Say it with me – TGIF!
This is going to be a great weekend, full of fun activities and I just can’t wait to get it started! So I did…with some Apple Crisp Oatmeal!
In the mix:
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 stewed apple (chopped and microwaved for 2 mins with 1 tsp agave nectar, cinnamon, vanilla & a splash of water)
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Almond slices
I actually added in about a tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powder at the end because it was kind of runny. Holy cow – it made the oatmeal taste like cookie dough! More experimentation on that one, for sure!
These apples look super orange – almost like dried apricots (I wish!) – but I assure you, they’re apples. Used to top oatmeal, french toast, yogurt, ice cream – they’re a great low cal, high flavor addition. Plus they make their own cinnamon syrup as they cook. To die for!
Lunch includes this Trio of Deliciousness!
Some green beans, baked beans and pulled pork.
Someone commented that they like to put their extra pulled pork on pizza crust and use BBQ sauce as the “sauce”. Umm, genius! I might have to make that happen sooner rather than later.
So, I’ve gotten a bunch of questions over the past couple weeks that I thought I’d answer on the blog for everyone to see/read! Here goes…
You don’t seem to mention snacks. Do you not eat between meals?
I’m actually not a big snacker. I have my breakfast everyday, which you see, and then I always try and make sure there’s two or three components to my lunch so I can stretch them out over the afternoon. Occasionally, if a co-worker has brought in a treat I’ll have one of those but, for the most part, no I don’t snack during the day. I do, however, have a dessert every night around 8:00!
How did the Bare Minerals matte makeup work for you?
I’m sad to report that the Bare Minerals matte makeup totally dried my face out and I can’t use it. I have the world’s most sensitive skin though so, if you’re curious about it, I would recommend giving it a try yourself. If it didn’t make my face itch like crazy, I’d totally use it because my skin looked so smooth with it on! For now, I’m using HD Makeup Forever – which I’m totally in love with!
Are you a fan of “sneaking” healthy food into other foods–for example, making brownies with pureed beets or meatloaf with shredded carrots?
I’m lucky in that Ben and I both love our fruits and veggies, but there are tons of ways to “sneak” in the good stuff without picky eaters knowing. Add pureed cooked cauliflower to mashed potatoes, or cooked peas/broccoli/carrots to make mashed potatoes a fun color for kids. Add some steamed broccoli slaw to chili or stir frys. Stuff smoothies with spinach and tons of healthy fruit. Make salads that include all the veggies in your fridge, etc.
Baking is one area where I don’t try and sneak or swap out ingredients. When I’m baking, I’m looking for a fabulous indulgent treat!
Where did your Mom get her dishes?
She actually got her dishes at Kmart, believe it or not! They’re from the Martha Stewart unbreakable series.
How do you workout during lunch? Don’t you get all sweaty?
Yes I surely do! However, my gym is at my work and we also have locker rooms where I can shower up (I don’t wash my hair) before I head back to my desk. No co-workers harmed in the process.
There you go! Got any other burning questions? Just let me know!
Today is feeling like a latte kind of day. I heard Starbucks got a new toffee flavor. Does anyone know what that’s all about?
Have a great day everyone – see you this evening for a quick post before some chilly plans!
Do you eat oatmeal? What are your favorite toppings?
I love these stewed apples – but you can NEVER go wrong with bananas and almond butter on top!