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Quiche Cornbread

Gooood morning!

I hope your weekend is going splendidly! I got in both lesson planning AND a good workout yesterday (3 mile run + 15 minutes on the elliptical) all while managing to stay in my PJ’s until 4pm :-D. And I grocery shopped, too! Mr. P and I stayed in with a movie and just ate leftovers…nothing special 🙂 But this morning I made up for a dull culinary night.

Quiche Cornbread adapted from Healthy Tipping Point

1 head broccoli, roasted
8.5 ounce box Jiffy corn muffin mix
5 eggs, divided
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 2/3 cup almond skim milk, divided
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Chop broccoli into florets and roast for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the cornbread mix by adding 1/3 cup milk and 1 egg to the box of Jiffy. Combine well. Pour into a greased 12″ cast iron skillet and bake for 15 minutes.

After roasted and slightly cooled, chop broccoli into bits. Combine broccoli, 4 eggs, egg substitute, milk, and salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Beat thoroughly. Pour egg mix on top of cornbread. Sprinkle with cheese.  Put back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 350.  Increase temp to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 pieces.

Nutrition Information (for 1/6th): 280 calories; 10.3 g. fat; 186 mg. cholesterol; 643 mg. sodium; 34.8 g. carbohydrate; 1.7 g. fiber; 14.7 g. protein

Result: This was delicious! I highly recommend making this for a group or as breakfast to reheat for the week. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, I think a round bakeware would do just fine. And you’ve got to love veggies for breakfast…woop woop! Enjoy!

I get to play hockey tonight! Last “season” ended in early December and I do believe my skate blades are getting a bit rusty!! Hope we win! 😀

Question: Do you enjoy quiche?

Weight Watchers post tomorrow – look for it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Epic breakfast…for dinner

Just for fun, here are just a FEW questions my students have asked in our first 2 classes:

  • How often should you have a bowel movement?
  • Is high-fructose corn syrup really worse than sugar?
  • Is stevia safe?
  • Why does the Atkins diet help people lose weight?
  • How many calories do I need to gain weight?
  • Do carbohydrates make you fat?
  • Why does the government subsidize corn  if the MyPyramid is aiming to reduce high-fructose corn syrup consumption?

Do I have some smart, inquisitive pupils or what? I guess I should now mention that the first 2 chapters we’ve gone over have nothing to do with any of those questions (and those were just a FEW), but the class discussion is priceless. And some of the false information floating around out there is just plain’ol SCARY!

So while teaching is going well, a 6pm start time has caused dinners to be very…rushed. And that is quite the understatement.

Let me preface this next part by saying that I am notoriously late, always. Not a lot, but a little. And when you’re the teacher, that just doesn’t fly. So I’m really trying to be ON TIME…if only to class.

Monday night I shoveled down a bowl of cereal and a banana before jetting off to class. Last night, I made an epic breakfast for dinner that I had to eat in, literally, 2 minutes. Of course, had I not taken the time to photograph this lovely meal, I would’ve had 4 minutes or so, but I had to do this French toast justice. Because I very well know that pretty pictures make you more likely to believe my rave reviews…riiiight?

Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast from Skinny Taste

1 cup unpacked brown sugar
1/4 cup water
cooking spray
10 oz Challah bread, sliced 1 inch thick
2 large eggs
1 cup egg substitute
1-1/2 cups 1% milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Meyers rum (optional) – I omitted
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

In a small heavy saucepan melt brown sugar and water over moderate-low heat, stirring, until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, then pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, egg substitute, milk, vanilla, rum, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350° F and bring bread to room temperature. Bake uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 40 to 50 minutes. Top with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Serves 6.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 342 calories; 4.5 g. fat; 84 mg. cholesterol; 378 mg. sodium; 64.6 g. carbohydrate; 1 g. fiber; 12.2 g. protein

Result: YUM-O! When I saw Renee rave about this recipe on her blog, I knew I had to try it. As if the title of the recipe wasn’t tempting enough. I made this in the morning and we had it for supper, but you could just as easily, and more traditionally, make it at night to serve the following morning. Super simple, absolutely delicious!

