Do you ever get thrown off your game? I was totally enthralled with the throes of Vegan Mofo when this happened.
I would love to tell you that it was from something exciting like I was working on a super badass dance step, or running a marathon. Sadly, it was decidedly less thrilling than this. I was in a hurry (don’t all great stories start out like this?) and taking out the trash (super glamorous, I know) and I walked into the trash room of my building and walked in, realised the light was off, turned to prop the door open with my foot while I turned the light on. In my haste, I pulled my foot back out quickly and seemed to have caught it on some sort of metal sharp thingy under the door and cut my foot. I promptly went into shock, freaked my sh*t out and tried to clean it up. I managed to clean, disinfect and bandage it (with help from the handy dandy management team at my apartment complex). I was of course in the middle of preparing a super delicious meal for a couple we were having for dinner, so I took a few deep breaths and pushed on like a trooper. And right as my friends arrived, I looked down to notice I was bleeding through my bandage. Awesome. A trip to Urgent Care confirmed I needed stitches. I spent Saturday in a heck a lot of pain and feeling sorry for myself (no running for 10+ days?!), BUT come Sunday morning, I dusted myself off and made this.
Comfort, Warming Banana Maple Oatmeal (serves 2)
1 tsp of earth balance (coconut oil would work too)
1 small ripe banana, mashed
2/3 cup of rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free)
1 and 1/3 cups nut mylk (I used homemade hemp – it gave it a great flavour)
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 small, ripe banana, sliced, some coconut flakes, a sprinkle of cacao nibs & a few chopped walnuts for garnish
Warm a medium pan on the stove and add the earth balance. Once it’s melted, add the banana and cook it for a few minutes. Add the oats chia seeds & nut mylk and bring to a low boil. Turn the heat to low-medium and add your chia seeds, cinnamon & nutmeg and cook for 5-7 minutes and allow to cool before pouring into bowls, garnishing & serving.
Mmmmm. It helped set the tone for the day. And even though it still meant a lot of sitting around instead of enjoying a fun day outside at a local art festival, I had fun spending the day off my feet working on a puzzle with my hubby and cuddling on the couch with my furball puppy while binging on “Scandal”.
So the next time you have a crappy day – make this to help pick you up. I assure you it will undoubtedly help =)