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I opted out of a workout this morning since my legs are really feeling like they need a break from running after all of our walking around this weekend!

All I could think about was oatmeal. It has been a few weeks since my last real bowl and I woke up with a hungry tummy!

I took the time to make a batch of Steel Cut Oats and boy was it worth it.  Once the oats had about 5 minutes left to cook, I stirred in 1/2 of a mashed banana and a dash of almond milk for creaminess.  I topped my oatmeal with the other 1/2 of the banana, 1 tbsp of chocolate peanut butter and some homemade chocolate banana granola.  Yummy.

Served with a few pieces of juicy watermelon.  Nothing says summer more than watermelon!

Once our guests were ready to go, we headed downtown to walk around.  Around noon I split a Prana Bar with Brant and munched on an apple.

I received some samples of Prana Bars a few weeks ago and am just getting around to trying them.  I will write a complete review once I try all of the flavors, so stay tuned.  I will say, though, that I really enjoyed this Supercharger Blueberry Coconut Prana Bar!  It was the consistency of a Larabar, with the base being dates, but had a bit of crunch due to the puffed amaranth that I loved.  The coconut flavor really stood out and a hint of blueberry came through as well.  The bars contain all natural ingredients and are mostly raw.  Prana has three varieties of bars – PranaBar, Supercharger and Boomi Bar.  The flavors sound delicous, I can’t wait to try them all!

After walking along the harbor for awhile and taking in the sites, we made our way to The Barking Crab for a late lunch.

I’ve never seen the footbridge open before!

The Barking Crab is a Southie landmark that sits right on the water.

We had a bit of a wait with our lobster buzzer, so we enjoyed a beer.

They serve mostly fried seafood, but had a few other options as well.

Brant and our guests enjoyed the fried seafood while I opted for a mixed greens salad with grilled shrimp.

Fried food always sounds great, but I hate how I feel afterwards.  If I ever feel myself ready to order a fried dish, I just remind myself how I always hate myself after I eat it and 99.9% of the time it makes up my mind.  It never tastes as good as it looks anyways.  And, once I am filled up on my healthier dish, I am satisfied with my decision!

The shrimp on my salad was great!  It was seasoned very well.

After lunch, I snacked on some dark chocolate and dried strawberries while I continued to enjoy the weather!

Once dinnertime rolled around, we wanted to keep it really simple.  We have had 4 days of constantly being on the go and eating out, so the last thing we wanted to do was cook!  I took 5 minutes and heated up some Bean Chili which hit the spot.

Served with some Dr. Kracker’s seeded flatbread as croutons in my new Ramen Noodle bowl!

This bowl is perfect for comfort foods because it fits perfectly in your hand.

Those slots in the bowl hold a set of chopsticks.

Of course, I was craving something sweet after dinner, so I decided to whip up some banana softserve!  I made about 1.5 frozen bananas topped with a mixture of melted dark chocolate and peanut butter (probably 1/8 of a chocolate bar and 1/2 tbsp of PB!) and sprinkled with a few cacao nibs.

(and my camera ate the photo!)

A yummy dessert was a perfect end to our Memorial Day!


3 Responses

  1. That’s nice you had a great weekend!
    Good for you for listening to your body! Walking is great exercise too- I did a lot in the beautiful sunshine this weekend myself.
    Perfect bowl of oats! Now I have a craving for some!

  2. What a fun and yummy weekend!

  3. Beautiful photos of the harbor!

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