I can not remember the last time that I’ve been this busy! It seems to come at least 2-3 times during the semester, and results in a brain overload. What would I do without my organizer? Even then, things seem to slip through my mind as I subconsciously categorize what’s important and what can be forgotten.
Take today for example.
I had a Journal due in my Nutrition Counseling class, which I’ve been preparing all semester long. But did I remember to print it out and hand it in today? No. It slipped through the cracks as my two presentations on “Cancer” and “Coconut Fats” topped my rank of importance. Thankfully, my professor was totally understanding and told me to just hand it in next week. Thank goodness for understanding professors.
Thank goodness for relaxing mornings too. They keep me sane on the busiest of days. Simply giving myself those 15 minutes of “Sarah? Just breathe.” time makes a world of difference.
This morning’s bowl of oats was all about the toppings!
- 1/4 c. oatbran
- 1/4 c. wheatbran
- 1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
- cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
- 1/2 banana
- toppings: 1/2 banana (sliced), 1 T. crushed flax, 2 T. walnuts, 1 T. Galaxy Granola, drizzle of pure maple syrup
My packed lunch was yummy today. Although I’m not really feeling the sprinkled mozzarella. I like my cheese to be sharp and strong–otherwise I don’t really taste it!
Still, the salad was delicious. I especially loved the orange slices cut up. Not only does this aid in iron absorption (important for vegetarians or semi-vegetarians!) but it also adds a nice touch of sweetness and flavor.
- mesculin greens
- 1/2 tomato
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 carrot
- 1/4 c. black beans
- 1/4 c. 2% mozzarella cheese
- 1 orange, sliced
On the side I had the last of the Doctor Kracker Seeded Spelt. Sad! I need to buy some more of these soon!
Afternoon snacks were eaten in Counseling class. I was rushing around this morning, not really sure what to bring. At the last minute, I grabbed a snack that always works for me: mixed nuts and an apple. I’ll never get sick of this combination.
I also had 1/2 a mango in class, which my professor brought in for the class snack. I haven’t had mango in ages and it was totally delicious!
Once home, I was ready to ravage through the cupboards to eat anything that crossed my path. The solution?
Usually I’ll munch on some raw veggies to keep my mouth busy while preparing dinner. But tonight I was lucky enough to find some leftover carrot soup from my Dad’s birthday party. Score! I ate it cold—gazpacho-style!
Even more veggies were consumed in the form of beet greens. Do not throw these nutritious beauties away, people! They’re so tender and flavorful, and are super easy to sautee. I just threw mine into a pot, added some garlic powder and a bit of lemon, and sauteed until they wilted. Beets really aren’t too expensive when you consider that you can eat virtually the entire bunch!
For the entree, I had a chicken broccoli stir-fry on top of brown rice that is from the back of an old Minute rice container from way back when. Eaten with chopsticks to slow. me. down.
Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry
- 1 lb. chicken breast strips
- 2 T. oil
- 4 c. vegetables (broccoli florets, pepper, strips, sliced water chestnuts, etc. be creative! )
- 1-1/2 c. chicken broth
- 3 T. soy sauce
- 2 T. cornstarch
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- Stir-fry chicken in hot oil in large skillet until browned. Add broccoli, pepper, water chestnuts and any other veggies. Stir fry until crisp-tender.
- Mix broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, garlic powder and ginger; add to skillet. Bring to boil; boil one minute.
- Serve chicken and veggies over brown rice.
+ a scoop of mint galactica coconut bliss for dessert
For a night snack, I had a yogurt-cereal mix. I love having protein for a snack at night because it tends to keep me much more full. But I love adding a bit of cereal for crunch and flavor too!
- 6-oz. yogurt, plain
- 1 T. crushed flax
- 1/2 c. Barbaras Shredded Spoonfuls
I have to go in early to school tomorrow to meet with my Cancer group for an upcoming presentation. But I’d also like to fit in a good, sweaty workout too! I think I’ll be heading to bed early tonight.
Question: Do you keep an organizer or are you one of those people who can remember everything without writing a thing down? I am definitely one for writing everything down! Otherwise, I’m pretty sure I would forget everything.
(p.s. The role-playing went really well in Counseling today! I was super nervous and had to ask my professor for input at one point. But once things started rolling, I felt fine. Just goes to show you that it’s totally worth facing fears and putting yourself out there once in a while. And all of your tips were awesome and super helpful, so a big THANKS for that! )