Sleepy Head

This morning, waking up was so, so hard to do. 

Ever notice how when you know it’s time to wake up, that’s exactly when you find the sweet spot in bed?  That perfectly warm, comfy place of blissfulness, just begging you to stay right where you are.  I had to literally drag myself out of bed and put my gym clothes on immediately to prevent crawling back under the covers.  Some mornings I wake up with boundless energy.  Other mornings, it takes some serious effort. :mrgreen:

At least I had a delicious bowl of oats to look forward to!

  • 1/4 c. each oatmeal and oatbran
  • 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
  • 1 very ripe banana (1/2 saved for top)
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • splash of vanilla
  • toppings: 1/2 banana, 2 T. Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola, and a scoop of creamy cashew butter

Galaxy Granola is starting a whole new Fruit Not Fat Blog, with an effort to substitute fruits for…well…fat! 😀  And not only in their granolas, but also in the creative recipes that people conjure up (ie, using applesauce or bananas in place of some of the oil in muffins for example!)  They’ll be recording the good and the bad (and maybe the ugly?) results on their new blog, which I’m really looking forward to.  I think it’s going to be fun getting creative with new fruity ideas.

(p.s. ever notice how many products replace fat with sugar to make up for the lack of taste?  Yeah…well…somehow they managed to get around that problem with this granola because it’s lightly sweet *and* low in sugar *and* crunchy *and* so deliciously flavorful…totally recommend this flavor! 😀 )

Despite my sleepy morning, I was able to rev up enough motivation to get to the gym.  I have no problem skipping a workout if I’m physically tired, but this morning I was just plain lazy.  That is not a good enough excuse. 😉

Besides, a little bit of cardio and some early morning gym music can do wonders for perking me right up! :mrgreen:

  • Elliptical: 1.5 miles
  • Stationary Bike: 20 minutes (covering about 8 miles…I think I had the resistance set way too hard at the beginning though—phew!)
  • Artic Trainer: 10 minutes
  • Treadmill: 10 minutes to walk off some leg tightness

Followed by lots and lots of icing.  😀 

 Lately my knee injury has been my main concern.  The foot problem is still there—especially when walking quickly or running (which I obviously haven’t been doing any of lately!)  But my knee bothers me even with simply walking around campus, going downhill, or even sitting.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the specialist on Monday, although I’m a bit apprehensive about the whole ordeal too.  I’m hoping I can coax my mom to come with me for some moral support. 😉

While icing up, I stirred 2 T. crushed flax into a 6-oz. container of plain yogurt (with the whey mixed in :mrgreen: ) which I used for dunking my orange slices in.

In my opinion, sweet potatoes are a lot like lentils.  How, you ask?  They’re one of the most versatile food items and seem to go with almost any flavor combination. 😀  Sometimes I like my sweet potatoes…well…sweet, of course!  That’s where things like sunflower butter as a tater topper come in (holey moley yumminess!)

Other times I add salsa for a kick of a spice.

But one of my other favorite ways to eat a sweet potato is with balsamic vinegar!!!  Have you ever tried this?  I let it sit over night in a splash of balsamic and lemon juice, and it’s the most wonderful flavor combination.  I love, love, love it!

  • 1/2 a very large sweet potato
  • mixed mesculin greens
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans (mostly added in for protein purposes 😉 )
  • 2 T. walnuts
  • seasonings: cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper
  • dressing: splash of lemon juice and a liberal drizzle of balsamic vinegar

One of my favorite lunch concoctions. 😀

I also packed along a red anjou pear, some carrot sticks to crunch on for the ride home, and some 2% extra sharp cabot cheese and crackers for an afternoon snack.

I was absolutely starving when I arrived home, and I was pretty thankful to be cooking solo tonight. 

Whenever I’m cooking for one, I usually take the “egg route” because I love going crazy with my personal favorite veggie add-ins.  The more the merrier!  I chopped up half an onion, half a green pepper, and sauteed them for a while before adding in the scrambled eggs (1 whole egg + 2 egg whites + splash of milk + salt and pepper.)  Topped with a dollop of salsa and served with a warmed whole wheat tortilla on the side. 

There was also a sweet (dark chocolate) and salty (crunchy peanut butter) ending. 😀

+ a night snack of a bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry Cluster cereal with milk

Thank goodness for Thursdays.  I think simply knowing that the next is Friday is what makes Thursday my favorite day of the week. :mrgreen:

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat a sweet potato?  If I really had to choose just one, I think it comes down to sunflower seed butter.  😀  But homemade sweet potato fries are high on my list of favorites too!

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Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a 30 something year old who loves Jesus, nutrition, green tea, my family and my tuxedo cat named Humphrey. I enjoy photography, cooking and working at the local hospital as a Registered Dietitian. Thanks for stopping by!

20 thoughts on “Sleepy Head

  1. All this talk about sleeping in makes me feel crazy for setting my alarm for 630 tomorrow just to get a good run in before my friend comes. I hope it all works out.
    I definitely would say the number 1 way to eat a sweet potato would be roasted

  2. Yayy for a fellow F.N.F VIP 😀
    I’m sorry you’re still having knee troubles- keep icing!!

    My favorite way to eat sweet potato is roasted! Ketchup also doesn’t hurt 😉

  3. That salad looks awesome! I actually haven’t met a sweet potato dish I didn’t like. I can’t decide, but I’m anxious to read all the other comments!

  4. I love sweet potatoes! I’m a huge fan of sauteeing up some veggies and dumping them all on top of a baked sweet potato. Never lets me down!

  5. How to choose, how to choose. 🙂 My favorite is probably baked, but I love them as fries too. I just realized that I’ve never had them mashed though. Ha, ha.

  6. Are those No Boundaries socks? Those are the same I have on, only higher!

    I hope the specialist can help you with your knee!

    I hate it when I wake up and have no idea what day it is or if I need to go to work! That happened to me this morning. It’s so weird!

  7. I love sweet potatoes any which way! With sunflower seed butter is pretty excellent, though. It’s also awesome with hummus.

    Best of luck with the specialist!

  8. I am with you on some mornings I just bound out of bed and other mornings I feel like I could cry and want to stay in it.
    Why is it when the weekend rolls around it feels easier to get up? At least for me.
    Great workout and love your breakfast!
    My fav for sweet potato is fries for sure….
    Have a great day!

  9. MMmmmm love the idea of sweet potato with balsamic!! What a creative idea! My favorite way to eat it is slowly baked and mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg. I used to microwave them a lot, but once I tried baking it, the difference was so unbelievable that I couldn’t go back. I love the sweet syrupy-ness of them!
    Good for you for your workout motivation!!
    Have a happy Friday, my dear!

    • That sounds so *good*!! I think I need to make that for the ultimate dessert next week. :mrgreen: Sweet potato casserole is my favorite food during the holidays, and this sounds like a creative spin on it. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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