When You Can’t Have Chocolate…

High and low, far and wide, I’ve searched but the one on the left does not exist in Alaskan stores…

 

Have you heard of this tasty hot cereal called Malt-o-Meal? It’s been a staple at my house since before I was born. When I was little we ate so much of the chocolate kind with sugar on top. It was like the dessert Mom let me eat for lunch! These days I wouldn’t be so liberal with the refined sweetness, but I say keep the chocolate coming! Sadly, though, I’ve searched all over for this variety and only came up with the “Original” flavor. It’s just not the same when you want a chocolatey fix for breakfast (or lunch or even dinner!)…
Yesterday I came up with a recipe to turn boring original into a tasty vanilla! It was so exciting that I wanted to share this revelation with everyone. So here it is:

3 Tablespoons of Malt-o-Meal dry cereal
~3/4 cups water, depending on how thick you want it…1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
~2 Tablespoons of organic coconut palm sugar
1-2 Tablespoons ground flax seed (just because you can!)
*cold processed vanilla whey protein powder
*directions on box call for optional salt, I didn’t add it because I don’t like to increase sodium content…but it’s up to you!

Cook according to directions (it’s easy, just boil water and add slowly while stirring). While your water boils add palm sugar, flax seed, protein powder, and vanilla to your bowl. When your plain Malt-o-Meal is done cooking and is the thickness you want, add it to the bowl and combine. Enjoy hot, but don’t forget about your utensils and pot you used, let them soak while you eat, or it will be forever cemented to them.

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It doesn’t look like much, but it tastes great and is free of refined sugars and natural flavors (whatever those may be) and is full of essential nutrients and protein! Just make sure your protein powder is not an isolate variety with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose, etc. More on protein powders and a helpful guide here; I use this one.

Update!

This is an update to a previous post in which I detailed unto y’all my plan of dropping 30 lbs. whilst being entertained daily by the Gilmore Girls. Just in case you were curious, I haven’t dropped or gained even half a pound since typing that. It’s almost freakish how stable my weight seems to be. Literally, not half a pound of difference.

I also changed the regimen and have taken to adding some good habits and established a few healthy eating rules, they are as follows:

~Walk on the treadmill 5 or more days a week

~Drink more water and eat more fruits and veggies

~Cut back portion sizes

~In training for what has become my goal of becoming an FBI agent; Sit ups and push ups twice daily

~Take vitamins with a glass of milk in the morning with breakfast

~Floss my teeth every night

~Stop cracking my knuckles. It’s kind of a compulsion and now I’m getting weird old lady joint pains in my fingers. Weird.

Hopefully if I can make these into habits I will be healthier, wealthier, and wiser.