Last night I went swimming for the first time since March (thank you blog!). There is a pool in DC that is free for residents ($4 for Virginia Lovers like me) that is amazing. It’s right off the Tenleytown metro and it’s an Olympic sized pool with about 10 lanes designated slow, medium or fast. I met my friend Amber and we picked a Medium speed lane and were the only ones in it for the first few minutes. But then, one by one people started joining our lane and before I knew it we were up to 7 people all in a row, so I switched lanes. I ended up doing 1 mile in 45 minutes, and it was HARD. That is 16.5 laps (33 lengths) and for the first few laps I didn’t think there was any way I’d finish. But, once I got up around lap 9/10, the end was in sight and I was able to power through.
After the pool, we hit up the Whole Foods right at the metro for some grub!
I did a base of spinach and kale, with a bunch of random things on top including a corn and edamame salad, smokey pasta mozzarella salad, ravioli, roasted corn, seitan, and curry tempeh. I’m sure there were a few other things hiding but I was SO hungry by that point that I gobbled the whole thing down in no time. Yum.
So I have to give my sister Heather credit for this because she’s the one who told me (THANK YOU HEATHER!), but I just discovered the BEST way to make steel cut oats so you can just heat them in the morning and they are ready.
For two servings: (Printable recipe here)
- The night before, add 1/2 cup steel cut oats to 2 cups water
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, and let boil for 2 minute.
- Remove from the heat, cover the pot, and let sit out on the stove overnight.
- In the morning, the oats will have soaked up all the water and are ready!!
- This is the point where you can stir in pumpkin or add anything else you want to the mix.
- Put them back on the stove and heat them through, and enjoy!
I went with Almond Joy Oats, topping them with sliced almonds, coconut flakes, and dark chocolate.
How I missed steel cut oats!! They have such a nutty and slightly chewy texture that you just can’t get from other types of oats. They have slightly more fiber than rolled oats so they are a little more filling in my opinion, and I just love them. I’m so glad I figured this out because I have a whole container of them in my pantry and seemingly never enough time to make them in the morning – not anymore!
Have you ever tried steel cut oats? Do you like the texture?