How’s your week going so far? Minus the increase in traffic, thanks to this lovely back-to-school time of year, mine has been pretty great! This applies especially to workouts which have been leaving me feeling tired but so energized at the same time. Luckily those mornings of feeling super drained and low on energy (thanks to low iron) appear to be behind me now that I’m on an new supplement. Isn’t it annoying how after the pressure to train for a race is off, everything starts feeling good again? Regardless, I’m thankful to be feeling back to normal.
Enough about that… I’ve got something yummy for you!
1. Recipe of the Week. Even though the season’s are a-changin’, don’t put away that BBQ just yet! I have one more burger recipe for you, and this time it’s a vegan one!
These Easy Balsamic Portobello Burgers are just that – crazy easy to make, and they cook up in just 8 minutes. Their marinade is simple – just a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and when layered up on a bun with roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini, spinach, and a nice thick layer of hummus, they’re a party in your mouth that even meat eaters will enjoy.
2. Love Grown Foods Super Oats. You may already know Love Grown Foods as a producer of delicious, better-for-you granola, but guess what!?
They’ve got a new product! Love Grown Foods has recently introduced 2 flavours of Super Oats – Nuts & Seeds and Simply Pure. I’m the type that will still drink green smoothies for breakfast as the weather cools off, even if that means being curled up under a blanket. Having said that, I occasionally crave a nice warm, cozy bowl of oatmeal. I was so excited to receive 2 bags of Super Oats from Maddie and Alex at Love Grown Foods and couldn’t wait to try them.
Why are they so super? For starters, they’re not just oats. Each blend contains chia seeds, quinoa, amaranth, and gluten-free oats. In addition to being vegan, certified gluten free and non-GMO, a single serving provides 7g of plant-based protein and 5g fiber. This is what the ingredients panel looks like for each:
Nuts & Seeds: Gluten-Free Oats, chia seeds, almonds, quinoa, amaranth, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed
Simply Pure: Gluten-Free Oats, chia seeds, quinoa, amaranth
Impressive, hey? For breakfast yesterday I ripped open the Nuts & Seeds Super Oats and made them exactly as the instructions said: Mix 1 cup of water or milk with 1/2 cup of oats and cook (in the microwave or on the stove) for about 3 minutes or until thick. I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of nuts and pumpkin seeds in the mix, so I also added the following:
- a pinch of stevia extract
- dried cranberries
- additional pumpkin seeds (there are already some in the mix)
This is what it looked like:
It had been a while since I’d eaten oats for breakfast, and this was really, really delicious. (I’ve adapted the recipe so that you can try it as well, with either Super Oats or regular oats, and you’ll find that here.) I can’t stand when instant oatmeal comes with a ton of added sweeteners, and both flavours contain absolutely zero. Yay! Oats don’t normally keep me full for very long (which is why I tend to opt for omelettes or green smoothies for post-workout breakfasts) so I had an apple as well before leaving for work. Surprisingly, I wasn’t hungry until about 10:30, which is my usual mid-morning snack time. Although the Super Oats didn’t seem much different to the regular kind, I think the added protein and healthy fats from the nuts and seeds definitely contributed toward the fullness factor.
While these were totally fine on their own, I’m already dreaming up new breakfasts with additional mix-ins. On the menu for breakfast tomorrow is pumpkin overnight Super Oats! For those wondering, my intended mixture is 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup oats, 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 tsp cinnamon and a few pinches of stevia, all mixed together and left to sit in the fridge overnight. I’m excited about it already!
So tell me…
- Did you try anything new yesterday?
- What are your thoughts on oats for breakfast? Do they keep you full for a few hours or do you find yourself hungry shortly after eating them?