Foodie Friday: Cinnamon Raisin Eggy Oats

TGIF! Wait.. do I always start my Friday posts like that? Whoops.. but this is an extra awesome Friday because Nathan and I are celebrating! I know it seems silly to celebrate a dating anniversary after you’re married, but we’ve officially been dating for 10 years. HOLY CRAP! Keep in mind we’ve only been married for 5 months now. I’m super excited for an awesome dinner tonight at Birrotecca and can’t wait to share that with you. I’ve heard such great things about this restaurant.

At my brother’s wedding.. and we’d already been dating for 4 years!

Until then, I’m going share with you a #StrangeButGood breakfast that I’ve been eating this week. In an effort to increase my healthy fats [thank you, Lindsay], I decided to play with some of my favorite breakfast items and I’m loving it this creation!

Sprint 2 the Table

Cinnamon Raisin Eggy Oats

Serves 1

Cinnamon Raisin Eggy Oats

Ingredients
– 1/2 banana; mashed
– Ground cinnamon
– 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
– 1/2 tbsp raisins
– 1 tbsp Sunbutter [or your favorite nut/seed butter!]
– 1 tsp coconut oil
– 1 whole egg
– 2 egg whites

Directions
Place a small pot over high heat and add the 1/2 banana, a sprinkling of cinnamon, almond milk, and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the oats and raisins and cook until desired consistency. Pour the oats into a bowl and top with the nut or seed butter.

Melt the coconut oil in the pot and add the eggs. Sprinkle the eggs with a little cinnamon and cook about 1-3 minutes per side, depending on how runny you like your yolks. When the eggs are finished cooking, slide on top of the oats, sprinkle a little more cinnamon and dive in!

Cinnamon Raisin Eggy Oats

Oh, and don’t forget to post a pic to Instagram, obviously 😉

The runny yolk with the Sunbutter and creamy oats is an unbeatable combination and it’s been a great post-workout breakfast!

Nutritional Information
Per serving with Sunbutter

480 Calories / 22g Fat / 51g Carbs / 9g Fiber / 16g Sugar / 24g Protein

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried sweet eggs?

What I Ate Wednesday #53: A Couple New Faves

Happy Wednesday, friends! Nathan sent me this video yesterday and I had to share it. This guy is incredibly inspirational and it’s so nice to see someone with such a positive attitude. It’s definitely worth the watch.. I hope you enjoy!

Now onto the food..

I have to admit, my eats have not been the most exciting lately. I’ve been loving big salads and roasted veggies and there are really only so many times I can show the same old stuff. So today I wanted to share another new twist on my protein oats and a couple other favorites that I’ve enjoyed recently.

Zucchini Bread Protein TVP Oats

I decided to explore a few breakfast options [only a little] and tried Zoats. I really enjoyed them but wanted to give them my own little twist and I’ve been devouring ever since! And obviously zucchini is not in short supply right now, so this is the perfect recipe to use some up!

Zucchini Bread Protein TVP Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1/2 banana; mashed
– 4 egg whites
– 1 small zucchini; shredded and squeezed dry
– 1/8 cup rolled oats
– 1/8 cup TVP* [If you don’t have TVP, just substitute another 1/8 cup of oats]
– Cinnamon
– Nutmeg
– Your fave nut and/or seed butters [Optional.. but why wouldn’t you?!]
– Your fave granola [Optional.. see note above]

Directions
In a small pot, bring almond milk to a boil with mashed banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Turn the heat down to medium high, add in your egg whites and mix continuously so the egg whites don’t poach. After the egg whites are partially cooked, add in the zucchini [make sure you squeezed as much of the moisture out as possible!] and mix to combine.

Let the zucchini and egg mixture cook for a few minutes, then add in the oats and TVP. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until the oats reach your desired consistency. Once cooked, top with 1 tbsp nut or seed butter, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and your favorite granola for crunch!

*You can purchase TVP from iHerb.com. Use discount code ZAF482 at checkout for up to $10 off your purchase!

Nutritional Information

Per serving, without optional toppings

235 Calories  /  2g Fat  /  32g Carbs  /  7g Fiber  /  12g Sugar  /  24g Protein

Pretty close to the original protein TVP oats, but with a little spin 🙂 This is also a perfect #PowerbowlChallenge breakfast. If you’re not participating, get with the program!

