Breakfast


It seemed that this weekend was all about cooking and eating! This post will have recipes for a Green Monster, Blueberry Orange Muffins, and a Tex-Mex soup that is the soup version of a “junk salad.” (A junk salad is a salad that is a bunch of miscellaneous ingredients tossed in a bowl to make a salad.)

In preparation of next week’s 10K and my questionable right leg, I needed to try a run to see what my current situation was. I should have practiced outside, but I didn’t want to get too far from home if I really needed to stop. So onto the treadmill. The goal was 3 miles at a slow steady pace, and I ended up going 5! I was surprised and thankful that something I have been doing this last week is working.

I have told you I am a slow runner, but I ran 5 miles in 55 minutes, which is actually faster than my usual pace. I will keep up with the icing and stretching, and hope that next week goes well! At least I have a little more confidence than the last few days. Sunday I did a spinning class to rest my legs from the pounding.

Onto the eats! After the 5 miles on Saturday morning, I was starving by noon. Like could have eaten anything put in front of me. So I made a Green Monster and a PB&J Sandwich. It hit the spot! My green monster was basic and filling:

Green Monster:

1 banana

lots of spinach (2-3 cups?)

3/4 C milk (i didn’t measure)

1/2 Truvia sweetener

2 strawberries

handful of ice

blend away! it was thick and very tasty. If you have not had a Green Monster and are scared by the green, just try it! It tastes like banana, not spinach. And if you add berries, the smoothie turns purple.

The PB&J was Maranatha Creamy  PB, Crofter’s Superfruit Jam, and  Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread.

I will get better at picture taking.

Onto the next baking adventure:

For Mother’s Day brunch, I made Blueberry Orange muffins by Ingredients Inc.

These muffins were very tasty and had a strong orange flavor. Good strong. The batter was very thick, and they did make exactly 16 muffins. I made them Saturday and served them on Sunday. I thought by Sunday they were a little sticky, but they still got eaten. I have made other baked goods from this website and always freeze them to eat for breakfast. That definitely helps toughen up the muffin or loaf, so I will try that with these leftovers.

The last meal was Sunday night dinner for two. It was a Tex-Mex soup. I almost feel embarrassed to serve this because it requires no effort. A great way to empty your pantry!

Tex-Mex Soup:

2 cans Great Northern Beans

2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 can corn

1 onion

1 tsp cumin

handful cilantro

1 package ranch dressing mix

1/2 pack taco seasoning mix

cheese and tortilla chips for topping

2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded

Cook chicken first, then mix everything else in soup pot and let simmer until ready to eat. Very spicy!

I served with side salad.

A few other pictures from the weekend:

Inspired by The Healthy Everythingtarian’s  post on her pantry staples, I am giving you my foods that I cannot live without, and what I do with these foods. Many of these products are new to me since following more food bloggers. Foodies know what foodies like.

1. Greek yogurt: Chobani Vanilla or Oikos Vanilla

These yogurts, of which I buy both because I can’t pick a favorite, are fantastic. High in protein, low in sugar and calories, and tasty. I like them for breakfast, to mix into baking, and for snacks with cereal. Deelish.

2. Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter and Co.’s Chocolate Dreams or Maranatha’s No Stir Creamy

I cannot tell you how rich and creamy the PB &Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams is. Its nutritional info is similar to other peanut butters and maybe a little lower (170 cals/2 T, 13 g fat, 6g protein) but this is just so delicious and heavenly. You must go find it. There are other flavors in the brand that I have not tried, like Cinnamon Swirl?! That’s next on my list.

Maranatha is great too for the traditional peanut butter. I like them both with bananas. Ingredients are peanuts, oil, sugar, salt. No HFCS or Hydrogenated Oils. Watch out for those in your peanut butters!

3. Fiber One Original

 

I have been eating Fiber One since before they had multiple flavors and bars. I actually like it plain! But it is best  mixed with a second cereal and yogurt. And Hungry Girl can tell you a million ways to use Fiber One in cooking and baking.

A great way to start the morning with almost 60% of your daily fiber and 60 cals per 2/3 cup.

4. Apples

You know what an apple looks like. These are great for afternoon snacks with item 5. And if you microwave it with some granola and cinnamon, it’s a fake apple pie!

5. Laughing Cow Cheese

At 35 calories per wedge, Laughing Cow cheese in different flavors goes great with apples. Also spreads on breads or bagel well instead of cream cheese. Can be melted into omelettes, and Hungry Girl has a million ways to use these too. Sister brand Babybel is great too, but not for spreading.

Galaxy Granola

Bear Naked Granola

  

 

 

 

 

I love granola, but I feel best eating it when I know what’s in it, and that it’s good for me. For a long time, I ate Bear Naked Granola because I liked their story, their grassroots background, and of course the taste. But I always ate it in moderation because it has 7 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. That is a lot! I know, good fats, etc. But it can’t be that good. Also calorie dense.Then I recently discovered Galaxy Granola. They bake their oats in fruit, not fat. Their servings are 115 calories per 1/4 cup and only 1.4 grams of fat. That’s a big difference!

On a blind taste test if I didn’t know the nutritional info, I would probably pick Bear Naked. Their chunks are more filling, and I like their Peak Protein product to bump up the protein. It’s also easier to find in regular grocery stores right now. But knowing the nutritional info, I just bought a new bag of Galaxy Granola. Hard to beat better stats for the same serving size. I recommend the Not Sweet Vanilla, and I just bought Raspberry (has real dried raspberries in it!)

Granola has never had a great reputation because of it’s fat content, so Galaxy’s push at lowering the fat wins in my book.

And by the way, my favorite way to eat granola is with cottage cheese.

Question of the day: Have you tried either? Which gets your vote?