I have to laugh at how many times I answer the question, "Well what do you eat?!" They say in such disbelief! It takes nothing but remembering what real food was naturally created for us, and then playing with the options.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty tired of the same old waffles from a squeeze machine, dry cereal and oatmeal packets and the assorted of sticky sugary dripping sweet pastries as options at every typical continental hotel breakfast spread. Now, if you ask me THERE is a lack of creativity, and I might say, "What do you eat?!" Don't you get tired of the heavy feeling that kind of feeling brings? Full of carbs and lack in freshness, I'll take my variety any day. And you can too.
Today, I'm watching the sun rise as my family sleeps and it's nothing but calm and quiet in my house as I stand and look out the window. The snow is heavy on the pines outside, and my black dog is curled warming my feet. I love the feeling of fresh and tangy crisp cool fruit in the morning, and in the winter I even prefer smoothies, like my favorite MVP Smoothie. But on some chilly mornings, I too like something warm and comforting to the belly. I wanted something more protein rich, more exciting, and tasty than traditional oatmeal, so I made a few twists.
When I say I don't eat meat it's interesting to note the astonishment when people wonder where I get my protein. When I know all they are eating is starch and carbs, I don't ask "well, where do you get your minerals?" Which seems like since it is a more common problem, it would be more reasonable that I would ask that than someone should ask me the protein question. Trust me, if I'm not eating meat, I'm most likely paying attention to the parts of my diet that would ask if I am getting enough protein. What is interesting is that with the standard American diet, one does NOT ask themselves if they are getting enough of the necessary nutrients they are surely missing by deleting whole categories of foods like fruit and vegetables.
Rest assured, protein guides, this entire pot contains 26 grams of protein, and 2 of us eat it, though it could easily be divided into more. I'm covered. See? You totally can eat real food and enjoy it.
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oats or steel cut oats
1/4 c quinoa
Boil altogether over medium heat. Add:
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
Once it is thickened, pour into bowls and top with blueberries, blackberries, bananas, walnuts, and sprinkle hemp seeds.