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Things to wake up for…

During the winter time, I find it hard to get up and at em.  My covers are warm and cozy, it’s dark and cold outside, and I just don’t have the same “oomph” that I normally do.  During those times, those wintery “I don’t wanna” times, it helps to have something to look forward to.  Right now, that thing is OATMEAL.  And this, hands down, is the best I’ve made so far.

Bombay Breakfast
Adapted from my sis-in-law’s Rachel Ray Magazine

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (1 PP)
1/2 cup quick oats (4 PP)
1/4 tsp cardamom
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped mango
1 tbsp maple syrup (1 PP)

Heat almond milk to a boil.
Add spices to the dry oats, and stir all in to the boiling milk.
Stir constantly for 1 minute.
Top with mango and maple syrup for sweetness.

I experimented with this a few times, in a few ways, and I think I’ve landed on the “perfect for me” breakfast. I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s. I microwave the mangoes along with the syrup while the milk comes to a boil, so that when the oatmeal is finished cooking, the mangoes act as a warm compote to pour over top. I could add more and more and more cardamom to this, and it still wouldn’t bee enough, it is my favorite flavor!

A note on Points: I did not put this in to the recipe builder, but track the items individually. 6 PP total.

What do you use to motivate you during the winter months?

Do you have a meal that would get you out of bed in the morning?

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One of those days.

Sleepless, restless night.  Rough morning to wake up to.  No breakfast.  Running to the Metra (but you make it).  CTA backed up completely.  Walk to work in 20 degrees.  Stare longingly at the donut truck.  Keep walking.  Order oatmeal in cafeteria.  Fill it with fruit.  Exhausted smile for checkout clerk.  FREE OATMEAL.

I don’t often get immediately rewarded for making these kinds of decisions, and I’ve been feeling totally…  hollow.  So, thanks, Universe.

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