Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great Hump/Ash Wednesday. I spent the better part of this morning on a hot date with my man Joe. I think you may know him? He’s a Trader.
This week, I’m trying to work at busting my food rut. I mean, I love my food ruts; I get completely addicted to certain things and can eat them every day for three months and not get sick of them. Last year, this happened with Subway Veggie Delite sandwiches. It’s currently going on with smoothies, almond butter toast, eggs, and oatmeal. Sticking with healthy foods is good for you, but it’s also good to get some variety in there!
I started the day off with coffee, a chocolate-banana smoothie, and an English muffin with peanut butter. However, I mixed things up this week and switched to cinnamon-raisin English muffins! I like to live dangerously; what can I say?
Then I was out the door! I feel like I haven’t been to Joe’s in forever. This is mainly because I haven’t left my house much and I haven’t had time to make the 45 minute drive to see him. However, there comes a point when the passion becomes to intense and lovers just have to meet…and today was that day!
I can easily get carried away when I see Joe. It’s like when you swear you’re not going to hook up with a guy on the first date and then — whoops! — you did. Joe has that sort of effect on women. (Or maybe I’m just that kind of woman?) But I tried to control myself today.
Into my grocery totes went…
- Multi-grain hot cereal (literally, a bunch of different grains in there; I started buying these after Leah from Nutritionista recommended them!)
- TJ’s new almond butter with roasted flax seeds
- Carrot ginger muffins
- Mirepoix (diced onions, carrots, and celery for soup; I hate chopping veggies so this is great)
- Greek yogurt
- Vegetable masala burgers (I’m pretty sure a commenter recommend these a while back!)
- Salmon burgers
- Organic free-range OMG-3 eggs
- Cocktail grapefruit (had a sample; it’s great!)
Most of these items definitely count as rut busters! I mean, with the hot cereal and eggs, at least it’s different from the oatmeal and regular eggs I have been eating. I didn’t buy too much because we have groceries, but I figured this was good to get some new things up in the mix.
As sexy as our tryst was, I had to tell Joe good-bye and head home, not sure when we’d meet again. By the time I got home it was lunchtime, so I put together a Joe’s-inspired meal with the hot cereal. (OK, I’m clearly not that wild and crazy.)
But I did get to try out the new almond butter. Last week I Tweeted that Maranatha No-Stir almond butter was kicking Trader Joe’s almond butter’s ass. Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat begged to differ and told me to try the new one. All right, biatch. I’ll call your bluff.
It actually has little flax seeds right in it!
I must admit…this is really, really good! The label says it all: crunchy and salty. Yep. It’s so good. I’m impressed!
I have been eating pumpkin oats all week, mainly because I opened a 32 ounce can of pumpkin I had bought during the shortage last fall, and I don’t want to waste it. A lot of people have asked me how I make pumpkin oats, so I thought I’d share how I do it. I boil water and the add the oats, like the package says. Once they are cooked, I turn the heat down and add:
- Two spoonfuls of pumpkin
- About a teaspoon of brown sugar
- A big pinch of cinnamon
- A splash of milk
- ½ small banana, diced
- 1 tbsp dried dates (clutch)
- ½ tbsp butterscotch chips (also clutch)
- ½ tbsp almond butter
- ½ tbsp chopped walnuts
Then I usually add another splash of milk to make it creamy, stir it up, and reheat it again. (I like my oats really hot.)
It hits the spot for me every time! And the butterscotch chips are the best; they are so sweet and honestly just that little bit knocks out my sweet tooth for the rest of the day! Honestly, this weather is making me want to eat sweets and carbs, and this is the healthiest way I can do that! So unfortunately (or not!) I think it’s going to be pumpkin oats until the sun comes out again!
Have a good afternoon!