almond butter, brussel sprouts, carrotsncake, chia seeds, Chick-Fil-A, Chik'n, Crofters, Eggland's Best, Great Harvest, march, oikos, overnight oats, quorn, stress fracture, sunshine award, sweet potato fries, trader joe's, whipped banana oats
I’m so glad everyone loved Amy’s post last night! She is brilliant, I must say. And I agree with her points. Even though I’m still dealing with this injury and am not quite on the other side yet, I’ve found a lot of what she said to be true. Especially the changes in diet. My appetite has gone WAY down since I’ve been on crutches and not moving near as much. I have not restricted myself out of a fear of gaining weight, I have just listened to my hunger cues. Now, I haven’t been perfect, I have eaten when I was not truly hunger (cake, chocolate anyone?) but for the most part, I have listened to my body. I have found that I rarely need an afternoon snack and that a smaller lunch fills me up. That being said, I’m also trying to make sure that I’m eating enough. I know that I am not exerting that much energy just laying around my house but my body still needs a certain amount of calories to function and especially to heal. So it’s sometimes a struggle when I know I haven’t eaten enough at the end of the day but I’m not hungry. Do I eat to get “x” number of calories? Or do I not? I’m not quite positive what to do about that. I’ve been trying to eat more calorie/nutrient dense foods to make up for this. Any thoughts?
So I took my first trip out into the world again today (aside from the little journey to the ER Sunday night). I was only gone for maybe 45 minutes? I did get some stares and a question of “what happened?” but they didn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought. Except one guy, this older man who was using a leaf blower literally stopped what he was doing to stop and stare at me. And not just for a second, oh no, this was a full on stare from the time that I exited a building until I got to my car. Really?! Have you never seen a person use crutches before? Honestly, it made me mad! I kind of wanted to tell leaf blower man off. But you will be happy to know, I restrained myself. Anyways, other than that, I was fine. I managed ok. But I have to say, even though it was hardly a big outing, I was quite sore upon returning home. I’m not sure if that is normal/bad or not. And the weather was beautiful!
So, is anyone else having a hard time believing that it’s the last day of March?! Tomorrow is the first day of April, yikes!!! March was a big month for me, full of both good and bad big changes. I quit school (er, transferred) to pursue my dream of culinary school (the good) and was put on crutches (the bad). I discovered my love of swimming… though a bit too early. I found out that I love tofu, kale, Brussel Sprouts, cottage cheese oats, TJ’s almond butter… well I could go one with the foodie finds. Did you discover any foodie finds or have any life changes in March?
And now it’s on to April, it’s all up-hill from here. I’m declaring that this is going to be an amazing month. My birthday is in April (can’t believe i’ll be 22, YIKES!), strawberry season starts (heck yeah!), I will be rid of these darn crutches (hopefully), I have a fun birthday trip planned,… life is going to get better. April is going to be awesome. Let’s rock it, shall we?
So back to yesterday’s eats… is it sad that I’m having a hard time remembering what I ate? Thank you handy dandy pictures…
I started with a bowl of PB & J Oats.
Again. I know, I know… I have these oats all of the time but they are so. good!!!
Usual base of whipped banana oats with chia seeds that I topped with Tj’s almond butter and some Crofter’s.
Never gets old…
And then I had yet another wrap for lunch. But this was the last tortilla so no more wraps for a while… at least until my wrap supply is restored 😉
It had leftover barbecue chicken, a little more barbecue sauce, and baby spinach. YUM!
With tomato on the side (wouldn’t fit in the wrap..he..)
With a side of yogurt, cinnamon, and frozen peaches.
I can’t wait for peach season!!!!
P.S., frozen peaches are HARD. Just sayin…
And then for dinner I had leftover spaghetti.
Courtesy of my Iphone. I would’ve gotten up to get my camera but I was all settled with my spaghetti and just walking 10 feet is SUCH a process with the crutches…
And then for dessert I had a banana topped with a Caramel Oikos. Simple, but yet delicious 🙂
And now back to today…
I had overnight oats for brekkie. Oh overnight oats, it’s been far too long…
Last night I soaked 1/3 cup oats in 1/3 cup yogurt and a splash of milk and cinnamon.
This morning I added more milk, chia seeds, 1/2 banana, raspberries, blueberries, and TJ’s salted creamy almond butter.
Overnight oats are SO filling!!! Not to mention delicious…
And then for lunch I had something very easy, very simple, but absolutely incredible.
Enter toasted Great Harvest bread…
Topped with Crofter’s and a “drippy” egg.
This was GOOD!!!
Look at that… yum.
Along with some broccoli. Need some veggies!
I also had an un-pictured afternoon snack of a dried apricot and some grapies.
Speaking of veggies, dinner was veggierific (corny? perhaps..)
I had a Quorn Chik’n Patty that I dug from the depths of my freezer. I’ve had them in forever but I’ve yet to try them. Umm why did I wait so long?! SO GOOD!!! My mom and I said that we could feed one to my dad and he would never know the difference… hehe…
Along with some sweet potato fries, a la Tina. I chopped a sweet potato up in fry form and threw them in a freezer ziploc bag with salt, cinnamon, Agave, a bit of cooking spray, and ground flax seeds and shook it all up. Baked for 15 minutes at 375 and then 20ish minutes at 400. YUM!!!!! Probably the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever made.
Along with some roasted Brussel Sprouts.
And lots of ketchup. With everything. Mmmmm…
I just love dinners like this… they make me feel so GOOD!!!
And give me an excuse to indulge in a good dessert… a la Chick-Fil-A.
Chick-Fil-A ice cream. If you have not had Chick-Fil-A’s ice cream, you are missing out! It tastes JUST like homemade vanilla. It has a strong REAL vanilla flavor but isn’t too sweet. I could eat my weight in this ice cream…
And yes, I ate it all. And yes, it was delicious. I knew you were worried about that… 😉
Amy over at Second City Randomness, the sweetheart that she is, gave me this Sunshine Award!
Thank you Amy!!! I would give it back to you because your blog always cracks me up, never fails!!!
But now I would like to share this award with some fellow bloggers who brighten up my day 🙂
Freya at Brit Chick Runs – This girl is awesome! I feel like we are besties even though I’ve never met her. Check out her blog… you won’t be sorry!!!
Jessica at Healthy Exposures – We not only share the same awesome name 😉 but she takes the most amazing photographs!! Total food porn alert here!
Steph at Mediterranean Miss – She is a total dear!!! Love her!
Amanda at Seek – What can I say, this girl is a huge inspiration to me!! She has overcome SO much. And she has the most amazing writing voice!
Katie at Chocolate-Covered Katie – Her recipes are the end all, be all and she always makes me smile!!! Such a sweetheart!
Lauren at Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful – She has been through a LOT the past few months and is still optimistic and positive. As we are going through a lot of similar things lately, she is a HUGE inspiration to me!
Now, I could continue but if I listed every single one of you out there that I adore, well this post would be epically long. So just know that I love you all and you all brighten up my days 🙂
Look for fun things to come! Tomorrow i’ll be answering the last of the Ask Me Anything questions that I have received and maybe discussing what’s to come in April. And then Friday, I have a FUN guest post in store!! Until then!! I am off to watch the last of Gossip Girl, Season 1… which was due back to Blockbuster *cough* today *cough*
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy; they just promised it’d be worth it.”
– Harvey Mackay