I am a big believer in having oatmeal at least four times a week. There are endless benefits [ to name a few: it stabilizes blood sugar, promotes a healthy heart, enhances the sense of fullness & contains a lot of fiber ]. This delicious recipe is adapted from blogger Laury, from The Fitness Dish [ she's a personal trainer, mom & certified fitness nutritionist ].
Like I said: I love oatmeal. In fact, I love it so much I will now take the extra ten minutes & whip up Laury’s dish on a weekly basis [ it needs no artificial sweeteners or added sugars either ]. Everyone who had a bit of the spicy apple mix approved too.
Baked Apple Oatmeal
[ Recipe adapted from The Fitness Dish ]
** Serves two
2 apples [ I used one Gala and one Granny Smith ]
2 servings of rolled oats [ not quick oats! ]
1 scoop of almond, peanut or soy butter
1 splash of rice milk
Half a handful of raisins
1/3 cup of water
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
A dash of ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and dice up an apple [ the smaller the chunks, the faster it will cook ]. Place in a baking pan with cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, raisins & some water to fill the bottom of the pan.Bake for about 10 minutes. While that’s cooking, start to boil the water. Add rolled oats for 5 to 7 minutes. When finished, combine baked apples, rolled oats & 2 tablespoons of almond, peanut or soy butter for protein. Enjoy with a splash of rice milk too.
It’s ironic how winter-time is approaching but the sun is shining brighter than ever [ ahhh, California- you're mixed up! ]. Although I would have appreciated crisp cool air & hot chocolate weather today, I embraced the sun and made this light pumpkin cocktail [ confession: I am writing this post buzzed ].
Quick Skinny Tip: most mixed cocktails are filled with sugar & calories [ but so easy to modify! ]. Instead of having the local bartender use margarita mix, substitute lemon & lime juice with a splash of water. The morning hangover will be so much kinder too!
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[ My low-cal cranberry scones ]
[ My adorable Dad & I ]
[ Michael's parents table, post-meal ]
My Thanksgiving was filled with games of pool, bubbly wines, lots of food [ I definitely still tried to use portion control ], my beautiful family [ dogs too! ] & ended with a tryptophan coma. Per usual Michael and I attended both of our families Thanksgiving dinners, which was hectic but amazing. Here are some ways to utilize leftovers in a health conscious way.
Skinny Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas:
+ Turkey Tacos: Use strips of turkey and place in a whole wheat tortilla. Add low-fat cheese, lettuce & tomatoes.
+ Cranberry Flaxseed Granola: Take granola [ I prefer Ezekiel cereal ] add cranberry sauce & flaxseed.
+ Green Bean Quinoa Pasta: Add green beans [ or any leftover veg ] to quinoa pasta. Sprinkle chili flakes & parmesan cheese.
+ Veggie Soup: Heat all veggies stove top and add a low-sodium chicken stock. Add a squeeze of lemon on top.
+ Pumpkin Pie Fruit Bowl: Stir in two scoops of pumpkin pie filling to a bowl of mixed berries. It’s delicious!
[ The Nanz showing me how to strike a pose ]
[ I added pomegranate seeds to my champagne ]
[ My main man, Murphy ]
[ Fresh herbs used for garnishes ]
[ Rocco, Dante & Michael playing pool ]
[ Our table at home [[crafted by my step-mom]] ]
[ Fresh veggie and herb turkey dressing ]
[ My Dad & Julie with the turkey ]
[ The LOML ]
[ M & I ]