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An Ode To Oatmeal

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 ;)

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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!

Birthday Oats

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  • 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
  • sprinkles!!

I ate these on my birthday, hence the name ;)

Custard Oats

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Oatmeal with a whole egg cooked in. Read the step by step guide here!

Candy Oats

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M&Ms, peanut butter, coconut. Mini Eggs also welcome!

PB&J Oats

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  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • blackberry jam
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    As a nod to the PB&J sandwich, I like to sandwich half the toppings in the middle.

    Savoury Oats

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    • 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

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    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

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    Rolled oats cooked on the stove top with water and protein powder, then topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pretzels.

    Oat Bran

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    A much creamier version of oatmeal and quick cooking!

    Fluffernutter Oats

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    Marshamallow fluff + peanut butter. Or in this case, made better with chocolate peanut butter.

    Oats Topped With Oats

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    Creamy custard oats topped with crunchy granola and molasses. In this case, Beek’s coconut chia granola.

    Frosted Oats

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    Instant oats zapped with water and frozen berries, topped with a sweet vanilla yogurt.

    Mocha Oats

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    • 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
    • coconut

    Reduces morning sweats that may occur when attempting to eat hot oatmeal and drink hot coffee at the same time.

    Scottish Oatmeal

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    Like a finer cut and faster cooking steel-cut oatmeal. This is Bob’s Red Mill.

    Oats In A Jar

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    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

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    Top oatmeal with fresh or frozen fruit.

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    Add yogurt, cereal, nuts or nut butter.

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    Dig in to the layers!

    Cream of Wheat

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    Okay, technically not oatmeal but a wonderful hot breakfast packed full of iron!

    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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    Out For Good

    Raaawwwwrrr.

    It’s been a long day!

    Woke up pretty dazed and confused. After much humming and hawing, I eventually stumbled out the door for a run. Was expecting it to be chilly, but it turned into a sunny morning around Moncton’s (man-made) lake!

    I’m officially on an unofficial training plan. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I want to rebuild my running base and introduce long runs. Right now that means running twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. This week is a 7-mile week, and today’s run was a 3-mile run.

    Except, 5k’s are my least favourite distance. Ever. I don’t know what it is, but 3-milers are always horrid and I feel like death after. So I instead tried outdoor intervals a la JB. I did:

    • 1 minute walking
    • 1 minute jogging
    • 1 minute sprinting

    x11 for a total of 33 minutes. Pheeew-ie! Intervals outdoors are way harder, but also way more fun! I love just running as hard as I can. My heart rate maxed out at 178bpm which is pretty high for me. I was hoping to hit the 180s, but I guess that’s what next time is for ;) Not sure if this was actually 3 miles either, and I’m too lazy to map it out.

    Walked in the door a starvin’ marvin.

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    Mark, my mother’s boyfriend/partner, cooked up an extra bit of steel-cut oats while I was out tearing up the neighbourhood.

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    I added a scoop of unflavoured whey powder, a palm-ful of quinoa, and a handful of blueberries and raspberries, letting it simmer for a while longer.

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    Topped with almond butter and maple syrup. Oatmeal is quite possibly the best post-run food ever. Seriously.

    Shortly after Mark, my dad and I made the 100 mile drive back to my old apartment. We had a minivan and pickup truck to fill up with furniture that will be going to my family’s cottage in Nova Scotia. I also had to scrub down my empty apartment, which is quite possibly my least favourite chore of moving.

    We didn’t eat lunch until almost 3pm. Best turkey and hummus Pita Pita pita of my life. I inhaled it. It didn’t stand a chance.

    Unloading at my mom’s went smoothly, and I reheated some of her famed chili for dinner.

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    Made with buffalo meat.

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    And a random half orange on the side.

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    You know, because scurvy is so prevalent these days ;)

    I found four hidden dog bones while emptying my apartment today.

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    But at least Archie has been reunited with his begging companion. Rudy (left) is my next doggie victim. I’m putting him on a walking regimen stat ;)

    Well, it’s been a short and sweet post! Tis the weekend, y’all don’t want to be inside reading blogs anyways ;)

    I’m MEGA sore from a culmination of running like a maniac today, stiff legged deadlifts on Thursday, and moving the contents of my apartment. So the second I hit publish, I’m sprawling out on the couch with a magazine.

