On again – off again

I have a weird relationship with yogurt, hummus and oatmeal.
It is all texture related.
I like all three foods very much, but in limited quantites, only at certain times, only prepared certain ways, and only flavored just right.

For instance, the other day I have this oatmeal a rave review.

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But yesterday when I was eating it, I could barely choke it down without activating my gag reflex.

The same thing goes for yogurt. And the bad thing about yogurt is when I was grocery shopping this time, I was all “pro yogurt” that day, so I have a ton of it to eat. I have been packing it for lunch, then not eating lunch because it sounds gross, but then scarfing it down after school because I am so starving.
Lesson learned: Do not buy copious amounts of yogurt to pack in my lunch. I like sandwiches for lunch.

That is why I love Kath’s Whipped Banana Oats. They are the only oats that I can eat at any time, and I can eat a normal amount, and never feel like I am going to throw up. They just take a long time to make for me, and so I only can have them on weekends.

On the days that I am liking yogurt, here is a delicious Quaker yogurt. It has a lot of calories for a yogurt (220), but it is so creamy! And it is relatively filling with the carmelized almonds giving the mix 13 g of protein.

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There are also some with chocolate pieces to mix in, and honey, and a few other ones that I saw.

And with hummus, I love the taste of it, but because of the texture, I like it with pita chips and pita, but I can’t love it with vegetables like carrots, except sometimes. And I definitely can’t imagine throwing it on a salad like some people do on blogs – but then, sometimes I can imagine that.
See what I mean?? On again. Off again.

So, in conclusion.
I love yogurt.
I love oatmeal.
I love hummus.
Yogurt makes me gag.
Oatmeal makes me gag.
Hummus makes me gag.

HA HA. Clear as mud, right?
I am just an oxy-MORON.*

What foods do you have texture issues with, if any?

Happy Saturday – I am going to decorate for Christmas, do laundry, and clean because my in-laws are coming over at 5:00. That is after I finish drinking my coffee, blogging, reading blogs, and watching DVR for a bit.

xxoxo,
Beth WA

*please note i know the real use of this word, i am using my poetic blogging license

I was late. It was the oatmeal’s fault.

This morning, I gave into my oatmeal craving, and my need to eat an apple that was about to go bad, and made oatmeal for breakfast. It made me a little late, and it took a lot longer than I anticipated, but it was SOOOOO delicious.

I cut the apple up without skin, and put it in a pan with coconut oil, cinnamon, splenda brown sugar, and a quick splash of lite maple syrup. I let that soften and sweeten while I did everything else, with the oats, and getting ready stuff for the morning.

I made Kath’s Whipped Banana Oats, which truly is the best oatmeal ever. I added chia seeds.

Then, I put half the apple mixture in the bowl, the oatmeal on top, then the other half of top of the oatmeal. I also added a dollop of sunbutter, a dollop of pumpkin butter, and a few white chocolate chips.

It was OUTSTANDING.
And it kept me full for a really long time.
It was a LOT Of calories, so I am glad it did, but it was several hours later that I was hungry again.
I actually just had a protein bar for lunch at 3:00ish, and am now getting hungry for dinner.

Here’s a picture of my oatmeal. I posted it on Instagram without a description, and my cousin’s guessed it was oatmeal, almond butter, and sri racha sauce. Ha. Ha. She is funny.

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Off to dinner with my favorite guys – my dad, my husband, and my brother. And, my favorite 7 year old.

Beth WA

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal.

Ugh. I have been so lazy this break and I hate it.

Yesterday I reintroduced vegetables into my life. My food groups before then were resembling that of Elf! It’s scary what a downward slope sugar is for me. By the end, vegetables didn’t even sound good, and physical activity was something I couldn’t even envision myself doing. This happened over the course of 8 days.

But, yesterday, for most of the day, I ate normal foods. I incorporated vegetables back in my life and made a delicious dinner that was 60% vegetables. And today, I am starting to feel better. Today is my weigh in day for WW. The damage was 3 lbs. GRRRR.

