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Blueberry Oatmeal Happiness

I made THE MOST AWESOME bowl of oatmeal this morning.

Vegan oatmeal. I mean, it’s not hard to make oatmeal vegan, but it was vegan nonetheless and I feel the need to point it out because I’m doing that whole vegan thang right now.

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It was raining and really cold in LA this morning. By “raining and really cold,” I mean that it had drizzled during the night and it was 60 degrees, but don’t worry about it. LA has ruined me.

It was obvi dot com an oatmeal day, you know what I mean?

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I didn’t want to have just any old bowl of oatmeal, though. I wanted it to be special.

And oh, my friends, it was.

It was Blueberry Oatmeal Happiness.

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Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup 5 grain + flaxseed mix
  • 2/3 cups + 1 tbs water
  • dash salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 capful pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 banana (fairly ripened), smushed
  • a few dashes of cinnamon
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • handful of frozen blueberries
  • spoonful of sunflower butter

Directions:

Honestly, it was super easy. I put the grain mix in with the water and salt, brought it to boil, kept it on at a low heat for about five-ish minutes, added the almond milk/ vanilla/ cinnamon, let it simmer for a couple more minutes, added the banana, another minute, and then added the blueberries and brown sugar and cooked it for another couple of minutes to let the blueberries heat all the way through.

I then topped it with a spoonful of sunflower butter, AKA one of my new favorite foods.

I finished that ish real fast.

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It was amazing. Especially when I mixed the sunflower butter through it.

And I sort of loved that it was blue. Colorful breakfasts are more fun.

Biggest lesson in my vegan experiment so far: it does not have to be difficult at all. In fact, it has so far just made me a more experimental (and therefore better) cook.

Woohoo!

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Group Breakfasts

So, you know how I started a new job last week? Well, believe it or not, there was kind of a “hazing” that went along with the first two weeks. Nothing intense, certainly, but one of the things we “newbs” (there are eight of us) had to do was to bring breakfasts for everyone (around 20 people per day) for the first five days. Three of those breakfasts had to be warm and two were to be purchased from local places well-known and -loved.

Naturally, I took the leadership on this hazing ritual. As soon as I heard that the group before us had a food blogger as well (what are the chances?) and that she’d blown everyone away, I shot my hand up faster than Hermione in a classroom and said I’d be happy to take the reins for our group.

We quickly sketched out what each of our five days would look like, making sure to give everyone tasty and well-balanced ways to start their days.

Our Menu:

Day 1: Pastry Day

Pastries from the preferred bakery (Porto’s, if you’re curious), fruit, coffee and juice.

Day 2: Egg Sandwich Day

English muffins, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, fruit, coffee and juice.

People liked this one a lot! Definitely our highest-protein day, too.

Day 3: Oatmeal Day!

I took the lead on this one, so I have pictures.

I made the oatmeal in two Crockpots the night before.

That’s what I needed when I counted out twenty servings!

I threw all of these ingredients (except the almond milk) in the pots:

I did this in mass quantities, obviously, but the proportions were:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup water
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

And then I set it to low and let it cook for 8 hours. I woke up a couple of times during the night to the amazing smells of vanilla and cinnamon! That, or to my panicked dreams that the oatmeal would fail since this was my first time trying it in a Crockpot or for more than two people. I wish I was kidding. Who has nightmares about oatmeal? This girl.

I woke up (at the appropriate time) to this.

Stirred.

Added more cinnamon and brown sugar to taste. Also added 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk.

Mixed it again, brought it to work, and served with these toppings:

I thought they should do oatmeal the healthy living blogger way, you know what I mean? Just in case you need the breakdown, the toppings I brought were:

  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • peanut butter
  • cinnamon
  • honey
  • granola
  • chocolate-covered sunflower seeds

People were definitely most excited by the sunflower seeds.

