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Healthy Morning Recipe and My Return

Fried cricket and silkworm

Fried cricket and silkworm

Hi All! I have returned from an epic trip to Thailand and an exciting holiday season.  I have many recipes in “the vault” and I am so ready to get back into a routine.  I was fortunate enough to enjoy the tastes of Thai food which will surely be incorporated into my 2016 cooking.  I had the opportunity to take a cooking class and I ate everything from fried silkworm to charcoal ice cream and traditional pad thai.  One of the most enjoyable street foods was roti which is basically a fried dough stuffed with banana.  It is theatrically made and a sight to see itself.

Roti with banana and nutella

Roti with banana and nutella

cooking class

cooking class

market shopping

market shopping and long long beans

HORRIBLE plane food from AirChina

HORRIBLE plane food from AirChina

#TheRealWendy

#TheRealWendy quest continues to update, upgrade, and cost effectively change fast food meals for the better.  Since the start of a new year is usually full of healthy habits, todays quest is to conquer an easy custom made oatmeal from home.  This one is less of a recipe and more of a custom creation made for your palate.  I made a big batch of steel cut oatmeal and added different mix ins once I portioned it out for the days of the week.  All around it is better to make this at home (from being more cost efficient to avoiding unwanted additives).

Here are a few examples of fast food chains who sell morning oatmeal.  Although it is not a horrible option in most cases why not enjoy an extra few minutes at home in the morning as opposed to waiting in line? Also I have secret add ins to make an extra protein packed oatmeal.

  • Wendy’s Oatmeal bar

    dried fruit addition

    dried fruit addition

  • McDonalds fruit and maple
  • Starbuck’s perfect oatmeal
  • Au Bon Pan oatmeal
  • Jamba Juice steel cut oatmeal

I make a batch of steel cut oats (or rolled oats) according to the package and scoop out portions into a muffin tin to cool before refrigerating or freezing.  In the morning you can pop it in the microwave and add a bit of milk (any kind) to loosen to your liking.

Traditional add ins

oatmeal portions

oatmeal portions

  • Fresh/ frozen/ dried fruit
  • Sweetener- Brown sugar/agave/ stevia etc.
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Spices- cinnamon/ginger
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts (be sure to add day of for crunch)

If you want an extra protein kick stir in egg whites, protein powder, or chia seeds.

 

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