Thursday, February 7, 2013

Grain Free Faux-Oats

Since beginning to keep track of my favorite past time on Earth (stuffing my face) on My Fitness Pal, I've noticed that my protein intake has been sorely lacking and my ideal macro breakdown has not been as balanced as I'd like (I'm still too carb heavy).


When I think about my favorite source of protein, I think of eggs. YUM! And my favorite recipe with eggs happens to be my creamy dreamy protein oats. 

I tweaked the recipe a little and like magic, grain-free protein "oats" were born! I've had them for breakfast the last three days. Not getting old anytime soon! I'm getting more protein in with breakfast, staying fuller longer, and keeping my macronutrient ratio right where it needs to be (for breakfast, anyways). 


This recipe is totally adaptable to suit your needs: If you don't want to use a microwave, feel free to cook the eggs on low in a small saucepan (add a few tablespoons of Almond Milk or coconut milk for the right consistency.) If you want to use whole eggs, go for it! In my recipe I use egg whites and the microwave, because it's fast and easy. 

Grain-Free Protein Oats

Ingredients

2-3 whole eggs OR 1/2 to 1 cup of egg whites (pasteurized)
Microwave OR stovetop
Favorite oatmeal toppings
  1. Grease a small bowl. Whatever suits your fancy: spray with non-stick spray, coat with coconut oil or butter, etc.
  2. Pour 1/2 to 1 full cup of egg whites into the bowl, and microwave on high for 1 minute. (If using whole eggs, whisk them in a mug first.) 
  3. Shake the bowl, so that the egg jiggles a little and moved around a tad (it will be about half cooked).
  4. Continue to cook for 30 second intervals. If using pasteurized egg whites, undercook them a little, they're super creamy this way! 
  5. Now, fluff with a fork. That's right, grab a fork and fluff it up, it will start to break into little bits of "rice" or "oat" looking bits. 
  6. When you've fluffed to your favorite consistency; add cinnamon, a splash of almond milk, a sweetener of your liking (I've used 10-15 NuNaturals Stevia drops, 1/4 cup sugar-free syrup, a tbsp full of honey, however you like it!)
  7. Top with your favorite oatmeal things!
They're almost as tantalizing as my cauliflower oats!


But that's a recipe for another day!


Today was a really hard day at work. I was leaving the gym when I got a text from one of my clients ...
It was time to say my goodbyes to Oliver, the vet was coming tonight. 

I've been looking in after Oliver while his mom is away at work during the week (and taking his younger sister out on an afternoon walk) for the last few months, and time is catching up with him. At 15 years old, he's been suffering through some hip issues, and this morning he couldn't get up on his own. 

When I saw him this afternoon, he got up and out of his bed (with the help of his mom), to come greet me at the door like he always does. But his breathing was very labored, and he looked a little confused. My heart was breaking inside, it was everything I could do to smile and pet him and keep my tears at bay.

His mom left to give us some time.


Oliver is so special to me. You couldn't find a gentler, more loving soul. He was always happy as a clam to just sit next to me in the yard, enjoying the fresh air on a nice day. He always knew when I was coming, I'd get a friendly bark as I opened the door, and he was there, waiting, tail wagging, a toy at his feet.

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera

I'll miss you, Ollie Pie.


16 comments:

  1. I find myself crying again this week reading this. Know that there is someone else out there who knows your pain. I had to take my love kitty fur baby - Mica - to the vet Tuesday afternoon. She had been diagnosed with cancer over the new year holiday and somehow managed to gave us another unexpected month together before we had to say goodbye. It's been an exceptionally hard week, but each day gets a little better. I know it was for the best, but it doesn't make it any easier after 14 years together. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone touched by Ollie's passing..

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  2. So, so sad. This is the worst part of loving a dog (or cat). Rest in peace, Oliver...

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  3. I'm sorry about Oliver :( So sad

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  4. I love that quote. I'm sorry for your loss. Saying goodbye to a dog is the hardest thing to do.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Ollie is running and playing over the Rainbow Bridge now and without any pain. You are wonderful and such an inspiration and I am praying for you and Ollie's family to maintain strength through this hard time.

    Much Love,
    Jessica Gibbs

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  6. I’m so sorry about Oliver.. Losing a wonderful pal is tough.. He looks like such an amazing boy- at least he had a long life :) and snuggles were shared!

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  7. I'm so sorry about losing Oliver. At least you got to know him :)the quote is so true! dogs are so innocent, how can we not enjoy having them around.

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  8. I'm so, so sorry about Oliver. I cried buckets when we lost our yellow Lab. Sending you hugs and positive vibes.

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  9. I'm so sorry for your loss. Oliver looks like such a sweet boy. I teared up just reading about him. It reminds me to snuggle my little guy a little longer today. Hugs!

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  10. Oliver sounded like a Good Dog. It's tough to say goodbye to our furry friends.

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  11. Meredith McClain08 February, 2013 15:32

    Got a little teary eyed... Oliver looks just like my old yellow lab, Ivan. I miss him every day but I know that he is in a better place and he is out of pain. I bet Oliver and Ivan are having lots of fun together. I will keep you in my thoughts.
    Meredith

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  12. I too love MF and find myself being carb heavy, they are in EVERYTHING!! But at least we know and are tracking to make better choices and become educated! Have a great weekend!

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  13. Its true, all dogs do go to Heaven and you can have a little solace knowing that. Very sorry to hear about losing a furry pal, its definitely difficult. Take comfort knowing that you brought even more love and happiness into his life as I'm sure he did into yours.

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  14. Just found your blog and I am loving this recipe, can't wait to try it!

    So sorry about Oliver :(
    My little brother just found out his dog is blind and probably has cancer. I'm getting choked up just thinking about it.

    Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

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  15. As someone whose own puppy is nearing 14 and getting weaker by the day, this post really hit home :( It's so nice that you got to spend time with him before he passed. I'm sure it really meant a lot to him and to you.
    I always used to mix eggs in with my oatmeal and loved it that way. SInce I've given up grains I haven't thought about doing it with JUST the eggs. Great idea!

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  16. 3 Researches SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually get rid of fat by consuming Coconut Fat (in addition to coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from large medical magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!

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