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!