August Love

It’s officially August!

Is anyone else feeling like the days and months are just zipping by?

Today, I wanted to highlight some of what I’m currently into, including categories of food, beauty, and entertainment.

Beauty

  • Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and calcium powder for teeth care. After recently having a few cavities filled (and spending far more than I would have liked), I realized my mouth needed a major overhaul. I was previously using a natural, flouride-free toothpaste in addition to oil pulling with coconut oil, likely making me the only documented failed oil pulling case out there!
  • Flash Tats — What can I say, I know they’re trendy and probably going to look horrible when I’m 70, but I love tattoos! This non-permanent variety is different in that it’s very feminine, and its shimmer is designed to mimic the look of gold and silver jewelry.

SHEEBANIFood

  • Fresh basil (my basil plant is still going strong!), dried oregano, and this blend.

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  • Sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, short grain brown rice, this stevia, and potatoes of any kind.
  • Kefir — Great for digestion and flat bellies!
  • Puro Coffee  My husband has called this brand one of the best he’s tried (and as a fireman, he drinks quite a bit to stay up some nights).

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Movies

  • Generation Iron — I’m digging documentaries right now. If you were a fan of the original Pumping Iron with Arnold Schwarzenegger, then you will likely enjoy this modern update. The movie follows multiple Mr. Olympia hopefuls in their quest to obtain the elusive title. I love fitness, so this was a compelling watch for me!

Generation Iron (2013) Poster

Music

  • Anything 90s, including Dishwalla, Spice Girls, Chumbawamba, Smash Mouth, Bush, Sugar Ray, Aqua (Barbie Girl, anyone?), and anything from this incredible CD.

TV

  • The Strain — Still early, but the gruesome images have me a bit hooked! I’m hoping they develop the characters a bit more though, as that’s taking it down a notch for me.
  • Broken Skull Challenge — A challenging reality show that’s about the strength and endurance of the participants and NOT the interpersonal drama. I get enough of that on RHOC.

Steve Austin, Broken Skull Ranch

Websites

  • Zulily — Awesome for kids’ clothes (I bought four outfits and two pairs of shoes for about $60), and they even have some decent clothes for women.
  • Finding Vegan –An incredible site featuring tons of delicious, plant-based recipes.

Blogs

  • The Humble Plate — Mary reminds me a bit of me in how she writes, and she has some great, plant-based recipes.
  • Fo Reals Life — Morgan is another plant-based blogger that won’t judge you for wanting your kale with a side of chicken.
  • Petite Allergy Treats — Laura is akin to me, in that she has young kids with allergies that she’s trying to make healthy meals for. All of her recipes are free of wheat, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, sunflower, honey, and sesame.

Recipes

  • One-pot meals. Our latest cheap fave includes chicken thighs, onions, carrots, celery, oregano, and brown rice.
  • Caramel-topped raw brownies (recipe coming)…

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  • Warm oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and these no-bake Cinnabuns.
  • Warm salads with a combination of roasted vegetables, tahini-based salad dressings, sauteed dark greens, mixed with some protein in the form of lentils or organic chopped chicken.

 

What are you digging lately?

 

What I Ate Wednesday (7/30/14)

So, this happened this weekend…

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….leaving me creatively impotent and pretty much dependent on my husband for everything. Not fun.

Luckily, it’s beginning to heal, and I’m slowly feeling like myself again. Time for some normalcy!

Breakfast

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Natty and I shared a delicious smoothie this morning.

I blended kefir, kale, a cold banana, hemp milk, frozen mango, and raw honey together for one scrumptious breakfast! It actually tasted like an Orange Julius, which was odd since it had no oranges in it. :-)

Snack

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The whole family noshed on cheese crisps for an early afternoon snack.

I’ve been loving the Ezekiel tortillas topped with yogurt cheese. The yogurt cheese is free of lactose and agrees with me better than some others I’ve tried, like swiss.

Lunch

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For lunch, I boiled some Mung Bean Noodles  (my latest food obsession), and topped them with some shallot, cremini mushrooms, and kale, all sautéed in coconut oil.

I topped this with some (unpictured) Marinara Sauce, and it made a delicious, healthy, and filling lunch!

Dinner

My lunch held me over until the evening, when I was craving quinoa.

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I made my Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fry and, for crunch, added some roasted lemon-y pumpkin seeds (video to come!).

I love this meal and make a huge batch of it at least once a week!

Dessert

These decadent, raw caramel-topped brownies satisfied my sweet teeth for the night….

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Why on earth would anyone choose white sugar/flour when you can have something so wholesome and delicious?!

What are you eating this week?

Perfect 7-Minute Vegan Oatmeal

Perhaps you’ve ever wondered at my blog’s name?

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Perhaps not, but for the two of you that might be curious, this blog is named for my personal love of oats and my husband’s affinity for eating them with a fork!

We’re very literal people, apparently.

I can remember when the idea for this blog was but a small nugget in my head.

Around that time, my life was a lot different. I was enrolled in nursing school, awaiting its commencement, all while still completing my preliminary courses, buying a house, starting a family, and holding down a job at the local Whole Foods.

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At the same time, my husband was beginning his career as a fireman, working his normal shifts in addition to overtime, keeping him away from our home and family for days at a time.

I can remember working one of my typical night shifts at Whole Foods and chatting with one of the other employees (a man with a wife and four growing kids), when he said to me how he and his wife found it silly for her to have a job.

‘Why?’, I inquired.

‘Well,’ he said, ‘she would have basically been working for money to pay someone else to be at home with our children.’

This really struck a chord with me at the time, as I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manage working as a nurse with having children.

Around that time, I also stumbled across a few random food blogs, one of which, explained how she had begun.

It kind of became a pipe dream of mine to stay at home, watch our kids, and have a little food blog, but somehow, it became a reality.

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With my husband’s support, I opted out of nursing school, and, two and a half years later, here I am!

While many things here have changed over the past couple of years, one thing remains a constant: my love for oats!

There’s nothing better than a sweet, creamy bowl of oatmeal topped with your favorite fruits, nuts or seeds, a bit of maple syrup, and a splash of cold milk. It’s a meal I can eat anytime of day!

Perfect 7-Minute Vegan Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 2 bowls
Ingredients
  • 1 c. dairy-free milk
  • ¾ c. water
  • ¾ c. quick oats (I used Country Choice Organic Oats)
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • ½ t. vanilla
  • MY ADD-INS:
  • ½ c. chopped apple
  • ¼ c. raisins
  • ¼ t. cinnamon
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 2 T. raw walnuts
  • maple syrup or stevia, as desired for sweetness
  • dairy-free milk, as desired
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, simmer the milk and water together.
  2. Stir in the oats and salt.
  3. Bring the mix to a light boil, then quickly lower it to a simmer.
  4. Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Stir in the vanilla, along with the above add-ins (or your desired mix).
  7. Cover the pan and let stand for two minutes.
  8. Top with walnuts, maple syrup/stevia, and milk, as desired.
  9. Dig in!
Notes
Nutrition facts are based on using unsweetened almond milk and all of the add-ins. It also includes the walnuts, but NOT the maple syrup/stevia or milk for topping. WW points (new system): 7
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ of recipe Calories: 252 Fat: 7.9 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Unsaturated fat: 7.3 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 40.5 g Sugar: 14.1 g Sodium: 331 mg Fiber: 5.6 g Protein: 7 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Adapted from this recipe

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I can easily sit and eat this deliciousness for dinner while my husband has a steak. No prob. Just watch the milk!…

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Lol. :-)

What meal could you eat anytime of day?

 

 

 

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