Hot & Steamy…Oats

Happy FRIDAY to ya! I must begin with some good news: I can happily report that last night’s bug bite did not turn out to be as bad as anticipated! Barely noticeable. It must have been the “X’s.” ;)

(Yes, this is post-workout, naked-faced Courtney – I will not subject you to many more of these pictures, promise!) ;)

Speaking of that workout — boy, I’ll tell ya, my hips are just not happy with me this week. They are sore, tight, and pretty uncomfortable. I’m wondering if maybe it was a combination of my longer run on Monday & the new workout Tuesday? Ahh, I don’t know; either way, I knew once I started moving today, that running probably wasn’t going to be the smartest choice. I need to give the joints a little more time to rest. So rather than running, I did my Incline Interval Workout, which felt GREAT! I love getting all the different resistances with the various inclines –it’s workin’ lots ‘o muscles. :)

Breakfast

Oddly enough, I was craving oatmeal this morning. Hot, creamy, steamy off the stove oatmeal. Originally, I was going to cook up some of these steel cut oats that I picked up the other day, but I got scared. :( I’ve never tried them and I really didn’t want this morning’s oats to be a flop. Does anyone else out there have any tips/advice on the steel cut oats? Are they like regular oats? Maybe next time!

Instead, I stuck with my favorite, simple whipped bananer oats:

1/3 cup oats

1/3 cup vanilla almond milk

1/3 cup water

1/2 smashed banana

1/2 tsp vanilla

cinnamon

golden raisins

Then it was time to get fun with some TOPPINGS! :-D

First I started out with 1/2 of a Clif Z Bar

Then a little sprinkle of granola…

And of course, a scoop of my truly beloved: Blizzard Butter

And ended up with this absolutely fantastic bowl!

Yes, they were hot, steamy & creamy, and yes, I was sweating through pretty much my entire breakfast. But hey, I didn’t care. They were that good today. And if I had more in front of me, I’d sweat through them again. :)

I have some more errands ahead of me today, some of which include picking up some items for my friend Joelle’s bridal shower tomorrow! I’m so excited. :mrgreen:

Question for the Morning:

What foods will you still enjoy despite extreme weather circumstances?

Obviously, I will still endure the heat of a hot bowl of oatmeal in 90+ degree weather. But I’ll also savor every last bite of ice cream in the dead of winter. Yup, I’m addicted, I ain’t gonna lie! ;)