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How to Make Creamy Banana Oatmeal

Living out my life in a sling that holds my dominant arm hasn’t been bad…but let’s face it, it isn’t the optimal situation.
There are the ice packs, the changing of bandages, the awkward times when you look like a Cirque du Soleil artist trying to get the shirt off your back, the left handed showers that never quite make you feel as clean as a right handed one, the situated sleeping, the challenges of cooking a decent meal, the driving….oh, the driving. Everything is backwards, half-ass, I don’t care. I want to care, but I just don’t have the energy to try and pluck the grouchy eye brows I have obtained.
Through the pains of everyday awkwardness, I am in no pain. A huge blessing. I am healing properly, I think and have faced no medical emergencies thus far. A step towards the right direction, no?
The ‘no-working’ out deal I made with the Doc is slowly irritating me. Technically, I can do light cardio on the bike and work my legs. I just don’t seem motivated to do things that I HATE, the bike and legs! I have vowed today to try and clean up my diet so that the working out doesn’t seem as critical. Must stay on track for the next 5 weeks. Must. For my sanity and for my health.
This morning, I woke up under warm, snuggly covers.
Went to the kitchen, made freshly-ground creamy hazelnut coffee and made breakfast!
Almost every morning I enjoy oatmeal, its filling and delicious.
I thought I’d share how to make Whipped Banana Oats….I got this method of cooking oats from Kath!
First, you will need, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water. I also use 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats! The regular kind!
Combine these ingredients into a pot and let it sit for 5 minutes on med/med high heat. It will start to get foamy and the banana will literally start to melt and make creamy oats.
Once your oats are foamy, turn the heat way down on low and stir for about a minute. Now that the oats are a bit cooler you can stir in whatever you like! Today I used raisins.
Now pour into you favorite dish and use toppings. I always put peanut butter in my oats, but today I also added a little raspberry preserves!
This breakfast never gets old because you can add so many things to the oats to make new flavors!
Off to prepare for work! Feels good to be back into bloggie action 🙂
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Fallen

It is true. I have officially lost it. Fallen on the face of God’s green Earth into the abyss of projects, papers, cold weather, lack of sleep, coffee jitters, colder weather, lack of sleep, lack of showers, 12 page papers…..finals.
My life lately hasn’t been exactly great. Finals are like the deatheaters in Harry Potter that suck my soul away. I am nervous, anxious, lazy, sleepy, annoyed.
But, not to worry my friends, the sun will indeed come out tomorrow in which all of this will end.
I am determined to finish this paper, turn it in Thursday morning.
BUT the real kicker lies in what comes after finals….my shoulder surgery. Ah, yes, you thought I was going to celebrate with going out for drinks or eating a nice meal. Nope! Absolutely not. I am going to celebrate with pain killers and sleep for ages, then I will let you know how my life is going.
In the meantime, day in and day out, I have become appreciative of the little things.
Delicious, roasted banana protein pancakes
Creamy nutmeg candles that make my room smell delicious.
Creamy oats with chia seeds that keep me full and focused
(much needed during finals week)
tortilla soup to warm my soul on late nights
I’ll give you the recipe…so easy

Taming Finals with Tortilla Soup
my own recipe creation

1 roasted chicken from publix or your local store, shred all meat and throw away carcass
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes, the diced kind
1 32 oz box of low sodium chicken stock
1/2 c. brown rice, instant kind
1 anaheim chile, seeded and diced
1 small onion, diced
lime, hot sauce, cheese, tortilla chips (for garnish)
1. saute onion and chile with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bit of olive oil
2. throw in the can of tomatoes, saute for about a minute or two
3. add in the chicken stock, bring to a boil and then turn it down to low.
4. add in the shredded chicken
5. pour in half cup of rice
6. simmer on low for about 30 minutes
7. garnish with a squirt of lime, hot sauce, cheese and chips.
This makes a large pot of soup. Perfect reheated.
I am afraid that I am much too lethargic to write anymore.
Perhaps you will see me tomorrow.
Or at least before my shoulder surgery….details to come!

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Wake Up With Oatmeal

This morning has been great so far, I ran 3 miles and have been up since 6. I love waking up and feeling productive! Because I have been so proactive this morning, I am deciding to hand out a speech on why Americans should be eating breakfast on a daily basis.
Going without breakfast is like driving on an empty tank. It’s just senseless, people. Many do not realize that eating something light in the morning will actually further fat loss and help you maintain a healthy weight. Adults often feel sluggish and tired upon arriving at their workplace. Try feeding your body a little something to wake up! Oh, hey, parents, why don’t you also try feeding your children something other than processed cereal bars for breakfast?…maybe then they won’t act like lunatics at school (did I really say that?). Not trying to be pushy…it’s the future teacher in me talking.
Oatmeal is one of the best things you can start your day with. Low on the glycemic index and full of water soluble fiber, oats help you feel fuller longer. In my opinion, they are also wonderfully yummy and comforting.
If you have not tried stirring peanut butter into your oatmeal, I am sorry. Not to worry, today, you will now know the wonders of this addition. The oats become creamy and peanuty (my fave). They literally taste like a cookie. Please, get rid of the packet of stuff and feast your eyes on this tomorrow morning.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Serves two.
Boil 2 cups of water.
Add 1 cup of steel cut oats, such as Bob’s Red Mill
Cook for 10- 20 minutes, to the consistency you like
Remove for heat and stir in half of a mashed banana and 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
Add a little agave nectar or honey along with a pinch of cinnamon
I top my oats with a little vanilla soymilk and Uncle Sam’s Bran Flakes for a little crunch.

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