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Oatmeal That’ll Make Anyone a Morning Person

Oatmeal Recipes to Make You 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

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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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3 Healthy Recipes Using Hemp Hearts

3 Recipes Using Hemp Seeds

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 →

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The Only Green Smoothie Recipe You Need

Green Smoothie for health

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 🙂

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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

  • Servings: n/a
  • 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

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Healthy Vegan Lemon Coconut Cookies

healthy vegan lemon 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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Healthy Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Vegan Friendly

Ever since I ran into the Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle mix at Whole Foods, I’ve been obsessed!

I don’t like the feeling regular pancakes give you and make you feel heavy and lethargic. These ones taste just as good (in my opinion…even better!), and give you the right type of energy food should give you! The best part about these is how fast and easy it is! Seriously… I’m dreaming of the next moment I can have these again, they’re so good 🙂

My little niece was up for the taste test and agrees these are delicious and ate so many of these….she’s only 2!!

This recipe is so simple that there is no excuse to not enjoy a healthy, yummy meal with your family on the weekends 🙂

Anyways, I am sure most of us are more health conscious now that summer is right around the corner, and I wanted to give you a healthier option to possibly one of your favorite foods. Healthy eating isn’t about eliminating the “bad” food, it’s about finding better options that will give you better energy. You can still enjoy what you love, but without the guilt and damage to your beautiful body!


Benefits of Buckwheat:

Contrary to its name, buckwheat is a gluten free food and makes it on the super food list. It didn’t make it on my top 10 because I am still playing around with recipes with this super food, but it’s definitely a great option. This powerhouse is grain free and great for anyone looking for gluten free options to their favorite foods. Buckwheat is high in iron, carbohydrates (the good kind), antioxidants, many minerals such as zinc, copper, niacin. Other benefits include:

  • Great for digestion
  • Non-allergenic
  • High-level of rutin, which is used to treat high blood pressures
  • Great source of high quality and digestible protein
  • Grown chemical free due to its fast growth rate

Okay, I’m sure this is the part you’re most interested in, so let’s get to the recipe 🙂

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I initially bought this Buckwheat flour from Whole Foods, then found it on Amazon for a little less. The back of the package has the recipe, but I like to alternate mine to make it vegan and it works really well.

This recipe calls for one egg, but I use an egg substitute instead. It’s super simple and makes it taste just as great.

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Flax Meal

To make a flax egg, I mix one tbsp of flax meal with 3 tbsp of water. Mix it and leave it to settle and thicken for about 5-10 minutes.

How to make Flax Egg

Flax Egg

This is what it looks like in the end. If you can tell, it’s a thicker consistency.

I also used vegan chocolate chips, but feel free to use what you like.

I love using this coconut spray from Trader Joe’s instead of oil. It’s so easy and a much healthier option. I do want to find a bottle that I can just put the melted oil in myself and save the Earth a can, but until then this is what I am using.

Coconut Oil Spray

Coconut Oil Spray

I used honey for my sweetener, but I usually use coconut nectar. They both work great! And yes, I like supporting Turkish products when I can 🙂

How to make healty pancakes

Turkish Honey

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup buckwheat flour mix
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp sweetener of your choice (i.e. honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar)
  • Chocolate chips
  1. First prepare the flax meal egg and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
  2. Mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, until all of the clumps are gone
  3. Mix in chocolate chips
  4. Cook on preheated (375 – 400 degrees F) lightly oiled griddle or pan. Turn over when bubbles form. *For thinner pancakes use more liquid.

That’s it! Enjoy with whatever toppings you’d like 🙂

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That’s the finished look! I used some maple syrup, coconut flakes and peaches for toppings 🙂 This is the finished look. Since there is a good amount of protein in the buckwheat flour, you feel so full after — but the good kind of full 🙂 For the month of June, I want to share my healthy versions of “cheat” meals so that you never feel deprived in anyway!

xx, Ozzy

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Chia Seed Pudding 3 Ways

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Guys, we’re talking all about ch-ch-ch-chia seeds today! I’ve explained all the health benefits of chia seeds in my previous blog post, which you can check out here if you haven’t read it yet. These amazing super foods are so easy to incorporate into your daily routine in so many unique and different ways. I think one of the best ways to enjoy them is making them into a pudding form. It’s especially great, since here in Boston the weather is getting nicer and it’s nice to enjoy a nice cold healthy treat like this. It is easy to make and very delicious. Best part? They are healthy and provide many nutrients for your beautiful body 🙂 You can have them for breakfast, dessert or as a snack!

If you didn’t know this already, chia seeds form a paste once mixed in with liquid. The best way to ensure it’s the right consistency is to leave it in the fridge overnight. The traditional chia pudding would usually be milk of your choice, chia seeds and some type of sweetener, but I’ve made these a little more interesting for you, and you can pick the one that you crave the most 🙂

Kiwi and Coconut Chia Pudding:

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Kiwi and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh rasperries
  • 2 Kiwi
  • Coconut shreds

In a jar or bowl, mix in milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice. Refrigerate overnight. Next, in a blender, blend two kiwis until its a thick consistency. Start layering! Kiwi and coconut will be in the middle. Top with fresh raspberries and coconut!

Okay, guys I think I just cured your chocolate addiction with a healthier, good-for-your-body option. If you give any of these a try, make it be this one! It tastes like chocolate ice cream and Reese’s cups combined. Probably sounds weird, but it tastes amazing!! Great as a dessert option. I made this one with 2 tbsp of sweetener instead of 1/4 cup (which is a little less), and still can’t believe how great it tasted!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding:

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Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • Banana Pieces
  • Sliced almonds

In a jar or bowl, mix in milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice, cacao powder and peanut butter. Refrigerate overnight. Top with bananas and sliced almonds!

Acai Chia Pudding:

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Acai Chia Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup or less of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Toppings: blueberries and walnuts

In a jar or bowl, mix in milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice. Refrigerate overnight. Next, in a blender, blend frozen banana, blueberries, acai powder and a little milk for consistency. Start layering! Acai will be in the middle. Top with fresh blueberries and walnuts!

I honestly don’t think you could go wrong with any of these options – just depends on what you’re in the mood for! I’ve made it easy for you guys, so if needed you can print out the recipes. Let me know if you try any of these options on twitter or Instagram!

Thank you for reading and I hope I’ve made your day even sweeter 🙂

xoxo, Ozzy

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