046. Lessons Learned.

This morning I discovered two things.

First, I waste a lot of time in the morning. I’m not really sure how why. I get way too easily distracted by reading blogs and checking email or Facebook or SparkPeople first thing in the morning. I woke up at 5:45 this morning to get my Whittle My Middle done for the day. This is 15 minutes earier than usual. I spent about 10 minutes doing core work and yet I was still running late. I really need to work on being more efficient with my time in the morning. Any suggestions on morning time management?
Second, I learned that generic oats are not just as good. At least not in the case of the oats I bought from Jewel on Sunday night. There was a giant can of oats in the Jewel brand. I figured with as fast as I’ve been going through oats recently, the bigger the better. I was sorely disappointed when I made my breakfast this morning. My oatmeal, which I made the same way as I always have – 3/4 c. vanilla soy milk, 1/2 c. oats cooked on the stove, stirring occassionally – were not nearly as good. The texture was much stickier. I’m not a fan of sticky oatmeal.
Now that I’m thinking about this though, it could be the difference is that the oats I bought from Jewel are not organic. Previously I’ve purchased organic oats from the bulk bins at Whole Foods and a can of organic oats from Trader Joe’s.
I added 1 T. of peanut butter and 2 T. of Cranberry Apple Butter.

I am absolutely in love with this Trader Joe’s Cranberry Apple Butter. It’s got a great strong cranberry flavor that isn’t too tart or too sweet. It tastes just like the canned cranberry sauce – but better. You really only need a tablespoon or two to add really great flavor.

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