I want to continue making nutritious meals on Monday and Wednesday nights, but I think 1) I need to utilize the crock pot on these nights (or eat leftovers), and 2) I may need to go lighter on lunch and have a small, early dinner (4:30ish) before class and a snack afterward. I did the later last night — one piece of French toast before class and a fresh strawberry and banana smoothie for afterward. It worked well. 🙂

I am looking forward to a long workout and another healthy, homemade meal tonight. Lily is going to daycare so that after work I can get in a long run not feel guilty about it. Plus, she could use the exercise, too! 😉

Question: What’s your favorite quick and easy meal? Or a meal that can be prepped ahead of time?

P.S. Last chance to enter the LARABAR Giveaway! It ends TONIGHT!

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Teacher, teacher!

I am officially a college instructor! I taught my first nutrition course last night and it went really, really, really well! My class only has one open spot and all of the students seem eager to learn and cooperative. Oh, and VERY talkative. I feel like they asked wonderful questions and I can tell they are all fully engaged. Or at least most of them 😉 It should be a busy, fun quarter! I think I will learn just as much about myself and teaching as my students will about nutrition…or at least that’s my hope! Thank you for all of your kind comments and emails of encouragement – muah! I never imagined being so nervous about teaching a subject I am so educated and passionate about, but my anxiety just melted away as the lecture went on and I felt completely comfortable leading the class; with one class behind me, I am feeling much more at ease. And I will feel even more at easy when I have the next 2 chapters read and ready to lecture on for Wednesday’s class 😉

Anyhoodles, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend ringing in 2011. I enjoyed some Prosecco – delicious! It is going to take a long time for me to quit signing the date as 2010, how about you? I think I finally got over signing ’09 by ohhh…September 😉

Mr. Prevention and I had a very relaxing weekend. I stayed in my PJ’s until 5pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Now THAT is what I call a weekend! While in my PJ’s, I was rather productive, however. The Christmas decorations are down and packed away, I meal planned for the busy week ahead, I made breakfast for the week, I made bread for a new co-worker of Mr. P’s, I developed my course syllabus and class schedule, etc…productive! 😀 And on a less productive note, The Fighter was fabulous — love, love, loved it!

The breakfast I made for the week was probably the highlight of my PJ time. It was so impressive that I made the same recipe for Mr. P to give to his new co-worker who just moved to town. Yep, impressive recipe it was!

Oatmeal Banana Nut Bread adapted from Joy the Baker, as seen on The Healthy Apron

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 large egg, beaten
2 medium egg whites, beaten
4 medium over-ripe bananas
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Preheat the oven 350° F and spray 1 loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine all dry ingredients including the oats and cinnamon. Mash bananas in a separate bowl, adding the oil and eggs. Mix thoroughly. Add the wet ingredients into the dry flour mixture; mix until combined (do not over-mix). Fold in chopped walnuts last. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 45-50 mins. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then flip out onto a wire rack. Yield: 10 slices.

Nutrition Information (1/10th of loaf): 208 calories; 4.9 g. fat; 22 mg. cholesterol; 179 mg. sodium; 37.6 g. carbohydrate; 3.8 g. fiber; 15.5 g. sugar; 3.3 g. protein

Result: This was deeeelicious! I love the addition of oats for added fiber and the use of LOTS of bananas makes the wet ingredients lighter than lots of oil, butter, milk, eggs, etc. Erin described this bread as one of her favorite recipes in 2009 and that sealed the deal and I had to make it. Very glad I did — you will love this bread, too. I also simplified the directions…by not reading them — oops! The original recipe called for a hand mixer and beating the egg whites to peaks and folding them in to the mixture. I simply mixed the wet ingredients: eggs, bananas, and oil together and combined with the dry ingredients. The bread was not overly dense and so I saw no reason for the added steps and kitchen mess 😉 Sometimes not following directions ends up in disaster, sometimes it’s a time saver! Enjoy!

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And because my readers love Lily and she was so darn cute this weekend…

What dog spends so much time flat on her back creating endless funny photo ops? LILY!

Question: What’s something you want to accomplish in 2011? Health-related or otherwise!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the LARABAR giveaway I’m hosting! It ends Thursday! There will be TEN lucky winners!!!

