Overnight Oats


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IMG_0468 Overnight Oats are easily becoming one of my favorite breakfast meals. Overnight Oats is basically oatmeal mixed with Greek yogurt, fruit, seeds and anything else you can imagine, left in the fridge overnight. It’s a simple, easy and delicious planned meal for those early mornings without time to cook a healthy breakfast.

So how do you make Overnight Oats? It’s super-duper quick, easy and simple:

My recipe:

  • Half cup to 1 Cup Instant/Quick uncooked oatmeal *Note: Many recipes I have seen call for old fashion rolled oats instead of instant oatmeal or steel cut oatmeal, it’s really up to you what you prefer! I like the regular oatmeal.
  • Half cup Greek Yogurt
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Spoonful of flax-seed
  • A few dark chocolate chips
  • Spoonful of Honey
  • Drizzle of Almond Milk

I like to simply layer my ingredients in a mason jar and mix it with my spoon before I eat it, but mixing it beforehand is also an option! When you have layered/mixed your ingredients together close the jar and place it in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready for breakfast the next morning, simply pop open your jar and enjoy!

The recipe I have listed only scratches the surface of what can be mixed in Overnight Oats, other ingredients I love in my oats include: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apples, blackberries, peaches, chia seeds, PB2, vanilla protein powder, chocolate protein powder, and peanut butter.

What is your favorite Overnight Oats recipe?

XX,

Shannon

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Fall Favorite Foods

As my favorite season begins I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things with you all for the month of October. This week I will be sharing some different foods and drinks I have recently come across, and just why I love them!

Mama Chia: I hopped on the chia seed train over a year ago now and I have loved eating chia seeds, in just about everything, since. Chia seeds are little tiny black seeds filled with tons of health benefits including various nutrients, protein and antioxidants. Mama Chia are jell-0y like drinks filled with the seeds. Okay, that kind of sounds gross but trust me, they are delicious and a perfect way to reboot your day! So far I have tried Coconut Mango, Strawberry Lemonade and Blackberry Hibiscus, which is my favorite. You can purchase them for $2.99 each at Target or Jewel!

Starbuck’s Iced Chai Tea: I love my coffee, I really do. I can’t help but love the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, but an Iced Chai is my drink of the choice this Fall. If you aren’t familiar with chai tea go out and buy some now! It is a milkier tea with a little spice (I like to call it Christmas tea) and it is beyond delicious. Starbuck’s Iced Chai is the perfect alternative to coffee if you are looking to lessen your dosage of caffeine for the day.

Cookie Butter: Imagine peanut butter mixed with cookies. Yum, right? That is literally what this stuff is. If you love cookies you will adore this. Trader Joe’s sells the “original” one but I also recently picked up a knock off from Aldi! Spread it on your toast in the morning, eat it with graham crackers or how I do, with a spoon!

Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi: Most of you have probably heard of or even tried this dish from Noodles, but if you haven’t (like me until recently) I definitely recommend doing so immediately! The noodles are literally what the title says, noodles with pesto and man, they are good. Add chicken to the dish and a rice krispie for dessert!

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kettle Chips: My mouth literally waters when I even think about these chips. I love them that much. I can literally eat an entire bag in an hour. These chips are the perfect snack (when portioned correctly) and also serve as the most craving food on the planet, so I advice you to eat them cautiously!!

Sargento’s Balanced Breaks: These little things are my favorite on the go snack lately, they are little packets with cheese, nuts and dried fruit under 200 calories. I love the little boost of protein they give and how quickly I can just throw them in my lunch box!

What are your favorite foods this month?

XX,

Shannon

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My favorite Mama Chia drink, Blackberry Hibiscus!

The Green Monster

In my journey to better health I stumbled upon one of the most popular health trends of our time; the green smoothie. I have always loved veggies and fruit but even a food lover like myself chooses the mac n’ cheese over the salad 9 times out of 10. So, I was fascinated by the idea of liquefying my daily vegetable and fruit servings (which is now 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables!) and decided to try it out for myself.

What is a green smoothie?

A green smoothie is literally what it sounds like, and looks like! It is a smoothie that is green. The idea behind a green smoothie is to mix greens such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard, etc. with fruit in a smoothie form. Why you may ask? Because greens such as those listed above contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and beneficial phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients that help to support your immune system).

Simple Green Smoothie’s listed their top 5 reasons they love green smoothies as being:

1.) They are a natural energy booster

2.) They can help to naturally lose weight

3.) They help keep your immune system strong

4.) They help fight disease

5.) They are quick and easy to make

My tips for you

First and foremost I want you all to know, if you blend a bunch of greens together and expect it to taste good, you’re wrong. I learned this the hard way. Mixing spinach, kale, celery, cucumbers, bananas and raspberries together will look green and taste bad. Making a delicious green smoothie is a trial and error process, so don’t be discouraged if your first smoothie doesn’t taste or look the way you expected (mixing fruits and veggies of different pigments will result in a brown smoothie).

Also don’t try to cram your entire day’s worth of vegetables and fruits into your breakfast! Balancing your nutrients throughout your day still applies, try adding protein powder to your smoothie to give yourself an extra boost, or scramble some eggs on the side! (Eating too many veggies at once could also result in an unhappy tummy.)

I recommend adding at least double the amount of fruit as vegetables to your smoothie, in my favorite green smoothie recipe I have listed below I add way more fruit than vegetables. That is simply a personal preference of mine with this specific recipe! Don’t be afraid to add more veggies and try smoothies of different colors! (I have found I love adding carrots to mine.)

Finally reference the internet for more great smoothie recipes, Simple Green Smoothies has dozens of great recipes to try and many other resources to guide you!

Happy smoothie making and enjoy!

XX,

Shannon

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • A handful of spinach
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. vanilla protein powder
My favorite green smoothie!

My favorite green smoothie!