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“Basic Bi***” Oatmeal

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Friends!

So I finally got around to doing a tutorial on how to make my oats. I have been asked a lot throughout the past decade (wow that feels weird saying that) how I make my oats because, I’m an oatmeal pro and I ain’t afraid to say it.

It’s not hard you just have to put a lil creativity and patience into it. Trust me, it’s well worth it.

Anyways, I decided this morning was going to be the time to do it so I hope you enjoy it. Please excuse my poor video quality. I know I say this all the time, but for real friends, it’s the best I can do currently. I hope the content is enjoyable enough to make up for the crap-tastic video aesthetics.

Click the link below the video picture to take you into the tutorial to make oatmeal from every white girl’s dreams….

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-Chelsea


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A Recipe…Say What?!

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I know right, how long has it been?

I have heard from some of my readers that they miss my random recipes. I never felt like my food posts were anything special, but hey, if they’re easy and tasty, why not share them?

Oh…

Happy Green St. Pattys Day y’all!

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Celebrating?

For me, I’m not a drinker, so this holiday that is pretty much based off of getting wasted for cheaper is really just an excuse for me to put green into as much of my day as possible.

Cue wearing a sparkly green shamrock headband to the gym.

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Yeah, I dress up to go sweat. 😀

Anywho, back to the recipe

…what’s a recipe again? HA

Savory oats. 

….Crickets….

Yes I realize I just said savoury and oatmeal in the same sentence BUT hear me out.

Oats are really like a blank canvas. Just like rice, or for a more similar texture, polenta or risotto. They are a neutral base screaming for flavour blasting toppings. Many of us have come to perceive oatmeal as purely a sweet dish, but really, you can turn it savoury just as easily and it will still be that warm bowl of comfort you know and love.

So before you say “bleh!” give them a chance. I made this particular bowl for my housemate, Rita, and she absolutely loved them. My other housemate, Emily, on the other hand was stuck in ‘sweet oats only’ mode and was afraid of them despite saying they smelled awesome.

I will convert her just you wait.

😉

So I went to the internet searching for some inspiration. I can confidently say that this girl knows how to make a pretty damn good bowl of proats but I had too many thoughts going on and needed something to calm them down a tad. Plus, I didn’t want to screw up the first bowl of savoury oats for zee housies because then they would never touch them again.

Can’t have that can we?

Hmmm..

Mexican? Rita loves avocado, beans…not so sure.

Taco! Spicy, yes, avocado, yes…hmm..

Wait, what is that seaweed in the cupboard…?

Sushi oats. Bam, sold. 

So with that, the bowl you see before you was created. Now if only I had some wasabi and pickled ginger….

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I hope you will conquer your fears and try this out. It legit smelled like sushi so if you swing that way, it’s something you would enjoy I’m sure.

Asian Sushi Oats. 

Serves 1

Ingredients for the Oats:

~1 Serving of Rolled Oats (1/2 cup)

~1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Broth

~1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites

~1 tsp oil of choice (coconut, avocado, sesame or peanut)

~1 tsp minced garlic

~1-2 tbsp diced onion

~approximately 1/8 cup dried seaweed or other sea vegetable (I used dulse)

~1 chopped green onion.

NOTE. I did see many sites saying to add a dash of fish or oyster sauce to the base so if you have it on hand go for it. Just only use a little bit. 

Directions.

  1. Heat your oil in a pot (use one that had a lid) on the stove at medium/high heat. Chop up your vegetables. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and onions and sauté until they are softened and fragrant (a few minutes).
  2. Add your oats, sea vegetable and broth, place the lid on the pot and bring to a boil.
  3. When it comes to a boil, remove the lid and bring it down to a simmer (medium heat). Stir your oatmeal consistently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. If it soaks up too much liquid too quickly, simply add some water. When the oats have ALMOST reached the consistency you like, crack your egg (or add your liquid egg whites) to the pot and stir quickly to prevent scrambling the egg. *It should stir in with little to no white bits.
  4. Cook for a final minute or two and then remove from the heat. Stir in half of your green onion and keep 1/2 for garnish. Keep warm while your prep your toppings.

For the Toppings

~1 egg

~1 tsp roasted sesame seeds

~other half of the sliced green onion

~Chili flakes to taste (optional)

~Drizzle of sesame oil and/or soya sauce.

~any other sushi like topping of your liking. I would recommend some seaweed (Rita has this cool dried and sticky seaweed-sesame strands), avocado and perhaps some pickled ginger. Smoked salmon would make an amazing topping as well if you are all fancy and such.

Simply fry up you egg for a runny-yolk doneness. While that is cooking, place all of your toppings on your oats. Top with the egg and drizzle with your topping of choice. If using sesame oil BE CAREFUL that stuff is strong!

Take pretty picture for IG and then dive in…

Oh wait…

Break the yolk. Then take another picture of that #YolkPorn

Then you can dive in.

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So yes, savoury oats sushi style. Good protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Fuel up my friends.

Enjoy!

Have a safe St. Patty’s Day night!

Are you afraid of savoury oats?

-Chelsea

 


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A Day In The Life At Home Bummin…WIAW

Hey Friends!

It’s been a while since I linked up with a proper WIAW for Jen’s partay so here she goes, A Day In the Life style.

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This week we are moving our tushies to a chair over at Sprint To the Table so thanks to Laura for hostin!

