Ugh, Tuesdays. TUESDAYS.
At my old job, my coworkers (Now I am lucky enough to call them my friends) and I came up with this theory that Tuesdays are the worst day of the week. Here’s why: when Tuesday morning rolls around, you’re still exhausted from Monday shenanigans. On Tuesday, you still remember the happy glow of your past weekend, and realize that there are so many days until you can get to that bliss again. On Tuesday, you haven’t even gotten to hump day yet…and we all know that there are just no inappropriate jokes to say about Tuesdays. Tuesdays are just the worst. The. Worst.
On Tuesdays, I am rarely motivated to do anything. It’s amazing if I make it to the gym after work, and to be honest, its miracle if I actually go out and do something social on a Tuesday night. Most of the ridiculous fights I’ve picked with my boyfriend have been on, you guessed it: Tuesdays. And the worst night classes in both my undergrad and graduate school years? On Tuesdays. (You’re such a jerk, Tuesday. I hope Karma gets you.) By the time Tuesday night rolls around, I rarely cook- I usually eat leftovers or whatever snacks I can piece together to try to form a legitimate meal. I call this technique creating an artful, eclectic charcuterie (Haha, yeah right), but really, this is just Tuesday speaking through me again in food form. Oh, and actually getting up on time Tuesday morning to make a decent breakfast? Ha. Please……..Oh, was that a serious question? Yeah…. No. Tuesday breakfast never ever happens. Not ever.
For all the reasons I have listed above, I bring you a recipe I have titled “Tuesday Oatmeal” because it is quite possibly the easiest 4 minute Paleo breakfast you can make in the morning. I make this mix ahead of time and store it in a water bottle for easy pouring. (Helpful when I am trying to make myself breakfast at 6am and still fumbling around because I am half asleep.) You can choose to keep this in any storage container of your choosing, and please note that the serving size for the “preparation” stage is for one ½ cup serving, not for the entire prepared mix.
Mix makes 4 servings
Grain free, dairy free, gluten free
To make ahead:
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) Golden flaxseed meal is also an option
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup already prepared chia seed mix
- 1 tbsp. vanilla almond milk
- Toppings of your choice (chocolate pieces, fruit, almond butter, cashew butter, nuts etc.) optional
- 1 tsp. raw honey optional
- 1 cup water
- Mix chia seeds, flaxseed meal, and coconut together. Store in a container.
- When ready to prepare, pour ½ cup chia mix into a bowl and add water and almond milk. You may add honey if you would like some sweetness, but it is not necessary.
- Microwave for 2 minutes.
- Stir well, add toppings if you would like, and enjoy!
- Just get through Tuesday J
P.S I originally saw this recipe months ago on another grain-free blog. I tweaked this recipe for my own tastes, renamed it, and now cannot find the original recipe author. If anyone out there sees this recipe out on another blog, can you let me know? I would love to cite them and be able to give them credit for the inspiration! Thank you!
P.P.S. Once, I put in a spoonful of Nutella into this, and it was amazing. And then later I tried a spoonful of cookie butter. That too was amazing, but so not Paleo. But, you know what they say about Tuesdays…..