I played hookie all day today! Aside from a 40-minute run in winter running gear, I spent the rest of my day in my pj’s. It was lovely. 😀
Why did I play hookie?
This is why…
There was 5-6 inches of snow on the ground, with icey roads to boot. I had only one lecture today, and with no more exams left for this particular class, I didn’t feel too bad playing hookie. Okay, I felt a little guilty. But in a fun, crazy sort of way. 😉
In honor of such a cozy morning, I made a bowl of oats!
- 1/4 c. oats
- 1/4 c. oatbran
- 1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
- cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
- 1 banana
- 1 T. raisins
- 2 T. wheatberries
- 2 T. walnuts
- 2 T. Natures Place Pumpkin Flax
The banana was super ripe and really fluffed up the oats. Yum!
Last week, I had picked up a container of Oikos, and I couldn’t wait to open it! It’s so expensive, but I absolutely love it for a special treat. Sometimes you just can’t beet Greek yogurt! 😀
- 8 oz. nonfat Oikos Greek yogurt
- 1/2 chocolate rice cake, crumbled on top
- 1 T. roasted almond butter with sea salt (from TJ’s)
I decided that I’d have to skip a morning run and see what the weather looked like later on. The road hadn’t yet been plowed, so unless I felt like hopping over snow banks, it just wasn’t going to happen! 😉
I also decided that sitting down and studying for biochemistry couldn’t happen much longer then 2 hrs. in a row.
What to do?
Make granola of course! 😀
I’ll post the recipe once I “officially” try it. Not to say that I didn’t nibble here and there. 😉 Actually, I ended up peeling a carrot and some cauliflower to prevent letting myself get too carried away with the sampling 😉
A snowy day calls for soup. It was getting a little too late to make any homemade versions, as I worked straight through noon on some homework assignments. I decided to finally pull out this Amy’s reduced-sodium lentil vegetable soup.
I also made an ooey gooey grilled cheese, using two slices of TJ’s whole wheat sourdough bread with 1/4 c. shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and a bit of mozzarella mixed in.
+ with some kale chips on the side. 😀
- 2 handfuls of kale on a sprayed cookie sheet
- cooked for 5-8 minutes in a 425 oven.
This was such a satisfying meal. I really enjoyed the soup. It was a bit softer in texture then I normally like my vegetable soups, but I liked the onion-y flavor and the protein and fiber content kept me full for a long time. 😀
My snow day continued in the right direction with a cup of coffee made with whole foods 365 coffee beans and chocolate mint soymilk…I spent another good hour studying, while sipping this coffee nice and slow. So cozy! And I got so much more done, since I didn’t have to commute back and forth to school. 😀
The rest of the afternoon was full of fun snow day happenings.
- Shoveling–okay, you might not think this is a “fun” thing, but it really is for those first few snowfalls. Plus, I felt as if I was getting a hard-core upper body workout while enjoying the snow and outdoors all at the same time. I think my arms are going to be sore tomorrow!
- Running–I felt like a kid, slodging through snow and waving to people plowing their driveways. The 4-mile run felt really good, and it was nice getting fresh air even on a “snow day in.” 😀
- Baking Cookies–This is a great oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. It does taste a little less chewy and buttery then your typical cookie, but it’s still full of flavor and sweetness. I make the recipe–Bev’s Chocolate Chip Cookies–from Eating Well magazine.
- Bubble Baths and Tea—required for any true snow day, in my opinion. 😉
My filling lunch kept me going until dinner at 5:30’ish. I really wanted a big bowl of greens, so I put together the rest of my spinach and made a tasty salad!
- cucumbers and tomatoes
- 1/2 c. kidney beans
- 1/4 avocado
- red onions
- Dressing: 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp. orange juice, garlic powder & dry mustard
This was so satisfying and tasty. I enjoyed every last bite. 😀
+ 2 chocolate chip cookies for dessert. 😀 I froze the rest after sharing with the rest of the family. I like having sweets in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind. But they’re still there for when we might want something sweet. 😀
I’ve been enjoying having honey nut cheerios and LIFE for a snack at night lately. 😀 Honey nut cheerios has always been one of my favorite cereals, but it’s simply not filling enough for me in the morning! It’s perfect for a snack, though. 😀
Today was such an awesome day! I felt super productive while having fun and relaxing all at the same time. Tomorrow my plans are:
- 4-mile morning run (as long as the icey rain stops!)
- Biochem exam (LAST chemistry exam…ever!)
- Last Writing in Nutrition class
- Drop off Letter of Recommendations to be filled out by past employers
- Start studying for MNT final next week…eeks!
Busy day! Better get myself well rested… 😀