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I am a former educator turned PhD student and avid foodie. This blog contains my thoughts regarding all of these areas of my life. Take your time, browse around, and hopefully you'll find something you like. --Love, Katy

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Brain Food

Now, I'll be the first to admit that, as much as I love food, it is one of the things that goes to the back burner when I'm stressed out.

*Hence, why I haven't posted on here in months (I have so much to share with you!).*

So, inevitably, my take-out eating out goes up...and it's not always the sexy, relatively good for you kind of take-out either.  I've been known to hit one of a few fried places along the way--but no golden arches--not until I know their burgers are safe! I have to draw the line somewhere.

However, in these times of poor judgment, occasionally I rectify my mindset and try to "reward" myself with a little brain food

This morning's offering:  

Muesli is a breakfast food, traditionally composed of uncooked rolled oats, dried fruit, and nuts.  It takes a little getting used to if you haven't had it before, but it's just like cereal and such a cheap, easy way to make a breakfast (and use up some of that HUGE can of rolled oats that I KNOW you have in your cabinet).

All you need:

1/4 to 1/2 cup (1/4 is usually good for me) of uncooked rolled oats
2 T dried fruits of your choice
1 T of nuts of your choice
1/2 to 3/4 cup of skim milk
Suggested add on's: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, a little bit of honey

I used apricots and ginger this morning with some walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a tiny bit of clove.

Speaking of clove, Clover got to enjoy a little bit of apricot this morning, too. 

Other things you can put in your Muesli?  Coconut, almonds, cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin (I usually do that one hot), strawberries, lemon zest.  The options are endless.

For my brain food dinner last night, I made some port soaked portobello mushrooms on some crusty bread spread with ricotta cheese and a beet salad.  Oh, and a big ol' glass of red to calm me down from the day. 

What's your brain food???