Good Decision, Bad Decision

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ha ha ha!

 

Now for the good decision.

Oats for breakfast.

This has been the boys’ breakfast as of late.

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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.

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And yes, it can be made green (which is even better).

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All you have to do is blend up some spinach with the egg substitute before adding it.

YUM!

Now for my breakfast lately.

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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

 

toppings:

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.

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Holy YUM!

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Sometimes I get lazy and blend it all together. Unsightly, but just as fabulous.

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And sometimes the boys want in on the action

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and talk me into really getting crazy.

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I topped mine with a pumpkin spice Vitatop.

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The boys topped theirs with a crushed graham cracker

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and only made a little bit of a mess.

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Ha! I stuck to the great egg oat pancake since our little “crazy” oatmeal morning. It’s much cleaner.

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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).

Until tomorrow…….

You’re watching The Biggest Loser tonight too, right?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Jessica says:

    Sorry I didn’t warn you in time for Costco! My mother-in-law said she had to wait for a parking spot.

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ha ha! I got you text as we parked. Glad it’s over, but I’m mad at myself because I didn’t even really need anything I got. Lame. Oh well. I like to torture myself. :) So great hanging out today!

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    Kris says:

    YES !! Tuesdays are for Biggest Loser! they used to be for fitblog chat AND Biggest Loser, but… right now my schedule is too busy. I miss my chat!

    Costco… two days before a holiday? with two CUTIES?? they must be very well behaved (moreso than the crescent roll lady, anyway). no Costco for me right now… I WILL be going to the store tonight, after BL, yep, it’s open until 11pm! :D should be nice and quiet?

    good night, Mama!

  3. 3

    I can never get out of costco with just what I need!! Glad the boys weren’t too cranky for you while you were shopping!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Chelsea- I know right? I came home with $200 of stuff that I didn’t “need”. Ugh. I’m not too happy with myself. Thank goodness for samples- the only reason the boys could hang. ha!

  4. 4

    I love seeing someone feed their kids like I do. Eating healthy can be so much fun! I hate crowds at the store. I’m not an aggressive shopper so I normally get stomped. Good luck with the “date”. Have a great night!

  5. 5

    Oh my!! I saw on FB that you were being brave and going to Costco today and wondered what kind of “success” you would have there… looks like it was quite the event :D But I am jealous of all those banana! Time for some banana bread!!!!

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    Pumpkin Spice Vitatops?!?!? Where did you find those??

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    Annette says:

    30 minutes for a Costco run? You know better than that. It takes me more than 30 minutes just to go to a local grocery store with the kids. Sorry… Times like that make you want to run to the coffee, wine or chocolate. Good luck. Hope we can see you tomorrow. We won’t see you on thanksgiving.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Annette, I know. I’m always pushing it. Ugh. Oh well, hopefully I won’t have to go anytime soon. :) We won’t be there Thursday either. See you this weekend though for sure! :)

  8. 8

    Haha – the hubs n’ I joke that Costco has a $100 cover charge. No matter when you go or what you need, you spend at least $100 extra.

  9. 9

    Once in Costco I noticed Ethan’s (baby at the time) nose was running and he started to feel hot all of a sudden and sick and sleepy. I felt so horrible having him out that I nixed my other planned smaller grocery trip and just did everything at Costco. I was well stocked for months.

    Love the triplet oatmeal pics. Those boys are going t eat you out of house and home soon, they are too cute.

  10. 10

    I’m happy you escaped Costco alive! You are a braver woman than I ;)

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