Tea and ItWorks

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I am nearing the end of my first week of it works greens and chews. So far it has been going well for me.  I will be interested in seeing if I have lost any weight this past week. I will find out Wednesday morning. 

This past weekend was incredibly busy that I was doing good to manage two meals a day. That is so typical me though. In college I regularly went without lunch. Lunch is the hardest meal for me to eat and figure out what to have. Especially since most of the time I either not have 30 minutes or am on the go that lunch gets bypassed. I feel like if I had the time and money I would totally do a better job of eating 5 or six smaller meals, or 3 slightly larger meals with healthy morning and afternoon snacks in between. 

Last week or the week before I had ordered tea from teavana, which is really a treat for me. It arrived today. I had ordered Snow Geisha which is a white tea with cherries and cranberries, Emperor’s clouds and mist, which is a green tea from China, and two bags of Earl Grey Creme tea. Being that I went off coffee, and I am trying to limit my caffeine consumption to one mug of black tea a day, I have been branching out and trying different teas. I know I like Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea, Royal English Breakfast Tea and Earl Grey Creme tea from Teavana. I have also found that I like lotus tea and Tazo Passion Tea. I will have to see how I like the white and green teas I got from Teavana. I had also gotten a free sample tea in my order from Teavana – maharaja chai oolong tea. Chai’s are hit and miss with me. If they are mild I enjoy them, but if the spices are too strong then I am definitely not a fan. This chai tea was too strong for my tastes. I definitely take after the English and Scottish when it comes to my tea choices. I like a good cup of tea that is largely from the UK (and Ireland). 

I typically drink the green, white and herbal teas in the afternoon and limit my caffeine consumption. I gave up coffee because the caffeine and acid where negatively affecting me. It was hard at first, but I am glad I did. I also love the variety of teas.

Baked Oatmeal

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Today I am going to share with you the baked oatmeal recipe I use.

  
Ingredients:

3 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten free old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup blue diamond almond coconut milk

1/2 cup earth balance vegan spread – melted

1 cup dried fruit (I used dried cherries and dried cranberries from Trader Joes)

3/4 cup unsalted pecan pieces from trader joes

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

2. Grease 9 inch rectangular Pyrex baking dish with vegan spread

3. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl

4. Add eggs and vanilla 

5. Add melted spread

6. Add milk 

7. Mix well and spoon into baking dish

8. Bake in preheated oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until set

Serve warm with milk and brown sugar 

Yield: 9 servings

Grocery Shopping: Portland Style

From reusable fabric grocery bags to paper bags being the only other option in the city, to leaving the county to be asked “paper or plastic”. Having several Trader Joe’s, New Seasons and Whole Foods within a commutable distance, and shopping at two out of the three (in addition to the local normal priced grocery store) on a almost weekly if not weekly basis (because the other two don’t have what said store has, or they have the best price). 

Today, I went to Bob’s Red Mill, which is amazing, not only do they have a good variety of whole wheat and natural stone ground all purpose flours, but they have the best selection of Gluten Free flours, bread mixes, cake mixes, cookie mixes and a lot more. This is where I get all my gluten free flours to make my flour mixes. 

Even though I live in Portland, due to having a full time job and living in a place that is not conducive to having a garden, or raising chickens (for eggs) or doing a lot of canning, I am reliant on grocery stores for 98% of my food. With that being said I spend more on groceries than many people but spend less than others.

I guess you could call me a typical Portlander, because I like to know what is in my food. I do shop at New Seasons, Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I don’t do my entire grocery shopping at these stores. I shop at them because their Gluten Free and Dairy Free selections are way better but I also shop at Safeway for the bulk of my grocery shopping.

  Today I went to Bob’s Red Mill and picked up the five flours I use to make the bread flour I use to make my own bread, as well as a muffin mix. I spent a total of $22.85. I will get 9 loaves of bread out of this batch of flour mix. I make my own bread because $2.89 per loaf is definitely worth taking the time to make it, versus $5.99 a loaf or pre made gluten free bread at the grocery store. 

 I stopped at Trader Joes because they have decent prices and a good selection of dried fruit and nuts. I needed some Slivered Almonds and dried cranberries for the muffins I am going to be making. While I was there I also picked up some cliff bars and organic Bananas and pita pockets. I spent a total of $19.36 there. 

  I stopped at Safeway for the bulk of my grocery shopping. While I won’t use all of this this week, I will use most of it. Some of it is just the kind of stuff you pick it up and keep it on hand so you have it when you want it/need it. At Safeway I spent $64.52.

For being a stock up week spending roughly $110 this week is not bad for me, considering where I live and having food intolerances. 

Typical work day (WIAW)

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This morning for breakfast I had 2 vans gluten free waffles, and 4 brown and serve sausages.

I had a travel mug of tazo passion tea throughout the morning, as well as water. I also had a chocolate brownie clif bar as a mid morning snack.

For Lunch I had a ham sandwich on gluten free bread, an organic apple, some gluten free pretzels and a sugar free jello cup.

For dinner I had half a chicken breast with Italian seasoning, Lebanese Rice, and a salad.

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Baked Oatmeal

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When I was up in Canada visiting my Aunt and Uncle at their house, my aunt had made Baked Oatmeal and it was really good, so I decided to try it for myself, and make Gluten and Dairy Free.

Ingredients:

3 cups quick cooking oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free old fashioned rolled oats)
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup blue diamond almond breeze almond coconut milk
1/2 cup earth balance vegan spread melted
additional almond coconut milk for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
2. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients
3. Add in eggs, melted spread, and almond coconut milk, mixing well
4. Pour into a greased small rectangular or large square glass pyrex baking pan
5. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until set.
6. Serve warm with the additional milk

Makes about 9 servings.

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