Biking

Biking for Beginners

A few people have been asking me about the bike I bought, how much it was, what I had to buy to go with it, whether I like it, etc etc. so I figured I’d take this opportunity to tell you a bit about my bike!

I need to take some more pictures, which I will post soon, but I bought a Diamondback hybrid. A hybrid is a cross between a mountain and a road bike, and in my opinion is the best of both worlds (unless you want to race – then you should get a road bike!) The tires themselves are much thicker than road tires, but they are still pretty narrow so I can go relatively fast in it. Because I ride on trails that are not just pavement but have dirt, bridges, roots, etc, the tires are sturdy enough to go on all sorts of terrains, but isnt as slow as a mountain bike.

My bike was used and cost $200 – it had new tires, new handlebars, and was fully tuned and ready to ride. If you’re in the DC area, I highly recommend going to the market where I bought mine (Craig’s List ad here) because they have about 40-50 bikes at any time and the guys are very knowledgeable and helpful. They let you ride the bike around and test out different bikes so you can get a feel for what you like best, and they guarantee the bike for 90 days. If anything happens to it, you have any questions, it just doesn’t feel right (or anything other scenario you can dream up!) you can bring it back to them and they will fix it, tune it, or let you pick a new bike.

Here’s a breakdown of some bike equipment you need/might want when you purchase a bike:

  1. Helmet – This goes without saying! You must, must, must MUST wear a helmet! It’s so dangerous and honestly not worth it not to!  One thing I recently learned is that helmets are only good for one hard fall – so if you have a tumble on your bike (which you inevitably will) replace your helmet. Even if it stays intact and looks OK from the outside, they are only designed for impact once, and much better to be safe than sorry!
  2. Padded Bike Shorts – A must in my opinion! I got mine off Amazon.com and they were under $30 and make a world of difference when riding.
  3. A comfy seat – If your bike doesn’t come with a comfortable seat, I highly recommend checking out amazon.com, a bike shop, or Target (where I bought mine for $20!) to get a new one. It makes a world of a difference.
  4. Air pump – This is a must that you have to buy along with your bike or very soon after. You’ll need to put air into your tires after every ride or two, so you need an air pump!
  5. Bike Lock – This is essential if you plan to leave your bike unattended at any time – – to go to the bathroom or into a store if you bike somewhere, if you want to switch from biking to running, to store your bike on the street or on a bike rack. You want to get a U-lock if you can, not a cable lock because those can be easily cut if someone is trying to steal your bike.
  6. Sunglasses or sports glasses – another essential which I didn’t realize until several rides in. There’s a lot of stuff and bugs flying around in the air, and since you’re going so much faster than running, it hits your face/eyes with much more speed! What a huge difference wearing sunglasses makes with keeping your eyes clear of gnats and other nasty things along the way! 🙂
  7. Bicycle gloves – These are optional, but next on my list to buy (don’t have them yet). Especially if you go on long rides, they help with your grip on the handles, they protect your hands/skin from the rub of the handlebars, and they absorb some of the shock when you hit bumps along the road.

I think that’s it! I am SO glad I bought my bike – definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. It’s such a nice break from running, and its non impact. Also, sometimes when I speed by runners, I am sooooo happy to be on a bike going so much faster than I can run! I’ll always love running, but it’s definitely a nice supplement to it. Any other tips for beginners about biking? Especially from more experienced people because I’m such a novice! Or additional questions for people thinking about getting into it?

Now, onto my eats for the day! My afternoon snack was a T&C Sandwich with grapes.

T&C = Tempeh and Crofters Asia. I had 1/4 of a block (1/2 a serving) of raw tempeh sliced on the sandwich and put THE LAST ( 🙁 )of my Crofter’s Asia on both sides of the bread.

It was SO good! It doesn’t taste like much, just adds a nice texture to the sandwich, and definitely adds a LOT of staying power. 1/2 a serving has 11 grams of protein!! And grapes will always have a place close to my heart… love them!

After work I went out for a few drinks because my friend Jess finished LAW SCHOOL TODAY!!!!! Congrats Jess!! I am so happy for her, but it’s definitely making me think twice about what I’m doing/start thinking about “the next step”.. I can’t BELIEVE my friends are already graduating from law/grad school.. my how time flies! I had 3 vodka sodas and then called it quits. I was glad I had that substantial sandwich before going because I didn’t get too tispy and was able to stop after the 3 easily. After I left the bar, I was super hungry, so I decided to (against my own rules) stop at Chipotle for some dinner before heading home. I hadn’t been to Chipotle in AGES and when I walked by, it was calling my name, so I went with it.

