Mocha Oats and Syncope

Well, this morning was quite the adventure! What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? I know we’re supposed to reach for our dream journals, our planners, not our smart phones… but honestly, I know what I do.

So I’m laid in bed ignoring my alarms, texting my friends. Next thing I know, I’m flat on my face in the hallway! My ears are ringing, my vision is gone, my chin was smashed, and I was very nauseous. Somehow, without my conscious know-how, I’d gotten up, put my phone away, open and shut my door (which is a little crooked and hard to do at the moment), and begun to walk the length of the hallway before collapsing.

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As we’re well aware my favourite way to start the day is oats. They’re hearty, filling, tasty, and have endless options. Today I didn’t have enough oomph to make these 10 minute caffeinated oats, but currently they’re my favourite! Note: I TJ’s super seed oatmeal instead.

Mocha Oats
Type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Prep Time: –     Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2c GF oats
1 1/2c water
1tsp espresso powder
1/2-1tbsp cocoa powder
sweetener of choice*

Directions:
1) Place oats and water in a small pot on the stove. I like my power boil setting, if available. Once boiling on the edges add espresso powder and reduce to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until desired consistency. About 2 minutes before you remove from heat add cocoa powder. It will seem watery when you first remove from the heat, but it thickens significantly while it cools! Add sweetener after removing from heat, unless banana, then add halfway through cooking time.

*Sweeteners: I use a banana often, add half way through cooking. Great for muscle repair and potassium! When I don’t want a banana, I often will use 1-2 stevia packets. Since it’s plain cocoa and espresso powder though, it is very bitter without a sweetner, so I highly recommend one.

Doritos Flavoured Popcorn

Doritos hold a special place in my heart. They’re like a big hug from all of my senses. Why? Traditionally, 5 times per year my mom, sister, and I all make the trip from my house to Los Angeles (8 hours by car) to spend a week with my grandma. 8-hours is a long time to go without snacks, so of course, snacking was always a must. And car ride snacks are always a big deal. Pre-ED this was a favourite hobby of mine, because, oh my gosh! We got so much yummy food! My personal favorite was donuts and fruit, but my mom’s was (and is) Doritos. It’s just a thing, a normal thing. We’re going on a road trip? Better grab mom a bag of Doritos! Crazy thing is she rarely likes to eat them any other time. And I just so happen to spend a lot of time missing my mom ♥

Recently, I’ve found myself eating a lot of my peanut butter popcorn (which is pretty simple and awesome!), but yesterday I was craving something not sweet for once. Which pretty rarely happens. Somehow I thought of Doritos. Maybe I’m just homesick for summer? Just ready for this quarter to end so I can finally rest? Probably! I know for sure there will be the familiar smell of Doritos on the car ride home.

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So I hit Google and adapted WholeNewMom‘s recipe to be single serve and college kid friendly (aka microwave popcorn!). Sure enough, this was absolutely delicious. Something I am not willing to sacrifice in my afternoon snacks is a protein boost. My PB popcorn gives me that within the peanut butter, and the cheezy nutritional yeast supplies that here! So it passes the meal plan test 😉

Serving Size: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Microwave Time: 2.5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Allergy Information: Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar Free

Ingredients:

  • ~6 cups popped popcorn (I use one whole bag of this brand microwave popcorn)
  • 1 tbsp oil (or nonstick spray)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast*
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. (Optional: If you have a coffee grinder/small blender and want to grind the nutrional yeast through cayenne pepper feel free to do so. It will create a fine powder which I often find more enjoyable. This is unneccessary for a delicious treat, though! And fine to omit if you are in a rush, not feeling it, or don’t have this equipment on hand)
  2. Combine all ingredients except for oil and popcorn in a small dish and mix well with small whisk or fork.
  3. Pop popcorn (takes me 2.5 minutes) and pour into large bowl/mixing bowl.
  4. Drizzle with 1/2 tbsp oil or lightly coat with nonstick spray and pour about half of the spice mixture on top. Toss to coat. Repeat with second half.
  5. Devour!

*Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast that has lots of yummy health benefits! It has a delicious cheesy flavour that lots of vegans (and non-vegans alike) enjoy. I cannot stress enough how magical this stuff is, and I really like the Bragg brand.
**Recipe lightly adapted from WholeNewMom

What are your favourite popcorn flavours? Any requests for new popcorn experiments in the future?

Lots of love xx

Rose