Ready to Pump, Eat, and Get LOST

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Caitlin’s post this morning about the Road ID and why it’s so important, along with the info for her Road ID giveaway.

Work isn’t as busy as it was yesterday, thank goodness, but I’m still ready for the day to be over!

Why?

  • BodyPump is after work and I’m ready!
  • I’m excited to try a new recipe tonight – I made it up in my head and it sounds like it will be good, so we’ll see  :)
  • LOST is on!

Today’s lunch was leftovers (surprise?) and still tasty.

I had the last of the ww gnocchi dish with some steamed veggies

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Plus some strawberries

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I’ll see you after BodyPump and dinner!

cartoon_heart(photo courtesy of Greta Yorsh)

I’m so excited about starting a heart health series on Bran Appetit! I’m starting to get my ideas together and I hope to have the first part posted sometime in the next week. If there’s anything in particular you’re interested in (general heart health, heart healthy meals, exercise, etc), let me know and I’ll try my best to incorporate it into the series!

Butterscotch Me Up

Why did I wait so long to try this?

 

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This is way too good to be breakfast  :)

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup pumpkin
  • cinnamon!!!
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tsp butterscotch chips, 1 tsp mini chocolate chips

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And….one more picture, just for good measure

 

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Plus milk!

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 If you have butterscotch chips sitting in your cabinet or pantry, put them on your oatmeal – STAT!

Leftovers to the Rescue!

Ah….the long awaited post. I’ve been waiting all day for this! I was so upset I didn’t have my cord at work.

 

I’m telling you – lunch was not very exciting or filling!  I hate when I pack my lunch the night before thinking it will be great and then I don’t really want it when it’s time to eat. This is why I wish I could eat at home!

Oh well – it still tasted good. It just didn’t hold me very long, so I was pretty hungry this afternoon.

Tomato and Basil Soup

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Steamed mixed veggies

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and a hard boiled egg for some protein!

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I didn’t have much for snacks at work, so I ended up having this princess sucker I got at work. It didn’t fill me up at all, but it did take my mind off my stomach for a while.

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Nick and I were heading to some friends’ house after work, so I brought leftovers to eat in my office.

Glamorous? No.

But if we didn’t bring dinner with us, we would have to drive 30 minutes home, eat, and then turn around and drive 30 minutes back out to town and then go back home. So….leftovers in the office it was  :)

We ate some of the leftover ww gnocchi/chard/white bean meal from Sunday night.

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Yum – these leftovers had even more flavor tonight!

 

We had about an hour to burn before heading over to their house, so we went to a bookstore to look around and got some snacks. I didn’t want any actual food, but my stomach wasn’t filled yet, so I got a fat free steamer with some sugar free amaretto syrup in it.

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I have to say – I haven’t had splenda/artificial sweeteners in a while, and my stomach is all bubbly! Do you think it’s from that?

 

Now that we’re home, I’m snacking on some popcorn with olive oil and salt, blogging, and watching AI. I’m having a super hungry day for some reason.

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Today has been a loooooong, hard day – I’m going to sit here, relax, and possibly look through my new ww magazine that showed up today.

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cartoon_heart (photo courtesy of Greta Yorsh)

I’m so excited about starting a heart health series on Bran Appetit! I’m starting to get my ideas together and I hope to have the first part posted sometime in the next week. If there’s anything in particular you’re interested in (general heart health, heart healthy meals, exercise, etc), let me know and I’ll try my best to incorporate it into the series!

Links of the Day

Spooky silence: That’s the best way to describe the office today. It’s just strange and sad and eerily quiet.

Good thing I’ve been slammed all morning! It’s kind of kept my mind off of things a little bit. I’m serious, though – I just got through all the emails that were waiting for me. Blech. Plus, I still have other things to do this afternoon that I haven’t even started on!  It’s one of those days.

My oatmeal held me over wonderfully! You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of oatmeal  :)

I was about to post my lunch and realized I left my camera cord at home! I can just put my memory card in my laptop at home, but I have to use the cord on my work computer, so no pictures right now. Don’t worry – lunch wasn’t that exciting, but you’ll get to see it later regardless.

In lieu of lunch pictures, I thought I would let Roxy bring you some afternoon links

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Yes, this is what she does almost all day, every day. Oh, to have the life of a cat…

  • BSI has been announced today! Get crackin’ on those recipes!
  • Caitlin will be announcing her contest for a Road ID tomorrow – but just check it out and don’t enter so I have a better chance of winning it! :)
  • How to Eat for a Killer Immunity
  • Beadie’s BBQ contest ends today – I hope you entered!
  • Breakfast can keep you lean?  Bring. it. on. big breakfast.

See you later for lunch recap and dinner!

Thanks for all the feedback about the heart health series – I’ll start working on it! I’m excited  :)

Big Bowl of Happiness

All I could think about last night was a big bowl of oatmeal.

Why?

Because I finally remembered to buy more pumpkin yesterday! And because oatmeal is quite possibly my favorite food ever.

 

Banana Pumpkin Trail Mix Oats

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  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • lots of cinnamon
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 3 Tbsp Nuts Over Raspberries TJ’s mix

 

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Big bowl of oatmeal = big bowl of happiness

 

Plus some Hokie Milk -

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See you for lunch!

 

Would you be interested in seeing a heart health series on this blog?

Easy Spicy Dinner

After doing some prep work for this week’s lunches, I started on dinner. Nick came home a bit early, so dinner was earlier than normal – which was great, because I was starving!

 

I made Curried Lentils from Heather’s site, plus some kale cooked with onion, ginger, and the same spices.

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I was planning on making brown jasmine rice to have with dinner, but that got switched to barley. I wanted to make a barley/fruit/chicken salad for lunches this week, so I cooked the barley and got the rest of it mixed up…..and then decided to just leave the barley out so Nick could use some chicken salad for lunches, too.

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Barley already made? or jasmine rice which takes 40 minutes to cook?  Easy choice  :)

 

This meal was so good and so spicy! Plus, I felt good knowing there were so many superfoods in this meal!:

  • ginger
  • lentils
  • tomatoes
  • turmeric
  • kale
  • curry

 

Thanks for all the notes earlier  -  I really appreciate it.

 

See you for breakfast – I am excited for that!