I am a cruel blogger, I know. Every Wednesday, I share delicious looking waffles with you knowing that many of you can’t make them yourselves. There is a shortage of waffle makers in kitchens across the globe. Where is the government lobby for this??
So this week, I am sharing another delicious breakfast that you can make at home! All you need is a microwave or a pot, a love for carbohydrates, and a little creativity ;)
My friends, today we are talking oatmeal. The following is an assortment of some of my most notable bowls to date. There is a vast array of combos you can do and I hope these only ignite ideas of your own! Be forewarned – I need protein in my oats to satisfy my belly.
As a side note, the above photo seems other-worldly to me. That majestic river and greenery used to be the view out my window in New Brunswick. Now I step out the door and am assaulted by noise and traffic. Ahhhh, city livin’ ;)
Onward to the hot creamy carbfest!
- 1 packet multi grain instant oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 sliced banana
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- mini marshmallows
I ate these on my birthday, hence the name ;)
Oatmeal with a whole egg cooked in. Read the step by step guide here!
As a nod to the PB&J sandwich, I like to sandwich half the toppings in the middle.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp Earth Balance
- 1 breakfast sausage,sliced and stirred into oats
- 1 fried egg
- lotsa saaaahlsa
Don’t Try This At Home Oats
When attempting to make steel cut oats overnight in your ginormous slow-cooker, I suggest making a LARGE batch. Smaller bathes apparently just get crusty. Unless you want oat crackers.
Sweet n’ Salty Oats
Rolled oats cooked on the stove top with water and protein powder, then topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pretzels.
Marshamallow fluff + peanut butter. Or in this case, made better with chocolate peanut butter.
Oats Topped With Oats
Creamy custard oats topped with crunchy granola and molasses. In this case, Beek’s coconut chia granola.
- 2/3 cup oat bran
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2/3 scoop chocolate whey powder
- 1 package Via instant coffee
- chocolate chips
- roasted almonds
Reduces morning sweats that may occur when attempting to eat hot oatmeal and drink hot coffee at the same time.
Oats In A Jar
If you hate the hard bottom part of a nut butter jar like me, this solves your problem. Pouring hot oatmeal into a glass jar melts it and mixes it in!
Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait
Cream of Wheat
Welcome to autumn bloggie friends! It may not be waffles, but I hope you get to enjoy some warm breakfasts this week :)
Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to eat oatmeal? I like it custard-style with rolled oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, dates and coconut!
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Happy Monday!! Well, it was happy for me anyways. They call it “funemployment” for a reason ;)
I must say, I’ve been living back at my mom’s for a week now and I love it. I do not miss Fredericton at all. I don’t miss living alone. For the past 10 days I’ve woken up happy. This has not always been the case over the past year. Life is what you make of it my friends, and I am so grateful I’ve been able to turn mine around :)
So what is a happy girl to do but make a pot of oats first thing?
For the second time, I could just not get oatmeal to absorb all the liquid on my mother’s stove. It doesn’t make sense to me, and I feel like I messed up the measuring cups. Or am losing my mind. So I added a 1/2 tsp each of guar gum and xanthan gum to thicken it up. Worked like a charm!! Would highly recommend for thick n’ gooey oats :)
Hot bowl of oats + hot coffee = sweaty Susan. Definitely woke me up, but not this pup.
Tried out one of the new-to-mew bars I got in Halifax for my morning snack.
The Elevate Me! bar is made out of whey protein, nuts and dried fruit – that’s it!
Honestly, I did not like my first bite. I’ve never been a chocolate and fruit person, so I should have known better when getting something made of dried fruits and cocoa powder. BUT, I did enjoy it more with each bite. My favourite part of this bar was the texture. It was dense and crumbly, which is by far my favourite way to have a bar. At $2.50 a pop, I would not buy this again, but I’d probably try the other flavours out if I caught them on sale.
Shortly after this I hit up the gym with my mom. I still had to run last week’s 3-miler, so I figured I could do that then goof around on some of the other cardio machines.
Except, it was hard. Like, way harder than usual. I should have known better than jumping into a tough cardio session on a Monday after a weekend of hammering my body with booze, junk food, and no sleep. Alas, sometimes I must learn these lessons the hard way.
I also have to add that my left foot is killing me again. I’m scared it’s plantar fasciitis. I started getting symptoms about three weeks ago after walking 5 hours in one weekend. I stayed off it for a week and the pain went away, so I thought I was in the clear. Apparently not. It still hurts. WAIN.
Paired with belly-busting watermelon (ie, it felt like I was going to birth one after. SO filling)
And a reminder that things are never as they seem – I topped everything with hot sauce after. This has been happening a lot lately.
Spent the afternoon reading blogs and helping my mom with housework. Breaked for the world’s best muffin.
Deep chocolate Vitatop topped with peanut butter.
See the crystals? I like ‘em frozen. The texture is much fudgier that way. Honestly, I think I’d take this over a real brownie!
While I snacked and relaxed, my mom was in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
Paired along with baked corn. THE best way to cook corn in my opinion, is to keep it in the husk and pop it in the oven for 30 or so minutes. The husk comes off much easier, and it gets all steamy on the inside. Seriously, if you haven’t done this yet, do it. My mom was sceptical, but she is now a believer.
Monthly Goal Check-In:
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power. Only got in two full-body workouts. But those two yoga sessions this past weekend made me a whole new kind of sore. So that counts for something!
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. Only got one 5 miler in. This goal may be put on hold until I get my foot thing sorted out. Honestly, I don’t care enough about running to be that upset about it – I just want to be able to walk without pain!
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” I did really well on this, sticking with only 20g of cheese a day MAX (if any). But then I greatly failed over the weekend with a giant piece of coconut cream topped with two inches of whipped cream. Whoops.
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. I give myself a big ole’ fail on this one. I’m trying, but not hard enough. I just really like sugar. A lot. Which is why I’m trying to cut back! :P
Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories. Didn’t do much of this, but I did get 20+ guest posts together, so that’s something!
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when. I need to get back on this. Not only do I need to plan for a big move, but I’m also going on a big trip to Banff in three weeks.
Spend time with my family. It’s all I’ve been doing :)
Enjoy and soak up every single minute. I know this isn’t a very measurable goal, but I feel like I’m doing really good at this one. Sometimes I just stop and breathe in whatever it is I’m doing in that moment. It is making this brief time at home much more enjoyable, and I feel very thankful for it :)
Your turn! How is everyone doing with their monthly goals? Any new ones?
Off to work on a post for tomorrow on Easy Tone shoes. Oh yes.