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My brain is trying to tell me something… December 5, 2008

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This should tell you a little about my mental processes when I am working:

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True story. Nov 25. There were no witnesses, but I do have the screencap!

I thought it was hilarious that the program went “What?” like it was in disbelief :mrgreen:

Nov 26

Oatmeal #138: Nutty Oats – Part IV + applesauce

  • applesauce, sliced &blanched almonds, cinnamon, ground ginger, shredded coconut, PB, flax, milk, quick oats, organic oats

Applesauce in pancakes! I have never tried it–have you? I added the entire mini container–so I managed to get the apple flavor!

Also–I decided to blend two different types of oats together because I’m running out of quick oats [my weapon of choice for microwave pancakes] so I decided to mix it with organic oats–it turned out quite well, actually! I was afraid it might take longer to cook, but it didn’t! And it was much chewier too.

 

+ spiced chai tea with milk. I haven’t had tea + milk in ages! If I had sugar around as well, it would have been complete!

My very amazing lunch:

Something I haven’t had in a long time [since last year!]–couscous! Ever since the caf introduced it into my life, I have been hooked. Grains = awesome in all forms!

The above contains: couscous, dried apricots, peppers, carrots, beans, tomatoes,  raisins, peas, lemon-garlic vinaigrette

Extra large lunch, extra awesome.

Night-time snack:

I believe it was for an all-nighter. Can’t remember if I succeeded in staying up all night or not…I probably didn’t…

Nov 27

  • banana, cottage cheese, flax, peanuts, pistachios, green raisins, PB

+ coffee

Actually…maybe I did stay up all night…

2 more exams + 1 paper left!

So I only need another week of all-nighters and maybe 3 days of sleeping over at the lab, and then I will be writing my last exam and then going HOME!!!

I have been waiting for this since school started!

Reacting to reactions… December 1, 2008

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I’m in major confusion over everything in my orgo textbook. My exam is in two days. Verdict: SCREWED.

And when trouble comes my way, I procrastinate.

Nov 24

Oatmeal #137: Tropical Smoothie – Part II

  • mango yogurt smoothie, PB, coconut, raisin granola, flax

The caf served these smoothies on Sunday–which was majorly exciting! Once in a while they’d spoil us like this…

Long story short: I took some of that stuff home for oatmeal! 😀 Dessert for breakfast for the win!

Nov 25

  • Golden Delicious apples, sliced blanched almonds, flax, cottage cheese, PB, brown sugar

This week’s oatmeal has been so full of excitement! I haven’t had brown sugar in my oatmeal since…high school? That was how my mom made them! 😀

Question: What did your first bowl of oatmeal consist of?

Dinner:

Turkey breast + eng muffin + jam, peas

The lack of sleep is driving me nuts. Not to mention the fact that the chairs at the lab are extremely uncomfortable for sleeping on 😦 It’s at times like these that I wish I was a midget…

Oatmeal #92: Smoothie August 17, 2008

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Friday’s breakfast:

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Smoothie with toast [margarine with cinnamon sprinkled on top]!
I know lots of people have done oatmeal smoothies before–but I haven’t! Therefore it’s obligatory that I give it a try–as we have a blender and everything! Damn, how did I live without this miraculous apparatus before?!

  • 0.5 cup oats
  • 0.5 cup soy milk
  • 0.25 cup milk
  • 0.25 cup water [i think??]
  • 0.25 cup blueberries
  • 0.25 cup corn [yeah…]
  • 0.25 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp raisins

Um yeah it’s a very random list of ingredients–but that’s ’cause we didn’t exactly have a ton of fruits and stuff around the house at the moment, I suppose I could have added more blueberries–but I didn’t want to use up the whole thing by myself 😛 And I was originally planning to make a green walnut smoothie…but I was too lazy to wash the veggies, so I used corn and blueberries!

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It was pretty good though! I ate the smoothie with a spoon since it seemed easier than sipping. Unfortunately, this breakfast wasn’t very filling 😦 I miss the flax!

For some reason I was feeling tired that day [jet lag?], so I ended up going back to bed…to wake up at 3: 30…so I had to make my own lunch:

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I hate washing vegetables 😛 So there were only two types of veggies and three pieces of dumplings [] with shrimp egg noodles [basically just shrimp and wheat–not sure why they called it egg noodles…]

Dessert–MY VERY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD [aside from oatmeal, of course]–yamssssss!

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My favorite is the purple ones–so chewy and soft! Yams are amazing 😀

The soup the yams are cooked in is basically just water, rock sugar, and ginger. SO. GOOD. I can chug this stuff down like oatmeal!

We’re having steak for dinner tonight–so excited! Haven’t had this stuff in so long! 😀 [Oh man, I never want this vacation to end!]

Oatmeal #63: Chocolate Cinnamon-Raisin – Cooked & Baked July 8, 2008

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Cooked:

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So so so excited for this! And now that I’ve tried it I must say that I’ve really been missing out all those years! Oh I’m so glad I started this blog 😀

I added 3 cups of water to my oats today just to see if it increases their volume or whatever…and it doesn’t really seem to? Hmmm…will do more experimenting on that tomorrow!

