Morning and happy hump day! It is only Wednesday but I am sooooo ready for the weekend. I am feeling so beat since I’ve just been going, going, going basically since Memorial Day weekend. I was away in Oklahoma City for the first weekend in June, so worked 13 hour days both days, and then this past weekend went to a bachelorette on Saturday and came back Sunday, not getting much sleep either night…
With that, I’m struggling a bit with my healthy lifestyle. I woke up yesterday with the best of intentions and had a healthy breakfast and lunch, and then was planning on working out and cooking dinner. I even got in my workout clothes and was going to go out for a run, but I just couldn’t make myself go. I laid down on the bed but didn’t go to sleep and just lost all motivation to get out and didn’t end up going. I did end up doing some Bikram postures on my own so stretched a bit and got my heart rate up a little, but it was by no means the workout my body was craving.
It’s so easy to let two days turn off into three and then into four, but today it has to stop. I brought my running clothes with me to work and plan to run home from work, which should be about 5 miles.
Breakfast today was hot oats, for the first time in ages! When I was browsing around my kitchen this morning I spotted the Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oats in my pantry and thought about eating them hot and got excited because I seriously cannot even remember the last time I’ve eaten hot oats since I discovered overnight oats, so today was the day.
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup scottish oats (2 pts)
- 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
I’d never used egg whites in oats before, but wanted to add a little natural protein (not protein powder) so decided to give it a go. I boiled the water, then added the oats, then stirred in the egg whites a few minutes later. The oats had to cook for 10 minutes in total, and they turned out really fluffy.
I wanted to dress them up a bit, so I used 1 tbsp unsweetened carob chips (.5 pts) and 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes (.5 pts). I put the oats into the microwave with the carob chips to get them a bit melty, and I put it in for way too long so the oats sort of boiled over the chips and almost exploded. I ended up just mixing the carob into the oats and then putting the coconut on top.
These were really good! I find that when I use protein powder I can taste it in the oats, so I wanted to use something that would add protein but not much flavor. I couldn’t taste the egg whites at all in the oats, so we’ll see how long this bowl of oats keeps me full. I think it definitely made the texture a bit fluffier than normal, so this bowl was pretty awesome.
Questions about oats! Do you like your oats hot, cold, or both? Favorite toppings? Favorite kinds of oats? I like my oats every which way and am sad I went so long without them hot. It’s just so easy making overnight oats (or same day cold oats) that require zero cooking, so its pretty tempting to make them regularly. I love doing nut butter as a topping but have tried to limit the nut butter while I’m trying to lose more weight because it’s pretty pointy, though 1 tsp only has 1 point so maybe I’ll give it a go. I use rolled oats regularly but just got into scottish oats which have a nice creamy texture.