I say that I was bummin because I’m still without a job…sigh…still searchin but despite being at home with the parentals for a bit, this week has been an overall tiring one with the big move into the new apartment with Rita (and Emily who will join us in the Fall). I have literally been driving back and forth to Guelph every day for the past 5 days straight and quite frankly, I’m exhausted of driving despite it not being that far really.

Today I DID NOT drive to Guelph but that doesn’t mean that this lil body stops movin because I just don’t stop.

Can’t stop. Won’t Stop.

Oh and guess what guyyzzzz…

I gained a pound apparently as of Sunday.

Big news. Really big news.

Now, I will finish that lil update by saying that I am only using the scale as a guide right now because I need to go up for my health. For general purposes however, I say give that piece of sh** metal the boot and never own one because your weight means nothing in my opinion. Weight is so misleading and leads to obsession. Go with how you feel and look in your clothes and in your own skin.

So lets begin on this lovely sunny (lovin this warmer and sunny weather btw! Holler Mother Nature!) Wednesday.

7:25am. Alarm goes off. My tushie is upstairs makin breaky for my pre-workout. Warning: UGLY bowl of zoats comin at ya.

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Zoats cooked in unsweetened cashew milk (LOVE) with chia seeds, peanut flour and 80ish grams of liquid egg whites. 50g of nanner is melted in and it’s all topped with pink sea salt, more peanut flour, toasted peanuts, cinnamon and a 1/2 tbsp blob of crunchy peanut buttah that is hiding on ya in the top corner.

Sorry I’m not sorry. Their taste cannot be beat.

8AM. Nommin zoats and enjoying life. Watching Teen Mom OG.

Yes you cannot see that peanut buttah because that bite is eaten dead last. Yup I’m a “save the best to the end” typa person.

8:30AM. Sippin on the rest of my organic herbal chocolate orange tea (reheated) from last night while I let that digest before gymmin.

IMG_7661Aww Yeah that mornin look. Strategically covering half zee face. 😉

9:30ishAM. Drivin my lil butt to my back and oblique gym sesh

10AM….

10:45AMish. It’s fig time.

Sorry no picture but these are the figs I eat after I finish my big opening set. This is my 5×5 with multiple warmups and drop sets to finish. In the end, I end up reppin out about 6-8 sets total.

The point of these it just to take the opportunity to get more carbs in me in a very small volume while also providing me with a lil boost to get me through the rest of my workout.

I sip on a bottle of water with BCAAs and glutamine in it during my workout.

12:10PM. Leaving zee gym. Good sesh. Need to drive home so I can demolish yet another bowl of zoats. Mwahaha. I love my zoats.

I rotate between having a stirfry and zoats post workout so that I don’t overdo the veggie department. The perk? I love eating oatmeal, so those zoat days are tolerated quite well… 😉

12:30PM. Home + Shower

12:50PM. Dunzo. Yes I shower fast. When the hair doesn’t need to be washed…

1:30PM. Behold another UGLY bowl of zoats but slightly different. More protein and carbbies, lil less fat so that it digests a wee bit quicker for post workout refuel.

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Zoats made with gluten free quick oats, unsweetened cashew milk, peanut flour, shredded zuchini. Cooked up with 2 egg whites, or 64ish grams liquid egg whites and 60g of chopped fresh pineapple. Sprinkled more peanut flour on top, tsp coconut oil and a few cranks the pink sea salt. Topped finally with my protein icing which is cashew milk + 1/2 a scoop or so of Diesel chocolate peanut butter whey.

I know what you’re thinkin

What the hell is that?

It’s soo good guyzzz.

IMG_7679It’s basically the same idea as my pre-workout BUT with less egg whites so I can have my protein icing (Diesel Whey with cashew milk), which is peanut butter chocolate in this case, on top and no nuts or nut butter. Also, pineapple is my fruit of obsession choice for post workout at the moment. Melted pineapple = amazing. Melted pineapple oats dripping with peanut butter chocolate icing…I die. Am I’m being too dramatic?

My nutritionist and I have recently added in some coconut oil which I surprisingly like the consistency of and touch of flavour it adds despite hatin on coconut. The oil is a good way to add calories without me noticing much because there’s really not volume increase.

Oh, and let me just show you my set up while we are at it so you can have a good laugh at me like everyone else does..

IMG_7677Okay you may think I’m nuts but you see I have a reason for my madness. I stand up right? SO I need the oats to be closer to my face so I stack up containers for my “table.” Secondly, due to the fact that I always have to pee before I eat (postworkout “I drank an entire bottle of water” problems) and that I need my oats to be burn my face off hot, I put that lid thing on top.

The water bottle is then on top of all of that because my hot oatmeal has warped the shape and it now isn’t flat…

Yes, I have issues but hey, I’m the master of making stable towers that have a good purpose, no?

2PM. Zoats done. Teen Mom OG still not finished, but I must now take zee lil babbeh out for her pees too.

IMG_76842PM. Slightly struggle to get on all her equipment to go on her walky. Those lil booties are tougher then they look cuz her lil piggly wigglies like to sneak out the top.

I wish I could have filmed it though because she’s a lil smartie pants. She is so used to her dressing routine that she lifts each individual foot at a time for you to put her lil booty on it. My baby is a genius.

