First a big THANKS to all the wonderful savory oat ideas you guys gave me. 😀 I think my problem was in not salting (or adding hot sauce!!) to the oats. They desperately needed a kick of flavor, so next time I’ll be trying one or more of your nifty tricks. Thank you for helping me give savory oats a second chance. 😀
Second, I need to share some of my recent not-so-nutty nutrition thoughts. 😉
“More Nutritious” vs. “Less Nutritious” Foods
You may have heard some people referring to different foods as “less nutritious” vs. “more nutritious.” This has most recently taken the place of the old phrasing—“good vs. bad” food—and I think it helps to eliminate a lot of food fear problems. It’s also helped to open up a whole new way of thinking. Aiming for the more nutritious foods most of the time is encouraging, not critical. For example, you’re no longer telling yourself, “no, I can’t have that hotdog because its ‘bad.'” Instead, you’re telling yourself, “I’m going to make sure I eat at least 3 servings of veggies today because I want more nutritious foods for my body.” Reading labels is no longer a way of avoiding the bad foods, but it’s a way of informing you of which foods are more vs. less nutritious.
As a dietetics major, you have no idea how many times I’ve heard people asking me if I still eat sweets, or how I feel about white carbs—or carbs in general for that matter! I guess my take home message for the day is to not get caught up in sticking your own personal labels on food. Choose the more nutritious foods more often for your health and reap the wonderful benefits + rewards. Read up on some of the reasons why these foods are good for you, and you’ll learn to appreciate them…avocados for their healthy fats, bananas for their potassium, eggs for supporting good eye health. But don’t avoid your foodie favorites if they’re a little less then less nutritious either. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and there’s always room in a healthy diet for the things that you love. Think about it. God gave us tastebuds for a reason. 😉
That’s my prattle for the day. And that’s my new word of the day too. Prattle: to babble. I dare you to use it in conversation, then let me know if people notice your unique word usage. 😉
On to today’s eats…
If you have yet to try breakfast in a jar, it’s an absolute must. Preferrably with your favorite peanut butter. Teddie’s is mine, with it’s super chunks of peanuts spread throughout. Not to mention eating from a jar with an adorable bear on it is kind of fun. 😉
- 3/4 c. oats
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 small handful of raisins
- 1 T. flax
- 1/2 c. milk
Mixed, popped in fridge overnight, and then mixed with 6 oz. plain yogurt in the morning. Just a sprinklin’ of coconut was needed for the final touch. 😀
I love productive mornings. They always make me so happy and full of energy. 😀 I was super productive today, and finished some homework assignments before fitting in a mini-workout with mom. You guessed it—a 4-mile walk. I love spending time with her. 😀 I grabbed this homemade dark chocolate granola bar before heading out, and I’m so glad I did because…
…I barely had time to make lunch and I was progressively growing hungry! I should have known better then to spend so much primp time on my hair this morning. Usually I’m a pony tail girl, so it takes me forever to actually blow dry my hair out and flat-iron it. But this morning I decided I wanted to wear it loose. This resulted in a very late dash out the door, after quickly putting something together. I came close to simply grabbing a granola bar, an apple, and milk, and calling that my meal. But I wanted a little more bulk or fullness to my meal, so I went with an old favorite—none other then the almond butter and blueberry sandwich. I realize it’s probably old news to see, and the picture probably isn’t much impressive. But it never fails to wow my tastebuds, and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of this combo. 😀
And as much as I hate eating in the car, I hate wolfing down sandwiches even more. So I packed it to-go, and took my time nibbling and munching on the sandwich, a couple carrot sticks, a cold glass of milk, and a juicy grapefruit, during my drive to class.
I think Writing in Nutrition is going to be a really interesting class that I can relate pretty well with the blog. 😀 It’s going to be fun using what I learn and incorporating it into my writing style. I absolutely loved, loved, loved my last creative writing class at the first college I went to, but this one covers the more professional side of writing. Can’t wait!
Biochemistry is going to take some serious effort on my part, to get—and more importantly, to stay—motivated. Tomorrow I have plans to delve into the book. It helps to go over the material right after the professor lectures on it, and I definitely feel it sink in more this way.
I need to get this recipe for spaghetti sauce from my mom, because…I’m telling you…it’s one of the best. It’s super chunky, with mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc. This one in particular has bison meat in it—per dad’s request—but it taste equally just as good without it. The nice thing about red sauces, is how versatile they are once you have it made. Chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, or even…
…using it to top your salad. No, actually, that’s just me and my over-the-top love for red sauce. 😉 There’s something about mixing veggies with it that I love, despite the strange looks I always get…haha. I will for sure get the recipe for the sauce though, if anyones interested!
Dessert was a peice of 80% dark chocolate and peanut butter. 😀
I went out to pick up a few cards—and bananas!—tonight, and came home hungry for a little something. A little fruit cereal, that is. Tonight’s mixture was a pear, 1/2 a banana, a few diced prunes, 1 T. flax, 1 T. walnuts, and some unsweetened chocolate almond milk. I’m forever hooked. 😀
So, I have a question for all of you…
What are your favorite “most nutritious” foods and did you always love them?
Prattle away friends…prattle away! 😀