Some foods just taste better when they’re together. Almond butter and honey. Macaroni and cheese. Chocolate and… well… everything 😉 I’ve done a few posts where I’ve talked about some of my favourite foodie combos, but seeing as the last one was waaaaaay back in November, I figure it’s time for another. So for today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I give you this AND that… take 2.
Breakfast… [ oatmeal AND yogurt ]
If you’ve never stirred a couple spoonfuls of yogurt into cooked oats before, you need to get on that. Seriously. Do it right now. I’ll wait. What’s that you say? You’re not hungry? You’re not at home? Pft… fiiiiiiine… you can just listen to me ramble on about how much I love this combo instead. I’m not a huge fan of using yogurt in things like overnight oats, but cooked oats are a whole other story. I actually can’t even remember the last time I had oats without yogurt — I live for the creamy tanginess. Throw some ground flax, cinnamon, and almond butter on top, and I’m a happy camper.
Morning snack… [ dates AND almond butter ]
So simple, so good — nature sure does know her candy. This obsession is actually getting a little out of hand… I can literally polish off an entire bag of dried fruit in a day if I’m not careful… and we’re not even going to talk about the amount of almond butter that accompanies that. The supply I brought back from my trip to Cali? It’s now short two jars. Ahem. 😯
Lunch… [ sweet AND salty ]
Still snack plating, still loving it. I tend to vary what I toss on them from day to day (this one has: Dr. Kracker crispbread, deli chicken, kabocha, carrots, cherry tomatoes, almonds & raisins, and cottage cheese & jam), but one thing remains constant — there’s always something sweet, and there’s always something salty. I’m a huge fan of the combo in general, but I find that I always need to have a little something sweet with my lunch or I just don’t feel satisfied.
Afternoon snack… [ coffee AND chocolate ]
I realize this looks nothing like a typical cup of coffee with a side of chocolate, but if you caught the thick and creamy chocolate smoothie recipe I posted yesterday, you may have noticed that I sometimes toss a teaspoon of instant coffee granules into the mix. Not only does the coffee enhance the chocolate flavour, but it adds a nice little caffeine boost on the days when I feel myself dragging in the afternoon.
Dinner… [ noodles AND stir fry ]
I’d normally say noodles AND butter AND parmesan cheese (favourite combo since I was a kid), but these are leftovers from Sunday’s family dinner, and apparently my parents don’t think that eating plain buttered noodles is an acceptable meal. Pfffft. Whatever. Mom still makes a mean stir fry.
Evening snack… [ cereal AND milk ]
Unlike last week’s crazy late night soup snack (yeah I have no idea either), this week’s evening snack is a lot more Amanda-ish. Cereal and milk. I normally get all fancy with my cereal bowls and toss in things like yogurt, fruit, and nut butter, but I just wanted something simple last night, so I went with plain old milk… aaaaand 3 different cereals (Raisin Bran, cinnamon Puffins, Kashi Cinnamon Harvest) because I’m apparently incapable of keeping things that simple. I always forget how good cereal with milk is — have to write myself a sticky note to remember.
And that’s it for me today, friends! I’ll see you guys tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud! 😀
a) Oatmeal AND _____.
b) Dates AND _____.
c) Coffee AND _____.
d) Noodles AND _____.
e) Cereal AND _____.
f) (do you prefer your cereal soggy or crunchy?)
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Oatmeal and BANANAS (Kath’s whipped banana oats, to be more specific. heavenly!)
Dates and WALNUTS (I only like dates in the form of this one date cake thingy thats in the cheese section of whole foods. It contains walnuts.)
Coffee and FROTH (Cappuccinos are my fave)
Noodles and MARINARA (It’s a sin to withhold the marinara when there’s plain pasta involved)
Cereal and 2% MILK (that’s the way I’ve had it all my life)
As for soggy vs. crunchy, I feel like it depends on the cereal. Like weetabix, I love soggy (is that weird?), but something like cornflakes should have some crunch.
I love the fact that you hit a lil bit of cereal at the end of your day! I love Breakfast(can have it through out the day!) and your breakfasts look soo yummy! your blog is also too awesome, I love reading your WIAW’s, they always are too school for my cool! 😉
Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
You pretty much nailed all my current favorite combos. Expect cereal, I’m still recovering from the cereal overload that occurred a while ago. But I am happy to report that my nut butter (well, sun butter at least) craving has finally returned. I have been adding cold brew coffee to my chocolate banana shakes and it is just perfection.
Can you eat the skin on kabocha squash?
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I know people who do, but my stomach doesn’t handle that much bulk too well so I tend to avoid it.
Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change
a) Oatmeal AND – blueberries! This is something my dad always does, so I think that’s where I learned the ways from!
b) Dates AND – carrots! Practical Paleo has an amazing recipes for these.
c) Coffee AND – coconut creamer, aka, best thing EVER created.
d) Noodles AND – homemade meat sauce. Matt and I are pretty much masters at this meal.
e) Cereal AND – almond milk!
f) I like a little mix of both when I’m eating, like with Chex, but always a little more crunchy.
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
I still need to try the buttered noodles and parm! And I want to try it with Vegemite too…I hear it’s pretty tasty! I couldn’t agree more on the yogurt. I like overnights too but there’s just something about the fluff factor of cooked oats! And sweet and salty…ALWAYS!!!
a) Oatmeal AND applesauce AND caramel apple cashew butter…since that’s what I just finished eating for breakfast…’twas delicious!
b) Dates AND peanut butter…that used to be my GO-TO pre-run fuel!
c) Coffee AND booze! Ha! I was actually just telling a friend how summer before last, I rarely had a cup of weekend coffee without a “splash” of Bailey’s or some other froo froo liquor…I think I may jump back on that train soon! 😉
d) Noodles AND cheese. Yup, I’m boring…that is until I try your combo!
e) Cereal AND my hand! Which is how I’ve been eating it lately…well, when it hasn’t been sprinkled with peanut flour and doused in almond milk!
f) I actually used to really like soggy Chex when I was younger, but nowadays I’m all about the CRUNCH!
Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
a) Oatmeal AND bananas! Seriously the perfect combo. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and have oatmeal with pear or apples, but oatmeal and bananas will always have my heart.
b) Dates AND almond butter. Totally agree with you here!
c) Coffee AND soy milk. I don’t really use soy milk that much, but I love it in my coffee for some reason.
d) Noodles AND sesame oil. I love cold Asian noodle dishes with sesame ginger flavours!
e) Cereal AND milk… I can’t think of any other combo haha.
f) Crunchy cereal all the way! Unless we’re talking about Mini Wheats, in which case soggy is the best!
a) Oatmeal AND chocolate pudding (this one’s from you).
b) Dates AND almonds.
c) Coffee AND caramel.
d) Noodles AND *insert random thick creamy sauce here*.
e) Cereal AND fingers in the bag. If I eat it for breakfast, I eat it with milk but most of the time I just eat it straight from the bag as a snack.
f) crunchy all the way
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I can’t believe I forgot about oats and pudding! Ohhh my gosh. A trip to the store is happening today. Love you. Owe you.
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Your posts always have me drooling, Amanda! I agree that yogurt and oatmeal go verrrryyyy well together. Sometimes I don’t even put it in the pot and put a dollop of yogurt on top of my finished oatmeal. Love the tangy mix too! 😀
a) Oatmeal AND banana
b) Dates AND pb/coconut butter!!!!
c) Coffee AND anything+everything.
d) Noodles AND fish
e) Cereal AND yogurt
f) Definitely crunchy cereal! I love everything crunchy, so even the edge of baked goods is my favorite part.