Oops, I totes forgot to show y’all my salad bowl from Wednesday… Nothing too exciting but I love all of the colors- taste the rainbow! I remember reading posters in my high school cafeteria that always stressed the importance of eating a variety of foods, aka “eat the rainbow!”
Yesterday and Wednesday were rough, granted I’d consider myself the world’s worst patient and I blame it on my impatience. Wednesday afternoon I went to the gym and then swung by the mall but I forgot my pain meds and by 6PM I definitely could feel that a chunk of my leg was missing… And that night I spent more time stumbling than sleeping.
Usually my stomach starts rumbling within a half-hour of waking up but yesterday morning my stomach was rumbling for other reasons. I needed to take my meds so I ventured downstairs to eat some cereal [doc suggested taking the meds on a full stomach] and then the meds. A little after breakfast my stomach began to churn and wouldn’t stop so my morning was spent watching the news, reading blogs, and… I’ll spare you the other details.
Around lunchtime I felt a little better and felt a little hungry since nothing was in my stomach [ahem, you know why]. Since I had some time to cook a decent meal, I decided to make something that I’ve been meaning to make for a while… A quinoa bowl!
I made a dish similar to this one a couple of months ago when I was trying to use up all the ingredients in my kitchen before graduation and moving home… I simply mixed together:
- Cooked quinoa
- Black beans
- Freshly chopped bell pepper
- Freshly cubed avocado
- A dollop of plain Greek yogurt
- A dollop of salsa
It was super creamy, rich, and heavenly 😀 Recently, I’ve seen a lot of quinoa recipes [CookinFanatic, Iowa Girl Eats, and Trying to Heal] that have sparked my interest to recreate a similar dish and today seemed like a good day!
Since I didn’t have any beans or an avocado, I made some substitutions:
- Fresh spinach
- Steamed broccoli and cauliflower
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- TJ’s Frozen Fire Roasted Corn
- Frozen bell peppers
- Mango peach salsa
- 2 microwaved egg whites
Substitution success! I really need to start using quinoa more often- thankfully I have a 10+ pound bag of it from Costco 😀 Not only does quinoa taste good, it has some awesome nutritional stats [courtesy of Wikipedia]:
- High protein content
- Contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
- Good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus
- High in magnesium and iron
- Gluten-free, easy to digest
Well, I guess quinoa is easy to digest normally, but not on a sick stomach [I know, neither are veggies= roughage] Although my stomach pains and lack of energy continued throughout the day, I was antsy to get out of the house- I’ve said it before, one of my worst characteristics is that I always prefer to be on the move versus sedentary… I was losing my mind after sitting in my bed for hours and only standing up to go to the bathroom, to get a drink, or to get something from my desk [five feet away from me]…
Around 1PM, one of my girlfriends messaged me asking how I was doing…
[me] “I’m alright. I’ve
sick all day… You?”
[her] “Aw, I’m sorry. I’m going to the gym in a bit and planning to do some work after.”
[me] “Sounds good to me… Want me to meet you there or do you want to pick me up?”
[her] “I can pick you up but you’re
sick, shouldn’t you stay home?!’
[me] “No, I’m bored. I want to get out of the house, I’ll bike or something…”
As soon as I got into the car I knew I wouldn’t survive at the gym. We scratched our original plans and decided to do some work at Barnes and Noble. As soon as we made it through the doors I B-lined it for the restroom. Yeah, yeah, not the smartest decision I’ve ever made but thankfully I have good friends who put up with my shenanigans :-S We ended up coming home and I plopped back into bed, watched trashy TV, read blogs, and fell asleep…
After the day I had, food was the last thing on my mind. Around 6PM I ate a banana and few pretzels and kept it all down, success! A little while later my momma offered to pick up some Panera on her way home [chicken noodle soup + bread = the sick persons best meal]- I can never say no to Panera!
I always eat my bread bowls the same way: dip the top chunk of bread into the soup, eat the chunks of noodles/ veggies/ chicken, and devour the broth-soaked bowl… You can even eat the serving dish, LOVE 😀
Since I felt fine after the soup and bread, I ended the night on a sweet note…
Yesterday was crummy and I was bored out of my mind sitting in bed, but TODAY IS A NEW DAY! I woke up feeling fabulous and wanted to break away from the typical cereal bowls I’ve been having lately… Thus, I made PANCAKES, or “brancakes” 😀
- 1/4 cup oat bran
- 2 egg whites
- A pinch of Stevia
- A few heavy shakes of ground cinnamon
- A pinch of TJ’s Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
- A pinch of TJ’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- A splash of water [to thin out the batter]
I usually make a few smaller pancakes because I am the worst pancake flipper [evidence above] but I was ambitious and poured all of the batter into the pan- it took 2 spatulas to flip this megacake! This brancake was the bomb! I topped it with some PB (*peanut butter*) yogurt and TJ’s Bran Cereal:
- 1/3 cup of 0% plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon of TJ’s Peanut Flour
- A pinch of Stevia
- A a few heavy shakes of cinnamon
Talk about a BRAN-tastic breakfast! I know a lot of people shy away from oat bran because of its high fiber content, but don’t! Fiber is not just for old people 😛
This was my first time using this brand of oat bran… It was definitely a little coarser than the other brands of oat bran that I’ve used in the past but it gave the brancakes a hearty texture that I loved!
On the side I had an apple, egg whites [sprinkled with Parmesan cheese], and Canadian bacon for some extra protein power!
Today I plan to knock off some of my to-do’s and make the most of the good weather. Miss Irene is schedule to hit our part of the east coast tomorrow morning and stay through Sunday!
P.S. I got an email this morning from Women’s Health titled “Warning Signs: the 7 Symptoms You Should Not Ignore“… Maybe if I had gotten this email yesterday I would have known my own body’s “warning signs” and not left my house ;P
Question: What do you do to keep yourself occupied on “sick” days?
Question: Have any fun weekend plans?