Balancing Breakfast.

Since we started reading Thrive last month, Casey and I have been making more of an effort to incorporate various vitamins and nutrients into our meals.  Not that we don’t already eat lots of good real foods, but you can always do more, right?

Typically my breakfast has always been a gigantic heaping bowl of gooey oatmeal.  You guys know I like to eat a LOT of food!  But after looking at the nutrient breakdown of my daily diet, I was starting to feel a little carbo-heavy, and I felt like I needed to have more of a balance at every meal.  Enter the breakfast dilemma – how to get more balance but not give up my precious oats?

The solution – less oats (but still delicious and satisfying) and the addition of a nutrient packed smoothie!  Typically my oatmeal bowls have actually been 1.5 servings (because I run around on my feet ALL day and don’t get lunch until 2pm!), but recently I’ve knocked them back to just the 1/4 cup serving of steel cut oats.

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Also back in my life – PB2!!!!  This is actually a jar that Casey’s mom gave us when we were home in Cincinnati – she totally replenished our stock after months of PB2 drought.  And just as I got my new stash, I also got an email from Bell Plantation that the 12 jars I ordered back in December have finally shipped – hallelujah! 

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A word on peanut butter – before PB2 went missing in action for 5 months, I had always said I preferred it because I could not be trusted around regular peanut butter.  I have plenty of self-control over what does or does not come into my kitchen, but once something is there, I have a much harder time resisting.  Peanut butter has always been one of those things – I can totally resist buying it, but if it’s in my house, I will eat it by the spoonful. 

But when PB2 disappeared, I needed something – I couldn’t go completely peanut free.  So I started buying peanut butter…and almond butter…and sunflower butter.  And I did exactly what I thought I would do – ate waaaaay too much of it!  I ate it on everything – oatmeal, rice cakes, dates, plain spoons – you name it.  I envy the bloggers who appear to be totally satisfied by eating a teaspoon of peanut butter here and there, but I’m not one of them.  I want more!

Now that my beloved PB alternative is back, I’ll be back to rehydrating and microwaving my peanut butter, and hope that Casey finishes off the last of the real stuff soon.  Not everyone can be perfect at resisting everything, and peanut butter seems to be my vice.  It could be worse, right?

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Sorry, I got a little sidetracked.  Now that my oatmeal portions are smaller, and PB calories have been drastically reduced, I have room for a little something extra in my morning lineup.  Every morning while I make the oatmeal, Casey whips up one of these delicious drinks!

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Typical mix: 

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • ~12 frozen strawberries
  • a handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp chlorella
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 3 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp PB2 powder
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill hemp protein powder
  • 1.5 tsp stevia extract
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

(chlorella, spirulina, and maca ordered from Nuts Online!)

It sounds (and looks) a little scary, but I assure you it is delicious.  I even convinced my mom to take a big gulp of one when we were home last weekend!  Do not be afraid to drink something green!

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Now I am headed out to hopefully secure my internship for this summer.  Cross your fingers for me – eeeeekkkk!!  Fun dinner with Kath and Matt planned for tonight.

Confession:  I have been listening to Total Eclipse of the Heart from GLEE! on repeat the entire time I’ve been writing this post.  Cannot get enough!  Turn around, bright eyes…