2:10PM. Ready to go Sissy.

IMG_76862:20PM. Stop at every single possible thing to sniff

IMG_76892:45PM. We make it back home. Would you believe that was only around the block. Yes she is quite the dilly-dallier. Needed one more..

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2:50PM. I’m off again to pick up a few things from the grocery store and make my daily stop at none other then…

IMG_7690Timmies. Such a nice day to take a walk.

3PM. Reach my destination. Sobeys is the grocery store near my parents place.

IMG_76913:30PM. Paid for zee goodies and headed back home before my nutritionist called me at 3:45. I picked up some extra lobster to supplement the claws I had thawing for dinner (just wait until you see those babies!), a cucumber for the salad, buns for my parents burgers and unsalted pistachios for moi cuz I was feeling some of those lil guys in my zoats tomorrow.

3:50PM. Had my phone call appointment with Gabrielle (my nutritionist).

4PM. Supps and some chicky.

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2 tsp fish oils + Vitamin D drops (D Drops)

IMG_7693I’m weird mmmmkay.

4:30PM. Made my snacky for tonight (pudding, you have seen it floatin around the blog) while finishing up Teen Mom OG and some YouTube.

5PM. Started typing up this post.

5:45PM. Start cracking on my parents and my dinners. It’s time to fire up the grill as I have been doing EVERYDAY since I have been home. It really is true that everything tastes better on the grill.

IMG_7694I was grillin up sage and green onion chicken burgers (store made from McMaster’s Meats downtown Georgetown for any locals) for my parents along with some fixins. Grilled baby potatoes with Mrs. Dash traditional blend and pepper for my Dad and onions and mushrooms for toppins and sides (mushrooms on the side for my Mom who is weird and doesn’t like them on her burger…Love you Mom). Grilled kabocha on deck for me and a later and unpictured lobster tail.

Speaking of lobster, do you see the lobster on steroids I got to devour all thanks to the Guelph farmers market.

IMG_7703HUGE! So good. Fresh Nova Scotia lobster. Omnomnomnom. All mine. Okay I ripped off a small piece for my Mom. I shared…kinda. 😉

6:40PM. Dinner is served. Salad first for me while I join my parents for their before dinner drinks.

IMG_7699This was the big salad I made for the three of us. I topped mine with avocado and my own dressing. Lately I have been mixing equal parts lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, dried dill and oregano, black pepper, Mrs. Dash garlic and herb and mustard to thickin it up and blend it together.

7:10PM. Round two and the best part…

IMG_7700How many times to I have to say that grilled kabocha is literally the best thing to hit my tastebuds as of recently? Those massive lobster chunks just tops it all off. Full and happy tummy.

7:45PM. My parents sit down for their dinner

IMG_7702Dad’s plate. I made up his burger with a toasted thin bun (which he first complained about because it was a “thin thing” but said he liked them afterwards), with those grilled onions and mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and his typical condiments of mustard and relish.

8:30PM. My Mom and I went for a walk and ended up at the grocery yet again for her white cranberry juice.

9PM. Back from walk, prepped my zoats for tomorrow morning (soaking oats with chia seeds and shreddin the zucchini), and finished up this post.

10PM. Sippin more tea, ready to link up my post and going to relax a bit before joining my parents downstairs with my typical puddin and 1/2 Questie. I’m thinkin mint chocolate for tonight. We shall see.

Well my lovelies, I hope you enjoyed this post and your Wednesday.

What are you craving recently?

What’s a good burger to you? My burgers are bunless (more tasting the toppins yo, plus I don’t do gf bread. Gross) with sauteed mushies and onions, lettuce, sundried tomatoes, mustard, basil pesto if I have it and hot sauce. Also, I tend to gravitate towards game burgers. Bison, elk, etc.

-Chelsea


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Day In The Life & What I Ate [Tuesday]

Hey Friends!

I had a request from a reader to do one of these style of posts and figured I would bring my A-game and take all zee pictures so that I could do just that for you. Lets take a peek into my typical Tuesday. This happens to also be my super early day because I need to get my lil tushie to the gym at 7:30Am Weeoo. Here we go.

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Thanks Jen for the link up 🙂

IMG_71255:30 AM: And it begins.

Jump out of bed and throw my pre-made, naked zoats into the microwave for 6 minutes while I run back upstairs.

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Appetizing eh?

5:38AM: Add chopped nanner, nuke again for 2 minutes

5:40AM: Add pink salt, vitamin C powder and flavaaa

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Who got my bottle all messy? 😀

Nuke again…Yeah Yeah I’m gunna die.

5:42ish AM: Add all zee toppings. Sprinkle of peanut flour, 3g of chopped up walnuts, 1/2 a tablespoon of this lovely nut butta

IMG_7129…and a watered down tsp of Walden Farms Chemical Sauce. Yes, I went there. I can only have a touch (ie a tsp that has been watered down so it’s like I get more syyyrrrup) though or else my tummy gets mad that I’m eating crap. And yes, Walden Farms is crap. But the syrup is tasty crap I will admit.

Lil Miss Fitness Freak Confessions. See I’m not perfect. Sometimes I want maple syrup but I ain’t about that sugar soooo I sink to using chemicals.

6AM: Finally ready to eat my pre-workout zoats with a side of Chopped Canada

IMG_71356:20AM: Done foodz, pop my probiotic and reheat the other half of my tea from last night. If anyone hasn’t tried this tea yet you really should. It’s my fav!

