Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creamy Dreamy Pumpkin Pie Oats

Hi Guys!

Oh boy, what a day.. My morning started at 5:30AM today... That's just the way it goes when you're too tired to stay up and finish your school work the night before. I am 100% a morning person. I would much rather be in bed early and out of bed at the crack of dawn then stay up late like a normal college student. Seriously, I think I've successfully pulled just one all nighter, ever.

It's kind of sad, I know this.

Well.. Let's just say my physics II homework decided to Judo Chop me in the face this morning & hit me with a round house kick tonight. Ugh.. I can't escape it. We get weekly homework assignments and lab reports that are due every Wednesday by 5PM & of course, given that I am a master procrastinator, I usually wait until a day or two before they're due to start them.

(Note to self: learn to stop procrastinating... starting tomorrow)

Tomorrow I have a physics exam too. Meaning there is a long night of studying in my future. Gosh I love college.. ;)

I did take action this morning though friends. I knew there was an super packed/stressful day ahead of me, hence why I started my morning with a big 'ole bowl of this warm & creamy goodness.

Dreamy Pumpkin Pie Oats. Uber simple, uber healthy, and.. you guessed it, uber delicious. (& yes, I do realize the word uber came and went in the 80's. But what can ya do.)

You'll probably think this sounds weird but.. It seriously bothers/concerns me when people skimp out on breakfast. Actually, it bothers me if people skip meals period. Bear with me here. You're body is your source of energy; the thing that gets you to and from where you need to be daily & it helps you perform whatever tasks are asked of you. It is YOUR TEMPLE.

Now how do you expect your body to run properly if you aren't filling it with adaquate amounts of food or with the things it yearns for? The answer is simple. You can't.

Think of your car for example. If you want your car to get you from point A to point B, what do you do? You fill it with gas. & if you want your car to run the best that it can, you certainly wouldn't fill it with bad gasoline now would you? You're body works the same way. You fill it with the things that are good for it and it is no secret as to how it will respond. You'll feel less tired, your skin will clear up, you'll lose those last few pounds that you just can't seem to get rid of, etc. You will just feel GOOD.

Trust me, I've been there. I used to eat the Standard American Diet, or what I like to refer to as the SAD Diet, too. Ribs. Burgers. Highly processed empty carbs. All of it. It wasn't until my Sophomore year of high school that I decided to really focus on eating healthier and treating my body the way it deserved to be treated. I lose +15lbs, my skin was acne free, & I felt great. Light as a feather. Then just over two years ago I made the huge decision to turn vegan & there ain't no turning back!

Now my goal is not to turn all of my readers into VegHeds like myself. In a perfect world, maybe. Ha! ;) But I do want to encourage you guys to make positive changes for yourself. Your health goes way beyond just you. Think about how it affects your family both now and in the future. Do you want to indulge and live an unhealthy life now, and 10-20 years down the road be overweight and getting winded while trying to play with your kids? I sure don't!

Come on this journey with me. Make little changes to improve your life, improve your health, and hopefully grow to be a happier you. =) Are you with me!?

Okay, that is enough preaching for tonight. Now would you like a healthy & quick breakfast recipe you can whip up in under 10 minutes?


These oats are thick & full of pumpkiny flavor. They are packed with protein and carbs to keep you full and energized all morning. Plus, getting a serving of (delicious) veggies in your breakfast?! Fist bump.
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (don't use pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 3/4 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (Though I typically use 1tsp cinnamon + 1/2tsp pumpkin pie spice, it is all up to personal preference!)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch or 2 of sea salt
  • 1 (heaping) Tbsp pure maple syrup (could also substitute with brown sugar)
  • Add ins & toppings: raisins, chopped walnuts, coconut shreds, dark chocolate chips, etc. & I always top mine with either a drizzle of maple syrup & some more cinnamon or cinnamon brown sugar. Mmm.
Are you ready for the cooking instructions? It's very complicated..

You put everything in a pot on medium-low, stir, & enjoy. =) Make sure you stir it periodically to ensure that the oats are getting heated thoroughly & not just cooking in the bottom of the pan. You can tell they are ready to go when they start getting nice, thick & creamy.

Pour them into a bowl (don't forget your toppings!) & dig in.

Well loves, I am off to the gym for a late night run. I'm not big on going to the gym at night time.. I'm usually not nearly as awake/motivated & I find being the only girl amongst an outstanding number of  bulky men in cutoffs to be slightly creepy.. Wish me luck.

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