Tasty Baked Oatmeal

Another morning, another tasty oatmeal dish.

I had a bunch of frozen organic mixed berries and have been wanting to use them up in something other than smoothies so I decided to make some baked oatmeal this morning.

I tossed together some ingredients, popped it in the oven and out came this tasty bubbly pan of oatmeal.

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If you make this and it isn’t quite right please forgive me I was just kind of tossing things around so I may have used slightly more or less of each ingredient.

Also the Chia & Flax are totally optional but I love the crunchiness they give to the oatmeal. 😀

Baked Berry Oatmeal

3 T butter (melted)

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup of almond meal (left over from making almond flour)

1/8 cup truvia

1 t baking powder

1 1/2 t ground cinnamon

1/2 t salt

1 T chia seeds

1 T flax seeds

2 cups milk

1 large egg

2 t vanilla

2 bananas (sliced thinly, this is a great time to use those really brown bananas)

1 10 oz bag frozen mixed berries

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl.

3. Mix all wet ingredients in a seperate bowl (don’t forget the butter that you melted in the microwave)

4. Line the bottom of your baking dish with your sliced bananas then pour a little over half the bag of berries on the bananas.

5. Pour dry mix in to the pan and and disperse it evenly

6. Pour the wet mix on top of the dry mix and make sure it soaks through.

7. Pour the last bit of berries along the top of the oatmeal mixture.

8. Bake for 35 minutes.

9. We drizzled honey on top of our oatmeal and it was very tasty.

Quick Pick me ups

As moms we are always trying to fit in as much into our day as we can. Between cooking, cleaning, caring for kids, working and everything else we do sometimes taking care of ourselves falls to the wayside.

I know that I usually go and go and go and then eventually I crash. Why does this happen to me everyday? Because I forget to make sure I am fueling my body for all that I am asking it to do. Sometimes as a quick pick me up I will turn to protein shakes or bars to give me that little boost to keep me going. Sadly a lot of protein bars are full of processed garbage that can really do more harm than good and shakes can be time consuming to make (not to mention it creates more dishes for you to wash). So for me the challenge was to find something that still gives me that energy charge without the gross ingredients I can’t pronounce or the mess.

I have come up with a wonderful solution and they only take a few minutes to make and makes enough to last you at least a week.

What I absolutely adore about my homemade protein bars is that I can customize them to my taste.

The ingredients can be as simple or as numerous as i want.

But the best thing is they don’t taste like a piece of cocoa powdered cardboard.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Bars

1 Mashed Banana

1.5 c. Dry Oatmeal

2 T flax meal

4 scoops protein powder (I used chocolate for this one)

1/4 of your favorite nut butter ( I used my homemade peanut butter)

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. chopped almonds

1/4 c. melted coconut oil

1/4 c. water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

Spread contents evenly onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet.

Freeze for at least 3 hours.

Cut into individual bars.

Stack into a tupperware container and store in the freezer.

You can customize these to your taste.

Make them with Vanilla powder instead and add in some dried fruit.

Experiment and please let me know what you think.

When you are ready to snack just head over to your freezer pull one of these out and enjoy.

If you would like you can let it sit and thaw slightly before eating it.

Prep Day {Cilantro Lime Chicken&Lemon Pepper Chicken}

Nothing is more important to staying on track with a healthy lifestyle than preparation.

If you get hungry in the middle of the day and want something quick to eat you are not going to want to spend the time chopping chicken, cooking chicken, cooking rice, steaming veggies, ect. To make things easier on you and to help keep you on track it is best to spend a few hours one day a week getting all your food in order.

Last night I prepped breakfasts and lunches to last the next 5 days. I cooked down 2 bags of rice (half in the fridge and the other half frozen for next week), a large bag of oatmeal (my kids live almost exclusively on oatmeal and fruit at the moment because they don’t want to eat anything else), chicken cooked 3 ways (seasoned with salt and pepper, lemon pepper, and cilantro lime), and steamed some broccoli and cauliflower.

Having all of this ready makes life so simple. In the morning when I want oatmeal I just heat it back up and add whatever I want to flavor (fruit, pumpkin puree, cinnamon or nuts). At lunch when I am hungry I just pick what I want and heat it up! SIMPLE. Simple is the key word to keeping you going and not getting frustrated or giving into temptations. So this weekend I challenge you to plan a prep day. Try to do it before Sunday and make enough to last you the week. You will be amazed at how much easier things are when you aren’t constantly stressing over what to eat your next meal or how to prepare it.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken

2 Chicken breast, cubed

juice of 1 lemon

onion & garlic powder to taste

pepper to taste

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

2 chicken breast, cubed

juice of 2 limes

4 sprigs of cilantro

onion & garlic powder to taste

salt & pepper to taste

My kids won’t eat ….

So lately we have had a huge issue in our house. My kids will not eat anything that comes out of my kitchen. Now this bothers me on a few levels. First I am bothered by the fact that they seem to only want to eat crap that comes out of a box or from a fast food restaurants. Secondly it bothers me that I put lots of time and love into preparing food for them and then they turn their nose up at it and would rather starve than eat what I make. So what is a mom to do when she wants happy healthy well fed kids?

I have no clue. Can you help me?

As of right now the only things my kids will eat (since I won’t let them eat McDonalds everyday) is oatmeal and fruit. Even with that I have to bribe them with a 1/4 size piece of graham cracker just so they will eat. I try to get as much into them with each bite as possible. One of their favorite things is peanut butter. Works for me helps get protein in their bodies to help fuel them but sadly I worry about the strain on their kidneys since they don’t want to drink much water either.

I am open to any suggestions you may be able to share on getting them to expand their pallets. As for now I will continue with my bribes and try to get whatever nutrients in them I can. Here is a nice healthy snack that my kids love and it is also great for mom before a workout to get in some potassium and protein.

Remember that peanut butter recipe I shared? It will come in handy with this little snack.

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Bananas and peanut butter

1-2 bananas sliced

3-4 Tablespoons peanut butter

To make prep for this easy I put all the banana slices on a plate then pipe the peanut butter on from a sandwich baggie.

I have tried smearing it with a butter knife but I just make a mess.

The kids absolutely love this little snack.

They love to eat it and play with it too, banana tower anyone?

Homemade Peanut Butter

My kids love peanut butter. And when I say love I mean LOVE. They never seem to be able to get enough of it. On crackers, toast, celery, fruit, just licking it off a spoon … they eat it all the time. So I decided to help make it a little healthier for them and to get in added goodness I would start making it myself.

I have noticed that a lot of peanuts you can go to the store and buy are a little dry and therefor not conducive to making a nice creamy peanut butter. So I add extra oils in. My favorite thing to add into it is coconut oil because of its many health benefits but in a pinch I use grapeseed oil as well.

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Homemade Peanut Butter

1-2 cups peanuts

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil depending on how dry your peanuts are

Pour your peanuts into a food processor and run until smooth.

After processing if it is too dry add in the coconut oil until it is creamy.