Overnight Oats, Chia, and Then Some

Overnight Oats, Chia, and Then Some

Recipes for overnight oats are all over the net. Oats are pretty bland, for the most part, so I like to spice it up. The more I put in the better it tastes!  There are so many goodies you can include in your overnight oats including seeds, nuts, and/or fresh and dried fruits. Don’t stop there! You can use any kind of milk and a bit of your favorite sweetener too (just stay away from anything artificial). My point is, don’t limit yourself to just one recipe. Switch it up, put some variety into it and add some flavor!

This is just a side note but I like making these on a work night so I can grab my breakfast and walk out the door in the morning. Plus they’re a healthy way to start the day!

Make your own favorite combination out of these ingredient ideas. I would suggest only using one type of oats at a time and one type of milk with or with out yogurt. Put as many fruits, seeds, nuts and sweeteners in as you’d like. Take it easy on the sweeteners too, you don’t want a sugar high. 

Types of Oats:

    1. Organic rolled quick oats
    2. Steel cut
    3. Regular rolled oats
    4. Scottish oats

    Types of Seeds:

      1. Chia
      2. Sunflower
      3. Pumpkin
      4. Hemp
      5. Flax
      6. Sesame

      Types of nuts:

      1. Almonds 
      2. Cashews
      3. Peanuts 
      4. Pecans
      5. Pistachios 
      6. Walnuts

      Types of Fruits (fresh or dried):

      1. Blueberries
      2. Raspberries
      3. Strawberries 
      4. Cherries
      5. Currants
      6. Pomegranate 
      7. Acai berries
      8. Bananas
      9. Blackberries
      10. Dragon fruit (so pretty to look at and packed with nutrients but not much flavor)

      Types of Sweeteners:

      1. Agave
      2. Raw sugar
      3. Brown sugar
      4. Honey
      5. Maple Syrup

      Types of Milk:

      1. Traditional cows – whole, 2%, or skim (try to stick with organic)
      2. Plain Greek Yogurt in addition to your choice of milk (again organic)
      3. Almond
      4. Coconut
      5. Soy
      6. Rice

      I’ll share my personal favorite combo to give you a better idea. I put 2 Tbls of oats and chia and 1 Tbls of the other ingredients in a mason jar. At the end, I fill it up with milk. 

      • Quick oats
      • chia seeds
      • sunflower seeds
      • pumpkin seeds
      • flax seeds
      • almonds 
      • fresh blueberries
      • dried cherries
      • agave
      • organic milk
      • Greek yogurt

      P.S. All of my ingredients are organic even though I don’t always say it and highly suggest you do the same.

      Enjoy!

          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

          One of the reasons I love Pinterest so much is because you find amazing food ideas. That’s where I found these and made them my own of course. 

          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites
          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites with fruit and nuts

          What you’ll need:

          • 2lbs dark chocolate
          • pistachios 
          • almonds 
          • coconut
          • pumpkin seeds
          • sunflower seeds
          • flax seeds
          • dried figs
          • dried cherries
          • dried currants
          • raisins 
          1. Prepare the nuts, seeds, and dried fruits by coarsley chopping the bigger ingredients. Mix all together in a bowl.
          2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30-60 seconds. 
          3. Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper.  
          4. Pour the melted chocolate onto the paper in cookie size. Sprinkle the fruit and nut mixture over the chocolate. Work with one at a time so it adheres to the chocolate. 
          5. Place in the refrigerator to harden and serve!

          Enjoy!

          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

          Inspired by Turkish Kofta

          I was recently introduced to Turkish Kofta and found it is really what I knew to be meatballs, just with a Turkish cuisine spin. Traditionally, they are made with ground lamb or beef and, the recipe I saw, served with a spicy tomato sauce. I opted to go healthier and chose a combination of turkey and pork. I was also pressed for time and used organic ketchup with a splash of hot sauce. 

          Honestly, I didn’t know how these were going to turn out because I literally used what I had in the fridge to make them. I don’t have any picture other than one I took when I was packing the leftovers. I never anticipated they would be so delicious.   

          These are so easy to make. My prep time was about 15 minutes. 

          What you need:

          • 1lb Ground Turkey
          • 1lb Ground Pork
          • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese 
          • 3 Splashes of Milk
          • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
          • 1 Cup Cubed White Bread, Crust Removed (not prepackaged, fresh bakery bread that is a couple days old)
          • 1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
          • 2 Handfuls Toasted Pine Nuts
          • 1/2 Medium Onion, chopped small
          • 1/4 Cup Parsley, chopped
          • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
          • Olive oil spray 

          Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except the olive oil. Make small patties or balls out of the mixture (I made patties). Spray a sheet pan with olive oil spray lightly and place the patties on it. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are cooked through and slightly browned. It really depends on how big you make them. Serve with ketchup, spicy ketchup, or eat plain. 

