Oats for Breakfast

I have very good intentions. I've intended to get up at 5.45am for the last three weeks, to dress mechanically in half-sleep and drive (unconsciously) to a yoga class 10 minutes down the road. I can almost see my potential-self; virtuous, toned, wholesome, lingering just out of reach in the most well-meaning corners of my imagination. 

What happens instead is I sleep guiltily til 9, go to the shops for a big coffee, and end up buying a tasty, buttery muffin. Then I find various ways to put off study for at least another hour while I 'wait for the caffeine to kick in'. 

I feel hopeful that this rather virtuous breakfast will, in some small way, make up for my inability to cultivate a healthier, more whole-grained persona. At the very least it'll let me pretend that I am all those things on social media, if not reality. In real life I'm still sitting at the kitchen table in my dressing gown at 2pm and haven't attended any kind of fitness class, yoga or otherwise, in as long as I can remember... But there is always next Monday! 

Here's how you make wholesome 'I'm-Too-Healthy-To-Need-To-Yoga' porridge:

  • 1/3 cup oats (I'm not a fan of quick oats, all oats are pretty quick, the extra 2 mins at the pot with normal oats is definitely worth the non-sludge texture!) 
  • 1/3 cup your milk of choice (almond, soy, cow)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-2 tsp chia seeds (so virtuous, so pure!)
  • 1 tsp LSA meal (this stuff I've only just discovered, it's yummy and nutty and apparently just as wholesome as chia seeds)
  • Pinch of salt

Cook all this on moderate heat until it turns into what porridge looks like. I think that's pretty hard to get wrong... it should be the consistency of... porridge?! Or that Clag glue that kids use for scrapbooking. I do hope it doesn't taste like the Clag glue though...

Here's a relatively inessential and unrelated picture of my mint. 

I put all these things on top of my porridge (but you can pretty much put whatever you want on, the options are endless!):

  • Strawberries, blueberries (which is extra exciting because I got them off a bush in the garden!), edible flowers (sage flowers, borage flowers, nasturtiums, rose-scented geranium flowers) and mint. Then finish it off with a dollop of natural sheep's yoghurt (sheep's yoghurt is another new discovery and it's SO GOOD, I highly recommend), then drizzle honey on top and eat!
Casey Lister