IMG_71317:10-7:15AM: all bundled and ready to walk in the Arctic

Damn you Mother Nature!

Damn you Mother Nature!

Hey at least I’m not in New York

Sorry for your luck down there!

7:30AM: Enter the gym. Game time I have a class a 10AM.

This is what I tell myself every Tuesday.

Today’s workout was Chesticles. Lets take a looky at what I did

Chest Day Jan 27

SS= Super set (meaning no rest in between those 2-3 exercises). Drop set means you do your set as normal then immediately (no rest) drop to a lower weight and do another set. CC= Captains Chair

Forgot to put on there that sets 2 and 3 were all 4 total sets and set 4 was 3 sets (my burnout for the workout).

Oh hey PR! 85lb bench yo! I always find that because I’m feeling rushed on Tuesday’s that I’m super focused so despite it being my super early day, I always end up having an amazing workout.

Moment of Distraction: News shows that ferret eats half a little girls face….Well ain’t that nice.

9:25AM: Still going strong…must finish last burnout set

9:38AM: Must finish last set. Damn it someone took my rack for HLR.

9:40AM. Flail my arms around Stretch for a minute so I could say that I did it. Run to the change room to get my sh** together so I can bolt it back to campus.

The postworkout selfie I didn't really have time to take...

The post workout selfie I didn’t really have time to take…

Hashtag #CrazyFace

9:50AM: Leave gym…Yeah I have 10 mins to get to my class (about a mile)

10:01AM: Ass in chair. Challenge won.

😀

IMG_714010:05AM: Can’t get that post workout muffin down my throat fast enough.

10:15AM: Realizing how much my butt hurts from yesterdays leg day (1st of the week, glute/ham focus) as I attempt to cross my legs…

10:30AM: Sitting-in-a-chair fatigue starts to kick in. So I decide to multitask. Listen, take notes and begin to type this post up to keep my eyes open.

10:45AM: What no mid-class break? Apparently they don’t realize that I drank an entire bottle of water during my workout and I need to pee every 20 minutes.

11:20AM: Still have to pee..but more..

11:22AM: The bathroom here has two stalls and it’s lined up out the door…Ugh.

Question of the morning: Can I make it home?

Nope.

11:25AM: Stop into another building to pee then continue walking home.

11:30AM: Get home and prep my lunch because I’m hungry already…

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Red Onion + Asparagus + Portabello Mushrooms + Orange Bell Pepper

Veggies are all prepped to be roasted in the toaster oven. Rice is on and Emily comes in so I chatter with her for a few while I get these things going.

12PM:shake my head that my veggies have been done for like 10 mins now, I’m ravishing and I’m sill not eating…Oh distractions. Wash face, shower, and get changed. <-aka put on PJ’s because who puts on clothes when they are in their house for a few hours? Not this girl, but you knew that already from my vlogs I’m sure. 😉

12:30PM: I’m finally eating. Ugh I have issues.

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Roasted Veggies + 3 ounces Roasted Chicken + Pre-soaked and cooked Uncle Ben quick brown rice

Staple meal when I don’t have a meal directly right after my workout (ie proats). Yes, I eat out of that container because it keeps my food as hot as possible for the longest. 😀

Have any of you seen Eye Candy on MTV? Yes it sounds stupid but it’s actually pretty good. Don’t let the name scare you away. A lot of dying though lol.

1:30ishPM: Make pudding (for nightly snack) while catching up on some fitness/health YouTube vids.

I want to say that I was productive before my 4pm class but I was so freakin tired guys so I took a power nap before said class

IMG_71452:40-3:20PM: Zzzzzzzzz

3:25PM: Take my vitamin D drops and fish oils, eat about an ounce of leftover roasted chicken because I’m randomly starving again. Yeah, I didn’t eat that much but I figured I would test whether I was dehydrated so I had a lil bite then I was gunna get a Tim’s.

3:35PM: Left for class earlier to pick up my tea from Timmies and took the green bin and recycle with me to get that out of our house.

3:40PM: Tims in hand (which my gloves clearly do not want to hold. Hotpaws don’t hold things apparently). It’s actually not too bad out right now despite being cold…

IMG_7151Maybe it’s the sunshine?

4:55PM: In lecture and read this article [link] that a friend of mine posted on facebook (she was actually the sports nutritionist I saw).

4-5:20PM: Managing Resources lecture + working on this post + working on an assignment for this class. For said assignment I did the Big Five personality test online. If you’re interested, here were my results.

A worrier...Who would have guessed that...

A worrier…Who would have guessed that…

5:15PM: Walking back home.

5:25PM: Walk into the house to find Emily sleeping on the couch. Daaaaawwww.

5:30PM: Finish making my workout summary on PicMonkey

Moment of Worry: So I found that cool background randomly online and I’m hoping I don’t get attacked for using it on my site…cuz I couldn’t find a reference for it… :-/

5:40PM: Hunger starting to ping in again (what is with this non-stop hanger today?! Delayed needs from leg day yesterday?) so I consider slowly making my way back downstairs to start making dinner. Swordfish on the menu tonight. 😀

….Gets distracted by another assignment…

6PM: Downstairs to start cooking. Emily has woken up so I’m chattering with her as I cook.

