Daily Archives: January 11, 2011

Lesson Learned

Today I ate something other than oatmeal for breakfast. Look at me branching out!

Pumpkin Oat Muffin and Cranberries

For lunch I made a big mistake and paid for it. I saw a new Indian buffet yesterday, so I ate decided to try it out. I ate a little of my plate and realized that 1) I was pretty full and 2) that the food was pretty darn spicy for me. I mean we are talking eyes watering, nose running spicy. I know, I’m attractive. I convinced myself that I should have some more to eat. I guess it was the idea that I used to eat so much more at Indian buffets that moved me on.  And guess what? I am an idiot. I can no longer eat the same portion sizes I once did – WHICH IS A GOOD THING. Why I ate beyond my fill today is beyond me. I paid for it the rest of the work day with a horrible stomach ache. It felt like gremlins were trying to find their way out of my stomach. Lesson learned.

I almost didn't post this, because it hurts my stomach to look at it.

I had PT late today, but I was only a little hungry before I left because my stomach had only just settled down. I figured I should eat something, since it was likely to run until 10PM.

Pumpkin Oat muffin to the rescue! Seriously, these are delicious.

I had a light dinner when I got home from PT. I mixed together Almond Honey Bunches of Oats and Kashi Go Lean Crisp, added a small amount of dried cranberries, and tossed in a few dark chocolate chips. Instead of milk, I mixed in low-fat plain yogurt. I would never have thought of doing that on my own, but I have seen a lot of other bloggers eating yogurt and cereal. It was like eating an amazingly healthy dessert. I had to remind myself I was over over-eating, because part of me so wanted another bowl. See, I am learning!

Off to finish watching Biggest Loser. What did you learn today?

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

I modified a recipe I found here.

1/4 cup of egg whites

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of white sugar

1 can of pumpkin

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup milk

1 cup of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup of Old Fashion oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger (instead of nutmeg and ginger, you can use 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice)

Dark chocolate chips to taste (optional)

Dried cranberries or other fruit to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 425F. Spray a 12-serving muffin pan. Put Old Fashion oats in a blender and blend until they make flour. You may need to blend then shake and blend again until all the oats are turned into flour. In one large bowl add sugars, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Stir well. Sift in blended oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add any extras you wish, such as dark chocolate chips or dried cranberries. Mix. Fill each serving in the sprayed muffin tin 3/4 of the way and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 20 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

Note: These muffins came out delicious. I had one last night when it was still warm and it was heaven. I had another today cold and it was perhaps even more flavorful. I am much more a cook than I am a baker, and even I could make these well. Enjoy!