Overnight Oats Recipe

oatmeal with goji berriesThe top reason people say they skip breakfast is because they are too busy in the morning.  With this simple recipe for overnight oats, you can pack in protein, fiber, Vitamin C, Betacarotene, anti-oxidants and essential Omega 3 fatty acids.

As its name implies, you make this breakfast the night before and let it sit ‘overnight’ in your fridge.  In the morning  you can eat it cold or zap it in the micro for a few seconds to warm it up.

Recipe:

Use equal parts oats (I use quick oats) and Unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk).  My ‘pre-gym’ breakfast is:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons Goji berry, golden berry and goose berry mix – Click here to purchase
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened raw coconut shreds (optional)
  •  1 tablespoon hulled hemp seeds – Click here to purchase

 

 

Mix together in a tupperware container.  Put in fridge and eat in the morning.  You can also make this breakfast really quickly in the AM.  Just use quick oats, double the water (ex 1/3 cup oats with 2/3 cup water)- zap in micro for 55 seconds than add all of the toppings.

Health Benefits of Goji Berries:

Goji berries are unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, giving them the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.

This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system.

(*** anyone who uses blood thinners or takes diabetic medication may have a negative reaction eating goji berries, according to WebMD. When in doubt, ask your doctor first.***)

 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

There are nearly 6 grams of protein in every one-ounce serving of hemp hearts. As a highly digestible source of plant-based protein, raw organic hemp seeds are great for athletes, vegans, and vegetarians. Hemp seeds are a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids, which are required for our bodies to build protein and must be obtained through food.

Raw organic hemp seeds also contain a healthy 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids which is rare in many of the foods consumed in Western diets. A proper balance of these essential fatty acids is important for controlling inflammation levels and preventing chronic conditions like heart disease. Hemp hearts are also a great source of nutrients such as vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant to protect cells, and minerals like iron, which wards off fatigue and boosts energy levels.

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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Recipe

recipe-chocolate-banana-peanutbutter-oatmealKids love something sweet for breakfast (and let’s be real – so do we!).  It’s time to ditch the flavored, packaged oatmeal that can be loaded with sugars, sweeteners, artificial colors and other junk.   It’s so easy to make your own, homemade flavored oatmeal for the kids and yourself!

Here’s a recipe we made this morning to satisfy our craving for something sweet (at 6:30am!)

All Natural, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal – No Sugar Added

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder (or cocoa for kids- the cacao powder may be too bitter)
  • 1/2 banana sliced

Just combine the oats and water first and zap it in the microwave for 55 seconds.  Then add the rest of the ingredients. I also added a splash of almond milk to mine.

No sugar, no additives, no crap.  All natural goodness that tastes good and is good for you!

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Pancakes

gluten-free-pancakesWords can not describe how sinfully delicious these gluten free pancakes are!!!  They cooked up super fluffy and for an added bonus, I dabbed a little all  natural peanut butter in between each pancake as I piled them high.  Supremely delicious and very filling!  I did not use protein powder to the recipe, so you might want to have these with some scrambled egg whites to get a protein packed breakfast.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again- your options to eat healthy are so delicious and easy to make.  Why on earth would anyone settle for mass produced junk that is sitting on a shelf for months waiting for you to buy it?  These pancakes are gluten free- which means that they will NOT cause a firestorm of inflammation in your body.

Love what you eat – Eat what you love – Be kind to your body

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Pancakes Recipe

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 tbpn baking powder
  • 1 mashed very ripe banana (with lots of brown speckles)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbspn almond milk
  • 1/2 tbspn vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbspn chopped walnuts
  • cinnamon to taste

Mix the oat flower and baking powder together.  Then add in remaining ingredients and mix together well.  Spread a thin layer of coconut oil on a hot skillet (or use fat free spray).    Cook 1-2 minutes on each side, just until golden brown.  For an added bonus, add a dab of all natural peanut butter in-between each layer as you pile them up.

Makes about 4 good sized pancakes.

 

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