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06 Feb Saving Time with Char: Getting the Day off to a Good Start

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Getting the Day off to a Good Start

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.

  • Mike Krupit
    Posted at 11:33h, 07 February

    I’m going to give this a try, Char. Sound tasty and easy.

  • Livin Plant Strong
    Posted at 11:47h, 07 February

    This sounds great Quick question, are the ezekiel nuggets required? I’ve never heard of these

    • Stephanie Helgeson
      Posted at 12:38h, 07 February

      Ezekiel 4:9 cereal can usually be found in the “health food” section of the grocery store. I think Grape Nuts would probably be a good substitute if you cannot find it.

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 12:12h, 10 February

      The Ezekiel Nuggets are not required, I just like “crunch.” Grape Nuts might do, as well.

  • Karrie Leib
    Posted at 12:23h, 07 February

    Great idea. I have had oats this way but they are a bit soggy. I think the Ezekial nuggets might just do the trick. Thanks for the tip, Char. Karrie

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 12:15h, 10 February

      Make sure you do NOT put in too much milk.

  • Kathy McLean
    Posted at 12:53h, 07 February

    sounds like a great breakfast to make Saturday night for Sunday Morning before church breakfast.

  • Jim Borden
    Posted at 14:23h, 07 February

    This sounds like a great way to start the day – thanks for sharing!

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 12:14h, 10 February

      Jim, it is SO good. Plus, you can make a bunch up in advance, then use them as needed. Did you get your JM autograph?

  • janny057
    Posted at 19:19h, 07 February

    Can you use the 1 minute oats?

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 12:13h, 10 February

      No, it will be mushy and slushy.

  • Ken54
    Posted at 09:13h, 08 February

    I’ve been following this ‘plant strong’ diet for 14 days and have lost 10 lbs that I did not want or need to lose. I’m also avoiding gluten. I was already thin when I started and am doing this to be more healthy, but now I’m becoming emaciated. The calories simply do not add up to a normal daily caloric intake unless I eat constantly, which is impractical. This seems to be a great diet for weight loss, but slow starvation for me. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m a busy guy who commutes 2 hours/day round trip, has a demanding full time job, etc. I want to hang in there, but this is very discouraging and not good for my overall health.

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 12:19h, 10 February

      Almonds, walnuts, etc. Going to research this for you by talking to one of our Registered Dieticians. How do you feel, otherwise?

  • Tara Fraser Kemp
    Posted at 10:18h, 08 February

    YUM!! I’ve always called this concoction “overnight oats,” but oatmeal pudding sounds so fun! 🙂 Personal suggestion: try adding a little cocoa powder if you want to switch things up and have some chocolately goodness 🙂

    • Char Nolan
      Posted at 12:12h, 10 February

      Yum to the cocoa!

  • Donna
    Posted at 00:26h, 20 February

    How much milk do you use?

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