Moving on. Several things were “the bomb” today.
FIRST: THIS SONG. Take a lissy and enjoy. YOU’RE WELCOME.
SECOND: THIS BREAKFAST.
Here we have a roasted asparagus, onion and two-cheese scramble and a bowl of sweet potato oatmeal.
Sound odd? It wasn’t. It was THE BOMB.
For the scramble I just whisked one egg and one eight white with a splash of water, 1 Tbsp. of part-skim ricotta cheese and 1 Tbsp. crumbled goat cheese (set aside). Then I sauteed 4 sprigs of leftover roasted asparagus and about 2 Tbsp. chopped onion with a little salt and pepper in a skillet over medium heat, added the eggs, and cooked until well done.
It turned out ridiculously tasty. This is probably my favorite scramble to date.
Next, the sweet potato goods:
What? I ate oatmeal without a banana on it? Weird, I know. But I had more leftovers to use up: 1/3 a sweet potato.
In the mix:
1/4 cup oats
3/4 cup water
splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 pre-cooked sweet potato (reheated and mashed/stirred)
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp. natural crunchy peanut butter
Preparation: I brought the oats and water to a boil in a small saucepan, then lowered the heat to medium. Next I added the almond milk and let it simmer for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the mixture thickened, I added the sweet potato and stirred. Then I turned the heat to low, added the flaxseed, brown sugar and cinnamon, and let it set for a minute to thicken. And lastly, I scooped it into a bowl and crowned it with a spoonful of peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. How lovely.
This was my first time trying sweet potato oats, and I was very pleased with them. I liked the creamy, slightly lumpy texture, the natural sweetness of the sweet potato, and the salty/sweet combo with the peanut butter on top. I highly recommend this for breakfast – even as just a stand-alone item. It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients that will give you lots of energy for day and keep you satisfied for hours.
Oh yes, and I also had a cup of coffee – ‘er two - along with this fantastic breakfast. Never forget the coffee.
THIRD: THIS SMOOTHIE.
1 frozen banana
2 cups (or handfuls) spinach
4-5 ice cubes
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or just use 1 cup cow milk)
1/2 cup skim milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
1 Tbsp. crunchy natural peanut butter
Not as good as yesterdays I don’t think, but still very yummy. I drank every last drop…
FOURTH: THIS WORKOUT…
50 jumping jacks
20 alternating lunges
10 tuck jumps
60 seconds high knees
10 squat jumps
60 seconds jump rope
20 seconds mountain climbers
25 push ups
60 seconds plank hold
Watch out, it’s a doooozy. I was definitely dripping sweat by the end.
It’s a good at-home workout when you’re low on time/equipment. Also perhaps a good choice for when you’re traveling or trapped in your home because of snow.
FIFTH: A new feature I’m debuting, which I’ve dubbed QUOTES OF THE WEEK. Creative, I know.
This week’s quotes come to you courtesy of yours truly.
“Babe, I’m sorry I burned the comforter.”
“If I was an emoticon today, I would be a big frowny face.”
“That was the most poorly-torn paper towel I’ve ever served you, and I’m sorry.”
“Quit it! I hate cats!”
Also, there have been two movies that John and I watched recently and really enjoyed, and I thought I’d give them a mention:
1) The Life Aquatic
A quirky Wes Anderson film about a team of “undersea explorers” that sets out to find the illusive “Jaguar Shark” and avenge the death of a crew members that had been killed by the shark on a previous venture. Expect lots of unique music, hilarious quotes, clever plot turns and an absolutely beautiful closing scene. I highly recommend this film, even though it has a bit of a slow start. Oh yeah, and Bill Murray is brilliant in it.
2) The Chaos Theory
A funny, and at times, emotionally-gripping film about a husband and wife who both have to forgive each other for betrayal. The main character (played by Ryan Reynolds) has always previously navigated life by making organized lists. But when his life blows up in his face after he learns of a marital affair, he goes the opposite direction: “the chaos theory,” which could be described as making decisions on a whim with no logical approach or discernment. I didn’t care so much for the marital unfaithfulness aspect (which so many movies have these days), but rather for the overall theme of the movie, which was the importance of and beauty in keeping commitments and choosing to love. It’s an enjoyable film that had me engaged the whole time and crying by the end. (yes, crying like a babe.)
Have you seen either of these?
If not, do you have any movie recommendations for muah? If so, it would make me oh-so happy if you shared them : )
That’s all for today! I hope you’re having a lovely Thursday and have a relaxing weekend ahead of you.
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