Savory Oatmeal Bowl

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Does anyone else get overwhelmed/over-stimulated by social media? Or maybe finding yourself just checking your phone so many times a day for absolutely no reason? Sometimes scrolling through all these feeds make my head spin. I have to stop and ask myself, “Why am I even looking at this?” We all know nothing has changed in the last 5 minutes, yet, somehow it becomes strangely addictive. I think I am due for a media detox.

Speaking of detox, the candida diet is not working out for me right now. I’ve come to realize that maybe this is just not the right time no matter how hard I try to “get it together.” I am beyond distracted, unfocused, forgetful, and blatantly unprepared all the time lately. I have about 30-something unread emails (and counting!) and a full schedule that feels almost impossible to edit. I don’t know if I need to slow down, or catch up, or what.

What I do know, is that my day always starts off without a hitch. Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I enjoy them. I live for them. Mornings are a fresh start.
Every.
Single.
Day.
There is something about the stillness and quiet before the world around me wakes up that makes me feel at ease. It’s peaceful and consistent. Each day I rise, exercise, hydrate, and eat a nutrient-packed breakfast. This is the one meal of the day where I am completely present.

Savory Oatmeal Bowl

1/2 cup Gluten-free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup water
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 cup packed organic baby spinach
1 pasture raised egg
2 slices Wellshire Sugar free Turkey Bacon
Salt & Pepper

Boil one cup of water in a small pot. Add oats and simmer on medium heat till cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed depending on your desired consistency. Remove from heat and stir in collagen peptides, flaxseed meal, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

While the oats are cooking, heat a medium pan over medium heat. Cook turkey bacon to desired crispness. I like my bacon crispy. Sometimes I’ll take the faster route and microwave it. I know, I know, not the best preparation method.

In the same pan over medium heat, cook the egg in a little extra virgin olive oil or real butter: sunny-side up, over-easy, over-hard, scrambled, whatever you fancy. I love runny yolk so my go-to style is over-easy.

To assemble: Place a cup of baby spinach in a shallow bowl, pour oatmeal over the spinach, top with egg and either place bacon strips in the side or crumble over the top. Season with salt and pepper.

Breathe.
Be Present.
Be grateful.
Savor every single bite.
Be thankful for each new morning and time to reset.

Now, where’s my coffee?

Put An Egg On It

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I eat oatmeal pretty much every morning for breakfast. My favorite preparation is with diced apples, ground flax meal, unsweetened coconut and cinnamon. Sometimes I will add sliced almonds or a tablespoon of nut butter. Instead of the apples I might use raisins/craisins, bananas or blueberries. Rarely I add a sweetener. If I do it’s a drizzle of agave nectar. For the most part, though, I like the natural sweetness from the fruits.

Since I eat oatmeal all the time and usually the same way, it got me thinking about trying a savory oatmeal. “Why not put and egg on it?” I never tried an over easy or fried egg on something and didn’t like it. Of course a burger was the first thing that came to mind. Love a fried egg on a burger. The next thing I thought of was how much I enjoyed them baked on pizza with arugula, extra virgin olive oil, prosciutto, and shaved Parmigiano cheese. So with this in mind I decided to try it out.

I cooked the oatmeal and added in a tablespoon of flax meal (gotta get in my omega-3’s). Then cooked an egg over easy in extra virgin olive and placed it over the oatmeal. Whatever olive oil was left in the pan I drizzled on top. Finally, I sprinkled on some sea salt, cracked fresh black pepper and chopped parsley.

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It was quite delicious! I loved how the runny yoke mixed with the oats and the olive oil. The next time I have it in the house, I will have to try adding shaved Parmigiano cheese. I think it would compliment this meal well.

If you’re looking for a change from the standard sweet oatmeal, try savory and put an egg on it!