Snacks

I’m sure you’ve heard Chobani’s recent news and after having to toss a few of my beloved flips*, I’ve decided to take a little break and branch out to other brands of Greek yogurt. I’ve discovered some new flavors from Oikos that are off the chains! Yep. I went there. And I highly recommend you check them out.

Oikos Apple Pie Greek Yogurt

Oikos Caramel Macchiato Greek Yogurt

I love that the lids say “with room for toppings” 😉

*Chobani’s customer service is incredible. If you’ve had any issues with your yogurt, be sure to contact them and they will send you coupons for free cups!

Salad Topper

I finally found a store in my area that carries miso and was super psyched to start cooking with it. I’m in love with Kathy’s miso dressing and have made miso-dipped tofu multiple times!

Lunchbox Bunch Miso Dipped Tofu

The tofu is perfect to throw on top of salads or into a wrap. I can’t wait to try it with tempeh and other proteins!

Food for Thought

What is your favorite flavor of yogurt?

Have you ever cooked with miso? Are you a fan?

Never Forget. 9/11/01

An Ode to Oatmeal: Protein-Packed TVP Oats

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I’ve recently gotten a few requests for my go-to oatmeal recipe. I may be a bit obsessed [read: eat them every single day] but I just can’t stop! And frankly I see nothing wrong with that. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? 😉

Protein TVP Oats

Protein TVP Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients
– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 banana
– 1/2 cup almond milk + splash at the end
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/4 cup rolled oats
– 1/4 cup TVP* [If you don’t have TVP, just substitute another 1/4 cup of oats]
– Cinnamon. Lots of cinnamon!
– Your fave nut and/or seed butters [Optional.. but why wouldn’t you?!]
– Your fave granola [Optional.. see note above]

Directions
In a small pot, scramble your egg whites and put them off to the side. I add cinnamon to mine as they’re cooking, but you can just leave them plain.

Break up the banana into the pot and toss it with a sprinkle of cinnamon to coat. Add almond milk and water. Mash up the banana into the liquid until there are almost no chunks. Add the oats and TVP and bring to a light boil, then turn down to a simmer.

When the oats are almost finished cooking, add the egg whites back in with a splash of almond milk. This will make it creamier and help to incorporate the egg into the mix. When they’re done, top with 1 tbsp nut/seed butter [and another sprinkle of cinnamon!]

I can never decide which nut/seed butter to use so I typically split my tablespoon into 3 teaspoons of different ones.. it makes it that much more exciting 😉 I also throw a little granola on top for a some crunch! [Michele’s is the best!]

*You can purchase TVP from iHerb.com. Use discount code ZAF482 at checkout for up to $10 off your purchase!

Nutritional Information

Per serving, without optional toppings

254 Calories  /  4g Fat  /  31g Carbs  /  5g Fiber  /  11g Sugar  /  24g Protein

Food for Thought

What is your favorite breakfast? What’s your favorite way to dress up oatmeal?

A Marvelous Weekend

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I’m definitely sad to see my 4-day weekend go, but it ended on the right note. This past weekend was just what I needed!

After running a few errands on Saturday, we decided to hit up the movie theater to see This Is The End but not before a little lunch. Nathan has been raving about porchetta since we went to Italy so I did a little googling and found Isabella’s in Little Italy. Everything I read about this place from the amazing porchetta sandwich, to the tiny area to eat [all of 4 tables], to the super friendly service was on point. And while the porchetta sandwich wasn’t the same as Italy, Nathan was still quite pleased. I, of course, went for the Greek Salad with grilled chicken and it was awesome! The homemade feta was my favorite part.

Isabellas Little Italy Baltimore Maryland MD Greek Salad Grilled Chicken Homemade Feta

Greek salad with grilled chicken and homemade feta

Off to the movies! One of my favorite things about our theater downtown is that they have a full bar. It comes in handy when you go to see a movie like This Is The End.. not recommended. But at least it got us out of the house and out of the sun on a scorcher of a day! And I had a super tasty cocktail. Check out that top-notch pic! 😉

Landmark Theaters St Germain White Cranberry Soda Berries

St. Germain Elderflower Liquer, blueberries, strawberries, white cranberry juice, and soda water

After a quick run to Whole Foods for sparkling water and figs [the essentials], we vegged at home and watched The Amazing Spiderman on demand. Another winner.. though, it was definitely better than the movie that we paid for! We got lazy and I whipped up a little egg white scramble for dinner which turned out to be pretty awesome! Awesome enough that I repeated it yesterday for lunch.