I ordered the vegetarian burrito bowl:

I asked them to put lettuce at the bottom of the bowl, and then had them pile on:

  • black beans
  • fajita veggies
  • cilantro rice
  • pico de gallo
  • corn salsa
  • guacamole

It was soooooo good. Their corn salsa tastes SO good and everything felt so fresh even though it was from a chain… I know I said I wouldn’t eat out BUT I only spent $7 and I didn’t leave the bar until 8:30 and needed to eat before it got too late! But I admit I broke my own rule… and I’m not thrilled about it. No more eating out this week at all… hold me to it!!

Nurse Jackie is coming on soon! I’m gonna curl up on the coach and watch some TV. Have a good night!!

20 Miles!

I am already back in DC and just got back from my longest bikeride ever! It’s been a goooood day.

I ended up falling asleep fast and hard last night and it felt so good. I woke up without an alarm around 8 am and hung out with my sister and her husband for a bit while we drank some coffee. Then they made me delicious breakfast before I got on the road.

2 farm fresh scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 an avocado, and 1 piece of whole wheat toast. It was simple, yet delicious. I ended up spreading the avocado on the toast and it was awesome. I love how colorful this plate is! I ended up getting on the road around 10am which was awesome because I made it home in no time. I literally hit no traffic and made it around 12:30 which included a stop for gas. I’m so glad we celebrated last night so I didn’t get caught in Mother’s Day Brunch traffic… that always makes me cranky!

After I got home, I unpacked quickly and then decided to go for a bikeride. It’s a gorgeous, sunny, and cool day here in DC – perfect weather for a ride. I set out not quite sure how far I would go, and I was feeling so good that I decided to do 20 miles! It was my longest ride to date, and besides my butt being pretty sore, I feel great now too. I went on the Mount Vernon Trail towards Alexandria, and I usually get sort of turned around because the trail isn’t marked well during certain parts, but I had an idea of where to go and asked a few riders for directions, and then figured it out. I went 10 miles towards Mount Vernon (which was 4 miles further) and then turned around and came back. Soon I want to do the full ride of 28 miles (14 each way) but I didn’t want to push it since 16 was the furthest I’d gone before today. It is only a little hilly in parts but it was a nice, challenging ride.

Today’s stats:

– Distance: 20.13 miles

– Duration: 1hr35min3sec

– Avg. Pace: 4:43min/mi

– Avg. Speed: 12.7mph

– Calories Burned: 1172

Overall, a great ride! I brought these Gu Chomps with me:

And I ate 5 of them on the ride (115 calories worth). I didn’t like these AT ALL. They are chewy but kind of stick to your teeth and the flavor just tasted gross. I’m pissed at myself because I bought 5 packages of these because they were having a special at a race expo but I’d never tried them before! Maybe the other flavors will be better, but I much prefer the Sports Beans which actually taste like candy.

As soon as I got home, I was craving a smoothie, so I made an interesting combo.

Into the blender went:

  • 1.5 cups light soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 3 cups baby kale (end of the bag)

Now this smoothie had a lot of potential… minus the kale. When I put spinach into smoothies, I can barely tell its there because it doesn’t really affect the taste or texture. Not so with the kale… It was baby kale so it’s a lot more tender than regular kale, but it didn’t blend up nearly as well as the spinach does so I could taste it and felt “chunks” of it (ew) in the smoothie. I think if I had put spinach in there instead it would have been a winning combo. I didn’t let it go to waste but I don’t think I’ll be using kale in my green smoothies anymore!

I’m off to shower and relax a bit. Hope Sunday is treating you well!

Baked Tempeh

Happy Friday Eve! 🙂 My new favorite way to look at Thursday nights. Today has been a really good day, though nothing terribly exciting happened. The highlight (besides lunch) was probably that Farmer’s Market right by my office opened up today, which is so convenient for me. I literally have to walk through it to get to the metro, whereas the one I’ve been going the last few weeks is about a 20 minute walk from my office.

Here’s what I picked up from the Farmer’s Market.

