I stumbled out of bed this morning and immediately thought of my main man, Mr. Quaker. I opened the pantry door and there he was staring down at me. While I think he’s pretty smokin’ (okay, maybe not), my eyes went straight to that spoon on the box….
I decided to skip the spoon though
Do these really need a ‘best before’ date?
I had ~1.5 cups straight up as a pre-workout snack. Except we all know 1.5 cups of Oatmeal Squares actually means 2 cups. I mean, come on let’s be real.
I haven’t gotten a chance to hit up Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Crack Latte yet so I decided to make one myself.
Pumpkin butter and a dash of pumpkin pie spice stirred right into my coffee.
[I add cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice directly to my coffee. I've experimented with mixing cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice into coffee grounds before brewing but I've found that it doesn't add as much flavor and takes a lot more spice.]
Plus almond milk for some creaminess.
I also ate a couple handfuls of whole grain tortilla chips before heading down to the gym.
- 60 min. elliptical
- 20 min. full body strength training
- Ran up 15 flights of stairs
- 100 jumping jacks
I’d say I put those morning carbs to good use!
Post workout I made another Berry Protein Wheatgrass smoothie. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. I think it’s the combination of the heat and our fairly empty kitchen.
I wanted to blend in some spinach, but sadly we were all out. I used this Amazing Grass Berry Superfood packet instead along with some protein powder and fruit.
The other day, my dad and I got a huge bag of okra from the $1 bargain bin at the store (yes, bargain loving runs in the family).
I had one thing in mind…okra fries!!
I also got some parsnips to make parsnip fries.
I didn’t know what to expect with this veggie. While I’m sure I’ve eaten it at a restaurant at some point, I’d never prepared parsnips myself before.
I peeled and cut the parsnips into fry-shapes.
Then I roasted the okra and parsnip slices for about 20-25 min. at 400* F in the toaster oven.
The parsnips tasted just like albino carrots–a tad sweet! They were more fibrous than carrots but had they been orange, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.
The okra fries weren’t as crunchy as I had imagined. I guess they needed some more time in the oven?
I also threw an Amy’s Veggie Burger in the oven for the last 10 min. or so.
Ketchup for dipping.
An off-centered bird’s eye view shot. This was taken blindly! The patio chairs are gone so I had nothing to stand on .
A Cold Giveaway
I brought this Thermos insulated BPA-free water bottle with me to the gym today. It was sent to me for free to review. While I am a room-temperature water girl (I know, I know, ew) I do enjoy cold water when I workout. The double wall vacuum insulation is supposed to keep water cold for 12 hours. I didn’t get to test the full time span but it sure kept me cool during my workout.
I love that it has a one-touch pop open cap and a straw! It makes for easy slurping while working out.
Thermos is offering LLE readers a chance to win their very own Thermos water bottle. Just leave a comment on this post. I will randomly choose a winner tomorrow night.