Lots of love,

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treat yourself…to breakfast! + new year’s resolution results

Registered Dietitians and moms most certainly agree on one thing: breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Lately, I’ve been climbing into my car in the morning, with half of my belongings in tow, and I am realizing something very important…I have been forgetting breakfast. Whether it be eating breakfast at home in the morning, or grabbing something on the go, breakfast has simply vanished from my routine. (And because I am notoriously running late, I don’t go back inside to grab something and rough it through the morning hours.)

As a breakfast lover and someone who wakes up with a grumbling tummy, I had to ponder how and why this was happening. Day after day after day. My co-workers and patients appreciate my soul-searching, too. Hungry me = mean me!

I came to the conclusion that my breakfast options were boring and so breakfast no longer interested me. I took a few moments to peruse my plethora of “to try” recipes and found this one. Glad I did!

Pancake Truffles slightly adapted from Healthy Tipping Point

1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1/3 cup whole wheat pancake mix (I used an omega-3 mix)
1 egg white
1/4 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup almond milk (I used skim)
4 1/2 inches of banana (cut into three 1.5 inch pieces)
1/4 cup whole pecans, crushed
3 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or tin foil. Place crushed pecans in a small bowl.

Combine first five ingredients in small bowl. Separate mix into three piles. Take one segment of banana and coat in the pancake mix. Form ball around the banana segment, and then roll in the crushed pecans. Place on the cookie sheet. Repeat with other banana segments. Bake for 15 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup and sever immediately. Serves 1.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 599 calories; 24 g. fat; 1 mg. cholesterol; 492 mg. sodium; 86 g. carbohydrate; 15 g. fiber; 17 g. sugar; 19 g. protein

Result: These were excellent! And they sound more difficult than they are — I was able to whip these together in 5-6 minutes after a morning workout and I baked them while I showered. I gobbled them down while my hair dried and it was perfect! You could also make these the evening before or even whip up a few batches for the busy work week and simply store them in the fridge until ready to bake. They are higher in carbohydrate than I usually go for, especially for the morning, but following a workout, I think they are perfectly appropriate. The high fiber (15 grams!) content also makes the glycemic load less on the body, which is all the better. If you want to reduce the calories some, reduce the amount of pecans as they account for nearly 1/3rd of the calories. While I think they add a lot of taste, texture, and nutrition to the truffles, you could get by with less. Enjoy!

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And in honor of it being the last day of 2010 (crazy!), I should take a moment to review how my 2010 resolutions turned out.

2010 New Year’s Resolution Results

  • fit in exercise AT LEAST 4 days a week, every week — Almost a check. There were TWO weeks in 2010 I only worked out 3 days. So close! I still consider this a great accomplishment and I want to continue to work towards this always and forever! I really do love exercise and for that I am VERY grateful!
  • continue trying new, healthy recipes (one recipe a week!) — Check, check, check!
  • run a half marathon — Barely, but check. I finished. It wasn’t pretty, but it got done. Very humbling.
  • obtain a weight that I feel energized at — Errr no. I am the exact same weight as the start of 2010. I guess that’s not a BAD thing, but this is my focus in 2011.
  • continue blogging about nutrition — Hi! I’m here! Check!
  • earn 500 hours towards the CDE credential — Check. This is no longer surging ahead at the speed I was going in my last job, but I am still completing diabetic education and I still love it just as much as I did in 2009! 😀

    In 2011 my new year’s resolution is simply to obtain a weight I feel energized at. I would love to lose my “PCOS weight” and get back down to my “happy weight”. Here goes nothing! 😉

    Question: What’s been your favorite breakfast lately? Is it heaviest in carbohydrate, protein, or fat? And, what are YOUR new year’s resolutions?

    Happy 2011 to all of my lovely readers! Thank you for your loyal readership, it means so much to me! It’s hard to believe I started this blog in June of 2009!!! Time flies when you’re having fun! Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway coming up here shortly!! 😉

    Have a safe and WONDERFUL New Year’s celebration!! I hope I am the only one stuck at work today! 😦

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    Digging deep for the jolly

    It seems like the closer we get to Christmas the less jolly I feel. Quite frankly, I am beat. I haven’t been sleeping well with the anxiety I’m feeling towards my new teaching job. Obviously I am well-versed in nutrition, but I have never lectured 5 hours a week…while balancing a nearly full-time job and a growing private practice. I feel like my to-do list leaves me feeling like nothing ever gets accomplished and there’s always so much on my plate yet to get done. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited about my new teaching gig…I just hope I do well and give my students the best dose of nutrition ever!

