I continued the 31-day Yoga Challenge this morning with YogaDownload’s 20 Minutes of Power #1 (Dawnelle is the instructor – my favorite). I did this routine after 25 minutes of the Firm: Cardio Dance, which has been a recent addiction. I plan on doing at least one Gentle Hatha Flow later on today as well (20 minutes).
I also tried a new breakfast today – oat bran AND wheat bran. Wheat bran was on sale and I had no idea what it was, so of course I bought some. Apparently it’s what gives Raisin Bran the “bran” taste. I had miso soup on the side (this is a great way to get in veggies early in the day if you’re not in the mood for a green smoothie). In this bowl:
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1/3 cup wheat bran
- 1/2 banana
- spoon of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple
I’m thinking this might be a major “brick in my belly”, to quote Heather. I hope you all try it – wheat bran is amazing with respect to nutritionals. Per 1 cup serving: 125 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 37.4 grams carbohydrates, 24.8 grams fiber (!!!), 9 grams of protein.
I have so much on my to-do list right now. Some of it is urgent, some of it can wait, but I’m feeling overwhelmed!
- Grocery shopping
- Change the sheets
- Finish and put away laundry
- Tutor for a few hours this afternoon/tonight (this is one of my side jobs)
- Work on semi-pro bono website (web design for friend of a friend)
- Work on logo for consulting project
- Work on template/website for consulting project
- Make travel arrangements for upcoming cruise to Mexico (out of LA; this cruise has John Mayer, OAR, and Guster playing concerts on the boat)
Happy Monday! What do you do when your to-do list gets out of hand?
This morning I went to the farmers’ market and snagged some pictures. It was raining, so these don’t portray the usual vibrance… but I think you get the idea. I love my farmers’ market. (This is the Mountain View Farmers’ Market, by the way.)
At the entrance were some flowers…
So many fresh nuts…
So hard to choose!…Fresh catches of the day…
Mushrooms are delicious…
And lots of cheese options…
These were gorgeous. I miss having a garden…Possibly the best honey ever!
Freshly grown herbs…And lots of potatoes…
And my favorite… the samples!
Menu Plan for the Week of March 01 – March 07
- kabocha, bean, tomato, and swiss chard soup (recipe to come); farmers’ market bread and ezekiel pitas for carbs
- teriyaki tofu; balsamic red swiss chard and onions
- use up the leftover wontons
- kabocha fries (duh! always!)
- homemade pizza
- roasted squash, carrots, and onion with herbs
- going out!
- fruit by itself
- whipped banana oat bran
- miso soup
- tofu yogurt
More great menus can be found at Organizing Junkie!
I’ve pretty much given up on dairy. It makes my stomach churn and I broke out for the first time in 3 weeks after having yogurt yesterday. Oh, well. I can find lots of things without it! And they are all delicious.
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This recipe is loosely based off of a cake that our hosts in Italy baked for us last year (we stayed at a bed and breakfast – it was lovely). I decided to use oat bran instead of flour. I’ll post my version as well as the translation of the true Italian one. I asked our host for it because I liked it so much.
Maggie’s Maple Yogurt Cake
- 2.75 cups oat bran
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 4 egg whites
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients
- Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour in the batter.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, let cool. Slice in small squares and enjoy.
Dolce di yogurt (Italian version) = Yogurt Dessert
- 2 cups plain yogurt (500g di yogurt bianco)
- 3 eggs (uova)
- 5 tablespoons sugar (cucchiai di zucchero)
- 7/8 cup cooking oil (bicchiere pieno di olio di semi)
- 2.5 cups flour (300g di farina)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (bustina di lievito)
- lemon zest/lemon extract (aroma di limone, oppure buccia grattug giata di limone)
Mix the eggs with the sugar, add the other ingredients, and then mix them all together. Pour into a buttered dish and cook in the oven for 40 minutes at 356F. (Sbattere le uova con lo zucchero, aggiungere gli altri ingredienti e poi mescolare tutto. Versare in una pentola imburrata e cuocere nel forno per 40 min a 180C.)
The cake that our host prepared for us was absolutely divine – so moist and perfect. I hope you get a chance to try one of these versions.
I’m off to the farmers’ market now, and I will post pictures (as requested) later today. Have a lovely Sunday! Have you ever made a recipe that was written in another language?