Some readers have emailed me asking if I take any vitamins. I suuuure do.
Every day I take two vitamins.
I used to take a calcium supplement and a multivitamin that I would swallow, but for some reason I’d always forget. For me, when vitamins taste delicious, I’m excited to eat them and much more likely to remember to take them daily.
The calcium supplement is very important to me, as osteoporosis runs in my family. When I was an intern in college, the company I worked for had a free health screening for employees. What really scared me was learning that I already had osteopenia, a condition that is often a precursor to osteoporosis, characterized by low bone density. I eat a lot of yogurt and calcium-rich foods, and strength train regularly, but clearly that is not enough for my body. I began taking a calcium supplement every day from then on.
After poppin’ my daily vitamins, I got to work in the kitchen.
First, I toasted a sweet wheat Alternative Bagel to serve as the base of my breakfast bagelwich.
These Alternative Bagels are the only lower-calorie bagel I’ve tried that actually resembles a bagel. Those bagel thins are decent, but a bagel they are not.
While my bagel was toasting, I prepped my chocolate PB2 to spread on the toasty bagel.
Though it’s definitely not a substitute for the thick, creaminess of normal peanut butter, PB2 is pretty darn tasty in its own right.
For those of you who haven’t heard of PB2, it is a powdered peanut butter to which you add water to “bring it to life.” Eighty-five percent of the fat is removed from normal peanut butter to create PB2, which therefore reduces the calorie content to around 50 calories per two tablespoons (compared with approximately 180 calories per two tablespoons of normal peanut butter).
I like it a lot, but it is not as filling at normal peanut butter and the texture is a little different.
To complete my breakfast, I spread the chocolate PB2 on one half of my toasted bagel and topped the other half with frozen banana slices.
I suppose I should back up a bit to recap my morning workout…
Per the usual Monday workout, I hit zee gym for the 5:45 a.m. BodyPump class, which I followed up with 20 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical.
Question of the Day
Of the Sex and the City girls, which character is most like you?
I’m definitely a Samantha. Kidding! (I bet my mom just had a heart attack.) I think I’m most like Charlotte.