As promised…my hemp protein smoothie:
This one was too thick to drink, and so I ate it from a bowl, just like ice-cream, right? Yeah, I highly recommend this dish if your ice-cream flavor of choice is tutti-frutti MUD. 🙂 Lesson learned: no more hemp protein powder for me, although I am going to try using it in baked goods. Hopefully, a good dose of sugar will mask the earthy taste. I’ll keep you posted.
Now onto the breakfast goodies. Y’all, I was doing so well trying new meals every morning…until I discovered Maggie’s oatmeal recipe. It is so filling, and it’s all I want now.
In the bowl: 3/4 cup oat bran cooked with 1.5 cups water and a pinch of salt on the stove-top. I then stirred in 2 TBSP of flax seed and some vanilla. For toppings, I used strawberries, chocolate soy milk, almond butter…and whipped cream. Can you really eat shortcake without whipped cream? I think not. The stats: 427 calories, 23 grams of fat (46%), 60 grams of carbs (41%), and 20 grams of protein (12%). This kept me going through back-to-back massage sessions all morning. I didn’t eat lunch until after 1 PM and no growls from Mr. Stomach! If you haven’t had the heart healthy portion of oats (3/4 cup dry), I encourage you to try. Don’t fear that extra serving as it goes a long way in satiating hunger.
This morning’s breakfast was inspired by Abbi.
This bowl satisfied all of my morning dreams…truly an amazing addition to any breakfast menu! Again, I cooked 3/4 cups oat bran with 1.5 cups water and a pinch of salt. After it was done (oat bran cooks so fast on the stove-top!), I added some vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 TBSP Smart Balance Light, and 1 small diced apple. I then used my hand blender to creamify everything a la Chocolate Covered Vegan. I topped it off with some Trader Joe’s crunchy raw almond butter and more pumpkin pie spice. I finished the entire bowl, and my belly could not have been more grateful for all this sweet and buttery goodness. The stats: 432 calories, 19 grams of fat (29%), 83 grams of carbs (53%), and 19 grams of protein (13%). A bit heavy on the carbs, but definitely another winner in the taste and fullness department!
Will it be oats again tomorrow? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. 🙂
A HUGE shout out to Gina, aka The Fitnessista for these goodies I found waiting in my mailbox:
Gina, everything is amazing and thank you for the sweet card as well. I’ll have you know that in less than 12 hours, the bread is gone, and there are only 5 macaroons left. Let’s just say Chris and I both did a little damage. 🙂
Yoga Update: I’m taking this entire week off as my hamstring is still really tight due to a minor strain. I think the problem actually originated in some of the muscle attachments around my knee. No intense cardio this week either, as I think even my Tabata Intervals on the bike may have exacerbated the injury. 🙁 However, there will be plenty of flat surface walking and upper body strength training. I’m hoping to be back on that yoga mat next week!