Try out this 6 ingredient clean, vegan and gluten free oatmeal recipe that is high in protein and fiber!
As you know, I’ve been sharing with you parts about my trip to Mindo, Ecuador bit by bit. You first learned about how I found out about the Cloud Rainforest and about my crazy bug bites (which are thankfully much improved, but still not yet gone) and then you learned about a few of the crazy adventures I had! Now I want to share with you some of the tranquil side of it aka the lodge!
I got SUPER lucky with the place we chose to stay at. Now, I’m certain it would have been different otherwise, but somehow my friend and I were the only people staying at the lodge which was AMAZING and made it that much more peaceful. I’m not going to lie, I IMMEDIATELY felt better once I walked onto the property. The path going up to the lodge is surrounded by plants and all you can hear are the birds and water.
Here is the main lodge. This is where we ate breakfast and dinner.
In the main lodge there were lots of windows to watch the birds at and upstairs was a room full of games, books, chairs and hammocks. Perfect for some R&R if you just wanted to chill around the lodge.
Actually, Mindo originally (and that wasn’t that long ago, perhaps only 20 years) was only known to bird watchers. They have a ton of different species and many visitors to the city are there solely for the birds. (P.S. they also have a ton of butterflies!)
They have several secluded cabins and the one we had was right next to a brook. So peaceful. They provided potable water in the bathroom and natural insect repellent (which…I pretty much bathed in. I also bought other insect repellent in town to bring with and re-apply)
There is also a hammock on the front porch! Ah, I miss it. It was amazing coming back after a long day of adventure, or waking up just being surrounded by nature and listening to the birds and the running water within the forest.
So that’s a bit about the place I stayed at, I’ve still got a couple more parts I’d like to tell you about so stay tuned! In the meantime, since apparently it’s fall (Still in the high 80s here), I’ve got plenty of fall inspired recipes to share with you. I think today I’ll share an oatmeal recipe! So get excited for some healthy fall comfort breakfast food 🙂
Apple Cinnamon and Toasted Coconut Protein Oatmeal [clean, vegan, gluten-free]
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 T unsweetened coconut toasted
- 1/2 apple diced
- few dashes cinnamon
- 1/2-1 T psyllium husk powder
- water/liquid of choice
Dice your apple and place in the bottom of a microwave safe dish (or in your pot if you prefer to use stove-top).
Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples and then cover with the oatmeal.
Cover with your liquid of choice * (I use water). And cook using your preferred method
In the meantime, if you don't already have toasted coconut, toast your coconut
Once your oatmeal is finished cooking, (if able, let cool for at least a few minutes). Otherwise, stir in your protein powder, psyllium husk powder, more cinnamon.
Top with your coconut, eat and enjoy!
- The amount of liquid you use will depend on your protein powder and use of psyllium. If omitting both of these, you should follow your oatmeal package instructions. I prefer volume, so I use a lot of liquid and have the protein powder and psyllium soak up the remaining liquid after it has been cooked in the microwave.
- If you are not used to psyllium husk powder, start low and taper upwards. Drink plenty of water!
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