Sick Days & Sunbutter Banana Oatmeal

Good morning and top of the Monday to you!

I hope you had a more exciting weekend than I did. I rolled my ankle while running on Friday, and even though it felt fine immediately afterward, I woke up Saturday with a sore, swollen foot. At first, I was annoyed to be stuck on the couch for the weekend, but I actually enjoyed the rest. I watched Origins, a really well done, thoughtful, articulate film on the state of our modern world and the way it’s affecting our health. It features all of my favorite nutrition and fitness experts, is stunning to watch, and is 100% in line with my view on health. I highly recommend watching it while it’s online for free (you have 5 more days, I believe). Watch the Global Premiere of Origins the Movie.


ANYWAY, moving on…

True story: I REALLY like working from home. Shocking! I know. But as an introvert, the constant social interaction that comes with working in a busy office environment can be fairly stressful/exhausting.

Now with that said, there is one social interaction I have an unlimited amount of bandwidth for: Andrew! Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for me, Andrew was home with a cold last week so I got to play “Nurse Magic” for a day.

I started by instructing the patient to sleep in as long as possible. I know he was seriously run down because he slept for over 12 hours. Once he was awake, I spent the rest of the day filling him with liquids: water, tea, smoothie, more water, miso soup, more tea.

Once he was ready for solid food, I asked what he was in the mood for. He said something eggy or something oaty. Oaty?! That’s my specialty! I started offering up flavor profiles, which was clearly overwhelming because he said “Surprise me”.  I usually eat my oats cold, ala Overnight Oats, but for a patient with a cold, hot oatmeal seemed like a better bet.

I started warming a pot on the stove with oats and almond milk while rummaging around for other add-ins. What resulted 10 minutes later was a creation I’m quite proud of.

Peanutbutter Banana Oats


Sunbutter Banana Oatmeal
Serves 1 sick husband


1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1 t chia seeds
1 dash cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 banana, divided
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (or not)
1 T sunflower seed butter


1. Combine oats, almond milk and chia seeds in a sauce pot over low-medium heat. Add cinnamon & salt and stir.

2. Mash half the banana and add to the oat mixture, stirring continuously until thickened, about 5 minutes. Slice remaining half banana and set aside.

3. Once oatmeal has reached the desired consistency, remove from heat, pour into a big bowl and top with sliced banana and almonds.

4. Finish it off with a drizzle with honey and a big scoop of sunbutter. Enjoy!

Banana Oats sans peanutbutter

I suppose one could theoretically omit the sunbutter in this recipe and still have a delicious bowl of warm, filling oats… but I’m not sure I’d risk it. 😉

For the record, Andrew made a speedy recovery and is now back to his usual 110%.


Once more, because I truly feel it is this important: If you have an hour and 40 minutes to spare, do yourself a favor and watch Origins online for free and prepare to have your mind blown.


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