First- can I just say how amazing it is to be waking up to the sun? Those dark months with dark mornings are leaving us, hello sunshine!
Today’s let us talk food. Here are my eats from yesterday:
Breakfast: 6:30 am
Since I am obsessed and pretty much stuck on single serving pancakes, I have been experimenting with new combinations. Some are successful, others are scrambled. Yesterday’s breakfast may have looked successful, but it took some time for me to figure out how exactly I would flip the delicate thing. In went 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup liquid egg whites, 2-3 tbsp applesauce, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and a shake of cinnamon. The biggest issue with using only egg whites is there is no yolk to emulsify the ingredients, so they don’t stick together as well.
The trick that works every time, however, is putting my nut butter on top of the pancake while the other side is cooking. That way it melts effortlessly and is easily spread. This morning was almond butter plus a few drops of honey.
As always, I had two cups of coffee, 32 oz of water + 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, and a square of my current favorite dark chocolate.
Morning snack: 10:00 am
I packed strawberry yogurt to snack on after my workout once I got to work and boy was it good. Still, all morning I felt so hungry! I went ahead and ate the apple I packed to go with my lunch and drank some coffee with it. I also found the cherry flavored Hershey kiss sitting in my office impossible to resist.
Lunch: 12:30 pm
Lunch was a mish-mash bowl of fresh spinach, salsa, mashed sweet potato, feta cheese, and white beans. I steamed it in the microwave because my body much prefers cooked veggies.
Did you know that cooking veggies in the microwave help them to best retain their nutrients? Steaming is second best, but a lot of the nutrients get lost in the water underneath them.
Afternoon Snack: 3:15 pm
Before my vitamins class I snacked on a bagel thin with neufchatel cheese and dab of strawberry preserves. Mom didn’t like the bagel thins, so she sent them home with me. I think they make a good “snack size” bagel.
Enjoyed outside in the beautiful 70 degree weather!!!
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Dinner was something different. I saw these pigs in a blanket shared on someone else’s blog and I was reminded of the ones my aunt serves at pretty much every holiday. Nostalgia will get you! I picked up some crescent rolls at the grocery store and wrapped my favorite spinach & feta chicken sausage in a warm, flaky blanket. I cut the sausages in half before wrapping to make them stretch further.
On the side was a very normal pile of steamed cabbage seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Plus ketchup and mustard.
Evening Snack: 9:30 pm
Following some exciting school work for my sports nutrition class I had a slice of slightly dry chocolate banana bread. Hear me out, don’t try to health-ify already health-ified baked goods. I cut the sugar in half and left out the chocolate chips and I suffered the consequences.
I did, however, up its game with a smear of peanut butter and a cold glass of almond milk. Yum.
Now, let’s talk food.
What’s your favorite brand of chocolate?
What breakfast keeps you full the longest?
How do you usually cook your veggies?