Oatmeal Recipes to Make You a Morning Person

Oatmeal That’ll Make Anyone a Morning Person

Sometimes the best part of waking up is what you can look forward to for breakfast, especially on the weekends!

Unless, you hate breakfast, then you might disagree….

Growing up we are always told, breakfast is the most important meal and there were times when my mother had to chase me around until I ate mine before school!

Now as an adult, I rarely go a day without eating breakfast. I’ve found that eating a nutritious breakfast has allowed me to stay in my consistent weight and get great results at the gym. Whenever I skip breakfast, I tend to eat more throughout the day, which ends up being way more than what I would’ve had for breakfast. Honestly, this is something that I notice a lot of people doing. The first thing I always ask people when they say they are gaining weight is if they are eating a nutritious breakfast, and the answer is always no. Of course, you know your body best and you should always do what works for you!

Best Quick Oatmeal’s:

I know we are all busy, so breakfast can be a tough thing to put in our morning routine, but I think you have to prepare for it. They say most people succeed because they plan on it. If you work a 9-5 job, bring your breakfast with you to work. Overnight oatmeal’s are super easy to make and there are a billion recipes on Pinterest for them.

I’ve been enjoying the Q’ia ones for work, they’re honestly the best quick oats and they have superfoods in them! I just put a little peanut butter and sometimes blueberries and I have a quick and easy healthy breakfast! I don’t like to go for Quaker ones as I find they tend to have not so great ingredients in them.

Here are the Q’ia one’s on Amazon. They are more pricey than regular, but I promise they are worth it. I’ve also have tried Umpqua oats and they are equally amazing. You can just buy a package of them on Amazon, and you are good to go for a quick, healthy breakfast and you don’t have to eat the Quaker ones, with tons of sugar. I do find the Q’ia ones sometimes do need a little sweetener and I tend to add a little bit of honey. Great thing about that is you get to control how much you want in it and it’s not any artificial sweetener.

Recipes:

The next oatmeal recipe I have is one that is a stable for me. I tend to have it more on the weekends as it takes more time to prepare. The key ingredient that makes it extra good is adding a banana. If you don’t like bananas, another way to make it creamy is by adding MCT oil or coconut oil. But seriously, adding a banana is a game changer.

You can add whatever toppings you want or have on hand and get creative with it. This recipe is super nutritious and very filling. If you have a long day ahead, I highly recommend you try this one!

Few notes: you can add sweetener of your choice such as maple syrup, honey, liquid stevia

Oatmeal Recipes to Make you a morning person

Creamy Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (mine were gluten free from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 1 banana
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or sweetener of your choice
  • Toppings of your choice: pictured is goji berries, raspberries and coconut flakes. Other options could be peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, strawberries, frozen cherries, shaved almonds….

Directions:

1)     Bring oatmeal and water to a boil and add a pinch of salt

2)     Slice up your banana and add it to your oatmeal

3)     Bring the heat down once it has come to a full boil, stirring occasionally

4)     Once the oatmeal has soaked up ½ of the liquid, add in the frozen blueberries

5)     Next, add in your chia seeds and cinnamon and stir everything together. At this point, everything should be very creamy and don’t worry if your banana isn’t fully incorporated. If you want it to be, just mash it in more.

6)     Remove from heat and add in a bowl. Add your toppings of choice

This next one is one that I’ve been experimenting with and loving for mornings when I want something sweeter. This one involves chocolate and I don’t know about you, but I think chocolate is what makes a good morning, a great one! 🙂

This one is still healthy-ish, but it’s also good for the soul!

I love the chocolate and strawberry combo, so if you do too, then definitely give this one a try! I didn’t think to add any peanut butter to this one, but I’m sure that would be a great addition as well.

Oatmeal Recipes to Make you a morning person

Chocolate and Strawberry Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp mct oil or coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Honey or maple syrup or stevia
  • Dark chocolate of your choice
  • Strawberries

Directions:

1)     Bring oatmeal and water to a boil and add a pinch of salt

2)     Add in your MCT oil or coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla

3)     Mix in cacao powder and sweetener of your choice – as much or as little as you’d like. Cacao tends to have a bitter taste to it alone, so be careful to not put too much.

4)     Remove from heat, add in to a bowl and decorate with strawberries and pieces of dark chocolate.

Both recipes are my go-to’s, although, I do tend to gravitate towards the first one more. You can really make these recipes your own by putting in anything that you like. I always add peanut butter to my oatmeal, which just makes it even better – especially with the banana combo. Once you’ve tried these, I’m sure they will become your stable as well! Who said oatmeal had to be boring right! 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope you have an amazing day ahead!

All the best,

Ozzy

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“I’ll eat some breakfast, and change the world.” – Unknown

 

 

 

 

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Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil-Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

This is one of the easiest recipes you will find. It should only take you about 5 minutes, and if you are a hummus lover like me, then this recipe is essential for you!

I got this recipe from my brother in law who is Middle Eastern, so you know it is delicious and legit! 🙂

I’ve been hearing for years that packaged hummus (as all packaged products are) has many additives. It is not as fresh as you’d want it to be and usually for most of them you have to consume within a week.