    My schedule come January is going to be…insane. I work 34 hours a week in dialysis, teach 5 hours + prep and grading, spend time in private practice and meetings with my partners as much as possible, and love to spend time cooking, exercising, playing ice-hockey, and blogging. I feel like there’s about 8 million balls in the air and I’m trying to keep them all from colliding or crashing to the ground. I thrive in busy environments, but this impending schedule is simply stressing me out.

    In order to keep blogging a hobby that brings me enjoyment, I will have to see what my schedule allows as far as posting. While I hope to continue blogging most every day, that may no longer be realistic. As much as that saddens me, I hope you understand…a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do!

    Today I am working a short day before picking up Lily at doggy daycare and we make the trip together to Chicago. Mr. Prevention is off on a “Poker Run” today in Illinois with his high school friends. Imagine 30-year-old men in 80’s workout clothes, running around the University of Illinois campus collecting poker cards from various bars for drinking certain beers, shots, and cocktails. As imature as this sounds, it’s a blast….and I will be stuck working. Bitter much? You betcha! The excessive alcohol doesn’t interest me, but not being able to witness this event this year is a shame! But really, I just miss having an actual “Christmas Vacation”…or any substantial amount of time off for the holidays. Oh well. I am very thankful for being employed, there is no doubt.

    On a completely unrelated note, several of you have asked me about the new PointsPlus plan from Weight Watchers. As familiar as I am with Weight Watchers, I am not familiar with the new plan. I did, however, find out that my company reimburses 100% for Weight Watchers and so I have plans to attend a meeting very soon to get the skinny (pun intended). With my company, however, you sign-up for either a 13 or 18-week package and are then reimbursed if you attend all the meetings (you can miss up to 3). Several coworkers are taking the plunge to join and I figured it would be a great opportunity to learn about the new program (and give my honest feeback to you all, of course!) and to possibly take off some weight that I have commonly referred to as my “PCOS weight”. Being the go-getter that I am, in addition to feeling as heavy as a boulder with all the Christmas eats, I went all out for the 18-weeks of Weight Watchers. Sure, it will be a challenge to take that time out for meetings, but it is a part of my “me” time that I require for sanity.

    It will certainly be interesting, as a dietitian, to sit in on a Weight Watchers meeting. It’s been a long time since I attended Weight Watchers AND lead Weight Watchers meetings. I have heard bits and pieces of the new program — good and bad…from media and members alike. The information regarding PointsPlus found online is very vague and I hope to bring you all information on the new program from my perspective.

    Well, that’s a wrap for the most whiny and random post…ever (?) on Prevention RD. I will be glad to pull into Chicago this evening and spend some time with the family, and hopefully a good night’s rest!

    I’ll leave you with a recipe for some tasty Pumpkin French Toast with Light Pumpkin Butter, inspired by our hosts in Albuquerque. Their pumpkin french toast was delicious!!


    Pumpkin French Toast with Light Pumpkin Butter

    1-16 ounce loaf challah, cut into 8 slices, about 3/4 to 1-inch thick
    1 cup of Egg Beaters or egg substitute
    1 cup + 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree, divided
    1 cup of skim milk
    1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
    3 Tbsp Smart Balance Light or Earth Balance
    1 Tbsp brown sugar
    non-stick spray

    Directions:

    For the butter, combine 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree with the Smart Balance Light and brown sugar. Combine well.

    Cut bread into 3/4 to 1-inch thick slices. In a large bowl, whick together Egg Beaters, 1 cup pumpkin puree, milk, and pumpkin pie spice. Soak bread in milk-egg mixture for 1-2 minutes.

    Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place the soaked bread in the skillet or on the griddle, flipping after the bottom has browned. Cook the opposite side until browned. Serve immediately. Serves 8 with ~1 tablespoons of pumpkin butter.

