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03 Oct Saving Time With Char: Getting the Day off to a Good Start & A Recipe for Oatmeal Pudding!

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Saving Time with Char

Getting the Day off to a Good Start


This is from the “Charchives.”  Last week, I bumped into someone who said to me, “Ah, is there anything I can get at the drive-thru for Engine 2?”

My advice was to keep your foot on the gas pedal, and press down real hard, and drive fast, with caution.

I will say that Starbucks has a good breakfast choice in their oatmeal.  You might want to leave the dried fruit behind and use one of the bananas sold at the register.

On a fun note, I just finished an Instagram campaign called #30oatmeal.  It was great fun seeing how people “dressed” their oatmeal, or how they found oatmeal “on the run.”

The recipe attached is fun and easy, and a great morning favorite.  ~Char

I set my alarm for 5:00 AM every day.  I enjoy the peacefulness in my house and the time I get to spend by myself.  Soon after I get out of bed, I am headed for the gym, where of late, I have enjoyed watching the sunrise make its arrival through the gym windows.  It makes me feel as though the day has my stamp of approval, because I was  witness to this grand adventure of watching the sun make its first appearance of the day.

While I am working out, I am generally thinking about what I’ll have for breakfast.  I am a creature of habit and generally head towards a serving of Rip’s Big Bowl.  I’ve been loving the bowl for more than three years.  The first time I met Rip, I said to him, “Do you really use grapefruit in your Big Bowl?”  He assured me that it was a must try.  And, I must say, fresh grapefruit in the Big Bowl is pure breakfast magic.  The cold almond milk and the juiciness of the grapefruit make me say, “Where have you been all of my life?”

Sometimes, though, I veer away from the Big Bowl.  Might be soup for breakfast.  A salad .  A side of kale.  Breakfast mostly depends on my mood and the time I have allowed for play, work, and more.  On the days that I abandon the Big Bowl, this is what I do.  Saves time, and packs a nutritional punch.  I call it Oatmeal Pudding.

Easy to make, and a new palate sensation from a regular bowl of oatmeal pudding.

Breakfast Oatmeal Pudding

½  cup of Old Fashioned Oats

1T of raisins

Sprinkle of cinnamon

2T of Ezekiel Nuggets 

Fresh fruit (optional)

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Pour all ingredients into a reusable container.  Mix well. 

Close tightly.  Cover.  Place in refrig overnight.  In the morning, you will have a thick, creamy, pudding-like breakfast.

You can either eat it cold, or heat it up; it is great either way.

You can also make a full arsenal of these and keep them dry.  Store them in the kitchen, your desk at work, wherever!    Sometimes, I will take one to the gym, and just add water, and have it as a great post-workout snack.  Maybe before you go to bed, you can remind yourself that you want breakfast pudding…and all you need to do is add the milk, put it in the fridge, and head to bed.  When you are ready for breakfast, you are good to go.

You might want to add some additional fresh, dried or dehydrated fruit.  Your choice.  The possibilities are endless.  But, in the end?  You’ll have some extra time reserved for a longer workout at the gym, a visit to a friend, or quality time with your family.

It’s nice to start your day without having to even think about breakfast, because it will be waiting for you!  Yum, oatmeal pudding.

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Char Nolan

Char Nolan is a blog contributor and Engine 2 Extra Coach. She's been plant-strong for almost five years. From Philadelphia, she works in the plant-based whole foods arena, and is also the "vegan features writer," for the "Town Dish." She's lost a great deal of weight from being plant-strong, practices yoga, and is always dabbling in her kitchen to create new, plant-strong recipes. Armed with a degree in public health, Char also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from e-Cornell.

  • Gayle
    Posted at 19:54h, 04 October

    I’ve tried the oatmeal in the fridge overnight thing. It sounded so
    nice and simple but I found that I didn’t like the result. However, I
    do cook oatmeal, both old-fashioned rolled and steel-cut types, in my
    pressure cooker. I have a number of pressure cookers and one is a
    little 2 qt size with all the bells and whistles. I can put steel-cut
    oatmeal in that, set it, take a shower or read my email, and it’s done.
    Tastes great and my little 3-year-old great-grandson likes it too. I
    cook a little bit of dried fruit in it so it plumps up and sweetens the
    oatmeal — that way I don’t use any sweetener. Today, I used some chopped dates. I use about 1/4 cup of
    unsweetened almond milk with it.

  • Livvy
    Posted at 08:53h, 05 October

    What are Ezekiel Nuggets?

  • Livin Plant Strong
    Posted at 11:26h, 07 October

    While I don’t condone “drive-thrus” I think that we can always make it a point to let people know their options rather than saying “keep your foot on the gas pedal”. I think that we need to be more supportive and show people that there are OPTIONS when on the run and/or the road. I’ll never forget a few weeks ago I was talking to someone and telling her that I went to Wendy’s for lunch and she was like “What can you eat at Wendy’s if you’re vegan?” And my response was simply, “a baked potato and a side salad”. It’s very simple! In reading comments on blogs, FB (I don’t FB but can see public pages, posts, etc) one of the BIGGEST complaints is how plant-based people tend to look down on everything that is convenient, accessible, etc. I love to cook and cook mostly every day (all meals) but i know that not everyone is that dedicated so I like to point out “easy” options.

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