More vs. Less

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…

7:00am

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
  • cinnamon
  • 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. 😀

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9:30am

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…

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12:30pm

…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.

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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.

5:30pm

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…

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…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!

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Dessert was a peice of 80% dark chocolate and peanut butter. 😀

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9:00pm

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. 😀

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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! 😀

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18 thoughts on “More vs. Less

  1. Banana all the way for me. 😀 Cheap, delicious, versatile, great with PB, in oats, in sammies, in baked goodies, yada yada. And beans! I’ve never met a bean variety that I didn’t like. Lucky me, I guess.

    Your mom’s sauce sounds amazing! Would love the recipe, thanks! 😀

  2. I love spaghetti sauce on salad 😀

    Favourite nutritious foods…bananas, mushrooms, broccoli, yogurt, peanut butter. I’ve always loved them- my all-time favourite snack when I was little was a plate of raw mushrooms!

  3. I love that breakfast!
    And I totally agree with you on the more vs. less-issue. I see that issue on a lot of blogs and II remind myself that I will keep eating the things that I like for the right reasons…
    I love avocado, peanut butter, fruits and yoghurt…BUT I also love a good piece of cake or ice cream:) It’s all about the balance, isn’t it?

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  4. Ditto on the recipe. It looks delicious!

    PS. I took Biochemistry last year and if you stick with it, you will be fine! I actually ended up loving the class 🙂

  5. I’ve been enjoying your blog for over a month now! It’s great seeing others equally excited about health & eating good nutritious foods!! I also love all your photos.

    I was raised in a very healthy household in the 70’s and 80’s, which is why I probably gravitated toward junk when I could get it & after I left home (candy & sweets). But within a couple years I returned to my roots of “good food.” So I was in my early 20s when I discovered that certain foods kept me fuller longer, gave me more energy and helped me feel good!

    Since then my breakfast staple has almost always been oatmeal or some variation of it. It’s so neat seeing all the young food bloggers (not that I’m so old, but today is my bday) excited about oats & coming up with neat creations. I though I was the only one who did that…at least in my group of friends 😉

    One I just discovered deals with using organic short grain brown rice (lundberg’s) cold and as a “cereal” grain. I make a bunch of this brown rice and refrigerate, then to 1/2 cup of cold brown rice I add some unsweetened coconut, organic raisins, a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Stir it up. Add in 1/2 cup or so cascadian farms frozen berries & some Cascade whole milk yogurt I get from whole foods. It is soo good! And takes forever to eat. I love to savor every bite of my food.

    I just started my food blog a few weeks ago, so I have a post about this “cereal” though no pic of it. Hope you’ll stop by sometime. Like you I also add diffrent things to bowls of fruit…but one of my staples I always add is the organic raisins (oh and the coconut!). Love coconut!

    Denise (now mom of 3 girls ages 10 and under).

  6. ooh, i haven’t tried COLD oats in a jar. hmm…good idea!

    I love having foods that I know are good for me, but I also won’t turn down a good piece of chocolate, my mom’s homemade fudge pie at Thanksgiving, or a local donut sometimes 🙂 All about balance! I do think eating good, whole foods the majority of the time is the best way to go.

  7. Avocado is my new favorite food from the summer. I always kind of avoided them because they looked so funky but now I love them on top of a burger or salad or by themselves.

  8. i LOVE fruit. i honestly have not met a fruit i didn’t like (except grapefruit). our house was always stocked growing up!

    i love your bumblee plate – so cute and the perfect size for that chocolate.

    have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Nut butters are probably one of my fav nutritious food – almond butter to be exact. I’ve always loved peanut butter but went a long time without eating it believing it was going to keep me from reaching my healthy weight – noooo loads empty calories were the culprit! Live and learn.

    GOO fruit cereal GO! I’m forever hooked too. I’m so so glad you tried it and confirmed I am not crazy! (Well, maybe that’s not exactly a confirmation but I’ll take what I can get.)

  10. I love bananas and I think I’ve always loved them! Probably because it’s easy for little kids to chew but I still count it! 🙂

    And that fruit cereal sounds amazing! especially since there’s prunes in it 😀

  11. i like your thoughts on nutritious vs not. i have SO many friends who eat stuff cause it is “fat free” or “low carb” but will not touch an avocado! weird stuff. biochemistry.. eeek. good luck in there! but the nutrition class sounds great. i am sure we will see more about that class on here and i look forward to it! i love love love your bee dishes. serious. and i never tried oatmeal until a little over a year ago and now i looover it. and it is pretty dang nutritious!

  12. I loooooovee pasta sauce. On a salad is actually a great idea!! I love to dip veggies in it (like carrots). Yummmmm.

    I love your talk on nutritious foods. I hate the label “good” and “bad” foods. My grandma, especially, always asks “Oh, are you allowed to eat that?” or “Is that okay on your diet?”. Ahhhh this drives me crazy since I am NOT ON A DIET AT ALL. I tell her yes, everything is OKAY to eat as long as you enjoy it in moderation! My favorite nutritious food would probably be fruit & yogurt parfaits at the moment! Or oatmeal mixes 🙂

  13. Great points today! I hate when people swear off all sweets. It is unpractical. My favorite most nutrious foods are spinach (they can be steaked into so many different foods), almonds (I love the crunch), yogurt (so many different varities and ways to use it in recipes in place of some not so nutrious foods), and chocolate (thank God for chocolate!).

  14. I love red sauce on roasted veggies – it might be my favorite combo. Also, I have always loved broccoli and squash. My mom said when I was little I would eat broccoli by the handful – I still love it, too! 🙂 Oh and thanks for the fruit cereal – I have had it twice this week. So good. So, so good.

  15. You’re making me anxious to finish a nut butter jar so I can have another nut butter jar oats creation!
    My fave nutritious food? Besides broccoli (obvi), I really love pumpkin these days. I always loved pumpkin bread and pudding, but it’s only in recent years that I discovered its true versatility.

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