I got:

  • a dozen farm fresh eggs
  • 3 parsnips
  • arugula flowers
  • spring onions
  • 1/2 log goat cheese
  • one multigrain roll

I did really well and got everything for under $20. I’d never heard of arugula flowers, but they basically grow out of the top of the stalks of arugula and have the same peppery taste but are also pretty to look at. The vendor had some out to try and I thought they were so tasty that I decided to buy some. I also haven’t had farm fresh eggs since… I can’t even remember the last time. I can’t wait to try them! I didn’t want to get too much stuff because I’m going away this weekend for Mother’s Day, but I think I did well with my choices.

After getting home from the market, I went on a long bike ride after work and it felt so good! I did 16 miles that took me around 1 hour 15 minutes, which is a 13 mile/hour average. I’m happy with that pace because the wind was blowing hard against me during the first half of the ride and then magically the wind disappeared on my way home when I was hoping it would push me along. The Garmin says I burned 781 calories on the ride, but I recently found out that it calculates your calories burned not by heart rate, but instead by age, activity and pace. I was a little disappointed about that because that means its a lot less accurate than I was thinking.

For an afternoon snack, I had a bowl of fruit around 4pm.

I just brought in the grapes, but when I went back to get them there was leftover food from a meeting, so I took advantage of the starfruit and kiwis that were on the platter. Yum!

Pre bikeride, I had the roll from the Farmer’s Market. I put almond butter on half, and Crofter’s Asia on the other half.

This was SO good. The bread was really fresh so the outside was crispy and the inside soft. And with almond butter and superfruit spread? Delicious.

After my bikeride, I was huuuungry. I decided to do some roasted veggies and the other half of the block of tempeh I opened last week. For the veggies, I took one large parsnip and one sweet potato and peeled them and cut them into chunks. I sprayed nonstick spray on the pan and then spread them in a single layer.

I sprinkled them with salt and pepper, and then threw them into the 400 degree oven. I roasted them for 2o minutes, and then flipped them over and roasted them for another 20.

For the tempeh, I spread some of this minced ginger on each side:

And also added some rice wine vinegar, ponzu sauce (citrus soy sauce), and salt and pepper.

I baked the tempeh at 400 for 15 minutes on each side and it came out perfectly.

I served the baked tempeh with half of the potatoes and parsnips.

Sort of random but it was exactly what I was craving. Everything turned out perfectly and I think this might have been my first time ever having baked tempeh! It’s flavor was delicious with the ginger, rice wine vinegar, and soy, whereas raw it didn’t have too much flavor, but I still liked the texture.

I’m off to catch up on the Biggest Loser and then get to bed. Have a good night!!

Biking and Bikram

Weekends go by so fast, don’t they? I can’t believe it’s Sunday night already! This weekend has been very relaxing and enjoyable so I’m especially sad to see it come to an end, though I don’t think I’m ever thrilled when Monday morning rolls around…

I ended up going for a bike ride today even though I didn’t get to put my new seat on. We didn’t have an Allen wrench so couldn’t get the old seat off, but I was already decked out in my bike gear so I figured why not. I ended up doing 8 miles in just under 36 minutes, which means I’m getting faster! It used to take me 40 minutes to do the same ride, and I’m definitely feeling a bit more confident on the bike each time I ride. I think just testing out the gears and finding the ones I’m comfortable with for hills has been what’s helped me improve my speed.

After my bike ride I had a banana:

I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy because Bikram was in less than 2 hours and the last thing on Earth you want to feel during Bikram is full. I did drink a TON of water after my bike ride. It was about 90 degrees outside so I was sweating and got really thirsty. I made my water more fun to drink by adding some frozen Very Cherry blend from Trader Joe’s instead of ice.

It’s a mix of cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries and made me feel so fancy while drinking it. 🙂

Bikram went SO much better today than yesterday. I really enjoyed myself and can already notice improvements in my abilities to do the different postures. It’s amazing to me just how much you sweat during the class though because your clothes are seriously so wet that you could wring them out after. Everyone always told me that before I ever tried it, but I never really “got it” until I tried it and its crazy. Very cleansing, though.

After Bikram I was starving, and luckily had a PURE Bar in my bag that I munched on during the drive home.

