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What I Ate Wednesday – Blinded By Oatmeal Love

 

It’s been a while since my last What I Ate Wednesday post, hasn’t it?

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I am popping in quick this morning because I have to be out the door super super early for a family event in Manhattan.

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Remember last week when my cousin had a baby? Today is the bris.

For my local readers, I picked up the gift at Spoiled Rotten – LOVE this store and I do believe you can order online!

Anyway, I wanted to talk to you today about what I ate on Monday because I made a really bad decision blinded by love.

I shall explain:

Breakfast:

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More often than not these days, I am back on the two-ingredient pancake topped with peanut butter and cranberry apple butter.

I usually make a second pancake after my workout or at least have some form of a snack with protein.

I was in a hurry to get out the door and get into the city early on Monday so right before I left the house, I think I grabbed a few apples slices and some peanut butter.

LUNCH MEETING:

Here’s where the problem occurred.

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My meeting took place at Sarabeth’s.

If you aren’t familiar with the restaurant, you may be familiar with Sarabeth jellies and preserves available around the world.

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I have this little issue – if oatmeal is listed on the menu, I can’t resist it. So many lovely things were available to be eaten but my heart goes out to the warm bowl of oats.

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Love is blind. It really is. This beautiful bowl of oats was A BIG MISTAKE.

Plain oats, as delicious as they are, even topped off with fresh fruit, aren’t going to do a thing for anyone’s appetite. At least not mine.

Oatmeal served without yogurt or peanut butter OR SOME FORM OF PROTEIN is a recipe for crazy hunger just waiting to happen.

Who was I fooling ordering an extra bowl of berries on the side? What I needed was a bowl of protein in order to not only be satisfied, but remain conscious during a meeting.

Telling you ravenous to the point of nausea about an hour later is an understatement.

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The fact that I was nibbling on a Quest bar while still in a lunch meeting is just not OK.

The truth is, I know better. I know a meal needs protein. Especially at lunch when I am in a meeting and need brain fuel as well as energy to get me home for dinner.

And most importantly, as I sit here and think about that lunch, I needed protein to simply be full and not distracted by a growling stomach and the overall feeling of needing to eat before I hurt someone.

I am pretty confident I will never order “wrong” again. I have learned my lesson.

I also learned to not get all excited about the waiter offering to keep refilling my cup of coffee before driving home from the city. Not only are we lucky I made it home without wetting my pants, we are lucky my friend gave me watermelon when I dropped her off because I was completely dehydrated from the caffeine overload.

DINNER:

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By the time I got home to make dinner, all I wanted was a giant bowl of roasted vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts and tons of butternut squash) along side a large omelette made with peppers and onions… topped off with lots of avocado.

I do want to mention though those meatless meatballs I said I was going to attempt to make a few weeks ago using the kidney beans.

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I made them earlier this week and totally love them – just need to figure out the exact recipe in order to share it with you.

 

DESSERT:

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Peanut butter cup apples are still winning as my nightly dessert of choice. They don’t photograph that well but really, consider yourself lucky that I even manage to take a picture without eating them first.

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If you haven’t made these apples yet, you need to. You really really need to.

Warm and gooey, coated with peanut butter and chocolate? Yeah, you really need to.

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I NEED TO KNOW:

Do you feel sick when you get too hungry?

Do you get ravenous if you don’t eat “right” – as in not enough protein to satisfy?

What emergency snack is in your bag right now?

 

 

 

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  • Marina @ Lazy for Diet January 8, 2014, 6:44 am

    When I am hungry, I can’t simply do anything. I can’t distract at all – all my thoughts are replaced by food. Therefore I always have banana or nuts in my bag to have a bite 😉 I understand about what you speak – I am simply sure that the food has to support protein. I won’t be able simply to gorge on if in a cup there are one vegetables or grain. Hunger will overtake me in an hour so I always add something. Even if this one cooked egg. So I feel more quietly 😉

  • IHeartVegetables January 8, 2014, 7:46 am

    I get cranky when I’m super hungry! I also will start to get sort of light headed if I don’t eat enough. That’s why I always have snacks with me!

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 8, 2014, 7:47 am

    Not only do I start feeling sick when I get too hungry, but lightheaded, scatterbrained, and completely b*tchy. Hunger is not a good look for me. And as much as I love oats, yeah… they definitely need to be doctored up. The bowl I have currently sitting in front of me has egg whites, yogurt, and almond butter in it… and that should hold me over for, oh… 2 hours? 😆 Ridiculous.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 8, 2014, 1:01 pm

      Right up my alley- that is, of course, if we replace your almond butter with my peanut butter…

  • Mary January 8, 2014, 7:51 am

    I feel sick and get extremely weak when I’m still hungry…then a headache comes on and I’m mega grumpy and all I can think about is food! I would have been just like you though and gone for the oats!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 8, 2014, 1:00 pm

      I hope you don’t go for the oats next time – learn from my mistake! lol

  • Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom January 8, 2014, 8:15 am

    I am having oatmeal withdraws right now! Our microwave broke a couple weeks ago! I know I could make it on the stove but I’m too lazy for that in the mornings. However, I may have to make it a snack now!

  • D @ The Kosher Cave Girl January 8, 2014, 11:36 am

    I definitely get “haaaangry” when I don’t get enough protein into my meals or when I go for far too long between meals without a snack. And I’ll definitely have to try your apple dessert. It would be yummy with Enjoy Life chocolate chips and almond/pecan butter. Mmmmmm.

  • Kaitlin January 8, 2014, 11:50 am

    This is too funny. I’ve learned my lesson with oatmeal and found that it really doesn’t fill me up, usually leaving me frustrated 🙂

  • Rachel @ Pain-Free Kitchen January 8, 2014, 12:33 pm

    That’s so good that you learned from your mistake. I’ve definitely made the same mistake multiple times. And good that you had a quest bar with you. I’ve gotten hungry in meetings and have reached for a cookie because it was the only thing there. No good.

  • Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet January 8, 2014, 10:22 pm

    Mmmmm oats <3 Right now my go to bar is the Madagascar vanilla Kind bar… so good!

  • Healthy Regards, Hayley January 9, 2014, 5:07 am

    Oh ya, when hunger hits there is no going back! Ravenous could explain it but even worse, I get hangry so I feel bad for everyone else! I also carry a protein bar around so that this doesn’t happen too often.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 9, 2014, 10:06 am

      My friends know to make sure that I eat 20 minutes before I get hungry, otherwise look out…