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

I’ve been meaning to find a recipe for which I can make at home because honestly, I eat hummus with everything – whether that is with my salad, meat, vegetables, rice…really anything. I know sounds intense, but I’m a girl that loves flavors and can’t eat things plain.

This recipe is super simple and you can really adjust it to your liking. If you are out of hummus and feeling like you need it, just whip this up within 5 minutes and you are good to go.

I used my NutriBullet to make this, which just made this process even quicker and more simple!

simple oil free homemade hummus

This has quickly become my stable and I am excited to make this instead of all the processed ones I’ve been buying. I will definitely play around with it to make different flavors, such as roasted red pepper hummus!

Few notes:

  • The tahini I bought is from a middle eastern store, but any tahini brand should work as long as it is 100% sesame seeds!
  • Play around with the ingredients until you reach the consistency and taste that you desire. This recipe is really what you make it, so get creative!
  • If you do want oil on yours, just drizzle olive oil on it once you have transferred it onto a bowl.Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Here is the printable recipe:

Oil Free Homemade Hummus

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Water as needed

Directions:

  1. In a blender, pour in all of the ingredients and a little bit of water.
  2. Blend until smooth, if it seems a little too thick add more water and blend. Taste as you go to make sure you have it to your liking.
  3. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Hope you guys enjoy this super simple recipe! I know I will be making this all the time.

Happy New Years and hope everyone has a great year ahead!

Until next time,

Ozzy

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

This is one of the easiest recipes you will find. It should only take you about 5 minutes, and if you are a hummus lover like me, then this recipe is essential for you!

I got this recipe from my brother in law who is Middle Eastern, so you know it is delicious and legit! 🙂 Continue reading “Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus”

Chewy Hemp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let’s get this out of the way — no these cookies do not have marijuana in them!

They do have hemp hearts in them, which are even better! Hemp hearts are super nutritious and packed with protein, making this great for the whole family. If you want an in-depth explanation of hemp hearts, then read this postContinue reading “Chewy Hemp Chocolate Chip Cookies”

Healthy Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars With Hemp Hearts

Hey there!

Coming at you guys with another hemp hearts recipe. If you don’t make any other recipe on my blog, make sure you make this one! It is one of my favorites and is such a great, filling snack!

Leave the packaged stuff behind and make it at home. Less processed and more delicious 🙂

chewy granola bars

Continue reading “Chewy Granola Bars With Hemp Hearts”

3 Recipes Using Hemp Seeds

3 Healthy Recipes Using Hemp Hearts

Hey there!

Today we are using my favorite superfood in 3 easy recipes.

I am excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods to bring you these healthy recipes.

So, what are hemp seeds? They are nutritious seeds which are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, a complete protein source, and a rich source of essential minerals which include magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Continue reading “3 Healthy Recipes Using Hemp Hearts”

healthy banana bread

Healthy Banana Bread

Hey There!

Today, I’m coming at you with my favorite banana bread recipe!

I haven’t done a recipe post in a while, and since health and fitness is an important part of my life, I wanted to share this recipe with you guys.

You can print this and keep it as your go-to recipe for the fall 🙂 Continue reading “Healthy Banana Bread”

Green Smoothie for health

The Only Green Smoothie Recipe You Need

Self-Care Challenge #5


Merhaba (hello in Turkish!), everyone!

We are at our final week of the #MemoallureSelfCareChallenge! If you haven’t been following along, I would highly suggest you do this for your beautiful self! You deserve a moment to yourself.

This week, I am challenging you to make yourself a green smoothie throughout the week. Green smoothies are a great way to sneak in greens into your diet. They are also pretty versatile, so you can add in whatever you please. Now that it is the summer time, I always seem to be reaching more for smoothies in this hot weather.

You do not need to add in all the ingredients I did if you don’t have them. Get creative with it. I think the secret to making green smoothies not taste horrible is bananas and almond/peanut butter. It hides the flavor. Another trick I like to keep in mind is that, I don’t like to add more fruit than I would normally eat in one sitting. So think it through, how much fruit would you really eat, if you were just planning on eating fruit. And if you say, you eat too much fruit, then maybe follow the serving size.

Green Smoothie for health

For my green smoothie, I started with a base of kale and soy milk. You may use almond milk or any other milk you have on hand, I personally only had soy milk.

Then add almond butter, half scoop of protein powder, flax oil, wheat germ, green superfood packet, frozen banana and a little bit of frozen blueberries. The superfood packet, I received as a sample and wanted to give it a try, but it’s definitely not necessary as you are already putting in kale for your greens. If you do not have kale, spinach is a great alternative. Also, if you are curious about the benefits of wheat germ and flax oil, you can check out my post here.

I used my NutriBullet, which is AMAZING for smoothies. It just makes it so much easier and you can enjoy your smoothie right after you make it. Plus, less dishes to wash 🙂

green smoothie recipe

After everything is blended, I like to add cacao nibs on top for a little bit of crunch. I know it may not look appetizing, but it tastes amazing. Like I’ve said, you cannot taste the greens.