IMG_71556:45PM: Just as I sit down with my appie salad (I eat this while my other half is baking/roasting) my computer randomly turned off on it’s own. Awesome.

6:50PM: Macbook is now back on (I’m still using my old one, which does random things sometimes #OldieProblems, as I’m waiting on software for my new one), Pretty Little Liars is on and I’m nommin away. The growling had stopped by now, which is probably not a good thing.

7:10ishPM: Round 2. Baked swordfish and all it’s oily beauty + all the roasty squash. We have delicata, acorn and buttercup there roasted with some olive oil and dried rosemary. Yeah, I don’t do sweet roasted squash. Savory FTW!

IMG_71567:30PM: Done dinnah, prepping my morning preworkout (soaking my oats and chia seeds) while watching the last leg of PLL and making my Dad a little something something for making his way up real quick tomorrow to drop off my casein. Such a nice Dad I have. 🙂

8:10PM: In go my Dad’s muffin/cupcake thingys..

IMG_7158And I head upstairs to read the chapter for my food pre-lab quiz as my lab is tomorrow afternoon.

IMG_71658:30PM: Out comes the muffins…Dammit I think I over did them a wee bit…Sorry Dad, hope they are good!

IMG_7162The surprise centre is peekin out the top trying to escape.

8:45PM: Finish that chapter and start quiz

9:05PM: Done quiz and I got pwwweeerrfect. 😀 Preservation master apparently.

9:15PM: Add more to this post.

9:30PM: Read some journals for my Couples and Relationships course assignment.

9:40ishPM: Go put pudding in the freezer + heat up tea that I steeped while cooking muffins earlier and head back upstairs to get back to worky.

Emily catches me as I head back upstairs and makes me smile as she beams about how good her first boxing lesson made her feel. Strong and powerful.

 10:15PM: Starting to wind down before getting my snack and to beddies.

10:40PM: Snack time with blog reading time and I will attempt to make it into bed before midnight.

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No s’mores questbar tonight. That’s a shocker. A friend and I were talking about baking the cookie dough one and that got me craving it.

Overall, I didn’t get as much work done as I had wanted to as I kept getting distracted with other things and plus I took that nap but I told myself that was okay and I would just power through it over the next few days. Midterms are slowly creeping up and assignment deadlines are starting to show themselves on the horizon so the beginning of the semester grace period is coming to a close rapidly.

Hope you had a great humpday friends!

What time to you wake up?

What time do you prefer to workout?

Are you easily distracted?

-Chelsea


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S’mores And Pesto…WIA(Monday)

First I wanted to say thank you for your comments on my pushup challenge yesterday and sharing your pushup numbers with me! You all did an amazing job 😀

So, how long has it been since I have been able to jump into one of these with my legit eats??

Yeah. So I’m gunna jump in this week and show you a full days worth of eats. Everything. Supps and all. So you ready? Let us begin.

Go say hi to Jen over at Peas and Crayons while you’re at it if you want a whole lotta #Foodporn

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So since it has been a while, things have changed a bit over here…

First thing is that my preworkout proats aren’t very pretty anymore…

IMG_6870Oh and the have turned green.

Long Live Zee Zoats!

OMG guys I have fallin in love with the fluff factor that combining egg white oats and zoats has made. Do you see how much is in that bowl for a 1/2 a cup of oats? Genius I tell you. Plus you get a green veggie into you first thing in the morning. I call that a win.

That beauty of an ‘icing’ on the top is another new thing and it’s delicious but doesn’t photograph too well (and I didn’t even put it all on…). Basically I have switched from putting my Cellucor protein powder in my oats (I used peanut flour now) and instead, have been mixing about a 1/3 of a scoop with some US almond milk to make an icing to put on top. Not only is icing amazing in every way, but the flavour is so much more pronounced and with Cellucor’s amazing flavours, I can savor a different ‘iced’ concoction every morning. This one was Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.

What has stayed the same?

The quest bar bites and nut butter of course. Can’t have oats without some party guests.

Despite the UGLY looking picture, here’s how I make’em if you’re interested

The night before…

This is optional, but I do it for the absorption benefits. Soak 1/2 cup of gluten free oats (I used quick ones) + 1 tsp chia seeds + cinnamon in just enough water to cover.

In the morning…

  1. Grate 1/2 a zucchini (about 100grams) into your oats.
  2. Add 10g, or about a tbsp or two, of peanut flour (PB2 or chocolate PB2 would work too if you don’t mind the added sugar and salt)
  3. Mix together with enough almond milk to make it into a thick soupy consistency and nuke for 2-3 minutes. The zucchini leaches out lots of liquid, but the chia seeds and peanut flour are very absorbent so it evens out. If you’re too dry, just add more liquid. It’s a learning thang.
  4. Quickly stir in 1 egg white (about 3 tbsp or 32g). Add more water if it’s too thick (ie not moving)
  5. Nuke for another 2 minutes (ensuring it doesn’t overflow if you’re microwave is powerful)
  6. Remove and add fruit of choice. I generally do banana and sometimes strawberries if I’m feelin a change of pace.
  7. Nuke for a final minute. This is optional if you want your fruit melty like me.
  8. Remove and crank in some pink sea salt (a new thing I am trying to incorporate into my diet slowly…will discuss later) and any other superfood add-ins or extracts you like. I’m currently stirring in either lucuma or my Pranin acerola C (vitamin C powder). Stir that all up.
  9. Then add your questie bites (I bake mine), cacao nibs, nut butter of choice and a sprinkle of peanut flour on top.
  10. Finally, add your icing. Just mix up some whey with water or milk and toss that on top.

