Paleo Porridge

While I don’t consider myself “Paleo” many of the concepts of the diet are naturally part of my families eating lifestyle.  When I came across this recipe for a warm oatmeal like breakfast I was intrigue and gave it a try.  It got three thumbs up from J, Trey, and myself!
I like to make a big batch so it’s ready for a high protein breakfast or pick-me-up snack in a jiffy. 

Paleo Porridge
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1.    Process coconut, walnuts, almonds, pepitas and flaxseed together in a blender or food processor until finely ground and blade starts to seize.
2.    Boil water in a kettle or in the microwave.  Pour into a microwave-safe container and mix in honey if using. 
3.    Stir ground nuts into hot water.  Add protein or other fixins.
4.    Heat in microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir once more.  Let sit for 3-5 minutes to thicken.  Enjoy!

Variations:  Just like traditional porridge, you can stir in some extra ingredients at the end to change the flavor.  Here are some ideas, but feel free to experiment!


Product Review – Better Oats Oatmeal

We all know oatmeal is a great way to start your day.  It’s a filling whole grain, packed with fiber, manganese, zinc and other goodness.  Eating oats can help prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol and help stabilize your blood sugars for the rest of the day. 

Better Oats Oatmeal has made it easy for those “on-the-go,” “out-the-door” kind of people. Easy packaging, portion controlled and lots of different flavors to choose from RAW to Maple and Brown Sugar.

100% Whole Grain Oats
Naturally firm and hearty. Never over-processed and never mushy.
Real pieces of fruit
You always know what you’re getting with our fruit—real apples, peaches and strawberries. Just for fun, check the ingredients on your old oatmeal brand. Most of the strawberry oatmeal sold uses reconstituted apple bits, flavored and dyed to seem like strawberries. Same with peaches. Don’t be fooled by imposter fruits!
Real dark chocolate morsels
If you love chocolate, you’ll have to try our Lavish Dark Chocolate oatmeal. You won’t want it just for breakfast.
Thick, quick and old-fashioned oats
All the hearty and natural texture but still fast and microwavable.

My favorite is the RAW Bare as it is unsweetened and:

  • USDA Organic
  • 41 grams of whole grains per serving
  • 200 mg of ALA Omega-3 per serving
  • Organic whole grains: Oats, Barley, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat
  • Organic whole flaxseeds
  • Good source of Fiber
But for a sweet treat (not at breakfast) I do like to indulge is a tasty yet nutritious snack such as:
Lavish Dark Chocolate or Strawberries and Cream
I love that there is flaxseed included in the packets (this should always be in your oatmeal) however I would like to see this as ground flaxseed rather than whole seeds.  Ground flaxseed is absorbed better by your body. 
To find a Better Oats that fits into your diet check out this handy tool!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal

J and I love breakfast and we are partial towards oatmeal (steel cut or old fashioned).  When we discovered this fun variation that has similarities to our other favorite meal, dessert, we knew we had to try! 

Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal

1/2-1 C skim milk or almond, rice, soy
1/4 C lite coconut milk
1/2 C old fashioned oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use NNW Healthy Whey)
half banana
optional: slivered almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes
Bring milks to a boil in a small to medium saucepan.  Add oats and cook till oats are creamy and to your desires consistency.  Combine protein powder with 1/4 C water and add to oats.  Pour into dish and top with optional garnishes!

J rocking the course and Jingle Cross cylco cross race in Iowa City

Do you have a tasty variation for oatmeal?  I would love to hear!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Every Sunday when I was a kid my mom used to cook up a yummy brunch after church. Sometimes it was as simple as toast and eggs to as fancy as quiche, but my favorite brunches were when she made pancakes or waffles. I usually go to be the flipper and then had my fill at the table…easily polishing off a tall stack.
Man, I love pancakes! I look forward to carrying on this tradition with my family…which by the way…5 weeks till we meet Baby S!
Oatmeal Pancakes

3/4 C oat flour (grind 1 cup whole oats (not instant) in a food processor or magic bullet)
1 C whole wheat flour
1 T stevia or sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
3 T butter, melted and cooled, I used Land o Lake naturally whipped
1 1/4 C buttermilk
1 C cooked oatmeal, not instant
1 T honey
2 large eggs
1/4 C finely chopped pecans or walnuts or almonds

Mix together the oat flour, flour, sugar, powder, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, stir the melted and cooled butter, buttermilk, cooked oatmeal, honey, and eggs together. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Fold in nuts. Do not over mix.Heat griddle to medium-high heat. Lightly coat with oil or butter and cook pancakes to perfection.
Keep pancakes warm in an oven at 200F.

Fruit Sauce
I like to make a fruit sauce to go with my pancakes so I don’t have to use as much maple syrup. Simply pour a bag of frozen berries into a small saucepan, add 2-3 T real maple syrup, heat until bubbling, reduce to simmer. Puree with a hand blender (careful not to splatter everywhere).

Until next time…
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Chilled Oatmeal with Vanilla Yogurt

J had a business trip in Atlanta a couple weeks ago. Every morning he’d call to express that he was in love with his breakfast. A coffee shop near his hotel served up this chilled oatmeal that has become a “J and I favorite” in our household.

Chilled Oatmeal with Vanilla Yogurt
a PERFECT way to eat oatmeal during those hot summer days


1/2 cup quick or old fashioned oats (because you don’t cook them we find quick to work well)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I use homemade yogurt flavored with Watkins vanilla and honey, you can use plain or Greek yogurt with vanilla flavoring and honey)
1/2 green apple, diced
1/4 c dried cranberries
splash of skim milk
and any berries you have (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
1 T of ground flaxseed (optional)

Mix oatmeal, yogurt, diced apple, cranberries ,and a splash of milk together. When thoroughly combined, top with almonds and berries.

a balanced breakfast: whole grain carbs from the oats, protein from the yogurt and milk, and heart healthy fats from the almonds and flaxseed.

Until next time…
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Apple, Walnut, Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

phew….that’s a lot of goodness in one scrumptious cookie!

This are a very tasty treat…whether you are looking for something to fix your sweet tooth or for a pre workout snack that provides lasting energy.

I mean look at these things….little bites of heaven!
Apple Walnut Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C ground flax seed
1 t baking soda
1 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 C smart balance margarine (slightly melted..about 15secs)
1/2 C Splenda or Stevia
2 eggs
1/2 C honey or agave nectar
1/2 T Watkins vanilla
1 small apple, cored, peeled and chopped
1/2 C raisins
1 C walnuts, chopped
1/2 C old fashioned oats
1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
Preheat over to 350F. Stir dry ingredient together. In mixing bowl, beat butter and Splenda. Add in honey, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet and beat together. Stir in oats, applesauce, apple, raisins, and walnuts. Spoon onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Until next time…

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