Happy Wednesday friends! It’s almost the weekend which makes us all very happy :) So, this morning i had my first OOIAJ experience.. I must’ve been really excited because I woke up an hour before my alarm went off! I went downstairs to check them out and they looked interesting… Not sure about cold oats but I’ll give it a shot. Took my first bite (without toppings) and it was surprisingly good! I’m not going to lie though, I did stick them in the microwave for a quick minute to warm them up a tad. It was too cold outside to eat cold food. Forgive me?
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 mashed banana
- 2 sprinkles of chia seeds
- spoonful of plain greek yogurt
topped with other half of banana and vegan carob chips
I’ll be sure to start making these when I know I will be running low on time! Which seems to be every morning…How is that even possible?
For lunch I planned on having a new soup I picked up at Whole Foods
Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder… sounds good right? I thought so, and apparently so did the cleaning ladies because after they were done their duties it was nowhere to be found. Since I was in the mood for soup I had to settle for this
After work I headed to see my good friend Jim. I jumped on the Adaptive Motion Trainer (i have no idea what these are called?) for 30 minutes and did some abs workout.
Help a girl out – What is this machine called? Whatever it is…It had me huffing and puffing after 2 1/2 minutes!
Dinner was an easy no cook/no clean type of meal.. Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Sage & Butter sauce. Seriously? Phenomenal. If you have a TJ’s near you go pick this up ASAP for dinner. You can thank me later :)
After dinner I realized I was sort of in a cooking rut.. I hadn’t really made anything in a couple of days which is not like me so I decided to make a snack for the week!
I’ve made protein bars before but I wanted to try a no-bake version for time-saving purposes. Success! I picked a bunch of random things out of my cabinets and voila. Easy, quick and delicious.
No Bake Protein Bars (i think they could be vegan as well??)
- 1 ripe banana – mashed
- 1.5 cups of oats
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp of raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup vegan carob chips (use chocolate chips if you want)
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raw agave
- Yogi Granola Blueberry ( i only had a little bit left so I just poured it in but i suggest 1/2 cup)
- 2 scoops of protein powder (I used brown rice protein – vanilla flavored)
- Mash banana
- Add oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, protein and granola
- Add raisins and chocolate chips
- Add the peanut butter
- Add agave, cinnamon and vanilla
- Mix until combined
- Pour into 8×8 glass pyrex dish lined with parchment paper (no clean-up!)
- Freeze for 2 hours (at least)
- Cut into squares, bars, circles, hearts – whatever!
- Wrap individual squares in saran wrap
- Store in fridge for week
Better for you then luna,clif, zone etc… and probably a WHOLE lot cheaper. In my opinion they taste better as well but I could be biased :)
While I was waiting for my oatmeal raisin peanut butter chocolate chip protein bars (longest name ever) to harden up in the freezer I melted my last two pieces of dark chocolate and peeled a clementine… Obviously, I dipped the clementine into the dark chocolate and called it dessert.
I should do this more often instead of pouring chocolate chips into the peanut butter jar. I’m sure it’s healthier!
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Annapolis, Maryland – Somehow I found a picture that didn’t include my friends and I stumbling around causing trouble :)
Now onto something a little more serious… Are you aware that it is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? 30% of women feel stressed about food EVERY.single.day. and 5% will be diagnosed with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Life’s sweetest memories and toughest struggles revolve around what goes into our mouths. Crazy, but true. Some even compare their relationship with food as a dysfunctional romantic relationship. However, there’s always that option to walk away from those – but you and food? You’re stuck together forever. If you think about it almost everyone has food issues… Whether it’s under/overeating or caving in to cravings for things we know aren’t good for us, or even avoiding foods with certain texture/color and cringing at the site of vegetables and meat touching. A piece of chocolate could be a sin, a reward or comfort…or all three to you. One minute we love food and the next minute we hate it. Once we finally have a clearer picture of what shapes our eating behavior we can enjoy our food a whole lot more. (Side note: What I am striving for with this blog!) Here are some tips to help you befriend food again.
Focus: Turn off the TV, computer and sit at the table
Don’t be hypervigilant: Being too aware of what and how much you eat can turn into a food obsession. Not to mention having a mind-set of “If I walk two miles, I can eat this many chips” is a terrible way to live.
Don’t say NO: Deprivation diets set you up for failure. Moderation is key.
Listen to your gut: If you like steak, order it. Even if everyone else is having salad. Don’t take on others’ emotional static.***
Everyone Can Do...Just One Thing
If we all do just one thing, together we’ll have a huge impact!
1) Host or sign up to be a NEDAwareness Week Volunteer Speaker/Presenter
2) Help spread the word…get the Workplace Kit: Put up the posters and create a take-one table for How to Help a Friend pamphlets, Helpline cards and NEDA pens.
3) Join the Media Watchdogs: The more people that write a letter of protest or praise, the louder the Media Watchdog voice! A great youth activism activity.
4) Donate Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! to a local middle school: Get this fun, engaging tool into the hands of your local educators.
5) Maximize the power of your social networking sites: Post facts about eating disorders, tweet the Helpline number, and encourage your Facebook friends to learn more at myneda.org.
6) Leave a pamphlet: Put a stack in your doctor’s or dentist’s office, in the library or in a community center. Choose one or get all three: How to Help a Friend, Do I…Am I…, What is an Eating Disorder?
7) Make it a movie night: Choose a film from the provided Film List and watch it with friends and family. You can use the discussion guide to talk about the issues raised in the film.
8) Disseminate free NEDA Toolkits: Download and give out the Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit, Parent Toolkit or Educator Toolkit to coaches, gyms, school personnel, and parents.
9) Recognize NEDAwareness Week at your school: Download the free Educator Packet for resources, activities, films, discussion guides and handouts to educate faculty and students.
10) Choose an activity or event from the Resource and Planning Guide CD-ROM: Organize an activity, event, art project or fundraiser for NEDA to raise awareness in your community.
All of these guides/pamphlets can be found on their website. You never know if someone close to you is struggling…Do what you can to make a difference!
For day number 4 of my self-love challenge I didn’t stress about anything I was eating, how many calories were in what meal and just enjoyed my food to the fullest!
QUESTIONS: Have you ever made protein bars? Dipped clementines in chocolate? Are you doing anything to make a difference for NEDA week?
***March 2011 Women’s Health Magazine