I was having trouble coming up with a title, so I thought I would share with you my amusement in what I chose to wear to work today. This is why you don’t pack your bag at 5 a.m., you do it the night before when you are still coherent and have good lighting (haha). I’m wearing a bright yellow sweater with black pants — I feel like a bumblebee!
I googled “bumblebee” and it took three pages of images to find one I could put on here — they were all of the character from “Transformers” gah!
At breakfast, I tried this new product I picked up at the store over the weekend (hooray for sales and coupons)…
The Kozy Shack (same company that makes the puddings) Ready Grains are a nice alternative for those days when you just don’t have enough time to make your own oatmeal. I think these would be a really great option for people who pack and eat breakfast at work, it’s heartier than a package of instant oatmeal, plus all you have to do it heat it and eat it! Or, as the package says, you could enjoy it cold as well.
There are two containers to a package and the sale price was $2.50 but I had a $1.00 off coupon, so I paid $1.50 for the package. Considering a can of oats is usually less than or right around $1, this isn’t the most cost-friendly, but you do pay a small price for convenience.
I really loved the taste of these oats, they were thicker and creamier than I have ever been able to get mine, except for when I used steel cut, which I believe these contain. The ingredients list is pretty amazing, not perfect, but pretty good: lowfat milk, whole grains (steel cut oats, brown rice, pearled barley, rolled oats), water, inulin, eggs, sugar, modified food starch, brown sugar, dextrose, salt, natural flavors, carrageenan, citric acid. Each serving has 7 grams of protein and 7g of fiber. The sugar content worried me a bit, but every once in a while this would not be a bad thing to have.
The only ingredient I couldn’t identify was inulin so I looked it up on Wikipedia:
“Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides (several simple sugars linked together) produced by many types of plants. They belong to a class of fibers known as fructans. Inulin is used by some plants as a means of storing energy and is typically found in roots or rhizomes. Most plants which synthesize and store inulin do not store other materials such as starch. Inulin is used increasingly in foods because it has unusual nutritional characteristics. Its flavour ranges from completely bland to subtly sweet (approx. 10% sweetness of sugar/sucrose). It can be used to replace sugar, fat, and flour. This is particularly advantageous because inulin contains a third to a quarter of the food energy of sugar or other carbohydrates and a sixth to a ninth of the food energy of fat. It also increases calcium absorption and possibly magnesium absorption, while promoting the growth of intestinal bacteria. Nutritionally, it is considered a form of soluble fiber and is sometimes seen as a prebiotic. The consumption of large quantities (particularly by sensitive or unaccustomed individuals) can lead to gas and bloating. Inulin has a minimal impact on blood sugar, and—unlike fructose—is not insulemic and does not raise triglycerides, making it generally considered suitable for diabetics and potentially helpful in managing blood sugar-related illnesses.”
The container doesn’t look like much but once you heat it up and (if you) put it in another container, you see it’s a good amount:
I chose to add a sliced apple to mine and on the side I had a scrambled egg + egg white to round out the meal.
Since this post is so long, I think I will break up the rest into another post, so I don’t bore you to tears 🙂