Finding Balance and Baked Oatmeal

Yesterday was fabulous!  I got some chores done (laundry, weeding and the continued battle with this spikey green plant from hell).  My hubby and I ran errands on the motorcycles, which just makes running errands all the more fun.  We had a lovely afternoon visiting my twin via skype, enjoyed an epic cheat meal and more family time with Skype and FaceTime all the while enjoying a few craft drinks.

This morning I woke up a bit groggy, thanks to a great Olympic beach volleyball match at 11pm and thanks to ChoChi for informing me with a head butt & chase around the bedroom at 2:30am and again at 5:00am that she was famished.  Nonetheless at 6:30 it was time to get my Sunday going.  I love Sundays, it’s my day to reassess and recharge.  I completed my personal development reading while sipping perhaps the  most amazing almond milk latte on the planet (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I was still tired) and then off to my office to get my Preparation Sunday going.  Here’s my rundown in a nutshell and it works: Assess the previous week, what went well/what didn’t & adjust for this week, plan my meals (in conjunction with my work schedule), schedule my workouts (with a back-up time), schedule my coach power hour, and create my Foundation To-Do list to add daily to my CCDM to-do.  It’s shear genius!  Since adopting this strategy I get more done and feel less stressed.  Not to mention I’m beginning to get “life balance” down.  Identifying what’s important to me and making that a priority while still enjoying other aspects of life.  I think one of the biggies here is health and fitness.  It’s something most people struggle with; how to enjoy life & social time and still stay healthy and fit.  Here is my two cents on that.

The first step is to Decide that being healthy is really what you want and it’s Your Priority.  Then tell yourself Why it’s important, this is uber critical, it’s what keeps you focused.

For example: the more I have been training and eating well, the more results I have seen (duh), when I eat like shit and drink too much, I don’t train for shit and don’t see results (duh again but sometimes it takes careful tracking to come to this very simple conclusion.  Something I work through with my challengers).  It’s important to me to workout and progress so eating better and not drinking as much as I used to is my priority.  I still enjoy cheat meals and social time with family and friends, I just try to keep things in check….balance 😀

As an ode to balance and my sweet tooth here is a healthy Peach Oatmeal Bake Recipe that tastes as good as dessert. It’s a modified version of a Cookie and Kate recipe so many many thanks to her blog and creativity.

Serves 1 (just double or triple for more)
Ingredients:
1/3 cup rolled oats
pinch of baking powder
dash nutmeg
dash cinnamon
pinch of Himalayan salt
1 sliced peach
2 tsp melted virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 flax egg (1 Tbl chia/flax, 2 Tbl H20)
1/4 tsp pure maple syrup

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Preheat oven to 375F.  Combine your dry ingredients.  Use extra coconut oil to grease a small baking dish.  Combine your milk, egg and syrup.  Place your sliced peach around the rim of the dish.  Stir the melted coconut oil into your oats and spoon the mix into the dish over the peach.  Pour your milk mixture over the oats and smoosh around to evenly coat/soak the oats.  Bake at 375F for 25 minutes.
Optional: sprinkle toasted pecans over the top.

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Enjoy with an espresso on your deck with your furbaby 🙂

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Have an amazing day!

Peanut Butter Mocha Latte

Have you ever had a craving for something and thought “yeah, I’m going to make that”.  As you’re concocting your craving you think this will either be really good or really bad but who cares, I’m only forcing myself to try it.  That about sums up my Monday breakfast.  I have given up sweets in observance of lent so that lends me to get a little creative if I have a sweet tooth.  No, it’s not cheating 😆  I definitely wanted more coffee this morning, and peanut butter and chocolate sounded good but no cookies, candy, muffins, scones, donuts or ice cream…rats.  So, I though to myself, hey, I can make a healthy shake!  Boom!  The thought of coffee with peanut butter was a bit unnerving but again, if it’s awful it can find its way to the garbage disposal.  Honestly I often find myself in the kitchen with Joey’s mentality from that Thanksgiving Friends episode, you know the one when Rachel makes the traditional English trifle with meat, potato, and whip cream and Joey ends up esting all of the dessert because all of thr ingredients are tasty….in my case….Coffee?  Goooood. Peanut butter?  Goooood. Chocolate? Gooooood.

Peanut Butter Mocha Latte Shake   Serves 1
1 tsp homemade peanut butter (or natural PB)
1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup water
1 scoop Cafe Latte Shakeology 

Blend well! And enjoy deliciousness, I wouldn’t share if it was awful.  If you don’t know what Shakeology is, comment and I can fill you in.  It’s a daily meal for me that I look forward to 😉

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Cheers!

 

Overnight Apple Pie Oats

Lately I have been diving into new worlds of food and I’m totally loving it!  I have been looking for new ways to sassy up my oats.  I had been making overnight steel cut chai oats, which are lovely, however the steel cut oats never seem to get as chewy as I would like.  I had yet to play with using chia seeds in my oats, so after doing some blog searching I found a fantastic recipe to try, thanks to Oh She Glows.

So, last night as the sun went down, the humidity finally vanished and a nice cool breeze floated in through the windows.  It smelled like the beginnings of fall which did nothing but give me cravings for apple pie 😉  Using the basic building blocks of the recipe I mentioned above, I found some applesauce in my fridge, pulled out some spices and through a simple and delicious breakfast to follow up my yoga practice for the following day.  Tonight I might go a little crazy and use 1/4 cup of steel cut oats in place of the rolled oats.  I do like the nutty, chewy texture of steel cut better and I have just enough applesauce for 1 more meal.

Apple Pie Chia Oats
1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 Tbl chia seeds
~1/8 tsp apple pie spice
Optional toppings: chopped apple, toasted pecans

Mix the applesauce, oats, chia seeds, spice and milk together in a glass container.  Place in fridge overnight.

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The next morning your breakfast is ready!  I just love easy meals that you can prep in advance.  I’m not sure that prepping a week’s worth would be a great idea, but I’m wondering if swapping steel cut for rolled would buy you at least a couple days worth without getting super mushy.  I’m open to suggestions if you’ve tried it!  In any case, I think I’ve found a new favorite way to prep oats.

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