25 June 2012

sometimes you feel like a nut

I'm a peanut gal. Peanuts. Peanut butter. Peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter and jelly. Chocolate covered peanuts. Whatever its form, George Washington Carver would love me. (Although he would probably also scold me, since a peanut is actually a legume and not a nut, but just go with me on this one, okay?)

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.

Nomnomnomnom.

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,
Lady Lazarus

5 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this post and your comment about quality over quantity. I would like to use that in my blog at some point, so I hope you don't mind (will check it out)!

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  2. I am going to have to try the oats in a jar. They look delicious! We are hooked on Trader Joe's Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. They cook much faster than traditional steel cut oats and are quite filling. I put about .5 tsp brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon for flavor. Yum!

    Will you be in Stars Hollow for the fireworks next week?

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    1. Yup, these are just quick oats and I mix them up with soy milk and leave them in the fridge overnight. So yummy! I throw in strawberries and cinnamon and love how quick and easy it is. It was awesome coming back from this morning's run knowing breakfast was already taken care of.

      Probably not for the fireworks, but I'm off that whole weekend (4th - 8th) if you want to get together while you're in town!

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  3. Oatmeal pancakes are my new love. Today's, in fact, was this:

    Run 1/3 c. oats (3PP) through a food processor/blender to get flour-y (will still have chunks, this is okay. Add 1 egg white (0PP?), 1/4 tsp maple extract (or vanilla, or almond mmm) (0PP), 1/2 tsp chia seeds (0PP- 1 tsp is 1 PP)- stir well and let sit for 5-10 minutes so oats soak up the wetness. Puree 1/2 medium/large banana (0PP), and add to the oat mixture. Pan fry in 1 tsp Smart Balance (1PP) (but could use oil spray). I topped mine with 1 tsp peanut butter (1PP), and 1/8 c. "lite" maple syrup (I believe is 2PP). NOMZ. I love it's whole-grainy texture!

    7PP by my count, and makes about a 4-5" pancake depending on how you spread it out. Using 1/4 c oats knocks it down by 1PP.

    Tomorrow I'm going to experiment by soaking the chia seeds in a tbsn of water before adding to the oats, to see how it affects the moisture of the 'cake. :)

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