New Oat Topping And Crazy Weather

by HEAB on July 22, 2009

Yesterday, I tried something really odd for breakfast, but it worked…for me anyway. :)

I know, I know...what bizarre combo has HEAB tried now? :)

I know, I know...what bizarre combo has HEAB tried now?

Oat bran + vanilla rice protein powder topped with raw granola (aka raw corn) = a delicious bowl of warm oats & crunchy sweetness.  Don’t knock it till you try it.

Then, I hiked up the mountain behind our house.  The hike up wasn’t bad at all, and only took 15 minutes. The hike down was a different story altogether.  I had my obligatory fall but ended up back at the house in one piece.

See our house below?

See the house below?

Sangre de Cristo mountain range in the distance.

Sangre de Cristo mountain range in the distance.

Afterwards, I took one of our pups on a walk while I talked to VeggieGirl on the phone.  Love you VG! CD and I then decided to enjoy the sunny day and walk around the little town of Westcliffe.  It’s about 10 miles to town, and by the time we got there, the rain clouds were upon us.  We walked around for 10 minutes before we felt the first rain drops.  The temperature quickly dropped about 20 degrees, and we proceeded to drive home in the worst hail storm I have ever experienced.  It was wild.

Hale on the deck.

Hail on the deck.

Before I go, I wanted to share my new favorite stevia along with my new favorite smoothie ingredient.

Finally...a stevia with no funky aftertaste!

Finally...a stevia with no funky aftertaste!

Many thanks to the folks at NuNaturals for allowing me to sample some of their products.  I received this package right before we left Nashville, and I am so grateful I did.  The liquid clear stevia in the plastic bottle fits easily in my purse for when I need a little sweet action on the go.  I also packed the white stevia packets for our trip.  Y’all, this is seriously the best tasting powdered stevia I’ve tried.  Most brands leave a weird taste in my mouth, but I am quite pleased with the flavor of NuNaturals‘ version…great in smoothies, and I can’t wait to try the rest of the products when we get back home.  Thanks again NuNaturals!

Speaking of smoothies…

OK, want to know how to really bulk up that smoothie?

Guess that ingredient.

Frozen rhubarb.  Thanks for the recommendation reader Deb!  Frozen rhubarb really bulks things up and adds a nice boost of fiber, vitamin C, and calcium to the mix.  You may need to add a bit more sweetener of choice.  My smoothie contained 1 cup almond milk, 2 TBSP chia seeds, frozen strawberries, frozen rhubarb, Jay Robb vanilla rice protein powder, and 1 packet of NuStevia.  Topped it all off with some crunchy almond butter.  Fruity and filling.

Hail is gone, and the sun is out…bye. :)