Eggs Scramble Broccoli Corn Kale Cheddar Cheese Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Egg whites, broccoli, corn, kale, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomatillo salsa, and a little sriracha

Sunday ended up being a bit of later start for us.. I got up and did one of my favorite Tone It Up cardio routines, Bikini Cardio. We were going to head to the farmers’ market, but I needed some food in my belly so I chowed down on my go-to breakfast—oats with egg whites & TVP, topped with Sunbutter, coconut peanut spread, and my homemade pumpkin seed butter.

Tone It Up TIU Bikini Cardio

Protein TVP Oats Sunbutter Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread Pumpkin Seed Butter Teavola Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Egg White Scramble

By the time we got ourselves together to head out, it was 10:30. On our walk over, we decided it was hot, late [for the market], and there would be tons of people there, so we detoured over to Teavolve. Nathan grabbed a bite to eat and I got a delicious matcha green tea smoothie. I had only tried it once before, but it was just as marvelous as I remembered. Matcha powder is so pricey though, I just can’t bring myself to bite the bullet and get some to have at home.

We found ourselves around the corner from Whole Foods again, so we ran in to pick up a few things for some serious food prep when we got home, including these gorgeous beets!

Beets Whole Foods

How cool are these beets?!

We got down to business and Nathan was cooking up a storm!

Sunday Food Prep Beets Tuscan Ragu Eating Bird Food Kimchi Flank Steak Israeli Salad Buffalo Tofu Chicken

He’s really been jonesing for some good Italian food like we had on the honeymoon, so he made a Tuscan-style ragu. It’s delicious and perfect to serve over pasta, quinoa, salad.. anything really! He also grilled up a flank steak which is going to be great  for sandwiches and salads all week. I roasted my beets which, unfortunately, were not as gorgeous as they were raw. I also made some easy kimchi that I found from Brittany [can’t wait to taste it later this week!], Israeli salad [cucumber, tomato, red onion, lemon, EVOO, & dill], grilled buffalo tofu for my salads, and for dinner I grilled some chicken with buffalo sauce.. plenty of leftovers there too.

We’re set for the week! Lunches and dinners are going to be so quick and easy. It really does wonders to set aside a few hours on Sunday to cook up some food for the week. Hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Food for Thought

Did you do any food prep over the weekend?

Are there any foods that you love but you won’t buy because of the price tag?

Thursday Things {and a Giveaway!}

Happy 4th of July! I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing day off with family and friends. I’m already loving my day off and wanted to take the opportunity to post a quick update and share a delicious giveaway with you!

Quick pic from last year’s 4th of July celebrations.

  1. I “slept in” until 7 am. It was glorious. And I’m completely hopeless. I remember the days when I used to refuse to get out of bed before double digits.. I don’t know the last time I was in bed until 10!
  2. The best part about waking up so early is that I’m already finished with my workout and had a delicious breakfast of protein TVP oats and a cup of Zeke’s Coffee.
    Best Body Bootcamp HIIT Workout Protein TVP Oats Zekes Coffee Earth Balance Sunbutter
  3. My arms don’t want to move today. Best Body Bootcamp workouts have been killer this week and I’m loving it! Lifting heavy feels good.
  4. The Baltimore Business Journal is running a Social Madness competition. My bosses told us that if we made it to the championship, we’d have July 5th off. I’m officially off of work until Monday. YES! (Feel free to vote for Planit in the medium category ;))
  5. Looking forward to going to dinner tonight with friends and sitting outside by the harbor to watch the fireworks. They were last minute plans, but it’s definitely going to be a good time!
  6. I have a super delicious giveaway for you. It’s #nothingbutgood. Get it? 😉 My wonderful friends at Chobani are offering one of you a case of yogurt.. GET YOSELF SOME CHO!
    Chobani Case Nothing But Good

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Food for Thought

How are you celebrating the 4th? Are you rocking your red, white, and blue?