Winter Superfood Oats
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups non dairy milk
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1 fuji apple, cubed
- 1 persimmon, cubed
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- Heat a pot with non dairy milk and a pinch of salt over high heat until boiling. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, add oats, stir and cover.
- After 10 minutes, add in hemp seeds, chia seeds, vanilla extract and almond butter. Stir again, cover, and let sit for another 5-10 minutes or until it is your desired consistency.
- Meanwhile, heat a pan over medium heat with 2 teaspoons coconut oil. Add in pecans and pepitas and toss consistently for two minutes. Add in apples, persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger, and toss for two additional minutes.
- Finally, pour honey over the pan, toss until everything is coated, and take off heat.
- Divide oats and toppings into 2 bowls and sprinkle each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds.
- EAT UP.
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Within the past week, my plan for the next six months went up in flames and then reassembled itself into a crazy, wild adventure that I’m both terrified and excited to venture into. So I thought I’d fill you in on where I’ll be and what I’ll be up to in the next year…
Let’s start with what’s happening next week… I’m heading up to Tennessee to attend what I call a “therapy camp.” Basically it’s a week long group therapy intensive, where I will cry and laugh and make friends and hopefully return a more open and self-aware human. I’m a big fan of therapy, and will probably talk more about it in an upcoming post, but for now I wanted you all to be aware because I’ll be away from my phone/computer for a full week. So if I’m not responding to you, that’s why. No, I didn’t get murdered. I’m just working on myself.
After that it’s Christmas, then I’m heading to NYC to visit my man and celebrate New Years and stuff. When I return to Atlanta mid-January, everything will start to change. I will be packing up my apartment here, moving my stuff into storage and nomading around for a while. In February I’ll be heading to California, visiting both San Fransisco and my old home, LA. In March and April I’ll be heading to Europe to work, travel, and hang out with my friend Shilo Gold who will be touring around with her music! In June I’ve got a road trip planned ending in Denver (with some fun stops along the way.) In July I’ll be walking the El Camino with my family. And finally in August I’ll look to make roots in a new place (probably NYC.)
Woof. I’m overwhelmed and terrified and giddy all at once just from writing that down in one place. At times in the last week I have felt like I was floating outside of myself, watching all of these exciting things fall into place. It’s an out of body experience that has left me reeling. So what did I do to make myself feel grounded? I sat on my bed and ate my most trusted breakfast food – oatmeal. (Winter superfood oatmeal to be exact.) I love that food can do that – bring you back to your body, calm your nerves, and remind you of who you are. It’s the only way I’m going to be able to conquer this adventure!
All of this travel won’t change anything about Brewing Happiness, except that I’ll be in new locations and bringing you/my camera along with me! So if you don’t already, start following me on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Those will have my most up to date locations/adventures! (Especially Instagram Stories.) I think it’s going to be a good year to challenge myself, to get outside of my box, to think bigger and act bigger than I’ve ever imagined. If you have any travel tips, or know of places I should eat, or want to meet up with me along my journey – please let me know! I’ll keep you all updated on where I am and what the world looks like from my lens. And there will be no shortage of healthy food along the way!
If you are a friend of mine from Atlanta, don’t worry. I’ll be in and out for the next six months and we will still see each other. (Plus my family lives here, so I’ll always come back to visit.) This past year has been a major year of hibernation and change for me. I am thankful for everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, and challenged me. I am thankful for everyone who takes the time to read what I write, and to everyone who tries one of my recipes. You all have shaped me into a person who is now ready to go forth and conquer. I can’t wait.