Need a simple and quick, but nutritious and filling breakfast? Try out this 5 ingredient clean, vegan oatmeal for your next AM meal (or post cardio workout!)
Just a quick hello to tell you I made it back safe and sound! Things are crazy since I’m just getting back (from vacation and from my last rotation since I was out of town the whole time and hadn’t even had a chance to unpack fully from the move) and starting a whole new rotation, and I just have so much to do and learn (including the computer systems I was trained on back in early July…but haven’t used yet. GAH) and now I have to also deal with crazy, terrible brutal call too. So…I’m a bit overwhelmed.
BUT, I can’t wait to tell you about some of my trip! I’ll have to tell you about it piece-meal, though. I hope that’ll be ok.
Anywho, I decided to check out Mindo, Ecudaor. First, I’ve never been to South America before. Second, they have a rainforest (the Cloud Rainforest), that caught my eyes a few years ago when I read a post about it and being able to traverse across part of the canopy! (Yes, I bookmark travel ideas and most places stay there for years, but I LOVE to travel) (In that post, I’m also intrigued by the tidbit on Romania, so that’s been on my list, too, just in case you wanted to know of course lol). I also wanted to do an active trip since I needed the exertion so this place was perfect for that. Lots of adventure and lots to explore!
With the whole hub-bub about Zika, and the fact I’d be in the rainforest with plenty of bugs I knew insect repellent was a priority. Even though I pretty much bathed in the stuff, I did not come out unscathed. I got bit by who knows what, and plenty of times. My legs are..pretty gross.
Lots of bites and a few random bruises? Who knows. Well, I know some of the culprits based upon the conversation with the lodge owner (not the lodge from the post I linked to above, though) which was as follows, in a Spanish accent, briefly:
Him: “We have no Zika virus here”
Me: “I’m not really worried about it, but that’s good to know!”
Him: “We do have blood-sucking black flies though!”
Me: “Hmm…that sounds..lovely. Just, perhaps a word of advice…? I think you should probably just stop after the no Zika part. ” Hehe
Anyway, stay tuned to hear more about my adventures! In the meantime, try out this tasty and simple oatmeal recipe. It’s so simple, but easily a favorite of mine. The key? You MUST cook part of the banana with the oatmeal. Otherwise you can modify as you see fit 🙂
PB&B Oatmeal [Clean, Vegan]
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2-1 banana
- 1 T peanut butter
- 1/2-1 T psyllium husk powder
- few dashes cinnamon
- water/liquid of choice
Mash 1/3-1/2 of your banana in the bottom of your microwave friendly bowl, or pot
Top with oatmeal and liquid of choice
Cook oatmeal via your preferred method
While letting cool, slice and quarter your remaining banana
Stir in the rest of the ingredients aside from the banana until smooth and creamy
Fold in banana. Eat and enjoy!
- The amount of liquid will depend on if you use psyllium husk powder. If unsure, feel free to use the instructions on your oatmeal package. Or, feel free to ask how I make mine.
- If you have never used psyllium husk powder before, start low and work your way up. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
- I make my own, but if you use store bought try to use one without any added sugar
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