Breakfast · Lunch

Abnormal day…

Hi everyone:

I had a day that was sort of out of the ordinary, at least for me. I did not leave the house until about 8:30 this morning. I took advantage of the later than normal work day and had breakfast at home. And not just any breakfast, I had oats in a jar.

So, you might be wondering about what the heck ‘oats in a jar’ might be…. photos can tell the story:

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I made stove top oats, and realized that the Teddie peanut butter jar was just about empty. So, to get the last scraps of peanut butter, I put the oats right into the jar. It was the best.

Today’s oatmeal had:

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup skim milk

1/3 cup water

a dash of nutmeg

a splash of vanilla

a few shakes of cinnamon

It was perfection.

My lunch bag was a total joke this morning. It was sooo heavy and filled to the brim:

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I was not sure how long I would be at work. I wanted plenty of options to keep me going! My colleagues were sort of laughing at my lunch bag, because it was really heavy. At 12:30 I broke into the lunch bag. My first course was the amazing salad…

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In the salad: spinach, carrots, red pepper, orange pepper, mushrooms, and tomatoes. The dressing was my own – a splash of balsamic, a bit of fresh ground pepper, a splash of olive oil and about 1/2 a teaspoon of dijon mustard.

About an hour and a half later had the best part of lunch.

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Apricot preserves, Barney Butter on sour dough bread. Sooo wonderful.

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Unfortunately, it was raining most of the day and it was only 45 degrees. There was no way I was going for a walk today. But work was so busy, I walked a lot of flights of stairs. I guess that will have to be good enough for exercise today!

My 4 o’clock snack was my last of the vanilla chobani with berries and granola, once again.

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On nights when I know I have to work late, I know that I have to pack a lot of healthy food choices so that I have options, and don’t hit up the snack machine or the caf where the unhealthy options live. 🙂 I really liked the different choices that I packed today. The salad and yogurt were great – but the sandwich really hit the spot! I loved the versatility of my food.

Thankfully the yogurt kept me full during the de-installation at work. I was able to leave work around 7 o’clock tonight. I was sort of hungry, and I passed a couple of McDonald’s on my way home. I always think that I want to stop after a late night at work. A cheeseburger and small french fries always sound sooo god to me. Thankfully today I kept driving, and when I got home I was so excited to see that some of my Bittman pad thai was still left. I enjoyed the leftovers!

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My homemade pad thai was such a better choice. I am so glad that I did not stop at McDonald’s for dinner! I would have been so upset if I had settled for fast food instead of the food I had at home, already made up. The way I got myself home without stopping was remembering that I had eggs, and veggies – I promised that I would make myself a really good omelette and that clean up wouldn’t be that bad. It was great to come home to leftovers.

I’m tired (again) and I have to read my book for a while before I fall asleep. Hope you’re all having a great night!!

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