That’s it, all you have left to do is enjoy! I would suggest maybe trying mindful eating practice from last week’s challenge while enjoying this. Did you know mindful eating can heighten your senses? I urge you to give it a try.

Hope you enjoy, here is the full printable recipe:

Green Smoothie

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 cup dairy free milk
  • 1 spoonful of nut butter
  • 1 spoonful of flax oil
  • handful of frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 spoonful of wheat germ
  • 1 packet of green superfood
  • 1/2 spoonful of protein powder (optional)

Topings: Cacao Nibs

Mix all together, and enjoy!

Thank you for reading and thank you for joining me in taking care of yourself for the past 5 weeks! I hope this is something you can learn to do everyday and always remember to take care of YOU! We only have one life to live, I hope you can live it well nourished, with the ones you love and with high quality. I just want to leave with one last comment, and say that self-care is never selfish, it is always necessary.

For anyone who wasn’t able to take part in this, stay tuned, I am working on a PDF version for you guys!

xx, Ozzy

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“Never underestimate the investment you make in yourself.” – Unknown

Healthy Homemade Granola

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Hey guys,

I’m coming at you with another recipe today! I know I’ve been MIA the past 2 days which is due to technical difficulties with my laptop, unfortunately.  In terms of the self-care challenge — it will be moved to next Sunday, which gives you more time to practice last week’s gratitude exercise.

Now to the recipe — I love using this granola for whenever I want cereal or healthier option instead of store bought. The best part is you get to control how much sugar is in it! This recipe is super simple and good amount for your whole family to enjoy. What I also enjoy about this is that it keeps you fuller than regular granola, due to the all the nuts and seeds in it. You can of course tailor this to however you’d like! Put whatever ingredients you please 🙂

First,  preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, mix in your dry ingredients, minus the goji berries.

Then, mix in maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.

Stir it all together and put it in a baking sheet with parchment paper (I ran out). Put it in the oven for 40 minutes — stirring every 10 minutes. Monitor it to make sure it doesn’t burn. Let it cool for a few minutes and add in your berries!

That’s all! Hope you enjoy!

Healthy Homemade Granola

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat groats (use more oats, if you don’t have this!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup safflower oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup goji berries or raisins or cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together oats, seeds, nuts, coconut flakes, groats in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in maple syrup, vanilla extracts, cinnamon, oil and salt.
  4. Pour all of it on baking sheet and stick it in the oven for 40 minutes. Mixing ever 10 minutes and monitoring how toasted everything is.
  5. Mix in your berries and enjoy!

xx, Ozzy

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healthy vegan lemon cookies

Healthy Vegan Lemon Coconut Cookies

Did you hear my girl Taylor Swift is back on Spotify?? I’m currently one of the happiest girls listening to her right this moment. I heard it was something to do with Katy Perry, but don’t really know what’s going on. Let me know if you have any idea why she decided to come back to Spotify!

Anyways, I’m coming at you today with an amazing cookie recipe. This is healthy and could be gluten free! I made my version vegan because it’s just how I roll, but feel free to use eggs. The flax eggs worked really well with this recipe. My sister, niece and nephew loved it! They didn’t even realized it was healthy until I named all the ingredients in it. I love the kick of lemon and coconut in this — such a great combination!

Alright, here is the recipe!

It’s super simple and doesn’t take too much time to put together 🙂

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, get ready the flax egg: for 3 “eggs” you will need 3 tbsp of flax meal and 9 tbsp of water mixed together. Let that sit for 5-10 minutes.

Flax meal egg replacement

Add all the dry ingredients together, then add the lemon zest.

Healthy Lemon Almond Cookies

Next, add the vanilla extract, almond milk and flax eggs.

Healthy lemon vegan cookies

You’re going to use some muscles to mix this up! Mix around until all the ingredients are mixed well. It will take a few minutes to get it to a “wet” mixture. Then, you can roll it into small ball sized pieces and throw it in the oven for 15 minutes! I put almonds on some to experiment with it, but it’s not necessary.

I ran out of parchment paper, so ideally use that if you have it. If not, you can use coconut oil spray to make sure it doesn’t stick.

healthy vegan cookies

Let cool in a drying rack for about 10 minutes. Then enjoy 🙂

Healthy Lemon Coconut Vegan Cookies

 

Here’s the printable version:

Healthy Lemon Coconut Cookies

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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healthy vegan lemon cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 9 tbsp water
  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • zest of half lemon
  • 1/3 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put together the flax meal egg (if you are using this, if not skip this step). Mix 3 tbsp flax meal with 9 tbsp water in a bowl.
  3. Mix together all the dry ingredients.
  4. Add lemon zest and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix in flax egg or 3 eggs. Mix together, then add in the almond milk.
  6. Form into a ball and place into oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Cool for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy!

That is all, my friends! Thank you for reading. I hope you guys have an amazing Saturday. I’m off to enjoy mine 🙂

xx, Ozzy

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