Posts tagged ‘Oatmeal’
Christmas is getting so close I can smell it!! Ok, ok, maybe that’s just the pine trees that seem to be lined up on every street corner waiting to be sold and decorated, but still… December 9th? Where has the time gone??
I finished up another Christmas ornament tonight, but no pictures yet – it’s a gift! I was so tempted to make the popcorn I was eating last night into Christmas garlands, but I don’t have my tree yet so I decided to hold off for now (much to my tummy’s relief – it was hungry after all that crafting!). This morning I woke up and was able to drag myself out of bed to go for a run – with a little help from a very wide awake kitty who wanted to play. I was so glad I didn once I got outside and got going because it makes me feel so energized and alive. I knocked out another 3.05 miles and was back in time to make a big bowl of Banana Oats before work. No Fancy mix-ins this time, just plain ol’ Peanut Butter.Does that just look so delicious?? Warm oats are reason #2 why I love running in the morning. I come in all cold and then the oats warm me up from the inside out. Perfect way to start my day! Especially on a day where the temp on the builing outside read 30 degrees!!! Now how come we don’t have snow yet??
Tonight I’m meeting friends for dinner at a sushi place I’ve never been to before – Choshi. I seriously cannot wait!! Sushi definitely ranks up there in my favorite food list. I always try to pin down just one food to name as my favorite, but it’s too hard!! I love sushi, steak, swiss chard pie, popcorn… and the list goes on. What’s your favorite food (or foods)?
Oh my gosh… the concert last night was seriously amazing! I wish I brought my camera, but I’m always hesitant to do that at concerts because I don’t want it to get taken away from me. It was the coolest venue ever though… not too big or small, but there was a huge floor area in front of the stage with a bar in the back and then 2 horseshoe shaped balconies, each with their own bar and VIP area so you wouldn’t have to go down to the first floor to get drinks. I watched the show from the 3rd floor balcony and was lucky enough to get a prime spot directly looking at the stage with nobody in front of me. Did I tell you it was amazing? I had only heard a few of their songs before and heard them referenced on 90210 a bunch of times, so I can’t say I went there being a huge Vampire Weekend fan, but I definitely left as one!! 😀
This morning I thankfully didn’t have a hangover (I had a few drinks), but I had that gross, tired feeling that I get when I go out during the week – which is why I usually don’t. I felt like the best way to get myself feeling more normal was to hit the gym for a speedy workout. I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill on a 3 incline (I swear, running on the treadmill doesn’t feel like normal running to me – so boring!) and then did the “burnout method” of lifting; starting at 15 lb weight and working my way down to 5 lbs while increasing reps for biceps/triceps. It’s been a while since I lifted so I have a feeling I’m going to feel that tomorrow…
Afterwards I made a favorite breakfast of mine… Banana Oats!! It’s been so long since I’ve had a hot breakfast and this was so so good! It really doesn’t take much longer to make than it does a bowl of cereal… I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. I mean, I live with 2 guys, I don’t think they’re going to care if I leave a pot soaking in the sink while I’m at work – which I may have done this morning 😳
I had a heaping spoonful of TJ’s crunchy peanut butter and then I couldn’t resist sprinking on a few Ghiradelli chocolate chips. I call it “Chunky Money Oats” after the deeelicious Ben & Jerry’s Banana-fudge-walnut ice cream flavor. Now THAT is how you do breakfast!! 😀 I’m still using the bag of chips Ericasent over for my BSI win – thanks girl! Speaking of which, have you all checked out Andrea’sblog Bella Eats [and runs] for this week’s BSI?? It’s one of my favorite foods – ginger! I’m eating a Ginger People ginger chew in her honor right now 🙂 Submit your recipes soon guys!! I did… 🙂 More on that tonight though…
For breakfast this morning after a short run and some bicep & tricep work, I decided to use up some of the Banana Oats that I had prepared earlier this week. Man does that save time and cut down on cleaning pots in the morning. It doesn’t taste quiteas delicious as freshly made oats, but it still beats instant any day! Yuck… hate that stuff.
I threw in about 1/3 cup of the stewed, chopped gala apples that I had sitting in the fridge, and then I added an extra sprinkling of ginger powder to top it off (and milk of course to bring it back to life). I had a spoonful of ZAP peanut butter to go along with it… plus another small spoonful halfway through. I have to say, after giving it a second thought, ZAP isn’t as bad as I made it out to be, but it simply doesn’t taste like peanut butter.
