Quinoa, meet Oats

My summer is officially over.  Or at least thats how it feels right now, since summer classes started today.  At least they’re online and I don’t have to actually go into school everyday and sit in a classroom.  But I guess that wouldn’t really matter today since it’s STILL dark, dreary, and raining outside.  It’s literally so dark it feels like it’s 8pm.   Thats how many days in a row already?  4 or 5?

Thunderstorms called for oats once again.  Today I introduced quinoa to my typical oats.

The quinoa added a great texture to the oats and its also great source of protein!

Quinoa, meet Oats – Oatmeal 

  • ~ 1/4 cup oat bran
  • ~ 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 organic egg whites
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 heaping t organic low fat cottage cheese

Cook oat bran and rolled oats in water and almond milk over medium high heat until 3/4 of the way absorbed.  Stir in egg whites until incorporated.  Lower heat to medium and add in cooked quinoa and cottage cheese until incorporated.

I didn’t add too much quinoa into my oats this time because I wasn’t sure of the outcome, but I loved it, so next time I’ll probably take out the rolled oats and add in more quinoa. This was a super filling breakfast and a good and healthy start to the day to get back on track considering what I had after dinner last night.

We picked up this cookies and cream ice cream cake for my sisters birthday from Whole Foods.  It’s all melted because the people at Dicks Last resort didn’t put it in the freezer.  You think they did it on purpose because they’re supposed to be ‘Dicks’?  Whatever the reason, it was still soooo good I had two slices.

I guess now that I’m back on track, I should be off to get organized and figure out what books and such I need for my classes and maybe start doing some reading.  Keyword: maybe.  Which most likely means not today 😉

Lets get this week starteddd!


New Find

Today pretty much started as a normal Monday with breakfast and then I was off to they gym for a quick mile warm-up plus a SSS (strength, stability, stretch) class.  I made sure to eat breakfast before heading to my workout since I’ve noticed that I have a lot more energy when I eat beforehand.  I had the same breakfast as yesterday (pretty boring, but just as delicious!), with the exception of fewer berries and more banana slices.  I only had 15 mins to fix and eat breakfast since I decided to hit the snooze button 3 times too many.  Seems to happen quite often…

I’ve really been struggling to keep my focus on my classes as the end is nearing and I’m only 13 days out from my last final.  Woohoo!  I can already feel summer creeping up on me.  So naturally I took a break from daydreaming studying and went to whole foods to pick up some groceries for the week.  And guess what I found??  An ice cream that boasts only 150 calories.  For a whole pint!!  I thought I was dreaming when I saw it.  Of course I just had to try it.  As soon as I got home I broke it out and dug in.

Arctic Zero – Coffee Flavor

Can you believe it has less than 150 calories for the whole pint??

The texture is definitely a little off.  It’s more of a sorbet/icy texture than it is creamy.  And it has a sort of gummy residue when melting.  I’m guessing its from the xanthan gum?  And the fact that it has zero fat.  It tasted like coffee, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.  I can’t say that I was disappointed though because I wasn’t expecting too much out of something that only has 37 calories for a full half-cup .  I’d like to say I’m actually impressed by how few calories there are and the fact that there are 4 grams of protein in a single serving.  Unless I was really watching my caloric intake extremely closely, I probably won’t be getting it again anytime soon.  I’m going to go for the real stuff 🙂  But it was definitely fun to try something new!  I’m still looking forward to trying one of those So Delicious “ice cream” products.  They just look so delicious!  I couldn’t help it – I just had to say it. 😉

Time to make dinner.  Sloppy joes and sweet potato wedges are whats on the menu tonight!