I remember when I was teaching full-time I looked forward to Fridays so much. Things are so different now as a mom. There’s never really a “weekend”. I really think the weekends are actually busier than the rest of the week. What night of the week should I really be looking forward to? Hmm…. every night?
I need to be a “Debbie Downer” for a just a little bit. Went for a run this morning by myself (the only days I can escape because Andrew is off work). I do really look forward to Fridays for this reason. But today my running shorts were pretty darn tight. Ugh. I haven’t stepped on the scale for awhile. Okay, wait, that’s a lie. (Maybe I shouldn’t be writing this while drinking a glass of wine.) Anyway…I’ve managed to gain some weight the past couple of months (stopping breast-feeding, finishing marathon training, etc.). It just doesn’t feel good. I weigh more now that I did 2 weeks after giving birth to my twins (I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight. I guess that’s what happens when you have 2 little ones sucking the fat off you). Anyway, I’ve been eating for 3 people for the past 2 years (and let me tell you, it has been AWESOME), but now it’s a little hard adjusting to just eating for one. I know I’ll get back to my happy weight, but it’s always a challenge to stay positive and be conscious of all your food choices.
I have a goal weight I’m working towards (not ready to share that with the public though). I’m not in a big hurry, I know if I keep my goal in mind I’ll get there, but it’s tough sometimes. Okay, just had to get that out there. I promised myself that I would share everything on this blog, so I just had to open that door. Now on to better things………………..
The rest of Friday was a great day (after my run in my tight shorts- grrrr). I got to spend a little more time in the kitchen than usual. Sooooo….. breakfast was…
Amazing Straw nana Cereal Cake
(This is the “before” picture. I didn’t take an “after” picture because by the time it was done I was too hungry to think about taking pictures.)
I can’t take all the credit. I revised a recipe I found on Healthy Tipping Point.
Here you go. Get ready to enjoy some warm, fruity, gooey goodness.
- 3/4 cup crushed cereal ( I’ve used Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley and Kashi Honey Sunshine- Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley is ROCKS in this!)
- 1 banana (sliced)
- 3-4 strawberries (sliced)
- 1/4 cup almond milk ( 4 tablespoons separated)
- cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 splenda packet
- 2-3 tablespoons of multigrain pancake mix (Trader Joe’s has the best one EVER)
Combine 2 tablespoons of almond milk, pancake mix, cinnamon and splenda. Then add the sliced banana and strawberries. Make sure all the fruit pieces are covered with the pancake mix. Place the mixture in a ramekin.
Combine the crushed cereal and the other 2 tablespoons of the almond milk. Put on top of fruit mixture in ramekin. Cover with foil and bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Uncover and broil for about 3 minutes.