Recently, however, I have discovered the joy that is almonds. Specifically almond butter, though I am digging eating raw almonds, too. My Google Reader is full of food blogs and many of them talk about almond butter so a week or so ago I finally broke down and bought a jar.
No joke, I could very easily just sit and eat the whole jar. The fact that it's significantly more expensive than a jar of ol' peanut butter is the only thing stopping me. Which no doubt works in my favor because, hi, don't really need to go through an entire jar of nut butter in one sitting. But man oh man is it tasty. One of my favorite new breakfasts is oatmeal pancakes topped with almond butter and strawberries with honey drizzled on top.
Actually, oats are pretty new to me, too. I'm not a huge oatmeal fan, but I loooove the oatmeal pancakes and am really digging oats in a jar (which really is just oatmeal, but shhh). Both are super easy and super filling. And quick, too, which means that even on days when I wake up early and go for a run I can give myself a few extra minutes of sleep because my breakfast won't take forever. I mean, the oats in a jar just need to be taken out of the fridge. Hello, no brainer.
|oats in whatever random container with a lid I could find|
See, my usual breakfast has been half a bagel with cheese, some eggs, fruit, and yogurt. In the beginning that worked for me because of the way WW points work: the heavier you are, the more daily points you're given. As you lose weight, that points lower. So a big breakfast helped me reach those high daily points without feeling like I was forcing myself to eat. Now, however, it works against me because with a breakfast that large I had to have a small lunch. Which sometimes was okay, but more often than not really just felt like a big snack with string cheese, an apple, and hard-boiled egg, and didn't always tide me over until dinner.
But now, see, I have found a smaller breakfast that keeps me full so I can plan for a mid-day meal that includes my old lunch plus crackers, cheese wedge, and my new best friends raw almonds. Now that is a lunch that will keep me happy until dinner.
|Granny Smith, yo. Best apple ever.|
(Although, no joke, sometimes I look at my meals and am astounded by their size only because I used to eat an obscene amount of food in a single meal. And while the above might not look like a lot of food, it's filling and healthy, which is key. Quality over quantity.)
That being said, I will admit that between PMS and pre-5K anxiety, I maybe did a bit of over eating this past week. And I might have gone straight for the almonds and almond butter. I really don't have a sweet tooth when this sort of thing happens. At least not traditional sweet tooth like chocolate. No, this is the time of month when I have been known to make an entire batch of peanut butter cookie dough and just skip the baking part and eat the dough. So I will forgive myself for a spoonful or two (or three) of almond butter. That being said, I did lose half a pound this week bringing my total to 91! Third tattoo is getting ever so much closer!
Okay, so here's the really awesome part about all of this: once the almond butter jar is just about empty, I can get the best of both worlds and actually make oats in an almond butter jar! Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Or, y'know, almond and oatmeal breakfast.
Have you discovered any new foods recently?
Love from the ashes,