“Good” Morning.

Today was a good day. 😀

I ended up finishing way more homework then I was even expecting to.  My homework for Nutrition Problems in the US is complete, and I even had the chance to get a lot of my Nutrition Counseling Journal finished too.  I felt soooo productive! 😀

My morning also started off with a very good bowl of oats!

  • 1/4 c. each of oatmeal and oatbran
  • 1/4 c. wheatbran (stirred in towards end)
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
  • splash of vanilla
  • toppings: 1 T. Galaxy Granola Vanilla Almond, 1/2 oz. honey roasted peanuts, 1 T. raisins, sprinkling of coconut

I love, love, love honey roasted peanuts, but I don’t like that after one handful, they’re gone. 😉  That’s why they make the perfect oatmeal topping.  A little goes a long way, and the flavor lasts for the entire bowl.  Yum!

I had a good reason to take a snacking break this morning.  Four hours of homework left me hungry for a little something, something.  Cheese and crackers always hits the spot. 😀  Especially when it involves extra sharp cheddar and Doctor Kracker Seeded Spelt Crisps.  Yum!

Plus, Protein + carbs (especially whole grain carbs) = filling and lasting energy.   

Considering how starving we all felt when lunch rolled around, it was a good thing that everyone worked together on making lunch.  Mom made the bison meatballs, dad cooked the veggies to put into the homemade sauce, and I prepped the salads and boiled the pasta.  We were all cooking and laughing in the kitchen, which got our minds off of how hungry we were. 😉

First up?  The salads.  Nothing fancy, but it tasted so fresh and crisp!  I drizzled a bit of balsamic on top for good measure. 😀

When it comes to pasta, I could eat a giant plate and never feel full!  Even though the pasta is whole wheat–full of fiber!–I just never feel satisfied.  Hence the reason I love to bulk it up with extra veggies!  I steamed one whole summer squash, threw in 2 c. spinach, and let it cook.  Then I mixed about a cups worth of the pasta in with the veggies, and voila!  It really adds a nice touch of flavor and keeps me full so much longer. 😀

The bison meatballs came out rather tasty too! 😀 

It felt soooo good to go for a nice walk long walk today.  The sun was out, it was 50 degrees, there was a warm breeze—it makes me happy just thinking about it. 😀

Everything is melting—that makes me so happy! 😀

Snowball fight! :mrgreen:

Funny how a swamp can look so absolutely gorgeous in its own, rustic kind of way.  Everything was radiating with feelings of “spring” today. 😀

The day went from good to great when I arrived home and found this sitting on my front porch. 😀

Nicole had stopped by earlier to drop it off, because she thought I would enjoy it.  There are some awesome looking recipes in here.  And I love how they have wine pairing suggestions for everything from fresh chopped salads to barbecued mussells.  My dad sounded interested in the jalapeno stuffed rib eyes.  😉  I told him he should look through it and find something for us to make for his birthday dinner.

Meanwhile, I’m too obsessed with the section on vegetarian meals, fish and salads.  Everything sounds so lovely.  Thank’s Nicole!! 😀

I spent a good couple of hours at my Memere and Pepere’s house–where I munched on an unphoto’d apple :mrgreen: –which is always a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  My grandparents were talking about old ways in which they used to treat colds and wounds.  Some of the stories left me laughing hysterically (manure on a cut?  wouldn’t recommend it…ha 😉 ) and others left me wondering how the remedy was ever thought up.  Many ideas actually came from the Indians who lived near where my grandparents were living in Canada, way back when.  It’s so interesting to hear all the different stories!

When I came home, it felt so good to eat a comforting bowl of veggie soup.  The recipe will be posted tomorrow! 😀

+ a whole wheat wrap with a slice of American cheese and a dollop of salsa

Tomorrow I have my [very early] morning appointment with the specialist, to figure out what’s up with my knee and foot.  Eeks!  I’m nervous to hear what they have to say, but I’m also glad to be working towards recovery.

Also–don’t forget!  Tomorrow…the sweet potato challenge officially starts! :mrgreen:  I still need to think up what I want to make in order to include in the Hall of Fame post for Saturday…time to get creative! 😀 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Goodnight! 😀

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Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a chocolate & coffee loving Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping people reach their goals. When I'm not busy working, I enjoy photography, cooking, and spending quality time with my family (and pets!) Thanks for stopping by!

12 thoughts on ““Good” Morning.

  1. I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow! At least you will know whatever it is and start working on getting better!

    The salad picture was beautiful, as was the swamp! Who knew a swamp could be so picturesque. 🙂

  2. I hope you get some good news from the specialist!

    I never feel full on whole wheat pasta either! Well, maybe if I ate four servings or something! 😉

    I love the snowball photo!

  3. The wheels are turning in my brain for sweet potato ideas! I think I have a good one or two up my sleeve. Honey roasted peanuts are delicious! I always bulk up my pasta with tons of veggies, I love high volume meals.

  4. I hope your appointment goes well today and that you get some good news!
    Can I just say that you take some of the nicest photos? I never get tired of seeing any of them! Have a good day! 🙂

  5. Good luck at your appointment! And I think studying brings out the hangry pants in me too. Hey, brains work hard!

  6. a good weekend indeed my dear – ESPECIALLY honey roasted peanuts. those things are so addicting. i can NEVER have just one handful. no no. it ends up being like more 1/2 the jar 🙂

    yayyyyy sweet potato challenge!

  7. what beautiful outside pics….i have eaten at John Ash’s restaurant in santa rosa it was wonderful!

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