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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Baked Oatmeal

A few months ago my Paleo eating lifestyle changed a bit due to a change in training. Food is our fuel and should always be tweaked to help you perform your best. As I increase endurance training for my upcoming triathlon races, I’ve had to make a few adjustments to my eating. One major change is including simple carbs into my diet. That doesn’t mean I’m now eating a bowl of pasta daily. It just means that I include small portions a few times a week according to training. In my quest to do that and still keep it healthy I found this recipe online and with a few changes I made it just to my liking…

Ingredients

2 medium ripe bananas, (the riper the better) sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1 1/2 cup raspberries (use any other fruit you wish)
1/4 cup honey (or agave)
1 cup uncooked quick oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop of protein (optional)

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Method

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly oil baking dish. I used coconut oil; set aside.

Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle half of the raspberries over the bananas, 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the honey and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.

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Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, chia seeds, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together.
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In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining honey, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and raspberries.

Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining raspberries on top.

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Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set.

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The best part is that you can make this and save it for the next couple of days and have breakfast ready to go!

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.