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Overnight Oats–Not for the Faint of Heart

25 Oct
Baby Feet

Two little crossed feet. I just love those tiny toes 🙂

I had an ultrasound today! Nothing terribly exciting, just like my doctor’s appointment yesterday, but I got to see my little guy wiggling around. So fun 🙂 He’s starting to look a little cramped because he’s getting so much bigger. Turns out that he’s still small though. I’m halfway through my 23rd week, but he still looks like he’s almost 21 weeks old. I just keep hoping that he’ll catch up to where he’s supposed to be by February 18.

And I’m not sure if I’ve been reading too much Harry Potter, but… does he look a little like he-who-must-not-be-named? I love looking at his profile in ultrasound pictures, but straight on… yikes.

Babyface

The line across the top is his arm with his little hand on top of his head and his forehead is just to the left of center in this picture. Those big black holes to the right of his forehead? Eye sockets. Yikes. I’m hoping he looks a bit cuter (read: less creepy) when he’s born… Is it bad that my baby’s face creeps me out a little?

Creepy or not, I just love him and can’t wait to meet him! And see his whole face and not just the bones. In the meantime, I’ll just keep looking at those cute little feet.

On to food? Yes, I think that’s always a good choice.

I was so excited to wake up this morning because I made overnight oats last night! I’ve heard that they’re something you either love or hate, so I was a little wary, but they actually turned out pretty well. I think I’m going to keep making these yummy things. Beware: if you don’t like Greek yogurt, this might not be the breakfast for you…

I found this recipe on this blog and just added a lot of chopped up apple and a tablespoon of agave nectar to give it a little more flavor.

Overnight Oats

Okay, let’s get real.
They look pretty freaky.
But trust me, they are worth it. SO good for you!

Overnight Oats
6 oz. Greek yogurt, any flavor (I just used plain)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (have you read Born to Run? I love these gooey little things! More on them later though…)
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup milk

Mix, mix, mix, cover, and let sit overnight in your fridge. In the morning you can add fruit, a little more milk to make it less thick, or pretty much anything else you think would make it better, because there’s no way around it… overnight oats are pretty bland.

Overnight Oats Transformation

See the transformation? Overnight the oats get soft and puffy and the chia seeds really get–there’s no other way to describe them–slimy. It’s in a good way though, I promise. Make sure to try this because it is so yummy!

This recipe made a lot of oats. You could actually have it for breakfast for two mornings. I kept thinking about them throughout the day and kept going back… so… yeah, they’re gone. All eaten. But don’t worry, I’m gonna make them again soon 🙂

This is What Burned Success Looks Like

24 Oct

I made granola! First time ever. Today was a big day for me. Like everyone else in the world, I could eat granola nonstop throughout the day. Unfortunately, it’s ridiculously expensive. Fortunately, making granola yourself is really easy and a whole lot less expensive. Still tasty though 🙂

PB Dark Chocolate Granola

I read this blog and saw this recipe awhile ago, but I definitely made some tweaks (as per the fact that I didn’t want to run to Trader Joe’s for ingredients. Yep, I’m lazy like that).

Peanut Butter + Dark Chocolate Granola

Makes 20 servings (1/3 cup is 1 serving)

6 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup pine nuts (I had some left over from making pesto)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup maple syrup
4 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate (I used half of a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar)

Melt everything but the oats and nuts together over low heat and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl. This is the part where everything smells like no-bake cookies 🙂 Spread the oats onto a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees in 10 minute intervals for 50 minutes. Every 10 minutes, pull the granola out of the oven and mix it up so it doesn’t burn. Watch it closely, because mine got a little crispier than it should have… It’s still good though.

Nutritional Information
190 calories
26g carbs
7g fat
5g protein
21mg sodium
11g sugar

I’m so excited to eat this with Greek yogurt in the mornings! Or with milk… or over ice cream… or just by itself. I love granola!

In other news, I had a doctor’s appointment today! Nothing exciting, really, but turns out that in my last ultrasound little man was too squirmy so they didn’t get a good picture of his heart. So… I get to go back tomorrow to get another! I love getting to look at him, so I’m not complaining. Hopefully I’ll come back tomorrow with some new and adorable pictures of the little guy who has taken up residence in my uterus.

I Heart Oatmeal

22 Oct

I have a killer headache right now. Is it from dehydration? The debate?

Probably a little of both.

Either way, I’m going to make this post short. I wanted to just update you to let you know what superfood I’ll be experimenting with this week.

Oatmeal

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Who doesn’t love oatmeal?

It’s the perfect breakfast for a cold fall morning. But turns out that it is filled with all kinds of great nutrients.

Iron: Just 1/3 cup of dry oats has 10% of your daily iron needs. Because your body is increasing the amount of blood so drastically, iron is really important.

Protein & Fiber: Protein helps you feel fuller, longer, which means that you won’t have the urge to graze throughout the day. Fiber has the same effect. Fortunately, one serving of oatmeal has about 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.

I usually think of a hot breakfast when I imagine oatmeal, but I’ve also eaten it uncooked and it is just so great. Unlike kale, the evil leafy green, oatmeal is tasty anyway you look at it. I’m pretty sure coming up with recipes made with oatmeal are going to be easy peasey.

Ps: I know I mention the debates every time they’re on. And sorry if you’re the apolitical type, but they just get me so antsy. I am so glad they’re over! I just hate to hear the candidates going after each other, but I still think it’s important to watch to understand what’s going on. Dang politicians. Anyone else ready for November 7? I think the day after the election is going to be blissfully uneventful 🙂

Pss: Only 5 more days to the Dawn of the Dead Dash!! I have the perfect runner/zombie costume planned. Stay tuned for the gory pics!