Magical Breakfast Cream

Here are a couple of things to know about me. First, my eating philosophy is to try to eat a majority of whole foods that are minimally processed, but to also allow myself to enjoy occasional treats of anything my heart desires. I like to say I eat anything I want, and I’m just lucky that I want healthy food most of the time. Another thing is that I love all things French. Ever since I was in 6th grade, I dreamed of going to Paris. I studied French in high school and college and was blessed to be able to study abroad in Paris for the summer of 2000.

A few years ago, I read the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano. And recently, I came across the accompanied cook book in the library. While I don’t like the title so much, the recipes are great. Whole, natural foods prepared in a simple way. For breakfast this morning, I tried her “Magical Breakfast Cream”. It contains a mix of yogurt, lemon juice (I used orange juice), flaxseed oil, ground walnuts, and ground cereal (I used oats). I don’t know about copyright laws when it comes to this, so I won’t post the exact recipe, but I Googled it, and you can read about it here: http://www.ivillage.com/magical-breakfast-cream/3-r-143938.

I added banana on top. I loved it! Sometimes, I find breakfast hard to choke down. But this was so smooth and creamy and easy to eat. And a great way to add nuts to my diet. I ground up a bunch of walnuts, oats, and almonds to have on hand for a quick awesome breakfast all week.

After breakfast, straightening up the abode, the gym, and the grocery store, I had some lunch

Leftover chicken and brown rice with some raw veggies.

I went to work for a late appointment with a bride, the came home to a light, late dinner:

Salmon on the George Foreman, more brown rice and some frozen veggies. That would be a big dollop of homemade tartar sauce. Just a spoonful of mayo, sweet relish, a squeeze of lemon juice, and some chopped dill.

What a yummy day!

Is it fall yet?

I am in the fall mood, but darn it, this Florida weather isn’t cooperating with me.  It’ still in the 90’s.  I have been getting into the fall spirit though.  I am lighting my fall candles:

Buying the fall produce:

Drinking the fall beer:

I even put a little fall into my breakfast this morning:

Hopefully, the weather will soon cooperate with my longings for fall.  I love to open up all the windows and shut the A/C off.  I was thankful for the A/C today, as I worked up a sweat at the gym.  I made a few pit stops at the bank and grocery store, then I came home and had some lunch:  (I had to break into the string cheese I bought on the way home, I was hung ray.)

Yeah! I found the Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch dressing.  Awesome!  The salad had a pile of tuna (about a half a can, the cats got the other half, they love me today).  And leftover Kashi pizza, it was the spinach, mushroom kind, but I doctored it up with some sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and gouda cheese.

After lunch, I showered and headed to work  (I usually work late afternoons into the evenings because brides typically like to meet in the evenings and on weekends).  I don’t mind though, because I really like my days to work around the house and go to the gym.  Works for me.  I did take a snack to work but scarfed it down before my camera could capture it.  It was about 1/4 cup of no salt added, low-fat, cottage cheese, a ripe, juicy peach, and an almond granola bar.

The man made dinner, which was sweet, but it was a flop.  Totally not his fault though.  He used a vindaloo simmer sauce I got from Whole Foods.  I should have heeded the warning on the label that said “Hot, Hot, Hot!!!”

I only choked down less than half.  But it was a great excuse to really have ice cream for dinner.  I had about a half cup of cookie dough ice cream.  Couldn’t manage a picture through my watering eyes and running nose.

Great day overall, I managed to remind myself as I was driving into work, that I am in the moment, living my life, now, and to have fun with the bride.  We did!