Do It Yourself Peaches n’ Cream Oatmeal

I’ve never been much of a morning person.

Actually, between 10th and 12th grade some other over-achieving girl must have taken over my body because I took a zero period (7am) class and still had a full class schedule. SO, as a result, I became that teenager who slept as late as I could on the weekends. I still need prefer to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, and I’m sure my parents and boyfriend will tell you that when I don’t get it, I tend to be a little cranky.

Work has been nice for the past year and a half, as both my old internship and my job now haven’t had me starting until 9am. 8 hour nights of sleep galore, I tell you.

Until now.

As of today, I start at 8:30.

Am I being dramatic? Maybe probably definitely. Most normal people go to work at 8, I know. But the thought of waking up at 7:30 instead of 8 just makes me cringe. Anything in the 7 o’ clock hour just sounds so…early.

My solution? A delicious breakfast.

You know those packets of oatmeal with the weird dehydrated freeze-dried fruit? They have flavors like peaches n’ cream, strawberries n’ cream…All amazing. But also all full of sugar, and the fake fruit irks me out.

This oatmeal gives that oatmeal a run for its money, it’s just as quick to make, and you control the sugar (especially if you use unsweetened almond milk, like I did).

Going back to school soon? Dreading early mornings like I am? Do yourself a favor and make a healthy, delicious breakfast to start your day. It really makes a difference!

Peaches n’ Cream Oatmeal
serves 1

1/4 cup (heaping) old-fashioned or quick rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
~1/2 cup sliced peaches

Mix oats and desired amount of almond milk. I started with about 1/4 cup and kept going until I reached my preferred consistency. Stir in just a touch of vanilla and microwave for about a minute and a half to 2 minutes. Add sliced peaches, and enjoy.

Notes: I used frozen peaches, so I added them before cooking so they’d thaw out with the oatmeal. I imagine this would also be good with vanilla soymilk, but check the amt of sugar on the carton! Non-dairy milks tend to have a lot.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekends and be safe! I’m heading down to Santa Barbara (AKA my second home, along with Lyon) early next week for work, but I still hope to bring you a Meatless Monday post!

Friday Faves

1. This article about Julia Child.

This week would have been her 100th birthday! For someone who loves cooking, and lived in France for a year, there’s still a lot I don’t know about Julia Child.  This article in particular is pretty heartwarming, and makes me glad to be in a relationship where my interests and aspirations are respected. Though whenever I read about her husband, I will always picture Stanley Tucci….

2. Having one finger back.

With my smaller cast, I can now write (kind of) and braid my hair again!

It’s the little things.

3. Veggie Sandwiches.

I bought some amazing bread at the farmer’s market last week, but am rushing to finish it all before it goes bad! This sando had roasted red & green bell peps, tomatoes from my dad’s garden, spinach, and low fat sun-dried tomato shmear. The bread is pretty hefty, and I feel like roasted peppers are a tasty substitute for lunch meat. Sometimes I use eggplant instead, which is just as good!

4. Dips, dips, dips.

I’ve almost gone through an entire extra large tub of cilantro jalapeno hummus in 1 week’s time. I have a problem. I can’t stop pinning amazing dip recipes. I’m going to a barbecue tonight and have been dubbed “good at cooking & stuff” so I want to bring something homemade… But which one to choose? I need a food processor…stat.

5. Almond milk.

Remember when I shared my secret tip with you all about adding French Vanilla creamer to your oatmeal? Try almond milk! So good!

After my doctor told me that my broken hand hadn’t healed, I went straight to the store and bought the milk with the highest calcium content I could find: almond milk. I later realized it was unsweetened and kinda gross on its own. But in oatmeal and in smoothies? SO GOOD! Plus, being unsweetened means way fewer calories. Only 30 per cup!

What were your favorite things this week?