          If you’d like to see what inspired me, click here.

          Enjoy!

          A Healthy(er) Take on Mac n Cheese

          Grady will love this. At this point, his favorite thing is sweet potatoes and any type of carbs.

          Chattering Meg Pie

          Sweet potatoes are the main ingredient in this creamy version of every kids’ favorite meal, macaroni and cheese.  I would  like to state that I see nothing wrong with the real deal.  It’s creamy, delicious, and comfort food in every sense of the word…but this meal is filled with veggies and is dairy free so it’s a double win right now!  Jack has been chowing down on this since he was a year old and he loves it!

          mac n cheese

          Directions:
          Bake 4 medium sized sweet potatoes.  Remove skins and place in blender while potatoes are still hot.  Blend the potato and add plain almond milk (you can use regular too ) until you get the consistency you are looking for. Probably about a cup.  It should look like a thick alfredo.
          Then, add 1tsp worchestire, 1T rosemary or Herbs de Provence (i use whatever I have on hand), 1tsp sea salt…

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          Start The Day Off Right | Breakfast Sandwich

          Farm fresh, organic eggs are simply the best! They’re even better if you mix them with the right stuff. These items are the makings of my favorite Sunday breakfast. 

           
          What you need:

          • 2 eggs
          • 2 slices of Fresh Whole Grain Bread
          • Avocado
          • Your choice of greenery, butterhead lettuce is shown
          • 1 Slice of Cooper Cheese
          • 3 Tbls Greek Yogurt
          • 3-5 Dashes Hot Sauce
          • All-Season Salt
          • Black Pepper
          • Garlic Powder
          • 1Tbls Olive Oil
          1. Make the sauce. In a tiny dish, mix the yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, all-season salt, and pepper. You choose how much hot sauce to use. Deathwish is my absolute favorite and made from habanero peppers and cayenne, so, this is really spicy.  It should like like this…   
          2. Mash the avocado and spread it on one slice of bread. Spread the yogurt sauce on the other slice of bread and top with lettuce.         
          3. In a nonstick pan, coat olive oil and heat the pan on medium high heat. Crack the eggs into the pan. Cook on one side until the whites are almost cooked through.    
          4. Flip the eggs and put 1/2 slice of cheese over each egg. Cover and turn off the heat.    
          5. Put the eggs on the bread, put the top on the bottom and slice in half.       

          Enjoy!!

          Drink Enough Water

          Water doesn’t have to be boring. Add some flavor to it! 

            
          Did you know that “…you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day?”* That’s a lot of water so why not make interesting…as much as you can. I promise this is tasty. 

          Add a 1/2 of each fruit and some fresh mint to a pitcher of water, whal la. I used a blood orange, lemon, and lime. Put it in the refrigerator for at least two hours before drinking it. You can truly use any type of fruit you want but I was in a citrus mood today since it was so hot outside. Not only are you getting closer to your daily water intake goal, you’re getting your vitamins from all that fruit!

          To top it off, mint is beneficial to your health. To name a few, it helps with digestion, nausea, headaches, and weight loss. Check this out.

            
          If your having people over, it looks even better in a fancy pitcher!

            
          Enjoy!

          *Source

          10 Food Items You Should Buy Organic

          I could not agree more. This is good information on the most effective ways to start to shift to an organic lifestyle if you are just beginning.

          New Inceptions

          Buy Organic Food Buy Organic Food

          1. Apples:
          2. Apples happen to be the leader on the fruit list that are contaminated most with pesticides. Thus buying organic apples is a much wiser choice than going for non-organic ones if pesticides bother you. These are not only delicious and juicy but have a certain fragrance also.

          3. Meat:
          4. Organic beef came into prominence because farm owners and ranchers who produce it are strictly prohibited to inject their livestock with antibiotics for making them disease resistant. Organic meat is, therefore, much safer as growth hormones to plump up animals and poultry is never used, Cattle is fed grain that has been grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

          5. Milk:
          6. It is also much more advisable to buy organic milk, especially for the consumption of children as non-organic milk usually contains pesticides even though in small traces. Organic milk is also purer as organic dairies feed their cows grain…

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