Love these things. I also had a piece of the whole wheat potato bread with some Peanut Butter and Crofters when I got home but ate it too quickly to take a picture. Oops.

After that I had to run a few errands, and then decided to stop at this Kabob place by my apartment that I’ve never tried. There was an awesome Afgan Kabob restaurant by my old apartment that we used to eat about once a week and loved, so I figured I should give this one a shot. Unfortunately they don’t have any veggie/shrimp/fish kabobs, but they did a vegetarian plate with their two veggie sides, rice, and salad, which is what I ordered.

Though it doesn’t look that pretty, it was really delicious. The two veggies were chickpeas and spinach with potatoes. There was also some unpictured bread that came with it and I ate everything on my plate and the bread. The other kabob place had veggie kabobs with tomatoes, onions, and peppers, and also had about 10 different vegetarian sides to choose from to go with your dish. They also had 3 different kinds of rice, fresh hummus, and a bunch of different sauces. I like having options, but this new kabob place is just so close to my apartment that it’ll have to do in a pinch.

I’m off to savor the last few minutes of the weekend but plan to get to bed early tonight. Be back tomorrow!

Artichoke Ravioli with One Ingredient Sauce

Hey! Every day seems to be flying by lately.. I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday night!

Sadly my camera battery died and I’ve looked everywhere for the charger and can’t seem to find it! I’m hoping it is at work but if not you’ll be getting crappy pictures for the next few days.

I had an afternoon snack of nonfat cottage cheese with blackberries which held me over pretty well. I had grand plans to do a Brick Workout for the first time, which is where you bike and then run. I was going to bike 5-6 miles then run 2-3, just to see if I could do it. I keep my bike on my balcony for now because my lock just arrived yesterday so I haven’t gotten it into motion yet. I moved my bike out into the hallway and then without thinking, closed the door behind me and locked myself out! My front desk was pretty helpful but it took a while so it was getting kind of late when I finally got out to ride. I ended up deciding to do a mini brick and go for a longer bike ride and then do The Shred Level 1. It was intense! I biked 9 miles in 43 minutes, which means I’m getting faster and more confident on the bike! Then I came home and did the 20 minutes of The Shred and it was hard. I pushed through and was really happy when I was done!

Pre workout, I ate a packet of Barney Butter (90 calories) and then afterwards, I made a Green Monster. I hadn’t had one in SO long and was craving one!

This Green Monster had:

  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 packet organic wheatgrass
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 handfuls of frozen mixed fruit (mostly strawberries and honeydew melon)

It hit the spot bigtime. 🙂

After that, I decided to whip up another batch of Wonton Skin Ravioli… this time though I got a good match with the sauce and the filling. I took 1 cup of frozen artichoke hearts and defrosted them, and then pulsed them in the food processor. I added 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and pulsed it together, then added some salt and pepper, and that made the filling.

Once the filling was done, I put on a pot of water to boil, and by the time I had made 16 ravioli, the water was boiling. I threw them in the boiling water in 2 batches for 4 minutes. While those were cooking, I made a delicious sauce, Red Pepper Coulis, that had ONE ingredient. Roasted Red Peppers! I took two whole roasted peppers and pureed them in the food processor. My mom used to make this to go with with swordfish and I never liked swordfish much but I loved the sauce… and it really doesn’t get much easier! I heated the sauce in the microwave and poured it over the ravioli, and then grated some fresh parmesan on top.

It was SO simple and so good! Literally start to finish, including making the filling, stuffing the wontons, cooking them, and making the sauce, was less than 10 minutes. And it was delicious. I love artichoke hearts and haven’t had them in so long! I picked up a package of frozen organic artichoke hearts when I was at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and was really looking forward to using them. Yum, yum, yum.

I wanted something sweet after that, so I made a quick dessert that was amazing.

A triple chocolate chunk vitatop with nonfat frozen yogurt, drizzled with almond butter. This looks like more fro yo than it was – those scoops are hollow. 🙂 Perfect way to end the meal.

Now I’m gonna catch up on the Biggest Loser… see you all tomorrow!

Splurge

Hiya! Sorry I disappeared yesterday, but the night got away from me and then when I finally came around to post my internet wasn’t working. I went to sleep hoping the problem would be fixed in the morning, and luckily, it’s working.