    Nutrition Information (per slice with 1 Tbsp pumpkin butter): 221 calories; 6.6 g. fat; 17 mg. cholesterol; 340 mg. sodium; 35 g. carbohydrate; 3.4 g. fiber; 8.2 g. sugar; 8.2 g. protein

    Result: Carb-o-licious! It’s hard to limit to just 1 piece, but they are rather large. I splurged and had 2 one morning and I ate the leftover pieces one at a time with an over-medium egg. Delicious! Pumpkin is never out of season in my kitchen or belly!!!

    I may not be 100% jolly (just yet!), but our neighborhood is sure all decked out! Our block all decorates our trees the same and it really does look festive and beautiful!

    Question: Does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season make you giddy with glee, or do you get a bit overwhelmed and stressed?

    I think working adults need sanctioned holiday vacations like kids in school. I remember the days of a full MONTH with nothing but sleeping in was of concern! College, I miss you!

    Tis the season,

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    Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

    Before you inaccurately assume Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles are unhealthy and gross, let me tell you how I kicked my own tushie yesterday. You see, after picking up Lily on Monday, I had no motivation for a sweat session…I just wanted to cuddle with my furbaby and relax after the travel nightmare that was last weekend. Seeing as my last workout was Saturday during a hike and Thursday evening prior to that (Tuesday, too), I was far below my quota of 4-5 workouts a week. Oops..

    So as I was driving to work yesterday morning trying not to slide into a ditch in the Winter Wonderland, I was game planning my own torturous workout for after work. I landed on 800 meter repeats. You see, I ran cross-country in high school. Not well, but I was on the team (there were no tryouts, hence, I “made” the team), and I HATED 800 meter (~1/2 mile) repeats. 800 meter repeats are tough because they’re long enough to tire you out, but short enough that you have to do lots of them — a lose-lose in my book. And just like in high school, running really isn’t my forte… I just like to think it is. Running is, after all, a killer workout. I digress. My planned torture mapped out like so:

    2 minute warm-up, walking @ 4 mph
    5 minute run @ 6 mph (10 min/mile)
    5 minute “recovery” on the elliptical (level 8 of 12)
    5 minute run @ 6.5 mph (9:13 min/mile)
    5 minute “recovery” on the elliptical (level 7 of 12)
    5 minute run @ 7 mph (8:34 min/mile)
    5 minute “recovery” on the elliptical (level 7 of 12)
    5 minute run @ 7.5 mph (8:00 min/mile)
    5 minute “recovery” on the elliptical (level 6 of 12)

    Whew! For my 10-11 minute/mile self, this was a killer workout. My 5 minute runs were between 800 and 1000 meters, roughly. While an 8 minute/mile pace is a run for some, it’s more like a sprint for me! My 5’3 frame with my tree trunk-like thighs just don’t run all that quickly. So I kicked my own butt in my workout yesterday and it really did feel great. You know, the once-every-few-months-or-so kind of great, not the I-should-do-this-more-often kind of great! I have totally transitioned into an exercise for health not fitness type of person, and I’m totally okay with that.

    Here’s  a few more photos (on my crappy camera) from my prior workout — an ~4 mile hike in Albuquerque. It was gorgeous — 60° F and sunny!

    And on to these ever so curious-sounding waffles!

    Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles adapted from Jaime Cooks and Chef Mommy

    10 slices of nitrate-free turkey bacon
    3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    ¼ cup brown sugar
    2/3 1/3 cup canola oil
    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    4 large eggs
    2 tsp vanilla
    2 ½ cups low-fat buttermilk

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400⁰ F.

    Lay the bacon a sheet pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the bacon is really crispy. Dry on paper towels and serve. Place them on a cutting board to cool before chopping. Once cool, chop the bacon into bite size bits and set aside.

    Set up your waffle iron on a level, clean surface and turn on to preheat.

    In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk to blend. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold. Once almost fully incorporated, add the bacon bites. Stir.

    Cook according to your waffle machine instructions. Serves 8.