Voila, your masterpiece of voluminous, hot goodness. 😀

You can do this on stove top too, but I just like the microwave technique better. Less pots and I don’t loose oatmeal to the pot. 😛 Plus, if I die of anything, it would probably be due to microwaves because I require my food hot so I may microwave something again halfway through eating…yes I have a problem.

Anywho, this sat for about an hour then helped me find my way to the gym and get me through my 2 hour glute/ham workout Weeeooo….

Glute Hamstring Raises (GHR’s). I just found a place to hook my feet into rather than having to find someone to hold my feet down.

Tried these for the first time in a long time (superset with weighted split squats) and I always forget how nice of a burn they give.

I had to literally run out of the gym because I had a dentist appointment to fix my permanent retainer (the lil wire they put behind your teeth after braces so they don’t move) that I snapped a few months ago at 11:10am. I finished my workout at 11ish

My bad.

I’m stubborn so I tend to just go like a maniac to make sure I don’t cut corners in my workout. Instead, cutting corners that day meant very lil stretching, but hey at least I got my workout done… 😀

I kinda stretched while scarfing down my post workout muffin…my form of a shake which you have seen before.

IMG_6879Yes it looks UGLY (wow that’s a trend it seems) but it actually tastes good. The ugliness comes from the green colour that is my chlorophyll for alkalizing after workout stress (ie. acidifying the body). The only difference now is that there is pink sea salt in it.

Oh I also sip on these on my water throughout my workout

IMG_6877BCAA’s by Rivalus in green apple. These are the cleanest BCAA’s I have found, meaning they have no artificial crap or sweeteners in them that make my tummy unruly. PLUS they have tons of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric in them for support after your workout.

So after my 5 minute dentist appointment to get an impression done for my wire, I headed to Loblaws to pick up the items I needed for my parents dinnah that night and then headed back home.

Soon after, the stomach yelled at me that it was hangry so this was inhaled…

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Under the pile of Mrs. Dash-ified roasted veggies is Uncle Bens brown rice and roasted chicken breast.

Do you ever get to the point where you are so hungry that you don’t feel hungry anymore? I keep telling myself to stop doing that but my hunger comes on in like an instant and it’s always when I’m doing something…then you have to cook and then well…

I swear it eats itself.

Soowwrrry tummy.

So my Dad and I headed into Georgetown and did some Christmas shopping for my Mom while we were waiting to pick up Maggie from the beauty salon…

IMG_6900Shorter hair but not as bad as the last time. They even put lil bows in her hair. Shes so cute.

After we came home I finished the big project that is pesto making that I had started while waiting on my Dad.

IMG_6886It takes forever to make (all that cleaning!) so you make a massive batch! This is my basil-cilantro one with a heavy hit of garlic, lemon juice and chili flakes. Nomz. I put that *it on errythang.

During the afternoon I took my next round of supps (I forgot to mention the probiotic I take every morning after my breakfast, which is Natural Factors Women formula with the cranberry strain).

IMG_6909Two teaspoons of my Botanica Double Potency fish oils in Key lime and 1 drop of my Ddrops.

After preppin my parents dinnah, I then made my own and ate with them while they had their before dinner drink and chatter.

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Baked swordfish with pepper and lemon juice. Roasted acorn and kabocha squash. Kale and chard blend with mushrooms, onion, garlic, curry and chili powder.

Man do I love swordfish. Mmmmm and squash of course. This plate is nothing you haven’t seen before but I have had to scale back dem greens because unlike a cow, I only have one stomach and it doesn’t agree with eating an entire bunch of greens in one sitting. Hard lesson I have learned too many times.

After accompanying my parents for their midnight meal dinner and cleaning up, I blogged a bit and answered an email (which should have been done way before now…stupid exams) to an amazing follower who contacted me a lil while back. I capped off my night with my typical frozen puddin and questie.

IMG_6908And just so you know…

The s’mores Questbar is amazing BUT I will say I like it raw better then baked because I feel like it keeps more of its flavours that way. Anyone else agree? Yum.

So that was my full day of eats. Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks again to Jen for the linkup.

NOTE: I have been playing around with pink sea salt because 1. salt is actually needed by the body as an electrolyte and for some reason it only occurred to me recently that I may actually be deficient in salt due to the only salt in my diet being from 1/2 a questie a day and any residual salt in my fish and such. Athletes especially need more as they sweat it out during training. 2. I have heard that there are digestive benefits of including it in your diet AND 3. I have also red that if you are chronically tired it may be a sign that your salt is low and I have to say that postworkout I have noticed a difference. Before I used to be drained completely after my workout and almost falling asleep, but the lil bit of salt has appeared to keep me awake and perky up until I have my next meal about 1.5 hours later. Thoughts?

Happy hump day all!

Do you like pesto? Favourite way to use it? It makes an amazing topping for fish (especially fattier ones like trout and salmon) and salad dressings!

