Grab And Go Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Mornings aren’t my best time of day. I know some of you rise at the crack of dawn, work out, read a bit of the paper, do a load of laundry, and then whip up a healthy breakfast. Not so over here. I’m RUNNING out the door with my arms and head full…every day. Even if I wake up earlier than usual, I’m still running. It’s quite frankly part, (o.k. MOST) of my exercise routine. If your mornings are like mine, there’s some good news for you; A breakfast that can be made the night before to “grab and go” in the morning. Steel cut oats, milk (almond and coconut are yummy too), fruit (dried, fresh or frozen), raisins, cinnamon, honey, agave, anything you like. Measure a serving size of oats ( according to package directions), and any of the ingredients you choose into a cup. Cover the oats and fruit with your choice of milk and put it into the refrigerator. They’ll be soft and ready to eat by morning. Cold or reheated “on the go” or wherever you go. You can make different combinations easily in one day to have ready for the week.  Try some of the following:

* Cinnamon, bananas, blueberries

* Peaches, cinnamon

* Strawberries, blueberries

* Blueberries, bananas, raspberries

* Raisins, brown sugar, or cinnamon, diced apples

*Apples, pecans, cinnamon

 

The added bonus of this breakfast is that you know all the ingredients.  There are no added sugars, colors or preservatives.  You can start your day off clean eating and feel satisfied.

Enjoy!

 

Granol..ahh

I went to my sister’s house for dinner and started to pick at the homemade granola in her cupboard.  I picked and picked and picked….  My children and husband picked and picked. Collectively we shamed ourselves with the gluttony of ten families.  We would have stuffed more in our pockets as we were leaving but we had pretty much polished it off.  We left with a promise of the recipe being ON OUR COMPUTER by the time we arrived home.  Mmmm.   It’s making me salivate even now.  It is sooooo good.

I mentioned our embarrassing gluttony to my “blog sister”.  She admitted she’d sent a batch of the granola to work with her husband because she couldn’t keep her hands out of it.  (Her husband’s co-workers asked for the recipe).  It’s chuck full of pecans, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. Craisins, raisins, blueberries, coconut and cinnamon.  It makes your house smell like Christmas while it cooks.

You want it now don’t you?  Two words: MAKE IT.  Three words:  MAKE IT, HURRY.   Let us know, we’ll be right over.

 

TRINA’S GRANOLA

6 Cups Oats, rolled (raw)

2 Cups Coconut

2/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds

1/2 Cup Sesame Seeds

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

1 Stick Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed

1 Cup Honey

1/2 Tsp Salt

2 Tsp Vanilla

1 Cup Raisins

1 Cup Crasins

1 Cup Dried Blueberries

1 Cup Pecans

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 Degrees
  2. Mix Oats, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds and Pumpkin seeds in a mixing bowl
  3. Bake Oats, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds on 300 degrees for 30 minutes on cookie sheet
  4. Melt Butter and add Brown Sugar, Honey, Salt, and Vanilla in a separate mixing bowl and set aside
  5. Chop Pecans and add them to Raisins, Craisins, Dried Blueberries in a separate mixing bowl and set aside
  6. Once the Oats mixture has finished cooking for 30 minutes; remove from oven and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees
  7. Stir in the butter mixture and Raisins mixture with the baked Oats mixture in large mixing bowl
  8. Cook the granola on 350 for 10 minutes
  9. Once you have cooked the granola for an additional 10 minutes; change oven setting to broil
  10. Broil Granola on high for 2-3 minutes. Checking consistently to ensure that the granola is just getting brown not burning
  11. Remove Granola from oven.  Stir mixture and sprinkle generous portions of cinnamon on top
  12. Allow to cool completely before placing granola in storage containers

Helpful hint:  If you want your granola more Crunchy broil for 3-4 minutes, remove from oven stir and place back in oven and broil for another 3-4 minutes

Sunshine Egg Toast

Raise your plate and give yourself a “Toast” because you just made a healthy breakfast in 5 minutes flat.  After having an argument discussion with my sister I have just discovered that many people either eat a” crappy”  breakfast or skip it all together.  Just so we are all on the same page, when I say crappy I mean horrible.  I took an unofficial, unscientific poll of horrible breakfasts.  Top of the list was cold pizza, Oreo’s and Triscuts.  Really?  In an article written in Runner’s World magazine by Liz Applegate, PD, dieters who had eggs for breakfast achieved a 60 percent greater weight loss.  Compare that to those who began their day with a calorie-equivalent bagel.  No contest.  Researchers theorize the quality protein in whole eggs (13 percent of the Daily Value) helps control appetite.

Ingredients:

1 slice whole grain bread toasted

1 egg cooked over medium

1 tbsp crumbled feta cheese

5 grape tomatoes quartered

1 green onion chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1/8 tsp oregano (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

The biggest “ditch a meal” reason is time, I know that.  While your egg is cooking, place bread in toaster and gather/prep ingredients.  I always have grape tomatoes on hand because you can quarter them easily.  When your egg is done, place on toast and add remainder of ingredients.  Enjoy!  You’re worth five minutes.  You are.

Dr. Oz’s Wrinkle-Fighting Smoothie

 

 

When I went to get a physical a few months ago, my Doctors, (yes, there were two) asked who my primary care physician was.  I told them Dr. Oz.  They both laughed, but I wasn’t kidding.  I refer to Dr. Oz for many health remedies. Not only is he a doctor of modern medicine, but most of his remedies are homeopathic.  Actually, most of his remedies are something you should be eating, not taking.  He wants people to truly be healthy and that includes happy.  What other Dr. tells you how to trim belly fat, reduce wrinkles and how to boost your metabolism?   I love Dr. Oz!  Every touchy, feely inch of him!   This recipe of Dr. Oz’s is a Wrinkle-Fighting Smoothie.  This smoothie tastes great and is all natural, and unlike many skin moisturizers, is Paraben free!  Click here to educate yourself on parabens and why you should avoid them.

 

Ingredients

Makes 2 servings

1 cup non-fat or low-fat chocolate milk

1/4 cup unsweetened green tea (I used naturally decaffeinated)

1 1/2 cups frozen mixed raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries

 

Directions

Pour chocolate milk, green tea and mixed berries into blender and blend until smoothie has reached desired consistency.

Pour smoothie into glass and serve cold.

 

Nutrition Facts

135 calories per serving

6 g protein

Courtesy of Sari Greaves, RD.

 

Greek Yogurt, Nutella, Granola and Berries

This was my yummy breakfast this morning.  With the Greek yogurt it adds plenty of protein to keep you feeling satisfied.  And who doesn’t like to start off the weekend with Nutella?

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 TBSP Nutella

1/4 cup granola

1/2 cup mixed berries

Stir in Nutella with Greek yogurt until smooth.  Top with your favorite granola and favorite berries.

A breakfast that will keep you feeling satisfied.  Enjoy!

Protein…CHECK!  Whole Grains…CHECK!  Fruit…CHECK!  Sweet tooth…IN CHECK!