If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will know I am massively (and borderline stalker-ishly) obsessed with three distinct yet equally delicious things:
(1) Jake Gyllenhaal (remember this creepy pic?)
These three things instantly bring a smile to my Everythingtarian face. The thought of M.F.H (ahem, my future husband) Jakey. The mere possibility of owning this pair of earrings or these retro culotte shorts. The first lick of melty peanut butter on toasted Ezekiel bread.
Just imagine if I was married to Jake, wearing those amazing shorts and eating PB+B toast all at the same time! Le sigh. I can see our hipster Williamsburg apartment in Brooklyn now.
But alas, I can’t have Jake. I can’t possibly step foot in Anthropologie for fear of maxing out my once paid-off credit card. And I can’t make my old reliable PB+B toast for breakfast because I am plump out of ingredients (and leaving for Minnesota tomorrow for a long wedding weekend). This my friends, is what we call a tried and true white girl problem.
What is a privileged Caucasian female like me ever to do?
Pull up my Ann Taylor skirt and improvise, that’s what.
I’ve realized that while Jake + Anthropologie purchases may be out of the Everythingtarian question, there are still delicious, equally satisfying breakfast options to choose from other than PB+B toast (which I literally ate almost every day in the month of May). Like raw oatmeal + fruit cereal. That’s 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 T chia seeds, 1/2 sliced banana, 1/3 cup frozen berries, one hefty drizzle of almond butter + a generous pour of organic skim milk.
I’ve had this three times in the past week, and it’s almost made me forget how cute those coral earrings are. Almost.
Two days ago, I tried something I saw on Lauren’s blog: Banana Chia Pudding.
Greek yogurt. Banana. Milk. Stevia. Chia seeds.
Tied up in my ruffled Anthropologie apron (yes, I own
two one), I blended this delightful mixture, let it sit overnight and thoroughly enjoyed the bowl topped with almond butter + sliced bananas the next morning. My only problem was that my perfectly manicured hands added too much stevia, which left my high-brow tastebuds with a seriously funky aftertaste.
Don’t laugh – that is a serious problem!
While I enjoyed both of the above breakfast concoctions, I must admit my new favorite might just be a wholesome bowl of fruit + nut cereal.
Mix 1/2 diced apple + 1/2 sliced banana in 1 T chia seeds + 1 T ground flax. Add 1/4 cup of raw almonds + 1/4 cup Life cereal (or cereal of your choice). Douse in organic skim milk.
It’s crunchy. It’s slightly sweet. It’s refreshing. It’s perfect washed down with a cup of coffee. Really, it’s everything you could want in a breakfast cereal – no high fructose corn syrup, red 40 dye or rat poison (also known as TBHQ), included.
Well, it’s everything you could want minus the fact there’s no mini Jake Gyllenhaal figurine or 50% of Anthropologie coupon hiding in the cereal box.