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Hella Good Honey Nut Oats

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Summer's on its way out, friends.

You know what that means? #pumpkineverything

Before that happens, I wanted to share this rad recipe I made last week. I actually said I'd post it sooner but I was caught up prepping the big new drop about my new office. If you don't know what I mean, go check this out.

 

One of the biggest tips I give my clients is quick and better solutions to make eating breakfast easier.

Definitely, definitely make this one as we head into the hectic back-to-school rush, whether you're in school or not, who doesn't love some hella good honey nut oats?! Brings back memories of downing Cheerios brand cereal before heading out the door to school. It sometimes surprises people when I tell them I wasn't raised to eat the way I do now. Don't get me wrong, my mom did a really decent job. Who thought there was anything wrong with boxed cereal? I mean, it has all those health claims on the box, right?

Turns out, it's one of the biggest ways you're wasting your money. Cereal is nothing more than uber-refined flour pressed into shapes. You know the dust at the bottom of the box? Most of the cereal is just that, only it holds its shape longer. There's nothing really nutritious or healthy happening with cereal, it's just really effective marketing that gets you to buy it. No wonder that people eat it and show up to work starved and ready for a frap and croissant around 10am.

Before you know it, you're busting your ass at the gym trying to work off all those calories that haven't really fed you one bit.

Whole foods solves this. Not the company, the real food. Eating whole oats and whole nuts and unrefined sugar is way better for you--I know the cereal tastes good, because it's packed full of sugar. Sugar causes all sorts of issues that you can sidestep by eating less of it.

Take my whole grains vs cereal challenge: Give up cereal for a week. Try this recipe and others with whole grains and real food here on my site and tell me what you notice.

Follow and tag me on Instagram @dillandigi and hashtag #wholegrainsvscereal with your breakfast pictures for a chance to have coffee with me and talk about food and life.

 

Back the recipe, my friends.

 

Hella Good Honey Nut Oats

1/2 cup organic rolled oats 2 cups water

2 Tbsp dried dates, chopped 2 Tbsp dried apricots, chopped 1 Tbsp organic peanut butter 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp organic walnuts, finely chopped 1 Tbsp organic almonds, chopped 1 Tbsp milk of choice (cow, almond, hemp---I would avoid soy, it's shady) 2 tsp organic raw honey 1/8 tsp cinnamon pinch sea salt to taste

 

Combine 1/2 cup dry organic rolled oats with 2 cups water. Store in a tightly sealed contained on the counter overnight.

In the morning, throw the oats in a strainer to drain all the liquid. Add them to a small bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Throw a lid on the container and eat at your desk at work or at home, wherever you are. Chew each bite at least 10 times before swallowing. I'm pretty sure you won't be craving any croissants at 10am.

 

 

Homemade Chai (courtesy of the Chai Wallah)

I can't lie. The "homemade" here is this guy's incredible chai mix:

Click here to buy the amazing chai blend from smiling Neil Harley.

And I used his recipe:

bring to a boil 1/2 cup each of water and milk of choice (I like almond milk)

1 tsp chai mix

1 1/4-1 1/2 tsp of sugar or honey

simmer 2 mins

strain into your favorite mug & ENJOY!!!

Why I'm Drinking my Food Lately...

I have a goal. I want to run like I did when I was 19. My sophomore year of college I worked my butt off earning 21+ credits a semester AND managed to run 3.6 miles a day.

What happened? I'm still working just as hard...if not harder. So why did my exercise regimen fall by the wayside?  Because life is like that. We age and we prioritize and the things that matter most often don't get done.

Of late, I am throwing back the covers and running or walking a bit every day. No matter what. Even if it's a few blocks. I am sticking to my commitment and hopefully by the end of March I will have this habit ingrained in my membranes.

What I'm doing to fuel this new habit o' mine is to eat higher amounts of protein and fat. And I'm also drinking clorophyll. The chlorophyll gives me the energy boost I need once it's done cleaning out my vessels and arteries and making new blood cells. The protein and fats? They give me efficient calories so my machine isn't running on empty. I tried that running on E gig more than a few times. It's dumb and only gets me to a dead-end sign that says, "it's 9:30 pm, your stomach is cramping and you feel like crap. Nice job."

So now I'm drinking my food. Here's the smoothie I made yesterday with my little hand-wand blender. I have a Vitamix blender in my sights---maybe for my birthday...

GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND RUN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk a Tablespoon of natural peanut butter a scoop or 2 of protein powder of choice (make sure it's a good, clean brand with no fake sugars or added chemical ingredients) half an organic banana half an avocado dollop of local, raw honey

I sat on the couch and drank this slowly.  I breathed. I said, "damn! that's good!"

Then I sat and let it digest for about 30 minutes. My run was AWESOME!

This works nicely whether you're prepping for a run or literally RUNNING out the door to work! The avocado made this smooth and silky like pudding. OMG.

This winter is hanging on for dear life. Instead of being angry or annoyed by it, I'm using it to ask myself:

"what am I hanging onto that needs to be released so the joy and beauty of change and evolution can arrive like Spring on my doorstep?"

Maybe it will come to me on my run tomorrow...