Ever since I made this oatmeal parfait, I have not wanted anything to do with hot cereal, and I still can’t even look at tahini. So sad. Anyway, last week, the thought of some warm oat bran actually started to sound good again, and yesterday was finally the day. Yep, it’s back in my life…oat bran, please don’t ever leave me again!
I started out small with 1/3 a cup. I used to eat 3/4 to 1 cup at a time. However, I just can’t eat big portions these days, or I feel sick. I cooked the oat bran with water, topped it with one large naner, and a Reece’s Peanut Butter cup. Well, not really, but if you freeze a blob of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, I swear it tastes straight-up like a Reece’s! Many thanks to Marlee for the idea. Marlee, from now on my freezer will contain a constant stock of frozen chocolate PB blobs! So yes, both oat bran and nut butter are back in my life.
Then inspired by Mama Pea’s tasty looking veggie dogs, I made myself an all beef hot dog in a toasted whole wheat bun for lunch. Sometimes you just need a good dog! Toppings included mustard and my Bald Eagle Sauce.
As far as exercise goes yesterday, I walked my errands. Fortunately, CD and I live in a pretty urban area, and I love those days when I can fit in exercise and mark a few things off the to-do list at the same time. First I went to a farmer’s market held at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Random, I know, but it’s a wonderful little market with several of my favorite local farms in attendance. We live about 2 miles from the hospital, but I didn’t want to walk that far in the heat with the frozen meat I intended to buy. So, I drove about halfway and walked the rest. I loaded up my insulated shopping bag with grass-fed finished steak, and some local fresh fruit. They had peaches! I’m so excited – love love love peaches in the summer!
Next up, I treated myself to a chocolate cookie Blizzard, HEAB style.
My chocolate protein ice-cream looks lumpy, but those are actually chunks of Pamela’s Extreme Chocolate Mini-Cookies. After making the ice-cream, I blended in a serving of cookies on low speed. Oh my gosh, so good!
Then it was time for more walking. CD raced in a local track meet held at a high-school near our house, and I decided to walk over and cheer for my hubby.
All in all, a great day. A little oat bran, lots of chocolate, and plenty of walking.
Do you live in a walkable city?