What I ate Wednesday #3

My day began with a hearty bowl of Carman’s Honey Roasted Nut oats, with banana and topped with some of the Carman’s muesli.. all which I received in my wonderful package yesterday 🙂

My verdict on the oats? Very yum, nicely textured but no need to add honey as it is very sweet already, almost too sweet for my liking.  The muesli was delicious! Nice and crunchy. It does give my homemade muesli a run for its money 😉

I got a call for teaching today, so a packed lunch was on the agenda.

Recess was delicious and sweet!

For lunch, I toasted my bread and topped it with avo, tuna and basil leaves. Not a great photo as it can be a bit awkward snapping away at your food in a staff room but it was SO good. Basil really gives an average meal an exciting edge.

I then met my lovely friend Gloria for a good catch up session.  My sister and I met Gloria at the gym a couple of years ago and she has become a very special friend, who I just love spending time with!

We went to Oliver Brown, which is known for their chocolate and they did not disappoint.  I had a mint hot chocolate which was very yum.

Thanks Gloria for a lovely afternoon 🙂

For dinner, I made a quick stir fry topped with a fried egg, for a protein hit.  I was lazy and bought the ready prepared Chinese stir fry mix from the fresh section of the supermarket. I tossed in in a hot pan with a bit of oil, added some sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce. So simple and very tasty.

Check out my tips for making Quick, Healthy and Delicious dinners in 3 easy steps!

As for exercise… does playground duty and walking around the shopping centre count? Rest day for me today 😉

Thanks again to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW – love meeting new bloggers every Wednesday!

Well that is all from me today, but before you take your next step into cyber space do share your thoughts with me…

What is your favourite lazy dinner meal?

What’s on my shopping list?

I am a creature of habit.  In my home out shopping list doesn’t change too often. The bulk of what we buy is fresh and seasonal. Our number one priority is Eating Well and Feeling Satisfied!  Here is a list of what we always have in our fridge, freezer and pantry and most the recipes I post on my blog contain these items.

Check out my Food for Fuel page for some more recipe ideas and healthy eating tips. 

Fresh Fruit (usually go by what is in season)
-Pink Lady apples
-Mandarins/oranges
-Bananas
-Strawberries
-Lemons
-Berries (Check out Antioxidant Booster Smoothie)

Vegetables
-Baby spinach leaves
-Mixed lettuce leaves (usually pre washed pack for convenience factor)
-Peppers/capsicums – red, green, yellow
-Tomatoes (I like the baby tomatoes)
-Basil leaves
-Celery
-Carrots
-Red onions
-Avocado
-Beetroot (tinned is easier, if you are patient fresh is SO much better!)
-Sweet potato
-Red chillies
-Mushrooms
-Corn on the cob (Easy to just pop in the microwave for dinner)

Dairy Items
-Milk
-Cottage cheese
-Chobani yoghurt (Check out what Chobani Yoghurt sent me!)
-Feta cheese
-Ricotta (See delicious Breakfast Brushcetta!!)

Protein
-Salmon fillets (can buy in frozen section of supermarket or fresh! I like keeping the frozen ones in my freezer for a quick dinner option)
-Chicken – Breast or Thigh fillets
-Eggs
-Lean steak
 Grains
-Oats (Health Benefits of Oats)
-Bills organic bread (multigrain or sourdough)
-Quinoa
-Mountain bread (Perfect for wraps, check out Chicken and Avocado wrap)
-Brown rice (I like to keep the small single serve, ready made brown rice packs on hand)

Pantry Items
-Black Tea (My dedication to tea..!)
-Peppermint tea
-Peanut butter
-Honey
-Almonds / pecans / walnuts (Perfect for making my healthy nut and seed loaf)
-Mixed nut packs (See my snacking tips)
-Olive oil
-Balsamic vinegar / white vinegar
-Fun size chocolates (perfect size for dipping in tea)
-Wholemeal flour
-Quinoa
-Tomato paste
-Tuna tins (I love it in olive oil)
Happy shopping and cooking!

What are the top 3 ingredients you always have on hand??

Health Benefits of Oats

Nothing makes a cold morning better, than a bowl of warm oats in bed 🙂

Oats tick my criteria as a good food choice and are a regular in my diet for 3 main reasons:

  1. The health benefits are well researched and proven
  2. They are quick and easy to make
  3. Most importantly – they are delicious!

What makes oats so healthy?

  • Oats are low GI.  This means that the carbohydrate absorbs into your system slowly, providing your body with energy for hours.
  • Oats contain a lot of fibre – both soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre absorbs water, which slows down your digestive process and keeps you nice and full (for way longer than a simple sugary cereal).  Fibre also helps to keep you regular 😉 and has been shown to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.
  • Oats contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

How I cook my oats – quick, simple and delicious!

  • Add 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup water to a microwavable bowl
  • Microwave for  2 minutes on high (all microwaves are different, as is every bowl of oats. First timers, be on the watch for overflowing oats!)
  • Stir, add milk, honey or any other desired toppings
  • Eat and enjoy 🙂

Banana and oats are an AMAZING combo!

There are so many ways to incorporate oats into your diet..
How do you do it?