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Banana Chia Overnight Oats

2 Sep

Overnight Oats. Probably the recipe I get asked most frequently for.

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But I definitely see why. With the hectic schedules we are all on, a very simple, delicious breakfast like overnight oats just makes sense! The best part about it? It’s all made the night before, so when you wake up, there is absolutely no work involved! Easy enough? I think so.

How do you go about making overnight oats? Basically, it is usually just a ratio of milk, oats, and yogurt combined together in a jar, and set aside in the refrigerator throughout the night until the morning. No cooking involved! But see, the best thing about overnight oats, is that they are completely customizable. What I listed above is just the base ingredients, but now it is up to your imagination and taste buds to decide what else to add to make your own heavenly breakfast.

You can keep it simple with only a few ingredients, and then add tasty toppings, or you can mix in desired foods to add flavor in the mix throughout the night as it sits. Here is just one variety of overnight oats that I made this morning :)

Banana Chia Overnight Oats

Banana Chia Overnight Oats
-1/2 cup Rolled Oats
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
-1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
-1/2 Banana, mashed
-1 T Chia Seeds (don’t have chia seeds? Add flaxseed or just simply add less liquid!)
-1 packet Stevia
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a jar and mix. Store in refrigerator overnight. Take out in the morning, top with any additional toppings, and enjoy.

Varieties:
-Instead of banana, add in any other fruit of choice
-Add in a tablespoon of nut butter
-Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor
-Add protein powder for an extra protein kick
-Top with granola, cereal, fruit, cacao nibs, or nut butter
-Add in unsweetened coconut and pineapple to make a piano colada flavor

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Pumpkin Pie Protein MilkShake (with no protein powder)

26 Jun

I use to have shakes every single night. It was just something I loved and enjoyed ending my night with. But ever since I began this sugar detox, I haven’t had them very much. Why you may ask? Well, the base of most of them were protein powder, and then were definitely sweetened with stevia and other delicious, yet sugar filled ingredients:/So, I had to put them on hold as almost all protein powders have sugar added.

But no fear! I have now come up with a delicious way to make a high protein milkshake, without protein powders or any added sugar! And it still has the delicious taste of all my other shakes :)

Of course, as I begun my shake creating again, I had to start with the very loved, pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin Pie to be exact. Let me just say it was absolutely delicious! With this shake being so healthy and full of protein, enjoy this for breakfast, post workout, or for a delicious dessert!

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Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
-1 cup almond milk
-1 very ripe frozen banana
-1/2 cup greek yogurt
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-1/4 cup pumpkin
-2T TVP (or oats if no TVP)
-2 dates
-1/2 tsp: cinnamon, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice
-Sprinkle of sea salt
optional: xanthan gum or guar gum for added thickness

For “Crumble” Topping:
-2T rolled oats
-1/2 tsp coconut oil
-sprinkle of cinnamon and sea salt

Directions: Blend all shake ingredients together. Mix together “crumble” ingredients in small bowl or cup. Pour shake into glass and top with oat mixture. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Zucchini Coconut Bread “Zoats”

5 Jun

Zoats: Zucchini and Oats cooked together

I was very curious when first hearing about this. But my curiosity led me to make them, and boy was I ever so thankful I did! They are a delicious take on your normal bowl of oats, except for more filling, voluminous, creamy, and all around delicious!

Since I was experimenting for the very first time, I decided, what comes to my mind when I think of zucchini? Well, the only time I really eat it is when I make my zucchini coconut bread! So, that is the flavor I decided to reconstruct in this oatmeal :)

The coconut flavor mixed with the creaminess of the oats and zucchini were to die for. And it was so much more filling than regular oatmeal! Not to mention, more delicious with a flavor like this!

Zucchini is such a healthy addition to your typical oats. It is a vegetable for one thing, so it allows you to get in some greens first thing in the morning without feeling like you are eating vegetables for breakfast! There are also so many benefits that come with them:

1) 1 cup only has 36 calories  2) lowers cholesterol through high fiber and vitamin C and A   3)Anti-Inflammatory    4)High in manganese   5) lowers blood pressure

So, what are you waiting for?? If you haven’t had these before, you should most certainly make some zoats soon!

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Zucchini Coconut Bread Zoats

-1 cup oats

-1/2 cup shredded zucchini

-1.5-2 cups almond milk (depending on desired thickness)

-2 T shredded coconut

-1/2 tsp coconut extract

-1/2 tsp cinnamon, and all spice

-sweetener of liking: stevia or agave are great!

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Either store in jar in fridge overnight, or cook immediately on stove or in microwave for about 2 minutes. Top with walnuts and shredded coconut.

 

Oatmeal Protein Muffins..two ways!

6 May

I attempt to make protein breads and muffins a lot, but rarely do they turn out without them either not rising, tasting like protein powder, or just not being good.

But last night was different. It is an exciting thing when a new creation turns out excellent on the very first try. I was so happy.

It all started when my mom told me I needed to make a good oatmeal muffin. Of course, I thought of pumpkin at first. Then I thought apple would be good too. And why not throw in some protein powder and make them a fit muffin as well?

