Category Archives: Breakfast

Overnight Oats 3 ways

We all know that breakfast is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for both kids and adults. Multiple studies show that kids who eat breakfast:

  • display better behavior
  • score higher grades in school
  • have overall better nutrient intake
  • experience better weight control

Back-to-school time often puts an increased pinch on morning time. Most families need quick, make-ahead ideas to have on hand to grab and go for a quick, nourishing weekday breakfast. This is a super-easy idea that takes just a little prep time over the weekend and you can have breakfast ready for the whole week.

The basic recipe starts with combining the following in an 8 ounce mason jar or other container with lid:
• ¼ cup old fashioned oats
• 1/3 cup milk
• ¼ cup Greek yogurt
• 1 tsp. chia seeds

Add 1-2 tsp. sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, fruit spread) and shake well to combine. Add ¼ = 1/3 cup fruit and stir. Refrigerate overnight or even a couple of days.

3 of my favorites (recipes credit www.theyummylife.com):

1. Raspberry Vanilla
• 1 Tbsp. raspberry jam (all-fruit spread)
• ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup fresh raspberries

2. Cocoa Banana
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1 Tbsp. cocoa
• ¼ cup sliced banana

3. Blueberry Maple
• 2 tsp. maple syrup
• ¼ cup fresh blueberries

Enjoy! And Happy Back to School!!

Start of a 3-day week

Good morning! Hope you’ve had a good and restful weekend and are ready to get back to the regular routine.

I started with a delicious cup of hazelnut coffee with cream…

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And, Kashi blueberry waffles with almond butter, blackberries, and a drizzle of syrup (Just call me Kashi) 🙂

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I’m off to work…lots to do there and then I teach Sculpt and Rock Bottom later this afternoon. And, I’m only working 3 days this week…I’m taking Friday off for a fun adventure with my mom, my sister, Owen, and Emma Kate- so I have to focus to get everything done in 3 days!

Have a great day!

Happy Labor Day!

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Oh the bliss! Sleeping in with no alarm clock = pure heaven.

We had a slow, lazy breakfast – pancakes with dark chocolate + berries + one scrambled egg and my favorite hazelnut coffee with cream…what a perfect start to the day.

I used my favorite pancake mix- Fiber One…

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I love slow breakfasts…most weekday mornings I’m rushing around like a crazy person just trying to get ready and get out the door for work…so a leisurely breakfast is a treat.

On my agenda:

  • a walk with Anthony at a greenway/park
  • a little swimsuit shopping…I need one more suit before our upcoming anniversary trip!
  • a little more laziness before the work-week begins!

Movie review from last night:

  • New in Town- loved it! I’m a huge fan of Renee Zellwegger and I thought it was the perfect, light romantic comedy.
  • Last House on the Left- hated it! Can’t really give it a full review because we turned it off after about 30 minutes – we didn’t really get any suspense during the first 30 minutes, just negativity…not my kind of movie. I definitely wouldn’t recommend. But, we did turn it off after 30 minutes, so maybe it redeems itself later in the show.

I hope you’re having a great Holiday weekend!

See you later!

Banana Bread Banana Oats

Last night, Anthony’s parents gave us a few slices of homemade banana bread…one of my favorite. things. ever. As we were driving home, I was already imagining creating a yummy breakfast this morning.

Another one of my favorite things is being inspired by food bloggers with new meal ideas….yesterday morning, Kath had a delicious-looking breakfast of oats topped with a Massive Monster Muffin, so when Anthony’s parents gave us this banana bread, I started imagining a warm and creamy bowl of banana oats topped with crumbled banana bread….yum.

Homemade banana bread…it was full of walnuts and even had a few raisins…

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Crumbled on top of banana oats with a bit of crunchy almond butter….

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This was a very good combo- it needed maybe a little more crunch, so next time, I might add some walnuts on top and extra raisins…but, overall a delicious and filling warm breakfast on a gray and cloudy day.

We’re off to church- I have the pleasure of working in the Toddlers class again. 😉 Should be a fun morning.

Have a great Sunday!

Football Time in Tennessee

Happy Saturday!! How’s your day going so far?

I woke up around 7:30 this morning and powered up with cup of coffee #1. I headed to the gym to teach my first step class in 2, maybe even 3 years. Luckily for me, another instructor was able to teach at the last minute – so I gladly attended the class as a participant instead of the instructor- it was fun – maybe I’ll even have to think about starting to teach step again occasionally.

After class, I had a nice breakfast outside at Starbucks – the weather is amazing here today, there was still a bit of a chill in the air as I enjoyed my banana-walnut bread and Pike’s Place brew (cup of coffee #2)….

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Then, I went shoe shopping! I took advantage of the fact that most of Knoxville was either at Neyland stadium or in front of their TVs for the first football game of the year…so, the shopping areas were pretty empty. I may have told you before…I’m a horrible shopper – meaning, I don’t really enjoy shopping, I’m super impatient,  and I usually can’t find clothes that I like, so I often go shopping and come home empty-handed. Today, I did great! I scored a great new pair of New Balance running shoes and some nice dressier shoes for work.

When I got home, lunch was leftovers from last night’s Drunken Noodles – seriously, the. best. meal. ever…even as leftovers. This photo totally doesn’t do it justice.

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And, after being so busy for the last few weekends, we are so excited to have a day at home…Football on the couch. (I’m not even a big football fan), but this is a new era in Tennessee Football…new head coach Lane Kiffin….

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And, even I was excited when TN scored 4 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter!

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So, at halftime – it’s 28 – 0 – TENNESSEE – Go Vols!

Hope you’re having a great Saturday!

Fall in Tennessee

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What a beautiful morning! There is just a bit of a chill in the air- feels like the beginning of fall to me! I love it! And, this is the first big fall weekend in Knoxville- the kickoff of UT football! Plus Boomsday, one of the largest fireworks displays in the country, is coming up on Sunday night.

I started my morning with a delicious cup of hazelnut coffee with cream…SO GOOD. And, a bowl of Special K with chocolate + strawberries…Have you noticed that I somehow always manage to fit chocolate into my breakfast in some way? 🙂

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Hope you have a great Friday! I’ve got to finish getting ready and head out the door to work….my schedule is pretty calm today- we are having a Silent Auction fundraiser at the hospital to raise money for our walk which is coming up quick…two weeks from tomorrow! And, I’m going to try to get some continuing education completed…my Certified Diabetes Educator certification is expiring soon and I’m behind on continuing education.

Have a great Friday- see you later!

Black and Blue Oats

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Good morning!

I started today with one of my favorite bowls:

  • banana oats
  • dark chocolate chips
  • blackberries + blueberries
  • crunchy almond butter

Delicious!

I hope you have a great Thursday ahead….I’m rushing off to work….See you later!