I needed a warm, comforting breakfast.
I needed motivation to face the black, scary night (it’s not officially morning, you know, until the sun peaks out!)
I needed something to convince me that getting out of bed at 5:30am was a good idea.
While I have gone running in the “sort of dark” before, today I ran in the “so dark you can’t see your hand” kind of dark. It was both exhilerating and scary. There were moments when I questioned whether risking the broken ankle would credit me as being brave or very, very stupid. I decided it was better not to answer myself.
(FYI, I still brought along a flashlight to alert cars of my presence, along with wearing good reflector gear)
I bundled up well for the chilly 20 degrees. Running tights, three layers of shirts, and a hat for extra measure (first *hat run* of the year!) With a bee bop of the head and a couple of Rocky dances to loosen myself up, I trucked out the door, ready to face both cold and dark.
Nothing but footsteps. Nothing but my own breath. The occasional car light flashing as some poor soul drove to work (at 5:30!) I quickened my pace, savoring the sound of crunchy pebbles and pavement beneath my feet. I chased the moon into a deep, dark cloud. On my return, the sun chased me home as it made its gentle appearance. I love, love, love the start of a new day. So simple. So perfect.
Anyways, as I said earlier, I needed a warm, comforting breakfast. Because the run itself offers nothing but bliss. But throwing back the covers and getting out of bed? That takes some serious effort.
I used to be a huge oat bran fan, but I fell off the bandwagon after rediscovering my love for the rolled oat.
Today, I decided that the extra comfort level of a creamy bowl of pumpkin oat bran was exactly—exactly!—what I needed.
Oat bran should most deifnitely become a regular participator in my morning meals.
Creamy Pumpkin Oat Bran
One of the things I like most about preparing oat bran (besides the v-v-volume!) is that it’s ready in record time. Perfect for busy mornings!
The secret to voluminous oat bran is the extra water! Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond what you normally put in. Adding in the extra 3/4 c. of water to this blend always gives me more than my nut jar can handle, but I’m okay with that. 😀 I like to give the oatbran a quick stir once it’s in the nut jar, just to get it all incorporated (especially with chunky nut butters!) But scraping down the sides is part of the pleasure too.
- 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/4 c. oat bran
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional, but adds to the creaminess!)
- 1 almost empty peanut butter jar
- toppings: your favorite granola
- In a medium pot, add milk, water, banana, pumpkin and spices. Bring to a boil.
- Add in oat bran and chia seeds, stir rapidly, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
- Once oat bran is thickened to your preference, pour into an almost empty peanut butter jar.
- Top with granola and any other favorite toppings! ENJOY!
Question: What motivates you to work out, stay active and/or be healthy?
**Two days left for the Breakfast Bonanza! Don’t forget to let me know via comment (or email!) if there’s a particular breakfast that you’ve made and would like to see up on the breakfast post for Saturday! 😀
I’ve recently discovered oatbran and have fallen in love with it. ❤
Those happy endorphins at the end of a workout motivate me!! I LOVE the way I feel when it’s over!
Do you like oatbran or oatmeal better? I prefer rolled oats 😉
Honestly, I don’t know if I could even decide. I tend to flip flop back and forth. 😀
I LOVE early morning dark runs…there is something exhilarating about being out in the early AM when the rest of the neighborhood is sleeping. It’s my favorite time of day to be out…even in cold weather!
And right now, I’m motivated to stay active/healthy for the little human inside my belly. 🙂
Wow, thats hard core!!! i dunno why, but for some reason when i saw your oatbran, i thought there was turmeric in it because of the colour! lol 🙂
Haha! The addition of turmeric might make for a good savory breakfast though, which gives me an idea. 😀
I love Oatbran! like you, I was hooked on regular oats for awhile, and then one day I decided to go back and I’ve been hooked again! I love how creamy and sweet they are all on their own 🙂
The reason why I could not participate in the breakfast challenge. Reason # 5. Nate came home with corn chex again for our breakfast cereal again. HA, HA!
How exercise and eating well makes me feel is why I stick with it. It’s just become a habit now.
It’s been quite a while since i had oatbran. Love the pumpkin and granola addition to your breakfast!
Well, I pretty much failed at the whole idea of this bonanza…turns out I really can’t stomach much more than coffee and almonds until mid-afternoon or after I exercise, whichever comes first. So I suck. But this looks delish! And nice job on the run – it’s SO hard to wake up in the dark. We’re not evolutionarily designed for it! But seems like you did just fine anyways 🙂