Monday, March 23, 2009

No swimming (or Starbucks) for me today

I woke up with the cold my husband had a few days ago. Luckily, he seemed to get over it pretty fast. I'm going to stay home today so I don't pass this on to anyone else. I have work I can do here.

I briefly toyed with the idea of not eating and following the "Starve a cold" idea. I read an article this weekend that suggested that fasts can help you heal from various ailments. And then I got hungry. I decided to try to have healthy food to help me get better faster.

I saw this new Multi Grain ceral at the store last week when I was shopping and decided to try it. I desperately want to like oatmeal but there is a flavor in it that I don't like. I thought maybe if it was mixed with other grains, I might like oatmeal better, and I was right. This is great. It cooks in about a minute so I imagine it's an instant cereal, but it tastes really good and has none of that glueyness that turns me off with most oatmeal. The first time I had it, I cooked it in vanilla soymilk and added raisins to it while it was cooking. Then I added some cinnamon and a few chopped pecans. I liked it a lot. Today I had it cooked in water with a pinch of salt. When it was done cooking, I added some frozen blueberries, cinnamon, and about half a teaspoon of brown sugar and stirred it in the pan for a bit to make sure the blueberries were heated through. I topped it with some chopped pecans in the bowl. (I thought about photographing this, but I have no idea where the camera is, sorry!) Both ways were good, though I think I like the taste of the cereal better when it's cooked in the soymilk.

I plan to drink peppermint tea all day, do some work on the computer, and generally take it easy. I'm not sure what I am going to have for lunch, but I have some beans soaking for a spicy bean chili for tonight.


  1. uh oh! I thought it was 'feed a cold, starve a fever..'

    Hope you feel better xxx

  2. ooooo...yum! I love oatmeal but I want to try this too.

    Have you ever tried steel cut oats? More nutty, less gluey. You might like it better.

  3. Aw I'm sorry you feel ill, that sucks! I love oatmeal and always make it with cinnamon, fruit, and vanilla soymilk, yum! I know what you mean about the "glueyness" but I love it and the texture is due to the high content of soluble fibre (beta-glucan polysaccarides) in the oats, which is really healthy and helps lower bad cholesterol. But hey, if you don't like it, you don't like it :) I'd suggest you try oat bran, maybe, as it is more gritty-ish and not gluey. Your cereal sounds yummy!
    Feel better soon :) take care


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