Sunday morning has become our "oatmeal for breakfast" morning. Tom is a trooper and bypasses his beloved bacon and eggs for a bowl of whole grain oatmeal with turbinado sugar and a bit too much 2% dairy milk. Granted, I found him a milk that is not ultra-pasteurized that actually TASTES LIKE MILK and ... he loves it. My research showed the purpose for ultra-pasteurizing milk is solely for increased shelf life! YUK! Milk from our local Working Cows Dairy offers a tastier fare. Now that I've switched Tom from whole milk to 2% it's the one saturated fat I give him.
Here's where the story begins ... because this marvelous organic, non-ultra pasteurized milk is what it is, the shelf life is a bit shorter than what we're used to ... therefore, Tom's milk had curdled ... I had oatmeal cooking and gave him his options ... "Do you want your oatmeal plain, with soymilk, rice milk, or almond milk?"
I got 'the look' ... I suggested the almond milk since it's taste isn't quite a 'green' as the soymilk and not as thin as the rice milk. He agreed. I didn't pour as much milk as he would have had it been cow's milk, but enough that he could definitely taste it! Imagine my surprise when he liked it! And, imagine HIS surprise when he liked it.
Will almond milk replace his beloved cow's milk? No ... but perhaps it will on oatmeal! It's progress!!!
Each day whether the chirping of the birds or the interruption of a buzzing alarm clock announce the new day to me I have a choice. Sometimes I choose well all day … sometimes part of the day … or sometimes I don’t choose well at all. I am, after all, human.Today was no different. It’s Labor Day and since I didn’t have to work, I delayed my usual weekend activity until today … menus, shopping lists, cooking and baking for the week. It is not a burden for me at all as I love to do it, but trying to keep my cholesterol numbers within the normal range does take a bit of planning just like any other medical condition. Opting to bypass the prescription solution, adjusting my diet and lifestyle was the way to go for me besides I hate the side effects of medications. To date, removing saturated fats, high sugar foods, and other foods was a better choice for me. So here is a list of what I’ll be eating this week - in no particular order … (recipes and links included!):My Favorite Sandwich
A large, fat slice of tomato with plenty of fresh spinach and a bit of olive oil mayo, salt and pepper on whole wheat bread. And a good, crisp dill pickle. No chips. No fuss. A simply delightful sandwich.
MorningStar Hickory BBQ Riblets with smashed red potato with fresh chopped spinach and a side of steamed broccoli.
Smashed Red Potatoes with Spinach
Salad in a Pita
My Favorite Salad
Breakfast Oatmeal (I eat this three times a week, plus twice a week for a snack)
* to roast your own, purchase raw nuts and in a heavy pan, like cast iron, cook them over medium heat, shaking the pan so they don’t burn, until they become aromatic.
Eggs My Way
This is good for lunch or dinner, too.
So, there you have it … of course, I eat more than what is listed above but honestly, those are my staples … rarely does a week go by without eating the majority on these foods.
Got a recipe you love and want to transform it into a more heart-healthy dish? Let me know … maybe I can help you make some adjustments.
As the French would say, Bon appétit! (Enjoy your meal.)
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.