I was up bright and early this morning, all fired up and ready to get to work with the RD. I was planning on a long day of volunteering, so I wanted a nice, filling breakfast. I decided to go with a delicious breakfast cookie.
Last night when I was preparing it, I accidentally forgot to add the banana right away, so I kept on adding milk, thinking it was too dry. Once I realized that I was missing the banana (which explained the “dryness”) I had already added more milk then I needed. Which means it came out more like cookie batter then an actual breakfast cookie. haha…I love these breakfast cookies because they fulfill the basic breakfast needs: 1) super filling, 2) fun to eat, 3) nutritious, and 4) tasty.
In the mix I threw together:
- 3/4 c. oats
- 1 mashed banana (minus a few slices which I saved to put on top)
- 1 T. crushed flax
- 1 T. crunchy peanut butter
- about 1/4 c. soymilk (use less if you want a firmer “cookie”)
- handful of raisins
- 1-2 T. cocoa
Plus a sprinklin’ of coconut on top the next morning. 😀 I also made myself a tex-mex scramble by whisking together 2 egg whites, 1/4 c. black beans, and a dollop of salsa. Yum! The nicest part of this breakfast was being able to eat it outside, underneath the sun! 😉
I decided that I really wanted a comforting cup of hot coffee, but was afraid that there would be a “social coffee time” at the hospital as well. I decided to just make myself 1/2 a cup of coffee in case. Good thing I did, because I was right. So I had another 1/2 c. of coffee at the hospital…perfect! 😀
Today was a really, really good day with the RD. I decided to pay closer attention to as many medical terms as I could, and learn along the way. I have yet to take Medical Nutrition Therapy (that comes next year,) so I’m still unfamiliar with some of the terminology. But today I found myself learning a ton of hospital lingo, and found that I was starting to really enjoy the experience even more.
I enjoyed visiting the Maternity floor again, and listening to the RD discuss nutrition with some of the new moms. After spending some time with the inhouse patients and filing a ton of paperwork, the RD put me to work by having me set up the new bulletin board in the nutrition office. It doesn’t look too bad, if I say so myself. 😀 I’m not an art major by any stretch of the imagination ( 😉 ), but it was fun to have the chance to use a little creativity. The board goes over the effects of caffeine on kids and how much caffeine can be found in some of the more popular beverages. It was a fun project to put together. 😀
Around 12’ish, I headed down to lunch with the RD manager, and two of the diet technicians. I brought a packed lunch of a kashi bar, an orange, and a salad made up of:
- mesculin greens
- tomatoes, carrot, cucumber (they’re really in there, honest! 😉 )
- 1/2 c. black beans
- 1/4 avocado
- 3 olives
- 1 tsp each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Everything tasted so fresh and delicious! It took a little too long to eat because of the sheer volume of it all, but I managed to enjoy it as best I could without taking too long to eat it. haha…
I was out by the late afternoon, and came home excited to head out for a walk in the sun. I made myself this little snack beforehand: a yogurt topped with the rest of the mini bag of FEED’s raisin nut granola. Yum, yum, yum…perfect little snack for a warm afternoon. I haven’t tried the other flavored granolas from FEED yet, but I have a strange feeling that this flavor is going to be at the very top of my favorite list. 😉
Then mom and I headed out for a speedy 4-mile walk. It was perfect. Blue skies, 70 degrees, sunny…love it!
Dinner’s 3-course meal started with a nice big side salad splashed with red wine vinegar. Simplicity can be so good sometimes. 😉
…then came the main entree of whole wheat pasta with homemade spaghetti sauce. It was super chunky with mushrooms, green peppers, ground lean beef, and chopped tomatoes. The sauce is just as good without the meat for vegetarians as well, since we don’t add it until the very end. 😀
Dessert was a dish of super sweet, chopped pineapple chunks. I knew it was going to be a good one when I picked it up yesterday, because I could smell the pineapple before even cutting into it. I’m guessing it must be the season for pineapples, because they’ve all been really sweet and perfect lately!
My snack tonight was a repeat from last night…raisin bran with soy. I tend to be a creature of habit. 😀
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m very ready for the weekend! 😀 It seems to always come just in time, doesn’t it? 😉 Hope you all have some fun plans and enjoy some time off too! 😀
Exercise: 4-mile walk before dinner…plain and simple! I hope tomorrow morning is clear so I can fit in a good, long bike ride! But if not, I’ll have to get creative and think up some other fun activity…have a great weekend, everyone!! 😀