just for good measure!

Well, Tudy and I are currently studying for the bar exam, which (sadly) means less time for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, and in my case, a lot more time eating things like cereal.  Breakfast cereal is definitely my default comfort food, and I have a feeling that I’m not the only person who could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days!  I love love love it – and I’m usually pretty good about the one’s I eat (mostly the healthy, high fiber ones and oatmeal…but even those can have surprising amounts of sugar and fat in them!). 

I’ve noticed that I end up gaining a few pounds when I go through a few weeks without much time to plan/cook – and it’s probably because my cereal eating habit turns into 2 BIG bowls of cereal a few times a day, in addition to whatever other snacks I end up eating.  I know, I know…portion control is the key to any healthy eating/weight management, but sometimes, it’s just so hard to stick with it!  I can’t be the only person out there who just doesn’t take the time to measure out my 1 cup serving of cereal, pasta, rice, or whatever else we’re supposed to eat in moderation!  Whatever your default comfort food is, if you’re anything like me, you probably find it hard to limit yourself to the right portion size.

PROBLEM SOLVED:  get yourself a cute set of measuring cups.  This may sound crazy, but my boyfriend’s mom recently gave me the absolute cutest vintage measuring cups that she found (see them below – they’re little pigs in a little pen!), and I am noticing that I will find ANY opportunity to use them!  So far, today I’ve measured out my oatmeal/dried cranberries/almonds that I had for breakfast, the quinoa I had for lunch, AND the cereal I just had as a snack.  Seriously, this never would have happened if it weren’t for the fun measuring cups.  SO, I highly recommend finding a set you love. Try looking at sites like E-bay and Etsy, but if you don’t have time to search for a fun 1950′s set, they have the cutest ones at Anthropologie!

…And for those big cereal eaters out there, try mixing a teaspoon of whole or ground flax seeds in with your cereal/oatmeal – I barely notice it, and it’s such an easy way to get in some omega-3s!

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