Overnight Maple Chia Oats

 

 

Oatmeal is one of the best nutritional decisions you can make! It keeps our weight in check, cholesterol down, and is super affordable! There are a lot of varieties to choose from, but on the nutritional front they  are all similar. Be sure to choose one that you like versus what you feel lIke you "should" be buying.

                          Ingredients

6 or 8 oz mason jar

 

1/2 cup rolled oats

 

1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt or plain

 

2/3 cup fat free milk

 

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

1 Tbs maple syrup

 

1 Tbs chia seeds

                          Directions

Combine all ingredients in mason jar. Let sit overnight in fridge. Eat cold or pop it in the microwave for 1 minute!

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Strawberry Almond Smoothie

Smoothies are a delicious way to bump up your nutrition any time of the day! I tend to make these as a snack, but are perfect for breakfast too! Use this recipe as a frame work and substitute anything you like such as a banana for the strawberries and peanut butter for the almond butter! Yummmm

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Perfect drool worthy breakfast smoothie✅ Strawberry Almond Smoothie👉🏼great for kids and adults!

Ingredients and instructions: 

Freeze a small container of vanilla yogurt, run under warm water to loosen from cup, place yogurt in a blender/blender cup

Add 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

2 Tbs. Chia seeds

2 Tbs unsweetened almond butter

Milk to thin to your favorite consistency.

Apple Raisin Mini Muffins

If your looking for a perfect mid afternoon treat look no further. These mini muffins are hearty and full of flavor. They are perfect for school lunches, and especially good for an afternoon snack. They freeze well too!

-1/2 Cup unsweetened almond butter

-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

-2 large eggs

-1/4 Cup maple syrup

-1 Tbs molasses

-2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix wet ingredients together well in a large bowl. Next add in:

-1 Cup rolled oats

-1 1/2 Cups GF baking mix

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 Tbs cinnamon

Stir to combine. If batter seems weirdly thick add in 1/2 cup water to thin. Lastly add in additional ingredients. These are all optional!

-1 1/2 Cups chopped apples

-1/2 Cup sunflower seeds

-1/2 Cup raisins

-1/2 Cup chopped pecans

Spray a mini muffin tan. Spoon batter into holes to the top. Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes. Enjoy!

Chewy Bars

My granola bar stash needed a major restocking. I had 30 minutes to spare so I decided to whip up my homemade chewy bars. These freeze well and are so easy to make. My favorite ingredients to use: Kroger natural creamy peanut butter, Flying Mouse Farms Grade B Maple Syrup, Lindt 85% chocolate, and GF oats. 

-1 cup natural creamy peanut butter

- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

-1/3 cup maple syrup

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp salt

- 2 1/2 Cups rolled oats

-1/3 cup ground flaxseed

-2 Tbs Chia seeds

-1/2 cup raisins

-1/2 bar dark chocolate (I used 85%) chopped

Mix all ingredients together and press into a sprayed 9x13 pan. You can use whatever size pan you prefer, it will just determine the thickness. Cut and wrap in parchment and freeze each slice for individual servings!

 

Breakfast Bowl


I LOVE PINEAPPLE! Every opportunity I get to incorporate it into my day, I take advantage of! My pineapple greediness has been bad, no sharing happened whatsoever. Sorry Brandon, I'm working on it:)  The breakfast bowl below is my take on a breakfast I had every day while on vacation in Mexico this fall. Yummy. Side note, whenever I have an upset stomach pineapple always helps. Fresh pineapple contains Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme which can be used as a digestive aid! One of my go to's along with peppermint and ginger! 

-1/3 cup plain or vanilla low fat or fat free yogurt, whichever style you prefer. Greek, regular... 

-1/2 cup sliced pineapple

-1-2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes

- 2 Tbs chopped pecan pieces

-1/4 cup rolled oats  

Enjoy! 

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