Bad decision first.
A trip to Costco.
It didn’t seem like too bad of a decision. We needed some eggs (Kirkland egg substitute cartons), milk and paper towels.
Not only was it two days before Thanksgiving, but it was after a long morning of Strollerwise class and running errands. I had a short 30 minute window to spare before naptime.
I thought we might be in the clear. Everything seemed okay on the way in.
Well, 2 hours and $300 later, I am very thankful for Costco samples that served as the boys’ lunch (but not for the very rude woman who pushed us out of the way for the last crescent roll) and for Huggies diapers that can really hold their own.
I don’t know what it is with me and “temporarily out of stock” items, but darn Costco didn’t have any Kirkland nonfat Greek yogurt or Fage. What is up with that? Don’t worry, I won’t go on and on like I did about Trader Joe’s broccoli slaw. Promise.
Wouldn’t you know though, when we got home I discovered I had a few more egg cartons in the back of the fridge. Oh well. At least we won’t be running out of eggs or bananas anytime soon.
Ha ha ha!
Now for the good decision.
Oats for breakfast.
This has been the boys’ breakfast as of late.
It’s a version of the quick and easy scrambled oatmeal.
I prepare a packet of instant oatmeal. Stir in some egg substitute. Pour it into a dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and microwave it for about three and a half minutes.
It makes this great egg oat pancake that is fabulous. The boys love them.
I love that they can be made it about five minutes. It usually gets topped with a little agave.
And yes, it can be made green (which is even better).
All you have to do is blend up some spinach with the egg substitute before adding it.
Now for my breakfast lately.
Yeah, do you see that?
That is one huge bowl of oats.
I thought everyone knew about the growing oatmeal trick, but just in case you don’t, here it is.
Take one serving of oatmeal (old fashioned, regular or steel cut) and instead of using the given amount of water or milk, you can double it.
Yes, double it.
I like to use 1 1/2 times the amount of liquid. Usually I use 1 cup of water to 1/2 cup almond or soy milk. You do have to cook it a lot longer, but the ginormous bowl of oatmeal is totally worth it.
My Go To Oatmeal Bowl
1/3 cup Coach’s Oats
1 cup water
1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 packet no calorie sweetener
cinnamon to taste
splash of vanilla
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries or cherries (thawed)
1 tablespoon SunButter
I cook the oats on the stove for awhile. Once they start to thicken up I add the sweetener and cinnamon. Then I stir in the vanilla and yogurt.
Top with berries and SunButter.
Sometimes I get lazy and blend it all together. Unsightly, but just as fabulous.
And sometimes the boys want in on the action
and talk me into really getting crazy.
I topped mine with a pumpkin spice Vitatop.
The boys topped theirs with a crushed graham cracker
and only made a little bit of a mess.
Ha! I stuck to the great egg oat pancake since our little “crazy” oatmeal morning. It’s much cleaner.
Have a great night! I have a date with “my boyfriend” on the treadmill. Let’s hope the boys cooperate and get to bed at a decent time (and that I still have enough energy to make it happen).
You’re watching The Biggest Loser tonight too, right?