Overnight Goji Oats

It kills me to write the following sentence, but:

The kids go back to school today.

I know that I, for one, have at least one member of the household that is deeply unhappy that this day has arrived.

We have spent the last two months footloose and fancy-free, flip-flop clad, jumping (literally) in lakes, exploring other cities and countries and making a game of how few nights we spent sleeping in our own beds at home.

The answer is about 3, and we are wildly proud of that fact.

But reality is now coming crashing down. Michael is starting Grade 9, and I am back teaching as of next Monday. A busy fall schedule awaits us both. *sob*

One more moment of silence as we mourn carefree, sunny summer days that were our own.

Okay. Now that that’s done, let’s turn our focus to the matter at hand: school. I’ve already loaded the freezer up with lots of healthy, quick grab-and-go lunches: homemade vegetarian pizza pockets made with yams, Trader Joe’s vegan chorizo, and beans, and individually-sized containers of Cuban rice and beans that I can quickly heat up in the microwave.

But breakfast. That’s the kicker. I usually resort to smoothies, or I’ll make breakfast cookies or homemade granola bars.

But I also love me some Overnight Oats. You see, the thing is, you can really pack a lot of good stuff into your Overnight Oats.Gojoy Goji Berries

Like Gojis, for example. I was tickled pink to discover that there is a local farm here in Vancouver that’s growing gojis. Up until now, our only way of getting this superfood was by purchasing them dry (imported from China). I really like the fresh ones, they have a pop of tartness, and did I mention how good they are for you??

This overnight oat recipe can be customized to how you like it. Be sure to make up 3-5 to last you a whole week of healthy, grab-and-go breakfasts.

 

Overnight Goji Oats

Ingredients (for each individual serving)

  • 250-ml mason jars with lids
  • 2-3 tbsp oats (not instant)
  • 1 tbsp ground, roasted flax
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp vegan protein powder(I like vanilla)
  • 8-12 fresh goji berries
  • 1-2 tbsp dried fruit like cranberries, dates or raisins
  • 2 tbsp yogurt (or non-dairy yogourt if you want to keep it vegan)
  • 2 tbsp non dairy milk
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • a tiny pinch of salt
  • a drizzle of maple syrup

Method:

  1. Place all the dry ingredients in the bottom of the mason jar, and give it a shake to combine.
  2. Now add the wet ingredients and shake/stir well to mix everything together.
  3. Place the lid on and store in the fridge overnight. In the morning, grab and go.
  4. If you like, you can add extras, like nuts/seeds, or blob of peanut butter and jelly.

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Monet: from Paris to Vancouver

When I was in High School, I took an art class, and that class was my first introduction to the Impressionists.

I loved how they played with light and paint, and how they captured a moment so beautifully.

Degas was my favorite. He created works no one had painted before–moments that most people would consider insignificant–but yet held unspeakable beauty.

Musee D'Orsay

So, it’s hardly a surprise that at the very top of my “must do” list while I was in Paris was to visit the Musee D’Orsay. The D’Orsay is home to the largest collection of French Impressionist works in the world, and is housed in a beautiful old train station in Paris.

Don’t get me wrong–I loved seeing the art works that I’d looked at in photos my whole life in real life. It was an amazing experience. But I was as in love with the architecture and the building as I was with the work it housed.

Just prior to going to Paris, I visited our very own Vancouver Art Gallery for a little taste of what was to come in Paris. The Monet’s Secret Garden exhibit is on there until October 1, and it’s really worth taking in. These are Monet’s last paintings, and many of them are painted at the end of his life, when he could barely see. They are lovely. I especially loved “Les Roses,” thought to be Monet’s last painting. You can walk right up to it and look at the brush strokes.

VAG: Monet's Secret Garden

I loved the D’Orsay, and highly recommend you visit it if you are in Paris. But if you can’t make it there, check out the VAG before October 1.

Oh–and one last thing–while you’re there, be sure to stay and have a glass of prosecco on the patio at the VAG Cafe. It’s the closest you can come to feeling like you’re in Paris, while still being in Vancouver.

 

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