Past My Comfort Zone

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 14, 2010

Good morning to you!

We didn’t end up going to Costco last night, but we did go on a hot date to the local air pump. ;)

It looks like my back tire is busted! Eric thinks he over-inflated the tire and popped it. The road to TRY-A-TRI might be more bumpy than we originally anticipated! We need to bring our bikes in for a tune-up anyways so they can fix up my tire for me then.

My groin area is still quite sore after yesterday’s tumble, so I am going to continue to ice it today and see how it feels. All I wanted to do this morning was go outside for my workout so I am quite bummed that I am still sore. I have learned my lesson though; it is always best to listen to my body. Like my sports medicine doctor once told me, if you have pain it is your body’s way of telling you to STOP the movement until the pain goes away. It seems simple and obvious, but it was very hard for me to learn and put into practice…

Breakfast was new and a bit scary…

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Yesterday, I spotted a wonderful spin-off of Vegan Overnight Oats over at Savvy Eats called Monster Overnight Oats! A hybrid of a Green Monster and Vegan Overnight Oats? Naturally, I was game.

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Step 1: Blend up a Green Monster

I used:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 of a large, ripe banana (Save other half for below)
  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach

BOOM:

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Step 2: Mix in your ‘overnight oat’ ingredients…

I used:

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Other half of the banana, cut into chunks

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Dump said ingredients into the green monster…

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They float!

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Stir your little heart out. Now place in the fridge overnight.

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Sleep.

Dream of rainbows, puppies, and shooting stars. ;)

Awake.

Yawn.

Think about breakfast experiment in the fridge.

Leap out of bed! Slowly get out of bed.

Look at experiment. Cringe.

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I’ll be the first to admit that this looks gross…!!

But you know the saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by the cover’.

Try to prettify the scary bowl of green…

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I drizzled a tablespoon of peanut butter over top and dove in!

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It was actually really tasty, but I could not get over the whole clumpy green oats part of it. This was a bit past my comfort zone. I don’t mind drinking green in the morning (if it’s smooth), but I was not so sure about this. It really did taste good though… :)

I finished off this week’s episode of Gossip Girl as I ate. This show is the bee’s knees.

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Today’s question- Do you consider yourself a texture person when it comes to food? Are there certain things you won’t eat because of the texture or appearance? What foods?

I actually didn’t know about ‘texture aversions’ until I met Eric. :) He is a huge texture person and he won’t eat several foods because of their texture alone. His examples include:

  • Pulp in juice (he will drink pulp but doesn’t enjoy it!)
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans (he says ‘especially the canned beans in sauce!’)
  • Eggplant
  • Creamed potatoes (mashed is ok though)
  • Pumpkin pie filling (The horrors!!!)
  • Jell-O
  • Flaky pastries

My mother-in-law has quite a few texture aversions too. I got her hooked on chia seeds, BUT she really dislikes when chia seeds get wet + slimy! What my mother in law does is quite funny. She puts the dry chia seeds on a plate next to her cereal bowl and then she takes a spoon of chia and puts it in her mouth followed by a spoonful of cereal. She said this helps prevent the seeds from getting slimy and sticking to her teeth! I found this quite amusing! That is dedication. :)

As for me, I don’t really have many texture aversions aside from maybe things like mussels and other slimy sea things. I tried squid when I was young and I hated how rubbery it was. I also used to dislike onion rings and Tapioca pudding when I was little, but I’m not sure if I would feel the same now since I love cooked onions and I have grown to love chia seed pudding which looks a lot worse than Tapioca.

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Michelle April 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I’m the opposite of most of the people here,I actually LOVE weird textures. I’m strange that way haha.

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Jil April 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I would say that I’ve been wary of odd textures in the past – when I was younger tomatoes and mushrooms were no-nos because of their texture alone – but now I enjoy them…though I’d still prefer a firm, meaty tomato than one with tons of gooey seeds haha.