So, today I am starting the day with beautiful and delicious peanut butter and jelly oatmeal. I had received homemade raspberry jelly as a gift from a student so it seemed to be the perfect way to use it.

I made the oatmeal with banana, skim milk, and splenda brown sugar (1 tsp) mixed in. Then, I topped it with peanut butter chips and white chocolate chips (1 tsp each), chia seeds, sunbutter, and raspberry jelly. It is delicious. There is a picture at the end of this post, but it’s before I remembered to add the chia seeds.

My other goal today is to walk! And to do some floor work. The lady I normally go to gym classes with is with her mother who is ill at the hospital. So, if you are the praying kind, please keep them in your prayers.

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-Beth WA

Just a few more things I can’t live without

I bought a meal planner.  This is my first step in trying to be more economical with my groceries.  It’s also a way to start to try some of the recipes that I’ve bookmarked, starred in google reader, or cut out of a magazine.  I am hoping that it helps me stay in my points range for Weight Watchers.  Because as they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Right?  Anyway, right now when I go to the grocery I tend to buy the same things over and over, and I sometimes add in new foods I’ve read about in blogs.  I thank food blogs every single day for introducing me to Sunbutter.  It is the most delicious of the natural nut butters.

Jar of Delicious

Here are some other things that I just bought at the grocery that are among my staples.

Krusteaz Pancake Mix.  All you have to do is add water and you have delicious pancakes.  However, I often add oats, fruit, nuts, or other mixins.  It’s a great base, and it is not high in WW Points Plus.

My favorite is to add pumpkin and oats, and eat with Sunbutter on top and a dab of maple syrup.  Delicious flavor, with the protein and fiber.  The fact that pumpkin is 0 weight watchers points plus has been a life changer for me.

 

Speaking of pumpkin, I was SOOO happy to see the return of Liby’s canned pumpkin to my grocery shelf.  I haven’t been able to find it for some time, and the last time I had to buy the huge cans.  While pumpkin is expensive, it is also something I love to add to many foods.

I love pumpkin in oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, smoothies, and cakes!!

I mentioned that food blogs introduced me to Sunbutter.  They also introduced me to http://opensky.com .  It’s a place that some food bloggers act as curators and have sales on certain foods or products that they have featured in their blogs.  Through this, I was introduced to Garlic Gold, and I LOVE it.

Garlic Gold

They are garlic nuggets that are organic and delicious.  I have the Garlic Gold Sea Salt, Garlic Gold Nuggets, Garlic Gold Italian Herbs, and Garlic Gold Parmesan.  The garlic taste is delicious, and the sodium content, on even the sea salt, is low.  They add great flavor and texture.  I love garlic, so I appreciate these to use on salads, vegetables, spaghetti, and many other recipes.

 

Two things that I consume every single day are

Bananas are good for so many things…they are a great thickening agent in oatmeal, they are a great pre-workout fuel, a great afternoon snack, the perfect addition to smoothies for texture and taste, delicious to dip in sunbutter, and what about banana nut bread?  Yum.

 

 

 

And La Croix.  Sigh.  The new love in my life.

Since starting to drink La Croix this summer, I have cut soda out of my daily life.  I used to drink at least one coke zero a day, and now it’s about 2-3 a week, and I usually can’t finish a whole can of pop any more. My “friend” Kath brought this to my attention when I noticed she was always drinking carbonated water.  She said she liked the fizz.  And for me, that’s what I like about pop.  I drink a lot of regular water, but with a meal, I love to have the fizz.  So, this summer, a friend introduced me to LaCroix, and there has been no turning back.  I’ve been trying to moderate my intake, because LaCroix benders are expensive.

Does anybody drink LaCroix?  What’s your favorite flavor?

What are the things that you always have in your pantry?

