Orange Ya Glad It's Friday

by HEAB on May 15, 2009

Many of you requested orange oats today, and I listened.  However, I did not go the conventional carrot route.  Come on, you guys should know me by now. That would be way too normal for my taste. :)

I present to you my breakfast:

Savory Orange Oats

Sun Dried Tomato Oats

I went with a savory bowl this morning and blended 6 sun dried tomatoes and some salt into 1 cup cooked oat bran.  I also added some chia seeds for a little more protein, fiber, and fat.  My toppings were scrambled eggs, hummus, and lots of ground black pepper.  This was a nice change, but I missed my almond butter.  It will definitely be back tomorrow!

So, as of today, May is half over, and I figured I give you a quick update on some of my May challenges.

1. Wean myself off caffeine.  This is going okay.  I’ve been off the Juice, AKA sugar-free vanilla Coffee-Mate for 2 weeks now, and I don’t even want my morning mug of coffee without it.  However, I don’t want the full-blown caffeine headache either.  So, I’ve been doing half coffee/half herbal coffee with almond milk and stevia.  Nieves, who is also giving up caffeine, sent me the sweetest package filled with all kinds of different herbal coffee samples and some tea:

Dandy Blend, Inka, and Original Zen Herbal Coffees...No caffeine included. :)

Dandy Blend, Inka, and Original Zen Herbal Coffees...No caffeine included. :)

Thank you so much Nieves!  These samples along with the Teeccino I’ve been using have helped me decrease my coffee consumption to almost zero.  Today, I haven’t had any coffee at all.  I simply brewed a cup of the Inka grain coffee, and stirred in 1 heaping tsp of dark cocoa powder with some almond milk and stevia.  This was actually really delicious, and I’m hoping the small amount of caffeine in the cocoa powder will keep any headaches at bay.

2. The New Foods Challenge.  Katie’s challenge has been a lot of fun.  So far, I’ve tried purple cauliflower and two new nut butters.  I already have 2 foods in mind I want to try, and I look forward to sharing them with you soon.

3. The Raw Wednesday Challenge. My first Wednesday didn’t go so hot, but I did much better this past week.  Thanks goodness for Gena’s raw Italian pizza cheese.  Love that stuff!

4. Last, but not least, I signed up for Bobbi’s Simple Life Challenge.  Just trying to cut back on spending.  Doing a lot of eating in which Chris and I usually do anyway. Trying to walk instead of drive when possible.  I tend to spend a lot of money on gifts for others, and so I’ve been doing homemade birthday gifts, etc.  For example, instead of all of us going out for a big expensive dinner, I’ve invited the family over for a homemade meal in honor of my brother’s birthday tonight.  Not quite sure what’s on the menu, but someone has already put in a request for a certain dessert. :)

CD, what kind of birthday cake should I make for tonight?

CD’s Random Comment of the Day:

VeggieGirl’s Blondies…what else?