Last week I woke up a little bit earlier to head over to the beautiful Refinery Hotel for some rooftop yoga and steel cut oatmeal. I was excited because rooftop yoga in NYC is the best thing since sliced bread and it was expected to be a perfect 60 degrees with sunshine. I really couldn’t have picked a better way to start what would be a day filled with events, conference planning and work. 🙂
When I arrived the sun was shining bright and the yoga mats were out and ready. There was the yummy smell of oatmeal in the air and a full bar of toppings on display–but we will get more into that later.
We sat and chatted a bit and I made sure to take the time to inhale the gorgeous view of the Empire State Building.
After introductions we began our Yoga class with celebrity yogi Kristin McGee. She was so great–I was fully engaged with her and that doesn’t happen very often with me and yoga. Sometimes my mind wanders and that didn’t happen in this class. It had also been a good long time since I have done yoga–so much for that fitness goal! I gotta do better.
The class was fantastic. It really was just what I needed to get centered before my day began.
After class we learned some more about Quaker Oats new 3 minute Steel Cut Oats. They actually have lots of yummy flavors including the Brown Sugar and Cinnamon and Blueberries and cranberries plus of course my favorite the original flavor. It can be prepared the same way you normally prepare it except it has all the benefits of steel cut oatmeal.
We were able to get a demonstration of the many recipes that you could make with oatmeal from Sam Stephens who owns Oatmeals a store that only makes oatmeal. How cool is that?! She showed us how to make a great sweet recipe and a savory recipe. I had never heard of using oatmeal as a base for a recipe but I approve! The oatmeal bar had so many fun things from the regular blueberries, bananas, cinnamon etc to the more exotic ingredients like bacon, peas, olive oil and ham. (Somehow it works!)
Since I am rather conservative I used super familiar ingredients in my bowl that included cinnamon, honey, cocoa powder, and sliced bananas. It was really good! Thicker than my normal oats but I dug it!
After the demos we were treated to a discussion that talked about morning routines. Prior to the yoga class we all submitted a note card with the biggest challenge of our morning routine. A lot of people said not getting enough sleep or feeling frazzled or even waiting until the last minute to get out of bed. The tips shared included:
- Set times to check emails during the day, don’t wake up and check emails (I struggle terribly with this)
- Meditate before bed
- Choose your clothes the night before
- Have a great, easy breakfast!
Before you know it, it was time for us to go! We left with full bellies and even fuller spirits. Chek Out Sam Stephens recipe for 3 minute steel cut quaker oats!