 

 

 

 

Oatmeal is Delicious

I love oatmeal. Especially on cold fall mornings. I give complete credit to Beth WA for making me realize its deliciousness, and for introducing me to the blog Kath Eats so that I could learn how to make it.  Before I watched Kath’s how to video, the only oatmeal I knew how to make was the kind that came in a little envelope, to which I just added water.  Real stovetop oatmeal is SO much better, and really does not take much more time than the instant stuff. You also get a lot of bang for your buck (which according to me means: not a ton of Weight Watcher points, and it keeps me full for hours).  I use different mix-ins and toppings, depending on what I’m craving.   Sticking with my love of pumpkin, this is my oatmeal of the moment:

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Sweet and Salty Toppings

1/3 cup oats

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup skim milk

Cook according to Kath. (I use banana in every oatmeal except this one)

At the end, stir in:

1/3 to 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin

1 heaping tsp brown sugar

Dash of salt

A few dashes of cinnamon

Top with:

1 TBS Sunbutter

1 tsp white chocolate chips

1 tsp butterscotch chips

Enjoy.

According to my calculations, this is about 8 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

How do you take your oatmeal?

- Beth FS

A few of my favorite things…

In the spirit of Oprah (boo hoo, I miss her so much this fall!!), I wanted to do a post of some of my favorite things.  These favorite things are a few foods that I like to eat often.  They are staples in my kitchen.  Now, there are many staples in my kitchen, so today I am just going to over four of them.

It is appropriate that my favorite things this time are food because I am insatiable this week as far as hunger goes! In fact, I am seriously contemplating going to bed right now so that I don’t eat any more today!  Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.

The first thing is these Sweet Potato Chips.  They are extremely low in sodium, and taste delicious.  Their Weight Watchers points plus value isn’t great, but it is enough to satisfy the want to crunch something that tastes salty.

My next favorite thing is Thomas’ Everything Bagel Thins.  I love everything bagels, and these are delicious.   They are 3 Points Plus on Weight Watchers, and I use them with sandwiches, or sometimes I just spread a Laughing Cow cheese wedge on them.  They are also good toasted to make an egg sandwich.

Next, something I discovered only in the last year from reading Kath Youngers blog, http://www.katheats.com/, and that is Sunbutter.  It is peanut butter made from sunflower seeds.  I love it on EVERYTHING.  It’s good in oatmeal, on bread, on bagel thins, on pancakes, with a few chocolate chips, and with apples.  If you like sunflower seeds, TRY IT!

I love graham crackers, and these graham sticks are DELICIOUS.  I like to eat them plain, or crumble a few of them in yogurt or on ice cream.

And lastly, my latest obsession that I am having a hard time resisting at any time of day… Bob Harper has been trying to get us all to eat these for months, now.  Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal.  YUM.  They have a lot of fiber, and not a lot of fat, and a LOT of flavor.  Sometimes I eat my smoothie in a bowl, and then I put something crunchy in it, and yesterday, it was this cereal.  Now, that is all I can think about at night…my breakfast the next morning with these Quaker Oatmeal Squares!  I go through phases with food, a LOT, and so my favorites are always changing.  It’s not like I stop liking them, they just find their way out of my daily diet.  Well, as of right now, I am so glad these little pieces of deliciousness found their way into my kitchen!!

Well, that is all for now!

What are some of your favorite foods right now?

-Beth WA

Food Highlights of the Week

Hello, it’s Beth WA here on Sunday night procrastinating with my school work.  I should be grading and working on lesson plans, but all I really want to do is a post about some delicious food I’ve experienced this week.