Favourite fish? It’s so hard for me to just pick one, so a couple of my favs include trout (red fish), swordfish, sea bass and halibut for my white fish and scallops and lobster for my shellfish. Yeah…see can’t just pick one. I’m a seafood lover.

-Chelsea


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Swirlin’ And Whirlin’

Hey Friends

Another recipe droppin in on ya real quick. I mentioned in my last recipe post (my Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Pronuts) that I brought in two batches of goodies to the gym last week, the pronuts and one batch of a lil something something that I didn’t share.

I just wanted some mystery mmmkkay?

I’m sure you were just dying to know right? Right?? 😛

Anyways, so I saved a whole bunch of nanners from the dumpster of doom at work because apparently the second a banana starts to look too brown, it’s too unappealing to buy…

I truly don’t see how everyone else can’t look at these brownin lil guys as a world of possibilities like I do, but hey, maybe I’m just weird.

Almost dead looking bananas have so many potential uses!

Of course you have your traditional use

I would reduce the sugar in this bread as I think it would be sweet enough with a lil bit of Stevia only.

Banana Bread thanks to Yammie’s Glutenfreedom.  For a Paleo version, check this recipe out. For the Paleo version, I would sub apple sauce or butternut squash puree for 1/2-3/4 of the butter and use coconut oil or coconut butter for the rest.

But what other cool things can you use them up in?

ICCCEEE CREEAAM. Eddie Murphy voice anyone? Two Peas And Their Pod mixed probably two of the best ingredients together into this yummy, simple and light treat. Peanut Butter and banana.

Pancakes. These Paleo cakes are from the Paleo Plan and are a version of the simple, few ingredient banana pancake recipes that are constantly floating around. For a version that has a bit more protein, try my take on the 3-ingredient pancake.

3-Ingredient Banana Pudding | stupideasypaleo.com #paleo #dairyfree

Chia Seed Pudding. Steph, It really is stupidly easy aaaannd Paleo. Great job on shining a light on a snack that is guilt free, sweet and full of hearty and healthy fats. 😀

This is just a short list! So many uses.

So for those who don’t like nanners

Who are you?!?

Just kidding…Kinda. 😛

So what did I end up making with my deathly looking nanners?

Banana Bread.

I know, I know, boring right?

Why, when she just talked about all these cool uses did she make the most unoriginal thing you ask?

Well because I wanted to.

No, but really I had this idea in my mind that I wanted to bring to life and well they kinda looked portrayed that image. You know those beautifully swirled or marbled banana bread recipes you always see? Well that’s what I had in mind, BUT then I went and made it a swirl toppin rather than marbled all the way through AND THEN I went and used carob instead of chocolate AND THEN I made them into bars instead of a loaf because bars are more user friendly.

20140827-214418-78258580.jpgOh and I added some peanut flour for some protein and lil nuttiness cuz you can’t go wrong with anything peanutty.

So there. Creativity.

😀

Not as pretty as I wanted because I’m no swirlin and whirlin expert but hey, for a total experiment, they turned out well and everyone at the Pulse (my gym) gave me good reviews on them.

Score one for the nanner bars!

It was an interesting lil process that I will showcase in film following the recipe. So here she is.

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Carob Swirl Banana Bread Bars

Makes 9 large bars.

Macros: Cals: 180 Carbs: 22 Fat: 8 Pro: 8 Sugar: 6 Fiber: 5

In a large bowl combine the following dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats kept whole
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Stevia packets (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)

In a second, smaller bowl, combine the following wet ingredients:

  • 300g very ripe banana, mashed (reserve 9 slices for a topping if you wish)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + a few tbsp reserved for topping
  • 4 tbsp chunky natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup plain, 0% greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

You will also need 1 tbsp of unsweetened carob powder and 2 tbsp (30g) of peanut flour or PB2 but don’t mix those in yet.

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of your dry ingredients and ensure there are no lumps. In your other bowl, mash your banana and whisk in your egg. Combine the rest of the wet ingredients into that bowl. Fold your wet into your dry. Take a few tbsp of your batter (about 3-4 heaped tbsp) and mix that with your carob powder in a separate bowl. If that batter becomes too dry, add a tbsp of almond milk. Add your 30g of peanut flour to the rest of your batter along with a few tbsp of almond milk.

Pour your larger quantity of batter (the peanut flour one) into a sprayed square tin or glass dish. Or be cool like me and use a non stick rubber thingy.

20140828-211452-76492898.jpgBlob your carob mixture in various areas on top of the peanut mixture.

20140828-211450-76490823.jpgThen take a knife or toothpick and use it to swirl and whirl the carob mixture in with the peanut mixture to marble the top.

20140828-211451-76491794.jpgPlace your reserved sliced nanners in the middle of each *invisible* ninth of the bread.

20140828-211450-76490071.jpgThen toss’er in the oven and bake until the top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the bars. Sorry I threw out my sticky with the time on it but these took at least 30 minutes BUT keep an eye on it as I find different dishes bake slower vs faster.

20140827-214420-78260930.jpgWhen it’s done, remove from the oven and leave it in the tin to completely cool before ploppin it on a plate to divvy up into your 9 bars.

20140827-214420-78260326.jpgAnd enjoy these massive bars!

20140827-214419-78259743.jpgFeel free to add your own touch with walnuts or even some carob or chocolate chips. Also, if you don’t have carob powder (it’s a dairy and caffeine free alternative to chocolate), feel free to use unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder instead. Just ensure to adjust the sweetness as carob is naturally much sweeter.

