Sunday, January 8, 2017

"Baked" Oatmeal Read: Cheap, Easy Breakfast!

This is my latest masterpiece ...Yes. I called it a masterpiece. My humility is staggering. 

This was inspired by a recipe I found here: 
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/baked-oatmeal-365069

Baked Oatmeal is "old school" and a great way to send yourself and the kids out on a cold winter day. It's also a great dish to serve guests.  But on my quest to eat heart friendly foods that don't contain animals, I wanted to find a plant based version that fit my current health and fitness goals. 

So here we go..... 

Overnight oats are all the rage. So I used that premise to come up with my version of an Oatmeal "Bake".  

The night before I soaked almonds in filtered water and oats (You can use steel cut or whole oats but not instant)


Here is my entourage of ingredients waiting to be a meal!

After soaking overnight I rinsed the almonds and drained the oats. 

Add 1tbsp vanilla and 2tbsp to 1/4 cup of raw sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave to the 1 cup of soaked, rinsed almonds and 1 cup of water. Blend together to make almond cream. 

I strain the cream in a mesh strainer to make sure it's nice and thick. And then stir about 1/4 cup of the cream into the oats. Reserve the rest of the almond cream for coffee and smoothies and late night time snacking. You heard me......next time you want a drink at night try a cup of almond cream. Reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream...but I digress. 

I use 1 1/2 cups of oats (weight before soaking) for this recipe.

Once mixed I put the oats into a ceramic dish. 

Next up. The topping. I mixed one cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of walnuts and 5 pitted dates. I prepped this in the Vitamix  to make a crumble. 

Spread this mixture on top of the oats. Then sprinkle this ensemble with some nutmeg and additional sweetener of choice. 

Top the entire oatmeal "bake" with more blueberries and walnuts to garnish.  

Now....you can put this in the dehydrator to warm it or serve it as is.  Either way you can't lose!

I want to eat the whole bowl, but for reference sake this serves 4. 
For those of you who aren't greedy like me please share. This is lovely presented in a martini glass or decorative ramekins. 

It will keep in the fridge along with the almond cream for 2-3 days. I cover mine as is and store the almond cream in a glass milk bottle (shown below). This is a lovely way to start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Nom nom! Bon Apetit!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day of Healthy Eating - What Did I Fuel with Today?

Heres a quick post showing what I ate during my fueling window.  I now choose to fuel from 12-8pm on my training days.  I am working toward some maximum results and resetting my metabolism.  I will start blogging on that this week.  
For today...here's what I ate to start off a 2017 first quarter training regimen. 

Coffee with Almond Cream and Black Tea until noon 
 
Lunch at noon was guac and pita crips followed by some Asian noodles. 

Snack around 5pm 

Daily Green Juice 
Cashews
Dried Mango
Orange Slices




Dinner 7:30pm

Asian Noodles and Steamed Broccoli 


I pack a cooler bag with an ice pack and keep it in the car with my food.  At lunch time I went to the park and ate in the rain.  I like to get outside and get fresh air at lunchtime.  Office air is recycled and toxic. 
PM snack was also eaten in the car on the way to pick up the kiddies from school. 

Share the ways that you eat healthy on the go. 

Bon Apetit!