Heather McD Update:
1. Giving up gum for Lent was much easier than I thought! The first day was challenging, but after Day 1, my life without gum has been nothing less than minty fresh. Thank you Altoids! I did break down and have one piece of all natural xylitol sweetened gum that we sell at work – yeah, it was as gross as it sounds.
2. Dairy free month was going great up until Saturday night when I suggested my husband and I go get frozen yogurt as part of date night. We went to Oasis Yogurt where it’s all self serve AND all low calorie. Not a good combo. Better believe I filled up my entire 16 oz cup with peanut butter, Irish Cream, and Caramel yogurt. My toppings included graham crackers and peanuts. I felt so gross and bloated by the time we got home. Won’t be doing that again anytime soon…well, at least not until April 1. No, but seriously I’ve felt a lot better without dairy in my life. No more runny noses at night either! Ahh, the things I share with the World Wide Web.
3. My yoga workshop at Hot Yoga Nashville is beyond unbelievable. It’s probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, and I’m loving it! Getting up at 5 AM hasn’t been that bad as I’ve been in bed by 9 PM almost every night. Saturday’s 2-hour class was intense. Side Crow lasted for 2 breaths (but only on my right side), and we worked on headstand, which I’ve only ever done against a wall in the past. Exciting! My balance and strength have already improved, and the hamstring seems to be doing just fine.
Here are some yummy eats from the past couple of days:
This was one amazing bowl and will be repeated once I restock my barley supply. I warmed 3 ounces of cashew milk with one mashed banana and some cinnamon on the stove-top. I then stirred in one cup of cooked barley. Then into the Vita-Mix went the pot contents and 30 seconds later, I had this decadent bowl of grains served with a kiss of carob chips.
I used Maggie’s recipe for whole wheat pizza crust and topped my half with homemade pizza sauce, sauteed onions and peppers, and avocado instead of cheese. (Erin – you’re brilliant!). I ate 2 slices with some wilted spinach and my new favorite Sabra hummus – sun dried tomato. Have y’all tried this flavor yet? Delicious! This pizza was so easy, although I think I made the crust a bit too thick. Still good, and the leftovers today tasted even better reheated in the toaster oven.
Holy Yum! For today’s bowl, I cooked 1/2 cup oat bran, 1/2 cup wheat bran, 1 3/4 cup water, and a pinch of salt on the stove-top. After about 2 minutes, I dumped everything into my Vita-Mix with 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and 1 tsp maple syrup. Topped it off with some crack-laced peanut butter, and I was good to go for about 6 hours. Love this combo – it’s kind of bitter…just the way chocolate should be! The stats…hehe. Just kidding.
Thank you so much for all or your support and positive feedback on my oat bran post over the weekend. Here’s to no more calorie counting. Wow, what a tough habit to break! I’m afraid www.fitday.com might might file a missing person’s report on me soon.
Before I go, I wanted to give a shout-out to Zesty Cook, one of my favorite food bloggers.
Zesty has come out with his own e-cookbook. I guarantee it will not disappoint, and best of all, it’s free! Seriously, Zesty’s creativity in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me. Go check it out right now!