I blinked and another weekend disappeared! I suppose it didn’t help that we had to spring forward this morning. The good news? I’ve been doing my best to follow my Subtracting Added Sugar Goal of under 25 grams all weekend long and am still feeling fabulous. I know it’s only been three days, but so far I’ve noticed:
No stomachaches. Literally, zero. That includes the uncomfortable feeling after eating.
Skin clearing up. Slowly, yet surely. It feels less dry and itchy than it has in weeks.
More energy throughout the day. I haven’t had that 3:00 exhaustion since I started.
Of course, the true test is going to come during the week when I’m at my busiest. But so far, this new change has really caused me to reflect on what I’ve been eating lately in a POSITIVE way. It’s causing me to crave fruits and veggies more than I ever have before simply because I’m looking to avoid the aches and pains and lack of energy that have been bothering me for quite a while.
Here are some of the highlights from this weekend’s foodie adventures.
Saturday morning, I had my official “first bowl” of oat bran. After learning so much about it from Heather (check out her recent post for even more information), I couldn’t wait to try it.
I used the oat bran from the bulk bins at Whole Foods (super cheap!) to make this bowl:
The oat bran soaked up the liquid really well and took on a solid, clumpy texture, which I liked, but I did end up adding a little more almond milk to the top for a little more liquid oomph.
This bowl was such a nice change up from my usual old-fashioned oats. I actually think I prefer this texture. I also think that the oat bran provided more volume per 1/2 cup serving. It kept me full all morning long (~3 to 4 hours) and absorbed the PB2 for a nice, nutty taste.
[Breakfast Net Sugar: 3g]
Another Saturday highlight: I used my P.F. Chang’s gift cards from the lovely and incredible Melissa!
I ended up using the gift cards with one of my closest friends, whose birthday was on March 6. We had a dinner + movie night, which was a lot of fun! She doesn’t know about the blog, so I didn’t get the chance to take pictures, but I can tell you that it was delicious. I had:
Appetizer:Wonton Soup (wonton noodles, shrimp, chicken, mushrooms and spinach)
Dinner:Buddha’s Feast with brown rice (veggies with five-spice tofu)
Dessert:Strawberry Cheesecake Mini Dessert
We got the dessert to celebrate her birthday - oh my, those mini desserts are fantastic! They are $2 each and perfectly portioned for one person. She got the chocolate cake version and was very content Even though I didn’t take pictures, I found one of the desserts at this site:
The strawberry cheesecake is the one pictured front right. So, so good! After dinner, we went and saw Confessions of a Shopaholic, which was a fun chick flick. It was a great way to spend her special day, and it what’s equally awesome is that she is my Twilight buddy, so I got her the appropriate gift: a Barnes & Noble card to buy Twilight: Director’s Notebook when it comes out on March 17!
Obviously, I wasn’t really paying too much attention to my Subtracting Added Sugar Goal at this dinner. But, as many of you know, I have a very strict philosophy on special occasions: eat what you like and never feel like you’re being “bad” while doing it! I ate really great meals all day long and had an amazing evening. That’s what counts.
THANKS AGAIN, MELISSA!!!!
Moving on to Sunday, I had another amazing and filling breakfast.
This one was another “first” because I have never actually tried the 2% Greek yogurt before (I always stuck to 0%). I could not get over how much more creamy the 2% yogurt is, and the taste was out of this world I combined 1 container of Voskos 2% with 1 cup Nature’s Path Puffs, 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean and 1 sliced banana. Amazing!
Question: I’m assuming that the sugar in Greek yogurt is natural, since it isn’t listed as an actual ingredient. Does anyone know? Just curious!
[Breakfast Net Sugar: 3g]
The last foodie highlight I want to share with you is the inspiration for the post title. After reading this recent post from Brittany, I remembered how much I love Wasa crackers. I couldn’t find the specific version she had in her post, but I picked up a bag of the “Multigrain” on Friday and have been addicted ever since. Here are a few of the ways I’ve been eating them:
1. Wasa + String Cheese (I peel a string of cheese and take a bite of cracker - yum!)