tropical traditions

A faux cobbler & a giveaway

Being an overnight oat master (self proclaimed title), I decided to get crafty with my latest batch.

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Apricot. Plum.


Cinnamon.  Maple syrup.






Peanut flour.


Boiling water.

Fridge time. 


Next morning…voila!


Oaty layer on top, fruity layer on bottom.  Yum!


I’m a little late on the summer time breakfasts, huh?  This one is perfect for a hot summer morning with the sweet berries and cool nutty oats. 


Hearty and fruity in one big bowl.

I used to always dig out the fruit part of my mom’s berry cobblers, seeing how far under the crust I could get without the entire thing caving in…


Guess I still do that!

So, you want to make your own oat creation?  I’ll help you get under way.  Because if there’s one thing food bloggers love, it’s oats. 

To enter to win your very own FIVE POUND bag of Tropical Traditions whole rolled oats, simply leave a comment below with your guess as to how long it would take you to get through the entire bag.  I want real guesses now!  If you want to include mathematical equations and prove your answer go right ahead…  🙂

Tweet the giveaway mentioning @elisehippie for an extra entry (and leave a separate comment below telling me you did so).

I will announce the random winner first thing Tuesday morning (8/30/2011). 

Berry green monster (giveaway)


Hi gorgeous. 

Would you believe me if I told you the above creation had spirulina, chlorella, and flax lignans in it?  Because it totally does. 

Would you believe me if I said I was going to give away a tub of the same Antioxidant Natural Greens powder to one lucky HHH reader?  Because I totally am.  🙂


I heard a scary stat the other day.  Did you know that the average American eats 38 salads a year.  A YEAR!  My jaw hit the floor when I heard that.  I have always known I’m on the more healthy end of the spectrum in terms of eating my veggies…but I never thought the rest of the nation was THAT far behind me!  Yikes. 

It’s a good thing there are stevia-sweetened berry green powders like this one to fill in the gaps where salads are MIA.  It has omega-3’s, probiotics, digestive enzymes, trace minerals, and so much more.  But the genius is the delicious flavor that masks the “healthy” properties. 


For a chance to win your very own tub of greens tell me (a) how many salads you think you eat in a year, and/or (b) a sneaky way you get greens into your diet. 

I’ll give an extra entry for tweeting about the giveaway mentioning @elisehippie (be sure to leave a separate comment telling me you did so).

I will announce the winner on Monday, August 1st.  Good luck!


A few fruits, like grapes and melon, give me reflux trouble.  It’s not that I can’t eat them, it’s just that I have to eat them alone, stay upright afterwards, and not exercise.  Cantaloupe is one of the main culprits, but I think I found a way to work around it. 




Ignore the color, this was awesome. 


It was also crazy healthy – packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats!


See that green powder?  That’s the latest item to join the hippie kitchen. 


Um.  Whoa. 

What I like about this Antioxidant Omega-3 Natural Greens powder is:

  • the berry flavor hides the green-ness of the blend
  • it’s stevia sweetened which means you can add it to smoothies (without another sweetener)
  • it has 2600mg of organic flax & organic flax lignans per serving (hello ALA omega 3 fatty acids!)
  • it is small and mighty, packing major health benefits for it’s serving size (ie antioxidant properties, alkalizing pH balance)
  • the probiotics and enzymes help with digestion


I’m pretty sure it would be good in oats, too (I can’t wait to continue to experiment more).  This smoothie had a blend of frozen tropical fruit and fresh cantaloupe and it was fabulous.  When it comes to cantaloupe, any way to get that sweet juicy flavor without the reflux is a win in my book.


The cantaloupe in this work meal was eaten for breakfast, but I had to stop after half way through because I sensed my tum was reaching it’s max.  So weird.  I think smoothies may be my method of choice from now on.


This salad was really really random.  Leftover smorgasbord with squash, broccoli slaw, seitan, shrooms, and who knows what else. 


And here’s everything all together!  Salad, hummus, carrots, apple, dried fruit, roasted almonds, dehydrated apple rings, cantaloupe

What’s your favorite smoothie add-in?  Favorite melon?  I like honeydew the most, but it’s not good unless it’s overly ripe.  Otherwise it’s hard and flavorless.  This was the first time I used fresh melon in a smoothie and I really liked it.  I also love adding spinach and kale to make green monsters. 

