Oatmeal in a Jar!

I discovered this brilliant breakfast idea online but can’t remember the website. 😦
The best part is that you can make this ahead of time and in the morning just grab and go! I have been having this breakfast after my weekday 2 hour rides. Give it a try and dare to make substitutions with your favorite fruits.

I didn’t measure precisely but I believe I used the following:
1/4 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
2 tsp of Hemp seeds
2 tsp of Chia seeds
Almond milk
2 tbp of Almond butter
1 very ripe banana
*optiona: add honey to taste

Mix dry ingredients first and then add wet ingredients. Mix well and add in the banana. Refrigerate over night. Next morning, grab and eat!




Whole Chicken Crock Pot

Last year ended in an ultimate high. I completed my firs half Iron distance triathlon see this. I was at my peak endurance level, weight, body fat, eating healthy and making a ton of healthy home-made meals. And then, well…. I needed a break! After my race we traveled to Arizona where my husband along with many team mates completed their full Ironman!! There is where I began to take time off, not only from exercising but also from cooking and eating so healthy. I felt I needed it. I had been very strict on my eating habits for over a year without a break and I had every intention of enjoying these holidays without any guilt feelings.

Now that a few months have passed and got that out of my system, I’m ready to re-start my usual habits. It didn’t take long for me to feel “gross” due to the food I was eating and crave my home cooking. I took time of endurance exercise and began with Bikram yoga and weight training. Now I have incorporated more running and cycling.

Here’s the first new recipe I try since my hibernation began, hehe. Oh and my first try at cooking a whole chicken too! This recipe is from 100 Days of Real Food.


2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 onion
1 large chicken


-Combine the dried spices in a small bowl.








-Loosely chop the onion and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker.20130213-114407.jpg

-Rub the spice mixture all over. You can even put some of the spices inside the cavity and under the skin covering the breasts.

-Put prepared chicken on top of the onions in the slow cooker, cover it, and turn it on to high. There is no need to add any liquid.
-Cook for 4 – 5 hours (for a 3 or 4 pound chicken) or until the chicken is falling off the bone.