Friday, June 28, 2013

Fruity Oaty Breakfast + The Weekend

Breakfast is this weird meal we can either over or under do. You need breakfast. You do. Or at least something in the morning.

But breakfast food is so nomtastic that it's really easy to go overboard--and it doesn't help that it all tends to be super fat and carb heavy.

Still tasty though.

Of course you're probably not having a giant stack of pancakes/waffles/french toast, eggs, five slices of bacon and hashbrowns every morning... Maybe you are. I don't know. Maybe you have that kind of time. Or personal chefs.

On a normal day, I can't do a big breakfast. They make me tired. But I want to make sure I get what I need to help me stay energized that day. So I thought I'd share one of my favorite but quick breakfast noms:

Healthy Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

What you'll need:

Plain Rolled Oats (I use Redmill, Gluten Free)
Vanilla Protein Power (Muscle Milk is lactose free)
Fresh Strawberries.
Milk of your choice (Unsweetened Vanilla Almond is my preferred choice--extra protein)

So you'll want to follow the instructions on your oats to make oatmeal. I think 1/2 oatmeal to 1 cup of water is pretty standard. You can make it on the stove but in the morning, I'm in a hurry so I use the microwave. To keep it from overflowing, put it on half power and about double the time (5 minutes usually works for me)

Once your oatmeal is cooked, mix in a serving of your protein power (I tend to use the full two scoops but that will depend on the size of your scoop as well).

Add milk as needed to keep it from getting TOO dry.

Chop up fresh strawberries and mix in.

Congrats, you just had a fairly balanced breakfast. Tasty, sweet but no artificial sugars, nom nom nom.

As it is summer and you may want to avoid hot food, you can also do a variation with some plain nonfat greek yogurt, mix in the protein powder, then the strawberries, then the dry oats.

This weekend I'll be heading back to Spokane to visit my family. It's been a hard past couple of weeks that have dug up some things I haven't really dealt with regarding my brother's death and I'm honestly really looking forward to seeing all of them. Going to show my father how to play Halo, maybe see if Spokane is showing Much Ado because--my parents both love Shakespeare (yesss). Probably talk long into the night with my sister about whatever geekery either of us is obsessing over as of late. It'll be good.

I think I'd also like to visit his grave while I'm out there. See the new headstone in person. I realize that sounds morbid, but... you'll understand when you see it. It's... it's very him.

I think the morbid notion about being excited to see a tombstone would also have been very him on some level.

I don't know. It will be a good mental health weekend. I may even try to share it with you by making a tiny 3-5 minute compilation video of the events. We'll see. =D

Quick update on things before I go:

Wit and Whimsy finished Round 1 of the Geek and Sundry Vlog submissions in 3rd place at an awesome 4,149 votes. That. Is. Crazy. I will keep you guys updated about Round 2. If you visit my FB page, there is actually a public invite all about it, you can check that out here.

Next week's vlog has been pre-recorded so that will be all ready for you on Wednesday. We're going to be talking about some super exciting things happening in Science right now.

In the throws of recording Arena Mode by Blake Northcott, so be on the lookout for my crazy vocals that will be coming to you soon to tell the tale of this superhuman brouhaha.

Have a great weekend, everyone, I'll yak at ya Monday!

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