Animal Crackers

I did something today I don’t think I’ve done since before my Whole30. I snacked between breakfast and lunch. The worst part about it is I bought something from the vending machine at work with very little, if any, nutritional value. Animal crackers.pic

I figured they would do less harm than a bag of greasy chips or empty carb pretzels. I haven’t restocked my desk drawer with healthy snacks yet, and I got hungry a good two hours before I planned on taking my lunch break. I’ll chalk it up to an earlier than usual breakfast and one that contained less protein than it should have. I had sweet potato toast topped with a single egg, strawberries and almond butter. I should’ve added the salami like I’d originally intended. I have to remember that my Whole30 breakfasts always kept me full until lunch, whereas what I ate before the Whole30 usually did not, most likely because of minimal protein.

 

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Day 4: Don’t Worry, I Won’t Kill You

You guys. The support I’ve gotten in my first four days on the Whole30 has been astounding. I am blown away by the kind words my family, friends and coworkers have offered me. I’m also surprised by how not difficult (notice I didn’t say “easy”) the past few days have been. I mean, the creators of the Whole30 said days two and three I’d probably have no energy and feel woozy. Sure, Tuesday morning I could barely squeak out two miles on the treadmill before taking a break (for comparison, I average around five miles on the treadmill when winter weather keeps me from running outside), and Tuesday afternoon a dull headache set in until bedtime, but not getting a good night’s sleep has had far worse effects. I read that the negative side effects Whole30ers experience in their first few days are directly proportional to how bad their diets were before the Whole30. So I guess I should feel encouraged.

Try to keep yourselves from rolling your eyes when I say this, but I feel as though I’ve gained more on the Whole30 so far than I’ve lost, and I’m not talking about weight. Not being able to just pour myself a bowl of cereal or bring a granola bar or a yogurt to work with me has forced me to get creative with my breakfasts. As you can see, I’ve eaten a lot of eggs and sweet potatoes, but no two meals have been exactly alike. Almost all my condiments have been homemade, and I’m using more fresh herbs that I’ve ever used before. The last nonscale victory I’d like to mention is that I didn’t kill anyone today! Ok, that one needs some explanation. The Whole30 timeline states that on days four and five, most participants have a burning desire to “kill all the things.” Not me though! I’m just a ray of sunshine!

(Pumpkin) Spice up Your Life

I am obsessed with pumpkin spiced everything. It has nothing to do with being “basic,” as the kids say these days, or trendy; I just love the flavor. But what I’m sure many people don’t realize is how much sugar is typically added to beverages and store-bought foods that are pumpkin-flavored. Furthermore, more often than not, these items don’t contain real pumpkin. That’s why the moment I could feel fall in the air, I went in search of some healthy pumpkin spice recipes. I present to you. . . pumpkin spiced overnight oats two ways!

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The main difference between these two recipes is that one contains Greek yogurt for added protein and creaminess. I’ll start with that one (pictured on the right).

Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oats

I adapted the recipe from http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/09/02/pumpkin-pie-protein-overnight-oats/.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (122g) pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup (25g) old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp (12g) Truvia
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

The only change I made was using a packet of Sweet’N Low instead of the Truvia, simply because it’s what I had. All you do, as with any overnight oats recipes, is mix up all the ingredients in an airtight container with a lid and leave them in the fridge overnight.

Verdict

 

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Two paws up!

Because of the yogurt combined with the pumpkin, I found it very filling. It wasn’t very sweet, so next time I may try using vanilla Greek yogurt. Overall though, I liked it and will make again.

 

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

I adapted the recipe from http://rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth.com/pumpkin-pie-overnight-oats/.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger, and 1/8 tsp nutmeg)

I used regular skim milk because I don’t drink enough of it, fake maple syrup because it’s what I had and no chia seeds because they were too high on the shelf.

Verdict

Yum! I think this one may have been slightly sweeter, perhaps because there was no tart yogurt to take away from the pumpkininess. Because of the pumpkin pie spice, it also tasted more like pie than straight pumpkin. Would definitely make again!

So there you have it. Got other pumpkin spice recipes you think I’d enjoy? Please send them my way! I can keep eating this stuff till spring 😉