Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Happy October, Everyone! 

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. Here in Connecticut, I am surrounded by trees and nature. The weather is perfect, the colors are wonderful, and I love sweaters. 

And pumpkin. Lots and lots of pumpkin. 

I'm a huge fan of overnight oats. They are so easy to throw together with little to no preparation the night before. What could be better?

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

1/3 cup oats
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2/3 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
sweetener of choice (brown sugar, maple syrup, stevia)

Mix all ingredients together without the sweetener and place in fridge for at least 2 hours.

In the morning, add in your sweetener to taste and anything else you can think of!

I added graham cracker crumbs and my homemade cranberry chia seed jam to mine. Its like Thanksgiving in a breakfast!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Blueberry Muffin Milkshake

Is it time for the Olympics again? 

I am literally obsessed with them and once every four years is not enough. I love watching amazingly talented people and when that much dedication and time is put towards one thing it is impressive. 

I am nowhere near talented. I took piano lessons for about 8 years but rarely had motivation to actually practice, I did gymnastics for a few years but still can't even do a proper cartwheel, and I like to paint but always forget about it so I only do it a few times a year. 

To celebrate my untalented self, I made a Blueberry Muffin Milkshake.

Blueberry Muffin Milkshake

1 large frozen banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp granola (I used my Addicting Everyday Granola)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. It's that simple!

Do you have any talents?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Addictive Everyday Granola

While looking through my posts, I found this one that I never published. I'm a huge fan of granola and its so easy to make your own! 

I slept in today because it was supposed to rain all morning so I wouldn't be able to go for my morning run. I woke up to a beautiful day and not enough time to run. I wish meteorology was an exact science.

I did, however, have time to make a batch of this granola and it is sooo addicting. I may or may not have eaten most of it already =]

Addicting Everyday Granola

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp salt (generous)
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the first 6 ingredients. In a saucepan, gently heat up the honey and oil over medium-low heat until smooth and combined. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir. Spread onto a lined baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy over soy yogurt, with almond milk and fruit, a topping on ice cream, or just with a spoon! (like I do)

What's your favorite way to enjoy granola?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fitness Friday Motivation

Happy Friday, everyone! 

I couldn't be more happy that the weekend is here, even though I only had a three day week. Isn't that sad?

In honor of Friday I thought I would make a quick post with some fitness inspiration. 

I have a whole board of these that you can find on my Pinterest

P.S. I made these absolutely amazing Secret Peanut Butter Cookies from Chocolate Cover Katie a while ago and I'm craving them so badly right now. I hate not having direct access to an oven =/

Have an awesome Friday and kick some butt!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What I Shouldn't Have Put on Instagram

Fall is officially closing in on us. 

How do I know that? Because the other day I enjoyed one of these:

Yep, that is a pumpkin soy latte from good ol' Starbucks. A girl can never have too much pumpkin. I just wish I had some Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal to go along with it.
 *insert drool*

If anyone follows me on instagram (@honeyandnectar) or twitter, you probably would have seen this post about my usual breakfast lately:

I feel like I should explain myself, haha.

 I am always the first person awake in a suite of 7 people and I feel really bad if I use the microwave in the mornings and it starts beeping. I started putting uncooked oats in the bottom of a bowl with about 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp chocolate Sunwarrior protein powder, and a few drops vanilla creme liquid stevia. Then I put 6-8 oz of water in my Keurig and just dispense the hot water right on top of the oats. 

I affectionately call it "Oatmeal Soup" since that's basically what it is. Weird, right? 

I've basically come to the conclusion that I will eat anything that includes chocolate in it.

One thing I ate that didn't include chocolate was this salad with lots of raw veggies =] a.k.a my lunch every single day. I should probably branch out a bit. 

I am also excited because the fitness classes at my school's athletic center have finally started. I have the schedule printed out and highlighted already. Looks like I'm doing yoga 4-5 times a week =] 

And speaking of yoga, I have to go to a class now. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

Happy September! 

Fall is by far my favorite season and I'm so happy that it's almost here. I think we should all celebrate with a little breakfast. 

It's amazing what a great breakfast can do for your day. Especially a warm, fresh out of the oven breakfast. 

Last year, I was staying at a friend's house and she told me that we had to make  "boatmeal." I had never heard of baking oatmeal but I was such a fan of the regular stuff anyway I figured it had to be great. I was not disappointed. 

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp maple syrup 
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
optional: add craisins, pecans, or chocolate chips! I choose craisins.

Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a 1 cup ramekin or other baking dish. baked for about 18 minutes until firm then broil on high for 2-4 minutes until a golden brown crust forms. 

Wait for it to cool down a bit enjoy! 

I always end up flooding oatmeal with almond milk. It's like breakfast soup. 

I sat in the backyard and ate while listening to the birds sing. My dog was eyeing me suspiciously the whole time. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vanilla Chai Overnight Oat Parfait

Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up from a coffee shop. Like right now, for example. 

