I am not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy vegetarian meals. At least once or twice a week, I’ll go through my entire day and then think to myself, “Huh. I didn’t eat any meat today.” While this is all well and good, I don’t really consciously try to eat vegetarian for an entire day. So, I decided to commit to the Meatless Monday ideal that has caught on as of late.
Meatless Monday is a campaign that encourages people to live a meat-free lifestyle for one day a week. While meat can be very healthy for us and our bodies, at times, we can consume too much. By participating in Meatless Monday, we can cut down on the impact consuming meat has on our bodies and the rest of the planet. (Check out their website for more of the health and eco-friendly benefits and for vegetarian recipes to try.)
So, for my first My Meatless Monday post, I am going to share with you a breakfast recipe that I have been obsessed with for weeks now. It’s called Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal and it is so so so good! And the best part is, you can make it quickly and easily and transport it just as well, too.
Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal (adapted slightly from The Fitnessista)
- 1/3 Cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 Tbsp nut butter (I love almond butter, and as The Fitnessista says, the drippy kind works best for this)
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate)
- A few drops of vanilla
- Milk (I like vanilla unsweetened almond milk)
- Any other toppings you want to use
Combine oats, protein powder, nut butter, and vanilla into a bowl.
Then, give it a nice stir until it starts to clump up, like this:
Add your milk and other toppings and enjoy!
If you’re like me and always find yourself with less time than you planned in the morning, you can take it to go and add your milk later! I have a half-gallon of almond milk in the fridge at my work that I save for these occasions 🙂 (That’s my snack and lunch included in the picture below. I love hearty soups in the winter, and this lentil and vegetable soup is great! So tasty, warming, and satisfying!)
It’s a big joke at my office that I always have a snack stash hidden in my drawers somewhere. I always have a bag of nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, graham crackers, candy… any kind of snack you can imagine! So, today for my cereal I added dried bing cherries that I had on hand.
So yummy and very filling! You can add anything in here you’d like. I often eat it with no toppings at all, it’s still just as good! Although, my favorite topping is fresh blueberries, but I gobbled those up before I even thought about the fact that they’d be absent from this post 😦 WOMP womp! I highly suggest it.
With some green tea, this was an awesome breakfast to cap off a productive early morning. I started this morning bright and early with Elise Lorimer’s Fun Flow routine I did during Day 13 of my 21-Day Yoga Challenge. I know I said I can’t wait to try new routines after the challenge, but I just love that video! And it was exactly what I needed on this dreary Monday morning–very energizing! Speaking of, what is with this Midwest weather?! Single digits and even negatives last week and 40-50 and rainy this week?! Guh! I am counting the days till spring and summer…
Enjoy your Monday!