As I was prepping some of my food yesterday, I got to thinking about various ways we can make small ingredients swaps and additions to switch things up within our regular meals. Let me tell you what I mean…
First up is breakfast. As you know, I’ve been loving this cereal lately. Sorry to break it to ya, but things haven’t changed in the past week. However, I do like to switch things up with it sometimes. For example, I’ll rotate my nut/seed butter – sometimes I use peanut butter while other times it’s sunflower seed butter or almond butter. I also will change the toppings – sometimes it’s blueberries while other times it’s strawberries or raspberries. Most of the time I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but every once in awhile I use regular cow’s milk if I’m out of almond milk or need an extra protein punch. Lastly, you can use a variety of protein powder flavors. For this cereal, I typically use vanilla or peanut butter whey protein, but the sky is the limit! These little changes and swaps help me not get bored with it super easily (obviously considering I’ve been eating it nonstop for the past few months – ha).
Yesterday morning I combined peanut butter and vanilla protein powder with my oats, and topped it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a few strawberries.
P.S. I used the new Love Grown Foods Super Oats they sent me, and I absolutely LOVE them! The nutrition facts are superb, and the added crunch from the seeds and nuts are a huge plus. Yum!
I also had my usual mug of coffee. Lately I’ve been enjoying it with this So Delicious Coconut Creamer. SO GOOD!
After my run, I knew I needed a little something and I definitely needed to hydrate. I thought this Designer Whey Protein 2GO would be perfect for accomplishing both of these. They come in a few different flavors, but the berry one is my favorite! It reminds me of a gummy bear.
Around 10:30 AM, I was getting a little hungry, so I made my own little version of Tina’s Cookie Dough. Rather than using honey, I added about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. I think the brown sugar made it taste even MORE like cookie dough.
Lunch was a veggie burger sandwich, and it was DELISH. Sandwiches are another one of those things you can get really creative with and add/swap ingredients all over the place to switch things up. I used a Morning Star Black Bean Veggie Burger I found in the back of our freezer, and added goat cheese, avocado, and spinach to my sandwich. Winning combo I tell you. Goat cheese and avocado make the world a better place.
Some other ideas to switch things up on your sandwiches:
Veggies (i.e. spinach, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, etc.)
Condiments (there’s a bazillion different kinds of mustards, hummus, mayo, etc.)
Meats (i.e. roast beef, turkey, chicken, ham, or go veggie style!)
Cheese (i.e. cheddar, pepper jack, goat, provolone – cheese can change the taste so much)
Breads (i.e. whole wheat, sourdough, rye, you name it!)
I also had this string cheese as part of my lunch.
I chowed down one of these Odwalla bars as I was walking out the door to the grocery store. I won these as part of a giveaway awhile back. They are tasty, but I must admit, they are pretty high in sugar. I also wish they were higher in protein. But they did the trick for a quick snack on the go.
And dessert … it’s a must. I had a couple pieces of chocolate with a small glass of milk. The sweetest Annette gave me some of this Trader Joe’s Swiss Chocolate when I saw her on Monday, and it is SO GOOD. She always tells me how much better Swiss chocolate is compared to American chocolate, and she is so right. I’m never going to want American chocolate again.
I also licked the knife a few times after stirring up a new jar of peanut butter. My favorite part about a new jar of peanut butter.
Make it a great day my friends!
What are some ways you switch up your favorite meals? What are your favorite sandwich fixins? Have you ever tried Swiss chocolate?