The oatmeal was… okay. To be honest, I didn’t love it. I think it would be a thousand times better in smaller quantities and using steel cut oats. They needed a little chew!

By the way… the cleanup of those Crockpots was a bitch.

Oh, and we also had coffee and juice that day!

Moving on…

Day 4: Bagel Day

Bagels and cream cheese from the preferred bagel place (Noah’s Bagels), fruit, coffee and juice.

Day 5: Waffle Day!

This was, in my opinion, by far the best breakfast. I shared duty on this one with one of my co-workers. He got a waffle-maker so we could make the waffles to order (a hit!) and also picked up some butter and syrup.

I made the batter using these ingredients (just following the Bisquick directions):

And also turned these peaches…

…into waffle-ready toppings.

Then, at work, we got to cooking!

Not bad, right?

The only problem — each waffle took so long that we newbs never got to enjoy them! Oh, well. We made a good impression. That’s all that matters… right? 😉

What group breakfasts would you have made, trying to keep costs low, balance good, and happiness high?

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Cranberry, Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is it fair to give a cookie recipe the award for “best dough?” Because, if so, this recipe wins. The fact that I made these cookies at 4PM and never ended up eating dinner should probably prove that point to you.

I mean, if you have super awesome deduction skills, anyway.

These cookies were really, really good. I’m not entirely sure where my idea for the recipe idea came from, but I basically randomly decided that cranberries, chocolate chips and coconut sounded like they’d go nicely together and then threw everything else in the bowl.  Oats made it to the party because I ran out of flour, but I’m pretty sure they’re what took the cookies over the top to awesometown.

I love happy accidents like that.

And, um, since both oats and fruit were in the dough, that totally counts as a healthy and balanced dinner, right?

Healthy living blog, what up!

Right, anyway. You’re probably here for the delectable recipe, not my delicious wit. Here you go!

Cranberry, Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookies


makes about 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until fluffy. Add in eggs, beat until mixed in. Add baking soda and salt and mix again. Gradually add flour at a low speed until just mixed in.

Stir in oats until evenly distributed. Stir in coconut, chocolate chips and cranberries.

Distribute dough in heaping tablespoons across two ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes.

 

Just try not to eat one hot out of the oven. Just try!

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Oats & Yogurt, Yogurt & Oats

I have had a stress headache nearly every of this week.

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea — everything is actually fantastic and I’m stressed for good reasons! — but this week has been, without a doubt, completely overwhelming. My life is going through a ton of changes right now (again, good ones!) and I’ve had to make a lot of decisions. While it’s all very exciting, I also feel like I’m not on stable ground.

In order to maintain a state of any normalcy, I’ve needed the simple things to stay simple.

One of those simple things is breakfast. Invariably, every day this week, I’ve had some version of oats and yogurt and fruit.

Whether it’s been a yogurt bowl (man, it’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted a yogurt bowl on here — this is exciting!)…

… or overnight oats (that’s my very first post! crazy!) in a nut butter jar…

… or a pracitcally famous Cake Batter Smoothie

… I’ve seriously been having oats and yogurt and fruit every day.

The “into the mix“es:

Yogurt Bowl

  • 1 container TJ’s Honey 0% Greek Yogurt
  • blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/3 banana
  • drizzle peanut butter

Overnight Oats

  • leftover almond butter in the jar
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 container TJ’s Honey 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbs unsweetened almond milk
  • dash cinnamon
  • blackberries

Cake Batter Smoothie

(this is a new take on it and I loved it!)

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 tbs plain whey protein powder
  • 1 tbs carob powder
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 2/3 banana
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbs 0% plain greek yogurt
  • drizzle sunflower butter (made it!)

Oh, and I totally used a different glass for the picture than I actually used for transport/ drinking. I have a blogging vanity problem.

In the midst of changing glasses, I also added a broken up chunk of Cacao Bliss…

Best. Idea. Ever.

It was amazing.

Let’s see, what else? I haven’t updated my rehab recaps all week.