    Nutrition Information (per serving): 361 calories; 15.1 g. fat; 123 mg. cholesterol; 768 mg. sodium; 44.3 g. carbohydrate; 2.4 g. fiber; 10.1 g. sugar; 10.3 g. protein

    Result: Can I first say that Mr. Prevention thought these waffles sounded gross? I was appauled and shocked all at the same time. My man loves him some turkey bacon, mmkay? Weirdo. These were delicious (and he agreed after getting over himself)! If you’re not jiggy with the idea of bacon in your waffle batter (which you should be, FYI), just omit the bacon and have delicious, fluffy buttermilk waffles. This batter could just as easily be used to make pancakes, so don’t fret if you don’t have a waffle iron. While I tried to make-over the recipe to include some nutrition, the sodium content remained high due to the bacon, baking soda, and baking powder. I will try cutting the baking powder in half next time, I just fear the waffles might lose their beloved fluffiness if I do so. We shall see. I served the waffles with Smart Balance Light mixed with agave nectar in a 2:1 ration – YUM…and then just a drizzle of lower sugar maple syrup, a side of orange sections, and 1 pan-fried egg (fat omitted in frying)…a delicious breakfast for dinner meal. Enjoy! 😀

    Question: From the sound of it, thumbs up or thumbs down for bacon waffles?

    I’m off today to go Christmas shopping with Gina! 😀 Weee!!!

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    mama-in-law’s oats

    Is it just me, or did the Thanksgiving holiday ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM by? 😦 Enter: Christmas Season 2010. It is now acceptable for me to watch Elf and laugh hysterically every day….gotta love it.

    I am thankful for my lead foot, however. While my road rage had Mr. Prevention a bit frightened at times (no joke), we arrived back in Columbus with enough time for me to grocery shop before my hockey game last night. It was rushed, however. Let’s just say it was record-breaking grocery shopping speed that resulted in beads of sweat littering my forehead by the time I reached the check out. No shame! Mission accomplished! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do….I’m just glad I meal planned and made my shopping list while we were away. Smart thinkin’, self! 😉

    There’ll be a bit of this on the menu this week….

    And some of this…

    And this…

    I’m excited for this week’s menu which will include LOTS of veggies! Things need to be lightened up after the holiday.

    Anyways, my mother-in-law loves OATMEAL! I would go as far as to say she loves oatmeal as much OR MORE than Kath. Saturday morning we were at my in-law’s and when Susie asked if I wanted oatmeal for breakfast, it sounded so good. I like oatmeal, but I couldn’t have it every morning…no way. I like variety too much for that 🙂

    Susie then asked if I wanted her to make me a bowl of her oats — Oats à la Susie! “Yessss! Of course!,” I said!

    Oats à la Susie

    1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
    3/4 cup unsweetened Silk Almond Milk
    1 Tbsp wheat germ
    1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
    1 small apple or 1/2 large apple, cored and diced
    cinnamon, to taste
    1 tsp brown sugar or sugar substitute (I used brown sugar, she used Sun Crystals)

    Directions:

    Core and dice apple, microwave in a bowl for 60 seconds on high. Combine milk and oats, cook on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 minutes or until cooked to your desired doneness. Top oats with apples, wheat germ, flaxseed, cinnamon, and sweetener. Enjoy!

    While these were the Oats à la Susie of the day, she uses different fruits and variations of this recipe a lot. As long as I’ve been with Mr. Prevention (7+ years!), mama-in-law has loved her oats! 😀 The flaxseed and wheat germ add additional fiber and omega 3’s…gotta love that! They’re also nutty and add a richness to the oats. Mmmm!

    So of course when I was grocery shopping last night, I couldn’t find Unsweetened Silk Almond Milk. I did, however, find SO Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk. While it’s not 35 calories per cup (it’s 90), it is SO delicious…just as the label stated. It is also made from organic coconuts, and is soy-free, gluten-free, non-dairy, and non-GMO.

    The label also boasts that coconut milk contains 65% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) which has little relevance to the healthy human; it simply means the fat is very readily digested in the body even when malabsorption is present and thus MCFA’s are used in the clinical setting for people with liver and pancreatic diseases. In the healthy adult, MCFA’s are just used for energy very quickly, similar to carbohydrates.

    Question: What’s your milk of choice? Cow’s? Soy? Rice? Almond? Coconut? Hemp?

    The options are nearly endless!!!

    Back to the grind :(,

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