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Along with a cup of earl grey tea–I’ve never noticed the citrus-y taste before I read about it on some web article! I think I’ve finally found a type of tea that I prefer over all others!

Anywhoo this breakfast has: 18g fat, 7.5g fiber, 19g protein

Baked:

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more of my neon baking mat for the health of your eyes 😀

If I wasn’t about to leave for my run in like…10 minutes, I would have gobbled one down straight away!

Chocolate Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Chunks
Recipe:

  • 1 cup quick oats [I used 0.5 cup ground, 0.5 cup flakes]
  • 0.25 Kellogg’s All-bran cereal [because I put this stuff in everything 😀 You can also just use more oats instead]
  • 0.5 cup raisins [I actually used 0.25 cup + 2 tbsp]
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp cinnamon [for mixing in or for sprinkling]
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 75% of half a small banana, mashed
  • 0.25 cup milk or soy milk
  • 3 tbsp applesauce

Mix all ingredients together. Scoop parts of the dough with a spoon and drop them onto parchment paper or baking mat. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes 7 servings.
Nutrition info: 99 kcal, 1g fat, 22g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3g protein

It was the perfect post-run snack!

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For some reason I couldn’t finish my breakfast this morning! What the hell? Total blasphemy. So I had that [hence the ugly bowl], one oat chunk, and then plain yogurt with a plum and the leftover banana from baking. Yes, I have ginormous snacks, I know.

Lunch and dinner were the same as the day before, except after dinner I had another nectarine and 0.5 cup of blueberries for dessert 😀 I like dessert 😀

Anyway, gotta finish reading my lab article for the lab meeting tomorrow so that I can go buy my coffee grinder in the morning!

Oatmeal #58: Quaker vs. Organic July 3, 2008

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Guess which is which!

If you guessed organic oats on the left, Quaker on the right–then congratulations, you are a nerd 😀

Anywhoo, if you frequent this blog, you’ll know that I pretty my never get any organic stuff ’cause I’m too cheap for that! But apprently, us Kingstonians must have some patron god of oatmeal smiling down on us or something ’cause Quaker is actually more expensive than organic rolled oats in this city! OH MY GOD! So I can actually buy the good stuff instead of just looking at it longingly from afar–wowza!

Anywhoo–check out the texture on that stuff–people were right–Quaker does roll their oats quite flat…and they seem…whiter? Or could it be ’cause that stuff came from the bottom of the bag and therefore a little powdery? Who knows. But in short–did not expect such a striking difference in appearance!

So for today’s breakfast, I blended the two together…

It wasn’t til I actually started eating that I realized it would have been even better if I had made two separate bowls with the two different types of oats! WHY. AM I STUPID.

Sigh…although my oats did seemed chewier than normal today…or maybe I’m just crapping myself

List of stuff:

  • 0.25 cup Quaker oats, 0.25 cup organic oats
  • water, milk, yogurt, wheat germ, chopped sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp kellogg’s all-bran
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 7 longans
  • 2 tbsp corn

Crunchily delicious! Had this along with jasmine green tea for some pre-run caffeination.

Nutrition info: 12g fat, 7g fiber, 18g, protein –WHY do I always end up with so much protein?! Anyone got any fibrous food suggestions?

Moving along–check out my colorful dinner from yesterday!

I finished all of my gnocchis–I shall miss them! Will definitely be making more of these in the future.

2g fat, 10g fiber, 12g protein–that’s more like it! Although it was still a little protein-heavy…proof that you don’t need to be a total omnivore to get your protein requirements!

Today’s lunch:

I used the potato skins left over from my gnocchi making adventures as sandwich filling ’cause I didn’t want to just throw them away! Seems like such a waste! And food should never be wasted, boys and girls 😀

Anywhoo, I poured ketchup all over that stuff for flavors. Had this sandwich along with blueberryraspberryapplesauce milk! In short, the raspberry flavor permeated the entire drink, with maybe only a little of the blueberries…the applesauce was pretty much not there. And mixing regular milk with soy milk didn’t seem to have affected the taste…but then again, I was having trouble smelling and tasting thanks to the wonders of allergies and the failure of whatever drug company that produced my antihistamines…

To finish off–tomorrow’s my first ever workfree day in about 2 months! I’m so excited–am going for japanese with a friend, then going grocery shopping! Whoo hoo! 😀

Oatmeal #56: Thicker Muesli! June 30, 2008

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On Saturday night, when I was preparing the muesli for Sunday morning, I decided to reduce the amount of water I put in my muesli in an attempt to reduce their wateriness:

Evidently, I was successful 😀 And check out the awesome quality of these pictures! I was so happy at the way they came out:


Check out the texture!

Consists of:

  • oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, milk, yogurt
  • 0.25 cup water
  • 1 kiwi
  • 3 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 tbsp raisins

With a cup of green tea

Taste-wise–too much goji berries and raisins! Am going to reduce the amount I put in by half next time ’cause they completely took over my oatmeal! But anyway, I like this thicker consistency so much better ’cause the chewy factor totally skyrockets! And not to mention the fact that it’s easier to carry around 😛

For dinner–an awesome bowl of pasta with Tomato & Bail sauce!

And this time I had raw orange peppers, because I felt like cooking them would be a waste–why mess with a good thing?