Before leaving work yesterday, I had a snack because I knew I was going to go on a bike ride as soon as I got home. My favorite flavor of Chobani – the honey kind, was waiting for me, along with a crushed Weetabix biscuit and a kiwi.

I’ve seen a lot of people eat their kiwis with the skin on, and to be honest, it kind of grosses me out, but yesterday I decided to give it a try mostly out of laziness. I didn’t really feel like peeling the kiwi because the knives at work are really hard to work with, so I just sliced it up. And you know, it wasn’t that bad. I still can’t imagine eating a kiwi apple-style with the skin on like a lot of people do, but when its sliced up you barely notice the skin. Apparently there’s a lot of extra nutrients in the skin, plus its super easy to eat it this way as opposed to peeling it.

This yogurt was delicious. The honey kind is definitely my favorite – I love how there’s a pool of honey at the bottom of the cup that sweetens the whole thing. The snack was perfect, too, because it filled me up but was easy on my stomach so I could get moving as soon as I got home. I ended up doing 8.25 miles in 39 minutes. That’s a bit faster than I’ve been going, so I feel like I’m starting to get better and get into the swing of things. When I was on the trail the night before I was struggling a bit with the gears on hills, but I did some poking around online and figured out how to handle them better (ie put it into the gear you want to climb the hill in before you are going up the hill) and things went a lot smoother last night. My friend Amber and I found a point on the trail that’s half way between our apartments, about 4 miles from each, so we met there and then biked back to my place. I took a quick shower because they were supposedly turning our water off last night, but I don’t think they ever did.

We rushed downstairs to the Mexican place to catch the end of the 8pm happy hour. Luckily we made it because the liquor, beer, and margaritas are so cheap for happy hour, and all their apps are half priced. I knew it was going to be a splurge night going into it because there aren’t too many healthy options on the menu. I started off with a rum and diet:

and had one more while we were there. They were only $2 for happy hour! All the appetizers on the menu were your typical Mexican fare, nachos, quesadillas, queso, etc etc, but I also noticed they had black bean soup, so I started off with a cup of that to get something substantial in my stomach.

The soup was actually delicious. It had tons of beans and tomatoes and onions it in and was super chunky. I love it when soup has a lot going on, and the flavor of this was just really good. Then, we ordered the nachos.

Not the healthiest of choices, but they were DELICIOUS. I haven’t had nachos in ages and these were so, so good. I’ve made healthier version of nachos at home which is pretty easy, but they just don’t compare with the melty, cheesy, heavenly ones you get at a Mexican restaurant. 🙂

After our Mexican food fiesta, I ended up heading into DC to meet up with some other girlfriends and had one more drink – an orange vodka with seltzer and a slice of orange. What a difference adding fresh fruit garnish makes! The drink was delish, but after it my stomach started feeling really weird. I think it was the combination of vodka, rum, and nachos… Eek. I ended up coming home instead of going out and laying down.

I woke up today feeling a bit better but my stomach still feels a little off. I was craving something simple for breakfast, so I threw together a yogurt bowl. I used Chobani plain 2% which I haven’t tried before, and it tastes really similar to the 0% to me. I’ve heard it can keep you fuller for longer, so we’ll see how that goes. Into the Chobani, I mixed 1/2 a scoop of protein powder, and then added Crofter’s Asia, almond butter, and pumpkin flax plus granola from the bulk bins at Whole Foods for toppings.

Yum. This granola is really delicious and has pretty good nutritionals for granola. 1/2 a cup has 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber, and I used more like 1/4 a cup. It’s really crunchy and the pumpkin flavor is mild, but it added a really nice touch to my yogurt.

I’m now sipping some coffee out of Daisy

I’m not sure what today will bring, but that is making me SO happy. Today is my first day off in 13 days so just relaxing and having nothing on my schedule is exactly what I need.

Happy Weekend!!

Violet

Hey! Happy Sunday night! Blah. It’s hard to believe tomorrow is Monday because I’ve worked both days this weekend, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve had a weekend at all. I do get to take my time going into work tomorrow, which is something to look forward to. I have to head back to the conference hotel in the afternoon tomorrow and stay for a few events into early evening, so sleeping in a bit will be pretty awesome. 🙂

After I posted, I ran to Whole Foods to get a few things. For some reason, I am always so intimidated by the bulk bins, but you can really find some cool stuff in there and get it for cheaper than buying the pre-packed bags. I got some toppings for my oatmeal/yogurt this week that I’m looking forward to trying. I also picked up ingredients for tonights dinner, which was delicious. It’s really easy to go over board at Whole Foods, but if you pay close attention to sales and really watch what you’re buying, you can do ok. I got a bunch of stuff tonight and only spent about $30.

