Today was one of those days when you get so caught up in what you are working on, that you nearly forget to eat! Good thing I had these dishes pre-made and waiting for me. Whenever you have a chance to do some extra meal prep to make things easier on yourself later, take advantage of it!
Breakfast: Chai Chia Oats
As I prepared our slow cooker last night, I decided to try cooking the oats in some chai tea. We’d been eating oats steeped in ginger, so why not add a little more spice?
Chai Chia Oats
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 4 cups of water steeped with 4 chai tea bags (I used 2 small tea strainers and the flavor wasn’t quite strong enough for me)
- A chunk of peeled ginger
- Cinnamon to taste
- Prepare your tea until you’ve achieved your desired flavor (with chai, I don’t like leaving the tea in for longer than 5 minutes because it will start to get bitter).
- Pour the oats and tea into your slow cooker and set on low. Add the ginger and cinnamon.
- Set it and forget it!
- Add 2 – 3 tsp of chia seeds per serving.
I didn’t add any sweetener, but a touch of grade B maple syrup and some unsweetened almond milk would have gone wonderfully with the chai flavors. I checked on the oats after they had been cooking for 4 hours, and they were such a nice consistency with no oats stuck to the side. In the morning, the sides were caked with burnt oats. Tomorrow I’m going to try a bigger slow cooker with an automatic shut off. Hopefully that will discourage the abundance of chewy chunks.
Lunch: Loaded Wadley Salad with quinoa
All I had to do here was add some quinoa to leftovers from last night’s salad. Super simple!
Dinner: Raw meal protein shake with almond milk
About halfway done with our cleanse! So funny how the things I wish I could eat the most are yogurt and eggs. My taste buds are getting more sensitive because the almond milk we had today was not unsweetened (bummer) and it tasted like a chocolate milk shake. Hopefully that means my sweet tooth will soon be tamed by fruit instead of cakes and cookies!