Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Waffles with Peanut Butter Ricotta and Maple Syrup

Good morning! I am feeling much better today! I can't believe how down-in-the-dumps I was yesterday. It was so strange! I'm feeling back to "normal" this morning! :)

Breakfast this morning was something new: Van's Organic Waffles with Peanut Butter-Ricotta and sugar-free maple syrup. The ricotta plumped-up the peanut butter and gave it quite a lot of volume for minimal added calories.

Peanut Butter-Ricotta

How to: Mix 1 tbsp of ricotta with 1 tbsp of peanut butter in a small bowl. Mix until blended well as a paste. Spread on top of waffles, bread, English muffin, etc.

Also, on the side, I had 3 organic dried Turkish apricots...

and fresh cut strawberries. I love that strawberries are finally in season! My fav! :)

A mighty breakfast from above...

Breakfast also included iced coffee with soy milk and half a packet of French vanilla-flavored Splenda that I received as a sample in the mail. If you're into Splenda, the French vanilla "Flavor Blend" is actually pretty good-- it added a ton of vanilla flavor to my coffee... and I only used half of the packet.

Before my workout this morning, I ate my last baked oatmeal snack bar. It had been in the fridge for about a week, so it was stale, but I ate about 3/4 of it anyway.

Question of the Day

How do you deal with snacky/"bottomless pit" days?

Me: I usually give in a little. If my body is truly hungry, I will feed it. If I just ate a good size meal or snack, I'll snack on fruit, chew gum, drink a mug of tea, or chug some water. One (or a few of these tactics usually do the trick.


VeggieGirl said...

Glad you're feeling better!!

Haha, those dried apricots look massive next to the waffles ;0)

Anne said...

glad you are feeling better, too :) a workout does wonders for a bad mood!

when i have bottomless pit days, i just try to keep my snacking as healthy as possible :) sometimes you're just hungrier and you gotta listen!

Anonymous said...

I chew like ten pieces of watermelon gum in a row, then usually eat too much fruit. Sometimes I'll drink soda.
None of these are particularly good ideas.

Tina, so happy you are cheerier today! Question- can you think of a vegan alternative to plumping up your pb with ricotta? It is such an awesome idea!

Irbas said...

ugh. I am having a bottomless pit day and I am not sure how to handle it! Normally I will just have some water, then some seltzer if water didn't do the trick, then have my lunch early, then chew gum. Now I am STILL feeling hungry/snacky and I have to pull out the big stops... Iced coffee! Does the trick every time. I hope it works!

sloank said...

Great question!! I had one of those days yesterday!! I usually just keep myself satisfied so I get my work done, and keep munching on healthy snacks. I'd love to know what other people do because those are defnitely annoying days!!!

Sarah said...

When I'm super hungry and having a bottomless pit day, it usually means I underfueled the day before.

Thats why I tend to just listen to my body. I think we're WAY better at knowing when we need food then we think we do. My stomach growls and grumbles for a reason, so I'll feed myself when I'm hungry and simply stop when I'm full. :)

Beth said...

I'm pretty good at knowing when I'm TRULY hungry and when I'm just snacky. But in both situations, I eat. If I try to ignore it I will usually find myself overeating later.

K said...

I think the best "remedy" for a bottomless-pit hunger day is to EAT! Our bodies are smart and are telling us they need fuel. Just try to eat healthier, fiber-filled food with some protein, and rest-assured that you are simply treating your body well by listening to it and giving it what it apparently needs!

Allison said...

This morning I was going to say that I just try to manage by distracting myself and drinking lots of water and I do do that, but as I am realizing as the day progresses, I also just eat a lot. I try to keep it healthy, but I definitely just let myself eat more and assume that in the end, it will all balance out.

Clara said...

It's okay, it's natural to feel a little low now and then. good job for pulling yourself up so quickly :)

I love your Question of the Days! I am a bit of a habitual lurker, but I woke up this morning determined to de-lurk myself.

Oooh, those "bottomless pit days" are hard. I've been in the habit of just completely going overboard on them - particularly in TOM - but I'm really trying to break the overeating cycle now. My game plan for those days (because they are inevitable) is to drink tons of water, and eat fiberous, low-cal things until I fill up.

I've found sometimes when I feel starving in the morning, and I listen, maybe having a couple extra snacks or my lunch early, my body DOES quiet down with the hunger and I may not need food for several hours later. virtually all of the times when I truly listen to my body and eat when I am hungry (not out of boredom) I am able to stop after a reasonable amount of food. I always get to overeating when I am dehydrated/upset/really bored etc.!

Have a great day everyone

Katherine said...
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Katherine said...

Hi Tina, I never post comments but i love your blog and your food philosophy. It has really helped me become healthier and more creative with my food choices.

I just wanted to wish you the best on your upcoming day! How exciting :).

Glad you are feeling better!

Katie said...

Hi Everyone!
I'm hoping that someone reading this is from South Dakota or has visited because I need your help!
I'm traveling to the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore this weekend and would really like some recommendations as to where to stay, where to eat and what to do...
If you can help I would really really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

On bottomless pit days, I drink tons of water and try to distract myself. If that doesn't work, I eat something healthy and high in protein, like nonfat yogurt. Even if a craving doesn't make sense to me, if I try to ignore it, I end up going crazy later.

Little Black Dress--If you like the taste of banana, I bet you could make a nice mix of peanut butter and banana to spread on things. And you can blend tofu into practically anything, although I'm not sure how that would work in this context. Regardless, if you warm up your peanut butter, it will spread much more easily and you can get away with using less. I personally find that even though peanut butter is high in calories, it is incredibly sustaining, so I always use the real thing.

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