What I Ate Wednesday #41: Cereal Monogamist

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Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week going? Mine’s been a little busy and kooky, but no complaints here.

A big part of eating well, I believe, is keeping healthy foods on hand so that’s what you have to reach for when it’s time to eat. Yes, this requires some planning ahead, especially if you’re trying to get into a new routine, but after awhile it becomes second nature and you start to fall into a groove.  Mixing up those familiar, healthy options over the course of your week is one way to keep from feeling like that groove has become a rut.

One area in which I fail at mixing it up is cereal. I’ll get on a jag with a particular variety and just buy that one kind of months at a time. My excuse is that if I bought too many kinds at once, they’d all go stale before I could finish them. That’s valid, right? Case in point: after months of topping my yogurt with Puffins, I got a taste for something from the shredded wheat camp and picked up a box of Kashi’s Autmn Harvest last time I went to Trader Joe’s. About damn time. It’s healthy to remind oneself that there are other whole grain cereals out there!

I’m also pretty loyal to oatmeal, which is technically a cereal, but that’s not changing anytime soon. Since there are so many different kinds of ways to enjoy oatmeal, its’ hard to get sick of. When it comes to certain things, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

This day is a pretty good example of using foods kept on hand to throw together balanced meals and snacks in a hurry. While I wouldn’t recommend having the same snack twice in one day, certain times of the month, I find I crave yogurt like crazy.

Breakfast: Repeat of Saturday’s oats w/ pear, chia seeds, cottage cheese, and TJ’s fig butter

Lunch: Soup; side salad; toast w/ hummus & roasted pepper

Snack: A very ugly bowl of greek yogurt w/ cocoa powder, berries, and cereal

Dinner: Whole wheat soba noodles with baked tofu & tons of veggies

Snack: Yogurt w/ berries & cereal—again. I blame my hormones for making me crave calcium-rich foods

Do you ever eat the same snack twice in one day? 

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6 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #41: Cereal Monogamist

    greenhorn gourmande said:
    January 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    The soba noodles look delicious! I know what you mean about getting bored with breakfast. Have you tried having quinoa for breakfast? It’s great in both savory and sweet applications. I’ve got some recipes on my blog if you’re interested.

      Jess responded:
      January 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I have tried quinoa, but unfortunately, I have a really bad GI reaction to it and have been avoiding it the past few years. One thing I’ve thought of trying for breakfast is aborio rice to make a sort of sweet risotto or rice pudding type of dish. Honestly, though, it would be hard to break up with oatmeal : )

    Jessica said:
    January 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I don’t know if I have even eaten the same snack twice in one day, but I have eaten the same meal!

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    Tt in nyc said:
    January 20, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Im a puffins addict. Regular in my yogurt, multigrain for dry snacking. I occasionally branch out with barbara’s shredded oats or homemade granola, but at least once a day i need some puffin lovin’! And trader joes sells a bigger box for like $3 less than my crapola neighborhood grocery 🙂

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