I am so sad… that it took me this long to try oat bran! Heather is always raving about it, and we seem to like the same things, so I knew I had to try it. She even wrote a very informative post on oat bran vs. oatmeal today (oat bran wins!).
Oat bran meal #1:
- 3/4 cup oat bran, cinnamon – this time I didn’t use much water and it was very chewy – LOVE!
- big salad of romaine with jicama, apple, sprouts, green beans (dressing was shoyu, olive oil, and a splash of POM juice. Shoyu is a slightly sweet soy sauce that’s common in macrobiotic diets.)
How many meals have I wasted on inferior grains? The smooth yet chewy texture is so appealing to me. I had it with 2 of my meals today. A note – I’ve been doing something a little different with my eating recently – I have 4 slightly smaller meals and a few small snacks. It’s working really well. I’m able to do this because I’m not working, so I should take advantage of it now.
Oat bran meal #2:
- 3/4 cup oat bran, cinnamon, drizzled with brown rice syrup – this time I used more water and it was creamier but still chewy – LOVE again!
- organic pink lady apple with Maranatha almond butter
Who else was impressed to see YOGA on The Biggest Loser last night? Bob Harper never ceases to amaze me. He taught the contestants power yoga routines and had them sweating. I loved the contestants’ reflections on the session – they said it grounded them, and gave them strength to be calm in stressful situations (like the weigh-ins). I think it would be awesome if yoga became more popular – maybe our country could get a bit more peaceful.
I also got a package today (not secret cupid yet) from Leng @ A Fat Cat Who Created A Vegetarian. I won her contest a few days ago and she sent me some lovely goodies:
- 2 jars of coconut milk
- chili sauce
- agar agar flakes
- Chinese 5-spice powder
- star anise!
I cannot wait to use these things. I’ve been meaning to buy Agar Agar flakes forever, and I was about to get them this week but my package came instead! Leng sent me a recipe for coconut jelly which sounded great.
I am off to read a new book from the library with a mug of peppermint tea – The Food Revolution by John Robbins (of the Baskin-Robbins family). It’s recommended reading for my macrobiotic experiment. Have you read any good food/health/cook books recently? Or other great books? (I’m always looking for recommendations.)