Monday, June 27, 2011

Weird Health Food and Embarrassing Netflix Choices

After living together for 4 years, Nic and I have developed our own strange yet predictable coping methods when the other is away. The first thing to change is the Netflix queue. Nic immediately adds some obscure martial arts or superhero movie to watch without me... Basically anything you might expect from a 15 year old in Japan. I know this because our Netflix account is on my email so it always gives me a good chuckle and makes me shake my head when I'm out of town and I get an email from Netflix saying something like, "How Was the Picture Quality of MacGyver: Season 1: Pilot?" (True story.) Unfortunately my solo Netflix list is just as embarrassing and reads like "Tiger Beat" magazine's picks of the month: the Justin Bieber documentary (which was awesome) or Miley Cyrus's "The Last Song", which was considerably less than awesome.

Our home cooked dinners suffer the same terrible deterioration when we're apart. Nic lives on pasta with sauce or chinese take out and my meals fall into two camps: vegetables and eggs or cold food. Cold food really means big salads or the notably weirder cereal-esque health food. Most recently when Nic was away I fell into the weirder health food camp after stopping into Whole foods and picking up a huge bag of "Chia Seeds" on my way home. I have been reading about these magical seeds on many a healthy living blog and I had to try them for myself. The next morning I tried them in a batch of "Overnight Oats" which you make in advance and refrigerate. I put them in the fridge so I would have a cold oat-y dinner waiting for me when I got home. The resulting mushy mess, was healthy, delicious (if you like oat-y health food), and totally satisfying.

If you ever need a cold and healthy kick to your breakfast (or dinner) here's the recipe in all it's strange glory. If you like bran, granola, and soymilk, make it and you'll enjoy! If you would characterize yourself as someone that doesn't like "healthfood", try another one of my recipes and you will be much happier :)

Overnight Oats

Combine the below ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate overnight or during the day when you are at work:

-1/2 cup oats
-2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-1 mushed banana (ripe)
-1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
-1 teaspoon chia seeds

When you are ready to eat the oats add the following as toppings:
-2 tablespoons nut butter (peanut or almond)
-1/4 cup blueberries

Mix in and enjoy :)


  1. I'm totally addicted to Chia seeds! I will definitely try your weird oatmeal concoction, but I'm gonna pass on 'Never Say Never' ;)

    You can make a weird health dessert that is similar to this and tastes kind of like tapioca pudding. Just combine the almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and a bit of honey or agave to sweeten. (let set over night)

    Chia seeds are also a surprisingly successful substitute for breadcrumbs in meatloaf.

  2. Thanks Leigh! I will definitely try out the pudding --- sounds like a nice sweet breakfast.