How can it be January with this weather we are having?! It was a winter day that reached into the high 60’s! We took full advantage of this beautiful “Spring” day. We had a somewhat rough night over here. Our trashman comes at 3 am and last night it woke the baby. Come on, seriously! 3 am?? She had a rough time getting back to sleep because of some teething issues I think. She woke up and went back to sleep a couple times between 3 and 430 then slept until our usual 830 wakeup. So I guess it wasn’t too terribly rough.
We woke up and had our usual cereal. I feel like the food blog world kind of looks poorly upon cereal. Some say it doesn’t keep them full for long and that its too full of carbs. This CAN be true, but it doesn’t have to be. I eat cereals that are made of whole grain and do not have sugar as one of the first three ingredients. Once in a while I’ll get more of a “kid” cereal but not often. When paired with a piece of fruit and organic skim milk, it hits the whole grains, fruits, protein, and calcium. I have roughly 2 cups of milk with my cereal so that’s 16 g protein in the milk alone! And I know it is a carb heavy meal, but that’s ok. In fact, its best to have most of your carbs earlier in the day. This morning it was 2 bowls of shredded wheat (mostly unfrosted with a couple frosted ones tossed in for some sweetness) with a banana. I ended with 1 bowl of mulitgrain cheerios and 1 tiny bowl of multigrain peanut butter cheerios to finish up the milk.
Did you know that all those vitamins and minerals listed to be in cereal often get washed off by the milk. So if you discard the milk your cereal sat in, you are throwing away good vitamins. I pour my milk first then eat cereal until the milk is gone!
Sometimes I’ll make oats or eggs or pancakes for breakfast but cereal works for me partly because of how quick it is. After I wake up I have to nurse Cassidy, pump, change her diaper, get Alyssa, etc all before I get a chance to eat. That all takes about 45 minutes. I am ravenous by that point and cereal is in my stomach quickly, no prep work needed!
I dropped Alyssa off at “preschool” for an hour this morning. Its really just a drop in care I use a couple times a month, but she loves it and it is a preschool technically. I was supposed to meet Dave to run but he couldn’t get away from work so Cassidy and I ran by ourselves. My running buddy took a little nap while I ran roughly 3 miles. It was a gorgeous day and could not have been better running weather. I ran through a community I had never been in before so it was all new to me therefore not at all boring. The perfect conditions made up for the slight headache I had from my cold that’s coming on and my lack of sleep the night before. It was a slow run but a good one. We hit up the park for a while before coming home for lunch.
An entire 5 oz tub of mixed greens and spinach with a leftover chicken breast and feta cheese. I topped it with a tiny bit of lite sesame ginger dressing. I am not big on dressings so I maybe eat a teaspoon on a huge salad. I always order dressing on the side when I’m out so they don’t saturate my entire salad.
1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/3 stevia packet, 1 tsp vanilla extract, sweetened coconut flakes, and 1/2 cup granola.
Banana and 2 TB peanut butter.
The last 2 bites of banana I switched to my homemade almond butter. Its looking like oats in a jar are in my near future.
I was able to keep snacking to a minimum this afternoon. A couple almonds and a bite of cottage cheese straight from the container. It was a different brand than I usually buy and I wasn’t a fan or else more than 1 spoonful would had been consumed.
Dinner was organic ground beef burgers with bacon and 2 slices of swiss cheese on an english muffin. Ketchup and mustard were added later. On the side we had roasted sweet potato wedges, also dipped in ketchup.
Dave poured us a glass of wine to drink with dinner since I had just fed the baby. He broke the cork while opening it and there were floaties in the glass. I took like 2 sips and was too weirded out by the floaties so Dave drank the rest.
I timed dinner pretty poorly tonight so the kale chips weren’t finished until we were finished with the rest of dinner. They weren’t even finished, they were still pretty chewy, but we ate them anyway.
And the best part of the night by far…These AMAZING cookies. I wish I would have measured what I put in these so I could put up a recipe. Oops. Guess I will just have to make them again! They were made primarily of beans and you would never know. I swear! Most of the cookies I make are really good, but you can tell the difference between them and a traditional buttery cookie, which is still ok by me. But these are super healthy, high protein and low calorie, and taste just like the “real” thing! They remind me of Mama Pea’s cookie dough balls. And I think we’ve all made and devoured those a time or two! I am going to have to stock up on beans next time I go shopping because I see a lot of these in my future! They are an amazing vegan peanut butter chocolate chip bean cookie dough ball. My batch made 17 cookies, I ate 7. They were all consumed within minutes which I later regretted when I wanted one at 9 pm.
Its a good thing I don’t have anymore cans of white beans in my house or else a second batch would had been made and devoured!