The tally

Elise 1.  Night shift 1.

Monday’s night shift was fine.  But last night’s had a few hiccups.  It started off well enough (same patients, same routine) but after my lunch sleeping break at 3 am, I got busy. 

Downside: One of my patients decided to stop breathing (which is never good).

Upside: The hours between 3 and 6 am FLEW by.


Leading up to work I had a nice day.  After biking back from work, I showered and crawled into bed, where I promptly dozed off for a solid four hours.

When I woke up I made a good hearty breakfast.  I say hearty because the oats were thick enough to tip the pot upside down.


Those are some rib coating oats right there!


You can’t really see them, but there are super plump raisins in there, too.  As well as Tropical Traditions coconut peanut butter.


It’s weird (slash fun) how the temperature affects the state of the nutbutter.  I don’t even need a thermometer, the melting point of coconut is my weatherman.  Coconut butter turns from solid to liquid at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.  So obviously yesterday was a cooler day.


I watched Wimbledon in my PJs, read my latest book (On Mystic Lake), and snacked.  Nothing fancy, just Sabra hummus with Alvarado Street bread and carrots

Then I showered (again), packed my food/scrubs/etc. for work, made rice for Kyle, and got ready to peace out.  [We have a rice cooker for those who were suggesting we get one, so yes, all I had to do was press a button before I left the casa]


Pre-cycle sesh I enjoyed this Blueberry Muffin Larabar.  It made me really pumped for my 6 mile ride which actually ended up backfiring because I arrived at the hospital in record timing (with record sweating).  No biggie.  More time to read my book.


My work eats: leftover salad with a kilo of kale underneath (I wish you knew how huge this tupperware actually was).


This was the last of the baby shower salad, which is sad because it was SO good.  I’m pretty sure it contained more fiber than a nursing home. 

I also brought the below Alvarado Street sprouted tortilla and Sabra hummus, in addition to some (unpictured) roasted nuts, eaten at 1 am, and an apple, eaten at 6 am. 


Upon arriving home from work, I promptly ditched my helmet and backpack, showered, and staggered into the bedroom.  I slept moderately well, but still woke up in time to catch some Wimbledon matches on tv.

Can you believe I haven’t seen Kyle since Sunday night?  Working PM shifts is rough.  Have you ever worked opposite hours from a loved one?  Done the long distance thing? 

It would be nice, if you made me rice.

The above line is from a poem written by my adorable husband.  I may have to show it to you later.  :) 

Since I am on night shift this week, I slept in ‘til noon, enjoyed a late breakfaat, and watched tv until 5:00 rolled around.


Part one of my breakfast brunch was a nectarine.  It was another watery not-so-sweet piece of fruit.  Dude.  I am so bummed about these lame nectarines.  From now on I’m buying stone fruit at the farmer’s market ONLY.


The second part of meal number one was coconut oats topped in banana slices.


  • 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp ground Salba (or chia seeds)
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 3-4 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia

I added the boiling water to the oats, coconut flour, and Salba and let it sit for a while.  Once the oats and flour had cooked a bit and the Salba gelled up, I mixed in the raisins and stevia and added it to the fridge to chill overnight. 


In the morning I topped it with banana slices and a scoop of coconut peanut butter.  It was like a thick cakey pudding.  And even though I hate using the “m” word, it was that too.  I need an alternate word choice…every synonym sounds equally dirty. 


Before I hit the road I packed my work dinner and snacks.  I also had a quick meal.  Toast and eggless egg salad (x2).  And a bowl of green grapes

It was pretty hot outside, so I left a little bit early to allow myself time to clean up after biking to the hospital. 


The basis of my salad was sesame sticks.  There may have been some veggies and seitan under there somewhere. 


I had hummus and bread a la mode.  And the rest of the usual snacks were on standby in my locker


I had a relatively decent night.  One crazy patient was evened out by two less crazy patients.  As I rode my bike home, all I could think about was bed…


And then I saw Kyle’s note asking me to make him rice before I went to work the next day.  It doesn’t get cuter than this folks.