But that's besides the point, this new obsession is what made me realize that I should really start my own blog...if I am going to spend endless hours reading about OTHER people's delicious meals, I mise well put in my two cents!
So, what better day to start a food blog than the last day of my cleanse. For the past 12 days, I have been doing the Wild Rose Detox (my diet and habits had been trickling down hill and I needed a real pick me up!) As necessary as it was, my diet became suddenly restricted! I have not been able to consume any flour, dairy, sugar, certain fruits and vegetables, or yeast...I thought it was going to be the biggest challenge that had ever been set out in front of me, but it was actually quite easy. And, it forced me to experiment with my cooking so that I wasn't eating bland meals 24/7.
Not being able to have my usual cereal salad (a concoction that I have become known for! One type of cereal is far too boring in a bowl...so I mix whatever cereals I have on hand together, add some raisins, walnuts, bananas and flax seeds and WA-LA: a cereal salad!) every morning due to the "no flour" rule, I have had to rely on oatmeal...which is never a bad thing! However, it does have a tendency to be "boring," so I had to find a way to giv'er some flavour.
I start by putting about a 1/4 cup of oats into a sauce pan on medium heat. To that, I add a 1/4 cup of almond milk and a 1/4 cup of water....Give that a nice little mix!
Then, slice up about half an apple and add that to the mixture...this way the apple has time to soften and soak in the oats!
Be sure to continue mixing when the oats start bubbling! At this point, I like to add some cinnamon to make it taste more like apple pie.
When all of the liquid is soaked up (about 5 minutes), the oats are done...mmm. The toppings take over once the oats are in the bowl. However, I change them up frequently...it really just depends on what I am feeling like! Today, I added about 3 broken up walnuts, a few raspberries and blackberries, about a tablespoon of ground flax seed and then a spoon of almond butter (this way I get a taste of AB with every bite!) To finish this bowl of perfection off, I added a splash of almond milk!