Good Mornin’ Monday

I know that Monday mornings are meant to be dreaded—they just are!—but I was definitely looking forward to today.  After a weekend of eating pizza and cheesecake, walking through Boston, attending my graduation ceremony and late nights/early mornings, I was ready for a fresh start to rejuvinate. 😀  Not saying I didn’t love every single moment of a fun-filled weekend, but it’s also nice to get back to normal. 😉

Oats In A Jar!

  • 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. oatbran
  • 1/4 c. wheatbran
  • 1/2 banana
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger

A reader pointed out that I should try mixing the chia seeds into my oats.  I will oftentimes tell myself, “Sarah, today is the day that you’re going to try this technique.”  But it never actually happens.  Instead I find myself mixing them in with my granola and sprinklin’ it onto my oats as I go.  I’m such a c-r-u-n-c-h kind of girl.  :mrgreen: 

For anyone who’s tried cooking the chia seeds, do you add it in at the very beginning of the cooking time?  I promise to try this soon.

It felt so good to have a hearty, warm breakfast this morning.  The next step towards feeling completely rejuvinated was a long bike ride which was very much needed.  I felt one hundred times better after sweating and bursting out some excess energy.  😀

Refuel: grapes and almonds!

Can I just say how much I hate the dentist?  Please tell me I am not alone?

I can remember being a little girl and having my mother desparately trying to console me before going to the dentist.  Anxiety preceded tears.  Lots and lots of tears.  Now that I’m older, I may have overcame the crying part, but the anxiety is still all there. 😉

But I had a few cavities that needed to be taken care of, so I gave myself a pep talk and went in.  I didn’t feel a thing after being given four shots of a numbing agent (ack!) which means I didn’t taste much of my lunch either…haha.  But I’ll bet it tasted amazing. :mrgreen:

  • 1/2 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 c. or so of Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (best hummus ever!)
  • 1/4 diced avocado

+ milk!!

Afternoon snack: last of the jarlsberg cheese and some Doctor Kracker Apple Crisps (love these!)

The Grill Master (aka, Dad) grilled up some pork chops with a new rub recipe that involved salt, lemon & pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and coffee powder!  I’ll admit it sounded odd at first, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  But the coffee just seemed to enhance the flavors, and it just worked.  Super juicy.  Super flavorful. 😀

Meanwhile, I was cooking up some roasted potatoes (425 oven for 20 minutes) with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Along with 1/2 a vidalia onion, zucchini, and a tsp of olive oil, cooked together at a high heat…

I made a huge salad out of everything by topping a basic mixed salad with a sliced pork chop, some roasted potatoes, sauteed onions & zucchini, and some roasted asparagus.  I doused it all in balsamic vinegar for the perfect “yum” factor. 😀

I noshed on a granola bar for dessert.  Using the basic recipe, I subbed in some chia seeds for the flax and added in a bit of coconut.  Loved the chia seed addition!! 😀

Off to start a new book.  My brother bought me a new one and I’m excited to dig in!

Question: Favorite way to perk up a Monday?  If I ever have a rough Monday, I like to stop at Starbucks for a latte or go out for a long bike ride/run.  Both do wonders for a Monday Morning! 😀

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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!

16 thoughts on “Good Mornin’ Monday

  1. I had a pretty good Monday too! Yours sounds like a great day! I love Starbucks. In fact I got some this morning which I think got me started off on the right foot. 😉

  2. i have been wanting to try to mix my grains in the morning [like, wheat bran 1/4 c. and oat bran 1/4 c.] but i do the exact same thing and always tell myself i will then dont! you make it look so delicious i really need to get on it! im really liking your blog by the way (:

  3. Yum, that sweet potato combo is right up my ally. I love creamy avocado with that sweet rich ‘tater.

    Also, I mix my chia seeds into oatmeal about 2 minutes into cooking. I’m sure adding them at the beginning would be the same thing. 🙂

  4. I hate the dentist too! It is worse than the doctor!

    Yeah try mixing chia seeds into your oats. They thicken and gel up and make everything creamy and delicious.

  5. Oats in a jar-yum!
    For some reason I don’t mind the dentist, she is really nice and her assistant is as well. Maybe that is why? (Oh, and I get to get out of work for a little bit!)

  6. Congrats on graduating!! I know what you mean about enjoying the weekend but wanting to go back to a routine

    I’m not a fan of the dentist either because I always have something wrong with my mouth lol

  7. Mondays I just go back to bed if they’re awful. that’s not true; I think I just muddle ahead somehow. For a good Tuesday, go to Haagan Daz; it’s free today!

  8. Sounds like a perfect Monday 🙂 The oats definitely look like they’d make any monday amazing, though!! As for chia seeds, I usually add them in when they’re almost done, not from the beginning. I think you could do it any way, really – but make sure you use a bit more liquid than usual. They soak up a lot!
    Your dad’s recipe sounds really interesting!! never would have thought to use coffee powder 🙂

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