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This morning, I started my day off with my Monday tradition…a delicious green smoothie!

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This smoothie contained: 1 cup Light vanilla soymilk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter and a whole lotta organic baby spinach. YUM!

Mari has decided to start a Green Monster Challenge where she will have one green smoothie a day (as one of her meals) for a month. I’m going to do my best to participate but it’s going to require some creativity on my part 🙂

I had coffee with coconut milk creamer and almonds for a snack but forgot to photograph them, sorry! I am out of practice.

Since I had a smoothie for breakfast, I decided it only made sense to have oatmeal for lunch! Here was the star ingredient:

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I am really enjoying these Peeled Snacks dried fruit. The company sent me free samples to try and so far, I have loved them all!

The dried cherries were soft, chewy and not as sweet as dried cherries I have had in the past. That is my favorite thing about these snacks, which you can find at Starbucks.

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I loved having oatmeal for lunch…this might become a habit 🙂

Later in the afternoon, I had another cup of coffee (oops) and some yogurt.

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After work, I went on a 5-mile run and I was quite hungry when I got home. I had my usual Monday night pasta dinner!

023I had 1 1/4 cups of Barilla whole grain spaghetti, topped with Meijer organic pasta sauce (pictured below), steamed broccoli, a chopped up vegan burger and nutritional yeast. Plus a pita pocket with Smart Balance Light on the side.     022

This sauce was pretty good and I definitely liked the price and ingredients list. But the 365 brand I had a few weeks ago (roasted red pepper) has so much more flavor.

This wasn’t too shabby though!

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For my after dinner snack, I had to try out a new product I picked up at Meijer yesterday:

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These are basically like sandwich thins, only they taste like Thomas bagels and have a hole in the middle 🙂

I topped mine with peanut butter and chocolate chips! I splurged and got the Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips this time, yum.

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But apparently, I got a case of the “runner’s munchies” because I decided to bust out the Oatmeal crack Squares for another snack.

I had two little cups of cereal with soymilk before calling it a night (as far as eating goes) just after 9:00.

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I’m going to have to be careful with these this week. I can’t help it though…they were on sale for $1.67 at Meijer and I had a $1 off coupon. I got a $4 box of cereal for 67 cents!!

Hope you had a great Monday too! Now that my glycogen stores are definitely replaced, I can go to bed now, ha ha. Good night 🙂

Me & cereal need a break

Over the weekend, I reluctantly bought a box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares, which I have declared to be the best and most addictive cereal ever. I have literally had at least a small cup of this cereal every night since I bought it and after having it for breakfast this morning, I’ve found that the box is almost empty!!

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After a lot of thinking, I’m ready to take a break from cereal. It’s sort of like the same problem I had with ice cream…if it is in the house, I’m going to eat it at some point, whether I want it or need it. It’s not that I think cereal is bad, it’s great if you get a good brand, I just know that I don’t really need it and it’s obvious that I have a problem controlling myself when it is around.

Another reason is that when I have had it for breakfast, it doesn’t keep me full as well as other breakfast items do. After my post last Sunday about oat bran, I think I should mention that oat bran has been the most satisfying and filling breakfast as of late. It’s just sometimes hard to eat such a warm and heavy breakfast on really warm days. But our weather has been unseasonably mild the past couple of weeks so that hasn’t been a problem.

So, sorry cereal, but you and me? We’re on a break…just like Ross & Rachel! I honestly don’t think I can even finish was little is left in the box. Maybe I can get Josh to try it? 😉

However, I think I am creating a new monster?! Nah.

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