Thank you all for your comments on yesterday’s post! I wasn’t looking for reassurance, but it was nice to hear that I’m not the only one who tends to keep their plate full. One thing that I’ve noticed is that women tend to have fuller plates than men. I’m not a psychologist and I definitely didn’t get straight A’s in my high school AP Psychology course, but I wonder if there’s some sort of relationship between a woman’s full plate and her maternal instincts?
Oftentimes I hear about women offering to help their family or friends in any way they can. They commit to as many things as possible because they feel obligated to do so if they have any free time. While in contrast, men cherish their free time by kicking up their feet, cracking open a beer, and relaxing. That obviously is a very general statement and by no means am I saying that men are lazy (I’m incredibly thankful for what my husband does on a daily basis!), but I think they know something that we don’t… You shouldn’t have to do 10 different things at once to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!
Moving onto tastier “plates,” my Tuesday eats. Over the weekend Ryan, Charlie, and I went to my momma’s house to help her with a few things and in exchange she treated us to an Italian feast. It was marvelous! But what isn’t so marvelous is that I think I caught her cold/sinus infection because by dinnertime last night my head felt like it was gonna explode and my throat was on fiiiyyyaaa. Boo.
Breakfast: Yesterday I woke up in the mood for a fluffy stack of pancakes so I made a batch of Pumpkin Pie Pancakes and served them with a side of cinnamon apples + raisins and a cup of Caramel Apple Pie coffee.
Two questions that I’m frequently asked are “How do you have time to make pancakes on a weekday morning?” and “You eat so many pancakes, aren’t you worried that you’re gonna get fat?”
First — pancakes really don’t take any longer to make than a pot of oatmeal or eggs on the stove. I’m not fancy and typically only use one bowl so it’s simple as measuring, mixing, pouring, and flipping.
Second — no, I’m not worried I’m gonna get fat from eating pancakes. My pancake recipes are simple and typically don’t contain added sugars, flour + baking powder + spices + eggs. Yes, if I added a bottle of maple syrup and tablespoons of butter on top of each batch then I’d have a higher chance of packing on the pounds, but most of the time I prefer Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and fresh fruit as my toppings.
Lunch: After working on my computer for a few hours my brain needed a break. I walked over to the gym and rode the stationary bike for an hour. My body was sore from cardio + weights on Monday and as the day went on I started feeling sicker so it was an easy but fulfilling workout.
One of my favorite foods to eat when I’m sick is chicken noodle soup – there’s something so comforting and homey about it. I paired a bowl of boxed chicken noodle soup with a crisp salad, orange slices, a pizza English muffin, and a handful of pretzels. Hot liquids, vitamin C, salt… Soothing and filling.
tip: put the tomato sauce on top of the cheese so the bread doesn’t get soggy & cheese sticks don’t melt well, but it’s all that I had
Snack: I’ve tried a handful of different varieties of protein and I’ve tried a few different recipes using protein powder and I’ve never been a fan. I prefer my protein in the form of beans, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs, fish, Greek yogurt, etc. But after numerous recommendations from friends, I gave Designer Whey Protein Powder a chance. On Sunday morning I made a batch of Pumpkin Protein Muffins and surprisingly both Ryan and I gave them a thumbs up!
The past few days I’ve enjoyed a couple of muffins topped with Greek cream cheese with fruit as a mid-day snack. But yesterday I was sadly disappointed…. I bit into a muffin and immediately spit it out (sorry for the visual). The muffins had a funky smell and tasted sour – gross. I’m not sure why they went from delicious to disgusting overnight but I think that was my last attempt to like protein powder.
Dinner: Ryan finished up at work early so he picked me up and we went to see the new movie About Time. Side note: we had the whole theater to ourselves! The reviews compared it to Love Actually which I thought was good, not great, but I’m a fan of Rachel McAdams so I thought it was worth seeing. The movie got off to a slow start but by the end I enjoyed it.
We didn’t get home from the theater until after 7 p.m. so dinner was easy. I wasn’t in the mood for soup again so I whipped up a pot of Creamy Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal (which I had again for breakfast this morning) and topped it with a spoonful of apple butter and peanut butter. I also sauteed a few green beans and mushrooms in coconut oil becuase I love veggies with dinner.
Dessert: Ice cream would have been the perfect treat for my burning throat, but I polished off the tub last week (Uncooked Apple Crisp for One, yum) so cereal downed in Silk Light Vanilla did the trick. I love Van’s gluten free cereals!
Question: What’s your favorite source of protein?
Question: When you’re feeling under the weather, what’s your favorite sick food?