Cookies N’ Banana Oats

Do I have a delicious, mouth-watering breakfast for you! Happy Tuesday!

Before we get to that, let’s recap a few things.  Last night I got home from work late and was not super hungry.  I opted for a small dinner and a little dessert.  I topped a Morning Star Tomato and Basil Pizza Burger with my dairy-free cheese.  I added some cherry tomatoes on the side.

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For a little sweetness before bed, I had a Paleo Brownie.

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It’s amazing how after a weekend of treats and overeating, what one day of clean eating can do.  I felt like a whole new person after getting back to my routine of working out and watching what I eat.  This feeling really contributes to my desire to become a dietician, because food is everything when it comes to our body!

This morning I was at the gym by 7:30am and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I cranked up the resistance this time so I was really sweaty by the time I got off.  After a nice stretch-it was time for Leg Day! Yay for Leg Day! It was full of squats, lunges, and leg machines.

Now for the real exciting part of my morning: Cookies N’ Banana Oats.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oats ( I used gluten-free and dairy free oats)

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons honey (brown sugar or sweetener can be used)

1 tablespoon Cookie Butter

Now this recipe requires a little prep work the night before.  Mix all the ingredients together and leave overnight (refrigerated).

In the morning, add a bit more almond milk to stir everything up and top with a banana.  It is cookie heaven in your mouth! I thought about adding cinnamon but did not want to take away from the delicious cookie and banana flavor! I test tasted a bit before I cut up my banana and my mouth began watering for more!

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On another note- our Florida tickets are bought! So it is official, we are going.  This means 62 days of clean eating and hard-core workouts.

Now off to class.

 

Questions of the day: Favorite way to prepare oats? How do you prepare for a vacation?

 

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Chocolate and Strawberry Oats

After class, I needed some dinner to bring with me to work. Working at a department store, the food options are anything but healthy. Most of the time, I end up bringing my lunch or dinner. Today I decided I wanted breakfast for dinner! Actually the oats were just staring at me and I wanted to try a new recipe with them- and I could put them in a container. I ended up making Chocolate and Strawberry Oats.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oats (mine were gluten-free and dairy free!)

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon cocoa

mix and heat in microwave for 3 minutes until the oats are nice and steamy!

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I cut up some strawberries to top it off. It tasted like chocolate covered strawberries with some oats on the side 🙂

These were yummy and portable.

I swear I do my best thinking in the car, especially at night on the way home. As I am driving home, I was seriously thinking about how I can amp up my clean eating. I am really trying to go as unprocessed as possible- without being a freak about it. However, I need things that I can take with me to work or class.

Any ideas? What foods can you not go without?

The other thing that has been on my mind- NASM. I really want to do it! I am going to kick up my workouts and do more research on the certification. I am really interested in what jobs are available once you are certified or what opportunities open up because you have the certificate.

 

Cinnamon and Some Arms

What a day! Let’s start with Breakfast. It was all about the cinnamon this morning! Here’s what I came up with:

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup of oats

1/2 cup of milk ( I chose vanilla almond of course!)

1 1/2 tablespoon of apple butter

2 teaspoons of brown sugar ( I used honey as a substitute)

mix ingredients all together and leave in fridge overnight

In the morning:

splash oats with a little more milk to get everything moving

Cut up 1/2 an apple, add as topping

sprinkle cinnamon to finish!

 

The apple butter really gave the oats a nice flavor, I would also suggest using peanut butter! The oats were yummy and filling! I paired the oats with a delicious cup of coffee topped with foamy almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon (to go with my cinnamon kick!).

Oats will definitely be a regular breakfast food- you can do so much with them!

I spent the entire afternoon in class so an on-the-go lunch was necessary. I packed my beautiful new almond milk yogurt vanilla flavored.

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I was really surprised at how filling this was. I paired it with some organic banana chips and a protein smoothie.

The protein smoothie was really simple:

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1 cup vanilla almond milk

lots and lots of ice

It was more of a slushy!

For my afternoon workout, I wanted to work my upper body to give my legs a rest! They have been doing a lot of work these last few days! Especially after my Abs Glutes and Thighs workout!

My workout started with 30 minutes on the elliptical and then a nice S-T-R-E-T-C-H. I followed with this:

quick arms

It was quick but it did what I needed it to- to work out the arms!

Hope your day was productive!

 

I have been thinking about making a Facebook for Short and Healthy. Do other bloggers find it very helpful? Or should I just stick with Twitter??

 

 

 

The Things In My Cart

After a full week of blogging, I have to say I’m addicted! So short and healthy is here to stay! I love doing it for myself just to track my food and push myself to try new things and the fact that others are reading it is a nice added bonus! So thank you! I’ve also decided that with my hectic schedule- planning is going to be key to my success. This means planning out my meals and workouts a week in advance so I’m not scrabbling half way through the week trying to find something healthy to eat- this is when bad decisions are made!

Here come the excel spreadsheets and organized workouts! (Can you tell I’m a type A personality?) I’m super excited!

I went shopping Friday to stock up on some goodies for the week before school starts back up. Here are some more awesome things I found! And took pictures of!

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The almond milk yogurt I mentioned!

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Dairy free chocolate chips! A paleo friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe will be in your future!

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Gluten-free oats! Oatmeal for breakfast this week!

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Again the organic banana chips I found! – but the picture of the bag that they come in!

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Beef jerky! For an on the go treat!

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Cacao nibs- to spice up my protein smoothies and desserts!

I also stocked up on almond milk, produce, gluten-free flour, eggs, and protein powder!
I found a small milk frother so my morning coffee looked like this:

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Foamy Vanilla almond milk topped my coffee and it was yummy! Two thumbs up for that. The best part is the milk frother is small enough for me to take back to school with me- so more homemade lattes!
That didn’t stop me from picking up my soy latte this afternoon at work though!

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What items are your favorite to grab at the grocery store? Anything new I should try?