I know that Monday mornings are meant to be dreaded—they just are!—but I was definitely looking forward to today. After a weekend of eating pizza and cheesecake, walking through Boston, attending my graduation ceremony and late nights/early mornings, I was ready for a fresh start to rejuvinate. Not saying I didn’t love every single moment of a fun-filled weekend, but it’s also nice to get back to normal.
Oats In A Jar!
- 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
- 1/4 c. oatbran
- 1/4 c. wheatbran
- 1/2 banana
- cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger
A reader pointed out that I should try mixing the chia seeds into my oats. I will oftentimes tell myself, “Sarah, today is the day that you’re going to try this technique.” But it never actually happens. Instead I find myself mixing them in with my granola and sprinklin’ it onto my oats as I go. I’m such a c-r-u-n-c-h kind of girl. :mrgreen:
For anyone who’s tried cooking the chia seeds, do you add it in at the very beginning of the cooking time? I promise to try this soon.
It felt so good to have a hearty, warm breakfast this morning. The next step towards feeling completely rejuvinated was a long bike ride which was very much needed. I felt one hundred times better after sweating and bursting out some excess energy. :D
Refuel: grapes and almonds!
Can I just say how much I hate the dentist? Please tell me I am not alone?
I can remember being a little girl and having my mother desparately trying to console me before going to the dentist. Anxiety preceded tears. Lots and lots of tears. Now that I’m older, I may have overcame the crying part, but the anxiety is still all there. ;)
But I had a few cavities that needed to be taken care of, so I gave myself a pep talk and went in. I didn’t feel a thing after being given four shots of a numbing agent (ack!) which means I didn’t taste much of my lunch either…haha. But I’ll bet it tasted amazing.
- 1/2 large sweet potato
- 1/4 c. or so of Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (best hummus ever!)
- 1/4 diced avocado
Afternoon snack: last of the jarlsberg cheese and some Doctor Kracker Apple Crisps (love these!)
The Grill Master (aka, Dad) grilled up some pork chops with a new rub recipe that involved salt, lemon & pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and coffee powder! I’ll admit it sounded odd at first, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But the coffee just seemed to enhance the flavors, and it just worked. Super juicy. Super flavorful.
Meanwhile, I was cooking up some roasted potatoes (425 oven for 20 minutes) with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
Along with 1/2 a vidalia onion, zucchini, and a tsp of olive oil, cooked together at a high heat…
I made a huge salad out of everything by topping a basic mixed salad with a sliced pork chop, some roasted potatoes, sauteed onions & zucchini, and some roasted asparagus. I doused it all in balsamic vinegar for the perfect “yum” factor.
I noshed on a granola bar for dessert. Using the basic recipe, I subbed in some chia seeds for the flax and added in a bit of coconut. Loved the chia seed addition!!
Off to start a new book. My brother bought me a new one and I’m excited to dig in!
Question: Favorite way to perk up a Monday? If I ever have a rough Monday, I like to stop at Starbucks for a latte or go out for a long bike ride/run. Both do wonders for a Monday Morning!