After I got home from WF, I decided to try out my new bike, which has now been named Violet. I did a 40 minute ride and covered about 8 miles. I went on the Mount Vernon Trail and am still getting a little used to the bike, but really loved the ride. I definitely need to get some padded bike shorts and/or a gel seat… I’ll leave it at that. 😉 But I was beaming when I came home from the ride… I’m so excited I own a bike!

There I am happy as a clam after the ride. While I was out riding, my boyfriend made us dinner with the supplies from Whole Foods. Sometimes it’s very nice to have a chef for a boyfriend…

Shrimp Tacos! In the spread:

  • Kiwi Salsa (kiwis, red onions, apple cider vinegar, garlic, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, agave nectar – all blended together)
  • Lime Slices
  • Chopped Tomato
  • RF Mozzarella
  • White Rice
  • Store bought Pico De Gallo
  • Greek Yogurt w/Lemon Juice (instead of Sour Cream)
  • Shrimp sauteed in olive oil, hot paprika, and lime juice
  • Corn Tortillas

Here’s my (first) plate:

I had two shrimp tacos with lettuce, rice, chopped tomatoes, 2 shrimp each, greek yogurt, and kiwi salsa. I also assembled a side salad with 2 more shrimp, pico de gallo, and more greek yogurt. It was SO good, so I went back for more.

Lettuce, Rice, Pico De Gallo, Kiwi Salsa, Greek Yogurt, and 1 more shrimp. Mmmm so good! Adding a splash of lemon juice to greek yogurt seriously makes the perfect replacement for sour cream. I also had a glass (or two) of Moscato D’Asti:

We toasted to Violet! 🙂

I’m off to relax. Goodnight!

Biking and Family

Happy Easter Eve! I slept like a baby last night until 8:30am and woke up today feeling really good. I had plans to go on a bike ride with my dad to visit my grandpa’s grave site, which is about 14 miles total. We took a few detours and I added in a few extra roads here and there to let my dad catch up, so I ended up doing a little over 16 miles. It was my first time on a bike in almost a year! It felt so nice to change it up a little but now I really want to buy a bike…

Before the ride, I had a cup of coffee with frothed milk and a sprinkle of cocoa. My parents have Keurig coffee maker which is the kind with the pods, so it always makes the perfect cup. They also have this awesome frother where you just push a button and you get perfectly frothed milk every time.

and some dried apricots:

Plus an unpictured 1/2 a banana. That was perfect pre-ride fuel for me because it was light but I didn’t feel hungry during the ride at all.

Today’s stats:

Total Distance: 16.31 miles

Total Time: 1h:22m:29sec

Average Pace: 5:03 min/mi

After the ride, I played with my niece, Claire, for a little and took a few pictures:

That’s her and I. Isn’t she a doll!?

The shirt I’m wearing says “shittake happens”.. ha! My mom lent it to me to wear for the ride because she didn’t think I’d be warm enough in the only workout clothes I brought with me:

And good thing I listened to her… I was chilly during the whole ride even after I added that t-shirt to my ensemble. Moms always know best, don’t they? 😉 (Side note: that is a Daffy Duck sticker on my hand in case you’re wondering. Take a stab at whose idea that was…)

After playing with Claire for a bit I was getting really hungry, and had thrown together a bowl of oats before I went out to ride. These ones only soaked for about 2 hours, so technically weren’t overnight oats, but they were good! I present.. PB&J “Overnight” Oats:

My mix contained:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • Toppings: 1 tbsp Strawberry Simply Fruit, 1 tbsp Skippy Natural Peanut Butter

Yum! I’m glad this worked out because its good to know it doesn’t actually have to soak all night if I forget to throw it together the night before. I used a little less milk and yogurt than normal since it would be sitting for less time, and this was the perfect consistency.

Not sure what’s on the agenda for the rest of the day but its getting really nice out so hopefully spending some time outside. Maybe a mani/pedi?

I’ll be back! I hope the weather’s nice wherever you are. 🙂

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