Good morning and happy Monday to you all! It was hard to get moving this morning. A midmorning coffee break might be on the horizon today.
It’s been hot and humid in Pittsburgh this past week, which makes me crave cool/simple/light meals. I had breakfast for lunch both Saturday and Sunday.
I’m still not sick of carrot cake oats. Using 1/4 cup of both regular oats and the 10 grain cereal makes them so filling – and microwaving the shredded carrots with the grains really helps to infuse the carrot flavor throughout. I add so many combinations of flavors to these – vanilla, chia seeds (mostly to make them thicker), cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, raisins, protein powder, coconut, stevia, almond butter, walnuts – and no matter which ones you add, the result is delicious. Not photogenic, but delicious. This morning’s batch:
Sunday’s great oat combo came from blueberries, protein powder, nutritional yeast, sunflower seed butter, and cottage cheese. Blueberry cobbler/muffin-ish. Another overnight oat win.
I’ve been a big fan of Jillian’s “30 Day Shred” video for a while and have done her “Banish Fat” DVD a few times. I recently had some credit for Amazon that I needed to spend and ordered both the “Body For Life” book and Jillian’s “No More Trouble Zones”.
They came in the mail on Friday and I wanted to do an at home workout Saturday morning. With my ankle injury I’ve been limited in the cardio department but thought I’d put on a brace and try to modify the moves in this workout as needed.
What I loved about Jillian’s other DVDs was the combination of cardio and strength training. “No More Trouble Zones” is much heavier on the strength training than the others – my muscles were actually worked to the point of fatigue, even with light weights. It’s definitely a great workout, but I’ll use as a substitute for strength training and not cardio in the future.
With my sore muscles I was craving some protein. I had leftover grilled veggies from my fabulous sandwich that I made into an omelet with some shredded mozzerella. So filling but healthy at the same time.
Having an omelet for breakfast made me miss my daily dose of oats – so I made a cookie dough/oat/protein ball cereal combo for lunch.
Monkey Ball Cookie Dough
1/4 cup oats + 1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp almond butter
1.5 Tbsp coconut
1) Grind 1/4 cup oats in a blender/food processor/Magic Bullet until it forms a flour.
2) Add remaining ingredients (except extra oats) and blend until a dough is formed. You may have to scrape down the sides.
3) The dough will be very sticky – throw it in the fridge/freezer until chilled, about 30 minutes in the freezer or 2 hours in the fridge.
4) Stir in remaining Tbsp of oats and roll into small balls (about a teaspoon each). Enjoy alone or topped with milk/milk substitute of choice!
The most exciting part of my weekend? OUR WEDDING INVITATIONS CAME! I had them made by an amazing designer, Michelle, from her Etsy shop. We’re saving money here and there with the wedding but the invitations were definitely a splurge – they cost more than my dress! But they turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to get them sent out.
Is it okay to send out wedding invites before shower invites? What was the most exciting thing that happened to you this weekend?