Aug 14

Scenes From Last Week

And by “Scenes from last week,” I mean, “Here, look at some pictures of food I ate recently.”

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I tried out a new restaurant with Alex and his grandma called La Provence. I ordered pear French toast with candied walnuts and bleu cheese…it was lunchtime but the bleu cheese makes getting French toast totally justifiable, right? Right. As soon as the food came out, Alex made sure to let me get a picture of everything and said to his grandma (also known as Nama), “Welcome to my life.” At least he’s accepting of it, yeah?

I think Nama secretly loves it because she always make sure I can take pictures of food before it’s eaten. Example: later in the week, Alex’s family had a get together and she made a fruit pizza—& she ensured I took a picture.

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Sugar cookie + cream cheese + fruit = yes, puhleease.

Before Nama fattened us up with fruit pizza and brownies, we had some good ole’ summer BBQ food.

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I was really excited about the different wiener options.

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Another dinner from Alex’s family—sliders! I’d eat dinner there every day if I could. PS-if you haven’t tried putting onion rings on your burger yet, you’re really missing out on life.

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On my way to work an 11 hour shift one day, I stopped into a little coffee shop (that brews Stumptown coffee!! The best.) for an almond milk latte. Amongst small talk with the barista came up that I was on my way to work a double, so he offered me an extra shot for free. He offered me this as I was signing the receipt, so naturally I tipped more than I typically (TIPically..ha) would….and more than an extra shot would have cost….likely his plan all along. I’m onto you, dude. However, that act of kindness basically made my whole day. Oh, and it was clearly the prettiest almond milk latte in the history of the universe.

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I had Panera for the first time. That salad was amazing and the bread on my half sandwich was even amazing-er.

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Woah. Tastes like cinnamon toast crunch.

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Paired some of those chips with a warmed choco chunk Quest bar topped with PB and dark choco chips….and then died & went to dessert heaven.

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Brought Alex lunch to his work…I’m always worried about bringing him enough food and then end up realized I packed a feast. Check out that sandwich!

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Wanted to take my workout outside so I drove to a nearby track which ended up being closed for the summer. I winged it and walked behind a soccer field right by it and got in some circuits. I EVEN RAN A LITTLE BIT. I never run. This is huge. Mind you, most of the running was triggered by bees…but nonetheless, I RAN!

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I refueled after my outdoor workout with this green smoothie:

  • Frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 packet Designer Whey mixed berry protein to go
  • 1/2 container watermelon Chobani
  • 1 raw egg white (if you aren’t afraid of eating raw cookie dough, don’t be afraid of putting raw egg whites in your smoothies. You can’t taste it at all, f’real.
  • A freaky amount of spinach
  • Water
  • A generous dash of love

All blended up in Linda The Vitamix! Love that gal.

And to leave off, a little blurb off the side of my New Seasons bag that reminds me how much I love Oregon.

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Erika

Jul 31

Nut Butter & Blackberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

I could probably have found a better name for this oatmeal. Coulda, shoulda, woulda…..didn’t. My brain lack creativity after approximately 8 o’clock every night. I’m a grandma and 8 o’clock is just way too close to my bedtime for creative thinking.

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Any who, I’m just stopping in tonight to share you my latest oatmeal concoction.

I’ve actually never really been that much of an oatmeal girl because it makes me full really fast but doesn’t keep me full…weird, I know. However, with the added (healthy!) fats from the nut butter and protein from a lil’ protein powder, this oatmeal has been hittin’ the spot. Not to mention that IT’S SO FREAKING GOOD. Seriously, I’m in love.

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I do this thing where I get hooked on a certain breakfast and make it every single day until I find something else to obsess over. Kinda like my pancake omelet I’ve told you about. I guess you could call it a food rut, as Ashley over at Miles on Oats likes to call it. Food rut—I like it. In my case, I’ll call it a breakfast rut.

Nut Butter & Blackberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • · ½ C. oats
  • · ¼ C. water (more if you like it a little runnier like me)
  • · ¼ C. milk of choice (more if you like it a little runnier like me)
  • · Stevia (I used vanilla crème stevia drops)
  • · ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • · 1 ½ Tbsp. Nut’s N More chocolate almond butter
  • · A few blackberries
  • · 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • · Sprinkle of dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine oats, water, and milk in a small saucepan and cook over medium until they’ve reached a desired consistency. Remove from heat and add in stevia, almond butter, and the protein powder. The protein powder will thicken it so add a splash more milk or water if desired. In a small bowl, microwave the blackberries for about 20 seconds. Pour blackberries over oatmeal, top with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips.

It tastes like dessert….and who wouldn’t love a little dessert for breakfast?

 

Erika

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