Cool mornings call for warm breakfasts!
And I am a HUGE fan of cool mornings and awesome breakfasts!
Although recently, I have been cheating a bit with my breakfast making. Trader Joe’s has some incredible tasting frozen oatmeals (and now one with quinoa) that I stocked up on during my last shopping trip. This morning, I was saddened to discover that I am ALL OUT of my easy morning staple. And to make matters worse, I got ambitious at my last grocery store visit and bought steel cut instead of regular oats. Although delicious, they certainly take more time to cook.
There weren’t any other breakfast options available, so I checked out the side of the panel for instructions and inspiration. Then let my oats simmer on the stove, while I took care of some other boring morning things (ie phone calls). The oats came along without effort, but needed some added flavor.
I stirred in cinnamon and chai spices, plus some banana and pear.
Mmmm! Doesn’t that look like the perfect way to start your day? I’ll tell you that it was! I ate half of the oats and packed up the other half for tomorrow’s breakfast. I also made a point to try to remember that steel cut oats really aren’t so tough or challenging! Then, I hit the trail for an 8 mile out and back run.
Long sleeves and sunglasses…that is my kind of running weather! Because it has cooled off, I didn’t think I needed both of my water bottles, so I sported my new Amphipod handheld bottle.
After reevaluating my hydration situation, I decided that I wanted to have an extra bottle for hot summer days, so I ordered this one from the same place that I got my race belt. Although I’ve never been a fan of holding things while I run, the thumb hole makes this super easy. I loved this bottle and it was the perfect amount of water for today’s run. PS there is also a small zip pocket that can hold keys or nutrition. The best part is that all of my bottles are the same size and can be swapped back and forth.
My breakfast was exactly what I needed to fuel this morning’s run!
This week’s meal planning made for an exciting day of homemade eats!
Lunch: Turkey and Vegetable Chili
Dinner: Moroccan Chicken
I was so proud of myself : )
Do you eat steel cut oats?
What is your favorite recipe?
Banana and Pear Steel Cut Oats
1 cup of water
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 banana, sliced thinly
1 pear, diced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp chai spice
Place water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Stir in oats and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring once.
Add banana, pear, and spices and stir until blended.
Let simmer for another 10 minutes or so, until desired consistency is reached.
Eat warm or save for later!
Nutritional Boost: Stir in chia seeds, flax, or nuts with fruit and spices if desired!