    Oh, and my mom and I just picked out our mother’s day gift to my Nana ;)

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    See ya tomorrow and happy Mother’s Day to all my mommy readers out there!!! xoxo

     

    Question of the Day: Are you doing anything for Mother’s Day? I think I may offer some free labour to my mom. Buying things is out – one needs a job to buy stuff ;)

    CPR, PBJ, SBUX

    Well hello there! How is everybody doing? How is your airway? Your breathing? It’s okay, I’m a trained First Aid responder.

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    CPR is actually only a fraction of it. I can also now dress and bandage any wound imaginable. I also learned that “RICE” now stands for Rest, Isolate, Cold and Elevate. They changed the acronym so they have an excuse to make people go back and pay for the course again :P

    Before all that though, I was up in the middle of the night (5:30) for a jaunt on the treadmill at the gym. I don’t always photograph the small snack I eat before my a.m. workouts, but I need to eat something as soon as I get out of bed or I die.

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    Butt-end piece of bread with PB&J and my secret weapon to early morning workouts – iced coffee. I guzzle this back in less than five minutes and it’s like a jolt of energy to my veins that carries me through my workout. I know some people are iffy about caffeine, but I really like having a little before workouts as a performance booster.

    I went for the usual 5-mile speed run. I’m going to get sick of this eventually, but so far I still love it :)

    On a 1% incline:
    2 min @ 3.2 mph
    3 min @ 3.7 mph
    5 min @ 5.6 mph
    10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.0 & 6.4 mph
    10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.2 & 6.6 mph
    10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.4 & 6.8 mph
    10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.6 & 7.0 mph
    5 min @ 5.6 mph
    3 min @ 3.7 mph
    2 min @ 3.2 mph

     

    I cannot believe that 7.0 mph is almost a “normal” speed for me now. At this exact same time last year, I would regularly do this same treadmill workout and my highest speed was 6.4 mph! Crazy. Sometimes I get so focused on improving my current fitness, I forget how much I’ve already improved!

    I still had PB&J on my mind once I made it back to my apartment, so I incorporated it into my oats.

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    Leftover steel cut oats (ccoked with banana & vanilla protein powder) topped with awesome peanut butter and jam.

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    Natur all natural 100% peanut butter and Crofter’s strawberry jam. Y’all know I’ve been having a love affair with Crofter’s. But I’m pretty sure of all the jams out there, plain ole strawberry is my favourite. I’ve been wanting to try this peanut butter for a while (I think my dad used to buy it?) and it was on sale so I finally splurged. SO worth it! I love my nut butters crunchy and natural. No salt, no sugar, extra chunks please :)

    Then it was off to first aid class, with the luxury of a 90 minute lunch break to come home and make lunch.

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    Yves veggie turkey slices, marble cheese, mustard, mayo, onions, tomatoes, sprouts, spinach on whole grain bread. And a pear :) This was mega yummy.

    I kept up the yummy theme for dinner. Stuffed a chicken breast with peanut butter hummus and put in on top a bed of sauteed kale, spinach, garlic, mushrooms, onions and green pepper.

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    With a baked sweet potato covered in cottage cheese.

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    Aaallll together now…

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    Solid meal, I loved it :)

     

    So starting tomorrow, I am officially a full-time employee at Starbucks. Scary! I’m not sure how long I’m going to stick it out there. After Christmas, I need to get my butt in gear and try to find a sub-let for my apartment. I reallyreally want to move back home. But I just didn’t feel like I could get my act together in time to do it before Christmas. The Starbucks job is essentially just a way to pay the bills until I figure out a way to get outta here! In a couple months, I’m hoping to move back home with my mom for a little bit until I get my feet on the ground. We’ll see! I just want to make sure I do not do anything that will tie me down to my current city any more than I already am. No more commitments or I’ll never leave! :P

    Alrighty, time for me to study bioenergetics concepts and watch the Biggest Loser finale. See ya tomorrow for some waffles!

     

    Question of the Day: What’s your favourite kind of jam? Favourite nut butter? As mentioned above, strawberry jam is my favourite, but blueberry gets a close second. As for nut butters, I love them all, but natural crunchy PB will always have a hold on my heart (ahem, tastebuds).

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