What I Ate Wednesday

September 5, 2012

September.

What defines September?

Is it that pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks that the blogging world is raving about?

Is it that fall wool cape you’ve been dying to bring out of the closet (ding ding ding ding)?

I don’t think I consciously realized it was September until I started putting pumpkin in everything that crawled into my mouth.

My breakfast was no excepted. I am definitely on some type of oat bran kick (fall flavor anyone?). I must admit, I was getting kinda bored of oatmeal everything, and oat bran is a great substitute! I have been making oat bran egg white oats that have turned out super creamy, but I always fall back on my favorite breakfast item - pancakes. There is something so devious about pancakes.

Pumpkin oat bran pancakes anyone? And topped with creamy, nutty, freshly ground almond butter. Holy schmoly. Seriously. These guys taste like corn muffins or corn bread. I just love the grainy, crispy texture of oat bran and these pancakes I whipped up took the cake.

It’s super easy too!

1/3 cup oat bran
1/3 cup egg whites
1 tbsp pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!!)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (I did this because the batter needed thickening)
1/4 tsp baking powder

Mix and fry these babies up! I then topped with 1 tbsp of almond butter.

So good. I want more. Now. These may actually fall into a snack category later this week :)

For my mid morning snack, can I say fall again?

Homemade brown rice pudding. Although the photo doesn’t do it justice, this was incredible. I loved rice pudding as a kid. I love the texture of it, along with tapioca pudding eeee (note my chia fix), and decided why not? Plus, the bake option on my oven has been broken for the past week so baking my homemade protein bars for snacks was out of the question.

I adapted this from Brittany’s blog, adding some more egg whites to make it protein filled and delicious, and cut out the maple syrup which although I would love, too much sugar for me!

Brown Rice Protein Pudding

What you’ll need:

1 cup cooked brown rice
2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
6 tbsp egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp stevia
3 tsp cinnamon

In a small pot, simmer on low your brown rice and almond milk for about 20 minutes, stirring every so often so that it doesn’t stick. Then, add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for about 5-10 minutes and then take off the heat and let it sit/steam.

So. Good.

Now, don’t go eating the whole think! I halved it and it came out to 175 calories, 4.3 g of fat, 24.9 carbs, NO sugar, and 8.3 g of protein. Perfect morning snack to fuel you through the day!

For lunch, I had a delicious cold salad made with wheat berries, chicken, sauteed spinach, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and onions. Topped with a splash of rice vinegar!

On the side (yes, another salad on the side hehe) I had a fresh salad of some local and colorful farmers market tomatoes. I got 3 cartons for 10$. You should see the big bowl of these babies in my fridge! I eat them like chips :)

For a mid-afternoon snack, my go to is Simply Bar’s amazing protein bars (note again that my oven is NOT working for homemade goodies!) But these are just are great! This cinnamon pecan has to be my new favorite. I can just image this as a cereal too. Maybe next time crumbled in some almond milk will be the way to go. MMMMM.

For some post-workout amazingness, I read about this new protein powder that I just had to try. Its a tri-part protein (ie soy, pea, and rice) so no whey (which tends to bloat my tum tum sometimes!). And just look at that flavor? Music to my ears. And with Spirulina - a natural energy source - you cannot go wrong. I mixed a scoop of this (which rings in at 99 calories!!) with unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 frozen banana. Perfect post-workout snack!


For dinner, I served up a clean and carb free spaghetti.

Some roasted broccoli, half a bag of miracle noodles, 4 oz of lean ground turkey, and some homemade pasta sauce (made with salt free canned tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and lots of oregano, basil, and nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavor). Love it!

What a great day of eats!

And just look what showed up on my doorstep last week?

P28 Protein bread! The great people at P28 were nice enough to send me some to try out! Yes, they sent me protein bagels and bread. Come back tomorrow for a review!! You don’t want to miss out on this stuff :)

What makes you excited about September?

What is your fall food favorite?

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