Weekend Eats

I feel like I’ve had a lot of good food recently and need to share!

Starting off with breakfast – I haven’t only been eating overnight oats for breakfast. Since it’s fall, the cooler mornings make me want something warmer, like regular oats! So I had cooked oats with PB & J. Yummm 🙂

In my Chi-town mug : )

I have been mixing chia seeds into my oats when I cook them, and I’ve noticed a change in the texture {for the better!}.

Then dinner on Friday night was at b.good, a “fast food” burger joint that uses fresh ingredients and is made by people, not factories. I ordered the Avocado and Orange salad with grilled chicken, and a side of sweet potato fries. This meal was heavenly. The goat cheese on the salad was so fresh and flavorful, the avocado had just been sliced, and the chicken was straight off the grill. The fries were warm and crispy, with a chewy middle. My mouth is watering from looking at this picture.

Saturday night, I got a text from my friend Emily asking if I wanted to grab dinner at the Pour House, a pub right down the street. They have half price burgers on Saturday nights, so I got a {veggie} burger with blue cheese. AH-MAY-ZING. Seriously. And I got a tall beer for a total of…. 12 bucks!! Good deal, I’d say! No pic of the burger, and I only thought to take a picture once I was already done with my beer.

The atmosphere was very cool, though. A lot of college kids, loud music, fast-paced and busy. It was fun! We had a good time talking yelling over the music and catching up 🙂

I know what you’re thinking… I did go out to eat more than I should have this weekend, so here comes a week of frugality. Also, I just signed up for Starbucks Rewards… am I the last Starbucks customer EVER to do this?! It seems to me I will save quite a bit – my soy misto order is pricey, but with the rewards I can save 60 cents every time I get one {after I use my registered card 5 times}! I’m mad at myself for not doing this earlier. I probably would have saved hundreds…. oops!

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Good Day

Today I had one of those mornings {refer to #13}. And not in a good way.

I woke up to find that my alarm had not gone off for some reason, and it was 9:33am. I have class at 10. Insert panic.

I leapt out of bed, threw on clothes {incidentally the same outfit I wore on Tuesday.. shhh}, powdered my face, grabbed a Luna Bar, and ran briskly walked to the T. On a typical day, it takes me 15 minutes total to walk to the T station and get to class. Well, as you can probably see where this is going, it took me 20 minutes today. BUT I still got to my seat at 10:01 and the professor hadn’t yet taken attendance. Amazing.

I was disheveled and sweaty, but I made it to class. I should win something for that.

Anyway, since I didn’t have time for my breakfast of overnight oats {I know, 2 days in a row}, I was looking forward to having it for lunch instead. After class I grabbed a Starbucks Soy Misto, which is just a fancy way to say I got a coffee with steamed soy milk, and walked the 1.5 miles home. {Side note: I just called my apartment ‘home’!}

no, this isn’t from today… but it’s the same drink from the same place : )

It was on my walk that I realized how beautiful this day is – it finally feels like fall! This is my favorite season by far and I try to appreciate every autumn day because it seems to fly by every year.

Point of this post: Despite my imperfect morning, I knew today was going to be a good day. I have a job interview lined up and I have the rest of the day off to spend as I please. And it’s officially my weekend 🙂

And because this is a fairly wordy and pictureless post, here are two random photos:

My dog, Baxter

My cat, Reeses

I miss them.

Happy Thursday, friends!

Overnight Oats

I finally made a breakfast I have been meaning to try for months now – overnight oats! It is somewhat of a sensation in the blog world, especially on healthy living blogs. I just bought chia seeds {apparently you don’t get the same results by omitting these} from Trader Joe’s so the time was right.

Verdict: A new favorite 🙂

As a whole, it was very doughy and chewy – the rest of the blog world was right! I loved the texture. There are a number of ways you can make these, but I’ll share my recipe as well.

Overnight Oats

Serves One

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk {or any kind you prefer}
  • 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt {I used nonfat plain, but I think a flavor would be good}
  • 1/2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • Cinnamon {as much as you like}

Combine these ingredients, stir well, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add preferred toppings. I added half of a banana, some sweetener, and a spoonful of peanut butter. I also want to try fresh berries at some point.

If you try it, let me know what you think! Or if you are already an overnight oats eater, what are some of your favorite toppings?

Have a nice Wednesday 🙂

 

 

Perfect Saturday

Early this morning I woke up and noticed the sunrise out my window. I was so tired, but had to get a picture – it speaks for itself, I think 🙂

I slept some more… til about noon, actually. I guess I was tired?! Then I began this wonderful day with the most amazing Greek Yogurt pancakes. For some reason, Saturday mornings seem to beg for this breakfast.

I added bananas and cinnamon to my usual recipe – I seared the bananas in the fry pan, and the flavor reminded me a lot of banana bread.

Now I am sitting in Starbucks, writing and attempting to get some work done 😛

Hoping to get out for a run before dinner, if only for the nice weather. Have a great Saturday!

Pancake Thursday

This is my third attempt at the same post… but I’m not giving up because I need to share this! Here goes.

I can’t remember the last time I had pancakes. I have pretty much kept with the same two breakfasts for the past few months, and that’s worked out just fine for me. But. BUT. I found a recipe last night from EverydayBelle for pancakes made with Greek yogurt!! It was a no-brainer. I was set to break my breakfast routine, and I’m so glad I did.

They came out amazing! I couldn’t tell that they were any different from typical buttermilk pancakes.

I adapted the recipe a bit to make just one serving.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Makes 2 4-inch ‘cakes

  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 3 oz. Greek yogurt (I used nonfat plain, but any flavor would work!)
  • 1/8 c. egg beaters (or 1 egg white)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cook over medium heat, then flip.

I’m going to try adding blueberries or bananas next time. These ‘cakes were so doughy and soft!! Not cake-y like some other recipes.

I put a blob of peanut butter on top and it melted all over the pancakes. YUM!

If you make them, let me know how yours turn out!

Happy Thursday 🙂

Catching Up

I haven’t shared too much of my recent activities aside from my back to school planning, so here are a few highlights from my week so far (including last weekend).

The weekend started off with a trip to Kennebunkport to visit a friend of a friend and check out the local bars. I was a little excited about getting my beer in a mason jar 🙂

I saw The Dark Knight Rises on Saturday and I loved it!! It certainly helped that Christian Bale had a lot of screen time. The movie was extremely well done (casting aside), and if you liked the previous Christopher Nolan Batman films, then this one will not disappoint.

Christain Bale On Set Of The Dark Knight, Business Man Hairstyle

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Sunday and Monday were somewhat productive days, including a run, apartment shopping, family time, and boating with a friend. Definitely not a lot of down time, which is how I like it 🙂

Breakfast this morning – classic egg and cheese on an english muffin (I swear the cheese is in there!)

A trip to the gym, followed by an afternoon smoothie

  • Handful frozen blueberries
  • Sliced banana
  • 1/2 c. Greek yogurt (I used plain)
  • 3 ice cubes

Dinner out with a friend, and a trip to DQ ended the day. How was your Tuesday?