April 19, 2020

Breakfast Obsessions

By admin

So really quick, this morning’s workout, and then on to a fun recipe:

Workout

I mistakingly did not set an alarm today, because usually, I (by that I mean, the dogs) are up before 6 a.m. Today, I accidentally pretended that I didn’t hear them so that Steven would get up and let them out, and then I accidentally slept until 6:30 am!

At that point, I knew that if I was going to eat breakfast and do my morning stuff (emails, etc.) I would only have about an hour to work out before I would HAVE to leave for work. I knew I could get 7 easy miles in that hour, so that’s exactly what I did. Nothing super strenuous, but enough to get my blood flowing.

Breakfast Obsession:

I am guilty of many things. Running a lot of miles, obviously. Biting off more than I can chew? Potentially. Buying more clothes than I need? Duh. Obsessing over one breakfast in particular and eating it every day for the rest of eternity? Well. Let’s talk about that one for a second.

I LOVE breakfast. I don’t know what it is about that first meal of the day, but I am absolutely worthless until I have something for breakfast. Even if it’s just a piece of fruit and a cup of coffee, I just need to have something to kick start my body into “functioning”. (Aside: I never thought I would be the type of person who needs a cup of coffee to start the day. Well, I’m here to tell ya, I have spent an unreasonable amount time wishing that the Keurig would brew faster than it already does. #FirstWorldPains, right?)

But I digress. The actual “meal” portion of breakfast. For the past three years (THREE YEARS?! Three years.) I have eaten homemade apple and cinnamon oatmeal every.single.morning for breakfast. I used to make a single serving every morning before work, but then I started to make batches of it and store them in Tostitos jars in the fridge for the week. I actually prefer cold oatmeal to warm. Of course, there were the (rare) occasions where I tried something new for breakfast, or when we were out of town and I didn’t have oatmeal readily available, but for the most part — oatmeal it was.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for Meatless Oatmeal. It was a Paleo-approved recipe, and although I am not (I repeat, AM NOT) Paleo, I felt like the recipe was worth trying. It does cut out some carbs and I felt like, if it could keep me full, we might have a winner.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have a WINNER. Meatless Oatmeal has a similar appearance to regular oatmeal, but a pretty different texture. I also haven’t tried it cold, but I really enjoy it warm. Recipe below:

(Paleo) Oatless Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 – 1 and 1/2 bananas

3/4 cup of egg whites (I use liquid whites or Egg Beaters because my Mom yells at me for wasting food if I throw out the yolks…)

1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)

2 tbsp cinnamon (divided)

1 cup sliced strawberries

Sweetener of choice

Chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

Slice up the bananas and throw them into your Ninja, Vitamix, blender… whatever it is that you use to pulverize things. Add the egg whites, almond milk, and about a tablespoon (give or take) of cinnamon. You can also add the sweetener here, but I add it to the top at the end. Also, the chia seeds, but I’ve never used them and can’t vouch for the outcome, though I would imagine they might make it more gelatinous. Liquify.

Coat the bottom of a (nonstick) pot with coconut oil or LOTS of cooking spray and add the blended mixture. Turn on medium-high heat and stir as it cooks. Soon, the eggs will start to fluff up and it will take on something of the appearance of oatmeal. NOTE: By soon, I mean you do NOT want to walk away from the stove while this is cooking. Like, you don’t want to try and unload/reload the dishwasher (even if you’re attempting to set a world record) or start playing with the dog or cat. Just stir the stuff in the pot. No multi-tasking. You’ll thank me later.

When the potting mixture is cooked, dump it all into a bowl and top with sliced strawberries and more cinnamon. Devour. (Carefully, because it’s hot).

I absolutely love this recipe and anticipate eating it on a regular basis until I’m about 30. That just seems to be how I roll. We’ll see. At any rate, it keeps me feel for workouts even up to 20 miles. Winner winner chicken dinner.

*Recipe adapted from this one on Tina Haupert’s blog, Carrot’s n Cake*