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!

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Post Workout Shake

Today I made a new recipe for a post workout shake that was so good I just had to share. After a killer power hill climbing spinning class with my Reaction team this morning I made sure to fuel up with this shake.

Ingredients
8oz almond milk
1scoop of vanilla protein powder
1tsp cocoa powder
1tsp chia seeds
1banana

Blend all together and enjoy! When preparing ahead of time, try freezing the banana already peeled and cut to make the shake thicker.

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Some Dairy Substitutions

Here are some dairy substitutions that I often use when cooking.

For recipes where I must use butter, I use this brand. It’s grass-fed butter and it’s available at my local grocery store.

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This spread I use just like you would cream cheese or spreadable butter. The best part, no dairy!

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Ghee is clarified butter that has been stripped of any lactose or casein. This is specially good for baking.

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Almond milk replaces all my milk needs. I even use it in my coffee as I don’t ever use creamers.

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Little by little you start learning what to use and when. When I started to make these changes I thought giving up dairy was going to be really hard. And now, I don’t even think about it. I rarely have any and when I do, it’s a very small amount. This comes from someone who ate a yogurt a day and would have a ton of cheese with every meal, and a glass of regular milk a day. If you want to make this change, I suggest starting slow. Cut out what’s least important to you and go on from there….. Hope this helps!!

My Kind of Oatmeal!

I was never a big fan of cereal so I would only have it once in a while. What I was always a BIG fan of was Oatmeal. I would wake up just thinking about that warm bowl of tasty oatmeal to get my day started. And then….(as you may know) my eating habits have changed a bit and I had to say goodbye to oatmeal. When I think about it I’m rather surprised that I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. Just like with coffee, I think that I don’t miss the real food but the feelings that go with it. Yes, the feelings… You know, when you eat something you enjoy and you all of a sudden have a smile on your face without knowing. Now in retrospect I think I just miss having something warm in my hands and filling to my belly. Specially on that one night a year that Miami weather gets to 40 degrees. So what to do?? I have my mango green tea handy and this recipe below for when my mood craves something warm.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almonds pulverized
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk, plus more to taste
Fresh berries

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and add 1/4 cup milk. Microwave for a minute or until warm. Take out and mix, add more milk to your liking.

Add in the fresh fruit. Eat! 🙂

I have seen other variations of this so feel free to experiment. Others like to add in half a banana mashed into the mixture and/or add another 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Try different options until you get the consistency and taste you wish.