So I went to it late at night after a delicious chicken and twice baked sweet potato dinner I made. Threw in this and that, tasting it here and there..and finally, the final test came when I put them in the oven. See, sometimes the batter tastes so good, but then out of the oven comes a, well, not so good tasting product. This time this didn’t happen. The final product was BETTER then even the batter was, and that says a lot from this girl who loves the batter of anything better than the cooked product:)

The final product was two different kinds of oatmeal protein muffins, pumpkin, and apple! Both were equally as good, and I even added some chocolate chips to some..as we all know, everything is better with chocolate:)

Enjoy of couple of these for breakfast, a snack, or topped with ice cream for a delicious dessert!

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Oatmeal Protein Muffins
-3/4 cup oats
-1/4 cup oat flour
-1/2 cup vanilla protein
-1/4 cup raw bran
-2T flaxseed
-1/4 cup greek yogurt
-1/2 cup egg substitute/whites
-1 tsp coconut oil
-5 packets stevia
-2-4T agave
-1/2 tsp each:vanilla extract, salt
-2 tsp cinnamon
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-Optional: chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, coconut

For Pumpkin Variety add: 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup H20, pumpkin pie spice
For Apple Variety add: 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/4 H20, 1/2 cup diced apple

Directions: Pick either to make the apple or pumpkin variety of recipe (DO NOT just make oatmeal muffins without one or the other). Mix all dry ingredients and wet ingredients in 2 separate bowls. Combine into one bowl just until thoroughly mixed. Pour into mini muffin tins (makes 24). Bake at 350 degrees F until done, about 15 minutes. (Can make normal sized muffins, just add more baking time).

Overnight Oats

13 Apr

I decided to join in on the overnight oats parade.

Haha, but seriously, it’s definitely the most popular breakfast among so many people these days! Yet in hot, sunny Florida, warm oatmeal has just never been my kind of breakfast..at least most days.

But sometimes, a warm, comforting, big bowl of oatmeal tastes just right. Especially after it’s been absorbing all the delicious flavors while sitting overnight in the fridge. Mmmm.

And if you’re in a rush, having it in a jar makes it all the more convenient to literally, grab and go.If you’ve got time at home to eat, then take that baby out, microwave, add whatever toppings seem good at the moment, and enjoy!

For me, the other day I was in a chocolaty Peanut Butter kind of mood. But then again, what’s new? That’s basically my mood 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week. What? I’ve got a sweet tooth:) Good thing when you eat clean, you can have your chocolate and live healthy too!

This provides a breakfast that is high in protein and fiber. One that will keep you satisfied all morning and not reaching in the pantry for snacks continuously. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! For so long I would skimp out on this meal or not eat one at all..so bad! If you aren’t eating breakfast, I highly recommend that you begin today. And this is a great place to start. A healthy, quick and easy idea:)

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Overnight Oats Base
-1/2 cup oats
-1/2 cup Chobani Greek yogurt (flavor of choice)
-1 cup almond milk
-sweetener of choice and a touch of salt

-For my chocolate version-
-2 T cocoa powder
-2 T agave
-1 T chocolate peanut butter
-1 tsp cinnamon
-Toppings: Chocolate Fiber One cereal, 1 T homemade almond joy butter(recipe on site)

Directions: Place all ingredients in a jar except for the toppings. Screw lid on and shake until all combined. Let sit in fridge overnight. In AM, either cook in microwave and place toppings on, or just enjoy cold and immediately put toppings on. Enjoy!

Coconut Oatmeal Bake

8 Mar

A good ole’ bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning, something I don’t think I could ever get sick of. I even have it as a night time snack sometimes! I make it all sorts of ways, and in all sorts of flavors. But the other morning, I decided to bake it into squares instead. The result, was a delicious, coconut-flavor filled breakfast.

Oatmeal is such a healthy food. It is a great carb that’s high in protein to make as a part of your daily diet, and is full of yummy fiber as well to keep you full! It’s a great pre-workout meal when working out in the mornings, something I use to have a lot before workouts. If you’re more on the thinner side and need a big breakfast, there’s tons of ways to add extras in to make it higher in calories, and if you’re trying to lose weight, well it’s a delicious and healthy meal just with a touch of sweeter added to it! And for those living a gluten-free lifestyle, it’s a great option!  It’s also full of antioxidants and boosts your immune system as well. Sold yet? And there’s so many way to enjoy it other than your normal hot breakfast in a bowl, so you will never be bored!

My newest recipe with these fiber-filled oats is my coconut baked oatmeal. It is so great to have on hand as a snack, or for breakfast on the go when you’re in a rush! Hope you enjoy :)

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Coconut Baked Oatmeal with fresh strawberries, coconut, and my special homemade nut butter (which I’ll be posting a recipe soon for).

Coconut Baked Oatmeal
-1.5 cup dry oatmeal
-1/2 cup egg substitute or 2 eggs
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup coconut
-1/4 cup ground flaxseed
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup sweetener of choice (agave, sugar, brown sugar, stevia)
-2 tsp baking powder
-Optional Add-ins/toppings: cinnamon, bananas, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, nut butter

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Bake in 8×8 pan at 375 degrees until brown on sides, around 20-25 minutes