Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sugar & Spice...

Morning everyoneJ  I thought since I hadn't done a "breakfast/lunch" post in awhile that today would be a good day for itJ

After having a nearly 5 month love affair with bagel thins, I'm finally branching out back to my beloved oats.  The easiest way I have of making them 'on the go' is to add a 1/4 cup of dry old fashioned oats (and 1/2 scoop of chia seeds) to a large mug and to fill it 3/4 full with hot water once I get to work.  I let it sit for about 10 minutes to absorb the water, then I add a little milk, stir it all up and microwave for 1 minute. (watch carefully!  Oats tend to 'bubble over' quickly)  Then I add one scoop of pumpkin pie, honey apple or fig butter for a little sweetness and it's good to go! 
By letting the oats take the time to 'soak up' all the water & milk, this ends up making a HUGEEE bowl of oats for JUST the calories of 1/4 cup of dried oats!  (73 calories to be exact...although don't forget to factor in the milk & your sweetener of choice!

FYI- I also tried this with 'quick oats' and it came out VERY much like tapioca pudding (I think the "swelled" chia seeds helped!)  I liked it, but I'm not sure that's everyone 'consistency cup of tea'J  Just giving you a heads upJ

And after a near 5 month hiatus, I'm BACK to LOVING my ChobaniJ  I try to eat these at least 3 times a week, either for lunch or breakfast...
I had the yogurt along with one of these new Chocolate chip brownie & oat bars from Trader Joe's.  I can't say they will TOTALLY kick a chocolate brownie craving (they taste a bit too 'fiberous' for that), but they are still pretty tasty if you're wishing for something sweet.
ANDDDDD while I had all good intentions with my random snacks for the day...

...that all went by the wayside when the call of the 70 degree weather day just REQUIRED a trip to the Bent Spoon for a snack/'early dessert' afternoon treat...
I got to try the brown sugar & clove (sooooooooo spicy!) and the ROASTED PUMPKIN MASCARPONE (which I loveeeeeeeed for it's MELLOW spice).  Soooo perfect for the GLORIOUS FALL day that was yesterday: 

Ice Cream + Foliage = Not a bad dayJ 

I rounded out the day with some leftover Moo Shu Pork (that recipe made enough for 2-3 meals!!) and more 'mexican influence' from rice & beansJ hahahhahahahaha
And I show you all of this again because it took Scott & I TWO dinners to realize that lettuce wraps would have been an EXCELLENT low cal swap for the flour tortillas!  I was SO mad I didn't think of it soonerJ  Oh timeJ hehehehehhe

So that wraps up my day.  Is this week going slow for anyone else??  Unlike my normal 'day ahead' thoughts, this week I am a 'day behind.'  I thought it was Thursday when it was Wednesday so now I think it most definitely SHOULD be Friday by now!  No such luckL Oh well...exactly TWO WEEKS till THANKSGIVING and I CAN NOT WAIT!

Have a good (yeesh) Thursday everyoneJ

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