STACK OF GOODNESS ON A PRECIPITOUS DAY

Call me what you wish. When dark clouds cascade the skies and there’s a threat of rain, I think of food. So, despite the gloomy forecast for the day, I laced up my walking shoes and managed to  break a sweat on my jogging trail.

As I dodged raindrops, I smiled. One major thing was on my mind. It was a healthy and wholesome stack of pancakes. When I got back to base, I fired up my skillet and made a free-flow batter with these ingredients:

  • whole wheat flour/sprinkle of all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • old-fashioned oats
  • leftover roasted pumpkin
  • over ripened banana
  • powdered ginger
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • melted butter
  • olive oil
  • a sprinkle of salt
  • dollop of sour cream
  • splash of vanilla
  • egg

Topped my pancakes with some fresh blueberries in a circle. With the drizzle of a little light syrup, my golden cakes were ready to be devoured. They were like sunshine on my cloudy and precipitous day.

 

 

 

I SEE BANANA/OATMEAL PANCAKES IN THE MAKING

Look ye here! Look ye here! I’ve the main ingredients for banana and oatmeal pancakes over here!  It’s nothing new; but for me, whenever I enjoy a dish, I’ve no qualms in a repeat performance.

To others, they may see a couple wilted bananas to be tossed. But, oh no! My taste buds and I are already salivating the sweetness and smooth taste of these potassium foods. I’ll mash them and sprinkle a generous amount of warm cinnamon to balance my glucose in my system.

MASHED BANANAS AND CINNAMON
MASHED BANANAS AND CINNAMON

I’ll add the sweet goodness to at the end after I assembly my wet ingredients of :

  • beaten egg
  • melted unsalted butter
  • splash of vanilla
  • couple tablespoons of honey

To my wet ingredients, I’ll add dry ingredients of:

  • whole-wheat flour
  • oatmeal
  • baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered ginger
  • cinnamon (can’t have enough of this)

I’ll combine the wet and the dry ingredients and try not to overwork them. Then, I’ll gently fold in the mashed bananas sprinkled with the exotic cinnamon.

BANANA/OATMEAL BATTER FOR PANCAKES
BANANA/OATMEAL BATTER FOR PANCAKES

In a skillet, I’ll spray a little Pam and use a 1/4 measuring cup to input the batter. Then, I’ll top pancake with fresh blueberries and flip after bottom is set and cook.

PANCAKE TOPPED WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES
PANCAKE TOPPED WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES

When each pancake is all done and ready, I’ll ‘dig’ in to the succulent delights. I can’t wait to indulge. The roof of my palate will so excited to experience that pop of those tart and sweet blueberries. Oh, I’m salivating already; I can’t wait to indulge.

FINISHED BANANA AND OATMEAL PANCAKES TOPPED WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES
FINISHED BANANA AND OATMEAL PANCAKES TOPPED WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

 

HEART-HEALTHY MORN #OATMEAL AND BERRIES

I can never grow tired of  one of my morning’s staples, oatmeal and berries. On this cool morning, had a comforting bowl to warm my stomach and nourish my body. In a stockpot, a  combination of almond milk and water were added along with Quaker old-fashioned oats, a dash of vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Oatmeal was then sweetened with a little brown sugar. Topped my hearty bowl with a serving of fresh fiber-filled strawberries and blueberries. And as usual, I sprinkled added cinnamon for extra flavor and balance of the glucose level within.

My heart and I were happy.

 

FIBER CHOICES #OATMEAL AND BERRIES

I can never grow tired of this healthy and filling breakfast.  Most days of the week, I try to indulge in a warm dish of whole grains in the form of oatmeal. I prefer the old-fashioned version because it has a little ‘bite’ to it.

Oatmeal is still relatively inexpensive and easy to cook. Moreover, I love that it’s a great source of fiber,  vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. And, based on the nutritional facts, its excellent for lowering the glucose and cholesterol levels in the body.

Earlier on this morning, it was no exception. I cooked up the hearty grains in some milk. I made sure to add a dash of vanilla and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon for added flavors. Under low heat, oatmeal came to desired consistency. Then, it was sweetened with a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Oatmeal was topped with the antioxidant and fiber foods of fresh and colorful strawberries and blueberries.

 

PUTTING IT BACK! #CORNMEAL PORRIDGE

Woke up to a long overdue autumn air (Florida-style).  With that cool and refreshing air banging on my doors, I decided to fling open the windows and doors.  I did a  few stretches and a jog.

PUTTING A LEG UP WITH A DOWNWARD DOG POSE
PUTTING A LEG UP WITH A DOWNWARD DOG POSE

After I completed my work out, something comforting was on my mind. Decided on an old favorite from my childhood (cornmeal porridge. It didn’t take me long to whip up same. In a stock pot, I added:

  • medium grain cornmeal, whole milk, water, cinnamon, nut meg, pinch of salt and vanilla.

I stirred all ingredients and simmered same on low to medium heat for approximately  20 to thirty minutes. After porridge thickened to the right consistency and grains cooked, this was sweetened with condensed milk. Porridge was sprinkled with additional cinnamon on top.

Each spoonful was warm, creamy, not overly sweet and satisfying. I felt that I had replenished what I had lost during my work out. I was super happy.