Rehab Day 51 (Thursday)

Okay. I don’t want to lie to you. I honestly don’t remember. I’ve been staring at the screen for three minutes trying to recall what I did. I likely did the PreCor for 50 minutes. I know I did something but all I remember is not being able to go to my strength class for some reason.

Rehab Day 52 (Friday)

Nothin’ but a 2-mile walk with Mark to get coffee. I was out super late the night before!

Rehab Day 53 (Saturday)

65 minutes PreCor

Rehab Day 54 (Sunday)

Glorious rest day.

Rehab Day 55 (Monday)

50 minutes ProCor

Rehab Day 56 (Tuesday)

45 minutes elliptical.

I was supposed to go swimming, but I couldn’t find my bathing suit or towel anywhere! I decided a quick elliptical workout was better than nothing.

Oh, and the bathing suit and towel have since been found. They were somehow in Mark’s laundry? Weird.

Rehab Day 57 (Wednesday)

50 minutes PreCor

Rehab Day 58 (Thursday)

30 minutes PreCor + 45 minutes strength training circuit

Rehab Day 59 (Friday)

1 hour yoga with Mark

And now, time for a CRAZY weekend! I am so excited for everything I have planned but I’m already exhausted just thinking about it.

What have YOU been eating for breakfast lately? Maybe I need some new ideas. I might burn out on oats & yogurt! (Doubtful).

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Matcha!

Like “Gotcha!” Get it?

Ignore me, I’m exhausted.

Well, don’t ignore me. I’m writing this post so you can read it, after all.

Yesterday, I made Matcha Overnight Oats.

Actually, I made them on Wednesday. But I ate them yesterday. Since, you know, they’re overnight oats.

They were quite simple, really.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp Splenda

On top:

  • 1/3 banana slices
  • sliced strawberries
  • mango butter
  • 1 tsp Bees Knees peanut butter
  • 1 tbs Go Lean Crunch! (just for a little crunch)

It was kind of fun eating green oats. I should have eaten these on St. Patrick’s Day.

So good!

Actually, the truth is, they weren’t that great, but that’s just because I actually had to sub in regular skim milk instead of almond milk, which always ruins overnight oats first. So, with the almond milk, they would have been great. I’m sure of it.

Yay, breakfast! Especially such a pretty and colorful one.

Happy weekending!

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Epic Breakfasts

This morning, as I pulled the Dark Chocolate Dreams out of the pantry for my breakfast, I said (okay, sang) “This is going to be eeeeepic!” And then I did a booty dance.

Mark told me I probably shouldn’t do that anymore.

(He was kidding… I think.)

The breakfast, for the record, was epic.

Oh, here, let me show you.

First, I made overnight oats… except I made them this morning. So, “overnight” oats. It still worked.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • Chobani Champions Honey-Nana (yyyum!)

On top:

  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (~2/3 tbs)

Man, I’m good.

And yes, I’m taking credit for the awesomeness of the bowl and not giving it to Chobani.

Okay, I’m lying. Thanks again, Chobani. Yes, that was a link to my giveaway. Gosh, I’m transparent.

Oh, want to be proud of me for a hot sec? Thanks. So, you know how I kinda-sorta repeat breakfasts over and over? Well, okay, none of the three I’m about to show you are are new or anything, but each of my breakfasts so far this week have been different from each other.

On Monday, I had oatmeal.


Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • capful vanilla extract
  • pumpkin pie spice (a few shakes)
  • (I didn’t add it, but I wish I’d added a drizzle of honey or a pinch or two of brown sugar. It would have been much better)

On top:

  • 1 peach, diced
  • coconut butter (~2/3 tbs)
  • walnut pieces (~2/3 tbs)

Yesterday, I had the ol’ regulah.

You know…

A yogurt bowl.