I tried the stuff again last night smeared on a rice cake with a drizzle of honey and it was quite delicious. It works well with the sweet tangy flavor of the honey because of it’s own unique flavor. Ok here’s my official product review of the ZAP peanut butter:
Product Review – ZAP creamy natural peanut butter:
I gave this product 3 out of 5 stars, and here is my reasoning… While the ZAP butter doesn’t tastequite like normal peanut butter, it still has a good peanutty flavor, with a sweetness that reminds me of Valencia peanuts. The main complaint I have is that I found it to have an odd after taste – not unpleasant, just unexpected. I did not like the PB on a sandwich, but I did like it when it’s flavor was the main component of the dish (a la my rice cake and honey). I also thought that it worked pretty well with my Banana Oats, but I missed the usual saltiness that provides a contrast to the mild sweetness of the banana. Additionally this product offers great nutritional benefits. Boasting 1,100 antioxidants per serving due to the blend of 10 different fruits and veggies added, this would be a really good idea to sneak into childen’s pb&j sandwiches, etc. But don’t take my word for it… try it yourself HERE!
I’ll finish my post with a picture of the breakfast guest that I had while I was finishing my oats. He was talking to me here quite loudly to let me know that he wanted some attention. His name is Peekay (named after the main character in my favorite book The Power of One) and the picture is blurry because he is rarely sitting still. Such a cutie though!
Last night I was pretty wiped, so I crawled into bed around 10 o’clock. The only problem was I couldn’t actually fall asleep, regardless of how tired I felt! I lay awake tossing and turning for what feltlike all nigh, although judging by how awake I felt at 6:30am it probably wasn’t alll night. I thought it was my pillows at first, because my back and neck started hurting and I couldn’t seem to find a comfortable position, yet then I realized that I had been sleeping on those same pillows for the past two weeks and never had any problems before… well except for one or two days I guess. Then this morning it hit me – caffeine!! 😈 Yesterday and probably the days that I didn’t sleep well, I had tons and tons of caffeine! Now I’m not a coffee drinker, so I’m not used to it at all and yet still had cup after cup of caffeinated English Breakfast tea, and even a latte!
I did a little research this morning and apparently studies have shown that even caffeine consumed in the morning can have adverse effects on sleep: increasing the number of time you wake up in the night, preventing you from falling asleep, and interfering with deep sleep. Sounds like my night! Also, one article I read from the Mayo Clinic said that people can have different caffeine sensitivity levels. This sensitivity depends on factors such as (taken from the Mayo Clinic article):
- Body mass: people with smaller body masses feel the effects of caffeine sooner than those with bigger masses
- History of use: People who don’t regularly consume caffeine tend to be more susceptible to its negative effects
- Stress: All types of stress (heat, mental physical) can increase sensitivity
Well, seeing as I’m tiny and am not a coffee drinker I think it’s best I try to steer clear of caffeine! I’m switching to decaf English Breakfast tea this morning and all during the upcoming week and see if I notice a different in my sleep quality!
After a greatworkout this morning – 2.4 miles on the treadmill, lots of crunches, 15 reps bicep curl (10 lbs), 10 reps bicep curl (12.5 lbs), 15 reps tricep extensions (15 lbs), 15 reps tricep kickbacks (12.5 lbs), 10 reps tricep kickbacks (12.5 lbs)… I made some PB&J Oats!! Did you notice I actually learned the names of some arm exercises to do?? 😛
My PB&J Oats consisted of the following:
- 1 small banana, sliced very thin
- 1/3 c. oats, 1/3 c. water, 1/3 c. skim milk
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
In commemoration of the new blog, I thought it would be only fitting to start it off with a recipe for my favorite breakfast in the world – Oatmeal! 😀 I have just recently become addicted to a new kind of oats with bananas cooked into it thanks to KERF. If you’ve never tried this I definitely suggest you hop on the bandwagon…
Here’s the recipe:
1/3 cup rolled oats
½ cup water
½ cup skim milk (I like to use skim plus)
½ medium banana
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp powdered ginger
Start by combining 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 cup skim milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Slice a banana into VERY thin pieces, leaving just a few bigger chunks. As the oatmeal heats, stir vigorously at times to “whip” the banana into the oats. The oats will take 5-7 minutes on medium heat to fully absorb the liquid. They’re done when they reach your desired consistency! Then stir in the vanilla, ginger, salt and cinnamon and pour into a bowl. Add any toppings you like, such as almond or peanut butter, toasted walnuts or granola.
**I like my oatmeal a little soupier than most, so if you don’t prefer this just reduce the water and milk to 1/3 cup for each.