I hope you like them if you make them. Tell me about them if you do! 😀

What’s your go to use for almost dead nanners?

Most random banana recipe?

-Chelsea


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OIAJ…..WTH?

Hey Friends!

So I’m just here sippin away on my new Stash Orange Chocolate herbal tea (I almost always have a mug of tea at night before bed) and after making the man his own OIAJ for his breakfast tomorrow as he rushes out the door, it occurred to me that I have never touched on this easy-peasy, lemon-squeasy deliciousness.

So lets touch on that shall we! 😀

So you might first think to yourself….

What the heck is an OIAJ?

Oats In A Jar. Ahhh you gotta love Instagram #hashtag names

So yeah, basically, as the picture shows, it’s your good ol’ oatmeal but it”s put in an ALMOST empty (this is important!) jar of nut butter.

You then may ask me….

Why would I do that?

Why would I cook oatmeal, dirty up a pot, then proceed to put it in a jar to eat?

Doesn’t that make it harder to eat?!?

1. Because who wants to waste the lil bit of nut butter left in the jar? Not this girl. #NutButterAddict

I would hope, no pray, that you wouldn’t just toss this jar out!

#NoNutButterGetsLeftBehind!

2. If cooking your oatmeal stove top, this means you don’t have to dirty another dish (ie. bowl). You can just toss the jar when you are done. Sorry nuker’s, you still have a bowl to dirty up.

3. It’s convenient, ready-to-go when you need it and portable. Got an early class and just want to sleep in a bit? Take your breakfast with you.

4. Get yourself a long handled spoon and you are good to dig in. It’s a game to get in all those crevasses AND if you buy a crazy angled and weirdly shaped jar, well that ones on you. 😛

So last thing before I give up some OIAJ-porn from Instagram and a few recipes, I want to mention that you can have your OIAJ two ways.

1. Hot and Steamy. This would be my preferred way of eating them because the thought of eating oatmeal cold makes me shudder. Just make sure your jar is glass as we don’t wanna be eating leaching plastic and chemicals do we?

2. Classic “Overnight style.” Again, with overnight oats in a jar you can heat it up in the morning BUT the classic overnight oats is eaten straight out of the fridge and generally is not actually cooked. Instead, a hefty serve of yogurt is often added to the oats and the acids from the yogurt help to break down the oats enough giving the OIAJ a nice chewy texture that many love.

So, we will start with Hot and Steamy shall we…

Bring on the #FoodPorn! Thanks to my fellow Instagramer’s and food bloggers for your delicious treats! 😀

To start, here’s a basic recipe. This is the one I made tonight for the man using Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats. You don’t have to use steel cut, I just wanted to show you some variety.

Banana Bread Eggy [Steelcut]OIAJ.

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup water or milk of choice
  • 1 large egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3-1/2 of a large banana, chopped
  • Cinnamon, spices and/or sweetener of choice to taste
  • Toppings of choice
  • 1 almost empty nut butter jar.

Directions: Add you oats an liqiud to a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. When bubbling, bring the heat down to a simmer and pop the lid on the oats. Let them cook until almost all of the water has been absorbed. Crack and quickly whisk your egg or egg whites into your oats. Throw in your banana and whisk that in as well. Once your oats have reached you desired consistency (add more liquid if you feel they are getting dry while adding your egg and banana), remove from the heat and add in your yogurt, spices and sweetener. Toss into your jar and add your toppings.

Toss in the fridge to eat in the morning OR demolish then and there!20140509-220754.jpgZee jar. He’s likes his Mighty Maple Peanut Butter and Co.

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 Please NOTE that I waited for the oats to cool before putting them in this PLASTIC JAR.
 
20140509-220809.jpgToppings of choice. A slice of paleo banana bread, tsp of peanut butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Here’s another one of my own creations from a previous post..

Carob and Pistachio Eggy-Oats in a Chocolate Nut’s n’More Jar.
IMG_0296Apple Pie OIAJ. Kim @ The Coconut Diaries.
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You can even do Waffles In A Jar (WIAJ). Thanks to Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli Blog.

And you don’t even need it to be a nut butter jar. You know what else comes in a jar?

045-1Proats in an almost empty jam jar. Debbie @ Accidentally Delish.

What about something chilled?

Let’s take a peek at the “Classic Overnight” OIAJ combos:

Here’s a basic recipe courtesy of Sarah over at The Sweet Life.

[Copied directly from her site]

Overnight Oats

Base: 
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 heaping tsp chia seeds
1/3 cup plain vegan yogurt
1/3 cup nondairy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a 6 ounce mason jar stir together the base ingredients until well combined. Add the remaining ingredients from the flavor options below and combine well. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, grab and go.

Enjoy cold.

*These will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

She gives a basic VEGAN recipe, which you can sub non-vegan alternatives if you wish, for cold overnight oats and some wonderful flavour pairings.

overnightClockwise from the far left: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Carrot Cake, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Banana Bread.
 
neopolitan OIAJ.jpgNeapolitan Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait. Angela @ Oh She Glows.
 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats. Michelle @ Peachy Palate.
Enjoy!

Happy Friday Night Friends!

Do you like cold oats?

Ever had OIAJ?

-Chelsea