For dessert I had just a few dark chocolate chips.
Super Foods of the Day:
Other Healthy Foods:
Pretty good for a rest day! I was on my feet a lot, though…
I’m off to go work on a little work before maybe reading in bed and turning the light out early for my long run tomorrow! 11 miles!