Thunder, lightning and wacked out taste buds

The rain hit hard this morning around 11:15, just about the time I was on my home from the gym!

Thunder, lightning…not my thing.

 To be on the safe side I pulled over at a Starbucks and ran inside to wait out the storm.

Would you believe the electricity at Sbux went out right before I walked in? The power came back on very soon after but the cash registers weren’t working so I got a free coffee. [Score]

After about fifteen minutes and two firetrucks I hopped back into the car and drove home safely.

 I only had a few minutes to get ready before I had to meet LA for lunch.

Lunch:

Lunch was packed the night before: mixed vegetables, bland chicken and white rice all seasoned with low-sodium soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. (not shown)

After lunch LA gave a power point presentation to the class using the promethean board.  No, it’s not a white board, but it’s very similar. Kinda like a white board but on steroids. The presentation was about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table. Didja know KA and QG had 25 children!? Excuse my French but wtf! Do you remember what your  fourth grade class was like? Mine definitely didn’t have promethean boards, more like chalk boards 🙂

When I got home from lunch I was still hungry… not enough nutrients.  My stomach and brain asked for pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie yogurt…that is

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  •  dash of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • the other half of this mornings banana
  • tsp better’n peanut butter
  • sprinkle granola
  • drizzle of honey

The honey was a gift from Mr. Harmless, one of Mr. Apron’s clients. Harmless honey (his real name) is made right here in Indy and it is oh so good.

A cup of warm yerba mate tea.

This afternoon I got some house work done, sorted mail, and organized the spice cabinet.

Every good cook needs a convenient supply of herbs and spices. They’re a great way to add flavor and zest to any dish minus the fat and calories.

The hubs made dinner:

Bean burritos cuban style

He tried a can of Trader Joe’s cuban black beans, they were very salty yet bland all at the same time. How does that even happen? We agreed not to buy those again, from now on its pinto beans all the way baby.

In my two low-carb tortillas (11 carbs and 60 calories each), I added a couple spoonfuls of beans, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

 Topped with a sprinkle of cheese and Franks red hot. On the side: whole wheat scoops with guacamole and salsa for dipping.

A glass of Shock Top was offered but after a sip I declined.  My taste buds must be out of wack!

 I traded the beer in for a glass of  vino rojo, and the beer was not wasted.

Lot’s of work to be done tomorrow: 5 mile run, girl scout phone calls, and some nursing continuing education.

Nite 🙂

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A tribute to simply breakfast

A tribute to a few of my favorite breakfast bowls and plates. 

I used to have a problem.

  • 1 cup natural O’s
  • 1/4 cup Cascadian farms vanilla almond crunch
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic 2% milk

A picture of french toast before I started the blogging.

  • Trader Joe’s sprouted rye bread dredged in one egg and grilled.
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana grilled
  • 1/4 cup almond granola
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter

Even though this beater than ice cream smoothie was eaten at lunch time It would make a great breakfast on a hot day especially before a long run to keep the body cool.

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of soymilk
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana

Topped with:

  • homemade granola
  • 2 tbsp pom seeds
  • 1 tbsp of better n’ peanut butter

A mixed bowl of cereal on a a cool fal morning.

  • 1 cup Kashi Heart to Heart
  • 1/2 Yogi granola flakes
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk

 

A one plate wonder:

  • Old-fashioned english muffin
  • 2 tbsp better n peanut butter purchased at Trader Joes. BNPB is good for those who want more peanut butter for fewer calories.
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp apricot granola
  • 1 tbsp local folks foods apple butter

Can you believe this picture was taken in January of 2010 nearly a year before I started the blog. So fun to take a look back.

  • probably a low-fat english muffin
  • 2 tbsp better n peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2 grape fruit

A great way to jump-start start the day.

  • 1 cup natural o’s
  • 1/2 crumbled granola bar
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • splash vanilla
  • dash cinnamon

 

Thinking outside the box:

  • 1 cup of wheat-fuls
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp chia seed
  • 1 cup soy milk

My best photo and pancake yet, organic fuel. I think I’m starting to get the hang of things.

  •  grilled organic banana slices
  •  frozen mixed berries
  • low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • sprinkle each of coconut and apricot granola.

And who could forget celebration pancakes? You should definitely make this for your children, significant other or yourself. Cause everyday should be a celebration!

  • sprinkles
  • lots of sprinkles

Another photo taken in January of 2010, buckwheat oats and veggie sausage.

  • 1/3 cup cooked buckwheat groats
  • a few strawberries
  • blood orange?
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp pom arils

 

Last but not least another slice of Trader Joe’s sprouted rye. My favorite part of the dish was the cranberry jam leftover from Thanksgiving.

  • french toast
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp nuttzo
  • cranberry jam
  • sprinkle granola

I hope this gives you some breakfast inspiration for the weekend.

Happy Friday!

Mango smoothie

Smoothies are quick and easy to make. They’re satisfying , not too filling, and decadent enough to skip dessert.

The combinations and ingredients are endless. It’s up to you to decide what goes in the blender.  Use your imagination and have fun, listen to your body, what are you craving? Oranges, bananas, kale? Vitamin C, potassium, beta carotene?

 You get the picture.

Tonight I wanted mangoes! What’s so special about mangoes you ask, well according to The National Mango Board:

Mangos are high in vitamin C and A

Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.

Mangos are high in dietary fiber.

Mangos contain over twenty different vitamins and minerals.

I suppose my body is asking for some anti-oxidant properties, no?

Anywho,

here’s what I had for dinner.

Maria’s Mango Smoothie

Into the blender

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 clementine
  • 1/2 cup kefir (found in the yogurt aisle)
  • 2 tbsp vega smoothie powder in mango tango

Topped with

  • 1/2 kashi pumpkin flax bar, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp better n’ peanut butter
  • a few slices of banana
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter

Big plans for the morning.

See ya!

 

 

 

All right

Today turned out to be all right. I enjoyed taking care of my patients and being apart of a great nursing team. Sometimes when things don’t go our way we can take a look around and realize what we have and appreciate it even more.

I left work an hour later than normal and had to run a couple of errands before going home. I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some Amazing Grass

GreenSuper food.

 While I was there I picked up a weekly flyer, full of coupons and dinner ideas. I think I’ll be taking a special trip to Whole Foods tomorrow, time to restock the refrigerator and pantry.

For dinner I made myself a green smoothie.

It was so good. Trust me sometimes a smoothie is better than ice cream.

Green Super Food Smoothie

  • 1 container low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 Tbsp Vega shake and go smoothie in Tropical Tango
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 packet of GreenSuper food in lemon lime

Topped with

  • 1/4 cup apricot granola
  • 1 tbsp better n’ peanut butter

This bowl was full of vitamins and minerals, just what I needed after a long crazy day. I fell better already.

Time to catch up on some blogs, a TV show, and sleep.

Before I go L.a (little apron) wanted me to show you this.

 

She made it all by herself and was very proud of her culinary creation. She asked if she could take a picture of it, of course I said yes! “I’ll even put on the blog”.