Simple, Rush-Out-of-the-House Breakfast Smoothie

I shared today’s smoothie on my Instagram page, and you can tell that I did not have enough time to take social media-worthy photos. It was a typical weekday morning rush out of the house.

This very simple smooth was made with:

  • fresh cubed apples
  • frozen strawberries
  • pineapple pieces
  • 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds



What is your simple go-to breakfast smoothie recipe?  Leave me a comment!

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How to make Overnight Strawberry Peanut Butter Oats


So we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but are you all ready for a little secret about making breakfast the night before?

Here it is –  overnight oats! It’s that simple. Save yourself some time and pop a half-cup of oatmeal and milk in your refrigerator overnight and wake up to ready-to-eat breakfast.

Overnight oatmeal. Easy breakfast ideas
Here are the ingredients I used in my overnight oats: 2% milk, old fashioned oats, bananas, peanut butter, and strawberries. I didn’t use any sweetener but feel free to add honey or sugar.

Overnight Oats
This is the recipe I followed. I strawberries instead because I don’t like blueberries.

 

Mason Jar overnight oats.
Photo of my overnight oats in a Mason Jar. I used this mason jar container so I can just grab-and-go in the morning. The jar also fits in my cup holder, which is a huge plus.


Notes:

  • This recipe is customizable. You don’t have to stick to bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Customize it with your favorite fruits and have it your way.
  • The first time I make overnight oats, it was late Winter and I prepared it in a small storage bowl with a lid. I was able to warm it in the microwave oven before I headed out in the morning. This was perfect because it was cold out. So, you can definitely switch things up based on your preference. You can also use a soup mug with a lid. I’m sure it’ll work well.
  • Also, you can be flexible with milk based on your preference and diet. Options are soy milk, almond milk, whole milk, 1 or 2% milk, and so on.
  • Get more recipes here.

 

I want to hear from you. 

Are you open to trying overnight oats? If yes, what ingredients would you use?

 

 

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It’s Time to Stop Dieting

I recently shared my weight loss story on my Instagram page. With eating healthy and exercising, I have been able to lose 25 pounds within the last year and a half. I honestly slacked off my healthy eating routine just before Thanksgiving because I wanted to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. I got back on track a few days after Christmas by purging my pantry of junk and stocking my refrigerator with fresh fruits and veggies.

I believe the reason it’s so easy to eat junk food and thus gain weight is because we surround ourselves with junk and processed foods. Being back on track means that I have eat better and healthier. I have started packing fresh cut vegetables with hummus to eat as a snack at work instead of with peanut butter or ranch dressing.

So let’s talk about the star of this today’s post, OATMEAL!

I am not exactly a fan of oatmeal, but it is healthy and I eat it at least 3 times a week for dinner when I eat too close to bedtime. I make my bowl of oatmeal in the microwave and then add honey,  cinnamon and sliced bananas.

Let me give you a quick scoop about the benefits of this hearty 4-ingredient breakfast (or dinner in my case):

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has been around for a long time as a health food. It is know to curb bad cholesterol and it is heart healthy. It could be cooked on the stove top, in a microwave or a slow cooker. It could be made tastier with cinnamon, ginger, spices, peanut butter (Yes, I have done this many times), berries, apple sauce, dried fruit, and whatever else you dream of.

Banana

Bananas make a great snack and is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. I eat it with oatmeal, use it with smoothies (in the summer), on jollof rice or rice and tomato stew, and also for banana bread. Bananas are the perfect on-the-go fruit or snack because they are already packaged (in a yellow suit so to say) and ready to eat. It does not require being cut up or washed. Just peel and eat!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is also a super healthy food ingredient.The unique smell, color, and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part of the tree that it grows from. The health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. It is one of the most beneficial spices on earth. (Read more)

Honey

Did you know that pure honey never goes bad? Yes! It does not expire?!!! Did you know you can put it on bread like jam? Did you know you can use honey in beauty products (face scrub, hair conditioner)? It helps resolve indigestion, soothes sore throats, is a good source of vitamin and minerals, has antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and contains antioxidants and the list goes on and on and on. (Read more)

I’m having a lot of fun learning about healthy foods and healthy living. It definitely feels good to live a healthy lifestyle and not just focus on being on a diet and putting a lot of pressure on myself. So do yourself a favor, don’t diet! Just live and eat more oatmeal!

Please share your love for oatmeal. Do you eat it plain? If not, how do you spice things up? I look forward to your comments. 

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