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Olivia @ Blissful Runner April 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Ah! I married a texture aversionist too! His greatest phobias are eggplant and brown rice. He won’t touch oatmeal either. I on the other hand love chewy-ness. I’m not such a fan of mixing temperatures though (like cold tomatoes on a grilled sandwhich). I will definitely try the GM overnight oats though – I’m intrigued!

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Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Wow, that was scary looking thing to dip into but I don’t have too much of a texture aversion at all. I’m the type of person, I’ll try pretty much anything first time and see if I like it, no matter what it looks like. Really the only thing I have a texture aversion to is liver….yuck!

I just got my chia seeds in today, so I will be testing them out soon.

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Jess @ MTL Veggie April 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm

GM + Overnight Oats- who’d have thought? I may have to try this one and see how I like it! I am a pretty big texture person too, it’s one of the reasons I gave up meat- the texture of most meats totally grossed me out!

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kate April 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I love Gossip Girl! I dont hate textures per say but Im not a fan of tomatoes or mushrooms due to their texture-nature. Most other things are fair game!

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Aleksandra S April 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

You are brave for trying that breakfast. I probably woulda bailed last minute ;) I’m big on the texture aversions too. If meat is even the slightest bit too chewy I get nauseated. I guess you just sorta learn to deal over the years…

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Christine (The Raw Project) April 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

That’s a daring breakfast! I’m not a huge texture person, if I know the food is good for me and has good flavor, I can get passed odd texture.

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I could never have a green monster from

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Claire @ College:Raw April 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I was always a super picky eater (and still am, haha), but textures don’t seem to bother me, unless it’s something totally unexpected.

I don’t know about the overnight oats; the idea is great, but the look…hmmm…

I hope you’re having a wonderful hump day!

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Susan April 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I used to hate mushrooms for their texture – and now I love them!!! The only thing that gets me now is super ripe bananas. I keep mine in the fridge so they stay kinda firm :)

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Allison April 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I don’t do slimy or overly mushy. One of the weirdest things about my eating habits–I love bananas, but absolutely will not eat them on their own! It just *feels* so gross in my mouth, even though I like the taste. So I put them in smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, bread/muffins…

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Jolene April 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I don’t think the Monster Oats would bother me at all – I’d eat ’em! I like all textures … no aversions.

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John April 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

You’re lucky you just have a flat tire as I realized I bent both rims going over train tracks last week…got to remember to slow down next time!

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maria April 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

There are some textures I just can’t get into either… like cottage cheese. Ugh, the thought turns my stomach!

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Stina @ Girl Can April 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I am a total texture person! Most of the foods I dislike I dislike because of texture rather than flavor.

Mushrooms
Cottage cheese
non-Greek yogurt
Oatmeal if it’s too creamy (I make my oats with about half the amount of liquid called for.)

Those are just the ones off the top of my head.

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Anna April 18, 2010 at 1:12 am

Oh gosh – I’m completely a texture person. The biggest example is tomatoes. I don’t like tomatoes as raw slices, but you can take those exact same tomatoes, throw them in a pan and create a chunky sauce (leaving skins on even) and all of a sudden they’re delicious! It’s just the slimy texture that I don’t like.
Same with nuts – I don’t like whole nuts, but nut butters are amazing. Once I realized it was about texture, I felt much better about it and can identify so many other things that fall into a similar category. It’s also opened me up to trying more things that I may have thought I didn’t like – but now realize it could be a texture thing.

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Dominique April 19, 2010 at 12:23 am

I’m a total texture person when it comes to food. I love all things crunchy but like Eric, I also dislike pulp (I will drink it if it’s there but if I’m at the store and have a choice, I always get the “no-pulp” option), eggplant and flaky pastries. The latter is one of the reasons I don’t like pie…because of the flaky pie texture that I know everyone says is the mark of a good pie–and one I’m going to master this summer. I just don’t like it. I also don’t like things with too much dough, like deep-dish pizza, but pizza crust is okay, as long as it’s hot and fresh, because it’s crunchy.

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Kath April 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Oh wow, what a great idea!!!! Thicken up that green monster.

[Clearly I’m way behind in blogs. Stupid internship]

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