I had an oatmeal breakthrough this morning!

I didn’t end up making 3-minute chocolate mousse last night, but still wanted to find a way to eat some of my ricotta cheese. As I was making my morning oatmeal, I thought to myself – hmmmm, I wonder what it would be like in there… So, I scooped some into the pot and hoped for the best. Umm, it was AMAZING! Here’s my Whipped Ricotta Banana Oatmeal! :D

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • almond butter

Creamy and dreamy!

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Instead of slicing half of the banana into the pot while the oats cooked and the other half on top, I sliced the whole thing in while it was cooking and whipped, whipped, whipped so it was nice and fluffy.

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Adding the ricotta cheese at the end took whipped to a whole new level! As I stirred it in, you could see it making the whole mixture light as air – like a whipped pudding almost!

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Dripping with almond butter…WoW. This was amazing – you’ve got to try it!!

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Lunch may not be quite as spectacular – but it’s still a winner in my book! Tofu & Veggie Mixed Salad.

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Broccoli
  • Baked tofu (mist of olive oil, sprinkle of garlic & onion powder, baked @ 425 for 15 mins)
  • Carrots
  • Dried cranberries

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This.salad.rocks. ‘Nuf said!

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Oh, I found Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette at Super Target for a fraction of the price it usually costs at my regular grocery store! I was SO jazzed. :)

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So, yesterday a good friend of mine’s little boy had his first birthday (shout out to Mason!) which got me thinking about what I was doing one year ago. Well, as it turns out, Ben and I were traipsing around San Francisco at this time last year!

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Both Ben and I LOVE California. Like, love, love, love it. If it weren’t for the California economy, housing prices and the San Andreas fault – we might be out there right now! (Not ruling it out in the future!)

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We’re well traveled in Southern Cali – that laid back lifestyle and unbeatable weather has us smitten. Last year, though, we decided to give Northern Cali a chance and headed out to San Francisco for a week! Plus, we had some great friends to visit out there. :)

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During our trip we drove along the coast line to soak up and explore the deserted beaches, cliffs and tide pools dotting the highway.

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We also walked 1 million miles every single day! We stayed right in Fisherman’s Wharf which was a great central location to see all the sights that San Fran has to offer. Here’s the view of curvy Lombard Street from Coit Tower.

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Aaaaand, here’s the view of Coit Tower (top right) from the top of Lombard Street! We were POWER WALKERS, going it least 9+ miles every day. It was awesome. I think you really get to know a city by seeing it on foot!

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San Fran wouldn’t be San Fran without the cable cars (and a peek of Alcatraz Island!)

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The Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory was life changing. ‘NUFF SAID!

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And hiking through the quaint and artsy island of Sausalito was so peaceful.

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It gave us breathtaking views of the bay…and the Golden Gate Bridge!

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Our friends who live out there work under the Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy umbrella and they took us to see their offices. Don’t worry – THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THEIR ROOF TOP CAFETERIA!!!!!!

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Can you imagine eating at work with this view everyday?! This is the Bay Bridge – the Golden Gate Bridge is off to the left.

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While in SF, we ate at some incredible resturarants. One of our favorites was the classic Fog City Diner. Retro on the outside, bistro-like on the inside, and I can still taste the Pad Thai Salad that was one of the best I’ve ever had!

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Being the nature lovers that we are, we couldn’t leave town without going to Muir Woods which has the tallest redwood trees in the world. It was a humbling experience.

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Of course we had to have fuel to get there!

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Tree huggers kissers!

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We ended our trip with a quintessential San Francisco activity…

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A trip to Alcatraz Island.

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I could go on and on about this place – you truly have to go and explore it for yourself though. There’s SO much history and SO much to learn about it. It’s SO cool!

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The prisoners often said the worst thing about Alcatraz was the incredible views of the city and the bay. It just reminded them that they weren’t free to go and explore it.

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This is when we told Ben he would have to spend the night in one of the cells. ;)

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San Francisco was one of the best vacations of our lives – we miss it so much and can’t wait to return one day. Next time, we’ll be sure to visit some of the surrounding wine country!!

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Have you ever been to San Francisco? What did you think?

If money was no option, where would you move to tomorrow?