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Take Me on Vacation Oatmeal

Take Me on Vacation Oatmeal

Lets get something straight, I have no interest in dieting.  I love food WAY too much to jump on some crazy crash diet bandwagon.  However, I was intrigued when I began reading up on “Clean Eating”.  The Livestrong site offers a good synopsis of what this way of life means.  I invested in some of Tosca Reno’s books “Eat Clean Diet Stripped” and “Eat Clean Diet Part 2” (uggg…..they do have “diet” in the name sorry).  She offers a wealth of information on Clean Eating, and provides some good (and some interesting) recipe ideas.  If anything, you must at least check this lady out….She is 52 and is in crazy gorgeous shape.  Like woah.  Tosca, you be hot girlfriend!

I think all of us should do ourselves a favor and attempt to eat clean the majority of our days.  In a nutshell, you eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, lean proteins, whole grain, etc. You stay away from refined sugars and processed foods.   We have all gotten into this awful habit of eating these crappy @$$ items every day.  Bad.  Very bad. We ate clean at our casa for a good week and I felt surprisingly energized and….well…..clean! 

One recipe that we tried, we REALLY enjoyed and I’ve made it several times since.  It’s the “Take Me on Vacation Oatmeal”.  When you eat it you really feel like you are being naughty, but you aren’t.  Actually, it makes you feel like you are being naughty and on vacation at the same time…Mmmmmm…..   This oatmeal is a perfect way to start your day.  It keeps you feeling satisfied and energized until your mid-morning snack.  I used 1/2 of the almond milk noted in the recipe because I don’t care for my oatmeal to be so liquidy.  As Digital Underground once said “Do Whatcha Like”!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (optional)
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and pitted, diced
  • 1 tsp roasted golden flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp chopped cashews
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened flake coconut

Combine oats, oat bran and salt with 2 1/4 cups water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering.  Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and water is absorbed, about three minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit two minutes.

Divide cereal equally between two bowls.  Whisk together almond milk and protein powder, and pour over cereal.  Top with mango, flaxseed, cashews and coconut.

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