Into the mix went:

  • Trader Joe’s Mixed Berry 0% Greek Yogurt (I’m out of Chobani… and I missed it. Boo.)
  • Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • Nutzo multi-nut butter

Never gets old.

Never ever.

As you know, I had “overnight” oats today. You want to have some yummy breakfasts, too? Then don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

Alright, that’s it for now. Tell me about your days! Go!

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First Week of The Fresh Start

You’ll have to forgive me for this weird week of posting. I know I am ridiculously behind. I was posting about Sunday on Thursday and, other than on Monday, haven’t posted anything up-to-date all week.

If that makes any sense.

Anyway, after a weekend full of events and a week at a new job, I’ve been trying to find a new rhythm in blogging. Please consider this my “catch-up” post.

Fortunately, a lot of my food has been pretty similar. Let’s do this, yo.

Monday

Breakfast and Lunch were already posted.

Dinner

Tofu stir fry.


Crispy tofu stir-fry (done Emily’s way) with frozen TJ’s veggies and Pineapple Bulgogi Sauce (a gift from Lynn!).

I even pressed the tofu and everything! Be impressed. This was a big “first” for me.

I mean, I’m impressed.

Tuesday

Workout: Physical Therapy. My PT said (at my complaining about not working out), “You want a workout? I’ll give you a workout.” She wasn’t freaking kidding. I haven’t been that sore (all I have to say is PLANKS) in ages.

Breakfast

Carob Overnight Oats in a Jar

It was good, but not as good as I’d anticipated.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs carob powder
  • cinnamon

On top:

  • blackberries
  • strawberries
  • the peanut butter in the jar


Lunch

Leftovers Salad

Into the mix went:

Dinner

I went to Lauren’s house. We had a bottle of wine a grains and veggie salad.

Into the mix went:

  • TJ’s Harvest Grains. I don’t know how much. That was Lauren’s job.
  • Low sodium Chicken Broth. Same deal, but 2x as much as the grains
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • orange-infused olive oil (probably about 1/2 tbs)
  • salt, garlic salt & pepper to taste
  • topped with avocado

So these…

Became this:

It was pretty fantastic.

Wednesday

No workout.

Breakfast

Yogurt parfait in a jar.

Into the mix went:

  • Chobani 0% Vanilla
  • Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • the peanut butter in the jar, of course
  • happiness

Lunch

Salad with hummustard tuna salad.

Into the mix went:

  • bed of greens
  • tuna mixed with 1 tbs hummus, 1 1/2 (ish) tsp yellow mustard (no sugar added)
  • baby heirloom tomatoes
  • cucumber

I didn’t end up using the dressing – didn’t need it!

Dinner

Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese (and salt, pepper, and a little bit of parmesan) with a piece of Dakota spread with Earth Balance.  Also known as perfection.

Thursday

Workout: Physical Therapy

Breakfast

Overnight oats in a jar.

It’s lucky for me that Mark goes through so much peanut butter.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • Chobani Champions Very Berry (yum!)
  • 1/8 cup Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

On top:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries

 

Lunch

Leftover Crispy Tofu Stir Fry from Monday night.

Pretty self-explanatory!

Except that, per Mark’s suggestion, I added Thai Peanut sauce. It was a good move.

Dinner

Same exact eggs & toast as the night before.

Totally phoned in because I went out for St. Patty’s day drinks with my friend Christine.

In the spirit of the holiday, I got a Guinness. My first one.

It just just okay.

Friday

Workout: 1 hour on the elliptical, no resistance… and no pain!

Breakfast

Yogurt bowl.

Into the mix went:

  • 2% Pineapple Chobani
  • Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • strawberries
  • coconut butter, warmed – which was good, but next time I’d just do crumbles, instead

Lunch

Went out to All About The Bread in Hollywood with my co-workers.

I got the Burrata Sandwich.

It was pretty great, but I could only eat half.

And yes, it really was all about the bread.

Whew! That post was EPIC!

Have a good weekend, friends!

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