Or you can just have oatmeal. 

Like everyone else, I am obsessed with chai. The amount of iced soy chais I get from the coffee shop on campus is ridiculous. But the spicy/sweetness of the drink just calls my name. 

Vanilla Chai Overnight Oat Parfait

Step 1:
1/3 cup oats
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp chai concentrate*
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/8 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt

Step 2:
2 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Mix together the ingredients from step 1 in a container and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, take out and layer (or pour) the frosting from step 2 into the oats. 

*can also be done with full strength brewed chai. If doing this, let oats sit overnight in about 2/3 cup tea and a splash almond milk.

With this batch, I heated up the oats a bit in the microwave so it was warm and comforting but keep the "icing" on the cooler side. Boom, exactly like a chai latte. What could be better on a chilly morning?

That's right, nothing. 

My dog even wanted in on the action. How sweet is his face?

On a completely unrelated note, you all should follow honeyandnectar on instagram =D

Friday, August 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Peanut Butter Protein Spheres
Peanut Butter Protein Globular Orbs

What the heck do I call these?

It was a pretty high-energy day for me. I went for a 6 mile run then tried to get my dog to run with me (it always turns out to be a more of a drag) then I still had a lot of energy by early afternoon and decided to pop in a Jillian Michaels dvd. I love her, but she's a killer. 

I was craving a protein boost and decided to whip up these protein, erm...bites. Let's go with bites. 

Peanut Butter Protein Bites
makes about 5 small balls

2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 scoop protein powder. You can use vanilla or chocolate here, I used vanilla but chocolate would make them more like a Reese's!
1 tsp honey or agave
1 Tbsp almond milk

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. This does take a bit of stirring and working everything together but it does happen. Form into balls and store in the fridge. 

This entire recipe has about 33 grams of protein. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Raw Almond Butter

I love peanut butter. It's almost disgusting the amount that I can get through in a day. I put it in oatmeal, smoothies, sandwiches, on fruit, and a lot of the time just on a spoon. When I'm away at school, I buy a jar every two weeks. Today, I tried something different and decided to make my own almond butter. 

It is so incredibly easy that I don't know why people even bother with buying it in jars.

Raw Almond Butter
(salt and sugar free)

1-2 cups raw, unsalted almonds

The directions couldn't be simpler. Just put the almonds in your food processor and blend for 10-12 minutes. 

Beware, the first few seconds will be extremely loud and may scare your dog (Sorry Chevy).
After about a minute, the almonds will have turned into a powder.

After 5 minutes it will start to clump. You may need to scrape some off the sides. 

In 8-10 minutes the clumps will ball up as more oils release. 

Then, it will all smooth out and you have fresh and natural almond butter!

Not only are nut butters delicious, they are also full of protein and healthy fatty acids. 
Enjoy on everything!

What's your favorite way to enjoy nut butters?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Berry Baked Oatmeal

It's hard for me to believe that it's already August. 

Berry Baked Oatmeal

It's always sort of depressing when summer starts to come to an end. The sun sets a little sooner, the weather is a little cooler, and packing for school is always on my mind. 

But, with only a few glorious weeks left of freedom, why not celebrate? Like I did with some Berry Baked Oatmeal. This "boatmeal" is warm and colorful, just like the best days of summer.  

Berry Baked Oatmeal

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup mixed frozen berries
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp applesauce
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
sweetener of choice (brown sugar, maple syrup, stevia) 

Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Mix together all of the ingredients then transfer to an oven safe dish such as a ramekin. If you want the oatmeal to come out, spray with a bit of cooking spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes until firm. Set your oven to a high broil and place oatmeal on top rack for 2-4 minutes until top is golden brown. 

I adore this plate. My mom and I picked it up from a sale at a Christmas shop a few years ago. I just love how it makes anything you eat look like something out of Alice in Wonderland. I'd have a tea party with the Mad Hatter any day. 

While in the oven, the berries will "pop" open, giving you more bursts of flavor throughout the oats! 

This recipe is low in saturated fat, high in dietary fiber, and has no cholesterol. 

What's your favorite summer food?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Fitness Haul + Chocolate Covered Strawberry Milkshake

For the past few months, I've been running with really no proper workout clothes. That doesn't mean I was running naked..just in any shorts or t-shirts I could find. My running shoes were also about 4 years old. I bought them before I ran my first 5k with my mom for her work. 

Yesterday, I went to Dick's Sporting Goods and finally bought some proper attire!

And finally new shoes!

These shoes are lightweight and I love the crazy neon colors. For my everyday outfits, I usually stick to neutral and natural colors but I love bright and funky running clothes. It's a fun change. 

I also couldn't resist and picked up some larabars for fuel. 

For those of you starting your day with a workout, here's a delicious protein filled recovery shake.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Milkshake

1 large frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. 

This shake is thick, delicious, and packed with the nutrients you need to recover. It is low in saturated fat, high in calcium, very high in dietary fiber, and contains no cholesterol. 

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