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Product Reviews and Below The Surface- Fear Food: Cereal

Good morning readers!

I got in a nice run this morning, it was about 6.3 miles at a 7:45 pace, which seems to be my usual pace for runs these days. It used to be around 8:30 so diligence towards the sport really shows how much it is possible to improve. I ended the run at the Rec Center where I took a core class for 35 minutes. I am definitely feeling the effects of the routine now, I really need to work on my core strength, which has been proven to make you faster and more efficient while running. Fit Sugar explains this idea really well, check it out!

After I got back I showered and had a quick breakfast before my first class at 11:15. I had a big bowl of cereal:

  • 1/2 cup Blueberry Muffin Mini Wheats= one of my all time favorite cereals. This is a new-ish discovery and it tastes like a delicious blueberry muffin in a crunchy, wheaty, sweet form…yum 🙂
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oat Squares (Cinnamon)= also amazing! I first saw these from Allie’s Blog, and have seen them appear more and more across the Blog world. Another example of its crazy influence!
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • Trader Joe’s Berry Greek Yogurt= this was really tasty! I have tried several different types of Greek Yogurt and this has been deemed one of my new favorites. It was pretty think, not too sweet, with a subtle fruit taste, and not too much $$, always something to consider, as I am a bit poor at the moment.
  • A sprinkle of slivered almonds
  • Apple

After finishing this breakfast, it made me realize how much my eating and refueling has improved on my road to recovery, but also reminds me of foods I once truly feared and am working to incorporate them on daily basis.

There are several I can think of, today I will talk about cereal.

I used to be a cereal FANATIC. I literally loved every kind of sugary, fake kinds you could think of; Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Golden Grahams, Cap’n Crunch, Crunch Berries, oh my I could go on. I would have 2-3 bowls (not measured) every morning before school and then 1-2 when I got home and perhaps one for dinner 🙂

When I started Weight Watchers however, the point system helped to teach portion sizes and made me realize I was using about half of my daily points on cereal in the morning. Although portions are good to learn, WW once again made me obsessed with this and led to habit changes. I found healthier cereals, such as Fiber One, Kashi, and other Organic cereals, that I could have for much less points and were more satisfying. I eventually cut down to one, pre-measured bowl of cereal in the morning and none for the rest of the day.

As my obsession around WW, food and weight became more intense, I took a look at my breakfast and irrationality reared its ugly head. This small bowl of cereal was not satisfying me at all, leaving me hungry almost immediately after I had finished it. Instead of adding more cereal, healthy fats, or protein, I thought this food was just going to make me fat because it made me hungry. I then started to consume fruit for breakfast instead, as a way to fill me up for the lower calories (in my mind). Eventually I stopped having breakfast all together, but that’s for another post 🙂

I had this idea that the Carbs from cereal were the ones that caused people to gain weight, and fruit would prevent this. What I didn’t understand at the time that I was simply not eating enough and a balance of nutrients in the morning to sustain me.

Cereal is not the enemy and never has been, and it’s now once again, it is among my favorite foods! Any kind still: though I try to pick the ones with ingredients I can actually pronounce and that have a good amount of fiber and protein. Also, coupling cereal with fruit and a healthy fat, such as a bowl with a sliced banana, skim milk, and nuts sprinkled on top, will really help to keep me full.

I have so many other fear foods I am overcoming, including pasta, FATS, pizza, sweet treats, pastries, cakes, okay so alot. I will discuss these soon as well!

Has anyone experienced fears around certain foods? What have you done to overcome this?

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Under the Influence…of the Blogging World!

I apologize for the corny title but it works with this post!

Alas, it is my last night home for Spring Break and I am returning to school tomorrow :(. I know once I’m there and settled in, I will be glad to be back, it’s just hard to leave the comforts of home. But I suppose I can’t stay in LaLa Land forever!

I am packing tonight, to avoid rushing around in the morning, and I as I was packing food to bring back, I look at my recent buys.

 

Prior to reading healthy-living blogs, it is safe to say I had not head of ONE of these items (well the cereal I suppose, but I did not yet know the amazing-ness of Trader Joe’s!)

Chia seeds? Like a Chia pet right?! Uhh sorta. Wait a second, almonds can be made into liquid AND a peanut butter-like consistance?! Whoa there.

I have bought these items over time and have enjoyed them all! I have even turned my picky mom (love you MA!) onto some of the items. One of her favorite combos is a sweet potato with Sunflower Butter…YUM! Prior to reading blogs, oatmeal=yucky mush, and seeds were for planting, not eating.

I have to admit that Overnight Oats in a Jar are one of my favorites, I pay 10 dollars for nut butters, I made gluten-free eats, I eat like the Greeks (greek yogurt :p), so many ideas I adapted from others and enjoy in my daily life. Kath’s blog was one of the first one I ever read, I give her tons of credit for making me like oatmeal!

What has the blog world introduced to you? Any great products or recipes? Please share!

*I remember I asked my mom one time if she would pick me up some bread from Whole Foods. She answered with, “that exploding grain stuff right?” (Referring to sprouted bread) Made me laugh. 😀

 

 

 

 

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Finally, I Have One!

Good evening!

I have something exciting to report, well at least for me, I finally purchased a FOOD PROCESSOR!

I’m sure several of you already have one and are saying, what’s the big thing? I have wanted one for quite sometime but had this silly idea that they were too expensive. They are certainly not! I saved up a bit and bought one at target today for 60 bucks and well worth it if you ask me. 🙂 I decided to purchase one after countless times of looking up recipes and seeing the words “food processor” among the required machines, which I would follow with, d’oh!

And let me tell you, attempting to get oatmeal to a course texture, along with dried fruit for a dessert recipe, with a blender that umm, sucks= no bueno. I knew there was a problem when the blender started to smell like burning plastic and I basically broke the darn thing! So yes, time for a machine that is actually supposed to be used for processing/crumbling ingredients!

Let’s just say I have been breaking in my new kitchen utility ever since I got home! I whipped up a few blog world favorites, such as peanut butter, almond butter, oat bran, and even made dough for a whole wheat bread recipe! Exciting stuff I know :p

I used honey-roasted peanuts I bought from Trader Joes and ground those suckas up for a good 6 minutes before it reached my desired consistency= drippy, but not too liquidy with some crunch, yumm! My mom agrees! I put in two cups of nuts which yielded one and half cups of peanut butter.

My almond butter was a success as well! I coated raw almonds with a few sprinkles of cinnamon, and maple syrup, let them roast for a 5 minutes in a 350 degree, let them cool and then ground em up! They are nice and sweet, with a subtle maple flavor that I love. Making your own nut butters is such a great money saver too. This tasted almost as good as my favorite, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, but cost about six dollars less, yes please! As a poor college student, I try to save money where and whenever I can.

My whole wheat bread was also made with the food processor, by adding warm water to the flour/yeast mixture as it is being turned in the machine. Eventually it makes a nice, sticky dough and then I let it rest for 10 minutes, and popped it in the oven, where it is currently baking. If it turns out good, I shall post the recipe!

One last thing, made some kale chips for an extra nutritious bonus, tasty! See Kath’s Recipes for how to make kale chips 🙂

How have others used their food processor? I would love some new ideas!

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