Before I share the standout food of the week, I must tell you that for almost my whole life I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food.  I’ve always battled with my weight, and it’s a daily struggle for me.  Over the last few years I’ve been working to change that.  I’ve barraged myself with information about the *right* way to eat.  I’ve read so much about organic, vegetarian, vegan, local, CSA’s, real food, and intuitive eating.  It’s a subject that I love, and I feel strongly about.   While this information continues to shape my diet and my philosophy of eating, I find that for me, Weight Watchers offers excellent tools for me to strive toward my goal of losing weight while doing as Michael Pollan says, “Eat Food.  Mostly Plants. Not too much.”  I try to make sure that most of my diet consists of things that grow out of the ground.  Now, it has to be said, that I am definitely a work in progress.  I will still indulge in foods that aren’t grown out of the ground, but that is just something I strive for.  Especially since I was recently diagnosed with hypertension.  This has made me seriously think twice about everything that I put in my mouth.  But with the aforementioned unhealthy relationship with food, that is not always the easiest thing for me to do.  But I will continue to strive for it.  One Weight Watcher point at a time…

So, here are some of the food highlights of the week.  Some are good for you, and some were just plain GOOD.

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

The meatballs in this recipe were turkey meatballs from Janetha at Meals and Moves, http://mealsandmovesblog.com/2011/08/30/meatballs-two-ways/.  They were really flavorful with sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil, but kind of dry.  I thought that next time I might add a different meat, or perhaps use the 93/7 turkey instead of the 99/1.

We were expecting guests (my brother and his wife), so I made one of these:

Please don't judge my nasty pan.

It’s a Pillsbury Crusty Loaf sold in one of those tubes by the butter.  I could eat the whole loaf, which is why I usually only make them when we are expecting guests.

I also made some amazing oatmeal this week that would make Kath Younger at http://katheats.com/ proud.  She introduced me to adding new ingredients to oatmeal to make it more filling, and more tasty.  Both of these bowls have a lot of Weight Watchers Points Plus, but they both kept me full for over four hours, and the second one was my breakfast AND lunch since I was going to a late afternoon party.

This one was really high in WW points, but it was my breakfast AND lunch.

I also ate strawberries and mango on the side.  I am a mango maniac, and never think to buy them at the grocery store.  Until now.

I went to my bff Liza’s daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  They had this BEAUTIFUL cake, that immediately upon seeing it I thought that it probably wouldn’t taste that great because it was so pretty.

I have never been so wrong in my whole life.  This cake was To. Die. For.  It was a white cake, and it was so moist and delicious.  Even the red icing/fondant tasted delicious.

Check out this amazing cake:

made by: Cake Chic, Monroe, OH

And another treat…Liza made cake pops.  They are my absolute favorite.  I had my first one at a bake sale at school and these were only my 2nd time having them.  They did not disappoint.  Liza put little white chocolate ears on them so they looked like Minnie Mouse.  She’s a good mom.  (If you are unfamiliar with cake pops, they area baked cake and icing mixed together and put in the form of a ball, then dipped in chocolate, white or milk.)

Yes, she cut the styrofoam to look like Mickey Mouse.

And lastly, I made my first frittata.  I kept saying frittata over and over.  I don’t think my husband enjoyed it as much as I did.  I had tons of vegetables to use, and I had watched the video Kath at http://katheats.com/ made to show how to make them. (I am a bit obsessed with Kath..more on that in a later post.)  It was awesome because I used 4 eggs, a few pieces of turkey sausage, a handful of frozen hashbrowns and all of the rest vegetables.  (Mushroom, Onion, Pepper, Spinach, Mom’s Garden Tomatoes).

My first fritatta kept making me want to say Nelly Furtado.

I topped it with goat cheese for me, and parmesan cheese for me. My husband doesn’t like goat cheese, yet, I stay married to him.  He is lucky. I could only eat a little over 1/4 of it, as it was SO filling.  The Weight Watchers Points Plus value was very low since it was primarily vegetables.

Well, I hope everybody had a great Sunday, and took time to reflect on the fact that it is September 11th, ten years later.  I spent the morning flipping between my boyfriend Brian Williams on NBC and my bff Diane Sawyer on ABC.  There were lots of tissues.  (See previous post about saluting.)