After 7 long months of treatment and recovery for tongue cancer I am finally back to work! I was ready in February but unfortunately for me my previous employer (who told me my job would be there when I was ready to come back) informed me my once full time position was now only part time-as in less than 20 hours a week. Yeah, that doesn’t work for me. So, I had to find a new job and I finally did! I’m really excited to get back to work. I told my husband last night that although I’ve been cancer free for 3 months, only now that I have a job again do I feel like cancer is “over”.
But this also means I can no longer hang out all morning and eat breakfast whenever I feel like it. I also need to make sure breakfast is fast and will keep me full for several hours! Because I have to brush my teeth after every meal, snacking has become rather annoying. It’s no longer quickly shoveling some food in my mouth and getting back to work-nope, it means eat faster and go find a bathroom to brush my teeth. Not worth it sometimes.
I know that oatmeal is a popular go to breakfast for many people. It’s cheap, delicious, fast, healthy, and can be made in tons of different flavor combinations. But, whenever I eat oatmeal I’m starving within an hour. No matter how much oatmeal or what I mix in, it just does not fill me up.
I started experimenting with quinoa porridge about a month ago. Not only is it delicious, but it has kept me full for about 5 hours (yes, I timed it). Even better, I can cook a giant batch on Sunday evening and it keeps in the fridge all week! You can make this as a sweet or savory dish-whatever you crave in the morning.
And for the record, at work this kept me full for 7 hours before I had a chance to eat lunch.
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 3.5-4 cups water (you can also sub 1-2 cups for your favorite milk or broth)
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (I used quick-cook)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Optional add-ins: vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder-you get the idea.
- Topping ideas: fruit (fresh or frozen) avocado, maple syrup, hummus, seeds, chopped nuts, nut butters, etc..
How to make it:
- Combine the quinoa, water, (and milk or broth if using) and the add-ins of your choice.
- If using regular oatmeal (not quick-cooking) add in now.
- Bring to a boil and simmer covered on low heat for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat.
- If using quick-cook oats, add now. Also add in the chia seeds. Mix everything together. If the mixture seems dry add a bit of water, milk, or broth (you choose)
- Cover the pot and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes.
- You’ll know it’s ready when the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid.
- Serve now with toppings or store in a container in the fridge.
- For breakfast microwave and add all your favorite toppings.
This week I added in vanilla and cinnamon while cooking. I mixed in a chopped banana and a big spoonful of peanut butter.
I also made a smoothie made with frozen mangoes, strawberries, 4 kale leaves, water, and flax seeds. I’ve been making smoothies with lots of kale for the past few weeks and have noticed a slight boost in energy. I’ll let you know after 2 weeks of working again if it’s still giving me an energy boost 😉