Back to School Busyness Breakfast Recipe: Overnight Oats

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a recipe blog for you all and with back-to-school and work seriousness on our horizon, I thought “What better time to start featuring recipes?!” This recipe is made overnight! Imagine that—preparing your breakfast before bed and waking up to amazing deliciousness. What I am referring to, why Overnight Oats!

My friends at Quaker inspired me to start making overnight oats for my girls and me.

Prepared in three easy steps and enjoyed in endless flavor varieties, overnight oats are the satisfyingly chilled, on-the-go breakfast for summer mornings. Made with Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, milk, yogurt or any dairy alternative, along with some nutritious add-ons, this delicious breakfast will help you and your followers start the day with 40 grams of whole grains and 4 grams of fiber to help keep you full through the morning. Their website has a dozen of recipes. Check them out here.

But first, see what I did!

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Kelly’s Overnight Oats Rendition # 1

  • ¾ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup blueberries

Kelly’s Overnight Oats Rendition # 2

  • ¾ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup raspberries

Kelly’s Overnight Oats Rendition # 3

  • ¾ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 1 banana chopped

Layer these ingredients in a mason jar and chill over night! Feel free to substitute almonds for your favorite nuts. Add a teaspoon or two of chia seeds or ground flax seeds for some extra fiber, protein, and essential fatty acids!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Making Meals Easy when School Starts Back Up

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Isn’t it hard to believe that school is starting back up in a few short weeks? As soon as my girls return to school every September, it seems like my schedule gets crazy. Mornings are hectic, which makes it difficult for me to prepare my girls their favorite power smoothies. Evenings come quick and it is difficult to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. I have some hacks that really help me assure that my growing kids get a healthy breakfast and dinner once back-to-school mayhem begins.

For breakfast, oatmeal is a super-quick option. You can cook up some Quaker Quick Oats in just one minute! I then add a little teaspoon of maple syrup or honey, some raw, chopped nuts and fresh berries and my girls are good to go! Another quick, breakfast go-to, especially when I have my girls’ calcium needs in mind (it’s never too early to start building healthy bones) is Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt with some chopped fruit and ground flaxseed. If we are seriously out of time, I send them to our pantry to grab their favorite flavor of KIND bar, which they can have in the car on the way to school.

Once the school day and after-school activities are finished, my girls are hungry. I usually offer them a healthy snack before dinner, while I am making dinner. Fortunately, my meals do not take too long to prepare. I turn to Hello Fresh often; they plan recipes, collect fresh ingredients and send them to me!

I also turn to condiments to add flavor to just about anything. For example, I can throw together a stir-fry in minutes and make it flavorful using Lee Kum Kee products.

I hope these easy meal hacks help you. Feel free to share any easy meal hacks you have in the comments section below and stay tuned for my next blog about healthy foods to pack in your kids’ lunches!

 

 

Make your Meals Colorful and your Health will be Wonderful

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The colors of fruits and vegetables reflect the antioxidants found in them. When you make your meals vibrant with as many colors as possible from using a variety of fruits and vegetables, you are assuring ultra-protection against numerous diseases and health ailments. Keep in mind the fact that all veggies and fruits have tons of vitamins and minerals that boost your health. In this blog, I am going to dig a bit deeper by looking at how carotenoids found in different colors of vegetables and fruits further protect your health.

Red

Red veggies and fruits (think red onions, red apples, watermelon, tomatoes, and red peppers) contain powerful carotenoids, including lycopene, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Lycopene is known for helping to keep LDL cholesterol levels low, preventing diabetes, and also protecting against several types of cancer. Ellagic acid is purported to have anti-cancer properties. Quercetin is a very effective anti-inflammatory and has been shown to help fight allergies and help athletes recover from intense exercise.

White

White veggies, such as garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions and turnips contain beta-glucanss, EGCG and lignans. Beta-glucans and EGCG are known for fighting invading pathogens; they help the body conquer infections and there is mounting evidence that they can help fight cancer. Lignans have an anti-estrogenic effect and as a result have shown evidence in helping to prevent breast cancer.

Orange/Yellow

Orange and yellow veggies and fruits, like oranges, lemons, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkins contain lycopene and beta-carotene. Lycopene, mentioned above, is such an effective antioxidant by cleaning out the free radicals in cells and allowing protective nutrients to enter the cells. Beta-carotene, known for helping vision, has also been shown to prevent metabolic syndrome and help keep triglyceride levels at a healthy level.

Purple/Blue

Purple and blue veggies and fruits, such as eggplants, blueberries, plums and endive contain lutein and zeaxanthin. These two carotenoids are super at protecting your vision. They help block harmful light from damaging your eyes.

Green

Green vegetables and fruits like peas, arugula, asparagus, avocado and honeydew contain the eye-health boosting lutein and the powerful antioxidant beto-carotene.

Next time, you plan a meal, aim for a rainbow of colors and know that you are protecting yourself from so many terrible health ailments from macular degeneration to cancer!