When it comes to breakfast, I’m a creature of habit. Anyone else? It’s one of the few meals that I can eat the same thing, or nearly the same thing, day in and day out and not get sick of it.
My Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal (<– click for recipe) doesn’t photograph nicely, but it sure does taste good, and it’s been my favorite as of late. This morning I topped it with some blueberries and cottage cheese, as per usual. If you like cottage cheese and haven’t tried it in my oatmeal recipe yet – do it. It’s SO good. Just stir it in after cooking! I also threw some ground flaxseed into the mix for some healthy fat.
Fun random fact: did you know that nutmeg and milk foam don’t get along? Try sprinkling some nutmeg onto foam, and you’ll see what I mean.
Tomorrow maybe I’ll get crazy and mix it up and bring back my Protein Breakfast Pancake, which is my other standard favorite. I know, I’m really living on the edge here.
In other recent eating news, a few nights ago Matt and I enjoyed this:
My friends at Sizzefish sent me some fish to enjoy, and this was the first of it. If you haven’t heard of Sizzlefish before, it’s an online home delivery company that ships you pre-portioned (in exact USDA recommended 4-oz servings), high quality seafood. The fish is shipped flash-frozen and arrives packed in dry ice. I loved this because that meant I could just throw it straight into the freezer, and then take it out to thaw whenever we were ready to use it!
Sizzlefish was started by a fellow runner, Rob, who said he came up with the idea while out on a training run, since omega 3 fatty acids (which fish are a rich source of) are so beneficial to athletes. I will definitely buy some more for us when our samples run out – I love that it’s pre-portioned and ready for the freezer, and sealed so it won’t get freezer burned. Grocery store fish that I freeze always seems to end up freezer burned! Rob said they’ve been careful to choose the best suppliers in terms of not only fish quality but sustainability, too, which I love.
For the rainbow trout, I coated it in a simple mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt & pepper, and tossed it on the grill pan. A few minutes on each side and voila! Dinner was ready. That was easy.
I threw the cherry tomatoes into the pan too, so they would get nice and roasted. To get in a little more green, I added some peas into the mix, and then served it all atop some leftover Quinoa Salad with Pecans & Cranberries (<—click for recipe).
To round out this random post, I wanted to share a Christmas gift idea that is for a good cause. A few weeks ago, my blogger buddies Kath, Tina, Emily, Caitlin, Meghann, Theodora, Monica, Gina, Julie, Janae, and I were all chatting and came up with the idea to make t-shirts that would not only send a nice message but also raise money for charity. Here are the shirts we came up with, and 100% of the profits from the shirt sales will be donated directly to LEAP, which stands for the Ladies Empowerment and Action Program.
LEAP is an innovative 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that helps to prepare incarcerated women to re-enter society and make positive life changes through entrepreneurship training, education, and post-release support programs.
From the organization:
LEAP serves as a beacon of hope and support for these women who have very little encouragement or help. The endurance of the human spirit is surprising when just one person believes in you. Instilling a spirit of confidence and belief in these women that they can defy the odds and create an independent meaningful life for themselves is the heart of LEAP’s mission.
Click here to buy one of the shirts, if you’re interested. They would make a nice and meaningful stocking stuffer for a friend or family member and they come in both women’s and men’s sizing. I’ll be buying one for myself today!
Do you know of any other good “holiday gifts for a cause”? Please share them in the comments – I’d love some more ideas! I’m also planning to buy some of my gifts this year through fashionABLE, whose mission is to create sustainable job opportunities to help empower African women.